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musings from the editor


O

n New Years Day, we would wake up after a nights


rest and find the kitchen table littered with noisemakers, glittery hats, and of course a plate of desserts
that my parents brought back from their night of revelry.
Perhaps my brothers and I tried to watch Guy Lombardo
as he shepherded in the New Year and years later we stayed
up past our bedtimes to watch the Rocking New Years Eve
with the inimitable Dick Clark. If we made it.
But the evidence of the party was always there on the
kitchen table, whether we managed to watch the ball drop
on Times Square or not.
Years later I got to attend my own New Years Eve parties.
I remember one in high school that took place in a
friends basement. Music and Dick Clark, of course, and
nosh. At that particular party, the highlight was a giant chocolate chip cookie that one partygoer baked in the shape of
the New Year number.
When I got a little older and was on my own, I hosted
a New Years Eve party in my apartment. Still young and
ostensibly hip (ish), I was becoming an adult and exploring things like psychology and dark movies. I hosted, along
with a few friends, and we dubbed the party a catharty a
party where we would have some kind of catharsis. The subhead to the cartharty was to get out the hate in 88. At
the party we had an ad hoc group therapy session where
guests would open their souls and their mouths to purge
themselves emotionally. It was a psychological New Years
resolution session. Amateurs that we were, it didnt quite
turn out as we wanted and some people were too public
with their private thoughts.
In the ensuing years, New Years Eve became more of an
obligation and my plans were low key. Dinner with friends

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About Our Children is designed to help Jewish families in our area live healthy, positive lives that make the most of
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and then we would raise the glass at midnight.


The big deal New Years was the turn of the millennium,
when we came out of the 20th century into the 21st. With
dire predictions and lots of hype, that New Years came and
went rather seamlessly.
These days, New Years has morphed into something
smaller.
My real New Years now is Rosh Hashanah, and January
1, well, its more of a bonus New Year. Its a time to start writing the new number usually it takes me until deep February or March to get the year straight and to reassess the
New Year in another way.
The children now strain to stay up until past midnight to
watch the ball drop on Times Square and catch a glimpse of
the big musical acts on television.
If I had my druthers, Id be asleep and wake up the next
day not to the noisemakers or the glittery hats, but to another day, another year, and another chance.
Wishing all a happy bonus New Year.

Director of Adult Programs and Cultural Arts


YM-YWHA of North Jersey, Wayne

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Modeling Positive Behavior


for Your Children Is a Choice
S LOV I E JU N G R E I S - WO L F F

say two words the minute we open our


eyes: Modeh Ani I thank You God.
I thank You for another day, another
opportunity for life, another chance for
me to touch others with a moment of
kindness. How can I make today better?
These are the positive thoughts that will
allow us to begin each day with a sense
of encouragement and hope. Gratitude
is again expressed to help mold us as we
interact with the world around us.

ur children and grandchildren


from Israel were visiting and we
were planning a special Sunday
family outing. After much discussion,
we decided to purchase tickets to the
9/11 Museum in New York City for the
1:30 p.m. tour. We woke up to a beautiful day and piled into our van making
sure to leave plenty of time. What I had
not realized was this was the day of a
major parade. Avenues were closed and
streets blocked off. The highway was
bumper to bumper. Waze was showing
heavy red lines and traffic not moving
in every direction. Each time we tried a
new turn the estimated time of arrival
becomes longer. What was supposed to
take an hour became a 2 hour ride. Our
legs were cramped and folded. We were
starving. We couldnt imagine finally
reaching our destination.
But the magic moment arrived. My
husband and I jumped out of the van and
ran ahead to secure our place in line despite the late hour. The children drove
on, looking for a parking garage. The museum guard said he couldnt promise us,
but was cautiously optimistic. We waited
on the growing line. I kept an eye out for
the children checking with the guard every few minutes. I spotted them. Excitedly, I motioned for them to come close
and show a thumbs up. The guard instructed us to stand in line.
A few moments later a security officer checked our tickets. Im sorry, he
said. You are 15 minutes too late for us
to honor your tickets.
I looked at my husband. I looked at
my children. Days of anticipation, 2
hours in the car, and the race to get
there. But nothing. I didnt know what to
say.
Would we allow the moment to
overcome us or would we conquer the
moment?
This is the moment when we learn
the truth about our capacity to see life
through a positive eye. We find ourselves facing the disappointments, the
rejections, the frustrations, the planning
that goes up in smoke. Yes, some situations are bigger than others, but for each
person their moment of frustration is a
test. Now what?
We had a choice. We could spend the
rest of the day grumbling and complaining. Or we could try and find another activity to fill the time.
My husband and I knew that our
children (both adult and younger) were
observing our reaction. Would we allow

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Stop catastrophizing
When we exaggerate or tell ourselves
that the situation is unbearable, we talk
ourselves into anticipating the worst.
Some people make even the smallest
incidents into catastrophes. One thing
happens and we think that nothing ever
turns out right for us. We must stop magnifying the disappointments.

Find positive people in your life


The people we surround ourselves with
definitely influence the way we think and
feel. Decide to make a conscience effort
to encircle your life with friends and family who are supportive and helpful. Dont
waste time speaking to the naysayers
who shoot you down with their words.
Negative people cause you to doubt
yourself and dislike your life.

Practice healthy self-talk

the moment to overcome us or would


we conquer the moment?
This became much more than an
outing that didnt go as planned. This became an incredible opportunity for us all
to seek out the positive. True, we anticipated our trip to the city, sat in endless
traffic, and ended with disappointment.
But we also shared lots of laughs, joked
about how nothing seemed to go right,
and realized that despite the long day we
all had each other. And what a wonderful
feeling that was.
When I returned home I thought
about our ability to turn a situation from
negative to positive, or the opposite, all
through the power of our mind. The situation is the same, nothing has changed;
instead it is the way we view the events
that can make all the difference in the
world.
That day taught me a lot about living
with a more optimistic attitude. I jotted
down six ways we can each put positive
thinking into practice.

Think gratitude
We can find something to be grateful for
in every situation. It may be difficult to
discover, but once we realize where to
put our focus, we shift gears and turn
ourselves towards a positive direction.
Lets begin by challenging ourselves to
work out our gratitude muscle. Even in
a trying time, we can think about a devoted friend, a loving relative, a sweet
child in our life, or the strength that
faith brings and realize that appreciating these gifts opens our eyes to a world
that wouldve remained obscured.

Begin each day with a positive


thought
Many of us wake up each morning and
the first words that pop into our minds
are I CANT. I cant take my life, my
job, my spouse, my children, or my pressuresyou fill in the blank. If these
are the thoughts with which we start
our day, of course we become negative individuals. Judaism teaches us to

The Hebrew word for speech is dibbur, related to the word davar, an actual thing.
We create reality through our speech.
Dont knock yourself. Dont put yourself
down. Instead of saying Theres no way
this will work, say Ill try a different
way. Catch yourself when you begin to
speak negatively, and replace the words
with a more encouraging twist. Boost
yourself through your words.

Dont look for someone to blame


When things go wrong we instinctively
seek out a person to blameincluding ourselves. What a waste of time! My
father would tell me to stay away from
these three words: couldve, wouldve
and shouldve. Instead learn from the experience and move on.
Although we wont change ourselves
overnight, we can adopt just a few of these
strategies and find ourselves less critical
of the world and people around us. Most
importantly, we will start enjoying our
lives more and grow optimistic and more
capable at handling lifes stresses.
Slovie Jungreis-Wolff is a parenting coach
and the author of Raising a Child With
Soul (St. Martins Press).

Reprinted with permission of Aish.com.

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Winter Family Fun


for Fitness and Pleasure
DENISE MORRISON YEARIAN

e may be in the throes of winter but that


doesnt mean you have to toss aside family
fitness. Following are ten tips on how you and
your family can stay physically fit and enjoy time together during this frigid season.
1. Plan for success. Choose activities everyone can
participate in and make it convenient, simple and fun.
Get your kids input as to what they want to do so there
is some buy in. Also make sure you participate; kids will
have more fun if Mom and Dad get in on the act.
2. Rough and tumble zone. If possible, create an
indoor active zone where you and your kids can be
active. See what you can shift around in a spare room
or the basement so you can move freely without tripping over wires or knocking something down. Or put
on coats and move the cars out of the garage. This will
allow you to do some motion activities such as jumping jacks, jump rope, hula hoop and hopscotch, as well
as formal exercises such as squats, lunges and sit ups.
Keep the area dedicated so its always available when
youre ready to be active.
3. Board em busters. Make a list of fun exercises
you and your kids can do in a given week, post them on
a board in a visible location then each day have everyone choose one or more activity they want to perform.
Vary time and repetition according to age. When an
activity is complete give your child a sticker to put on
the list. At the end of each week, offer a reward to keep
everyone motivatedgo ice skating, bowling or take a
winter bike hike.
4. Go pro. Tweak professional games so you can
play them inside. Have a round of basketball with a soft
foam ball or wad of newspaper and a basket. Try indoor
bowling with ten soda bottles, each partially filled with
water or sand. Set in a triangular shape and then knock
over with a medium-sized ball. Tennis anyone? Stretch
a string across the room, tape it to the walls, blow up
a balloon and use poster board squares for rackets. Or
play indoor volleyball.
5. Tone up. Every day items found around the
house can help your family tone up. Use milk jugs partially filled with water or sand to strengthen your chest,

shoulders and arms. Make the bottom step a stair stepper to build your leg muscles and cardiovascular system. Step on the waistband of old pantyhose and pull
up to work biceps, triceps and shoulders.
6. Color my wintry world. One fun and easy game
your family will enjoy is an outdoor ice cube hunt. Make

different colored ice cubes and hide them in your yard


or at the park. Then bundle up and let the game begin!
Create a color point system to determine the winner
or whoever finds the most gets a prize. You can even
do it at night with a flashlight. The best part is the ice

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How to Put the Kibosh on Anger


Towards Our Children
A D I N A S O C LO F

othing bothers parents more than


losing it with their children. How
can we control our tempers and
parent without anger?
Here are four techniques that can
help.

