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Generation of Jewish Families

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Healthy Choices

Sibling Rivalry
Each Child
Is Special

Teen Years
Just a Phase

Supplement to The Jewish Standard February 2016

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musings from the editor


I

know a mother who spent the better part


of two decades having many children. She
started having her kids in her early 20s,
and continued to grow her family until she
was in her 40s.
I once asked her, how is it different being
a mother in your 40s than being a mother in
your 20s?
She thought, and without missing a beat,
answered.
When you look at your baby in your 20s,
she said, you look at the baby, like this,
and simulated cradling her arms close to her
chest, about six-inches away from her face
and line of vision.
When you look at your baby in your 40s,
she said, you look at the baby, like this, and
stretched out both arms in front of her, a good
two-and-a-half feet away from her face and line
of vision.
Clearly, she was joking about her age, and
the change in her eyesight brought about by
the years. What was once clear up close, now
required a bit of distance to see.
This gave me a chuckle Ive yet to give
in to wearing progressive
lenses myself but it also
reminded me of something as practical as it is
profound in parenting.
Perspective.
Im reminded of another tale of a mother.
Several years ago
when the children were
younger, we traveled out

of state to a family simcha. We stayed with


our cousin, another mother who also had several children. She had a conundrum that she
sought advice to resolve.
I was a mother of young children. She was
an experienced mother, with children who
were already married. She was even a young
grandmother. She told me that she was going
to call her daughter, who was in her 20s, to get
her daughters take on the situation.
That surprised me. After all, wasnt she
the mother, and shouldnt she know how to
handle a situation? And why would she ask
her daughter? Why not another mother? Or,
someone who was her peer; someone closer
to her age?
It wasnt until much later when I had my
own situation and I turned to my own daughter, to ask her opinion on something, that I
realized how nave I was to assume that a
mother had all the answers and that a daughter couldnt possibly help.
Perspective.
One artist I admire is the American artist,
Chuck Close, a painter and photographer who
achieved fame as a photorealist through his
massive-scale portraits. Chuck Close is known
for using creative and intricate patterns to
portray a human portrait. Seeing his work is
an experience in perspective.
Stand close to a Chuck Close portrait and
what you see is the grid he uses to create the
work. The individual dots or color that dont
make that much sense, but are intriguing.
Take a few steps away. Then a few steps
more. Take enough steps away from the can-

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Natalie Jay

Adina Soclof
Ed Silberfarb

Heidi Mae Bratt

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George Kroll
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Michelle Brauntuch, MS,CCLS

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About

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, the 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 northern New Jersey and Rockland County.

Dr. Annette Berger, Psy.D.

vas, and what emerges is a cogent and dramatic portrait of someone the artist captured.
You can see all the dots blend into a face from
a distance.
Perspective.
So here I am. At the foot of new phase in
my motherhood: the teenage years. (Wheres
the manual?)
How clueless was I, or better yet, how
incredulous were the kids when I recently
suggested they go to the movies on a recent
vacation day, offering that Alvin and the
Chipmunks 4: The Road Chip was playing at a
nearby theater?
Is my daughter now shopping my closet?
When did I become the shortest person in
my family?
And this is just the beginning.
The road to their independence is not
that long, and I imagine there will be plenty of
bumps along the way.
How to navigate?
Maybe fast forward, and imagine what will
be in years to come.
Hopefully, it will all be good.
And then, get a little perspective.

Director of Adult Programs and Cultural Arts


YM-YWHA of North Jersey, Wayne

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GENERATION G

If She Could Talk to the Animals,


She Absolutely Would
E D S I L B E R FA R B

hen newborn Alina arrived


home, Houdini and Clouseau
were already there. They controlled the chairs in the dining area, and
they guarded the master bedroom, yielding only when bowls of cat kibble and
beef puree were made available. It was
a one-sided sibling rivalry in which Alina
had little chance to prevail, at least not
until she learned to crawl.
Gradually the gingerbread-colored
Houdini withdrew under the bed while
the bolder Clouseau, black with white
markings, could be seen lurking around
the living room of the Brooklyn apartment. Alina befriended them. They ventured into her room, and took their place
with the teddy bear, the stuffed rabbit,
and other prominent but immobile
inhabitants.
The authors granddaughter, Alina, rides with a friend.
When Alina was almost three years
old, she accompanied her parents to
Vermont to visit her cousin, Zander, who was a few
especially for Fluffy.
months younger. There was a grassy field in which to
When the family took a much-anticipated vacation
tumble, and they were joined by Rachel, a large Gordon
to Disney World, a house sitter stayed with the cats.
setter that proved to be much more bumptious than
Every day was a delight for Alina, riding down Splash
Houdini and Clouseau. A favorite sport was for Alana
Mountain, lunching with the princesses in Cinderellas
and Zander to call Rachels name and then be knocked
Castle and posing with Mickey. It was all quite overdown by her.
whelming, but with the joy and excitement came the inWhen Alina returned to the city she took a new interevitable meltdown. Amidst inexplicable sobbing, Alina
est in the dogs being walked around the neighborhood.
managed to say she wanted Fluffy. Finally, food, a drink
She would call them all Rachel and expect the same
and some rest settled her, though none a substitute for
response, then wondered about their indifference.
Fluffy.
Alina thought that a Rachel-type creature would be
Alinas love of animals went beyond cats and dogs.
a useful addition to their four-room Park Slope apartCuddly rabbits, both stuffed and alive, were high on her
ment. It could keep Houdini and Clouseau company
list, and she cringed when she learned some people acwhen she wasnt around. Her mother could see the
tually ate rabbit stew.
logic of that, but her father, envisioning early morning
At the zoo she had an eclectic attraction for all
and late night dog walks, vetoed the plan.
creatures great and small the flamingoes standing
There were compensations, however. On one occaon one leg, the elusive Komodo dragon when it briefly
sion when Alina was out for the day she was promised a
emerged from its hiding place, the prairie dogs, which
surprise when she returned. It would be something she
she watched from the Plexiglas bubble in the middle
had truly wanted. A neighbors cat had given birth and
of their village. But most pleasurable was feeding the
one kitten, irresistible and winsome, remained from the
goats and sheep in the childrens zoo. She made a spelitter. Alinas mother had offered to buy it, but the owncial effort to get food to the small goat that the bigger
er said no. She could have it on one condition. She had
ones pushed aside. She might have been thinking that
to take the mother cat also.
this little guy would be a fitting companion for Houdini,
Clouseau and Fluffy back in their apartment, an interOh rapturous joy! Alina greeted the kitten with a
esting idea but never expressed.
hug, and determined the obvious name for her would
Climax of the day at the zoo was the camel ride, an
be Fluffy. Meanwhile, Fluffys mother was also welevent Alina had been anticipating with unquenchable
comed, but with less enthusiasm. The two new resienthusiasm. Earlier in the year she had taken horsedents were given their basic inauguration by the local
back riding lessons, and now her concern was How do
vet, and Alina presided over a four-cat establishment.
you steer a camel? Was it the same as with a horse?
It didnt last long. Fluffys mother was apparently
The problem was solved by the attendant who led the
never happy there, and one day disappeared, not even
camel around the ring. Though Alina didnt have conthe lure of food awaiting her could bring her back. Alitrol of the reins, the camel ride was a thrill anyway. The
nas bond to the remaining three became even stronger,

photo that resulted was worth a copy for


her best friend.
When school ended that spring, Alina had a week of riding lessons. Dressed
in jodhpurs and a helmet, she learned to
post, that tricky technique of rising up
and down from the saddle in time to the
trotting motion of the horse. It was fun.
She looked forward to continuing, and
horses became another animal in her
life.
That summer Alina and her mother
traveled in Europe to visit her father,
stationed in Germany with the Marines,
and horses played a role. There was a
farm horse in the Ukraine that she and
a friend rode bareback with some help
from the farmer. And in Austria there
were the Lipizzaner stallions.
Back home, in an array of childrens
books, one that intrigued her was entitled What Horses Teach Us. Alina
was eager to learn.
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
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Putting the Kabosh on Sibling Rivalry
A D I N A S O C LO F

hildren who feel that their parents love their siblings more than them will often act out to gain attention. They also feel inadequate and will engage
in overt or covert competitions with their siblings.
These feelings of incompetence can persist into
adulthood making it difficult for them to enjoy life.
This can affect not only their relationships with their
siblings but with their spouses, their friends and their
neighbors. They will always be looking to see who has
it better than them.
Here are five ways we can make sure all our children feel equally loved.

1. Each child is special in some way


When we are gifted with a child we have been entrusted
with a unique soul. We are charged to find ways to cultivate that childs talents and strengths. We also need to
find ways to love each child and value their uniqueness.
The best way to do this is to really think about what
that specific child loves to do, what brings that child
joy. It could be reading, sports, a fascination with animals and nature. You also want to think about the ways
that child brings you joy. Whether its their laughter,

A Reason to Smile
A HAPPY FAMILY HAS
HEALTHY TEETH

sense of fun, kindness,


high energy or even
their mischievousness,
there is always something to appreciate in
our children. Training
ourselves to appreciate
each child for who they
are can help us identify
with each of our children and avoid favoring one child over the
other.

