Allegra Goodman, who, with Saul Bellow and Philip Roth, is considered one of America’s leading American Jewish
This winner of the 2018 Natan Book Award follows the State of Israel’s first spies like espionage work, yet it is all based on truth. The four
Have you ever seen a perush (biblical commentary) that mentions Elvis Presley? Do you know what Achashverosh’s
On a daily basis, I encounter children and young adults who experience frustration with school work. Several of my older students bring to a session a backpack that includes a cell phone. My policy is that the student must put away the phone and not turn it on until the session ends. That policy of restricted cell phone use is very
As I was driving back from visiting the Jewish inmates at the Bergen County Jail, a quote by King Solomon came to mind.
“It is better to go to the house of mourning than to the house of feasting.”
Why so? Because going to a party might be fun, but when
Are we telling that same story…again? The Seder is supposed to be the quintessential experiential program—the re-living of Yetziat Mitzrayim. But let’s be honest, the story is the same as it was last year. It hasn’t changed. So the fifth question of the night becomes how to take a rerun and upgrade it in a way to make even the most
Just two weeks ago was the one of a kind annual Jerusalem—and it was Team HASC’s most successful showing yet. Almost 300 runners came from all over the U.S. and Israel to raise money and to support the campers and families of Camp HASC. The dedicated runners surpassed the fundraising and participation goals
(Courtesy of Black Box Studios) Back for another year and with a new take on the Great Depression, the Ma’ayanot Drama Society, in partnership with Black Box Studios, will be performing Clifford Odets’ classic three-act drama, “Paradise Lost.” The play follows a Jewish family forced to rediscover what family truly means and
You would be hard pressed to find a family lawyer in the State of New Jersey who is opposed to mediation. Over the past decade, with the pressure of the over-docketed court system as well as divorcing couples (or other parties in conflict) who would rather keep their money instead of giving it to attorneys, mediation has become a
(continued from last week)
I include here a picture of Chazan Frankel during candle lighting on Chanukah. It reminds me of my youth, since the lighting, especially of the first candle, was a big affair at KAJ. Everyone came to shul, young and old. It
Most synagogues have a rabbi but only some have an official, full-time chazzan. Those that do often struggle with clearly defining congregational expectations regarding the chazzan’s weekly performances. Consequently, the chazzans often are left to their own devices to gauge how best to balance davening vs. delivery, shaliach vs.