Wednesday, July 26, 2017


Chesed Leadership Program Celebrates Women Who Get It Done

There were no caps and gowns, and “pomp and circumstance” could not be heard in the background. What was palpable at this commencement of the Chesed Leadership Program was a heavy dose of gratitude, camaraderie and commitment to growth. The Chesed Leadership Program, a fellowship designed to nurture and

Kaplen Adult Reach Center for People With Alzheimer’s Expands Days and Hours of Operation

The Kaplen Adult Reach Center (ARC) at the Kaplen JCC on the Palisades has just expanded its days and hours of operation to meet the needs of more people in the community with Alzheimer’s and dementia. The program, which has run Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., will now extend to 4 p.m. each day, allowing

‘Breakfast for Israel’ Receives High Accolades

The well-attended “Breakfast for Israel” held this past Sunday at the Teaneck Jewish Center was the first-of-its-kind event in our community. Through two family members, two vital charities benefiting Israel were joined and celebrated together. Magen David Adom, represented by our Deputy Mayor Elie Katz, who

NORPAC Hosts Senator Claire McCaskill (D-Mo) in Teaneck

On Thursday night, Curtiss Pulitzer and Rella Feldman hosted a NORPAC pro-Israel event for Senator Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) at their home in Teaneck. Sen. McCaskill is a former prosecutor and state auditor who won her Senate seat in 2006. She became the first woman elected to the U.S. Senate from Missouri, winning the seat once

Heichal ‘Mishnathon’ Brings Community Together for Siyum

“The collective sound of fathers and sons, grandfathers and grandsons, brothers and friends, all learning together is still buzzing in my ear,” said one participant as the evening winded down. At Yeshiva Heichal HaTorah this past Wednesday night, a rich and raucous kol Torah emanated from the sanctuary as hundreds

Black Box Studios Presents Pulitzer Prize Winner ‘Disgraced’

The Black Box Performing Arts Center (BBPAC) continues to emerge as the tri-state area’s premiere destination for both cutting-edge professional theater and collaborative performing arts education as it proudly presents a new production of Ayad Akhtar’s “Disgraced” in the heart of Teaneck—just a quick ride over the George

Rabbi Meir Shalem Leads Yeshiva-Style Adult Chabura in Bergenfield

Bergenfield—Independent learning of complex sugyot (topics) with a chavruta (learning partner) is common among yeshiva students, but those opportunities lessen as the students move beyond yeshiva, develop careers, grow families and engage in other time-intensive commitments. A small group, led by Bergenfield’s Rabbi Meir Shalem, hopes to

Federation Executives and Attorney General Confer on Community Security Concerns

On June 14, Jewish Federation Executives met with New Jersey Attorney General Christopher Porrino to voice community security concerns and to seek assurances of support and cooperation from the state’s chief law-enforcement officer.

“We’re deeply appreciative of the collaboration and

Joint Initiative Establishes Memorials in Teaneck

The Northern New Jersey Holocaust Memorial and Education Committee, together with the New Jersey Enslaved African Committee, met with Senator Loretta Weinberg and representatives from Senator Cory Booker’s office to discuss joint funding for their respective projects that will be located on the Municipal Green in Teaneck. This

Cong. Rinat Yisrael Presents Scholars in Residence

Ari Sacher, Iron Dome system project manager, and Tova Sacher, University of Haifa, will speak at Cong. Rinat Yisrael on Shabbat, June 24, and Sunday, June 25.

Ari Sacher is a rocket scientist who has worked in the design and development of missiles for over 20 years and served as the

Rabbi Daniel Geretz of West Orange Receives Semicha From Yeshivat Chovevei Torah Rabbinical School

On Thursday, June 15, Daniel Geretz was ordained as a rabbi in a semicha (ordination) ceremony by Yeshivat Chovevei Torah Rabbinical School, held at the Hebrew Institute of Riverdale—The Bayit in Riverdale, New York. Daniel is the son of Mrs. Rachel and Mr. Jack Geretz of St. Louis Park, Minnesota.

First Kosher Food Vendor Comes to NJ State Fair

The New Jersey State Fair at the Meadowlands opened on June 22 and runs through July 9. This is a great activity and always a lot of fun, but in past years there has always been one problem for kosher-keeping Jews: no food options. The fair has always had strict rules requiring food vendors to be open on Friday nights and