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Useful Information for the Next Generation of Jewish Families

Whats Up Doc?

Finding Your Pediatrician

Camps Galore
Purim Food & Fun
Supplement to The Jewish Standard March 2015

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First breath. First smile. First steps.

Treasured moments begin here.

The MotherBaby Center at Chilton Medical Center.


Whether you are planning to start a family or adding to one, Chilton Medical Center invites you to
begin this exciting journey with us. Our MotherBaby Center encourages moms-to-be to personalize
their birthing experience in a way that makes it memorable for the entire family. We offer private
rooms with personalized visiting hours, hydrotherapy for labor, a celebratory gourmet dinner and
a Moms spa. For special care, theres a Level II Nursery with board certified neonatologists and
pediatricians available 24/7. And with caring nurses, expert medical staff, and our seamless
connection to Morristown Medical Center, its no wonder why so many women choose to have
their babies here with us, close to home.
For more information about parent education classes, please call 973-831-5475.

For a referral to a Chilton Obstetrician


or Certified Nurse Midwife,
call 1-888-4AH-DOCS
or visit atlantichealth.org/chilton
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Our
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About

Useful Information for the Next Generation of Jewish Families

March, 2015

Finding Dr. Right . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6


How to choose a pediatrician

Eat Right and Move. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8


Nutrition and exercise during the nine months

Baby Goodies . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9
Cute items for the little one

Joshua Bell

sponsored by Benzel Busch

Popovich Comedy
Pet Theater

Friday March 27th 8pm

Saturday March 28th 1pm & 4pm

Dancing Pros Live

sponsored by Wilmington Trust, An M&T Company

April 13th 8pm

Saturday April 19th 1pm & 4pm

NJ Ballet Sleeping Beauty

Berenstain Bears Live

Pregnancy Rites Around the World. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11


How different Jewish women mark their expectancy

Non-Toxic Feed . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12
Giving your baby the healthiest start

Find the Right Camp for the Right Child . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13


How to select the best summer option

Ah-Choo . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14
Spring allergies and how to deal

NJ Ballet Romeo & Juliet

Camp listings. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15
Places to send your children

Listen Up . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .20
How to get children to pay attention to you

Purim Food . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21
Hamentaschen cookies

Purim Crafts. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22
Place setting and finger food

Simchas . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23

sponsored by Wilmington Trust, An M&T Company

Friday March 27th 8pm

May 3rd 1pm & 4pm

Russian National Ballets Swan Lake


sponsored by Wilmington Trust, An M&T Company

Curious George

Saturday May 9th 8pm

May 13th 4pm

Milestones

Gallery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24
Your children in action

Top Choices . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25
Picks for March

Calendar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .26
Great things to do this month

Babies at Englewood Hospital. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27


New labor and delivery unit opens

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musings from the editor


W

hen Yehuda was just a


few weeks old he was
born in late August I
remember taking him for a stroll
outside. Here we were. Brand new
mother. Brand new baby. It wasnt
his first outing on the busy streets,
but there hadnt been many. It was
exciting. People stopping to peer
inside the Snap n Go stroller-car
seat that he was comfortably and
safely riding, as I pushed him with
the pride of a new mother.
On the street, I met a woman I
knew, who has since become a dear
friend. She was a mother of five children, all of whom were older than
Yehuda.

She took a look at my infant son


and was shocked. To me, he looked
great.
To her, he looked like he was
melting in the heat.
Yes, we were having an Indian
summer, but how did I know not to
wrap Yehuda in a blanket and socks
and top his little head with the blue
and white striped knit hat that the
hospital fashions all little infants
with?
Heidi, hes way overdressed!
my friend exclaimed. Hes going to
become overheated!
And with that, she started to
strip away at the layers that new
mama dressed new Yehuda in to
protect him? Ah, new motherhood.
When ignorance is not bliss.
Roughly eighteen months later,
Shaina joined our family.
She was born in mid-March,
a most mercurial weather month,
and this year, the lion wasnt turning into a lamb so fast. The chill of
winter was still clinging. That year,
I recall, we had an early Pesach. In
my wisdom, we decided to forego
the tradition of spending the holiday with my brother, sister-in-law,
and their four children because
new Shaina was too new and not
yet inoculated. So we spent the holi-

day with our own family, but after


much conference with others decided it was okay to attend a communal seder with the new baby. She
was secure in that same Snap n Go
stroller that Yehuda used, with a net
atop, and far away from the crowd
that was in attendance at the seder.
A few days later, with Yehuda
sniffling, Shaina came down with a
fever. A slight fever. But the pediatrician said that she had to go back
into the hospital to be checked. I
knew in my mothers heart of hearts
that this was a garden-variety cold,
but I had to take her back into the
hospital, where a slew of tests had
to be done.
Was it her runny-nosed toddler
brother or was it her appearance at
the communal seder that caused
Shaina to get sick? She was back
in the hospital, and I was beside
myself.
New motherhood. When ignorance is not bliss.
Those episodes, thankfully,
were few and far between.
I learned how to dress the children appropriately for the weather
and to expose them to enough
germs, and shield them from
enough germs, for them to grow up
hearty and healthy.

MissionStatement

OurChildren
James L. Janoff

Natalie Jay

Robert Chananie

Peggy Elias
George Kroll
Karen Nathanson
Janice Rosen
Brenda Sutcliffe

Publisher

Business Manager

Heidi Mae Bratt

Editor

Deborah Herman

AdvisoryBoard

Art Director

Marketing and Communications Specialist

Michelle Brauntuch, MS,CCLS

Barry Weissman, MD

Child Life Specialist, Englewood Hospital, Englewood

Pediatrician, Hackensack and Wyckoff

Hope Eliasof

Cheryl Wylen

Howard Prager, DC, DACBSP

Holistic Chiropractor, Oakland

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Advertising Director

Contributing Writers
Rachel Harkham
Slovie Jungreis-Wolff
Denise Morrison Yearian

Account Executives

Jane Calem Rosen

Psychologist, Teaneck

Marriage and Family Therapist, Midland Park

Cheers,

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.

Now, I jokingly say that Im the


shortest one in the family.
Its a clich when they say that
there is no instruction manual for
a new mother. And I was hardly in
a village doesnt it take one? But
I found my substitutes. I found
women who were like mothers,
and women who were like sisters,
and friends and men and a community of people to help me with my
children.
No, I didnt know how to dress
them, exactly.
And I didnt know exactly how
to protect them from the perils of a
common cold.
But I did know then and now
how to love them deeply, and hopefully I know how to do my best. As
for all those lessons, well, maybe I
can do better next go round.

Director of Adult Programs and Cultural Arts


YM-YWHA of North Jersey, Wayne

About Our Children is published 11 times a year by the New Jersey/Rockland Jewish Media Group,
1086 Teaneck Road, Teaneck, NJ 07666; telephone: 201-837-8818; fax: 201-833-4959.;
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Looking for Dr. Right


for You and Your Baby
H E I D I M A E B RAT T

he three As are qualities that parents look for in a pediatrician, that


is affability, ability, and availability. Choosing a pediatrician for you and
your child is one of your most important
long-term investments. Medical care is a
partnership between parents and pediatricians so its an important decision.
A parent can expect to be in the pediatricians office at least 15 times during the first five years of a childs life, depending on the childs health care needs.
So given that this will be a frequent and
sometimes intense relationship, finding
the right match is important.
Before even interviewing medical
professionals, experts say, do some of
your own soul searching. What qualities
do you need in your childs doctor? Are
you a new parent without a lot of experience with the usual childhood development quirks and the common childhood
illnesses? As a new parent do you lack
confidence and believe you need a pediatrician who will be very involved in your

family, will help you understand normal


growth and development, and will competently manage your childs health
care? Are you a worrier who needs an
empathetic listener to seriously address
your concerns? Are you evaluating various parenting styles and need a doctor
who will help you formulate a parenting
philosophy? Or are you a veteran parent
already rooted in your parenting philosophy and style who simply needs a
like-minded pediatrician? Does distance
matter? Are you willing to drive farther
for higher quality, or do you rely on public transportation and therefore need a
doctors office close to your home or
workplace and easily accessible by bus
or subway?
Also consider, do you or your child
have special needs? For example, if your
child has a chronic illness, such as diabetes, you would be choosing a pediatrician with expertise in that illness. If you
are a first-time mother and are adamant
about breastfeeding your baby, obviously choosing a pediatrician who is
breastfeeding-friendly would be in your

best interest. Or do you or your child


have special communication needs?
Dr. Larry Stiefel of Tenafly Pediatricians in Paramus advises that parents
meet with doctors during prenatal visits to scope out the lay of the land in
the doctors office and with the potential physicians. Its important, Dr. Stiefel says, to see where the doctor is in
terms of philosophy in so far as issues
such as prescribing antibiotics, vaccinationsnot that they wont give vaccinations, but perhaps they would on a
different scheduletoilet training and
other developmental issues.
You want to be able to feel that this
is a place and a doctor that I can trust to
bring my child to for the next 20 years,
Dr. Stiefel says.
To get started, getting references
from friends and other doctors is a good
place to begin. Its also important to
see if the practice accepts the familys
insurance. The office needs to feel comfortable and clean. Is there a separate
wating areas for youngsters that are
sick and those that are well, so as not to

spread illness?
The doctors availability, office
hours, overnight calls and weekends.
Is the doctor on call or is there a nurse.
How quickly can you expect to get a call
back?
What are the office hours?
Also consider the doctors philosophy. Remember, the goal of your interview is to decide whether this pediatrician is the right match for your family.
Its important when choosing a pediatrician to pick one who agrees with or at
least supports your basic parenting philosophy. Its important when choosing a
pediatrician to find someone who gives
you the impression of really wanting to
make a difference in your life and your
childs life.
Then finally, you can trust yourself.
Youve made it this far and made many
good decisions in your life. Within a few
minutes, you should get a gut feeling
about whether or not this doctor is Dr.
Right for your family.
Heidi Mae Bratt is the editor of About Our
Children.

Start Looking for a Doc Early, Advises Dr. Oz


H E I D I M A E B RAT T

es Americas doctora
cardiothoracic surgeon,
author, television personality and longtime Bergen
County residentDr. Mehmet
Oz.
About
Our
Children
reached out to the Emmy award
winning, Harvard educated, father of four to ask him how parents should best choose their
pediatrician.
About Our Children: How
does a parent-to-be find a
pediatrician?
Dr. Mehmet Oz: The best
place to start is to ask people
you trust. Get recommendations from friends and family
members who share your values. One of their doctors may
be a good fit for you, too. Your
obstetrician is another good
person to ask for recommendations. You can also call local
practices or the department of
pediatrics at a nearby hospital
to find a pediatrician who is ac-

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cepting new patients.


About Our Children: What
do the letters FAAP mean following a doctors name, and
how important is it that the
doctor is board certified?
Dr. Mehmet Oz: FAAP
stands for Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. If
you see these letters after your
doctors name, you know that
she is a member of this organization and is board-certified
in pediatrics. If you do not see
these letters, she still may be
board-certified, just make sure
to ask!
About Our Children: What
about choosing a family practice physician instead of a
pediatrician?
Dr. Mehmet Oz: You can
trust both family practice physicians and pediatricians in the
care of your new baby. A family
doctor can continue to care for
your child through adulthood,
while a pediatrician specializes
only in kids and young adults
up to age 21. The most impor-

tant thing is that you find a doctor that makes you feel comfortable and whose style works
for you.
About Our Children: When
a prospective parent meets the
doctor, what are the most important questions to ask?
Dr. Mehmet Oz: Coming to

your appointment with questions prepared is one of the best


things you can do. Take it one
step further and actually write
your questions down so you
dont forget any of them in the
moment. Here are a few to keep
in mind. Will I be able to schedule appointments with you for

both well and sick visits?


