Wednesday, February 19, 2020


On Eve of Nishmat Gala, Rachelle Fraenkel to Spend Shabbos in Teaneck

Teaneck—The 25th anniversary gala dinner of Nishmat, the Israeli learning center for women, will be held on Sunday, May 17, at the New York Academy of Medicine. Nishmat was founded in 1990 by Rabbanit Chana Henkin, to open the gates of higher Torah learning to women. Nishmat has since become a world center for women’s

Fair Lawn Residents Salvage Torahs in Paterson

Fair Lawn—Charles Lehman, 70, is the youngest member of a tiny shul in the basement of the HUD-subsidized Federation Apartments building in Paterson. Located at 510 E 27th Street, this little-known shul caters to the elderly and impoverished residents of the building, providing meaningful Shabbos and holiday services, and helping them

OHEL’S Rising From Divorce Screening Draws Large Teaneck Audience

Following on the hundreds who attended the Brooklyn debut of the film, an equally large crowd of concerned community members, men and women, attended the Northern New Jersey screening of OHEL’s groundbreaking new film Rising from Divorce at Congregation Bnei Yushirin in Teaneck.

Throughout the

A Time to Protect. A Time to Build.

Life in Israel is like a rollercoaster ride. Last summer we experienced Operation Protective Edge and all of the international attention that it brought to Israel. It was followed by a flurry of diplomatic activity regarding the so-called Two-State Solution, the ongoing Iranian nuclear threat, and, of course, the high-profile elections in

YIOT to Host Schechters as Scholars-in-Residence

The Young Israel of Teaneck will host Dr. Yitzchak & Mrs. Shoshana Schechter as Scholars-in-Residence the weekend of May 8-9. Friday night Dr. Schechter will speak at an Oneg Shabbat at a private home on the topic: “What Our Problems Say About Us: Understanding the Strengths, Weaknesses, Values and Differences Between the Modern Orthodox,

The Boys of Our Past, the Leaders of Our Future

Fair Lawn—Mendy Aron, head of Torah Tuesday, a learning program primarily for retirees, sponsored by Congregation Shomrei Torah of Fair Lawn, shared that there’s something special about living in a place where Torah is learned on all levels, with love, joy, and respect. More than 20 men, regular attendees of the Torah Tuesday

World-Class Arts Couple Coming to Congregation Beth Sholom in Teaneck

On May 11 at 7:30 p.m., Steve Reich, who has been called our greatest living composer (New York Times and The New Yorker), and his wife, Beryl Korot, one of the pioneering video artists of our time, will be showing excerpts from their video opera, “The Cave”. This theater of ideas uses video, music, and the spoken word

Rebbetzin Tziporah Heller Teaches Connectivity With Hashem, Each Other and Ourselves

Bergenfield—A couple of weeks ago, I walked down the basement stairs at Congregation Beth Abraham into a darkened social hall. After flicking on the lights, I was greeted by row after row of empty folding chairs. The silence, though brief, was deafening. While upstairs, I and three other early arrivals chatted. They nervously

PTACH Hosts Science Conference

The conference room of the Grand Hyatt was charged with an enthusiastic sense of purpose as a group of over 200 devoted professionals from various communities in the tri-state area convened early Monday morning, April 27. While the program was hosted by PTACH, the attendees comprised principals, rabbeim, teachers,

Bergen County High School of Jewish Studies to Honor Rabbi Allen, Walter Ramsfelder at Annual Gala

The 11th annual gala of the Bergen County High School of Jewish Studies (BCHSJS), a 41­-year­-old supplementary Jewish high school that meets on Sundays­, is set for Thursday, May 28, at the Fair Lawn Jewish Center.

Bess Adler, finishing her fifth year as principal of the school, following

Congregation Israel of Springfield Celebrates 40th Annual Dinner

Congregation Israel of Springfield held its 40th Annual Dinner at the Crystal Plaza in Livingston, NJ, the evening of April 28. The event, attended by a record crowd of over 225 persons, provided an opportunity to honor a number of noteworthy shul members and community leaders. As well, the kehilla was pleased to present a

Putting the “Family” Back Into Jewish Services: JFS MetroWest Services for Adults (Part III of a Series)

Florham Park—As an agency serving the needs of the communities of Essex, Morris, Sussex, north Union, and even Hudson counties, the Jewish Family Service of MetroWest touches many lives. By providing services as needed, and creating new services when warranted, they are able to interact with people throughout any and all