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Wednesday, December 01, 2021
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‘Am I Jewish?’

When I began my genealogy research in 1988, I never expected to find a cousin living in Sochi, Russia in 2021, asking, “Am I Jewish?”

The most insignificant-seeming notes, which I kept recorded in my family tree program, about cousins unknown to me and whom I never

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Organizing Your Gratitude

Although I believe in showing gratitude and feeling gratitude towards people and to Hashem on a daily basis, November is a poetic time to speak specifically of gratitude.

I am grateful for the opportunity to work in a field I love and feel passionate about. I am grateful to Hashem for blessing

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Three Chanukah Reads for Kids

(Courtesy of Kar-Ben Publishing)

“The Three Latkes” by Eric A. Kimmel. Kar-Ben Publishing. 2021. English. Hardcover. 24 pages. ISBN-13: 978-1541588912.

When three Chanukah latkes fight over which of them tastes the best,

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Reading … It’s Complicated!

In the early 1950s, Rudolf Flesch wrote “Why Johnny Can’t Read.” He lambasted educators for failing to teach phonics and questioned how students could learn to read only by memorizing words. There were actually “reading wars” in the 90s in which children were caught in the middle of programs designed to improve

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How to Choose the Right Outpatient Rehab Facility in NJ

If you’re trying to figure out how to choose a rehab facility in New Jersey or New York, it might feel daunting at first. Addiction treatment is a sensitive subject and an incredibly brave pursuit, so congratulations on having the strength to start the process! In this article, you can find advice to help you

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Advice on Healthy Food Shopping, Prep and Planning

Dear iDeclutter,

I find I waste so much food during the course of a week. I buy so many groceries when I go shopping on Sunday with such good intentions of cooking full meals from scratch, but by Wednesday my husband and I say, “Let’s get takeout.” The fruits and veggies in my fridge go

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Can Drug Addiction Cause Bipolar Disorder?

(Courtesy of RAC) Once called manic depression, bipolar disorder is a serious mental health condition that can severely disrupt a person’s life. Bipolar symptoms include extreme mood swings, emotional dysregulation and drastically shifting energy levels.

In this article, we’ll

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Sidney Gussen’s ‘24/7’ Bar Mitzvah Project

In honor of Sidney Gussen’s bar mitzvah, he and his father, Adam Gussen, will be conducting a year of baking, cooking and selling specialty food items to raise funds for Chesed 24/7. Chesed 24/7 is a charity organization that provides constant care to the elderly, sick, disabled or any family in need of care.

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Your Party, Your Style at Powerhouse Studios

When you walk into a celebration at Powerhouse Studios, you feel the energy before you turn on a light. That’s what’s most important for a bar or bat mitzvah party, said Lisa Messing, sales and banquet manager at Powerhouse Studios. When the formalities are over for the bar or bat mitzvah, they want to have a

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SINAI Schools Releases Music Video, ‘Journeys’

(Courtesy of SINAI Schools) In honor of the new school year, and in conjunction with their High Holiday fundraising campaign, SINAI Schools has released a new original song and music video: “Journeys—A SINAI Music Video.” (

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Blanche Buchwald Opens Wonder Kids Therapy Center in Bergenfield

With a masters degree in occupational therapy (OT) from NYU graduate school and more than 20 years of experience practicing OT, both in private practice and school settings, Blanche Buchwald is excited to introduce Wonder Kids Therapy Center, a state-of-the-art sensory gym in the heart of Bergenfield.

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Designing Your Sukkah

Sukkot has always been my favorite holiday. Growing up in an apartment building, we never had a sukkah of our own, so we would always make the four-hour journey to my aunt and uncle. Even today, after years of not being in my aunt’s sukkah, I could still pick it out of a lineup purely from the smell of it.

There was always evergreen schach,

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