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Back to School
Checkups for a Healthy Year
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Positive Parenting. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6
Change your attitude

Too Cool for School . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7


The latest, greatest must-haves

Sartorially Smart. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8
Looks for school, shul

Checking Up on Health . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10
Getting in gear for the school year

Managing Diabetes. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12
Expert advice on the condition

Making Money Cents . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14


Financial institutions teaching youngsters

Going Gaga for Gaga . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15


New sports center opens in Bergen County

Honorable Menschen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16
Bat mitzvah girls donates challahs

Letting Off Steam . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17


After-school activities for balance

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Writing so it is right

School Listings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19
Schools, after-school programs, and more

Generation G. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29
An infant in Israel

Calendar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30
Things to do in September

Simchas . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31
Celebrating our milestones

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About Our Children is designed to help Jewish families in our area live healthy, positive lives that make the most of
the resources available to them. By providing useful, current, accurate information, this publication aims to guide
parents to essential information on faith, education, the arts, events, and child-raising in short, everything that
todays Jewish family, babies to grandparents, needs to live life to the fullest in North Jersey and Rockland County.

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Dr. Annette Berger, Psy.D.

Jane Calem Rosen

Psychologist, Teaneck

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love a fresh notebook. Especially for


a writer, a notebook is a wide-open
expanse for ideas. The truth is, most
of my notebooks arent filled with the
big ideas, but rather the scribbles of
notes I take for assignments.
If not my notes for a story, my notebooks get filled with lists. The list may
be the groceries needed to fill the fridge,
or it could be a tally of daily Weight
Watchers points (related to those groceries!), or perhaps the never-ending
to-do list, waiting to be scratched off
from to-do to done.
So I was pleased when on a recent
clothing shopping trip with Shaina,
I found a stack of pocket-sized notebooks on the counter made available
to customers. Like pens and magnets
bearing the stores name, the free notebook was a marketing tool. Still, I was
happy to take one.
The spiral-bound book had a colorful cover and was emblazoned with
a saying, something about Imagining.
Achieving. And Believing. The saying
was more affirmation than aphorism,

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musings from the editor


but definitely was an upbeat
positive thought intended to
dispel any clouds that drift
in during the daily grind.
Favoring plain, affirmationless covers, I wouldnt have
bought that particular notebook, but since the price was
right, it found my way into
my bag.
Perhaps because of
the words on the cover exhorting me to Imagine. Achieve. And
Believe, I decided against using this
notebook for one of my prosaic lists. Instead, I thought to use the notebook as
a so-called gratitude journal. Its a concept Ive read about, which has become
popularized on YouTube with lifestyle
gurus, and in magazines like live-yourbest-life Oprah.
While I do know the power of writing, I never kept a diary or wrote emotion-laden letters not meant to be sent.
But I was intrigued by the idea of a gratitude journal.
On one recent morning, I took pen

that made me feel good, but reading


and sharing those thoughts revived
that feeling.
That gratitude attitude could be because of little things, too. One morning
I slept in late and ran out to move my
car, and found myself most grateful that
the traffic agent was one car away from
me writing a ticket. He was on his way
to me, but I got there in the nick of time.
(I also was grateful to get a parking spot
in the first place!) A shift in perspective
really does make a difference.
Truth is, I have put only one entry
into my notebook, that very first one.
But now, as our childrens notebooks
will be getting filled with lessons from
English to math as the new academic
year unfolds, perhaps I can continue to
fill my own notebook with more words
of gratitude.
What a good lesson that would be.

to paper, and in my notebook, I listed the things


in my life for which I felt
grateful. The entry highlighted the biggies. The
kind, loving husband, the
beautiful, healthy children,
the health that I enjoy, the
interesting and meaningful
work, the consciousness
of a life with purpose, etc.,
etc., etc. It made me feel
good to write these things down.
When we remember, we try at our
Shabbos table to share with each other
something good that happened during
the week. (I know a woman who asks
her daughters to share a rose, a bud,
and a thorn at their table. The rose is
the good thing that happened; the bud
is a good thing on the horizon; and the
thorn is something that didnt quite go
as they wanted, but they learned from
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I grabbed the notebook and read it
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Way to Better Parenting

Change Your Attitude, Change Your Life


S LOV I E JU N G R E I S - WO L F F

ing yourself with positive


people, and concentrating
on choosing emotions like
tolerance and patience instead of anger and resentment are all keys to finding serenity.

friend confided that


she wakes up each
morning with a tight
feeling in her chest. The
news is so frightening, life
and family pressures pull
me, and sometimes I just
cant take it anymore. It
is easy to fall into negativity but we can help ourselves become happier and
more positive.
While there are certain situations we cannot
change, our attitude and
spirit can most definitely
influence our moods. When
we focus on transforming
our outlook we breathe new
energy into our daily lives.
If you want to be a happier
person, a happier parent,
begin by identifying where you
can change.

Happiness is Our Choice


It is time to stop pointing fingers. Blaming others, being
the martyr in a relationship, or
thinking that it is always someone elses fault is a waste of our
time and energy. We can accuse
our boss, spouse, mother-inlaw, or karma for our unhappiness. Or we can decide that we
choose our feelings, and no one
can force us to choose misery.
Once we accept that happiness
is a choice, we begin to own
our life. The moment we realize
that this is true we start taking
responsibility for our actions
and moods. Life is too short to
walk around in a chronic state
of unhappiness.

Stop Expecting
We create our own obstacles
by expecting behaviors and actions from others and then being let down. Once we stop anticipating we can move on and
grow wiser. Too often we feel
slighted or overlooked while in
reality we caused our own bad
feelings with unrealistic hopes.
A mother of teenagers
shared that her own mother is
constantly disappointing her.
Birthdays, anniversaries, and
graduations go by without be-

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Rid Yourself of Envy

ing acknowledged. Every conversation is a self-centered


dialogue. Here is this woman,
already a mother of grown children herself, finding herself
lost in child-like emotions because her mother cannot meet
her expectations.
Wouldnt it be wonderful if things were different? Of
course it would be. But her
mother is not changing, and
thats a fact.
After years of hinting, discussing, and analyzing the bottom line is that the only way
to stop feeling frustrated is to
stop expecting alternative behavior. If this mother can take
her experience and use it to
acknowledge her own children
with love and attention, then at
least the experience will have
been purposeful.

tal duties, busy with balancing


budgets and responsibilities
while good friends are left on
the wayside. Sometimes we
need to take a step back and
ask ourselves if we have invested enough hours and energy
into our relationships.
Spouses count as friends,
too. If all we do is talk about the
children, problems, and credit
card bills, we have failed to cultivate the most cherished ingredient of marriage. Love cannot
grow without nourishing the
friendship between husband
and wife.
Our
burdens
become
lighter and our joys become
sweeter when we share them
with friends. Dont wake up one
day to realize that you have lost
touch and taken the best people in your life for granted.

Invest in Friendships

Put the Past Behind You

Ethics of the Fathers teaches


us to Acquire for yourself a
friend. Our sages recognize
how vital companionship is to
our quality of life. Hundreds of
Facebook friends dont count.
One good friend, who is loyal,
kind, wishes you well, and
shows good character is all
you need.
But time creates distance.
We become obsessed with our
careers, engrossed in paren-

Stop living life while looking in


the rear view mirror. We bring
ourselves down when we cant
let go of past hurts and mistakes. Allow yourself to say
goodbye to the chaos that has
hounded you. This takes inner
courage and strength. But if
you continue to hold on to the
pain you will never see yourself
as a potent force in your life.
You are grieving, hurting, and
aching but you are not living.

We are either the sons of


our past or fathers of our future.
Victor Frankl explained that we
are either the sons of our past
or fathers of our future. When
we are no longer able to change
a situation, we are challenged
to change ourselves.
I often meet people who tell
me that it is impossible for them
to be a good father or mother
because their parent was such
a failure. Instead of working on
parenting skills, they opt to walk
away from their families and
spend years talking about what
dysfunctional parents they had.
A new generation is being raised
and there is another vacuum in
the place where love and guidance should lead. What an awful
way to live.
You can break the cycle
and fix the mess if you can
make peace with your past. Ask
yourself this question: How can
I make my today better than my
yesterday? Give yourself real
goals to help you move on. Embrace the people in your life instead of creating barriers. If you
see that you are struggling with
holding onto a grudge or that
you cant move forward, realize
that you are allowing your past
to destroy your future. It is up
to you to discover the desire
within to live life better. Studying Torahs wisdom, surround-

Jealousy creates bitterness.


It brings out the ugly side in
a person. Envy consumes;
it does not allow you to enjoy your blessings. Instead
you are too busy counting
everyone elses good fortune. Resentment grows as
you view others Instagram
photos, track vacations on
Facebook, and attend weddings and bar mitzvahs
with a begrudging eye.
What about me? you wonder. You dont realize how
unpleasant your comments
have become. You slowly suck
the joy out of every happy occasion. By focusing on what
you believe you are missing,
you lose touch with the good
that you have been given. Discontent eats away any satisfaction you may have had.
Many wonder about the
power of ayin hara-the evil
eye. Rabbi Eliyahu Dessler
teaches that an evil eye only
has power on someone who
possesses an evil eye himself. If one has a good eye
and wishes others well, he
has nothing to fear. Lets use
this teaching as a catalyst to
rid ourselves of envy. We will
discover that contentment is
within reach. How much happier we will feel!
Why continue wasting
emotions and energy on negative thinking? Despite the challenges it is possible to change
our attitudes and transform
our lives. Happiness is within
reach. You can put these five
points into practice and work
on making it happen.
Slovie Jungreis-Wolff is a parenting
and relationship coach and the
author of Raising a Child With
Soul, (St. Martins Press).

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CO M P I L E D BY H E I D I M A E B RAT T

Back-to-school items have come a long way from black-and-white marbled notebooks,
sweet-smelling white paste, and basic yellow colored number 2 pencils. There are lots of funky
and creative school supply items available that make carrying your books and your lunch, or taking
notes and learning your abcs a lot more fun. Here are some that weve put together. Enjoy!

Earase the Mistakes

Dont Gogh getting all upset over a simple


mistake. We all make mistakes, artistic or
otherwise. Grab the Ear-aser to fix it. This
soft, long-lasting eraser is both fun and
useful.
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Smells Good

At just over an inch-around, the vanillascented Macaron Erasers are the most perfectly delicious looking eraser for school. A
confection-ate idea as a token for appreciating a childs good work at school.
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Never Too Young to Read


Books for babes from Milk and Honey.
Choose from the classics to sports.
Milk & Honey, 11 Grand Ave., Englewood,
201-871-2111
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Most Organized Meal

With Yumbox, each kid-friendly, bento-style


lunchbox teaches nutrition through a preportioned design and an illustrated serving
tray. From vegetables to proteins, it shows
how much of each food group should be
consumed while encouraging greater variety.
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Exponential Sandwich

Resembling a real sandwich, this Sandwich


Style Lunchbox is a fun way to protect your
lunch or to carry a snack. You can follow
the outside lead or not.
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Up, Up and Away

This cool, blue starry sky wings backpack


is a flying great idea for carrying all the
necessary school supplies. It also makes a
great conversation starter.
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Drawing by Numbers

Not only will you be able to perform


numeric calculations with this solarpowered calculator, youll also be able to
draw whatever pictures and numbers you
want on it. You start with a blank sheet for
creativity.
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Your child can build Hebrew skills and a


house at the same time. This set of 27
wooden blocks, embossed with the letters of the Hebrew alphabet, available at
Pumpkin & Bean, makes learning the aleph,
bet a fun experience.
Milk & Honey, 11 Grand Ave., Englewood,
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Picky Writer

You can write all of your day-to-day notes,


letters, memos and scribbles with this
brightly colored, textured porcupine pen.
Its covered with soft, rubbery spines, so
when your hands need a break, this pen
provides a unique tactile experience.
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Block Party Backpack

Another way to haul it all is with this mighty


tower of power and punch. Squares this
rare are the first way to go to school with
this heavy metal blok full pack.
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ew school clothing is a rite of passage, like starting the academic


year with a fresh new notebook.
Whats hot and new this season?
For girls, the must-haves include
anything with a lace up, clothing in real
suede or faux suede, knit dresses, tshirts, and sweatshirts with lace-up front
or lace-up shoulder detail, according to
style maven Susan Silverstein, buyer at
Marcias Attic for Kids in Englewood.
Faux suede is very hot and can be

worn in dresses or in updated 60s-style


skirts, including suede skirts with snaps
up the front either in solid colors or a
patchwork of different colors.
Fur and faux fur in rich jewel tones of
purple, sapphire and emerald continue
to be strong in accessories including
vests, pom-poms on hats and gloves. Fur
vests can be worn over jeans or leggings;
fur shrugs over dresses for dress up occasions, and hats and gloves for every
day that the temperatures dip
For boys, suits are making a comeback in novelty patterns and with nar-

rower pants, either paired with a round


neck t-shirt, and sneakers for a very
Southern Californian look or with a button front shirt and snazzy tie for real
dress up.
At Emporio in Teaneck, the store
is featuring an array of back-to-school
specials. On sale now are Princeton allcotton 2-ply pants, selling for $29.95 and
Princeton boys all-cotton shirts that are
selling for $19.95 to $24.95. There are
also specially priced shoes great for a
dressier look, including Nardelli Cambridge and Carlisle slip-on loafers, which

are selling for $59.


