Tuesday, July 17, 2018


Viral Video Star Is a Charedi Education Pioneer

Rabbi Menachem Bombach  speaking in Teaneck this Shabbat.

Did you see a viral video last month, on Yom Hazikaron, of a yeshiva teacher leading an inspirational discussion about modern Israel with charedi (ultra-Orthodox) high school students? So did everyone else

Bergenfield Mayor Schmelz Runs for Bergen County Executive

In a world of rising real estate prices, Bergenfield Mayor Norman Schmelz has stayed grounded and close to home. He considers himself lucky to have been able to raise his three children in the town where he grew up, near his mother’s home. With a first job at 16 at Pathmark, he continued working there nights and

Congregation Ohr HaTorah to Celebrate Fourth Annual Dinner

“The Burgs and the Baums have inspired the entire Ohr HaTorah family by their selfless dedication to our shul as well as to the greater Jewish community,” said Rav Zvi Sobolofsky, mara d’atra of Congregation Ohr HaTorah.

Ohr HaTorah invites the community to join them on Wednesday, June 6, at

Teaneck ‘Garden’ Memorial Garners Multicultural Support

An impressive audience gathered at the Teaneck Library on the evening of May 24 to inaugurate the many multicultural events that are being planned in advance of the construction of two memorials on the Teaneck Municipal Green. The event was made possible by a grant from the New Jersey Council on the Humanities and is the first

Yavneh Marks 75th Anniversary With Sefer Torah Dedication

Shavuot got off to a rousing start for the nearly 850 students attending Yavneh Academy.

The idea of dedicating a new sefer Torah to commemorate the 75th anniversary of Yavneh Academy first came to Rabbi Jonathan Knapp, head of school, about a year and a half ago.

NORPAC Hosts Congressman Josh Gottheimer in Teaneck

(Courtesy of NORPAC) Congressman Josh Gottheimer was hosted at a NORPAC event recently at the Teaneck home of Sarah and Dr. Robert Goodman. Rep. Gottheimer’s district encompasses portions of Bergen, Passaic, Sussex and Warren counties, including Bergenfield, Fair Lawn, New Milford, Paramus and Teaneck.

OHEL OXC Is Complete! We Did It!

I can’t believe it’s over. As I write this, my fingers and every muscle in my body is still feeling sore from the Ohel OXC Xtreme Challenge that I participated in this past Sunday.

Our team, the Garden State Warriors, had an amazing time despite the rainy weather.

Mesorah Heritage Foundation Dinner Commemorates Yahrzeit of Rabbi Meir Zlotowitz, z”l

The Brooklyn Marriott will be the scene of a rare dinner of the Mesorah Heritage Foundation—its first in six years—commemorating the life and legacy of its founder, Rabbi Meir Zlotowitz. The expected 1,200 participants will mark the first yahrzeit of Rabbi Meir Zlotowitz, president of the foundation and founder of

Quick Action and CPR Saves Lives in Teaneck

Many people have taken a course in CPR and first aid and learned to count chest compressions. Others might carry a hygienic barrier for performing mouth to mouth resuscitation or have done other types of emergency preparation in case they witness someone who needs assistance. For the majority of these prepared individuals,

Project Makom to Host Shabbaton in Bergenfield

I have numerous hasidic friends who are happy, open-minded people who live good and fulfilling lives. At the same time, there is a troubling discovery I have made in the past few years: there is serious dysfunction in parts of the hasidic (and to a lesser degree in the yeshivish) community. (That is not to say that there is

Support the Lone Soldier Center in Memory of Michael Levin

(Courtesy of The Lone Soldier Center) In a quiet alleyway, overlooking the intersection of Jerusalem’s two busiest thoroughfares, above the wafting smells of freshly baked bread and the hustle and bustle of the city’s biggest light-rail stop, lies a treasure that is the quiet pride of much of Israeli

Brooklyn’s Closes, Donates Contents of Store to Yad Leah

Susan Abrams, the owner of Brooklyn’s LLC, a store on West Englewood Avenue that specialized in high-end tzniut fashion for women and girls, has decided to move on to other endeavors. She built her business in her home for two years prior to the opening of the well-appointed storefront, which many local community members enjoyed