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Useful Information
the Next Generation
of Jewish Families

Bringing Baby Home

Sweet Things
for the Bundle of Joy
Adar When Joy Jumps
Purim Fun Around Town
Supplement to The Jewish Standard • March 2018
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Musings from the Editor

love Purim carnivals. There is so much fish, finding a bowl big bottom of the bowl. I and for that reason they are seen as a sign
holiday revelry with children dressed enough to allow lots of quickly came to know of blessing and fruitfulness.
in costumes, games galore, food (if space for it to swim. I the sad t r uth, and In this our March issue of About Our
you can call nosh food!), entertainment, also went upstairs to the short-lived Ilene Children, we take a look at pregnancy and
and, sometimes, even fish. our neighbor, Ilene, met the toilet bowl birth and introduce our readers to some
Fish? Yes, goldfish that are given who had a beautiful soon enough. Eventu- medical advice on fertility and getting
away as a prize. aquarium in her home ally, I recovered from pregnant, and what to do when you first
I remember a Purim carnival when to get a lesson on fish my disappointment. take home your baby. We also share some
I was younger. It took place in the gym care. She gave me fish What of this “fish of the great things to get for that bundle
of the Jewish center synagogue that my food, put a little medi- tale”? of joy. We also highlight the many Purim
family attended. I was a young Hebrew cine in the bowl, and I am reminded of carnivals, chagigas and shpiels that are
school student at the time. I wanted told me what to do. For the joy that Ilene gave going on in our community.
nothing more than to win a fish. I can’t her effort, I named my me during the Purim We hope that you enjoy this issue of
remember what game was connected to fish Ilene. season and its accom- About Our Children, and hope that like
this very prized prize, but I remember Oh, how I loved Ilene! I would watch panying carnivals and celebrations. fish, your blessings this month will be
not winning. Near the end of the carnival, her. I would feed her. She was my pet. Fish are significant in Jewish thought. many.
I approached the booth and saw plenty One Sunday morning, I ran enthusi- According to sources, the astral sign of Happy Purim!
of goldfish swimming in what looked like astically into my room to check on Ilene. Adar is the fish (Pisces). Fish live their en-
a big plastic bathtub. Early negotiation But she wasn’t swimming about. She was tire lives underwater, unobserved by the Cheers,
skills kicked in and I offered to buy the lying on the bottom of the bowl. human eye. The sages say that blessing
fish in exchange for some of my tickets. “Maaaaa!” I panicked. does not come to something that is under
Out I walked happy with a plastic bag My mother came in right away, stuck close observation, but only to something
filled with water and my goldfish. her hand in bowl, turned the fish right side that is hidden from the eye, underscoring
I was thrilled to bring my new pet up, and told me it was sleeping. I watched the relationship between blessing and
home. I quickly set up a dwelling for the as Ilene slowly floated back down to the modesty. In addition, fish are very fertile,


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In Adar, Increase Joy

For Ourselves, Our Children
Dr. Tani Foger happy for an afternoon or a full day — but nected with adulthood. We should remind
for a whole month? our children that how they respond to a

ositive psychology, also known as According to the three pillars of posi- difficult situation is their choice. Once
the science of happiness, is all the tive psychology, however, a state of happi- we’ve modeled positive thinking in their
rage lately. Developed by Martin ness can in fact be achieved; if we focus on developing years, being positive or nega-
Seligman in 2002, it recently became the satisfaction with the past, contentment in tive is entirely up to them.
most popular course offered at Harvard. the present, and optimism for the future, On the flip side, focusing on short-
Twice a week, 900 students packed into joyfulness and serenity will follow. comings and weaknesses will affect our
Tal Ben-Shahar’s lecture hall to learn how I recently learned something simi- thoughts and behavior negatively. (“It’s
to get happy. Based on research from the lar from Rebbetzin Chana Reichman in too hard. I’m going to fail.”) Thus it’s im-
emerging field of positive psychology, a beautiful d’var Torah she shared; the portant to teach our children the tech-
Ben-Shahar concentrated on what makes middle two letters of the Hebrew word nique of positive self-talk to direct their
people happy, rather than on their limita- sameach, which means happy — the letters thoughts towards a positive outcome.
tions and pathologies. The course he was mem and chet — are the Hebrew word for (Self-talk is simply talking to yourself.
teaching is consistent with what the sages brain. When we instruct our brains to act It’s the inner speech in which we engage
tell us to do in the month of Adar. When in accordance with our wishes, we really Dr. Tani Foger in all the time.) If we focus on the posi-
Adar arrives, they say, we should increase can experience greater joy and happi- tive, it will shape our thinking and impact
our joy. ness. Accordingly, when we make a con- can make a mindful effort to achieve daily. our behavior positively. (“If I relax, I can
So how do we do that? scious decision to be enthusiastic, when The trend in positive psychology is do better. I can handle this.”) In his book,
Every year as Purim approaches, and we chose to see a cup half full, when we frequently to ask “What’s good in my “Positive Self-Talk for Children,” Douglas
the Hebrew calendar changes from She- opt to look at the positive in a situation, life right now?” This question automati- Bloch emphasizes that children can be
vat to Adar, I ask myself how we can be it makes a difference in our overall mood cally focuses us on the positive, on our taught to have an optimistic view of prob-
commanded to be joyful. That sounds like and outlook. Happiness and “joy, there- strengths and advantages, as a spring- lem solving by learning positive self-talk,
a tall order, if not an outright impossible fore, are not something we feel automati- board for looking at our life, rather than such as “I can handle difficulties.” Then
task. Perhaps we can be coaxed to feel cally all the time, but rather something we using our shortcomings and failings as a later, when confronted with a challenge,
point of departure. a child will tell herself, “I can find a solu-
As adults, we come to realize that life tion for this. I’ll keep trying.” As a result
YOUR CHILD needs special education. can be challenging at times, yet we learn of an internal dialogue filled with positive
that what defines us are not the challeng- coping statements, a child is more likely
You want her to have a Jewish education. es we face, but rather how we meet those to persevere.
You want him to be included. challenges. We all know people who seem
blessed with a more positive attitude than
others, who seem to take any challenges
life presents them in stride. Clearly facing
challenges with a positive attitude makes
it easier to navigate a difficult road. That How can we
be commanded
would seem to be the lesson and the gift
of Adar. It’s also an essential life lesson to

to be joyful?
model for our children.
In a world peppered with natural
disasters, violence, and human suffer-
ing, having a positive attitude may not
alter the facts, but it can help make the
intolerable more tolerable, and life more
manageable. Although we can’t control
many of life’s events, we can teach our
children that they can control their reac- Thinking positively can become a
tions to them. way of life for all of us if we approach

