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Boys Town Jerusalem Students Bring Purim Cheer to Hadassah Hospital Patients

In the weeks before Purim, Boys Town Jerusalem students brought smiles to the faces of patients and staff in hospitals across Jerusalem with festive visits in honor of the holiday. Guitars in hand, the school’s ninth and tenth graders traveled to eight different hospitals and facilities for the disabled to sing, dance and lift the spirits of patients of all ages.  “The minute we walked into the hospital, everybody – patients, doctors, nurses and staff alike – all broke into smiles,” Mordechai Cohen, 16, reported. “This is already one of my happiest Purim celebrations ever!”

Boys Town Jerusalem (BTJ) is one of Israel’s premier institutions for educating the country’s next generation of leaders in the fields of technology, commerce, education, the military and public service. Since its founding in 1948, BTJ has pursued its mission of turning young boys from limited backgrounds into young men with limitless futures. From junior high through the college level, BTJ’s three-part curriculum – academic, technological and Torah – is designed to turn otherwise disadvantaged Israeli youth into productive citizens of tomorrow. Boys Town’s 18-acre campus is a home away from home for its over 900 students. More than 7,000 graduates hold key positions throughout Israeli society.

Investors Bank to be Presented
with Community Leadership Award

Investors Bank will be presented with the Community LeadershipAward at the Jewish Children’s Museum annual dinner on April 7th, 2014. The award recognizes Investors Bank’s deep commitment to the community as shown through its Investors Foundation and the care 2 share affinity program that helps
non-for-profits grow and give back to those who are in need.

The Jewish Children’s Museum in Brooklyn is a unique institution committed to sharing the story of Jewish history with children and adults no matter of their race, gender, or religion. It began as a project to givechildren a greater understanding and awareness of Jewish culture, and has, over the last nine years, evolved into a larger-than-life facility and the only Jewish-themed children’s museum in America.

Children of all ages are enthralled, educated and entertained by four floors of interactive, hands-on exhibits that celebrate Jewish life and provide valuable lessons in tolerance and understanding. The Public School Initiative, launched in September 2009, provides students with free admission, giving them theability to learn about their community neighbors and gain insight into their traditions, in an effort to build bridges and foster respect between individuals.

More than just a museum, the JCM serves as a resource, offering community events and holiday programming including Art Week, Kosher Day, Children’s Safety Day in conjunction with the FBI, and most recently, a President’s Week Food Drive. A town hall style meeting was held for students in conjunction with the NYPD in response to the recent rash of knockout attacks, which served as a golden opportunity to promote better relationships among the residents of Crown Heights.

The Jewish Children’s Museum invites you to support its projects and to pay tribute to the great work done by Investors Bank on behalf of the community. For more information, to make a reservation or to place an ad, visit www.jcm.museum/dinner or contact Mimi at 718-907-8829.

Orthodox Union Commends EEOC
for Protecting Religious Garb and Grooming Practices in the Workplace

The Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations (Orthodox Union), the nation’s largest Orthodox Jewish umbrella organization, commends the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) for its recent publication regarding religious garb and grooming in
the workplace.

On March 6th, the EEOC released a guide to clarify the workplace rights and responsibilities with respect to religious dress and grooming practices under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
In the guidelines, the EEOC clarifies that employers covered by Title VII must “make exceptions to their usual rules or preferences to permit applicants and employees to follow religiously-mandated dress and grooming practices.” In addition to prohibiting the termination of an employee requesting an accommodation, the guidelines also protect individuals of faith against being back-roomed
due to their religious garb and from any direct or indirect employer retaliationas a result of an accommodation request.

Nathan Diament, Executive Director for Public Policy for the Orthodox Union said, “Religious accommodation in the workplace is an issue is of vital importance to the observant Jewish community and indeed all people of faith in this country. The Orthodox Union commends the EEOC for making these detailed clarifications in support of the freedom of religious exercise.”

