Friday, May 29, 2020

New Jersey

Rabbi Menachem Genack Addresses Local Rabbanim for Chinuch Atzmai

This past Tuesday evening, Rabbi Menachem Genack was in Teaneck to address a meeting of local Rabbanim on behalf of Chinuch Atzmai. The meeting was hosted by Rabbi Michael Taubes in Cong. Zichron Mordechai.

The opening remarks were delivered by Rabbi Yosef Pollak, the Campaign Director of Chinuch Atzmai. He pointed out that Gedolim such as Rav Ahron Kotler and


Just One Life to Inspire Teaneck Community This Sunday

In the midst of our spiritual preparation for the upcoming Yomim Noraim, we recall the poignant and sometimes painful words of the tefillah U’netaneh Tokef, especially the phrase kama yiborei’un (how many will be born). For Rabbi Marty Katz, executive vice president of Just One Life, an organization to which he has dedicated his professional life for the past 27


Rabbi Ari Berman Nominated for YU Presidency

Echoing anonymous reports earlier this week, YU Chairman of the Board Moshael Straus announced that the presidential search committee has voted to recommend Rabbi Ari Berman, who has lived in Israel since 2008, as the next president of Yeshiva University. The presidential search committee met on campus Tuesday to vote on his candidacy. Chairman Straus, who also chaired


RCA Mourns Passing of Rabbi Shaar Yashuv Cohen

The Rabbinical Council of America, the leading organization of Orthodox rabbis in North America, mourns the passing of Rabbi Shaar Yashuv Cohen, former Chief Rabbi of Haifa and a leading figure of religious Zionism.

Rabbi Cohen, a scion of a distinguished rabbinic family, was an ever-present voice for Torah and its application to the modern state. From his


Reflections on a Heritage Tour to Poland

On Tisha B’Av evening, we marched into Auschwitz, reciting Eicha inside the iconic guard tower. The camp was stark, engineered with precision to kill. Where was the outcry? Hundreds of years of culture and prosperity snuffed out prematurely. Bless the Righteous Gentiles, including our new friend Paulina, who said she'd do it again.

The country was clean,


The Balfour Declaration and Its Implications Today

The Balfour Declaration has been in the news recently. Palestinian officials announced that they are planning to sue Britain for the damages they suffered as a result of its issuance 99 years ago! I thought this would be a good opportunity to review the background of the Declaration and some of its implications for today.

At the time it was issued on Nov. 2


Jewish Family Service of Middlesex Offers Expanded Career Services

Milltown—The Joel Gensler Career Center at Jewish Family Services (JFS) of Middlesex County offers professional one-on-one career services for the unemployed, underemployed, career changers and early retirees regardless of religious affiliation. Services include career planning, job search/job readiness, resumes and cover letters, interview preparation and practice,


AABJ&D to Present a New Jewish Culture Series

Beginning in September, Congregation AABJ&D in West Orange will be offering the community four classes on Jewish culture. Each course in this new series will offer an opportunity to explore a topic in depth. Depending on the class, classes will meetweekly or monthly. A pilot trimester will begin in September that will run through December. A second trimester will


‘50 Years on Green Lane’ to Begin Next Sunday

On Sunday, Sept. 18, the YM-YWHA of Union will begin its “50 years on Green Lane” celebration. At 1 p.m. Dr. Gilbert Kahn will discuss “ The Importance of the Jewish Vote in the Presidential Election.”  There will also be children’s programs from 12:30 to 2:30—Jewish holiday crafts and make-your-own ice cream sundae. “Lights for Lois,”  a swim-a-thon


Young Israel Passaic-Clifton presents Teshuva Talks—Yemei Ratzon Learning Program during Shalosh Seudot

Rabbi Shmuel Maybruch will speak on September 10 on “How the Truth...Isn’t: An Honest Discussion About Our Dishonesties,” at mincha, approximately 6:40 p.m., with speaker to follow during shalosh seudot.

Rabbi Elchanan Adler will speak on September 24 on “Tefila: Supplication or Confrontation? May We Make Demands of Hashem?” at mincha, approximately


Englewood’s Rabbi Reichman Hosts Kiruv Shabbaton on the Vineyard

On August 26-27, Rabbi Zev Reichman of Englewood led a successful kiruv Shabbaton in historic Edgartown, Martha’s Vineyard, which has not seen a Torah minyan from the time of its establishment in 1671. Adding to the historic nature of the event was the fact that many Jews abandoned their businesses on Shabbat to attend an Orthodox minyan for the first time. Two Jews


SINAI Gets a School-Supply Boost From the Solomons and Staples

On Sunday morning, August 28, Staples in Hackensack held exclusive shopping hours for friends of SINAI Schools. SINAI parent and volunteer for the event Malkie Schick staffed a table with doughnuts and coffee for all of the shoppers, and over 200 people from the community came out to show their support for SINAI Schools and to do their back-to-school shopping without