® Children generally are very aware of these suggestions with intentionality
their parents’ attitudes, and they tend to and mindfulness. The month of Adar is a
be good imitators of their parents’ be- great time to start to incorporate positive
liefs and feelings. Good moods, like bad thinking and positive psychology into our
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moods, are contagious. Therefore, it’s repertoire, particularly because our sages
important to consider how we behave mandate us now to increase our joy. May
Special education uniquely integrated within Jewish Day Schools in front of our children, since they most we all merit a positive attitude no matter
probably will copy our habits and imitate what the circumstances. I wish everyone a
• Individualization • Educational excellence our coping strategies for years to come. wonderful month of increased joy.
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When Fertility Assistance Helps

Make Pregnancy a Reality
Heidi Mae Bratt sooner may also include: suspicion that a
male partner may not have sperm, have

he dream of having a family a history of testicular surgery or trauma,
sometimes eludes a couple when experience sexual dysfunction, or have a
getting pregnant becomes a chal- history of subfertility with a prior partner.
lenge. There are an estimated1-in-10 cou- With the above being said, if couples are
ples in the United States who are facing unsure when they have tried for enough
infertility issues. For a variety of reasons, time, we never mind couples coming in for
many women are choosing to postpone consultation, and we can determine if it
childbearing until they are in their 30s or appropriate to initiate a workup.
40s, but the biological clock waits for no AOC: What services are offered at
one. The rate of infertility increases with The Valley Hospital Fertility Center?
maternal age. Experts said about one- Dr. Greenseid: The Valley Hospital
third of infertility is attributed to the fe- Fertility Center is a full-service fertility
male partner; one-third to the male part- center. We begin with initial consulta-
ner; and one-third to a combination of tions and diagnostic workups. We offer
issues in both partners or is unexplained. intrauterine insemination, in vitro fertil-
The Valley Hospital Fertility Center in ization, preimplantation genetic testing,
Paramus, which includes Drs. Ali Nasseri, ovum donation, sperm donation, gesta-
medical director; Dehan Chen, associate tional carrier use, and much more, includ-
clinical director, and Keri L. Greenseid, ing overall support through this difficult The physicians of The Valley Hospital Fertility Center in Paramus, from left, Dr. Ali Nasseri, Dr. Keri
helps couples make their dreams come process. Greenseid, and Dr. Dehan Chen.
true to become families with children. AOC: When standard infertility
About Our Children turned to Dr. treatments have failed, what are the other
Greenseid to learn more about the matter.
AOC: When should a woman consult
options for women?
Dr. Greenseid: This is truly an individ-
Hours by Appointment (201) 384-0300
a fertility specialist? ual case-by-case answer. It will depend
Dr. Greenseid: If a woman is under on the background infertility diagnosis
age 35, she should see a fertility specialist and why we think certain treatments are
evaluation after1 year of unprotected in- failing.
tercourse without conception. If a woman AOC: Is there anything else that you
is age 35 or older, she should see a fertil-
ity specialist evaluation after 6 months of
would like to add?
Dr. Greenseid: We are here to provide
Howard M. Friedman, M.D.
unprotected intercourse without concep- patients the opportunity to achieve their Christopher Weiss, D.O.
tion. Reasons to seek a workup sooner dream of a family. We hope the hard-
may include: suspicion that a woman is est part of their journey is just getting Shana M. Kaye, M.D.
Margaret M. Love, M.D.
not ovulating, women at risk for prema- to us, and once here, we hope to provide
ture ovarian failure or early menopause, confidence, support, reassurance, and
history of endometriosis or concern for outstanding medical care to help them
tubal or uterine disease, or if the couple achieve their dreams. Early Sick Call now
for your camp
is concerned their offspring may be at ge- Visits & school
netic risk based on their background or Heidi Mae Bratt is the editor of About Our
family history. Reasons to seek a workup Children. Available! physicals!

The Jewish Name Game

What do you call a Jewish baby boy Ori/Uri, Ariel, Yosef, Daniel, Itai, Yonaton
in Israel? and Moshe.
Besides adorable — aren’t all ba- For a Jewish baby girl, the most
bies? — Noam or David, or Ori or Ariel. popular name was Tamar, which means
A recent report by the Central Bu- date, date palm or palm tree. Tamar has
reau of Statistics in Israel listed some of topped the list in popularity for more
the most popular Jewish names given to than decade and a half. The other popu-
boys and girls. lar Jewish girl names were Noa, Avigail,
The most popular Jewish name for a Maya, Yael, Adele, Shira, Sarah, Ayala
boy was Noam, which means pleasant- and Talia.
ness. Also making the grade was David, Heidi Mae Bratt


The First Few Weeks
for Newborns
Checkup Party
Sunday, March 11
and Their Families
8:50 AM to 1 PM
56 kids, 7 hygienists, 4 doctors, Dr. Frank Briglia

1 magician, tons of giveaways he birth of a baby has to be the most exciting time
Checkup Parties fill up quickly for a family. It can also be overwhelming espe-
so call today to make sure
your family is included!
cially for first-time parents who do not have the
experience in caring for newborns.
See our video on YouTube
There are hundreds of manuals, reference books, and
Richard S. Gertler, DMD, FAGD internet information that detail how best to care for a new-
Ari Frohlich, DMD
Sami Solaimanzadeh, DMD born in the first few weeks of life and during infancy. Even
Disney has published a two-volume encyclopedia on baby
and childcare, which is actually quite a good reference set. contrary, vaccinations have proven to be an important
The following, however, is a list of recommendations method in protecting your newborn from many infant
that I think will ensure excellent care for newborns and and childhood diseases. These vaccinations should con-
infants and at the same time alleviate some of the fears tinue throughout infancy and childhood.
parents may have that they are not doing all they should 5. Keep follow-up appointments with your pediatri-
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201.837.3000 1. Select a hospital or birth center that is designated cal and should be made within the first week of life for a Baby-Friendly facility. A list of facilities can be found your newborn. At your first visit, your physician will check
on, along with information that is many things on your baby including the baby’s cord stump,
considered by many to be the “gold standard of care.” The which should be cleaned carefully with a cotton ball dipped
Maternity Center at Chilton Medical Center, for example, in alcohol and which should fall off naturally by itself in
is a designated a Baby-Friendly hospital. To obtain this about 10 days; your infant’s skin color and the possibility
designation, several criteria have to be met, including of jaundice which may require a bilirubin level; as well as a
having expert nursing staff that offer hands-on lessons in complete physical exam including the normal reflexes seen
feeding, bathing, and changing babies. This professional in newborns. At this visit, you will also have the opportu-
help is invaluable to parents especially when newborns nity to discuss feeding and sleeping patterns of your new-
room-in with mothers at a designated site, giving parents born. Subsequent routine pediatric visits are recommended
and babies an opportunity to establish a routine of care according to a schedule set forth by the American Academy
that can be carried over to home after discharge. of Pediatrics that usually occur at one month, two, four,
2. Breast-feed your baby. A huge part of the care rou- and six months, and at ages 9 and 12 months.
tine is the feeding of newborns, and a focus on the value of All things considered, parents will quickly discover the

