Monday, January 27, 2020


Teach NJ Aims Higher

The staff of the Orthodox Union’s Teach NJ program, a grassroots advocacy program that has had significant success in recent years in terms of increasing funding allocations for nonpublic school students, called an emergency meeting last week. Held at the OU New Jersey headquarters in Teaneck, it was attended by community rabbis,

Bris Avrohom of Jersey City Is Here for All Your Needs

(Courtesy of Bris Avrohom) Congregation Sons of Israel, home to Bris Avrohom of Jersey City, is the oldest active Orthodox shul headed by Rabbi Baruch Lepkivker, assisted by Rabbi Dovid Volfman. They are consistently providing needed services for the Jewish community.

The synagogue has Shabbat

Bears From Bergenfield Shares Hearts and Hugs With SACH in Israel

(Courtesy of Bears From Bergenfield) Leave it to the Elaine and Yossi Gilboa family from Tenafly, New York City, Tel Aviv and Jerusalem to bring “hearts and hugs” to children recuperating from heart surgery at SACH, located in Holon, Israel. Every child patient likes to wake up to a friendly teddy bear sharing its

Kaplen JCC Holds Family Fun Day

(Courtesy of Kaplen JCC) To share and showcase all the exciting camp options available to families this summer, the Kaplen JCC on the Palisades welcomes the community to join its annual Family Fun Day, on Sunday, February 2, 1-3 p.m. All options allow children to enjoy the outdoors, learn new skills, make new friends and explore

Englewood’s Yeshiva Ohr Simcha Honors Founder Rabbi Yosef Strassfeld, z”l

The close bond between Yeshiva Ohr Simcha of Englewood and the Englewood community was evident on Wednesday evening, January 8, when Congregation Ahavath Torah hosted an event to commemorate the third yahrzeit of the yeshiva’s founder, Rabbi Yosef Strassfeld.

The connection

Kaplen JCC on the Palisades Launches New Jersey Jewish Sports Hall of Fame

(Courtesy of Kaplen JCC on the Palisades) The Kaplen JCC on the Palisades recently founded the New Jersey Jewish Sports Hall of Fame to honor Jewish individuals who have distinguished themselves as leaders in the field of athletics within the state of New Jersey and successfully fostered their Jewish identity through sports. The inaugural

Chabad Offers One Course in Eight Bergen Locations

(Courtesy of Chabad) Across Bergen County, over 300 adults will gather at eight Chabad centers for an all new JLI course of study titled “Judaism’s Gifts to the World”—a six-week exploration starting the last week in January—that will unearth the Jewish roots of some of the most cherished values of Western civilization.

Kaplen JCC Plans Annual Zumba Dance Party

(Courtesy of Kaplen JCC on the Palisades) The Kaplen JCC on the Palisades is holding a free, exhilarating Saturday-Night Zumba Dance Party on February 8, 7:30-9 p.m. One of the best options out there for endorphin-boosting, heart-healthy fun, Zumba combines Latin, Hip-Hop, African, Israeli and pop music to produce a high-energy

‘Just Review It’ App Helps Thousands Review Daf Yomi

(Courtesy of Shas Chabura) The Siyum Hashas has come and gone, and a new Daf Yomi cycle is upon us. You, among multitudes of other Jews, have begun the new cycle with high hopes of being a mesayem in seven-and-a-half years from now.

But how about we up the goal a notch? To not only be a mesayem, but to be a true “Shas Yid”?

Yes, it

Nationwide TEAM Shabbos Promotes Awareness About End-of-Life Decisions

(Courtesy of Team Shabbos) The conversation is growing. The fifth annual TEAM Shabbos was held on Shabbos Vayechi, January 11, and rabbis in over 525 shuls and more than 225 communities across North America enthusiastically embraced the opportunity to discuss end-of-life issues. TEAM stands for Traditional End-of-Life Awareness Movement,

JFCS of Northern New Jersey Hosts Parenting Education Event at Yeshivat He’Atid

(Courtesy of JFCSNNJ) Technology in 2020 is miraculously innovative and entertaining and it keeps us connected to those we care about. Reliance on technology, however, poses significant challenges to parents trying to raise their kids and teens in the 2020s. Navigating the hourly or daily struggles with children can be

JCC Thurnauer School of Music to Present Guitarist Sharon Isbin in Annual Gift of Music Gala Benefit Concert

(Courtesy of Kaplen JCC on the Palisades) On Sunday, February 9, 4-6 p.m., the Thurnauer School of Music will celebrate 30 years of presenting its annual Gift of Music Gala Benefit Concert. This year’s concert will feature Sharon Isbin, multi-Grammy Award-winning guitarist, who will be joined by various Thurnauer student