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Friday, November 22, 2019

Simcha Link

Officiating a Simcha in Nigeria

When was the last time you heard of friends packing their bags and securing airline tickets to attend a bar mitzvah—in sub-Saharan Africa? Yet that’s precisely what happened six months ago, when a delegation of three left their more familiar Jewish haunts in New England to wend their way to a synagogue in the southeastern

Surviving the Endless ‘Rejoicing’ of Sukkot

“The chagim were so relaxing,” said no one in The Jewish Link office, especially those who hosted families with babies for all or most of Sukkot. In an email discussion/therapy session, several of us weighed in about how we made it through the holiday. “In my home, we had many priceless moments: great meals shared with an expanding

Jaime Distenfeld Is Helping Others Through ‘Kards 4 Kids’

Sixth-grader Jaime Distenfeld put her artistic skills to the test in order to create a bat mitzvah project that would help bring friends and family together this Rosh Hashanah and for many other happy occasions.

Distenfeld hand-drew seven different greeting cards, two of which

Planning for Sukkot, the Holiday of Simcha, Here and in Israel

During most of the year we are happy to make or be invited to a simcha, a special event celebrated with happiness. But simcha also means a general state of joy in fulfilling a mitzvah and it is a central component of the holiday of Sukkot; we are commanded in the Torah to rejoice during the festival. If you are

Ram Caterers Will Make Your Event Sparkle

(Courtesy of Ram Caterers) Ram Caterers recognizes how overwhelming it can be to plan a magnificent and memorable wedding without “breaking the bank” in the process. Established in 1978 as one of New York City’s most premier and innovative kosher caterers, Ram Caterers is renowned for designing

Legacy Castle: Making Dreams Come True

Many couples dream about having the perfect wedding, with a spectacular venue as the backdrop for one of the most important days of their lives. But then reality sets in and—for Jewish couples in particular—finding a place that is unique, within budget and has a kosher caterer is often not the stuff of fairy tales. But

Make an Autumn Simcha With Seasonal and Personal Touches

As the weather cools, outdoor chuppahs and barbecues transition into more indoor-focused parties. Let the choices you make reflect the beauty of the season and the personalities of the chosson and kallah or bar/bat mitzvah whose big day you are celebrating.

Party planner Deena Greenstein, LBK

Dating Decisions: A YUConnects Survey

What affects the millennial’s mind? How does today’s young adult population decide whom to date? With the prevalence of online dating apps, abundant social activities and the ability to access more names than ever before, match suggestions come in from sources both far and near. YUConnects, the popular matchmaking program

Yeshiva He’Atid’s Jacob Lopchinsky Donates Torah as Bar Mitzvah Project

Some boys collect books for their bar mitzvah chesed project. Some collect food for those in need. Others raise money for worthy causes, while still others volunteer their time helping children with disabilities or those who need help doing their homework. Any of these projects take an inordinate amount of time

Is There Such a Thing As Too Much Planning?

There was a bar mitzvah in my town last Shabbat (mazal tov, Nathan!), and since my son was one of the few boys in the grade not in sleepaway camp this summer, we were able to host the few other boys who were also home. My colleague also attended a bar mitzvah last Shabbat, one that was held at the sleepaway camp where the boy is spending

Simcha ChipIn Makes Chipping In Easy

Simcha ChipIn, a brand-new website designed to simplify group and individual gifting, is excited to deliver new ways to enhance simchas, no matter the occasion. The brainchild of Tova Lutz, the service combines individual ChipIns to send beautiful gifts to bar and bat mitzvahs, birthday parties, engagement parties, teacher

Enjoy Your Outdoor Entertaining This Summer

Summer has finally come, the weather is warm, camp has begun and July 4 is just around the corner. When the weather is nice, barbecues or even dairy al fresco meals become a no-brainer. Independence Day barbecues are just the start of frequent outdoor events. So if you’re looking for ways to take the outdoor oasis up a notch,