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Highland Park library’s ‘P Is for Palestine’ controversy ends with closed-door compromise
June 5, 2019
A controversy in a small New Jersey borough with a large Jewish population ends with the original children’s book reading, plus a scheduled reading of “I Is for Israel” as well. Although not everyone seems satisfied with the results.
Security company donates ‘AI Doorman’ to 100 Chabad centers
May 15, 2019
CEO Ari Teman explains that it enables rabbis “to leave the door locked and still give them the ability to let others get in the building while they are away.” He and his staff are also helping synagogue personnel choose what to do in terms of applying for federal security grants.
Grieving with Poway and posing the question: ‘Is this the new normal?’
May 1, 2019
Rabbi Dr. Ari Sytner of Yeshiva University was dispatched to provide trauma counseling and age-appropriate directives for speaking with schoolchildren about mass shootings.
Oklahoma City reels from anti-Semitic, white-nationalist graffiti attacks
April 5, 2019
After attacks on five buildings in two municipalities, including two Democratic Party buildings, police release photos of a female suspect wanted for questioning.
‘Dancing with the fishes … ’
February 25, 2019
How a young, inspiring entrepreneur is making old-fashioned herring hip again.
Kosher Crops (sans bugs) aims to create the ‘cleanest, freshest’ salad greens yet
February 6, 2019
While an array of triple-washed or greenhouse-grown salads has become available in kosher stores locally over the past several years, they have generally been limited to very basic lettuce blends and have varied in quality.
New Jersey shul wins $2.5 million in landmark religious-discrimination case
January 8, 2019
Synagogue leadership stated repeatedly that they were being illegally discriminated against through an array of arbitrary zoning-code interpretations, arbitrary planning-board requirements and excessive public appearances. They were also required to spend seemingly endless amounts, hiring outside engineers for consultations demanded by the city.
Cheers to the New Year!
December 31, 2018
Check out some solid “under $25” Israeli wines to try in 2019.
Bimbo Bakeries USA confirms dropping of kosher certifications for bread products
December 6, 2018
Consumers may have initially thought that these were isolated business decisions or cost-cutting measures to use one kosher certifying agency rather than another. However, that’s not the case.
Is your bread still kosher? Arnold’s Bread manufacturer drops the OU
December 4, 2018
What looks like a modern-day business decision will have ramifications for generations of Jewish buyers of packaged bread and baked goods.
Old-world wines meet new-world grapes: Flam Winery celebrates its 20th anniversary
November 14, 2018
One of the key points made during the evening was that while 20 years was a milestone, the winery still considers itself young.
Chidon competitors unite! Tournament champions prep for Israel’s 60th Bible Quiz
November 2, 2018
As Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu lights the candle on Dec. 6, the fifth night of Hanukkah, a televised “Champion’s Champion” will take place at Israel’s International Convention Center in Jerusalem, marking the historic anniversary of the Bible Quiz project. It will also be streamed on YouTube.
Orthodox Union launches data collection and analysis center
November 1, 2018
It will focus its research on how Jews learn to live Jewish lives, the diverse journeys they take in that process and the ways in which Jewish communal institutions influence behavior and sentiment.
Learning about, and eating, exotic animals of the Bible
October 24, 2018
While it may not be one of his primary motivations, Dr. Rabbi Natan Slifkin’s hosting of high-priced dinners, of which he has three rotating menus (biblical, non-biblical and legends from the sea), have generated quite a bit of excitement around, and interest in, his Israel-based museum.
The ‘eruv’ stays: New Jersey AG settles Mahwah’s lawsuit
September 18, 2018
The summer of 2017 was characterized by residents, advocates and elected officials from nearby Bergen County towns attending and speaking out at council meetings, with many making heartfelt pleas against bigotry, xenophobia and the “eruv” ban.