New Solution to Slow Down Nearsightedness

Research has shown by the year 2050 almost 50 percent of the world population will be nearsighted, almost 5 billion people! Currently, children play less than 1.5 hours each day outdoors. The average child uses some form of digital device between four-six hours per day. These factors including one or both parents wearing eyeglasses have contributed to this worldwide problem. Until recently the only solution to blurry vision was thicker stronger prescription eyeglasses. Countries around the world have done extensive studies of this epidemic. Poor vision contributes to work inefficiencies, errors, poor self-esteem, and long-term increased risk of cataracts, glaucoma, and retinal degeneration – even among all social classes and economic hierarchies. Now, there are solutions that can slow down this never-ending progression of nearsightedness. Special eyedrops used at bedtime, custom fit multifocal daily soft contacts, and nighttime sleeping contacts that relieve the child of daytime eyeglasses are all valuable well-documented methods to mitigate this worldwide problem. Ask your optometrist about these life changing proven methods to slow your child’s vision impairment between 40-60 percent!

For more information, please contact Dr. Ezra E. Cohen, Myopia Management Consultant, at or 718-946-5060.

Genizah Alert!

With Purim past, and Pesach cleaning present, our houses become a whirlwind of heightened excitement and activity. Spray bottles and Bounty come out of the closet and spring cleaning begins! All the clutter that was shoved away in the coat closets and drawers gets tackled full force with a garbage bag on hand. Then, the time comes to clean the kids’ schoolbags. Shoved papers, old tests, and forgotten snacks start making their way towards the garbage can.

But wait! We don’t always pay attention to what is getting thrown away. Our children have been collecting sheets that contain divrei kedusha! Holy books are not the only items part of the laws of genizah. Do we ever stop to wonder what can be thrown away and what cannot?

Keep in mind when cleaning:

  • Genizah includes books and papers alike.
  • Genizah does not only have to include Hashem’s name, it can even include a simple pasuk.
  • How to care for old tzitzit.
  • A child’s written school work can be more holy than a printed book.

The Mishna in Pirkei Avot says, “Whoever honors the Torah he himself is honored by people.” The Rambam explains that this applies to honoring the books that were written as well. Join Rabbi Joey Mizrahi by raising awareness on this very important topic. For further information and details of what should be put into genizah, call or text Rabbi Joey at 347- 598 -3215.

New York COVID-19 Testing Sites

Thousands of New Yorker’s are being tested each day for the coronavirus,
and many of them are pulling up for drive-through tests at sites across the New York City area.

The drive-thru sites are by appointment only. To make an appointment, call the New York City Health Department Coronavirus hotline at 888-364-3065.

Below is a list of drive-through test sites as of March 23, 2020. As always, please contact your doctor before getting tested.

Coney Island Hospital Drive Through

2601 Ocean Parkway

By appointment only

Call (888) 364-3065 or 311 or
(929) 296-4248

Staten Island Drive Through

777 Seaview Ave, Staten Island,
NY 10305

By appointment only

Call the Health Department Coronavirus hot-line at
(888) 364-3065

Dr Jack Fatiha (Insurance Needed)

701 Ave U

By appointment only

(718) 336-0100

Quality First Urgent Care

6010 Bay Parkway

No appointment needed

Call (718) 475-1700

11:00am – 11:00pm

Ahava Medical

2555 Nostrand Ave

No appointment needed

Call (718) 951-8800 or
(718) 790-4270

Sunday: 10:00am – 4:00pm

Monday-Thursday: 9:00am – 7:00pm

Friday: 10:00am: 9:00am- 4:00pm

Saturday: closed