Wednesday, October 18, 2017


Yachad’s Northeast Family Shabbaton Touches Over 1,000

Over 1,000 people from 120 families attended Yachad’s Northeast Family Shabbaton on May 5-7 at Crowne Plaza in Stamford, Connecticut, and 140 volunteer staff helped to make the event a success.

“Yachad takes great pride in being able to host a weekend devoted to

Study Equates Prenuptial Agreements With Marital Satisfaction in Orthodox Community

New York—A recently published study found a higher level of marital satisfaction among Orthodox Jews who signed a religious prenuptial agreement. It also found that signing an agreement was not associated with potential concerns; there was no greater tendency among signees to have a difficult adjustment to marriage or to consider

Share Your ‘Big Day’ With Those Less Fortunate

In anticipation of their big day, Ronit and Binny are not only focusing on their invitations, caterer, band etc., they are also thinking about how they can make their special day even more meaningful. In planning their wedding, they are working to arrange the donation of all the surplus food from their celebration to those less

Flowers for Shavuot: A Longstanding Custom With Boundless Creative Options

If there’s one custom Shavuot is known for (besides the proliferation of cheesecake and blintzes) it is the minhag to adorn one’s house and shul with flowers. The rabbis say that Hashem made Har Sinai bloom with greenery in honor of the giving of the Torah, and to commemorate this event many people use floral

The Weinreb Brothers Present Unforgettable New Music

The Weinreb Brothers—yes, they are actually brothers—have been jamming together since their youth, and now perform professionally. They grew up with the music of Carlebach, Moshav Band, Soulfarm, Yossi and Avi Piamenta and other great musicians, and the influence of these performers helped shape the unique Weinreb Brothers

Celebrate Graduation With Fun Tips From Papaya Events

For graduates, the celebration of the event may be almost as important as the event itself. Graduation includes not just receiving a diploma, but the party to mark it as well. Raphi Heimowitz, event coordinator at Papaya Events, offers some recommendations for the amateur party coordinators to throw a great graduation-themed event.

Time and Patience: A Broader Perspective

Words can take on different meanings depending upon our own preconceptions. These perceptions are the target of the marketing and media campaigns that we are inundated with on a regular basis. For instance, in recent years, “used” cars have been advertised as “pre-owned.” Pre-owned sounds so much better than used. In our

13 Reasons Why: The Need for More Dialogue

Two months ago, I had never heard of 13 Reasons Why. I had no idea that topics of suicide, bullying, boys degrading girls, low self-esteem, poor sense of self, violence, sexual assault and loneliness would be brought out in such a dramatic, shocking and dangerous forum on Netflix. I had no idea that a show like this would be

All I Really Need to Know About Teaching Children I Learned From the Haggadah

I remember years ago in Teacher’s College reading a book titled “All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten,” by Robert Fulghum. Reading the Haggadah this Pesach, I began thinking that for us in early childhood education, someone should write a book called “All I Really Need to Know about Teaching Children I

A Promise Kept: Author K. Heidi Fishman Discusses Her New Children’s Holocaust Novel

Riverdale—I first met K. Heidi Fishman when I attended a Highlights Foundation conference called “Writing Jewish-Themed Children’s Books.” It was there that Fishman was working on drafts of what would become her recently released first book, a children’s Holocaust novel, titled “Tutti’s Promise,” which

America Eats for Israel—All You Have to Do Is Eat!

On Monday, May 15, communities across the United States will join together in dining at participating kosher restaurants to feed hungry Israelis.

Ten percent of proceeds will go toward funding Meir Panim’s Restaurant-Style Soup Kitchens in Israel. There are 1.7 million Israelis who live in

Chabad of Hawaii Welcomes Kosher-Keeping Adventurers

Oahu—When my husband told me his next conference of the ISLH, the International Society of Laboratory Hematologists, would be held in Honolulu, my ears perked up just a bit (that’s an understatement; I pretty much hopped up and down with excitement). It had been a long, cold winter

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