Thursday, August 11, 2022


Rabbi JJ Schacter Speaks on 70th Anniversary of Buchenwald Liberation

Teaneck—The audience listened with rapt attention as Rabbi Dr. Jacob J. “JJ” Schacter described incidents about his father’s experiences as the first Jewish chaplain to enter Buchenwald after its liberation 70 years ago. Rav Schacter spoke at Congregation Rinat Yisrael on the combined occasions of the 70th anniversary of


Here Lies...

I have never attended a fun funeral. They always seem to be sad and rightfully so. Some are sadder than others, the stories too heartbreaking to mention, the lives cut way too short. Some are celebrations of a full life, a life filled with a wonderful marriage, children, grandchildren, and what I always consider to be the ultimate blessing,


“Watch” Out

The latest new gadget that’s been catching the attention of tech lovers and consumers everywhere is undoubtedly the Apple Watch. Announced by Apple last year and being released on April 24, the Watch is the company’s first new type of product since it created the iPad tablet. It’s also possibly their least practical;


Parenting Dilemmas: Handling Tough Questions

As we have just completed Yom Hashoah and move toward Yom Hazikaron, we are once again confronted by many tough questions. Watching videos and listening to difficult stories of survivors will inevitably evoke feelings of sadness, anger, shock, and disappointment. Even after many years of commemorating Yom Hashoah and studying the history of


What’s With the Turkeys?

There we were, driving along New Bridge Road towards Hackensack, when suddenly the traffic in our direction slowed down. On the right sidewalk, further ahead, we saw a man jogging in place and just staring. We wondered what was going on. In the other direction, the traffic was at a total standstill and then suddenly we saw what


Medieval Times, Worth Your Time?

I have seen the commercials and boy does Medieval Times look amazing. I always wondered, do they really not offer forks and knives with your dinner? My interest was always piqued, but never enough to purchase tickets for a show at Medieval Times in Lyndhurst, New Jersey. Only 15 minutes from Teaneck, the


We Need to Talk

We need to talk about death. More specifically, we need to talk about your death. I know, you don’t want to think about what may happen to you when you die. But by giving no thought to death now, you’ll be worse off later.

At Hebrew Free Burial Association, time and again we are confronted with


USCIS Announces Work-Authorization Eligibility For Certain H-4 Spouses

Recently, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Director Leon Rodriguez announced that, effective May 26, 2015, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is extending eligibility for employment authorization to certain H-4 dependent spouses of H-1B nonimmigrants who are seeking employment-based lawful permanent


Teaneck to Montana: Highway 49 and the Vision Quest

Part I of III

Throughout American history, when Jews went West, the adventures and travails they faced on the road were not unique to them. In our times, this continues to be true: witness the following tale of a Teaneck family who heard the “call of the wild” and answered it:


Think Summer! Sleepaway Camp Tips for Parents

Tracy Levine did not have the ideal overnight camp experience, which she attributes to not attending the right camp for her. That is why now—as Director at One Happy Camper NJ (OHCNJ), a program of The Partnership for Jewish Learning and Life—she works tirelessly to help families find the right camp fit for their


The Success Story of Stan Steinreich

For Stan Steinreich, the world is an open conversation where barriers are broken through impactful, meaningful use of communication. Look at his accomplishments and one will see a man who has given the Jewish world much of his time, much of his efforts to see programs such as Birthright, the Jewish Federation for the Righteous,


Shemini: The Hyrax and the Hoopoe

Vayikra: 11: 1-29

A lonely hyrax sat on a windswept butte overlooking the verdant green valley below. He was a plump little fellow, about the size of a cat, who looked something like a rabbit who had eaten a few carrots too many—if you catch my drift—and he had deep brown fur with a white patch on

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