Wednesday, September 18, 2019


SAR Expands Hebrew Immersion for Preschool

On Wednesday, September 4, SAR Academy opened its 2019-2020 academic year. A significant change at SAR this year is the school’s expanded Hebrew immersion program for its youngest students. This program began three years ago with just the kindergarten classes. It has now been extended to include the entire Early Learning Center

Israeli Couple From NY Starts Chesed Initiative in Jerusalem

As Batsheva Rosen Weisinger described it, she’s had a vision since her days in seminary of an innovative project that would benefit people in need in Jerusalem while also cutting down on unnecessary waste. When the opportunity presented itself years later, she and her husband, Zevi, knew they had to

Looking Back, 80 Years After Nazi Germany’s Invasion of Poland

Eighty years ago, half a world away, Europe was embroiled in war as German tanks ripped through Poland. Whining, low-flying Stuka planes struck terror, and Warsaw burned. WWII had begun. Hitler’s intimidation, which had won him Czechoslovakia and Austria, now turned into a deadly conflict. 

With the

AMIT Ranked #1 Educational Network for Third Consecutive Year 

(Courtesy of AMIT) AMIT is kicking off the new school year with wonderful news: The network has been named the #1 educational network in Israel by the prestigious newspaper TheMarker, based on Education Ministry data, for the third year in a row.

The Education Ministry rates educational networks

Oral Support

I got the feeling that I don’t take my kids to the dentist often enough when, on their way out of their latest appointment, they were handed toothbrushes, and one of them said, “That’s not a prize. I already have a toothbrush.”

So clearly we’re missing something.

‘September 11, 2001:’ A Poem by Susan Borger

Editor’s note: Susan Borger served as director of personnel and human resources for the Orthodox Union from 1991 through 2006.  She was commuting to work on the last subway train to enter the World Trade Center before its collapse on the morning of 9-11-2001.  Susan passed away in November 2018 after a three year battle with

Riverdale Y to Show Irma Kramer Memorial Art Exhibit

Gallery 18 at the Riverdale Y proudly presents The Irma Kramer Memorial Art Exhibit, “Permeated by Paint: Art Works on Silk,” where paintings and scarves designed and produced by Irma Kramer will be on view from September 4 to October 4. The public is invited to an opening reception on September 8, 12:00-2:00 p.m.

Bat Mitzvah Girl Brings Art to Bronx Seniors

In honor of her bat mitzvah, Livia Kobrin, of Riverdale, decided to do something a little different. She went to the Van Cortlandt apartment complex, the Amalgamated Norc in the Bronx, to teach residents of the retirement community how to create mosaic panels to decorate and enhance

Surviving and Thriving Without Screens

Camp Morasha’s new technology policy, which was introduced during this past summer season, was crafted with considerable uncertainty and hesitation. Having participated in numerous planning discussions, I will be the first to confess my own initial reluctance and doubt.  To be clear, I fully recognize and appreciate the benefits

A Must-Listen-To Shiur on Kashrut in Israel

Finally we have an opportunity for some clarity on a murky topic that affects all of us at some time in our lives. For years and even decades, I (and many others) have been searching for some authoritative guidance about kashrut in Israel. We have all heard that the Israel kashrut scene is a complex issue surrounded by considerable

Danielle Lehtinen Acrylics Make a ‘Splash’ at the Riverdale Y

Gallery 18 at the Riverdale Y welcomes the community to it’s August “Splash!,” an exhibit of abstract acrylic paintings on canvas by Danielle Lehtinen, which will be on view through September 3.

“My paintings are a sort of jewelry for the walls,” explained Lehtinen. “Color, movement

Graffiti in Israel: Intent Makes the Difference

The Cambridge dictionary defines graffiti as “writings or drawings made on surfaces in public places.” Many of us think of vandalism and destruction when we hear the word, perhaps urban decay, but in Israel graffiti has been elevated to an art form.

Take Solomon Souza’s spray

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