Monday, February 17, 2020


Chanukah Traditions, Then and Now

Sonia Kam, who lives in Riverdale, likes to talk about her happy family life and celebrating Chanukah and other Jewish holidays while living in Belgium as a young girl. Kam, who is turning 89 on New Year’s Day, especially liked Chanukah, when she was given small gifts from her parents and coins for riding the merry-go-round, and

Lessons From the Chanukah Menorah

As we walk through the Jewish Quarter of Jerusalem to the Western Wall many visitors come across the golden replica of the temple Menorah. The Temple Institute has recreated many of the artifacts and utensils that were once used in the past two temples, the Batei Hamikdash.Our religion and traditions are inextricably tied to the temples and

‘That Jewish Moment’ Illustrates Jewish Pride

Reviewing: “That Jewish Moment: Positive Thoughts and Moments from Life as an Observant Jew,” by Sari Kopitnikoff. Ideastrator Press. 2019. English. Paperback. 118 pages. ISBN-13: 978-0578613055.

As Jews, we’ve all experienced a moment in our lives when

The Miracle of Disability

From a young age, I was taught to recognize miracles.

In grade school, my teachers underscored the multifaceted significance of our unprecedented Exodus from Egypt, emphasized the Purim story’s remarkable reversal of fortune and highlighted Chanukah’s inexplicable spiritual and

Quality Professional Development

The recent announcement by Herzog Teachers’ College in Jerusalem and the Israeli Ministry of Education of a new Teaching Certificate for Diaspora Educators prompts another look at the need for quality professional development for our day school educators. The program, called Rimonim, will consist of academic-level courses

‘Intimate Voices’ Continues 11th Season With Classical Music Presentation 

(Courtesy of Intimate Voices) Intimate Voices, a Riverdale-based chamber music series featuring world-class musicians, will present the second series concert of its 11th season on Saturday January 11, at 8:00 p.m. at its home, the Conservative Synagogue Adath Israel of Riverdale (CSAIR), 475 West 250th Street, Bronx, New

Chanukah Mixed Media

Looking for a craft for a Chanukah project but don’t want to spend a lot on supplies? Go raid your craft cabinet and make these mixed-media menorahs! Set out small bowls with whatever you have on hand and let the kids mix it up. Ten mismatched buttons, a small piece of ribbon and some leftover beads from another project

Israel’s Current Impasse

For too many people, both in Israel and outside, the present political situation may seem incomprehensible.

After two elections in nine months, Israel still has no government, and a third round of elections within a year appears possible.

Who and what is responsible

The Need for an Israel Gap Year Fund

In the fall of 2014, an inquiry was made by an RKYHS Judaic studies faculty member about where a particular student would be spending a gap year in Israel. To the teacher’s surprise, he was told that this student would likely not be going to Israel at all. While some students may decide to go straight to college, this particular student

Yachad Riverdale Offers Expanded Programming

Tobey Lass-Karpel has been the Yachad Riverdale coordinator since January 2018. She recently reviewed some of the new initiatives for local families.

One of these programs is a monthly Parents Support Group at RJC. In the November meeting, summer options, including sleepaway camp, day camp and

Gifts or Gelt: Chanukah Traditions Then and Now  

On December 22, families around the world will light the first Chanukah candle. While the holiday of Chanukah has specific laws regarding lighting the menorah, other observances are family traditions that have evolved over generations.

Sisters Erika Gershuni of Teaneck and Cheryl Malina of New

Can Women ‘Make It All Work?’

Reviewing: “Making It (All) Work: Women Surviving and Thriving at Work: A Practical Guide to Hashkafah and Halachah in the Workplace,” by Rabbi Ari Wasserman, with Miryam Wasserman. Feldheim, 2019; 485 pages, ISBN: 978-i-68025-408-2. 

Observant Jewish women wear multiple

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