1. Its normal to get angry:


In her book, Love and Anger, the Parental Dilemma, Nancy Samalin explains
that we often are amazed at the angry
feelings that are stirred up when raising
our children. The most even-tempered
people get angry emotions that come
boiling to the surface when they have
children.
Raising children is frustrating. Temper tantrums after you had a long day,
refusing to listen, talking back, missing
curfew, stealing money. Frustration that
is part and parcel of being a parent can
quickly escalate to outright anger. Samalin believes that the problem might be

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exacerbated by our unrealistic expectations or beliefs about parenting. Many


of us who grew up on the television
Happy Days (Thank you, Mrs. Cunnigham!) might think, Good parents just
dont angry, therefore I must be a bad
parent, which makes us feel inadequate
and even more angry.
We need to realize that our anger is
probably a result of the frustrations and
annoyances that come along with raising
children. It is normal and understandable. We are not bad people because we
get angry with our children. So stop getting angry with yourself for getting angry. That will get you one step closer to
gaining control of your temper.

2. Lower your expectations:


We bring a lot of unrealistic expectations
to parenting that contribute to feelings
of inadequacy, which, in turn, increases
the odds of getting angry. Some examples of this distorted thinking are:
I should always feel happy when

I parent. My kids should always look


neat and clean. My kids should always
behave. Dinner needs to consist of the
major food groups and my children need
to eat all of it.
If you think that your children
should always look neat and clean (you
may not even be aware that you have
this expectation) you will be fighting a
lot of battles with your children. There
will be lots of anger.
If you think that your children should
eat everything on their plate, dinnertime
will be far from peaceful.
Ask yourself: Are any of my expectations of parenting too high and unattainable? Getting a better more realistic
picture of what makes a good parent will
go along way in helping you keep calm.

3. You are being hijacked:


Its best not to say anything when youre
angry. In the heat of the moment youve
lost your ability to think straight. Experts call this response the Amygdala
Hijack. The amygdala is a part of your
brain that protects you when it senses
you are under attack or you are threatened. It moves you into flight or fight, or
play dead mode by sending hormones
to shut off the part of your brain that
takes care of rational, logical thinking,
the prefrontal cortex. We use the prefrontal cortex to make judgments, consider the consequences of our actions
and decisions and build relationships.
So when youre angry, it feels like you
cant think straight because your brain
actually wont let you.
Thats why we should count to 10,
breathe deeply or go into another room.
Wait it out. This helps you move out of
the flight or fight mode and helps the
hormones to move back into your pre-

frontal cortex. It is only then that you are


truly better able to handle your anger.

4. Express your anger in a


controlled manner:
According to parenting expert Haim
Ginott, author of Between Parent and
Child, parents should talk about their
feelings when they are getting mad.
When we are overwhelmed with irritation and resentment we should not let
it fester. If we keep our anger inside and
we have no way of letting off steam, we
blow up, lose our cool and with it, our
dignity and authority. But he had one
caveat: parents could express their anger, but they could not insult, accuse or
blame their child in the process.
He suggested using I statements.
For example, when your child balks
when asked to clean his room you can
try saying: I am getting frustrated and
upset. When I ask you to clean your
room, I expect you to clean your room.
When a child is running around, instead of saying, You are so wild today.
You are impossible! you can say: I am
tired and I am getting angry. It is bedtime
now and its time for you to get into bed!
When a child comes in late, past curfew: I was worried and now I am angry.
I expect you to call when you are going
to be late.
An added bonus: when we practice
these techniques we are modeling appropriate responses and thereby teaching our children ways to manage their
own anger.
Adina Soclof is the director of Parent
Outreach for A+ Solutions, facilitating How
to Talk So Kids Will Listen and Listen So Kids
Will Talk workshops as well as workshops
based on Siblings Without Rivalry. You can
reach her at www.parentingsimply.com.

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Calling Parents by their First Names


Friendship or Disrespect?
S LOV I E JU N G R E I S - WO L F F

ayden Mathais, a blond eighthgrader taps the FaceTime icon


on her phone and says, Oh, hey
Dave to the face on her screen. The
journalist interviewing her wonders if
Dave is her boyfriend or biology partner.
It turns out hes Haydens 47-year-old father.
Hayden isnt the only one who has
abandoned the traditional Mom and Dad
title in favor of calling their parents by
their names.
Therapists analyzing why this is
happening respond that some parents
have given up the feeling of authority
in their homes while others are being
mocked by their sons and daughters in
a culture filled with sarcasm. Using first
names and saying Good going, Michael
or Great driving, Laura creates an atmosphere of cynicism and makes a child

feel powerful. One 23-year-old interviewed calls out Good boy, Jay to her
venture capitalist father when he lands a
great parking spot or answers a question
about a rock band correctly. Shes been
calling her parents by their first names
since she was 17. In our house, we kids
kind of run the show. I guess it has something to do with that.
Teens have always tested boundaries, but in todays world our children
have grown up with moms and dads
who want to be their BFFs. Hoping to develop a relationship where children like
us even on Facebook has created an environment of overly permissive parenting. Acting like a father or mother forces
us to curtail unwelcome behaviors and
impose unwanted limits. Its wearying
and not always fun. Many parents would
rather be buddies and not deal with the
discipline and consequences. We also
have a disdain for growing old and feel-

ing old. We dont want to look older, act


older or even seem older. If children call
us by our first names we somehow feel
as if we are young and ignore the feelings
of approaching middle age.

A Jewish Response
How should we respond to this type of
behavior?
Honor and respect are basic foundations of family life. As parents we are
responsible for setting standards of behavior in our home. Some behaviors are
acceptable and others are never even
up for discussion. We call this derech
eretz a spiritual standard of living. We
establish a fundamental quality of life by
which we exist. Derech eretz has guided
us through the centuries and never becomes old fashioned or outdated. Honor your father and mother never goes
out of style.
In a culture that invites disrespect,

how can we create a home that embodies good character, ethics, and a strong
sense of values?
Judaism has given us tools and
guidelines to help us create an atmosphere of respect. It is up to us to take
the lead and make sure we teach our
children that this is how we live. According to Jewish law children cannot call
parents or grandparents by their first
name. Period.
It is considered simply unacceptable. So is sitting in a parents chair without permission, saying No! and walking
out on a parent, or taking parents clothing and money without asking and just
assuming its okay. Our children need to
honor us. Not because we crave admiration or obedience. But rather because
respect is a crucial ingredient as we parent our children, transmit our values,

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Combatting Eczema
and Getting Comfortable In the Skin Youre In
H E I D I M A E B RAT T

e all want to be comfortable in


our skin, metaphorically and literally. But for many youngsters
who suffer from eczema, this skin condition prevents them from being comfortable. Even worse, eczemas nagging itch
distracts and makes them feel miserable.
About Our Children turned to medical expert, Dr. Tamar Zapolanski, a dermatologist with Valley Medical Group on
Park Ridge, to shed some light on this
skin condition that results from a combination of family heredity and other factors, and which affects more than 8 to 18
percent of all infants and children.
About Our Children: What is eczema?
Dr. Tamar Zapolanski: The term eczema technically means rash, but it is
frequently used to refer to atopic dermatitis. Atopic dermatitis is a chronic skin
condition. Many times it is described as
the itch that rashes because itching is
a significant component of the disease.
While there is no cure for atopic dermatitis, most times it can be controlled with
proper treatment.
AOC: What does eczema look like?
Dr. T.Z.: Patients can have everything from small patches of dry skin to
large patches of red inflamed skin that
may be thickened or flaky. At times the
skin can also become infected and have
scabs and crusting. Patients tend to be
itchy and may scratch their skin. Sometimes the itching is very intense and
can interfere with a patients day-to-day
life and with their ability to sleep well
at night. In children, the most classic

