Wednesday, August 05, 2020

New Jersey

JFCS’s Food Pantry Sees 30% Rise in Requests for Services

(Courtesy of JFCS) Over the last few months, the Jewish Family and Children’s Services of Northern New Jersey’s (JFCS) food pantry, located in Teaneck, has addressed the problem of hunger in Northern New Jersey by staying open and fully stocked. One in 10 residents in Bergen, Passaic and Hudson Counties, the JFCS catchment


Why Attending This Year’s Annual Teaneck Yoetzet Initiative Community Event Might Be More Important Than Ever Before

“I think I had COVID but I wasn’t tested. Am I allowed to go to the mikvah?”

“I have a gel manicure and I can’t get it off because the nail salons are closed. Is it a chatzitza (barrier to immersion)?”

“My husband and I have been fighting incessantly.


Moving the College Experience Online—Lessons Learned

(Courtesy of Touro College) Mid-March saw colleges everywhere moving classes online. Marian Stoltz-Loike, dean of Touro’s Lander College for Women and VP for online learning at Touro, discusses how students and faculty fared this semester and the lessons learned moving forward.

What was the

As Economy Reels, Amazon Bootcamp Gives Breadwinners A Chance to Succeed

(Courtesy of OJCC) The global economy took an unprecedented hit since the outbreak of COVID-19, which placed life as we know it at a virtual standstill: Record unemployment. Businesses shut. Industries flailing.

As much of the population and brick-and-mortar establishments remain in


Holy Name and Teaneck Leaders Create Plan to Take Hospital Traffic off Residential Streets and Resolve Parking and Tax Matters

Hospital will build new daycare center on campus.

(Courtesy of Holy Name Hospital) Holy Name Medical Center and township officials led by Deputy Mayor Mark Schwartz have partnered to create a plan that will permanently close an ambulance entrance on Grange Road, take hospital traffic off


JCC University Presents Two Online Opportunities

Socially Distant Theater: The Solo Show as Seen by Hirschfeld

David Leopold, creative director of the Al Hirschfeld Foundation, comes to JCC University to share this new and timely exhibit. Hirschfeld was one of the most iconic artists of the last century and is known for


Jewish Orgs Provide Food to Essex County Residents During Coronavirus

When the coronavirus crisis hit the Essex County Jewish community, agencies providing kosher food stepped up to meet that need.

The JCC MetroWest in West Orange, the county’s kosher meal provider, had to increase its services, said director of nutrition programs Joanne Bramnick.


NJ Jewish Film Festival Goes Virtual

(Courtesy of JCC MetroWest) The director of the New Jersey Jewish Film Festival said enthusiasm and ticket sales were high when the pandemic forced the cancellation of the 20th annual event, which was to have taken place March 19-29 at JCC MetroWest in West Orange.

Now, Sarah


Union Y Begins Phased Reopening

The YM-YWHA of Union County’s early childhood program reopened this week, and everyone was so excited to be back and see the teachers they missed seeing daily since March.

While the Y team felt it best not to hold camp this summer in its usual format, the youth directors designed a summer


Bergenfield and Teaneck Libraries Reopen

After a little more than three months of being closed due to COVID-19, the Teaneck library is back in business. As the first step of a gradual re-opening of the library, residents of Teaneck can now reserve up to 10 books online or by phone to be picked up at the library. After receiving notice by phone


Parks and Playgrounds Attract Crowds of All Sizes

By Meira Book


Be the Match for Nate Geller!

Nate Geller of Teaneck was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) at the end of April of this year, and is in desperate need of lifesaving blood stem cell donations. To date, through postings on Facebook, as well as via Congregations Beth Sholom and Bnai Yeshurun in Teaneck; Congregation B’nai Israel