Thursday, July 02, 2020


Wiesel Family— Teaneck, New Jersey

In 2016, Effie and Ruchie Wiesel of Teaneck, and their three daughters, Doreet, 19; Nava, 18; and Liat, 14, made aliyah. They began their new life in Israel in the Galilee village of Moreshet, a less obvious choice for American olim, as there are fewer English speakers living there than in other popular aliyah destinations. Even


Jodi Fishbein— Livingston, New Jersey

Fishbein, 20, made aliyah in December 2017. She is in her second year of national service and works as a ghost writer/translator for the foreign ministry—which she describes as a “lifelong dream.” Fishbein grew up in a very Zionist house and was motivated by the ability to actively advocate on behalf of Israel at the


Rabbi Avi and Leah Herzog—Fair Lawn, New Jersey

The Herzogs made aliyah with Nefesh B’Nefesh last summer after years of working in local Jewish education in New Jersey. Leah was a Judaic studies teacher at Ma’ayanot Yeshiva High School for Girls in Teaneck for 13 years, while also serving as director of Israel guidance. Rabbi Avi Herzog was a lifelong educator teaching at


Drs. Yossi and Steffie Sipzner—Teaneck, New Jersey

Yossi grew up in West Orange and attended Joseph Kushner Hebrew Academy in Livingston through high school. He studied dentistry at UMDNJ and was an associate at Smile Central Dental for five years. Steffie (Lempel) grew up in Lakewood, New Jersey, where she attended Bezalel Hebrew Day School and Hillel High School. A graduate of


Yoram Raanan—Bloomfield, New Jersey

Raanan is one of Israel’s most successful contemporary Jewish artists. He is inspired by the land’s beauty, as well as its biblical heritage and people. His paintings hang in multiple locations in Jerusalem, including the Waldorf Astoria Hotel and the Wolfson Museum of Jewish Art. He has others in museums, galleries and private


Zehava Arky— Morristown, New Jersey

Arky, along with her partner, Bruria Efune, developed a full-suite digital marketing agency called Aleph to Zee, which earlier in 2019 won first place at the Nefesh B’Nefesh’s inaugural Entrepreneur Boot Camp Pitch Night. It is designed to offer high-quality digital marketing solutions while serving as a training academy for


Jerusalem Lights Up the Night In Purple in Support of Shalva’s Children With Disabilities

(Courtesy of Shalva) This Chanukah, Jerusalem kicked off the holiday season dressed in purple to support the Shalva organization, which provides direct-care services to over 2,000 individuals with disabilities and their families. As millions of Jews around the world gathered to celebrate the festival of lights


Jewish Man Attacked in New York

(Arutz Sheva) A 28-year-old man spewed anti-Semitic hate as he allegedly attacked an Orthodox Jewish man in Midtown Manhattan, police said Tuesday, according to the New York Post.

Police say the suspect, Steven Jorge, punched


Report: Netanyahu Puts Jordan Valley Annexation on Hold

(JNS) Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu canceled a meeting of an inter ministerial team that was deliberating the annexation of the Jordan Valley following the International Criminal Court’s (ICC) decision to launch a probe into alleged Israeli “war crimes” against the


2019 Immigration to Israel Hits Highest Number in a Decade

(JNS) An estimated 34,000 immigrants moved to Israel in 2019—the largest number per year in the past decade, according to numbers published by the Jewish 


The data includes those who immigrated during the period of January-November 2019 and the number


Fundraising Continues for Chavat Eitam, In Memory of Ari Fuld, HY”D

On Monday evening, December 16, Yoel and Chaya Fuld, cousins of Ari Fuld, HY”D, opened their home to Steve Gar and Elyashiv Kimchi, who are on a cross-country mission to raise funds for Chavat Eitam, the expanse of land located adjacent to Efrat that is being developed as an educational farm for youth in Israel and


Michal Katz Is Loving Life at Midreshet Lindenbaum

Michal Katz, daughter of Avi and Rebecca Katz, grew up in Teaneck and after graduating from Yeshivat Frisch last year, is now learning at Ohr Torah Stone’s Midreshet Lindenbaum. Katz was chosen to be a member of Midreshet Lindenbaum’s first cohort of the Matmidot Scholars program. In addition to a special program in