At Carlyz Craze, also in Teaneck,
owners Alene Brodsky and Wendy
Borodkin say they are helping their
customers connect to their inner,
cozy, spirit.
This fall we are loving soft, richcolored, fabrics and textures that are full
of character. Create your personal style
and look forward to the new season at
Carlyz Craze.
Heidi Mae Bratt is the editor of About Our
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Checkups to Start the School Year


H E I D I M A E B RAT T

ry getting the end-of-the-year


health provider appointment for
your child. Its a busy time no
doubt, a time when doctors, dentists
and other health professionals are setting the course for their young patients
so they can have a healthy school year.
This is a very busy time for checkups, says Dr. Howard Friedman, owner of
Washington Avenue Pediatrics in Bergenfield. Of course, we see a lot fewer sick
visits, and its nice to see healthy kids,
but this is the time of year (right before
school) when people come in to squeeze
a visit.
Advice abounds for the upcoming
school year. From making sure that a
child gets proper nutrition, to making
sure he or she gets ample exercise, to
making sure that the teeth are properly
brushed, flossed, and irrigated.
When it comes down to it, eating
properly and exercising are two of the

most critical things to do, whether the


child is overweight, underweight or a
normal weight, says Dr. Friedman.
Its important to set the stage for
the school year and enroll youngsters in
some activity as it gets more challenging
once the outdoor season is over.
Another key thing and boilerplate
for the annual checkup is to make sure
that preventable illnesses are in fact prevented and that the young patients are
up-to-date on their vaccinations.
We want to prevent illnesses and
make sure that the patients are properly
vaccinated, Dr. Friedman says.
Even getting ready for flu season is
happening right now.
Some doctors have started to give
flu shots with their beginning of school
year visits.
At his practice, Dr. Friedman says
that in late October or November his
practice dedicates the day, usually a
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In addition to making sure that a patient is up-to-date with vaccines and starts
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food and exercise, Dr. Harry Banschick,
director of Pediatrics at Holy Name Hospital who has his practice in Fort Lee,
says that checking on the cardiac health
of student athletes is also something that
doctors are required to do.
Typically, he says that checking a patients cardiac health is a routine part of
a thorough exam.
Student athletes have always needed
a doctors letter ensuring their health
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Dr. Banschick also underscored the
import of activities that are outside,
even in the cold weather.
Get your child outside and into some
program, even in the cold weather, because viruses spread inside and not outside. Its better to be outside where the
are is circulating, Dr. Banschick says.
Another important thing when it
comes to germs is to teach youngsters
good hygiene for sneezing and coughing. That is sneeze and cough into your
elbow to try and prevent the spread of
airborne germs.
When it comes to dental health, Dr.
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their youngsters get their twice a year
dental checkups. To that end, the practice puts on a Checkup Party twice a year;
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makes animal balloons, Dr. Gertler says.
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For all patients, Dr. Gertler recommends an electric toothbrush and oral
irrigation, such as a water pick, and of
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nutritional fluoride in the form of vitamins, since the water in Bergen County
does not have fluoride.
And, Dr. Gertler adds not quite jokingly, Avoid the candy man at shul.
Dr. Mordhay Rubinchik of Smiles of
Fair Lawn said that cavities dont just
disappear when the braces come off or
the pimples clear up. He has a collegebound patient who before she heads
out to school is scheduled a last-minute
appointment to see him to take care of
three cavities.
You must observe the rules of
brushing at least two times a day, said
Dr. Rubinchik. You must brush your
teeth and floss your teeth and you must
see a dentist two times a year to maintain your good dental health.
Dr. Yiska Furman of Promenade Dental Care in Fair Lawn said, Parents often
think dental hygiene is just about brushing and flossing. Of course those are essential, but overall healthy habits are also

very important for a childs teeth and


gums. Avoiding frequent snacking and eating a diet with plenty of minerals and vitamins such as calcium and vitamin D will
help keep your childrens mouths healthy.
It is also important to make sure that
children get enough dietary fluoride in
addition to the kind that is in toothpaste,
which unfortunately not every town puts
in its drinking water. For people who live
in places without fluoridated water I recommend bottled water with added fluoride or a fluoride supplement that your
dentist can prescribe. Lastly, remember,
everyone should wear a mouth guard
when playing sports.
Dr. Furman continues: Parents are
often on the run and in addition to avoiding sugary snacks, brushing, and flossing,
one piece of advice I give all my on-thego adult patients is to avoid sipping coffee all day. The acid in coffee temporarily
weakens the enamel on teeth and if someone sips coffee rather than drinking the
whole cup, the teeth dont have a chance
to strengthen and can become more susceptible to cavities and other problems. I
also recommend that patients try to drink
coffee through a straw, minimizing the
contact of the acid on your teeth
Right before school starts is prime
time for children to get their eyes
checked because seeing right can

translate into reading and writing right,


says Dr. Steven Starkman, optometric
physician and owner of Czin Optical in
Teaneck. This is also the time to discover potential vision problems that can
present as other issues, such as learning difficulties, behavioral problems, or
even allergies, he says.
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H E I D I M A E B RAT T

iabetes is one of the most common diseases in school-aged


children. About 208,000 young
people, those under 20, have been diagnosed with the disease in the United
States. That figure is about one quarter
of the number of overall cases of diabetes, according the American Diabetes Association.
Starting school is always a challenge, and youngsters with diabetes
bring along an additional challenge of
managing the disease, and having a
healthy and happy school year.
About Our Children consulted with

Dr. Paul Pelavin, chief of pediatric endocrinology at the Valley Medical Group,
on the topic of children and diabetes.
About Our Children: Are we seeing
more incidence of diabetes in children?
Type 1, Type 2? And why?
Dr. Paul Pelavin: Yes, the rates of
both type 1 and type 2 diabetes are increasing in children. This rise in incidence is thought to be due to multiple
reasons, including a marked rise in obesity (which increases the rate of both
Type 1 and Type 2) in children over the
past few decades. In addition, the hygiene hypothesis also is an explanation
for the increase in Type 1 diabetes. The
hygiene hypothesis states that a lack of

early childhood exposure to infectious


agents, normal symbiotic microorganisms (such as the bacteria which live in
our intestines without causing illness),
and parasites increases susceptibility to
allergic diseases by suppressing the natural development of the immune system.
AOC: Now that were going into
the school year, what advice do you
give parents, children, and school administrators to safeguard children who
have diabetes?
Dr. Pelavin: Parents should meet

with their childs school nurse to review


their physicians orders on how to manage their diabetes in school. Pediatric
endocrinologists also recommend that
all children with diabetes wear Medicalert bracelets or necklaces stating
their diagnosis and emergency contact
information. Finally, parents of children
with diabetes should be aware of the
benefits of their child being on a continuous glucose monitor systems (CGMS).
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their childrens continuous glucose values on their
own smartphones.
AOC: What can be done in terms of prevention?
Dr. Pelavin: Unfortunately, Type 1 diabetes cannot
be prevented, although research is being done to determine if there are ways to prevent this disease. In
contrast, Type 2 diabetes definitely can be prevented,
primarily by preventing children from becoming overweight or, if their child is already overweight or obese,
working with their pediatrician to come up with a plan
to improve a childs weight. If a child is persistently
overweight despite their best efforts and collaborating
with their general pediatrician, a child should see a pediatric weight specialist for further help. For example,

Valley Hospital has a Center for Pediatric Wellness and


Weight Management, which does superb work to help
children with excess weight improve their weight and
metabolic health. This program, which is based in Park
Ridge was founded and is directed by Dr. Sherry Sakowitz, and parents can call to schedule an appointment at
201-391-0846.
AOC: Any new treatments that are being used or
that are on the horizon?
Dr. Pelavin: There are many new treatments for
Type 1 diabetes on the horizon, primarily new insulin
pumps and continuous glucose sensors, some of which
will be combined into artificial pancreas systems. I am
not aware of any new FDA-approved drugs to treat Type
2 diabetes, although fortunately many children with

Type 2 diabetes can remain relatively well-controlled


with Metformin, the only FDA-approved oral medication for Type 2 diabetes for children. Children who cannot be controlled with Metformin are prescribed insulin. However, I anticipate that at least a few of the many
other drugs that are FDA-approved for Type 2 diabetes
in adults will eventually be FDA-approved for children.
AOC: Anything you would like to add?
Dr. Pelavin: Although having a child with Type 1
or Type 2 diabetes can be a struggle at times, if parents work closely with their childs endocrinologist
and school, the challenges of diabetes can definitely be
made easier.
Heidi Mae Bratt is the editor of About Our Children.

Diabetes Superfoods
Ever see the top 10 lists for foods everyone should
eat to superpower your diet? As with all foods, the
diabetes superfoods need to be worked into individualized meal plan in appropriate portions.
All of the foods listed have a low glycemic index
or GI and provide key nutrients such as: calcium,
potassium, fiber, magnesium, vitamins A (as carotenoids), C, and E.

Beans

Whether kidney, pinto, navy, or black beans, there is much


nutrition provided by beans. They are very high in fiber, giving
bout of your daily requirement in just a cup, and are also
good sources of magnesium and potassium. They are considered starchy vegetables, but cup provides as much protein
as an ounce of meat without the saturated fat. To save time
you can use canned beans, but be sure to drain and rinse
them to get rid of as much sodium as possible.

Dark Green Leafy Vegetables

Spinach, collards and kale are powerhouse foods are so low


in calories and carbohydrate.

Citrus Fruit

Grapefruit, oranges, lemons, and limes. Pick favorites and get


part of your daily dose of soluble fiber and vitamin C.

Sweet Potatoes

A starchy vegetable packed full of vitamin A and fiber. Try


instead of white potatoes for a lower GI alternative.

Berries

Blueberries, strawberries and other varieties are packed with


antioxidants, vitamins and fiber. Make a parfait alternating the
fruit with light, non-fat yogurt for a new favorite dessert.

Tomatoes

An old standby where everyone can find a favorite. The good


news is that no matter how you like your tomatoes, pureed,
raw, or in a sauce, youre eating vital nutrients like vitamin C,
iron, vitamin E.

Helping kids grow up healthy and strong.

Fish High in Omega-3 Fatty Acids

Salmon is a favorite in this category. Stay away from the


breaded and deep fat fried variety.

Whole Grains

Its the germ and bran of the whole grain that count. It contains all the nutrients a grain product has to offer. When you
purchase processed grains like bread made from enriched
wheat flour, you dont get these. A few more of the nutrients
these foods offer are magnesium, chromium, omega 3 fatty
acids and folate. Pearled barley and oatmeal are a source of
fiber and potassium.

Nuts

An ounce of nuts can go a long way in providing key healthy


fats along with hunger management. Other benefits are a
dose of magnesium and fiber. Some nuts and seeds, such as
walnuts and flax seeds, also contain omega-3 fatty acids.

Harry Banschick, MD, board-certified pediatrician, understands kids


and what it takes to keep them healthy. From well-baby visits to backto-school checkups, he provides expert care with a smile. Named a top
doctor by New York Magazine and Castle Connolly, hes part of an entire
team of specialists dedicated to ensuring that your childs health is in
the best possible hands.
To make an appointment with Dr. Banschick, call 201-592-9210, or visit holyname.org.

Fat-free Milk and Yogurt

Everyone knows dairy can help build strong bones and teeth.
In addition to calcium, many fortified dairy products are a
good source of vitamin D. More research is emerging on the
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Financial Institutions Teach Money ABCs


H E I D I M A E B RAT T

hey say time is money.


