Friday, May 20, 2022

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COVID Roller Coaster Takes Smachot on a Bumpy Ride

Event planners are trying to balance client dreams with the realities of supply chain shortages. The flowers a couple wants for their wedding may not be available. The linens and paper goods in the colors and brands the bat mitzvah requests may be stuck in a port, or not even manufactured this year. Parents are shocked to find that


Festive Public Menorah Lightings Return for Chanukah 2021

The lights of the menorah will be on public view during Chanukah 2021 hosted by local Chabad centers with entertainment, refreshments and most importantly, plenty of simcha. CDC guidelines have loosened COVID restrictions, allowing public festivities to return—a Chanukah miracle in itself.


WTA Student Raises Funds for Westchester Kosher Food Pantry

On December 23, Elanit Paley and her mother, Michal, volunteered their time at New Rochelle’s Hope Community Services Kosher Food Pantry. As a bat mitzvah chesed project, Elanit, a sixth grader at Westchester Torah Academy (WTA), is selling kosher/parve candy platters labeled as Elanit’s Sweets, with all


Nati Fischman Collects Books for Hospitalized Children

Nati Fischman, a 12-year-old from Teaneck, will celebrate his Hebrew birthday on 20 Kislev, which corresponds to November 24. Nati is in the seventh grade in Yeshivat Noam and his bar mitzvah date is November 25. In preparation for his bar mitzvah, Nati wanted to do something meaningful.


Music Breeds Unity

“Welcome back my friends, to the show that never ends; we’re so glad you could attend; come inside; come inside.” —Emerson, Lake and Palmer

Thank you listeners/readers, sincerely, for all the feedback. We welcome interaction in all forms. Join us “on air” for our radio shows, which


JWed Acquires SuperTova.com, Solidifying Position As No. 1 Jewish Dating for Marriage Service

(Courtesy of JWed) Finding a sincere and trustworthy dating service in the Jewish community can be ever-more challenging in today’s climate. Swiping apps often emphasize dating for superficial reasons, and it can devalue relationships over time.

This is why Jewish singles often turn


Let the Music Play

Please allow me to introduce myself. Hey, isn’t that a song? I say that multiple times a day to my husband, D.J. Al Gordon, veteran radio personality, and anyone else brave enough to enter my/our musical space. I recently moved from my lifelong community of Kew Gardens Hills, Queens, to Edison, New Jersey, where I teamed up with


YIOT Spaces Now Available for Rentals

Looking for a new space to host your upcoming simcha? Family event? Lecture series? Ongoing classes? With the renovation and expansion complete, the Young Israel of Teaneck (YIOT) is proud to announce that the new space is now available for rentals. This handicapped-accessible building, located in the Country Club area of Teaneck,


Meet Dovid Pearlman: Student, Singer, Success Story

Dovid Pearlman has big shoes to fill. Coming from a family of musicians and singers, Pearlman embarked on his musical career when he was just 8 years old. And 12 years later, he has only grown—physically, of course, but also in his talent and professional life. Now, the 20-year-old student at Lander College for Men is juggling it


Family Role Models Inspire Bar/Bat Mitzvah Chesed Projects

There’s a proverb that charity begins at home. Just as important, learning to give charity starts at home, too. Children who grow up with parents who give tzedaka and donate their time to helping others, follow in their footsteps. When they approach bar and bat mitzvah age, incorporating a chesed project in their


Navigating Simcha and Safety

It was almost easier to plan a wedding in the pre-vaccine days of COVID, when there were specific restrictions. The CDC is not mandating quotas on guests or activities now, but advising hosts to follow safety guidelines. That makes planning a wedding today a guessing game: Will my guests be comfortable indoors? How many should I


Out of the Box Catering Wants to Make Your Event Unforgettable


“If it doesn’t look good or taste good, I won’t put it on a platter,” said Yaacov Farbowitz, who started Out of the Box Catering in July. “It’s about elegance and quality.”

With 10 years in the food industry in a variety of roles, Farbowitz decided it was time to

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