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Super Sunday callers net their goal

LocalPublished: 11 December 2009

PARAMUS — Nearly 450 volunteers helped the UJA Federation of Northern New Jersey to reach its announced goal of $1.1 million in pledges during this week’s Super Sunday phonathon.

“This year’s Super Sunday was a tremendous success,” Dr. Zvi Marans, the chair of the federation’s 2010 campaign, told this newspaper.

“As of Tuesday morning, we’re still counting,” he added. “We’ve reached our goal of $1,100,000. We couldn’t have done it without the enthusiastic volunteers and the support of UJA-NNJ’s donors. It’s a support that reaffirms what we’ve always known: When our fellow Jews need us, no matter where in the world that need is, the people of northern New Jersey’s Jewish community step up to help in any way they can.”


UJA-NNJ Mitzvah Day site-hopping

LocalPublished: 06 November 2009

On Nov. 1, UJA Federation of Northern New Jersey offered area Jews an opportunity to do good. Mitzvah Day 2009 sent some 1,500 volunteers all over Bergen and Passaic counties to help others in the community.

Among the projects:

• At the Solomon Schechter Day School of Bergen County in New Milford, volunteers made Chanukah cards for Israeli soldiers and crafted Shabbat/Chanukah placemats to be donated to Tomchei Shabbos in Fair Lawn and Elmwood Park. Linda Scherzer Mikay, a former CNN reporter in Israel, helped her 5-year-old twins Noa and Danny make cards. Schechter students Elisheva Gold and Rebecca Finkelstein, both 10 years old, worked on the placemats.


Zachor: Remembrance and resistance

‘A stark reminder’

Cover Story Published: 24 April 2009
p>More than 60 years after the Holocaust, revisionism runs rampant, and those gathered at the Fair Lawn Jewish Center/Cong. Beth Israel Sunday for a Holocaust memorial received a stark reminder of the need for vigilance.

Holocaust denial is anti-Semitism, said Paul A. Shapiro, director of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum’s Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies. “There are lessons we need to be reminded of,” he said.

“It’s a way to spread hatred,” Shapiro told the crowd of 500 people at the shul’s Yom HaShoah commemoration sponsored by UJA Federation of Northern New Jersey. “Now, to be able to use 50 million documents to show the truth is a very strong weapon against a denial.”


Community rallies for second Super Sunday

LocalPublished: 03 April 2009

In tough times, this community has shown it is willing to respond,” Stuart Himmelfarb told The Jewish Standard after UJA Federation of Northern New Jersey’s Super Sunday 2 phonathon.

According to the UJA-NNJ spokesman, “As of Monday, $195,000 in 430 donations was pledged” during the March 29 event. Combined with the monies raised through December’s Super Sunday, the group raised a total of $1.3 million from 2,800 donors, he said.


Fifth-graders make history ‘come alive’

LocalPublished: 13 February 2009

NEW MILFORD – Fifth-graders at the Solomon Schechter Day School of Bergen County made history come alive as they presented family artifacts at the school’s fifth annual Jewish Heritage Fair, held Feb. 5-6.

Using curatorial techniques learned in November at the Museum of Jewish Heritage in Battery Park, New York City, on the classification and display of artifacts, students worked with teachers over a period of several months to prepare the exhibit of more than 60 items.


Super Sunday exceeds expectations

LocalPublished: 12 December 2008

This is a time to reach out to the community, and I thank you all for what you are doing,” Gov. Jon Corzine told more than 400 volunteers on Sunday morning at the start of UJA Federation of Northern New Jersey’s annual Super Sunday fund-raiser. The phonathon, held for the first time at UJA-NNJ’s new home in Paramus, is the organization’s biggest fund-raising event.

“I like your spirit,” he said, “and hope for success. We’re all working together, and my heart is with you.”

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Mourning the victims of Mumbai

‘We were yeshiva students; Gabi was my friend’

Cover Story Published: 05 December 2008

The memorial service held Sunday at Fair Lawn’s Bris Avrohom Chabad Center was particularly poignant. As a student, Rabbi Mendel Zaltzman — the center’s youth director and organizer of the event — had enjoyed a close personal relationship with Rabbi Gavriel Noach Holtzberg, slain last week in a terrorist attack in Mumbai together with his wife, Rivkah, at a Chabad House there.

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Mitzvah Day yields ‘impressive results’

LocalPublished: 07 November 2008

Alice Blass, coordinator of UJA Federation of Northern New Jersey’s 11th annual Mitzvah Day, is clearly pleased with the success of the Nov. 2 event, which brought out some 1,400-1,500 volunteers.

“We don’t have all the figures yet,” she said, “but the results are impressive.”

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Torah processional marks long-awaited move

LocalPublished: 26 September 2008

FRANKLIN LAKES – It’s only a short ride along Route 208 from East 33rd Street in Paterson to Franklin Lakes, but it has taken the congregants of Temple Emanuel of North Jersey years to move to its new home.

On Sunday a motorcade left the landmark building in Paterson with some 15 Torah scrolls, traveling slowly through Fair Lawn, Hawthorne, and Wyckoff to the shul’s new sanctuary on High Mountain Road in Franklin Lakes.

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Cease-and-desist order upheld re basketball at Fair Lawn shul

LocalPublished: 19 September 2008

Scott Levy, chairman of Fair Lawn’s zoning board of adjustment, announced on Monday night the board’s 6-1 decision to affirm the cease-and-desist order against the Fair Lawn Jewish Center/Congregation B’nai Israel issued on Sept. 26, 2007 after neighbors complained of excessive noise from basketball games in the synagogue’s gym.

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