Posts Tagged ‘Rochel Burstyn’

Chaim Cohen with daughters Basya and Yehudis

Team TAV

Orthodox team set to run event as fundraiser. Rochel Burstyn Contributing Writer A new team has hit the ground running. Rochel Leah Black of Southfield became a runner nine years ago. Some energetic friends raved about running; they seemed healthy and happy, so she decided to try it. She instantly loved it, finding running to…

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one of the Werner brothers riding a bike with a wagon pulling a small traveling Sukkah.

Traveling Sukkah

Rochel Burstyn Contributing Writer The Werner brothers are miniature Chabad emissaries taking the Sukkot mitzvah to neighbors. Folks can get creative with erecting a sukkah, as it can be out of almost any material. What’s sweet is when the youngest of kids get in on the action and head outside to share what they’ve learned…

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For Openers: Room For More Meanings, Especially About Sukkot

I love how when you’re talking to someone, it can be so clear to you exactly what you mean; you’re both nodding away and then you come to a sudden crossroads mid-conversation and realize you both meant something entirely different. Like when a kid comments on how ancient someone is, “like, at least, thirty-FIVE!” and…

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Rabbi Yehuda Kaplan shows off two shofars from his collection. Photo by Yona Burstyn

Horns And More

Rochel Burstyn Contributing Writer Local rabbi shares his collection of shofars to educate others. Many folks are preparing for Rosh Hashanah by dusting their shofars and practicing their blowing, but Rabbi Yehuda Kaplan of Oak Park is not actually a baal tokaya (shofar blower). If he were going to practice blowing all his shofars, it…

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JHCN pet visit specialist Rosalind Zukowski and her 3-year-old mini labradoodle, Frannie, visit Hilda Bloom

Enriching Lives

Rochel Burstyn Contributing Writer Jewish Hospice and Chaplaincy Network offers programs to bring comfort, joy to those near the end of life. Physical suffering often requires more than just treating physical pain to feel relief, and the Jewish Hospice and Chaplaincy Network (JHCN) takes this understanding to heart. When Carole Jo Lasser, a gifted pianist…

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The Klein brothers supplied soldiers with soft drinks and snacks — and big hugs of thanks.

Hugs And More

Rochel Burstyn Contributing Writer Oak Park brothers visit IDF soldiers near Gaza. Brothers Noah Klein, 35, and Yosef Klein, 31, found themselves in Israel for three days in July following a family celebration. Noah decided to visit Israeli soldiers to thank them personally for their service. He hired a driver, who suggested visiting the often-overlooked…

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new grandparents cool elder lady making rock on sign

For Openers: Beyond Bubbie & Zayde

Rochel Burstyn When my oldest was about 2, I took out my wedding album and carefully, carefully (“Don’t touch it; don’t breathe on it; just look!”) looked through the pictures with him. When we came to a picture of me sitting with my mother, mother-in-law, two grandmothers and my husband’s grandmother, my little one pointed…

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painted rocks. rock painting

Michigan Rocks!

Rochel Burstyn Contributing Writer Rock painting and hiding are a fun family pastime. If you’re out and about this summer and spy a flash of color, check it out. It could be a hidden painted rock. Its sole purpose: to bring you a smile. The rock painting craze is simple: People paint rocks and hide…

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Rochel Burstyn

The Gift Of Receiving

Sometimes the most memorable gifts are not particularly expensive nor even useful. For example, once, many years ago, on a trip to my hometown, I purchased a small bouquet of flowers for my bubbie before Shabbat. My kids, very young at the time, instantly began arguing about who should have the honor of actually giving…

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