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Koby Mandell Foundation Hosting Sushi and Sake Event in Englewood on Dec. 5th.

The event, which costs $180 for couples and $100 for individuals, will take place at the home of Shari and Robert Alter at 163, Linden Avenue. The Koby Mandell Foundation uses all funds raised toward its goal: helping bereaved mothers, fathers, widows, children and siblings of victims of terror to rebuild their lives and create meaning out of suffering. For


Chana And Daniel Shields Honored At 2013 Amit Annual Dinner

New York—Teaneck residents Chana and Daniel Shields were honored at the 2013 AMIT Annual Dinner recently held at Chelsea Piers in New York City.

All proceeds from the dinner benefit the AMIT Network of schools and programs in Israel, which encompasses more than 26,000 students from kindergarten through junior college. Israel’s Minister of Education


One Month Later

November 10, 2013 marked the Sh’loshim, 30 days, since Rav Ovadiah Yosef’s death and, as such, Shaarei Orah, the first Sephardic congregation in Teaneck, hosted a eulogy for him on that date. The Divrei Hespeid was given by R’ Eli Mansour, one of the world’s leading Sephardic rabbis and current rabbi at The Edmond J. Safra Synagogue in


‘Think Israel’ Conference Attracts 160 Medical Professionals

New York The annual “Think Israel” conference organized by Nefesh B’Nefesh, the Ministry of Aliyah and Immigrant Absorption, The Jewish Agency for Israel and Keren Kayemeth L’Israel, took place at the Convene Conference Center in Manhattan on November 17. The conference, which was geared toward


Obama’s Fight With Israel: This Time It’s Serious

America and Israel are in uncharted waters. Just eight months since President Barack Obama visited Israel on the first foreign trip of his second term in an attempt to patch things up with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the two close allies are at odds once again—this time over a proposed “first step” nuclear agreement with Iran. Washington and Jerusalem


Thank the Maccabees

There has been much ado this year about the fact that the first day of Chanukah coincides with the holiday of Thanksgiving. The last time that Thanksgiving overlapped with the first day of Chanukah was in 1888, 125 years ago. According to Dr. Jonathan Mizrahi, a New Mexico-based physicist, the next time that the first full day of Chanukah will fall out on Thanksgiving


The Angel of Park Avenue and Other Great Stories

We met under the cover of darkness in a location where most dare to go. I was fidgety but hopeful. He always has an air of confidence about him, and this night was no different.

I asked him for the money. He said,  “Come to my office tomorrow, there will be a check waiting.”

The next day I parked my car and met a woman who greeted me at the front


Saul Kagan: In Memoriam

When Judge Edward R. Korman asked us to assist him as special master and deputy special master with the allocation and oversight of the $1.25 billion Swiss Banks Settlement, we knew that there were lessons we needed to learn from those who had devised and administered earlier Holocaust compensation programs. We remain ever grateful that our patient teacher was


Chanukah: The Greek Side of the Story*

(This article originally appeared as “On Chanukah, We Met the Enemy, and they Was Us,” 21 stDecember, 2001. * See “Hanukkah Reconsidered” by Louis H. Feldman (The American Mizrachi Woman, Vol. 54, no.3 (6-7), Dec., 1981) for a full discussion.)


“Chanukah is for me a Yahrzeit!

Thus said Professor Louis Feldman,


Ideas for Chanukah In Israel

JERUSALEM -- This year, for the first time in 75 years, the Jewish celebration of Chanuka and secular celebration of Thanksgiving will coincide. While Stephen Colbert has “ chadit up to cherewith Chanuka,” for the Orthodox Jewish world, this presents a unique opportunity to celebrate a large part of the chag


Buyer Beware

I think I speak on behalf of everyone when I say: it is not easy to figure out what to buy people for Chanukah.  Especially since there’s a certain disparity between how you picture things being used when you’re buying them and how they actually get used once you bring them home, even when you buy things for yourself.

The classic example of this is


Ohr Saadya’s Chanukah Extravaganza

The members of Congregation Ohr Saadya got a head start on Chanukah last weekend with a Saturday night Chanukah Extravaganza.

The fun-filled evening began with Chanukah-themed arts and crafts. The children, from babies through teens (and some of their parents too), enjoyed decorating dreidelsand menorahs to adorn their homes for the holiday, while

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