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As Someone Who Never Attended SINAI

My parents did not send me to Torah Academy of Bergen County (TABC) for high school because TABC hosted a SINAI school.  But the life lessons that I learned from going to high school together with SINAI students were profound and had as much impact on me as anything I learned in class.

January 24, 2019, changed the face of voting in New York State and ushered in a 21st century vision. The voting reforms made changes that impact our communities and the way politics progress. New Yorkers are not permitted to register to vote unless they will be 18 years of age by the end of the year, and by the date of an upcoming election. Cuomo’s bill allows for minors, 16 and 17 years of age, to pre-register to vote, meaning that a voter will automatically be registered on his or her 18th birthday.

The local Jewish communities paid special tribute to the dedication and daily sacrifices of the local law enforcement this past Friday, December 25. The day was somber for Jews around the world, as many were fasting in accordance with the laws of Asarah B’Teves, which recognizes the siege on Jerusalem that eventually culminated with the destruction of the first Beis HaMikdash.

…and Fresh Meadows and Holliswood! Chanukah celebration was different but not forgotten here in Jamaica Estates, as we put a new twist and a few turns into our Chanukah planning. During a pandemic, how do you celebrate a holiday that’s traditionally full of indoor chagigos and filled with close family, friends, fun, and laughter? You bring it outdoors!

Chanukah, the holiday of light, just ended, and on Wednesday, December 16, a light went out. After a brave battle with a dreaded disease, our friend and colleague at Astor Brokerage passed away. Ora Natanelova-Babaev, as her name personifies, was that light. She was buried in Yerushalayim.