Who will see my child if you
are not available? If I call with
and cannot speak with you,
who will handle my concerns?
Where would I bring my child
in an emergency or after hours?
About Our Children: What
is most important to tell the
doctor about yourself and your
family?
Dr. Mehmet Oz: In addition
to sharing information about
your babys birth with your
prospective doctor, also be
sure to tell her about your family health history.
About
Our
Children:
Would you like to add anything
else?
Dr. Mehmet Oz: Start looking for a doctor early. It is very
important to have a good relationship with your childs doctor, so keep looking if you dont
think the first doctors you meet
are right for your family. Its
okay to be picky!
Heidi Mae Bratt is the editor of
About Our Children.

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Proper Nutrition and Exercise Helps the Nine Months
DENISE MORRISON YEARIAN

creasingly uncomfortable, tiring even


harmful.
By the beginning of the second trimester, women should avoid supine and
inverse positions as these can restrict
the babys blood flow, says certified
Pilates instructor Mara Raskin. During this time the hormone Relaxin also
kicks in, making ligament looser and
joints more vulnerable to injury. And as
the belly expands, the bodys center of

any pregnant women know that


maintaining a moderate exercise
routine and a nutritionally sound
diet provide both short- and long-term
benefits to the mother and baby. But
routines and regimens that may be helpful during one stage of gestation may be
detrimental during another.
Thats what Hunter Clarke-Fields
found. Before becoming pregnant with
her second child, she led an active lifestyle. But when nausea and fatigue set in
during the first trimester, she was forced
to419curtail
her workouts.
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the lower back and pelvic muscles, she
says.
At this point Raskin suggests women
focus on the upper and mid back, shoulders and chest muscles. This will support their shifting weight, help maintain
posture and strengthen the muscles that
support the spine, she says. Women
should also strengthen the pelvic floor
muscles by drawing them in and up with

Kegal exercises.
Rose Willard does this. Now 14
weeks pregnant, the personal trainer
has altered her routine to prepare for
the road ahead. I start with a five-minute warm up on the elliptical trainer,
followed by weight trainingusing less
weights and more repetitions than beforeto strengthen both my upper and
lower body, she says. I then do transverse abdominal exercises to stabilize
my spine and end with another fifteen
minutes of cardio, making sure my heart
rate doesnt exceed the recommended
140 beats per minute. To strengthen the
pelvic floor and PC muscles, I also do Kegal exercises.
These days Clark-Fields is focusing
more on back and abdominal muscles to
ease back pain and prepare for labor. In
addition to the back and ab equipment
I use at the gym, I do a lot of balancing
poses and planks to strengthen my abs
and back. I also do cat stretches, downward dogs and some gentle side-to-side

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Oh, Baby, Baby


H E I D I M A E B RAT T
We know that your baby is way cuter than
anything that you can buy him or her. But still,
we got a kick out of some of these items that
are too cute for words.

Infant goodies at Marcias Attic For Kids


in Englewood include a selection of super soft cardigans and blankets made
cozy yarn for infants, bibs with fun say-

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cashmere blend hoodies and the cutest
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At CarlyzCraze in Teaneck, your
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How Jewish Pregnancies Are Celebrated around the World
About

MICHELE KLEIN

shkenazi Jews in the shtetl believed that proud


talk when a pregnancy was barely established
would invite catastrophe. Like other Jews, they
feared the evil eye, expecting it to do harm when their
affairs were prospering.
In contrast, Sephardic Jews have often celebrated
a first pregnancy. This celebration has been named
kortadura de fashadura (in Judeo-Spanish) or tekti a
el-gdaouere (in Judeo-Arabic), meaning the cutting
of the swaddling clothes. The ceremonial cutting of
a cloth to make the babys first costume, which is the
same for a girl or a boy, is an old Sephardic custom still
continued by some Jews in Istanbul.
When a Jewish woman reaches the fifth month of
her first pregnancy, her family invites all her female
relatives and in-laws, as well as friends and neighbors.
Liqueurs and chocolates, tea, cakes, and sugared almonds are set out on the best china, on hand-embroidered tablecloths. The cloth is of excellent quality and
traditionally comes from the expectant womans dowry.
A relative who herself is a mother and whose own parents are still alivegood omen for long lifereceives
the honor of making the first cut in the cloth. At the
moment of the cut, the pregnant woman throws white
sugared almonds on the cloth, to symbolize the sweet
and prosperous future she wishes for her child.

Algeria and Morocco


Sephardic Jews in Algeria and Morocco celebrated the
cutting of the first layette when a woman was in the last
trimester of her first pregnancy. The pregnant womans
parents provided lengths of cloth on a copper tray covered with a silk scarf. In Algeria, the person who made
the first cut was similarly a woman whose parents were
still alive and who clearly lived in a happy home. In Morocco, the midwife cut the cloth into swaddling clothes
in the presence of women friends and relatives who offered their good wishes and shared tea and cakes.

the first day of the new moon, a day when women have
abstained from heavy work, as a good time for a pregnancy ritual at home. In this ceremony, she recited
benedictions over candles and had a challah and sweet
wine as well as special blessings for the occasion, just
as in other Jewish celebrations. She also incorporated
symbolism into the celebration, with motifs of fertility
and birth.
For most Jewish women outside the Orthodox tradition, childbearing is no longer a foregone conclusion,
but is now a particular stage in life, reached after con-

scious decision making. In such a ceremony, a woman


acknowledges her responsibility for creating a new life,
prepares herself to accept her new role, and commits
herself to fulfilling it within the framework of Judaism,
just as she may have done at her wedding or at her bat
mitzvah.
Reproduced from A Time to Be Born: Customs and
Folklore of Jewish Birth by Michele Klein by permission
of the University of Nebraska Press. Copyright 1998 by
Michele Klein. Published by the Jewish Publication Society,
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Kurdistan
Jewish women in Amadiya, Kurdistan, in the early
20th century, also celebrated a first pregnancy. When
a young woman was certain that she had conceived,
she went to her fathers house, where her mother and
female relatives sewed clothes for the expected baby.
They bestowed the honor of making the sheets for the
cradle on an old woman who had delivered many babies. The women invited musicians, sang and danced,
and offered the mother-to-be tidbits of advice about
childbearing. In the evening, they prepared a feast for
the men in the husbands house.

Yemen and Aden


Jews in Yemen and Aden prepared clothes for the newborn in the seventh month of a womans pregnancy, but
without ceremony. It was customary to conceal pregnancy from the public eye for as long as possible, and
each woman sewed what she would need for her own
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Unlike the bat mitzvah at puberty and the wedding,
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and Jewish identity at this milestone in their lives.
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JE N N I F E R E D E N

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the supple feel of their new, smooth skin, their big blue
eyes staring at me in fresh, daily wonder and the peaceful, almost imperceptible way their tiny backs rose and
settled as they slept.
Id like to tell you all of that, but, in truth, what is
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hot water, the desperate freezer searches for bags of


stored breast milk.
Feeding babies is a full-time job and it requires physical and mental stamina. And, unless youre straight-up
breastfeeding 100 percent of the time, it also requires
some non-toxic know-how. Dont be concerned if the
following is all news to you; any step you take going
forward will benefit your baby in very important ways.
So, without further adobecause, in about 10 minutes, someones going to be wailing for liquid eatsan
informative and practical guide to safely feeding your
soft skinned, wide-eyed, little one.
Choosing a safe baby bottle has become a loaded
issue, what with myriad conversations about how plastics pollute our bodies and the world. The big topic for
a long time was BPABisphenol Aa known endocrine disruptor. Found in the bodies of 98 percent of
Americans, its a worrisome synthetic chemical thats
tough to avoid.
Most baby bottles havent been made with BPA for
some years and the U.S. government officially banned
BPA from bottles in 2012. So, problem solved? Not so
fast. There have been quite a few studies done about
regrettable substitutions, chemicals that have replaced BPA but have either little health data or similarly concerning data, as well as reports, including this
one from Mother Jones, which indicate that many other
plastics, including the so called safe plastics, leach
synthetic estrogens, which can affect many aspects of
development.
Whats a new mama to do? Two words: Go glass.
And two more words: Go Stainless. Glass and stainless
steel are as safe as you can get and the baby market
is crawling with brands that make this an easy buy.
Born Free, Weego Baby and Lifefactory are just some
of the companies that offer glass bottles wrapped in
silicone sleeves. These bottles can last a long time, but
should be checked regularly for chips or cracks. Klean
Kanteens child line, Kid Kanteen, makes stainless steel
bottles, as does organickidz. Silicone nipples should
top them all off.
What about what you put in those bottles? If youre
buying powdered or concentrated formula for regular
use or supplementation, you have to mix it with water,
but these days, options for water types flood our lives.
Its a good idea to talk to your childs pediatrician early
on to get information about your local water quality
and whats normally recommended in your area.
According to the CDC, cold tap water, run for several minutes first, can be used to make infant formula, but
because of concerns about mild fluorosis (white spots
on permanent teeth), babies who are fed formula exclusively should have their formula alternately mixed with
fluoride-free bottled water, often labeled as de-ionized,
purified, demineralized, or distilled. A good option is
Gerber Pure Water.
In addition, The American Academy of Pediatrics
more conservatively recommends that sterile water be
used for infant formula, at least for the first few months,
which often means boiling water for no more than one
minute and letting it sit for thirty seconds before use.
In either of the above cases, tap water should be
filtered, especially for infants. Brita makes effective carbon filters, which are appropriate for many water supplies, and now offers stainless steel pitchers as well.

GE also makes carbon filters, including faucet mount


and under-sink filters, as well as reverse osmosis filtration systems which are important for certain water
sources. For more detailed information, check out the
Environmental Working Groups Water Filter Buying
Guide, which provides information about specific contaminants and the filters best suited to reduce those
contaminants.
Nursing moms have a few choices of their own to
make. While milk straight from the breast is best in
terms of vitamins, bacteria-killing properties and fat
content, expressed milk has a place in our busy lives.
Two popular breast pump companies, Medela and Hygeia, make BPA-free breast pumps and accessories. Hygeia prides itself on its eco friendly breast pumps that
can be reused or recycled. Medela has responded to
the call for plastic-free products by offering up certain
glass pump parts, as well as glass bottles for pumping
and storage.
And, speaking of storage, because breast milk can
last in the refrigerator for five to eight days and in the
back of a self-contained freezer for three to six months,
both are good options for keeping milk on hand. Years
ago, my freezer was filled with BPA-free plastic storage
bags from Medela, but, if I was pumping away today, Id
more often use glass bottles or glass storage containers, like these from weangreen.com.
When thawing and warming breast milk, avoid the
microwave, as it can heat the milk unevenly and pull
out nutrients. Bags of breast milk should be thawed
overnight in the fridge, transferred to a non-toxic bottle, and then held under warm water. Glass bottles and
containers can also be put in the fridge or placed directly from the freezer into a bowl of warm water.
While the cycle of feeding/pumping/storing might
have you running for a bed as soon as baby conks out,
theres still one more thing you have to do: clean it all
up. If you live in an area with a safe water supply, you
only need to sterilize your bottles and breast pump
parts before the first use, by boiling them for five minutes in a pot of water or running them through an entire
dishwasher cycle on the top rack. After that, however,
you can regularly clean all the supplies in warm water
with a non-toxic dish soap. My favorite is Better Lifes
Dish it Out, but any mild plant-based soap that is free
from synthetic chemicals will do the trick.
Jennifer Eden is a mother of four, a green living advocate
and a home detox expert. This story was adapted from a
blog on her website, www.jenerationeden.com.

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Pick the Right Camp
for the Right Child
DENISE MORRISON YEARIAN

ummer day camp is a place where


children can learn new skills, acquire new interests and make new
friends. But there is no one-size-fits-all
camp. To find the right day camp for
your child consider these tips.

Consider your child


Talk it over and narrow the options
based on your childs interests and
needs. Find out what he wants from the
experience and together make a list of
things he might like to do. Also consider
his developmental needs. Is he ready for
an all-day program? Would he be more
comfortable in an intimate versus large
group setting? If your child likes sports
but has shown some interest in drama
or art, encourage him to step out of his
comfort zone. It may just spark a new
passion.