2. Dont compare
It can be hard not to
compare our children.
It could just be in our
minds: I wish Max was
more of a people person, like DannyWhen
we are angry we might
say it out loud: You
never help! Your brother comes to help right away as soon as he sees me carrying heavy packages! We may even do it to praise one
child to make them feel better about them selves, You
are so much better at math than Shana
We might do it as a way to motivate our children:
Look, Sara is riding her bike and she is younger than
you! You can do it! Whatever the reason, we want to
avoid any type of comparisons, whether in our thoughts
or verbally. It is too hurtful. It is far to leave their sibling
out of the picture: We can appreciate our child for who
they are: Max has such a quiet, sweet nature. We can
ask for help when we need it: Eli, I need your help now
to carry the packages. We can praise: You really seem
to enjoy math, working with numbers and puzzles. It
seems to be a strength of yours.
We can encourage: Soon, you will be able to ride
your bike. Everyone is different and takes their own
time to learn new things.

3. Avoid competitions

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Many times parents will innocently pit one child against


the other: Lets see who can get dressed first! Lets
race! Last one into the bath is a rotten egg!
Its best if we avoid that altogether and say: We
have 10 minutes left to get dressed! Lets see if we can
beat that time together! It would be so funny if we all
ran to the bath in slow motion! Lets go!

4. They dont have to share


Its best if we dont force our children to share. It is hard
to share your stuff; everyone has something that they
hold dear. I do not share my work computer with anyone; another person might have an expensive camera
thats off limits. Children should be allowed to have that
special something that is just theirs alone. When they
do need to share, we want to acknowledge that it can
be difficult: New toys can be hard to share. The Wii is a
family toy. We will figure out how to share it. Most kids
do find ways to share their toys (especially if they are

not forced to.) When they do fight over a toy, instead


of saying: When will you ever learn to share? or You
never share your toys! we want to be encouraging:
You know how to share, I have seen you share You
know how to come up with solutions and work together
when there is a toy you both want to play with

5. God chose you to be their parent


When we have a child who might be more difficult than
others it is helpful to remember that you were chosen to
be their parent. You are the best person to raise them.
When I had my first child, my Great Aunt Celie told me
that when her children were little, she would tell them
the following at bedtime, When you were ready to be
born God started looking for the right house for you to
live in. He looked at the Weiss family, but He said, No
that is not the right place for this baby. He looked at
the Cohen family, and He said, No that is not the right
family for this baby. He then looked at the Jones, and
said. No, thats not the right family for this baby. Then
he looked at our house and He saw me and your Dad
and He knew that was the right family for this baby.
That is how we got you. You were just perfect for our
family. I am so happy that we got you! This helped me
understand my deeper role as a parent. I adopted that
story and have told that it to my children. It is also another wonderful way to let your child know how much
you value them for themselves and how you view them
as a gift from God, separate from their siblings.
Sibling rivalry can be tough. As parents, we want
to make sure that we dont add to the conflict in any
way. Understand their uniqueness, avoid comparisons
and competitions, and be positive and understanding
about sharing.
Adina Soclof is the director of Parent Outreach for A+ Solutions,
facilitating How to Talk so Kids will Listen and Listen so Kids
will Talk workshops as well as workshops based on Siblings
Without Rivalry. She also runs ParentingSimply.com and is
available for speaking engagements.

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1. The Academies at Gerrard Berman Day School fourth
grade class was visited by Oren Levi, a Glen Rock High School
Physics teacher and GBDS Alumnus, who intrigued the
class with demonstrations reinforcing their science unit on
electricity and energy.
2. More than 200 children who attend the Israeli language
and cultural after-school program, Emek, at the Kaplen JCC
on the Palisades celebrated Chanukah in style with their
families with festivities that included crafting handmade
menorahs, a performance and dinner.
3. Children at Anshei Lubavitch Preschool and Day Care
Center in Fair Lawn enjoy a visit from the Tenafly Nature
Center. They learned all about hibernation and migration.
4. Bergen County High School of Jewish Studies recently
participated in an indoor rock-climbing trip to The Gravity

Vault in Upper Saddle River. Students challenged themselves


on various levels of climbs and also raced each other to see
who can reach the top the fastest.
5. Dumping oatmeal into various containers at the sensory
table at the Early Childhood Program at Temple Emanuel of
the Pascack Valley in Woodcliff Lake. Its not the big mess
that it looks like. The students are learning about measuring
and math.
6. Ben Porat Yosef second graders celebrated receiving their
first chumashim at their recent chumash play. The children
sang, performed a play about receiving the Torah, and
displayed artwork and projects that depicted their favorite
stories from the Torah. The highlight came at the end when
each student had a turn to read a passuk (sentence) from a
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H E I D I M A E B RAT T

ebruary has been dubbed American Heart Month.


About Our Children has reached out Dr. Diane
Rhee, a pediatric cardiologist at Pediatric Cardiology in Paramus, and with affiliations at The Valley
Hospital in Ridgewood, Holy Name Medical Center in
Teaneck, and New York-Presbyterian Morgan Stanleys
Childrens Hospital to ask about how to ensure that our
childrens heart health is in tip top shape, not for February, but for always.
About Our Children: What should a parent know
about keeping their childrens heart healthy?
Dr. Diane Rhee: A healthy heart starts with a
healthy lifestyle. We encourage good nutrition, activity,
and plenty of sleep.
AOC: What factors, such as diet, come into play
and how soon should a parent be conscious of their
childs diet?
Dr. Rhee: Parents should be cognizant of good diet
and nutrition from infancy. Studies have shown that the
fatty streaks (precursor for coronary artery disease)
start to develop on the inner lining of our blood vessels from early infancy and continue to accumulate, as
we get older. Monitoring our general intake of fatty and
unhealthy food is one way for us to control the risk factors leading to coronary artery disease. Genetics and
hereditary patterns of cholesterol metabolism (breakdown) also play heavily on the accumulation of cholesterol and fat in our blood vessels as well and need to
be factored.
AOC: What about physical activities?
Dr. Rhee: Physical activity is, of course, encouraged in all patients, young, old, healthy, and even those
with medical issues. For the latter group, it is recommended in moderation and as tolerated by the patient.
Children with medical issues should always consult
with their physician in the activity in which they wish
to participate.
AOC: Should children be checked for cholesterol
levels or any other early heart-impacting issues? And if so, at what age?

Dr. Rhee: In 2011, the National Heart, Lung and


Blood Institute (NHLBI), part of the National Institutes
of Health, and endorsed by the American Academy of
Pediatrics, revised the prior recommendations and
now support a universal screening process. They recommend that all children have a cholesterol screen
once between age 9 to 11 years old and again between
17 to 21 years of age.
AOC: What are the most common cardiac problems facing children?
Dr. Rhee: The most common issues facing children
are obesity, a sedentary lifestyle and poor nutrition. All
these factors increase risk for elevated blood pressure,
diabetes, and coronary artery disease in the future.
AOC: When should a parent see a cardiologist?
Dr. Rhee: Concerned parents are encouraged
to speak to their pediatrician about the need to see
a cardiologist. We rely on the pediatrician to screen
children and determine those that need evaluation
by a cardiologist. In general (not entirely an inclusive
list) suspicious symptoms that prompt evaluation are
those children/adolescents that complain of chest
pain, dizziness, during or after exercise. Syncope during or after right after exercise should be evaluated.
Complaints of palpitations, paroxysmal
tachycardia associated with dizzi-

THE MOST COMMON


ISSUES FACING
CHILDREN ARE OBESITY,
A SEDENTARY LIFESTYLE,
AND POOR NUTRITION.
ness prompt many visits. Complaints of exercise intolerance and disturbance of performing activities of
everyday life, especially if associated with unintentional weight loss need evaluation. In infants, failure to
thrive, elevated respiratory rate, significant irritability
and elevated heart rate exceeding and out of context
to the situation also should be evaluated. New onset
murmurs and suspected anomalies are frequently referred to us as well.
AOC: Is there anything else you would like to add?
Dr. Rhee: For all patients, we encourage controlling
risk factors for early coronary artery disease: avoid
obesity which is associated with the onset of high
blood pressure, diabetes, elevated cholesterol and a
sedentary lifestyle. Cigarette, alcohol and illicit drug
use have many detrimental health issues and need to
be avoided at all cost.
Heidi Mae Bratt is the editor of About Our Children.

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BETWEEN 17 TO 21 YEARS OF AGE.
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any parents become exasperated


with their teens. They are frustrated with their rudeness, their
defiant attitude, and the drama they generate with their friends.
Teens can be tough to handle, but
I try to comfort parents and let them
know that the behavior that they are witnessing is usually perfectly normal. Not
only that, it is not necessarily bad. It is
actually good. Teens are doing what they
are supposed to at this very vulnerable
developmental stage. Parents are also
surprised that there are some valid reasons for their baffling behavior.
Here are four principles that will
help you understand why your teens act
the way they do and some helpful strategies to connect with them.

1. Individuation
Teens are at an age where they are trying
to individuate. A teenager needs to separate from his/her parents and become
their own independent person. Teens
live by the principle You cant tell me
what to do! This is a natural result of
their struggle to find themselves. They
relay this message to their parents and
teachers in their words, their actions,
their physical stance and their attitude.
It is beneficial when parents interact
with their teens to respect this need for
autonomy. To help us do that, requests
can be prefaced with, Would you mind
setting the table? Will it work for you?
is a helpful phrase. For example, I am
going to need your help getting the yard
cleaned up on Sunday. Will that work for
you?

find themselves.
We can also let them know that its
normal to seek peer approval, You really want Elis opinion on your new glasses
before you make the final decision. This
does not mean that you have to go out
and buy your teen what all their friends
have. It also doesnt mean that you have
to allow them to do what all their friends
are doing. However, showing your teen
that you understand, I see it is tough
not to be able to go to the party when
all your friends are going, I wish those
designer shoes that everyone is wearing
were in our budget, can go a long way
in letting them know that you truly understand their dilemma. That it can be
tough to feel different from your peers.

