Monday, November 23, 2020

New Jersey

Dr. Shay Pilnik to Deliver Kristallnacht Lecture in Stamford

(Courtesy of CCE) Dr. Shay Pilnik, the new director of the Emil and Jenny A. Fish Holocaust and Genocide Studies Center at Yeshiva University, will be delivering a lecture on Kristallnacht on Thursday evening, November 5, at 8 p.m. via Zoom.

The title of the talk is “The Night of Broken Glass:


Rachel’s Children Reclamation Foundation Celebrates 26th Anniversary

(Courtesy of RCRF) Rachel’s Children Reclamation Foundation (RCRF) celebrated its 26th annual commemoration dinner for Rachel Imeinu’s yahrzeit of 11 Mar Cheshvan, on Sunday, October 25, at the Manhattan Beach Jewish Center in Brooklyn. COVID-19 precautions, such as wearing masks, social distancing and limited


Rabbi Moshe Kurtz Joins Stamford’s Agudath Sholom

In July 2020, Rabbi Moshe Kurtz began serving as assistant rabbi of Stamford’s Congregation Agudath Sholom. After two years as rabbinic intern at Young Israel of Plainview, Rabbi Kurtz and his wife, Marisa, a speech-language pathologist, were looking for a long-term position in a community with strong Jewish infrastructure and a


Agudah NJ Secures Increased Yeshiva Funding

Dogged determination has led to the recent success of the New Jersey office of Agudath Israel of America’s efforts—tracking a growing need, mobilizing yeshiva parents, working with a principled and persuasive leader in the New Jersey state legislature—in getting a notable increase in state funding enacted in the New Jersey


Transforming the Art Of Doing a Mitzvah

(Courtesy of JFNNJ) When the pandemic forced all in-person gatherings in our community to end, Jewish Federation of Northern New Jersey had to reimagine its hallmark community event called Mitzvah Day. Traditionally, Mitzvah Day provides hands-on projects for families to do at Federation offices in Paramus. “The needs in our community are


Da’ehu Montessori Pre-School To Open in September 2021

The Passaic/Clifton and Northern New Jersey Jewish communities will be host to a new Montessori preschool beginning next fall. Its founder, Rabbi Gershom Tave, is excited to announce the opening of Da’ehu, which will serve Passaic and the surrounding areas beginning with the 2021/’22 academic school year. The


Ma’ayanot Awarded $20K Grant for ‘Personalizing Torah’

Ma’ayanot Yeshiva High School for Girls’ “Personalizing Torah” is a new, research-based and Torah-focused project to expand the presence of God in its school’s religious education. Under the Jewish Education Innovation Challenge’s (JEIC) “God Expansion” initiative, Ma’ayanot was awarded $20,000 to inspire its


The Historical Framework Of Women in Public Prayer

While it may seem that the issue of a woman’s presence at synagogue services has only become an issue in recent times, it has actually been under discussion for over 2,000 years. Accommodations for women at prayer services were discussed during the time of the Beit HaMikdash.

The Orthodox


Open Enrollment, a Great Time To Get a Check-Up on Your Coverage

Currently, over 60 million Americans are Medicare beneficiaries. Yet, Medicare is one of the most complicated systems to navigate, especially for seniors. Fortunately, there is a free nationwide service available to help beneficiaries make informed choices. The State Health Insurance Assistance Programs (SHIPs) provide local, in-depth and


Jewish Historical Society of North Jersey to Feature Comedian, Actor and Writer Bruce Vilanch at November Livestream

(Courtesy of JHSNJ) The Jewish Historical Society of North Jersey (JHSNJ) will present an exclusive livestreamed performance by comedian, actor and Emmy Award-winning writer Bruce Vilanch on Sunday, November 15 at 7:00 p.m..

“We thought Bruce would be a perfect headliner for our


The Moriah School Enjoys 17th Annual ‘Summer’ Outing

(Courtesy of The Moriah School) The Moriah School held its 17th Annual “summer” outing on October 19. Originally taking place in the summer, Moriah postponed the event until the fall, rather than go virtual, and the result was a tremendous success. Held at the beautiful Alpine Country Club, attendance beat expectations


Jewish Federation and Holy Name Hospital Collaborate on COVID-19 Drive-in Testing

Since reopening last month, local day schools have been diligently trying to maintain safe in-person learning while enforcing guidelines to diminish the spread of COVID-19. With the recent break for the holidays, many feared that increased socializing could lead to a potential uptick of the virus, which would upset the system that schools