Sunday, January 24, 2021

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Jewish Home’s Paul Kaplan Earns CFRE Certification

(Courtesy of the Jewish Home Family) Paul Kaplan, the Jewish Home Foundation’s senior development associate, has earned the prestigious Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) designation, the only accredited, globally recognized certification for fundraising professionals. More than 7,200 fundraising professionals from


OneFamily Partners With JFNNJ to Distribute Donated PPE

(Courtesy of JFNNJ) As COVID-19 cases skyrocket around the world and the possibility of new lockdowns looms large, a particularly heartwarming donation was recently presented to OneFamily USA.

Click Industries, a major PPE supplier, offered OneFamily scores of cases of individually wrapped 3-ply


Jews Celebrate First Thanksgiving in 1621 in Plymouth Colony

(Courtesy of Saint Mary’s General Hospital) Here’s a bit of history for you. Did you know that the English who came to the new land and celebrated the first Thanksgiving were Planters, not Pilgrims, as we may have learned in history class? And there is a possibility that they celebrated with a Jewish tribe  on November 9,


Listening Languages

Many of us have heard of “Love Languages” made popular by Gary Chapman, outlining five different ways individuals can give or receive love. The understanding of our own love languages and those of our loved ones can allow us to recognize deficits in communication; if I feel that I am loved by receiving words of affirmation, but my loved


Feeling Down and Feeling Blue: Can Telehealth Help?

Before COVID-19, there was no shortage of information and resources on how to improve your mood. With self-help books proliferating on the internet to the ease of obtaining support and guidance from professionals, there were ample resources that could be utilized in both daily and life-related struggles. The onset of COVID-19 brought many


Jewish Federation Plans Discussion on Dealing With COVID-19 Stress, Nov. 16

The Jewish Federation in the Heart of New Jersey (serving Middlesex & Ocean Counties) invites community members to join psychologist Kerri Weiss, PhD, of Ocean Waves Wellness for a conversation on soothing and sane ways to deal with COVID-related stress and uncertainty. This discussion will be held on Monday, November 16, 7:30-8:30


Cardiac Rehabilitation

(Courtesy of St. Mary’s General Hospital) As defined by the National Institutes of Health (NIH)1, cardiac rehabilitation2 is a medically supervised program for people who have had a heart attack, heart failure, heart valve surgery or coronary artery bypass grafting.


Englewood Hospital Excels in Clinical Outcomes for Hip and Spine Care

(Courtesy of Englewood Health) Englewood Hospital has been recognized as a 5-star recipient in hip fracture treatment, gallbladder removal surgery, and spinal fusion surgery outcomes by Healthgrades, an online resource for information about physicians and hospitals.

This achievement—the third


Fear and Courage Need Each Other

I admit it: After eight months of being hit relentlessly with world-shattering crises, I’m getting annoyed at the frequent well-intentioned messages about resilience and courage. When a wave of fear and dread washes over me, resilience seems to be a distant reality.

You know what I’m talking about:


Connected in COVID-19

The following story illustrates what I have experienced through the eyes, ears and hearts of my patients and their families. Though the names and details have been changed to maintain confidentiality, the powerful emotions and experiences are very real.

I first met Rachel in April. She was a Jewish woman


What Are Cataracts?

Cataracts are a naturally occurring process in the human eye. In normal development, we are born with a clear lens that focuses images onto the back of the eye (the retina) like a lens focuses images for your camera. Over time, ultraviolet light from the sun, by-products of the foods that we eat, and our environment


How Do I Survive My Daughter’s Teenage Years?

Raising teenagers can be a very difficult job. They can go from being sweet and loving to aloof and mean from one minute to the next. This change can become difficult to understand or even withstand; one moment they express warmth and intimacy, and the next they seem to push you away or seem withdrawn. How do parents navigate this