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3. Teens are just trying to get by.


Teens have one overriding fear that
they will say, do or wear something that
makes them seem dumb or different
than their peers. Adolescent hormones
cause heightened emotions; the embarrassment that they feel is extremely
painful. This makes them wary of making
a mistake that will brand them a loser.
So if one of their friends makes the social faux pas telling everyone they like a
certain song by a nerdy musical group,
theyll all turn on her to make sure that
everyone in the group recognizes that
they dont share that same nerdy opinion. This kind of conversation can become merciless. It appears to be mean,
intolerant and cruel behavior. However,
knowing the behind the scenes reason
(fear of appearing different) for their behavior, we can understand that the teens
in this scenario are really just trying to
survive this everyday social interaction.
Instead of criticizing our teens, we
can show them we care while stating our
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be tough, even for adults. As hard as it is,
being kind when everyone else is being
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(12 Years with the ICA)

ighting the Sugar Wars is one of


the themes of National Childrens
Dental Health Month, a month-long
observance in February that brings together thousands of dental professionals, healthcare provides, and educators
to promote the benefits of good oral
health to children, their caregivers,
teachers and others.
Bringing awareness to the public has
its history.
National Childrens Dental Health
Month (NCDHM) started as a one-day
event in Cleveland, Ohio, on Feb. 3,
1941. The American Dental Association held the first national observance
of Childrens Dental Health Day on Feb.
8, 1949. The single day observance became a weeklong event in 1955. And then
in 1981, the program was extended to a
month-long observance known today as
National Childrens Dental Health Month.
Since 1941, the observance has
grown from a two-city event into a nationwide program. NCDHM messages
reach thousands of people in communities across the country and at numerous armed services bases. Local observances often include displays of posters
provided by the ADA, coloring and essay
contests, health fairs, free dental screenings, museum exhibits, classroom presentations by dentists and other members of the dental team, and dental office
tours.
Developing good habits at an early
age and scheduling regular dental visits
helps children to get a good start on a
lifetime of healthy teeth and gums.
About Our Children turned to one of
our local experts, Dr. Richard Gertler, a
33-year dentist whose practice, Teaneck
Dental is located in Teaneck, to give us
the scoop on good dental health for our
youngsters.
About Our Children: When should a
parent begin dental care on their child?
Dr. Richard Gertler: The teeth
should be cleaned daily with gauze or
an infant toothbrush as soon as they appear. Parents should check their childs
teeth. Babies teeth should look clean
and white.
AOC How old should a child be
when s/he first sees the dentist?
Dr. Gertler: The American Academy
for Pediatric Dentistry recommends that
children be seen by age 1.
AOC How concerned should a parent be with a childs primary teeth,
and do problems with primary teeth
foreshadow problems with permanent
teeth?
Dr. Gertler: Parents should abso-

lutely be concerned with health of primary teeth. Primary teeth can get infected, cause pain and have an effect on the
permanent teeth.
AOC When should a child be referred to an orthodontist?
Dr. Gertler: That is a very individual
call; specific for every child. However,
there is never any harm in getting the
opinion of the expert. The worst that
could happen is that the orthodontist
says to come back in six months or a
year.
AOC How does diet factor into dental health?
Dr. Gertler: Diet is crucial. We have
an epidemic of tooth decay complicated
by acid erosion caused by sports drinks,
soda, citrus juices, etc. Not only is diet
crucial but also so is eating frequency.
Snacking over long periods of time is
much more likely to cause tooth decay than eating three or four meals or
snacks.
AOC What is your best advice for
parents to ensure that their youngsters
teeth are healthy?
Dr. Gertler: Clean teeth do not decay. Oral hygiene is everything. Keep
your childrens teeth clean. It is also
important to remember that in Northern New Jersey, most of our water is not
fluoridated. Therefore, fluoride supplements should be prescribed for every
child.
AOC Is there anything else you
would like to add?
Dr. Gertler: Teaneck Dentist will
hold a check-up party on Sunday, March
20. There will be a magician, prizes, balloon animals and eight kid-friendly hygienists. Its a great opportunity for kids
to learn that going to the dentist can be
fun.
Heidi Mae Bratt is the Editor of About Our
Children.

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July
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About Our Childrens


Guide to Summer Camps
DAY CAMPS
Camp Gan Israel

315 N. Main Street


New City, NY
Phone: 845-634-0951
Fax: 845-634-7704
www.cgirockland.org
Ages: Boys and girls ages 2 12
Sessions: June 27 July 22; July 25
August 18
Give your child the summer of a lifetime at
Camp Gan Israel. Warm and professional
staff. Swim instruction in our beautiful
heated outdoor pool. Exciting trips, sports,
and imagination lab, game room, baking,
and more. Air-conditioned facility. Indoor
gym. A trusted name in Jewish camping.
Please see our ad on page 5.

Camp Kef

E. 243 Frisch Court


Paramus, NJ
201-845-5007
www.benporatyosef.org
Ages: 2 1/2 6
Session dates: June 27 Aug. 19
Approx. cost per child: $2,100
Counselor to camper ratio: 1 to 5
The fun place to be! Baking, science, yoga,
sports, music and crafts. Beautiful outdoor
playground. Spacious air-conditioned
classrooms and large indoor playroom. Experienced head teachers for each group, 8
weeks, and affordable rates. Please see our
ad on page 12.

Camp Maalot

E. 243 Frisch Court


Paramus, NJ
201-845-5007
www.benporatyosef.org
Ages: 6 9
Session dates: June 27 Aug. 19
Deadline for registration: Ongoing
Approx. cost per child: $2,500
Counselor to camper ratio: 1 to 6
Camp Maalot is a division of Camp Kef for
campers entering 1st through 4th grade.
We offer an exciting summer filled with
activities geared towards our older campers. This program is highlighted by exciting weekly trips. Programming will include
various sports clinics, ceramics, instructional swim, learning, rec room, fine arts,
science, yoga, music and nature. Hours. 9
a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday;
3 p.m. on Fridays. Before care 8 to 9 a.m.,
Aftercare 4 to 5:30 p.m. Please see our ad
on page 16.

Camp Veritans

225 Pompton Road


Haledon, NJ
Phone: 973-956-1220
Fax: 973-956-5751
www.campveritans.com
Ages/Grade: 4 Years 10th grade
Dates: June 27 August 19
Counselor to Camper Ratio: 1:5
Camp Veritans, a Jewish day camp located
in Haledon, is a camp for children entering
pre-K through 10th grade. We offer a variety of fantastic activities on our beautiful

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64 acre campus including Red Cross swim


instruction, amazing sports, creative arts,
ropes/challenge course, in addition to daily hot kosher catered lunches, transportation and so much more. Specialized Trip
& Travel program for 8th and 9th graders
and a comprehensive CIT program for our
10th graders. Please see our ad on page 11.

JCC Camp Katan: A fun separation/


adjustment summer program

Kaplen JCC on the Palisades


Taub Campus
411 E. Clinton Ave.
Tenafly, NJ
Phone: 201-408-1433
Age 2 (must be 32 by 10/15/16),
June 27 Aug 19, 9 11:30 a.m.
Cost: Mon Fri: $2,075; Mon, Wed &
Fri: $1,300
This 8-week summer adventure features
daily indoor and outdoor play, a fabulous
water park with exciting water activities,
special programs such as visits from a
petting zoo, story time, puppetry, singing,
Shabbat celebrations and lots of fun. In addition to providing an exciting and memorable summer experience, Camp Katan introduces young children to an interactive
social experience in a caring, warm environment. JCC membership is required. Not
a member? Ask about our new $750 camp
families summer membership.

Boys & Girls 10-18


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50 Eisenhower Drive
Paramus, NJ
Phone: 201-820-3978
Fax: 201-820-3900
www.jfnnj.org/jewishcamp
Grades/Ages: 7 18 years old, entering
3rd-12th grade
Jewish Federation of Northern New Jersey
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Camper grants of up to $1,000 to first-time
campers who will be attending non-profit
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apply can be found at www.jfnnj.org/jewishcamp. Please see our ad on page 9.

Neil Klatskin Day Camp

Kaplen JCC on the Palisades


Taub Campus
411 E. Clinton Ave.
Tenafly, NJ
Phone: 201-567-8963
or nkdc@jccotp.org
Ages: 3 7
Sessions: Mon Fri, June 27 Aug 19,
9 a.m. 4 p.m. (shorter days available
for preschoolers)

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Our beautiful 21+ acre campus features
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rooms with head counselors who are certified educators. Your camper will enjoy
the outdoors, learn new skills, make new
friends and explore personal interests.
With dynamic, age-appropriate programming including sports, swimming, art,
drama, music, Judaic programming, special
events and much more, your camper will
have an incredible summer to remember.
Plus NKDC is all-inclusive, providing lunch,
snacks, towel service and camp swag, so
its easy on parents too. Campers also have
access to transportation and extended care
services. JCC membership is required. Not
a member? Ask about our new $750 camp
families summer membership.