Enter our breastfeeding should not be underestimated. Baby-Friend-

ly facilities offer tremendous support to help mothers suc-
temperament of their newborn — parents may have a calm
and even-tempered newborn that sleeps normally two-

drawing for ceed in breast-feeding their newborns. Breast milk, includ-

ing the thin, watery substance called colostrum, which is
thirds of the day, while others will have a fussier infant who
is up most of the night. Both are normal, although the latter

Passover produced in the first few days after birth, has been shown
to have the right balance of fluids and nutrition that a new-
will require adjustments by parents in responding to their
newborn baby’s cues for care. For example, crying infants
Cookbooks born needs along with the protective immunity that only
breast milk provides. For these reasons, all mothers should
do not always need to be fed. They may be fatigued, may
need to have a diaper change, or may be uncomfortable in a
for Adults & Kids attempt to breastfeed their infants.
3. Pay attention to your baby’s weight changes.
certain position; or they may have a condition called reflux
associated with “newborn colic” which may need further
2 winners will be chosen from Whether one breast or bottle-feeds or uses some com- evaluation. A parent should not hesitate to call the pediatri-
all entries received by March 16, 2018 bination of both, a newborn needs to feed every few cian for advice or reassurance if this comes up.
hours for adequate nutrition and hydration. Since most No matter what the temperament of your newborn
Name __________________________________________ newborns may lose up to10 percent of their birth weight or how easy or difficult it is to care for your baby, par-
in the first few days after birth, which is mostly water ents should not hesitate to turn to family members and
Ages of Children __________________________________ weight loss, parents should check the adequacy of a ba- friends for help in the first few weeks after their baby is
Street __________________________________________ by’s oral intake by monitoring the frequency of wet and born. Providing the proper care for newborns is exhausting
City/State/Zip ____________________________________ soiled diapers. They also should make note of what the for parents who try to go it alone. Letting others help with
discharge weight is for the baby when leaving the birth dinners, laundry, shopping, etc. will give parents more time
Phone __________________________________________ facility. A newborn will usually regain their birth weight to spend with their newborn and enjoy the many rewards
Email ______________________________________ one to two weeks after birth, and should be monitored of watching their newborn develop.
by a pediatrician closely if this is not the case.
Mail to:
4. Vaccinate your baby. Before discharge from the Frank Briglia, M.D., is the medical director of The Children’s Center
Jewish Standard, 1086 Teaneck Road, Teaneck, NJ 07666
facility where your baby is born, you should start the at Chilton Medical Center in Pompton Plains. Dr. Briglia has been
or fax to: 201-833-4959 by March 16, 2018.
vaccination schedule approved by the American Academy a practicing pediatrician for more than 30 years. He is a father
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of Pediatrics and have the Hepatitis B vaccine adminis- and has recently become a grandfather again to another beautiful
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tered at the time of birth. Despite media reports to the granddaughter.


Purim and Drinking: A Safety Primer for Teens
Adina Soclof per, watching TV, or when we witness another person
engaging in unsafe behaviors. For example, when reading

urim is right around the corner and it is one of our the newspaper, you may say, “Here is an article on the ef-
most joyous holidays. Along with all the revelry fects of drinking on your mind, what do you think about
comes drinking and often unsafe behavior ensues. what it says?” Temple Beth El of Northern Valley
Some parents are at a loss as to how to talk to their teens It is at those times that we can also ask our teens,
about drinking. But we need to find the way to do it. Not Nursery School
“What do your friends say about smoking, drugs, drink-
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According to Rabbi Abraham Twerski, there is no if you are put into a difficult situation with drinking?”
mitzvah on Purim to drink irresponsibly. Rabbi Twer-
ski has been alerting the community of the increasing 4. Be your teens’ safety net
problem of alcohol abuse and marijuana smoking among Our children need to know that if they find themselves
Jewish adolescents. Due to the gravity of the problem he in a sticky situation they have a way out. It’s important
entreats parents to avoid encouraging intoxication. to tell your teens that if they are ever in trouble they can
Here are some ways to talk to your teens about drink- call you at any time of the day or night. Reassure them
ing and other unsafe behaviors on Purim and throughout that you will not be angry, just happy that they called you
the year. when they needed you. Purim continued on page 19

1. Don’t just talk, just role model

“Child Centered Curriculum in Warm & Nurturing Environment”
Sometimes it’s best if we don’t talk. Children do as we
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Instead it is better if we take little opportunities to talk
when things are calm, when we are reading the newspa-



