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It’s Party Time: How to Choose an Appropriate Theme and Still Have Fun

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Some party planners want you to ask your child where he or she wants to have his or her party. In the real world, most parents really don’t want to know what their 10-year-olds prefer—except for their favorite themes and colors. Parents should stay realistic and try to keep things on a level that shows their children...

The Food: Getting Down to Basics

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Food decisions are some of the toughest decisions you will need to make. Based on time of year and day, your budget, the number of guests, the party theme, the style of event…everything plays into your menu choices. Will you do sit-down dinners or buffets? French service or family style? Each has its advantages.

Dairy or meat? Is food being served outdoors? Are you serving lunch, dinner, or something in between? If it’s an open house you are planning, will you barbeque, and is your grill large enough to handle all the food for your guests?

Are you using a caterer or cooking yourself? If you are cooking yourself, make some more lists! Start by listing the recipes for everything...

Snow, Snow, Snow? Start Prepping for a Spring Bar/Bat Now

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For a truly formal garden party ’tis a pity that Cooper’s Pond in Bergenfield isn’t available for rentals. But there are country clubs and estates that will provide the perfect setting. Check your local listings and party suppliers for those estates and clubs that will accommodate your needs.

The best option, though, is doing it at home. By the second week in May, local nurseries and even the big home improvement stores have begun to take in the plants you will need to beautify the great outdoors.

Look around your property to determine the traffic flow. Do you have shady decks to accommodate the food? Or will guests come through the house, collect their food, and go back...

CJF and Joint Distribution Committee Sends 15 YU Students to Haiti

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Yeshiva University’s Center for the Jewish Future (CJF), partnered with the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) to bring a group of 15 students from Stern and Yeshiva Colleges to assist in Haiti since the devastating earthquake in 2010 that affected more than 3.5 million people. Staffing the trip was CJF representative Gila Rockman, JDC fellow, Jenette Axelrod, and Yeshiva College’s Dr. Aaron Koller. In the midst of the destruction that is still visible five years later, Stern student and Teaneck native Michelle Levine saw some heart-warming successes of local Haitian leaders. Here, she shares her experience.

This trip was an incredibly eye-opening experience. I...

Riverdale Y’s New Jazz Concert Series Led by Ted Rosenthal

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BRONX—His creative arrangements make familiar tunes seem new, and he has taken jazz to a whole new level. Now, quintuple-threat Ted Rosenthal—performer, composer, professor, music writer-editor, and bandleader—will take the helm as the Riverdale Y’s new Artistic Director of Jazz and headline a new series of jazz concerts beginning March 24.

Since the Riverdale YM-YWHA first opened its doors, its jewel box theatre has been a haven for the arts, both homegrown and hosted, from Joseph Papp’s partnership with the Yiddish Folksbiene troupe to live jazz performed by the country’s top artists.

“We hope the series is just the beginning of a longer and more comprehensive mutual...

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