Monday, November 23, 2020

New Jersey

Yad Leah Dash for Dignity Sees Tremendous Community Support

Beautiful sunny skies and a passion to help their brothers and sisters in Israel brought over 500 people to the Yad Leah’s Dash for Dignity this past Sunday November 8. With smiles and masks, children, families, adults and even a bunch of COVID puppies came to Overpeck Park, Votee


‘Confronting Racism in the Orthodox Community’

With Black Lives Matter (BLM), the Proud Boys, implicit bias and woke culture dominating so many headlines and public conversations, determining an authentic observant Jewish perspective on these issues is not just timely — it’s essential.

“Confronting Racism in the Orthodox


JKHA/RKYHS ATID SOCIETY To Present Master Mentalist Lior Suchard

The Joseph Kushner Hebrew Academy/Rae Kushner Yeshiva High School (JKHA/RKYHS) ATID SOCIETY is pleased to present master mentalist Lior Suchard, on Sunday, November 22, at 6:30 p.m. Suchard will perform live from Israel in an interactive format that will mesmerize audience members as the ATID SOCIETY event moves to a virtual platform this


HP Woman’s Tehillim Group Focuses on Infertile Couples

Those struggling with infertility have found a community of support and prayer thanks to technology and the efforts of a Highland Park woman.

Peninah Kaplan, a single 27-year-old Highland Park resident, decided to start a WhatsApp tehillim group in January 2018, reciting daily psalms on


Local Round Up of 2020 Elections

On Thursday, Nov. 5, the Jewish Community Relations Council of New York’s Community Relations Corner, hosted by CEO Michael Miller, held a post-election analysis featuring Jonathan Greenspun, managing director, Mercury Public Affairs, and Esther Fuchs, professor of political science and international and public affairs


Rebbetzin Naomi Kohl: A Moving Force In the Stamford Jewish Community

Now in their sixth year at Young Israel of Stamford, Rabbi Eli and Rebbetzin Naomi Kohl continue to inspire and organize dynamic, creative activities for their growing community.

The couple are parents to four school-age children who attend the Bi-Cultural Hebrew Academy; Rebbetzin Kohl is also


Shabbos Project Holds Challah Bake In New Rochelle, COVID-19-Style

On Nov. 5, YINR Women’s League in New Rochelle participated in the world-wide annual Shabbos Project’s Challah Bake. With COVID-19-inspired options for in-person or Zoom, all participants received identical supplies: pre-made dough, baking tins, extra flour and toppings (onion flakes, brown sugar crumble and a


Agudath Sholom Sponsors ‘Chanukah Torah Across New England’

(Courtesy of Agudath Sholom) Congregation Agudath Sholom in Stamford, Conn., will co-host a series of shiurim titled “Chanukah Torah Across New England.” The series will meet at 8 p.m. on Mondays beginning Nov. 16 and continue through Dec. 14.

The program will feature a class from a different pulpit


Washington Heights Sees Jewish Growth

Fostering a sense of community is never an easy task; during a pandemic, some might think it’s nearly impossible. In young Jewish communities, like the Upper West Side and Washington Heights, newly married couples and recent graduates fled the city as COVID-19 turned New York City into a ghost town. Those who remained felt like the ones


YIWP Breaks Ground On New Mikvah

On November 8, the Young Israel of White Plains Mikvah held a groundbreaking ceremony. Participants were provided YIWP hardhats, candy-filled mini hardhats and engraved shovels. The new mikvah will honor YIWP Rabbi Shmuel and Rebbetzin Ahuva Greenberg. Rabbi Greenberg was unable to attend as he


Asicha Seminars Hosts 250 Women at Motzei Shabbat Zoom Shiurim

Asicha Seminars, initiated in July 2020, is now into its 10-week fall semester focusing upon “The 39 Melachos in Your Home: Deepening Our Grasp of Hilchos Shabbos.” Presenting the course is Rabbi Jonah Steinmetz, founder and director of Asicha, who serves as a maggid shiur in the Five Towns and Washington


JEMA Tutors Build Alliance to Mentor the Next Generation

It’s easy to see the difficulties schools and students have faced over the past six months due to the pandemic. It takes a motivated, unique individual to actually jump in and do something to help. Dr. Norma Brecker-Blum—an organizational psychologist and former teacher—jumped in and