Jewish Women and Children

Serving the Needs of Others
Heidi Mae Bratt

wenty-five years ago, a group of
Jewish women in North Bergen
County saw a need, and formed
a grassroots organization that today has
100 women and their children participat-
ing. The JCO, that is the Jewish Communi-
ty Organization of North Bergen County,
is based in Upper Saddle River, Woodcliff
Lake, and environs, but volunteers its
woman and kid-power to agencies and
people throughout New Jersey.
On Friday, March 2, the JCO joins with
Make-A-Wish New Jersey in hosting a fun-
draiser at the Edgewood Country Club in
River Vale. This is the fifth year that the
JCO has partnered with Make-A-Wish New
Jersey in raising $10,000 to send a young-
ster on their dream trip. This year, the re-
cipient is a17-year-old Bergen County girl Board members of the Jewish Community Organization of North Bergen County.
who has a brain malformation. The teen-
ager is an animal lover, and especially loves membership, are holding their own bowl- busy. Each spring the Junior JCO gathers gift wishes for150 children at the Second
big felines. Her wish is to see the big cats ing fundraiser on March 9 at Montvale to prepare Passover bags for commu- Street Youth Center in Plainfield.
up close at Dade City Wild Things, a zoo in Lanes in Montvale. Less the cost of bowl- nity seniors. The bags are stuffed with On Mitzvah Day 2016, a group of JCO
Florida that offers guided safari tours and ing, all the money raised will go toward Passover staples, decorated by the kids members and their children volunteered
up-close encounters with its animals. the Make-A-Wish pot, said Ms. Ceslowitz. and delivered to the senior seder at the to help SafelyŸHome paint the interior of
“We are responsible for raising the “We really want to teach our children new YJCC. the Hackensack group home for the Alli-
funds to send these youngsters on the to give back and we start them early, long The JCO has also partnered with the ance Against Homelessness.
trip of their dreams,” said Stacy Ceslowitz, before they do their bar and bat mitzvah Healthbarn Foundation, Healing Meals, to And each spring, the JCO holds a
co-president of the JCO, along with Lisa projects,” she said. “We want to instill the prepare nutritious meals for children and Lemonade Stand and Food Truck Fest to
Halperin. values of giving back in our children.” their families with serious medical issues. help raise funds for pediatric cancer re-
“This is our single largest fundraiser The youngsters give back and then Each December, the JCO holds its search with the Junior JCO participating
of the year,” said Ms. Ceslowitz, a mother they get back. annual Chanukah party, to celebrate the by serving lemonade to the crowd. This
of two daughters, 8 and 9. This year for the first time, a young- holiday and thank its members and their year’s event will be held on May 2 from
But it’s not just the women who are ster will be recognized at the ladies children for their efforts in giving back to 2:30 to 6:30 p.m. in Lions Park, Upper
helping the teenager get to Florida. The luncheon. The JCO is awarding the JCO the community. In conjunction with the Saddle River.
Junior JCO, that is, the children of its Leadership in Community Award to Ben party, the JCO participates in NJ Cares’
Carter, a 13-year-old eighth-grader at Frosty Friends program. Through this gift- Heidi Mae Bratt is the editor of
George G. White Middle School in Hills- giving program, last year the JCO fulfilled About Our Children.
dale for his tireless volunteer effort.
Said Robyn Carter, Ben’s mother and
a member of the JCO, “He is a stand-up
kid. He is always quick to volunteer and
to make a difference. It’s his nature. He’s a
Ma’ayanot ‘Geniuses’ to Help
doer and a helper.”
Among his many volunteer efforts,
Women in Community
Ben is a Big Brother, volunteers with se- Apple ain’t got nothing on these girls. eral computing. A pre-session will
niors at the Jewish Home in Rockleigh, is Women in the community are in- also be given by an HR professional
an assistant teacher at the Hebrew school vited to the second annual Genius Bar, and Ma’ayanot’s technology staff
at Temple Emanuel of Pascack Valley in a “reverse mentorship” program spon- about LinkedIn, Personal Branding,
Woodcliff Lake, and more. sored by Project Ezrah and Ma’ayanot Google Apps, and Advanced internet
Said Ben, “It makes me happy when I Yeshiva High School for Girls. Women resourcefulness.
help people.” eager to learn technology skills will be The Genius Bar Technology Men-
“The JCO is doing such good work,” paired with Ma’ayanot student men- torship for Women will take place
said Ms. Carter. “We’re very proud of tors who will work one-on-one to help March 5, 12, 19 ad 26 from 11:12 a.m. to
Ben and appreciate that he’s getting this them achieve their goals. The Genius 12:20 p.m. at Ma’ayanot, 1650 Palisade
award. We encourage other kids to take Bar, which is free, has several menu op- Ave., Teaneck . Sign up: https://goo.
the initiative as well.” tions from which to choose, including gl/66UQUN. More info: https://www.
Ben Carter, 13, feels happy when he’s helping The youngsters in JCO are kept pretty Google apps, Microsoft Office, graphic or con-
people. design, iMovie, social media and gen- tact rachelbookŸ


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Broadway Showtime (NKDC Specialty Camp)

Kaplen JCC on the Palisades
Taub Campus
411 East Clinton Avenue
Tenafly, NJ 07670
Grades 5th through 11th
Sessions: Monday through Friday, July 16 – 27, 9 a.m. – 4
p.m. (two-week session)
A new high-level musical theater experience for intermediate/
advanced students to increase and refine their skills in singing,
dance and building great characters in a classic and very funny
production of “Fiddler on the Roof and Friends.” Daily work-
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in performing. Each student will have challenging roles, and
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All-inclusive, providing lunch, snacks, daily swim and towel
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three through age 10.

Comedic Acting Camp (NKDC Specialty Camp)

Kaplen JCC on the Palisades
Taub Campus
411 East Clinton Avenue
Tenafly, NJ 07670
Grades: 3rd through 6th
Sessions: Monday through Friday, July 30 – August 17, 9
a.m. – 4 p.m. (one-week sessions)
Week 1: Comedy Playmaking and Performing — Students
create their own comedy scripts and put them together for
a 5-star performance. Week 2: Comedy Theater — Learn
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Taub Campus
411 East Clinton Avenue
Tenafly, NJ 07670
Grades: 3rd though 6th
Sessions: Monday through Friday, June 25 – August 17, 9
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Get creative and have a blast at Fine Arts Camp. Each week
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workshop in their craft. All-inclusive, providing lunch, snacks,
daily swim and towel service. Campers have access to trans-
portation and extended care services. JCC membership re-
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10 Nevins Road
Wayne, NJ 07470
Summer ice hockey camps include: Erik Nates Euro Hockey
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201-567-8963 Sessions: Monday through Friday, June Sessions: Monday through Friday, July 23 – more than 8 campers. 25 – August 17, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. (one August 17, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. (one week ses-
Grades: 3rd through 8th week sessions) sions) On Our Own
Sessions: Monday through Friday, June 25 –
If you love basketball — this camp is for you. Whether your camper has his/her sights on
Young Adult Summer Camp
August 17, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. (one week ses- Kaplen JCC on the Palisades
Our JCC basketball professionals bring their the US Open or is just looking for some time
sions) Taub Campus
love of the game and incomparable coach- on the courts with friends — this camp will
Perfect for campers who like variety. This ing skills to teach and enhance your camper’s provide a swinging good time. Campers will 411 E. Clinton Avenue
camp focuses on building fundamentals skills at every level. Includes performance enhance their understanding of the game and Tenafly, NJ 07607
across a variety of sports, for all skill levels, training to build strength, endurance and build skills and confidence through interac- 201-408-1489
in a relaxed and fun environment. Campers flexibility, which increases productivity. All- tive games and drills, while also increasing
will love making use of all the courts and inclusive, providing lunch, snacks, daily swim strength, endurance, and flexibility through
fields the JCC has to offer, while learning and Transitions: ages 15 – 21, Monday through
and towel service. Campers have access to performance training. All-inclusive, providing
improving their skills. Includes performance Friday, June 25 – August 17
transportation and extended care services. lunch, snacks, daily swim and towel service.
training to build strength, endurance and Adults (ages 21+), June 25 – August 10
JCC membership required for campers in Campers have access to transportation and
flexibility, which increases productivity. All- 9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
grade 3 through age 10. extended care services. JCC membership re-
inclusive, providing lunch, snacks, daily swim quired for campers in grade three through On Our Own is a life skills program for teens
and towel service. Campers have access to age 10. and young adults with intellectual and devel-
transportation and extended care services. opmental delays, including autism, who have
JCC membership required for campers in sufficient communication and self-help skills
grade three through age 10. to independently participate with a 1:4 staff-
Camp Haverim ing ratio. Participants gain the skills needed to
Kaplen JCC on the Palisades become self-sufficient in important activities
Taub Campus of daily living. Activities include a wide range
411 E. Clinton Ave. of socialization opportunities, community
Tenafly, NJ 07607 inclusion/instruction and trips, academic en-
richment, sports, swimming, music therapy,

