Monday, February 18, 2019


Achva Announces New Tour

(Courtesy of Achva) Achva has been quietly selling out summer tours thanks to kids who have decided that traveling is more fun than staying in one place. Based in Paramus, Achva provides coed, well-supervised travel tours that attract Modern Orthodox teenagers from all over the United States along with a few adventurous

Diamond Summer Program Brings Behavioral Change to NJ Camps

Most students eagerly anticipate the end of school and start of summer. For children who attend a camp, the activities, as well as lack of homework, is a much-appreciated break. Not every camp experience is smooth sailing for every child, and for some parents there is an added stress as their child now has to navigate a new social

My ‘Start-Up Nation’ Story: Balancing Torah, Academics and Work Experience

I came to Israel with the intention to do my one-year due diligence and return home. It wasn’t before long that this land had a striking resemblance to home, or what would one day become my home.

A young immigrant to the “start-up nation,” I’m studying to one day work in a start-up

JNF Celebrates ‘Special in Uniform’

The Jewish National Fund (JNF) has expanded its dream and mission of re-establishing a Jewish homeland in Israel exponentially since its founding in 1901. From the pennies dropped into its iconic JNF Blue Boxes, there has emerged a vast network of projects and programs which involve participants

Yeshivas in Poland During the 17th Century

After around 80 years, I do not remember much about my teachers, but I do recollect some faces. I remember hearing about a Studienrat (not quite a professorship) Baer, nicknamed “Teddy” (I think my brother had him as a teacher), who was feared by all students, more so than any other teacher I can recall. My class teacher when

The Science of Parenting

School science fairs will always be a staple of our educational system, because research shows that about 78 percent of scientific discoveries are made by students the night before science fairs.

Well, technically, it’s the parents making the discoveries. There are almost no science fair

Yummy Yiddish

Yiddish is a wonderful language and what some may describe as an electric, eclectic, eccentric, enigmatic and/or ear-catching amalgam of Hebrew, Aramaic, German and certain other languages. It is fun to speak Yiddish because it is filled with adorable and incredibly fitting onomatopoeic words and phrases that add color and pizazz

Factory 220 to Host Entertainment Events

Factory 220, an ideal event space in a prime location with excellent options for fine cuisine, is now expanding into the entertainment industry with the premiere of an upcoming comedy night, to be held on Saturday, February 16. The evening will feature performances by three well-known comedians and promises good vibes and a trendy

The Kanelskys Make Emotional Return to Russia

Rabbi Mordechai (Mottel) Kanelsky and his wife, Shterney, are well-known and highly respected figures on the New Jersey Jewish scene. They have resided in Hillside for the past 37 years, during which time they have spearheaded the Lubavitch Bris Avrohom

The High School Admissions Process: A Plea on Behalf of Our Children

I have lived in Bergen County for much of the past 35 years and have had the personal privilege of witnessing my beloved community flourish and grow. Our community’s incredible growth has enabled the transformational development of our social and religious infrastructure.

One of our

How Should Jewish Leaders Confront Challenge of BDS Groups Within Their Communities?

The decision by the Boston JCRC to draw a red line against community members who align with 

anti-Zionist groups may have major ramifications for other Jewish communities across North America.

The decision last week by the Boston Jewish

Chullin 61

May these words of Torah serve as a merit le’iluy nishmat Menachem Mendel ben Harav Yoel David Balk, a”h, and Meira Chaya Nechama Beracha, a”h, bas David Mordechai Fishel sheyichyeh.

This week we learned Chullin 61. These are some highlights.