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Shabbat prayers on the Palisades

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Temple Beth El of Northern Valley in Closter and Temple Emeth in Teaneck invite the community to a family-friendly outdoor “Welcome Summer” Shabbat service at the State Line Lookout off the Palisades Parkway on Friday, July 10, at 6:30 p.m.

Rabbis David Widzer and Steven Sirbu will lead songs and prayers with Cantors Rica Timman and Ellen Tilem. All are welcome; bring a lawn chair and bug spray. In case of inclement weather, services will be at Temple Beth El, 221 Schraalenburgh Road, in Closter.

The entrance to the lookout is on the northbound Palisades Interstate Parkway, two miles north of Exit 2. Future dates for Prayers on the Palisades services are July 24 and August 14. For more information, call (201) 768-5112 or go to


Networking for accountants

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The OU Job Board will present Networking for Accountants, an opportunity to meet professional leaders in the industry, on Tuesday, July 14, from 6 to 8:30 p.m., at the OU Job Board Headquarters, 11 Broadway in Manhattan.

“We welcome some of the ‘big four’ for the first time in OU Job Board’s events,” Michael Rosner, the international director of the OU Job Board, said. “This event will feature accountants who will be available to mentor and guide job seekers, as well as accounting head-hunters and representatives of firms that may have open positions. Featured firms and headhunters include Ernst & Young, Loeb & Troper, PricewaterhouseCooper, and Richard Hauptman.”

Registration is required. Admission is $25 with pre-registration; $35 at the door. There will be no refunds. For information, email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), call (212) 563-4000 and ask for the Job Board, or go to


Book launch in Teaneck this week

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Rabbi Hanoch Teller will discuss his new book, “Heroic Children: Untold Stories of the Unconquerable,” at a private home in Teaneck on July 7 at 7:45 p.m. The book chronicles the stories of nine child survivors of the Holocaust. The book has not yet been released but will be available that evening.

Rabbi Teller has been a guide in Yad Vashem for three decades and teaches about the Holocaust.

According to Rabbi Israel Meir Lau, former chief rabbi of Israel and chair of Yad Vashem, “Rabbi Hanoch Teller’s ‘Heroic Children’ is unique in its uncanny ability to present the reader the terror and the valor, the torment and the benevolence, that were all part of the Holocaust.”

For information, email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).


Talk will view religion and its ties to democracy

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Rabbi Moshe Taragin, who teaches Talmud at Yeshivat Har Etzion in Gush Etzion, will discuss “Religious Challenges of Democracy: Bridging July 4, and 17 Tammuz,” on Sunday, July 5, at 7:05 p.m., at Congregation Bnai Yeshurun in Teaneck. The event is hosted by the shul’s adult education committee. Mincha will follow at 8:05. The shul is at 641 West Englewood Ave. For information, call (201) 836-8916.


JEC celebrates academy’s 60 years

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The Jewish Educational Center’s gala at the Venetian. Courtesy JEC

More than 450 parents, faculty, alumni, and friends of the Jewish Educational Center came together for the center’s annual gala at the Venetian in Garfield on June 17. Community rabbis and partner agency executives from the area that JEC serves, representing Elizabeth, Hillside, West Orange, Linden, Springfield, Livingston, Lakewood, Edison, Highland Park, Passiac/Clifton, Teaneck, Bergenfield, Monsey, and Staten Island were there as well.

The gala commemorated 60 years of Torah and excellence at JEC’s Rav Teitz Mesivta Academy, and recognized two distinguished alumni: Rabbi Mordechai Tokarsky, RTMA class of 1988, is the founder and national director of RAJE (Russian American Jewish Experience), a Brooklyn-based organization that helps immigrants from the former Soviet Union both acclimate to life in the United States and develop a strong Jewish identity, and Rabbi Chaim Strauchler, RTMA class of 1995, is a Rhodes Scholar (one of only two from the yeshiva day-school world — the second is also a JEC alumna — Miriam Rosenbaum, Bruriah class of 2007) and now the rabbi of Congregation Sha’arei Shomayim in Toronto.

The evening’s program included the live finale of “RTMA’s Got Talent,” a competition held in the RTMA division over last few months.