The full text of the EEOC guidelines, “Religious Garb and Grooming in the Workplace: Rights and Responsibilities,” is available at the EEOC website: http://www.eeoc.gov/eeoc/publications/
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Ahi Ezer Girls Experience
a Special Shabbaton

This past month, three of Ahi Ezer’s dedicated teachers, Miss Greenblat, Miss Phillip, and Miss Waldman, ran an unforgettable Shabbaton for their spirited 8thgrade students at Miss Phillip’s home.
It began with lighting the Shabbat candles, where the girls felt as if their inspiration was “lit” along with the candles. It was a moving sight to behold as all the students covered their faces to recite the berachah.
At that moment, the girls felt very special and close to Hashem.

Next, the students gathered with siddurimto recite Lecha Dodi.Their voices blended perfectly to create a beautiful melody with which to welcome the Shabbat Queen. Hearing the harmonized voices of this group of Jewish girls united together made one feel as though
Am Yisraelwas truly united again.

When it was timefor the meal to be served, the girls dashed to the kitchen to help put out the food. Their energy and excitement embodied the values of hesed and seizing every mitzvah opportunity imparted at Ahi Ezer Yeshiva. And when the girls sat down to eat, they saw so many delicious and different foods on the table that it was hard for them to choose!

When the scrumptious meal was finished, the girls were presented with a treat of parve ice cream sticks, supplied by Ahi Ezer’s principal, Mrs. Weingarten, and school coordinator, Miss Schorr. Next, they were surprised by a special guest speaker from Ahava ve Achva, a local yeshivah, who told amazing stories about Shabbat. The level of focus the girls displayed showed their teachers that they were as eager to learn outside the classroom as they are inside.

On Shabbat morning, the girls hurried to get dressed for shul in their best clothes. Each girl looked like a true bat Yisraeland prayed with sincere emotion and concentration. They then took a short walk to the Heritage Senior Center, where they visited with the seniors, making them feel loved and appreciated. The girls were filled with pride and joy at the wonderful act of hesed they performed.

After havdalah, the party continued with a trip to Zislick’s ice cream store, where the girls discussed the most inspiring, life-changing Shabbat they had ever experienced. The girls were utterly amazed at how hard their teachers had to work to arrange and prepare a Shabbat experience for them that they will surely never forget! Cheers to a rocking Shabbaton 2014!

Written by Betty Ghonoja, 8th grade student

BookitKosher.com Revolutionizes
the Way Events are Booked

Searching for a caterer or venue for your next social event can be a time-consuming process, but now with BookitKosher, the caterers and venues come to you.

BookitKosher is a free online service that lets you post information about your upcoming event. Once your event is posted, caterers and venues in your area who are registered with BookitKosher receive an email notification of your potential business opportunity. Caterers and venues then submit bid packages during the auction time that you’ve selected, which will include their price, a flexible menu, and any other amenities that they can provide. You’ll receive an email each time a bid is placed, and you can request additional details from each bidder using BookitKosher’s unique messaging system.

You specify the amount of time you want to accept bids, but you can close the auction as soon as you find the right service for your budget, or you can re-post your event if you haven’t found the right caterer or venue during your auction period. Once you’ve found an offer you’re happy with, you can plan the party with your desired bidder. BookitKosher also gives you access to its in-house party-planning experts through its concierge service.

Here’s How BookitKosher.com Works:

STEP 1:Create Your Event. Answer a few simple questions using our unique template. We’ll keep your email private, so you don’t receive any spam. Go about your day, we’ll take it from there.

STEP 2:Get Bids from Acclaimed Vendors. Your event is posted to our registered caterers and venues that suit the job. Every event is overlooked by a specialist to ensure maximum results. Each bid is customized to your needs.

STEP 3:Compare Bids & Hire the Best Vendor. See the full picture: prices, reviews, profiles and more. Compare prices to get a great deal. Once you accept the bid, the deal is finalized.

Participating caterers include Zami, Foremost Ram Caterers, Prestige, Olga’s, Hayat, Catering by Michael Schick, Meisners, and many, more! Coming soon: DJs, florists and photographers.

If you are a caterer or venue that would like to participate, sign up for free at BookitKosher.com!

For more information, feel free to contact Jesse Antebi, CEO at 917-519-5963 or email info@bookitkosher.com.

