New Jersey

Can Federation Superfunds Save Day Schools?

Special To The Jewish Week
08/18/2009
The announcement last month by the UJA-Federation of New York of a $300 million matching program to support Jewish education — and similar initiatives in Los Angeles and MetroWest, New Jersey — comes at a time when middle-class Jewish parents find themselves increasingly caught between the Scylla of rising day-school tuitions and the Charybdis of declining real-dollar income.

The Shortest Commute

Assistant Managing Editor
12/08/2009
When Stuart Reichman, a chef from Teaneck, N.J., was forced out of his job at a large kosher processing plant due to downsizing last year, he put what he had learned there to good use. “I had never worked in a factory before,” said Reichman, 44. “It was a very different kind of work, and I learned about production, quality control and the creativity of making a new product. I also came across ingredients that in all my years of cooking I had never come across.”

MUSIC

02/13/2009
Special To The Jewish Week
Resurrection: Two classical ensembles and a new Web site pay tribute to the music of the Shoah. Holocaust scholars and intellectuals in allied fields have argued for most of the past six and a half decades whether there was such a thing as a cultural resistance to the Shoah. Did creating works of art in the confines of Terezin constitute a rebuke to the Nazis or an unwitting submission? In the face of such brutal inhumanity, how powerful a subversive act could a piece of music, a painting or a performance be?

Moving On To The Next Tragedy

Staff Writer
09/22/2009
Eight years after the Twin Towers crumbled over downtown Manhattan, rescue worker Charlie Giles still wakes up regularly with nightmares of the North Tower collapsing on top of him, enveloping his body his flames and in suffocating debris. One night recently, he even woke up to find himself throwing things. “I said to my wife, ‘He’s in our room, he’s in our room,’” Giles remembers. “She said, ‘Who’s in our room?’ I said, ‘bin Laden.’”

A Brooklyn Brew Of Jewish And Montessori

In Prospect Heights, the Luria Academy tweaks traditional Jewish learning with a questioning, open-minded approach.

01/16/2009
Staff Writer
Deep in the bowels of a Prospect Heights apartment building that looks just like any other in this trendy neighborhood, down a long, winding hallway flanked on either side with burnished doors, 30 young children spend their days learning how to learn.

Orthodox Seen Lured Into 'Affinity Fraud' Totaling $200 Million

Lakewood, N.J., real estate developer accused of far-reaching scheme; may have laundered money through charities; grand jury empaneled.

12/30/2009
Special to the Jewish Week

(Posted Tuesday, Dec. 29, 5:45 p.m.) In an alleged financial fraud that has ensnared Orthodox Jewish investors from New York to Florida to London, a Lakewood, N.J., businessman is accused of bilking them out of more than $200 million through phony real estate deals, according to complaints made in multiple lawsuits across the country.

Eliyahu Weinstein: Fourteen lawsuits from around the country have been filed against him.

For Giants Fans, Sense Of Relief

09/17/2008
Staff Writer
A lifelong football fan — of both the European and American variety — Holocaust survivor Martin Greenfield was relieved to learn last week that he could keep on going to see his beloved New York Giants play.

Found In Translation

06/18/2008
Staff Writer
When Rina Ne’eman tells people that she runs a Hebrew translation company, they mistakenly assume that she sits all day in a dusty library translating the Bible or that she works for the United Nations.      

The Overlooked Day Of Freedom

04/23/2008
Staff Writer
Call it the overlooked Day of Freedom. In a week marked by Passover festivities, American Jews may have easily disregarded “Tax Freedom Day,” which fell out yesterday, April 23. No it’s not a newfangled holiday you’ve never heard of. And it won’t grant you a day off. Rather, it’s the day when taxpayers finish working for the government and begin working for themselves — at least theoretically.  

The Right Type

04/09/2008
Staff Writer
Some people experience epiphanies in the shower. Jack Atzmon’s “aha” moment, appropriately enough, took place at Best Buy. Three years ago, the Englewood, N.J. chiropractor was examining a Microsoft Natural keyboard, with its curvy, split design that claims to curb carpal tunnel syndrome.   “This doesn’t make any sense!” he thought to himself. “How can a keyboard that’s rigid help combat a disease caused by repetition? It will just cause an injury in another location.”  
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