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Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Shabbat Automation

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Shabbat-observant Jews know that Friday afternoon brings a flurry of rushed activities, primarily involving turning lights on or off, setting heating and cooling systems and making sure everything is set exactly as one would like it for 25 hours. This task becomes even more complicated for Yomim Tovim.

While there are many...

Entrepreneur Stuart Smith Creates Custom Suits

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Stuart Smith of Riverdale has worked in many different capacities in the past, but he found his passion in men’s fashion through suit design. Several years ago, his career path took him to working at a custom suit company where, over four years, he designed more than 5,000 suits for men. When he realized he peaked at his company, he decided to venture off and do it on his own.

Today, his company, Stuart Smith, is catering to the sophisticated and professional man. His custom suit company has been particularly popular among the religious Jewish community in the tri-state area, and word of mouth is building out his brand. While the suit brand is only eight months old, Smith is finding...

NJ Antique Buyers Collect for Pleasure and Profit

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Buying and selling antiques is in Jack Kleczkowski’s blood. His father was in the business back in their hometown of Tykocin, Poland. At age 15, Jack got his first metal detector and went “hunting” with his father; he was hooked. “My peers went out and had fun; I went out in the field, next to an old castle or place of historical import, and hunted,” Jack recalled warmly. He grew to love the thrill of hearing a beep and digging to discover treasures like old coins.

When the family came to the U.S. about 25 years ago, Jack pursued a college degree in environmental sciences and geography while his dad continued to sell antiques in his new country. Although working in his...

Fair Trade Is the Focus at The Aesthetic Sense

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The Aesthetic Sense, located in Mount Kisco, is not your average Judaica store. With an emphasis on improving lives around the world, The Aesthetic Sense caters to the Jewish community featuring merchandise with a mission that is deeply rooted in socioeconomic improvement.

Jay and Karen Schechter began selling Judaica products in 1997. For 17 years, an original store, called Aesthetic Sense Fine Art and Judaica, was a standard outlet with beautiful curated collection of art and Judaica products.

The Schechters took a hiatus in 2013 to focus on their mutual love of nonprofit and social justice work. Two years later, they revived the concept of selling Judaica with a renewed focus...

Incredible 4th Annual Jewish Business Development Networking Event in Queens

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The Queens Jewish Link, along with Jewish Business Development, hosted a one-of-a-kind gala networking event in Kew Gardens Hills on Wednesday, January 13. The room at Yeshiva of Central Queens auditorium was filled with community members, local rabbanim and local politicians. The atmosphere was upbeat and festive, as people exchanged business cards and became acquainted. Both profit and nonprofit businesses were represented. There was wine-tasting provided by Hakerem Wines and Liquors, and Chinese food from Soy Sauce. Participants received free T-shirts from Allied T-Shirt with the QJL logo, as well as a bag filled with information about many local businesses. Each person was...
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