Moms on a Mitzvah

Save the date – October 22, 2015!!

Moms on a Mitzvah is thrilled to announce plans for a grand community Challah/Bread Bake, the first event of its kind.

Moms on a Mitzvah is a team of volunteers which is best known for getting the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) to authorize a medical procedure for six-year-old Elisha Cohen, a”h. The successful campaign involved an online petition which garnered 100,000 signatures in just two weeks. The group has also undertaken numerous other important hesed projects.

The Great Challah Bake in Brooklyn is being run in conjunction with the Shabbos Project, and under the leadership of Rabbi Warren Goldstein, Chief Rabbi of South Africa. It is scheduled to take place at 11:30am on October 22nd, 2015 at the Sephardic Community Center, 1901 Ocean Parkway.

Joining the 400 women participants will be an outstanding lineup of famous chefs, celebrated food authors and leading food bloggers, including Aliza Salem, Barbara Ben Soussan, Chef Chaya, Claudia Bildirici, Emily Massry, Esther Anzarouth, Kelly Cohen,Kim Kushner, Levana Kirchenbaum, Meaningful Dough, Naomi Nachman, Poopa Dweck, Shifra Klien, and Shushy Shine.

Sign up now to join your favorite chef, food blogger or author heading her own table and sharing her unique challah/bread recipe, tips and innovative braiding techniques. Registration will be on a first come, first serve basis.

Follow Moms on a Mitzvah on Instagram at moms_on_a_mitzvah,
or email the group at

Numerous volunteer and sponsorship opportunities are available for this special event, so sign up today to be part of it!

Pizza Plus – Where Pizza and Fun Intersect

There is a new kosher pizza place on 1895 Coney Island Ave, and it’s the place to be if you’re looking for pizza plus a whole lot more!

As soon as you walk into Pizza Plus, you are greeted by the pizza chef, who has a penchant for smiling and a genuine sense of pride in his pizza-making talents. He comes over and explains the assorted foods the way a mother describes food to her child.

There is the famous pesto slice, the penne all vodka slice, the margarita slice, and so much more. Besides the pizza, there is the pasta plus, which is a delicious spin on regular marinara sauce and pasta.
The falafel is fresh and crunchy, and the cheesy bread and chocolate slice are delicious additions to the menu.

Once you place your order, the fun begins. The kids will run towards the back room, and you offer them a parental bribe: “Eat your food like a good kid and I will let you play in the back once you are done.” The kids will eat and then run to the arcade room, which is situated behind a clear glass wall so you can keep an eye on them while you sit and spend some quality time with yourself or with family and friends.

Pizza Plus offers a beautifulprivate party room that seats up to 60 people for any event – bar/bat mitzvah, birthday party, office meeting or party, holiday party, or any other kind of celebration.

Pizza Plus caters to major yeshivas, Jewish community centers, corporate events and offices. If you’re looking for delicious pizza, falafel and much more, along with a fun and clean atmosphere, Pizza Plus is the place to be!!

SAFE: How to Encourage your Teen
to Lead a Healthy Lifestyle

We live in a world filled with both positive and negative influences. Parents talk, nag, pray, and even stalk their kids to make sure they make good choices and stay on the path of safe and constructive behavior. Here are some tips from the SAFE Foundation to help you navigate your teen towards a healthy and productive life:

Know that you as parents have the power to influence your children’s development throughout their teenage years.

Give clear, unambiguous messages about smoking, drugs and alcohol, all the while stressing your love and concern for their well-being.

Study ways to keep the lines of communication open
and flowing.

Be actively involved and demonstrate an interest in your teen’s friends and activities.

While strife and discord strike every family, make sure that you and your spouse are not too distracted with conflict to give your children the attention they need.

Promote wholesome hobbies, pastimes, and friends.

Check with a trained professional to make sure your modes of discipline are not excessively severe, and that you are parenting in a positive and an effective manner.

If your teen has problems with impulsivity, depression,
or other emotional issues, set up counseling with the
appropriate therapist/s.

Persistent patterns of drug use in adolescence are a sign of problems in the teen’s environment that need to be addressed immediately. If you or someone you know needs help, please call the SAFE Foundation’s 24/7, toll-free confidential hotline:
1(866) 569-SAFE (7233).

Support Groups at SBH

Support groups are fast becoming an important and successful part of Sephardic Bikur Holim’s Mental Health Resource division (MHR). The division has been working hard to continue bringing to the community some of the most popular groups from the past year, and to add some exciting new groupsto its list. All the support groups will be held at 425 Kings Highway. The following is a list of upcoming groups.

