Thursday, November 14, 2019


Kaplen JCC Plans Concert To Celebrate Vladimir Zaslavsky

(Courtesy of Kaplen JCC) On Saturday, Nov. 9 at 7:30 p.m., the JCC Thurnauer School of Music will present “A Musical Celebration of Vladimir Zaslavsky,” who is the longtime owner of Forte Piano of Paramus. The concert will feature classical and jazz music performed by pianists Steven Masi and Dean Tomanelli, jazz violinist

JCC MetroWest to Present All-Female Art Exhibits

Galleries to feature works by Mozelle Forman, Lizzy Synalovski and Jennifer Levine.

(Courtesy of JCC MetroWest) JCC MetroWest will present an all-female slate of art exhibits this November and December, including works by 2019 Gaelen Juried Art Show winners Mozelle Forman and Lizzy Synalovski,

Chai Lifeline Helps Families Across the Globe Prepare For the Yomim Tovim

(Courtesy of Chai Lifeline) Chai Lifeline welcomed in the Jewish New Year by helping families living with pediatric illness prepare for the Yomim Tovim through a variety of programs and services.

Last month, Chai Lifeline regions from coast to coast organized a variety of

The ‘Great Arab Revolt’ Failed to Materialize

Part V

 The “Great Arab Revolt” failed to materialize in any significant way because Hussein failed to command widespread support, noted Efraim Karsh and Inari Karsh. Many understood that Hussein was not attempting to oust the Ottomans for the good of his people, but to replace the

The Best Book Yet on Parenting Screen-Addicted Kids

Five important lessons I learned from ‘Raising Humans in a Digital World.’

For what it’s worth, I’m a techno skeptic. Until four months ago, I owned a flip phone and endured the inconvenience of not being able to receive texts that included apostrophes. Then my four-year-old, Theo,

Opposition to Cell Phones in Class: Is It a Good Idea?

The issue of cell phones has generated much discussion of late. Most of the arguments (including by this writer) have been opposed to cell phones in school for many valid reasons. Cyberbullying, Googling test answers, taking a picture of a quiz and sending it to friends who have the same class later in the day, paying more

Begin Again (and Again)

So as I sit down to write this, we are on the verge of a new beginning with Parshat Bereishit close by on the horizon. My editors are urging me to be ready so they can prepare it for publication despite a busy Yom Tov season. By the time you read this, it may well be Parshat Bereishit or beyond, but exactly when you read it


Part 1

In my original presentation of “My Stories,” I wrote about my volunteering with various organizations during my lifetime. I wrote about the facts but I never mentioned what was behind in my thoughts when I started volunteering at an early age.

Amongst Friends

I have long wanted to visit the West Bank and Gaza, both places that are important for the future of Israel and the entire region. If I could travel there, I felt, I would be able to better understand the Palestinian experience and hopefully be an interpreter of that experience for my Jewish friends—though not necessarily to

Franklin Lakes Nature Preserve Offers Easy Hiking Close to Home

This short, level hike loops around a lake in the nearby borough of Franklin Lakes. Formerly known as the Haledon Reservoir, the lake once served as the water supply for the adjacent communities of Haledon, North Haledon and Prospect Park. The 75-acre lake and the surrounding land was acquired by

Tech on Vacation, Revisited

Even though I am an IT guy and my family loves tech just as much, the best part of our vacation is unplugging. Just last week one of engineers was flying and was happy that the airline gives free WiFi. I kind of wish that wasn’t the case.

I don’t fly much, but when I do I hope to catch up on

A Stiff-Necked People

This week’s column is about stiff necks. Nothing to do with the fact that many of us slept in the sukkah last week.

Stiff necks are a real pain in the neck. (Ouch.) And they always strike without warning. They just sneak up behind you—often while you’re sleeping—and before you can turn