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Thanksgivukkah: Five Workplace Lessons from this Calendric Confluence

This year marks the first time since 1888 that Thanksgiving and Chanukah overlap. The next occurrence of this confluence will be in the year 79,811! For the astronomically uninitiated, the reason for this is that Chanukah, being a Jewish holiday, is based on a lunar rather than the more commonly used “Gregorian” (solar) calendar. (It should also be noted that

L’Chaim on Chanukah: Fine Wines to Celebrate

Hanuka, Chanukah, Hannukka—is there a “correct” spelling? I guess it depends who you ask. Another question that prompts much debate is what wine to serve with a particular dish. Much like the spelling of Chanukah, there is no one answer. The most important thing is to pick a wine you like…don’t worry about the “rules” for wine pairing. That said,

I’ll Take My Holidays Separately, Thank You.

Thanksgivnukkah is just around the corner. The term which combines the two holidays of Thanksgiving and Chanukah has invaded the lexicon and is seemingly everywhere. In fact, I just did a Google search for Thanksgivnukkah and as soon as I hit the letter u, the term came up. Google informed me that there are about 35,200 results.

So, maybe it’s just

The Celebration of the Double Holiday

As anyone who can read or hear already knows, this year the Jewish calendar overlaps with the secular one, and Chanukah falls out on Thanksgiving. There have been some irksome attempts at creating a compound word out of the two—Thanksnukkah, Thansgivukkah and Changiving (okay, I never actually saw that last one used anywhere, but it is definitely more

Grammy Winner Knocking Out Knockout Games with “Gedenk”

New York—Grammy award-winning violinist Miri Ben-Ari is denouncing the “Knockout Game” (where one sucker-punches a defenseless victim in the head) and urging young people to engage in tolerance. Ben-Ari is the founder of Gedenk, a not-for-profit organization established in 2006 to promote awareness of how ignorance, bigotry and hatred ultimately result

Music for Miracles

Teaneck— Miracle Night, a new Chanukah song by a local musician hit the market recently and all proceeds from the song will go directly to Heart2Heart—an organization that aims to create a sense of family for Jewish kids on college campuses.

The song, written and performed by Teaneck native Akiva Tolchin, is not his first release. His debut album,

Review: Lies My Father Told Me

For a moment—just a moment—the image in the spotlight connects to the generation far beyond our grandparents’. For a moment, the white-bearded Jew alone in his horse cart carries across the oceans of time to the generations of the eastern European shtetl. But this is early Twentieth Century Montreal, in a crowded neighborhood populated by bearers of immigrant

Congregation Beth Abraham Teen Zone Launches

Due to a growing number of teens in the Beth Abraham community, the shul, under the auspices of Assistant Rav Tanchum Cohen, has organized teen programming to give its kids a fun, relaxing outlet to gather together in a social setting without the pressure of school. This year, in addition to Rav Cohen, Mayer Simcha Stromer has come along to co-pilot

Federation Opens Mailbox for Typhoon Relief In Philippines

Paramus, NJ In response to the widespread destruction caused by super Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, Jewish Federation of Northern New Jersey has opened a mailbox to accept donations from the community. Federation has reached out to all its partner agencies in an effort to maximize efforts.

At one of those agencies, the Jewish

YUConnects Holds Successful Teaneck Shabbaton

Amidst the glorious autumn landscape and the unusually warm sunshine of November 1st-2nd, the YUConnects Shabbaton felt equally exceptional. Not merely because Rav Hershel Schachter of Yeshiva University and other notable speakers joined the participants or even because the Teaneck community was so genuinely hospitable to all;

Days of Yore: Teaneck, Circa 1976

Someone once said: “If you live long enough, you start to sound just like your parents.” It may have been my nearly 90-year-old dad who said that. He often regales me with tales of when hot dogs at the kosher deli cost a nickel back when he was a kid. An article in the last issue of The Voice (“Teaneck: Looking Back, Moving Forward”) described Teaneck

A Modern-Day Maccabee Comes to Town

Teaneck—It isn’t often that a modern-day Maccabee arrives in Teaneck area scant days before Chanukah, but that’s just what will happen on Shabbat/November 15-16.

Rabbi Yosef Mendelevich is a genuine Jewish hero. A founder of Riga’s Jewish underground under oppressive Soviet rule in the mid-20th century, he and a group of daring colleagues