locations for eczema to appear are the


face, the neck, the insides of the elbows,
backs of the knees, and the ankles. In the
U.S., it is estimated that about 10 to 20
percent of children under the age of 10
have atopic dermatitis. Most people develop atopic dermatitis within the first
five years of their life, with many presenting by one year of age.
AOC: Why is eczema worse in the
winter?
Dr. T.Z.: Atopic dermatitis flares can
occur during extremes of weather. Both
hot summer weather and chilly winter
temperatures can worsen this skin condition. In the winter, cold weather can
contribute to chapped dry skin, which
worsens the already delicate skin barrier of patients with atopic dermatitis.
Indoor heating is also a culprit in drying
the skin and causing flares. Patients and
their family should adjust their treatment regimens depending on the seasons, especially if the patient has a history of flares during weather changes. In
the winter, for example, using a humidifier may be helpful.
AOC: What is the best way to treat
eczema?
Dr. T.Z.: The goals of treatment are
to keep the skin well moisturized, minimize inflammation, avoid triggers and
reduce the risk of infection. Minimizing
itching is also an important goal. To treat
atopic dermatitis effectively, a multi-faceted approach is required. This includes
a proper skin care plan, use of medications, and patient education. Cleansers,
moisturizers and topical medications,
such as cortisone creams, help maintain

and repair the skin barrier, and help reduce itch, and this is the cornerstone of
routine management of atopic dermatitis. This year, the American Academy
of Dermatology published brand new
guidelines for the management of atopic
dermatitis. While these guidelines discuss in detail the spectrum of available
medical treatment options, important
emphasis is also placed on teaching patients and their families about the management of atopic dermatitis and this
education is an essential component of
successful treatment.
AOC: Is eczema related to food or
other allergies?
Dr. T.Z.: The relationship between
atopic dermatitis and allergies is complex. We have evidence that there can
be a relationship between allergies and
atopic dermatitis, and for some patients
allergies can affect their skin disease.
However, in other cases, patients with
allergies do not notice a relationship
between exposure to allergens and their
skin. An individualized approach to management is paramount in patients with
allergies and atopic dermatitis.
AOC: Should a child see a dermatologist or allergist for treatment of eczema?
Dr. T.Z.: In many cases, it is helpful
for a patient to have a team of health care
providers involved in the management
of their disease. Pediatricians, allergists,
and dermatologists can participate in
the care of children with atopic dermatitis. The selection of providers can be individualized, depending on a particular
patients specific needs. Dermatologists
usually have the most experience in cre-

ating and managing comprehensive skin


treatment plans for patients.
AOC: Any innovations in its
treatment?
Dr. T.Z. Much energy and research is
channeled into studying atopic dermatitis, its causes, and different treatments.
We have many treatments available,
including topical creams, oral medications, and even more serious systemic
treatments for severe cases. There are
also some new developments in overthe counter products. One very notable
innovation in recent years is the addition
of ceramides to moisturizers. Ceramides
are like natural skin oils that help repair
the skin barrier and can be very beneficial to patients with atopic dermatitis.
AOC: Can a child outgrow eczema?
Dr. T.Z.: Many childrens skin improves as they get older, with some having remission of their atopic dermatitis
after they hit puberty. For others, they
may continue to have eczema throughout the course of their life, although it
can become less severe as they grow up.
Of course, there are some cases where
patients have significant atopic dermatitis into adulthood.
AOC: Where can parents find our
more?
Dr. T.Z.: There are many resources
available for children with atopic dermatitis and for their families. The American
Academy of Dermatology and the National Eczema Association are two great
resources that provide reliable information, and they have online access.
Heidi Mae Bratt is the editor of
About Our Children

Stop That Scratch!


The following tips may help your child reduce the urge to scratch that nagging eczema itch. Scratching can lead to infections and create more problems.

Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize


Keep your childs skin properly moisturized
to help keep eczema flare-ups and itching
at bay. Thick ointments, such as petroleum
jelly, contain more oil than lotions and are the
most effective at locking in moisture. But since
many children do not like the feel of thick ointments, find something that the child is willing
to use. New products using ceramides, such as
Cereve, may be helpful. For the best itch relief,
use the moisturizers several times a day, especially after bathing or washing.

Wet wraps may soothe itchy skin


Some parents find that using wet wraps
can help stop the itching. The best time to
apply wet wraps is right before bedtime.
Follow these steps: Have your child soak in
a lukewarm bath for about 5 to 10 minutes.
After the bath, gently pat the skin dry with a

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towel and apply moisturizer or medication as


directed. Moisten clean gauze bandages with
water, and wrap the affected skin. Cover the
wet bandages with a dry bandage or towel
to lock in the moisture, and leave overnight.
You can apply wet wraps on any part of your
childs body that is especially itchy.

Keep fingernails clean and clipped


Short fingernails cause less damage to the
skin if your child does scratch. If scratching at
night is a problem, have your child wear cotton gloves to bed.

Cold compresses to relieve the itch


Try using a damp, cold washcloth, or cover an
ice pack in a soft towel. Hold the compress
to your childs skin for a few minutes or as
needed to help relieve itch. You can repeat as
necessary throughout the day.

Keep itchy skin covered

Use eczema medications

Young children may be less likely to scratch


their skin when its covered up. To keep your
child most comfortable, dress him or her in
loose-fitting, comfortable clothing. Cotton
and cotton blends are generally preferred.
Wool and some synthetic fabrics can irritate
skin and lead to more scratching.

Medications for eczema can help relieve itch


and control the condition. Treatments such
as topical steroids are especially useful if your
child has eczema that doesnt clear up with
other measures.

Try a distraction to forget about


itchy skin

Experiment with various ways of stopping


scratching, and learn a few methods that work
for your child. Keep in mind that what is helpful
one day may not work on another day. It can
be useful to have backup strategies ready.

Many children with eczema find their itch


seems worst at bedtime. Finding a distraction
from the itchiness can help them relax and go
to sleep. Some parents have found massaging their childs face at bedtime to be a useful
distraction technique. Try using a bit of moisturizer on your index fingers to massage your
childs face. Gently rubbing your childs back
or legs can help, too.

Be willing to try different anti-itch


strategies

Go au-natural
Try to eliminate any harsh chemicals in detergents or other cleaning agents. Dye-free
products cut down on the potential for skin
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Dad! Dad! Dave!


The article gives the reason why Hayden
calls her father Dave. It was not a power
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A 9-year-old child met his father at
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from work. He asked him how much he


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What kind of crazy question is
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The child persisted and would not
give up; he was sent to his room.
After some time, Mom and Dad
knocked on their sons door. They found
him sobbing silently on his pillow. His
mother stroked his sweaty forehead
while his father sat beside him and tried
to figure out what happened.
The child took a deep breath.
Daddy, I never see you or talk to you
anymore. I thought if maybe you could
tell me how much you get in an hour
The boy pointed to an emptied piggy
bank on his night table. I just thought I
could pay you for an hour of your time.
Mom and Dad looked at each other
and turned away in shame.
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establishing the spiritual standards of
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USY Shabbaton in Paramus


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H E I D I M A E B RAT T

hat do you get when more than 200 teens


from 37 different communities join a community for a Shabbaton? You get the Northern
New Jersey USY Hagalil regional convention filling the
Jewish Community Center of Paramus/Congregation
Beth Tikvah with a spirited Shabbat and weekend that
inspired not only the young men and women who came,
but the adults in the community.
Among the inspired was Wayne Zeiler of Paramus,
along with his wife, Debbie. They are co-chairs for the
synagogues youth group and helped to spearhead the
event and coordinate the weekend happening, which
included plenty of ruach, Jewish spirit; USY-run services, including reading the Torah and providing the
sermons; and a Harry Potter themed dance.

The teens spent two nights at the homes of about


25 different community host families who were energized by the infusion of youth, vigor, and Jewish commitment that they brought with them.
One of the takeaways from this experience was
how wonderful it was to see the kids in the leadership
positions that they assumed from reading the Torah to
the Haftorah to the sermons, says Wayne Zeiler.
They brought a lot of spirit including their
Havdalah service when they joined arm in arm. It was a
very emotional experience, says Zeiler.
On his blog, Zeiler, who wrote about the experience, sums it up:
I felt like the proud parent of the 200 kids. I am excited for the future. I wish I could bottle up the weekend
to visit it again.
Heidi Mae Bratt is the editor of About Our Children.

