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The joy that Lauren Glubo felt about her daughter’s impending marriage was diminished only by the realization that the frail seniors in the social daycare program she runs at the Kaplen JCC on the Palisades in Tenafly would not be able to join her family for the February 15 wedding on Long Island.
Ms. Glubo, a recreational therapist, has headed the Kaplen Adult Reach Center — ARC — nearly since its inception about 25 years ago, and says she still looks forward to coming to work every day. Her goal is making all the participants “feel very special, like we are their best friends. I love each and every one of them.”
So she decided if they couldn’t be at the actual wedding, she would bring a reenacted wedding to them on February 18
It’s a story we hear more and more these days.
Someone’s father, or grandmother, or friend, who once was so active, is no longer able to participate in the activities that previously sustained them.
Whether they have slipped into dementia or simply cannot keep up physically, their lives now must change.
Fortunately, said Susan Marenoff of Tenafly, a sponsor of Lavish Lunches, the Kaplen JCC on the Palisades is tackling this problem, “providing a place for seniors to go to get out of their homes and be social with each other.”
Ms. Marenoff, who has supported the culinary fundraising event for several years, said she finds the event — which benefits the JCC’s Senior Adult Services Department — “probably one of the most fulfilling days of the entire year.”
Rabbi David Ellenson talks about growing up in the South, social justice, the Pew study, and more at Teaneck’s Temple Emeth
Rabbi Dr. David Ellenson’s trip through the Jewish world has been long and strange, beginning in the Orthodox world of Newport News, Virginia; winding through the colonial (for real!) elegance, symmetry, and beauty of the College of William and Mary and the manufactured chaos and real emotion at the Democratic National Convention of 1964, to the presidency of the Reform movement’s Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion.
Now, as HUC’s chancellor, Rabbi Ellenson is looking beyond it to the world of opportunity not-quite-retirement offers.
Rabbi Ellenson will talk about the insights he’s gained over the course of this busy life as he comes to Temple Emeth in Teaneck as the Rabbi Louis J. Sigel scholar in residence from March 13 to March 15.
Congregation Rinat Yisrael and Congregation Beth Sholom, both of Teaneck, are holding a joint study program on March 14.
On the one hand, not so groundbreaking, right? The shuls are “only a few thousand feet apart,” said Avi Mermelstein, a Rinat member who is on the committee preparing for the day.
On the other hand, as is true for most members of most, if not all, shuls in the shul-rich town, people “live in a bubble” — a shul bubble, that is — “and they are focused on their own events and their own congregants,” he added.
And it is also true that Rinat is Orthodox and Beth Sholom is Conservative. That makes the walls that separate them just a bit thicker.
Sometimes bad things happen, and they can ruin your life.
Say that your worst nightmare turns real. Say, perhaps, that the worst possible thing that most people can imagine happens to you. Say that one of your children dies.
What do you do? Do you curl up in a hole, or do you try to go on? Do you try to bring something good out of something terrible?
Elana Prezant of Haworth has decided to take what she learned from her family’s tragedy — the death of her daughter, Stephanie, in a rock-climbing accident three years ago, at 22 — and use that far-too-dear knowledge to help other people.
Working with the Jewish Family Service of Bergen and North Hudson, Ms. Prezant has begun a monthly support group for parents whose children have died. The group is meant to fill a gap that she felt acutely soon after Stephanie died.
Somehow, it seems a bit incongruous to see the words Yiddish and rock in the same sentence.
It’s even more startling to hear the phrase Yiddish rock. Still, says Jeffrey Shandler — a professor of Jewish studies at Rutgers and a scholar of contemporary Yiddish culture — that genre of music not only exists but is thriving.
“There’s a tendency to think of the history of the language as ending, or starting to die out, with the Holocaust,” Dr. Shandler said. “That’s not the case. What changed was who uses the language, and how.”
To demonstrate its use in the musical arena, Rutgers’ department of Jewish studies has joined with the Allen and Joan Bildner Center for the Study of Jewish Life at Rutgers to bring the rock band Yiddish Princess to campus on March 10 to perform a free concert.
Nimrod Elmish is going back to Jersey City.
Twenty years ago, he lived there while he worked as a foreman for Moishe’s Moving, one of the myriad of Israelis who financed their post-Army world trips in the New York City moving business.
Today Mr. Elmish is a symbol of Israeli innovation. He is CEO of Cardboard Technologies, which uses recycled cardboard, plastic, and tires to create sturdy and cheap bicycles.
On Tuesday, he will be speaking at Mana Contemporary, a million-square-foot arts hub in Jersey City. And as it happens — not that Mr. Elmish knew this when he accepted the invitation — Mana Contemporary is a brother company to Moishe’s Moving, named for its founder and owner, Moishe Mana.