Monday, February 17, 2020


Westchester Day School Adds Staff to Leadership Team

Westchester Day School (WDS) welcomed two new professionals to its Educational Leadership Team this year. Ahuva Halberstam has been appointed the elementary school principal and Jamie Schneider Schwartz will serve as the early childhood director.

Ahuva Halberstam is a

Friendship Circle Kicks Off the Year With Inspiring Volunteer Event

Friendship Circle recently held its volunteer kickoff event, with almost 100 Fairfield County high school students in attendance. 

Malya Shmotkin, director of Friendship Circle, and Menucha Hanoka, program coordinator, explained that there were about 100 kids with special

Call Us Before It Is Too Late

 Advertising with The Jewish Link has made me feel like a mini celebrity. Maybe not quite as famous as my instafamous wife @wellsquarednutrition (forgive the shameless plug), but my parents and kids take great pride in my weekly appearances, and other acquaintances—and even strangers—often approach me and say, “Hey Jeff, I saw your

Akiva Fuld Asks, ‘How Can I Help?’

As we approach Yom Kippur, making amends and helping others becomes of key importance. These days, I am personally on the receiving end of an outpouring of care and concern from our family and the community after unfortunately breaking my arm, and I deeply and sincerely appreciate the offer of “How can I try to help you

Israeli Rocket Sculptor Visits WTA

On Wednesday, September 18, Westchester Torah Academy (WTA) hosted Israeli artist Yaron Bob. Bob has gained fame for his sculptures made of remnants of terror rockets and missiles, as well as Iron Dome fragments.

Bob lives in Yated, a small town in southwest Israel, near Gaza

View the Work of Artist Fred Spinowitz at ArtsFest 

Since 2009, ArtsFest has been a fall tradition, a weeklong festival celebrating the arts in New Rochelle and Pelham, with art exhibits, open artists’ studios, live music and dance, spoken-word performances, a classic car show and more. ArtsFest is organized every year by the New Rochelle Council on the Arts (NRCA).

State Legislators and Leaders From Nonpublic Schools Fete $60 Million in State Funding

(Courtesy of Teach NYS) Teach NYS, a project of the Orthodox Union (OU) and a leading advocate for equitable funding for New York State’s nonpublic schools, honored State Sen. Shelley Mayer and lay leaders Daniel Lowy from Manhattan and Elizabeth and Joe Braha from Brooklyn recently at its annual dinner at the

The Auschwitz Shofar and Spiritual Resistance

A shofar was sounded at the Museum of Jewish Heritage: A Living Memorial to the Holocaust, a week before Rosh Hashanah. Seventy-five years ago that same shofar was sounded in Auschwitz, and later that year aboard a steamship off the coast of Haifa when Chaskel Tydbor blew it after he caught sight of the Carmel Mountains. He and his fellow

Why I Like Sephardi Selichot

By Ezra Epstein

I don’t have many negative religious memories, but one incident does come to mind. I was about 12 years old, and I made the decision to attend Saturday night Selichot at my local shul. Being 12, I couldn’t stay up that late, so I went to sleep at a normal hour and woke up in time for

Chol Hamoed Travel Guide

Please enjoy The Jewish Link’s updated guide to help you enjoy Chol Hamoed to its fullest.

New York

Staten Island Fun Park

215 Schmidts Lane   

New England Jewish Academy Announces Transformative Tuition Initiative 

This past summer, the New England Jewish Academy (NEJA) – a newly merged Orthodox Nursery-12th grade school serving the Greater Hartford, New Haven and Springfield region – launched a transformational initiative reducing tuition by up to $10,000 per student. Thanks to the extraordinary vision and generosity

When the Walls Fell

Except for the day of 9/11, I have never felt as broken as an SAR teacher as I did this week. But I have never felt prouder either.

I have been teaching Judaic studies at SAR Academy for over 20 years. I remember the atmosphere on the day the Twin Towers came down, when we were staggering around, seeking

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