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musings from the editor
N
o voice. Nada. Nun- bout of laryngitis. (What Whispering checkout clerk?? thing. In my haste, I left the instruc-
ca. Effes. Zilch. Zero. is it with my voice or lack At the gas station: tions unpunctuated. When I pressed
Nothing. thereof?) But this time it Me: (Rolling down the car window, play, in the voice of Robo-Mom (not
I lost my voice. Com- wasnt the profundity of whispering, barely audibly and exag- the softer tones of Siri or of my beloved
pletely. Not a squeak nor a my monk-like moment that gerating my mouth to form the words) Waze Lady), the cooking instructions
croak nor anything resem- struck me, but rather the Fill it up please. Regular. Cash. streamed out without pause. I was only
bling a sound came out of humor of it all. Gas station attendant: (Whisper- able to make out was my last words,
my throat. For 48 hours. Yes, it was funny. As if ing, in kind) Okay, sure maam. Good luck.
Losing a voice can be I was taking part in some Whispering gas station attendant??? And then, of course, there was the
a metaphor for something sort of social experiment, What the hay? It was as if I was car- realization of how often I am called
quite profound. or I was a plant in an epi- rying a sleeping baby in my arms!! Why upon in my home.
After all, what is a voice? sode of Candid Camera, time and again did everyone respond to my whispers Mom. Mom. Mom. Mom. Mom?
For those who are marginalized, during those two days when I engaged with more whispers? We werent going Mom?? Mom???
excluded, or disenfranchised, a voice in my various activities, I was met with to wake anyone up! And if my voice Heidi. Heidi. Heidi? Heidi?? Heidi???
is a source of empowerment. Having the same reaction. wasnt working, well, my ears were, but Darling family, dont you think
a voice is linked to the notion of self- At the bank: I had to work double hard to hear them Id respond and say, Yes? or What
determination and autonomy, and the Me: (Whispering, barely audibly whispering back to me. dear? if I could???
ability to have a say in important deci- and exaggerating my mouth to form the It was a very curious thing. Makes Im not complaining. Not really.
sions. Having a voice means having the words.) Can I please make a deposit? me want to try a fat suit next. Im just a bit amused, especially since
capacity to influence important deci- Bank teller: (Whispering, in re- Then there was the app that Shaina everyone survived, including me.
sions. Having a voice gives you a sense sponse) Okay. found and downloaded for my benefit. And, if I really did want to complain,
that you are capable of handling lifes Whispering teller? Type your say, press play, and I could. My voice is back.
ups and downs. At the grocery store checkout: voila, sounds come out of the phone. It Cheers,
Never mind what having a voice Me: (Whispering, barely audibly seemed like a lot of effort to write ev-
does when asking someone to pass and exaggerating my mouth to form the erything out, but it was a nice gesture,
the ketchup. words) Arent those two for $5? so I tried it.
I think Ive explored the virtues of Checkout clerk: (Whispering, in re- I wrote some very detailed instruc-
the sounds of silence during another sponse) Oh, yes. Sorry. tions for one of the kids to cook some-

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How to Raise Resilient Children


To Handle Lifes Challenges
S LOV I E JU N G R E I S - WO L F F

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he newest parenting handbook is a
guide for those who are determined
not to raise weak, entitled kids, ill
prepared to inherit the earth. Author
Senator Ben Sasse sees a coming of age
crisis and wants to remedy the way our
children spend their childhood.
The Vanishing American Adult beck-
ons us to question the coddled kids who
lack resilience to face lifes challenges.
Mr. Sasse began to notice that all around
him, including his own home, were chil-
dren who could not stretch the moment
things felt too difficult. When his daugh-
ters complained that they were unable to
sleep because of a broken air conditioner,
he decided that too many needs were
really not needs at all. Recalling his
own childhood of learning the value of
real work, rising at dawn and weeding
soybean fields at the age of 7, he felt as if
he, as a parent, was a failure. Bob and his
wife, Melissa, concluded that building and
strengthening their kids character would driven. Add to that the culture where Practical Actions Providing Meaning to Our Children
require extreme measures. kids are mostly in touch with only peers What specific actions can we do to Senator Sasse writes that he believes that
They sent their 14-year-old daughter on chats and social media and you have encourage children to nourish inner suffering can be virtuous. While wanting
to work on a cattle ranch so that she could kids who are unanchored, losing touch strength and character? to help children discover the gift of resil-
experience the unrelenting encounter with the older generation who provide A few suggestions from the book are: ience and good work ethic I dont think
with daily necessity. Their directive was wisdom and a sense of knowing where Start young. Send two year olds on daily suffering is the right word.
to make us proud by working hard, ask theyve come from. Too many children tasks within the home that create pattern Judaism values mesirus nefesh
for coaching and never let your overseers lack idealism; a sense of purpose de- and rhythm that can be upgraded to more self-sacrifice. Suffering connotes pain,
hear you complain. Their daughters mes- ludes them. complicated tasks as your child grows. agony and misery. No parent wishes
sages described her wet and dirty work Mr. Sasses book has resonated with Build toward adult work. Provide his or her child to suffer. For too many
and prompted Mr. Sasse to ask how we as parents trying hard to raise children but children the opportunity when they are children adversity has become a way
a society can get our kids to experience a meeting up with frustration and a sense of young to handle responsibilities like pur- of life.
similar wakeup call. entitlement. Outsourcing parental respon- chasing things for the family so that when Self-sacrifice entails the power of
Mr. Sasse says that teens today are sibilities and character development can they are older there will not be a sense of giving beyond ourselves, of opening our
smart, resume driven and talented but anx- never replace ethics and instilling values being lost at sea. hearts to the needs of others and then
ious, timid and lost. We give them an array in the home. Babysit together. Have your chil- acting on it even when it feels too difficult
of extracurricular activities, develop their dren learn to take care of younger chil- or arduous. We can feel ourselves stretch
gifts, and do our best to help them stand Parenting Goals dren and babies. and grow. Toiling despite tiredness and
out from the rest of their college-bound Some of the goals we are directed to- Reevaluate paid for services to see accomplishing your goal provides mean-
crowd. The truth is they are trapped in a ward in the book are to reject mindless which ones your children can handle. ing to life. Working for a cause, not be-
bubble of privilege. There is incredible un- consumption, embrace work ethics, be Visit elder relatives and acquain- cause there is a prize promised, but sim-
happiness that hovers above. productive, galvanize genuine lifelong tances on a regular basis. Find tasks your ply because you believe in greater good,
Quoting a former Yale professor who learning, encourage the power of reading children can do to be of help to them. nourishes idealism.
noted that many modern adolescents are books, dont hand children things expect- Even reading can become a source of joy Children require a goal larger than
great at what they are doing but with no ing nothing in return and be intentional to one who is unable to. good grades or scoring a homerun for
idea why they are doing it, Mr. Sasse urges about everything we do. When something goes wrong on their baseball team. Knowing that they
parents to stay clear of idleness and pas- Raise children to be active and en- a trip or with a product have your child make a difference in this world brings pas-
siveness. We never know what life brings. gaged; curious about the world around participate. Dont automatically fix it. Ask sion and purpose. Giving your time, hard
Our world is filled with economic disrup- them. Remember that core experiences for their ideas and plan. work and passion propels our children to
tion. Our children need to grow more self- produce character. Hard work teaches us Take children to your work. Take build themselves and contribute to heal-
reliant as an alternative to becoming weak to value the gift of those who labor. Sitting them to other peoples work places. ing a broken world.
byproducts of affluenza. Perhaps we are around waiting for meals to be served or Have your child volunteer their ser-
unintentionally producing resume virtues never getting one hands dirty does not vices to organizations and their commu- Slovie Jungreis-Wolff is a parenting and rela-
instead of giving them eulogy virtues. allow us to appreciate all that goes into nity houses of worship. tionship coach and teacher and the author
Ultimately we are raising a genera- daily living. Parents who hover and dont Ask older people about their of Raising a Child With Soul, (St. Martins
tion of kids who are hooked on screens, allow children to sweat or fail, deny their first jobs. Press).
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When Should a Parent Seek Out


