Sacred Spaces is developing the Safeguarding Children Campaign, the first open-source online community for Jewish youth-serving organizations (YSO) partnering together to prevent child maltreatment. The platform will feature Do-it-Yourself resources on 10 best practices in child protection, connect participants with other Jewish youth-serving organizations participating in the campaign, and provide guidance from expert consultants on implementing these best practices.
The Westchester Jewish community is proud to be leaders in protecting children in our youthserving organizations. This event featured Dr. Shira Berkovits, Founder and CEO of Sacred Spaces.
Dr. Shira Berkovits is a psychologist and attorney who founded Sacred Spaces to create a systemic solution to the issue of abuse of power in Jewish institutions. As CEO of Sacred Spaces, she has worked with Jewish communities across five continents to prevent, handle, and heal from institutional abuse. Her book, The Child Safeguarding Policy Guide, was released last summer and was an immediate Amazon bestseller. Selected as an inaugural Wexner Field Fellow and named to The Jewish Week’s 2017 36 Under 36 for her pioneering work on abuse prevention, Dr. Berkovits trains, investigates, and reviews policies for Jewish organizations around the world. She sits on the board of numerous antiabuse organizations including the Academy on Violence and Abuse, Male Survivor, and Kol V’Oz, and her writing is regularly cited as groundbreaking material in the field of abuse prevention.
Dr. Berkovits spoke about:
● Westchester initiatives already underway
● Concrete action steps all members of our community can take
● How organazations can become an early adopter of the Safeguarding Children Campaign
We did an interview with Dr. Shira Berkovits,Founder and CEO of Sacred Spaces, Aaron Steinberg, Hebrew Institute of White Plains Board Member and Adina Frydman,Executive Director, Community LAB/Resource at UJA-Federation of New York,
This program made possible by UJA-Federation of New York.
A man armed with a semiautomatic assault-style rifle stormed the Tree of Life synagogue here Saturday and shot worshipers during Shabbat services, killing 11 and wounding six in the deadliest attack on Jews in the history of the United States.
The mass shooting targeted members of a synagogue that is an anchor of Pittsburgh’s large and close-knit Jewish community, a massacre that authorities immediately labeled a hate crime as they investigated the suspect’s history of anti-Semitic online screeds.
Vigils across the nation have brought people together from all religions and backgrounds. In response to this past weekend’s tragedy in Pittsburgh, the White Plains inter-religious community gathered at Congregation Kol Ami on Sun for a service of prayer, of kaddish, of song, silence and sacred solidarity. All were welcome, so please join us for healing.People came together in solidarity, courage and hope. See part of the program through 360 experience.
We spoke with Tony Bianchi of Halloween Adventure about Halloween Trends 2018. New York Costumes (Halloween Adventure in the East Village) has the largest retail selection of costumes, wigs, masks, props, and decor in New York City. They also have costume and prop rentals, as well as a magic section.
Infused with an insanely organized and creative atmosphere, their shop offers a unique shopping experience!
Halloween Adventure has Halloween costumes, and accessories for adults, kids, and even pets!
When capturing Israel experiences it is critical to have the right tools. In this age, our mobile devices are the way we share, connect and tell stories. Recently, Israeli actress Gal Gadot became the spokeswoman for Huawei. Huawei’s market share surpassed Apple’s in June and July, according to figures from Counterpoint Research.
Huawei Mate 10 Pro can capture incredible moments. From the Stalactite Cave Nature Reserve in low light to the Kotel . The intelligent Leica Dual Camera with AI powered real-time scene and object recognition delivers exceptional image quality with minimal effort.
With a large 4000 mAh battery coupled with smart battery management that learns from user behaviors, power-waste is minimized and battery life maximized. A full day of power for even heavy duty users. As you are traveling around Israel one of the things you need is the right cellular provider. Global Cellular/Israel Phones is the leader in providing short term and long term rentals for sim cards, mifi devices, phones and data. When you are doing Facebook Live, virtual tours and uploading content you need to know what plan works best for you. If you are on a Taglit-Birthright Israel trip, mission, or long term stay you have a choice of various affordable plans for all of your social needs. Two things you need to check before you order is what type of sim card you need (mini sim or standard) and make sure your phone is unlocked. If you don’t get your phone unlocked you will not be able to use any cellular service. They have top notch customer service that can help you through your process.