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H E I D I M A E B RAT T

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a Lego to stand on? Is childhood truly complete without
one once having a Lego set to play with,
to build with, to use ones imagination
with?
The popular line of construction
toys, which is manufactured by the
Lego Group, a privately held company
based in Denmark, has since its inception inspired a Lego subculture that has
spanned the globe. Lego has spawned
not only Lego-made sculptures that can
be as vast and intricate as cities, but has
also inspired Hollywood movies, games,
competitions and themed amusement
parks. Since Lego began manufacturing
the colorful interlocking toy bricks in
1949, more than 560 billion Lego parts
have been produced.
Lego (the word Lego comes from

1,000-square-foot facility. The creativity center opened in November and


plans a grand opening sometime during
early February to introduce itself to the
community.
Another Bricks 4 Kidz franchise is in
Paramus. Donald Callwood facilitates
classes and learning sessions.
For more than a decade
now, Cresskill Performing Arts
has been offering a Lego program to its youngsters, says
Cresskill Performing Arts
owner Betsy Daly. The
school offers a class for
youngsters 5 to 10 during the school year
and a Creative Legos
in a weekly camp
during the summer.

the Danish phrase leg godt, which


means play well) is recognized as an
important learning tool from preschool
through university. Legos help teach
three dimensional thinking, literacy
skills, as youngsters work with instructions, problem solving, organization and
planning by construction, improved
creativity, fine motor skill development, hand-eye coordination,
math, geometry and engineering
acumen, problem solving and
more.
So it is no wonder that they
are used in myriad educational
settings.
Bricks 4 Kidz, a new franchise
in Cresskill, is built on the Lego concept and using the bricks to promote a
S.T.E.M. curriculum through individual
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6 Madison Ave.
Cresskill, NJ 07626
201-399-7701
www.bricks4kidz.com/newjersey-closter-cresskill/
Ages: 3-13
Bricks 4 Kidz is an exciting program that introduces
children S.T.E.M. concepts. We offer classes and provide
all necessary materials for students to build our unique
theme-based models. Classes are held in 4-8 week sessions for one hour each week and are competitively
priced. Problem solving skills & self-esteem are emphasized and enhanced in the Bricks 4 Kidz program. Our
program offers after-school programs, camps, field trips,
birthday parties, and pre-school classes to families with
children ages 3-13+. Please see our ad on page 3.
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Donald Callwood, Director


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Ages: 3-13+
Bricks 4 Kidz classes provide an extraordinary atmosphere for children where we learn, we build, we play
with Lego bricks. Programs are built around our proprietary model plan, designed by engineers and architects,
with exciting themes such as space, construction, and
amusement parks. Please see our ad on page 16.

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9-10 Saddle River Road


Fair Lawn, NJ 07410
201-797-0330
185 Court St.
Teaneck, NJ 07666
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Learn to play chess, one of the worlds oldest and most


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Parenting Center at the David Rukin Early Childhood


Center Nursery School

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605 Pascack Road
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Our school promotes intellectual curiosity, creative expression and social skills
in a developmentally appropriate environment, along with establishing a basis for
academic success through reading, math
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Performing Arts
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300 Knickerbocker Road, Suite 1100


Cresskill, NJ 07626
201-390-7513
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Ages: 2 to adult
Cresskill Performing Arts features small
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autism, including communication, social
skills and daily living skills. Additional
programs enable children with developmental delays and physical disabilities to
participate in classes and sports. Camp
Shalom, a summer day camp, offers phys.
ed., music, art therapy and socialization.
The YJCC is spacious, wheelchair accessible and barrier free. Please see our ad
on page 15

Berger Learning Group, LLC

31-11 Broadway
Fair Lawn, NJ 07410
201-742-5298
www.bergerlearning.com
Ages: 18 months to 16 years
BLG provides a range of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) services for children
with special needs. Our ABA programs
address cognitive, social-emotional, play,
and self-help skills, as well as language/
communication and behavioral challenges through a positive behavioral approach. Please see our ad on page 14.
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OurChildren
About

Schools

Guide
to Schools
and Activities

The Elisabeth Morrow School

435 Lydecker St.


Englewood, NJ 07631
201-568-5566, ext. 7212
admissions@elisabethmorrow.org
www.elisabethmorrow.org
Visit the Elisabeth Morrow School and see for yourself all of the benefits of a threes through eighth grade
education. An independent country day school serving
diverse families from over 70 communities throughout
New Jersey and New York, EMS provides an innovative
curriculum focusing on critical thinking, collaboration,
creativity and character development. Our secondary
school placement process ensures that our graduates
matriculate into the finest high schools throughout the
area, having discovered their passions at our school
while also learning what environment will best meet
their needs as adolescents. Located on 14 wooded acres
in Englewood, NJ, our school includes multiple computer labs, playgrounds and libraries plus athletic fields,
nature trails and working gardens. We welcome visitors
to tours and open houses held throughout the year. For
more information please contact Kathleen Visconti, Director of Admissions and Financial Aid at 201-568-5566
ext. 7212 or admissions@elisabethmorrow.org. Please
see our ad on page 7.

HAPPY CHANUKAH

Rockland
Pediatric Dental P.C.
Ralph L. Berk, DDS, FAAPD
Dorit Hermann-Chasen, DMD
Anne Chaly, DDS Karan Estwick, DDS

Rockland Jewish Academy

450 West Nyack Road


West Nyack, NY 10994
845-627-0010/ Judy Klein x104
www.rocklandjewishacademy.org
Ages: 3 through Grade 5
Rockland Jewish Academy is an independent community Jewish day school, providing Rockland, Orange and
Bergen County children from early childhood (ages 3
and 4) through 5th grade a superior education, focused
on 21st century skills and steeped in Jewish tradition.
RJA offers children an innovative and enriched curriculum, instilling morals and values and promoting a strong
Jewish identity, in a safe and nurturing setting. General
and Judaic studies are interwoven, enabling students
to develop high-level critical thinking, analytical and
literary interpretive skills. Intellectual, emotional and
spiritual development is fostered organically through
our integrated curriculum. Conveniently located at the
Rockland Jewish Community West Nyack Campus with
brand-new, state-of-the-art classrooms and technology,
and providing individualized instruction with a desirable student-to-teacher ratio, RJA children grow within
a stimulating learning environment that celebrates each
of their talents and gifts. Extensive after-school and extended morning and afternoon programs (7:30 a.m. to
6 p.m.) are available. For more information or a private
tour, please contact Judy Klein, Director of Admissions,
at 845-627-0010 x104 or kleinj@rocklandjewishacademy.
org. Please see our ad on page 15.

Dentistry, Infancy thru Adolescence and Special Needs

George Pliakas, DDS, MS and


Eleni Michailidis, DDS, MS
Orthodontics for Children and Adults

COMPLIMENTARY ORTHODONTIC EVALUATION


FOR ADULTS AND CHILDREN

238 N. Main St., New City, NY 845-634-8900


www.rocklandpediatricdental.com

Special Education Consultant,


Advocate, & Tutor
Former Committee on Special Education
Chairperson & NYS Certified Teacher

Ilene Weiss
CSE Meeting & Annual Review Representation IEP Development,
Placement, & Review Tutoring Direct multisensory instruction in
reading, literacy, & elementary school subjects

prizeteacher@gmail.com 845-267-6720

SINAI Elementary at Joseph Kushner Hebrew


Academy

110 South Orange Avenue


Livingston, NJ 07039
862-437-8190
www.sinaischools.org_
Grades: 1-8
Elementary-Middle School for children with a wide
range of complex learning or developmental disabilities.
Inclusive, yet individualized to fit each students social,
emotional, and academic needs. Recognized for educational excellence; Middle States Association of Colleges
and Schools accreditation. Please see our ad on page 9.

SINAI Elementary at Rosenbaum Yeshiva of North


Jersey, Including the Riva Blatt Weinstein Judaic
Studies Program

666 Kinderkamack Road


River Edge, NJ 07661
201-262-4202
www.sinaischools.org
Grades: 1-8
Elementary-Middle School for children with a wide
range of complex learning or developmental disabilities.
Inclusive, yet individualized to fit each students social,
emotional, and academic needs. Recognized for educational excellence; Middle States Association of Colleges
and Schools accreditation. Please see our ad on page 9.

SINAI Schools Maor High School at Rae Kushner


Yeshiva High School, including the William Solomon
Judaic Studies Program

110 South Orange Avenue


Livingston, NJ 07039
862-437-8190
www.sinaischools.org
Grades: 9-12
Academically rigorous program for high schoolers with
academic/social challenges. Inclusive, yet individualized to fit each students social, emotional, and academic needs. Recognized for educational excellence; Middle
States Association of Colleges and Schools accreditation. Please see our ad on page 9.

SINAI Schools Rabbi Mark and Linda Karasick


Shalem High School at Maayanot Yeshiva High
School

1650 Palisade Avenue


Teaneck, NJ 07666
201-833-4307 x 249
www.sinaischools.org
Ages: 14 to 21
Functional academic high school program preparing
students with developmental disabilities for rich and
productive adult lives. Integrates pragmatic Judaic and
secular curricula with community awareness and vocational studies. Inclusive, yet individualized to fit each
students social, emotional, and academic needs. Please
see our ad on page 9.