Well, so are great grades. At
least that is part of the incentive being offered at various financial
institutions to help motivate, and then
reward its youngest members who do
well in school. With every top grade,
the student gets a bonus bump in their
accounts. Experts say that dollars-forgrades programs can help teach financial literacy, while encouraging students
to achieve academically.
More than ever when daily transactions are done with a swipe or an insertion of a chip on a card, where money
isnt seen as greenback dollars and silvery coins but rather as shiny plastic
(true story: one mother said she understood why her daughter couldnt count
money because the mom always used
plastic for all their shopping), learning
about money basicsresponsible use,
budgeting, saving, investingrequires
education on all fronts.
Thus, many financial institutions,

such as banks and credit unions, are


stepping up to the plate with education
and programs in-house to help youngsters learn about money.
For example, at Greater Alliance
Federal Credit Union, which has
branches in Paramus, Hackensack and
Paterson, student account holders in
grades 9th through 12th can get $3 added to their accounts for every A grade
that they receive in their high school
classes, says Sheryline Ingersoll, director of marketing at Greater Alliance
Federal Credit Union.
In addition, new members up to 21
years old can receive a good return on
their deposits, 3 percent on their first
$1,000. And, on the anniversary of their
account opening date, students get a
$10 Visa gift card voucher as a token
of appreciation.
Greater Alliance also offers a youth
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Since
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the
various programs geared to
young members, launched
last November, Ms. Ingersoll says, weve seen a real
increase of our youth account membership.
At Visions Federal Credit
Union, a variety of youth services are available. In addition, Visions has partnered
with ex-NBA player and ESPNs Jay Williams in an effort
to help educate young people
about financial literacy.
While we support our
youngest savers all year long,
we look forward to April of
each year as all credit unions
celebrate Youth Month, says
Mandy DeHate, assistant vice
president of marketing for Visions FCU. In April 2016, we
brought in a record number
of new accounts thanks to the
efforts of our staff. Its always
uplifting to see new members join our Kirby Kangaroo Club and start their very
own account.
One of Visions most popular programs is the Kirby
Kangaroo Program designed
for children age 12 and under,
who learn basic saving principles, receive a reward such as a toy or game for
in-person cash deposits, special quarterly newsletter from Kirby Kangaroo, and,
at some locations, special parties with
Kirby Kangaroo.
Its Save, Spend, Share Program
aimed at non-profits and youth-centered
groups features an interactive story
that is read to the children, and at the
end they are given an activity to create
a three-segmented bank. One section
of the bank is for save one for spend
and the final for share, to learn about
these concepts.
In its financial literacy presentations, Visions offers a variety of classes
for middle and high school students that
cover the basics, such as check writing
and learning about dividends. The older
students learn about credit and the importance of having, and of building a
FICO score. Other topics include what
to do with the paycheck from your first
job, not sharing your online banking information with others, being smart with
your money, and saving for the future.
Visions has also done a mock money
scenario, its Life is a Reality program, a
social exercise for high school juniors
and seniors. The students select a career and work out take-home monthly
pay after taxes, insurance and other

expenses. The student goes through


a cycle of 10 tables, staffed by Visions
Federal Credit Union employees, and
encounters a life expense. They are
presented with choices and need to
make a decision based on their monthly
take-home salary. They make decisions
on things like housing (own or rent),
utilities, saving for retirement, groceries,
transportation, medical insurance, and
even are confronted with charitable acts
such as donating their time or talents.
At the end of the exercise, the goal is for
each student to have $200 left in his or
her checking account.
The credit union has also awarded
27 members with a total of $23,250 in
scholarship monies last year.
Cash for grades is also an incentive
at North Jersey Federal Credit Union
through their Kids Kash Klub, where up
to five As can fetch a student member
$15 ($3 an A) in their accounts, says
Lisa Bogart, director of marketing for
North Jersey Federal Credit Union. The
credit union also runs a very limited supervised, student-run branch at John F.
Kennedy High School in Paterson, where
students get a chance to learn the fundamentals of the financial institution.
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Going Gaga
Over Gaga

with a group, while not necessarily being on a team


and the chance to have success at something that gets
his heart racing.
In addition, the Gagasphere will feature GagaStrong,
programming that offers unique classes for children with
all types of special needs, be they social, developmental,
or physical.

Although the facility and programs will be geared


towards the 5 to 14-year-old set, adults and older teens
will be able to get in on the action as well. Future plans
include ideas for adult league play and open pit time at
the facility.
Heidi Mae Bratt is the editor of About Our Children.

H E I D I M A E B RAT T

ven when summer is a distant memory, local


youngsters will still be able to play and enjoy gaga,
their favorite camp game at a brand-new, yearround dedicated gaga center opening in Bergen County,
thanks to the effort of two Glen Rock mompreneurs.
Pamela Diamond and Leslie Schraer Kossar, both
members of the Glen Rock Jewish Center who met
when their daughters attended the synagogues preschool, have teamed up to create the new center in
Waldwick, the first in Northern Jersey to fill a void for
a sport that is beloved by many children, including
their own.
My son came home from summer camp (Deerkill
Day Camp in Suffern) asking to have a gaga birthday
party, says Ms. Diamond, who in addition to being
a mother to Ethan, 10, Reese, 8, and Jesse, 5, is also
pediatric physical therapist.
After looking around, we realized that a facility
dedicated to playing gaga didnt exist in northern New
Jersey. So we built it, she says.
The Gagasphere, as the center is know, is located in
3,100-square foot facility on Franklin Turnpike in Waldwick, and includes three gaga pits in which children 5
to 14 years old can play the fast-paced game that has
its roots in Israel and is enjoying a revived popularity.
The Gagasphere is set to open on Sept. 1 and will offer
after-school classes, open pit times and opportunities
for birthday parties and more.
Gaga, which means touch, touch in Hebrew, is a
fast-paced group game played with a soft round ball,
in an enclosure called a pit. The object of the game is
to strike the ball with an open hand into other players,
hitting them below the waist, while being sure not to
be hit. If the ball hits youyoure outbut if youre
standing on the sidelines and catch the ball, youre
back in. So players are engaged even when they are not
in the pit. Players are eliminated until only the winner
is left in the pit.
The game is known as the great equalizer because youngsters of all ages and abilities can play at
the same time.
Games typically last about five to 10 minutes, says
Ms. Kossar Schraer, who is mother to Carson, 13, and
Cali, 8, and has worked in marketing. The game is constantly changing and the kids are continuously moving,
so they are exercising but they dont even know it.
My son is not your typical athlete, she says. He
doesnt love organized team sports, but gaga is different. He loves the competitive nature, the ability to play

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H E I D I M A E B RAT T

Donations include many non-perishable items, such as cereal, tuna fish,


canned vegetables, and even fresh prohen she was wondering what
duce from the garden of Teanecks Temto do for her bat mitzvah projple Emeth, but never did they receive
ect, Harlee Hayden decided to
freshly baked challahs, she says.
mix together a little of this a little of that,
The kids that volunteer here are
and a lot of love.
wonderful, says Ms. Preschel. I cant
Harlee took her love of baking; her
say enough about them.
desire to make a palatable difference in
For Harlee, 12, it was at the suggespeoples lives, the advice and even a rection of Rabbi Orenstein to do the challah
ipe from her familys rabbi, Rabbi Debra
baking, and to donate to the food pantry,
Orenstein of Bnai Israel in Emerson, and
and she took on the mitzvah with gusto,
kneaded the ingredients all together.
says her mother Jill Hayden, who lives in
The result? Delicious and beautiHillsdale with her family, husband, Scott
ful freshly baked challahs that Harlee
and 15-year-old daughter, Bari.
has donated weekly this summer to the
Harlee already was a baking maven,
Helping Hands Food Pantry in Teaneck.
making killer brownies. But challah was
Harlee has come in delivering a
a new challenge. It took some 16 pounds
dozen challahs at a time, says Janice
of flour to make the dozen or so chalPreschel, director of the Helping Hands
Harlee Hayden busy making challah.
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She delivered a few dozen earlier in
creative and she wants to give to othserves about 200 families.
the summer, and then took a break when
she went to camp. But the day she got
home from her month-long stint at sleepaway camp, she was at it again baking
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I think she will continue baking,
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Her mother said that the organization


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Ive very happy to be doing this,
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to kids from ages 6 to 16


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2016
MIT Grad; Software Engineer
(8 years with ICA)

Max Yelsky

4th Year Johns Hopkins University


(12 Years with the ICA)

Mark Aksen

2nd Year Princeton


(11 years with ICA)

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(12 Years with the ICA)

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OurChildren
About

All School and No Play


Is Not a Good for the Soul
H E I D I M A E B RAT T

ts going to be a long school day and


letting off a bit of steam, whether it is
physical or mental, is what is necessary to maintain a youngsters balance.
Fortunately, in this area, there are no
shortages as to what can be done after
school, from sports options to chess, to
dancing to swimming, and everything
in between.
Experts say that while youngsters
may be busy, busy, busy with school
days, while its not wise to over-schedule a child, a healthy balance is a very
good thing.
At Cresskill Performing Arts in
Cresskill, there are small classes, great
teachers and an inclusive nurturing environment in which students can learn
all kinds of dance from ballet, point, hiphop and more. In addition, your child

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can work off steam through gymnastics,


acting and musical theater. New this
year at Cresskill, Rhythm Works Integrative Dance is available for students with
learning differences and special needs.
At the Performing Arts School at bergenPAC in Englewood, students can get
arts training in dance, theater and music
where industry professionals work to
train students and help them gain real
world experience.
If the cerebral steam needs to be
worked off a bit, there is plenty going on
at International Chess Academy, where
youngsters can learn to play chess, one
of the worlds oldest and most popular games. The academy offers private,
group and after-school lessons for students whose level runs the gamut from
beginner to master.
Are sports more the thing for
your child?

Besides just getting out in the great


outdoors and heading to a nearby park,
there are so many facilities with many
different activities. Bounce U in Paramus
and other locations, one of the most
popular party places in the area, hosts
open bounce time where youngsters can
come in and enjoy the great inflatables
as they really work off steam.
For the last 20 years, the Soccer
Coliseum at Teaneck Armory has helped
youngsters build their skills and confidence in the game that puts your best
foot forward. Soccer Coliseum has
helped children of all levels learn and
enjoy the sport.
The Kaplen JCC on the Palisades
in Tenafly is a universe unto itself with
after-school activities for every interest,
from swimming to basketball to the arts,
dance, theater and music and so much in
between. There are classes galore. The

JCC also boasts one of the best youth


gyms for young people to work out in a
more formal gym setting.
For ice skating all year round, youngsters can head over to Wayne to enjoy
the capacious arena and rink at Ice Vault
Skating Arena. The Ice Vault has various
activities for children of all ages. Various
activities include public sessions, hockey
clinics, hockey teams, figure skating, freestyle, and Learn to Skate programs.
At Tumble-Bee Gymnastics in
Nanuet, NY, the facility since 1995 has
been nationally recognized as Fun & Fit
Gymnastics after-school program for
children entering kindergarten through
sixth grade. The well trained instructors
will teach your children the skills that
will give them confidence in the future.
Heidi Mae Bratt is the editor of About
Our Children.

8/23/16 3:16 PM

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OurChildren
About

At Temple Emeth religious school,


everybodys welcome!
And now, tuition is FREE!

For years, superheroes, cowgirls, and other trendsetters have chosen Temple
Emeth as their spiritual home. Now weve made it easier than ever to enroll
your child in our dynamic religious school. Sign up now, and the tuition for
your PreK-2 student or your new student in grades K-7 will be FREE, yes, FREE.
Weve got new lower fees for continuing students, too. Call now!
Bring this ad when you visit and well have a free gift for you.

A REFORM CONGREGATION

1666 WINDSOR ROAD, TEANECK, NJ 07666 www.emeth.org 201-833-8466

Community, Spirituality, Education (and Fun, too!)

Pursuing
the Writing Prompt
for Compelling
College Essays
D E B O RA H B R E S LOW

arents of college-bound students


are learning quickly that applying
to college is much different than it
was 50 years ago. My parents handled
the process like this: These are the
schools we can afford. Brochures will
arrive in two to four weeks. Of the five
schools to which I applied, I visited two.
My guidance counselor coached the basketball team, so we trusted him. I have
no recollection of writing an essay. If I
did, I was probably instructed to tell us

a little about yourself.


Heres what you might be hearing today: I hate writing. You write it.
Theres no way Im writing 650 words
about a problem Ive solved. Can I
write about when Buddy died? Im only
applying to schools that accept the Common Application. How am I supposed
to write 300 words on Why BU? Ive
never even been there! Not only are
you forcing me to apply to Cornell, but
their two supplements are impossible!

Essays continued on page 28

2016 - Temple Emeth Religious School - Revised Promotional Dues Ad #2 - Rev.


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Dynamic Reform Jewish Education in an exciting, nurturing & creative environment

TBS Religious School


Link between early childhood and
religious school experiences
Largest Reform Religious School
in the county
Fosters strong Jewish identities
Social and Emotional learning
through a Jewish lens
Hebrew and Jewish literacy
cultivating family pride

TBS Nursery School


Baby Steps Mommy and Me
Toddlers 3-Day Program
Learning as we play
3 Year Old 3-Day or 5-Day Program
with enrichment options
4 Year Old 5-Day Program
with enrichment options
Stories, puppets and songs with
Rabbi Leiken and Cantor Anna

Call Education Director, Marilyn Fellows at

Call Nursery School Director, Lori Scott at

845.638.0770 tbsreligiousschool@gmail.com

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View photos of our Nursery and Religious schools at tbsrockland.com


Temple Beth Sholom 228 New Hempstead Road New City, New York 10956

More than 383,000 likes

Like us on Facebook
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Free monthly
Sunday Special
program for
4- to 7-year-olds
beginning Sept. 18
with Drum Tales

2-Day Hebrew School for 4th to 7th Grades


Computer Lab/ Interactive Classes
Sunday School for K to 3rd Grades Trips
Family Shabbat and Holiday Celebrations

First Day of Hebrew School classes Sunday, Sept. 11


Register now! Marcia Kagedan, Educational Director,
(201) 262-7691, edudirector@JCCParamus.org
Synagogue offers weekly Egalitarian and Traditional services
Special High Holiday programs for families
For information and tickets,
call the JCCP/CBT office, (201) 262-7691

Jewish Community Center of Paramus/


Congregation Beth Tikvah
304 East Midland Ave., Paramus www.jccparamus.org

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Guide

to School-Year
Activities and Programs

AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAMS


After School Programs at The Kaplen JCC
on the Palisades

Taub Campus
411 E. Clinton Ave.
Tenafly, NJ 07670
201-569-7900
www.jccotp.org/children
Age 3 to Grade 12
The JCC offers many after school programs and classes
including art, science, cooking, computers, swim, sports,
gymnastics, dance, drama, music and more.

