Wednesday, December 07, 2022


Sheep and Shepherds in Jewish Day Schools

A few years ago the Mandel Center for Studies in Jewish Education published a thoughtful piece on “Avoiding Excellent Sheep in Jewish Day Schools.” It focused on the lack of fostering independence and the omission of out-of-the-box thinking that is often found in our schools. Thankfully, much of that has changed with the cadres of young


Teach NJ Scores Another Legislative Victory to Enhance STEM Education

Leave it to Teach NJ to enlist the state legislature to take an innovative new New Jersey state government program that assists day schools and yeshivot in providing STEM education and make it much better.

Four years ago, Teach NJ, part of the national Teach Coalition—an arm


Camp Sdei Chemed Welcomes New Camp Rabbi

(Courtesy of Camp Sdei Chemed) Camp Sdei Chemed welcomes Rabbi Yechiel Weberman for Summer 2023 as Camp Rabbi!

Rabbi Weberman grew up in Miami Beach. After learning in Eretz Yisroel, he went to Shaar Yashuv, where he currently gives a weekly shiur at night in the Shaar kiruv program. He has also


Michelle Rojas-Tal: Educating on Israel

Michelle Rojas-Tal’s life as a Jerusalemite who spent the past few years traveling around North America to educate audiences about Israel is a vastly different experience from her childhood and teenage years growing up in a housing project in Queens, New York. The child of a Puerto Rican father and Jewish mother,


Time for Pandemic Teshuva

Recently, an article was published in The Atlantic by Professor Emily Oster which generated a lot of controversy. It was entitled, “Let’s Declare a Pandemic Amnesty,” and argued that we should not dwell on mistakes made during the pandemic. Everyone did the best they could—now let’s move on.



Judaism Has No Labels

A further discussion on the topic introduced by Rav Chaim Strauchler.

Through my years in the rabbinate, I was and am still often asked which stream I belong to, Modern Orthodox, Charedi, Yeshivish, etc. My answer has always been that I belong to none of the


The Great Big Vote - Sunday, Nov. 6th in Teaneck


German Public Reaction to Kristallnacht on November 9-10, 1938

The Pogrom

Between the late evening hours of November 9 and the early morning of November 10, 1938, gangs of German brownshirts and the SS destroyed and firebombed 267 synagogues throughout Germany, Austria and the Sudetenland. Historian Richard Evans said the police and the SS


Adventures in the Magical Harry Potter Forbidden Forest Experience

Grab your wands and broomsticks, for the wizard-gathering at Harry Potter: A Forbidden Forest Experience in Westchester, New York. The entirety of FDR State Park, which is about a 50-minute drive from Teaneck, has been converted into a wooded wonderland featuring magical creatures and


Jewish Link Contest Winners Enjoy Chickies

Congrats to Anne Goldner of New Rochelle for winning the Jewish Link's Chol Hamoed Activity Contest! Here she is enjoying her Chickies prize with her grandchildren, the Leitmans of Fair Lawn.


אולפן עברית

Learn the words in Hebrew to figure out the joke below:

When are - כַּאֲשֶׁר

Drinking- שׁוֹתֶה

Cup of tea - כּוֹס תֵּה

Feel - חָשׁ


Live From West Orange: It’s the Unorthodox Podcast

Tablet Magazine’s Unorthodox podcast graced West Orange with a special live recording at B’nai Shalom on Thursday, November 3. The popular podcast, which calls itself “the universe’s leading Jewish podcast,” is hosted by Tablet’s senior editor, Mark Oppenheimer; Tablet’s deputy editor, Stephanie Butnick; and

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