Monday, February 17, 2020


Bob Fisher Is Not Far West USY

I have called the East Coast my home for almost 20 years. However, most friends of mine know I grew up in Southern California, where, in addition to still having family there, I maintain many friendships from my childhood and high school years. I credit a fair few of my universally great

US to Move Embassy to Jerusalem

It’s a historic move without precedent. Twenty-two years of American foreign policy are set to be forever altered with the move of Israel’s US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. But many in the organized Jewish community have seen this coming; Then-candidate Donald Trump made a campaign promise at the AIPAC conference in March,

Trump Recognizes Jerusalem as Israel’s Capital

Seven decades of American foreign policy are now forever altered with the recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital by the United States. On Wednesday afternoon, President Trump declared Jerusalem the capital city of Israel, and directed his State Department to begin preparations to move the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

Are Palestinians Up to the Task of Peace?

This week we gladly note the November 29 70th anniversary of the United Nations’ passing of Resolution 181, making history with the partition of the former British Mandate for Palestine into two states, one Jewish and the other Arab, with Jerusalem designated an international zone under U.N. control.

My Kinus Experience

(Many thanks to all those who commented online and in person over the weekend about the busy week I wrote about in last week’s edition. Yes, I have recovered and it’s now time for me to finish up what I said I was going to be writing about—my attendance at this year’s annual Kinus HaShluchim—Conference of

What a Week!

Last week was perhaps one of the busiest, most packed weeks I have ever experienced as the publisher of The Jewish Link, and now that I have begun to recover from it, I just had to write about it and share it with our readership.

The week kicked off with the standing-room-only, jam-packed

From a Polish Rally, the All Too Familiar

From all accounts, it seems as if Poland experienced a “Charlottesville” of its own this past Sunday.

The difference, and it’s a huge one, is that Poland was home to over 3 million Jews prior to the Holocaust. One third of Warsaw’s pre-World War II population was Jewish.

A Small Town With a Big, Surviving Heart

Sutherland Springs. Until last Sunday, it could be written with certainty that few of us knew much of anything about this small Texas town located some 21 miles outside of San Antonio.

As the news unfolded, we learned of evil’s unspeakable practice, and the carnage was and is still too difficult to

Renewal’s Hidden and Overt Miracles

Other than Torah learning, tefillot and our daily observances and acts that honor Hashem, there aren’t all that many mitzvot that one does on a regular basis that can, in one fell swoop, affect hundreds, if not thousands, of people. But I can easily think of one mitzvah that has affected hundreds, if not thousands, in

Join Us in Celebrating With Yachad on Nov. 18

I hope I am not wrong about this, but I like to think and believe that most in our community are at least somewhat aware of the special work of Yachad and what it has done for decades—and continues to do—for our community’s children, teens, siblings and adults with disabilities. For myself and our family, our connection to

Want to Help the Tuition Crisis? Show Up!

89. The percentage of Orthodox families who, according to a recent poll, point to yeshiva tuition as their number one issue of concern.

35. The number of people who bothered to show up at last Sunday evening’s “Tackling the Tuition Crisis” talk, offered free to the public at Congregation Beth Aaron

Our Friend, Author Joe Rotenberg: A Jewish Link Success Story

One of the joys I receive from publishing The Jewish Link of New Jersey is that I get to meet and befriend some of our community’s most unique and accomplished individuals. Some may already be well known to many and often appear in the pages of The Jewish Link, while others may fly a little under the radar. I also get to meet