Thursday, March 30, 2023


Four Cups for Four Types

Every year families all over the world unite to enjoy the seder. While calling all members of the family together may feel like the ingathering of the exiles, it is the laughter and discussion held around the table that all will remember for years to come.

Many households are made up of


Pesach-Fun Workshop: Learning How to Make Seders Fun at Beth Aaron

Teaneck—Look around in the weeks before the Passover holiday and you will find a multitude of books and articles suggesting ways to stimulate discussion at the Seder. Now, that’s great for the adults, but if you try this with most kids, the Red Sea will come crashing down on you.


Jamie Geller Helps Women Prepare for Pesach

Livingston—With “Passover on the brain,” cookbook author and media personality Jamie Geller held a demonstration and tasting of recipes from her latest cookbook, “Joy of Kosher: Fast, Fresh Family Meals.”

The program was held at the Synagogue at the Suburban Torah Center and


Updating Your Passover Menu

The Passover story doesn’t change from year to year but your menu can. Although we derive comfort from holiday traditions, a little innovation adds a spark to our celebrations. Kosher wines are now winning awards for their quality and Passover dining has progressed into gourmet


Tax Tips: The Gift Tax

A young woman brings home her fiance to meet her parents. After dinner, the mother tells her husband to find out about the young man. The father invites the fiance to his study for a drink.

“So what are your plans?” the father asks the young man.

“I am


Ordered Freedom

Imagine if someone called you a week before Pesach and said: “We were wondering if we could invite you to join us at our order?” How would it sound if your spouse announced on Pesach’s first evening that, “Everyone, please come to the table so that we can begin the order!”

Of the many names


“Old School” Summer Community Serves Up. Sports and Shabbat

As real estate prices in the Hudson Valley, Catskills and beyond continue to creep skyward, Pine Lake Park, located in nearby Northern Westchester, offers a surprisingly affordable and retro summer escape. The 65-unit, 50-acre summer coop community is situated around a well-maintained


Metrowest JCC First JFit Challenge a Huge Success

West Orange—Metrowest JCC’s first ever JFIT Challenge has come to a close. JFit, a 10-week weight loss competition featuring seven teams and 55 members, was a tremendous success for all participants. The winners, both team and individual, were presented with their awards on Sunday, March 15. The winning team lost a


The “New” SAT

This is the last of four articles on this topic.

Over the past 18 years that I have prepared students for the SAT; I have developed an extensive relationship with many of the top SAT tutors both in this area as well as across the US. It has enabled me to share in the release of all the current


To Test or Not to Test...

How do we measure student progress? How do we measure effective teaching? How do we calculate a student’s commitment to Jewish values? How do we grade davening or positive attitudes toward Judaism? How accurate are report card grades? Do they measure ability to think and reason or just memorization skills?


Ohel's Sib-Atone Supports Girls Who Have Special Needs Siblings

The Sibshops Sibatone, a weekend retreat exclusively for teen girls who have a sibling with a disability, took place this year in Lakewood.  All of the teen girls, plus a group of incredible and dedicated facilitators, stayed together in the Bnos Chaim Seminary dorm for a Shabbos of fun, inspiration, camaraderie and relaxation.


Israeli Elections and the Status Quo

I’ve written before about my love for Israel, my relationship with the Holy Land, and my feelings towards some of what happens there. I’ve always stood on the side of Israel and what it stands for. And what I’m writing now is no different in that respect…even if it’s a bit different in other ways. For once I am not holding up

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