Friday, June 05, 2020

Features

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

Harry Fischel: Inspiring Others in the US and Israel

Reviewing: ‘Harry Fischel: Pioneer of Jewish Philanthropy,’ KTAV Publishers, 2012, edited by Rabbi Aaron I. Reichel, Esq., Hardcover, ISBN-10: 160280222X.

Many of Jerusalem’s hallowed streets bear the names of 20th-century Jewry’s most remarkable figures: Rechov Chafetz Chaim,

To Find Your Balance, Grab On to the Daf: A Tribute to Rabbi Dr. Brian Galbut, z”l

(Editors’ Note: This article is being reprinted with permission from the author. We would also like to note that Rabbi Dr. Brian Galbut A”H had many close family and friends in our readership areas and many knew him or his family members, which is why we are reprinting it in our paper this week.)

112 NJ Teens Spend Summer of a Lifetime on Mach Hach BaAretz

Last Tuesday evening 450 teenagers and staff from tens of communities across the US and Canada, including 112 teens from New Jersey, departed from Ben Gurion Airport as different people than when they arrived there five weeks earlier. This was due to the unbelievable journey they took touring Israel on the Bnei

112 NJ Teens Spend Summer of a Lifetime on Mach Hach BaAretz

Last Tuesday evening 450 teenagers and staff from tens of communities across the US and Canada, including 112 teens from New Jersey, departed from Ben Gurion Airport as different people than when they arrived there five weeks earlier. This was due to the unbelievable journey they took touring Israel on the Bnei Akiva summer

Camp 613 Goes Next Door For Dor l’Dor Experience

This week Camp 613 girls’ older bunks visited Fountainview retirement community to complete an art project with the seniors there. It was heartwarming to see how quickly the girls and the residents warmed up to each other. The girls and residents chatted as they beaded bookmarks, heads bent together in

Shedding Light on Maimonides’ Letters

Reviewing: “Maimonides’ Grand Epistle to the Scholars of Lunel,” by Charles Sheer.  Academic Studies Press. 2019. English. Paperback. 100 pages. ISBN-13: 978-1618119612.

One of the most interesting chapters in the life of Maimonides in Egypt is his correspondence with the sages of

Danielle Pitkoff Looks to Make a Difference

Danielle Sara Pitkoff is passionate about her work, her studies, her Judaism and in “making a difference” in the world. Pitkoff who is 24 years old, is the program coordinator  at Sacred Spaces, a non-profit that builds healthy Jewish communities by partnering with Jewish institutions to prevent and respond to sexual abuse and

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