Gather information
Attend camp fairs, or pick up a local
camp guide copy. Circle programs of interest then comparison shop. Call each
prospective camp to inquire about philosophy, daily schedule and other topics important to you. Invest this time up
front and you may find a camp to stay
with for several years.

Traditional or specialty
When choosing between a traditional
versus specialty program, consider this
rule of thumb: The younger the child,
the more varied the activities should
be. Children between the ages of 7 and
11 thrive in a setting where they can
sample a variety of subjects. As their attention span develops, they may want to
focus on a single activity. If you go with a
specialty camp, find out how intense the
program is.

Look at location
Find a camp close to your job or home
to shorten travel time and allow quick
access to your child in an emergency.
Convenience, however, shouldnt be
the primary factor. Balance your decision with what the camp has to offer. If
your child really wants to participate in
a given camp, consider your willingness
to drive out of the way. Or see if theres a
neighbor you can carpool with.

Ponder program length


Program length should be viewed in light
of the family and childs needs. If your
schedule dictates him having to stay a
full day ask about before- and after-care.
If hes younger, find out about naps or
quiet times. Its also important to find

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program. Is it the same staff your child
has all day? What activities will he be engaged in during this time?

Scout out schedules


Before enrolling, ask about the daily
schedule. What themes and related activities are planned? Will there be field
trips or special guests coming in to keep
camp exciting and extend theme-based
learning? Will your camper receive any
reading, writing or math experiences?
Done properly, kids can enjoy games
and activities that keep those academic
skills sharp. Also look at resources the
camp has to offer and inquire how often
your child will participate in them.

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Ask about staff


Find out how staff and counselors are
chosen, their experience, background,
age and training, as well as counselorto-camper ratio. The American Camping
Associations day camp recommendations are 1-6 for ages 4 to 5, 1-8 for ages
6 to 8, 1-10 for ages 9 to 14 and 1-12 for
ages 15 to 17. Also ask how counselors are screened and what background
checks are done.

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Consider costs
Compare program costs and find out
what the fees actually cover. Some camps
include field trips, materials, meals and
t-shirts into their initial fee; with others
its an add-on. Also find out the camps
refund policy and rules regarding transfer of weeks if your plans change or your
child gets sick. If the camp is out of your
price range, is a scholarship or financial
assistance available?

Explore open houses


Visiting an open house can get children
acclimated to the environment and give
you a better perspective of the staff, facilities and activities. Is the staff smiling
and friendly? Do they immediately bond
with the children? Are the facilities well
maintained, clean, and free of safety
hazards?

Peruse policies
Eliminate future problems by reviewing
the camps policies and procedures before you sign up. You dont want to learn
after the fact that your child cant turn
on his cell phone or that drop-off and
pick-up policies differ from what you
thought. Share pertinent information
with your child too, so there are no surprises on his end.
Denise Morrison Yearian is a former editor
of two parenting magazines and the mother
of three children.

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Spring into Allergy Attack Season


H E I D I M A E B RAT T

easonal allergies for children are


nothing to sneeze at.
While the spring season offers
the opportunity for the great outdoors,
a time when children can finally go out
and play and families can breathe the
fresh air, its onset also means sneezing, coughing, itchy and watery eyes for
about 1 in 5 children who suffer from
seasonal allergies.
We consulted some medical experts
to ask them how to navigate the allergy
season. Dr. Debora Geller is a pediatric
and adult allergist and immunologist in
Emerson, Dr. Ziv Harish is an allergist
and immunologist in Englewood and Dr.
Marjorie Slankard is the director of Allergy & Immunology at The Valley Hospital
in Ridgewood.
About Our Children: How does a
parent know the difference between a
cold and allergies?
Dr. Ziv Harish: Allergic symptoms
are characterized by itchiness, nasal
and or eye itchiness, whereas with a
cold there is frequently fever associated
with it. Also, children who have allergies,
their symptoms will recur with exposure
to allergens such as pets and pollen.
Colds usually occur in the winter when
many classmates in the winter when
many classmates are also afflicted with
similar symptoms.
About Our Children: What are the
best treatments for allergies?
Dr. Debora Geller: There are very
good over-the-counter as well as prescription medications available for allergies. Antihistamines both oral, intranasal and ocular work very well. Nasal
steroids are very good especially for
those with more severe symptoms. Allergy shots are very effective for those
who are not well controlled with allergy
medication.
About Our Children: Is there any
way to prevent a bad allergy attack?
Dr. Majorie Slankard: Preventing
an allergy attack by avoiding and limiting exposure is the best way to head
off a bad episode. Keep windows and
doors closed and use air conditioning
to filter out pollen. Pollen is sticky and
will adhere to skin and clothes so bathe
and shampoo your childs hair before
bedtime. Limit outdoor activities when
pollen is at its peak, usually 6 to 10 a.m.
with a smaller peak from 4 to 7 p.m. Have
your child wear sunglasses and a hat
when out of doors.
About Our Children: Can allergies
in children be outgrown?
Dr. Ziv Harish: 20 to 30 percent of
children with environmental allergies

may outgrow them or experience a decrease in the severity of symptoms by


age 20 to 30. Regarding food allergies, 80
percent of children with allergy to milk
and eggs outgrow these allergies by age
15, however, only about 20 percent outgrow allergy to peanuts in their lifetime.
About Our Children: Have there
been any breakthrough in treatments for
children?
Dr. Debora Geller: For the treatment of environmental allergies medications that are available are pretty much
the same antihistamines, steroids, leukotriene modifiers such as montelukast
and allergy immunotherapy. Most recently sublingual immunotherapy has
become available for grass and ragweed
allergy for those individuals not interested or able to pursue subcutaneous
immunotherapy or allergy shots. With
sublingual immunotherapy a daily tablet is taken prior to the onset of grass
and or ragweed allergy season to modify symptoms. Unfortunately we do not
have a tablet available for tree allergy,
which is the main pollen group causing
spring symptoms in our area. There is
always new research going on for the
treatment of food allergies at this point
avoidance and the availability of Epinephrine containing devices is what we
can recommend for those known to have
life threatening food allergies.
About Our Children: Is there anything else youd like to add?
Dr. Marjorie Slankard: There are
several foods; especially fruits and vegetables that cross-react with certain pollens. The most common is for the child
(or adult) with birch tree pollen allergy,
in which 20 percent of individuals will
become allergic.
To cross-reacting fruits and vegetables, mostly the pitted fruits (apples,
peaches, etc.), but also almond and
hazelnuts. The allergy shots may also
help with this according to several
publications.
Heidi Mae Bratt is the editor
of About Our Children.

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About Our Childrens Guide to Summer Camps


DAY CAMPS
All About Me, Inc.

555 Palisade Ave., Cliffside Park, NJ


225 Edgewater Road, Cliffside Park, NJ
5 Legion Drive, Cresskill, NJ
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Ages: Up to 9 years old
Session dates: June 22 Sept. 4, 2015
All About Me Summer Camp offers an extensive variety of
fun to its campers. From arts & crafts to T-shirt making,
color war, daily picnics and ceramics, children will never
be bored. Come join us for our Friday theme parties. All
About Me know how to have fun in the sun with our sprinklers. We also offer sign language and movement, music
class, gym and yoga. Please see our ad on page 18.

trips, special visitors, swimming, arts & crafts, cooking,


music & movement, Shabbat parties, sports, science &
special events. Large outdoor facilities with in-ground
pool, lunch picnic area, sandbox, tricycles, jungle gyms
and grassy sports area. Please see our ad on page 19.

The Neil Klatskin Day Camp

Kaplen JCC on the Palisades


411 E. Clinton Ave., Tenafly, NJ
Phone: 201-567-8963
or nkdc@jccotp.org.
Ages: 3 11
Dates: Mon Fri, June 29 Aug 21, 9 a.m. 4 p.m.
(shorter days available for preschoolers; extended care
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Camp Gan Israel

315 N. Main Street


New City, NY
Phone: 845-634-0951
Fax: 845-634-7704
www.cgirockland.org
Ages: 3 12
Sessions: June 29 24; July 27 August 20, 2015
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. Airconditioned facility. Indoor gym. A trusted name in Jewish camping. Please see our ad on page 18.

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Camp Kookooskoos

Teaneck Community Education Center


201 Fycke Ln.
Teaneck, NJ
Phone 201-833-5514
Fax 201-837-9468
www.teaneckschools.org
Grades K-8
June 29 August 7
Counselor to Camper Ratio K-4 1:6
Counselor to Camper Ratio Grades 5-8 1:5
Our goal is to provide a summer experience that offers
enrichment, personal growth, and fun in a safe, nurturing environment. Swimming, sports, theater, dance, special events, trips. Extended day available. Kosher available. 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 20 August 21
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 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 16.

Gan Yaldenu & Gan Yaldenu Tots

85 Copley Avenue
Teaneck, NJ
160 Woodbine Street
Bergeneld, NJ
Phone: 201-801-0291, 201-385-7500
www.ganyaldenu.com & www.ganyaldenutots.com
Grades/Ages 2 5 yrs. & 0 5 yrs.
Dates: June 29th August 21
Counselor to camper ratio: 1 to 5
8-week program with extended hours and extended
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Dates: Mon Fri, Aug 24 28,
9:30 a.m. 3 p.m.
A special free camp experience serving
the social needs of children with cancer
and other blood disorders. Activities include arts and crafts, sports, dance, nature, krav maga, baking, music, swimming
and entertainment. Round-trip transportation, light breakfast and a delicious
lunch are provided each day. Siblings are
invited to participate. Sponsored by the
Dream Street Foundation, Childrens Hospital of New York Presbyterian, Tomorrows Childrens Institute of Hackensack
University Medical Center, St. Josephs
Children Hospital, Kaplen JCC on the
Palisades, Beatman Foundation, Pearls
Girls, Teen Philanthropy Institute, Team
Ko-Jo the Kollender and Rubach Families, Jennas Rainbow Foundation, and RD
Legal Funding, LLC.

Kindercamp at the Bergen County


YJCC

605 Pascack Road


Township of Washington, NJ
Phone: 201-666-6610
Fax: 201-664-7518
www.yjcc.org
Grades/Ages served: Ages 2, 3, 4
Dates: June 29-August 21, 4-, 6-, and
8-week sessions
Counselor to Camper Ratio:
Varies by age
Ongoing registration
Its a real camp experience for nursery
school-age children. Kindercamp includes theme weeks like beach party,
pirates and rock-n-roll, special events including animal visits and a magician, outdoor water fun and indoor swim lessons,
gym, music, ponies, nature, art and more.
Lunch is included; YJCC membership not
required. For information, contact Wendy Fox, Kindercamp director, at 201-6666610, ext. 5820, wfox@yjcc.org. Please see
our ad on page 13.

SLEEP-AWAY CAMPS
Camp Ramah

P.O. Box 515


Wingdale, NY
845-832-6622; 201-871-7262
www.ramahberkshires.org
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

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site boasts a beautiful lake and first-class


sport facilities. The Ramah experience is
rich and varied, combining creative and
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 52nd year.
Please see our ad on page 15.

PROGRAMS FOR TEENS


Teen Adventures Travel Camp
Kaplen JCC on the Palisades
411 E. Clinton Ave., Tenafly, NJ
Phone: 201-408-1470
Grades: 7 10, June 29 July 31
An exciting five-week program for teens
that features daily trips to amusement
parks, beaches, baseball games, trips
into Manhattan and more! This summer,
the program will feature two community
service days every week, a two-night trip
to Hershey Park, and an amazing extended trip to Orlando, Florida. Contact Alexis at 201-408-1470 or arobins@jccotp.org.

