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TeaneckTogether: A Harmony of Community and Connection

It was a cold day outside but warm within. On January 1, Jewish Center of Teaneck hosted the first TeaneckTogether Community Kumzitz and brought together the diverse threads of our community in a harmonious symphony.

Over 12 shuls from the greater Teaneck area were represented, each contributing its unique note to the collective melody. The Jewish Center, with its spacious hall, became a melting pot where individuals from all walks of life found common ground through the language of music. The melodies, orchestrated by Noah Solomon Chase and C. Lanzbom from Soulfarm, echoed through the hall, carrying with them a message of unity and togetherness.

The power of music lies not just in its ability to entertain but in its capacity to create an atmosphere that transcends the mundane. As the notes reverberated, age and background became irrelevant distinctions. Young and old, seasoned and new residents—all found themselves swaying to a rhythm that bound them together.

Central to the event was the heartfelt dvar Torah delivered by Rabbi Daniel Fridman, rabbi of the Jewish Center. He shared how in a world that often feels chaotic, we can guide our attention to what truly matters—the next generation. He spoke passionately about our children being the torchbearers of our legacy, emphasizing the collective responsibility to nurture and guide them. It was a moment of reflection, a pause in the festivities that carried a profound message of continuity and community.

As Rabbi Fridman spoke, the focus shifted to the children in attendance. Their laughter, their uninhibited dancing, created a sense of joy that momentarily eclipsed the troubles of the world. In those moments, the chaotic external reality seemed to dissipate, giving way to a collective celebration of life and unity.

The success of the TeaneckTogether Community Kumzitz lies not just in the music but in the shared experience it fosters. It’s about more than just enjoying an afternoon of tunes; it’s about forging memories and strengthening the web of connections that make Teaneck a unique and vibrant community.

The event served as a precursor to what will be an ongoing series of gatherings. Mark your calendars for the next event on Sunday, March 10th, Rosh Chodesh Adar II. The enchanting sounds of Simply Tzfat, visiting from Israel, will undoubtedly provide another opportunity for our community to come together and celebrate the beauty of unity.

In these events, we discover a respite from the routine, a space where the warmth of togetherness melts away the chill of the outside world. The words of Rabbi Fridman linger in our minds—our children are our future, and the shared joy we witnessed in their dance is a testament to the enduring spirit of our community.

So, whether you were tapping your feet, swaying to the tunes, or simply soaking in the atmosphere, know that you were part of something more significant—a community that finds warmth in unity, even on the coldest of times. Let the spirit of TeaneckTogether permeate our daily lives, fostering unity, strength and a shared sense of purpose. See you all on March 10 and please visit www.teanecktogether.com to stay updated about another unforgettable afternoon of peace, harmony and connection.


Dr. Josh Schwarzbaum is a coach and a triple board certified physician in emergency medicine, addiction medicine, and emergency medical services. You can lean more about his work at www.healthyinside.net

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