Sunday, May 16, 2021


31 People Convicted in Claims Conference Scandal

New York—After years of controversy and asking who knew what when and how much money disappeared, the 2009 revelation of fraud at the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany (Claims Conference), has resulted in conviction of 31people who embezzled approximately $57 million in German monies meant for restitution for Holocaust survivors. Of the accused, 28


Lessons for A Community Newspaper From the Akeida From Akedat Yitzchak

What role should a new publication play within our community? These questions can only be answered if we identify what our communal challenges are.

One of the stories to which we turn when seeking guidance in challenging times is the story of Akedat Yitzchak. A dramatic moment in the story of the Akedah come as Avraham and his


Welcome To The Jewish Link of Bergen County

It is with much pride and joy that we present to the Jewish community in Bergen County our new free bi-weekly community newspaper – The Jewish Link of Bergen County ( aka The Jewish Link or JLBC). We would like to state first that this paper is founded with the goal of capturing what makes our dynamic and


Rosh Chodesh Riot at the Kotel

Jerusalem—Violence at the Kotel by a few dozen Haredi men drew attention from a massive, polite protest on Rosh Chodesh Sivan, May 10th that brought thousands of Haredi and  dati leumi women to the Kotel under the auspices of a group called Women 4 Wall.

The mass gathering was triggered a few weeks ago when the Israeli Supreme Court handed down a


Dershowitz Booed at JPost Confab

New York—Blogging on Huffington Post about the Jerusalem Post conference he attended in New York recently, Harvard professor and pro-Israel defense attorney Alan Dershowitz wrote, “There is a small number of extremely vocal right-wing Jews who believe that retaining the entire West Bank is more important than trying to make peace with the Palestinians. There are


Yeshivat Noam Honors Six at 11th Annual Dinner

On Tuesday evening, Feb 26th, over 600 Yeshivat Noam parents, faculty and friends gathered at Congregation Keter Torah to celebrate the school’s Eleventh Annual Dinner.  Pictured here are the distinguished honorees (from left to right) Faculty Recognition Awardee Amy Kagedan, Community Service Awardees Rebecca and Jeremy Kurz, Board President Dov Adler, Principal


Congratulations and best wishes to the Jewish Link of Bergen County

Congratulations and best wishes to the Jewish Link of Bergen County, on the launch of their newspaper and website devoted to the growing Jewish communities in our County.   I wish them well as they offer fresh perspectives on Jewish events, culture and issues that are important to our residents.

Mazel tov!

Sincerely, Loretta Weinberg


Moderate PA Prime Minister Fayyad Steps Down, Not Out

In an interview with Roger Cohen of the New York Times, outgoing Prime Minister Fayyad said that the Palestinian “story is a story of failed leadership... It is incredible that the fate of the Palestinian people has been in the hands of leaders so entirely casual, so guided by spur-of-the-moment decisions, without seriousness. We don’t strategize, we cut


White House: Assad Regime Behind Chemical Weapons Use

Washington—AP-TIME reports that the White House believes it is highly likely that Syrian President Bashar Assad’s regime, not the rebel opposition, was behind the use of chemical weapons in Syria. Spokesman Jay Carney told the press, “We are highly skeptical of suggestions that the opposition could have or did use chemical weapons....We find it highly likely that


Bunker Busters Redesigned to Deal with Iran

New York—The weapons Israel did not get in its most recent deal with the United States were bunker busters, bombs designed to penetrate deep into mountains and deep tunnels. Now the Wall Street Journal reports that the biggest bunker busters have been redesigned with enhancements that will allow them to penetrate Iran’s deepest and most heavily fortified nuclear


Glenn Beck Depicts Mayor Bloomberg in Nazi-Style Salute at NRA

Houston—ABC News reports Glenn Beck attacked New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, and depicting the mayor giving what appears to be a Nazi salute at the recent National Rifle Association’s convention in Houston.

Abe Foxman, head of the Anti-Defamation League, said, “Glenn Beck, the keynote speaker at the NRA’s annual convention, trivializes the


Google Palestine

Jerusalem—Deputy Foreign Minister Zeev Elkin wrote to Google CEO Larry Page recently urging the company to rescind its decision to refer to the Palestinian territories as “Palestine” on all its products. “By so doing,” Elkin wrote, “Google is in essence recognizing the existence of a Palestinian state. Such a decision, is in my opinion, not only