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Saturday, September 22, 2018

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Learning From the Tragic Fire in Brooklyn

I write to you with great sadness and pain as we all continue to be heartbroken and stunned by the horrific tragedy of the deaths of seven children, seven beautiful children, from our broader Orthodox community in a fire over Shabbat.

As we take in all the information and the circumstances of this

Reflecting on Empathy and an Unspeakable Tragedy for the Jewish Community

“In the end it is for their benefit and for our benefit, but we cannot understand the master plan,” said Gabriel Sassoon, the father of seven Jewish children from Brooklyn who died in a house fire over the weekend, at their funeral in Jerusalem on Monday.

At the tenderest possible moment,

Bruriah Holocaust Museum Hopes to Make “1.5 Million-Penny Difference”

Elizabeth—The reception area behind the top of the stairs at Bruriah High School blends ominously into the somber depths of those familiar and sinister railroad tracks, evocative of the horrific journey that so many millions took during those dark days of the Holocaust. The shift in

Teaneck Parents Riled by BOE Busing Proposal

Teaneck — Several hundred ­concerned parents gathered at the Teaneck Board of Education public budget meeting last week at Teaneck High School. While such meetings generally only attract a handful of attendees, hordes of township residents from the Jewish community stood in the back or sat on the floor, waiting to make public comments to

Chazaq Big Event III the Biggest Yet

There are many activities widely associated with those few weeks immediately following the holiday of Purim: spring cleaning, the kashering of pots and pans... And it looks like New York’s Jewish community may be adding a new pre-Passover tradition, as Chazaq again celebrated its annual Big Event on Sunday night (March 15).

Areyvut Introduces Tikkun Olam Tour

Bergenfield—Communities around the United States came together for National Mitzvah Day, an event designed to encourage participation in acts of kindness, charity and communal involvement. The program was coordinated through the efforts of Areyvut, a Bergen County-based organization which has

Yeshivat Noam Dinner Celebrates Parent Partnerships

The 13th Annual Yeshivat Noam dinner raised over $500,000 and celebrated parents, teachers and volunteers who have donated their time, energy, wisdom and resources. The dinner is a school-spirited event that everyone enjoys.

An IDF Torah in Honor of Rose Wolf

When the children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren (formerly of New York and now Jerusalem) of Rose Wolf decided to honor her life of survival, dedication to Jewish values, selflessness and commitment to Torah and Zionism, they could think of no greater celebration than to dedicate a Sefer Torah to the IDF.

Pesach Packing with Tomchei Shabbos

Tomchei Shabbos of Bergen County is partnering with Five Star Caterers for this year’s Pesach packing. With Kenny Yager at the helm, the packing will be done by Five Star employees as well as a  team of MTA seniors.  WIth the help of Kenny, and with the encouragement of Rabbi Michael Taubes, who has encouraged

Not Your Bubby’s Macaroon

Not so long ago, keeping kosher meant having to settle. With few choices and an industry lacking innovation, consumers were became complacent while kosher food manufacturers enjoyed the benefits of a captive market and little competition.

Times have certainly changed. Last year a small NJ-based

Rabbi Dr. Abraham J. Twerski is Honoree at Shalom Task Force’s Annual Brunch

New York—Shalom Task Force (STF) is pleased to announce that Rabbi Dr. Abraham J. Twerski will be its Guest of Honor at its third annual brunch on Sunday, May 3 at the Sephardic Temple in Cedarhurst, NY. This year’s honorees are Rabbi Abraham J. Twerski, MD; Mrs. Sheila Selig; and Mrs. Joyce Austein.

U.S. Senator Cory Booker Guest of Honor at Friendship Circle Gala

Livingston—U.S. Senator Cory Booker (D-N.J.) will be one of the guests of honor at this year’s Friendship Circle Annual Banquet, on Sunday, March 29. The senator’s dedication to improving the lives of people throughout the state of New Jersey is an inspiration to many and goes hand-in-hand with the Friendship Circle’s