A Developmental Pediatrician?
H E I D I M A E B RAT T that developmental pediatricians deal with?
Dr. Factura-Santiago: Attention and behavioral disor-

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s a baby extraordinarily fussy and difficult to comfort? ders, including ADHD, oppositional defiant disorder, anxi-
Is a preschooler having accidents long past potty ety, depression. Learning disorders, including difficulties
training? Does a grade schooler have difficulty focus- with reading, math and other school-related problems.
ing and paying attention in class? How is chronic illness Developmental disabilities (cerebral palsy, spina bifida,
affecting a young teens readiness for high school? autism, visual and hearing impairments, intellectual dis-
The intersection between a childs development, be- ability). Delayed development (speech, language, motor
havior and emotional and physical health is the province and cognitive skills). Tics, Tourette syndrome. Behavior
of developmental and behavioral pediatrics, the medical and developmental problems associated with pediatric
specialty that focuses on the evaluation, diagnosis, treat- chronic illnesses and disabilities such as genetic disor-
ment, and ongoing care of children who are experiencing ders, prematurity, epilepsy.
developmental delays and, or who are exhibiting behav- Maravic Factura-Santiago, M.D. and Lisa Nalven, M.D. AOC: Are there signs that a parent should be aware
ioral or educational difficulties. of in terms of recognizing an off-developmental issue
About Our Children consulted with Dr. Marivic AOC: What is a developmental pediatrician and how with their child and seek the help of a developmental
Factura-Santiago, who along with, Dr. Lisa Nalven, are do they differ from a general pediatrician? pediatrician?
developmental pediatricians at Valley Hospitals Kireker Dr. Factura-Santiago: A developmental pediatrician Dr. Factura-Santiago: A child who is not making
Center for Child Development, to learn more about what is a pediatric sub-specialist who evaluates and treats chil- eye contact, not babbling by 12 months, no words by
developmental pediatricians do, and when to seek the dren and adolescents with developmental and behavior- 16 months, any loss of skills (language, motor, speech,
consult of these medical experts. al problems. These include children with developmental social) or not meeting developmental milestones within
disabilities, delays in development, learning difficulties, expected time frames (not pulling self up nor standing
problems with attention and behavior. with support by 12 months, walking unassisted by 14-15
AOC: When should a parent seek the help of a devel- months, not interested in playing with other children by

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Water Parks
Cool Fun In the Summer Heat
H E I D I M A E B RAT T water park features more than 18 slides, splash zones, a
kiddie lagoon, and toddler play area, plus the lazy river

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n the summertime when the weather is hot, as the (which you may need after a long day in the sun). Lock-
lyric goes, relief from the heat can be found in myri- ers and dressing rooms are available, along with lounge
ad places. It can be found inside the air-conditioned chairs and umbrellas. Theres also a full-service snack
movie theater playing the latest summer-released bar, plus tons of yummy boardwalk eats only steps away.
blockbuster, or enjoying the breeze of the ocean at the
beach, or retreating to the malls of America. Or you can
take the heat and be cool at the same time in the many
area water parks. Water parks have the allure of amuse-
ment parks with the added feature of having all that glo-
rious water. So get ready and get out the bathing suits.
Here are a few that we recommend: Six Flags Hurricane Harbor
Route 537
Jackson, NJ
This water park is part of Six Flags, so expect crowds
(especially on weekends). The 45-acre park features big
rides like Tornado and Hurricane Mountain, yet still of-
fers plenty of adventure for younger kids, from the Blue
Lagoon wave pool to Taak It Eez Ee Creek, a laid-back riv-
er featuring waterfalls and rapids. Caribbean Cove pro- Sesame Place
vides tons of family fun, with 55 interactive features in- 100 Sesame Road
cluding spray nozzles, slides, and a giant tipping bucket. Langhorne, PA
Theres a Big Birds rambling river for low-key fun with
the little ones, plus the Teeny Tidal Wave splash pool
(hardly teeny at 10,000 square feet) and Slimeys Chutes
waterslide. Youll also need to visit Ernies Waterworks,
Land of Make Believe & Pirates Cove which has cascading fountains and water-spraying maz-
354 Great Meadows Road Route 611 es, and The Counts Splash Castle, which has a 1,000-gal-
Hope, NJ lon tipping bucket, water slides, interactive levers, blast-
A family amusement park with rustic, old-fashioned ers, bongos and water wheels. Last, check out the Sky
charm, the Land of Make Believe mixes a traditional Splash, which lets up to six riders swirl around in an
country fair experience with thrilling rides. Pirates eight-foot Rubber Duckie.
Cove is where youll find the water attractions, includ-
ing Americas Largest Wading Pool, pirate-themed water
slides and rides, and a water playground. For nostalgia
buffs, theres a Civil War locomotive ride, World War II
Crystal Springs Family Waterpark
380 Dunhams Corner Road
cockpit, hayride, and talking scarecrow. Families can go East Brunswick, NJ
back and forth between the two distinct sections, and if
you need to get out of the sun, hit up the indoor arcade Crystal Springs is the first municipal water park in New
and impress the kids with your skee-ball skills. Jersey. The bountiful facility boasts several pools, a
splash pad, lazy river, water slides, and more. Theres
a picnic area with grills to use free of charge on a first-
come-first-served basis, but if you dont feel like cook-
ing, you can purchase snacks and food. Chairs, life vests,
and tubes (for the Lazy River) are available, but in lim-
ited supply. New for 2017 are renovated bathrooms, a
Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom
concession stand, and first-aid office.
3830 Dorney Park Road
Allentown, PA

During the regular summer season, Dorney Park tick-


ets also offer full access to Wildwater Kingdom Water
Park. There are free-fall body slides like Python Plum-
met (nearly vertical fall), crazy 360-degree loops on the
Constrictor and high speed slides like twin Boat Blast-
ers thatll surely please teens and tweens. In case you
Sahara Sams Oasis Indoor Water Park were wondering, there are a total of 28 slides to choose
535 New Jersey 73 from in varying levels of thrill. For littler folk, check
West Berlin, NJ out the Kids Cove, where theyll climb through a sub-
The best thing about this water park is that it is open all Runaway Rapids Family Waterpark marine and slip down the tentacles of an octopus. The
year. This indoor playground offers a surfing simulator, 275 Beachway Ave. Lollipop Lagoon also offers low-key fun; families might
family raft ride, tube slides, lazy river, full-service caf, Keansburg, NJ run under mushroom fountains and geysers or play with
and cabana rentals. Plus, theres a large arcade to keep squirt guns.
the kids busy and a bar/lounge for adult fun. You can Located across the street from the famous Keansburg
also host your childs birthday party here. Amusement Park, this is a summer family favorite. The Heidi Mae Bratt is the editor of About Our Children.

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Creating an inspirational notebook.