Kids Club

Kaplen JCC on the Palisades


Taub Campus
411 E. Clinton Ave.
Tenafly, NJ 07670
201-408-1467
www.jccotp.org/Kids-club
Grades K through 6
After-school pick-up service and child care Program. We
provide doorto-door transportation from most schools
to the JCC, get children settled with a snack, and have
teachers on hand to offer homework help in English
and Hebrew. If your child is enrolled in JCC after school
classes, well escort them to that too. Its a terrific place
for your child to unwind with lots of games and books,
open playtime in our fabulous gym and playground, and
a fun lounge to relax in with friends. A great way to end
the day! Kids Club Hours: September to June, Mon-Thur,
after school to 6 p.m. Contact Alexa Lofaro 201-408-1467
or alofaro@jccotp.org.

Teen Programming

Kaplen JCC on the Palisades


411 East Clinton Ave.
Tenafly, NJ 07670
201-408-1467
www.jccotp.org/teens
Grades 6 through 12
The JCC Teen Department offers educational programs
such as SAT Prep course, babysitting training and learning
how to work with special needs youth, and middle school
and high school conferences that tackle critical topics
such as bullying and mental health. For anyone looking
to give back to the community, we offer many volunteer
opportunities and bar/bat mitzvah projects. We are also
home to Battle of the Crews, an annual dance competition
that raises money for a great cause. And if you are into
sports, music, drama, dance, swim or fitness, we offer a
great selection of classes to drive your passion! Contact
Alexa Lofari at 201-408-1467 or alofaro@jccotp.org.

HIGH SCHOOL SENIORS:


ITS TIME TO START WRITING
!

Before you know it, YOU will be


a high school senior. Many of you
have begun the
college search process. Whether you
have considered a tentative list of
schools,
toured college campuses, or enrolle
d in SAT or ACT review courses,
you are
preparing to submit applications
to at least five to ten colleges in the
Fall.
More than 600 colleges accept the
Common Application. The (5) pro
mpts for
2016-2017 have not changed from
last year.
1. Have you given any thought to
your Common Application person
al statement?
2. Which of the five prompts will
you choose?
3. In addition to the Common App
lication personal statement and opt
ional
summary, did you know that man
y schools require anywhere from
1-4
add
itional
writing supplements?
4. Will you know how to craft a com
pelling essay to show the #1 college
on your list
why you really want to attend?
For six years, I have been helping
students find their voice to create
solid and
engaging essays.
My students attend an impressive

list of colleges. See below for a par

tial list:
Boston University, Champlain Col
lege, Cornell University, Fordham
University, Ithaca
College - Park School of Commu
nications, Lehigh University, Pen
n
State University,
Rutgers University, Temple Uni
versity, The College of New Jers
ey,
The George
Washington University, University
of Maryland, University of Michiga
n, University of
Pennsylvania, University of St. And
rews-Scotland, University of Pittsbu
rgh, University
of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
, University of the Sciences/Phila
delp
hia College
of Pharmacy, University of Roc
hester, Villanova University, New
York University,
Washington University in St. Lou
is, Whitman School of Managemen
t at Syracuse
University, and more.
Please visit my website for informa

tion about me, my experience, and

my process.

Deb Breslow 201-410-3598 djbres


low@aol.com www.djbreslow.com

WRITE THE UNCOMMON COMM

ON APPLICATION

NURSERY SCHOOL
Academies at the Gerrard Berman Day School

45 Spruce Street
Oakland, NJ
201-337-1111
www.ssnj.org
Ages 2 to 5
Where all children are leaders and learners. The EC department fosters the development of competent happy
and curious children. Our cutting edge curriculum develops our students abilities to become independent learners and thinkers. We offer affordable tuition with after care
until 6 p.m. Please see our ad on page 3.
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to School-YearActivities and Programs

Bogart Memorial School

strive to instill traditional Torah values


such as tefilla, brachot, shabbat, chagim,
tzedaka, and midor tovot. Our programming also includes Hebrew immersion,
healthy habits for life, and specialty programs. Please see our ad on page 28.

ff Lake, NJ
263 Larch Ave.
Bogota, NJ 07603
201-342-2093
www.bogartmemorialschool.com
Bogart Memorial School is a licensed preschool for children ages 2 to 5. The school
has been serving children in our community for more than 50 years. In this warm,
happy environment, a complete age-appropriate curriculum is provided by an
experienced staff of teachers. Children
will be exposed to an academically based
program, which is interwoven with social
and physical activities. Preschool Intro to
Spanish classes are offered to Pre-K 4/5
students and Music classes are enjoyed
by all. In the various Indoor/Outdoor play
areas an 8-week Summer Camp Program
is offered to children ages 2-12. Also available is an After-School Program to 6:30
p.m. for Bogota students in Grades K-6.
Kosher snacks are provided. Please call
Ann Lepore-Timpone, director, or Odette
Bonan, office manager for more information. Please see our ad on page 25.

The Leonard & Syril Rubin


Nursery School

354 Maitland Ave.


Teaneck NJ 07666
201-833-0458
www.ganrinanursery.com
Ages: 2-4
Contact Director Rue Taubes
We are a state-accredited preschool that
provides a warm nurturing environment
to further growth, fun and learning by focusing on each childs social, emotional,
cognitive, and physical development. we

228 New Hempstead Road


New City, NY
845-638-0830
www.therockland.org
Mommy and Me through pre-K
nurseryschoolTBS@gmail.com
At the nursery school at Temple Beth Sholom we provide a warm, nurturing, enriching, developmentally appropriate environment. We encourage a spiritual connection
to our Jewish identity and promote strong
Jewish values through our mensch program. Please see our ad on page 18.

Ages 18 months to 5 years


Rabbi Beth Kramer-Mazer/Director
of Education
We are a wonderful place for children to
learn and grow. We provide a safe and
stimulating environment, which promotes
positive learning experiences, builds
strong self-esteem and nurtures inherent curiosity. Jewish identity is enhanced
through celebration of Shabbat and the
holidays. Please see our ad on page 20.

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Our state licensed, accredited program
provides unique, multi-dimensional activities for 12 months old to five year old
children. To meet the varying needs of individual families, we offer half-day, threequarter-day and full day options for two,
three or five days a week according to
age. Our experienced, professional staff
works closely with each child to promote
his or her social, emotional and intellectual development. We offer a warm, childcentered environment rooted in Jewish
tradition, where children can become confident, responsible and successful learners. We strive to enrich each childs world
through exposure to language arts, science, reading and math readiness, music,
art, Judaic programming, physical education and swimming. Nurturing social interaction is an integral part of all programs.
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full potential. Our curriculum is based
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Early Childhood Program (ECP)


87 Overlook Drive
Woodcliff Lake, NJ 07677
201-391-8329
www.tepv.org
Ages: 2-4
Pre-school for children ages 2-4. Afterschool enrichment programs. New and
exciting things are happening. Each child
feels special at our ECP. Our love of Judaism shines through in all we do. For more
information, call Debbie Wanamaker, Director, 201-391-8329, Debbie@tepv.org.
Please see our ad on page 20.

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At the ICA, we offer private, group, and after-school lessons.


Students of all levels are welcome, from beginner to master.
We host world-renowned international
coaches and our students have qualified for the
World Youth Championships! With lessons 6 days
a week in two locations, scheduling is flexible.

185 Court Street, Teaneck, NJ 201-833-1741


9-10 Saddle River Road, Fair About
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Tel: 201- 391-8329
Early Childhood Director:
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E-Mail: Debbie@tepv.org
Website: www.tepv.org
Infants through 12 months & Parents
Program: Come to our FREE drop in
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discuss relevant topics. Fridays, twice
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Tel: 201- 391-8329
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Tel: 201- 391-8329
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E-Mail: Debbie@tepv.org
Website: www.tepv.org
Toddlers 18 months through 24
months & Parents Program: Children
will participate in playtime, circle
time, art experiences, snack, story
time, music and movement. Wednesdays 9:15 to 10:30 a.m. 10-week session: September 29 to December 15,
2016. Toddlers To Be will gradually
transition to be On My Own (a separate class) in January 2017.

Temple Emanuel of the Pascack


Valley Mitzvah Makers
87 Overlook Drive
Woodcliff Lake, NJ 07677
Tel: 201- 391-0801
E-Mail: Margie@tepv.org
Director of Congregational

Learning:
Rabbi Shelley Kniaz
School Administrator:
Marjorie Shore
For 3 year olds (drop off) we offer
Mitzvah Makers, a Sunday morning
group from 10 am to 11 am (dates in
2016-2017: Sept. 25, Oct. 30, Nov. 20,
Dec. 11, Jan. 22, Feb. 5, March 26,
April 30). It is facilitated by an early
childhood professional. The program
is designed to engage and instill in
young children the joy of Judaism,
with emphasis on Jewish Holidays.
You are also welcome to attend our
very child-friendly Early Family Shabbat service once a month Friday at
6:00 pm. Mitzvah Makers is open to
the greater Jewish community for a
small $54 fee to cover snacks and supplies. Registration is required.

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87 Overlook Drive
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Tel: 201- 391-0801
E-Mail: Margie@tepv.org
Director of Congregational
Learning:
Rabbi Shelley Kniaz
School Administrator:
Marjorie Shore
For your 4 year old, Club Katan is an
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April 2, May 14). Club Katan is open to the
greater Jewish community for a small $54
fee to cover snacks and supplies. Registration is required.

ARTS
Cresskill Performing Arts, Inc.

300 Knickerbocker Road,


Suite 1100
Cresskill, NJ 07626
201-266-8830, 201-390-7513
www.cresskillperformingarts.com
Ages 2 to adult
studio-info@cresskillperformingarts.com
www.cresskillperformingarts.com
Watch your child soar in the arts! Cresskill
Performing Arts specializes in small
classes, great teachers, and a nurturing,
inclusive, non-competitive environment.
All kinds of dance: ballet, pointe, variations, floor barre, jazz, hip-hop, lyrical,
contemporary, 4 levels of modern. Gymnastics jazz, tap, acting, musical theater
production. Early childhood: dance beginnings, ballet beginnings, jazz beginnings,
Broadway beginnings. Fencing lessons.
New! Silks & Hammocks classes for age 6
through adults. Rhythm Works Integrative
Dance for children with learning differences and special needs. Dance companies
perform for local charities and fundraise
for autism and the homeless. Birthday parties, age 3 - teens: dance, acting, art, Legos,
fencing, pajama parties, princess parties.
Please see our ad on page 24.

The JCC Dance School

Kaplen JCC on the Palisades,


Taub Campus
411 E. Clinton Ave.
201-408-1495
www.jccotp.org/dance
The JCC Dance School offers the highest
standards of dance education in a fun, nurturing environment. Its goal is to inspire
students to appreciate dance as a form of
expressive communication and features a
professional staff that follows a creative
and progressive curriculum that allows
students to build their skills and grow as
individuals with confidence and pride.
Classes include ballet, jazz, tap, Hip-Hop
and Lyrical, as well as audition preparation and musical theater dance. The
school also features a Dance Company
that performs in venues such as Six Flags,
malls and nursing homes. Adult jazz and
Hip-Hop and private dance lessons also
available. Contact Allyson Carolan at 201408-1495 or acarolan@jccotp.org.

JCC Thurnauer School of Music

Kaplen JCC on the Palisades


411 E. Clinton Ave.
Tenafly, NJ 07670
201-408-1465
www.jccotp.org/thurnauer
The JCC Thurnauer School of Music is a
vibrant music community offering private
music lessons, group classes and ensembles including chorus, orchestra and jazz.
All of our classes are taught by nurturing
and distinguished faculty and everyone
enjoys frequent performance opportunities throughout the year. Classes begin
September 25 and JCC membership is not
required to sign up. To schedule a tour,
call 201-408-1465.

Hebrew School Your Kids Will Want To Go To

Congregation Shaarey Israels


Hebrew School is like no other!
Innovative, Tech-Centered, Hands-on learning
combined with iPad-based Hebrew instruction

The JCC School of Performing Arts

Kaplen JCC on the Palisades


Taub Campus
411 E. Clinton Ave.
Tenafly, NJ 07670
201-408-1492
www.jccotp.org/drama
The JCC School of Performing Arts offers a
dynamic, comprehensive theater program
of classes, workshops and performance
opportunities for preschoolers through
adults. It is designed to develop talent and
imagination while building confidence,
self-image, and the joy of performing.
Whether you are a beginner or a seasoned
professional, on stage or backstage, the
School of Dramatic Arts has a class for you!
There are early training classes for little
ones that will fill their world with imagination, a variety of classes that develop acting and musical theater skills, specialty
classes, advanced training/workshops
and performing groups. We also offer individual training and coaching. Contact
Deb Roberts at 201-408-1492 or droberts@
jccotp.org

The Performing Arts School


at bergenPAC

1 Depot Square
Englewood, NJ 07631
201-482-8194
www.bergenpac.org/education
Ages: 3 months to adults
Our education program features a series of classes in the performing arts for
students ages 3 months to 21 years old
for all levels. The program provides students with unique and hands on arts
training by industry professionals that
allow them to gain real world experience.
Please see our ad on page 5.

Rina Goldhagen
Art of Excellence Studio

7-01 Manor Ave.


Fair Lawn, NJ 07410
201-248-4779
Artofexcellencestudio@gmail.com
Ages 7 through Adult
Art of Excellence Studio. Lessons in Fine
Art. Drawing and Watercolor. Private Art
Lessons, Structured lessons, relaxed atmosphere, fabulous results. Art Portfolio
Preparation Available Experienced Artist/
Trained Educator. Please see our ad on
page 26.

