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Meetings of very sharp minds

Larry Krule, retiring Jewish Book Council president, talks about literature and Davar

To learn more about the Jewish community in the late 1960s, you could just read “The Chosen” and “Portnoy’s Complaint.”

Chaim Potok’s 1967 novel was sharply drawn, sociologically on point, and deeply moving. Phillip Roth’s 1969 novel was brash, irreverent, shocking, and controversial.

Both were central to mid-20th-century urban Jewish self-understanding (it’s tempting to say they were seminal, but given the specifics of Portnoy’s complaint, that might not be the best choice of words).

Those two books, among others, had such a strong influence on Lawrence Krule, who read them when they were new and he was young, that eventually they led him to a ten-year presidency of the Jewish Book Council. His term is now ending; he and the council’s president, Carolyn Hessel, are retiring, and both will be honored at a gala dinner on November 18.


Remembering Bernie Weinflash

Community mourns visionary leader and founding patron of Shirah chorus

Some people are irreplaceable, said Matthew (Mati) Lazar, founding director and conductor of Shirah, the Community Chorus at the Kaplen JCC on the Palisades in Tenafly.

“Bernie Weinflash was one of them.”

Mr. Weinflash, founding patron of the choral group now celebrating its 21st year, died on November 9 at 94.

Mr. Weinflash was born on the Lower East Side and was a veteran of World War II. Trained as an accountant and lawyer, he was a stockbroker for Oppenheimer and Co.

Shirah was one of Mr Weinflash’s proudest achievements. In a video of his talk at the choral concert that marked his 90th birthday — “Bernie always spoke at our concerts,” Mr. Lazar said — the founder mused that “by creating Shirah, I will have helped perpetuate Jewish survival.”


Here comes the sun

Yeshivat Noam installs solar panels

From the parking lot, all you can see is the yellow warning tape.

But the roof Yeshivat Noam in Paramus holds 1,500 solar panels.

On Friday, the panels were connected to the school’s electric wiring. When they are switched on — that is expected to happen any day now — they will provide about half the school’s electric needs.

And they will make Noam the first area Jewish day school to have gone solar.


Thinking about health

Jewish women gain special event through Holy Name Medical Center

Mother. Wife. Daughter. Employee. Chauffeur. Chef. Entertainment coordinator. COO or co-COO.

That’s just a few of the hats a Jewish woman typically wears.

The demands of juggling myriad roles of caretaking and day-to-day family and career management that she faces easily can edge out the precious time required to take care of her own health needs.

Sometimes that neglect amounts to something relatively benign, like not getting an annual teeth cleaning.

But sometimes that neglect is a missed annual mammogram or Pap smear, and it can lead to much more serious health problems.

To help Jewish women redirect attention to their own health and well being, Holy Name Medical Center in Teaneck is offering a special event on Sunday, November 16. It’s the Jewish Women’s Health Symposium and Brunch, and it will be hosted at the Jewish Center of Teaneck.


Jerusalem status back at high court

Local lawyer part of team arguing for ‘Israel’ location on passport

When the Supreme Court heard the Zivotofsky v. Kerry case last week, the legal team arguing for 12-year-old Menachem Zivotofsky’s right to have “Israel” designated on his passport as his place of birth included Chaim Kagedan, 32, of Teaneck.

The Harvard-educated attorney got his first taste of presenting cases before actual judges as a teenager on the mock trial team of the Torah Academy of Bergen County. He helped the team advance to the state semifinals, a significant milestone in a fiercely competitive program.

“I learned that the skills I have are well suited for things a lawyer needs to do, especially presenting to a jury and judge,” he said. “The experience encouraged me to feel that law was a profession that I wanted to seriously consider, and it continued to feel like the right path as the years went on.”


Pies for Prevention mixes dough with donations

Sisters honor mother, grandmother through baking project for Sharsheret

It’s a win-win venture.

Wonderful pies for Thanksgiving and a built-in donation to a worthy cause. And, say sisters Sharon Wieder and Adeena Sussman, an appropriate way to honor their late mother and grandmother.

“We do all the baking in my kitchen in Teaneck,” said Ms. Wieder, co-founder with her sister of Pies for Prevention. Now coordinating 18 bake sales in communities around the country and in Jerusalem, Ms. Wieder said the six-year-old project began with two sales, her own, and one run by a woman in Long Island who wanted to help Sharsheret. All the proceeds benefit that organization’s ovarian cancer support and education program.

Sharsheret is a Teaneck-based group founded in 2001 that assists and provides resources for young Jewish women who face breast cancer, and their families as well. With help from Ms. Wieder and Ms. Sussman, they also have been expanding their resources for ovarian cancer.


A fuller view of Tevye’s shtetl

Scholar illuminates an intense ‘golden age’

The mythical Anatevka of “Fiddler on the Roof” has conjured up enduring shtetl sights and sounds for three generations of Jews (and non-Jews) worldwide who remain in the thrall of the blockbuster musical and its central character, Tevye, the put-upon dairyman who seems the absolute embodiment of all its woes.

Theatergoers, movie viewers, and devotees of “Fiddler” recordings connect deeply to the bittersweet amalgam of Sholem Aleichem stories about a village under stress and a Tevye broken and bewildered by the decrees of the czar, the growing feistiness of his wife and daughters, the unchecked violence of the Cossacks, and the seeming fickleness of the Almighty to his variety of plights.

Great theater, yes, but not quite the historical real deal.


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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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