Tuesday, March 28, 2023


Former US Ambassador to Costa Rica Pivots to a Starring Role

Stafford Fitzgerald Haney, US Ambassador to Costa Rica from 2015 to 2017, former Englewood resident, international businessman, speaker of five languages, son of an African-American civil rights activist, husband of a rabbi and father of four, may have finally added the experience that will truly make him “the


Five Steps to a Winning College Application

Many seniors will soon be knee-deep in the college application process. As a former admissions officer and longtime college consultant, I have learned that getting into your first-choice college is not only about grades, scores and extracurricular activities, but also about how you manage the college application process.

Once you’ve identified your top-choice


Ensuring and Supporting Jewish Unity

Having transitioned smoothly to a new position, I find myself compelled to cast a backward glance and spend a few moments in reflection.

After 40 years of administration in Modern Orthodox elementary schools (22 years at the Hebrew Academy of Five Towns and Rockaway, and 18 years at Manhattan


Do Not Say ‘If I Have Time I Will Study…’ (Avot 2:5)

The Jewish people have been blessed with a great many brilliant minds. For most of history, these scholars’ contributions were mainly in the area of Talmud, Bible and Halacha. By the Middle Ages, great rabbis were also contributing to the fields of philosophy, medicine, astronomy, cartography, poetry, grammar and finance. In the


Just Visiting

Yom Kippur is a good time to work on our mitzvot, such as the mitzvah of bikur cholim. Especially since no one you know is feeling well.

Not a lot of people give thought to the mitzvah of bikur cholim. Well, except for the organization called “Bikur Cholim.” Most people just sometimes happen


The Life of Herzl Melcer AKA Lt. Iwan Siemienowicz Pidlowskij

(Continued from last week)

Part 3

Herzl had been wounded during a battle on March 26, 1945, and died the following day, March 27. He had been a second lieutenant in charge of a rifle platoon and had received the medallion of the Red Star for


Seth Leavitt and A&H Send Salamis to Houston

Like the rest of the country, Englewood resident Seth Leavitt was shocked and horrified by the news coming out of Houston in the wake of Hurricane Harvey. Unlike many, however, he was well positioned to offer assistance.

When he saw photos and heard stories of the devastation


Lessons From Our Children

What started off as two simple Sundays turned out to be two days when I learned a huge lesson from my daughter and her friends.

A few Sundays ago my 9-year-old daughter and a friend were playing together at the other girl’s house. After a while they wanted to start a lemonade stand


How Can My Perfect Match Refuse to Date Me?

People who know us well think that “Shira” and I would make a perfect match. Not because we match up on the outside, but because they feel we would be great together and complement each other’s qualities. We know a lot of people in common and it’s come up so many times. I’ve seen Shira at friends’ weddings and other


Jordana and Asher Tanenbaum Welcome Their ‘Miracle’ Baby

Jordana (Bier) and Asher Tanenbaum of Englewood, New Jersey, welcomed a baby boy, Austin James, on August 22, 2017. His maternal grandparents are Andrea and Bryan Bier of West Orange, New Jersey. His paternal grandparents are Dr. Barton and Arleen Tanenbaum of Beverly Hills, California.



Talia Mizikovsky Found Her Bashert, Aaron Jordan, at Williams College

Talia Mizikovsky and Aaron Jordan were married on August 27 at Flowerfield Celebrations in St. James, Long Island. Rabbi Joe Wolfson of the NYU Bronfman Center was the mesader kiddushin. The kallah, daughter of Esther Chalom of Englewood, is the director of Jewish Student Life for Hillel of Northern New Jersey. After the Moriah


Coming to Terms With my Dementia

We have been living in Teaneck/Bergenfield for almost five years. We moved in on the day that Hurricane Sandy struck. The truth is, it wasn’t so bad. We lived in our daughter’s house for a few weeks and she had electricity on and off for a while. During the storm a tree came down on our house but caused little damage and the

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