PROGRAMS FOR TEENS


Teen Adventures Travel and Volunteer
Camp
Kaplen JCC on the Palisades
Taub Campus
411 E. Clinton Ave.
Tenafly, NJ
Phone: 201-408-1469
Grades: 6 9
Sessions: Mon Fri, June 27-July 29,
9 am 5 pm (Wednesday till 7 pm)
(weekly options available)
Cost: Before May 1: $4,200 JCC members, $4,600 public
After May 1: $4,300 JCC members,
$4,700 Public

Kick-off this summer with jam-packed activities that your camper is sure to enjoy.
Filled with a variety of travel destinations
and volunteer opportunities, this is the
place where magic happens and memories
are made. Programming includes two community service days a week, daily trips and
overnight getaways! For a tentative calendar please visit jccotp.org/travel-volunteercamps. JCC membership is not required.

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ENRICHMENT CAMPS

Camp Ramah

Big Time Sports Broadcasting Camp

Camp Ramah in the Berkshires, located in


Duchess County N.Y. provides transformative summer experiences for Jewish youth
grades 4 through 11. Its 200-acre site boasts
a beautiful lake and first-class sports facilities. The Ramah experience is rich and varied, combining creative as stimulating programming in arts, athletics, music, outdoor
adventure and informal Jewish education.
Children are able to grow and learn in a nurturing Jewish environment surrounded by
life-long friends and spirited role models.
Camp Ramah in the Berkshires is infused
with traditions and values of Conservative Judaism and celebrating its 53rd year.
Please see our ad on page 14.

The Sports Broadcasting Camp is located


on the campus of Montclair State College
in Montclair this summer is celebrating its
11th year. Learn from the pros. Meet sports
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201-871-7262 (winter office)
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Caliber 3 Israel Summer Boot Camp

U.S. 400 Ave. U Ste. 307


Brooklyn, NY 11223
Israel 50 Emek Brachot Gush Etzion
Phone: 718-514-6862
www.caliber3bootcamp.com
Grades: Boys, 10th 12th
Dates: June 27 August 2
Approx. cost per child: $7,500
(includes airfare)
Deadline for registration: April 24, 2016
Caliber 3 Israel Summer Boot Camp is a one
of a kind experience that combines basic
boot camp training with sports touring and
camp activities, all in in a modern Orthodox
environment. Please see our ad on page 13.

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Phone: 800-319-0884
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Boys & Girls Ages 10 18

iD Tech Camps

held at Columbia, Sarah Lawrence,


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Phone: 844-788-1858
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Ages 6 18
Ratio of campers to staff: 8:1 ratio
Students ages 6 18 can learn to code, design video games, mod Minecraft, model 3D
characters, engineer robots, create websites, print 3D models, discover photography, and much more. iD Tech offers Alexa
Caf (all girls, ages 10 15), iD Tech Mini
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pre-college Teen Academies. Please see our
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International Chess Academy


9-10 Saddle River Road
Fair Lawn, NJ
Phone: 201-797-0330
185 Court St.
Teaneck, NJ
Phone: 201-833-1741
www.icanj.net
Ages: 6 16

Summer Day Camp: Accepting registration. Learn to play chess, one of the worlds
oldest and most popular games. 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.
See www.icanj.net for schedule and pricing.
Please see our ad on page 10.

International Ivy

11 Locations in North Jersey


Paramus, Oakland, Ringwood
Phone: 855-678-6335
www.iisummer.com
Weekly sessions: full day or half day
Ages: 5 14
Summer Enrichment Program. International Ivy offers creative, hands-on and intellectually stimulating learning experiences
during the summer. Summer is a great time
to explore, meander, stretch the imagination and lose oneself in doing something
fun. Our ultimate goal is to help our students find their passion. Once they find it,
they are self-motivated to learn and explore
further. We offer classes across many disciplines to satisfy the diverse interests and
talents of the children we serve. There are
more than fifty classes to choose from in
technology, science, performing arts, visual
arts, math, business, sports, recreation and
even construction. Please see our ad on
page 10.

JCC Big Idea Hi-Tech Camp

Kaplen JCC on the Palisades


Taub Campus
411 E. Clinton Ave.
Tenafly, NJ
Phone: 201-408-1427
Grades: 3 9

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9 am 4 pm (2 week options available)
Cost: Call for fees
Your camper will design their future at our new, innovative tech camp. BIG IDEA camp is the perfect mix between
cutting edge tech workshops and outdoor summer fun.
Areas of focus will include robotics, coding, 3D modeling,
DJ, film production and even fashion, all taught in handson workshops by professional instructors from Israel and
the US. Curriculum developed by BIG IDEA, the leaders of
tech education in Israel. All JCC specialty camps are new
and improved, offering an ALL-INCLUSIVE package that includes lunch, snacks, daily swim and towel service. Campers also have access to transportation and extended care
services. JCC membership is not required.

Ramapo Explorers Theater Camp

Ramapo College
505 Ramapo Valley Road
Mahwah, NJ 07430
Phone: 201-684-7370
Fax: 201-684-7277
www.ramapo.edu/cipl/theatercamp
Grades: 7 12
Weekly sessions
Approx. cost per child: $350 per week half days or
$670 per week full days
Deadline for registration: One month prior to start
Ramapo Explorers Theater Camp offers students in 7th
12th grades beginning to advanced acting courses and
courses in set design, costume, makeup and lighting in
Ramapo Colleges exquisite performing facilities as they
explore and develop skills involved in producing a work
for stage. Please see our ad on page 9.

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Ramapo College
505 Ramapo Valley Road
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Phone: 201-684-7370
Fax: 201-684-7277
www.ramapo.edu/cipl/academic-camp
Grades: Entering 7th and 8th
Counselor to camper ratio: 10 to 1
Sessions: 7/5 15, 7/18 29, 8/4 12
Approx. cost per child: $895
Deadline for registration: One month prior to session
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Ramapo College
505 Ramapo Valley Road
Mahwah, NJ 07430
Phone: 201-684-7370
Fax: 201-684-7277
www.ramapo.edu/ramapocamps
Grades served: 9 12
Session dates: Varying, check website
Approx. cost per child: $790 $1,625
Deadline for Registration: One month prior to start

Ramapo College Summer Camps for H.S. Students entering


grades 9 12 offers: Comp TIA A+/Computers, Financial Literacy/Stock Market Trading/Game Design, Theater Camp.
Plus Princeton Review SAT Prep Plus College Immersion for
entering 11th and 12th graders. Please see our ad on page 9.

Professional instructors
from top IDF Units
All in a modern orthodox
environment
Daily Minyan
3 Kosher Meals
Special Shabbat Activities

ARTS, PERFORMANCE
AND MUSIC CAMPS
Art of Excellent Studio

Artist, Rina Goldhagen


Dates: July and August
Ages 7 Adult
201-248-4779
www.artofexcellencestudio.com
Themed Arts and Craft camps available in July and August.
You can email inquiries to artofexcellencestudio@gmail.
com. Ongoing lessons and portfolio classes available. Unlock your creative with classes in drawing and watercolor.
Please see our ad on page 16.

Bounce U

70 Eisenhower Drive
Paramus, NJ 07652
201-992-8152
www.bounceU.com/paramus-nj
www.Facebook.com/BounceUParamus/
424 Market Street

To Host a Parlor Meeting


or For More Information,
Contact Us at:

(718) 514-6862

or
info@caliber3bootcamp.com
Visit us at:

caliber3bootcamp.com
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Nanuet, NY
845-367-4250
www.BounceU.com/nanuet-ny
www.Facebook.com/BounceUNanuet/
Create and Bounce Art Camp
Date: July 11 Sept. 1, 2016
Time: 9 a.m. 3 p.m.
A little bit of exercise goes a long way toward inspiring your artists minds. BounceUs Create and Bounce program gives
kids a chance to enjoy physical activity
and creative time in equal doses, offering
an experience thats healthy, mentally engaging and seriously fun. Complete with
lunch, snacks, and games, its a one-of-akind camp experience theyll never forget.
Please see our ad on page 3.

Cresskill Performing Arts

300 Knickerbocker Road, Suite 1100


Cresskill, NJ
Phone: 201-390-7513
and 201-266-8830
www.cresskillperformingarts.com
Ages: Toddlers-adults (studio)
Ages: 3 teens (camp programs)
Born to Perform April Break Camp, April
11 15. Half and full day camp available.
Dancing, acting, singing, arts & crafts, gymnastics, fencing, creative Legos, and more.
Be productive, busy, happy and challenged
during the school break. Born to Perform
Summer Camp: 3 programs, 9 weeks, ages
3 teens, Preschool Performers, Creative
Children, Preteen/Teen Exploring Artists
come for one or two weeks or all summer,
June 27 August 26. Two weeks of Fencing
Camp, age 7 teens: June 27 and August 22.
Early drop-off/late pick-ups helps working
parents, too. Early registration discount:
call 201-390-7513 for details. Please see our
ad on page 8.

JCC Center-Stage Camp

Kaplen JCC on the Palisades


Taub Campus
411 E. Clinton Ave.
Tenafly, NJ
Phone: 201-408-1493
or hharel@jccotp.org
Grades: 3 9
Sessions: Mon Fri, June 27 July 15,
9 a.m. 4 p.m.
Cost: $1,330 JCC members, $1,750 public
An excellent opportunity for young actors,
beginner/intermediate through advanced,
to experience the fun of performing at a
very high level in a Broadway-style musical, Arabian Nights, including Aladdin,
Sinbad the Sailor and Ali Baba and the 40
Rascals. Enjoy colorful sets, costumes,
challenging dialogue, big musical numbers
and solos, plus workshops in acting, movement, singing, and improv. Concludes with
an incredible final production and lots of
applause. All JCC specialty camps are new
and improved, offering an ALL-INCLUSIVE
package that includes lunch, snacks, daily
swim and towel service. Campers also
have access to transportation and extended care services. JCC membership is required for campers in grade 3 through age
10. Not a member? Ask about our new $750
camp families summer membership.

