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JCC audience argues over ‘My so-called Enemy’

FilmPublished: 29 July 2011

In 2002, 22 Palestinian and Israeli teenage girls were brought to Bridgeton for a 10-day women’s leadership program. “My So-Called Enemy” is an award-winning documentary that chronicles the program and follows the lives of six of the girls over the next seven years.

“Enemy,” which won a Spring 2011 CINE Golden Eagle Award, its fifth prize since its release, was shown Sunday, July 10, at the Kaplen Jewish Community Center on the Palisades, followed by a discussion.


JCC audience argues over ‘My so-called Enemy’

Drew U. professor: Internet a factor in Israeli-Arab conflict

GeneralPublished: 29 July 2011

The political unrest that overthrew Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and empowered the opposition in other Arab countries has been called the Facebook Revolution because the opposition used Internet services like Facebook and YouTube to promote their causes and expose government crackdowns.

So The Jewish Standard asked Jonathan Golden of Drew University if the Internet is a factor in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

“Absolutely,” he said. “You’re seeing more Palestinians communicating with one another and trying to organize. I think they’re taking a page from the ‘Arab Spring.’ They are indeed trying to leverage the power of the Internet in order to organize.


Dovid Greenfield wins wrestling title

Torah Academy team places second, Frisch third

LocalPublished: 25 February 2011

It took Dovid Greenfield of Teaneck just 21 seconds to pin his opponent and win his third straight heavyweight title at the Wittenburg tournament.

And the Torah Academy of Bergen County junior wasn’t surprised at all.

“I’ve worked really hard for this,” he told The Jewish Standard. “I go for a pin in every match.”

He’s probably one of the best wrestlers, if not the best, that TABC has ever produced, his coach, Yoni Ellman, told the Standard before the tournament.

“He’s a very good wrestler, well-recognized when he goes to matches,” Ellman said. “Every coach knows who he is.”


‘Hineini,’ film on coming out in a Jewish high school sparks discussion

LocalPublished: 25 February 2011

About 50 people attended a screening of “Hineini: Coming Out in a Jewish High School” and panel discussion last week at the YJCC in Washington Township.

The film follows Shulamit Izen’s quest to gain acceptance at her Boston-area school, not only for herself as a lesbian, but also for other LGBT students there.

This was the second of three screenings and discussions planned by the Jewish Community Relations Council and Synagogue Leadership Initiative of UJA Federation of Northern New Jersey. The first was held in November at the Kaplen JCC in Tenafly and the third will be held at the YM-YWHA of North Jersey, in Wayne, next month.


Dinner and a show? YJCC cafe offers lunch and a song

LocalPublished: 07 January 2011

At Jimmy Mike’s Cafe at the YJCC in Washington Township, the owner is likely to break into song.

James Michael toured in the national companies of several Broadway musicals — including “Camelot,” “Meet Me in St. Louis,” and “Fiddler on The Roof” — before turning to his other love, food.

“Food is another form of entertainment,” he told The Jewish Standard.


Frisch school-bus accident brings focus on safety

LocalPublished: 10 December 2010

Tuesday’s school bus accident involving high school students heading from Rockland County to Jewish schools in Paramus has raised questions about school bus safety.

The bus went onto the center median just south of exit 171 on the Garden State Parkway in Woodcliff Lake Tuesday morning, hitting a guard rail and trees. The 13 students on the bus and the driver were taken to The Valley Hospital in Ridgewood and Hackensack University Medical Center in Hackensack, where they were treated for minor injuries ranging from a concussion to a broken nose.

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Israeli journalists speak at YJCC about their craft

LocalPublished: 10 December 2010

The news is big business in Israel. Most families gather around the television at 8 each night for the newscast.

“It’s just an addiction,” said Liron Karass, the youth shlicha (emissary from Israel) at the Bergen County YJCC in Washington Township.

So Karass helped organize a talk Monday evening, “The Front Lines of Israel,” by two Israeli journalists, Yaron Brener and Miri Yehuda. Brener has been a photojournalist for eight and a half years, the last six for Yediot Achronot, a daily newspaper published in Tel Aviv. ( is the online English-language version.) Yehuda is an award-winning freelance television news producer for foreign networks, such as NBC. The pair gave more than 50 people a behind-the-scenes look at modern journalism in Israel.

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