Human Interest


PHOTOS: 1,200 'Pack The House' At The 6th Annual Project Inspire Convention

PHOTOS: 1,200 'Pack The House' At The 6th Annual Project Inspire Convention
“It all started at last year’s convention,” said Mr. Yiddy Klein, describing himself as a regular guy from Boro Park and not-at-all a Kiruv expert,  speaking to over 1,000 people at the electrifying Friday night keynote session.  Like hundreds of other participants, Yiddy had been moved and inspired by the soul-stirring speeches and personal testimonies at the weekend.  “At the end of the Shabbos, we were asked to fill out a card, stating our kiruv preference—either inviting ...
(Add your opinion  |   February 20 )

Chai Lifeline's 'Wish At The Wall' 2015 - Giving Children A Trip Of A Lifetime

Chai Lifeline's 'Wish At The Wall' 2015 - Giving Children A Trip Of A Lifetime
[By Yehudah Farkas] The Hartman Family Foundation, Wish at the Wall excursion to Israel returned last Sunday, February 8th from a 10-day trip that will surely be remembered by all attendees for a lifetime. The trip included 13 Chai Lifeline children, parents and staff. The yearly trip strives to give children with cancer and other chronic illness a chance to get a full “Israel experience.” Some of the itinerary included a meeting with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife, ...
(Add your opinion  |   February 16 )

STAR-K Visit Highlighted by Rav Binyomin Friedman on Atlanta Scholars Kollel Trip

STAR-K Visit Highlighted by Rav Binyomin Friedman on Atlanta Scholars Kollel Trip
One of the first stops Rabbi Binyomin Friedman made in Baltimore, on Thursday, December 11, after flying up the night before from Atlanta, was STAR-K Kosher Certification. The dozen or so men, aged 30-60, who accompanied him were just some of his students at the Atlanta Scholars Kollel (ASK). The Kollel organized the trip for the purpose of providing the opportunity to learn in a Yeshiva—something that most of these men had never experienced in person. “We spent Thursday through Sunday ...
(Add your opinion  |   December 31 )

The 'Miracle Of The Happiest Chanukah' For 350 Children of Divorce

The 'Miracle Of The Happiest Chanukah' For 350 Children of Divorce
Here you see 350 children in a room; 350 children lighting chanuka candles; 350 children doing face painting; 350 children doing photo stop and the best part- 350 children singing Chanuka songs, laughing and opening their beautifully wrapped surprise chanuka gifts – Sounds ordinary. Why would anyone write an article about something so ordinary as 350 children enjoying the happiness of Chanuka- holiday of miracles? These are 350 kids who cannot celebrate Chanuka with their Mom and ...
(4 opinions  |   December 31 )

FrumDivorce: Light Up the Night with Over 500 People

FrumDivorce: Light Up the Night with Over 500 People
This Chanukah Frum Divorce, in cooperation with the Lev Shlomo foundation has joined forces to inspire and bring light and joy to children of divorced homes. This is a first ever such program. They have taken over the magnificent Hall of Science on Monday, December 22nd from 5-8 PM. Children will have the opportunity to be entertained and enjoy the myriad of different exhibits at the hall (at no charge). In addition, there will be a beautiful Candle lighting Ceremony, as well as entertainment ...
(2 opinions  |   December 22 )

PHOTOS: Bikur Cholim Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at Blythedale Children's Hospital

PHOTOS: Bikur Cholim Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at Blythedale Children's Hospital
[PHOTOS BY JDN IN EXTENDED ARTICLE] Keeping to their long-standing tradition of serving patients and their families, Bikur Cholim has done it again. This past Sunday, November 9th, another link was added to the vast chain of existing Bikur Cholim Shabbos Rooms throughout Rockland, Westchester and northern New Jersey. This time, it is Blythedale Chidren’s Hospital in Westchester County, New York`s only freestanding specialty children’s hospital, dedicated to improving the health status ...
(Add your opinion  |   November 13 )

Chai Lifeline Shabbos of Healing Hearts - Parents Gaining Strength and Hope through Others

Chai Lifeline Shabbos of Healing Hearts - Parents Gaining Strength and Hope through Others
Nestled in the picturesque scenery of the Catskill Mountains is a place where a juxtaposition of emotions stream. At Camp Simcha, joyful screams of children from all ages can be heard throughout the summer, while at other times during the year; tears of bereaved parents are shed for their loss. On Parshas Chaya Sarah Chai Lifeline will host its 20th Annual Healing Hearts Bereavement Retreat in the bucolic 125-acre campgrounds. Coordinated by Project CHAI, the division of Chai Lifeline that ...
(Add your opinion  |   November 13 )

Misaskim Concludes the Month of Tishrei with Tefilah and Simcha

Misaskim Concludes the Month of Tishrei with Tefilah and Simcha
The month of Tishrei is one of the most intense months in Misaskim’s year-round operations. With the memories of the many difficulties and struggles of Klal Yisroel in 5774 still painfully fresh, Misaskim has once again organized its annual Aseres Yemei Teshuva massive tefillah gathering for the tinokos shel bais rabban. On Tuesday, September 30th, children from over 35 Brooklyn yeshivos streamed to the Bobover shul in Boro Park for the 22nd annual tefillah asifah to recite tehillim on behalf ...
(Add your opinion  |   October 27 )

Reb Shlomo Yehuda Rechnitz Dedicates The New Vassar Avenue Building of the Lakewood Cheder

Reb Shlomo Yehuda Rechnitz Dedicates The New Vassar Avenue Building of the Lakewood Cheder
To any observer, this is clearly a perfect shidduch, a “match made in heaven,” bringing together the largest mosad hachinuch in the Diaspora – and perhaps the world – and the most prominent philanthropist of our time. Living up to his magnanimous reputation, and in yet another gesture of astounding generosity, Reb Shlomo Yehuda Rechnitz of Los Angeles has stepped forward to dedicate the newly-completed Vassar Avenue building of the Lakewood Cheder in Lakewood, NJ. It is no wonder ...
(22 opinions  |   September 04 )