ENRICHMENT
Cantor Barbra Lieberstein

201-788-6653
cantorbarbra@aol.com
www.cantorbarbra.com
Cantor Barbra tutors bar/bat mitzvah candidates weekly in their homes in Bergen
County as well as Rockland County, NY.
Lessons are usually 45 minutes to 1 hour.
The majority of the lesson time is spent
learning how to read in Hebrew and the
prayers that the student(s) need(s) to
know for his/her special day. The remainder of the time includes Torah, Jewish
holidays and what it means to be Jewish.
At the initial meeting with the parents
and student(s), she will discuss the books
that will be used, the prayers that will be
taught, a chesed project that relates to the
students Torah portion, the bar/bat mitzvah ceremony itself along with a tutoring
agreement. In addition, Cantor Barbra will
take the time to get to know the student(s)
and learn his/her interests. The bar/bat
mitzvah ceremony can be conducted at
the facility of your choosing. Cantor Barbra, who is compassionate and patient,
will tailor the ceremony according to each
childs needs. Cantor Barbra is also an officiant at bar/bat mitzvah ceremonies, baby
namings and weddings. Also a certified
cantor with more than 12 years of pulpit
experience. Please see my ad on page 26.

Deborah Breslow

College Essay Coach/Writer/Editor


668 Birchwood Drive
Wyckoff, NJ 07481
201-410-3598; djbreslow@aol.com
www.djbreslow.com
Want your Common Application essay to
stand out? With 16 years of writing and
counseling experience, I will inspire your
child to compose an original and creative
college essay. The essay is the one tool
that can elevate one student over another. Essay coaching includes: an initial
discussion, outlining, review of personal
statement, final edit. I will also support
students with drafting all college-specific
supplements. Please see my ad on page 19.

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your child will want to go every day!

Congregation

For more information call 845-770-4191,


or visit us on the web www.iPadHebrewSchool.org
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EMEK

Kaplen JCC on the Palisades


411 E. Clinton Ave.
Tenafly, NJ 07670
Grades K-9
Welcome to Emekthe only program that
brings everyday spoken Hebrew into every childs life in fun and creative ways.
Imagine a hands-on Hebrew educational
program that will allow your children to
experience all the wonders of Israel without having to fly there! Well, guess what? It
already exists, right here at the JCC!
Learn all about Israeli culture and heritage, history, customs, holidays, songs
and stories with Israeli Hebrew speaking
teachers who specialize in teaching standard Hebrew as a second language. The
children sing, dance, talk, bake, listen to
music, learn and createand absorb Hebrew at the same time by engaging in activities that activate all their senses. Visit
jccotp.org/emek or call Aya Shechter at
201-408-1427.

Fair Lawn Driving School

13-03 4th St.


Fair Lawn, NJ 07410
201-797-0104
infor@fairlawndrivingschool.org
www.fairlawndrivingschool.org
The most convenient Bergen County
driving school. For over 50 years our top
rated Bergen County NJ driving school
has provided free door to door service
with lessons set up from home, school,
or work. Instruction is available seven
days per week to accommodate the busy
schedules of our students. We have a

16-year-old Behind the Wheel Program,


17-year-old and Adult Instruction. Please
see our ad on page 26.

Israeli Scouts

Kaplen JCC on the Palisades


411 East Clinton Ave.
Tenafly, NJ 07670
Ages 8 to 18
The Tzofim meet every Sunday at the JCC
to share in games, discussions, projects,
camping trips, holiday celebrations, music, sports and many other fun activities,
including sleep away camp experiences
where they hike and take part in scouting
activities. Veteran scouts, ages 15-18 serve
as counselors for younger members, ages
8 -14. The program is conducted in Hebrew
and currently has more than 100 members. New members are always welcome.
For more information, call 551-574-0330.

Infant Toddler Program

Kaplen JCC on the Palisades


Taub Campus
411 E. Clinton Ave.
Tenafly, NJ 07670
201-408-1436
www.jccotp.org/infant-toddler
Newborn to 2 years
The JCC Infant Toddler program offers
classes designed to enable parents and
their infants and toddlers to socialize in
a fun, supportive and educational environment. Children, parents and teachers
all have the opportunity to explore and
discover through play, art, and music. Parents also have the opportunity to discuss
developmental stages and family life issues, as well as participate in discussion

groups led by professional facilitators.


The Center is featuring many exciting new
options. Contact Elissa Yurowitz at 201408-1436. or eyurowitz@jccotp.org.

International Chess Academy

354 Rock Road (Education Bldg.)


Glen Rock, NJ 07452
201-797-0330
185 Court St.
Teaneck, NJ 07666
201-833-1741
www.icanj.net
chessdirector@icanj.net
The International Chess Academy has
been in business for over twenty years. In
that time weve offered private and group
lessons, after-school programs, tournaments, and camps to individuals, private
and public schools, as well as organizations within the Bergen County community. Our students have represented us,
themselves, and in the case of international tournaments, the USA, in local, national,
and world competitions. Those students
who have studied with us for more than
then years have often gone on to study in
Ivy League colleges such as Dartmouth,
Columbia, and Princeton, as well as prestigious top tier schools like MIT, Johns
Hopkins, and Brandeis. Chess is a fun and
enjoyable method of brain training, the
benefits of which lasts a lifetime. Please
see our ad on page 16.

Y2 Academy

20 Washington St.
Tenafly, NJ 07670
www.y2academy.com
Grades: 8th to college level

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201-660-1100
SAT/ACT Test preparation. SAT subject
test, Math 2C, Physics, Chemistry, AP
classes. AP Calculus, AP Physics, AP
Chemistry, AP History. Full college counseling services, including advising application completion and interviewing.
Please see our ad on page 22.

SPECIAL NEEDS
Berger Learning Group, LLC

31-11 Broadway
Fair Lawn, NJ 07601
201-742-5298
www.bergerlearning.com
Ages: 18 months to 16 years
BLG provides a range of Applied Behavior
Analysis (ABA) services for children with
special needs. Our ABA programs address
cognitive, social-emotional, play, and selfhelp skills, as well as language/communication and behavioral challenges through
a positive behavioral approach. Please see
our ad on page 25.

The Guttenberg Center for


Special Services

Kaplen JCC on the Palisades


411 E. Clinton Ave.
Tenafly, NJ 07670
201-408-1489
www.jccotp.org
The Special Services Department at the
Kaplen JCC on the Palisades offers more
than 65 weekday, Sunday and monthly
programs for individuals with disabilities
and their families. Included are special life
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uals with developmental disabilities


and for classes for children and teens
with autistic spectrum disorders,
developmental, learning and communication disorders. Mainstreaming and inclusion opportunities are
provided where appropriate. Some
activities include: social skills classes
and groups, academic enrichment,
computer classes, yoga, cooking for
kids, teens and adults, fitness training, creative movement, music therapy, art therapy, recreation and leisure
activities, community trips, Super
Soccer Starsand much more! Open
to JCC members and nonmembers.
Contact Shelley Levy at 201-408-1489
or slevy@jccotp.org

Therapeutic Nursery

Kaplen JCC on the Palisades


411 E. Clinton Ave.
Tenafly, NJ 07670
201-408-1448
Ages 3 to 5
www.jccotp.org
The JCC Therapeutic Nursery is a
unique program for bright preschool
children with special needs. We serve
children ages 35 years old that have
language disorders, emotional disturbances (including selective mutism), learning disabilities, attention
deficits, or autistic behaviors (including PDD and Aspergers Syndrome).
The program is a parent-child model
and the curriculum is developmental
and communication based. SpeechLanguage, Occupational and Play
Therapy are offered. Also included
are parent counseling and a weekly
parent support group. Our intensive
social skills curriculum prepares our
students to participate successfully,
as they become ready, in mainstream
settings at school, at home, and in
the larger community. Students may
enter the program anytime during
the school year with Directors approval. Call Lois Mendelson, PhD at
201-408-1498 or tn@jccotp.org.

The Therapy Gym

205 West Englewood Ave.


Teaneck, NJ 07666
201-357-0417
www.thetherapygym.com
Ages newborn to 21
At The Therapy Gym, our focus is
child rehabilitation, skill development and the wellness of children.
We are a comprehensive facility offering Physical, Occupational, Speech,
and Behavioral Therapy. Kids classes
include Yoga, Mommy and Me, Sports
Skills, Personal Training, and Nutrition. We are open on Sundays for
therapy as well as classes. We participate with insurance out of network
and bill directly so the parent can
focus on the rehabilitation of their
child. Please see our ad on page 27.

SCHOOLS
The Academies at The Gerrard
Berman Day School

45 Spruce St.
Oakland, NJ 07436
201-337-1111
www.ssnj.org
Ages 2 to 14
The Academies at GBDS is an N-2
through Grade 8 Jewish day school
offering a dual language secular and
Judaic studies program with an innovative curriculum focusing on
leadership, STEAM and performing
arts. Please see our ad on page 3.

Lubavitch on the Palisades


Elementary and Middle School

11 Harold St.
Tenafly NJ 07670
201-871-1152 ext 513
Grades: Elementary Middle School
Students enrolled: 150
Contact person: Jennifer Davis
www.lpsnj.org
Lubavitch on the Palisades Elementary and Middle School offers a 21st

Century progressive and challenging


education in a warm and nurturing
environment that instills Jewish values and learning. Please see our ad
on page 28.

SINAI Schools Maor High School


at Rae Kushner Yeshiva High
School, including the William
Solomon Judaic Studies Program

110 South Orange Ave.


Livingston, NJ 07039
862-437-8000 x8190
www.sinaischools.org
Grades: 9-12
Academically rigorous program for
high schoolers with academic/social
challenges. Inclusive, yet individualized to fit each students social, emotional, and academic needs. Recognized for educational excellence;
Middle States Association of Colleges
and Schools accreditation. Please see
our ad on page 23.

SINAI Elementary at Rosenbaum


Yeshiva of North Jersey, Including
the Riva Blatt Weinstein Judaic
Studies Program

666 Kinderkamack Road


River Edge, NJ 07661
201-262-4202
www.sinaischools.org
Grades: 1-8
Elementary-Middle School for children with a wide range of complex
learning or developmental disabilities. Inclusive, yet individualized to
fit each students social, emotional,
and academic needs. Recognized for
educational excellence; Middle States
Association of Colleges and Schools
accreditation. Please see our ad on
page 23.

SINAI Schools Rabbi Mark and


Linda Karasick Shalem High
School at Heichal HaTorah
70 Sterling Place
Teaneck, NJ 07666
201-335-0633 x1

Identity. Community. Knowledge.


Our children love being Jewish...Do yours?
Come join us, call today (845) 357-2430

Montebello Jewish Center


A Vibrant and Conservative Egalitarian Community

Montebello Jewish Center Religious School


Fun and interactive programs focusing on Jewish literacy
Warm and caring teachers
Individualized, differentiated and experiential learning
New member incentives and waived building fund

FREE KINDERGARTEN AVAILABLE

Contact: Cantor Michelle Rubin, Director: Cantor@montebellojc.org

34 Montebello Road
Montebello, NY 10901
Visit us at:
www.Montebellojc.org

Rabbi Richard Hammerman


Cantor Michelle Rubin
Dr. Alan Plumer, President

Join us for:
FREE BBQ and Shabbat Alive Services: Friday, September 9th beginning at 5:30 PM
Community Yizkor Service: Wednesday, October 12, at 4:00 PM

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www.sinaischools.org
Ages: 18-21
High school for boys ages 18-21 who have
developmental disabilities, focusing on
preparing them for adult life. Offers a functional academic program that integrates
pragmatic Judaic and secular curricula
with community awareness and vocational studies. Please see our ad on page 23.

SINAI Schools Rabbi Mark and Linda


Karasick Shalem High School at
Maayanot Yeshiva
High School

Functional academic high school program preparing boys with developmental


disabilities for rich and productive adult
lives. Integrates pragmatic Judaic and
secular curricula with community awareness and vocational studies. Inclusive, yet
individualized to fit each students social,
emotional, and academic needs. 18-21 year
olds move on to our Shalem High School
at Heichal HaTorah. Please see our ad on
page 23.

SINAI Elementary at Joseph Kushner


Hebrew Academy

1650 Palisade Avenue


Teaneck, NJ 07666
201-833-4307 x 249
www.sinaischools.org
Ages:14-21
Functional academic high school program preparing girls with developmental
disabilities for rich and productive adult
lives. Integrates pragmatic Judaic and
secular curricula with community awareness and vocational studies. Inclusive, yet
individualized to fit each students social,
emotional, and academic needs. Please
see our ad on page 23.

SINAI Schools Rabbi Mark and Linda


Karasick Shalem High School at Torah
Academy of Bergen County
1600 Queen Anne Road
Teaneck, NJ 07666
201-862-0032
www.sinaischools.org
Grades: 9-12

110 South Orange Avenue


Livingston, NJ 07039
862-437-8000 x8190
www.sinaischools.org
Grades 1-8
Elementary-Middle School for children
with a wide range of complex learning
or developmental disabilities. Inclusive,
yet individualized to fit each students
social, emotional, and academic needs.
Recognized for educational excellence;
Middle States Association of Colleges and
Schools accreditation. Please see our ad
on page 23.

