February 7, 2020
R OCKLAND NEWS
Monsey hero gets $20,000 reward in takedown of machete madman
Rockland federation, ADL offered prize in immediate aftermath of attack
By LARRY YUDELSON

Joseph Gluck was the one bright spot in a series of horrible weeks that began with murderous rifle fire in Jersey City, included several assaults in Brooklyn, and concluded with a machete attack on a Chanukah party in Monsey that left one man critically injured.

When Grafton Thomas invaded Rabbi Chaim Rottenberg’s house the Saturday night of Chanukah, Mr. Gluck, who was there, helped a child escape out the back.
JTS confers honorary degrees on Rockland and Bergen rabbis

Rabbi David Berkman of the New City Jewish Center; Rabbi Randall Mark of Congregation Shomrei Torah in Wayne; Rabbi Joyce Newmark of River Vale; Rabbi Debra Orenstein of Congregation B’nai Israel in Emerson; Rabbi Amy Roth of Teaneck, the director of congregational schools at Temple Israel of Great Neck; and Rabbi Jeffrey Rubenstein of Englewood, who teaches at New York University, were among 45 rabbis honored for their dedication and commitment at this year’s Jewish Theological Seminary Convocation on January 28. They all were awarded Doctor of Divinity, honoris causa — honorary doctorates — for having served the Jewish community and the Conservative movement with distinction for more than 25 years. Through the degrees JTS conferred, the seminary celebrated the achievements of these important leaders and expressed appreciation for their contributions to Jewish life.
Letters
School board president defends East Ramapo improvements

I read with interest Rabbi Paula Drill’s op-ed about the East Ramapo Central School District (“ERCSD”) (“Working for change in East Ramapo,” January 24).

While I appreciate Rabbi Drill’s apparent interest in helping to address and remedy the societal and educational issues we face in Rockland County, I am disappointed that the information cited is so outdated.

Harry Grossman
New Hempstead
Mega kids challah bake in Rockland
Chabad of Suffern is holding a challah bake for children on Sunday, February 9, at 2 p.m., for children 2– to 12-years old. Family entertainment by Bert the Nerd. Children must be accompanied by an adult. The program is at 350 Haverstraw Road in Suffern. To register, go to JewishSuffern.com/kidschallah.
Pearl River plays bingo on Tuesdays
Beth Am Temple in Pearl River holds bingo games in the ground-level social hall. Bingo fans can play every Tuesday and two Sundays per month through September.  Doors open both days at 5:30 p.m., with games running from 7:30 to 9:45 p.m. All game boards are played on paper, with electronic verification. 

Coffee, tea, and food items are for sale. Players can bring their own food,  but no pork or shellfish is permitted. The building is handicap accessible and has a large, lit parking lot. Beth Am Temple is at 60 East Madison Ave. in Pearl River. For information, call (845) 735-5858, ext. 123, or go to  bethamtemple.org/calendar .
Shabbat
Rabbi Paula Mack Drill leads “Shal-OM” yoga (chair meditation) at the Orangetown Jewish Center, 3:30 p.m., followed by Mincha, Ma’ariv, and Havdalah. 8 Independence Ave., Orangeburg. (845) 359-5920 or theojc.org .

Orangetown Jewish Center holds Dinner and Dialogue, with services at 6 p.m., dinner at 7. Carlos Martinez, CEO of BRIDGES, whose mission is to establish a barrier-free society for people with disabilities, speaks at 8. 8 Independence Ave., Orangeburg. Dinner reservations, (845) 359-5920 or theojc.org .
COMMUNITY CALENDAR
Feb 2 Feb 12, 9AM-12PM
Nanuet Hebrew Center, New City
Friday, Feb 7, 6:00PM-8:00PM
Temple Beth Sholom, New City
Tuesday, Feb 11, 5:30PM-9:45PM
Beth Am Temple, Pearl River
Feb 13 - Feb 17
Dallas, TX
Tuesday, Feb 18, 5:30PM-9:45PM
Beth Am Temple, Pearl River
Tuesday, Feb 25, 5:30PM-9:45PM
Beth Am Temple, Pearl River
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