JCC Broadway Performance Intensive


Kaplen JCC on the Palisades
Taub Campus
411 E. Clinton Ave.
Tenafly, NJ
Phone: 201-408-1493 or hharel@
jccotp.org
Grades: 5 10
Sessions: Mon Fri, July 18 29,
9 a.m. 4 p.m.
Cost: $950 JCC members, $1,250
public

An exciting musical theater program for


intermediate/advanced students led by
Broadway musical director/ accompanist
Joe Baker and his NYC colleagues as special guest instructors. This camp includes
intensive professional skill development
in singing, acting, comedy and movement,
and culminates in two Cabaret-style performances, one in NYC, featuring favorite solos and numbers from Broadway musicals,
comedy skits, short scenes and popular
rock songs. Interview/audition required.
All JCC specialty camps are new and improved, offering an ALL-INCLUSIVE package that includes lunch, snacks, daily swim
and towel service. Campers also have access to transportation and extended care
services. . JCC membership is required for
campers in grade 5 through age 10. Not a
member? Ask about our new $750 camp
families summer membership.

JCC Chamber Music Camp

Kaplen JCC on the Palisades


Taub Campus
411 E. Clinton Ave.
Tenafly, NJ
Phone: 201-408-1465
Grades: 3 12
Sessions: Mon Fri, June 27 July 8,
9 a.m. 4 p.m.
Cost: $950 JCC members, $1,250
public
(Weekly option available. Visit jccotp.
org/music-camps for details)
The JCC Thurnauer School of Musics
Chamber Music Camp brings together talented young musicians and an acclaimed
faculty of artists and educators to experience the joys of ensemble playing in an atmosphere of success and enjoyment. The
camp accepts a select group of string players and pianists, based on auditions, interviews and recommendations. Students are
divided into ensembles according to age

and skill. All JCC specialty camps are new


and improved, offering an ALL-INCLUSIVE
package that includes lunch, snacks, daily
swim and towel service. Campers also
have access to transportation and extended care services. JCC membership is not
required.

JCC Dance Intensive

Kaplen JCC on the Palisades


Taub Campus
411 E. Clinton Ave.
Tenafly, NJ
Phone: 201-408-1495 or acarolan@
jccotp.org
Grades: 3 10
Sessions: Mon Fri, July 25-Aug 19,
9 am 4 pm
Cost: $475/$625 week (weekly
options available)
Enjoy a full week of basic technique that
explores all the latest crazes and new
dance forms. Campers take class in Ballet, Jazz, and Hip Hop each day. Improve
your skill level, build strength, and gain
more flexibility while having a great time!
All JCC specialty camps are new and improved, offering an ALL-INCLUSIVE package that includes lunch, snacks, daily swim
and towel service. Campers also have access to transportation and extended care
services. JCC membership is required for
campers in grade 3 through age 10. Not a
member? Ask about our new $750 camp
families summer membership.

JCC Fine Arts Camp

Kaplen JCC on the Palisades


Taub Campus
411 E. Clinton Ave.
Tenafly, NJ
Phone: 201-567-8963
Grades: 36, Mon Fri, June 27 Aug
19, 9 am 4 pm, $475/$625 per week
(weekly options available)

BE A RAMAHNIK FOR A DAY!


For prospective campers and families interested in Kayitz 2017

CAMPER 2017 DAY

Sunday, July 10, 2016 | 11:00am - 1:30pm

EARLY BIRD
REGISTRATION

Camp Tours & Information Sessions for Parents | Meet Our Staff
Mini Camp Day for Prospective Campers | Enjoy a BBQ Lunch

1 Depot Square, Englewood, NJ


education@bergenpac.org
(201) 816-8160, ext. 35

$100 Discount if Registered & Paid


in Full by March 1st
*Tuition Includes Lunch & Snacks
*After Camp Care Available For Additional Fee

JULY 5 - 22, 2016


AUGUST 1 - 19, 2016
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More summer oerings available for


all ages at bergenPAC.org/summer or
call (201) 482-8194

Register online at www.ramahberkshires.org


Call 201-871-7262 (Before June 20th) or 845-832-6622 (Starting June 21th)
info@ramahberkshires.org

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Get creative and have a blast at Fine Arts
Camp! Each week campers will focus on a
different, exciting project that will incorporate new art skills, methodology and
mediums. Each session will also feature a
visiting artist who will teach a hands-on
workshop on their craft. All JCC specialty
camps are new and improved, offering
an ALL-INCLUSIVE package that includes
lunch, snacks, daily swim and towel service. Campers also have access to transportation and extended care services. JCC
membership is required for children in
grade 3 through age 10. Not a member? Ask
about our new $750 camp families summer
membership.

JCC Little Dancers Mini-Camp

Kaplen JCC on the Palisades


Taub Campus
411 E. Clinton Ave.
Tenafly, NJ
Phone: 201-408-1495 or acarolan@
jccotp.org
Ages: 3 5
Sessions: Mon Fri, June 13 24,
Aug 22 26, 9 a.m. 4 p.m.
Cost: $325/week or $75/day3-day
minimum (weekly options available)
A fun-filled day of dance and camp activities! Our week includes dance classes in
Ballet, Hip Hop, and Tap! In addition, campers enjoy arts and crafts, playground time,
splashing in the waterpark, lunch, and
rest/video time. Our teachers are experienced dance teachers with a warm, caring
approach in the classroom. Extended care
available until 6 p.m. upon request. JCC
membership is required.

JCC Musical Explorers Mini-Camp


Kaplen JCC on the Palisades
Taub Campus
411 E. Clinton Ave.

Tenafly, NJ
Phone: 201-408-1465
Ages: 3 5
Sessions: Mon Fri, Aug 22 26,
9 a.m. 4 p.m.
Cost: $385 JCC members, $415 public
Summer is a time to create, explore and
play. Your campers will be music investigators, discovering and building different
instruments, learning to play the drums,
singing their favorite songs, and using
movement and games as a tool to learn to
read music! In addition to all of our musical
discoveries, our young explorers will enjoy
the water park and playground! JCC membership is not required.

JCC Music Discovery Mini-Camp

Kaplen JCC on the Palisades


Taub Campus
411 E. Clinton Ave.
Tenafly, NJ
Phone: 201-408-1465
Ages: 6 8
Sessions: Mon Fri, Aug 22 26,
9 a.m. 4 p.m.
Cost: $455 JCC members, $495 public
Make music this summer and meet new
friends while exploring the guitar, violin,
cello and flute in small groups. Campers
sing their favorite songs, play musical
games, arts and crafts and participate in
sports, swimming and team building activities! Our Music Discovery Camp is an exciting way to begin or continue you childs
music education. Instruments provided.
JCC membership is not required.

JCC Young Peoples Chorus @


Thurnauer Summer Camp
Kaplen JCC on the Palisades
Taub Campus
411 E. Clinton Ave.
Tenafly, NJ

Phone: 201-408-1465
Ages: 8 12
Session: Mon Fri, Aug 8 19,
9 a.m. 4 p.m.
Cost: $950 JCC members, $1,250 public
Calling all children who love to sing! Our
award-winning chorus is starting a summer camp! Meet new friends and sing classical, contemporary, jazz and pop songs.
Challenging and unique music, fun choreography and a performance at the end! No
previous music experience required. Includes sports and team-building activities.
All JCC specialty camps are new and improved, offering an ALL-INCLUSIVE package that includes lunch, snacks, daily swim
and towel service. Campers also have access to transportation and extended care
services. JCC membership is not required.

The Performing Arts School

Musical Theater Summer Camp


1 Depot Square
Englewood, NJ
Phone: 201-482-8194
Fax: 201-482-8391
bergenPAC.org/summer
Ages: 5 12
Session dates: 7/5 7/22 & 8/1 8/19
Deadline for registration: 6/1/16
Counselor to camper ratio: 3:15
Approx. cost per child: $850
bergenPACs Summer Camp in the Performing Arts School provides our youth ages 5
12, an experience in the performing arts
that they will never forget. We will build
confidence, understanding and a sense
of appreciation for the arts while giving
campers the opportunity to explore and
develop their talents. $100 discount if registered and paid in full by March 1. Tuition
includes lunch and snacks. After-camp
care available for additional fee. Please see
our ad on page 14.

SPECIAL NEEDS
SUMMER PROGRAMS
Camp Haverim

Kaplen JCC on the Palisades


Taub Campus
411 E. Clinton Ave.
Tenafly, NJ
Phone: 201-408-1489
Ages: 3-21, Mon Fri, Aug 15 26,
9 a.m. 3:45 p.m.
Cost: Call for fees
Camp Haverim is a two-week camp designed for children and teens with autism
and other cognitive and developmental
delays, with sufficient communication and
self-help skills, and attend 11 months of
special schooling. Campers participate in
a diverse full-day program including social
skills, swimming and water park activities,
sports, yoga and adaptive physical education, academic enrichment, music therapy,
arts and therapy dogs. Space is limited.
Group sizes are between 4 and 8 campers. Priority is given to returning campers,
participants in Special Services programs
and JCC members. JCC membership is not
required. New participants must have an
intake interview.

