Tag Archives : Orthodox

A room of one’s own–at the Kotel

Next time I go to Israel, I want to read Torah at the Kotel. I want to lead davening, or prayer, the way I do at New City Jewish Center. I want to don tefillin the way I did at The Bayit in Riverdale, without any of that group of Orthodox women batting an eye. […]

How we define community 2

Early in the summer, Rev. Weldon McWilliams IV along with 25 others, walked into Rockland Kosher Supermarket, tucked behind the intersection of Routes 59 and 306, and bought groceries. Not very remarkable. It is a grocery store, after all. But it’s a niche grocery store, a very large one that contains only kosher certified products. […]

Lipa faith

The secular education of a chasidic pop star Most students at Rockland Community College have not had successful singing careers before they decide to get their associate degree. But Lipa Schmeltzer is definitely not most students. A bona fide superstar in the niche world of chasidic singers, Schmeltzer came to RCC as a bit of […]