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  • Real Housewives of New Jersey Reunion Recap Part 2

    By Ilana Angel

    3 weeks ago

    Typos are lovingly brought to you by Jose Cuervo.

    I waited a couple of days to blog part 2 of the reunion because I know that once I do the ladies are gone for a long while. I have enjoyed this season and am sad to see them go. I seriously hope that Jac does not return. Maybe...

  • Real Housewives of New Jersey Reunion Recap Part 1

    By Ilana Angel

    November 6, 2016 | 9:54 pm

    Typos are generously provided by Jose Cuervo.

    I love this show. From the triumphant return of Teresa, to the mental deterioration of Jac, to the transformation of Melissa, to the fun that is Siggy and Dolores, it has been a good ride. It wasn’t always interesting, and Siggy’s...

  • Real Housewives of New Jersey Finale Recap

    By Ilana Angel

    November 2, 2016 | 9:56 am

    Typos are generously provided by Jose Cuervo.

    It has been a drawn out but short season and I am sad to see the ladies of the Garden State go. It was a fun ride, except when it wasn’t, and that was because of Jacqueline. One can only hope the reunion will seal her fate and she’ll...

  • Real Housewives of New Jersey Week 15 Recap

    By Ilana Angel

    October 23, 2016 | 6:10 pm

    Typos are generously sponsored by Jose Cuervo.

    When Melissa read my blog last week, she wrote to clarify what happened when she was at Teresa's house the morning Juicy left. Melissa wrote me this message on Twitter: 

    Wrong about a couple things though. Joe was not with me when...

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  • Real Housewives of New Jersey Week 14 Recap

    By Ilana Angel

    October 17, 2016 | 6:30 pm

    Typos are lovingly provided by Jose Cuervo.

    I have been looking forward to this episode as much as I've been dreading it. Looking forward to it because Juicy left months ago and I wanted to see how the kids handled his leaving, and dreading it because I wanted to see how the kids...

  • Real Housewives of New Jersey Week 12 Recap

    By Ilana Angel

    October 4, 2016 | 10:44 am

    Typos are lovingly provided by Jose Cuervo.

    I often write about these women being crazy. Jacqueline in particular is often a mental case, but we are actually watching this woman lose her mind and it is fascinating. Jac is not well and it is scary to see. Not scary enough to look...

  • Real Housewives of New Jersey Week 11 Recap

    By Ilana Angel

    September 26, 2016 | 5:22 pm

    Typos are generously provided by Jose Cuervo.

    This season started out good and is getting better. This show is the best it has ever been and while I am firmly a fan of Teresa Giudice, I would challenge anyone who does not like to her convince me she is not the reason they watch....

  • Real Housewives of New Jersey Week 10 Recap

    By Ilana Angel

    September 18, 2016 | 9:41 pm

    Typos are generously sponsored by Jose Cuervo.

    I love this show and think the return of Teresa was worth the wait. I also think the addition of Siggy is perfection. I used to love this show, then it made my lower back spasm, then it made me want to impale myself, then it made me...

  • Siggy Flicker : Good for Jews & Good for Reality TV

    By Ilana Angel

    September 15, 2016 | 4:15 pm

    If you read Keeping it Real with any regularity, you know I have an issue with the Jews who are cast on reality television. They are either a horrible stereotype of what people think Jewish people are, or just weird. Jews are awesome on scripted TV, but real life Jews are never...

  • Real Housewives of New Jersey Week 8 Recap

    By Ilana Angel

    September 11, 2016 | 6:46 am

    Typos are generously sponsored by Jose Cuervo.

    Before I get started, I just want to say Delores and Siggy are the best new additions to a Housewives franchise, ever. These women are funny and real and just what this show needed. Jac is pathetic and desperate, so one could...

  • Real Housewives of New Jersey Week 5 Recap

    By Ilana Angel

    August 26, 2016 | 4:42 pm

    Typos are generously sponsored by Jose Cuervo.

    We begin the week with Teresa trying to convince Melania to do yoga with her. I love this kid. Teresa speaks of Melissa and joe stepping up to the plate while she was in prison and her hope they can get closer and stronger. We...

  • Gov. Christie signs New Jersey anti-BDS measure into law

    By Jacob Kornbluh, Jewish Insider

    August 16, 2016 | 9:19 am

    TRENTON, New Jersey – The State of New Jersey on Tuesday became the tenth state in the nation to implement a law that opposes the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement against the state of Israel.

    Flanked by local Jewish community leaders, Governor Chris Christie...

  • Real Housewives of New Jersey Week 4 Recap

    By Ilana Angel

    August 10, 2016 | 5:34 am

    Typos are generously sponorsed by Jose Cuervo.

    I really like this show and with the exception of Jacqueline, really like these women. I love a good prison story, but Teresa is trying just a little too hard with her Orange is the New Black tales of oral sex. I forgive her though...

  • Real Housewives of New Jersey Week 2 Recap

    By Ilana Angel

    July 17, 2016 | 6:58 pm

    Typos are lovingly provided by Jose Cuervo.

    Teresa is home! We have been waiting and can now say the Real Housewives of New Jersey are officially back. It is Christmas 2015 and we finally get the new taglines, so grab a drink and join me for some great television. Let the games...

  • Real Housewives of New Jersey Week 1 Recap

    By Ilana Angel

    July 17, 2016 | 3:33 pm

    Typos are generously provided by Jose Cuervo.

    FINALLY! We have been waiting a long time for this show to come back. I love this show and I love Teresa Giudice. She broke the law, served her time,and paid her restitution. I have no judgment and will only blog about what the show...

