How Sports Can Help Your Children Achieve

hp-003Sports activities provide positive opportunities for children. However, they can also cause some problems. Many parents believe that participation in sports will enhance children’s school accomplishments, while others believe that sports get in the way of their children’s achievement. Whether they help or distract from achievement depends on the extent of the child’s involvement and the type of experiences they have.

Internet Safety – Frightening Statistics

hp-003Social media is no longer something new, however it is still something incredible. It has changed the way we do business and interact with friends and family. Most people have at least one social media account that they use regularly and many tweens/teens use social media as a primary form of communication.

SCF and OU Advocacy-Teach NYS Achieve Ground Breaking Changes for Children with Special Needs

hp-002The Sephardic Community Federation (SCF) and its coalition partner OU Advocacy TEACH-NYS, as well as Agudath Israel, worked with legislators to secure votes for the Special Ed bill in Albany that would help relieve the challenges families with children with special needs face at the NYC Department of Education (DOE). This bill had been brought before state legislators over the years by other organizations but never passed. It was not until OU Advocacy-Teach NYS stepped in that an agreement was reached.

Due to our advocacy in Albany, NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio agreed to work with NYS Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver to implement sweeping changes within the NYC DOE for families with children with special needs, outside of the state legislation framework.

New York News

Greenfield, NYS Assemblyman David Weprin, Eric Goldstein, Executive Vice President UJA-Federation of NY and Michael Miller, Executive Vice President and CEO of JCRC.

Greenfield, NYS Assemblyman David Weprin, Eric Goldstein, Executive Vice President UJA-Federation of NY and Michael Miller, Executive Vice President and CEO of JCRC.

Following the sixth summer drowning death this simmer, Borough President Eric Adams and Council Member Mark Treyger called for reforms to the citywide approach towards water safety. They held a conference at the Stillwell Avenue entrance to the Coney Island Boardwalk, a short distance from where 10 year old Takara McDuffy drowned while swimming in the surf with her sister. It also followed the drowning deaths of a 2 year old girl in Prospect Park Lake, a 29 year old man in Coney Island, a 21 year old man in Williamsburg and two 13 year old boys in the Bronx River. Borough President Adams handed out flyers to beach goers with water safety tips that he, in conjunction with the Swim Strong Foundation, released to the public two weeks earlier.
Shortly after the death of two-year-old Ruhshona Kurbonova, BP Adams held a press conference in Grand Army Plaza.  He was joined by Ruhshona’s family, as well as representatives from the Swim Strong Foundation, a non-profit organization that works with children and adults to combat drowning through affordable swim lessons.

Senator Felder and Attorney General Schneiderman Warn About Scams

irsSenator Simcha Felder recently sent out an urgent message about an IRS scam that is plaguing our neighborhood. Victims are told they owe money to the IRS and it must be paid promptly through a debit card or wire transfer.

Tunnels and Terrorism

Untitled-1Since the beginning of Operation Protective Edge, IDF forces have uncovered at least 31 tunnels leading from Gaza into Israel. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu revealed that Hamas planned to attack Israel from the tunnels in a coordinated, simultaneous attack. Later the IDF learned that Hamas planned to launch their attack on Rosh Hashanah. They were going to send 200 terrorists per tunnel into six different ‘settlements’ near the Gaza border to murder or kidnap as many Israelis as possible.

Remembering Humanitarian And Hero Chiune Sugihara

japan-humanitarianIn the aftermath of World War II, the world was stunned by the staggering amount of destruction, death, and atrocities. Among the many atrocities, the Holocaust stands out as a unique crime—the deliberate attempt of the German Nazi state to murder every Jew in Europe. Two out of three Jews were killed as the world stood by. The few who survived did so because they were lucky—or, in a very few cases, because they were helped. One unlikely helper was Chiune Sugihara, a career Japanese diplomat posted to Lithuania in November 1939 just a few months after the Germans invaded Poland, launching the war.

The Many Benefits of Fruit

fruit999We live in Brooklyn, where there are fruit stands on practically every corner, so why is it that many people are not eating the recommended amount of fruit each day?
Fruits contain beneficial vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, and some are so nutritious and delicious they should be part of your daily diet. Following are the most vitamin-rich fruits you can eat.

Read Jewish Image Magazine Online – August 2014

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Chabad’s Jewish General Store on Wheels at the Gaza Border

Soldiers around the mitzvah tank receiving snacks

Soldiers around the mitzvah tank receiving snacks

When we see someone offer to help a senior with packages or pick up a fallen child and caress him, we feel good because we sense that is how things should be—this is what humanity is all about.
I have seen young men dedicate themselves to the soldiers of the IDF. Their guiding principles being: it’s all about the other guy, whatever the soldier needs, I am here. If he needs a cold drink, a hot drink, a snack; if he needs to talk or he needs someone to listen, or he wants to put on tefilin, or perhaps to dance, that is why I am here.

Talking Matters – Have You Had “That” Conversation with Your Children?

sbh logoIt’s back to school time, and as parents we have a lot to accomplish.

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Talking Matters Parent Education Workshop

Most of you are probably wondering, “What is it? Why haven’t I heard about this before? Is it a school requirement?” The answer is no, it is not a school requirement but a parenting requirement.
As we raise our children we go to all kinds of parenting classes to learn about instilling self-confidence, discipline (1-2-3 Magic!), how to deal with teenagers, etc. We want to be the best parents we can be! At the same time, we protect them by teaching them about safety. Every parent knows to say to their children, “Don’t go in the street,” “Don’t talk to strangers,” “Wear a helmet.”