Jack Hidary Honored by United Hospital Fund
Distinguished Trustee Awards were presented recently by the United Hospital Fund (UHF), and Maimonides Medical Center is pleased to announce that Jack Hidary was one of the award recipients honored for leadership and extraordinary service.
Mr. Hidary is Chair of Hidrock Realty, a family owned commercial real estate company founded in 1982. He also serves as a trustee for both the Community Burial Society and Maimonides Medical Center.
The United Hospital Fund is a health services research and philanthropic organization whose primary mission is to shape positive change in healthcare for the people of New York.
Maimonides Medical Center is Brooklyn’s pre-eminent healthcare provider and among the largest independent teaching hospitals in the nation. For additional information on the nationally recognized clinical services at Maimonides Medical Center, please visit www.maimonidesmed.org.
The Safe Foundation Presents Slovie Wolff
Having the opportunity to sit on the large, soft sectional in Esther and Jack Sabbagh’s cozy den was just one of the perks of attending the SAFE Foundation’s Parent Program. The other, more significant advantage was hearing Slovie Jungreis-Wolff share her parenting wisdom. Slovie advised fathers and mothers to be courageous leaders, to set reasonable limits, to be good role models, and to be kind.
“Setting limits is not always met with a favorable response,” she began, “but you cannot be afraid that your kids will not like you. We have to figure out how to have productive dialogue and to set effective boundaries. When we parent thoughtfully, calmly, and withcomposure, children listen.”
In emphasizing the power of parents as role models, Slovie stated, “It is how we travel, what we drink, how we treat each other; are we being kind or cruel?”
In conclusion, Slovie remarked, “Who is wise? One who prevents problems, so start when kids are young. Observe the child who pushes your buttons. That is the one who needs the most love. Behind every angry child; there’s pain. What does it take to go in and spend five minutes with that child before bedtime? Give a hug. Give a kiss.”
For more information about hosting, sponsoring, or attending one of SAFE’s Parent Programs, call 866-569-7233×349.
Ahi Ezer Takes Washington by Storm
It’s 6am on Monday May 12, 2015, a cloudy, windy day. Finally, the day circled on our calendars has arrived. The 8th graders of Ahi Ezer Yeshiva were all waiting anxiously for the bus to arrive so they could begin their two-day journey in which they would be united, and which they would remember for many years to come.
Their first stop in Washington was Fords Theater. One student sat in George W. Bush’s seat. Then a man came and spoke about President Lincoln’s assassination. He described the tragedy so vividly that the girls felt as though they were actually there.
The group then headed to the Holocaust Museum, where they experienced an emotional and informative visit. The students viewed the actual wooden beds on which the Jewish victims slept, and the boat that saved thousands of Jews of Denmark. They stepped into an actual cattle cart andthen watched videos of people talking about their experiences during the Holocaust. They came across pairs of shoes from the war, next to which was a note that read, “We are shoes, the last witnesses. We shoes come from grandchildren and grandfathers fromPrague, Paris and Amsterdam. And because we are made of fabric and leather and not of blood and flesh, each one of us avoided the fire.”
The students could not believe their eyes. Their hearts were filled with sadness for these victims and their loved ones.
The girls then made their long-awaited visit to the White House.
After a long day full of both fun and sober reflection, the students boarded a boat, where they ate dinner and prayed.
The following day was action-packed as the girls visited the Smithsonian Mall, the Capitol, the Lincoln Memorial, and the Washington Monument. The day concluded with a visit to a museum where they watched an exhibit about 9/11 at an IMAX theater. The movie was in 4D, and the girls really felt as if they were there andit was happening to them.
Countless memories were created during these two days, and the girls were eager to head home and share them with their families.
The students of Ahi Ezer express their deepest gratitude to the principal and staff for a truly amazing and unforgettable trip.
BLINK Brings First Aid Skills
to High School Students
Eight months ago, BLINK, a division of Hatzalah of the Jersey Shore, began its journey to educate our community in lifesaving skills, such as CPR and the Heimlich Maneuver. When someone goes into cardiac arrest or drowns in a pool, their only chance of living another day and a full healthy life lies in those first few minutes – minutes for which we cannot just rely on Hatzalah, and during which it’s up to those of us who are on the scene to act.
