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Friday, May 24, 2019

Simcha Link

Putting the Simcha Back Into Simchat Yom Tov

Any chag is a time of simcha for the Jewish people, and Pesach, known as “Zman Cheiruteinu” or the “Time of Our Freedom” has tremendous potential for simcha. Pesach is steeped in strong customs just as much as halacha, and stories about “what Bubbie used to do” infuse the preparations with warmth and memories.

Five Gift Ideas for Mother’s Day

(StatePoint) Even though everyone is elbow deep in Pesach preparations, Mother’s Day is just around the corner. Don’t let this special day go unnoticed and unrecognized. To show mom you’re thinking of her, here are a few ideas.

1. Self-care. Whether you bring the professionals to your home

Six Ways to Make Your Outside Wedding Even More Special

(BPT) While it’s been popular in the past to bring the outdoors inside using trees and floral arrangements, a recent trend for many wedding venues is to create a homey space outdoors. Guests don’t need to rough it just because you’ve chosen to host your chuppa or reception outside.

RYNJ Initiates Orah V’Simcha Bat Mitzvah Year Curriculum

The bat mitzvah time is an exciting year for middle school young ladies. They never seem to tire from the endless parties, dresses, dancing, swag and food (in no specific order), with each party just as exciting as the one before. What many parents and schools grapple with is the chance to focus on the “mitzvah” part

Simchat Purim: A Look Around Town

To Theme or Not to Theme: Should That Even Be a Question?

I still have fond memories of my childhood Purim preparations. We all sat in an assembly line, ready to take directions from my parents. My mother, a creative person in a myriad of areas, would show us her clever poem or song that explained the connection between the items we were about to wrap up. We didn’t always

A Kushner Girl’s Bat Mitzvah Celebration Benefits Camp HASC

(Courtesy of Camp HASC) Rachel Rutner, a seventh grader in the Joseph Kushner Hebrew Academy, experienced the magic of Camp HASC for the very first time in the summer of 2016, when she came with her parents on the Camp HASC Experience Day to visit her sister who was working there as a counselor. The second Rachel walked through the

Forj Is the Modern-Day Solution to Finding the Perfect Jewish Match

Forj today announced the launch of the first AI-powered dating app focusing on finding young Jewish singles meaningful and long-term relationships. Currently available dating apps make finding love in the 21st feel like an exhausting, painful and even dangerous process by reducing a critical life decision to a

Tips for Planning a High-Tech Simcha

These days technology is everywhere, infiltrating all parts of our lives. While some may cringe at its ubiquity and try to escape its spread, others embrace it. Most people, though, are just looking to find the balance of normalcy and acknowledge the trend life is taking while incorporating normal amounts of tech into life. Many

LBK Events Does Urban Chic to Country Casual

There’s a picture-perfect equestrian center in upstate New York that is helping Deena Greenstein, proprietor of LBK Events, answer a challenging question. “I’m getting many calls from clients asking if I have an unusual, out-of-the-box setting for a kosher wedding,” Greenstein said. “I

Put the ‘Super’ in Your Super Bowl Party

Well folks, Super Bowl weekend is here. Everywhere you turn, from ShopRite to Chuck E. Cheese, you can find people in their football finest. At the end of the day, however, kickoff and the food is the center of conversation. Rena Soclof, a Bergen County-based event planner, offers some tips for Super Bowl fans.

The Wedding Gift Query: How Much to Give?

Gifts are wonderful to receive and always much appreciated. The age-old question, which not everyone is eager to discuss openly, is exactly how much is the correct amount to give, if one is giving a monetary gift. There seems to be no rhyme or reason as to how people decide. In most cases, family members receive more than complete