Neil Klatskin Day Camp: Tikvah

Kaplen JCC on the Palisades


Taub Campus
411 E. Clinton Ave.
Tenafly, NJ
Phone: 201-567-8963 or nkdc@jccotp.
org
Ages: 5 11 (Must be 5 by June 1,
2016), June 27 Aug 19, 9 am 4 pm
Tikvah is designed for children and adolescents with learning, mild neurological
and/or perceptual differences and have
sufficient communication and self-help
skills to participate in a full range of camp-

Make Awesome

memories | games | friends | apps | models | movies


60+ Courses

Ages 6-18
Co-ed and all-girls
summer programs

Program apps, mod Minecraft,


engineer robots, and more

Prestigious Locations

Day & Overnight

Commute or stay in a real


college dorm

8:1

Weeklong and 2-week sessions,


half-day options at select locations

SUMMER TECH CAMPS


HELD AT 150+
LOCATIONS NATIONWIDE
Montclair State NYU
Seton Hall Columbia
Marymount Manhattan
Kean and more

8:1 Guarantee
Only 8 students per instructor
for personalized learning

www.iDTech.com/NJ

1-844-788-1858
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ing activities. The participants enjoy a diverse, full-day program including adaptive
physical education, arts and crafts, drama,
Red Cross instructional and recreational
swim, Judaic programming, academic enrichment, music, special events, live entertainment, extended nights, carnivals,
playground time, and more. Special attention is given to each camper to ensure a
summer filled with enjoyment and learning. Group sizes range from three to six
campers, staffed by a minimum of two caring and qualified counselors. Shorter sessions are available based on campers extended school year needs, but a minimum
of 3 consecutive camp weeks are required
for registration. JCC membership is not
required. New participants must have an
intake interview.

Your camper will continue to grow and


learn as part of our JCC community. This
program is designed as a transitional camp
program for adolescents with learning,
mild neurological and/or perceptual differences who have sufficient communication and self-help skills to participate in a
full range of daily activities. Campers will
work on life skills, pre-vocational training
and academic enrichment in addition to
camp activities like swimming, sports, and
more in an age and developmentally appropriate setting. JCC membership is not
required. New participants must have an
intake interview.

On Our Own Young Adult Summer


Camp

Kaplen JCC on the Palisades


Taub Campus
411 E. Clinton Ave.
Tenafly, NJ
Phone: 201-408-1489
Ages: 15 30
Sessions: Mon Fri, June 20 Aug 12,
9:30 a.m. 2:30 p.m., call for fees

Neil Klatskin Day Camp: Tikvah Teens


Kaplen JCC on the Palisades
Taub Campus
411 E. Clinton Ave.
Tenafly, NJ
Phone: 201-567-8963
or nkdc@jccotp.org
Ages: 12 15, June 27 Aug 19,
9 a.m. 4 p.m.

An eight-week life skills, vocational and


recreational camp for teens and young
adults with intellectual and developmen-

ART
Lessons

Art of Excellence Studio

Classes in Drawing and Watercolor Structured Lessons

Summer Specials

NEW
STUDENTS
ONLY

Oceans Alive and Native American themed art camps in August!


Artist, Rina Goldhagen 201-248-4779
www.artofexcellencestudio.com

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June 27August 19, 2016


(8 weeks)

9:00 a.m. 4:00 p.m. M-TH & 3:00 p.m. on Fridays

Prices:
(a division of Camp Kef for campers
entering 1st - 4th grade) offers an
exciting summer filled with activities
geared towards our older campers.
This program is highlighted by
exciting weekly trips. Programming
will include various sports clinics,
ceramics, instructional swim, learning,
rec room, fine arts, science, yoga,
music, Reader's Theatre and nature.

Camp Ma'alot,
the AMAZING
place to be!!!
Our

outstanding counselors
will lead the campers to experiences that
will expand their horizons and deepen
their connection to Judaism and Israel.
They will meet new friends and
experience new things.

Early drop off &


late pick up available.
Lunch program also offered
NEW!!!!! Register Online at:

Register by September 30th


$2,350 + FREE LUNCH
$2,100 with 3 or more friends
___________________

Register by November 21st


$2,400 + FREE LUNCH
$2,300 with 3 or more friends
____________________

Register by January 31st


$2,400
+ FREE PIZZA
_______________________
After January 31st price is $2,500

The daily schedule will provide fun


filled activities led by

trained specialists
Facilities:
our campus features beautiful,
fully enclosed outdoor playground
large, indoor air-conditioned play area
full-size, regulation gym
bright, spacious, fully equipped,
air-conditioned classrooms

http://mytads.com/a/bpycampmaalot

transportation
is available

Phone: 201-845-5007 Fax: 201-845-5009 Email: campmaalot@benporatyosef.org


Ben Porat Yosef, East 243 Frisch Court, Paramus, NJ 07652

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SPORTS PROGRAMS/CAMPS
JCC Multi-Sport Camp

Kaplen JCC on the Palisades


Taub Campus
411 E. Clinton Ave.
Tenafly, NJ
Phone: 201-408-1476
or athletics@jccotp.org
Grades: 3 8
Sessions: Mon Fri, June 27 Aug 19,
9 a.m. 4 p.m.
Cost: $475/week (weekly options
available)
Perfect for the camper that likes variety!
This camp focuses on building fundamentals across a variety of sports, includes
performance training, and is appropriate
for all skill levels. Your camper will love
making use of all the courts and fields the
JCC has to offer and will enjoy a relaxed
and fun environment while learning and
improving their skills. All JCC specialty
camps are new and improved, offering
an ALL-INCLUSIVE package that includes
lunch, snacks, daily swim and towel service. Campers also have access to transportation and extended care services. JCC
membership is required. Not a member?
Ask about our new $750 camp families
summer membership.

JCC Basketball Camp

Sign up for 4 beginner drawing lessons


and get 1 additional lesson free!

Camp Ma'alot

tal delays, including autism, with self-help


skills to independently participate within a
1:3 staffing ratio. Activities include weekly
trips, swim, gym, music, dance and more.
JCC membership is not required. New participants must have an intake interview.

Kaplen JCC on the Palisades


Taub Campus
411 E. Clinton Ave.
Tenafly, NJ
Phone: 201-408-1476 or athletics@
jccotp.org
Grades 3 8
Sessions: Mon Fri, June 27 Aug 19,
9 a.m. 4 p.m.
Cost: $475/week (weekly options
available)
If your camper loves basketballthis is the
camp for them! JCC basketball professionals
bring their love of the game and incomparable coaching skills enhance your campers
skills at every level. Includes performance
training, teaching athletes to build strength,
endurance, and flexibility, for increased productivity and decreased chance of injury.
While basketball is the focus, campers will
enjoy other fun JCC activities as well. All
JCC specialty camps are new and improved,
offering an ALL-INCLUSIVE package that includes lunch, snacks, daily swim and towel
service. Campers also have access to transportation and extended care services. JCC
membership is required. Not a member?
Ask about our new $750 camp families summer membership.

JCC Playmaker All Stars Mini-Camp


Kaplen JCC on the Palisades
Taub Campus
411 E. Clinton Ave.
Tenafly, NJ
Phone: 201-408-1476 or athletics@
jccotp.org
Ages: 3 4,
Sessions: Mon Fri, June 13 24,
9 a.m. 1 p.m.
Cost: $375/week (weekly options
available)
Grades K 6
Sessions: Mon Fri, June 13 24,
9 a.m. 3 p.m.
Cost: $375/week (weekly options
available)

Playmaker All Stars Mini-Camp gives your


camper the opportunity to learn sports in a
fun and friendly environment. Indoor/Outdoor activities include soccer, baseball,
races, floor hockey, basketball, dodgeball

and more. Low camper to staff ratio ensures safety and fun. Fee includes bottled
water. JCC membership is required.

JCC Soccer Mini-Camp

Kaplen JCC on the Palisades


Taub Campus
411 E. Clinton Ave.
Tenafly, NJ
Phone: 201-408-1476 or athletics@
jccotp.org
Ages 3 Grade 6
Sessions: Mon Fri, June 20 24,
9 a.m. 3 p.m.
Cost: $375/week (weekly options
available)
Your camper will have fun with talented
soccer specialists in a program designed
to teach and strengthen soccer skills. Enhance your childs understanding of the
game and build confidence through interactive games and drills. Include daily
outdoor swim time. JCC membership is
required.

JCC Marty Perlman Sports Mini-Camp


Kaplen JCC on the Palisades
Taub Campus
411 E. Clinton Ave.
Tenafly, NJ
Phone: 201-408-1476 or athletics@
jccotp.org
Ages: 3 Grade 6
Sessions: Mon Fri, Aug 22 Sep 2,
9 a.m. 3 p.m.
Cost: $375/week (weekly options
available)

Your campers will build fundamental skills


across a variety of sports. This multi-sport
camp utilizes all the JCCs sports courts
and fields and ends each day in our beautiful outdoor pool. Appropriate for all skill
levels, a great way to learn and improve
skills in a relaxed and fun environment. Include daily outdoor swim time. JCC membership is required.

