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Wednesday, August 23, 2017

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Metaphors, Recovery and Self-Soothing

Metaphors are my thing, they always have been. For as long as I can remember, whether in the context of teaching or simply having an emotional tell-all with a friend, metaphors have come to my side, allowing me to express myself in a clear, concise—and at times, creative—fashion. I was happy to discover, during my days of

Lookstein Virtual Brings Jewish Learning Opportunities to Students

Lookstein Virtual Jewish Academy is a new model in Jewish education: an innovative, financially sustainable online school that teaches a broad range of high-quality Jewish studies classes to a wide variety of students. Lookstein Virtual seeks ways to harness technology to improve and democratize Jewish education. It is dedicated to bringing

How Is My Baby Doing?

Parents with new babies want to know whether their baby is doing what he or she is supposed to be doing, i.e., achieving age-appropriate milestones. Family members may give advice and often the parents find themselves comparing their child to others of the same age. This is so natural. As the baby develops, parents will quickly notice

East Brunswick Bat Mitzvah Girl Collects for ‘Bears From Bergenfield’

Yonit Omansky, bat mitzvah from East Brunswick, NJ carries on Bears from Bergenfield into a new future!

What do you get when you put together drive, determination and doobis? You get one bat mitzvah girl, Yonit Omansky, from Jersey, and 250 stuffed toys donated in just 250 days for Emunah children’s home in Pardes

Talking About a Revolution

With the Fourth of July right around the corner, now is the perfect time to visit the brand new Museum of the American Revolution in Philadelphia. The museum opened on April 19, exactly 242 years after the “shot heard ’round the world” started the Revolutionary War. This museum’s unique exhibits and

5 Days/5 Ways: Areyvut’s Innovative Chesed Camp

Building on its successful 2016 pilot program, Areyvut will again run 5 Days/5 Ways, its annual chesed camp for middle school students, from July 31 to August 4. The camp will bring middle school students together for a week to learn about and participate in good deeds and community service throughout

Stop and Smell the Roses

Since April showers bring May flowers, it would be a shame to let the next few weeks pass by without visiting some of our area’s most beautiful flower gardens.

Frelinghuysen Arboretum

With beautiful gardens, open fields, woodlands and

Pediatric Occupational Therapy Services (POTS) Adds New Programs and Services

Teaneck—Every parent of a child who needs intervention knows the search that goes into finding the right match with a therapist, facility, schedule and anything else that goes into making the decision as smooth as possible. Since 1991 Chaye Lamm Warburg and her team of skilled therapists have brought their expertise,

Anti Social Media

“My friends went to Free Cone Day and didn’t invite me!” a child of mine complained one day after school, briefly having checked in on a social media site. I knew it was Free Cone Day, but didn’t publicize that fact to my kids because I didn’t really want to wait in a super-long line to get ice cream when we already had

Besides Racing, Why Go to Pocono Raceway?

The challenge of finding entertainment that is appropriate for children of different ages and affordable for large families is a topic that comes up frequently when groups of parents gather together. For the last several summers, my son Eli and I have traveled to the Pocono Raceway, which is less than a two-hour drive from

Oh, the Ways You Can Go

To most adults, transportation is merely a way to get from here to there. But when seen through the eyes of a child, every plane, train and automobile is the source of endless wonder and excitement. If you have a transportation enthusiast in your life, you will want to visit the JCC of Central New Jersey’s Touch

A Novel Approach to Stress

Stress is a universal experience. Each one of us has experienced or may presently be experiencing some sort of stress. Stress can be the result of anything from everyday stressors, such as working long hours, sitting in traffic, caring for young children or aging parents and paying bills to more dramatic, additional stressors, such