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Wednesday, June 28, 2017

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Thankful for Thanksgiving Pies: Sisters Raise $80K for Sharsheret

Teaneck—Last Thanksgiving, 400 pies were baked in a private home in Teaneck, along with 250 loaves of pumpkin-cranberry bread. That’s a lot of sweets for one house. But don’t worry—it’s not just for one family. It’s a pie bake sale with a rich history and a message.

The goal of the bake sale, according to founders Sharon Wieder, a Teaneck

Sderot Hesder Yeshiva Celebrates its 18th Annual Dinner

The last time I was in Sderot was in the summer of 2005, only weeks before the Gaza pullout. What remained in my mind were images of freshly installed and painted missile shelters. This week, in Teaneck, I spent some time at Gotham Burger in Teaneck with Rabbi Dovid Fendel, the founding Rosh Yeshiva and dean of what is formally known as the Max and Ruth Schwartz

Yachad’s Summer Programs Grows for Individuals with Disabilities

On a given school day morning, sometimes as early as 6:00 a.m., Naphtali Tzvi Yehuda Soloveichik will be on YouTube watching camp videos from his past three summers participating in Yachad’s camper program at Camp Morasha. For Naphtali, 17, who attends a private therapeutic school in

Race for Courage

Bergenfield—A parent of a chronically ill or disabled child or the child himself might view an all-expense paid, week-long luxury vacation as just an impossible dream. But Tziporah Wasserman of Bergenfield is working with Kids of Courage to actually make this dream a reality.

Kids of Courage was created to enable sick children and their families to

Cheryl Mandel Inspires At Frisch

A surprising source of inspiration came to the Frisch School on Wednesday with One Family Fund speaker Cheryl  Mandel .

One Family Fund (www.onefamilyfundtogether.org)  is Israel’s premier organization that supports and rehabilitates victims of terror and bereaved families in Israel.

Cheryl’s son Daniel, a 24 year-old Lieutenant in the

Friendship Circle Yedidainu Program Hosted at Moriah & Yavneh

Last Thursday and Friday was the state-wide NJ Educators Convention and public schools were closed. For families with special needs children in the public schools, the Yedidainu program (started originally with Yeshivat Noam) coordinated by the Bergen Friendship Circle offers these parents a solution by providing a day of activities in partnership with local

Chana Mlotek, z”l, (1922-2013)

Chana Mlotek was an extraordinary woman and Yiddish folklorist who worked long and hard to bring a vibrant, exciting, Yiddish culture to Jewish life in America. This included keeping The National Yiddish Theatre-Folksbiene in the spotlight as the showcase of that culture in the 21st century.

Née Eleanor Gordon, Chana got her love of Yiddish culture

Avoiding Weight Gain This Winter

Winter seems to be a time when many people put on some extra weight. Have you ever considered why that is? Here are some of the top reasons and what to do about them.

More layers, more room to hide. The bulky sweaters and loose coats give us that fake comfort and temporary ability to feel denial. I always tell my clients to have one summer

What Every Woman Should Know: Folic Acid and Methyl Folate

In the last several months, I’ve devoted considerable column space and radio air time to publicizing the need for expectant mothers—indeed, for all married women of child-bearing age as well as soon-to-be married women—to adopt lifestyle behaviors that increase their chances of having a healthy baby. Eating a balanced diet rich in nutrients that have been

The Eyes Have It: Tips on Connecting to Others

Most people agree that making eye contact with other people is important in our lives, especially if we are trying to convince them to see things our way. Eye contact positively affects interpersonal relationships as well as workplace interactions. There are five important times to make sure you are making eye contact. The context could be while you are making a

Stress – A Source Of Klollah Or Bracha – Take Your Pick

This past Thursday my wife and I returned from more than three weeks in Montreal, though we had planned to spend a week. Shortly after we got there, the sky fell in and we were faced with a medical emergency. Our handicapped daughter, Naama, was admitted to the hospital and the situation was touch and go for almost three weeks. We were with her, joined for part of the

Jews in Space

Boris Valentinovich Volynov was the first Jew in space. He was born in Irkutsk in Siberia to a Jewish mother, but then his family relocated, and he finished secondary school in Prokopyevsk, Kemerovo Oblast, in 1952. The next year he completed basic pilot training in Pavlodar, Kazakhstan, and in 1955 graduated from an aviation school in