Wednesday, April 08, 2020


Orgen, Schwartz Running For Teaneck Council

Karen Orgen: Candidate for Teaneck Council

Karen Orgen has been running on the streets of Teaneck with Deputy Mayor Mark (Mendy) Schwartz for 10 years. Now she is also running with him for a spot on the Teaneck Town Council. Along with Michael Pagan, the three form a slate under the


Mark (Mendy) Schwartz Seeks Third Term

Twenty-five-year Teaneck resident Mark “Mendy” Schwartz wears many hats each day. In addition to being deputy mayor of Teaneck, he is co-publisher of The Jewish Link of New Jersey, owns his own business, is a member of the Teaneck Volunteer Ambulance Corps (TVAC) and a volunteer firefighter. He is also a founder and former longtime


Nearly 4,000 Participate in OU Women’s Initiative’s ‘Torat Imecha’ Nach Yomi Online Learning Community

(Courtesy of OU) As they look to join the daily online learning community, nearly 4,000 people are participating weekly in Torat Imecha, a Nach Yomi program from the OU Women’s Initiative, a division of the Orthodox Union. The program has gained in popularity as more people become homebound with work, schools and shuls closed out of


Orthodox Union’s Yachad Launches ‘Yachad on Demand’

(Courtesy of OU) The Orthodox Union’s (OU) Yachad, the leading group for individuals with disabilities in the Orthodox community, has launched “Yachad On Demand,” a new digital platform for those with special needs to communicate during these times when personal interactions are being stymied in light of the spread of


SINAI Schools Zoom Ahead

SINAI students across all seven SINAI schools moved to remote learning via Zoom beginning the first week of March. SINAI serves children with a broad range of special needs and complex learning disabilities, and the students have risen to the challenges inherent in online learning. They come to class enthusiastic, ready to learn


Update on Michael Goldsmith

As The Jewish Link went to print on our Pesach edition this past Monday evening, we received an update on the health and condition of Bergenfield's Michael Goldsmith. Michael has been fighting COVID-19 for a month now and is still on a ventilator. According to his wife, Elana, his doctors are decreasing his reliance on the ventilator and


Judaica Retailers Help Get Products to Customers

The Jewish Link contacted area Judaica suppliers to learn how they have adjusted operations in order to maintain the services and facilitate the sudden increased demand of products needed by the community, paired with mandatorily limited customer encounters, and especially with the approach of Pesach. Reuben Nayowitz, owner operator of


Ma'ayanot Donates to Hospital Workers

Ma'ayanot Yeshiva High School for Girls in Teaneck collected donations of individually wrapped snacks and drinks as an expression of gratitude to local hospital workers for their heroic work. Many hundreds of snacks and drinks were collected at the home of Gabrielle and Daniel Altman in Teaneck.


Michael Goldsmith's Family Advocates for Experimental Drugs for Covid-19

Each day we learn of more people in the community who are suffering from the widespread Coronavirus, sending many to area hospitals where some are being put on ventilators. Bergenfield resident Michael Goldsmith, Moshe Eliezer haLevi ben Esther Tzipora, has been intubated since March 20, at Hackensack University Medical Center. His wife, Elana, wants to share


Michael Pagan Runs For Teaneck Council

Teaneck resident and Bergen County public information officer Michael Pagan hopes to make history in the upcoming May election as the first Latino to be elected to a council seat. Practically a native, Pagan has been living in Teaneck since he was 10 years old and is a product of the local school system. He believes Teaneck offers


Growing Together When We’re Apart

Shomrei Torah launches digital shul platform to connect, engage and uplift community.

(Courtesy of Shomrei Torah) As COVID-19 continues to impose unprecedented disconnect for our Jewish communities, Shomrei Torah is establishing new ways to connect, engage and uplift its members.


OHEL Launches Thera-Zoom, a Tele-Mental Health Support Service, Now Available Nationally

(Courtesy of OHEL) In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, OHEL Children’s Home & Family Services announces the launch of a critical service that will provide accessible tele-mental health support to anyone in need nationally. This initiative will provide a multitude of much-needed virtual support tools to attend to the growing demands