Thursday, July 16, 2020

New Jersey

Using Positive Psychology to Thrive

The Beatles were on to something when they famously sang about getting by with a little help from their friends. But we can do more than just get by, we can thrive—with a little help from mental health professionals who

Women From Former Soviet Union Visit Mikvah

Recently, a Jewish group of women from Odessa, Ukraine, under the direction of Rabbi Avrahom Wolff and his wife, Chana, emissaries of the Lubavitcher Rebbe, visited Lubavitch Headquarters in Brooklyn, New York, and went to the Rebbe’s holy resting place—the Ohel—to pray. They then made a trip to our state-of-the-art “Bat Sheva Chaya Esther Mikvah” and were


West Orange Synagogues Honor Crossing Guard

This Shabbat, at a synagogue in West Orange, people will come together to celebrate a milestone 13 years in the making—and it’s not a bar mitzvah. Members of Congregation Ohr Torah, an Orthodox synagogue, and B’nai Shalom, a Conservative synagogue, will gather after morning services for a Kiddush honoring David Irby. He has spent nearly every Shabbat morning for


Bill Murray Visits Ice Cream on Grand

The mega-celebrity and star of timeless hits like Ghostbusters, Caddyshack, Groundhog Day and What About Bob?, Bill Murray recently visited Ice Cream on Grand, the popular Englewood ice cream store, for a cone of cherry vanilla. We hope that if Bill ever finds himself stuck in a time warp and living each day over and over, he can at least look for-ward to that


BERGEN NEWSBRIEFS September 1, 2016

Kaplen JCC on the Palisades Offers Individual Voice Coaching and Lessons for Ages 5+

Serious young actors who would like to work on monologues for professional auditions or on audition scenes for films, plays and television, can take private or semi-private coaching at the School of Performing Arts at the


Breaking My Silence: A Kidney Donor Speaks Up

You’re at Starbucks during your lunch break when you realize you’ve forgotten your wallet at your desk. Feeling embarrassed, you turn to the coworker standing behind you on line and reluctantly ask, “Do you mind paying for my coffee today?

”If asking a friend to buy you a coffee can feel utterly embarrassing and uncomfortable, imagine the discomfort for


More Than Just Your Typical Summer Campor

Most kids dream about summer vacation. Summer is a magical time when kids get to be kids again. They can play, get messy, shout, laugh, cheer, explore, experiment and be free.

But for kids who have siblings with special needs, summertime can be stressful because of the extra attention and care their siblings with special needs require. It’s tricky


Out of the Shadows: Caring for Kids Disfigured by Burn Injuries

Sam Davis, founder of Burn Advocates Network (BAN), a Teaneck-based non profit that provides rehabilitation and recreation for burn victims around the world, plans to bring a kosher therapeutic burn camp to the US. It will be modeled on Camp Sababa, Israel’s first and only burn camp, located in Kfar Galim, a village outside of Haifa, also founded by BAN in 2009,


OHEL’s Retreat Provides Inspiration and Renewal

This past week, OHEL’s Adult Mental Health Services (AMHS) went on a three-day retreat to Bushkill Inn, in the Poconos. Over 120 individuals and staff participated in the trip, all of whom live in an OHEL residence or in OHEL’s supported housing and apartment programs.

While trip participants have significant psychiatric disabilities, through the help of


Let’s Get It Done Now!

Several months ago I was shopping with my husband and dear friend who doubles as my personal shopper/decorator. We were specifically looking for a piece of artwork for our dining room since there is one wall that was screaming for help. Our friend had done some pre-shopping reconnoitering (not in the military sense but in the “to do a reconnaissance of...” sense.


Mekudeshet 2016 to Highlight Identity and Sanctity Through Art

Jerusalem—An unprecedented experimental festival taking place next month in Jerusalem will harness the Holy City’s timeless energy to inspire artists and other participants to transcend cultural and spiritual borders and unite in these troubling times.

Presented by The Jerusalem Season of Culture (JSOC), the Mekudeshet Festival, Sept. 4–23, will feature


Israeli NASCAR Driver Alon Day Gives Us Someone to Cheer On

In almost every sport there are examples of Jewish individuals being successful. Sandy Koufax and Hank Greenberg in baseball, Dolph Shayes in basketball and Max Baer in boxing are all athletes who reached the Hall of Fame in their respective sports. When it comes to Jewish sports executives, the list is so long that there is little point in even mentioning specific