Thursday, February 02, 2023

Community News

Chava Willig Levy Highlights JWRP Annual Fundraiser

Bergenfield—The Bergen County Chapter of the Jewish Women’s Renaissance Project (JWRP) will hold its Third Annual Dessert Reception Fundraiser on Wednesday, February 12th at Congregation Rinat Yisrael in Bergenfield, New Jersey. Chava Willig Levy, author, A Life Not with Standing, was the guest speaker.

The Jewish Women’s Renaissance Project


Netivot Shalom Dinner Planned for Feb. 22

Teaneck— Netivot Shalom will honor Robin & Justin Straus with the Sema Heller Memorial Award at Netivot Shalom’s annual dinner. Debra Passner will receive the Service Award.

Teaneck residents for more than 30 years, Robin and Justin Straus are founding members of Netivot Shalom and have been extremely active at the synagogue since its inception in 1997.


After 250 Years, Jewish History Alive and Well in Newport

Newport, RI—It is best known as one of America’s most celebrated and picturesque seaside towns, a summer playground for the rich, a major yachting destination, and home to famed eponymous jazz and folk festivals. But Newport, RI, is also one of America’s most historically important places of Jewish interest and history.

Newport’s importance stems not


Welcome to Special Needs in Bergen County & Beyond!

We at JLBC are proud to present our first-ever Special Needs pull-out section as part of our biggest paper ever! It is our hope that the next few pages can provide you with an even stronger sense of the many wonderful programs, people, and organizations out there—both in our local community and globally—dedicated to enhancing the lives of individuals with special


If the Patriarchs Were My Clients

With the Jewish New Year season comes the reading of the book of Genesis. As we read through the ancient stories of the Patriarchs, I am always struck by how contentious the family dynamics were. As a professional financial planner, I sometimes wonder how different world history would have been if the Patriarchs had just done some solid estate planning.

Let me


The Gift of Grit

Not long ago, while wondering what I should choose for my daughter’s Chanukah present, there came to mind a radio program that I had heard. The title of the program was “The Most Meaningful Gift You Ever Received,” and callers were invited to describe what they considered to be their most meaningful present.


Special Needs Legislation

It has been said the moral test of government is how it treats those who are most vulnerable. When the new legislative session began a few weeks ago, I was reappointed to Chair the Assembly Human Services Committee. My mission is to make sure that New Jersey meets that test and fulfills its obligation to protect and support individuals with special needs and their


Educational Opportunity for Special Needs Students

It is a matter of basic fairness that children with special needs are given the opportunity for an education that meets their needs in ways that offer them the best education available. New Jersey has a Special Education law that permits school districts to assign special-needs students to an out-of-district school if necessary, even if the school is nonpublic. This


Special Needs Resources

Bergen County Y Jewish Community Center: Focuses on reinforcing school experiences, developing social and life skills, and creating recreational activities.

YJCC S.A.I.L.: Provides activities for special needs adults.

605 Pasack Road, Washington Township, NJ 07676 | 201-666-610 | www.yjcc.org

Council for


The West Englewood Diet

t for dinner with friends or family I would specify the place to which we were going. “Tonight we are eating at Rabica,” I would announce to my family. Now with the amazing food options on West Englewood Avenue in Teaneck I simply state, “We are eating on West Englewood Avenue.” The entire family is excited because there are so many great options and everybody


Where is Turkey Going?

(Ed. note: What the article does not say is that these imprisoned military leaders were in the forefront of Israel’s alliance with Turkey, and it was one of the reasons they were jailed. Saylorsburg, PA is in the Pocono Mountains about 15 miles from the Delaware Water Gap Bridge.)

The unraveling of relations between Erdogan and Gülen has begun to


Limmud FSU to Commemorate Sharon in Belarus

Jerusalem Chaim Chesler and Sandra Cahn, Co-founders of Limmud FSU (Former Soviet Union), recently announced that the upcoming Limmud FSU conference in Belarus, taking place this summer, will feature a special event in memory of the late Israeli prime minister Ariel Sharon whose parents were born in Belarus. The event is expected to take

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