The Michelle Weiss Childrens


Tennis Camp

Kaplen JCC on the Palisades


Taub Campus
411 E. Clinton Ave.
Tenafly, NJ
Phone: 201-408-1476
or athletics@jccotp.org
Grades 3 8
Sessions: Mon Fri, July 25 Aug 19,
9 a.m. 4 p.m.
Cost: $475/week (weekly options
available)
Whether your camper has his/her sights
on the U.S. Open or is just looking for a
summer out on the court with friends
this camp is sure to provide a swinging
good time. Campers will enhance their
understanding of the game and build skills
and confidence through interactive games
and drills, while also increasing strength,
endurance, and flexibility through performance training. All JCC specialty camps
are new and improved, offering an ALLINCLUSIVE package that includes lunch,
snacks, daily swim and towel service.
Campers also have access to transportation and extended care services. JCC membership is required. Not a member? Ask
about our new $750 camp families summer
membership.

Ninja Camp at Aikido North Jersey


219 Degraw Ave.
Teaneck, NJ
Phone: 201-992-3013
www.akidony.com
Ages: 4-14
Session: July 11 15, July 18 22
Counselor to camper ratio: 1 to 7

Martial arts training in self-defense, arts


and crafts, games, Japanese culture, physical culture, physical exercise and drills,
new friends totally extreme fun. Please
see our ad on page 8.

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The Big Chill: Frozen in Ice

Mike Super Brings


Magic to bergenPAC
Bergen Performing Arts Center presents Mike Super: Magic and Illusion on
Feb. 20.As the winner of NBCs hit TV show Phenomenon and Top finalist on
Americas Got Talent, Mike is the only magician in history to win a live magic
competition on primetime U.S. network television and voted Americas Favorite
Mystifier. He marvels with mind-blowing illusions combined with the hilarity of a
headline comedian in a family-friendly performance. Join the journey of emotions
from laughter, intrigue, danger, fear, wonder, anticipation, tears and sentimentality
that Mike Super delivers. Feb. 20, 7:30 p.m., bergenPAC, 30 North Van Brunt St.,
Englewood. 201-227-1030, www.bergenpac.org.

David Weinstone and Music


for Aardvarks at Jewish Museum
David Weinstone and The Music for Aardvarks Band will perform two concerts for kids at
the Jewish Museum on Feb. 7 at 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. Families will hear favorite songs
celebrating being a kid in New York City such as City Kid, Taxi, Jack Hammer Joe and
Modern Art. David Weinstone, founder of Music for Aardvarks, explains, our shows are
rockin, and we try to have as much audience participation as possible. Weve even had
kids come up on stage with us to sing or dance. This concert is for children ages 2 to 5.
Adults are asked to accompany their children. For further information regarding family
programs at the Jewish Museum, the public may call The Jewish Museum,1109 Fifth Ave.,
at 92 St., Manhattan. 212-423-3337, www.thejewishmuseum.org.

Frozen in Ice presented by


Skylands Ice World is the firstever ice sculpture extravaganza
held at the Skylands Stadium
Event Center. This indoor/
outdoor event will feature
more than 100 tons of ice
transformed into breathtaking
displays by the amazing ice artists. Participants can ride down
a huge 50-foot ice slide, go
inside a life-sized ice cabin, sit
on a giant ice throne, watch
ice-carving demonstrations,
and enter ice carving demonstrations and more. Frozen
in Ice will be open on select days from February 5 to 28, including Presidents Day,
Monday, Feb. 15. Skylands Stadium, 94 Championship Place, Augusta, 973-3837644, www.skylandstadium.com.

Digging the New


Archaeology Afternoons
Expanding its offerings for families, the Jewish Museum is launching
Archaeology Mondays, a new after-school program in the galleries of
Archaeology Zone: Discovering Treasures from Playgrounds to Palaces.
Beginning Monday, Feb. 15, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., and continuing on the
third Monday of the month through May, families will participate in a simulated archaeological dig. Unique to New York City, this hands-on experience features artifact replicas from ancient to modern times. Children can
discover how objects change over time, and unearth the stories these relics
tell. The Jewish Museum,1109 Fifth Ave., at 92 St., Manhattan. 212-4233337, www.thejewishmuseum.org.

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The Good Life With Kids

F E B R UA RY

To Our Readers: 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.

DaybyDay
Tuesday, February 2
Childrens Choir: Celebrate and have fun as you
make music. 6 p.m. Open to children grades 6
and 7. Temple Emanu-El of Closter. 180 Piermont
Road, Closter. 201-750-2959 or heymann@
templeemanu-el.com.

Thursday, February 4
ATID: For 8th grader and up, Temple Emanu-El
of Closter, 5:30 pm. Teens will discuss interfaith
dating with Rabbi Alex Freedman. 180 Piermont
Road, Closter. For more information, contact
Tammy Ween at 201-750-9997 or ween@
templeemanu-el.com

Friday, February 5
T.G.I.S.: Thank Goodness Its Shabbat & Shabbat
Yeladim for K through 2nd Grade at Temple
Emanu-El of Closter, 180 Piermont Road, Closter.
5:45 p.m. Come discover Shabbat through age
appropriate music, crafts, storytelling, cooking
and more. Contact Naama Heymann at 201-7502959 or heymann@templeemanu-el.com.
Shabbat Beyachad (Shabbat Together) for 3
to 7 year olds at 10:15 a.m. Join us for a musical Shabbat experience with Suzy Rosenberg.
Families and friends always welcome. Temple
Emanu-El of Closter, 180 Piermont Road,
Closter. For more information, contact Naama
Heymann at 201-750-2959 or heymann@
templeemanu-el.com.
Shabbat Yachad: Temple Emanuel of the
Pascack presents Shabbat Yachad at 8 p.m.,
a service of togetherness. The service brings
congregants together spiritually and physically
and creates a feeling of calm and oneness. 87
Overlook Drive, Woodcliff Lake. 201-391-0801.
Family Friendly Shabbat Service: Rabbi Elyse
Frishman and Rabbi Rachel Steiner lead a family
friendly service at 7 p.m. Potluck supper follows service. Barnert Temple, 747 Route 208
South, Franklin Lakes, 201-848-1800, www.
barnerttemple.org.

Sunday, February 7
Religious School Mitzvah Day: For youngsters,
K 7th grade at 10 a.m. at Temple Emanu-El
of Closter. Join in to pack snacks for the Center
for Food Action. 180 Piermont Road, Closter. For
more information, contact Naama Heymann at
201-750-2959 or heymann@templeemanu-el.
com.
World Wide Wrap: Tefillin event at 9:00 am at
Temple Emanu-El of Closter, 180 Piermont Road,
Closter. Join a special opportunity to spread the
mitzvah of Tefillin. For more information, contact
the Temple office at 201-750-9997.

Monday, February 8
Wicked at the Kaplen JCC on the Palisades:
Advanced Musical Theater Workshop, led by JCC
Performing Arts Direct Deb Roberts, presents
a newly adapted version of the Broadway sensation, Wicked. 6:30 p.m. 411 E. Clinton Ave.,
Tenafly. 201-408-1493, www.jccotp.org.

Tuesday, February 9
Childrens Choir: Celebrate and have fun as you
make music. 6 p.m. Open to children grades 6

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and 7. Temple Emanu-El of Closter. 180 Piermont


Road, Closter. 201-750-2959 or heymann@
templeemanu-el.com.

Friday, February 19
Tot Shabbat and Pizza Dinner in Franklin
Lakes: The youngest ones, pre-readers, are invited to join Rabbi Rachel Steiner for Tot Shabbat
at 5 p.m. Enjoy musical prayer, dancing with the
Torah, and a Shabbat story. Barnert Temple, 747
Route 208 South, Franklin Lakes. 201-8481800, www.barnerttemple.org.

Sunday, February 21
Vered and the Babes: Vered and the Babes will
star in a hip concert for families at the Jewish
Museum 11:30 am. The band, featuring Vered
Benhorin with Rob Jost and Matt Hilgenberg,
performs funny, poignant, and upbeat melodies,
reminiscent of doo-wop. The concert program
includes songs geared to helping new parents bond with their babies as well as tunes
for children up to age 6. The Jewish Museum,
1109 Fifth Ave., at 92 St., Manhattan. www.
thejewishmuseum.org.

Thursday, February 25
Mega Challah Bake: Event spearheaded by
Chabad-Lubavitch will draw together women who
will mix, knead and shape their own challahs. The
challah bake commemorates once every seven
years tradition. 7 p.m., 194 Ratzer Road, Wayne.
www.jewishwayne.com.
ATID: 8th Graders and older at Temple EmanuEl of Closter at 5:00 p.m. Teens will learn about
Kosher vs. Non-Kosher food with Rabbi Alex
Freedman at Smokey Joes restaurant in Teaneck.
For more information, contact Tammy Ween at
201- 750-9997 or ween@templeemanu-el.com.

Friday, February 26
TAAM Tot Shabbat with Matty Roxx: At Temple
Emanu-El of Closter at 5:45 pm. 180 Piermont
Road, Closter. Join parents and children (birth to
5 years old) for a musical Shabbat with Matty
Roxx. For more information, contact Tammy
Ween at ween@templeemanu-el.com.

