Saturday, March 17, 2018


The Gift of a Lifetime

My friend and Jewish Link colleague Jenny Gans and I have a few things in common; these are not by a long shot the only reasons we are friends, but these things we have in common bind us together in a special way. First, we are not doctors, yet we both know “more than the average bear” about transplant medicine. Second, we both

Why I Am Supporting Rep. Scott Garrett for Re-Election


Twelfth-century Jewish poet Yehuda HaLevi said, “My heart is in the east, and I in the uttermost west.” I am much the same way. I, along with many of my neighbors in Teaneck and the surrounding areas, are strong supporters of Israel, while I am also extraordinarily proud to live here and serve on the Teaneck

Brave Linden Cops Are the Best of Law Enforcement

Many of us who can’t go anywhere without our smartphones have started to become accustomed to the occasional AMBER Alert warning when a child is missing, or even a heads-up on a coming storm or flash-flood possibility.

Now we can add a “BOLO”

Not a Standup Guy

You are not a standup guy if you are sitting down or “taking a knee.”

Now, Colin Kaepernick, you might be doing what President Obama has called your “Constitutional right.” However, your actions have fumbled the word “right.” And with $16 million coming to you as a San Francisco 49er quarterback, a second-string one at that, we hardly wonder why you

Prayers for Shimon Peres

As the Jewish Link went to press late Wednesday, Shimon Peres, Israel’s elder statesman, was hanging on to life after suffering a severe stroke on Tuesday. He has been described as being in “serious but stable condition.”

Peres, who served as prime minister and went on to retire as Israel’s ninth president, was the winner of the 1994 Nobel Peace Prize

As Summer Nears Its End

To the carpool moms and dads driving their precious cargo from the close of summer vacation to the opening days of school.

To the high school and college students getting used to moving through the hallways of academia to new classes and teachers, who just weeks ago as camp counselors found herding kittens easier than moving their young campers from activity to

Rebbetzin Jungreis’ Visit

Before there was the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) group and before there was “Students for Justice in Palestine” there was another grave threat to Jews on college campuses that sought to destroy the very essence of Jewish life. It threatened to steal college kids from their own communities, one by one. The perpetrators sought to take away the

Elul: We’ve All Got Work to Do

The summer is ending, even if the heat and humidity remain for a time. Our children will head back to school after Labor Day next week.

It’s been a summer season of drama for our country. We watched as our two major political parties held nominating conventions, placing the Republican business tycoon Donald Trump against the former first lady, New York

Rebbetzin Esther Jungreis, z”l

Last Yom Kippur, the Ribono Shel Olam decreed that one of the world’s most outstanding advocates for hope, forgiveness and return would complete her lifelong mission.

Rabbi Esther Jungreis left us at 80 years old on Tuesday, a matter of days before we enter the Hebrew month of Elul, when we

Entering Uncharted Waters With Teens

It’s an interesting phenomenon that when a couple has a baby, everyone warns them about the impending sleepless nights, possible colic, bottle versus breastfeeding, appropriate car seats and more. However, not one of those well-meaning friends or relatives ever warns them about what comes next. Not next as in

Rep. Scott Garrett Readies for General Election Fight

Hackensack—Rep. Scott Garrett (R-NJ), whose district encompasses most of Bergen County and portions of Passaic, Sussex and Warren counties, is facing the most well-funded general election challenge since his first win in 2002. As he seeks his eighth term in Congress, he sat down with The Jewish Link at the

Christie’s Important Anti-BDS Signing

On Tuesday, Governor Chris Christie signed into law a bill that all New Jersey Jewish residents can agree to laud. New Jersey bill S1923 will prohibit any of the state’s pension and annuity funds from being invested in companies that would boycott Israel or Israeli businesses or have any part of the destructive Boycott, Divestment and