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Monday, June 25, 2018

Middlesex

Cong. Etz Ahaim Speaker Discusses the History of Jewish Life in Cuba

Israel Maya, former president of the Sephardic Jewish Center of Canarsie, Brooklyn, recently gave a fascinating personal account of Jewish life in Cuba at Congregation Etz Ahaim in Highland Park.

Maya’s story about growing up in a large extended family was riveting, as was his relaying of the history

TorahKid Leagues Are a Hit

TorahKid Leagues is back again for its ninth exciting season! Sunday morning sports fun for boys aged 5-11 takes place in July and August, at the Highland Park High School baseball field. Competitive play in baseball, soccer and flag football, with supervised instruction, runs from 10 a.m. to 12 noon. Currently accepting applicants for

Destructive Fire in Highland Park Brings Community Together

River Ridge Terrace, an apartment building in Highland Park, was the scene of a fire on Monday, June 11. An apartment on the top floor was badly damaged. The apartments below it suffered water damage, but no one was injured. The volunteer firefighters from Highland Park, New Brunswick and Franklin Township responded, as

A Destructive Fire in Highland Park Brings Community Together

River Ridge Terrace, an apartment building in Highland Park, was the scene of a fire on Monday, June 11. An apartment on the top floor was badly damaged. The apartments below it suffered water damage, but no one was injured. The volunteer firefighters from Highland Park, New Brunswick and Franklin Township responded, as did the volunteers of the Highland Park First Aid

Central NJ Has Great Programs for Active Seniors

Observant Jewish seniors in Highland Park and Edison are blessed with access to a variety of intellectual, recreational and practical programs and services in the region that can be considered “Orthodox-friendly.”

The CAMEO program of Jewish Family Services of Middlesex County (JFS) offers

Edison’s Ahavas Yisrael to Honor Jaffe Family

As Congregation Ahavas Yisrael in Edison prepares to honor its Rabbi and Rebbetzin of 10 years on June 10, it’s remarkable to consider how the shul got to this point. Fifteen years ago none of this seemed likely to occur.

Observant Jews living on the outskirts of the bustling

Change the Conversation About Israel and How to Engage the Next Generation

Chloe Simone Valdary is a 23-year-old Christian from New Orleans who saw a parallel between the black experience in America and the Jewish experience in the Middle East. Her studies and experiences led her to be a strong advocate for Israel. She has spoken throughout the country and has been interviewed on the Huffington Post Live,

Kiddush Hashem: Two Businesses Lead by Example

One of the ways a frum-owned business can serve as a role model for Yiddishkeit is when it goes “above and beyond” accepted practices. Salit Auto Sales in Edison provides a wonderful example.

The used-car dealership, a Middlesex County business for over 20 years, is owned and

Rutgers Bildner Center Spring Events Offer Glimpses of Jewish Ghetto Life

One of the advantages of living in the central New Jersey area is the vast array of educational opportunities on topics ranging from the Jewish ghetto of Florence to the history of Chasidism. The Allen and Joan Bildner Center for the Study of Jewish Life at Rutgers University offered these free events and more as part of their Spring 2018

Exodus From Cuba: A Historical and Personal Account

Congregation Etz Ahaim will host a lecture accompanied by a PowerPoint and slideshow presented by Israel Maya on Wednesday, May 23, at 8 p.m. at 230 Denison St. in Highland Park. Mr. Maya was the former president of the Sephardic Jewish Center of Canarsie, Brooklyn, for 19 years. Recently retired after 36 years in the securities

Highland Park Board of Education Meets With Orthodox Leaders

A few years back there were serious tensions between the Orthodox community in Highland Park and leaders of the local public school system.

Members of the Orthodox community, upset with local property tax increases, suspected that public school spending was not well managed. Leaders of the

‘Names, Not Numbers©’ Documentary to Be Screened at RPRY

(Courtesy of RPRY) Rabbi Pesach Raymon Yeshiva eighth graders are preparing for the screening later this month of their year-long Holocaust study documentary through “Names, Not Numbers©.” The project, “Better Together—Names, Not Numbers ©,”