Saturday, January 28, 2023

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Club Sequoia: A Hidden Gem For Local Seniors

By Pearl Ricklis, JFS Director of Senior Services; Shaina Bodenheim, Director of Programming and On-Site Coordinator; and Sarala Katz, Assistant On-Site Coordinator

The isolation brought on by COVID over the past two years has dramatically affected older adults, who have suffered significantly


Stuck in the Middle: The Sandwich Generation

It was Sukkot a couple of years ago and my father was in the hospital in Cleveland. He was diagnosed with cancer. I wanted to go and see him, but which one of my families was more important to me? Am I the daughter or the mother? I was having an existential identity crisis. I went to Cleveland, and what was scheduled for a Shabbot visit


Understanding The Cycle of Addiction

No one engages in substance use or other activities expecting or hoping to develop an uncontrollable urge to participate. However, the desire to use substances or engage in risky behavior happens when an individual becomes addicted. Alcohol abuse, illicit drugs or sex with multiple partners may seem harmless and fun.


How We Communicate: Insight Is Not Enough

Presenting Problem: I feel Like a child in this Relationship.

Dear Moishe:

My husband Noam and I have been married for five years now, and b”H we have three healthy children.

Somehow he knows how to


Internet Safety for Children: How Can We Protect Them?

(Courtesy of B’sheva) As parents, our greatest challenge is protecting our children. Especially on the internet, this challenge becomes even more complex, and it presents to parents as well as children a variety of dangers that can manifest themselves at any time, and which we frequently do not have control over.


Therapy Thoughts: Fine Motor Skills

Hi Leah,

Can you share some activity ideas that I could do with my daughter who needs help strengthening her fine motor skills (specifically her fingers so that she can write in the correct form)?

Simple crayons


Top Eight Sheitel Tips for Kallahs

With the arrival of warmer weather, and with Lag B’Omer just around the corner, wedding season is about to take off! My phone has been ringing off the hook with excited kallahs who are eager to have their very first sheitel appointments. This is one of my most favorite times of year.

I love


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White Is Right For Summer Days And Nights


Getting Motivated

How can I get motivated to sit down to write my April column when I feel both the stress of Pesach cleaning and shopping, along with putting the finishing touches on my tax return? This time of year, I need to choose a topic that will entertain and distract me so I can maintain my sanity. Although well-meaning friends have


A Letter to Parents of Intergenerational Divergees

In this guest post, Rivka Press Schwartz shares three fundamental theorems that she has learned as a parent.

Dear Parents of Intergenerational Divergees,

I write this to you as someone who has been there and done that, or perhaps is there and is doing that. While I am


Oy, Gut in Himmel

With angst, my mother would spout, “Oy, Gut in himmel.” Then, she would sometimes emphasize it in English—“Oh, God in heaven.” Either way, we knew she was flustered about something we had done.

When a cousin in Florida invited me to join a Facebook group, Yiddish Word of the Day (A Light, Fun


‘Space: The Final Frontier’—A Play in Four Acts

Act I.The curtain rises on a home with three to seven bedrooms. Two actors portraying parents are looking on as one child leaves to go away to school; one child, who has a steady job, is leaving to live on his/her own; and yet another child is leaving to get married.

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