SINAI Schools Rabbi Mark and Linda Karasick


Shalem High School at Torah Academy of Bergen
County

1600 Queen Anne Road


Teaneck, NJ 07666
201-862-0032
www.sinaischools.org
Ages: 14 to 21
Functional academic high school program preparing
students with developmental disabilities for rich and
productive adult lives. Integrates pragmatic Judaic and
secular curricula with community awareness and vocational studies. Inclusive, yet individualized to fit each
students social, emotional, and academic needs. Please
see our ad on page 9.

Religious Schools

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Contact Donald Callwood, Director, at:
tel: (201) 543-4690

email: dkcallwood@bricks4kidz.com

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web-site: www.bricks4kidz.com/calldon

The Jewish Community Center of Paramus/


Congregation Beth Tikvah

304 East Midland Ave. (corner Spring Valley Road)


Paramus, NJ 07652

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Ages: 4-13
The award-winning Hebrew School provides outstanding educational opportunities to children, 4 to 13. K-2 Sunday School
offers basic knowledge on Shabbat, holidays, Torah stories, Israel, and mitzvot.
3rd to 7th grade children attend twice a
week. Learning methods include activities in a computer lab. Individual tutoring is available to those who need extra
encouragement. The curriculum includes
prayer, Bible, Israel and Holocaust studies;
Jewish values, holiday celebration, family
programs, trips and special activities. The
school and the cantor prepare the children
for bnai mitzvah that can be celebrated in
either a Traditional or Egalitarian service
Sunday Specials is free monthly program
for those 4 to 7, followed by a four-week
Taste of Hebrew School mini-session.
Please see our ad on page 13.

Temple Beth Sholom Religious School

228 New Hempstead Road


New City, NY 10956
845-638-0770
religiousscholl@TBS Rockland.org
Grades: K through 12/Ages: 5 to 18
Temple Beth Sholom Religious School is
located in New City, Rockland County,
N.Y. Our objective and most important
goal is to develop a powerful and strong
sense of Jewish community in our children. Please see our ad on page 17.

Sports
Bloom Yoga

3-20 River Road


Fair Lawn, NJ 07410
201-203-0791
www.bloomyoganj.com
Ages: 4 months to adult
Located in the heart of downtown Fair
Lawn, Bloom Yoga offers all levels of
adult and childrens Hatha yoga classes.
This exercise focuses on breathing while
moving the body through specific asanas
(poses), leading to physical, mental and
spiritual wellbeing. The benefits of yoga
are endless improved flexibility, advanced whole body strength, enhanced
posture, strong sense of balance and
improved breathing while alleviating
stress are just a few of the benefits of this

Winter continued from page 17


cubes wont melt so you can stick them
in the freezer and have the hunt all over
again.
7. Skating on thin ice. If there is snow
on the ground and its below freezing,
create a backyard ice skating rink. Place
tarp over the snow and hold down the
edges with a mound of snow or a few
bricks. Fill several buckets with water
(you dont need much), pour it over the
tarp and let it freeze. When a thin layer
of ice forms, put on your boots or sneakers and have a family skate.
8 Frolicking fitness tag. It doesnt
have to be warm outside to play tag.
With this version base isnt an object,
its an activity. Players run around and

beautiful practice. All classes at Bloom


are taught by highly skilled instructors
that add their own personal touch and
use a Vinyasa flow style of teaching by
incorporating the breath, movement and
meditation. Yoga is a practice that can
be enjoyed by everyone, at all ages. We
welcome beginners to start their journey
with us and experts to hone in on their
craft. Bloom will always have an array of
classes available for you and your family. Winter Session Starts January 12th.
Please see our ad on page 17.

Bounce U of Paramus

The Ultimate Party and Play Experience


70 Eisenhower Drive
Paramus, NJ 07470
201-843-5880
www.BounceU.com/Paramus
Ages: Preschool to Adult
Voted #1 Best Place to have a Kids
Party & #1 Best Kids Fun Place 2014
Bounce U is a party place for families and
friends to share memories that will last a
lifetime. All parties and events completely PRIVATE for you and your guests. 2
Giant bounce stadiums. 10 incredible inflatables. Plus the new Lightspace game
wall! Cosmic Bounce-Glow parties. Check
out our open bounce and preschool playdate schedule online. Kosher available.
Please see our ad on page 11.

Fritz Dietl Ice Rink

639 Broadway
Westwood, NJ 07675
www.fritzdietlicerink.com
Ages: All
Established in 1958 by Austrian born
Fritz Dietl, a renowned figure skating star
and coach, the ice rink offers a cozy and
comfortable skating environment. It is
the birthplace and home of the New Jersey Figure Skating Club. Please see our ad
on page 20.

Ice Vault Skating Arena

10 Nevins Drive
Wayne, NJ
973-628-1500
www.icevault.com
Ages: All
The Ice Vault has various activities for
kids of all ages. Public sessions, hockey
clinics, hockey teams, figure skating, freestyle, Learn to Skate programs. Birthday parties are also available. Please see
our ad on page 11.

avoid being tagged by performing a simple, predetermined exercise such as ten


jumping jacks, fifteen squats or twenty
hops on one foot. Set the rules prior to
the game. And dont let the snow stop
you. Running around in it will add resistance and increase your heart rate.
9. Cold war capers. A fun thing to do
in the snow is play tug of war. Dig parallel
trenches that are three- to four-feet long
and mound up the snow in the middle.
Divide your family into two teams then
have each team stand in a line perpendicular to the mound on either side of
the snow. The first team to pull their opponent into the snow bank wins.
Denise Morrison Yearian is the former editor
of two parenting magazines and the mother
of three children.

EXPERIENCE
THE POWER
OF YOGA!
Services Offered:

Morning, Evening & Weekend Classes Yoga For All Levels & Ages
Mommy & Me Yoga Classes Childrens Music Classes
Themed Birthday Parties Private Yoga/Training

Winter Session Starts January 12th


(10-week session)

Check out our schedule online


www.bloomyoganj.com

Gift
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Available

13-20 River Road Fair Lawn 201-203-0791

Temple Beth Sholom

$10 OFF
Birthday
Parties
Expires 1/15/15

$5 OFF

All Kids Classes


10 Week Sessions
Expires 1/15/15

228 New Hempstead Road


New City, NY 10956
view our school slide shows at

www.tbsrockland.org

TBS Religious School


Dynamic Reform Jewish Education
Learn Torah, Jewish values, the Jewish holiday cycle, Hebrew
language and Jewish history
Learn in an exciting, nurturing and creative environment
Learn with our clergy, who actively participate in our program
Call Marilyn Fellows, Educ. Director at 845-638-0770
religiousschool@tbsrockland.org

The Nursery School at TBS

Learning with Love......


Baby Steps our Mommy & Me program
Toddlers 3 days learning as we play
3 Year Old Programs 3 or 5 day program.
Busy Hands, Magical Mondays, Little Scientists,
& Little Chefs enrichment options.
4 Year Old Programs 5 days with Brain Train
small group learning program. Explorers &
Afternoon Adventures enrichment options.
Stories, puppets & songs with Rabbi Leiken. Shabbat music with Cantor Anna

Call Lori Scott, NS Director at 845-638-0830


nurseryschool@tbsrockland.org

www.jstandard.com
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Homey Classics Get a Makeover


to Help a New Year, New Healthier You
RAC H E L H A R K H A M

s sure as the gelt wrappers, which litter the


surface during the eight
days of Chanukah. As certain
as the sweet and savory fried
treats served to honor the miracle of the oil. And as guaranteed as the convivial holiday/
New Years parties replete with goodies of all kinds, January happens. And
with it comes the aftermath of all that
delicious fun. Maybe your clothes feel a
little snug? Perhaps you just feel uncomfortably bloated? It might be time for an

eating overhaul something


a little more wholesome and
light.
Even a cursory Internet
search yields panoply of
cleanse recipes and cures for
the seasons overindulgence.
A cleanse is one way to yank
yourself away from the overladen and under-balanced
buffet table mode of eating. But if you
prefer to ease into a routine of healthconscious consumption without sacrificing the flavor and enjoyment and
lets be honest, comfort of good food
to satisfy you this winter, here are a few

recipes that make over homey classics


in a restrained and wholesome manner.
Cauliflower Macaroni and Cheese:
This version still retains the gooey,
creamy, cheesey characteristics of the
kind of macaroni and cheese you want to
eat. Slightly mashed cauliflower florets
are tossed in for extra texture that only
enhances the creaminess of the dish.
Whole-wheat pasta adds some nutty flavor, and the whole-wheat bread crumbs
on top crisp up nicely in the oven, adding even more texture and toasty flavor.
Mixed together with lowfat mozzarella,
low-fat milk, low-fat sour cream, it results in a dish full of flavor and enjoyable

texture.
Hoisin-Glazed Turkey Meatloaf: Using ground turkey instead of beef, lends
a lighter feeling to this home-style favorite. Swapping out leftover rice for breadcrumbs makes it gluten free. And the
hoisin-mustard glaze gives this recipe its
sweet-savory profile.
Lemon Tahini Cole Slaw: Just when
you need some fresh greens with a bit of
bite. The lemon tahini dressing is thick,
rich and creamy, and coats the cabbage
and parsley and chopped scallions with
tangy and nutty flavor. And it is full of
good-for-you monounsaturated fat in the
form of tahini and olive oil.