Bat Mitzvah Project


For Project Extreme
M . LOW I N G E R

W
hen Ella Morgenstern was planning her re-
cent bat mitzvah, she knew she wanted the
celebration to include a special activity that

watershed
would benefit others. But she also wanted her friends
and family to enjoy the simcha and have fun. So she
brainstormed with her parents to decide on the perfect
project. In the end, she chose to create inspirational
notebooks that were fun to make and would eventually

recreation
be shared with the girls of Project Extreme.
Project Extreme is a non-profit organization that
provides innovative and personalized services for teens

program
at risk and their families. Through a variety of long and
short-term programs, they help these teens overcome
their challenges by providing life skills training, social
support networks, and professional counseling -- all in
a safe and healthy environment. Fully eighty percent of
teens that have completed Project Extremes Adventure
program have made positive adjustments at school and
with their families. The organizations success is widely
recognized in the community.
The Watershed Recreation Program is now open from April 1 to
Camp Extreme for Girls is one of Project Extremes
flagship programs. A summer adventure program in Min- November 30, 2017.
nesota, it includes horseback riding, mountain biking,
ropes courses and visits to amusement parks. The goal,
said director Rabbi AY Weinberg, is to help at-risk teens Participants can fish, walk, bird watch, hike, or simply enjoy nature.
overcome destructive patterns and gain self-confidence Access to 4 reservoirs Old Tappan, Oradell and Woodcliff Lake in
through challenging activities. New Jersey and Lake Deforest in Rockland County, New York.
When I heard about Project Extreme I felt real-
ly moved, said Ella. My dad told me about it and it
seemed amazing. For an online application visit:
Ellas father, Rabbi Jonathan Morgenstern, has been
www.SUEZWatershed.com
a longtime supporter of Project Extreme. He and his
wife Jordana, and his congregation at the Young Israel
of Scarsdale have hosted several Shabbbatons in their
community. mysuezwater.com
Ella and her friends decorated notebooks with artis-
tic pictures and inspirational quotes that they clipped
from magazines. Best of all, they will be donated to the
girls of Camp Extreme who will use them as journals in
their therapy sessions.
They will be keeping track of their thoughts and ex-
periences throughout the summer, says Evie Hoffman, More than 411,000 likes.
director of Special Events at Camp Extreme.
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Bergen County Equestrian Center Arts and Science at Teaneck Creek do it all! Silks, Hammocks & Lyra (aerial arts) classes are
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and A Stable Life, which is an equestrian therapy program the Puffin Foundation. cream cakes all made with high quality kosher ingredi-
for families, small groups and individuals looking to heal ents. The newly renovated, peanut-free facility owned by
their souls with the presence and interaction of the grace Cresskill Performing Arts Center Syed Rizvi is operated under Kof-K supervision. There is
of a horse. Dedicated and fully trained instructors and 300 Knickerbocker Road, Suite 1100 an outdoor seating area and plenty of parking. All cakes
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Ice Cream and We All


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r
Will Scream for the Sweet Treat
H E I D I M A E B RAT T both supermarket and foodservice sales. treat, scouting out Instagram feeds and over-the-top is an understatement. Piled
, This flavor is the most versatile, mixing researching the world over. high with candy, cookies, you name it in

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hy do we all scream for ice well with toppings, drinks and bakery There is mochi ice cream, colorful the toppings department, they are not for
cream? Because its so delicious, desserts. Americas top five favorite in- treats that come from Japan. They are the feint of heart, or the calorie counter.
thats why. Cool and sweet, dividual flavors are vanilla, chocolate, balls of ice cream, usually strawberry, Would you believe that savory is
theres nothing that says summer the way cookies n cream, strawberry and mint vanilla, or green tea flavored, wrapped another favory? Yes, flavors like like
ice cream does. So what is it about the fro- chocolate chip. in mochi, a sweet rice paste. Eating it garlic, rosemary, cheddar cheese, srira-
zen dessert that has us waiting on line for a However, ice cream flavors are only doesnt require a spoon. cha, and buttered popcorn are popping
scoop or two or three? The sweet, creamy limited by the imagination. Manufactur- Ben & Jerrys created its own new up everywhere
goodness goes back to memories of yore, ers, scoop shops and chefs constantly flavor: cereal milk ice cream. As soon And as popular as white vanilla ice
and ice cream truck making their musical come up with new and exciting flavors as they heard about it, they concocted cream continues to be, now on-trend is
way down our streets, and sweets dreams for their customers. Cereal Splashback flavors, based on all black, yes, black ice cream. Morgensterns
are made of this. For example, Sweet Me Strawberry the favorites from childhood. Its an ice- Finest Ice Cream in New York City, a popu-
y What are the newest trends in this Rhubarb Cobbler Ice Cream, Honey Roast- cream-ified version of the sweet milk at lar ice cream shop in downtown Manhat-
time-honored treat? ed Peanut Butter Ice Cream and Cool Mint the bottom of the bowl. tan sells gallons of its Coconut Ash ice
At Ice Cream on Grand in Englewood, Sandwiches were named the most inno- The ice cream sandwich has gone cream flavor. The treats main ingredient
the most popular of their more than 30 vative ice cream products at the Interna- wild, as well. There are ice cream sand- is accompanied by coconut flakes, coco-
flavors are cookie monster, nutella, yuzu, tional Dairy Foods Associations annual wiches made from macarons, cupcakes, nut cream and coconut milk that yields a
blood orange, and cotton candy, said Innovative Ice Cream Flavor Competition donuts, croissants and churros. super rich coconut flavor. Although the
owner Syed Rizvi. Folks keep lining up for in 2017. Unusual smoky and spicy flavors Another trend out of Asia, this one coconut ash ice cream is said to tempo-
frozen treats because Ice Cream on Grand also made a splash in the competition from Thailand, is rolled ice cream. Liquid rarily dye mouths inky black, fans say
always meets customers expectations. along with creative takes on caffeinated ice cream and mix-ins are poured onto a its a small price to pay to experience a
According to the International Dairy drink favorites like coffee and tea. chilled metal surface. Once blended and new trend.
Foods Association, believe it or not, va- Ice cream biggie Ben & Jerrys has chilled, the frozen treat is scraped into
nilla continues to be Americas flavor compiled a very funky list of the wild rolls and served like that. Heidi Mae Bratt is the editor of About
Our Children.
of choice in ice cream and novelties, in flavors that are happening in the chilly To say that sundaes havent gone

Summer Is For Kids


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Making the Move


And Helping Children Adjust to Change
DENISE MORRISON YEARIAN er set. Answer their questions, give reas- out. The next day wed rooted in the new one is
surance and let them know they can talk walk to the shopping a sure cure.

