Saturday, June 03, 2023


Refuat Hanefesh to Host FB Conversation Regarding Suicidal Ideation, Self-Harm and Addiction

Suicide. It is a scary word that no one wants to talk about. However, there is a suicide once every 16 minutes in America. Suicide occurs across all communities and age groups. Suicide rates are increasing among young people and it is now the second leading cause of death among individuals between the ages of 15 and 34. The Jewish community


Honing Inspiration

I am always amazed by airports. It’s incredible that from every gate throughout the terminals, planes depart for different places all over Earth. One gate off, and you can end up in Frankfurt instead of Honolulu, Istanbul instead of Tel Aviv.

Airports are designed to be a microcosm of its


The Potency of Symbolism

During this past week, I observed these scenarios unfurling in classrooms across RPRY. All represented opportunities for students to explicitly connect symbols with objects or ideas, mediated by supportive teachers.

A 2-year-old holds a block to her ear, talking on the phone to her friend.


Shorter School Days and the Jewish Day School Calendar

190p style="text-align: justify;">In early January, Rabbi Daniel Alter wrote a piece, “School Calender Wars” (January 4, 2018), discussing the push-pull struggle between various school populations about the open/closed days and other issues related to the day-school calendar. Two months ago, the SAR High School student newspaper, The Buzz, also featured


How to Break Through When You’re Stuck

“Begin somewhere; you cannot build a reputation on what you intend to do.” —Liz Smith

It happens to all of us, and often at the most inopportune times.

We know that we have work to do—a job to complete, a new project to launch, some loose ends to tie


The Beauty of Devotion

Living in such a young community as Bergenfield we are reminded daily of the fact that our youth is behind us. Funny that we never felt that way nor thought much about it until we moved here. Our friends were of various ages, many from the same generation as our children, and there was never a question as to whether or not one


Teaneck’s Dr. Sol Rosenberg Chases Lifelong Passions

Sol Rosenberg, D. Eng. Sci, was born as Shlomo Gelbard in Olkhovatka, Russia, near the Ukrainian border. He arrived on U.S. shores in December of 1947, at the age of 2½, with his widowed mother. Only decades later did Rosenberg discover that his father had tragically died in late 1944 while rescuing a fellow Jew


Rabbi Zushe Yosef Blech Is Remembered for His Impact on the Kosher Food World

Rabbi Zushe Yosef Blech, 64, a towering figure in the world of kashruth, passed away suddenly in late January. He is remembered as a kind, talented teacher, mentor and extraordinarily knowledgeable professional who, quite literally “wrote the book on kosher food production.”



Stuck in Traffic, Ruminating on the Detours and the Destination

I’m heavily dependent on my smartphone and the apps that continue to make my daily life a bit smoother. I’m on and off a host of social media apps. Kosher GPS, YidKit and Yummly have certainly gotten me out of some jams. With Purim right around the corner, Pinterest and Etsy are my newest best friends that can keep my theme on


Levie Family Spends Winter Break Helping in Houston

Yeshiva break often triggers an exodus from our surrounding communities to all sorts of attractive locations including Disney World, Caribbean islands and ski resorts. The Levie family had a different agenda this intersession that was somewhat outside the box. They decided to travel to Houston and offer


Tamarim Concierge Delivers in Israel

(Courtesy of Tamarim Concierge)With Purim fast approaching once again Tamarim Concierge and their online Mishloach Manot Shop are your go-to option for sending Purim gifts to Israel. If you have children on gap year, friends or family anywhere in Israel then Tamarim Concierge can cater to your every Purim gift need.

Tamar Pearlman met Tammy


My Stories

Part 15 (written 2004)

(Continued from last week)

Return to the US

In early 1947 my military orders came through to return to the US for my military discharge. I said goodbye to all

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