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Transmitting knowledge

Frisch students learn communal wisdom from Rockleigh Home residents

Many Jewish schools send students to visit residential facilities for the elderly.

Usually there is a group activity, such as crafts or singing, and residents tell the students a bit about themselves. But there hasn’t been a specific platform that gives retired communal leaders the opportunity to share their knowledge with the younger generation.

A new program recently initiated between the Jewish Home at Rockleigh and the Frisch School in Paramus is mining the depths of those wellsprings of wisdom.

“Linking the Generations: Training the Next Generation of Jewish Communal Leaders” grew out of a meeting on September 30 between six student council representatives from Frisch and Jewish Home residents George Hantgan, founder of the Jewish Federation of Northern New Jersey and the Englewood JCC (now the Kaplen JCC on the Palisades in Tenafly); Lillian Marion, a long-time member of Temple Emanuel of the Pascack Valley, and Allen Nydick, former director of major gifts at the Jewish Federation.


NCSY is for her

A highly motivated Bergenfield teen is national OU youth group president

Tova Sklar of Bergenfield, 17, recently became the first national NCSY president from New Jersey in a decade.

But two years ago, she had not yet even gotten involved in the youth movement, a program of the Orthodox Union.

Now a senior at Ma’ayanot Yeshiva High School for Girls, Tova’s first experience with NCSY came from a 2012 relief mission in to New Orleans, led by New Jersey NCSY’s director, Rabbi Ethan Katz.

“I always knew about NCSY, but I didn’t think it was it was for me,” she said. “I learned about the relief mission at school, and I honestly didn’t even know it was sponsored by NCSY until I went on it.”

Once there, she had the opportunity to meet girls her age, public school students who were involved in such NCSY programs as Jewish Student Union clubs, Teen Torah Center at the Bergen County High School of Jewish Studies, Latte and Learning in Hackensack’s Riverside Square, summer programs, and regional conventions.


‘Anything is possible’

Avi Golden doesn’t sit still.

When he is not educating the medical and lay community about aphasia, he can be found on a ski slope, or on horseback, or scuba diving (zip-lining, kayaking, sailing, rock-climbing, etc.).

The 40-year-old, who is practicing EMT and former critical care and flight paramedic with Long Island Jewish Hospital and New York Presbyterian Hospital EMS — and a paramedic with Magen David Adom in Israel as well — is founder, and cheerleader-in-chief, of NYC Outdoors Disability, a sports group for people with a variety of physical disabilities.

“I tell them anything is possible,” he said. That philosophy might help explain how — after suffering a stroke during a medical procedure some 7 l/2 years ago — he was able to graduate from wheelchair to cane to unassisted walking. And if his arm is not back to normal yet, it’s not for lack of trying.


How to save a life

Englewood kidney donation drive highlights possibilities

On one level, it’s a question of simple supply and demand.

Someone needs a kidney. Someone else has one to spare. No problem, right?

Of course, most of us do not live life on that level.

Most of us are born with two working kidneys, although we need only one, if it is working correctly. Others are not that lucky. Some find themselves depending on many-times-a-week dialysis to stay alive; that procedure, although miraculous, often sentences people to difficult, highly constrained lives.

Sometimes, the transplant of a kidney from a healthy person to a sick one can revolutionize the patient’s life, making it normal again.

But who would do that? Who would donate a kidney? And why?


Fighting eating disorders

Young local woman named to Forward 50 for helping Jews in battle against anorexia

The Jewish Forward is a national weekly, so when it picks its top 50 Jews, it has a lot of Jews from whom to choose.

In 2014, two of those top 50 are from our area — in fact, both are from Teaneck. Loretta Weinberg, the Democrat who is the majority leader of the New Jersey State Senate and a prominent critic of Governor Chris Christie, is no stranger to our pages; she was profiled with a cover story in our April 25 issue this year.

The other is Temimah Zucker, the young activist whose own struggle with anorexia has led her to a career fighting eating disorders.

“I was diagnosed with anorexia in the fall of 2008,” Ms. Zucker said. It was her first semester of college — she matriculated at Queens College, and moved from her parents’ home to live there. Most of her friends were away on their gap years, but she had decided to go straight from her high school, the now-closed Bat Torah Academy in Suffern, N.Y., to college.


Is Mahmoud Abbas to blame for Jerusalem synagogue attack?

TEL AVIV — After a gruesome attack by two Palestinian cousins left five dead at a Jerusalem synagogue, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu singled out one person for blame: Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.

In a statement issued by his office, Abbas denounced the Tuesday morning attack, saying he “condemns the killing of civilians no matter who is doing it.” But over the past few weeks, as a string of violent attacks have unsettled Jerusalemites, Abbas has issued statements that some see as encouraging violence against Israelis.

In late October, he called for a “day of rage” over the temporary closure of the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem, saying the move amounted to a “declaration of war.” Days later he called the shooter of Jewish Temple Mount activist Yehuda Glick a “martyr” in a letter to the attacker’s family.


At Kosherfest, a mad dash to sample the ‘facon’

Gefilte fish? Check.

Pastrami? Check.

Kosher-for-Passover anti-constipation pills?

Edible spoons for bar mitzvah appetizers?

A cholov Yisroel-certified alternative to the nutritional supplement drink Ensure? Check, check, check.

Welcome to Kosherfest, the annual kosher food trade show where hundreds of kosher food companies come together to display their wares, luring their potential customers with free samples of everything from vegan lasagna to an imitation bacon (“facon”) to carrot cake macaroons. There was also plenty of spirits on hand, including vodka, arak, and tequila.

Not bad for a weekday afternoon.


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Teens from Sha’ar Communities met with Jack Antonoff of the Band FUN, pictured back row, center, to talk about Jewish identity. Rabbi Adina Lewittes of Sha’ar facilitated the discussion as part of a series,  “Teens 2.0: Hitting the Refresh Button on Jewish Identity.” Courtesy Sha’ar

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