Saturday, February 27
Shabbat Yoga: Barnert Temple offers you the
opportunity to delve into a practice of embodied prayer, renewing your body and spirit using
themes inspired by the Jewish calendar and
teachings. All levels, including beginners, are
welcome. 9:30 to 10:45 a.m. 747 Route 208
South, Franklin Lakes, NJ. 201-848-1800, www.
barnerttemple.org.
Young Family Shabbat: Join Rabbi Steiner and
Sara Losch for a joyful Shabbat family experience for grades K-2. 9:30 to 11 a.m., breakfast
included. Barnert Temple, 747 Route 208
South, Franklin Lakes. 201-848-1800, www.
barnerttemple.org.

Sunday, February 28
Master Illusionist Oz Pearlman: Families are
invited to Temple Emanu-El of Closter at 12 p.m.
to enjoy a mind-blowing show by master illusionist Oz Pearlman, Americas Got Talent finalist. To
register, www.templeemanu-el.com. For more
information, contact Mike Israel at mikeisrael@
yahoo.com.

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Aikido for All, the Zen-like Martial Art


Learning the modern Japanese martial
art of Aikido could benefit everyone,
young and old, woman and man, girl
and boy, said Jerry Zimmerman, owner
of Akido North Jersey in Teaneck.
For those unfamiliar with Aikido, it
has a different goal than some of the
better-known martial arts. With Aikido,
instead of striking back and harming
an opponent, the aim is to control aggression without injuring the attacker.
It is the antithesis of teaching a child
to respond to a punch with a bigger
punch, said Mr. Zimmerman.
In its essence, Aikidos goal is harmony, harmonizing with an opponent,

harmonizing with oneself, and harmonizing with the world.


If this sounds very Zen, it is. But
dont be mistaken. Aikido is not a passive martial art. Its super active and
very proactive, said Mr. Zimmerman.
You are more present to whats going
on than in just being reactive. It is being present in the situation.
Another plus, he said. One need
not be big or athletic to train. Aikido
training helps in weight loss, confidence building, trains the body physically and helps with better focus and
concentration, a relieves stress.

Sports Broadcasting Camp


for Fun and for Future
Would-be sports broadcasters and
right-now sports aficionados can
spend a week immersed in the world of
sports broadcasting at Big Time Sports
Broadcasting Camp, which is held during the week of July 11 to July 15, for
campers, boys and girls, 10-18 years
old, at Montclair State University.
The interactive program is designed
to teach the ins and outs of sports broadcasting, and includes visits from sports
celebrities. Additionally, the camp counselors are professionals who work in the
field as baseball announcers, sideline
reporters, play-by-play announcers, ra-

dio talk show hosts, sports anchors and


other in the fields.
The camp serves a dual-purpose,
explained owner Steve Goldstein.
Most of the kids who come are
sports fanatics and they love being
with like-minded peers. And for the serious camper, this is an opportunity to
learn and explore what it is like to have
a career in sports broadcasting, said
Mr. Goldstein.
This year marks the camps 15th
year it is offered in 10 cities throughout the United States and its 11th
year in New Jersey.

Family Fun Day Sponsored by JCC Camps


Enjoy an afternoon of fun camp activities including hip hop, sand play,
arts and crafts, robotics, basketball,
all sports and music; face painting, a
bounce house, balloon making, musical entertainment at the Family Fun
Day sponsored by the JCC Camps Sunday, Feb. 7 from noon to 2 p.m.
Camp directors, leaders and specialists will be on hand, and visitors
can learn about new programs. The
JCC health and wellness facilities also
will be open to the community.
Several special offers will be made

available. Families who register their


campers for the Neil Klatskin Day Camp
(3-7 year old campers) at the camp fair
will receive $500 off. Families who register for two or more weeks of specialty
camps (8-18 year old campers) at the
fair get 20 percent off. Families who
sign up for an annual JCC Family Membership at the camp fair receive $200
in JCC cash to use on any JCC camp or
class.
The Kaplen JCC on the Palisades is
located at 411 E. Clinton Ave., Tenafly.
www.jccotp.org.

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Bnai mitzvah

SETH KLEIN
Seth Klein, son of Allison and
Wade Klein of Fair Lawn,
celebrated becoming a bar
mitzvah on December 19 at
the Fair Lawn Jewish Center/
Congregation Bnai Israel.

LUCY ANN ALDERSON


Lucy Ann Alderson, daughter
of Susan and Carl Alderson
of Atlantic Highlands, sister
of Julia, and granddaughter of Harriet and the late
Irving Cohen of Somerset,
formerly of Teaneck, celebrated becoming a bat
mitzvah on December 19 at
Congregation Bnai Israel in
Rumson.

ALEXANDRE KRAVITZ

JASON GREENBERG
Jason Greenberg, son of
Laura and Howard Greenberg
of Woodcliff Lake and brother
of Ally and Ross, celebrated
becoming a bar mitzvah on
December 19 at Temple
Emanuel in Woodcliff Lake.

Alexandre Kravitz, son of


Sandrine and Robert Kravitz
of Bergenfield and brother of
Jeremy and Leila, celebrated
becoming a bar mitzvah on
December 19 at Temple
Emeth in Teaneck.

EMRE OZMEMILI
Emre Ozmemili, son of Ellen
Monane of Fort Lee, celebrated becoming a bar mitzvah
on December 12 at Temple
Emeth in Teaneck.

SHOHAM AVDA
Shoham Avda, daughter of
Adi and Moshe Avda and
sister of Reem and Yoad, celebrated becoming a bat mitzvah on January 23 at Temple
Beth Sholom of Fair Lawn.
Tikva, her maternal grandmother from Israel, joined in
the celebration.

WILLOW BROSS
Willow Bross, daughter of
Maria and Michael Bross of
Bloomingdale, celebrated
becoming a bat mitzvah on
December 12 at the Glenwild
Lake Clubhouse. The family belongs to the Jewish
Congregation of Kinnelon in
Pompton Lakes.

Cyerra Rosen Grupp, daughter of Lori Rosen and Marshall


Grupp of Upper Saddle River
and sister of Holden, Hunter,
and Schuyler, celebrated
becoming a bat mitzvah
on January 23 at Temple
Emanuel in Woodcliff Lake.

MATTHEW HARRISON
Matthew Harrison, son of
Kimberly and Marc Harrison
of Tenafly, and brother of
Sara, celebrated becoming
a bar mitzvah on Monday,
January 18 at Cong. Beth
Sholom in Teaneck.

Alexandra Hess, daughter of


Hilary and Lawrence Hess of
Fair Lawn, celebrated becoming a bat mitzvah on January
9 at the Fair Lawn Jewish
Center/Congregation Bnai
Israel.
Elijah Greenberg, son of
Howie and Leah Greenberg
of Mahwah, and brother
of Emmanuel, celebrated
becoming a bar mitzvah on
January 16 at Chabad of
Northwest Bergen County in
Franklin Lakes.

According to Wendy Mogel, in


Blessing of a B Minus, rude behavior,
lets you know that your teen is trying
to desperately separate from you and
that you are the safe person who can
receive their frustration with not yet
being all grown up.
The best thing that we can do as
parents is to ignore their provocation
and not respond in kind. In that way,
we are actually role modeling appropriate ways to deal with rude behavior.
We do need to insist that they treat us
respectfully, however the best admonition and reminder to speak respectfully is a gentle, Can you change your
tone? Its hard for me to listen when

you speak to me that way. Or Can


we talk about this when we are both
feeling calm?
Teens are often struggling through
this period of their lives. They need
our support and love during this time.
Understanding the reasons behind
their actions and treating them kindly
can help them grow into the adults we
want them to be.
Adina Soclof is the director of Parent
Outreach for A+ Solutions, facilitating How
to Talk so Kids will Listen and Listen so Kids
will Talk workshops as well as workshops
based on Siblings Without Rivalry. She
also runs ParentingSimply.com and is available for speaking engagements.

Tale of the Dragons Tail Book


at Black Box
Romance, wizardry and a ferocious
dragon take center stage at Black
Boxs presentation of The Tale of the
Dragons Tail Book, with shows from
Jan. 31 through Feb. 21.
Prince and princess meet and
fall in love, but as they are about to
plan their nuptials, two wizards cast
a spell on the princess that convinces her she can only marry the
prince is if he brings her the tail of a

ferocious dragon.
The show has performances
from Jan. 31-Feb. 21 at The Black
Box Performing Arts Center, 200 Walraven Dr., Teaneck. Tickets are $12 to
$15. All performances are Sundays at
11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. on Jan. 31,
Feb. 7, Feb. 14, and Feb. 21. The Tale
of the Dragons Tail is appropriate for
ages 5 and up. For more information,
201-357-2221.

CYERRA ROSEN GRUPP

ALEXANDRA HESS

ELIJAH GREENBERG

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JACOB MITOVICH
JARED MITOVICH
Jacob and Jared Mitovich,
twin sons of Jennifer Lindauer
and Matthew Mitovich of
Woodcliff Lake, celebrated
becoming bnai mitzvah on
December 15 at Temple Beth
Or in Washington Township.

BENJAMIN SCHACK

PARTY

Benjamin Schack, son of


Susan Esserman-Schack and
Barton Schack of Allendale
and brother of Zachary
Bronstein, 25; Joshua
Bronstein, 23; and Sophia
Schack, 9, celebrated becoming a bar mitzvah on on
November 14 at at Barnert
Temple in Franklin Lakes.

JAKE SIDORSKY
Jake Sidorsky, son of Stacey
and Howard Sidorsky of New
Milford and brother of Julia,
celebrated becoming a bar
mitzvah on January 16 at
Temple Emeth in Teaneck.

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Invitations for party guests
Pizza and soda
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Favors and candy
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