Thursday, March 23, 2023


Jewish Home Hosts Innovative Intergenerational Bat Mitzvah Program

On Wednesday evening, February 17, the Jewish Home at Rockleigh hosted a unique bat mitzvah education program called, “One Generation Tells Another: An Interactive Conversation About Meaningful Jewish Living.”

The program was the brainchild of Rebbetzin Chani Krohn of the


Mysteries for Kids

Escape From Mr. Lemoncello’s Library

By Chris Grabenstein

Random House, 2013

Escape From Mr. Lemoncello’s Libraryis about a boy named Kyle Keeley who wins an


Celebrating the Life of Jewish Radio Personality Norman Laster, z”l

Norman Laster, a pioneer in the field of Jewish radio, died on Tuesday, March 15, at the age of 80. A long-time resident of Fair Lawn, Mr. Laster was best known for the radio programs he produced and hosted for decades. His signature program was the “Neshama” segment of Nachum Segal’s “Jewish Music in the


Transitioning to Self-Employment

For Americans who aren’t confident they are saving enough for a comfortable retirement, one response is to work longer. Theoretically, this gives you more years to save and fewer years to live on savings. The math for extending your earning years makes sense, but research and anecdotal evidence suggest it’s not as easy as telling your


The Importance of Building Trust

“The glue that holds all relationships together—including the relationship between the leader and the led—is trust, and trust is based on integrity.” – Brian Tracy

Perhaps the most trusted American of all time was George Washington. Washington led our nation militarily and then


Pomegranate Giving for Youth Day Seeks to Perform ‘In-Reach’

Six months have passed since Rosh Hashana 5776 and during that time, Klal Yisrael has lost 57 neshamos in the tri-state area (below the age of 35) to suicide and drug and alcohol overdoses.

“Considerable effort has been focused on Jewish outreach, but what about in-reach, dealing with our own


AIPAC Applause and the Mob Mentality

During every single speech from the AIPAC Policy Conference’s general sessions, where the entire population in attendance assembled in the Verizon Center, it felt to me as if the audience applauded every two minutes. If the speaker said something that most of the audience even vaguely agreed with, and of course there were a ton of sound


We Are Embarrassed

We were driving back from Montreal on Shushan Purim and could not believe the discussions that were taking place on the radio. It didn’t really matter which station we turned to—it was everywhere! The latest vital information regarding the presidential race in the Republican Party had to do with the candidates’ very private lives,


Violins of Hope

Restored violins from the Holocaust serve as testaments to the human spirit.

The violin has been deeply ingrained in Jewish tradition for hundreds of years. The instrument so resonated within Judaism’s warm embrace of culture and the arts, that it inspired some of the most


Chometz Cleaning Tips

1. Pesach cleaning is a major point of contention in many households. For example, you want to clean as much as possible, but you have someone in your way saying that half of what you’re cleaning isn’t necessary for Pesach anyway. You know this. But you’re getting rid of germs, and who really takes their house apart again after Pesach


Heart Attack? Nope...It’s Passover Time!

When you feel a tightness in your chest, it can mean several things. Heart attack, panic attack or you just received a message from one of your in-laws. All sorts of things can be the cause. Some of us go on WebMD, some of us call our doctors and some of us just take a shot of tequila and hope it will subside. For the past few weeks, this


What Jewish Day Schools Can Learn From Pop Culture

Part I

My friend and colleague Rivy Poupko Kletenik, Head of School at Seattle Hebrew Academy, recently commented on the Oscar-nominated movie The Martianand its message for day schools. During a manned mission to Mars, Astronaut Mark Watney is presumed dead after a

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