Saturday, September 23, 2017


Remembering NYS Assemblyman Michael Simanowitz

On Shabbat Parshat Ki Tezte, 11 Elul 5777, September 2, 2017, the Jewish community lost a true champion. New York State Assemblyman Michael Simanowitz personified what it means to be a community advocate. The media coverage, both secular and Jewish, of his untimely and tragic passing

TOM Makeathon Reflects Commitment to Innovation and Excellence

This coming December, our high school will host a Tikkun Olam Makers (TOM) Makeathon. As a capstone to their four-year experience in our engineering and entrepreneurship (E2) program, our seniors will utilize the skills they have developed in

Rabbi Yehuda Amital Brings Torah Closer for the Holidays

Reviewing “When God Is Near: On the High Holidays” by Rabbi Yehuda Amital, edited by Yoel Amital, translated by Kaeren Fish. Maggid Books, Yeshivat Har Etzion. Hardcover, 306 pages, 2015.  ISBN-10: 1592644376.

HIR-The Bayit Holds 9/11 Chesed Day

A Virtual Helping Hand for a Better Future

(Courtesy of AMIT) Israel—Studying for the bagrut exams is a rite of passage for most Israeli teens, as they know it will pave the way for their

Debra Shaffer Seeman Joins Ayeka to Support Day School Initiative Program will be funded by AVI CHAI, Kohelet and Mayberg Foundations.

(Courtesy of Ayeka) Jerusalem—Ayeka: The Center for Soulful Education announced that leading Jewish educator Debra Shaffer Seeman will join Ayeka as an

Good Fences, Good Neighbors

The month of Av got off to an unpleasant start with a petition circulating online to “Protect the Quality of Our Community in Mahwah,” a New Jersey town, barely 15 miles from my home in Bergenfield. The petition calls on the local electric company to “remove all eruvs from our Township and revoke

Headed to Israel for Seminary? Top Tips for Maximizing Growth

Editor’s note: Rabbi Goldwasser offers some important tips for young women as they prepare to study in Israel.


The ‘Why’ of Faith

Reviewing: “Reason to Believe: Rational Explanations of Orthodox Jewish Faith,” by Rabbi Chaim Jachter. Menorah Books, an imprint of Koren Publishers Jerusalem. Hardcover, 249 pages, 2017. ISBN-13: 978-1-940516-71-4.

Troop 613 of White Plains Celebrates Newest Eagle Scout

Almost 100 people attended the Hebrew Institute of White Plains on Sunday, June 25, 2017, to witness the Eagle Scout Court of Honor for Akiva Grimaldi, a resident of New Rochelle and member of the Anshe Sholom synagogue. An Eagle Scout is

Four Podcasts for the Nine Days

Perhaps you are an avid listener, like me, whose podcast app is stockpiled with 16 different channels, constantly updating with new content to grace your ears. Perhaps you’ve only just heard of the fad that is taking the world by storm, as major publications and radio stations shift their

‘Joe’s Violin’: A Bronx Schoolgirl, a Holocaust Survivor and the Music That Brought Them Together

Reviewing: “Joe’s Violin,” directed by Emmy-award winning film­maker Kahane Cooperman, premiering on PBS on Monday, July 24, at 10 p.m., and streaming online for several weeks on 24

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