1 The Frisch school held its annual graduation ceremony. Gabriel Dardik gave the valedictory address and Zachary Abraham was salutatorian. Dr. Daniel Rynhold, associate professor of modern Jewish philosophy at the Bernard Revel Graduate School of Jewish Studies at Yeshiva University, gave the parents’ address, and Stephen Flatow presented the Sara R. Duker Tikkun Olam award to Jonathan Seidel and the Alisa M. Flatow Shem Tov Memorial award to Tali Ramras. (Courtesy Frisch)
Students from Temple Beth El of Closter’s 10th grade confirmation class stand with Cantor Rica Timman and Rabbi David Widzer. Ninth graders from the religious school also participated in the service, which was held on Shavuot.
During erev Shavuot services, Temple Emeth in Teaneck held a confirmation ceremony, led by Cantor Ellen Tilem, left, and Rabbi Steven Sirbu. The confirmands, from left, Regina Fink, Naomi Friedman, and Claire Fink, received gifts, including a chumash. Claire Fink received the Wilford Weill Memorial Essay award. (Barbara Balkin)
The Young People’s Chorus at the Thurnauer School of Music at the Kaplen JCC on the Palisades in Tenafly won four awards in the “Music in the Parks” competition in Bethlehem, Pa., on June 10. The Cantare Choir, made up of singers from the McCloud Elementary School in Englewood who study at Thurnauer, won first place superior for its performance. The Concert Choir, an ensemble of singers from the JCC, earned second place; percussionist Gaddiel Renteria was named best overall student accompanist, and Cassie Bartels was awarded the solo vocalist award. (Courtesy JCCOTP )
Earlier this month, 2,500 Jewish activists attended the American Jewish Committee Global Forum in Washington, D.C. More than 60 of them came from New Jersey, including Simone Wilker, left, with Eugene Lipkowitz, Shari Haber, and Alain Sanders. (Photo provided)