Cole Slaw
small red cabbage (about 3 cups),
thinly sliced or shaved
small green cabbage (about 3
cups), thinly sliced or shaved
Bunch of thinly sliced scallions
(about cup)
cup fresh chopped parsley

Cauliflower Macaroni & Cheese


1 head of cauliflower, leaves
and tough stems removed, cut
into florets
cup low-fat milk
cup low-fat sour cream
2 cups reduced fat mozzarella
cheese
8 ounces whole-grain elbow
macaroni (about half a box/
package)
Salt and pepper
cup fresh whole wheat bread
crumbs (about 2 slices of
bread)
1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil
Preheat oven to 350F. Either
steam or boil the cauliflower
florets, until they are tender
but still have some firmness to
them, about 7 to 8 minutes.
Place cooked cauliflower in a
medium sized pot or saucepan.
With a potato masher or a large
fork break down cauliflower

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until a rough texture results.


Pour milk into the cauliflower,
cook on medium heat until the
milk starts to bubble, mix in
the sour cream, and then stir
in shredded mozzarella by the
handful until it melts.
In another pot prepare macaroni according to package
directions. Combine the drained
macaroni to the cauliflower mixture, salt and pepper to taste,
and mix well.
Pour cauliflower macaroni
and cheese into a Pyrex casserole dish (8x 8). Sprinkle
the whole-wheat breadcrumbs
evenly on top, and drizzle with
olive oil. Place in oven for 15
minutes or until the breadcrumbs gets crispy and golden
brown.
Makes 4 to 6 servings.

Hoisin-Glazed Turkey Meatloaf


2 pounds ground turkey
1 cup leftover rice
1 bunch of sliced scallions (about
cup)
1 egg, lightly beaten
teaspoon grated fresh ginger,
optional
1 teaspoon sesame oil
cup hoisin sauce
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
Preheat oven to 375F. In a large
bowl mix together turkey, rice, sliced
scallions, beaten eggs, ginger, if
using, and sesame oil. The best way
to mix is with your hands.

Shape mixture into a loaf and place


in a baking pan. Place in oven.
In a small bowl combine hoisin
sauce and Dijon mustard. After the
meatloaf has been cooking in oven
for approximately 20 minutes, take
it out and pour the hoisin-Dijon
sauce over the meatloaf. Return
to the oven and cook for another
30-35 minutes, or until the center
is cooked through and is no longer
pink.
Makes 8 servings.

Tahini- Lemon Dressing


cup tahini
1 tablespoon sesame oil
3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 to 2 teaspoons honey or sugar
1 to 2 teaspoons garlic powder
cup extra-virgin olive oil
Dash (or two or three) hot sauce
Salt and pepper
Combine and toss cole slaw ingredients in a large bowl.
In a jar with a screw top lid, vigorously mix together tahini, sesame
oil, lemon juice, honey or sugar and
garlic powder. Once well combined,
drizzle in olive oil, give a few more
solid shakes. Season to taste with
hot sauce, salt and pepper.
Pour evenly over cole slaw and toss
to cover flavorfully.
Makes 4-6 servings.

Rachel Harkham is a food writer, recipe developer and chocolatier. She lives in Rockland County with her family.
Visit her at www.reciperachel.com.

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1. Ben Porat Yosef Early Childhood students had a great time


learning how to make olive oil during a recent visit from the Living
Legacy Chanukah Olive Oil Factory. From squeezing the olives, to
acting out the Chanukah story and lighting the chanukiah, they
became real Chanukah experts.

5. Its a wrap! Every year in fact the Valley Chabad Hebrew School
holds its annual Chanukah Gift Wrap event where each student
brings their own gift to wrap for a child in need. The program,
under the leadership of Tara Merson and Hindy Drizin, is an
opportunity for the youngsters to share and do a mitzvah.

2. Students in bergenPACs Performing Arts School classes at the


Bergen County YJCC in the Township of Washington were busy
in rehearsal preparing for their Winter Acting Showcase. The
elementary school-age children have been participating Creative
Theater and Musical Theater Kids programs taught by Rebecca
Sonia.

6. The children of prachim classroom in Gan Aviv, Bergenfield are


preparing latkes with Morah Marta in preparation for Chanukah.

3. The Pre-K class at Temple Sinai Early Childhood Center in


Tenafly was busy getting ready for the upcoming holiday. They
made their own personalized chanukiyahs (menorahs) to use on
eight-day holiday of Chanukah.
4. On the day before Thanksgiving, the Kindergarten students at
the Academies at Gerrard Berman Day School in Oakland took
to the stage. They performed the Bone Button Borscht for
an audience of parents and grandparents. Based on the story
Stone Soup by Robert Moser, the play involves beggars who
surreptitiously unite the community by inviting them to provide
ingredients for a communal meal.

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7. Pascack Valley Chabads public menorahs can be seen in almost


every township and borough throughout the Pascack Valley and
Saddle river communities. This year Valley Chabad will celebrate
40 years of public menorah lightings with lightings in Allendale,
River Vale, Woodcliff Lake, and for the first time in Westwood.
The large public menorahs will be lit and followed by community
celebrations on Chanukah attended by officials and featuring
dancing, singing, music food, including hot latkes, hot chocolate,
chocolate gelt and donuts.
8. Along with their teachers, Morah Shira and Morah Kayla, Glen
Rock Jewish Centers AM Kindergarten Enrichment class got
creative and baked cinnamon ginger muffins. They smelled and
tasted great. Mmm, mmm, good!

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Rabbi Gerald Chirnomas

TRAINED AT & CERTIFIED BY HADASSAH HOSPITAL, JERUSALEM


CERTIFIED BY THE CHIEF RABBINATE OF JERUSALEM

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SPENCER BARONFELD

OWEN KARPF

Spencer Baronfeld, son of Laurie and


Eric Baronfeld of Wyckoff and brother of
Olivia, celebrated becoming a bar mitzvah on Dec. 6 at Temple Beth Rishon in
Wyckoff.

Owen Karpf, son of Alison Karpf and Jeff


Karpf of Ridgewood and brother of Alex,
Brett, and William, celebrated becoming a bar mitzvah on Dec. 13 at Temple
Beth Rishon in Wyckoff.

JACOB BREITKOPF

ALISON KIRK

Jacob Breitkopf, son of Andrea and


Stuart Breitkopf of Fair Lawn and brother of Sydney, celebrated becoming a
bar mitzvah on Dec. 13 at the Fair Lawn
Jewish Center/Congregation Bnai Israel.

Alison Kirk, daughter of Dr. Lisa Stevens


and Francis Kirk of Ridgewood and sister
of Kayla, celebrated becoming a bat
mitzvah on Dec. 13 at Temple Beth Or in
Washington Township.

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300 Knickerbocker Rd Cresskill


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Fencing Princess Dance and more age 2-1/2 to adults

Dance Acting Musical Theater Voice Choreography

639 Broadway, Westwood


Call for times 201-666-9883
Rink Desk 201-664-9812
www.FritzDietlRink.com

Edward Harrison Landzberg son of Kim


and Brian Landzberg and brother of
Zachary and Renee, celebrated becoming a bar mitzvah on Nov. 29 at Temple
Sinai of Bergen County in Tenafly. As as
mitzvah project, he spent several weeks
visiting elderly patients in the hospital
and raised money for the Israel Defense
Forces (IDF).

JARED COHN
DANIELLE COHN

TYLER MOLNAR
Tyler Molnar, son of Melissa and Jeffrey
Molnar of Haskell and brother of Abigail,
11, Logan, 7 and Lucas, 7, celebrated
becoming a bar mitzvah on Nov. 15 at
Barnert Temple in Franklin Lakes.

MAYA ROTMAN
Maya Rotman, daughter of Reuben
Rotman and Devorah Silverman of
Teaneck and sister of Dalia and Zachary,
celebrated becoming a bat mitzvah on
Nov. 29 at Congregation Beth Sholom in
Teaneck.

RYAN WEITZNER
Ryan Weitzner, son of Andrea and
Michael Weitzner of Cresskill, celebrated
becoming a bar mitzvah on Dec. 6 at
Temple Beth El of Northern Valley in
Closter.

Jared and Danielle Cohn, twin children


of Debra and Jeff Cohn of Oakland
and siblings of Joshua, 16, celebrated
becoming bnai mitzvah on Nov. 22 at
Barnert Temple in Franklin Lakes.

MAYA GOODMAN
Maya Goodman, daughter of Debbie and
Simon Goodman of Teaneck and sister
of Talia and Alex, celebrated becoming a
bat mitzvah on Dec. 13 at Congregation
Beth Sholom in Teaneck.

