Wednesday, February 19, 2020


Inspiring Hope, One Child at a Time

Our community is home to some of the best and brightest Jewish organizations in the country, and we at the Jewish Link are proud that one of our most enduring stars is Sinai Schools, which tailor-builds yeshiva day school educations for our children with special needs.

Members of our community who

The Case for a Holocaust Memorial in Brett Park

For two years a group of Teaneck residents has been trying to establish a Holocaust memorial in the township. We believe the memorial will serve all of Bergen County as a symbol of tribute to those who were killed during the Holocaust and as an educational and moral symbol to inspire tolerance and respect.

Our preferred site was Andreas Park, on River Road and

Hitchcock, the Holocaust, Documentation and Denial

This week marks the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, and commemorates what the six million died for and the survivors went through for being Jews. Yet it’s not been 70 years, and the Holocaust is being downsized, universalized, revised, and denied. For sons and daughters of Holocaust survivors and World War II

Would You Stay in France?

In the wake of the horrific terrorist killings in France, my heart took many turns. First there was shock, replaced by grief, then anger, followed by resolve. A few days later I realized I was going through a process similar to mourning. And now I ruminate as I search for meaning.

The responses to the

When Did Jew Become a Dirty Word?

You couldn’t help but notice. In the mainstream media reporting on Paris, journalists died, two cops—a female and Muslim—lost their lives, and so did four hostages (not Jews) in the kosher (not Jewish) supermarket. They were the same Jews as Jews around the world, same as the Jews in Israel. Targets. Infidels. But we don’t cave.

Are Terrorists Toddlers with Tantrums? Infidels Beware

Do Western governments believe if they placate Islamic extremists and cave to their demands that their constituents will be protected from terror? Do they think they are immune and only Jews are infidels? Do you suppose Parisians will change their minds? Infidels are targeted for believing their own beliefs, for expressing themselves freely, and for treating terrorists

An Appreciation: Governor Mario Cuomo

General Douglas McArthur wrote the following spiritual legacy to his son, “Build me a son, O Lord, who will be strong enough to know when he is weak and brave enough to face himself when he is afraid, one who will reach into the future, yet never forget his past.”

I shared those words with

The Light Must Shine: Justice, Justice You Must Pursue

This week’s guest editorial is written by Rabbi Jeremy Wieder, the Joseph and Gwendolyn Straus Professor of Talmud in the University’s Mazer Yeshiva Program and an Adjunct Professor of Bible in Yeshiva College. He was ordained by RIETS and holds a PhD in Judaic Studies from New York University. This was given as a Sichas

A Call for Extraordinary Chesed

The siblings and in-laws of Donny Hain have come forward on his behalf and for their parents, to ask the community to step up to the plate and help save Donny. Like many in the community, Donny has special needs, and like many of them, he found his unique place in the community and in people’s hearts. He is part of life in Teaneck. But

Politics and the Parsha: Backward Looking

It’s no wonder the sons of Jacob don’t believe it. They had ambushed Joseph and held him captive only to sell him as a slave. Everything he’d endured since then seemingly stems from their trickery: servitude to Potiphar, his master’s wife framing him for what could have been a capital crime, and his being imprisoned based on that

Presenting the First Edition of The Jewish Link of New Jersey

With this week’s edition of the Jewish Link, we take a step forward in our short history by growing our paper to meet the needs of our growing community. The Jewish Link of Bergen County, established in March 2013, has been welcomed into religious homes in Bergen County as special addition to their families’ reading material. Our “Shabbos paper,” is also

Support Your Neighbors. Support Project Ezrah

The annual Project Ezrah dinner is this Motzei Shabbos at Keter Torah in Teaneck. If you live in Bergen County and are a member of a shul, you received your invitations, viewed emails about the dinner, heard from your local rabbi about it, and perhaps received calls and emails from friends and neighbors exhorting you to attend or support this unique chesed