ENRICHMENT CAMPS
Big Time Sports Broadcasting Camp

1420 Walnut Street, Suite 605


Philadelphia, PA
Phone: 800-319-0884
www.playbyplaycamps.com
Boys & Girls Ages 10 18
The Sports Broadcasting Camp is located
on the campus of Montclair State College
in Montclair this summer is celebrating
its 10th year. Learn from the pros. Meet
sports celebrities; make play-by-play,
sports anchor, and reporting tapes. Participate in mock sports talk radio and
PTI-style shows, and much more. Please
see our ad on page 19.

Fashion KO-Lab

15 Leroy St. #9
New York, NY
917-509-6181
www.fashionko-lab.com
Ages: 10 18
Sessions in New York: June 29 July 3;
July 6 July 10; July 13 July 17.
Counselor to camper ratio: 1 to 5
Fashion KO-Lab is a teen fashion day
camp. We offer weeklong sessions starting June 29 through August 7. Our camps
are located in New York City and Los
Angeles. During the week, campers will
be taught by industry leaders how to
create their identity, tell their story, and
create a line and/or blog of their dreams.
Throughout the week, campers are working on their own projects. At the end of
each five-day camp, campers will present their finished projects to the class,
parents, and media. Please see our ad on
page 15.

Explorers-STEM Middle School


Academic Camp

Ramapo College
505 Ramapo Valley Road
Mahwah, NJ
Phone: 201-684-7370
Fax: 201-684-7277
www.ramapo.edu/ramapocamps
Grades: Entering 7th and 8th grades;
entering 6th grades by recommendation
only

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Sessions: Session 1 from July 6 17;


Session 2 from July 20 31, Session 3
from August 3 14
Program focuses on STEM (Science,
Technology, Engineering, Mathematics)
learning activities such as robotics, rocketry, and virtual science labs. For entering 7th and 8th graders, explore STEM
topics that advance problem-solving,
critical thinking, and teamwork abilities.
Please see our ad on page 19.

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
website www.icanj.net for schedule and
pricing. Please see our ad on page 17.

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 18.

Montclair State University

Gifted and Talented Summer Camp


1 Normal Ave.
Montclair, NJ
Phone: 973-655-4104
Fax: 973-655-7895
www.Montclair.edu/gifted
Ages: Students who have completed
K-11
Counselor to Camper Ratio: 1:10
Sessions I: June 29 July 17, 2015
(no class July 3)
Session II: July 20 August 7, 2015
The summer program provides highachieving students, in grades 1 11, the
opportunity to immerse themselves in
an educational environment focusing on
mathematics, science, technology, fine
and performing arts, English and the humanities, as well as enjoying activities
such as swimming and tennis. The summer course schedule and application will
be available in February. Registration
deadline for Session I: May 17; Session II
is June 14. Please see our ad on page 11.

Ramapo College Summer Academic &


Life Skills Camps for H.S. Students

Ramapo College
505 Ramapo Valley Road
Mahwah, NJ
Phone: 201-684-7370
Fax: 684-7277
www.ramapo.edu/ramapocamps
Grades: 9th 12th
Session: Varying July August dates
Ramapo College Summer Academic &
Life Skills Camps for H.S. Students entering grades 9-12 offers Band & Choir
Camp, CompTIA A+, Financial Literacy/
Stock Market Trading, Game Design, and
Self Defense. Plus, Princeton Review SAT
Prep Plus College Immersion for entering
11th 12th graders. Please see our ad on
page 19.

185 Court Street Teaneck, NJ 201-833-1741


9-10 Saddle River Road, Fair Lawn, NJ 201-797-0330
www.icanj.net chessdirector@icanj.net

One of the worlds oldest an most popular games!


At the ICA, we offer private, group,
and after-school lessons. Students
of all levels are welcome, from
beginner to master. We host
world-renowned international
coaches and our students have
qualified for the World Youth
Championships! With lessons
6 days a week in two locations.

ARTS, PERFORMANCE AND


MUSIC CAMPS

CHESS SUMMER DAY CAMP


June 22 thru August 28 (10 weeks)

Art for Learning, LLC

Englewood area, NJ
artforlearning@yahoo.com
http://www.artforlearning.com/
201-503-9796
Art grades 1-10
Fashion grades 4-11
Teen Travel grades 7-11
Weekly Programs: June 29August 28
Programs include various age appropriate levels of Impressionist, Modern, Colonial and Victorian Art. Other programs
are taught for specific age groups, like Art
of China and Japan, Mosaic and Glass Art,
Princess Experience. All art programs
are taught based on history and sociology, music and poetry of time is sometimes introduced. Excerpts from books
are required for the Jewish Immigrant
Experience, and Greek and Roman Art,
which are based on Percy Jackson and
the Lightning Thief book. Younger kids
programs focus on dinosaurs and fish,
African zoo animals and farm animals.
Each art program includes two trips to
related venues like the Metropolitan Museum followed by art lessons in Central
Park, Victorian mansions, Ellis Island,
etc. Fashion programs begin from design
concept through retail, with trips to the
garment district showrooms, meetings
with fashion designers, marketing, and
merchandising experts, lectures at FIT,
and more. Kids have the chance to create
fashion-related artwork and products.
Teen Travel includes five days of visits
to NBC Studios, Empire State Building
Skyride, Brooklyn Bridge, South Street
Seaport, Madame Tussauds, and more!
Discount offered for early enrollment.

(sign up for any number of weeks)

Open to kids from age 6 to 16


Our goal is to foster an environment of learning and fun
We promise a 5:1 student-teacher ratio
Prizes and trophies for tournaments and competitions
Camp T-shirts and FUN!!!
Full day also includes:
Creative art projects Guitar, Piano and Drum lessons
Student band performs once a week

See website www.icanj.net for schedule and pricing.

REGISTERING NOW
FOR ALL SESSIONS

Art of Excellence Studio

Artist, Rina Goldhagen


Dates: July and August
Ages 7 Adult
201-248-4779
www.artofexcellencestudio.com
Themed Arts and Crafts camps available
in July and August. You can email inquiries to artofexcellencestudio@gmail.com.
Ongoing lessons and portfolio classes
available. Unlock your creative self with
classes in drawing and watercolor. Please
see our ad on page 12.

1 Depot Square, Englewood, NJ


education@bergenpac.org
(201) 482-8194
*Tuition Includes Lunch & Snacks
**After Camp Care Available For Fee

First Session

JULY 6 - 24, 2015


Second Session

AUGUST 3 - 21, 2015


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Bounce U

NOW CELEBRATING 25 YEARS!

Infants Toddlers Pre-K


4 Extended Hours
4 Reasonably Priced
4 Dynamic Curriculum
4 Creative Art, Music and
Gymnastics Sessions
4 Certified Teachers
Now Registering for Summer Camp Ages 2-9
FOUR LOCATIONS TO SERVE YOU BETTER!
225 Edgewater Rd, Cliffside Park
555 Palisade Ave, Cliffside Park
(201) 945-0234
(201) 945-0266
19 Emerson Plaza East, Emerson
5 Legion Dr, Cresskill
(201) 634-8622
(201) 569-9112

About
Our
Childrens
Guide to
Summer
Camps

Cresskill Performing Arts


BSD

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70 Eisenhower Drive
Paramus, NJ 07652
201-843-5880
www.bounceU.com/paramus
Create and Bounce Art Camp
Date: July 7 thru August 27, 2015
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 13.

Give Your
Child the
Summer of a
Lifetime!

CAMP GAN ISRAEL


OF ROCKLAND

For Jewish Boys & Girls Ages 3 - 12


JUNE 29 - AUGUST 20
Warm and Professional Staff!
Twice Daily Swim & Instruction
in our Heated Pool!
Exciting Trips, Sports, Imagination
Lab, Gymnastics, Karate and More!
Air-Conditioned facility, Indoor Gym!

315 North Main Street in New City, NY


For more info visit www.cgirockland.org or call 845.634.0951
A Trusted Name in Jewish Camping

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)
April Break Performing Arts Mini Camp
April 6 10. Half and full day camp available. Dancing, Acting, Singing, Art/Crafts,
Yoga and more. Be productive, busy,
happy and challenged during the school
break! Our expanded program includes
Once Upon a Time (reading readiness/
crafts class for age 4 7) and Kids Concoctions to Make and Take (designer crafts
for age 8 and up). Activities include ballet,
jazz, tap, modern, hip-hop, theater dance,
voice/musical theater, acting, improv,
fencing (sword fighting), choreography, on
camera workshop and more! Cresskill Performing Arts teachers are extraordinary:
on staff at top NYC studios; nominated
for VMA awards, and in Cirque shows!
Camp runs from June 29 through August
28, 2015. Register for one week, two, or all
summer; we have camp for ages 3 through
teens. Early drop-off and late pick-up helps
working parents. Fencing Camp will be
two weeks this summer the week of June
29 and the week of August 24. Beginners
as well as more experienced fencers will
get stronger and try all the weapons in
our popular fencing experience! And our
Creative Legos Workshops return for the
month of July, for age 5 10. Please see our
ad on page 12 .

Center Stage Musical

Theater Camp
Kaplen JCC on the Palisades
411 E. Clinton Ave.
Tenafly, NJ
Phone: Contact Deb at 201-408-1492
or droberts@jccotp.org.
Grades: 4 9
Of Princes, Beasts and Beauties Beauty
and the Beast & Snow White are woven
into a very funny version of Rogers and
Hammersteins Cinderella Mon.-Fri., June
29-July 17, 9:30 a.m. 4:30 p.m., Show:
Thur., 7/16, 5:15 p.m. Orientation/Placement day: Sun, June 28. An excellent opportunity for students of all levels to experience the fun of performing at a very
high level. Ends with a Broadway style
musical with sets, costumes, challenging
dialogue, big musical numbers and solos
for those who would like them. In the final gala production Of Princes, Beasts
and Beauties the stories are intertwined
so that the dwarfs work in the Beasts
minds. Snow Whites family, Belles town
and her castle friends all dance at Cinderellas Ball. Daily schedule includes work-

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shops in acting, improvisation, stage


combat, movement, singing, and end-ofthe-day swim. Drama camp is available
to members of all ages and nonmembers
ages 10 and up. Contact Deb at 201-4081492 or droberts@jccotp.org.

BergenPAC-JCC Summer
Performance Intensive

Joseph A. Baker, director


Phone: 201-408-1492
Ages: 9 17
Mon-Fri, July 6 2 4,
9:30 a.m. 4:30 p.m.
NYC Performance: July 23,
BergenPACs Cabaret Space and/or
JCCs Eric Brown Theater Performance:
July 24
An exciting program for intermediateadvanced students that culminates in at
least two performances. Professional skill
development in singing, acting, sketch
comedy and movement. This cabaretstyle performance features favorite numbers from Broadway musicals, sketch
comedy, short scenes and popular rock
songs as well as new pieces. Mr. Baker
will bring in other Broadway colleagues
as guest instructors. Students will be
bussed to the JCC at 3:20 p.m. to swim
in the outdoor pool. Joseph A. Baker is a
successful Broadway music director and
accompanist. Drama camp is available
to members of all ages and nonmembers
ages 10 and up. Interview/Audition required. Extended day optional. Contact
Deb at 201-408-1492 or droberts@jccotp.
org.

Summer Dance Intensive

Kaplen JCC on the Palisades


411 E. Clinton Ave.
Tenafly, NJ
Ages: 6-16
Dates: Mon-Thurs, Aug 17-27,
10:30 a.m. 3 p.m.
Performance: Thurs, Aug 27, 5:30 p.m.
Four days a week of dance technique in
Ballet, Tap, and Jazz as well as an elective
such as Hip Hop, Lyrical, Modern, Musical Theatre, and Acrobatics. Improve
your skill level, build strength, and gain
more flexibility while having a great time!
All instructors are experienced choreographers and teachers. Early morning and
extended day available upon request.
Dance Camp is available to members of
all ages and nonmembers ages 11+. Contact Allyson at 201-408-1495 or acarolan@
jccotp.org.