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Summer Memories OPEN HOUSE

Ages: 3 – 21
Sessions: Monday through Friday, August
to museums, aquariums, shopping, bowling,
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Start at Camp Veritans

13 – 24, 9 a.m. – 3:45 p.m. On Our Own may be considered as an alter-
APRIL 15 nate placement for extended school-year pro-
Where differences are celebrated. A unique
1-3PM grams. JCC membership is not required. New

Day Camp!
two-week camp for children and teens with
autism and other intellectual, cognitive and participants must have an intake interview.
developmental delays, with sufficient com-
Therapeutic Nursery
munication and self-help skills, and attend 11
months of special schooling. Campers partici-
at the Kaplen JCC on the Palisades
Four, Five, Six, Seven or Eight Week Sessions Available pate in a diverse full-day program, including Taub Campus
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is not required. The Therapeutic Nursery is a developmental
language-based parent/child program for
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Kaplen JCC on the Palisades mental difficulties, including language disor-
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411 E. Clinton Avenue and emotional challenges, as well as selec-
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Keeping It Cool when Emotions Get Hot
Adina Soclof If you think that your kids should eat ev- When a child comes in late, past cur- An added bonus: when we practice

N 201-391-0801 or
erything on their plate, dinnertime will be few: “I was worried and now I am angry. I these techniques we are modeling appro-
othing bothers parents more than far from peaceful. expect you to call when you are going to priate responses and thereby teaching our
losing it with their kids. How can Ask yourself: Are any of my expec- be late.” children ways to manage their own anger.
we control our tempers and par- tations of parenting too high and unat-
ent without anger? tainable? Getting a better more realistic
Here are some techniques that picture of what makes a good parent will SPORTS BROADCASTING CAMP!
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7 9-13, 2018
Boys & Girls 10-18
It’s normal to get angry You are being hijacked
In her book, “Love and Anger, the Paren- It’s best not to say anything when you’re Nation’s
tal Dilemma,” Nancy Samalin explains that angry. In the heat of the moment you’ve Day/Overnight #1 Sports
we often are amazed at the angry feelings lost your ability to think straight. Experts options available Broadcasting
that are stirred up when raising our chil- call this response the Amygdala Hijack. Camp!
dren. The most even-tempered people get The amygdala is a part of your brain that •• Learn
angry emotions that come boiling to the protects you when it senses you are under •• Meet
surface when they have kids. attack or you are threatened. It moves you • Make play-by-play &
Raising children is frustrating. Temper into “flight or fight, or play dead” mode by • reporting
Make play-by-play
& reporting tapes
tantrums after you had a long day, refus- sending hormones to shut off the part of
ing to listen, talking back, missing curfew, your brain that takes care of rational, logi- •• Make
tapes from a
stealing money… cal thinking, the prefrontal cortex. We use aTV
and much more!
much more!
Frustration that is part and parcel the prefrontal cortex to make judgments,

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of being a parent can quickly escalate to consider the consequences of our actions For
For more
call 800.319.0884 or
outright anger. Ms. Samalin believes that and decisions, and build relationships. So 800.319.0884 or visit
the problem might be exacerbated by our when you’re angry, it feels like you can’t
unrealistic expectations or beliefs about think straight because your brain actually
parenting. Many of us who grew up on won’t let you.
“Happy Days” (Thank you, Mrs. Cunni- That’s why we should count to 10,

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gham) might think, “Good parents just breathe deeply or go into another room.
don’t get angry,” therefore I must be a bad Wait it out. This helps you move out of
parent, which makes us feel inadequate the “flight or fight” mode and helps the
and even more angry. hormones to move back into your pre-
We need to realize that our anger is frontal cortex. It is only then that you are
probably a result of the frustrations and truly better able to handle your anger.
annoyances that come along with raising
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odds of getting angry. Some examples of dignity and authority. But he had one ca- call
or email our
this distorted thinking are: veat: parents could express their anger, our Executive
Executive Director
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at New for 2018-2019 school year:
I should always feel happy when but they could not insult, accuse or blame
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201-391-0801 or
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You’ve Got a Friend

Local teens got together to participate in A Good Lesson
Valley Chabad’s Friendship Circle Sunday Rabbi Ron Roth of the Fair Lawn Jewish Center showing stu-
Best B’nai Mitzvah Circle event recently. Teens were paired up dents and parents of Fair Lawn Jewish Center and the Jewish
The sixth graders at Temple Beth Or’s religious school in Community Center of Paramus/CBT the inside of the Torah at a
with a buddy with special needs. The partici-
Washington Township had a b’nai mitzvah orientation and yad- recent joint program for Tu b’Shvat and Shabbat Shira
pants enjoyed a morning filled with musical
making class. The program was led by Rabbi Noah Fabricant
activities led by volunteer music instructor
and Anat Katzir, religious school director.
Antony Morales.

Teens Have High-Flying Fun

Students at the Bergen County High School of Jewish Studies took
a trip to Urban Air Adventure Park in South Hackensack recently.
Students had a high-flying fun time on the various trampolines,
ropes course, and climbing walls.

Shabbat for Tots

The Artist Within Temple Beth Tikvah in Wayne welcomed young families to
At Glen Rock Jewish Center Hebrew School Art Class a recent Tot Shabbat. There were songs with Rabbi Meeka
students learned about the ancient synagogues in Israel Simerly at the guitar, crafts, and special treats to create a
that had beautiful mosaic floors, with biblical themes warm and memorable evening.
and zodiac signs. Each student made a mosaic based on
his or her own zodiac sign under the guidance of artist
Vicky Katzman.

Hats and Socks of Joy

When the month of Adar arrives we should increase our joy. At
Solomon Schechter Day School of Bergen County, located in New
Milford, this phrase rose to new heights during Crazy Hat and Sock
Day, which celebrates Adar’s arrival.



TopChoices MARCH 2018

Compiled by Heidi Mae Bratt

Dino-Mite Display at bergenPAC

Get ready for the ultimate play date — 65 million help of professional paleontologists, the show’s pup-
years in the making — as Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo Live pets are so realistic you may feel the urge to run and
guides the family on a breathtaking tour that begins hide. But don’t. You’ll miss all the fun. Sunday, March
in prehistoric Australia. Meet and interact with a 11, 2 and 4 p.m.
collection of lifelike dinosaurs and other creatures bergenPAC
presented in a theatrical performance that will thrill 30 N. Van Brunt Street, Englewood
and entertain. Brought to life by a team of skilled 201-816-8160
performers and puppeteers, and designed with the

Marvel-ous Heroes at Prudential Center

Marvel fans don’t miss this live, hands. The ancient artifact holds against some of the most threaten-
action-packed, legendary battle mystical power and would allow ing villains in an adventure filled
to defend the universe from evil. Loki to achieve his eternal quest with cutting-edge special effects,
Spider-Man, the Avengers, and to crown himself ruler of Asgard aerial stunts, and video projection.
the Guardians of the Galaxy join and Earth. Marvel Universe LIVE! March 15 through 18, various times.
forces with Doctor Strange, master Age of Heroes unites some of the Prudential Center
of the mystic arts, in a race against greatest heroes, including Iron 25 Lafayette Street, Newark
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The Sensational World of Our Senses

