Thursday, December 08, 2022


The Loss of a Friend, Justice Antonin Scalia, 79

America’s Jewish community lost a good friend with the passing of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, who died of a heart attack last weekend at the age of 79.

Scalia, who was born in Trenton, told highly regarded attorney Nathan Lewin that when there was no Jewish justice on the Supreme


Support SINAI Schools’ Special Night

For its 30 thconsecutive year, SINAI Schools will tell its story at the Marriott Glenpointe. Over 800 guests, many of whom have no children or personal connection to SINAI Schools, will come away knowing they have just experienced a beautiful evening of hope, hard work and educational achievement.


Our Focus on Special Needs, Disabilities & Inclusion

I originally intended to write a relatively short piece about how proud we are as a paper to participate in National Jewish Disability Awareness and Inclusion Month (JDAIM) this February. We are also proud to make this week’s issue of the paper our Special Needs edition (starting on page 41) and doubly proud to feature articles and


Pondering Women’s Prayer at the Wall

Like many Modern Orthodox Jews, we ponder the impact of the Israeli government’s recent decision to permit egalitarian, pluralistic prayer in the Kotel area known as Robinson’s Arch.

The Western Wall Plaza has a prayer area with segregated men and women’s sections in line with Orthodox custom. The


Mazel tov

Mazel tov to former JLNJ intern Ilan Swartz-Brownstein, a beatboxing member of Yeshiva University's a capella group Y-Studs, for making it to the national competition on the upcoming season of America's Got Talent.
We can't wait for your performance from Los Angeles!


Iran’s Despicable Act of ‘Humor’

The Obama Administration worked to release hundreds of billions of dollars to the Iranian regime.

It bought into a nuclear “deal” that at best temporarily delays the inevitable, an Iran with military-grade nuclear capabilities.

Earlier this month, its Navy held 10


Losing Three Precious Souls

The secular year 2016 has started in a sad way. In a mere matter of days we have lost three precious Jewish souls in our local communities.

Daniella Moffson, 21, of the Upper East Side and a Barnard junior, died on a volunteer mission when her bus crashed and overturned in Honduras last


We Stand With Fair Lawn’s Leaders

It’s not often that two of our editors drive out to Fair Lawn on a busy workday to meet with the mayor. But it was for more than an interview that made us rush to John Cosgrove’s side this week. It was to express thanks and solidarity to him for standing, constantly, for the security of all of Fair Lawn’s citizens, and particularly to


Becoming True Partners in Torah

For over 22 years, Jews of little or no Torah background, and those who grew up in religious homes and attended yeshiva day schools, have found common ground sitting opposite one another at a table, or sitting, thousands of miles apart, at one end of a telephone.

Partners in Torah is an


Looking Forward to a Better, More Secure 2016

A year ago, as 2014 was melting into 2015, we hoped, as we do each year, for a year of good news and good health for the Jewish people here, in Israel and all over the world.

But it was just a week before the shiny hope we typically bring into a new year was tarnished. Chances were good that


Looking Back, Looking Ahead: 2015 Reflections

2015 was the first full year that Essex and Union counties were “linked” with Bergen through the newspaper formerly known as the Jewish Link of Bergen County, now the Jewish Link of New Jersey. Bergen County has long been associated with Jewish life—its schools, restaurants and other kosher amenities are appreciated and used by many


May Another Force Be With You

Far be it for us to bring down all the enthusiasm for this latest Star Wars experience, but the branding of this movie is not just within the walls of the cinema; it seems like droids and lightsabers are showing up on clothing, toys and school supplies, and certainly will be a hit come time for Purim costumes.

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