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Paul Fishman named state’s new U.S. attorney

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When Paul Joseph Fishman was sworn in as New Jersey’s 54th U.S. attorney on Monday, his speech included allusions to how Judaism shaped his sense of justice.

The 52-year-old Fishman grew up attending Temple Sholom, now Temple Avodat Shalom, in River Edge. Rabbi Neal Borovitz, who attended the swearing-in ceremony at Rutgers School of Law in Newark, has a 22-year-long relationship with New Jersey’s new top prosecutor and he noted the impact Judaism has had on Fishman.

“His passion for social justice very clearly comes out of his Jewish background,” the rabbi said. “We’re very blessed to have a person like this who has a passion for justice. He stressed a sense of the responsibility of administering justice justly.”

Fishman, who now lives in Montclair with his wife, Lynn, and their sons, Noah and Ian, still attends Avodat Shalom on the holidays with his family. His father, the late Myer Fishman, was a past president of the synagogue, and his mother, Gloria Fishman, formerly worked at the YJCC of Bergen County in Washington Township.

President Obama nominated Fishman in June and the Senate confirmed him in October. More than 500 people attended Monday’s ceremony, making it the largest ever for the swearing in of a U.S. attorney. Guests included U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito, Sens. Bob Mendendez and Frank Lautenberg, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, and former Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff.

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Oslo, Birthright, and me

Yossi Beilin, to speak at Tenafly JCC, talks about his past

For a man who never served as Israel’s prime minister, Dr. Yossi Beilin had an outsized impact on Israeli history.

A journalist for the Labor party paper Davar who entered politics as a Labor Party spokesman before being appointed cabinet secretary by Prime Minister Shimon Peres in 1984, Dr. Beilin made his mark with two bold policies that were reluctantly but influentially adopted by the Israeli government: the Oslo Accords between Israel and the PLO, and the Birthright Israel program.

On Thursday, Dr. Beilin will address “The future of Israel in the Middle East” at the Kaplen JCC on the Palisades in Tenafly, in a program sponsored by the Israeli-American Council.

Dr. Beilin — he holds a doctorate in political science from Tel Aviv University — ended his political career in 2008, having served as a Knesset member for 20 years, and as deputy foreign minister, justice minister, and minister of religious affairs.


A new relationship in Ridgewood

Conservative, Reconstructionist shuls join forces, work together, retain differences

Last December, Rabbi David J. Fine of Temple Israel and Jewish Community Center of Ridgewood wrote a thoughtful and perceptive op ed in this newspaper about why the word merger, at least when applied to synagogues, seems somehow dirty, perhaps borderline pornographic. (It is, in fact, “a word that synagogue trustees often keep at a greater distance than fried pork chops,” he wrote.)

That automatic distaste is not only unhelpful, it’s also inaccurate, he continued then; in fact, some of our models, based on the last century’s understanding of affiliation, and also on post-World War II suburban demographics, simply are outdated.

If we are to flourish — perhaps to continue to flourish, perhaps to do so again — we are going to have to acknowledge change, accommodate it, and not see it as failure. Considering a merger does not mean that we’re not big enough alone, or strong enough, or interesting or compelling or affordable enough. Instead, it may present us with the chance to examine our assumptions, keep some, and discard others, he said.


Mourning possibilities

Local woman helps parents face trauma of stillbirth, infant mortality

Three decades ago, when Reva and Danny Judas’ newborn son died, just 12 hours after he was born, there was nowhere for the Teaneck couple to turn for emotional support.

Nobody wanted to talk about loss; it was believed best to get on with life and not dwell on the tragedy.

Reva Judas wasn’t willing to accept that approach, and she did not think anyone else should, either — especially after suffering six miscarriages between the births of her four healthy children.

She soon became a go-to person for others in similar situations, and eventually earned certification as a hospital chaplain. In January 2009, Ms. Judas founded the nonprofit infant and pregnancy loss support organization Nechama (the Hebrew word for “comfort”) initially at Englewood Hospital and Medical Center and then at Holy Name Medical Center in Teaneck.

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