Every day, we perceive the world around us window into the world around us but a product of
through our senses — including sight, smell, our brains. Plus, discover why we have senses and
hearing, touch, balance, and taste. But as it turns what’s unique about human perception during an
out, for humans “reality” isn’t ever exactly what interactive session hosted by a live presenter.
it seems. In “Our Senses,” a highly experiential American Museum of Natural History
exhibition now on display, explore 11 funhouse-like Central Park West and 79th Street, Manhattan
spaces that dare you to trust your senses — then 212-769-5100
show you how what we perceive is not simply a

Paper Bag Players

at The Jewish Museum
See an elephant riding on a scooter, a giraffe profit theater company of adults who create
steering a car, a bird giving flying lessons, and and perform original, contemporary musical
more surprises in “That’s Quite Absurd!” the theater for children ages 3 through 8. Sunday,
latest fun-filled production from the Paper Bag March 11, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Players. Delight in the group’s classic blend of Scheuer Auditorium
cardboard and paper sets, whimsical stories, The Jewish Museum
lovable characters, and live music that will 1109 Fifth Avenue, Manhattan
have you and your family singing and dancing 212-423-3200
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Saturday, February 24 Torah, 85 West Mount Pleasant Avenue,

Livingston, 973-994-2620, www.surburbantorah.
Sensory Friendly Kidz Cabaret Series: Turtle
Dance Music aims to spark children’s curiosity
and imaginations through interactive, inclusive
musical performances that use a wide range of
Wednesday, March 14
instruments, stuffed animals, games, and tech- Story Time at Barnes & Nobles: Join in at 11 a.m.
nology. The sensory-friendly performance is for a story and fun-filled activity or craft in the
geared for Pre-K, grades K-5, and also students Children’s Department. Barnes & Nobles, 765
on the Autism Spectrum. 1 and 3 p.m. bergen- Route 17 South, Paramus, 201-445-4589.
PAC, 30 North Van Brunt Street, Englewood.
201-227-1030, Thursday, March 15
Great Family Challah Bake at Gerrard Berman:
Sunday, February 25:
The Pop Ups at The Jewish Museum: To wrap
Meet the Children’s Authors Join us at the Academies @ GBDS for a magical
night at the Great Family Challah Bake. Mothers,
up vacation week, the Museum presents a concert
by The Pop Ups at 11:30 a.m. for kids ages 3 to 8. at Teaneck Public Library fathers, sons, daughters, and grandparents are
invited to come together to make challah. The
evening, from 6 to 8 p.m., includes a kosher,
The Grammy-nominated band presents a special
acoustic concert featuring live drawing, puppets, The Teaneck Public Library will be a pot,” Ariel Bernstein, who wrote “I organic dinner, entertainment, prizes, and challah
and a costume party for the holiday of Purim. hub of activity on Sunday, February Have a Balloon,” Mike Malbrough, au- making. Cost $12 per person up to $36 for family
Tickets for the concert are $18 per person. The of 4. Registration is required. The Academies @
25, when four local children’s authors thor of “Marigold Bakes a Cake,” and GBDS, 45 Spruce Street, Oakland.
Jewish Museum, 1109 Fifth Avenue, Manhattan.
212-423-3200, will entertain youngsters and sign their Andria Rosenbaum, who wrote “Trains familychallah.
Bowling and Pizza Friendship Circle: Join in picture books in an afternoon filled Don’t Sleep.” It’s Not About the Cookie Jar: The Valley
a day of bowling and pizza from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Hospital will host a free community health pro-
with not only meet-and-greet the au- The books will be available for pur- gram, “It’s Not About the Cookie Jar” from 7
Garden Palace Lanes, 42 Lakeview Avenue,
thors, but also crafts, games, and lots chase from the Curious Reader book to 8:30 p.m. at The Valley Center for Health &
Clifton. Register by calling 973-694-4970 or at of giveaways. shop. Wellness, 1400 MacArthur Boulevard, Mahwah.
The session features childhood obesity expert Dr.
On hand from 1 to 4 p.m. will be The Teaneck Public Library is lo-
Thursday, March 1 Chana Stiefel, author of “Daddy De- cated at 840 Teaneck Road.
Sherry Saklowitz-Sukkar; psychiatrist Dr. Kai-Ping
Wang; and dietician Janet Brancato.
Picture Book Parade: Stories for youngsters 3 1/2
to 5 years old. For Paramus residents. Paramus
Public Library, 116 East Century Road, Paramus,
Friday, March 16
201-599-1300. Saturday, March 3 Shabbat Across America at Congregation B’nai
Musical Shabbat in Teaneck: Temple Emeth
Family Shabbat at Congregation B’nai Israel: holds its Shabbat music service at 8 p.m.
Arts & Crafts at Paramus Library: Stop by the Israel: Shabbat dinner from 6:30 to 8 p.m. will
Family Shabbat. For adults and children 12 and Congregants join Rabbi Steven Sirbu and Cantor
library after school from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. and include rituals, songs and prayers followed by a
older a learning service will take place in the Ellen Tilem and the Temple Emeth Band. 1666
