Friday, August 23, 2019


In Solidarity With Poway Chabad: A Shabbat of Tears and Joyous Song

Standing in the courtyard of the Poway Chabad, hundreds of people formed concentric circles, arms around each other, singing Shalom Aleichem. The very place where a week earlier Lori Kaye had been murdered and three others injured only because they were Jews had been transformed – the spirit of Shabbat, the spirit of peace, had

Something Tragically in Common

“I don’t feel safe.”

A young Ethiopian-born elementary school child said this to a group of visiting journalists from Anglo-Jewish newspapers between the two Gaza wars of 2008 and 2014.

We were visiting the Southern Negev development town Sderot. We met with

Educating Beyond the Classroom 

In most domains of student learning in schools, it is assumed that mastery is achieved through a combination of instruction and/or student discovery, guided practice, and application or lived experience. In math class, for example, when students encounter a new skill, they may work through it step by step with a teacher or learning partner,

Meet Stamford Comedian Marc Weiner

Stamford community member Marc Weiner created and hosted the ’90s children’s television series “Weinerville.” It premiered in July 1993 and ended production a year later, but continued to be shown in reruns until June 1997. The show was set around a giant puppet stage of a mythical city called

Fortnite: My Son Has Fallen Asleep and He Won’t Wake Up

This week’s column is less tech, more advisory. When I write Ungarbled-tech I either pick a new technology or something that my office has been asked recently.

For the past year or so parents, business owners and even clergy have been asking my team, “How can we block our children from

Winning Smile

Today I have some exciting news from the field of pet orthodontia. And yes, pet orthodontia is apparently a field, but it’s making nobody’s mother proud.

Apparently, according to a recent news article, there’s a fish in Pennsylvania who just got braces. The goldfish, who lives in

‘The Lehman Trilogy’ Shines as an Epic and Cautionary Tale

“The Lehman Trilogy” closed at the Park Avenue Armory on April 20. This acclaimed European play by Stefano Massini, a renowned Italian educated in a Jewish school, was adapted by Ben Power for the National Theatre. In July 2018, this awestruck author sat through three-plus hours of a London preview, as she did during the Armory’s New

Why Is Ilhan Omar’s Islamophobia Dodge Working?

An anti-Semite victimhood claim is based on a myth about a post-9/11 backlash that never happened.

Imagine if there was a member of Congress who openly supported an anti-Semitic movement,

Chol Hamoed Travel Guide Chol Hamoed dates: Monday, April 22, through Thursday, April 25 Please enjoy The Jewish Link’s updated guide to help you enjoy Chol Hamoed to its fullest

New Jersey

Turtle Back Zoo

See animals from all over the world, including giraffes, kangaroos, penguins, Komodo dragons, ostriches, bald eagles and sea lions. Included in the price of admission is a dinosaur-themed playground, and other attractions include pony

You Are Enough Just as You Are

March 28, 2019, was Ivy Day, the day that Ivy League schools announced their acceptances and rejections for the 2019-20 academic year. As an elementary school head, I was not aware of that. But someone shared a letter with me last week, written by Aviva Walls, dean of academic affairs and college counseling

Are Ashkenazic Jews Permitted to Have Soft Matzah on Pesach?

The Question:

I recall hearing for the first time the exciting news that my beloved rav, Rav Hershel Schachter, rules that it is permissible for Ashkenazic Jews to use soft matzah made by Yemenite Jews on Pesach.

Seder Surprises

Are we telling that same story…again? The Seder is supposed to be the quintessential experiential program—the re-living of Yetziat Mitzrayim. But let’s be honest, the story is the same as it was last year. It hasn’t changed. So the fifth question of the night becomes how to take a rerun and

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