Thursday, March 23, 2023


Lahav Harkov: Opening a Window to Israeli Democracy

New Jersey native Lahav Harkov knows Israeli politics inside out. She spent eight years as the Jerusalem Post’s Knesset reporter and the last three as the news outlet’s senior contributing editor and diplomatic correspondent. She has interviewed dozens of senior Israeli leaders, including Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as


Is Your Child Artsy? Find Out This Summer At the Art and Imagination Camp

Does your daughter or son have an artistic streak? You might be surprised!

Natalia Kadish is excited to reintroduce the community to the Art and Imagination Camp, which will be catering to children between the ages of 6 and 12 this summer. Two week sessions will begin July 3 and continue until


Kaplen JCC Celebrates Special Birthdays

(Courtesy of Kaplen JCCOTP) The Kaplen JCC on the Palisades has a senior program unlike any other. This week, they were able to celebrate a 103-year-old’S birthday along with a 3-year old’s birthday in their senior and early childhood programs. A joint celebration like this is what makes JCC programs so


Yagdil Torah

In 1962 I was awarded a scholarship to attend Yeshiva Kol Torah in Bayit Vegan in Jerusalem where there was a promising young rosh yeshiva named Rabbi Shlomo Zalman Auerbach. Unfortunately at that time it was not usual for high school graduates to go off to Israel for a year or two and my father, z”l did not allow me to


אולפן עברית

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

tell me - סַפֵּר לִי

 story - סִפּוּר

 which - אֵיזֶה

  about a kid who had  - עַל


Four of a Kind

A poker player, I’m not. But even I know that “four of a kind” beats “three of a kind.” And that is the story of Purim in a nutshell. It was the diabolical Haman who set out on a three-fold mission to destroy, slay and exterminate the Jews (Esther 3:13). Yet, the best laid plans of mice and men … and infamous anti-Semites often


Chapter 12

Chapter 11 Summary:Yaffa is concerned that her mother doesn’t appreciate how difficult it will be for her to care for her husband when he comes home. She and Ari discuss whether their parents can afford to hire an aide.

Ilana walked slowly through the university grounds, looking around her in


Building Blocks of Torah

Reviewing: “ArchitecTorah: Architectural Ideas in Judaism and the Weekly Torah Portion” by Joshua Skarf. Urim Publications. 2023. English. Hardcover. 598 pages. ISBN-13:

The recent earthquakes in Turkey and Syria highlighted the importance of building


The Power of Hashgacha

Highlighting: “There’s More to the Story: A Treasure Trove of Precious Stories” by Rabbi Yechiel Spero. ArtScroll/Mesorah Publications. 2023. Hardcover. 288 pages. ISBN-13: 978-1422632994.

(Courtesy of Artscroll)

When you read a story


My Extended Family Holds Staff Appreciation Dinner

The volunteer “Big Brothers” of My Extended Family enjoying a staff appreciation dinner at Humble Toast and lunch at Mocha Bleu.


Getting Ready for Spring and Summer Smachot

Dear readers,

Quickly approaching are our springtime Jewish holidays: Purim, Passover and Shavuot. Soon enough, we will be shedding our warm winter layers that hid our figures.

Did you spend the winter season curled up on the couch with a cup of hot soup or


Four-Letter Words

Hate. This four-letter word—often underestimated—is arguably much more dangerous than any curse word our children can learn. We are not born with hate in our hearts. It is something that is taught, something that is passed down to our children. Often it is done innocuously, like when we say, “I hate this song” or “I hate

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