  • New Jersey passes anti-BDS legislation

    June 27, 2016 | 2:42 pm

    The New Jersey Legislature passed legislation that prohibits the state from investing  pension and annuity funds in companies that boycott Israel or Israeli businesses.

    The bipartisan bill in response to the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions or BDS movement against Israel passed...

  • NJ state Senate passes anti-BDS bill

    May 11, 2016 | 8:37 am

    The New Jersey Senate unanimously approved a bill that would require the state’s public worker pension fund to divest from companies that boycott Israel.

    The Senate passed the legislation Monday. A similar bill in the state Assembly is in committee.

    The bill bars the state...

  • NJ Orthodox shul announces hire of woman using ‘rabbi’ title

    January 11, 2016 | 3:14 pm

    An Orthodox synagogue in New Jersey has hired Lila Kagedan, the first Yeshivat Maharat graduate to go by the title “rabbi.”

    Mount Freedom Jewish Center, in Randolph, New Jersey, announced in a news release Monday that Kagedan is joining its “spiritual leadership team.” The news...

  • ‘Anti-Israel’ tweets land NJ Jewish teen with Israel roots in hot water

    January 7, 2016 | 12:10 pm

    A New Jersey high school student — reportedly a Jewish-Israeli — is facing possible bullying charges stemming from Twitter posts that school administrators called anti-Israel.

    An assistant principal at Fair Lawn High told Bethany Koval, 16, on Wednesday that she could be formally...

  • NJ rabbi who led divorce ring sentenced to 10 years

    December 15, 2015 | 3:36 pm

    A New Jersey rabbi who ran a ring that violently attempted to coerce Jewish men to grant their wives religious divorces has been sentenced to 10 years in prison.

    Rabbi Mendel Epstein, 70, was sentenced Tuesday in federal court in Trenton, New Jersey, NJ.com reported. Epstein was...

  • Dorm at NJ university vandalized with swastikas

    December 8, 2015 | 2:51 pm

    A residence hall at Rowan University in southern New Jersey was vandalized with swastikas and other anti-Semitic grafitti.

    The Nazi symbols were discovered Thursday and reported to the university administration.

    The dean of students, Richard Jones, condemned the graffiti in an...

  • Jon Stewart opening sanctuary for abused farm animals

    October 27, 2015 | 10:55 am

    Jon Stewart is opening a sanctuary for abused farm animals in New Jersey.

    The former host of “The Daily Show” and his wife, Tracey, made the announcement on Saturday at a fundraiser for Farm Sanctuary, which provides shelter to animals rescued from factory farms, Agence...

  • New Jersey man charged with conspiracy to provide support to Islamic State

    June 18, 2015 | 1:51 pm

    U.S. authorities on Thursday charged a New Jersey man with conspiring to support the militant group Islamic State, the fourth person arrested in recent days in the New York City region as part of a broader investigation.

    Samuel Rahamin Topez, 21, of Fort Lee, New Jersey, was...

  • Northeast U.S. braves ‘crippling’ blizzard

    January 26, 2015 | 1:36 pm

    A massive blizzard slammed into the U.S. Northeast on Monday, canceling thousands of flights, curtailing mass transit and closing hundreds of schools, as officials warned that the storm could dump as much as 3 feet of snow on the region.

    New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and...

  • Real Housewives of New Jersey Reunion Part 3

    By Ilana Angel

    November 12, 2014 | 7:33 am

    Typos are generously sponsored by Patron.

    Part 3 of this reunion feels like the Promised Land. It is finally over so I can put the Patron away. This season has been bad. By bad of course I mean I am entering RHONJ rehab and will not be feeding my addiction again. This show sucks....

  • Body found in Jerusalem Forest reportedly confirmed that of missing N.J. yeshiva student

    August 28, 2014 | 9:34 am

    Israel Police reportedly confirmed that a dead body found in Ein Kerem near the Jerusalem Forest is that of Aaron Sofer, a yeshiva student from New Jersey who went missing in the area a week ago.

    The body was found in a shallow ditch a the side of the road in the neighborhood,...

  • Amid search in Israel for missing yeshiva student, prayer vigils in N.J.

    August 26, 2014 | 11:48 am

    Israel Police units continued to search the Jerusalem Forest area for a New Jersey yeshiva student who has been missing for four days.

    Aaron Sofer, 23, of Lakewood, was last seen at noon Friday when he and a friend began climbing down a steep incline on a hiking trail. The friend...

  • Christie’s Weiner

    By Marty Kaplan

    January 13, 2014 | 10:38 am

    I did not have sex with that bridge.

    That was Chris Christie’s Hail Mary play at his press conference last week.  He looked us in the eye, he told us he’d done nothing wrong and he prayed it would turn out better for him with George Washington than it did for Bill Clinton with...

  • NRA official invokes Holocaust in N.J. gun safety debate

    December 17, 2013 | 10:34 am

    A National Rifle Association board member in criticizing a New Jersey mayor for supporting gun safety proposals noted the mayor’s grandparents were Holocaust survivors.

    Scott Bach, also the executive director of the Association of New Jersey Rifle and Pistol Clubs, in an...

  • Jersey boy ponders his home state’s governor

    By Raphael J. Sonenshein

    November 13, 2013 | 1:29 pm

    I was once a Jersey boy. I grew up in Nutley, N.J., just about 20 minutes from Manhattan. I still wear my T-shirt from Rutt’s Hut in Clifton, N.J. — known to many as the maker of the best hot dog in America.  

    Even when New York City was the central core of Jewish America (before...

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