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Monday, October 18, 2021
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The Case for Yiddish

I grew up in a mixed marriage. My mother came from a religious Zionist home and my father from a secularist Bundist family. I spoke Yiddish with my father and learned Hebrew at school; my family kept Shabbes and kosher, and still attended klezmer and Yiddish folk arts festivals. Camp Ramah, KlezKamp, Young Israel synagogues and a

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Integration Into Our Communities

Being a Jew in a modern community such as Teaneck or Fair Lawn or Livingston puts you in a unique but divisive position. On one hand, it’s important for you to be a part of your Jewish community—whether being a shul member, going to simchas and events, or just joining in with other People of the Book. On the other hand, there’s the

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Women’s History Month: Eleanor and Esther

In a time where the role of women in society was restricting, Eleanor Roosevelt chose not to conform to conventional standards and went on to become one of the greatest political and moral leaders of her time.

Eleanor Roosevelt, daughter of the beautiful debutante Rebecca Hall and

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License to Smile

I think that there’s something that we all have in common: We don’t like how we look in license photos. In fact, I think they take a horrible picture in the first place so that we’ll be embarrassed to get pulled over. And it’s even worse now that New Jersey no longer allows smiling on licenses. Apparently, it’s because some

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Full Circle in the Art World

“Jewish Life Cycles: Rites of Passage and Milestones” a Partnership2Gether project from the Jewish Federation of Northern New Jersey will be exhibited at the Belskie Museum of Art & Science. Sheryl Intrator Urman is curating the

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Ari Ne’eman, Pres. of Autistic Self Advocacy Network, Earns Ruderman Prize

Boston In continuing its commitment to advocating for the full inclusion of people with disabilities into society, the Ruderman Family Foundation (RFF) announced today that it will award the second annual Morton E. Ruderman Award in Inclusion to Ari Ne’eman, President of the Autistic Self Advocacy Network and Member of

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Purim ‘Happenings’ at Ben Porat Yosef

There were lots of activities going on at Ben Porat Yosef around Purim this year. Some highlights of the week included the following:

With 7,000 mishloach manot to assemble, Project EZRAH once again partnered with Ben Porat Yosef students to get the job done. Thanks to Ben

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JKHA Celebrates Shushan Purim

Shushan Purim was a busy day at the Joseph Kushner Hebrew Academy and Rae Kushner Yeshiva High School! The student’s schedule was jam-packed with fun and entertainment. JKHA lower school students participated in a musical parade through the high school, had their faces painted, played

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JEC Students Show Their Purim Spirit

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To Encourage Daf Yomi B’Halacha Rav Malkiel Kotler Meets Lakewood Rabbonim

New Machzor to Start Chelek Aleph of Mishnah Berurah, on 2 Nissan/March 22

Rav Malkiel Kotler, Rosh Yeshiva of Beth Medrash Govoha, hosted a meeting in his home with senior Lakewood rabbanim such as Rav Shmuel Meir Katz, senior Dayan of Beth Medrash Govoha, Rav

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Shushan Purim at Yavneh

Students at Yavneh Academy celebrated Shushan Purim by coming to school dressed in costume and participating in the Wild n’ Whacky Challenge and a special lower school carnival prepared by Yavneh’s Bnot Sherut Leumi, Michal and Reut.

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Hidden Truths

On September 11, 1978, the Bulgarian Secret Police, assisted by the KGB, murdered defector and dissident Georgi Markov on the Waterloo Bridge in London using a mechanism that shot a ricin-filled pellet out of the tip of an umbrella. Then, in 1980, a French film, The Umbrella Coup,included the same poisonous weapon,

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