A reunion of Holocaust survivors who hadn’t seen each other in more than 60 years. A hidden child who, after years of denying her Judaism, was drawn back to her people while on a world-wide search for family. New Jersey’s gay-marriage debate. The day-school tuition crisis. Mel Brooks. Benjamin Netanyahu.

These are just some of the stories and people I’ve covered in the almost five years I’ve been with The Jewish Standard. And now, four years and 10 months after I first arrived in New Jersey (for the second time, as I was a Teaneck boy before my parents whisked me away to Pennsylvania 20 years ago), I must say goodbye to The Jewish Standard and to you, our dear readers. I have accepted a new position with the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany to help publicize the needs of aging Holocaust survivors.

Thank you, dear readers, for your calls, your e-mails, and your comments over the years. Thank you for following me on Twitter and reading my blog, The Big Lipowsky. And most important, thank you for sharing your stories with me and allowing me to tell them. Besides being home to some of the biggest movers and shakers of the Jewish world, North Jersey is home to one of the most diverse, strong, and welcoming Jewish communities in the country.

To paraphrase the late, great Douglas Adams, so long and thanks for all the gefilte fish.

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