Monday, June 14, 2021

New Jersey

Conflict Over The Kotel - Women For The Wall & Women Of The Wall

Jerusalem—Recently, when Women of the Wall (WoW) heard what Naftali Bennett—Minister of Industry, Trade, and Labor, Minister of Religious Services, Minister of Jerusalem and Diaspora Affairs, and a Member of the Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee—had engineered at Robinson’s Arch, they held a 24-hour sit-in at the Kotel to protest the attempt to



Bergen Blue Law Challenge
Moves Forward

Bergen County--Modernize Bergen County (MGC)  announced this week that it now has  2,500 sigtnatures, garnered enough to request a referendum vote in November to quash the Blue Laws which prevent the sale of clothes, electronics, kitchenware, building supplies, furniture, alcohol and other selected goods.


Holy Name Medical Center Earns Advanced Certification as a Primary Stroke Center

(Teaneck)—The Joint Commission, in conjunction with The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, recently recognized Holy Name Medical Center with Advanced Certification for Primary Stroke Centers. Achievement of Primary Stroke Center Certification signifies an organization’s dedication to fostering better outcomes for


NORPAC Hosts Governor Mike Rounds (R-SD) in Teaneck

Teaneck—On August 26 thNORPAC hosted a Q&A pro-Israel event with former South Dakota Governor Mike Rounds at the home of Drs. Mort & Esther Fridman in Teaneck. Rounds, who served for eight years as Governor after five terms as a State Senator, is currently running for the open U.S. Senate seat of retiring Senator Tim Johnson


Camp Kaylie Hires Rabbi Eli Brazil as Director

The Board of Camp Kaylie is pleased to announce the appointment of Rabbi Eli Brazil as the new Director of Camp Kaylie.

Elly Kleinman, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Camp Kaylie adds that “We are fortunate to have Rabbi Brazil, a leading figure in the camping industry, join us. With his extensive experience in Camp Mesorah, Camp Morasha, as


Write Your Own “Gratitude Graffiti”

Teaneck—Always wanted to show off your “tagging” creds? The ones you practiced on your notebooks in class in 14 different colored markers? Now you can scrawl your thanks in style on a storefront window in Teaneck, legally. More than 20 local merchants and the Teaneck Library are participating in The Gratitude Graffiti Project, a 40-day practice


Women’s Night Out in Elul

On Motzei Shabbatof August 31, almost 140 women sat in concentric rings of chairs as part of the fifth annual Erev Shira v’Hitorerut.  The program of music followed by a shiurand then selichotwas run by Migdal Oz in conjunction with Ma’ayanot High School.

Sarah Robinson, a Migdal Oz graduate who currently


Teaneck Resident Elected President of NY State Social Work Deans Association

New York—Teaneck resident Dr. Steven Huberman, Dean of the Graduate School of Social Work at Touro College in New York, has been elected president of the New York State Association of Deans of Schools of Social Work. The association is a coalition of deans of social work at both private and public institutions of higher education from across the


YU Appoints Rabbi Simon Basalely Mashgiach of YU Sephardic Community Program

New York—Rabbi Simon Basalely has been appointed the Edmond J. Safra Sgan Mashgiach for the Sephardic Community Program at Yeshiva University. Basalely, a graduate of the Israel Henry Beren Institute for Higher Talmudic Studies, also known as the Beren Kollel Elyon, will assume his new role at the start of the fall semester, providing guidance to the


Simcha-Sharing Site Unveils Redesigned Website & App with More Features

Bergenfield—OnlySimchas, the premier celebrations clearinghouse for the Jewish community, has announced a series of major upgrades, including the launch of a new mobile-friendly platform.  Users can now instantly post photos directly from a celebration using their iPhones.

Visitors to OnlySimchas.com will also find a new design that easily adapts to


Syracuse Orange Football Team Tackles Smokey Joe’s in Teaneck

What’s the food of choice for football players? Prime rib.

The entirety of the Syracuse Orange football team patronized Smokey Joe’s on August 30 for a pre-game day late lunch.

“At first I thought it was a prank,” Joe Godin, restaurant owner said.

The site of three busloads of suited football players with a state police escort


The Wealthiest Wedding of All

I’ve certainly been to some lavish simchasin the last 25 years. Weddings that have taken me to impressive marinas, sandy beaches, and spectacular hilltop panoramic views, and bar mitzvahs featuring the hottest boy-toy bands and dancing women without, umm…their hair covered, to say the least. No, I wasn’t at Sam Horowitz’s extravaganza in Dallas, but

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