Sunday, August 20, 2017


The ‘Why’ of Faith

Reviewing: “Reason to Believe: Rational Explanations of Orthodox Jewish Faith,” by Rabbi Chaim Jachter. Menorah Books, an imprint of Koren Publishers Jerusalem. Hardcover, 249 pages, 2017. ISBN-13: 978-1-940516-71-4.

Troop 613 of White Plains Celebrates Newest Eagle Scout

Almost 100 people attended the Hebrew Institute of White Plains on Sunday, June 25, 2017, to witness the Eagle Scout Court of Honor for Akiva Grimaldi, a resident of New Rochelle and member of the Anshe Sholom synagogue. An Eagle Scout is

Four Podcasts for the Nine Days

Perhaps you are an avid listener, like me, whose podcast app is stockpiled with 16 different channels, constantly updating with new content to grace your ears. Perhaps you’ve only just heard of the fad that is taking the world by storm, as major publications and radio stations shift their

‘Joe’s Violin’: A Bronx Schoolgirl, a Holocaust Survivor and the Music That Brought Them Together

Reviewing: “Joe’s Violin,” directed by Emmy-award winning film­maker Kahane Cooperman, premiering on PBS on Monday, July 24, at 10 p.m., and streaming online for several weeks on 24

‘Shalom Italia’: A Child Survivor Film With Contemporary Themes

Reviewing: “Shalom Italia,” directed and produced by Tamar Tal Anati. Premiering on POV Monday, July 24, 2017 at 10:00 p.m. on PBS.

‘The Grit Guide for Teens’ Helps Kids Learn Resilience

If you’re unfamiliar with the term, “grit” represents the courage we individuals have and the strength of our character. Adults may be more familiar with the concept, due to the movement spearheaded by Angela Duckworth, who wrote on the subject and on the passion, as well as Caroline Adams Miller’s writings on

I Can’t Get Otto Warmbier Out of My Head

Otto Warmbier. I can’t get this tragedy out of my head.

There’s been more than our fair share of the horrific multiple shootings, where mass killings have resulted in unspeakable sadness. It seems like one 24-hour news cycle just hands off another unspeakable incident to the next

On Becoming a ‘Soul Doctor’

One of the towering figures of Jewish education in America remains Samson Benderly, z”l.

Born in Safed, Palestine, in 1876, Benderly emigrated with his family to Baltimore, Maryland, in 1898. By the time he died, in 1944, he had left his indelible imprint on the shaping of the institutions of American Jewish education that we know today.

It almost

Yeshivat Chovevei Torah Ordains Newest Class

Riverdale—On Thursday, June 15, Yeshivat Chovevei Torah Rabbinical School graduated its newest class. Among the graduates were several local residents. 

Dan Margulies, son of Dr. Donna Vogel and Dr. David Margulies of Bethesda, Maryland, received his BA in

Josef Guttman:  The Gentle Grocer

As a kid in the ’70s, I would shop at C Town in the heart of Riverdale. It was a small supermarket, presided over by a Jewish grocer who was a kind, grandfatherly man who bounced between aisles and manned the deli counter. I never learned his name. He spoke kindly to his employees, mainly Irish teens, and was always forthcoming

What Will They Think of Next?

As parents and teachers, we know that various stressors impact our children’s ability to focus and pay attention, take notes, do homework, study or take tests. We also know that each child has a distinct learning style. Some children cannot sit for long periods of time without getting fidgety. Some need to chew

OU’s Allen Fagin Takes Questions on Education Policy 

Q: Why should people in New York’s Jewish communities care about what happens in the New York budget?

A: The fact is the New York State budget provides tens of millions of dollars in funding that can be accessed by yeshivot and day schools. State and local budgets impact nearly every facet of

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