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he Schwartz family lived in a cozy with you. center then come back, We still do play
three-bedroom home. But cozy be- Older children, said Ms. Pendley, get in the car and explore dates with friends from
came cramped when they adopted may be more adamantly opposed to the area. It was like an ad- home, write letters and
four children within two years. We had moving than younger ones. If this is venture for us. make phone calls, said
gone from three to seven people under the case, listen, acknowledge their con- The Stein family Ms. Stein. But were get-
one roof, recalls their mother Nancy. So cerns and be empathetic. Try to figure tried to make it adven- ting established here too.
they moved to a larger home about an out the driving force behind the opposi- turous too. Before the Weve made some new
hour away. tion. Is it fear of the unknown? Feeling move, we told the kids friends and have had a
Moving can be a daunting experience out of control? they could each pick out few play dates.
for everyone, especially children. So how Ms. Schwartz found empathy an a theme for their bed- Shortly after the
do parents navigate the journey and help important quality in dealing with her rooms. We would go shopping and buy Schwartz family settled in the children
children adjust? 12-year-old son Ben. Although he was new things, but everything was put away were homesick, so their parents started
Once a decision to move has been glad to be moving to a bigger house, he until we moved into the new house. them in activities at the JCC. It took care
made, parents should sit down and talk didnt want to go because he had a lot Perhaps the hardest part of a move of the homesickness and boredom and
with their children, said Jennifer Shroff of neighborhood friends, recalls Ms. is saying goodbye. Fortunately, there are helped them make new friends, said Ms.
Pendley, a pediatric psychologist. Since Schwartz. Whenever I saw him sad, I things families can do to ease the pain. Schwartz.
older children need more time to adjust would say, Whats going on? How can I Take pictures, make videos, call or write. It has been nearly three years since
to the idea, you should tell them as soon help you? I didnt hammer him but just Plan one special event with friends before the Schwartz family moved, and they now
as the move is definite. With preschool- let him know I was there for him and un- leaving, Terrell said have a whole new set of friends and are
ers, you may want to wait until the move derstood how he felt. Right before the move a friend gave at home in their community. And if you
draws closer. Whatever time you choose, One of the best ways to alleviate us a party, Ms. Stein recalls. I had kept ask Ben, he may just tell you life is comfy
present it as an exciting experience concerns about the move is to give your telling her it wasnt goodbye, because I cozy again.
an adventure. children concrete information, Ms. Ter- knew wed be coming back to visit. So she
Diana Terrell, a clinical psychologist, rell said. The more homework you do, threw a well-see-you-soon party. Denise Morrison Yearian is the former editor
agreed. Be optimistic and focus on the the better off your children will be. For Breaking away from the old commu- of two parenting magazines and mother of
good things about the move. In the days younger ones, the concern may be some- nity may be indeed painful. But getting three children and four grandchildren.
to follow, your children will have a lot of thing insignificant like if there will be a
questions, so allow plenty of time to an- swing set. For older children, it may re-
swer those questions.
That is what Cindy Stein, mother of
volve around friends and activitiesWill
I be accepted in the new school? Will Transitioning to a New School
6-year-old Robbie and 3-year-old twins there be a karate studio to replace the one *Be enthusiastic about the upcoming the library. Soon after starts school, go to
Alex and Ally, did when they moved sev- Im leaving? change. If you are excited and confident, the library and get your children their own
eral months ago. When we first told If possible, take your children to the your children will be too. library cards. Even if you are busy, try to
our children about the move, they were new community. This helps build a clear- spend a few minutes each day reading to
*Review the route. Make a trip to the
flooded with questions, said Ms. Stein. er image in their heads of what life is go- your children to foster literacy and spend
school before your childrens first day.
We were careful to explain what would ing to be like, Ms. Terrell said. You can quality time with them during this stress-
Point out landmarks and turns. If they will
ful time.
and would not change in their lives. Rob- say, Look! Heres the library. Heres the not be taking the bus, tell them where you
bie would itemize thingsMommy, is JCC. It makes things more tangible. will drop them off and pick them up. *Prepare yourself. Whether you realize
this toy going? Will we have the same Prior to the physical move, the it or not, sending your children to a new
*Visit the school. Call and ask if you can
couch? Sometimes they would ask the Schwartz family made weekend trips to school may create some personal appre-
meet the teachers and see the class-
same thing over and over again. our new community. We had settled on hensions. Be careful that your children
rooms prior to your childrens first day.
do not pick up on any anxieties you may
According to Ms. Pendley, repeated the house but hadnt moved in yet. One In the classrooms, point out cubbies and
have. If you are excited about this new
questioning is common among the young- evening we would pack the car and head lockers. Show your children where the
beginning at school, your children will
nearest bathroom is and how to get to the
more than likely be too. Note there may
main office and school nurse. Ask about
be some separation anxiety the first few
school supplies and the lunch program.
days you leave your children in a new
*Adjust the clock. If you have gotten out setting. Encourage them to take this new
of a routine because of the move or sum- step and remind them you will be there
mertime, adjust your childrens schedules when their school day is over.
so they get a good nights sleep and have
*Arrange a play date. Find someone in
plenty of time in the morning to prepare
your childrens classrooms who you can
for school.
arrange a play date with. This will give
*Create routines. Establish new routines them a familiar face when they walk into
so your children fall into the groove of their classrooms every morning.
school. Find a place in your new home for
*Make extra time. At the end of the
your childrens backpacks. If your children
school day, set aside extra time to talk
have homework, make sure it is done
with your children about their school
at the same time in the same location
experienceswho they met, what they
every day.
did, what their teachers are like. Sharing
*Get library cards. This may not be on the these experiences will be memorable and
top of your priority list but teachers often build a good foundation for later com-
require children to check books out of munication.

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In the Beginning,
There Was Nursery School
E D S I L B E R FA R B ity in this do-it-if-it-feels-good generation.
It may not have been the tricycle incident or dog

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e lived in Manhattans Greenwich Village, con- droppings in the park, or the smell of pot smoke, or
formists in the land of the unconventional. even the day we found broken glass in the sandbox, but
Our 3-year-old son, Jake, and his friends fre- an accumulation of such ills brought a seismic change. Dads had to come prepared with
quented the playground in Washington Square Park. Jake would be enrolled in the Downing Street Nursery
The park in those days, the early 1970s, was a lively School, a cooperative endeavor that began three years a project, some creative activity
scene with chess players, guitarists, folk singers, va- before in the second floor of a Parks Department build- that would stimulate the growth
grants, pot smokers and occasional drug dealers. Also, ing that had been used as a storeroom for the city pup-
the citys much needed pooper-scooper law for dogs had peteer. It was adjacent to a small playground in a tri- of 3 year olds.
not yet been promulgated. The playground, fenced off angular plot formed by three streets a few blocks from
from the rest of the park, thrived with its sandbox, swings our home.
and sliding pond, but it was not entirely free of the Green- My wife was enthusiastic. Its great. The fee is nomi-
wich Village counter culture. There was, for example, the nal. There is no rent. There are no teachers, no mainte-
case of the wandering tricycle. nance or clerical people. The parents do it all. The school has a governing board of parents who
It was the practice for the kids to bring a toy or two Uh, oh. meet monthly. The student body is limited to 15. Admis-
to the playground to share. One day Jake brought his Each household provides a parent once a week to sion determined by the board, which seeks diversity, is
little red tricycle, parked it off to the side and got busy in monitor the kids, organize games, and clean up. competitive, but some preference is given to children of
the sandbox. We were both involved in the sand struc- A burden on you guys, I was sympathetic. alumni who attended decades ago when it all began.
ture when I realized the tricycle was gone. Then I saw it, Thats why the dads must be involved also.
being ridden by a strange kid accompanying his parents I quickly learned that dad-involvement meant not Ed Silberfarb was a reporter for the Bergen Record in New
as they walked toward the park exit. just supervising kids, mediating disputes and cleaning Jersey, then the New York Herald Tribune where he was City
A crisis of judgment. Do I abandon Jake and go after the chemical toilet. One had to come prepared with a Hall bureau chief. Later, he was a public information officer
the tricycle? I turned to a woman I barely knew. Could project, some creative activity that would be spellbinding for the New York City Transit Authority and editor of one of
you watch him for just a few minutes please? Before she and stimulate the intellectual growth of the 3-year-olds. its employee publications.
could say no, I ran after the tricycle, caught up to them, The apparent solution was to use the building blocks,
and said to the miscreant cyclist, Get off please. This but how many different towers could one build and what
doesnt belong to you. He wordlessly complied. His eternal lesson could one impart? Then came an inspi-
parents said nothing, but kept walking. I ran back to the
playground with the tricycle, and wondered about moral-
ration paper airplanes. The proper folding required
dexterity and imagination to create a sleek jet fighter, Come Smile with Us
a serviceable passenger aircraft or a hefty cargo plane
soon paper missiles were flying about the room to the
kids delight and the consternation of other parents.
I learned much from the nursery school experience.
One lesson was the difference between boys and girls,
though one was supposed to shun stereotypes. The little
girls would arrive in their Mary Janes and pretty dresses
in contrast to their hipster mothers wearing jeans and
sandals. The girls would greet the adults with a hug, then
play with the tea party sets to the frustration of the femi-
nist mothers.
The little boys, on the other hand, would greet you
with a punch, if at all, and then play with the trucks and
the blocks. Behavioral differences, I concluded, were in-
herent, not learned.
The composition of the student body was racially
diverse. One child, in fact was Eskimo.
TEANECK DENTIST
The day was divided into free play, structured play,
rest time, snack time and, their favorite, the playground,
but there we were cautioned to limit time on the swings
We put the Care
or the kids would do nothing else. into Dental Care!
Jakes Downing Street experience was 45 years ago,
and the co-op is still alive with one striking difference. Richard S. Gertler, DMD, FAGD
There are now two fulltime teachers, and twice a week
Ari Frohlich, DMD
a music instructor comes in for special lessons. Other-
wise, its still parental involvement. Each family provides
one Parent of the Day each month, who provides fresh 100 State Street Teaneck, NJ
fruit, helps the teachers, and cleans up at the end of the
day. Theres also a slick website with a parent webmas- 201.837.3000
ter. No indication that paper airplane construction is in www.teaneckdentist.com
the curriculum.
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Kaplen JCC Day Camps