Musical Explorers Summer Camp

Kaplen JCC on the Palisades


411 E. Clinton Ave.
Tenafly, NJ
Phone: 201-408-1465
Ages: 3 5, Aug 24 28,
9:15 a.m. 3 p.m.
Summer is a time to create, explore and
play. Children in our camp will become
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! Extended care is
available. Contact the music school at
201.408.1465 or Thurnauer@jccotp.org.

The Performing Arts School


Summer Camp
1 Depot Square
Englewood, NJ
Phone: 201-482-8194

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Fax: 201-482-8391
bergenPAC.org/summer
Ages: 5 12
Dates: July 6 July 24 and
Aug. 3 Aug. 21
Counselor to camper ratio: 5:1
Deadline for registration: May 31
Theater games, music, dance, arts &
crafts, with a final showcase on the bergenPAC main stage. Every child will feel
like a star. Please see our ad on page 17

Thurnauer Chamber Music Camp

Kaplen JCC on the Palisades


411 E. Clinton Ave.
Tenafly, NJ
Phone: 201-408-1465
Ages 8 18
Dates: June 29 July 10,
9:15 a.m. 3 p.m.
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. 1 and 2-week options available.
Contact the music school at 201-408-1465
or Thurnauer@jccotp.org.

FluteStars Camp

Kaplen JCC on the Palisades


411 E. Clinton Ave.
Tenafly, NJ
Noelle Perrin, Director
Call for dates, times and fees
FluteStars is a two-day workshop for intermediate and advanced flutists, which
includes master class-style lessons, private practice time, and small and large
ensemble rehearsals with an emphasis on
developing musical expression, beautiful
tone and refined technique. The rehearsal
schedule is mixed with free time for socializing and recreation. This exciting workshop culminates with a final concert in
which flutists perform their polished solos
on stage for family and friends. Audition is
required. All applicants must present one
solo piece of their choice performed from
memory. Auditions may be scheduled individually with camp director at flutestars@
aol.com.

SPECIAL NEEDS
SUMMER PROGRAMS
Neil Klatskin Day Camp Tikvah
Program

Kaplen JCC on the Palisades


411 E. Clinton Ave.
Tenafly, NJ
201-567-8963
Ages: 5 15
Dates: June 29 Aug 21,
9 a.m. 4 p.m. (extended care available)
Children with special needs participate in
a diverse full-day program including academic remediation, adaptive physical education, arts & crafts, drama, Red Cross
instructional and recreational swim, Judaic programming, music, theme days,
live entertainment, extended nights,
carnivals, playground time, Shabbat
and more. Group sizes range from 3 to 6
campers and are staffed by a minimum of
two caring and qualified counselors. All
prospective campers must receive an intake interview. Contact the camp office at
201-567-8963 or nkdc@jccotp.org.

Camp Haverim

Kaplen JCC on the Palisades


411 E. Clinton Ave., Tenafly, NJ
Phone: 201-408-1489
Ages: 3 21
Dates: Aug 10 21, 9 a.m. 2: 45 p.m.
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 social skills activities, swimming and
water park activities, sports, yoga and
adaptive physical education, academic
enrichment, music and movement, art,
and therapy dogs. Space is limited. Group
sizes are between 4-8 campers. Priority
is given to returning campers, Special
Services program participants and JCC
members. Intake interview required.
Contact Shelley at 201-408-1489 or slevy@
jccotp.org.

On Our Own

Kaplen JCC on the Palisades


411 E. Clinton Ave., Tenafly, NJ
Phone: 201-408-1489
Ages: 15 30
Dates: June 29 Aug 7,
9:30 a.m. 2: 30 p.m.
This program is six-week life-skills, vocational and recreational program for teens
and young adults with intellectual and
developmental delays, including autism,
with self-help skills to independently
participate within a 1:3 staffing ratio. Activities include work experiences, weekly
trips, swim, gym, music and dance. Doorto door transportation is available within
a 15-mile radius in Bergen County only.
Intake interview required. Contact Shelley at 201-408-1489 or slevy@jccotp.org.

SPORTS PROGRAMS/CAMPS
Ice Vault Skating Arena

10 Nevins Drive
Wayne, NJ
Phone: 973-628-1500
www.icevault.com
The Ice Vault has various activities for
kids of all ages. Public sessions, hockey
clinics, hockey teams, figure skating, freestyle, Learn to Skate programs. Birthday parties are also available. Please
check website for camp information.

Sports Camps
at the Bergen County YJCC

605 Pascack Road


Township of Washington
Phone: 201-666-6610
Fax: 201-664-7518
www.yjcc.org
Grades/Ages served: Nursery schoolthrough middle school age
Session dates: June August,
by the week
Cost varies by program
Ongoing registration
Summer starts with sports camps for ages
2 5 in June, where the focus is hand-eye
coordination, working together and lots
of fun. In July and August, elementaryand middle school-age kids can participate in one-week sessions of basketball
camp and soccer camp. Sports camps
are under the guidance of Jenny Jurjevic,
YJCC Sports and Recreation Director. For
more information, contact Jenny at 201666-6610, ext. 5790, jjurjevic@yjcc.org.
Please see our ad on page 8.

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YA L DE N U
GREAT NEWS!!
EXTENDING
OUR PROGRAM
IN BERGENFIELD
to PRE-K
STARTING
SEPTEMBER

TER NOW

SUMMER CAMP & SEPTEMBER


Focus on Child Development
Licensed Staff
Large Outdoor Facilities

Providing continuous learning & developmental


activities throughout the summer with lots of fun!
Call for an appointment to visit us!
INFANTS & TODDLERS AND NURSERY CLASSES
Newborn to 5
2 to 5
160 Woodbine St. Bergenfield 85 Copley Ave. Teaneck
201-385-7500
201-801-0291
www.ganyaldenutots.com
www.ganyaldenu.com

Choose one of Ramapo Colleges

Summer Youth Programs


For Middle School and High School Students

Ramapo ExploRERs-sTEm middlE school acadEmic camp


3 Sessions: July 617 July 2031 Aug 314

3-D Animation & Programming


Cells, Genes & Adaptations
CSI: Crime Science Investigation
Energize Your Math
Olympic Robotics

Robotics Rumble
Robots on the Move
Science Meets Art
Science of Flight
Virtual Science Lab

FoR high school sTUdEnTs


Band & Choir Camp
July 1324

SAT Prep
July 1323 or Aug 1020

CompTIA A+ Camp
Aug 37

Self Defense Mini-Camp


July 617

Game Design for Teens


July 617 or July 27Aug 7

Stock Market Trading


July 1317 or Aug 37

Register online for Upcoming information sessions!


www.ramapo.edu/ramapocamps or call 201-684-7370
A Top Pick by U.S. News & World Report,
The Princeton Review and Kiplingers

New Jerseys Public


Liberal Arts College

OF NEW JERSEY

505 Ramapo Valley Road Mahwah, NJ

SPORTS BROADCASTING CAMP!


is back for our 10th year

July7 6-10, 2015


4

Boys & Girls 10-18


Day/Overnight
options available

Learn from the Pros


Meet sports celebrities
Make play-by-play &
reporting tapes
Make sports anchor tapes from
a TV studio and much more!

Nations
#1 Sports
Broadcasting
Camp!

For more info call


800.319.0884 or visit
www.playbyplaycamps.com
Facebook.com/sportsbroadcastingcamps
Youtube.com/sportsbroadcastcamp
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How to Get Your Children


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

o you feel like youre talking to the wall when you


speak to your children? How many times do you
have to tell your children something before you
get them to listen to you?
When parents repeat the same thing over and
over each daypick up your laundry, dont leave
your shoes in middle of the hallway, do your homework! stop bothering your sister or get into bed
now!its no wonder you experience a sense of defeat. Children tune us out. Teens and pre-teens test
limits. And parents dont like dealing with the consequences, the discipline, and the negative emotions.
Were stressed and tired, and think its simpler to
just let things slide, forgetting that these issues will
only grow larger. How can we be more effective in our
parenting?
Here are five keys to create better listening in your
home:

1. Dont be afraid that your children wont


like you.
When we fear our childrens anger and tantrums we
hold back on discipline. The result is that our words are
not taken seriously. Seeing unhappy children can make
us feel unsuccessful as parents. We give in because we
are afraid that our children wont like us or that they
will voice opinions about us that are too painful to hear.
Wanting happy homes and happy children, we surrender. Instead of showing firmness, parents grow soft and
respond to a child with Okay, five more minutes, one
more cookie Our children have learned that with
the right tone, tantrum, or pleading they win. Their
silent treatment, tears and whining break our resolve.
Of course they wont listen. Why should they? We have
failed to communicate respect for our words. Toughen
up. Stop being afraid that your kids wont like you.
Theyll come to respect you.

2. Act. Dont React.


How often do problems occur because we were not
specific with our children or ignored a situation that
got out of hand? When children understand what is
expected from them we avoid confrontations and feeling as if we are not being listened to. For example: a
grandmother I know told me that she was worried sick
waiting up for her teenaged grandson who was staying
with her on vacation in Florida. The moment he came
home at 1 a.m. she screamed at him, called his parents
and gave him a stiff punishment. When questioned, the
grandmother informed me that all she had said to her
grandson before he left was, Dont come home too
late.
To this teen, no rules were broken; 1 a.m. is a normal time to return.
How much pain would have been avoided if the
adults in this family would have acted by setting clear
limits and times instead of reacting to this boys late
return? If only the rules would have been clearly explained beforehand, confrontation and feelings of being
ignored would never have occurred.

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3. Dont Pyramid Parent

5. Get Rid of the Distractions

Allowing a child to perceive that it is him plus one parent against another parent is called pyramid parenting. One parent should never be thought of as the opposing figure. When mother and father are not on the
same side and one becomes allied with the child, both
parents lose. The child observes division. He translates
this as weakness. Respect and honor for parents become diminished as the child plays one parent against
the other. Neither parent will be effective because the
child knows that there will be discussions and even arguments when discipline comes into the picture. Parents who do not display a united front teach children
that it is possible to divide and conquer. Children who
recognize that their parents make decisions in harmony will realize that it is unthinkable to go against one
parents wishes or words and find support from an opposing parent.

If we are speaking to our children while having one eye


on the screen in front of us, we fail to convey that we
are serious about our relationship with them. I was
recently asked: if you had one piece of parenting advice to give, what would it be? I replied, Get off your
phone. Look around. What do you see? I watch as families believe that they are spending quality time together
but in reality everyone is either texting or checking Instagram. We have lost a vital connection with our loved
ones, especially our children.
After watching us speak to them with half an ear
and half an eye they have come to realize that we are
distracted parents. Our bodies may be present but our
minds are absent. We are missing out and there is no
way to make up for all the time and opportunity that
have passed us by. When our sons and daughters see
that they are indeed being looked at and heard, our
relationship with them will reach a whole new level.
For our words to be listened to, we must try to build
a connection. Until we do, fathers, mothers, sons, and
daughters, will be sitting next to one another but living
worlds apart.
We have the ability to raise children who listen to
our words. Parents who display a united front, are clear
and consistent, and show children that they are a priority will forge a relationship based on respect and deep
love. The time to start is now.

4. Say What You Mean and Mean What You Say


Some parents spend half their life saying: If you push
your brother one more time If you talk like that to
me again but nothing changes. The child just does
the same action again because he knows that we simply give empty threats. True, some parents blow up,
scream, yell, and get enraged. So what? Losing it does
not mean that we are being effective. After a while, parents get tuned out. If you keep dealing with the same
issue over and over again it is time to address it. Not
by losing control. We cannot parent out of rage. Rather, we must think about effective discipline and follow
through on our words. Mothers and fathers who lack
consistency are perceived as weak.

Slovie Jungreis Wolff is a parenting coach and educator and


the author of Raising a Child with Soul (St. Martins Press).

Reprinted with permission of Aish.com

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Its a Cookie! Its a Hamantaschen! Its Purim!


