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Sunday, May 28, 2017

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The Honeymoon is Over

An unlikely alliance between a prominent Republican governor and America’s most powerful Democrat was front page news last fall. When New Jersey Governor Chris Christie appeared with President Obama in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, he risked subjecting himself to intense criticism from members of his own political party. And when he went so far as to heap praise

Adi’s Story: A Miracle Not Fully Realized

I guess it’s fitting that I’m writing this in the backseat of a taxi on the way to Ben-Gurion Airport. It’s exactly how I learned about Adi five years ago. Israeli cabbies are legendary for their gift of gab, and they often prove quite entertaining.  I certainly got more than my “fare” share (pun intended) back in November of 2008.

I had

Newton, MA Schools Fail to Provide Facts About the Middle East

Newton, MA—Controversy continues to simmer in the upscale Boston suburb of Newton over the use of biased and substandard instructional materials to teach students about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Recently, the town spared no expense renovating one of its high schools at a cost of $200 million. But Newton’s commitment to its schools has not translated into

SHOPPING ‘TIL YOU TURN BLUE!

Everyone knows that when moving into a new apartment or home usually the first task one faces is to run and buy rudimentary items. Immediately one needs new light bulbs for fixtures, toilet paper for the bathroom, cleaning supplies and myriads of other items that one does not usually move with.

We remember so well moving to Montreal and Nina driving to a mall

OU Kosher Presents Top Summer Questions from Consumers

New York—OU Kosher presents frequently asked questions to-date on the OU Kosher Hotline (212-613-8241) by consumers received for the summer. Questions may also be submitted to kosherq_ou.org.

These questions are answered by Rabbi Benjamin Geiger, the voice of OU Kosher’s Consumer Hotline; the OU’s WebbeRebbe; and Rabbi Eli Eleff,

You Should Have ICE Worries Even If You Don’t Employ Any Immigrants

Many are aware of the import of Immigration in the US as a key issue, and the role the Immigration & Customs Enforcement (“ICE”) division of the Department of Homeland Security plays in making sure all follow the rules. What may be less known among many business owners is that ICE doesn’t only target illegal

Doing Atlantic City At Home The Legalization and Implementation of Internet Gambling in NJ

Internet gambling has recently been legalized in the state of New Jersey and will be implemented in November. This development is likely the next significant area of growth for what has been a relatively stable and mature industry domestically for the past 5 years. I will preface that I am not an anti-gaming moralist. I work with the industry and recognize the

YU’s Rabbi Dr. Ephraim Kanarfogel Appointed University Professer; Wins Goldstein-Goren Book Award

New York—Dr. Ephraim Kanarfogel has been appointed a University Professor at Yeshiva University, the sixth faculty member in the entire University to be granted this prestigious distinction. His new title, bestowed upon him by YU President Richard M. Joel, designates him as the E. Billi Ivry University Professor of Jewish History, Literature and Law. The

Ben Porat Yosef’s Walkathon Raises Funds and Celebrates Community

Ben Porat Yosef’s Fifth Annual Scholarship Walkathon took place on Sunday, June 17th and raised over $120,000. What makes this accomplishment even more extraordinary is that it was done through the efforts of about 150 BPY families who generated over 1500 donations—with most donations being $50 or under. Over 500 people participated in the

Standing Up to Bullying

I am Justin Sohn, an 8th grader currently attending the Moriah School located in Englewood, NJ.In 6th grade my friend Samantha Maza and I were both being bullied.Students would tease us about our friendship and we would leave school so upset that we did not want to attend school the next day.In 8th grade we had the opportunity

New Robotics Center At Boys Town Jerusalem Is A Legacy For The Future

Teaneck—Israel’s newest state-of-the-art robotics laboratory, a gift of New Jersey Superior Court Judge David Follender of Teaneck, was dedicated on May 22nd at Boys Town Jerusalem. “With this donation, Judge Follender has invested wisely in the future of the Jewish People and the State of Israel,” Israeli Supreme Court Justice Zvi Tal

Study: Almost Half Of Belgian, French, Hungarian Jews Mull Emigration

(Israel Hayom/Exclusive to JNS.org) Studies show that despite the fact that European Jewish life continues to be vibrant, 40 to 50 percent of the Jews in Belgium, France and Hungary are considering emigrating, some to Israel and others to North America.

In a report titled “European Jewry—Signals and Noise,” the Jewish People Planning Institute