The Solomon Schechter Day School


of Bergen County

275 McKinley Ave.


Milford, NJ 07646
201-262-9898 ext. 213
www.ssdsbergen.org
Ages/Grade: 3 years through 8th Grade
Solomon Schechter Day School of Ber-

For The Most Important Years In Your Childs Life

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Shalom Yeladim Offers:
Well-rounded curriculum that incorporates
guided play & small group instruction
Hands-on approach to learning to help
children reach their potential
Jewish foundation with a focus on Parsha,
Shabbat, Hebrew and Ahavat Yisrael
Warm and experienced staff
Optional hot lunch program available
Extended hours
Infant Room Toddlers Class Twos Class Threes Class
Pre-K Enrichment Hebrew Immersion Art Music &
Movement Creative Dance Science Holiday Workshops
Shabbat Parties Cooking and Baking Literacy Yoga

Call today to visit our school.


TEANECK:

815 Prince Street


201-837-0837
Shalomyeladim@optonline.net

Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) services

for children with autism,


developmental delays
and behavioral challenges

play & social skills


cognitive skills
language/communication
behavior: tantrums, eating, toileting

Diane Berger, MA, BCBA, Director

(201) 742-5298

Email: info@bergerlearning.com
31-11 Broadway
Fair Lawn, NJ 07410

For more information, please visit:

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To RSVP contact Iris Klein, Co-Director of Admissions
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Early Childhood and Lower School Tours:
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TENAFLY:

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CELEBRATING 26 YEARS OF
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Open House Week August 22-26


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www.bogartmemorialschool.com
State Licensed Secure Building Kosher Snacks Provided
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Learn From The Best

We have provided free door to door


services with lessons set up from
home, school or work for over 50 years.
7 days per week instruction
16 year old Behind the Wheel Program
17 year old / Adult Instruction

201-797-0104

13-03 4th Street Fair Lawn, NJ


Office Hours: Mon-Fri 9am-5pm Sat 10am-12pm
info@fairlawndrivingschool.org
www.fairlawndrivingschool.org

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Build soccer skills & confidence


Starts week of Sept. 13
Our 20th
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Beginner to Premier
Weekday & Weekend Classes
Si Academy
Adult & Youth Leagues
Parisi Speed School
Spectacular indoor arena
with turf fields

Details and online registration:

gen County (SSDS) is a nationally


accredited, Jewish day school that
cultivates the next generation of
global leaders through an inquirybased educational approach. Now
in our 43rd year, SSDS is an International Baccalaureate (IB) candidate
for the Middle Years Programme.
Our school integrates a rigorous
dual curriculum with Jewish values,
and provides a nurturing environment guided by award-winning educators. We offer Suzuki Violin and
chess, musical theater and yoga,
an organic teaching garden, a Zeiss
microscopy lab, and a digital media
center for Holocaust studies. Contact Sarah Sokolic in our admissions
office at 201-262-9898 x203 or admissions@ssdsbergen.org to learn
about our program. For more information, see our ad on page 17.

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Age 7 to Adult - All levels of ability
Art Portfolio Preparation Available
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Congregation Adas Emuno


Religious School

254 Broad Ave.


Leonia, NJ 07605
201-592-1712
www.adasschool@gmail.com
Grades: Kindergarten through conrmation
Our religious school provides a welcoming and inclusive environment
for children to experience the study
of Judaica and Hebrew in the context of a Reform Jewish education.
Our Rabbi, Cantor and teaching staff
bring a high level of commitment
and enthusiasm each Sunday morning during the school year and our
parents provide support through
their participation in special programming and events. Registration
is ongoing. Contact Cantor Sandy
Horowitz, Religious School Director.
Please see our ad on page 21.

The Bergen County High School


of Jewish Studies

475 Grove Street


Ridgewood, NJ 07450
201-488-0838
Sunday Phone Number: 201-410Teaneck, NJ 201.445.1900
9105
www.bchsjs.org
Ages 12-18/Grades 8-12
BCHSJS is a weekly academic and
social program for ALL Jewish teens.
Each Sunday session includes three
elective courses and a bagel break,
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learning style and thereby maximize
their learning potential. All of our
students use iPads provided by the
school to make learning more engaging and differentiated. Most importantly, we want each child to want to
be here and love receiving a Jewish
education. Our classrooms are warm,
welcoming and informal spaces,
furnished with tables and area rugs
instead of desks. Our two core curriculum areas are Judaic studies and
Hebrew literacy. In addition, enrichment activities include: music, fine
arts, filmmaking, creative dramatics,
cooking, Israel studies and field trips.
We have designated focus areas for
arts and Hebrew literacy. For more
information please call Rabbi Weinbach at 845-770-4191. Please see our
ad on page 22.

Glen Rock Jewish Center


Hebrew School

682 Harristown Road


Glen Rock, NJ 07452
201-652-6624 (phone)
201-652-6628 (fax)
www.grjc.org
Grades: Kindergarten through 7th
grade
Number of students enrolled: 125
Contact: ofce@grjc.org
Registration deadline: Sept. 7,
2016
Glen Rock Jewish Center is now
registering for Hebrew School for
September 2016. Classes from kindergarten through grade 7. Our
curriculum includes instruction
in conversational Hebrew (Ivrit
BIvrit), prayers, Israel, trips and
special programs along with music
and family education to enrich our
students experiences. We also offer Kulanu, a dedicated class for
students with special needs. The
class meets on Sundays from 9:30 to
11a.m. Students are involved in all
Hebrew School activities including
Jewish customs and celebrations
(including bar/bat mitzvah), music,
library and more. Please see our ad
on page 27

Temple Beth El Religious School

221 Schraalenburg Road


Closter, NJ 07624
201-768-2195
www.tbenv.org
Grades: K-10th grades
Rabbi Beth Kramer-Mazer/director
of education
We are a wonderful place for children to learn and grow. We provide
a safe and stimulating environment,
which promotes positive learning
experiences, builds strong selfesteem and nurtures inherent curiosity. Jewish identity is enhanced
through celebration of Shabbat and
the holidays. Please see our ad on
page 20.

Temple Emanuel of the Pascack


Valley Religious School/
(Conservative)
87 Overlook Drive
Woodcliff Lake, NJ 07677
201-391-0801
email: Margie@tepv.org
Director of

Congregational Learning:
Rabbi Shelley Kniaz
School Administrator:
Marjorie Shore
Grades K-7
To prepare our students for a lifetime
of Jewish involvement and learning,
our Religious School stresses handson activities and experiences, as
well as, using the latest technology.
Parents are invited to become actively involved in their childrens education. Shabbat and Holiday celebrations, meaningful family programs,
and youth group activities augment
the four hours per week in the classroom learning. Please see our ad on
page 20.

Temple Emeth Religious School


and Emeth Teen Community

1666 Windsor Road


Teaneck, NJ 07666
www.emeth.org
Grades/Ages Served: K7, 812
Number of students enrolled: 55
Contact person: Dora G. Friedman
BShaler@emeth.org
Temple Emeth Religious School provides a rich learning environment
that flows with the Jewish calendar.
It builds strong and loving relationships between students, families,
faculty, and clergy. It builds a foundation of knowledge and skills in
Jewish texts, history, ethics, culture,
Israel, Torah and religious worship.
Please see our ad on page 18.

Jewish Community Center of


Paramus/
Congregation Beth Tikvah

304 East Midland Ave.


Paramus, NJ, 07652
201-262-7733
edudirector@jccparamus.org
Ages 4-13
Award-winning Hebrew School offers educational opportunities for
children aged 4-13. Our Sunday
School offers classes for Pre-kindergarten through 3rd grade students.
4th-7th grades attend on Sundays
and Tuesdays. Use of our computer
lab enhances the students Hebrew
proficiency. Individual tutoring is
available. Children in 6th-7th grade
engage in online instruction with
educators in Israel in real time! An
amazing opportunity. The Hebrew
School curriculum includes prayer,
Bible studies, Israel and Holocaust
studies, Jewish values, holiday appreciation and celebration. This
is all geared to strengthening the
childrens Jewish identity and connection to the community here and
in Israel. Family programs engage
parents in learning alongside their
children. Trips and special activities round out the school year! The
Hebrew School, along with the Cantor, prepares the children for bar/
bat mitzvah that can be celebrated
in either a traditional or egalitarian
setting. A free monthly program,
Sunday Specials, is offered for children ages 4 to 7 as well as a fourweek Taste of Hebrew School mini
-session for this same age group in
the spring term. FIRST MONTHLY
SUNDAY SPECIAL IS ON SUNDAY
SEPTEMBER 18th WITH THE APPEARANCE OF DRUM TALES! This
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Hebrew School aged children (4-13


years). Please see our ad on page 18.

Jewish Youth Encounter Program

1600 Queen Anne Road


Teaneck, NJ 07666
201-833-JYEP (5937)
www.JYEP.org
Grades 3-8
The JYEP is a pre-bar/bat mitzvah
Hebrew school for children in grades
3-8, which, in addition to the traditional classroom instruction of Bible
and holidays by young and vibrant
teachers, matches each child with a
tutor/mentor. Our JYEP staff directed
by Dr. Debby Rapps is committed to
creating an environment where each
child is individually nurtured to his or
her own strength in a warm, creative,
meaningful and stimulating environment. We offer Bar and Bat Mitzvah
training in the higher grades, where
each child is mentored individually
by a Big Brother/Sister regardless of
the level at which they enter. Please
see our ad on page 3.

Montebello Jewish Center


Religious School

34 Montebello Road
Montebello, NY 10901
Contact: Cantor Michelle Rubin
845-357-2430 ex.103
www.montebellojc.org/
Grades K7
The MJC Religious School provides
our students with a nurturing and
fun school environment, which fosters an enthusiasm and love for Judaism and a commitment to life-long
Jewish living and learning. We are
dedicated to educating our youth to
be knowledgeable, responsible, and
participatory Jews. Our students attain a strong Jewish identity, Judaic
literacy, knowledge of Tefillah and
most importantly, a love of Judaism.
With their strong Jewish identity and
knowledge base, our students feel
comfortable walking into any synagogue or Jewish environment. Students learn in a warm and embracing
environment through a newly enhanced hands-on learning program,
classroom work, experiential and
individualized learning, a monthly
Shabbat school, a Family Shabbat
program and more! We strive to create an environment that is inspiring
and prepares our children with the
essential values, ideals and traditions
for practicing Judaism in our everchanging world. The MJC Religious
School offers a FREE Kindergarten
class. Please see our ad on page 24.

Orangetown Jewish Center

Religious School
8 Independence Ave.
Orangeburg, NY 10962
845-359-5920, ext. 110
www.theojc.org
Kindergarten through high school
Orangetown Jewish Center, a vibrant Conservative Synagogue
located on the Bergen/Rockland
border, is accepting enrollment for
our exciting Religious School. Programs available from Kindergarten
through Bar/Bat Mitzvah, with an innovative middle school curriculum
and active award winning social and
educational high school programming. Mid-week classes only, Tuesdays and Thursdays. Special needs
accommodations and resources of-

fered. Free Kindergarten. For more


information please contact our
Educational Director Sandra PeckBorowsky and visit our web site.
Please see our ad on page 23.

Temple Beth El Religious School

221 Schraalenburg Road


Closter, NJ 07624
201-768-2195
www.tbenv.org
Grades: K-10th grades
Beth Kramer-Mazer/director of education
We are a wonderful place for children to learn and grow. We provide
a safe and stimulating environment,
which promotes positive learning
experiences, builds strong selfesteem and nurtures inherent curiosity. Jewish identity is enhanced
through celebration of Shabbat and
the holidays. Please see our ad on
page 20

Temple Beth Sholom


Religious School

228 New Hempstead Road


New City, NY
845-638-0770
Grades K through 12
www.tbsrockland.org
tbsreligiousschool@gmail.com
Temple Beth Sholom Religious
School is located in New City, Rockland County, N.Y. Our objective and
most important goal is to develop a
powerful and strong sense of Jewish
community in our children. Please
see our ad on page 18.

Temple Emanu-El of Closter

180 Piermont Road


Closter, NJ 07676
201-750-2959
www.templeemanu-el.com
Ages 5 to 13
At Temple Emanu-El children experience Judaism tangibly, emotionally and intellectually. We foster a
life-long connection to Judaism and
instill a sense of purpose and pride
in students. With a well-trained,
dedicated staff, full time learning
specialist and music teacher, we
blend formal and informal learning in multi-sensory, station based
classrooms. Students enjoy regular
interaction with the clergy and special projects and programs. Highlights include learning about Jewish
holidays and traditions, practicing
acts of Hesed, how to pray in a synagogue service, connecting to Israel,
creating Jewish friendships, feeling
proud of Judaism, reading Hebrew,
studying Torah, Mitzvot and Jewish
values and understanding Israels
past and present. Please see our ad
on page 24.

SPORTS
After-School Swim at the Kaplen
JCC on the Palisades

Taub Campus
411 E. Clinton Ave.
Tenafly, NJ 07670
201-408-1473
www.jccotp.org/aquatics
Red Cross swim instruction is offered
weekdays and Sundays for all-level
swimmers, with private instruction
available. The JCC also features a
competitive swim team for boys and
girls 5-17.