Gearing Up for Summer Season
T
he Neil Klatskin Day Camps at the tioned rooms with head counselors who dence and growth. Camp activities take enjoy a wide range of Hebrew and Israeli
Kaplen JCC on the Palisades is are certified educators. Registration op- place both outdoors and indoors. Spe- cultural activities with native Hebrew-
registering for its summer season, tions include 4 through 8 weeks. Children cial emphasis is placed on development speaking counselors and specialists that
offering children, 3 to 7, a summer adven- with special needs, ages 5-9, have the op- of social skills, self-esteem, and sports- include music, scout activities, cooking
ture, where campers enjoy the outdoors, portunity to participate as well. manship. Each day campers entering1st and more. Campers entering 2nd grade
learn new skills, make new friends, and Camp units include, Kadima for chil- grade get the opportunity to choose enjoy the challenging opportunity of
explore personal interests. dren 3 to 4 years old. Kadima campers a regular camp activity they would choosing a major for a two-week period
Neil Katskin Day Camp features dy- thrive in a nurturing, enthusiastic, sup- like to participate in more than once a offered through the JCCs Big Idea Special-
namic, age-appropriate programming in- portive and structured environment. Spe- week. Campers entering 2nd grade en- ty Camp, which allow campers to explore
cluding sports, Red Cross instructional cial attention is given to the social growth, joy unique programming, which reflects nature, science, robotics and more.
and recreational swim, Tae Kwon Do, emotional development and campers their developmental needs and abilities, Tikvah is for children with special
yoga, art, drama, music, Judaic program- physical needs. Campers are home-based including more challenging opportuni- needs ages 5 to 9. Tikvah is designed to
ming, special events and much more. in air-conditioned classrooms, with most ties and adventures such as majoring meet the special needs of children ages
Plus, it is all-inclusive, providing lunch, activities taking place outdoors. New in a special discipline for a two-week pe- of 5 to 9 with communication, social, be-
snacks, towel service and camp swag, this year, camp will be offering native riod, off-site trips, and late nights. havioral and learning differences. Special
so parents dont have to think about all Hebrew-speaking children, ages 3 and Start-up Nation is designed for native attention is given to each camper to en-
those extra details. Camp takes place on 4, with a group led by Hebrew speaking or fluent Hebrew speakers, children enter- sure a summer filled with enjoyment and
a beautiful 21-plus acre campus with 3 counselors. ing kindergarten to 2nd grade. Campers learning.
pools, a sprinkler park, sports facilities, Gedolim is for children entering kin-
a low ropes course with zip line, indoor dergarten to 2nd grade. Campers enjoy
rainy-day facilities and more. Children a wide range of activities in a Jewish
ages 3 and 4 are home based in air-condi- environment that encourages indepen-

YOUR CHILD needs special education.


You want her to have a Jewish education.
You want him to be included.

Learning new skills at Neil Klatskin Day Camp.

Friendship Circle
Offers End of Summer Camp
INCLUSION by DESIGN

While many parents struggle with the sev- camp will run from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Serving Children with a Broad range of SpeCial needS en to 10 day gap between the end of sum- and take place at The Chabad Center, 194
mer programs and start of the new school Ratzer Road in Wayne. Supported by vol-
Special education uniquely integrated within Jewish Day Schools year, parents of children with special needs unteers, along with a registered nurse,
find this period especially challenging. and staff, the End of Summer Camp will
Individualization Educational excellence Children and teens with special needs can be focused on encouraging the childrens
have their break transformed into an excit- participation and enjoyment in engaging
Meeting each childs academic, social, and emotional needs
ing camp experience, filled with activities, activities.
Elementary Schools n High Schools n Adult Services sports, and fun. If someone could benefit from the
The Friendship Circle of Passaic experience, or if there is any interest in
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Unwrapping the Gifted Child


and Nurturing Them
R I F KA S C H O N F E L D

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ometimes its extra hard to raise a
gifted child.
Celi Trepanier, the author of
Educating Your Gifted Child, created a
checklist of things to know for people par-
enting or teaching gifted children.
Here are the top five issues that peo-
ple should be aware of:
Gifted students do not always excel
in school. While many gifted children are
high achievers and excel in school, many
gifted students are bored, unchallenged,
or dealing with co-existing learning dis-
abilities. This means that even though
gifted students are very bright, we cannot
always expect them to succeed in school.
Gifted children often have emotional
intensities. Along with higher than aver-
age intelligence, gifted children often have
stronger than average emotions. They are
often passionate and intense.
Gifted children can be extremely sen-
sitive. That emotional intensity works
hand-in-hand with extreme sensitivity.
Children who are gifted can be very sensi-
tive to sensory issues such as smells and
sensations as well as negative comments
or criticism.
Gifted children can have learning dis-
abilities. Students who are both gifted
and have learning disabilities are often
called twice exceptional. Children can
have both above average intelligence and
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
(ADHD) to Sensory Processing Disorder.
Gifted children can struggle socially.
They are not always interested in the
conversations or hobbies of their peers
and will therefore stand apart from their
peers. In addition, sometimes they exces-
sively correct the people around them, portant than the grade. Talk to your chil- more willing to own them and enjoy them. can also differentiate, using different vo-
leading to resentment and frustration. dren about their learning experiences. Be patient with questions. Gifted chil- cabulary and methodology when speak-
How can you help your gifted child What did they enjoy about what they dren are going to ask a lot of questions ing to our children.
overcome these? Perhaps the most im- learning in Chumash class? Would they Why is action spelled that way? Why In the end, we want our gifted chil-
portant thing you can do is simply look like to discuss that scientific concept? do we have to have the same spelling at dren to feel that they can, in the words of
at your gifted child as a child. Because Help them do more research on a subject all? Why cant Sarah just memorize how Steve Jobs, invent, imagine, heal, explore,
gifted children are usually more commu- that interests them. Even if their grades its spelled the first time? As parents and create, and inspire. They simply have to
nicative, sensitive, and mature, as parents are not reflecting their intellect, they teachers, we have to understand that learn how to harness their strengths and
and teachers, we sometimes forget that should still enjoy the educational process. these questions are an essential part of push the world forward.
they are still children. Their intellectual Facilitate real life reading, writing, the learning process, especially for gifted
abilities may be advanced, but they still math, and science experiences. Take children. We can explain that sometimes Rifka Schonfeld, founder of SOS, has been
need help navigating their emotional ex- your children to book readings, help them things dont always make sense, and helping people overcome their challenges for
periences. Like all children, gifted chil- write thank you cards and letters to your sometimes we have to follow rules simply over thirty years. As a beloved teacher, popu-
dren need love, responsibility, and cre- government representatives, let them because they are the rules. But, we should lar counselor, and educational/motivational
ative pursuits. help plan the backyard space by calcu- encourage their questions as a way of writer, she has influenced thousands of lives.
Heres a short cheat sheet of things lating area, and engage them in cooking making sense of the world around them. Mrs. Schonfeld founded SOS on the premise
that parents and teachers of gifted chil- and baking experiments. When children Differentiate. Teachers with mixed that everyone can learn if they are given the
dren can do in order to nurture them: understand the practical applications ability classrooms can tailor the content right tools and taught the right skills. www.
Emphasize that learning is more im- of their intellectual abilities, they will be to different students levels. At home, we rifkaschonfeldsos.com, 718-382-5437.