BLINK’s first step was to teach the graduating classes in all our community high schools. As they graduate and move on to their adult lives, whether it’s in Brooklyn, Deal, Israel or elsewhere, they’ll possess the skills needed to save a life.
Baruch Hashem, over the past year BLINK has taught in most of our community schools, including Magen David, Flatbush, YDE, Hillel, Maor, Ilan, Shaare and Ateret. Thanks to the BLINK team and their sponsors, and the excellent classes led by instructor Robby Lederman of Madison Programs, nearly 500 students around the community are now able to save a life.
This summer, BLINK is planning a full week of classes from July 19th-23rd. The classes will be open to entire community, free of charge, to ensure that in every home there will be someone who knows what to do when seconds matter most. The knowledge is simple, but vital. Just two hours of learning can translate into saving the life of a loved one. Those interested in participating are invited toregister at Blinkcpr.org.
Exciting News At Or Hatorah
Yeshivat Or Hatorah is proud to announce the appointment of Rabbi Mair Wolofsky as the new Principal of General Studies in the elementary school. Rabbi Wolofsky brings to Or Hatorah over 30 years of educational experience, 15 of which were spent serving inour community schools, including a period in which he worked as principal in Shaare Torah Elementary School. Over the course of his distinguished career, he earned a reputation as a master teacher and quintessential educator.
Rabbi Wolofsky’s educational philosophy places great importance on fostering students’ self-esteem as an integral part of the educational process. In his new role, Rabbi Wolofsky will continue Yeshivat Or Hatorah’s longstanding tradition of assembling the finest faculty of teachers who will create a nurturing environment for our children.
Rabbi Wolofsky’s professionalism, organizational and leadership skills, and vast knowledge of curriculum, combined with his warmth and love for his students, will help ensure that Or Hatorah’s students maximize their potential and achieve to the very best of their ability.
At Yeshivat Or Hatorah, every staff member is dedicated and devoted to each student, fostering their strong positive growth in all areas, shaping and molding them into fine, well-rounded, superiorly educated beneh Torah.
Prime Ninety Five Transforms
the Culinary Landscape
The kosher culinary world is abuzz with excitement over the recent establishment of Prime Ninety Five, an upscale restaurant offering diners an unparalleled culinary experience.
The culinary team at Prime Ninety Five, led by award-winning celebrity chef Tony Macaroni, features an exclusive array of fine Italian cuisine, steak dishes, authentic Japanese Sushi and a delectable line of exclusive dessert items, all made fresh on premises. The bread is baked in house, the garnishes are produced from scratch, the vegetables are all organic, and the service
Prime Ninety Five has an exclusive VIP room as well as a beautiful party room to accommodate business events, Sheva Berachotand other upscale occasions. One business owner, who recently brought seven associates to Prime Ninety Five for a business meeting, had this to say: “Wow! My colleagues were blown away! They could not believe that we were sitting in a kosher restaurant!”
Indeed, the only thing that parallels the quality and taste of the food is the uncompromisingly strict level of kashrut. The vegetables are carefully inspected, and a mashgiah temidi (supervisor who is constantly present on the premises) does all the actual cooking to ensure the food is 100 percent bishul Yisrael according to all opinions. No stone is left unturned to ensure that Prime Ninety Five deserves the highest kashrut certification, which it has received from the esteemed Kashrut Council of Lakewood (KCL).
Prime Ninety Five is conveniently located at 95 East Kennedy Blvd. in Lakewood, NJ, with plenty of parking available for you and your guests. Whether you are coming from nearby Deal, NJ or from New York or beyond, it will be a worthwhile and memorable trip!
Prime Ninety Five is open Sunday through Thursday from 5pmuntil 11pm. Reservations are recommended to ensure seating availability and prompt attention to you and your party. For more info or to make a reservation call 732 276 7202 or visit their website, www.PrimeNinetyFive.com.
“How Chick’n Soup Saved the Day”
And Other Fun Flavors of Chips Now Available From Ten Acre Snacks
From across the pond comes a range of tasty and uniquely flavored snacks, hailing from the fictional land of Ten Acre Village.