For Women Only– discussing women’s everyday issues; facilitated by Audrey Grazi, LCSW, Oct 12th– Nov 16th,

Parenting Children with ADHD– parent training and support workshop; facilitated by Regine Galante, PhD, Oct 14th– Nov 18th, 10:30am-11:30am.

Tune in to Your Teens – how to understand & communicate with your teens; facilitated by Ratzon Gholian, LMHC, Oct 15th– Nov 19th, 10:30am-11:30am.

Mothers Without Mothers: You are Not Alone – connect, share & heal; facilitated by Audrey Grazi, LCSW, meets once a month. Please call for details.

How to Gain Cooperation from Any Child– for parents of children ages 2-12; facilitated by Tammy Sassoon, MS ED,
Oct 27th– Nov 17th, 10:45am-12:00pm. $20.00 per session. Participants who attend all sessions receive the last one free. Registration required. Please call 718-787-1100 ext. 315.

New Moms Survival Guide–for moms with babies (newborn to age 2); facilitated by Robin Garrett, LCSW, Oct 12th– Nov 16th, 11:00am. $10.00 per class, last class is free for those who attend all. Registration required. Please call 718-787-1100 ext. 315.

Caregivers Support Group–for those caring for an aging spouse, parent or grandparent; facilitated by Miriam Shamah, MSW, CSW, Thursdays Oct 22nd, Nov 19th, Dec 17th, 11:00am-12:00pm.

When to Worry About Your Child’s Worries:What isNormalAnxiety – and What Isn’t?

Shelley Avny, PhD of the Child Mind Institute will discuss common anxiety symptoms in children. Learn how to recognize and intervene when anxiety in children causes distress that interferes with their daily lives. Tuesday, October 21st, coffee at 10:00am and lecture at 10:30am sharp.

For more information, please contact: Laurie718-787-1100×315 or Miriam718-787-1100×304..

Rodeo Drive East Updates Their Image

On August 10th, Rodeo Drive East re-opened with a brand new look. The iconic Kings Highway store has officially been around for 30 years,
and to celebrate they got a modern makeover.

Designed by Vera Zalta, the store has been modernized into an amazing shopping experience. The store is now expanded and contains new roomy dressing rooms for customer convenience. The feel of the store is clean and sophisticated. A Sonos Sound System has been installed throughout the store. The new look is modern and trendy, just like theclothes.

As always, impeccable customer service greets you as you walk through the door. The sales team is knowledgeable in both fashion and shopping at any budget. The individualized attention customers receive while shopping is like hiring a personal shopper without the price tag.

The clothing remains stylish and modest, which has been the main focus of Rodeo Drive for all these years. “It is not easy to find modest clothing in the department stores these days. Rodeo Drive has been a home for modest community shopping for thirty years. I just want my customers to feel cool and comfortable” said Pola Mitrani, store owner.

A Day of Unity

The prayers at Radin marked the climax of the unique worldwide day of prayer and unity that was observed on
24 Elul (September 8),
the yahrtzeit of the Hafetz Haim (Rav Yisrael Meir Kagan of Radin, 1839-1933). Leading sages assembled to pour out their hearts and beg Hashem to protect the Jewish Nation generally, and in particular, the participants of the daily Daf HaYomi B’Halacha study program, run by the Dirshu organization. As the rain poured down, it seemed as though even the heavens wept together with the great rabbis praying at the gravesite.

With the urging and fervent encouragement of leading Torah sages, Dirshudeclared the Hafetz Haim’s yahrtzeit a special day of Torah and prayer. Hundreds of thousands of Jews around the world took part that day in the daily Daf HaYomi B’Halacha study session, and in the study of the Hafetz Haim’s classic work on the laws of lashon hara (negative speech about other people). Others engaged in heartfelt recitation of Tehillim. Over 200,000 copies of the daily’s learning materials were distributed to yeshivot and synagogues, over 120,000 to boys’ schools, and over 80,000 to girls’ schools and seminaries. In Brooklyn, numerous schools learned and prayed on behalf of the Jewish Nation. Schools throughout Lakewood, Monsey, Toronto, Los Angeles and Houston learned the Hafetz Haim’s works and recited Tehillim.

Rav Dovid Hofstedter, Nasi(Chairman) of the Dirshu organization, remarked, “I don’t know if there was ever a time since the churban [destruction] of Europe where the bet midrash of the Radin Yeshiva was so packed with great talmideh hachamim engaged in Torah and tefillah!”

The prayers and learning were followed by special prayers at the gravesite of the Hafetz Haim.