Monday, September 23, 2019


The Soother-In-Chief: When Tragedy And Politics Intersect

There is no question that over the past seven months we have witnessed more than our share of disasters. In October 2012, Hurricane Sandy struck the tri-state region with a vengeance, leaving hundreds of people in the dark and many families without homes to return to. Twenty-six innocent victims, including 20 young children, tragically lost their lives in December 2012

The Path to Educational Success With Rabbi Yosef Strassfeld, Head of School, Yeshiva Ohr Simcha, Englewood

In each issue of JLBC, a community rabbi answers questions about Jewish life for those of us who did not grow up in religious homes.  FFBs – you can learn something, too!

Amy of Englewood asks:

Q. All boys are supposed to learn Torah, but they have different abilities. Does effort count as much as

High Anxiety at Age 13

Why do bar mitzvah boys lein (read the weekly Torah portion on Shabbat)?

I mean, I know why they lein—because it’s a nice responsibility to take upon oneself as a young man reaches the age of manhood. (I would argue that 30 isn’t manhood these days, much less 13, but that’s a much larger discussion for another day.) And it’s

Michael Broyde Takes a Leave: Avatars Shock the RCA and Academe

New York—Members of the rabbinate, ethicists, clerics of other religions, and academics were stunned last week when Steven Weiss of the The Jewish Channel exposed Rabbi Michael Broyde, a stellar dayan and posek at the Bet Din of America and vaunted member of the Rabbinical Council of America (RCA) as someone who had created two Internet

Lady to the Rescue: Ora Kornbluth, Bergenfield Borough Council President, Steps in as Mayor

Ora Kornbluth, Bergenfield Borough Council President, has been Acting Mayor since Timothy J. Driscoll passed away last month. She runs the meetings, signs the papers and presents the public face of Bergenfield. With two council meetings a month, Chairmanship of the Recreation Committee and membership in the Finance and Police Committees, Kornbluth has gotten a

Moriah Retools and Brings Parents Into The Process

Englewood—At two Moriah Town Hall meetings on April 23 and 25, parents viewed a presentation by the school’s board of directors explaining Moriah’s financial and enrollment status along with an agenda for fine-tuning student recruitment, hiring and curriculum going forward. “Moriah is in transition from a larger to a smaller school,” said Evan Sohn, president

Memory Lane (aka Amsterdam Avenue)

Indeed, what a great bonus of our move from Montreal to New Jersey has been the opportunity to partake in amazing programming available in the Metropolitan area. An extra bonus, we availed ourselves of was the extraordinary day set aside by YU on April 14th to honor the 20th yahrzeit of the Rav.

As we reminisced and walked along Amsterdam Avenue that

Tabc Doubling In Size

Teaneck - When the students of Torah Academy of Bergen County (TABC) start the 2013-14 school year, they will enter a building that doubled in size over the summer. The new addition, going up now, will give the Teaneck-based yeshiva high school for boys a new academic wing with a Beit Knesset large enough to hold the entire student body at one time,

Financial GPS:

Finding Your Personal Coordinates to Point “A”

It’s time to take a little journey through the world of finance. Before delving into stocks, bonds, savings, retirement, spending, trust and estates, tax planning and insurance, the key to success will be communication between you, yourself and I, and then communication between the immediate

Moriah Mighty Ducks Win Hockey Championship

Hard work and determination are what make Moriah’s Elementary School hockey team a success. When those qualities joined together with a committed parent body, a supportive school administration and some extremely talented hockey players, this team became a champion!

With a stingy defense led all season long by Captain Bryan Alter, Assistant Captain Max

In Ruling, Judge Says Women May Pray at Kotel in Tallitot

Is what might mark the start of a new era at the Kotel, the Jerusalem District Court made an unprecedented ruling last Thursday, stating that in its previous decision, Israel’s High Court of Justice never forbade activists of the “Women of the Wall” group from praying in the women’s section of the Kotel, meaning the women could not be barred from the


For most people, when mentioning family traditions, the word customs frequently arises.

For those of us from Canada, the word customs connotes something entirely different from what most people would think of.  Were we to ask our children what the word means they would answer, “Those mean men that ask us all of those questions every time we