Friday, August 06, 2021


Light in the Darkness

As Teaneck continues to reel from the tragic accident that took place outside our largest synagogue, it would likely be impossible to find someone local who isn’t connected to one or both of the victims in some way. Shelly Mermelstein, a”h, was a true baal chesed who was part of our community’s fabric on many levels. So, too, we are


Our Family’s Yachad Journey

Join us next motzei Shabbat at the Yachad Gala!

Every weeknight, we leave the door open for our son, Zev, to come home from Yachad’s Mendel Balk Center…and by 7 p.m., he runs through the door with a smile and his first question to us is: “Yachad tomorrow?” That’s his first thought


Taking the Chanukah Challenge

There’s a lot happening in our world. Every piece of news, each email, each buzz, ring and notification on our phones is more thought-provoking than the next. It’s enough to make our heads spin.

But we also know that decompressing with our families is the balm we need to soothe our souls, to get


Mourning With Jersey City

It is with deep sadness that we go to press on Wednesday evening, after a terrible two days for the New Jersey Jewish community. The nightmare in Jersey City has affected us all. But there is one spot of bright light: We acknowledge the heroic, impossible work of our law enforcement. As Jersey City’s small but growing Jewish enclave was


Tipping Our Berets to France’s National Assembly

We have had to hide our Francophile natures the past few decades – our love of classic French cooking terms (caramel, sauté, crème brûlée, etc., etc.), the wonderful kosher runs of classic French wines, the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, Gruyère, that beloved kosher falafel stand in Le Marais, the language and style of France itself (that


Mandelbit Says Netanyahu Can Remain Interim Premier While Under Indictment

(JNS) Israel’s Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit says that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu does not need to resign or take a leave of absence as interim prime minister due to the indictments against him.

“There is no


Mazal Tov to OHEL on Its 50th Annual Gala

Some of our readers and most of my friends and family know that before I launched The Jewish Link, I worked in the fundraising and nonprofit world for almost 18 years. In that time, I worked for a number of special institutions and among the most special and closest to my heart was OHEL, probably the largest Orthodox-run social


Enjoy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving.

It’s not, strictly speaking, a “Jewish” holiday, but there’s plenty about this last Thursday in November that feels familiar. For many families, it’s definitely still a yom tov.

For those who celebrate, it can mean a day of cooking


It’s About Time

Why is it that the U.N. and the U.S. liberal camp get to decide Israel’s sovereignty over its land?

The U.S. wasn’t attacked by the full Soviet-backed power of Egypt, Syria and Jordan in 1967 and 1973. Nor did it face the attack by five Arab countries before the ink was barely dry on the newborn


Precision-Guided Assassination Sends a Message

It was a shot between terrorism’s eyes.

An IAF precision-guided missile entered the Gaza window of Islamic Jihad commander Baha Abu Al-Ata and his wife, killing them both.

With this act, Israel has sent a compelling message to Hamas, Iran and indeed the world that


Experiencing the Promise of Our Children

A week after a Democratic presidential wannabe urged the carving up of the Memorandum of Understanding between Israel and the United States, over 400 high school students from New Jersey and across the nation lobbied members of Congress to keep that relationship sacred.

Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders told J-Street conference delegates that part of the $3.8


An Encouraging Pompeo Visit to Israel

We were encouraged that U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, if anything, to calm internal nerves.

Indeed, there have been rising concerns about Middle East stability since the Trump administration decided to withdraw U.S. forces from Northern Syria,

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