DANIELLE LANE
Danielle Lane, daughter of Jill and
Richard Lane of Woodcliff Lake and
sister of Justin and Jordan, celebrated
becoming a bat mitzvah on Dec. 13 at
Temple Emanuel of the Pascack Valley in
Woodcliff Lake.

SARAH LIBOV
Sarah Libov, daughter of Hillary and
Howard Libov of Ridgewood, celebrated
becoming a bat mitzvah on Dec. 6 at
Temple Beth Or in Washington Township.

MAXIMILLIAN HEYMANN
Maximillian Heymann, son of Satu and
Gary Heymann of Pearl River, N.Y., and
brother of Alex, celebrated becoming
a bar mitzvah on Dec. 13 at Temple
Emanuel of the Pascack Valley in
Woodcliff Lake.

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CO M P I L E D BY H E I D I M A E B RAT T

Sid The Science Kid


Comes to bergenPAC
Sid the Science Kid, the popular PBS
Kids television show, comes to the Bergen
Performing Arts Center in a show on
Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015. Young and old
audience members will be delighted as
Sid, May, Gabriela and Gerald discover the
excitement and curiosities of the world.
With mysteries to explain and wonders to
discover, Sid and his friends set off on a day
of excitement and adventure, asking curi-

ous questions and finding answers. Teacher


Susie is along to keep the music flowing as
they explore the world around them with
audience interactive activities, cooperative
problem solving and lots of laughs. Sid The
Science Kid, Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015 at 2
and 5 p.m. bergenPAC, 30 North Brunt
St., Englewood, 201-227-1030, www.
bergenpac.org.

SATs Plus More


at Y2 Academy
A whopping 400-point increase or a minimum score of 2200 on the SATs is a guaranteed result of the rigorous prep course for the standardized exam, an admissions
requirement for many colleges, says Farah Ramezanzadeh, owner of Y2 Academy in
Tenafly. Y2 Academy is a tutoring center for all subjects, and is currently offering an
intensive 12-day SAT Winter Camp from Dec. 20 to Dec. 31, in which students study and
learn winning techniques for the SATs. The Winter Camp runs from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.
daily and students lodge at the Double Tree Hotel in Fort Lee. (A non-lodging option is
also available.) We are so sure of this program that we give this kind of a guarantee,
says Ramezanzadeh, a longtime educator who opened the franchise about two years
ago. Courses are taught throughout the year and tailored to individual needs, she says.
Y2 Academy, 20 Washington St., Tenafly. 201-660-1100. www.y2academy.com.

Helena Rubinstein:
Beauty Is Power
This is the first museum exhibition to explore the ideas, innovations, and
enduring influence of the legendary cosmetics entrepreneur Helena
Rubinstein (1872-1965). Rubinstein rose from humble origins in small-town
Jewish Poland to become a global icon and the head of a worldwide cosmetics empire. She was the first modern self-made female magnate, an avatar of
entrepreneurship and a tastemaker of art, fashion, and design. For younger
visitors who see the exhibition at The Jewish Museum, the museum has
included in its literature a family guide that allows them to see and explore
the show through their own young perspective. And what a great thing it is for
girls who learn that Rubinstein wasnt just about rouge and lipstick and
for boys to learn. The Jewish Museum,1109 Fifth Ave., Manhattan. 212-4233200, www.thejewishmuseum.org.

Fathers at the Helm


of Parenting Conference
Calling all dads and moms working and stay-at-home. Hear the latest from
experts on how to be great parents and raise happy, healthy kids at the 92Ys
3rd annual Parenting Conference, Why Fathers Matter. The conference on
Sunday, Jan. 25, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., will include topics such as: at-home
dads: what do breadwinning moms really think? Juggling dads: finding time for
work, family and play; parenting partnerships and the science of fatherhood.
Psychologist and author, Dr. Michael Thompston and author Paul Raeburn will be
among the featured speakers. Parenting Conference, 92 StY, 1395 Lexington
Ave., Manhattan. 212-415-5611, www.92y.org.

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The Good Life With Kids

JANUARY

To Our Readers: To Our Readers: This calendar is a day-by-day schedule of events. Although all information is as timely as we can make it, its a
good idea to call to verify details before you go.

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Friday, December 19
Tot Shabbat in Franklin Lakes: Tot Shabbat
and pizza dinner starting at 5:30 p.m. Barnert
Temple, 747 Route 208 South, Franklin Lakes. To
sign up, 201-848-1800.
Family Chanukah Service: Temple Emanuel of
the Pascack Valley is holding a family Chanukah
service and concert starting at 7 p.m. Open to
all. 87 Overlook Drive, Woodcliff Lake. 201-3910801, www.tepv.org.

Saturday, December 20
Chanukah in Leonia: Congregation Adas Emuno
will light an outdoor community menorah at 7
p.m. followed by a havdallah service. Latkes,
donuts and other treats will follow. 254 Broad
Ave., Leonia. 201-592-1712, www.adasemuno.org.
Winter Talent Showcase: Black Box Studios
holds its annual Winter Talent Showcase at
Temple Emeth, 1666 Windsor Road, Teaneck at
8:30 p.m. Free admission. 201-567-6664 or
email matt@blackboxnynj.com.

Sunday, December 21
Hot Peas N Butter Concert: Shake and sizzle to
the multicultural music and contagious rhythms
of Hot Peas N Butter. The bands wonderful mix
of Puerto Rican folk music to American blues
will get everyone moving. 11:30 a.m. The Jewish
Museum, 1109 Fifth Ave., Manhattan. 212-4343200. www.thejewishmuseum.org.
Chanukah Concert at Temple Emanuel of the
Pascack Valley: Performance starts at 10:15 with
Matty Roxx and a special guest appearance by
Cantor Biddelman for ages pre-school through
3rd grade. Light refreshments served. Free. 87
Overlook Drive, Woodcliff Lake. 201-391-0801.
www.tepv.org.
Bubbling Chanukah Party: The Chabad Center
hosts a Bubbling Chanukah Party featuring a
lighting of a grand bubble gum menorah, show
by Jeff The Bubble Guy and bubbling food. From
2:30 to 4:30 p.m. The Chabad Center, 194
Ratzer Road, Wayne. 973-694-6274 or chanig@
optonline.net.

Monday, December 22
Babyccino/Mommy and Me: The Chabad Center
of Passaic County hosts babyccino sessions from
10 to 10:45 a.m. For babies newborn to 30
months old. Classes at the lower level of The
Chabad Center, 194 Ratzer Road, Wayne. 973694-6274.

Tuesday, December 23
YJCC Vacation Camp: Youngsters from kindergarten through eighth grade can come to the
YJCC from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. starting with a pancake breakfast, a trip to Bounce! Trampoline in
Valley Cottage then back to the Y for lunch and
afternoon activities. The YJCC is located at 605
Pascack Road, Township of Washington. Wendy
Fox 201-666-6610, ext. 5820, wfox@yjcc.org .

Wednesday, December 24
Chabad Winter Camp: Mad science show,
dance, drama, arts and crafts and more. 9:30
a.m. to 1 p.m. $25 a day. Lunch served. Ages 2

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Chugginton Live. See Friday, January 30


to 11. The Chabad Center of Passaic County, 194
Ratzer Road, Wayne. 973-694-6274
Bossy Frog Band: Academies at Gerrard Berman
Day School invites children ages 2 to 7 to celebrate Chanukah with the Bossy Frog Band songs
and activities 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Free admission.
201-337-1111, gbds@ssnj.org. Academies at
Gerrard Berman Day School, Solomon Schechter
of North Jersey, 45 Spruce Street, Oakland, NJ
07436, www.ssnj.org.

p.m. $25 a day. Lunch served. Ages 2 to 11. The


Chabad Center of Passaic County, 194 Ratzer
Road, Wayne. 973-694-6274

Tuesday, December 30
Chabad Winter Camp: Mad science show, dance,
drama, arts and crafts and more. 9:30 a.m. to 3
p.m. $25 a day. Lunch served. Ages 2 to 11. The
Chabad Center of Passaic County, 194 Ratzer
Road, Wayne. 973-694-6274

Thursday, December 25

Friday, January 2

Oran Etkin at the Jewish Museum: From the


music of Africa to klezmer and jazz, Oran Etkins
performances thrill audiences. Shows at 11:30
a.m. and 2 p.m. The Jewish Museum, 1109
Fifth Ave., Manhattan. 212-434-3200. www.
thejewishmuseum.org.
Summer Camp for the Day: The Bergen County
YJCC invites all for a summer camp theme from 9
a.m. to 2 p.m. This free day includes yoga, winter
booty camp, PJ Library Storybook Theater, crafts
a scavenger hunt and more. The YJCC at 605
Pascack Road, Township of Washington. 201666-6610.

Temple Emeth Family Services: Family Shabbat


Services at Temple Emeth, 1666 Windsor Road in
Teaneck 7:30 p.m. 201-833-1322, www.emeth.
org.

