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A Gitten Erev Shabbos Perspective on Education

A very wise woman, also a former neighbor and colleague, used to wish me a “gitten erev Shabbos” (a good pre-Shabbat) every Friday afternoon. If I would visit her on a Friday afternoon, I would see her table immaculately set, smell delicious food cooking, and stand in awe of the calm and grace that she embodied as she extended this wish

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Jewish Day-School Educator Training Group Releases Five Tips for Teachers Returning to Virtual Learning

Hidden Sparks shares guidance for schools reverting to virtual learning due to COVID precautions.

(Courtesy of Hidden Sparks) With many of the region’s Jewish day schools likely transitioning back and forth this year between in-person and virtual learning as a result of positive

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OU’s Teach Coalition Expands to Florida

(Courtesy of Teach FL) Tuition woes, emergency fundraising, late payroll…sound familiar? Unfortunately, the struggle to stay afloat is a well-worn chapter in the chronicles of many Jewish day schools. Thanks to Teach Florida, a branch of the OU’s Teach Coalition, two Miami-based institutions can finally stop

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SAR: Developing the Potential of Every Student

(Courtesy of SAR) SAR is a mission-driven Modern Orthodox co-educational day school for students in nursery through 12th grade dedicated to fostering the development of the distinct potential of each child, giving students a rich and meaningful experiential Jewish education, and inculcating a love of learning.

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The State of Our Day Schools

The first serious study of Jewish day schools in America was published by Professor Alvin Schiff, a”h, in 1966. He was a pioneer in this field. At that time day schools were first beginning to experience success and growth. The Avi Chai Foundation, which has made day school education the centerpiece of its philanthropic activity in North

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Hike the Wild and Scenic Black River Gorge

This 6.5-mile moderate hike in the Black River County Park in Chester, New Jersey, traverses the wild and scenic gorge of the Black River, which features some of the most spectacular scenery in the state. It passes several historic buildings, including the ruins of a stone building by a waterfall in the

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Special Enrollment Period for Businesses

Are you a business owner looking for health insurance but could never enroll because of participation requirements? No worries; your group qualifies for a Special Enrollment Period (SEP). Yes, you read that correctly.

Open Enrollment is a yearly period when individuals/families and businesses can enroll

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How Can I Improve My Relationship With My In-Laws?

Dear Dr. Chani,

I have really been enjoying reading your column. It prompted me to think about some of my own relationships that could use help. The first one that came to my mind is my in-laws. I wish that they would be easier to deal with and would understand me better.

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Spotlight on Ami Avraham

Editor's Note: We are thrilled to introduce Harry Glazer's new monthly column, Jewish Link Super Fan of the Month.

Ami Avraham is a bundle of frenetic and always-friendly energy. He is a manager in the tax department at the EisnerAmper accounting firm in Iselin and he specializes in high net

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Remembering Our Neighbors

When we mention to people that we moved to the Teaneck area we often hear responses such as, “Oh, you are living in a very high-class neighborhood,” or “We could never live there; too much keeping up with the Joneses.” We have learned over the years that this warm and caring community is composed of very special people, many of whom

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Jake Goes West: Pike’s Peak or Bust

It was almost 20 years ago to the day that Jake Rabinowitz and his daughter, Debra, traveled out to Colorado Springs, in southern Colorado, on one of those corporate junkets still popular at the time. Belle, Jake’s wife, was too busy at work to get away for the four-day trip, so Debra, a student, went

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The Lost History of the Beaches of the Hudson River

Over the past few months I have been exploring the Palisades Interstate Park. It’s mind boggling to me that this gem of a natural area, also chock full of so much history, has been within five miles of my home for my entire life! I also think it’s really

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