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Teaneck Girls Collect Stuffed Animals for Bears From Bergenfield

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Avigail and Miri Kaplan, residents of Teaneck, collected over 200 stuffed animals to donate to Bears From Bergenfield. They set up collection boxes at their school, RYNJ, and also outside of their house. Additionally, they plan to bring a duffel bag of stuffed animals when they go to Israel in August, to donate to various hospitals and rehab centers around the country.

Bears From Bergenfield was started in 2002 by Claire Ginsburg-Goldstein and her son Sam after he was hospitalized and they realized how important it was for kids to have stuffed animals to hug while in the hospital. They hoped to collect 100 bears and send them to Israel. To date, they have collected over 200,000 stuffed...

Reaching New Heights With Tour de Simcha 2016

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It was a finish line like no other. The Camp Simcha Special campers were lined up and waiting patiently, dressed festively in pink with dedicated counselors by their sides. The temperature rose and the excitement increased by the second as volunteers, family members and guests awaited the riders’ arrival. The atmosphere at the Glen Spey, New York, campus of Camp Simcha was overflowing with joy, but when the women of Tour de Simcha began rolling into camp to cross the “World’s Greatest Finish Line,” the celebration truly began.

Some 175 women participated in Chai Lifeline’s Tour de Simcha 5th Anniversary Ride to benefit Camp Simcha, an overnight camp where over 400...

Linda Stock Offers ‘Reading for Life’

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Some of us remember curling up on the living room couch with a pile of library books that would keep our imaginations soaring throughout the long, summer, Shabbat afternoons. A vision of the past or a potential for the future?

Experienced educator Linda Stock has as her goal the creation of lifelong readers. “I would like to instill in children a love of reading to last a lifetime.” After working as an administrator in schools, Linda Stock has decided to offer her expertise to children who are reluctant readers and enable them to “unlock their blocks and crack the codes of phonics, fluency and comprehension. In this way they will develop the confidence to become independent...

Preparing for a Gap Year in Israel

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While recent high school grads are enjoying their summer in camp, relaxing or touring, moms and dads are certainly thinking ahead to when in a few short weeks their children will be leaving home for the first time. Stores and catalogues are full of suggested college-dorm accessories to provide the incoming students with some of the comforts of home.

What do you do when you child is leaving for a year to study abroad, specifically in Israel? Travelers are now severely limited by luggage allowances, as well as the usual electrical requirements, and cultural and language barriers (and if you think these last two aren’t issues, you’ve clearly never dealt with customer service...

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