make a special craft. Charles E. Reid Branch, 239 service and oneg. Dinner is $17 adults, $10 chil-
sanctuary at 10 a.m. For families with children Windsor Road, Teaneck, 201-833-1322, www.
West Midland Avenue, Paramus, 201-444-4911. dren 12 and under, a family cap of $45 and grand-
8 to 11, there is an 8-11 Club service from 10:30
parents cap of $60. Open to the public. RSVPs
Friday, March 2 to 11:30 a.m. For families with children 7 and required. Congregation B’nai Israel, 53 Palisades Tot Shabbat in Franklin Lakes: Tot Shabbat and
pizza dinner at Barnert Temple at 5 p.m. with
Rabbi Debra Orenstein at Starbucks: Rabbi younger, there will be a family Shabbat program Avenue, Emerson. 201-265-2272, office@bisrael.
from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. An informal lunch of com, Rabbi Rachel Steiner. Welcome pre-readers to this
Orenstein of Congregation B’nai Israel in Emerson
pizza, salads, ice cream and cookies follows the family-friendly service. Barnert Temple, 747 Route
is holding “office hours” throughout the commu-
nity. She’s there to chat, ask a question, or share a family service. Congregation B’nai Israel, 53 Sunday, March 11 208 South, Franklin Lakes. 201-848-1027, www.
Palisade Avenue, Emerson. 201-265-2272, www.
beverage. She will be at Starbucks, 126 Broadway Teaneck Dentist Checkup Party: There will be
in Hillsdale from 2:30 to 3:45 p.m. For more infor- 7 hygienists, 4 doctors, 1 magician and a lot of Tot Shabbat in Closter: Temple Beth El will hold
giveaways on hand at the checkup party, which its monthly informal Tot Shabbat led by Rabbi
mation, 201-265-2272,
Sunday, March 4 runs from 8:50 a.m. to 1 p.m. Get your child’s teeth David S. Widzer, Rabbi Beth Kramer-Mazer
Seussian Story Time: Celebrate Read Across
Voices in Harmony: Voices in Harmony is a checked. Teaneck Dentist, 1008 Teaneck Road, and student cantor Julie Staple at 5:15 p.m. Tot
America Day with a story time and craft program
musical celebrating student performance from 16 Teaneck, 201-837-3000, www.teaneckdentist. Shabbat is open to all nursery school-age children
at 4 p.m. No registration required. Teaneck Public
schools with students with disabilities. The per- com. and features song, stories, and crafts. Open to
Library, Teaneck 840 Teaneck Road, Teaneck. 201-
formance is at 2 p.m. bergenPAC, 30 North Van everyone. Temple Beth El, 221 Schraalenburgh
837-4171. Family Challah Bake in Montebello: Challah bake
Brunt Street, Englewood. 201-227-1030, www. Road, Closter, 201-768-5112.
Family Shabbat at Temple Emeth: Family for families with children 4 to 13 years old. For reli- gious school students, free, others $5 per person. Family Friendly Shabbat in Closter: Rabbi David
Shabbat services starting at 7:30 p.m.
S. Widzer, Rabbi Beth Kramer-Mazer and student
Temple Emeth, 1666 Windsor Road, Teaneck. Monday, March 5 RSVP to 10:30 to 11:30
a.m. Montebello Jewish Center, 34 Montebello cantor Julie Staple are joined by Rinat Beth El
Friendship Circle Mom’s Night Out: at 8 p.m. Road, Montebello, NY. 845-357-2430, www.mon- Junior Choir for a family friendly Shabbat Service
Location given upon RSVP. Enjoy a rejuvenating at 6:45 p.m. Temple Beth El, 221 Schraalenburgh
break dedicated mothers of Friendship Circle. At Road, Closter, 201-768-5112.
Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo Live: A family show featur-
8 p.m. 201-262-7172,
ing prehistoric creatures from down under. Shows
Monday, March 19
Wednesday, March 7 at 2 and 4 p.m. The performance is at 2 p.m. ber-
genPAC, 30 North Van Brunt Street, Englewood. Gaming Afternoon at Teaneck Library: Experts
Story Time at Barnes & Nobles: Join in at 11 a.m. 201-227-1030, and new players welcome. There is Wii & Xbox
for a story and fun-filled activity or craft in the 360. Bring your skills. Light refreshments. Grades
Children’s Department. Barnes & Nobles, 765 Monday, March 12 6 and up. From 1 to 2 p.m. Teaneck Public Library,
Route 17 South, Paramus, 201-445-4589. 840 Teaneck Road, Teaneck. 201-837-4171.
Seder Surprises: Hands-on ways to make your
Friday, March 9 seders an amazing, engaging, exciting and memo-
rable experience for your children. Sponsored by
Thursday, March 22
Auditions for “The 25th Annual Putnam County Congregations Shaare Tefillah, Yavneh Academy- Mummenschanz “You & Me”: For more than
Spelling Bee”: Auditions will be held at the Wayne YPAA, and Congregation Rinat Yisrael. 7:15 p.m. four decades, Mummenschanz has been inspiring
YMCA’s Rosen PAC for teens, ages 16 to 20. Congregation Rinat Yisrael, 389 West Englewood audiences all over the world with its wordless but
Callbacks will be held on Sunday, March 11. Tuition Avenue, Teaneck. extremely poetic visual theater productions. This
for the show, which will be performed in May, is vivid performance is fun for all ages. 8 p.m. ber-
Parenting Lecture: “We’re in this Together:
$330. The Y is located at 1 Pike Drive, Wayne. For genPAC, 30 North Van Brunt Street, Englewood.
Raising Confident and Competent Children
more details, 201-227-1030,
Voices in Harmony, see Sunday, March 4 through Cooperative Parenting.” 8 p.m. Surburban


