Wednesday, April 01, 2020


Enjoy Purim With the Jewish Learning Experience

Purim is just a few days away. While most of us are likely to have our plans in place, there are many right in our shadow each day who do not.

Does your child go to yeshiva with another who comes from a home that is not shomer Shabbat? There are more students out there like this than we realize because

Coronavirus Cancels Classes at Yeshiva University's Wilf Campus, Young Israel of New Rochelle; Quarantines New Rochelle Community

A beloved father, mother, son and daughter from New Rochelle’s Jewish community have been diagnosed with Coronavirus, also known as COVID-19. New Rochelle’s “patient one” is Lawrence Garbuz, a well-known, well-liked trusts and estates attorney who works in Manhattan. He is an SAR High School and Yeshiva University parent; Garbuz and his wife

Coronavirus Concerns Shutter Three Jewish Day Schools






Three Westchester area Jewish day schools were closed on Tuesday after a confirmed case of Coronavirus (COVID-19)  was identified in a 50-year-old man in the community, with no known foreign travel. The patient is a parent at SAR Academy in Riverdale, and had

Bais Medrash of Bergenfield Celebrates Groundbreaking

Under sunny and atypically warm weather conditions, the congregants of Bais Medrash of Bergenfield (BMOB) came out in large numbers and multiple generations to celebrate the groundbreaking of their new shul building on Sunday morning, February 23. Just a few houses away from

Addiction Counselor ‘Reb Joey’ Rosenfeld to Present at Rinat

The last thing you’d expect to see if you walked into a group therapy session in a government-mandated substance abuse rehabilitation facility is a bearded, kippah-wearing, tzitzit-wearing, white-shirted counselor. Yet that describes Joseph Rosenfeld, LCSW, who will be the scholar-in-residence this Shabbat at Rinat

Teach NJ Announces Katie Schlussel Katz as Executive Director

Teach NJ, a project of the Orthodox Union founded in 2015 to advocate for fair government funding for New Jersey’s non-public schools, has hired Katie Schlussel Katz as its new executive director. As executive director, Katz will oversee Teach NJ’s annual campaign, community engagement and mobilization efforts across the

Zayin Adar Seudah Planned for March 3

Zayin Adar. To some it’s the day Moshe Rabeinu was born and the day he died. To some it means Purim is only a week away. To a very special group of people, it means a day of fasting and reflection. Who are these individuals fasting a week before Taanit Esther? The members of the Chevra Kadisha (Burial Society).

Pilnik Named Director of Center For Holocaust and Genocide Studies at YU

(Courtesy of YU) Dr. Shay Pilnik has been hired as the premier director of the newly founded Emil A. and Jenny Fish Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Yeshiva University. He began his tenure in February 2020.

Before coming to the Fish Center, Dr. Pilnik headed the Nathan & Esther

Rabbanit Michelle Cohen Farber Teaches the Daf at Rinat

On Thursday evening, February 20, a large gathering of men and women assembled at Congregation Rinat Yisrael to participate in a Daf Yomi learning session offered by Rabbanit Michelle Cohen Farber. Women, as well as couples seated alongside each other, followed the shiur on the daf. The topic addressed was Gemara Brachot

Purim in the Wild West Coming To Chabad of Englewood

(Courtesy of Chabad of Englewood) Saddle up your party horse and enjoy Kosher frontier fare in cowboy gear at this year’s Purim celebration. “Purim in the Wild West” is Chabad of Englewood’s creative twist to this year’s community celebration of Purim, the holiday commemorating the Jewish people’s salvation in Persia of

Aid L’Shalom Is Not Your Typical Cancer Organization

When someone works for an organization that supports people suffering from the ravages of cancer, it becomes so much more than a job; it is a 24-hour-a-day mission. Gitti Klein and Devoirie Neiman, formerly of RCCS, have devoted their lives to help alleviate the suffering of cancer patients. For years, they have done everything in

Bball Tournament Supports Fair Lawn Eruv

On Sunday afternoon, families came from around Bergen County to play and watch the Men’s 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament in support of Fair Lawn’s eruv ( www.fairlawneruv.org ). The event was a joint, local effort by Congregation Darchei Noam, Ahavat Achim