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Honoring Elie Wiesel

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Elie Wiesel a”h was a unique and inspiring individual, whose experience during the Holocaust influenced him to not only fight to perpetuate the memory of the 6 million Jews who died but also to speak out against all genocide.

I was fortunate to videotape an interview with him a number of years ago, and recounted to him...

Claims Conference Negotiations With Germany Expand Homecare for Holocaust Survivors

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On July 5, Julius Berman, the president of the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany, announced major progress for home care aid for Holocaust survivors. The organization negotiated with the German government and secured major increases in homecare funding on behalf of poor Holocaust survivors worldwide. This agreement, subject to approval by the German Parliament, will increase funding by 111 million in 2017, and nearly 388 million in 2018. This makes a total of almost 500 million dollars in additional funding for Holocaust survivors’ homecare aid worldwide.

“We commend the government of Germany for recognizing its continuing obligation to victims of the Holocaust...

A ‘Strong Advocate for Teaneck’: Hameeduddin to Reprise Role as Mayor

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Teaneck—At the July 1 reorganization meeting of the Teaneck Town Council, Mohammed Hameeduddin was elected mayor from among his fellow councilmembers. Hameeduddin, the first Muslim mayor in Bergen County, previously served as mayor from 2010 to 2014. Hameeduddin is considered to be pro-development, pro-business, pro-multicultural unity and is closely aligned with Councilman Mark Schwartz, who is also JLNJ’s co-publisher, as well as Deputy Mayors Elie Katz and Henry Pruitt. Hameeduddin was sworn in by Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop.

At the same meeting Hameeduddin, Schwartz and Pruitt were sworn in for the 4-year terms they won last May. Additionally, Councilwoman Gervonn Romney...

Touro College of Dental Medicine Honors Two at Inaugural Dinner

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The Touro College of Dental Medicine (Touro CDM) at New York Medical College, New York state’s first new dental school in nearly 50 years, celebrated its inaugural year with a dinner honoring Dr. Perry Brickman and the Honorable Michael Mukasey, two figures who have been instrumental in advancing the cause of accessible dental education for all. The dinner was held at Touro’s New York Medical College (NYMC) campus in Valhalla, New York, where TCDM will be located.

“Welcome to a school that knows who it is, who it’s for and where it’s going,” said Edward C. Halperin, MD, MA, NYMC chancellor and CEO, and Touro College and University System provost for Biomedical Affairs, who...

Hundreds of Families Attend Misameach Cruise

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Sunday dawned with brilliant sunshine and a gentle breeze, the perfect backdrop for the spirits of the exuberant men, women and children boarding the majestic ship for Misameach’s one-of-a-kind annual cruise. The singing could be heard from down the block, getting louder and louder as we approached the ship standing ready and waiting at the Hyatt Marina.

Walking up the gangplank and entering the boat, we were immediately enveloped in the joy and the excitement reverberating throughout as we were greeted by volunteers as if we were family.

The music started before the boat left the marina, as the dance floor took on a life of its own. Families settled in, finding their places at...

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