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1. Students from the Gottesman RTW Academy in Randolph visited the


Jewish Center of Teaneck and the Cedar Lane business district.
2. Valley Chabads 7th grade Hebrew School class took a trip to the Eldridge
Street Synagogue in the Lower East Side of New York. Built in 1887 by
immigrant Jews, the 800-person capacity Sanctuary was packed at the turn
of the century but as the Jews, left it had fallen into disrepair. The students
visited the newly refurbished synagogue and museum.
3. Temple Emeth in Teaneck held erev Shavuot services with participation by
4 member children who completed their Confirmation requirements. The four
Confirmands were blessed by Rabbi Steven Sirbu and Cantor Ellen Tilem.
From left, Cantor Ellen Tilem, Emily Arams, Michael Brestin, Danielle Norr,
Dylan Rodriguez and Rabbi Steven Sirbu.
4. Not only were friendships made at the F2F/USY group at Temple
Emanu-El in Closter, but also prom dates. Teens from Tenafly High School
invited teens from their youth groups to their prom and also invited their
youth advisor, Tammy Ween, pictured center, to join at pre-prom pictures.
From left, Scott Budkofsky, Darcy Adler, Rob Reichenberg, Jonathan Kopf,
Brooke Adler, and Eric Reichenberg.
5. Art in Judaism was the focus at Valley Chabads Hebrew School graduation
event in Woodcliff Lake. Students learned about holidays and traditions
thought art. The program was led by the Woodcliff Lake art teacher Lauri
Caspert. Seen here, Josh Gura of Woodcliff Lake, displays his artwork.
6. The Friendship Circle of Passaic County hosted a musical program with
Music With Tony. Special needs friends and families, along with volunteers,
met in Passaic for music, instruments, and dancing.
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Fabulous Family Fun


at State Fair Meadowlands
New Jerseys biggest family event, State Fair Meadowlands, is here and happening through Dino-Mite
Discoveries
July 9. One of the most affordable family fun events, State Fair Meadowlands offers 18 days
of nonstop entertainment. Come and enjoy shows galore, spectacular fireworks, and thrilling
rides. You can check out the areas only Sky Ride, and ride in the original Batcopter from the
1960s Batman TV series. With more than 150 rides and attractions, everyone who attends
State Fair Meadowlands will have plenty to do. State Fair Meadowlands,1 MetLife Stadium
at Overpeck Park
Drive, East Rutherford. 973-355-5911, www.njfair.com.
New Jerseys own Jurassic Park is up and running. Field Station: Dinosaurs,
which is in full swing, features 30 animatronic dinosaurs that move and growl
delighting visitors, especially the youngest ones. Get to see a 15-foot T-Rex
puppet during one of the shows, enjoy a 3-D movie, dig for fossils and get to
do hands-on science activities at the Paleontologists Laboratory. During the
summer, there will be plenty of guest presenters, including paleontologists,
geologists and authors, visiting throughout the season to enhance the experi-
ence. Overpeck County Park, 40 Fort Lee Road, Leonia. 855-999-9010,
www.fieldstationdinosaurs.com.

Picnic at Bedford Hills


by Florine Stettheimer

Stettheimer Summer Old MacDonald Had


Mondays Art a Farm and Liberty Science
at the Jewish Museum Center Does, Too!
The Jewish Museum will present Stettheimer Summer Mondays, a fun-filled drop-in Down on the Farm: A We Explore Adventure is a new imaginative, immersive
art workshop for families during the month of July. Inspired by works in the current experience for young learners on display at the Liberty Science Center until
exhibition, Florine Stettheimer: Painting Poetry, these workshops are geared towards Labor Day. Youngsters will learn about working on a farm with play animals,
children age 3 and up and are free with museum admission. Each workshop will take engage in basic farm and veterinary care. They will milk a cow, collect chicken
another medium and use the exhibition for inspiration, such as portrait painting inspired eggs, groom and brush a horse, trim a goats nails, perform a check-up on a
by characters in Ms. Stettheimers work. Adults are asked to accompany their children. llama and more. For children 2 to 5 years old. The exhibition is included with
Workshops are July 10, 17, 24 and 31 from 1 to 4 p.m. The Jewish Museum,1109 Fifth general admission. Liberty Science Center, Liberty State Park, 222 Jersey
Ave. at 92 St., Manhattan. 212-423-3200, www.thejewishmuseum.org. City Boulevard, Jersey City. 201-200-1000, www.lsc.org.

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Sunday, June 25 Thursday, July 13 YMCA, 1 Pike Drive, Wayne, 973-595-0100.


www.metroymcas.org.
Family Art Project: Butterfly Habitat Hats. See Story Time for Infants: Lap Time at the Teaneck
them and sketch them flying and sipping the Public Library for the littlest ones who are not Monday, July 24
nectar of their favorite flowering shrub or bush. yet walking. Songs, stories, finger plays and play Stettheimer Summer Mondays: The Jewish
Free with admission to the grounds. 10 a.m. to time. Caregiver participation is vital. No older sib- Museum presents a drop-in art workshop for
1 p.m. Wave Hill House, Wave Hill, 649 W. 249th lings, please. 11 a.m. Teaneck Public Library, 840 families inspired by the current exhibition, Florine
St, Bronx, 718-549-3200, www.wavehill.org. Teaneck Road, Teaneck, 201-837-4171, www. Stetthemier: Painting and Poetry. Workshops are
Butterfly Block Party: Calling all swallowtails, teaneck.org. geared toward children 3 and older and are free
fritillaries, skippers and hairstreaks. Everyones Mother Goose Story Time at the Library: For with museum admission. 1 to 4 p.m. The Jewish
invited to the Butterfly Block Party in the Flower children 2 to 3 years old. Caregiver participa- Museum, 1109 Fifth Ave. at 92 St., Manhattan.
Garden. Mingle with guest naturalists and meet tion is critical. Songs, stories, finger play and play 212-423-3200, www.thejewishmuseum.org.
your local Lepidoptera. Free with admission to time, serves as a transition between Babytime Video Story Time: Children 3 and older are
the grounds. Noon to 3 p.m. Meet at the Flower and Preschool Storytime. 10 a.m. Teaneck Public welcome to watch old and new favorites on the
Garden. Wave Hill, 649 W. 249th St, Bronx, 718- Library, 840 Teaneck Road, Teaneck, 201-837- big screen. No registration required. 10:30 a.m.
549-3200, www.wavehill.org. 4171, www.teaneck.org. Joanie Leeds and The Nightlights, see July 6
Teaneck Public Library, 840 Teaneck Road,
older and are free with museum admission. 1 to
Wednesday, July 5 Sunday, July 16 4 p.m. The Jewish Museum, 1109 Fifth Ave. at 92
Teaneck, 201-837-4171, www.teaneck.org.

