Saturday, December 04, 2021

New Jersey

Do You Know Someone Studying in Israel?

It’s that time again! We are looking for current yeshiva and seminary students who are willing to be interviewed via email, phone or WhatsApp for our famous Israel Spotlight column. If you know of someone, please forward their name, name of their yeshiva or seminary, and email address or phone number to


Bi-Cultural Hebrew Academy Hosts Rabbi Nati Helfgot

On November 14, Bi-Cultural Hebrew Academy’s Center for Community Education hosted Rabbi Nati Helfgot’s presentation “Homosexuality, Jewish Thought, and What Do We Teach Our Children?” The rabbi is author of the 2010 Statement of Principles on the Place of Jews With a Homosexual Orientation in our Community, which stated


State School Ethics Commission Reviews Legal Documents Involving Clifton BOE

The two sides in an ongoing dispute about whether “personal” remarks accusing Israel of human rights abuses made at a meeting by two Palestinian-American commissioners on the Clifton Board of Education violated state law is now in the hands of the School Ethics Commission.

The commission, part of the state Department of Education, must now sift through


Hochul Addresses Jewish Leaders

On November 10, New York Governor Kathy Hochul delivered her first public address (virtually) to the state’s Jewish community. Executive VP/ CEO of the Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC-NY) Gideon Taylor introduced Hochul, stating, “Governor Hochul has long-standing friendships with Jewish communities throughout the


Rabbi Gedaliah Jaffe: Inspiring Through Chassidus

Rabbi Gedaliah Jaffe, a Jewish leader in Middlesex County, serves simultaneously as shul rav of Congregation Ahavas Yisrael in Edison and Judaic studies teacher in both Yeshivat Frisch in Paramus and Naaleh Yeshiva High School in Fair Lawn. From what he has seen in all three settings over the past two decades, the


Bris Avrohom Celebrates 42nd Annual Dinner

(Courtesy of Bris Avrohom) Bris Avrohom celebrated its 42nd Annual Dinner on the front lawn of the shul in a magnificently decorated tent on Sunday, November 7.

Bris Avrohom is an educational


Young Israel of Teaneck Celebrates Chanukat HaBayit

The Young Israel of Teaneck (YIOT) announced that on the Shabbat of November 12-13, they will host a Chanukat HaBayit weekend full of activities to officially dedicate the renovated and expanded shul.

Thirty years after the official incorporation of


Holocaust and Human Rights Education Center Commemorates 83rd Anniversary of Kristallnacht

On November 9, 1938, the German High Command directed the Gestapo and the storm troopers to incite “spontaneous” mob riots throughout Germany, Austria and the Sudetenland region of Czechoslovakia. Throughout the night, mobs burned synagogues; destroyed Jewish homes and businesses; vandalized Jewish hospitals, orphanages and


A New Era Begins for Bnai Yeshurun, Teaneck’s Founding Orthodox Synagogue

Sunday, November 7, was a beautiful and heartwarming day in the illustrious history of Congregation Bnai Yeshurun, as Rabbi Elliot Schrier was formally installed as the mara d’atra of this pioneering institution from which sprang the vibrant Teaneck and Bergenfield Orthodox Jewish community.


EB Mikvah Event Features Jewish Foodie Joel Haber

They came to support their community mikvah and left with a better understanding of the history of some of their favorite foods.

Dozens of community members came out to participate in a wine and dessert event at the Stephanie Thea Shatkin Mikvah at the Young Israel of East Brunswick


YIOT Bat Mitzvah Group Participates in JFCS Food Drive

(Courtesy of JFCS) On October 31, Young Israel of Teaneck’s (YIOT) Bat Mitzvah Group partnered with Jewish Family and Children’s Services of Northern New Jersey (JFCS) to hold a food drive for JFCS’s Corner Market Kosher Food Pantry. There were more than 25 people in attendance, including the Bat Mitzvah group,


New Rabbi, New Look: The Jewish Home at Rockleigh

With construction on The Jewish Home Family’s Second Century Project now nearly complete, the expansion of the Rockleigh campus has transformed it into a “state-of-the-art facility, which is a wonderful testament to the Jewish community,” according to The Jewish Home’s new chaplain, Rabbi Jerome

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