Saturday, June 03, 2023


A Message to the West Orange Community

Congresswoman Betty McCollum has introduced the “Defending the Human Rights of Palestinian Children and Families Living Under Israeli Military Occupation Act” (H.R. 3103) to prohibit Israel from using U.S. taxpayer dollars on the military detention, abuse or ill-treatment of Palestinian children in Israeli military detention; to support


Help ‘Kick Gastric Cancer in the Gut’ and Help Repair the World

In a world that seems to be in turmoil—economically, culturally and politically—there are some bright spots that warm my heart and give me hope for a brighter future.

Such was this past Sunday’s Kick Gastric Cancer in the Gut Walk, organized by the Gribetz family. The community’s support is


Day School Presidents: An Important Reason to Vote in This Year’s Primary Election

Jewish education is unparalleled as a means to inspire our children, grandchildren and all future generations to care about Judaism, develop a strong sense of Jewish identity and live authentically Jewish lives. When we walk the halls of our schools, we see Torah and our rich heritage come alive for the students, and we see the children and


Justice for Borgen

Everyone who has called and mobilized others to call Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg’s office and to contact New York Governor Kathy Hochul and other public officials about the cases involving Joseph Borgen’s attackers has made a difference. In May 2021, Borgen, a Jew, was severely beaten by five men while walking to pro-Israel


Help NORPAC Show Congress That Israel Is Our Priority

In November 1947 the U.N., due in large part to the influence of the United States, voted to partition Palestine into two states, one for the Jews and one for the Arabs.

Jewish political leaders in both the U.S. and Israel became aware that the U.S. was considering reversing that decision due to the


Reflections on Yom HaShoah

Throughout the week of Yom HaShoah, I had the privilege of accompanying my father to a number of local yeshiva day schools where he spoke with the students about his family’s story of survival during the Holocaust. I share this because, while much has been written in this and other publications about the issues facing our schools, such as


Open Letter to the Jewish Link Community: Pesach Is Past, NORPAC Is Coming—We Need You!

Ten Reasons to sign up today for the NORPAC Mission on May 10 ( https://mission.norpac.net):

1. You have the wonderful opportunity to wake up at the crack of dawn, daven with a minyan and ride down in the bus to Washington, D.C. to meet members of Congress in


MK Sofer Visits Yeshivat Frisch

In your recent coverage of Israeli Minister of Aliya Ofir Sofer’s visits to the US, you neglected to mention that he and his entourage spent a considerable amount of time at Yeshivat Frisch on Yom HaShoah (“Israeli Minister of Aliyah Ofir Sofer Visits the US” April 20, 2023).



Why Aren’t We Speaking Up About Evan Gershkovich?

Perhaps the media hasn’t made the fact clear enough: Evan Gershkovich is Jewish. This means that a Jew is being held hostage, which means the concept of pidyon shvuyim has been triggered: it is a mitzvah to help bring about the release of a fellow Jew who is wrongly imprisoned.

I remember how proud I was nearly 40 years ago to be a member of our community


An Issue to Demonstrate About

Kudos to Max Wisotsky for the point he made in his letter in the past issue (“Outreach Programs, Parlor Meetings, and Memos Will Not Stop Today’s Explosion of Antisemitism,” April 20, 2023). The demonstrations and protests he proposes would not have been appropriate in Europe or most of the Middle East, but America is a nation of


Jewish Day Schools Are Key to Our Legacy

I truly believe Mr. Steven Mayer has a lot to say about how we as a Jewish community can be a more valuable inspiration to our children and our community (“How Do We Make Ourselves Better” April 20, 2023).

As Jews, we are now facing a new holocaust. Too large a percentage of our generation of


Setting the Record Straight on Jeffries

In your last issue (April 20, 2023) you had a brief article calling into question Rep. Hakeem Jeffries’ recollection of a controversy involving his uncle Leonard Jeffries, who lost a professorship due to antisemitic remarks he had made (“House Minority Leader Under Fire for ‘Vague Recollection’ of Uncle’s Antisemitism” April 20,

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