Tuesday, June 27, 2017


Rabbi Meir Shalem Leads Yeshiva-Style Adult Chabura in Bergenfield

Bergenfield—Independent learning of complex sugyot (topics) with a chavruta (learning partner) is common among yeshiva students, but those opportunities lessen as the students move beyond yeshiva, develop careers, grow families and engage in other time-intensive commitments. A small group, led by Bergenfield’s Rabbi Meir Shalem, hopes to

Federation Executives and Attorney General Confer on Community Security Concerns

On June 14, Jewish Federation Executives met with New Jersey Attorney General Christopher Porrino to voice community security concerns and to seek assurances of support and cooperation from the state’s chief law-enforcement officer.

“We’re deeply appreciative of the collaboration and

Joint Initiative Establishes Memorials in Teaneck

The Northern New Jersey Holocaust Memorial and Education Committee, together with the New Jersey Enslaved African Committee, met with Senator Loretta Weinberg and representatives from Senator Cory Booker’s office to discuss joint funding for their respective projects that will be located on the Municipal Green in Teaneck. This

Cong. Rinat Yisrael Presents Scholars in Residence

Ari Sacher, Iron Dome system project manager, and Tova Sacher, University of Haifa, will speak at Cong. Rinat Yisrael on Shabbat, June 24, and Sunday, June 25.

Ari Sacher is a rocket scientist who has worked in the design and development of missiles for over 20 years and served as the

Rabbi Daniel Geretz of West Orange Receives Semicha From Yeshivat Chovevei Torah Rabbinical School

On Thursday, June 15, Daniel Geretz was ordained as a rabbi in a semicha (ordination) ceremony by Yeshivat Chovevei Torah Rabbinical School, held at the Hebrew Institute of Riverdale—The Bayit in Riverdale, New York. Daniel is the son of Mrs. Rachel and Mr. Jack Geretz of St. Louis Park, Minnesota.

First Kosher Food Vendor Comes to NJ State Fair

The New Jersey State Fair at the Meadowlands opened on June 22 and runs through July 9. This is a great activity and always a lot of fun, but in past years there has always been one problem for kosher-keeping Jews: no food options. The fair has always had strict rules requiring food vendors to be open on Friday nights and

TVAC/BVAC Awareness Campaign Shabbos Is Planned for July 1

On July 1, the Teaneck Volunteer Ambulance Corp/Bergenfield Volunteer Ambulance Corp (TVAC/BVAC) will dedicate the Shabbos to raising community awareness and support of our local ambulance squads. “The TVAC/BVAC Shabbos came about because we realize that most members of the community don’t realize what we do,

Schechter Cuts Ribbon on New $3.5M Endowment Campaign

New Milford—Founders and leaders of the Solomon Schechter Day School of Bergen County (SSDS) “cut the ribbon” on a new endowment donor wall on June 7, representing $3.5 million in legacy and cash gifts raised to date. The Etz Haim endowment campaign, launched in late 2015, recognizes the generosity and commitment of current

BCHSJS Holds Annual Gala Dinner

The Bergen County High School of Jewish Studies (BCHSJS) recently held its Annual Gala at the Fair Lawn Jewish Center/Congregation B’nai Israel. The event was emceed by Principal-Director Fred Nagler, and the D’var Torah was given by Rabbi Ronald Roth.

The L’Dor

Alyssa Herman Is Appointed YU Vice President for Institutional Advancement

New York—Yeshiva University President Rabbi Dr. Ari Berman has announced the appointment of Alyssa Herman ’92S as vice president for institutional advancement. An alumna and accomplished chief development officer, Herman brings more than 25 years of leadership experience to the position, including a successful track record in

NORPAC Hosts Senator John Barrasso (R-WY) in Englewood

On Sunday, Dr. Ron and Diane Strobel hosted a NORPAC pro-Israel event for Senator John Barrasso (R-WY) at their home in Englewood. Senator Barrasso is a former medical doctor who has served in the Senate since 2007 and sits on the Foreign Relations Committee.

Barrasso was one of the first

Kaplen JCC on the Palisades Holds 17th Annual ‘Play Fore! the Kids’ Golf and Games Event

The Kaplen JCC on the Palisades will hold its 17th annual “Play Fore! the Kids” golf and games event at the Montammy Golf Club in Alpine, New Jersey on Monday, August 7. This popular fundraiser allows the JCC to provide invaluable programming for children with special needs who come through the JCC doors each