Friday, October 30, 2020

New Jersey

Bergen County Heads of School Address Out-of-School Activities and Guidelines

Editor's note: The Bergen County day school heads together released the following letter to their school populations, with slight variations.

After months of intense planning and investments, Bergen County schools opened our doors two weeks ago to thousands of eager learners. Watching


Central NJ Small Business Owners Join Forces

Central New Jersey small business owners, Marla from Mekor Fitness LLC (Instagram: Salad_Strong) and Frumie of @WigsOnWheelsFG (Instagram: wigsonwheelsfg) brainstorm together on staying focused and keeping strong during COVID-19. Both female entrepreneurs have worked hard to successfully pivot in serving their community


Join Just One Life for Its Virtual Annual Teshuva Event

For many women in Israel suffering from financial and emotional distress or experiencing medical complications or high-risk pregnancies, the news of a pregnancy is too much to bear.

That’s where Nefesh Achat B’Yisrael (Israel), with the financial backing of Just One Life


YU Scholars to Speak at YI of Stamford Family Beit Midrash

(Courtesy of YU) Rabbi Jeremy Wieder, rosh yeshiva at the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary at Yeshiva University, and Rabbi Hayyim Angel, tanach instructor at Yeshiva University and national scholar of the Institute for Jewish Ideas and Ideals, will each be giving a holiday shiur via Zoom as part of the Young Israel of Stamford’s


Orthodox Union Creates Online Pre-High Holiday Learning Program for 2020

(Courtesy of OU) Responding to the unprecedented challenges of this year’s High Holidays—people alone, singles, the elderly, vulnerable populations, families with small children stuck at home—the Orthodox Union, the nation’s oldest and largest umbrella organization for the North American Orthodox Jewish community, has


Federation Briefs Middlesex on Current State of Anti-Semitism

To make sure local Jewish communities are well informed about the threats they face as Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur and Sukkot arrive, the Jewish Federation in the Heart of New Jersey (serving Middlesex and Monmouth counties) conducted small parlor-meeting-style briefings on the current state of anti-Semitism. On


Scenes From the 'Frank Pallotta For Congress' BBQ in Teaneck

GOP congressional candidate Frank Pallotta (pictured, center), was the guest of honor at a recent barbecue hosted by Peter and Ellen Tilem at their home in Teaneck. The businessman from Mahwah, running in New Jersey’s 5th district against incumbent Democrat Josh Gottheimer in the general election, met


Maplewood Jewish Center Completes Renovations

Maplewood Jewish Center (MJC) put Maplewood on the map—the Jewish map. After 12 years, a dream has finally come true for the members of the MJC community.

Frumie Bogomilsky, MJC administrator, wife of spiritual leader Rabbi Sholom Bogomilsky and director of


Livingston’s Etz Chaim Revamps Leadership With Two ‘Power Couples’

Back in 2018, well before the onset of COVID-19, Rabbi Sam Klibanoff and his committee planned to revamp Etz Chaim’s leadership. Given the burgeoning youth population, a new youth director had proven necessary, and it was also decided that an assistant rabbi would be hired.



Raritan Valley Vaad Provides ‘Evening of Inspiration’

As the community prepared for the first night of Selichot and the week before Rosh Hashanah, the Vaad HaRabonim of Raritan Valley offered a compact and uplifting series of shiurim to help community members get in the right frame of mind.

Congregational rabbis from Orthodox


‘Witness Theater: The Film,’ a Collaboration of HS Students and Holocaust Survivors, Premieres Tuesday

Many have asked, “What happens when Holocaust survivors stop sharing their stories?” Fortunately, a multitude of programs and initiatives have been created to collect and record these important chronicles. Selfhelp Community Services, serving Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx, Nassau, Suffolk and


A Welcome Basket For the Times

(Courtesy of Fleetwood Synagogue) When new couples move into the Westchester community of Fleetwood, they are greeted with fairly standard welcome gifts: a havdalah candle, besamim, a bottle of wine and a challah for Shabbat.

Welcoming five new families to the community over the past