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Friday, November 22, 2019

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An Unforgettable Day in Brooklyn

This past Sunday, the Torah Champs experienced the best of Jewish Brooklyn. The full-day trip was packed with hands-on experiential learning, delicious food and thrilling amusement rides. Torah Champs, with over 100 participants—fourth- and fifth-grade boys and girls attending Yeshivat Noam, Yavneh Academy,

Pediatric Physical Therapy for Gross Motor Delays, Ages 0-3

The following are the questions you should ask yourself about the help your child is receiving in physical therapy.

  1. 1. Does he enjoy the sessions?
  2. 2. Does he cry when the therapist appears?
  3. 3. Is there carryover at home, meaning does the therapist give you concrete

Friendship Circle of Bergen County 2018 Volunteer Celebration

Dismissed

It was many Passovers ago, 10 to be exact, when I was a young mom of two toddlers. My oldest was 2 1/2, imaginative and playful, and my youngest was 1 year old, strong willed, determined and walking way before any of his siblings ever did. We were spending the holiday in Florida with our extended family, revisiting our old

A Familial Love Affair

Speaking with my cousin Lois gives me that warm-all-over feeling. After many years, I reached out and found my long-lost older female cousin. Our mothers were each the firstborn of our grandfather’s fruitful marriages. To make a long story short, I always knew that she existed, yet we were living in parallel universes.

Shake, Rattle and Roll: Preliminary Steps to Walking

Having a baby is the greatest gift of all. It is also the greatest worry. Is my baby eating well, sleeping well, alert, following, grabbing, moving and simply ok? Is he meeting his milestones and showing promise for his future?

If there is a doubt in your mind, you must check it out; ask the

In Defense of Complexity: Parenting in the Digital Age

In recent years I have had the opportunity to research and lecture on technology ownership trends and behaviors among Jewish pre-teens and teens and study their impact on functioning. During that time, I have had wonderful interactions with caring and concerned parents, school faculty, mental health professionals and community leaders on

One Step at a Time

I was recently at a spirituality spa retreat where we explored yoga, meditation and challenge courses. The purpose was to notice how pushing the boundaries of your comfort zones can result in discovering the spaces where your personal brokenness can find healing. It may sound like a lot of new-age talk, but in each session I

Modern Orthodox, Modern Marriages and Modern Divorces

Many years ago I read an article describing Modern Orthodoxy as wanting it all: To be able to provide our children with the highest level of Jewish and secular education; to enjoy the prosperity of our society while retaining Torah values; to take vacations in Maui with glatt kosher meals while learning Daf Yomi

Project S.A.R.A.H. Speaks:  How to Address Abuse Disclosures by Our Children

Project S.A.R.A.H. is committed to the principle that prevention is one of the most critical aspects of our program. Teaching our children to protect themselves from sexual and other forms of abuse begins with toddlers and never ends. As parents we know that the ability to effectively communicate with our children is the best way

We Are All Slaves to Something

Passover is fast approaching. Many of us are busy cleaning and shopping. We are searching for and removing chametz from our homes. We are planning our seder menus, and deciding how we will replay the Haggadah journey at our tables. There is excitement in the air. Remembering and re-enacting the miracle of Pesach each year is for

Frisch Ice Hockey Team and Friendship Circle Go Skating

This past Sunday evening, the Frisch Ice Hockey Team invited the children of Friendship Circle to a night on the ice. At Mackay Arena, laughter and smiles filled the freezing cold air as the team volunteered their time, skills, and expertise in teaching the children how to skate. Round and round the rink they went and a