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Amudim Kicks Off With BBQ

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Back for its 17th summer and better than ever, Gavz Boyz, an action-packed travel camp experience geared to at-risk teens kicked off with a lavish barbecue hosted by Rochelle and Mel Lishitz in Lawrence this past Monday night.

Gavz Boyz, a division of Amudim Community Resources, is a four-week program filled with...

NORPAC Hosts Senator Mark Kirk (R-IL) in Englewood

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Scott and Abigail Herschmann, along with Yehuda and Roni Blinder, hosted U.S. Senator Mark Kirk (R-IL) in Englewood for a pro-Israel NORPAC event on Sunday evening, July 10. Senator Kirk has made a reputation in Congress as an author or early co-sponsor of legislation halting Iran’s nuclear development. He was a staunch opponent of the administration’s Iran deal (JCPOA) last year.

At the event, Senator Kirk discussed Iran’s violations since last year’s deal. Of particular import to the senator was the hanging of homosexuals in Iran in the public view. This practice continues to happen regularly, stated Kirk, and he has made it a personal goal to let the world know about these...

Local Principal Attends Harvard’s Principals’ Seminar

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Englewood—Rabbi Yoni Fein, Middle School Assistant Principal of Judaic Studies and Jewish Life at The Moriah School, has just returned from Cambridge, MA, where he participated in Improving Schools: The Art of Leadership, a seminar at the Harvard Graduate School of Education’s Principals’ Center for emerging leaders. This week-long institute is part of a larger, year-long program, sponsored and facilitated by the AVI CHAI Foundation, to enable day school leaders to improve their schools, with special focus on their Jewish mission and vision.

The AVI CHAI Foundation, a New York–based private foundation dedicated to promoting Jewish commitment, sponsored Rabbi Yoni Fein and 13...

Jewish Historical Society Preserves the Past for Our Children

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p style="text-align: justify;">“The past is the teacher of the present and the guide of the future.” – Rebbe Joseph Isaac Schneersohn


The seeds of the Jewish Historical Society of North Jersey were sown over 35 years ago by Sylvia Firschein, then Librarian at the Y in Wayne. Sylvia received requests for information about former Jewish Patersonians after the Y moved from Paterson to Wayne. She put out a request for people who might be interested in conducting oral interviews of seniors. One thing led to another and it was soon realized that there was nothing about Paterson’s Jewish community that people could research, and thus the seeds were sown. Thanks to enrichment by...

Daughters of Miriam Celebrates L’dor V’dor

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Clifton—One of the central concepts of Judaism—L’dor V’dor—“from generation to generation”—was celebrated at the Daughters of Miriam Center/The Gallen Institute recently when four generations of the Thaler/Varnai family gathered for the bar mitzvah of Joel Varnai. Varnai, whose great-grandmother Marion Bernstein has resided in Miriam Apartments II since 2010, made his first aliyah in the Garfinkle Chapel at Daughters of Miriam Center surrounded by family, friends and residents of the center, who joyously participated in this important religious milestone event.

With proud grandfather and Daughters of Miriam Center board member Leonard Thaler nearby, Joel flawlessly...

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