PHOTOS: Saad U'Marpeh Volunteers Worked Around-the-Clock During Operation Protective Edge

PHOTOS: Saad U'Marpeh Volunteers Worked Around-the-Clock During Operation Protective Edge
[PHOTOS BY JDN IN EXTENDED ARTICLE] Dozens of volunteers visiting hospitals in the South providing food for the wounded and their families * They distributed food and encouraged soldiers who fought in Gaza * They concurrently held a summer camp for hundreds of special needs children in the Moshav Yesodot * This broad and exciting tzedaka organization operated around-the-clock during Operation Protective Edge during the days and weeks Am Yisrael in many areas of Israel was dealing with the ...
(4 opinions  |   September 04 )

PHOTOS: Detroit's Frum Community In Hot Water...

PHOTOS: Detroit's Frum Community In Hot Water...
[PHOTOS IN EXTENDED ARTICLE] Twelve inches of water may not seem like much, but it was enough to spell disaster for the Detroit community. On Monday, August 11th 2014, the metropolitan Detroit area broke a 90 year record with over 6 inches of rain water accumulating in a few short hours. The drainage system was entirely inadequate to handle the volume, and within a short amount of time, highways flooded and sewer systems became backed up. The resultant overflow caused thousands of ...
(10 opinions  |   August 29 )

VIDEO & PHOTOS: 335 Riders On Route To Camp Simcha With Bike4Chai - Over $4 Million Raised For Sick Children

VIDEO & PHOTOS: 335 Riders On Route To Camp Simcha With Bike4Chai - Over $4 Million Raised For Sick Children
[VIDEO & PHOTOS IN EXTENDED ARTICLE] The sun shone on 335 blue and yellow bike shirts early this morning as the 2014 Bike4Chai ride began from Piscataway, New Jersey. The two-day event culminates in a joyous and inspiring ride into Camp Simcha Special, Chai Lifeline’s overnight camp for children with chronic illnesses, early afternoon tomorrow. “This is clearly the largest fundraising cycling event and the largest per-capita fund raiser on two wheels in the world,” said Rabbi ...
(5 opinions  |   July 30 )

STAR-K's 11th Annual Kashrus Training Program Features NYS Kosher Enforcement Director Rabbi Aaron Metzger

STAR-K's 11th Annual Kashrus Training Program Features NYS Kosher Enforcement Director Rabbi Aaron Metzger
The Eleventh Annual STAR-K Kashrus Training Program attracted attendees from the Catskill Mountains to Indianapolis, IN. This year, in addition to the STAR-K Kashrus Administrators who delivered presentations on everything from Foodservice Challenges to the Halachic issues of Appliances, Rabbi Aaron Metzger, director of the NY State Kosher Enforcement Bureau, addressed the participants. Rabbi Metzger, a resident of Monsey, NY, was appointed to his position by The New York State Department of ...
(Add your opinion  |   July 29 )

Camps Linked to Law Enforcement Agencies Through new Misaskim Camp Notification System

Camps Linked to Law Enforcement Agencies Through new Misaskim Camp Notification System
A major new revolutionary program to upgrade communications between summer camps and law enforcement and other agencies, was launched this week by Misaskim, the organization well-known for its community preparedness initiatives. The new Camp Notification System, developed after many years of research and development, will go a long way in helping summer camps prepare, respond, and avoid unpleasant events. By being part of the Misaskim Camp Notification System, camp directors will automatically ...
(Add your opinion  |   July 01 )

IMPORTANT FROM CHAI LIFELINE: How To Talk To Children About The Murdered Yeshiva Boys

IMPORTANT FROM CHAI LIFELINE: How To Talk To Children About The Murdered Yeshiva Boys
[By: Rabbi Dr. Dovid Fox, Ph.D., Director of Interventions and Community Education] Our boys have been found, murdered. As each of us in the Jewish world reels with shock, pain, sorrow, disbelief and anger, our own children, students, campers are undergoing their own intense upheaval in trying to face the tragic news which we have feared, not wanting to consider as an outcome to the kidnappings. It is very important as parents, as teachers, as adults in a guiding and mentoring role ...
(Add your opinion  |   June 30 )

VIDEOS & PHOTOS: Strong Attendance At Agudath Israel Of America's Annual Dinner

VIDEOS & PHOTOS: Strong Attendance At Agudath Israel Of America's Annual Dinner
[VIDEOS & PHOTOS IN EXTENDED ARTICLE] Last night close to fifteen hundred people filled the grand ballroom of the New York Hilton for Agudath Israel of America’s annual dinner. The assemblage was addressed by both the Novaminsker Rebbe shlit”a, Rav Shmuel Kaminetzky Shlit”a whose remarks echoed the dinner’s theme: Stand Up and Speak Up. New York City Mayor Bill Deblasio delivered a keynote address in which he reaffirmed his administration’s commitment to the needs and rights ...
(Add your opinion  |   May 28 )

PHOTOS: 'Interstate Chaverim' Hold National Conference

PHOTOS: 'Interstate Chaverim' Hold National Conference
[PHOTOS BY JDN IN EXTENDED ARTICLE] Great things happen when Chesed and Achdus merge with innovation! Last night, Chaverim coordinators from almost all Chaverim branches gathered at a national Chaverim conference to discuss issues that crop up on daily basis in the headquarters of this special organization. The conference was organized by 'Interstate Chaverim', which currently includes hundreds of volunteers hailing from more than twenty existing Chaverim branches. Interstate ...
(2 opinions  |   May 28 )