Celebrate Purim Queen Anne Road, Teaneck, 201-836-6210,
Disney Purim in Woodcliff Lake:
Valley Chabad serving the Pascack Valley
Sunday, February 25 Wednesday, February 28 and Saddle River communities will hold
Purim Carnival at Temple Emeth: Join Purim Chagiga at Congregation a Disney-themed dinner and party at the
at 10 a.m. in for games, prized, and fun B’nai Yeshuran: CBY Purim Chagiga Hilton Woodcliff Lake. DJ entertainment,
for all ages. Come in costume. Temple Extravaganza with a magic show during Disney characters, full dinner, costume

Emeth, 1666 Windsor Road, Teaneck. 6:25 Megillah reading. Music and enter- mascarade, Megillah reading and more.
201-833-1322, tainment by JAP food, games, costume Beginning at 6 p.m. Hilton Woodcliff
Rubach Family Purim Celebration parade. Prizes for best costume. $30 Lake, 200 Tice Boulevard, Woodcliff Lake.
at the Kaplen JCC on the Palisades: per family. Congregation Bnai Yeshurun, RSVP:
Moon bounce, slides, games, inflatable 641 W Englewood Avenue, Teaneck,
201-836-8916, Thursday, March 1
photo booth, face painting, prizes, life-
size cartoon characters, snacks, a DJ, Shushan Street Purim in Closter: Purim Got Talent: Kids celebrate Purim
Israeli dancing, a Purim puppet show and Temple Beth El of Northern Valley and with Megillah reading, festive buffet
B’nai mitzvah sing-a-long (1:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.), and Temple Beth Or invites the community dinner, mishloach manot and Kids Got
Talent Show, see website for more infor-
more from 1 to 4 p.m. Sensory-friendly to a Shushan Street Purim celebration
from 6:30 to 8 p.m. See the Purim story mation. $15 per person. More at door. Bris
on January 27 at Temple hour from noon to 1 p.m. available for
Avrohom, 30-02 Fair Lawn Avenue, Fair
Emanuel of the Pascack children with special needs. Suggested enacted by Temple Beth El and Temple
entrance donation, $1 per person to be Beth Or clergy and staff. Sing along to Lawn, 201-791-7200,
Valley in Woodcliff Lake. donated to the Center for Food Action. your favorite Sesame Street songs with Sunday, March 4
Ride and game tickets sold on $25 Purim lyrics. There will be a Megillah Magical Purim in Westwood: The
JAKE COHEN cards for 30 tickets. Food available for reading. Come in costume. Temple Beth Jewish Federation of Northern NJ and the
separate purchase, Kaplen JCC on the El, 221 Schraalenburgh Road, Closter, 201- Bergen County Y are sponsoring a magic
Jake Cohen, son of Heather Palisades, 411 E. Clinton Avenue, Tenafly, 768-5112, performance by Magic Anthony, costume
Friedman and Randy Cohen 201-408-1485, Dance and Sing with Heichal parade and crafts and food event from
of Ridgewood, celebrated Purim Carnival at JCCP/CBT: JCC of HaTorah: The entire community to dance 9:30 to 11 a.m. Westwood Recreation
becoming a bar mitzvah Paramus/Congregation Beth Tikvah and sing with the students and rabbis of Center, 55 Jefferson Avenue, Westwood.
on January 27 at Temple & Congregation Beth Tefillah present the yeshiva at our annual Purim chagiga $10 family donation and canned food item.
2018 Purim featuring a carnival from beginning at 8:45 p.m. Featuring Eli and RSVP,
Israel & Jewish Community noon to 2 p.m. Carnival, bouncy castle, Bentzi Marcus from 8th Day. No alcohol Purim Carnival in Montebello: Purim
ADAM AGRESTI Center in Ridgewood. AMY KIMEL moonwalk, games, lunch, snacks, cotton permitted. The Jewish Center of Teaneck, Carnival from 10:30 a.m. to noon. All
Adam Nathaniel Agresti, Amy Kimel, daughter of candy and prize. Come in costume. 304 E. 70 Sterling Place, Teaneck. 201-335-0633, students should arrive at their regular
son of Ellen and Joe Agresti Erubey and Alexandru Midland Avenue, Paramus, 201-262-7691, ext. 1030, 9 a.m. time. Montebello Jewish Center, Purim Shpiel and Megillah Reading at 34 Montebello Road, Montebello, N.Y.
of Yorktown Heights, N.Y., Kimel of Montvale and sis- 845-357-2430,
Purim Carnival at the Jewish Center Congregation B’nai Israel: The annual
and brother of Jason, 21, ter of Valerie and Michelle, of Teaneck: Festive Purim carnival from Purim Shpiel and Megillah Reading will Purim at Fair Lawn Jewish Center/
celebrated becoming a bar celebrated becoming a 10 a.m. to noon in the Stein auditorium. take place at 7 p.m. Refreshments, includ- Congregation B’nai Israel: Join
mitzvah on January 20 at bat mitzvah on February Children’s games, inflatable’s, popcorn, ing hamantaschen, will be served. Bring a the Sisterhood and Men’s Progress
Temple Emanuel of the 3 at Temple Emanuel candy a raffle and more. Jewish Center non-perishable food item for food drive. Club of the Fair Lawn Jewish Center/
of Teaneck, 70 Sterling Place, Teaneck, Congregation B’nai Israel: 53 Palisade Congregation B’nai Israel at its
Pascack Valley in Woodcliff of the Pascack Valley in
201-833-0515, Avenue, Emerson, 201-265-2272, office@ annual Purim Carnival 10:30 a.m. to
Lake. His grandparents Woodcliff Lake. Purim Carnival at Congregation, 1 p.m. Games, arts and crafts, prizes,
are Ed and the late Enid B’nai Israel: Annual Purim carnival from Purim Carnival at Keter Torah: Keter food and more. No entry fee, just pay
Ruzinsky of Saddle River. 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Food, games, Torah and the ATARA Sisterhood will be to play. Put on your costume. Fair Lawn
prizes and fun. All in costume receive hosting their annual Purim carnival, fea- Jewish Center/Congregation B’nai
additional game tickets. Congregation, turing food, games, rides, face painting, Israel, 10-10 Norma Avenue, Fair Lawn.
ELIZABETH EPSTEIN B’nai Israel, 53 Palisade Avenue, Emerson balloon making and more following 6:45 201-796-5040,
Elizabeth Epstein, daugh- 201-265-2272,, www. Megillah reading. Congregation Keter The Whole Megillah in Montebello:
ter of Heather and Jordan Torah, 600 Roemer Avenue, Teaneck, 201- Join in for ice cream social for religious
Epstein of Woodcliff Lake Mom and Kids Hamantaschen Bake: 907-0180, school at 6 p.m., ma’ariv, costume
Make your own traditional hamataschen. Wednesday, February 28 parade and Megillah reading at 6:20
and sister of Evan, celebrat- Wednesday, and Purim Shpeil at 7:15
5 p.m. Must reserve. $18 per person. Bris Purim After Glow at Beth Aaron: 7 to 9
ed becoming a bat mitzvah Avrohom, 30-02 Fair Lawn Avenue, Fair p.m. The event is open to the public.
p.m. Beth Aaron Youth presents Purim After
on February 10 at Temple Lawn, 201-791-7200, Glow party Following Megillah. Tickets $12, Montebello Jewish Center, 34 Montebello
Emanuel of the Pascack under 2 free. Beth Aaron Congregation, 950 Road, Montebello, NY. 845-357-2430,
Valley in Woodcliff Lake.

Jordana Brief, daughter of
Spencer Schrager, son of
Jessica and Eric Schrager
of Paramus, celebrated
Jessica and Andrew Brief of becoming a bar mitzvah
Woodcliff Lake and sister on January 20 at Temple
of Sam and Ruby, celebrat- Emanuel of the Pascack
ed becoming a bat mitzvah Valley in Woodcliff Lake.

Purim continued from page 9

Twerski encourages close supervision of
5. Invite them to come up with teens on Purim. Have your teen tell you
some rules for themselves where they are going and who they will
Teens need to learn to think for them-
selves. If they come up with rules and
be with. Make sure that they have a cell
phone and remind them that they can
regulations for their own behavior they call you at anytime if they are in a bind
are more likely to stick with them. We or if they feel at all uncomfortable. Reit-
want to use language that is encouraging erate the dangers of drinking and driving
and affirms our belief that they can make and that they may never get into a car
good decisions. We can ask them the fol- with someone who is not sober.
lowing questions: “You know the chal- Teens need us to be supportive and
lenges of drinking and drugs. What rules loving as they move through these years Include:
should be in place for teens like you?” toward adulthood. Talking to them in re- 1 hours of skating (during public session)
Private decorated party room
“How can parents help kids make good spectful ways about tough issues and hav- Off ice party attendant
decisions? What do you need from us?” ing rules in place can help. Skate rental
Invitations for party guests
“What guidelines do you think you need Pizza and soda
to help keep yourself safe?” Adina Soclof is a parent, professional develop- Personalized Carvel ice cream cake
Before Purim and any other social ment instructor and speech pathologist, and Favors and candy
FREE skating pass for future use
event where there might be drinking founder of She can be Birthday child receives FREE Ice Vault T shirt
make sure to go over the rules that you reached at
have put in place with your teens. Rabbi


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