The Jewish Link of New Jersey
Columnist, May 2014-June 2016; Correspondent, July 2014-June 2016; Israel correspondent, December 2016
The Jewish Link newspapers are mostly hyperlocal and Jewish-community focused. I've written for both the Link's New Jersey and Bronx, Westchester, and Connecticut papers. My reporting for the Link includes some of my earliest professional clips, and helped me develop both an appreciation for community-centric news and hyperlocal reporting.
A selection of my reporting for The Jewish Link:
‘We Don’t See the Stairs Because of the Smoke’ (Dec. 1, 2016)
Last week, Israel found itself facing a surprising threat: a spate of wildfires, mostly concentrated in Haifa and nearby towns but also encompassing some of the center of the country. The flames, fanned by winds and dry weather, struck and destroyed countless homes and acres of forest and, throughout the affected areas, Israelis are struggling to recuperate and rebuild.
International reporting; leading cover story
‘The New Sanctuary of Our Past:’ Congregation Kehilath Jeshurun Celebrates Rededication of Shul [Synagogue] (Sep. 24, 2015)
New York—“A Promise Fulfilled” is how Congregation Kehilath Jeshurun (CKJ), a synagogue on the Upper East Side of Manhattan with a long and illustrious history, opens its brochure about its rededication. And for all intents and purposes, the newly rebuilt CKJ is indeed the realization of a dream born over four years ago.
Dr. Ira Cochin Honored at Shomrei Torah Evening of Torah, Dinner and Chesed (Feb. 26, 2015)
Fair Lawn—Congregation Shomrei Torah hosted a special dinner in honor of its unique member, Dr. Ira Cochin. Cochin, 90, was honored last week for overcoming the challenges of blindness and deafness to teach at the New Jersey Institute of Technology and publish 15 books. The dinner was held on the same night Rabbi Dr. Abraham J. Twersky and Rabbi Mordechai Willig gave talks hosted by Torah Web.
Hyperlocal reporting; local interest
Night of Culinary Delight: Chopped At Shomrei Torah
Fair Lawn–On November 22, Congregation Shomrei Torah held a unique event, “Know Your Ingredients,” as a part of their Torah Tuesday programming. The program featured a “Chopped” cooking competition, in the style of the popular Food Network show, and a speech by Rabbi Danny Senter of the Kof-K on how Kashrut has changed in the past few decades.
hyperlocal reporting; cover story