Sunday, July 12, 2020

New Jersey

Bris Avrohom Zooms Through Its Activities

(Courtesy of Bris Avrohom) Due to COVID-19, many shuls and organizations are faced with having to work remotely. Bris Avrohom is doing just that by continuing to work with its congregants via Zoom, WhatsApp, Facebook and emails.

The Bris Avrohom rabbis are calling people daily and


Elizabeth, NJ, Unites in Chesed

In her position as director of educational technology at Bruriah High School, Debbie Ezra has been inordinately busy these last two months, setting up technology and training teachers in its use in online classrooms. In addition, she observed the many groups that were forming to provide needed services to community members who


YU Macs’ Tyler Hod Leads Local Mishnah Group

A group of RYNJ third graders hosted a special guest to lead their weekly mishna group. Tyler Hod, a guard with the Yeshiva University Maccabees and semichah student at RIETS, was the guest “rebbe” for the boys. The group, which started learning mishnayos together on Shabbos afternoons, have moved their seder to Zoom on Sunday


Looking Toward Reopening

With New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy’s recent decision to extend the state of emergency indefinitely, and the public health emergency until early June, it may be hard to imagine what Jewish institutions will look like when they are finally allowed to reopen.

To that


Passaic’s ‘Night Seder America’ Is Now 1,300 Talmidim Strong

Rabbi Ari Schonfeld continues to instruct his eighth-grade students at Yeshiva Bais Hillel in Passaic from afar. However, in assessing the current situation, in which we find ourselves isolating due to COVID-19, Rabbi Schonfeld realized that for many young boys evenings would be devoid of meaningful structure. Utilizing his


Schwartz, Orgen, Pagan Win Teaneck Council Election

The results are in following Tuesday’s Teaneck Town Council election, accomplished for the first time through an entirely absentee mail-in ballot process. The Moving Teaneck Forward slate of Deputy Mayor (and Jewish Link Co-Publisher) Mark (Mendy) Schwartz, Karen Lew Orgen and Michael Pagan was victorious, with unofficial results


COVID-19 Antibody Screening Comes To Bergen County at Yeshivat He’Atid

Entering week nine (or 10, depends who you ask) of our COVID-19 reality, we are witnessing a new phase of possibility, response and action—and maybe even guarded community optimism. We are blessed to have so many health-professional community members with the courage and skills to work within the fray


Kosher19 Steps Up for Frontline Healthcare Workers

With the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, frontline healthcare workers have been thrust into precarious positions. In addition to putting themselves at risk on a daily basis, they are also making personal sacrifices, all in the name of helping others. Any effort to make their jobs even a tiny bit easier goes a long way, and that’s


The Miller family of Teaneck salutes and thanks our local first responders.


Congregation Arzei Darom Provides Meals for Holy Name Medical Center Staff

(Courtesy of Congregation Arzei Darom) In an effort to show their gratitude and appreciation for the healthcare workers on the front lines of COVID-19 at Holy Name Medical Center, Teaneck's Congregation Arzei Darom raised funding to provide meals for hospital staff.

On April 22, the synagogue—which is


Fair Lawn’s Naftali Aron Torah Enrichment Program (NATEP) To Host Charlie Harary

Charlie Harary will be the guest speaker at Shomrei Torah’s virtual NATEP Lag B’Omer program at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, March 12. The event is being held in honor of the special milestone of NATEP’s completion of 14 years of learning and programming and in appreciation of all the support by community members.


Project S.A.R.A.H. Plans Virtual Breakfast May 17

Project S.A.R.A.H.’s 14th annual breakfast is around the corner, but this year we are doing things differently. The breakfast was originally confirmed to take place on May 17, but we were faced with the decision to postpone, delay or change the format of this breakfast due to the circumstances. Knowing