Monday, April 19, 2021

New Jersey

Jewish Groups Call Out NBC For Anti-Semitic Programming

B’nai B’rith International CEO Daniel Mariaschin called it “a cheap shot at Jewish customs” that plays into “blood libel” stereotypes, while the Simon Wiesenthal Center’s (SWC) associate dean and director of global social action Rabbi Abraham Cooper expressed outrage and frustration that in the media “no one else is


‘Mishna Accomplished’

As a yeshiva high school student attending DRS, through learning at Yeshivat Kerem B’Yavneh, receiving semicha from RIETS and a master’s from Azrieli, Rabbi Ariel Schreier had a particular affinity for the study of Mishnayot, finding their brevity and focus exciting. Currently a third grade boys’ rebbe and fifth


National Council of Young Israel’s New Vision

Often a marked change in the focus of a well-established communal organization can take place gradually, over time, as leaders and organization members adopt a new approach. More rarely, a critical mass gathers quickly with a consensus on desired changes and change sweeps in quickly.


Bat Mitzvah Club Meets at Bris Avrohom

(Courtesy of Bris Avrohom) Bris Avrohom had its monthly meeting of the Bat Mitzvah Club. Facilitated by Chaya Kanelsky and with the assistance of Mirit Ovadia, the girls learned about the pride and responsibility of becoming a bat mitzvah through art, interactive games, food and conversation. The girls enjoyed fresh pizza and fries


#DoItForShira Mitzvah Campaign Takes to the Streets

Last week, even as the community was preparing for Purim, many kept up the momentum of the #DoItForShira mitzvah campaign. People and organizations continued to mobilize with daily participation in various ongoing efforts focused on doing or enhancing mitzvot as a merit for the refuah sheleima of Shira


Democrats Stunned by Teaneck Candidate’s Statements Calling for Boycott of ‘Cedar Lane Businesses’

Teaneck Democratic Chairman Alexandra Soriano-Taveras is being accused of divisive speech just as she has been named a slate candidate for New Jersey Assembly Seat 37, a seat being vacated by Assemblyman Gordon Johnson (D) of Englewood. Johnson has been slated by the Bergen County Democratic Committee for Senate Seat 37, which is being


Orthodox Union’s Impact Accelerator Will Support Six Innovative Nonprofit Startups

New cohort addresses philanthropy, cremation, female creativity & education.

(Courtesy of OU) The Orthodox Union (OU), the nation’s oldest and largest umbrella organization for the North American Orthodox Jewish community, has announced its third cohort of six winning nonprofit


Tali Gribetz, With the Naomi Cohain ArtWorks Foundation, to Launch Art Contest

The ArtWorks Foundation is excited to announce the launch of an all-new art contest, open to children and teens of all ages. This year, the concept is to come up with an original piece of artwork representing something positive that you did or that happened to you over the course of this pandemic.


Congregation Ohab Zedek To Host Comedian Modi At Virtual Dinner

(Courtesy of OZ) Ohab Zedek is excited to keep the joy of Adar going with the comedic stylings of Modi on March 7. This year’s annual dinner is going virtual, with participants receiving meal vouchers to Noi Due or Kasbah Grill. OZ, as it is fondly known, is an historic and dynamic community led by the venerable Rabbi Allen Schwartz. Located on Manhattan’s Upper


Rachel Coalition Plans Special Shabbat Services

In past years, Rachel Coalition, a division of Jewish Family Service of MetroWest NJ, has partnered with synagogues to educate and increase awareness about domestic violence in the MetroWest community. With the pandemic continuing and the frequency of domestic violence increasing, synagogues are asked to participate in 2021 Rachel


Shomrei Torah Completes Beautification Project With Custom-Designed Mechitza

It was one of the final and perhaps most challenging elements of a beautification project that was over two years in the making. The charge was for the new mechitza to be both elegant and functional, while at the same time meet all Halachic requirements. Aviva Oppenheim, a member of the Fair Lawn shul and an


Shalom Task Force Purple Fellows Hold ‘Go Purple Day’

(Courtesy of Shalom Task Force) On February 11, 3,600 students from six states around the country came together to celebrate Go Purple Day, a day that Shalom Task Force established to promote awareness around healthy relationships and domestic abuse within the Jewish community.

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