Monday, September 23, 2019


The Commencement of Change

My Brother Reuven: A Life of Kiddush Hashem

I would like to propose an insight that might help us understand what happened to our dear Reuven, z”l. Of course, we don’t ask questions. Hashem runs the world and we accept whatever He does. But maybe the following insight is something we can all learn from this story.

Reuven, z”l, was a man with

Our Brother Reuven

If you were so fortunate

And happened to meet,

Our big brother, Reuven, z”l,

Out on the street,

The first thing you’d notice,

And sensation you’d feel,

Was his wide and bright smile,

And his simcha so real.

And then you’d be caught

By the warmth of his eyes,

A peek into his

A Life of Kiddush Hashem That Culminated In a Worldwide Kiddush Hashem

Klal Yisrael joins together in support of family of Rabbi Reuven Bauman, z”l.

Rabbi Reuven Bauman, z”l, dedicated his life to helping others, and tragically gave his life attempting to save the lives of others. The heartbreaking petirah of this young, dynamic and dedicated rebbe shook the close-knit community of Norfolk, Virginia,

JFNNJ Holds First-Ever Mitzvah Pop-Up With Moshava Ba’ir

This week the Jewish Federation of Northern New Jersey hosted its first joint Mitzvah Pop-Up with camp Moshava Ba’ir.

Jewish Federation had a great experience facilitating and organizing the Mitzvah Pop-Up shop with the camp, where together they made over 500 “snack

Jewish Federation of Northern NJ Hosts Next ‘FedTalks: Israel’

On August 7, Jewish Federation of Northern New Jersey held its “FedTalks: Israel” speaker series featuring social entrepreneur Jonathan “Yoni” Frenkel. Frenkel shared how the tri-state area is transforming into a global hub of excellence in cybersecurity, all by relying on Israeli experts to build and

‘Jewish Indiana Jones’ Addresses Chabad of Hackensack

You may have known that “Solomon’s Stables” was not built by Solomon but by Herod, and that it was never intended to be used as stables, but were you aware that this magnificent structure of pillars and arches, part of the glory of the second Beit Hamikdash complex, now houses the largest mosque in Israel,

Jewish Family & Children’s Services Hosts Caregiver Session

(Courtesy of JFCS) On September 15, Jewish Family & Children’s Services of Northern NJ (JFCS) will host its first program within a series of sessions focused on the caregivers of loved ones with dementia. Funded by a generous donation from Ilene Wolff, this event features an experiential session with Maria Sirois who will be speaking

Kaplen JCC Plans Open House

(Courtesy of Kaplen JCC) The Kaplen JCC on the Palisades will hold its annual open house for the entire community on Sunday, September 8, from 1-4 p.m., where members and guests can sample classes, take part in the Thurnauer School of Music’s instrument petting zoo, and enjoy a bounce house, a balloonologist,

Jewish Teens Can Earn College Credit With Valley Chabad

(Courtesy of Valley Chabad) Jewish high school students will have the unique opportunity this fall to earn two college credits while exploring the tenets of Judaism. The CTeen U course is being offered by Valley Chabad Teen Leadership Initiative in Woodcliff Lake, and is a collaboration of Yeshiva University and CTeen

Folksbiene’s 104th Season Off to a Magnificent Start With ‘Hannah Senesh’

If you hurry, you can be among those who were privileged to see National Yiddish Theater Folksbiene’s (NYTF) inaugural production marking its 104th season. The NYTF production of “Hannah Senesh,” playing at its venerable venue The Museum of Jewish Heritage in Battery Park, is a winner all around. The museum, now hosting the

Fair Lawn’s Rabbi Avrohom Bergstein Celebrates 40th Birthday With ‘Tefillin Challenge’

Birthdays are often a relatively private affair, a celebration involving family, friends or perhaps just one’s spouse. However, a 40th birthday, which is truly a milestone, calls for something special.

Rabbi Avrohom Bergstein of Anshei Lubavitch in Fair Lawn was inspired to do