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Friday, August 23, 2019

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Running for Their Lives: Lipowsky Runs for The Blue Card

Teaneck— Newspaper and blog readers in Bergen all know Josh Lipwsky’s name from hundreds of articles he’s written in local and regional papers. He is also a young man with a goal and a mission to help Holocaust survivors in need by running the New York City Marathon on Nov. 3 for Team Blue Card. The intent is to raise money for the social service agency

Locals Sponsor 10 Ethiopian Hi-Schoolers in Israel

Fort Lee—Diana Yacobi of Fort Lee, and her husband Ari, sponsor of 10 Ethiopian high school students in a support program run by NACOEJ (North American Conference on Ethiopian Jewry), with offices in New York and in Israel. NACOEJ, founded and headed by Barbara Ribacove Gordon, was among the first groups to fight for the recognition of Ethiopian Jews as Jews and

Bergen JWRP Heads for Israel Again!

On October 20, 19 Bergen County women will be gathered at Newark airport filled with trepidation and excitement. They are going to take a special trip with The Jewish Women’s Renaissance Project (JWRP), which was established in 2008. Their mission is to empower women to change the world through Jewish values that transform women, their families and

Life and Times—A Wedding and A Funeral

Ramot, Jerusalem—October 7, 2013 1:30 p.m.—The passing of Rabbi Ovadia Joseph, the leader of the Shas movement and spiritual leader to thousands of Sephardic Jews in Israel, is announced to the public.

For Gabi Davidi and his family, this was supposed to be the happiest day of his life. That evening, he was getting married to the girl of his

Special Seattle Sukkah Still Stands In Teaneck

On Erev Sukkot, my neighbor, sent me an email.

Hi. I’m Binyamin Yablok ... We have an unusual sukkah with hand painted decorations which might interest your readers. It’s worth a couple of photos and explanation…

Rabbi Yablock and his wife, Aviva, have devoted their lives to Jewish education. He is the Assistant Principal at

Pen Pals in Prison

What do Robert, age 47, Rebecca, 32, from California, and Henry, 66, from Chicago all have in common? They are all Jewish and in prison. And all are eager for contact from the “outside” Jewish world.

Jewish Pen Pals, a service that’s run by the Aleph Institute, is based in Miami, Florida. The Aleph Institute is a 30-year-old charity that is dedicated to

Out of Africa, To An Israeli Wildlife Hospital

The baby hedgehog, his eyes still closed but his spikes already fully out, arrived with a personal letter. “We found him near our house,” it said. “He was under some stairs, surrounded by our cats and dogs. We don’t know where his mother is. He didn’t eat for a whole day! Please take care of him and we would be happy to return him to

The Ophel Excavations-Summer 2013

When Matanya Schnieder, 18, signed up to join the archeological excavations at The Ophelin Jerusalem’s Old City, upon recommendation of a friend, he thought it would be a fun and interesting experience and a nice way to make some money over the summer. What he didn’t realize was that he would be a part of archeological history.

“The work was not

The Ophel Excavations-Summer 2013

When Matanya Schnieder, 18, signed up to join the archeological excavations at The Ophelin Jerusalem’s Old City, upon recommendation of a friend, he thought it would be a fun and interesting experience and a nice way to make some money over the summer. What he didn’t realize was that he would be a part of archeological history.

“The work was not

Shiva Wimps and Heroes

My wife lovingly refers to me as a shiva wimp.

I would use any excuse to avoid making the traditional visit to the home of one in mourning for a close relative. “We weren’t that close. I don’t want to burden them with conversation. There will be a lot of other people there.”

I felt very awkward at shiva calls. But the deeper

Through the Roof

Today’s topic, now that winter is upon us, is how to save on home-heating costs.

It’s not easy to save money, because no one else is really helpful about it. You sit down and try to make a budget, which you hate to do because it means cutting things you want in favor of things you need. You figure out how many extra jobs you have to take

The Three-Branched Mitzvah

Kochav Hashachar—A hadass is only a myrtle branch, but for Jews worldwide this simple branch takes on important significance before the holiday of Sukkot. For Araleh Antman and Efraim Tzipilevich, hadassim are a year-round occupation.  In the hills of Samaria, about 20 miles from Jerusalem, is the yishuv Kochav Hashachar, where