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Sunday, April 22, 2018

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Special Needs Two-Day Conference for Parents and Teachers to Be Held Feb. 8-9

Teaneck—New Jersey Yachad and the International Jewish Resource Center for Inclusion and Special Education will present a two-day conference for educators and parents, Sunday, February 8 and Monday, February 9 at Congregation Keter Torah in Teaneck, NJ. The synagogue is located at 600 Roemer Avenue.

A Different Kind of Orthodox High School for Girls

Sharon, Mass—My husband and I chose The Binah School carefully for our daughter Chana. We were impressed that the co-founders of this new school realized their educational model is ground-breaking, ran a pilot program before opening a year later as a full-time school in 2012. They were successful at gaining the interest of one of the most

El Al and Chai Lifeline Bring 14 Special Needs Kids to Israel

EL AL Israel Airlines recently flew 14 children to Israel as part of Chai Lifeline’s “Wish at the Wall” program. Chai Lifeline, a non-profit organization that provides emotional, social and financial support to families with children who have cancer and other life-threatening or chronic illnesses, has for decades been a

If History Repeats Itself, Innovation Is Coming Soon

Inherent in any new legislation is the potential for unintended or unforeseen consequences. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), designed to expand healthcare benefits to all Americans, may inadvertently compel businesses to consider new strategies for compensating valuable employees.

Are You Like Me? You’re Hired!

It’s probably happened to you a hundred times: you go to a major store, hoping to find that specific item you’re after, and you have to walk away disappointed. Either the item was not available or, most likely, you were looking for something uncommon or unusual that the store didn’t have. Such a scenario often occurs in interview

Communication Pet Peeves and How to Address Them

It has been my observation that many people overrate their ability to communicate. “Excellent communication skills” is often listed near the top of a job requirement list. If I polled an audience of 100 and asked “How many of you have excellent communication skills?” almost all hands would go up. This is based on self-overrating and

Social Security: Don’t Be in a Rush

A popular expression goes “good things come to those who wait.” Undoubtedly, whoever coined that phrase did not have Social Security benefits in mind, but the saying certainly applies very well to them. As opined below, most people are better off deferring their Social Security retirement date until at least age 66, and probably to age

Who Needs a Rabbi?

My wife’s grandfather, a Hasid who was trapped behind the Iron Curtain for decades before moving to Brooklyn, used to enjoy being asked who his rebbe was. After all, every good Hasid needs a rebbe. He would say that God is his rebbe, not any man. He answered to God and only God. That was a nice personal statement but, in reality, he took

The Missing Question: How Do We Experience Authority?

This past fall, the Orthodox/halachic community experienced the most honest public conversation about itself that I think I’ve ever seen. The arrest and investigation of Rabbi Barry Freundel opened up a series of powerful conversations. Husbands and wives talked about gender roles in Jewish law; friends talked about their feelings about

An Appreciation of That Much-Missed Contrarian, Hitch

As I reluctantly welcome the cold heart of another winter, I recall that three years have passed since my favorite thinker and writer departed this earth.  I would have recalled Christopher Hitchens’ death after precisely three years, on December 15th, but my patience was to be tested, as The Jewish Link’s official

I Always Knew My Mother’s Heart

Ever since the time I went to Sheepshead Bay to watch the people catch fish off of the piers, I kept in very close contact with my mother. You might say that it was a bit eccentric for a young boy to keep such a closeness with his mother, but I was 10 years old and there was a good reason for it. It had nothing to do with me. I

No News Is Good News

I love getting feedback about my columns. If you like them, if you don’t like them, it’s all good. I am a middle child and I can take anything you throw at me. People who usually don’t even say hello to me feel they can put their two cents in and I totally enjoy hearing their comments (and their actual voices; who knew they