Chabad school requires vaccination

This is in response to the recent article that was been published regarding Lubavitch on the Palisades Preschool, Tenafly Chabad Academy, Gan Or Daycare and Camp Gan Israel (“Resistance to measles vaccine persists in the local charedi communities,” JTA, April 5). We want to reiterate and clearly state that we are firmly committed to our schools’ and camp policy regarding vaccinations as listed below.

Safety will always be our number one concern and we will do everything to protect those that come to our school and camp each day, knowing they can feel safe and secure.

We firmly stand by our immunization policy 100 percent, which remains as follows:

· We do not accept religious exemptions for MMR for the current 2018-2019 school year.

· Beginning June 24, 2019, we will not accept any religious exemptions. We require ALL OUR STUDENTS, CAMPERS AND FACULTY to show proof of vaccination.

· According to the State of New Jersey, Department of Health in Trenton, by law we must accept medical exemptions. A medical exemption MUST be based upon valid medical reasons as enumerated by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) or the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) guidelines.

Each medical exemption will be reviewed immediately by our school nurse who works in conjunction with the state, Department of Health to receive an approval.

Currently, we do not have any children in our school or camp with medical exemptions.

We look forward to welcoming all children to our school and camp in safety and good health.

If you have any further questions or concerns, we will gladly address and answer them. Please feel free to call us at (201) 871-1152, ext. 500.

Rabbi Mordechai Shain
Executive Director, Lubavitch on the Palisades

Boteach’s anger at Booker: Pure ego

The term “egotist” can be defined the following ways: 1. An inflated sense of one’s importance; 2. Excessive use of the first person singular personal pronoun; and, 3. The practice of talking about oneself too much.

Rabbi Shmuley Boteach fulfills each definition for egotist in his column about “The truth about my friendship with Cory Booker” (April 12).

The rabbi uses the word “I” 16 times during his vitriolic verbal assault against Senator Booker, making the diagnosis that he is an egotist certain.

Rabbi Boteach focuses on one issue and one issue alone — Israel. As an Israeli immigrant to the United States, that issue is extremely important to me as well. However, as an American citizen, I know that there are many issues and problems that need to be dealt with in our country — women’s rights, gun control, health care, the federal deficit, the high cost of medications, immigration, and more. Apparently, Rabbi Shmuley cares little if at all about these matters or Senator Booker’s stands on these issues.

Cory Booker was a classmate of one on my daughters at Northern Valley of Old Tappan High School. Besides being a stellar student and an accomplished athlete, he was a great classmate to all. Our daughter would often extol him as a friend and fellow student. She knew Cory could become president well before the rabbi had ever met him. And the fact that Senator Booker is a progressive about so many issue that mean a lot to me is vital in considering whether or not I will vote for him.

Friendship with someone does not imply that both people in that relationship must hold identical feelings about everything. Rejecting being someone’s friend because he or she believes in something differently from you helps support my belief that Rabbi Shmuley Boteach fulfills the requirements of being an egotist.

Victor Borden, M.D.
Old Tappan

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