Thursday, February 02, 2023



It was last Wednesday afternoon on our deadline day when I heard the terrible news that Shira Shatzkes, a young Teaneck mother of five, had suffered a brain aneurysm and was in critical condition, which is where she still remains as I write this on our deadline day once again. I made the decision then not to put anything into last


Hakarat Hatov: Micah Kaufman Thanks the Teaneck Police

Last Thursday morning, I had the honor of accompanying my friend and accident survivor Micah Kaufman to the Teaneck Police headquarters. He sponsored and spoke at a lunch for the entire department as part of thanking them for helping to save his life. Teaneck police responded to the late December 2019 accident


The Day After

On Wednesdays, Jewish Link editors spend the day reviewing multiple drafts,  checking headlines, captions and spellings. It is almost exclusively on those days that we finalize our cover and editorial page headlines. Late last Wednesday afternoon, as violence erupted in the Capitol, we knew we’d have to rip out our planned front-page


Support Yachad NJ’s Virtual Gala This Motzei Shabbat!

Last year, my wife and I were honored at Yachad NJ’s annual gala and I published in this space a column about our family’s many strong connections with, and affection for, Yachad and how much Yachad has done for us and our special son, Zev. It was a very special night for us and one I will remember always.


Saying Goodbye to 2020: The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Year

We at The Jewish Link, like most of our readers, have many thoughts and opinions about the year 2020, which is ending now as we go to print.

Arguably the most difficult year any of us can recall, we feel few would want to eke out even a few more moments of 2020.



Lighting the Menorah at Newark’s Penn Station

I was working late on the paper’s deadline night just before our big Chanukah edition when I got the call from Rabbi Mordechai Kanelsky of Bris Avrohom of Hillside and Fair Lawn. Although I knew his call wasn’t deadline related, I made sure to pick it up. I knew what he was calling about.



The First Week of the Rest of Our Lives

On Tuesday on social media, I was shocked, thrilled and amazed to see a selfie photo of a Bergenfield neighbor receiving the COVID-19 vaccine. With 370 likes and 50 supportive comments the last time I looked at the post, I think it’s safe to say that the excitement was palpable. While the end of the global pandemic may not be


A Dynamic, Dramatic Week

This past Sunday morning found me outside of Teaneck’s Congregation Keter Torah, where I attended the OU’s biennial 2020 

National Convention outdoors. I went as a proud representative and delegate of my shul but I also went because I had never been to an outdoor OU Convention ever


Introducing a Season of SINAI Stories

During my time at The Jewish Link, I’ve been blessed to meet many people and get to know the work of many outstanding nonprofit organizations. As a Bergen County resident, however, there were a few I knew about and supported even before my involvement with our paper. One such organization is SINAI Schools, which started 40 years ago as an


Gratitude, Again (Still)

As we enjoy our Thanksgiving turkeys and trimmings in our still-small, ever watchful groups, we look hopefully toward a spring and summer that will almost certainly welcome our friends and families back closer to us. That is a thought to hold on to, for which we can be grateful.

It may be months yet, but


Update on a Cold But Busy Week

This past Monday found me driving down to Lakewood to the JBiz Expo hosted by the Orthodox Jewish Chamber of Commerce (OJC) and held outdoors at FirstEnergy Park on the open-air concourse behind the stadium seats. It was quite a cold day for all of us standing by our exhibit tables but I tried to keep moving as best as I could and


The Year for Books

I didn’t get to visit my mom at the beach this year, but I did get a fantastic view from the cliffs in Cornwall, just as I practically felt sand in my shoes as I walked the shores of the lowlands in South Carolina. We couldn’t make our trip to see my mother-in-law in Vienna, but I channeled a magnificent performance of Vivaldi. Sadly, I

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