After-School Athletics at The


Kaplen JCC on the Palisades

Taub Campus
411 E. Clinton Ave.
Tenafly, NJ 07670
201-408-1476
A progressive curriculum where your
child will love building their sports
skills. Classes offered in all sports including basketball, soccer, tennis and
Tae Kwon Do, with private instruction available. The JCC also features
a recreational basketball league for
grades 3-6 and a travel basketball
league for grades 3-12.

Bounce U

The Ultimate Party and


Play Experience
70 Eisenhower Drive
Paramus, NJ 07652
201-843-5880
www.bounceu.com/paramus
150 Clearbrook Road
Elmsford, NY 10523
914-874-5200
www.BounceU.com/elmsford-ny
424 Market St.
Nanuet, NY 10952
845-623-5400
www.bounce.com/nanuet-ny
Preschool to adults
Now with three locations, in Paramus, NJ, Elmsford, NY and Nanuet, NY, Bounce U is a party place
for families and friends to share
memories that will last a lifetime.
All parties and events completely
PRIVATE for you and your guests. 2
Giant bounce stadiums. 12 incredible inflatables. Plus the new Beam
30 game Floor attraction. Cosmic
Bounce-Glow parties. Check out our
open bounce and preschool play
date schedule on line. Kosher available. Please see our ad on page 4.

theme weeks. We are the only gym in our area since 1995
to teach the nationally recognized Fun & Fit Gymnastics
after school programs for children entering Kindergarten
through sixth grade. Our warm and well-trained staff will
teach your children the skills that give them confidence in
the future. Please see our ad on page 25.

Enroll now for Fall

Social Skills Classes


Mommy and Me
Yoga for Kids
Training Sessions

Physical Therapy
Occupational Therapy
Speech Therapy
Behavioral Therapy
We bill insurance directly
so you dont have to

205 West Englewood Ave


Teaneck, NJ

201-357-0417

info@thetherapygym.com
www.thetherapygym.com

Ice Vault Skating Arena

10 Nevins Drive
Wayne, NJ 07470
973-628-1500
www.icevault.com
All ages
The Ice Vault has various activities
for kids of all ages. Various activities include public sessions, hockey
clinics, hockey teams, figure skating,
free-style, Learn to Skate programs.
Birthday parties are also available.
Please see our ad on page 4.

Soccer Coliseum

1799 Teaneck Road


Teaneck, NJ 07666
201-445-1900
www.soccercoliseum.com
Ages: 3 years and up
Dynamic, proven training that builds
skills and confidence. Soccer and
Speed training for every level, beginner to premier, with top regional coaches. Also youth and adult
leagues offered throughout the year.
Please see our ad on page 26.

Tumble-Bee Gymnastics

401 Market St.


Nanuet Mall South
Nanuet, NY 10954
845-623-2553
www.tumble-beegymnastics.com
Celebrating our 30th Anniversary,
Tumble-Bee Gymnastics offers Private Birthday Parties and programs
for boys and girls, ages 10 months
to 12 years. Our preschool program
offers exciting weekly lessons and

Glen Rock Jewish Center


offers Hebrew School classes
for children ages 7-13
with special needs!
Children are involved in all
Hebrew School activities: Jewish
customs and celebrations (including bar/
bat mitzvah), music, library and more!
Class meets Sundays 9:30 am to 11:00 am
For more information, call 201-652-6624
or email office@grjc.org

682 Harristown Road


Glen Rock, NJ 07452
201-652-6624
www.grjc.org
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Why cant I just use what Rob wrote last


year? If I have to write one more essay,
I am not applying to college!
Like it or not, the majority of colleges, both nationally and internationally, will require anywhere from one to
four essays. These essays range from
college-specific: What distinguishes Lehigh to make it the right fit for you? 150250 words to program-specific: Describe
the unique qualities that attract you to
the specific undergraduate college or
school (including preferred admission
and dual degree programs) to which you
are applying at the University of Michigan. How would that curriculum support
your interests? 500 words to campus
environment-specific: Rutgers University is a vibrant community of people
with a wide variety of backgrounds and
experiences. How would you benefit
from and contribute to such an environment? Consider variables such as your
talents, travels, leadership activities,
volunteer services, and cultural experiences to personal: What is the hardest
part of being a teenager now? Whats the
best part? What advice would you give
a younger sibling or friend (assuming
they would listen to you)?University
of Maryland.
More than 600 colleges and universities accept The Common Application, which lets you apply to multiple
schools using one centralized application. The Common Application provides
students with five prompts from which
to respond. Once a prompt is chosen,
students use their creative and critical
thinking skills to write a personal statement of up to 650 words. Designed to
elicit information that will strengthen
the other components of the application, these essay prompts should yield
information that an admissions officer
might not otherwise know about applicants. And, if thats not enough writing,
many colleges require one to three additional supplements ranging in word or
character count from 30 to 500. From
Tufts: There is a Quaker saying: Let
your life speak. Describe the environment in which you were raisedyour
family, home, neighborhood, or communityand how it influenced the person
you are today (200250 words).
Non-Common Application member
colleges have their own applications
with varying essay prompts and word
counts. An example: Many commencement addresses exhort students to do
what you love and love what you do. For
many, their passion is their profession,
while others separate their careers from
their passions altogether. How will your
lifes path reflect your passions?Penn
State Schreyer Honors College.
According to a recent article in
Time.com, [August, 2016]: The essay
should aim to reveal something about
your true passions, interests, and goals

while giving a taste of your personality.


Reading your essay should give admissions officers insight into what it would
be like to have a conversation with
you. What makes you tick? What makes
you, you.
High school students have experience responding to prompts used
in English composition and literature
classes where their writing, reasoning,
and analytical skills are assessed. By the
time these students are ready to write
college essays, they are unprepared to
talk about something they are passionate about and why. Sound daunting? It
is. Experts agree that a compelling essay
includes the following:
Real stories about what you actually do in your spare time because you
like to or need to, not just to seem like a
more well-rounded college applicant
Some well-placed humor, self-deprecation or vulnerability

A descriptive presentation of
how youve developed based on your
life experiences
What moves you and has some influence on your moving forward
An expression of your true voice
Showing versus telling
Passion, honesty, and integrity
Examples of success with challenges, and a drive for pursuing knowledge, wisdom, and ideas in order to put
those ideas into practice
Self-analysis and critical thinking skills
Admissions officers spend an average of 10 to 30 minutes reviewing an
application. Students wonder if their
writing skills cut the muster. There are
books, websites, writing classes and
YouTube tutorials on how to write an
essay that makes a difference. Students
should be encouraged to seek whatever
support they may need, now.
Ultimately, it comes down to this:
crafting a winning personal statement
requires time, introspection, planning,
creativity, grit, and most importantly, a
willingness to talk about yourself.
Deborah Breslow is a Wyckoff-based freelance
writer who has been offering college essay
coaching to students for the last six years.

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GENERATION G

New Parents Bring


The New Baby to a New Israel
E D S I L B E R FA R B

he shooting had stopped. Troops bivouacked on


the Golan Heights. Some were praying at Rachels
tomb. Sailors and paratroopers were taking the
sun at Sharm El Sheikh. Mirage jets controlled the sky,
and M-48 tanks roamed undisturbed in the Sinai. And
in Jerusalem a bearded rabbi in sweat-stained, dirt-covered battle fatigues had gained the Western Wall and
blew the shofar.
It was June, 1969, a new Israel. Jews had won the
holy places, separated until then by a fence and Jordanian border guards.
When do we go there? asked Sharon as she
changed the diaper of our four-month-old son.
We should be able to make the trip in about ten
years, was my reasoned reply. It was if she hadnt
heard me.
You call El Al. Ill write to cousin Chedva in Kfar
Saba. Are our passports up to date? Do we need inoculations? she went on.
Whoa there, I tried to rein her in. With whom do
we leave the baby?
The baby comes with us, obviously. Im nursing.
Hell have a portable food supply. Later, when I told
a friend, a seasoned traveler with two kids, about our
planned trip, he offered these words of encouragement,
I think you ought to have your head examined.
Instead we prepared for three weeks with an infant in a developing country that had just endured
a six-day war. I arranged for a rental car at the airport. We bought a collapsible baby carriage with a
removable basket that could serve as a crib. We got
the baby his own passport with his winsome picture. For portage, we bought both a backpack and a
chest carrier.
And diapers. Uh oh, what about diapers? This could
be our undoing, but then we remembered Sharons uncle was vice-president of a company that had just put
on the market a disposable diaper that would make
baby toiletry a new and happy experience. He supplied
us with two gross of the precursor to Pampers.
At the airport El Al security asked where in Israel were we going . And why? And why had we never
learned to speak Hebrew? And most puzzling, what was
in that little yellow carrier (a four-month-old baby) and
that big cardboard box (about 100 disposable diapers).
They examined both very carefully.
The next three weeks was an experience of lifetime.
We did it all, and the star attraction was the little one.
What a white baby, said the dark-skinned Sabras.
Give that baby to drink, was the caution in that sunparched land.
Our first stop was to visit Sharons cousin Chedva
and family in Kfar Saba, which today is an important
city and immigrant absorption center, but in those days
was a ramshackle village. Next door to Chedva was a

The passport photo of the authors 4-month-old son, Jacob


Silberfarb, aka the baby.

small chicken farm. On the other side where an Egged


bus was parked lived the driver.
Chedva and Yossie had three sons: the oldest, a
member of a tank crew, fresh from the battle of the Sinai; the second, eager about the United States and the
Museum of Natural History; the youngest, a brotherly
attachment to our baby. The parents and children were
full of questions about our kitchen appliances back
home, but not to be outdone, they unveiled a crate of
Jaffa oranges.
I, too, had cousins in Israel, and we visited them
in Tel Aviv. Their mission was to convince me to make
aliyah. Language would not be a barrier in that land of

WE GOT THE BABY


HIS OWN PASSPORT
WITH HIS WINSOME
PICTURE. FOR PORTAGE,
WE BOUGHT BOTH
A BACKPACK AND A
CHEST CARRIER.

promise. They liked showing off both the modern Tel


Aviv University and old Jaffa, an echo of the past.
Then we were on to Safed, a holy city, which was
just then attracting artists. We stayed at a bed-andbreakfast where the husband and wife insisted on babysitting so we could go for a walk.
Masada was a must. We climbed it with the baby,
wide-eyed in my backpack. Another challenge was the
hike with him to the top pool of Ein Gedi, usually attempted by only the hardiest travelers. A dip in the
cool water was the reward at the top.
In Jerusalem we could bypass what had been called
no mans land the border separating the occupied
Old City. Suddenly 2,500 years of a sacred past was before us. Could our baby somehow sense the thrill and
the wonder?
There were more cousins to visit, and one took
charge of the baby for a day so we could drive to the
Dead Sea and explore the Qumran caves, land of the
Essenes where the Dead Sea scrolls had been found. We
didnt find any more.
The camel market at Beersheba was boisterous
and bewildering. We were offered a baby goat at a bargain price, but one infant was all we could manage on
this trip.
On to Eilat, which in 1969 was the wild frontier. Hippies camped along the beach to escape the Scandinavian cold. There were only two hotels, neither with air
conditioning, of course. We picked the one with screens
on most of the windows. Just off shore was the beautiful coral reef within easy snorkeling distance, but not
with a four-monthold. We wandered into a makeshift
beach hut that served as a dive shop. The proprietors,
a teenage couple in raggedy t-shirts and shorts, took an
immediate liking to the baby.
Dont worry. Leave him with us. And so (perhaps
it was the heat), we did. Equipped with fins, masks
and breathing tubes, we swam to the reef and saw that
underwater fairyland, coral in soft rainbow hues and
fish with colors from a Peter Max picture swimming
around it.
After a half hour, long enough for a bad sunburn
on our unprotected backs, we realized in panic wh at
we had done, left our baby with a couple of free-living
strangers. We splashed ashore and raced to the dive
hut. All was serene. The baby was asleep on a pile of
scuba gear.
In our trip home, we carried memories of a reborn Israel, memories that were enriched by sharing
the experience with a person whose lifes journey was
just beginning.
Ed Silberfarb was a reporter for the Bergen Record in New
Jersey, then the New York Herald Tribune where he was City
Hall bureau chief. Later, he was a public information officer
for the New York City Transit Authority and editor of one of
its employee publications.

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The Good Life With Kids

SEPTEMBER

To Our Readers: This calendar is a day-by-day schedule of events. Although all information is as timely as we can make it, its a good idea to call to
verify details before you go.

Wednesday, August 31

Friday, September 9

Mini Golf for Areyvut: Areyvut invites families to


attend a Mini Golf Family Event on 7 p.m. at the
Paramus Mini Golf Course, 314 Paramus Road,
Paramus For information, registration and sponsorship, www.areyvut.org, contact social@areyvut.
org.

Tot Shabbat in Franklin Lakes: Join in a Tot


Shabbat and Pizza Dinner at Barnert Temple
starting at 5 p.m. with Rabbi Rachel Steiner.
Pre-readers are welcome at this family-friendly
service. Barnert Temple, 747 Route 208
South, Franklin Lakes. 201-848-1027, www.
barnerttemple.org.
Family Shabbat Services at Temple Emeth:
Join a family service starting at 7:30 p.m. Temple
Emeth, 1666 Windsor Road, Teaneck. 201-8331322, www.emeth.org.