Story Time at Barnes & Noble: Childrens story Author Visit: Author Susie Lee Jin visits for spe- St., Manhattan. 212-423-3200, www.thejewish-
museum.org.
Tuesday, July 25
time and a fun activity or craft. 11 a.m. in the cial story time. She will share her story Mine!!, Toddler Time at the Library: Toddler Time is
Childrens Department. Barnes & Noble, 765 have a drawing demonstration, and do a craft Video Story Time: Children 3 and older are for children who are up to 2 years old. Songs,
Route 17 South, Paramus. 201-445-4589. activity with the children. Best for ages 2 through welcome to watch old and new favorites on the stories, finger plays and play time. Caregiver par-
6. 2 p.m. Teaneck Public Library, 840 Teaneck big screen. No registration required. 10:30 a.m.
Thursday, July 6 Road, Teaneck, 201-837-4171, www.teaneck.org. Teaneck Public Library, 840 Teaneck Road,
ticipation is vital. No older siblings. 10 or 11 a.m.
Teaneck Public Library, 840 Teaneck Road,
Joanie Leeds Free Family Concert: Kids Seussical Kids!: Performed by area children. Teaneck, 201-837-4171, www.teaneck.org. Teaneck, 201-837-4171, www.teaneck.org.
musicians, Joanie Leeds, and her band, The Horton the Elephant, the Cat in the Hat and all
Nightlights, launch the release of their new album of your favorite Dr. Seuss characters spring to Tuesday, July 18 Wednesday, July 26
Brooklyn Baby! with an all-ages show in a free life on stage in SEUSSICAL KIDS! Tickets may Toddler Time at the Library: Toddler Time is Story and Craft Time: Children and caregivers
concert, 10:30 a.m. Oval lawn at Madison Square be purchased online or in person at the door. 2 for children who are up to 2 years old. Songs, meet in the Childrens Reading Garden, weather
Park, between Fifth and Madison Avenues at to 3 p.m. Also performance Saturday, July 15. 4 stories, finger plays and play time. Caregiver par- and noise permitting for stories and a simple
25th St. in Manhattan. to 5 p.m. Rosen Performing Arts Center/Wayne ticipation is vital. No older siblings. 10 or 11 a.m. craft. Ages 3 to 6 years. No groups please.
YMCA, 1 Pike Drive, Wayne, 973-595-0100. Teaneck Public Library, 840 Teaneck Road,
Monday, July 10 www.metroymcas.org. Teaneck, 201-837-4171, www.teaneck.org.
3 p.m. Teaneck Public Library, 840 Teaneck Road,
Teaneck, 201-837-4171, www.teaneck.org.
Stettheimer Summer Mondays: The Jewish #1MOMSOHARD at bergenPAC: Jen and Kristin Lecture Series: Lamdeinu presents a two-part
Museum presents a drop-in art workshop from #IMOMSOHARD are taking their show out series on Educating Our Children for a New Thursday, July 27
for families inspired by the current exhibi- of the playroom and onto the road. But this time, Reality with Dr. Rivka Schwartz on Tuesday eve- Story Time for Infants: Lap Time at the Teaneck
tion, Florine Stetthemier: Painting and Poetry. theyre bringing the kids. 7 p.m. bergenPAC, 30 nings 8:15 to 9:15 p.m. July 18 and July 25. Open Public Library for the littlest ones who are not
Workshops are geared toward children 3 and N. Van Brunt St., Englewood. 201-227-1030, to men and women. $36 for series if registered yet walking. Songs, stories, finger plays and play
older and are free with museum admission. 1 www.bergenpac.org by July 1. Congregation Beth Aaron, 950 Queen time. Caregiver participation is vital. No older
to 4 p.m. The Jewish Museum, 1109 Fifth Ave. Anne Road, Teaneck. www.Lamdeinu.org., siblings, please. 11 a.m. Teaneck Public Library,
at 92 St., Manhattan. 212-423-3200, www. Thursday, July 13 840 Teaneck Road, Teaneck, 201-837-4171, www.
thejewishmuseum.org. Family Craft at the Library: Make and keep a Wednesday, July 19 teaneck.org.
Video Story Time: Children 3 and older are wonderful craft. For age 4 and older with care- Story and Craft Time: Children and caregivers Mother Goose Story Time at the Library: For
welcome to watch old and new favorites on the giver assistance. 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. Teaneck meet in the Childrens Reading Garden, weather children 2 to 3 years old. Caregiver participa-
big screen. No registration required. 10:30 a.m. Public Library, 840 Teaneck Road, Teaneck, 201- and noise permitting for stories and a simple tion is critical. Songs, stories, finger play and play
Teaneck Public Library, 840 Teaneck Road, 837-4171, www.teaneck.org. craft. Ages 3 to 6 years. No groups please. time, serves as a transition between Babytime
Teaneck, 201-837-4171, www.teaneck.org. Family Game Night: For kids and kids at heart. 3 p.m. Teaneck Public Library, 840 Teaneck Road, and Preschool Storytime. 10 a.m. Teaneck Public
Come play board games at the library. For first Teaneck, 201-837-4171, www.teaneck.org.
Tuesday, July 11 graders and older. 7 p.m. Teaneck Public Library,
Library, 840 Teaneck Road, Teaneck, 201-837-
4171, www.teaneck.org.
Toddler Time at the Library: Toddler Time is 840 Teaneck Road, Teaneck, 201-837-4171, Thursday, July 20 Family Game Night: For kids and kids at heart.
for children who are up to 2 years old. Songs, www.teaneck.org. Story Time for Infants: Lap Time at the Teaneck Come play board games at the library. For first
stories, finger plays and play time. Caregiver par- Public Library for the littlest ones who are not graders and older. 7 p.m. Teaneck Public Library,
ticipation is vital. No older siblings. 10 or 11 a.m. Monday, July 17 yet walking. Songs, stories, finger plays and play 840 Teaneck Road, Teaneck, 201-837-4171, www.
Teaneck Public Library, 840 Teaneck Road, Stettheimer Summer Mondays: The Jewish time. Caregiver participation is vital. No older teaneck.org.
Teaneck, 201-837-4171, www.teaneck.org. Museum presents a drop-in art workshop siblings, please. 11 a.m. Teaneck Public Library,

