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On Sunday, the Jewish Association for Development Disabilities inaugurated its newest group home.
The residence, in Teaneck, will house six people.
It will be J-ADD’s first residence to be fully accessible for residents with limited mobility; all living quarters are on the ground floor.
For more than 25 years, J-ADD has been offering “a place for Jewish people with developmental disabilities to live in a home where Jewish customs and rituals are honored and celebrated,” said Dr. Beth Bressman Sackler, the Hackensack-based organization’s president.
Bergen County may soon be home to an additional Hadassah chapter if a focus group, slated to meet on December 12, confirms what Hadassah leaders in the area intuit: that young women in the area want a chapter all their own.
“We’ve had inquiries and we want to see what these women have in mind — what kind of volunteerism and programming they’re interested in,” said Northern New Jersey Regional President Loren Roth, whose job includes overseeing the 10 Hadassah chapters already in existence in Bergen County.
Hadassah, the Women’s Zionist Organization, is a national philanthropic organization founded by Henrietta Szold, with the stalwart support of Israel as its predominant goal. It claims 330,000 members and supporters, and works to enhance “the health of people worldwide through its support of medical care and research at the Hadassah Medical Organization in Jerusalem,” according to its website.
Ayelet Shaked is the model of a modern Israeli parliamentarian.
She is a rookie, like more than a third of the Knesset members elected in January who never have served in the parliament before.
She’s not a long-time party official — she won her seat in the right-wing Jewish Home party by campaigning hard in party primaries, after a mixture of public and private service. After a computer engineering career at Texas Instruments, she worked for Benjamin Netanyahu’s office when he was in the opposition and then helped found the My Israel movement to promote Zionism and nationalism in Israel.
The group boasts more than 100,000 fans on Facebook.
It’s time to take a new look at the women who choose to have a bat mitzvah, says Rabbi Sharon Litwin, associate rabbi at Ridgewood’s Temple Israel and Jewish Community Center and director of the Northern New Jersey Jewish Academy.
“It’s a fascinating demographic,” Rabbi Litwin said, noting that of the six women who celebrated their adult b’not mitzvah at the Ridgewood congregation on November 9, four were Jews by choice.
“My bat mitzvah in 1987 was a given,” Rabbi Litwin said, pointing out that women her age routinely observed the coming-of-age ceremony. Still, “it used to be, in the 1980s and 90s and maybe even until a decade ago, that an adult bar or bat mitzvah would tend to focus on people of a certain age: women old enough to have grown up when females had no ritual purpose on the bimah of any synagogue, and 83-year-old men who celebrated a second bar mitzvah, having lived 70 years since the first.”
“Our generation is constantly inundated with appeals for worthy causes, and it gets so overwhelming that you don’t engage with any of them,” said Joe Teplow, a 22-year-old Yeshiva University junior from Teaneck. “I found myself as a student with not so much funds, but a desire to make a difference. I wanted to give in a small way to all these causes.”
In August, Teplow and three friends launched Good St. (http://www.goodst.org), an innovative online charity platform that allows registered users, known as “Streeters,” to give as little as a quarter a day to charity. Its slogan: “Turning small change into big change.”
Members receive an email every morning introducing the cause of the day — for example, Alzheimer’s disease — and a choice of two charities to support — for example, Alzheimer’s research or home care. With one click of a button, donations are processed.
This year, for the first time, a Chanukah menorah will be prominently displayed in the Village of Ridgewood, at the northwest end of Memorial Park at Van Neste Square on East Ridgewood Avenue.
According to Rabbi David J. Fine, religious leader of the town’s Temple Israel and Jewish Community Center, “while the question of a menorah on public land was a matter of some controversy in our community, the upshot is that the village is simply allowing the display, not putting up the display itself, and that we have been able to work with the wider Jewish community in Ridgewood in establishing what will hopefully be a tradition in bringing together our community in a newly imagined village.”
Some people help a friend going through hard times with a Hallmark card.
Some people say it with flowers.
Rabbi Menachem Genack sends a d’var Torah — a sermonette, in old-time television parlance.
Which, as it turns out, suited the friend — President Bill Clinton — just fine.
The two met when Rabbi Genack introduced then-candidate Clinton at a fundraising event in Alpine in 1992. The rabbi, alluding to President George H. W. Bush’s self-confessed difficulties with “the vision thing,” quoted Proverbs: “Where there is no vision, the people perish.”