Englewood—Over the past eight years the Moriah School has made great strides in fostering increased levels of social and ethical sensitivity among its students, using its Brit Midot, Covenant of Ethics, as the guideline for the school’s standards and expectations of menschlich behavior. As Moriah’s principal, Dr. Elliot Prager, told the JLBC, “No
Much to the chagrin of the international community, Middle East peace has remained elusive. Many well-respected diplomats have tried their hand at facilitating peace between Israel and the Palestinians, but none have succeeded.
Secretary of State John Kerry is the latest diplomatic official to take the plunge and attempt to tackle this
I need you to understand why I am writing this and why so many of my colleagues are feeling the same emotions.
“I am dizzy. I feel pained, depressed, reeling and distraught.” And those aren’t even my words—they are what a colleague wrote me soon after the news broke.
Willie Rapfogel was fired from his long time position as CEO of the
Warsaw—The Jerusalem Post reports that Polish Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorski recently met with a group of European rabbis and told them that “the Polish government is determined to find a solution that would restore schechita in Poland “despite a ban on such slaughter that came into effect in January.
The delegation from the
In the last issue of JLBC, we interviewed Rabbi Michael Schudrich in Warsaw about the schechita ban in Poland. This is a complicated issue involving Muslims, Jews, Polish agribusiness and hundreds of millions of dollars a year. At this time, schechita has been stopped while the issue is on appeal to the constitutional tribunal in Poland, on the grounds of freedom
Iran Enhancing Naval Base
in Port Sudan
(INEGMA)—In 2008, Iran and Sudan signed a military cooperation agreement and in May 2013 the pace and scope of the construction of Iranian naval and logistical bases in Port Sudan were enhanced remarkably. Sudan has become an extension of Iran’s proxy war against Israel, allowing Iran to use Sudanese
The High Holy Days are a time for prayer and reflection, and for family gatherings. For many Jews, Rosh Hashanah dinners with other family members are a much-anticipated part of the holiday experience.
Sadly, this pleasure is not always available to everyone. Homebound elderly Jews without relatives in their immediate vicinity can find themselves in depressing
Newark Mayor Cory Booker aced the primary in the race for the Democratic nomination to take over the late Senator Frank Lautenberg’s U.S Senate seat: Booker is more than a local mayor. He is a national celebrity, hob nobs with the likes of Oprah, does The Daily Show and Stephen Colbert, and his polling numbers were through the roof. Though Frank Pallone, Rush
Teaneck—For the first time in its history, the Jewish Center of Teaneck, 70 Sterling Place, will hold Selichot services, the penitential prayers recited in preparation for the High Holy Days, outside of the synagogue. On Saturday night, August 31, an all-white, end of the Hebrew month of Elul, end of the summer celebration of religious renewal will take place in the
Paterson—Editors of several small area newspapers met with Rep. Bill Pascrell of the 37th Congressional District, a district that was re-zoned for last year’s congressional elections and now includes southern Bergen County, including parts of Teaneck and Englewood. About two dozen editors and reporters participated, most from the area’s smaller weekly
Teaneck—At the end of July, Boy Scout Troop 226, chartered to the Jewish Center of Teaneck, went to Floodwood Mountain Scout Reservation in the Adirondacks for a week of canoeing. Troop 226 has attended Floodwood, owned and operated by the Northern New Jersey Council, Boy Scouts of America, nearly every year for the past 30 years. This year, 13 Scouts and
(Highland Park, NJ)—NORPAC, the nation’s leading pro-Israel Political Action Committee (PAC), hosted a discussion event on U.S.-Israel relations at the home of Barry and Marcia Levinson in Highland Park with Representative Albio Sires (D-NJ). Mr. Sires is the Representative of New Jersey’s 8th Congressional District, one of the most diverse and densely