RAC H E L H A R K H A M

amantaschen are to Purim


as latkes are to Chanukah and pumpkin pie is to
Thanksgiving. That is to say it is
a flavorful and beloved part of
the celebrations. Preparing, eating, and gifting hamantaschen are a fun
and traditional part of the Purim festivities for many Jewish-American families.
People wax enthusiastically about their
favorite fillings; a great-aunts great
recipe; which ones are the best to buy
and from where. For the baking-inclined,
both nouveau and established foodie
websites devote space to both traditional, and new-fangled versions such as:
Vanilla Sugar Cookies
(Makes 20 to 22 sandwich
cookies)
2 cups all-purpose flour
teaspoon baking powder
teaspoon salt
cup butter, room temperature
1 cup confectioners sugar
1 large egg
1 tablespoon + 1 tablespoon milk
1. Preheat oven to 350F.
Prepare baking sheets. In
a medium sized bowl whisk together flour,
baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
2. In a large bowl beat together butter and
sugar until fluffy. Add in egg and beat on
medium speed.
3. Gradually, add half of the flour mixture
to the butter mixture. With a spatula scrape
the sides of the bowl. Once well incorporated, add the second half of the flour mixture
and mix well.
4. Pour vanilla-milk mixture into the batter, and mix low speed until a thick batter
results.
5. Divide dough in half and wrap each portion
in plastic and refrigerate for an hour or two.
Once you are ready to bake cookies:
6. Take dough out of the fridge and let it sit
for approximately 20 minutes, or until pliable.
7. Remove the plastic wrap. You can divide
dough in half if you feel its too unwieldy.
And then you can either place the dough
between two sheets of parchment paper
and roll it out without having to flour the
surface and tools. Or if you prefer to dust
counter and tools with flour and roll dough
out to a " thickness.
8. To shape cookies: A triangle mold works
very well, or you can cut the dough with a
sharp knife (see picture below). The dough
tends to be a little sticky, so make sure you
have a metal spatula in order to move the
triangles from the workspace to the baking
pans.

tie-dye and cappuccino, to name


just a couple.
But heres my guilty confession: I dont like hamantaschen.
Strange for an enthusiastic sweet
tooth with a particular appreciation for baked goods. For years I
set about to change my mind by
devising all kinds of fantastical
fillings like cheesecake and pecan pie.
Or converting them from a sweet treat
to a savory appetizer (blue cheese and
onion) or a yummy pizza snack. But now
I realize its not me, its hamantaschen.
The hamantaschens main concern
is its triangular shape, which mocks
the villain Hamans three-cornered hat
(sometimes derision tastes good). The
filling is almost an afterthought, and
9.Once you have all your
dough triangles, with a
sharp-tipped knife cut a
small triangle out of the
center of half your cookies.
10.The cookies wont
spread much but leave a
little room between each
on the baking sheet. Bake
in preheated oven for 10-12
minutes. Remove from oven
and let cool.

there is never enough of it. After making


a few batches I realized that the attaining and maintaining the dough triangle is
not so easy. There are bakers who pinch
and bakers who fold, but I always felt
there was some luck involved in keeping
hamantaschen sides neatly together.
I began to think about hamantaschen a few days before Valentines
Day, while I was enjoying a thick layer of
chocolate ganache sandwiched between
two heart shaped sugar cookies. If only
Hamantaschen could be so scrumptious!
But hold on a sec, if I could bake triangle
shaped cookies, and then make or buy
my favorite type of filling or jam and
spread it on the bottom of one triangle
cookie and then affix another triangle
cookie (one with a triangle window cut

out of the center) on top, wouldnt I have


a hamantaschen? But this one doesnt
need to be molded, and that has sweet
and wondrous filling with every bite!
Hamantaschen Sandwich Cookies
sound a lot more delicious than Deconstructed Hamantaschen, but these cookies feature the most important features
of a Hamantaschen (shape, look, and
filling) and eliminates its shortcomings.
Youre only limited by imagination when
it comes to flavors and decorations.
Below I offer recipes for a vanilla sugar
cookie dough, and a chocolate option.
For the fillings: chocolate ganache and a
peanut butter cream filling. Feel free to
swap it out for a more traditional jam,
or for the panoply of exotic spreads or
home-style frostings available out there.

saucepan and heat cream until bubbling


around the edges. Stir in chocolate chips
until melted, thick, and smooth.

1. In a medium sized bowl beat together


peanut butter and butter, and then mix in
the confectioners sugar until a thick consistency results.

Peanut Butter Filling


Makes approximately 1 cup
1 cup smooth peanut butter
3 tablespoons butter, room temperature
2/3 cup confectioners sugar

Rachel Harkham is a food writer, recipe


developer, cookbook author and chocolatier.
She lives in Rockland County with her family.

Dark Cocoa Sugar Cookies


(Makes 32 to 35 Cookie Sandwiches)
2 cups all-purpose flour
cup cocoa powder
1 /4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup butter
1 cup confectioners sugar
2 large eggs
1 tablespoon instant coffee dissolved into 4
tablespoons hot water
1. Preheat oven to 350F. Prepare baking
sheets. Whisk together flour, cocoa powder,
salt, and baking powder in a medium sized
bowl, and set aside.
2. In a large bowl, medium speed cream
together butter and powdered sugar. Add
eggs one at a time, beating after each addition until well incorporated.
3. Gradually add the cocoa-flour mixture
in two allotments. Scraping down the sides
with a spatula in order to mix in all the dry
ingredients.
4. Pour in coffee, mix until batter is thick
and smooth.
5. Divide into two discs and wrap each in
plastic. Place in fridge for an hour or two.
(Refer above for steps 6-10)

www.tofutti.com

Chocolate Ganache
(Makes 1 cup)
1/2 cup heavy cream
1 (10 ounce) bag of chocolate chips (semisweet, milk or dark)
1. Pour heavy cream into a medium sized
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OurChildren
About

Homemade Crafts and Cuisine


Are Perfect for Purim
R I V K Y KO E N I G

here is nothing, absolutely nothing quite like Purim. Its the Jewish
holiday of happiness and rejoicing.
We celebrate Esther and Mordechais
victory over Haman and all the seem-

ingly hidden miracles that occurred to


save the Jews of Persia, and ensure our
peoples victory over evil throughout
the ages.
Purim is a jam-packed holiday made
for friendship and good cheer that starts
with the reading of the Megillahthe

scroll relaying the Purim story. Then


its on to more revelry with mishloach
manot

gifts of food exchanged,


matanot levyonim

charity for the


poor, and a blowout dinnerthe seudat
mitzvahto end the day.
You can tie the dress-up or masquer-

If you like, you can decorate


the crown with glittering glue,
sequins, and or rhinestones. Let
dry. Use the marker to write your
guests name on the crown.

The party food should be as


much fun to look at as it is to
eat. So make it miniature. Serve
bite-sized food with decorative
toothpicks, eliminating the need
for forks and knives. Trays of
mini beef burgers, franks in blankets, knishes, mini egg rolls and
burekas are some fun finger food
that will make it all fabulous. Try
a Purim pop as a fun dessert.

Tape elastic to the back of the


crown, 1/2-inch from each end.

Estimated time:10 minutes


Mask Place Card

Crown Napkin Ring


What you will need:
Scissors
Pencil
Metallic cardstock
Glittering glue, sequins, rhinestones, optional
Cellophane tape
3-inch strip narrow elastic

How to do it:
For each crown napkin ring, draw
a mini crown.
Trace the crown on the back of
the cardstock and cut out.

What you will need:


Scissors
Pencil
Metallic cardstock
Metallic paint marker
Cellophane tape
Small skewers
How to do it:
For each place card: Draw a
mask.
Trace the mask onto the back of
the cardstock and cut out.
Use the paint marker to personalize with your guests name.
Turn over and tape the top of the
skewer to the side of the mask.

Estimated time:10 minutes

ade theme into your Purim meal, seudat,


by using royal napkin rings and dramatic
place cards at each place setting. When
you set your table, make it say you with
these crafty napkin rings and mask place
cards.

Mini Beef Burger

Purim Masquerade Party


Separate from the seudat mitzvah, you can host a Purim party.
Invite your friends over for an
exciting, lively party filled with
music, dancing and good cheer.
Purim night after the Megillah
reading is a great time, but if that
doesnt work for you, then any
day or night close to Purim is a
good time for everyone to gather
together into the Purim spirit.

Purim Pops
These cookie pops are so much fun to
decorate. All your friends will get a kick
out of your cute creations.

What you will need:


Cookie sheets
Parchment paper
Cookie sticks or lollipop sticks
Wire rack
Small bowls
Spatula
Ingredients
1 package or roll frozen sugar cookie dough
(or make your favorite slice-and-bake
cookie dough)

What you will need:


Large bowl
Measuring spoons
Spatula or mixing spoon
Broiler pan or grill pan
Slotted spoon

the ingredients into the large bowl.


Use the spatula or your hands to
mix the ground beef with the sauce
and salt and pepper.
Roll the mixture into 12 2-inch
balls, then flatten to 1/2-inch thick
patties and place them 1-inch apart
onto a broiler pan.
Place them into the oven set on
broil. (Or, coat a grill pan with a thin
coat of oil and place grill pan over
high heat. Use a slotted spoon to
slide the burger onto the preheated
grill pan.)
Broil or grill the burger for 3 - 5
minutes (If using a grill pan, after 2
minutes flip burgers over to grill the
other side.)

Ingredients
1 pound ground beef
1 tablespoons barbeque sauce
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1 dozen cocktail or dinner rolls
optional garnishes, cherry tomato,
pickle lettuce
How to do it:
Preheat the oven to broil. Place all

Remove from the oven and use a


slotted spoon to transfer the burgers to a platter.
Place the burgers into mini rolls
and garnish with a slice of cherry
tomato, pickle or lettuce.

Estimated prep time:15 minutes


Cook time: 5 minutes
Yield:12 burgers

Decorations such as: cereal, mini chocolate chips, red hots, candy corn, colored
sprinkles, silver dragees, nuts, jelly beans,
hamentaschen, gum balls.
1 container dairy or pareve vanilla frosting

Take cookie pops out of the oven and place


on a wire rack to cool.

How to do it:

Use a spatula to spread vanilla icing on each


cookie pop. Put an extra blob of icing on
the top as the base for a hamentasch hat, if
desired. Decorate the pops in any way that
you wish with the suggested elements.

Take the cookie dough out of freezer and


let defrost for 15 minutes. Preheat the oven
to 350 F. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper.
Slice the cookie dough into 1/2-inch thick
circles and place them 1-inch apart on
the cookie sheets. Insert a cookie stick
into each dough circle. Bake the cookies
according to the directions on the package.

Place the decorating candies and cereal


into small bowls.

Estimated prep time:15 minutes


Bake time: approximately12 minutes
Cooling time: 30 minutes
Yield will vary

Reproduced from Crafting Jewish by Rivky Koenig with permission of the copyright holders,
ArtScroll / Mesorah Publications, Ltd.

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Simchas
Birth

PETER JAXON RONAY


Peter Jaxon Ronay was born
on February 8, 2015, to
Danielle and Scott Ronay of
Rockaway. He is the grandson of Suzanne Ronay of
Oradell, nephew of Melissa
Ronay, and great-grandson
of the late Shirley and Irving
Greenblatt of Fort Lee,
formerly of Teaneck. Peter
Jaxon, who is named for his
paternal grandfather, Peter
Ronay, weighed 6 pounds, 11
ounces, and was 22 inches
long.

Bnai mitzvah
THOMAS COHEN
Thomas Cohen, son of
Jennifer Krevitt and Jay
Cohen and brother of
Nicholas celebrated becoming a bar mitzvah on Jan. 31
at Temple Sinai of Bergen
County in Tenafly. As a
mitzvah project, he raised
money and volunteered at
Charity:Water, a non-profit
organization bringing clean
and safe drinking water to
people in developing nations.

