Wednesday, August 16, 2017


‘Menashe,’ a Yiddish-Language Film, Opens in NYC

‘Menashe,’ a father-son drama from debut director Joshua Z Weinstein, originally from Morristown, New Jersey, opens in New York City on July 28. One of the very few Yiddish-language feature films in 70 years, ‘Menashe’ is set within the New York Chasidic community in Borough Park, Brooklyn. ‘Menashe’ follows a kind but

Pedestrian Tactics

We really need to think about safety tactics for pedestrians.

That word has always bothered me. Pedestrian. I always thought pedestrian was too fancy a word for someone who doesn’t own a car. Walking is not that complicated. The word for someone driving a car is “driver.” “Pedestrian”

Strange Strangers

New York and New Jersey are two-thirds of the Tri-State area, where many Jews live. In fact, there are so many Jews in this Hebrew hub that instead of calling it the Tri-State area, it could be called the Chai-State area, Pastrami-On-Rye-State Area, Matzah-Brei-State area or the Ai-DiDi-Dai-DiDi-Dai-State area.

Nice Jewish Girl Talk: A Guide to the Diction of Our Youth

This guide is a must for anyone looking to improve or create relationships with Jewish millennials.

While talking to my friends, I’ve noticed that we say some phrases that are atypical to most. They are totally normal to us as they are part of our language, but for anyone on the outside

Poland: A Special Opportunity and a Powerful Experience

It has been a little over a week since I returned from a trip/mission to Poland, led by Rabbi Efrem Goldberg of the Boca Raton Synagogue in Florida, along with Dr. David Bernstein of the Pardes Institute in Jerusalem. As a child of survivors of the Shoah, I had always felt it was my responsibility to visit the sites where six

Reflecting on My Internship at The Jewish Link

Until mid-April, I had no plans lined up for this summer. In past years, I worked as a camp counselor and had fun hanging out with friends. While I really enjoyed working at camps, as a rising college junior, I decided that I was ready for a change. I wanted to find an internship that would give me good office experience, but also, if I’m

Show Me the Money

It is axiomatic that if day schools were run like businesses, with only a goal of operating in the black, most day schools would close. At the same time, schools need to be fiscally responsible. How should schools strike a balance between operating in a business-like fashion while striving to provide a dual

‘Shalom Italia’: A Child Survivor Film  With Contemporary Themes

Reviewing: “Shalom Italia,” directed and produced by Tamar Tal Anati. Premiered on POV Monday, July 24, 2017 at 10:00 p.m. on PBS. View online at pov.org.

Elie Wiesel’s “Night” has shocked generations for its direct and stark portrayal of the Holocaust; in its clarity,

‘Joe’s Violin’: A Bronx Schoolgirl, a Holocaust Survivor and the Music That Brought Them Together

Reviewing: “Joe’s Violin,” directed by Emmy-award winning film­maker Kahane Coo­perman, premiering on PBS on Monday, July 24, at 10 p.m. View online at pov.org.

There are few stories more heartwarming and sweet, charmingly simple yet emotionally deep, than that of the

Because Dreams Do Come True

Kollel Chatzos at Amuka on Tu B’Av

(courtesy of Kollel Chatzos) Every little girl has a dream—of tulle and lace and a diamond ring on her very own finger.

And every little boy has a dream as well: to be a totty.

Norbert and Dorothy Strauss Welcome Newest Great-Grandchild

Norbert and Dorothy Strauss, contributors to The Jewish Link, have a new addition to their extended family. Joseph Strauss, Norbert’s 25th great grandchild, is the son of Rabbi Avi Strauss and Dr. Sara Strauss. He is named for Norbert’s father, Joseph Strauss z”l. The grandparents are Drs. Daniel and Pearl

Daniel and Daniella Seligsohn Have a New Baby Boy

Daniel and Daniella Seligsohn of Englewood welcomed a new baby boy on July 12. Benjamin Baer (Baer Yechezkel) has a big brother, Max, and a big sister, Livia. Grandparents are Ruby and Bobby Kaplan of Teaneck and Sandy and Jerry Seligsohn of Scarsdale, New York. The name Baer is from his great-grandfather, Bobby’s father, Baer