The three semi-finalist acts were invited to attend and perform at the dinner. A trio from the RTMA Middle School division, Yair Cantor, Yonatan Swissa, and Jake Goldberg, led the national anthems, accompanied on piano by RTMA junior Uri Veit, also a semi-finalist. The third semi-finalist was RTMA senior Jake Stern, whose delivery of divrei Torah and talent at the pulpit reflected the school’s core Torah values.

The competition’s finale was held at the dinner, with the final vote left up to the viewing audience, both at the dinner and watching via livestream.

The two finalists were outgoing RTMA senior SJ Tannenbaum, an impressionist, and Isaiah Rappaport, a sophomore who played guitar and sang — and won the competition.

The evening also honored Charlotte and Howard Block of Springfield, who received Lev Tov award for their legacy gift to the JEC, and Dr. Brian and Shoshana Allen of Edison, named Parents of the Year for their generous support of the new Bruriah STEM laboratories.

Nearly 3,000 people watched the program livestreamed at A photo album is on the school’s Facebook page,

Next year’s gala will mark the entire Jewish Educational Center’s 75th anniversary.


OU’s Rabbi Weil leading weekend in Long Branch

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Rabbi Steven Weil

The Orthodox Union Department of Synagogue and Community Services will present an OU community weekend in Long Branch with Rabbi Steven Weil, OU’s senior managing director, at Congregation Brothers of Israel from Friday, July 10, to Saturday, July 11, Shabbat Parshat Pinchas.

Led by Rabbi Nasanayl Braun, the OU member synagogue is at 250 Park Ave. in Elberon.

On Friday night, Rabbi Weil will discuss “Brave Old World” during a special Shabbat family dinner at the synagogue. On Saturday morning, he will give a drasha, “The 7th Million Man,” at the synagogue’s 752 Ocean Ave. satellite location. At seudat shlishit at the synagogue’s Park Avenue location, Rabbi Weil will end the weekend with a talk, “Josiah the King; The One Man Who Could Have Prevented the Churban.”


Seeking bicycles for mitzvah project

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Gil Zyndorf, a local bar mitzvah student, is collecting adult-sized bicycles to be sent to impoverished countries in South America and Africa. The bikes help families to become independent and achieve economic sustainability. His project supports the Fair Lawn Rotary Club and Pedals4Progress.

To donate a bike, arrange for a pick-up, or get more information, call (201) 773-8616.


Elaine Meyerson receives NCJW award

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Elaine K. Meyerson Courtesy NCJW

Nearly 200 members and guests attended the 92nd annual installation luncheon of the Bergen County section of the National Council of Jewish Women on June 9. The installation was at Seasons in Washington Township.

The Hannah G. Solomon award was presented to Elaine K. Meyerson, executive director of Center for Hope and Safety (formerly Shelter Our Sisters). Marian Kugelmass received the Woman of the Section award, and Eric Zymet of Roy D. Smith Inc. earned a special Gutenberg award for Excellence in Printing.

The Hannah G. Solomon award is named after the founder of NCJW, who brought together 90 Jewish women from the United States to the Parliament of Religions at the Chicago World’s Fair in 1893. At that meeting, she formed the first major Jewish women’s organization, the National Council of Jewish Women, dedicated to faith, humanity, and serving unmet human needs.

Ms. Meyerson has worked at the Center for Hope and Safety for nearly 29 years. The Bergen County nonprofit agency provides confidential emergency shelter and support services for victims of domestic violence. A licensed social worker, Ms. Meyerson has grown the agency from a small grassroots organization to an integral and well-respected countywide program benefiting Bergen County residents. She is responsible for the fiscal and administrative management of the organization, which has an annual operating budget of approximately $3 million and a staff of 50 employees and more than 100 volunteers. She also is active on many state and local human service committees and coalitions, including serving on advisory boards of Project Sarah, Bergen Community College, and Hackensack University Medical Center. She was a former chair of the sisterhood and of the rabbi search committee at Temple Beth Sholom in Park Ridge. She is a life member of NCJW’s Bergen County section and has been a member for more than 20 years.

For information on NCJW BCS, go to

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