Saturday, August 15, 2020


Pucks, Sticks, and Pads

With its soft opening over and its formal opening coming in mid-late January, the John T. Wright Arena will soon be open for ice skating again and the newly incorporated non-profit, Friends of John T. Wright Arena (FJTWA), is looking to help it be a success. Toward that end, they are collecting used hockey gear and equipment because one of the biggest barriers to


An Appreciation: Rabbi Jack Sable, 87

Rabbi Jack Sable, the architect of Riverdale’s post-war Orthodox Jewish community, has died at the age of 87. Rabbi Yitz Greenberg, who succeeded Sable as rabbi of the Riverdale Jewish Center and a Jewish pioneer in his own right, offered the eulogy.

Jack Sable brought life to the barren landscape of Orthodox Jewish life in the 1950s when Orthodoxy, decimated


News Briefs

Alpha Epsilon Pi Joins the Conference of Presidents

New York—The international Jewish fraternity, Alpha Epsilon Pi (AEPi), has been accepted, via election, as a member of the Conference of Presidents. The admission of AEPi reflects the organization’s commitment to involve the next generation of leaders. Acting on the unanimous recommendation of the


The Beauty of Jerusalem


Bi-Partisan Sanctions Bill Heads Toward Veto

Last Thursday, a bipartisan group of twenty-six Senators co-sponsoring the Nuclear Weapon Free Iran Act of 2013 – thirteen Democrats and thirteen Republicans – formally unveiled the bill which would add sanctions against Iran if it does not meet the terms of the agreements being drafted in Geneva. Rumors indicated that the bill would allow Israel to attack


Celebrating Project Ezrah’s Community of Active Partners

Teaneck, NJ—Over 500 guests braved snowy weather and slick roads to attend Project Ezrah’s recent annual dinner. The event honored those who have been so extremely helpful both financially and with acts of chesed, beginning with the Project Ezrah Board and staff taking a moment to honor the memory of an Ish Chessed, Ted Mirkhani,


Open Orthodoxy: Pushing the Envelope or Crossing the Line?

Ripples are currently radiating around the Modern Orthodox community in response to bold moves made by colleagues of Rabbi Avi Weiss and the students from the controversial yeshiva he founded in Riverdale, Chovevei Torah (YCT). The president of the yeshiva is Rabbi Asher Lopatin, who also serves as the spokesman. He is the point man of a new, highly


Remembering Ted Mirkhani - An Ish Chesed

Englewood—“When one leaves behind family, friends and associates who perpetuate his values, that person will always be amongst us,” said Rabbi Yossie Stern, executive director of Project Ezrah. This description was one of many heartfelt tributes poured out this week as people heard of the passing of Ted Mirkhani, z”l.

Mirkhani, 40, may



Xmas at the Knesset

MK Hana Sweid (Hadash) has asked Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein (Likud) to place a Christmas tree “at the entrance [to the Knesset], or another visible place, as you see fit.” Sweid said this was not a political statement and also proposed a bill to shut down the Knesset on Christmas, New Years and Easter. The request is under


JLE Celebrates 28th Annual Dinner

This year marks the 28th anniversary of the Jewish Learning Experience’s (JLE) founding as a grassroots, independent adult outreach organization in Bergen County, New Jersey. Its mission is to reacquaint Jewish adults with their religious heritage through classes demonstrating the relevance of the Torah in contemporary times, experiential programs, and


A Crown Has Fallen: Edgar M. Bronfman, 84

New York—It was 1990, and in a place far away, in a beautiful city called Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzogovina, civil war was raging and the city’s Jewish community was trapped between Christian and Muslim forces. In New York City, a World Jewish Congress meeting took place in the Seagram Building. Mega-philanthropist/Jewish activist Edgar Miles Bronfman, son of


Newt Gingrich Comes to Cedar Market

Newt Gingrich and his wife Callista held a book signing for his new book, Breakout: Pioneers of the Future, Prison Guards of the Past, and the Epic Battle That Will Decide America’s Fate, at Teaneck’s Cedar Market on December 17.

Store owner Yossi Hollander described Mr. Gingrich as “very good, a very nice fellow- very warm and very