Friday, December 26

Temple Emanuel Playgroup: Newborns to


12 months and parents. From 10:15 to 11:15
a.m. Temple Emanuel of the Pascack Valley, 87
Overlook Drive, Woodcliff Lake. 201-391-8329,
lisa@tepv.org.

YJCC Vacation Camp: Youngsters from kindergarten through eight grade can come to the YJCC
from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. starting with breakfast, and
then a pizza lunch at Bounce U then back to the Y
for afternoon activities. The YJCC is located at 605
Pascack Road, Township of Washington. Wendy Fox
201-666-6610, ext. 5820, wfox@yjcc.org.

Sunday, December 28
Family Art Project: Create your year hello
2015. Use Wave Hill-inspired images to create a
calendar for the New Year. Wave Hill House. 10
a.m. to 1 p.m. Free with admission. Wave Hill, W.
249th St., Bronx, NY. 718-549-3200.

Monday, December 29
Chabad Winter Camp: Mad science show, dance,
drama, arts and crafts and more. 9:30 a.m. to 3

Thursday, January 8
Temple Emanuel Story Time: For children ages
2-5 with an adult. Temple Emanuel 11:15 to noon.
Free but registration required. Temple Emanuel of
the Pascack Valley, 87 Overlook Drive, Woodcliff
Lake, 201-391-8329, amy@tepv.org.

Friday, January 9

Friday, January 16
Shabbat Yachad: Temple Emanuel of the
Pascack Valley holds Shabbat Yachad at 8 p.m.,
a warm, soulful and musical evening of song and
prayer. 87 Overlook Drive, Woodcliff Lake. 201391-0801.
Tot Shabbat in Franklin Lakes: Tot Shabbat and
pizza dinner at Barnert Temple starting at 5:30
p.m. Pre-readers are invited to this family-friendly
service. Barnert Temple, 747 Route 208 South,
Franklin Lakes. 201-848-1800, www.barnerttemple.org.

Saturday, January 17
Grand Opening of Ridgewood Kidville: Kidville,
a space for young children to learn, play and grow
through developmental classes, birthday parties
and more, holds its grand opening. Kidville, 38
Oak St., Ridgewood. 973-869-9608

Thursday, January 22
Temple Emanuel Story Time: For children ages
2-5 with an adult. Temple Emanuel 11:15 to noon.
Free but registration required. Temple Emanuel of
the Pascack Valley, 87 Overlook Drive, Woodcliff
Lake, 201-391-8329, amy@tepv.org.

Friday, January 23
Temple Emanuel Playgroup: Newborns to
12 months and parents. From 10:15 to 11:15
a.m. Temple Emanuel of the Pascack Valley, 87
Overlook Drive, Woodcliff Lake. 201-391-8329,
lisa@tepv.org.

Sunday, January 25
Sid the Science Kid: Bergen Performing Arts
Center in Englewood presents Sid The Science
Kid Live at 2 and 5 p.m. The popular PBS Kids
television character comes to life on stage. bergenPAC, 30 North Van Brunt St., Englewood. For
tickets, 201-227-1030, www.ticketmaster.com,
www.bergenpac.org.
3rd Annual 92Y Parenting Conference: Why
Fathers Matter: Creating Successful Parenting
Partnerships. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Hear the very latest from experts on how to raise happy, healthy
children. 92 Street Y, 1395 Lexington Ave.,
Manhattan.

Friday, January 30
Chugginton Live: Chuggington Live! The Great
Rescue Adventure based on the popular Disney
Junior TV program, lets young fans and parents
experience the adventures of the Chuggington
trainees. 3 and 6 p.m. NJPAC, One Center St.,
Newark. www.njpac.org or 888-466-5722.

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Mini-Winter Camps to Keep


the Youngsters Busy
H E I D I M A E B RAT T
Vacation? Not exactly when youre still
at work and the children are on their
school break. Luckily, there are local options for day long, or a bit longer miniwinter camps that are educational, athletic or just plain fun.
The YJCC in the Township of Washington is offering a Vacation Camp on
Monday, Dec. 23 and on Thursday, Dec.
26. On Monday, youngsters from kindergarten through eighth grade can go to
the YJCC from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and start
the day off with a pancake breakfast, followed by a trip to Bounce Trampoline
in Valley Cottage then back to the Y afternoon activities. Two meals, breakfast and lunch are included. A similar
day is planned for Thursday, Dec. 26
from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. with an outing to
Bounce U. For more information, 201666-6610 or wfox@yjcc.org. The YJCC is
located at 605 Pascack Road, Township
of Washington.
The Chabad Center of Passaic County is offering Chabad Winter Camp on
Monday, Dec. 29 and Tuesday, Dec. 30
from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. and on Wednesday, Dec. 31 from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Camp will feature mad science show,
dance, drama, arts & crafts, games and
creative Jewish learning. For youngsters
2 to 11. The Chabad Center of Passaic
County is located at 194 Ratzer Road in
Wayne. For more information, 973-6946274, www.jewishwayne.com.
Valley Chabad is offering a week of

activities in its 2014 Winter Camp program for children 3 to 11 Valley Chabads
Winter Camp will take place from Monday, Dec. 29 through Friday, Jan. 2, from
9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. with before and after
care offered beginning at 8:30 a.m. and
running through 4 p.m. The camp will
take place at Temple Beth Shalom in
Park Ridge. Children will enjoy activities, including pizza parties, outings to
Billy Bees, Chuck E. Cheese, and cookie
and challah baking. Sibling discounts are
available. For more information 201-4760157, www.valleychabad.org/camp.
CMEK, a popular basketball camp is
offering four days in December including
Friday, Dec. 19 in Paramus, and Monday,
Dec. 22, Tuesday, Dec. 23 and Wednesday, Dec. 24 in Tenafly. Camp runs from 9
a.m. to 3 p.m. with early drop-off option.
Open to boys and girls, pre-K and older.
Players are divided into age and skill appropriate groups. Hot lunches available.
For more information, 201-927-3027,
CMEK123@aol.com, www.CMEK.com
A bit more distant, the New York
Aquarium in Coney Island, Brooklyn,
New York is offering a two-day mini camp
for children ages 6 through 8 to teach
them about the adaptations that marine
mammals have to survive the cold. Activities include games, crafts and animal
exhibit visits on Monday, Dec. 29 and
Tuesday, Dec. 30 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
For more information, www.nyaquarium.
com or 718-265-3457.

Summer Yiddish Program


for College Students
The Yiddish Book Center in Amherst,
Massachusetts, is now accepting applications for its 2015 Steiner Summer
Yiddish Program, an intensive sevenweek program for college students.
Now in its fourth decade, the
Steiner Summer Yiddish Program is
the Yiddish Book Centers flagship
education program. What began in the
early days of the Center as a practical internshipparticipants received
Yiddish instruction every morning
in exchange for afternoons spent unpacking and sorting books in a warehouseevolved over the years into a
renowned academic program, in which
students spend their days in Yiddish
language and culture classes as well as
taking part in cultural and social activities at the Center.

The Steiner Summer Yiddish Program offers a beginner track for students with no previous Yiddish experience and an intermediate track for
those who have completed one year of
Yiddish. All students accepted to the
program receive full-tuition scholarships. Intermediate students also receive free housing and a $1,000 stipend
in exchange for working on ongoing
projects at the Center. All participants
are eligible to receive college credits
through the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
The 2015 Steiner Summer Yiddish Program will run from June
7 to July 24. Applications are due
by February 10. For more information, visit yiddishbookcenter.org/
Steiner-summer-program.

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Children.

Moriah Leadership Honored


at Alumni Reunion
The Moriah School will be hosting the
Moriah Leadership and Alumni Reunion
in celebration and in dedication of the
new Rabbi J. Shelley Applbaum Library
and Technology Center. The reunion will
take place on Saturday, Jan.10 at the Moriah campus in Englewood at 8 p.m.
Recognition will go to presidents
and board chairs of Moriah including:
Max Grobow zl, Ralph Warburg, Norman Oppenheimer zl, Seymour Bernstein, Gerald Wolf zl, Debbie Indyk, Dr.
Kenneth Prager, Melvin Lubin, Stanley
Turitz, Victor Weinman, David Lew zl,
Nahum Twersky, Marvin I. Benkler zl,
Herbert Speiser, Ilan Kaufthal, Alan Jacobs, Rella Feldman, Dov Schwartz, Dan-

iel Straus, Morris Bienenfeld, Moshael


Straus, Jeffrey Parker, Nathan Lindenbaum, Sam Moed, Michael Goldsmith
and Jeremy Schwalbe. A special tribute
to these leaders will also take place at
the annual dinner on Feb. 28.
Also
honored will be Diane Wolf, the Moriah
School librarian for the past 34 years
and a founding member of MAP among
others. For more information on The
Moriah School or the Moriah Leadership Alumni Reunion in celebration and
in dedication of the new Rabbi J. Shelley Applbaum Library and Technology
Center, 201-567-0208, nlazarus@moriahschool.org. To register for the reunion,
www.moriahleadershipevent.org.

973-661-9368

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