Saturday, December 07, 2019

Simcha Link

Making Chanukah Meaningful

We love the symbols of Chanukah: bright flames on our hand-picked menorahs, dreidels to play with, latkes and sufganiyot to eat. It’s all too easy to lose the meaning behind these treasured traditions. Rabbi Ephraim Simon, director of Chabad House in Teaneck, and Rebbetzin Nechama Simon, former preschool

Officiating a Simcha in Nigeria

 When was the last time you heard of friends packing their bags and securing airline tickets to attend a bar mitzvah—in sub-Saharan Africa? Yet that’s precisely what happened six months ago, when a delegation of three left their more familiar Jewish haunts in New England to wend their way to a synagogue in the southeastern

Make an Autumn Simcha With Seasonal Touches

As the weather cools, outdoor chuppahs and barbecues transition into more indoor-focused parties. Let the choices you make reflect the beauty of the season and the personalities of the chosson and kallah or bar/bat mitzvah whose big day you are celebrating.

Party planner Deena Greenstein, LBK Events,

Dating Decisions: A YUConnects Survey

What affects the millennial’s mind? How does today’s young adult population decide whom to date? With the prevalence of online dating apps, abundant social activities and the ability to access more names than ever before, match suggestions come in from sources both far and near.  YUConnects, the popular matchmaking program serving as

Is There Such a Thing as Too Much Planning?

There was a bar mitzvah in my town recently (mazal tov, Nathan!), and since my son was one of the few boys in the grade not in sleepaway camp this summer, we were able to host the few other boys who were also home. My colleague also attended a bar mitzvah that same Shabbat, one that was held at the sleepaway camp where the boy is

Emunah Annual Vacation Village Shabbat Nachamu Concert Rocks

(Courtesy of Emunah) On August 15, Shabbat Nachamu, Emunah welcomed Benny Friedman to Vacation Village who filled the room with light! It was an incredible concert attended by over 350 people to benefit Emunah’s children at risk in our five residential homes in Israel. 


American Olim Spread Joy in Israel Through Flower Donations

(Courtesy of Israel Blooms) Two American Olim—Carla Sprung, formerly of New Jersey, and Karen Levine of California—recently launched Israel Blooms, a non-profit flower donation service dedicated to bringing smiles to Israel’s needy through flowers donated after events.

The long-time

Center Circle

At Jewish celebrations, the hora is danced in a series of concentric circles, with the guests of honor typically in the center. As the circles spin round and round, guests in the outer circles angle and compete for the coveted center status. It is a chance to dance with the stars of the show and to show your jealous friends that

Simcha ChipIn Makes Chipping In Easy

Simcha ChipIn, a brand-new website designed to simplify group and individual gifting, is excited to deliver new ways to enhance simchas, no matter the occasion. The brainchild of Tova Lutz, the service combines individual ChipIns to send beautiful gifts to bar and bat mitzvahs, birthday parties, engagement parties, teacher

Enjoy Your Outdoor Entertaining This Summer

Summer has finally come, the weather is warm, camp has begun and July 4 is just around the corner. When the weather is nice, barbecues or even dairy al fresco meals become a no-brainer. Independence Day barbecues are just the start of frequent outdoor events. So if you’re looking for ways to take the outdoor oasis up a notch,

Make Flowers Part of Your Shavuot Table

Just like that, another seven weeks of sefira have almost passed. As the days to Shavuot near, and Jews prepare to receive the Torah, everyone is also busy preparing the perfect tablescape and Pinterest-worthy foods for guests to enjoy. Of course, floral arrangements for Shavuot are a given, but if anyone wants to try

Putting the Simcha Back Into Simchat Yom Tov

Any chag is a time of simcha for the Jewish people, and Pesach, known as “Zman Cheiruteinu” or the “Time of Our Freedom” has tremendous potential for simcha. Pesach is steeped in strong customs just as much as halacha, and stories about “what Bubbie used to do” infuse the

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