Ess Gezint: Memoirs of Dysfunctional Jewish Homes with Recipes...

Dec 28, 2015 by

Two new paperback cookbooks prove that dysfunctional Jewish families can produce New York-based innovative chefs who go on to lead successful professional lives, even though they may not achieve personal normalcy. In My Fat Dad, subtitled “A Memoir of Food, Love, and Family, with Recipes” (Berkley Books), Dawn Lerman, a board-certified nutritionist…

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 “Childless Mother” Dr. Amy Neustein: A Legacy of Standing Up for Women and Children...

Jun 21, 2015 by

Last month, when Passaic-based author and attorney Michael Lesher introduced the keynote speaker, Dr. Amy Neustein, of Fort Lee, at the 11th Battered Mothers Custody Conference (BMCC) at the Clarion Hotel in Secaucus, it served as the reunion for two veteran fighters against child sexual abuse in the Jewish community. The conference was a weekend-long program dedicated to helping women who, as victims of domestic abuse, have been doubly victimized by the family court system in the United States. Dr. Neustein’s history includes her more than 26 years as a “childless mother,” stripped of custody of her only child—eventually even the right to visit her daughter—because Dr. Neustein believed the child’s report of having been molested by Dr. Neustein’s ex-husband three years after their divorce. When her daughter, Sherry, now 34, reached her majority,...

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Pollard Applied for—and Was Denied—Parole; Now Even Those Initially Not Supportive Demand a Pardon...

May 29, 2015 by

The American-Jewish community has long been divided on the issue of Jonathan Pollard’s incarceration, now in its 30th year. The community has also been divided on how to help him win his freedom. Some have sided with Mr. Pollard, now 60, in insisting that he be granted Presidential clemency or a pardon. Others have advised him to ask for parole, especially when he became eligible for a hearing after serving ten years in prison. Now, because there is doubt that Mr. Pollard can ever win parole, some strong voices are issuing harsh words for the Jewish community, insisting that, at every meeting with officials in the Obama administration, leaders of Jewish organizations, and especially financial political contributors, raise the issue of Mr. Pollard’s release. Last month, for example, when President Barack Obama tried some...

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HNMC’s Chief Nursing Officer Honored...

May 14, 2015 by

Sheryl Slonim, DNP (Doctor of Nursing Practice), who serves as executive vice-president of Patient Care Services and Chief Nursing officer at Holy Name Medical Center (HNMC) in Teaneck, has been named one of NJ’s 2015 Best 50 Women in Business by NJBIZ business news publication. The Best 50 Women in Business awards program honors NJ’s most dynamic women in business, those who are making headlines in the field. An independent panel selected the top 50 winners based on their dedication to business growth, professional and personal accomplishments, community involvement, and advocacy for women. At Holy Name, Dr. Slonim is responsible for all aspects of management of care. Under her leadership, HNMC has twice received Magnet recognition from the American Nurses Credentialing Center, which recognizes healthcare organizations for quality patient care, nursing excellence, and innovations...

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Kol Ami: Conversion Law?

May 5, 2015 by

In Israel, the so-called “Conversion Law,” a bill that would allow local rabbis, rather than only members of the Chief Rabbinate, to initiate and complete the conversion process, is on the table in the negotiations to form a new government. Some say the bill represents a necessary reorganization of the bureaucracy that currently controls the conversion process in Israel. Others believe that, even though it stipulates that the Chief Rabbinate must give final approval, the new law would still “water down” the process. On The Jewish Voice’s Facebook website, the question last month was: Do you favor the conversion bill?   I favor it, because no one has the moral or ethical right to coerce another to abide by anyone else’s religious dictates. If a person decides to follow Judaism, that is a private...

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In NJ’s 9th District, It’s Rabbi Shmuley Boteach vs. Bill Pascrell: Moral Values vs. Selective Antisemitism...

Nov 10, 2012 by

Professor Danusha V. Goska, an author and member of the Polish-American community who writes “Bieganski the Blog,” sees a double standard in the way her Congressman, Bill Pascrell (D-NJ), handles charges of antisemitism. When it was revealed last month that a Polish-American he was endorsing for a memorial was a known antisemite, Mr. Pascrell withdrew his support. But when two members of the large Arab-American community in Paterson, which Mr. Pascrell represents as well, engaged in public antisemitism, the congressman not only refused to distance himself from them, he would not even condemn their statements. The Polish-American in question was Chester Grabowski, the late publisher of a Clifton-based Polish-American weekly. Both of the Arab-Americans reside in Paterson. One, Dr. Aref Assaf, accused Jewish supporters of Rep Steven Rothman, Mr. Pascrell’s opponent in the June...

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In a Values-Based Campaign, Rabbi Boteach Wants to Hold Terrorists Accountable, Make Marriage Counseling Tax-Deductible, and Get the Government out of Marriage...

Jul 5, 2012 by

Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, the Republican candidate for Congress in NJ’s 9th District, faces an uphill battle to beat Democrat incumbent Bill Pascrell. But the rabbi— who is a popular author, media personality, and spiritual leader of the stars—is hoping his important new ideas will serve as planks to motivate the electorate to move him to Capitol Hill. For starters, despite his Orthodox rabbinic ordination from the Chabad Lubavitch movement, Rabbi Boteach has disassociated himself from what he calls the Republican Party’s “trifecta of abortion, contraception, and gay marriage.” The first, he said, is a result—not the cause—of cultural deterioration in the US. The second is a misunderstanding of the purposes of marital intimacy, by failure to acknowledge that such intimacy serves purposes additional to procreation. And the third is an unimportant distraction. Domestic Partnership...

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Many “Rabbis for Obama” Support BDS and the Palestinian Cause against the Jewish State: Do They Reflect Their Candidate?...

May 22, 2012 by

President Obama’s re-election campaign announced last month the launch of “Rabbis for Obama,” a group whose stated goal is to rally grassroots support for the President in the Jewish community. The announcement came amid reports that Jewish support for Barack Obama, while still strong, is dwindling when compared to his numbers in 2008; as well as some hard-hitting ads for GOP Presidential candidate Mitt Romney targeting Jewish concerns, especially regarding support for Israel. The problem for the Democrats is that more than one-third of the “Rabbis for Obama” have taken harsh left-wing, anti-Israel positions themselves that they clearly think the President also supports. This perception will not help Mr. Obama in the normative pro-Israel Jewish community. According to the Boston Globe, there is speculation that he could lose between three and 10 percentage points...

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