Wednesday, August 05, 2020

New Jersey

Valley Chabad to Screen New Film Bringing WWII Journals of the Lubavitcher Rebbe to Life

(Courtesy of Valley Chabad) One day he would be known around the world as the Lubavitcher Rebbe. But in 1940, as the ominous shadow of Nazi Germany spread across Europe, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson and his wife were refugees trying to escape.

Ever on the move and their future uncertain,


Over 150 Women From Six Countries  Join OU Women’s Initiative Virtual Summit

(Courtesy of OU) More than 150 women attended the OU Women’s Initiative virtual summit recently to discuss pressing issues for Jewish communal leaders as they plan for the post-COVID-19 impact on their organizations. Participants hailed from 78 communities around the United States, Canada, Israel, Australia, the United Kingdom and South


Simon Wiesenthal Center, Israeli Consulate General, Thank Elected Officials for Standing Against BDS

(Courtesy of Simon Wiesenthal Center) Recently, the Simon Wiesenthal Center and the Israel Consulate in New York jointly hosted a virtual meeting to officially thank the nearly 30 New Jersey municipalities that have passed anti-BDS resolutions. The mayors and council members from the municipalities joined the meeting and


Jewish Orgs Address Food Insecurity

When the COVID-19 pandemic left many vulnerable seniors and others quarantining in their homes and other community members with restricted access to food for themselves and their families, Jewish agencies supplying kosher meals on wheels and stocking food pantries scrambled to meet their needs.

“It was


JFSCNJ Urban Garden Draws Volunteers

JFSCNJ Vice President Arielle Traub volunteered in the JFS Urban Community Garden with her son, Caleb.

Contact volunteer@jfscentralnj.org, if you are interested in volunteer opportunities at Jewish Family Service of Central NJ.


A Summer That’s All Write for Teens

It is an extraordinary thing watching talented teens take kernels of creativity and build them into compelling, imaginative stories. I have had the benefit of doing just that as an English teacher overseeing Yavneh Academy’s literary magazine, Scribe. As we closed out a very unusual school year and headed towards an uncertain


Touro College Graduate Division Holds Commencement 2020

Over 1,000 diplomas awarded to students at six Touro graduate schools

(Courtesy of Touro College) Graduates from six Touro graduate schools participated in a virtual commencement ceremony on June 16, where they were invited to close their eyes and imagine themselves at Lincoln


JFCS Holds Annual Meeting Over Zoom

(Courtesy of JFCS) On June 22, Jewish Family & Children’s Services of Northern New Jersey (JFCS) held a virtual annual meeting to mark the end of its fiscal year. Due to COVID-19, JFCS board members, staff and volunteers met online to celebrate the achievements of the past year and to discuss future agency plans.


Farewell to the Pruzanskys

(Courtesy of CBY) The entire Teaneck community is invited to join our (lockdown-compliant) send-off for Rabbi Steven and Karen Pruzansky, as they realize their dream of עליה and move to Israel next month.

In their over 26 years of devoted community service and outstanding Torah


Petak’s Five-Star Kosher Catering Donates 120 Dinners to JFNNJ Partner J-ADD

Jewish Association for Developmental Disabilities (J-ADD) receives a festive Shabbat dinner.

(Courtesy of JFNNJ) Jewish Federation of Northern New Jersey facilitated a generous donation of food from Petak’s Kosher Catering. Festive meals left over from a wedding went to good use and


Teaneck's Elie Katz and Karen Lew Orgen: A Shared Legacy

Editor's note: The print edition of this article mistakenly omitted Jim Dunleavy from the list of members of the Teaneck Town Council. We regret the error. 

Growing up Orthodox in Teaneck in the late 1970s into the 1980s was quite a different experience from that of today. There were


NJ Shuls and Yeshivot Move Fundraising Events Online

This past spring, our Jewish communities were forced to take on a fundamentally different character. These radical changes provoked by COVID-19 had ripple effects in many areas, and one of the most immediate, and perhaps most profound, was the need to quickly rethink major fundraising events that allow shuls, schools and organizations to