JOSH DAVANZO

JACOB MCGUIRE

Josh DAvanzo, son of Jill


and Lou DAvanzo of Franklin
Lakes and brother of Jack
and Alexa, celebrated
becoming a bar mitzvah on
Feb. 7 at Temple Beth Rishon
in Wyckoff.

Jacob McGuire, son of James


McGuire and Sarah Monchar
of Teaneck and brother of
Alexander and Daniella,
celebrated becoming a bar
mitzvah on Jan. 24 at Cong.
Beth Sholom in Teaneck.

BENJAMIN FINK

ELI PASTERNAK

Benjamin Fink son of Leslie


and Seth Fink and brother
of Leah and Sarah celebrated becoming a bar
mitzvah on Jan. 10 at Temple
Sinai of Bergen County in
Tenafly. Ben volunteered
for Challenger Soccer as his
mitzvah project.

Eli Hayden Pasternak, son of


Stephanie Sauer Pasternak
and Jonathan Pasternak
and brother of Hannah and
Jonah, celebrated becoming a bar mitzvah on Jan. 17
at Temple Sinai of Bergen
County in Tenafly. As a
mitzvah project, he participated in the Jeans for Teens
campaign in conjunction
with Aeropostale. The store
distributes donated jeans to
teens in local shelters.

OLIVIA PINCUS

JULIA HABER
Julia Haber, daughter of
Erica and Howard Haber of
Woodcliff Lake and sister of
Lindsay, celebrated becoming a bat mitzvah on Feb. 7
at Temple Emanuel of the
Pascack Valley in Woodcliff
Lake.

NOAH SHAFRON

TYLER CORSON
Tyler Corson, son of Risa and
Michael Corson of Closter,
celebrated becoming a bar
mitzvah on Jan. 31 at Temple
Beth El of Northern Valley in
Closter.

Olivia Pincus, daughter of


Jennifer Low Sauer and
Rennie Pincus of Ramsey,
and sister of Gabriel, 9, celebrated becoming a bat mitzvah on Jan. 24 at Barnert
Temple in Franklin Lakes.

JACOB KREBS
Jacob Krebs, son of Debra
and Daniel Krebs, stepson
of Ilyse Krebs, and brother
of Abby, celebrated becoming a bar mitzvah on Feb. 7
at Temple Beth Sholom of
Fair Lawn. His grandparents
are Margot and Leon Krebs
and Phyllis and Dr. Lawrence
Miller.

Noah Brandt Shafron, son of


Amy and Jason Shafron, and
brother of Ezra, celebrated
becoming a bar mitzvah on
Feb. 7 at Barnert Temple in
Franklin Lakes. Noah attends
Eisenhower Middle School
in Wyckoff. As a mitzvah
project, Noah raised funds to
improve a residential facility
for individuals with developmental disabilities. His grandparents are Iris Gibney and
Martin Shafron and Joan and
Dan Silna, a former president of Jewish Federation of
Northern New Jersey.

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Alexa Weiss and Ryan Weiss,
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1. Students at the Academies at Gerrard


Berman Day School (GBDS) in Oakland
raised money for the Heart Association
through their annual JUMP FOR HEART
Day. Students from Kindergarten
through 8th grade donated funds,
jumped rope for cardiovascular health,
and learned how to remain heart
healthy.

3. The JCC Dance Company at the


Kaplen JCC on the Palisades in Tenafly
recently attended master classes with
the famous New York City Rockettes,
where they had the incredible
opportunity to meet the dancers, take
part in a question and answer session,
and even enjoy a tour of Radio City.
What a treat!

5. Students at the Jewish Community


Center of Paramus/CBT Hebrew
School participated in elective classes.
These children are researching Israeli
Innovations such as Drip Irrigation,
Water-Gen (making water out of the
atmosphere), ReWalk (bionic walking
system) and Mobileye (keeping you safe
on the roads).

2. The Jewish National Funds Blue Box


Bob recently visited with students from
kindergarten through 3rd grade at the
Temple Emeth Religious School.

4. TABC in Teaneck captures New York


City Junior Varsity Championship in the
National History Bowl for second year
in a row.

6. Kindergarten students a Lubavitch on


the Palisades in Tenafly ran a bake sale
to culminate units about the rain forest
and money and learn about endangered
species of animals. The children also
baked assorted treats, created menus;

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signs and a rain forest exhibit and held a


bake sale for parents.
7. Bergen County YJCC Nursery School
makes learning fun. As part of the prereading curriculum to prepare them
for kindergarten, the 4-year-olds,
clip boards in hand, went on a word
search around the building, looking for
sight words and writing them down.
Registration is now underway.
8. Glen Rock Jewish Center Nursery
School children welcome Shabbat on a
recent Friday evening.

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Summer Intensive
at International Ivy
International Ivy, a new summer enrichment program for students ages 5 to 14, offers
enrichment in 50 different disciplines. International Ivy has 11 locations in Bergen County,
including Paramus, Oakland and Ringwood. Our ultimate goal is to help our students find
their passion, says International Ivy founder Lily Wong. Once they find it, they are selfmotivated to learn and explore further. Sessions start June 29 and run through Aug. 14.
Classes are offered in a variety of disciplines, including technology, science, performing
arts, math, visual arts, robotics and more. For more information, International Ivy, 855678-6335, www.iisummer.com.

Art for Learning


Promises Lots of Color
Sheryl Intrator Urman, founder and director of Englewood based Art for
Learning, is marking her 18th year leading youngsters on intellectual, cultural
and artistic journeys in her summer programs, which takes youngsters from
1st to 11th grades into the worlds of princesses, colonists, fashion, impressionist artists, New York City, and so much more. Art for Learning has a menu
of 26 different art classes and seven different fashion programs in which
youngsters, learn, travel to the New York City great museums, draw, paint and
create wonderful works of art as they learn about a topic in deep, creative
and hands-on way. For more information, Art for Learning, 201-503-9796,
www.artforlearning.com.

Fancy Nancy
Enlivens Englewood
The Paper Bag Players
Workshop and Show
The Paper Bag Players celebrates its 56th year by bringing its original, contemporary musical theater to The Jewish Museum on Sunday, March 15 with Hot Feet, a
theater performance at 2 p.m., and Become a Paper Bag Player, a special behindthe-scenes workshop at 10:30 a.m. Hot Feet is a fast-paced, interactive performance
for children ages 3 through 8. In the workshop Become a Paper Bag Player, children
ages 6 to 10 will meet members of the Paper Bag Players and learn how to make
theater from everyday life with the help of creative ideas and a little bit of paper. For
tickets, The Jewish Museum,1109 Fifth Ave., Manhattan. 212-423-3200, www.
thejewishmuseum.org.

Fancy Nancy The Musical,


based on the New York
Times bestseller, will play
on Sunday, March 8 for
two performances at 1 and
4 p.m. at bergenPAC in
Englewood. The story follows
Nancy and friends, Bree,
Rhonda, Wanda, and Lionel,
who are going to be performing in their first show. Nancy
is positive, thats fancy for
100 percent sure, that she
and Bree will be picked as mermaids, a coveted role. When another girl wins the
part, Nancy is stuck playing a dull tree. Can Nancy bring fancy flair to her role?
Check it out. bergenPAC, 30 North Van Brunt St., Englewood, 201-227-1030,
www.ticketmaster.com, www.bergenpac.org.

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The Good Life With Kids

M A R C H

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
Sunday, March 1
Pre-Purim Party with the Friendship Circle:
The Friendship Circle of Passaic County presents
a pre-Purim party with pizza, a Mad Science
show and more. 1:30 to 2:45. 482 Brook
Ave., Passaic (in rear of Chai Tots pre-school).
$10 per family. For ages 3 and older. RSVP to
fcpassaiccounty@yahoo.com or 763-228-8570.
Purim at Temple Emeth: Carnival from 10 a.m.
to noon. Temple Emeth, 1666 Windsor Road,
Teaneck. 201-833-1322. Purim Megillah Reading
on Wednesday, March 4 at 7 p.m.
Purim Carnival Temple Beth El: Temple Beth El
invites the community at 11:15 am to join them
for an Awesome Purim Carnival Games, Food
and New Surprises. Temple Beth El is located at
221 Schraalenburgh Rd., Closter. 201-768-5112.
Peter Pan Jr.: Peter Pan Jr. will be performed
by more than 50 area children at the Wayne
YMCAs Rosen Performing Arts Center at 2 p.m.
Produced in partnership with Pushcart Players.
The Y is located at 1 Pike Drive, Wayne. 973595-0100.

Tuesday, March 3
What is Cord Blood Banking?: The Valley
Hospitals Center for Family Education is offering a What is Cord Blood Banking? held 6:15
to 7:15 p.m., at the Destination Maternitys
Learning Studio, 35 Plaza on Westbound Route
4, Paramus. To register, 201-291-6151, www.
ValleyHealth.com/FamilyEducation.
Outsmarting Autism: Author Patricia Lemer
who wrote Outsmarting Autism: will speak at the
Bergen County YJCC at 7 p.m. Free and open to
the public. The YJCC is located at 605 Pascack
Road, Township of Washington. 201-666-6610,
ext. 5810, gwellington@yjcc.org.

Wednesday, March 4
Temple Avodat Shalom Purim Shpiel: Garden
Shushan Plaza: The Musical will be presented
at 7 p.m. Megillah reading preceding and
hamantashen will be served afterward. Temple
Avodat Shalom, 385 Howland Ave., River Edge.
201-489-2463
Purim at Temple Beth Sholom: Temple Beth
Sholom of Fair Lawn invites the community to
join in their Purim celebration filled with inspiration, merriment and fun! Festivities begin with the
Megillah reading at 7 p.m. Temple Beth Sholom
40-25 Fair Lawn Avenue (corner of Saddle River
Road). 201-797-9321.
Grand Purim Bash at Lubavitch on the
Palisades: Megillah reading at 6:30 p.m. with
second reading at 9:30 p.m. And also Thursday,
8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. On Thursday, Purim in
France with French cuisine, French wines and
more. Chabad House, 11 Harold St., Tenafly. www.
chabadlubavich.org 201-871-1152.
Wild West Purim Carnival: Temple Emanuel
of the Pascack Valley host a family fun Purim
day with at 4:30 p.m. family megillah reading
and Purim carnival featuring games, rides and
food. At 7 p.m. there will be a traditional Wild
West Megillah Reading. Temple Emanuel of the

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To Add Your Event to Our Calendar


Send it to:
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1086 Teaneck Road
Teaneck, NJ 0766 AboutOCaol.com
or fax it to: 201-833-4959
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Tuesday, March 17

Road, Wayne. Buffet dinner. 973-694 6274,


email chanig@optonline.net or www.Jewishwayne.
com.
The Paper Bag Players: Theater workshop and
performance at The Jewish Museum. Theater performance at 2 p.m. Workshop at 10:30 a.m The
Jewish Museum, 1109 Fifth Ave., Manhattan. 212423-3200, www.thejewishmuseum.org.

Pascack Valley, 87 Overlook


Drive, Woodcliff Lake, 201391-0801, www.tepv.org.
Purim in Glen Rock: Celebrate
here. Childrens Purim service
from 6 to 7 p.m. Megillah
reading, costume parade and
more. Full Megillah reading 7
p.m. Glen Rock Jewish Center,
682 Harristown, Road, Glen
Rock. 201-652-0745.

