Thursday, February 02, 2023

Community News

Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest NJ ‘Shines Light’ on Antisemitism

Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest NJ is committed to confronting antisemitism and is hosting a Zoom webinar on Wednesday, Dec. 14 from 7:30-8:30 p.m. to “shine a light” on the efforts being made, both behind the scenes and on the front lines, to ensure the community remains a safe and welcoming place to live a


Chabad Invites Community to ‘Judaism: The Soundtrack’

Lubavitch on the Palisades and Chabad of Closter invite the community to a live concert and multimedia presentation, “Judaism: The Soundtrack: An evening of Chassidic songs and the stories they tell.” This event will take place on Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2022, 7:30 pm in honor of the 19 of Kislev-Rosh Hashanah of Chassidus, and will include a


Help New Milford Celebrate 100 Years

Join the city of New Milford in celebrating its centennial year by purchasing a brick on the pathway near the gazebo at City Hall. By purchasing a brick you will leave a permanent mark of your support for the New Milford community. Information on the cost and sizes of the bricks is available by contacting New Milford Borough Hall, 930 River


Rabbi Hanoch Teller to Speak at Keter Torah This Shabbat

Rabbi Hanoch Teller, internationally acclaimed motivational speaker and storyteller, will be the guest this Shabbat, December 9-10, at Congregation Keter Torah, 600 Roemer Avenue, Teaneck. Rabbi Teller is also a prolific author and the classes he teaches in numerous Jerusalem educational institutions are in great demand. Rabbi


Waltuch Gallery at Kaplen JCC Presents Josh Teplow Art Show

Josh Teplow’s work portrays plant forms as a metaphor for his life journey. Plants begin as simple living systems but quickly mature and become quite complex in their structure. Teplow’s work is gestural and attempts to create an understanding between painter and audience regarding the complexity of life and how we are able to


HIR Gives Thanks On Rosh Chodesh

The Hebrew Institute of Riverdale, the Bronx, welcomed more than 100 people to its annual free Thanksgiving meal last week. A thoughtful Rosh Chodesh service included beautiful nigunim, and invited people to share their thoughts about how and why to give thanks and to whom, and their best hopes for the future. A full menu


Jewish Birthday Celebrations Abound at Bris Avrohom

(Courtesy of Bris Avrohom) As this year is a year of Hakhel, Rabbi Mordechai Kanelsky encouraged the community to celebrate their Jewish birthdays by inviting friends and family and making a resolution to strengthen themselves in any area.

Rabbi Kanelsky explained the


SWC Launches Regional Advisory Board

(Courtesy of SWC) The Simon Wiesenthal Center (SWC) has launched its Northeast Regional Advisory Board, bringing together a wide spectrum of next-generation leadership to significantly broaden and enhance the reach, scope and impact of the institution’s efforts in the region. The board held its inaugural meeting


Conspiracy to Block ‘Hasidics’ from Clarkstown Results in Ateres Bais Yaakov RLUIPA Lawsuit

The law firm Weil Gotshal & Manges, LLP, whose pro bono unit specializes in support of religious organizations seeking protection under the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act (RLUIPA), is representing an Orthodox Jewish girls’ school, Ateres Bais Yaakov, now located in New Hempstead, New York. The school, its lawyers claim, was the victim of a


Matthew Mahrer Faces Courtroom Following Antisemitic Threats

Two men who made alleged threats against synagogues in New York City were arrested late Friday, November 18 — and now, Matthew Mahrer, a 22-year-old from the Upper West Side, will next appear in front of a judge on Wednesday, December 7 for his reported actions. According to court documents, Mahrer’s co-conspirator Christopher Brown was charged with making a


Global Chabad Kinus Gathers in NJ

We learn in the Gemara (Sukkah 51a) that “Whoever has not seen this celebration [the Simchas Bais HaSho’eva, in the Beit Hamikdash] never saw a celebration in his life.”

This reporter can tell you, having witnessed this massive event on Sunday,


Fleetwood Synagogue Installs New Rabbi

On November 20, the Fleetwood Synagogue in Mount Vernon held the Installation of Rabbi Dr. Yosef Cohen as its new morah d’atrah. Featured speakers included Rabbi Dr. J. David Bleich, rosh kollel of YU’s Rabbi Norman Lamm Kollel L’Horaah, and Rabbi Dr. Michael Rosensweig, rosh kollel of RIETS’

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