Friday, July 10, 2020


Boy Avenger

I began reading Jonathan Kirsch’s The Short Strange Life of Herschel Grynszpan: A Boy Avenger, A Nazi Diplomat and a Murder in Paris (Liveright Publishing Co., 2013,) with considerable skepticism. As Kirsch notes, Grynszpan, the 17-year-old assassin of Ernst vom Rath—the Third Secretary in the German Embassy in Paris, whose death was used by the Nazi as an


Budding Filmmakers: Names, Not Numbers© Training Begins at Moriah

Englewood—The camera was rolling at the Moriah School in Englewood, as 55 eighth graders—most of them grandchildren of survivors—listened intently to Jeanette Friedman, editor of the Jewish Link of Bergen County and president of The Wordsmithy, a publishing company specializing in Holocaust memoirs, explain how to conduct an interview with


After-School Program Gives Children New Ways to Shine

Max was 6 years old when his sister was diagnosed with leukemia. Abruptly, his life changed. Doctors’ appointments, treatments, and care became the family’s focus, and like many siblings of children with a serious illness, Max sometimes got lost in the shuffle. Then i-Shine swooped in.

i-Shine Teaneck is an innovative and unique program developed


Chovevei Torah Installs Rabbi Asher Lopatin

Riverdale—Yeshivat Chovevei Torah Rabbinical School (YCT) and its founder, Rabbi Avi Weiss, recently announce the appointment of Rabbi Asher Lopatin as its president. The official installation took place on Sunday, October 6, at Park East Synagogue in Manhattan. The event began with a roundtable discussion with Jewish leaders from across the denominational


Moriah 4th Grader Gets 1,700 YouTube Views in A Week

To kick off the academic year and create a greater sense of community and partnership between the school and students, Moriah School Spirit Day was celebrated on Rosh Chodesh Cheshvan. The entire school, dressed in blue and yellow, participated in various activities including a scavenger hunt, a Moriah-themed word search and a special picture at the Moriah photo booth.


SSDS Brings Green Idea to the Table

New Milford—Dr. Issa Salame spoke about genetically-modified organisms (GMO’s) to students at the Solomon Shechter Day School of Bergen County (SSDS) on October 11 as part of their yearlong initiative, Going Green Starts With Me.

A discussion about GMO’s does not intuitively fit in with the idea of going green, but as the fifth to eighth grade


Winning with Twinning: Bergen and Israeli Students Share Cultures and Classes

Paramus—Ten teachers from Northern New Jersey visited 10 teachers from Nahariya, Israel this summer. Now hundreds of Israeli and American students will be working together on sharing cultures and projects in their classrooms.

Partnership2Gether, an initiative of The Jewish Agency in Israel in conjunction with the Jewish Federation in the U.S.,


Keeping the Camp Spirit Alive

When the last day of camp approaches, campers and counselors lament over the fact that summer vacation is only two short months long. Phone numbers and email addresses are exchanged as everyone promises to keep in touch.

Fast forward just a few weeks into the school year and unfortunately the reality of different schools, different neighborhoods and


The Bostoner Rebbe Visits RYNJ

On October 10th students at RYNJ had the privilege to greet Rabbi Mayer Alter Horowitz shlita, the Bostoner Rebbe of Yerushalayim. The Rebbe was welcomed by 1st and 2nd grade students who recited out loud the bracha one says on seeing a great Rabbi. The Rebbe was then escorted to the RYNJ Beit Midrash where he addressed students in grades 5-8. The Rebbe


Sinai Opens Netivot: New Program for High School Graduates

Netivot, a new Teaneck-based Sinai Institute program for high school graduates looking to transition into adult life, began its inaugural year on September 9 with five participants. With 32 years running elementary schools in two locations, high schools in three and a group home for adult men, Sinai administrators thought it was time to fill a gap they had


The Secular College Campus: Can Orthodox Students Keep the Faith?

You’re a parent who has spent hundreds of thousands of dollars educating your child in Jewish day schools and maybe a year or two of yeshiva/seminary in Israel. Now you are sending him or her off to live at a secular college. Are you risking that investment?

That’s the question Rabbi Menachem Schrader asked himself more than a decade ago while teaching at


Is It Too Late to Refinance?

It seems like everywhere you turn, you’re hearing about rising mortgage rates and the unfortunate news that it’s too late to lower your bills with the snap of your fingers.  And with interest rates having risen approximately 1.5% in the past two months, it’s hard to argue with reality.

However, just because you didn’t jump on the opportunity earlier