The line of hand-cooked crisps (potato chips) with flavors like “The Day Sweet & Sour Became Friends” and “When Hickory Got BBQ’D” is the brainchild of a Manchester, England company who set out to make premium chips that not only meet the “free from,” vegan, kosher and non-GMO requirements, but are also fabulously crunchy
The owners of Ten Acre Snacks were inspired to launch their own line of chips because of the lack of availability of any truly premium and dietary-sensitive potato chips in their area.
Today, the company proudly offers an outstanding line of premium crisps. At the helm is the flagship flavor, “How Chick’n Soup Saved the Day,” inspired by the adage that chicken soup is Jewish penicillin. Currently, there are five flavors launching in the United States, with similarly humorous names and delicious tastes.
A line of “handpicked” popcorn (picked at famous Popcorn Orchards in Ten Acre Village, of course), already available in England, will soon be introduced in the U.S. According to whimsical Tony Goodman, “In Ten Acre, our Chick’n Soup crisps are made by chickens, not from chickens.”
All Ten Acre products are gluten and dairy free, and non-GMO, and are also vegetarian, vegan, halal and certified kosher in the U.S. by both the OU and Rabbi Eckstein.
All are invited to visit the imaginary world of Ten Acre Village, where you can become a resident, see where the popcorn is made (at the popcorn orchard at Popperley House), and peruse the books at Ten Acre Village’s bookshop, where The Amazing Adventures of Salt And Vinegar is most popular.
Says Tony Goodman, “The Ten Acre Village is just a fun and whimsical extension of our products, our British sense of humor, if you will. It’s meant for children of all ages, especially the ‘grown-ups’.”
Seriously, though, it’s actually the love of storytelling that brought about Ten Acre, the desire to bring front and center the fun of storytelling and encourage story writing competitions.
Ten Acre Snacks are available in 1.4-oz. packages and retail for $1.00–$1.29 per bag, and five packages at $2.99–$3.99 per bag, in varying flavors. They are available at kosher and gourmet stores throughout the U.S. and are distributed in the United States by Kayco.
Backyard Kitchen: Mediterranean Salads
Sarina Roffé, whose recipes have also been featured in
The NY Times Jewish Cookbook and Joan Nathan’s Jewish Cooking in America, has released Backyard Kitchen: Mediterranean Salads. The book is available on Amazon and through many bookstores. Proceeds benefit the Sephardic Heritage Project, a 501c3 charitable organization (sephardicheritageproject.org).
A noted journalist, Sarina Roffé has published hundreds of articles in journals, newspapers and magazines, as well as many recipes, specializing in Sephardic history, culture and genealogy.
In the first in a series of user-friendly cookbooks, Roffé includes authentic recipes for Middle Eastern salads, couscous salads and pickles. The book is brought to life by design director Ruby Buckris, photographer Michelle Dayan and food stylist Elliot Chrem. Appealing to the senses, it’s perfect for vegetarians, the diet conscious, beginners and kosher cooks. The book also has links to video demonstrations.
Sarina is the creator of Sarina’s Sephardic Cuisine (sarinassephardiccuisine.com), an iPhone app, and writes a cooking blog. Her interest in Sephardic cooking began as a child, when she watched and assisted her mother, Renee Salem Missry, grandmother, Esther Salem, and aunts, in the kitchen. These experiences included cooking for large numbers of people, entertaining, and preparing and organizing menus.
The inspiration for Backyard Kitchen came from Sarina’s grandmother, Esther Cohen Salem, the first Syrian Jewish caterer in Brooklyn, NY, who began in the mid-20th century, when weddings and special occasions were usually held in the home. Esther converted her garage into a backyard kitchen, and the basement served as a storage area for gallons of pickles and imported Syrian spices. The backyard kitchen became the center of life for the surrounding community, and the place where Sarina, her sisters and her cousins learned to prepare this unique Middle Eastern cuisine. Sarina picked up her grandmother’s art, crafting every dish with care and love.
Sarina learned the secrets, techniques and subtleties of Syrian cooking that make the difference between a good cook and a great chef. She wanted to pass on the lessons learned from the women in her family to her children as a way of preserving Sephardic culture.
Sarina is also the author of the entry, “Food and Drink, Modern Period: Syria” in the Encyclopedia of Jews in the Islamic World (Brill, Leiden, 2014).