Wednesday, July 12 for families inspired by the current exhibi- 840 Teaneck Road, Teaneck, 201-837-4171, www.
teaneck.org.
Friday, July 28
tion, Florine Stetthemier: Painting and Poetry. Laurie Berkner Opens Festival of Ballooning:
Story Time at Barnes & Noble: Childrens story Workshops are geared toward children 3 and Mother Goose Story Time at the Library: For Bestselling childrens recording artist and pre-
time and a fun activity or craft. 11 a.m. in the children 2 to 3 years old. Caregiver participa- school television favorite Laurie Berkner will bring
Childrens Department. Barnes & Noble, 765 tion is critical. Songs, stories, finger play and play her Greatest Hits Solo Tour to the 35th Annual
Route 17 South, Paramus. 201-445-4589. time, serves as a transition between Babytime QuickChek New Jersey Festival of Ballooning with
Young Adults Book Club: Join a discussion of and Preschool Storytime. 10 a.m. Teaneck Public a family show at 1:30 p.m. at Solberg Airport,
We Were Liars by E. Lockhart. The Wall Street Library, 840 Teaneck Road, Teaneck, 201-837- 39 Thor Solberg Road, Whitehouse Station in
Journal called this bestselling book haunting and 4171, www.teaneck.org. Readington Township.
sophisticated. All ages welcome. 7 p.m. Barnes & Family Game Night: For kids and kids at heart.
Noble, 765 Route 17 South, Paramus. 201-445- Come play board games at the library. For first Monday, July 31
4589. graders and older. 7 p.m. Teaneck Public Library, Stettheimer Summer Mondays: The Jewish
Story and Craft Time: Children and caregivers 840 Teaneck Road, Teaneck, 201-837-4171, www. Museum presents a drop-in art workshop for
meet in the Childrens Reading Garden, weather teaneck.org. families inspired by the current exhibition, Florine
and noise permitting for stories and a simple Stetthemier: Painting and Poetry. Workshops are
craft. Ages 3 to 6 years. No groups please. Saturday, July 22 geared toward children 3 and older and are free
3 p.m. Teaneck Public Library, 840 Teaneck Hairspray: Performed by area teens and young with museum admission. 1 to 4 p.m. The Jewish
Road, Teaneck, 201-837-4171, www.teaneck.org. adults. You can stop the beat in this big and bold Museum, 1109 Fifth Ave. at 92 St., Manhattan.
musical about one girls inspiring dream to dance. 212-423-3200, www.thejewishmuseum.org.
Laurie Berkner, see July 28 2 to 5 p.m. Rosen Performing Arts Center/Wayne

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Simchas
of Jayme, 15, celebrated
Society of Collegiate at The George Washington
becoming a bar mitzvah on
Scholars. NSCS is a member University, Washington,
June 10 at Temple Emanuel
of the Association of College D.C. He is double-majoring
of the Pascack Valley in
Honor Societies and is the in political science and his-
Woodcliff Lake. His grand-
nations only interdisciplinary tory and minoring in law in
parents are Dr. Richard and
honors organization for first- society. He is also a member
College Corner year and second-year col- of the Board of Education
Fran Winters of Paramus, and
Dr. Scott and Cathy Silver
lege students. Membership in Leonia. He is the son of
BRYCE ROBINS of Naples, Fla. His great-
is by invitation only, based Lisa and Robert Robins, and
Mazal tov to Bryce Robins grandparents are Dr. Selma
on grade point average and the brother of Alexis and
of Leonia, who was named and the late Stanley Mitchel of
class standing. Bryce just Samantha.
a member of the National Paramus.
completed his freshman year AIDEN SALK TAI WEISS
Aiden Salk, son of Erica and Tai Weiss, daughter of Gayle
B'nai mitzvah Daniel Salk of Woodcliff Lake
and brother of Alec, 10, cel-
and Steve Weiss of Mahwah,
and brother of Drew, cel-
DANIELLA ATIYA ebrated becoming a bar mitz- ebrated becoming a bat
Daniella Atiya, daughter of vah on April 29 at Temple mitzvah on May 20 at Beth
Stacie Geffner and Yosef Emanuel of the Pascack Haverim Shir Shalom in
Atiya of Fair Lawn, celebrated Valley in Woodcliff Lake. Mahwah. Tai is the grand-
becoming a bat mitzvah on daughter of Gwen and Marty
June 3 at Temple Israel & Dubno of Bergenfield and
Jewish Community Center in Naomi and Sandy Schey of
Ridgewood. Monroe Township.
JEREMY SLATEN
JILLIAN GERBER SYDNEY NEMIROFF Jeremy Slaten, son of
Jillian Gerber, daughter of Sydney Nemiroff, daughter of Jana and Michael Slaten
Laurie and Jeff Gerber of Michelle and Brian Nemiroff of Hillsdale and brother of
Woodcliff Lake and sister of of Wyckoff and sister of Becca, 9, celebrated becom-
Aaron, celebrated becom- Haylee and Reese, celebrated ing a bar mitzvah on June
ing a bat mitzvah on May 13 becoming a bat mitzvah on 17 at Temple Emanuel of the
at Temple Emanuel of the June 17 at Temple Beth Pascack Valley in Woodcliff
Pascack Valley in Woodcliff Rishon in Wyckoff. Her inter- JACK SILVER
Lake.
Lake. ests include writing, playing Jack Brandon Silver, son of
flute, singing, dancing, and Leslie and Michael Silver of
softball. Woodcliff Lake and brother
ANDREW BASKIN

PARTY
JESSICA
HABERMAN-HIRSCH JOSH PLEETER
HANNAH BASKIN Jessica Rosalyn Haberman- Josh Pleeter, son of Sandi
Andrew and Hannah Baskin, Hirsch, daughter of Elisa Pleeter of Ridgewood and
children of Todd and Rachel Haberman and Bradley Todd Pleeter of Hawthorne,
Baskin of Montvale, and Hirsch of Woodcliff Lake and and brother of Andrew, 14,
siblings of Joshua and Owen, sister of Noah, 15, celebrated became a bar mitzvah on
celebrated becoming bnai becoming a bat mitzvah on May 6 at Barnert Temple in
mitzvah on May 20 at Temple May 5 at Temple Emanuel Franklin Lakes.
Emanuel of the Pascack of the Pascack Valley in
Valley in Woodcliff Lake. Woodcliff Lake.
YANA PRAKHINA
Yana Prakhina, daughter
973-661-9368
MAX BIRNBERG ETHAN MENDEZ
of Anna Vladi and Michael
Max Birnberg, son of Jeffrey JOSHUA MENDEZ
Prakhina of Glen Rock, cele-
and Talie Birnberg of Franklin Ethan and Joshua Mendez, brated becoming a bat mitz-
Lakes and brother of Jessica, sons of Deborah Friend- vah on June 10 at Temple
18, and Sidney, 15, celebrat- Mendez of Norwood, Israel & Jewish Community
ed becoming a bar mitzvah celebrated becoming bnai Center in Ridgewood.
on May 20 at Barnert Temple mitzvah on June 10 at
in Franklin Lakes. Temple Beth El of Northern MAX ROTHSCHILD
Valley in Closter.
DANIEL COSTA Max Rothschild, son of
Laura and Alex Rothschild
Daniel Costa, son of Tara JOSHUA MESTER Include:
of Paramus, celebrated 1 hours of skating (during public session)
Mandel and Saverio Costa Joshua Mester, son of Biana Private decorated party room
becoming a bar mitzvah on Off ice party attendant
of Wyckoff and brother and Isaak Mester of West May 29 at Temple Israel & Skate rental
of Benjamin and Samuel, Milford and brother of Andrew, Invitations for party guests
Jewish Community Center in Pizza and soda
celebrated becoming a bar celebrated becoming a bar Ridgewood. Personalized Carvel ice cream cake
mitzvah on June 3 at Temple mitzvah on June 10 at Temple Favors and candy
FREE skating pass for future use
Beth Rishon in Wyckoff. Beth Rishon in Wyckoff. Birthday child receives FREE Ice Vault T shirt

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