Wednesday, June 07, 2023


Musicians of All Ages Invited to Audition for Performing Ensembles

The JCC Thurnauer School of Music, New Jersey’s leading community music school, invites musicians from the tri-state area to its Fall Ensemble Auditions on Sunday, September 11.

“We are very excited to begin our 33rd season at the JCC Thurnauer School of Music,” said founding director Dorothy


Bezalel Grads Win Prestigious International Animation Award

Jerusalem—The Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, Israel’s first institute of higher education, announced that two of its graduates won first place for original design in the 2016 Animation Block Party Awards. The Animation Block Party is the largest animation festival on the East Coast of the United States, dedicated to exhibiting the


‘Sharing Seats’ Takes Kids Out to the Ballgame

Enhancing lives, one seat at a time. That’s the motto of the non-profit organization called Sharing Seats. According to Noah Falkenstein, Sharing Seats’ Executive Director, “Our goal at Sharing Seats is to provide sick and disadvantaged children and their families with the unique opportunity to


A Gift of 40 Years

On Friday, God willing, my wife Lisa and I will be married for 40 years.

In 1976, the year of our marriage, the nation had just celebrated its 200 thbirthday, its bicentennial.

A bridal party could actually rent red, white and blue tuxedos,


Lone Soldiers Benefit From Bar Mitzvah Boy’s Chesed

On July 6, Rosh Chodesh Tammuz, Yair Konigsberg of Bergenfield celebrated his Bo BaYom Bar Mitzvah at Camp Mesorah. Yair and his Shalhevet division prepared care packages for the lone soldiers making aliyah on the Nefesh B’Nefesh charter flight. This week, as the family gears up for his Bar Mitzvah celebration, they


The Torah’s Perspective on Friendship in Marriage

Part 1

A highlight of our summer was when our family gathered together for a “Shabbaton” where we had the privilege of “shepping” nachas from our children and grandchildren. Among the lively conversation and great food, there was, however, one disturbing conversation


Medical Discovery: Talmudic Study Methods Work Best

Modern medicine has made an amazing discovery: Medical students who team up have a better chance of making the right diagnosis.

As MedPage Today reported, medical students who worked in pairs to solve diagnostic problems were more likely to arrive at the correct diagnosis than those who worked


Tu B’Av and the Difficult Shidduch

This past week we celebrated Tu B’Av, which is considered one of the happiest days of the year. (See Mishnah Ta’anit 4:8.) At least one of the reasons is that Tu B’Av was the day when marriage proposals were made and the women would go and dance in the fields to attract young men. Today Tu B’Av is thought of as a good day to get


Put the Past Where It Belongs

Yesterday’s the past, tomorrow’s the future, but today is a gift. That’s why it’s called the present. ~ Bil Keane

In one of the most widely watched Ted talks, Tony Robbins asks the question of why we do what we do. This is a powerful question that shapes (or at least should shape) our


The Dark Side of Emoji?

It’s hard to believe that an alphabet consisting entirely of pictures would ever be accepted into society, but the unthinkable has happened… in Ancient Egypt! Hieroglyphics are taking the pyramids by storm! Undoubtedly no one in the future will understand them, but for now they’re amazing at reminding everyone when


The New Olympics

Have you been watching the Olympics? You know, the ones in Rio where the athletes are receiving special mosquito netting and bug spray so they don’t get the Zika virus? The ones that are on television 24 hours a day so you don’t know if you are watching a record being set or it was set eight hours earlier and you missed it? The


Looking Back

I noticed that kids nowadays don’t know what station wagons are. At least the kids I have nowadays. I showed them a picture and asked, “What is this?” and they didn’t know. One of them guessed it was a limousine.

Okay so a station wagon is kind of a limousine, if after the rich people

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