Friday, May 29, 2020

New Jersey

Teaneck's Beth Aaron Plans ‘Yashar LaChayal’ Shabbat

The members of the Teaneck Jewish community may be quarantined in their homes, lives all but on hold, but their involvement in the welfare of their fellow Jews worldwide is never “on hold.” As fervent supporters of our young men and women serving in the IDF and protecting our beloved Israel, our


Teaneck Holocaust Commemoration Goes on Despite COVID-19

For the past 38 years, the Teaneck Holocaust Commemoration Committee, made up of local residents, many of whom are children of Holocaust survivors, has organized an annual program in memory of and in tribute to Holocaust victims. The programs have included a presentation by a survivor as well as a candle-lighting ceremony, a


NNJ Holocaust Memorial and Education Center Marks Yom HaShoah

The Northern New Jersey Holocaust Memorial and Education Center, co-chaired by longtime Teaneck residents Steve Fox and Bruce Prince, seeks to both perpetuate the memory of the Holocaust and educate people of all ages and backgrounds about the horrors and atrocities that took place. In keeping with the goal of educating the public,


Little (Germ)-Free  Library of Elmwood Park

Ruby and Mia Schwartz of Elmwood Park have opened a Little Free Library of Harry Potter books in a Hogwarts castle-shaped mailbox in front of their house, to cheer people up during coronavirus. Borrow a book, and happy reading!


Humanity Is in This Together

I learned about the atrocities of the Holocaust when I was a child directly from those who suffered through it. The memories of my extended family and their close friends helped shape who I became. Their stories were captivating and horrifying. Against all odds, after the brutal destruction of European Jewry, these survivors had the


OHEL Continues to Do the Heavy Lifting

(Courtesy of OHEL) OHEL’s “tent” has always remained open and available to the most vulnerable, providing an array of services for over 50 years. This tent has expanded like never before. With the recent COVID-19 pandemic, the demands for OHEL supportive services persist. While there are so many impacted by the global health


Bergen County High School of Jewish Studies (BCHSJS) Moves Annual Fundraising Drive Online

(Courtesy of BCHSJS) The Bergen County High School of Jewish Studies (BCHSJS) has moved its major fundraising drive online and will publish its green ad journal as planned. BCHSJS, Bergen County’s only weekly Hebrew high school, depends on funds raised from its annual gala dinner and journal to


Celebrate Yom Ha’atzmaut With Lamdeinu

(Courtesy of Lamdeinu) Lamdeinu invites the entire community to join us for a Yom Ha’atzmaut celebration on Wednesday, April 29, beginning at 9 a.m.

Women are invited to join us for tefillah and singing; men and women are invited to join us for a special shiur.


How Are Our Local Olim Coping With COVID-19?

“Our people have lived through worse without Netflix,” said Rabbi Dr. Eric Lankin from his home in Jerusalem, where he and his family have been self-quarantining for weeks.

In a phone interview with The Jewish Link, the former Highland Park resident noted that Israelis have been social distancing


Ahavas Achim Plans 12-Hour Learn-A-Thon, Sun. May 3

Congregation Ahavas Achim of Highland Park will hold a virtual Learn-A-Thon from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 3. Despite being forced to close its doors due to COVID-19 precautions, Congregation Ahavas Achim continues to find creative ways to come together, virtually, to advance Ahavas Torah and Ahavas Yisroel.


Experiences From the Frontlines of COVID-19

As we all hunker down in our homes and hope for good news, one of the things that unites us all is a renewed admiration and appreciation for the efforts of healthcare workers. We watch the ravages of COVID-19 in our towns, and across the globe, and we are in awe of the sacrifices healthcare workers take at this time, to care for


Daughters of Israel Marks Passover

Passover 2020 was celebrated at Daughters of Israel in West Orange by residents with their own private Seders. Residents received their own Seder plates and Haggadahs, along with a traditional Passover dinner, in their rooms. Rabbi Zvi Karpel conducted a pre-taped video Seder, which was televised in each room, enabling