A two-year-long dispute between a shul and its neighbors will culminate in a hearing before the Teaneck Zoning Board on Dec. 16, as Cong. Etz Chaim and its rabbi, Daniel Feldman, fight for the right to continue meeting in a home on Queen Anne Road.
The meeting, which will take place at Benjamin Franklin Middle School, will address a cease-and-desist order the township’s construction official and zoning officer, Steven M. Gluck, handed to the shul last year based on claims that the synagogue has been operating in a house zoned only for residential use.
Roslyn Handler can be excused if she isn’t quite sure which menorah she’ll be lighting to celebrate Chanukah next month.
Her apartment at Lester Senior Housing in Whippany, one of the five communities that make up the Jewish Community Housing Corporation in northern New Jersey, houses a collection of menorahs that at present consists of about 50 pieces — with many others having been passed on to her five children over the years. They cost anywhere from a couple of dollars to as much as $2,500, come in all shapes and sizes, and are made of everything from silver to wood, glass to iron, seashells to brass.
p>On the anniversary of the opening of the Nuremberg Trials of Nazi war criminals, 220 Christian and Jewish members of the clergy have sent a petition to President Obama urging the United States to arrest the president of Sudan for his war crimes in Darfur.
Among the signers were Rabbi Randall Mark, president of the North Jersey Board of Rabbis and religious leader of Cong. Shomrei Torah in Wayne; Rabbi David-Seth Kirschner, Temple Emanu-El, Closter; and Rabbi Ronald Roth, Fair Lawn Jewish Center/Cong. B’nai Israel.
The petition, sent last Friday, the 64th anniversary of the Nuremberg trials, was organized by the Washington, D.C.-based David S. Wyman Institute for Holocaust Studies, and Christ Church Cathedral in Cincinnati.
Mishnah and music” trip nicely off the tongue, and the iMishnah project at the Ramaz School, which combines these two elements, is just one of the reasons that the school’s Rabbi Kenneth Schiowitz has won a Grinspoon-Steinhardt Award for Excellence in Jewish Education.
The award honors outstanding classroom-based teachers working in formal Jewish education settings throughout North America. Schiowitz, a Teaneck resident and religious leader of Cong. Shaare Tefillah there, has been teaching at Ramaz for six years, where he is the rosh beit hamidrash at the upper school.
He began the iMishnah project two years ago after reading an article in The Jewish Standard about a similar endeavor. “The iMishnah project enables students to connect to the words of the Torah/Mishnah through a medium other than the traditional, cognitive one,” Schiowitz said.
p>New Brunswick – The Jewish Standard cleaned up at the 2008 Excellence in Journalism Awards ceremony, winning eight awards in six categories. The awards, sponsored by the New Jersey chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, were handed out at a luncheon at Rutgers University on Sunday, June 28.
Said Standard Editor Rebecca Boroson, “I’m very proud of all the winners — and proud of everyone else on this consistently wonderful staff.”
Two Standard staffers won two awards each: Josh Lipowsky, assistant editor, won a first prize in deadline reporting for “Community musters a minyan so survivor can have Jewish funeral,” about efforts by Chabad of Teaneck to hold a Jewish funeral for a Holocaust survivor who had only one living Jewish relative. Lipowsky won a third in the same category for “Families of terror victims welcome new law,” about a law permitting American families of terror victims to sue foreign sponsors of terrorism.
Soon after 10-year-old Miriam Avraham was killed in a car accident in October, the students of Solomon Schechter Day School’s middle school took it upon themselves to study the entirety of the Tanach in her memory.
Every middle school student and many members of the faculty signed up to read five chapters of the Tanach in their sixth-grade classmate’s memory, after the school announced the project at a memorial service in December. Students and teachers gathered at the New Milford school on the eve of Shavuot last month to mark the conclusion of that project with a siyum, a traditional celebration at the end of a period of study.
Four years ago, feeling bludgeoned by all the campaign propaganda being directed at us as the presidential election came down to the wire, we did something a little different. We asked ourselves and some people we knew, “What if you could pick anyone who ever lived, excluding the 2004 candidates — or even who never lived — to be president of the United States? Who would that person be?”
Before I ever had to say kaddish as a mourner, I was entranced by its music.
In 1934 the British writer Dorothy Sayers published The Nine Tailors, a fairly unconvincing mystery that provided a framework for a pastoral idyll. The book centered around bell-ringers who climbed up a church tower to pull the massive ropes attached to the brass behemoths that hung there. They were ringing the changes, following mathematical formulas that permitted subtle variations, playing the huge bells with paradoxical delicacy.
The gym of RYNJ during the school's fund-raising "Tiyul-a-thon."
The North Jersey Jewish community is banding together to help the battered population of Sderot, the Israeli city that has suffered almost daily rocket attacks from Gaza (see cover story, page 15).
At least 75 percent of 4- to 18-year-olds there suffer from post-traumatic stress, experiencing nightmares, loss of appetite, and problems in school. Some 1'0 children are undergoing long-term mental health therapy.
UJA Federation of Northern New Jersey raised more than $1 million two years ago for its sister city of Nahariya, which was hit hard during the Second Lebanon War. After the war ended, the group turned its attention to Sderot.