Friday, March 23, 2018


Yeshivat Noam Honors Six at 11th Annual Dinner

On Tuesday evening, Feb 26th, over 600 Yeshivat Noam parents, faculty and friends gathered at Congregation Keter Torah to celebrate the school’s Eleventh Annual Dinner.  Pictured here are the distinguished honorees (from left to right) Faculty Recognition Awardee Amy Kagedan, Community Service Awardees Rebecca and Jeremy Kurz, Board President Dov Adler, Principal

Congratulations and best wishes to the Jewish Link of Bergen County

Congratulations and best wishes to the Jewish Link of Bergen County, on the launch of their newspaper and website devoted to the growing Jewish communities in our County.   I wish them well as they offer fresh perspectives on Jewish events, culture and issues that are important to our residents.

Mazel tov!

Sincerely, Loretta Weinberg

Moderate PA Prime Minister Fayyad Steps Down, Not Out

In an interview with Roger Cohen of the New York Times, outgoing Prime Minister Fayyad said that the Palestinian “story is a story of failed leadership... It is incredible that the fate of the Palestinian people has been in the hands of leaders so entirely casual, so guided by spur-of-the-moment decisions, without seriousness. We don’t strategize, we cut

White House: Assad Regime Behind Chemical Weapons Use

Washington—AP-TIME reports that the White House believes it is highly likely that Syrian President Bashar Assad’s regime, not the rebel opposition, was behind the use of chemical weapons in Syria. Spokesman Jay Carney told the press, “We are highly skeptical of suggestions that the opposition could have or did use chemical weapons....We find it highly likely that

Bunker Busters Redesigned to Deal with Iran

New York—The weapons Israel did not get in its most recent deal with the United States were bunker busters, bombs designed to penetrate deep into mountains and deep tunnels. Now the Wall Street Journal reports that the biggest bunker busters have been redesigned with enhancements that will allow them to penetrate Iran’s deepest and most heavily fortified nuclear

Glenn Beck Depicts Mayor Bloomberg in Nazi-Style Salute at NRA

Houston—ABC News reports Glenn Beck attacked New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, and depicting the mayor giving what appears to be a Nazi salute at the recent National Rifle Association’s convention in Houston.

Abe Foxman, head of the Anti-Defamation League, said, “Glenn Beck, the keynote speaker at the NRA’s annual convention, trivializes the

Google Palestine

Jerusalem—Deputy Foreign Minister Zeev Elkin wrote to Google CEO Larry Page recently urging the company to rescind its decision to refer to the Palestinian territories as “Palestine” on all its products. “By so doing,” Elkin wrote, “Google is in essence recognizing the existence of a Palestinian state. Such a decision, is in my opinion, not only

PEW Research Polls Reveal Changing Attitudes in Israel

Washington, DC—The Pew Research Center did face-to-face interviews with 922 Israelis and 810 Palestinians in March and April of this year. The results showed a positive shift in attitude towards resumption of the peace process among Israelis, but not so among Palestinians. (The margin of error runs between 4.4-4.6.) However, among the key findings of the survey is

Iran, Egypt, Other Muslim Countries Top Violators of Religious Freedom

(JNS.org) Iran, Egypt and several other Muslim nations are among the world’s top violators of religious freedom, particularly for their anti-Christian and anti-Semitic persecution, according to the 2013 annual report released by the bipartisan U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF).

The report singled out Iran’s theocratic leaders,

Helping Hand for Kosher Food Banks

New York— In a recently issued statement to announce legislation introduced to both houses of Congress, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Representative Joe Crowley (D-Queens) said their goal is to “ensure that kosher food pantries receive adequate supply of food for hungry families as part of the Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP). With an estimated

Rabbis and Bishops Unite on Tuition Tax Credit Bill

Representatives of the Orthodox Union, the Rabbinical Council of America (RCA) and the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops attended their semi-annual meeting to discuss issues affecting their congregants and students.  The proposed Education Investment Tax Credit Legislation (A.1826/S.4099), designed to increase individual and corporate donations for

Conference of Presidents Asks for Reconsideration of VAT for Tourists

New YorkConference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations leaders Richard Stone, Chairman, and Malcolm Hoenlein, Executive Vice Chairman, urged Israeli leaders to reconsider the proposal to apply the value added tax (VAT) to foreign tourists.

They said: “The addition of the VAT would add significantly to the cost for tourists and