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One Body, One Heart

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We are Jews. We are. And never are we more reminded of that than when one of our own is killed.

It was about four years ago. It could have been more. I received a quick-paced phone call one morning before school from Rabbi Mordechai Rindenow. It seemed his son Shlomo Zalman missed his ride up to school in Monsey and since I...

Touro Social Work Grad School Acknowledges Achievements and Community Service

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More than 400 students, faculty, staff and family members of graduating students gathered recently at the 92nd Street Y for the Touro College Graduate School of Social Work’s (GSSW) 2016 Academic Recognition Program.

The happy event, imbued with warmth and humor, celebrated the graduates’ academic achievements, outstanding community service and inspiring personal triumphs.

In addressing the gathering, Dr. Steven Huberman, GSSW’s founding dean, focused in part on the school’s overarching philosophy, which is rooted in the Jewish value of tikkun olam, or perfecting the world.

“While we may not be able to complete the task,” said Dr. Huberman, “the Torah says that we...

Friendship Circle of Bergen County Plans for End-of-Summer Camp

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The Friendship Circle of Bergen County is taking registrations for its annual end-of-summer camp program, to run this year from August 22 through 26 at Lubavitch on the Palisades, 11 Harold Street in Tenafly, NJ. The Friendship Circle camp is for special needs children and teens, ages 5 through 16, and offers a variety of activities, music, games and sports, and daily field trips. The camp will run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and until 1 p.m. on that Friday. Approximately 40 children participate in the annual summer camp, which was started eight years ago. Registration closes on July 31.

Director Zeesy Grossbaum said that all activities are closely supervised and...

Five Days/Five Ways—Areyvut Launches New Chesed Camp

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This August, Areyvut will launch Five Days/Five Ways, its first-ever chesed camp for incoming middle school students. The camp will bring middle school students together for a week to learn about and take part in good deeds and community service throughout Bergen County.

Five Days/Five Ways will be based at the Friends of Lubavitch of Bergen County (513 Kenwood Pl, Teaneck, NJ 07666) from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., August 8 through August 12. Every day there will be games, craft projects and activities as participants learn about a different Jewish value and how they can use that value to actively make the world a better place. They will then go on a field trip and have the opportunity to put...

Learning About Cars With Becca

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“It probably says in your manual don’t use additives. But they’ll still try to sell it to you.”

On July 17, Becca Ziobro had the undivided attention of eight women as she taught them how to know when they’re being taken advantage of by a mechanic. The Ohr HaTorah Youth House in Bergenfield served as the classroom for the auto care lesson. Ziobro drew diagrams of the pistons in an engine and the mechanics of the brakes on a whiteboard, as the attendees followed along in the explanatory packet she had prepared.

Her relationship with cars began in auto shop class at Montclair High School, and led her to Lincoln Tech in Union where she became a mechanic. Most recently she...

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