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Friday, February 15, 2019

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IDF Bound

I am fulfilling my dream. I’m 19 years old, living in the country of our people, and fulfilling the word of Hashem. I was raised in Teaneck, NJ and attended Moriah Day School. I went on to TABC in Teaneck for high school. Rabbi Yisrael Silverman and Rabbi Yosef Adler, the Mara D’Atra of my shul, Congregation Rinat Yisrael, excelled at

Special Dayeinu for Yom Haatzmaut

Living most of my life in the United States, I knew Israel’s independence was not something to take for granted, and indeed to be celebrated at every opportunity. Nevertheless, with the pace of life there not focused on Israeli holidays, the ability to celebrate and commemorate Israel’s independence sometimes conflicted with business meetings, kids’ activities

Chinuch Roundtable

In a continuing effort to get to know our wonderful mechanchim and hear their opinions about important issues and concerns facing our school aged children, this week’s panel was asked the following question:

To what extent should we allow our children to work through their social issues without parental involvement?

Rabbi Daniel Price, Head

Frisch RealSchool Holds 2nd Annual Yom Iyun

Frisch RealSchool ran its second annual Yom Iyun, Day of Learning on Sunday, April 14. RealSchool is an academic and extra-curricular program that engages students engage student-centered learning.  That means that students decide what and how they learn and then collaborate on projects where they  use their skills and talents to provide something of meaning

“To Bet Or Not To Bet”: The Question Of The Second Year In Israel

Jerusalem—“A year from now you will wish you had started today.” This inspirational quote, attributed to Canadian author Karen Lamb, has very interesting implications on something which has become almost a rite of passage in the American Modern Orthodox world: “the year in Israel.”

This “year in Israel” has been known to have a tremendous

Yom Hashoah at BPY

BPY 6th and 7th graders were visited by Holocaust survivors Goldie Schwartz and Rachel Gotleib as part of the school’s Yom Hashoah commemoration. The women spoke about their experiences in the concentration camps and told stories of heroism and miracles and impressed the students with the message of “never forget.”  All in attendance found their visit to the

This Month: Grab the Bull by the Horns

As mentioned in our last column, we live life on two levels. There is the level we see, the everyday level. There is also a deeper level, the unseen. Being Jewish is a constant interplay between living life on the outer and inner levels.

In the same vein, last week we welcomed the month of Iyar. According to both the Talmud and your local horoscope pages, the

JEdCamp: The Future is Now

A group of 75 educators from the tri-state area gathered at Yavneh last weekend for the first annual “JEdCamp” in New Jersey. “JEdCamp” is short for Jewish education camp, an innovative “un-conference” where participants gather in a vendor-free environment and “create” workshops and then lead them. There are no keynote speakers or pre-arranged sessions.

2013 BPY Dinner on April 30th

Ben Porat Yosef in Paramus will hold its 11th annual dinner on Tuesday, April 30, at 7 p.m. at Congregation Keter Torah, Teaneck. This year’s honorees are Sybil and Naftali Cohen of Englewood, Jonathan and Rachel Margolin of Teaneck, and Vicky and Raphael Nadel of Riverdale, NY.

Sybil and Naftali Cohen, whose daughter Eliana is a pre-K student at the school,

The Truth About Orthodox Jewish Day Schools

A recent report by DNAinfo.com reporter Sonja Sharp starts out with a lie. She writes that “[M]ost Orthodox Jewish schools offer limited instruction in English, math and science, and some don’t teach them at all despite being legally required to do so.”

The hallmark of any good lie is that it contains a half-truth.  In Ms. Sharp’s reporting, it’s

The Fair Lawn Beis Medrash

Continuing A Community Growth Initiative

In December of 2005, a group of members from Shomrei Torah met with representatives from Yeshiva University’s Center for the Jewish Future to discuss a plan to achieve community growth in Fair Lawn. From those initial conversations grew the inauguration of the Torah Enrichment Center in September 2007. The goal was to

Chinuch Roundtable

This week’s panel of mechanchim answer the following question:

Does the use of technology in the classroom distract students or enhance their learning?

Rabbi Josh Kahn, Dean of Student Life, Torah Academy of Bergen County

As educators, we strive to actively engage students in the learning