Wednesday, June 03, 2020

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Explosion in Anti-Semitic Violence Requires More Forceful Response Than Just More Educational Programming

There were two items in last week’s JLNJ (December 26, 2019) related to a pending Highland Park Borough Council anti-Semitism, anti-BDS resolution, that give me cause for concern.

The first item was the report of Assemblyman Gary Schaer’s discussion at the Orthodox forum in our area on December 21


Not Just Another Statement About Anti-Semitism

Thoughts and prayers; expressions of outrage; hand-wringing, finger-pointing, and bickering on social media…ENOUGH!

On behalf of everyone at Jewish Federation in the Heart of New Jersey, our hearts break and our blood boils from the impact of anti-Semitism, the loss of life, the spread of hate


‘Never Again’ Must Be More Than All Talk

This past Shabbat Chanukah, Rabbi Pruzansky, in his eloquent, erudite approach to imparting concerns of important topics in the community, focused this week on the issue of defense in times of attack.

We all are terrorized with the current pervasive threat hovering around the world elicited by the


Fighting Back Against Anti-Semitism

Anti-Semitism is well defined by the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance as “a certain perception of Jews, which may be expressed as hatred toward Jews. Rhetorical and physical manifestations of antisemitism are directed toward Jewish or non-Jewish individuals and/or their property, toward Jewish community institutions and


Representing Widow Of the Jersey City Shooting

When I reflect on December 10, 2019, I think about Douglas Miguel Rodriguez Barzola. I wonder how he started his day, if he noticed anything different on his way to work at JC Kosher Supermarket in Jersey City. As a father, I imagine thoughts of family were on his mind—of his wife, Martha, and his 11-year-old


Thank You Glicks

In the issue of December 12, 2019, Rabbi Mordechai and Nina Glick wrote an article on “Lessons Learned From Mr. Rogers.” Despite the benign title of the article, this piece was powerful and gutsy. The authors describe the rejection of a niece by a family because she chose a gay lifestyle. As the article states, “Where is the sanity in


Highland Park Must Condemn Anti-Semitism

Dear Editor:

Anti-Semitism is well defined by the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance’s as 

a certain perception of Jews, which may be expressed as hatred toward Jews. Rhetorical and physical manifestations of


Mourning the Victims of Jersey City

I am mourning Leah Minda Ferencz, Moshe Deutsch and all other victims of the horrific terrorist attack in Jersey City. Make no mistake: they were targeted for being Jewish. Anti-Semitism is a cancer on the world and it must be stamped out wherever it rears its ugly head. This poisonous hate can never and will never be


Speak With Love, Not Fear

In “A Response to ‘The First Modern Orthodox Jew: Two Models’” (December 5, 2019), and “The First Modern Orthodox Jew: Two Models” (November 21, 2019), it behooves me to first state that I am neither a rabbi nor a member of any rabbinical organization. I am neither the bearer of any advanced degree in any


Vive la France!

It’s disappointing that The Jewish Link editors felt they have had to hide their Francophile natures (“Tipping Our Berets to France’s National Assembly,” December 5, 2019). My wife and I have been enjoying France for decades without concerns for “acceptability.” Sure, people would say “France is full of


Shabbat Is More Than a Tech Break

Thank you for a wonderful newspaper that connects us to each other and the larger community. It’s beautiful that teenagers are behind the initiative to get their peers to make Shabbat more serious and meaningful (“iKeep: Solving the Teen ‘Half-Shabbos’ Epidemic,” Dec. 11, 2019), and it’s wonderful that


Wake Up Highland Park Borough Council!

In the face of an alarming increase in anti-Semitic and anti-Israel feeling worldwide, many governing entities have belatedly recognized the problem and are starting to address it. Recent reports in the JLNJ, “French Parliament Passes Resolution That States Anti-Zionism is Anti-Semitism” (December 5), “Trump to Sign