Monday, February 17, 2020


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

Bronx Local, Artist Dennis Shelton, Exhibits at Riverdale Y

“Deconstructing/Reconstructing Strangely Familiar Faces—Cubist Portraits: The Pieces of Our Puzzle” is an exhibit of portraits created by artist and long-time Bronx resident Dennis Shelton. His series of collages can be seen at the Riverdale Y “Gallery 18” until August 5.


Israeli Student Films Screened in New Rochelle

Neta Ariel, director of the Maaleh School of Film and Television, recently presented several films created by Maaleh students to a New Rochelle audience. Films included “A Shabbos Mother,” directed by Inbar Namdar; “Barriers,” directed by Golan Rise; and “The Little Dictator,” directed by Nurit and Emanuel Cohn, a

Riding for a Reason

Since 2001 Shifra Zeiler has volunteered as the head of the pottery workshop in Chai Lifeline’s flagship summer sessions, Camp Simcha and Camp Simcha Special. “Once you step foot inside that camp, you don’t ever want to leave,” Zeiler stated as the thesis of her backstory. She had been asked by head counselor Rivky

In Defense of the Oft-Maligned Rabbi’s Sermon

I have a confession to make. I enjoy listening to the rabbi’s sermon on Shabbat morning.

Even when I was a youngster, I was interested in what the rabbi had to say in his speech. While my friends would ask their parents to go outside for the sermon, I’d happily remain in the sanctuary, curious to

A Federal Court Turns Privacy Into an Illusion

When we set privacy settings on social media are they enforceable? Twitter says yes, but a recent judicial decision by the Second Circuit Court of Appeals in a lawsuit against Donald Trump has cast its power to do so in doubt. The basis of the decision is that when a public official shares official government policy via social media, he

Local Day Campers Challenge the Deep End

The week of June 25 meant the beginning of the 2019 camp season and, with it, the infamous deep water test.

The American Red Cross requires that all campers be classified by swimming ability and provided instructional and recreational activities consistent with their abilities. For

Author Amalia Hoffman Visits Camp Shemesh

Author Amalia Hoffman came to Camp Shemesh and held an interactive workshop with the campers about her book “Astro Pea.” “Astro Pea” is about a pea who is tired of living in a pea pod so he jumps out of his pod and goes on an adventure to outer space on a carrot spaceship. All the vegetables turned into stars and planets in

House Condemns BDS Movement

The U.S. House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed a resolution on Tuesday evening opposing efforts to delegitimize the State of Israel, registering strong opposition to the global Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement (BDS) targeting Israel, noting that BDS is counterproductive to any peaceful negotiations

Meet Ethan Donn: A Musical Genius

Meeting Ethan Donn is a wonderful experience. His smile is radiant; his musical accomplishments are extraordinary. Ethan Donn is an 18 year old young man with mild autism. He is not very verbal and, therefore, cannot communicate his words very well, but his smile makes up for a lot. I met Ethan a

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