Tuesday, March 21, 2023

Community News

Philanthropists Announce $1 Million Abuse Victims Therapy Fund

Newark—220 participants from 102 Orthodox Jewish organizations gathered two weeks ago for a groundbreaking conference that addressed some of the most sensitive topics affecting the Orthodox Jewish community: risk, trauma, and abuse. The milestone event was hosted by Amudim and included 25 private-practice clinicians as well as rabbis, educators, therapists, clinical


Community Comes Together to ‘Purim Pack’ for Project Ezrah

Paramus—One end of Yeshivat Ben Porat Yosef’s cafeteria has been cordoned off the past two weeks for a special chesed project open to the entire community. Project Ezrah, a Bergen County-based non-profit organization that works to help families through financial difficulties, has set up shop here to create


Yeshivat Ben Porat Yosef to Hold Annual Dinner March 10

Ben Porat Yosef in Paramus will hold its 13th annual dinner on Tuesday, March 10, at 7 p.m. at Closter’s Temple Emanu-El.

The dinner will honor several families who have contributed to the school’s growth: Jennifer and Shmuel Bieler, Tzivia Bieler, and Joan and Warren Enker; Erica and Arnaud


Special Needs Adults Participate in Wedding

Participants in the Kaplen Adult Reach Center (ARC) at the Kaplen JCC on the Palisades had the chance to take part in a “mock” wedding recently. One of the program supervisors, Lauren Glubo, decided that an occasion of this kind would be a special treat for this group of frail seniors who come to the JCC for


Fighting for Israel on the Battlefield and the Campus

The Israel Engagement Committee of Cong. Ahavat Torah in Englewood, recently sponsored a screening Jerusalem U’s Beneath the Helmet, a film that follows the lives of five young men and women from high school into the IDF. “People have different perceptions of what it means to be an Israeli soldier, risking his or her life to


Annual Chevra Kadishas Gathering

Teaneck—On Thursday, February 26, the Chevra Kadishas (burial societies) of Teaneck and Bergenfield gathered together for an evening of introspection, prayer and inspiration.

While most synagogues in town have their own Chevra Kadishas, on Zayin Adar the local Chevras of Teaneck/Bergenfield gather


Setting the Example: Rabbi Larry Rothwachs Donates Kidney to Donny Hain

Teaneck—It’s Adar, and a time to look for hidden miracles, but it is not every day that we see miracles up close, in person. What could be more miraculous than the manifestation of pikuach nefesh, saving a life? When community members heard this week that Rabbi Larry Rothwachs, mara d’asra of the Congregation Beth Aaron


Exclusive to JLNJ: Senator Cory Booker to Attend Israeli Prime Minister’s Speech to Congress

As the controversy surrounding Benjamin Netanyahu’s upcoming address to Congress about the global threat posed by a nuclear-armed Iran has risen to fever pitch, many Democratic members of Congress have come forth and publicly declared their intention to either attend the highly publicized speech, or, alternatively, skip the


Danny Ayalon: A Former Ambassador Offers His Take on Bibi’s Speech

Elizabeth—Egos. Human sentiments playing themselves out on a world stage. Partisan politics mixing with the Obama Administration’s progressive moves to sign a nuclear treaty with Iran, a nation that has in the past encouraged the annihilation of Israel.

Danny Ayalon has been through


Going Off-the-Rails: Rail Safety Is on Agenda

Bergen County is in the cross-hairs of a serious problem because as many as 30 CSX rail line trains transit the county each week. People living near railroad tracks face a dangerous dilemma as those trains carry massive amounts of oil and flammable and toxic materials within a few hundred yards of homes, parks, synagogues, and


An Open Letter to Rabbi Rothwachs About Showing Us All The True Meaning of Chesed

Dear Rabbi Rothwachs,

As I was getting settled into my seat for my daughter’s Chumash presentation at RYNJ, I received the email about your selfless act of chesed of donating your kidney to Donny Hain. I was overcome with emotion from different angles at that moment. I was shocked at the news, but


Beth Aaron Sanctuary Floods; Teaneck Jewish Center Hosts Davening

Teaneck—At approximately 2 p.m. last Erev Shabbos, a pipe burst in the main sanctuary of Congregation Beth Aaron on Queen Anne Road and caused significant damage, rendering the shul uninhabitable for Shabbos. As the sun began to set, and it came time to light candles, many members wondered if the shul had been destroyed beyond

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