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Boys Town Jerusalem Students Bring Purim Cheer to Hadassah Hospital Patients

In the weeks before Purim, Boys Town Jerusalem students brought smiles to the faces of patients and staff in hospitals across Jerusalem with festive visits in honor of the holiday. Guitars in hand, the school’s ninth and tenth graders traveled to eight different hospitals and facilities for the disabled to sing, dance and lift the spirits of patients of all ages.  “The minute we walked into the hospital, everybody – patients, doctors, nurses and staff alike – all broke into smiles,” Mordechai Cohen, 16, reported. “This is already one of my happiest Purim celebrations ever!”

Boys Town Jerusalem (BTJ) is one of Israel’s premier institutions for educating the country’s next generation of leaders in the fields of technology, commerce, education, the military and public service. Since its founding in 1948, BTJ has pursued its mission of turning young boys from limited backgrounds into young men with limitless futures. From junior high through the college level, BTJ’s three-part curriculum – academic, technological and Torah – is designed to turn otherwise disadvantaged Israeli youth into productive citizens of tomorrow. Boys Town’s 18-acre campus is a home away from home for its over 900 students. More than 7,000 graduates hold key positions throughout Israeli society.

Investors Bank to be Presented
with Community Leadership Award

Investors Bank will be presented with the Community LeadershipAward at the Jewish Children’s Museum annual dinner on April 7th, 2014. The award recognizes Investors Bank’s deep commitment to the community as shown through its Investors Foundation and the care 2 share affinity program that helps
non-for-profits grow and give back to those who are in need.

The Jewish Children’s Museum in Brooklyn is a unique institution committed to sharing the story of Jewish history with children and adults no matter of their race, gender, or religion. It began as a project to givechildren a greater understanding and awareness of Jewish culture, and has, over the last nine years, evolved into a larger-than-life facility and the only Jewish-themed children’s museum in America.

Children of all ages are enthralled, educated and entertained by four floors of interactive, hands-on exhibits that celebrate Jewish life and provide valuable lessons in tolerance and understanding. The Public School Initiative, launched in September 2009, provides students with free admission, giving them theability to learn about their community neighbors and gain insight into their traditions, in an effort to build bridges and foster respect between individuals.

More than just a museum, the JCM serves as a resource, offering community events and holiday programming including Art Week, Kosher Day, Children’s Safety Day in conjunction with the FBI, and most recently, a President’s Week Food Drive. A town hall style meeting was held for students in conjunction with the NYPD in response to the recent rash of knockout attacks, which served as a golden opportunity to promote better relationships among the residents of Crown Heights.

The Jewish Children’s Museum invites you to support its projects and to pay tribute to the great work done by Investors Bank on behalf of the community. For more information, to make a reservation or to place an ad, visit www.jcm.museum/dinner or contact Mimi at 718-907-8829.

Orthodox Union Commends EEOC
for Protecting Religious Garb and Grooming Practices in the Workplace

The Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations (Orthodox Union), the nation’s largest Orthodox Jewish umbrella organization, commends the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) for its recent publication regarding religious garb and grooming in
the workplace.

On March 6th, the EEOC released a guide to clarify the workplace rights and responsibilities with respect to religious dress and grooming practices under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
In the guidelines, the EEOC clarifies that employers covered by Title VII must “make exceptions to their usual rules or preferences to permit applicants and employees to follow religiously-mandated dress and grooming practices.” In addition to prohibiting the termination of an employee requesting an accommodation, the guidelines also protect individuals of faith against being back-roomed
due to their religious garb and from any direct or indirect employer retaliationas a result of an accommodation request.

Nathan Diament, Executive Director for Public Policy for the Orthodox Union said, “Religious accommodation in the workplace is an issue is of vital importance to the observant Jewish community and indeed all people of faith in this country. The Orthodox Union commends the EEOC for making these detailed clarifications in support of the freedom of religious exercise.”

The full text of the EEOC guidelines, “Religious Garb and Grooming in the Workplace: Rights and Responsibilities,” is available at the EEOC website: http://www.eeoc.gov/eeoc/publications/
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_religious_garb_grooming.cfm.

