Monday, May 21, 2018


My Stories

Part 27 (written 2004)

(Continued from previous week)

I found out that a company in California was having these mixers manufactured in Hong Kong and was marketing them through very limited outlets in the US. I contacted them and offered to become

Halachic Organ Donor Society Saves Lives

As a physician it is clear to me people should be organ donors. I know there is a shortage of organs and thousands of people die waiting to get an organ that never gets donated. But I did not know Jews have one of the lowest organ donor rates in the Western world. All Jews and, surprisingly, even secular Jews who have

Relationships Must Involve Loving the ‘Whole’ Person

I’m dating a man named Josh, who I am very interested in. When we are together or even on the phone, he is wonderful. He is kind, interested in what I have to say, interesting and a perfect match for me. When we are out on a date, I never feel the urge to get home already and call it a day. I’m never bored. When we’re on the phone, I

Empty Nest???

“If they still have stuff in the basement and garage, why is it called an empty nest?”

When I saw this quote on a plaque in a gift shop, I was tempted to buy one for each of my children. Open any of my spare-room closets, or check out my basement, and you’ll find souvenirs showing that my offspring

Camp Dora Golding Mourns Mendy Bauman, z”l

(Courtesy of Camp Dora Golding) The Camp Dora Golding Family was deeply saddened to hear about the sudden passing of their beloved board president, Mr. Mendy Bauman, z”l.

The Bauman family’s deep connection to camp spans three decades. Aside from being the camp’s president, Mendy’s wife,

If I Forget Thee, O Jerusalem

For those of you who have been blessed to walk or sleep or pray in the holy city of Jerusalem, you know her magic. It isn’t a myth or some children’s fable. Jerusalem’s magic is a truth that lingers on the lips of anyone who has breathed her sweet air. It’s a magic that follows you for years—even decades—whispering,

Teaneck’s Meir Finkelstein Among YU Valedictorians

(Courtesy of Yeshiva University) Hundreds of students from Yeshiva University’s undergraduate schools received their degrees at YU’s 87th commencement exercises, held at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ, on May 16. Nine of the students were honored with the designation of valedictorian for their outstanding academic

Say Cheese!

This week, in honor of Shavuot, we present fun facts about cheese, brought to you by the American Cheese Society:

  1. 1. Clarification: That’s “American Cheese Society,” not “American-Cheese Society.” This is a real thing. It’s a society devoted to cheese made in America, not a

Carnivorous Classifications

In the 1939 movie “The Wizard of Oz,” Dorothy and her companions find themselves stranded in a scary forest, prompting them to cry out: “Lions and tigers and bears, oh my!” Well, if you are a carnivore with carnivorous cravings, then on the holiday of Shavuot you might find yourself exclaiming “Latkes and tzimmes and blintzes, oh my!” You would do

Video Chat: Google Hangouts Is Back

A while back, I remember working at Verizon, where there was a dedicated room to have video calls. There was a ton of hardware and a unique setup.

Both parties would need to be in similar rooms with the same expensive equipment. To initiate the call, a conference call device used specifically

Lubavitch on the Palisades Marks Lag B’Omer With Carnival

(Courtesy of Lubavitch on the Palisades) Lubavitch on the Palisades celebrated this Lag B’Omer with an extravaganza for the entire family. Lag B’Omer is a day marked on the Jewish calendar as a day of joy, light and happiness. In conjunction with New Jersey Yachad, an organization

Continuing the Dialogue

On Sunday evening, April 22, my husband and I, along with Amudim (a not-for-profit organization that assists individuals and families struggling with addiction), arranged and hosted an awareness event to focus communal attention on the issues around substance abuse and addiction. We had no idea what to expect. We had asked some