Thursday, March 19

Friday, March 6
Yoga for Teens and Young
Adults: Body Positive Yoga for
teens and young adults will
provide tools to help young
participants value their bodies and transform negative
See Saturday, March 28.
thinking to positive beliefs.
5 to 6 p.m. Pandora Healing
Center, 274 Lafayette Ave.,
Hawthorne. Register email carolyn1bryan@gmail.
Happiest Baby on the Block: The Valley Hospital
com
Center for Family Education is offering The
Shabbat in Closter: Temple Beth El invites the
Happiest Baby on the Block. Learn techniques of
community to join them for a Shabbat Evening
world-renowned pediatrician, Dr. Harvey Karp. At
Service at 7:30 p.m. Service is led by Cantor
7:30 p.m. Dorothy B. Kraft Center, 15 Essex Road,
Rica Timman. Temple Beth El is located at 221
Paramus www.ValleyHealth.com/FamilyEducation,
Schraalenburgh Rd., Closter. 201-768-5112.
201-291-6151.
Challah playgroup in New Milford: Shalom
Baby holds playgroups for children newborn to
Purim Party at the Wayne Y: Young families are
age 3 and their parents. Each playgroup has a
welcome to this free event from 10 a.m. to noon.
theme related to holidays, Jewish values, and topArts and crafts, games, dancing and a costume
ics on parenting and early childhood education.
parade. The Y at 1 Pike Drive, Wayne. 973-595Playgroups are free and open to all. RSVP not
0100.
required. Solomon Schechter of Bergen County,
Purim Carnival in Glen Rock: Games, prizes,
275 McKinley Ave., New Milford. http://www.jfnnj.
balloons. Fun for everyone. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Glen
org/shalombaby or JessicaK@jfnnj.org.
Rock Jewish Center, 682 Harristown, Road, Glen
Rock. 201-652-0745
Pop Ups Perform: The kids indie rock duo The
Gail Sheehy Speaks: JCC University presents
Pop Ups will perform a concert for families at The
journalist and author Gail Sheehy will discuss
Jewish Museum 11:30 a.m. The Jewish Museum,
her new memoir, Daring: My Passages at 1 p.m.
1109 Fifth Ave., Manhattan. 212-423-3200, www.
Kaplen JCC on the Palisades, 411 E. Clinton Ave.,
thejewishmuseum.org.
Tenafly. 201-408-1409, www.jccotp.org.
Games at Teaneck General Store: Attention all
gamers, problem solvers and kids from 3 to 93.
Aretha Franklin Sings: The Queen of Soul perJoin game maven Leora Verbit from 4 to 6 p.m.
forms at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center
at the Teaneck General Store for fun and what
at 8 p.m. NJPAC, One Center Street, Newark,
else? Games. 502A Cedar Lane, Teaneck. 201888-466-5722, www.njpac.org.
530-5046.
Tween Scene at the Y: The Bergen County YJCC
Fancy Nancy The Musical: Based on the New
invites tweens ages 10, 11 and 12 to come to the
York Times bestseller, the show follows Nancy
YJCC to use the pool and gym, play games in
and her friends. Performances at 1 and 4 p.m.
the lounge, watch a movie, enjoy a snack, dance
bergenPAC, 30 North Van Brunt St., Englewood.
to a DJ or just hang around with friends, all fully
201-227-1030, www.ticketmaster.com or www.
supervised by YJCC staff. From 8 to 10 p.m. 605
bergenpac.org.
Pascack Road, Township of Washington. 201666-6610, ext. 5830 or mcompa@yjcc.org.
Gluten-Free Baking: Baking expert Galit Aboodi
will lead a baking class featuring recipes sure to
Glen Rock Jewish Center Film Series: Showing
become family favorites. Menu will feature several
of The Sturgeon Queens a documentary of the
s desserts. 7 p.m. Call Judy at 201-408-1457 or
famed Lower East Side fish emporium Russ &
Michele at 201-408-1496 to register. Kaplen JCC
Daughters. 3:30 p.m. Glen Rock Jewish Center,
on the Palisades, 411 E. Clinton Ave., Tenafly.
682 Harristown Road, Glen Rock. 201-652Grandparents Class: The Valley Hospital Center
6624, office@grjc.org.
for Family Education is offering a Grandparents
Film and food at Chabad: Join the Chabad
Class from 7 to 10 p.m. in the Dorothy B.
Center in solidarity with Israeli solders for the
Kraft Center, 15 Essex Road, Paramus. www.
screening of Jerusalem Us new film Beneath the
ValleyHealth.com/FamilyEducation, 201-291-6151.
Helmet. 4:30 p.m. at Chabad Center, 194 Ratzer

Tuesday, March 10

Sunday, March 8

Thursday, March 12

Saturday, March 14

Monday, March 9

Sunday, March 15

Dr. Edward Hallowell Speaks: Jewish Family


Service of MetroWest NJ presents its Goldberg
Memorial Learning Disabilities Seminar. When
You Worry about the Child You Love featuring
Dr. Edward Hallowell, renowned psychiatrist and
ADHD expert to speak at 7 p.m. at Liberty Middle
School 1 Kelly Drive, West Orange. kcolchamiro@
jfsmetrowest.org, 973-765-9050.
Makeovers for a Cause: Academies at Gerrard
Berman Day School will be hosting its annual
event at Neiman Marcus, Garden State Plaza,
Paramus from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Retirement and
Recommitment party for shoes, handbags, and
cosmetics. Relax in Neimans hip Rotunda Lounge
and enjoy a kosher supper. $75 per person;
$325for a table of five Amy Silna Shafron 201337-1111 or ashafron@gmail.com,

Friday, March 20
Tot Shabbat in Franklin Lakes: Tot Shabbat and
Pizza Dinner at Barnert Temple at 5:30 p.m.
Barnert Temple, 747 Route 208 South, Franklin
Lakes. 201-848-1800, www.barnerttemple.org.

Tuesday, March 24
Temple Emeth Lecture: The History of the
Haggadah led by Rabbi Steven Sirbu from 8 to
9:15 p.m. Temple Emeth, 1666 Windsor Road,
Teaneck. 201-833-1322, www.emeth.org.

Friday, March 27
Tot Shabbat in Closter: Temple Beth El will hold
its monthly informal Tot Shabbat led by Rabbi
David S. Widzer and Cantor Rica Timman at 5:15
p.m. Tot Shabbat is open to all nursery school
age children and features song, stories, and crafts.
Open to everyone. Temple Beth El is located at
221 Schraalenburgh Rd., Closter. 201-768-5112.

Saturday, March 28
Sleeping Beauty Dreams: Marionetas de la
Esquina, a puppet theater company from Mexico,
presents the tale reimagined. 2 p.m. NJPAC, One
Center Street, Newark, 888-466-5722, www.
njpac.org.

Sunday, March 29
PassoverFrogs playgroup in River Edge: Shalom
Baby holds playgroups for children newborn to
age 3 and their parents. Each playgroup has a
theme related to holidays, Jewish values, and topics on parenting and early childhood education.
Playgroups are free and open to all. RSVP not
required. Temple Avodat Shalom, 385 Howland
Ave., River Edge. www.jfnnj.org/shalombaby or
JessicaK@jfnnj.org.

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About

Englewood Hospital Unveils


New Labor and Delivery Unit
H E I D I M A E B RAT T

irthing mothers just


got a lift at Englewood
Hospital and Medical
Center.
Englewood Hospital and
Medical Center New Family Birth Place, located in
EHMCs main inpatient facility, boasts eight new labor
and delivery rooms equipped
with infant resuscitation stations, private bathrooms,
and 75 percent more space
than existing rooms. A triage area was
created to allow those rooms to remain
reserved for mothers in active labor. The
new space also includes a step-down
unit for antepartum and postpartum
monitoring of high- risk cases and two
operating rooms equipped with the latest technology.
The new labor and delivery unit
is part of Englewood Hospitals threepart overhaul of the Family Birth Place,
which began in the fall of 2013 when a
new Mother/Baby Unit was renovated,
explained Jackie Gonzalez, MSN, RNCMNN, director of patient care for Labor
and Delivery and Pediatrics.
She described the new labor and
delivery unit as aesthetically modern,
warm and comforting. Couples have de-

scribed it as soothing and spa-like, Gonzalez says.


To enhance family-centered maternity care, the Mother/Baby Unit offers 24
modern postpartum rooms with stateof-the-art bedside care technology, designed to better accommodate new parents and families with more space and
privacy.
Amenities include private bathrooms, room service, and sleeper sofas
for family and guests. A new well-baby
nursery offers advanced equipment and
security for newborns, providing new
mothers with peace of mind and time
to rest and recover if needed. A redesigned lactation center will provide an
enhanced experience for mothers who
choose to breastfeed.

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twisting, she says. As the pregnancy
has progressed I just listen to my body,
and if an exercise doesnt feel right, I
dont do it.
Good idea, says Dr. Deborah Ehrenthal, an ob/gyn specialist. If youre
in doubt or feel discomfort, dont do
it. Most important, if you experience
bleeding or pain, stop and talk with
your doctor. It may be completely unrelated but it should be checked out,
she says.
During exercise wear loose, layered clothing and a supportive bra.
Sip on water to stay hydrated, and
precede and end your workouts with
a small protein-carbohydrate snack to
provide quick and long-lasting energy
and maintain muscle.
Thats what Willard does. Ill have
a natural peanut butter and jelly sandwich on whole grain bread about an
hour beforehand and a banana and
whey protein shake afterward, she
says. Ive also added 300 calories to
my diet per day and have increased
the frequency of my meals because Im
always hungry.
Emily Moore, prenatal nutrition educator, says small frequent meals are a
good remedy for morning sickness and
heartburn too. She advises women to
eat six meals every two to three hours
and consume fluids between meals,
rather than during. It may also be helpful eat before getting out of bed.

To avoid heartburn, dont lie


down immediately after eating, lay
with your head slightly elevated and
avoid caffeine, chocolate and highly
seasoned foods, says Moore. Another common complaint, constipation,
can be prevented by increasing highfiber foods and fluid intake and engaging in moderate exercise.
Moore believes good prenatal nutrition is paramount because it can
affect the childs metabolic and endocrine health throughout childhood and
into adulthood. She suggests choosing
whole grain products, fruits and vegetables for its fiber, vitamin, mineral
and antioxidant benefits, and low-fat
dairy products for its calcium content.
Likewise, meat and beans provide protein and iron, which are necessary to
healthy cell development and delivering oxygen to the baby.
Many women are concerned
about eating fish due to its mercury
content, but fish contains essential
Omega-3 fatty acids, DHA, which is
vital to brain, eye and central nervous system development, she says.
Rather than crossing fish off your list,
choose ones low in mercury and high
in Omega-3, such as flounder, herring,
fresh salmon, sardines, squid and fresh
water trout. Omega-3 fortified eggs are
a good option too.
Denise Morrison Yearian is the former editor of two parenting magazines and the
mother of three children.

PARTY

Maccabeats Performing at Kaplen JCC


The Maccabeats perform live at the
Kaplen JCC on the Palisades on Sunday,
March 15 at 2 p.m. With a huge fan base,
more than 20 million views on YouTube,
numerous TV appearances and proven
success with three albums, Yeshiva Universitys student vocal group, the Maccabeats, has entertained and inspired
hundreds of audiences worldwide. Using
nothing more than the unadulterated human voice, a clean-cut presentation and
a little Jewish humor, this unique group
of singers is able to connect with fans of
all backgrounds and ages.
The Maccabeats are a major icon
in the music world today and are writ-

ing songs that encourage young people


to embrace Jewish ideas and values,
says Senior Adult Director Judi Nahary.
We expect a huge turnout, and we are
so grateful for the support we received,
knowing that ticket sales will allow us to
provide invaluable programs for senior
adults in our community who are truly
in need.
Purchase tickets online at www.jccotp.org/maccabeats or call Judi at 201408-1450. Cost is $18 JCC members/$20
non-members. Preferred seating for
this one-time event is also available: $30
members/$36 non-members.

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You and your babys needs come first at The Valley Hospital. You put a lot of thought into planning the arrival of your little
one. By getting to know you, our medical team can center your pregnancy and babys birth on your needs. Whether youre
looking for a holistic birthing plan or advanced neonatal care, The Valley Hospital Center for Childbirths skilled doctors,
nurses, doulas and midwives are by your side from your first doctors visit to your childs first breath.

To experience The Center for Childbirth at The Valley Hospital,


visit ExperienceValleyChildbirth.com.
Follow us at ValleyHealth.com/SocialMedia.

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