Sunday, August 28
Slithering Sunday at Wave Hill: Join in a family
art project with artist Jenae Shwartz and learn
about diverse snake habitats and the unique
character of snake skin. Using pebbles, rocks,
branches and grass, create a picturesque scene to
celebrate Snake Event Day. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wave
Hill House. Free with admission. Wave Hill, 649 W.
249th St., the Bronx, NY, 718-549-3200, www.
wavehill.org.
Snake Event Day: Are snakes cool or creepy?
Gain a new appreciation for these reptiles with
Emily Nestlerode, the Wildlife Education Manager
at the Hudson Highlands Nature Museum. Ages
8 and older welcome with an adult. 1 and 2 p.m.
Wave Hill House. Free with admission. Wave Hill,
649 W. 249th St., the Bronx, NY, 718-549-3200,
www.wavehill.org.

Sunday, September 4
Butterflies are Free: Family art project, print and
fly with monarch butterflies. The monarch butterflies begin migration in September heading south.
Make these beautiful butterflies before they head
off. Free with admission. Wave Hill House, 10 a.m.
to 1 p.m. Wave Hill, 649 W. 249th St., the Bronx,
NY, 718-549-3200, www.wavehill.org.
Monarch Migration: Join environmental educator
Emily Nestlerode from Hudson Highlands Nature
Museum for a presentation and guided walk to
search for monarch butterflies and caterpillars
in the garden. Ages 8 and older accompanied
by an adult. Meet at Perkins Visitors Center. 2 to
3:30 p.m. Free with admission. Wave Hill, 649 W.
249th St., the Bronx, NY, 718-549-3200, www.
wavehill.org.

Wednesday, September 7
bergenPAC Open House: Free community open
house and family fun at bergenPAC. From 1 to
8:15 p.m. The all-day open house will include free
trial classes for new and returning students, free
family fun, free snacks, and chances to win prizes
and bergenPAC concert tickets. Classes are available for singing, acting, dance, musical theater,
voice lessons, chorus, and more. To pre-register
and for more information contact: education@
bergenpac.org or call 201-482-8194. Walkins welcome. bergenPAC, 30 N. Van Brunt St,
Englewood, 201-227-1030, www.bergenpac.org.

Thursday, September 8
Free community open house and family fun at
bergenPAC: From 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. The allday open house will include free trial classes for
new and returning students, free family fun, free
snacks, and chances to win prizes and bergenPAC
concert tickets. Classes are available for singing,
acting, dance, musical theater, voice lessons, chorus, and more. To pre-register and for more information contact: education@bergenpac.org or call
201-482-8194. Walk-ins welcome. bergenPAC,
30 N. Van Brunt St, Englewood, 201-227-1030,
www.bergenpac.org.

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Sunday, September 11
Auditions for Jewish Teen Choir: The Bergen
County chapter of HaZamir, the International
Jewish High School Choir conducted by Cantor
Ronit Wolff Hanan will begin its 2016-2017
season with auditions from 1 to 3 p.m. at
Congregation Beth Sholom, 354 Maitland Ave.,
Teaneck. Open for Jewish teens in grades 9
through 12 who meet the musical requirements.
For information, hazamirbergen@gmail.com, 201906-4441.
Harvest Celebration and Park Cleanup: Join
in Temple Emeths third annual harvest celebration and park cleanup, which includes a short
commemoration of the 15th anniversary of 9/11.
10 a.m. Temple Emeth, 1666 Windsor Road,
Teaneck. 201-833-1322, www.emeth.org.

Monday, September 12

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Tuesday, September 13

Musical Shabbat Service at Temple Emeth: Join


in for an evening of Shabbat spirit and music. 8
p.m. Rabbi Steven Sirbu and Cantor Ellen Tilem
will be joined by the Temple Emeth band. Temple
Emeth, 1666 Windsor Road, Teaneck. 201-8331322, www.emeth.org.

Saturday, September 24

Family Mitzvah Day at Closter Nature Center:


11:00 am - 1 p.m.. Join Temple Emanu-El as we
help clean up the Closter Nature Center. For
more information, contact Temple office at 201750-9997.

Shabbat Beyachad: Shabbat Together for ages


3 7 years at 10:15 a.m. Join us for a musical Shabbat experience with Suzy Rosenberg.
Families and friends always welcome. 180
Piermont Road, Closter, 201-750-9997. www.
templeemauel.com.
Shabbat Havurah: For 2nd to 6th Grade at 10:15
a.m. Families are invited to participate in an age
and grade appropriate interactive Shabbat service.
For more information, contact Naama Heymann
at 201-750-2959 or heymann@templeemanu-el.
com. 180 Piermont Road, Closter, 201-750-9997.
www.templeemauel.com.

Monday, September 19

Sunday, September 25

Babyccino at Chabad: A class for chic moms


and their tots. Join as the class learns about the
universe. The stars. From 10 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.
Chabad Center of Passaic County, 194 Ratzer
Road, Wayne. 973-694-6274, jewishwayne.com
to rsvp or email chain@jewishwayne.com.

Pre-Holiday Cooking Demo and Tasting: Join


Chabad of Passaic County for an evening with
chef Shifka Klein as she shows how to prepare for
Rosh Hashana. $20 per person. 7 p.m. Chabad
Center of Passaic County, 194 Ratzer Road,
Wayne. 973-694-6274, jewishwayne.com to rsvp
or email chain@jewishwayne.com.

Monarch migration. See Sunday, September 4.

Wednesday, September 21

Babyccino at Chabad: A class for chic moms


and their tots. Join as the class learns about the
universe. The moon. From 10 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.
Chabad Center of Passaic County, 194 Ratzer
Road, Wayne. 973-694-6274, jewishwayne.com
to rsvp or email chain@jewishwayne.com.

Glen Rock Jewish Center Fall Toddler Time:


Toddler Time is for children 12 months to 2 years
old and a parent or caregiver. Facilitated group,
youngsters will do a mix of arts and crafts, music,
songs, stories and have free play time. 9:15 to
10:30 a.m. Free. Glen Rock Jewish Center, 682
Harristown Road, Glen Rock. 201-652-6652,
grjcnursery@gmail.com.

Tuesday, September 13

Thursday, September 22

Mommy and Me at Valley: Get together with


your newborn to 1 year old with other mothers,
learn health tips and enjoy the time with your
baby as you learn about your babys health and
development. Free. 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the
Dorothy B. Kraft Center, 15 Essex Road, Paramus.

Wednesday, September 14
Teenage Fun at Temple Emanu-El: F2F/ATID
(8th grade and up) at Temple Emanu-El of
Closter, 6:00 p.m. Welcome Back DJ/Karaoke
Party. Join us for an evening of music, friends and
food. 180 Piermont Road, Closter, 201-750-9997.
www.templeemauel.com.
Glen Rock Jewish Center Fall Toddler Time:
Toddler Time is for children 12 months to 2 years
old and a parent or caregiver. Facilitated group,
youngsters will do a mix of arts and crafts, music,
songs, stories and have free play time. 9:15 to
10:30 a.m. Free. Glen Rock Jewish Center, 682
Harristown Road, Glen Rock. 201-652-6652,
grjcnursery@gmail.com.

Sunday, September 18
CKids Holiday Fair: Join a new program at
Chabad of Passaic County. For children 3 and
older. 11 to noon High Holiday fair followed
by a bee-keeping demonstration to prepare
for Rosh Hashana. Chabad Center of Passaic
County, 194 Ratzer Road, Wayne. 973-6946274, jewishwayne.com to rsvp or email chani@
jewishwayne.com.

Swan Lake at bergenPAC: The Russian Grand


Ballet present Swan Lake, the full-length classic production of the worlds most famous
Tchaikovsky ballet. 8 p.m. bergenPAC, 30 N.
Van Brunt St., Englewood. 201-227-1030, www.
bergenpac.org.
20th Anniversary of JCC Therapeutic Nursery:
Celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Therapeutic
Nursery at 6:30 p.m. honoring Amber Sabathia
and Kelly Spitzley, leaders and longtime supports
of the unique language-based program for 2 to 5
year olds with special needs. For more information, 201-408-1439 or tn@jccotp.org.
Orientation for Friendship Circle Volunteers:
The Friendship Circle of Passaic County is starting off the year with an orientation for all teen
volunteers. This is for new volunteers and for
existing volunteers. For all teens that want to be
involved, please visit Fcpassaiccounty.com to learn
more and to sign up. Chabad Center of Passaic
County, 194 Ratzer Road, Wayne. 973-694-6274,
jewishwayne.com to rsvp or email chain@jewishwayne.com.

Friday, September 23
Tot Shabbat in Franklin Lakes: Join in a Tot
Shabbat at 6:30 p.m. with Rabbi Elyse Frishman.
Pre-readers are welcome at this family-friendly
service. Barnert Temple, 747 Route 208
South, Franklin Lakes. 201-848-1027, www.
barnerttemple.org.

Monday, September 26
Babyccino at Chabad: A class for chic moms
and their tots. Join as the class learns about the
universe. The planets. From 10 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.
Chabad Center of Passaic County, 194 Ratzer
Road, Wayne. 973-694-6274, jewishwayne.com
to rsvp or email chain@jewishwayne.com.

Wednesday, September 28
Make a Shofar: Taam Shofar Making at Temple
Emanu-El of Closter, 9:30 a.m. Ages birth to kindergarten. Bring your little ones to learn and see
how a real shofar is made as we prepare for Rosh
Hashana For more information, contact Tammy
Ween at 201-750-9997 or ween@templeemanu-el.com. 180 Piermont Road, Closter, 201-7509997. www.templeemauel.com.
Glen Rock Jewish Center Fall Toddler Time:
Toddler Time is for children 12 months to 2 years
old and a parent or caregiver. Facilitated group,
youngsters will do a mix of arts and crafts, music,
songs, stories and have free play time. 9:15 to
10:30 a.m. Free. Glen Rock Jewish Center, 682
Harristown Road, Glen Rock. 201-652-6652,
grjcnursery@gmail.com.
The Importance of Strength Training: A session with Diane Bertone and Carmelyn Tobin
from the Department of Physical Medicine and
Rehabilitation at St. Joseph Regional Medical
Center. 1 p.m. Wayne YMCA, 1 Pike Drive, Wayne.
973-595-0100.

Friday, September 30
Free South Street Seaport Musuem: Free
admission to its exhibition of Street of Ships from
3 to 7 p.m. at the South Street Seaport Museum,
12 Fulton St., New York, 212-748-8600, www.
southstreetseaportmuseum.org

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Friendship Circle Walk Set in Teaneck


The Friendship Circle of Bergen County will hold its annual NJ Friendship
Walk on Sunday, Sept. 18 at Votee Park,
Queen Anne Road and Court Street in
Teaneck. Children and adults are welcome to do the one-mile walk and enjoy fun activities. The charity walk raises crucial funds and raises awareness
for children, teens and young adults
with special needs. Registration for the
event is free and all those who pre-register will receive a free NJ Friendship
Walk t-shirt.
On-site registration and pre-walk

activities are at 10 a.m. and the walk


will go from 11 to 11:30 a.m. The postwalk celebration and carnival will run
until 1:30 p.m. and will include inflatables, bumper balls and other games,
photo station, ice cream truck, petting
zoo, and face painting.
For more information about Friendship Circle of Bergen Countys programs and volunteer opportunities, or
to make a tax-deductible contribution,
visit www.BCFriendship.com; to register for the walk on Sept. 18, go to www.
NJFriendshipWalk.com.

Writing Workshop for Youngsters


A free writing workshop for 9- to
13-year-olds who want to improve their
fiction and nonfiction writing skills is
being organized. Meeting on Mondays,
Wednesdays, and Fridays from 10 a.m.
to noon, during the last weeks of August and on Sept. 2, the workshop is

being conducted by a writer, a publisher, and a librarian, who are piloting the
program and hope that it will continue
in the fall.
For more information or to register, email Helen Weiss Pincus at
helem407@aol.com

Simchas
Birth
HALSTON BLAKE BYER
Halston Blake Byer was born on August
13, 2016 to Carly and Jarrod Byer in
Cincinnati, Ohio. Her grandparents are Joy
and Robert Shorr of Hillsdale, Rhonda and
Larry Sheakley and Vicki and Tedd Byer,

all of Cincinnati. Her great-grandmother is


Sandy Shorr of Florida, formerly of Fair Lawn.
Halston Blake, who weighed 7 pounds, 6
ounces, was named for her maternal greatgrandfather Harold Shorr.

Auditions for Bergen Youth Orchestra


The Bergen Youth Orchestra is accepting new member audition applications
for the 2016 to 2017 concert season.
Auditions will be scheduled for late
August and early September, by appointment only, and all students at
any ability level who play an orchestral instrument are encouraged to try
out. There is a $50 audition fee for administrative costs and expenses and
upon acceptance there is an annual
tuition per student.
The BYO has three orchestra en-

sembles for all levels of musical ability, from early learners to the highest
levels of technique. The entry-level
orchestra is for early level string players only. The other two orchestras are
full woodwind, brass, and percussionist along with violins, violas, cellos
and bass.
To apply, please call 201-569-1625
or www.bergenyouthorchestra.org for
audition requirements and further information including student responsibilities and tuition for each orchestra.

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Invitations for party guests
Pizza and soda
Personalized Carvel ice cream cake
Favors and candy
FREE skating pass for future use
Birthday child receives FREE Ice Vault T shirt

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