Ahi Ezer Girls Experience
a Special Shabbaton

This past month, three of Ahi Ezer’s dedicated teachers, Miss Greenblat, Miss Phillip, and Miss Waldman, ran an unforgettable Shabbaton for their spirited 8thgrade students at Miss Phillip’s home.
It began with lighting the Shabbat candles, where the girls felt as if their inspiration was “lit” along with the candles. It was a moving sight to behold as all the students covered their faces to recite the berachah.
At that moment, the girls felt very special and close to Hashem.

Next, the students gathered with siddurimto recite Lecha Dodi.Their voices blended perfectly to create a beautiful melody with which to welcome the Shabbat Queen. Hearing the harmonized voices of this group of Jewish girls united together made one feel as though
Am Yisraelwas truly united again.

When it was timefor the meal to be served, the girls dashed to the kitchen to help put out the food. Their energy and excitement embodied the values of hesed and seizing every mitzvah opportunity imparted at Ahi Ezer Yeshiva. And when the girls sat down to eat, they saw so many delicious and different foods on the table that it was hard for them to choose!

When the scrumptious meal was finished, the girls were presented with a treat of parve ice cream sticks, supplied by Ahi Ezer’s principal, Mrs. Weingarten, and school coordinator, Miss Schorr. Next, they were surprised by a special guest speaker from Ahava ve Achva, a local yeshivah, who told amazing stories about Shabbat. The level of focus the girls displayed showed their teachers that they were as eager to learn outside the classroom as they are inside.

On Shabbat morning, the girls hurried to get dressed for shul in their best clothes. Each girl looked like a true bat Yisraeland prayed with sincere emotion and concentration. They then took a short walk to the Heritage Senior Center, where they visited with the seniors, making them feel loved and appreciated. The girls were filled with pride and joy at the wonderful act of hesed they performed.

After havdalah, the party continued with a trip to Zislick’s ice cream store, where the girls discussed the most inspiring, life-changing Shabbat they had ever experienced. The girls were utterly amazed at how hard their teachers had to work to arrange and prepare a Shabbat experience for them that they will surely never forget! Cheers to a rocking Shabbaton 2014!

Written by Betty Ghonoja, 8th grade student

BookitKosher.com Revolutionizes
the Way Events are Booked

Searching for a caterer or venue for your next social event can be a time-consuming process, but now with BookitKosher, the caterers and venues come to you.

BookitKosher is a free online service that lets you post information about your upcoming event. Once your event is posted, caterers and venues in your area who are registered with BookitKosher receive an email notification of your potential business opportunity. Caterers and venues then submit bid packages during the auction time that you’ve selected, which will include their price, a flexible menu, and any other amenities that they can provide. You’ll receive an email each time a bid is placed, and you can request additional details from each bidder using BookitKosher’s unique messaging system.

You specify the amount of time you want to accept bids, but you can close the auction as soon as you find the right service for your budget, or you can re-post your event if you haven’t found the right caterer or venue during your auction period. Once you’ve found an offer you’re happy with, you can plan the party with your desired bidder. BookitKosher also gives you access to its in-house party-planning experts through its concierge service.

Here’s How BookitKosher.com Works:

STEP 1:Create Your Event. Answer a few simple questions using our unique template. We’ll keep your email private, so you don’t receive any spam. Go about your day, we’ll take it from there.

STEP 2:Get Bids from Acclaimed Vendors. Your event is posted to our registered caterers and venues that suit the job. Every event is overlooked by a specialist to ensure maximum results. Each bid is customized to your needs.

STEP 3:Compare Bids & Hire the Best Vendor. See the full picture: prices, reviews, profiles and more. Compare prices to get a great deal. Once you accept the bid, the deal is finalized.

Participating caterers include Zami, Foremost Ram Caterers, Prestige, Olga’s, Hayat, Catering by Michael Schick, Meisners, and many, more! Coming soon: DJs, florists and photographers.

If you are a caterer or venue that would like to participate, sign up for free at BookitKosher.com!

For more information, feel free to contact Jesse Antebi, CEO at 917-519-5963 or email info@bookitkosher.com.

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