If you are looking for some fun things to do around Jerusalem for children there are some affordable attractions 20 minutes drive form the center of the city. Eretz Bereshit – Genesis Land is an exciting place for children to travel back to the ancient world. At Eretz Bereshit you are greeted by Eliezer and brought into the tent of Avraham. You take part in the Biblical story when you ride a camel to the tent and partake in some light refreshments from the couple known for their hospitality. Visitors are given clothes to wear from Biblical times and have a chance to meet Biblical characters. At the end of your visit you receive a camel license. Another unique experience is the City of David. City of David is an exciting ancient attraction with a vibrant visitor’s center that welcomes visitors for an dynamic tour to the site, archaeological digs, jeep rides, segway tours, and a famous water hike. These activities are great for ages 5+ and especially for teenagers. You can bring your own tour guide or request a guide when you make a reservation.
Tel Aviv is known for it’s beaches and nightlife. If you are looking for some incredible food and relaxing environment Namal Tel Aviv is the place to explore.
Innovation comes in different shapes and sizes. We have seen how companies like Away is disrupting the luggage industry, Baubax is transforming the travel gear space and how Kosher Innovations is helping travelers with dynamic tech for shabbat. An Israeli start up HotMat developed a unique portable warming tray for shabbat. The HotMat was invented and designed by Jerusalem born and bred industrial designer Rafi Gabbay, graduate of the exclusive Bezalael Academy’s Master in Design program.The idea was born when Rafi, still a student at Hadassah College Design School, sketched some ideas for his final project. The idea of a foldable warming tray emerged and with it the determination to transform the idea into a real product. Drawing on his rich experience in product development and design, Rafi then began the fascinating journey of turning his sketch into a product.
In 2009 Rafi founded Rolla RWT Ltd., a registered company, together with high-tech entrepreneur Yossi Tsuria and others. The name Rolla hints at the original concept of a rollable heating tray. In subsequent years, Rafi worked in conjunction with external advisors and engineers to develop a truly unique product. Initial engineering assistance came from Eng. Jerry Greenwald and initial support came from the PresentTense Organization. In later stages, Rafi collaborated with engineers worldwide in the fields of material engineering, heat dispersion, etc. to develop the HotMat – transforming vision into reality in terms of both design and performance.
As Bar Mitzvah season kicks off this summer many people travel far and wide to celebrate with friends and family. This fall my family is participating in a superhero theme Bar Mitzvah in Israel. Marvel has done an outstanding job in getting into the imagination of young adults and families around the globe . One of the challenges for parents is merging the practical with the imagination. As a father of a 5 year old, I searched far and wide for something that could work for a simcha, shabbat and holidays. I came across Fun.com and their Fun Suits. From Spiderman Secret Identity Suits for kids to adults Marvel Suits it was a perfect blend for the special occasion. This type fashion is unique because it empowers young adults by giving them confidence while tapping into their passion. With a serious outside look and a fun ensemble children and adults can enhance any Bar Mitzvah or Shabbat experience.
Technology is transforming the way we tell stories. Now, you can capture a Bar Mitzvah experience through Virtual Reality (VR) and 360 degree camera’s. An Israeli company Vuze has become a leader in the VR field. Founded in 2000, HumanEyes is an expert in 3D, computer vision, and image processing with 70+ patents. Creators of the Vuze VR camera, the first consumer virtual reality 360 3D camera and integrated studio with super-simple automatic VR movie production which was released in Q1 2017. The Vuze camera has won several awards and has been used in the depths of the oceans and in space, on-board the International Space Station. Headquarters are in Neve Ilan Communication Center, Israel. The management team is comprised of experienced business leaders from Cisco, Hewlett Packard, Ricoh, Clarion, Sony, and Nice. The main shareholder is Landa Ventures, managed by Mr. Benny Landa an industry pioneer.
We spoke with Max Bogue is Co-Founder of WobbleWorks, Inc., the parent company of 3Doodler at #CEWEEK NY. For WobbleWorks Co-Founders, Maxwell Bogue and Peter Dilworth, the 3D printing pen was an invention of accidental genius, creativity and quick thinking. Inspiration struck after a traditional 3D printer missed a line near the end of a 14-hour print job, leaving an unplanned gap in a finished piece. That’s when it hit Bogue and Dilworth – Instead of starting over, why not take the head off the printer and fill in the gap manually? A day later, the first 3Doodler 3D printing pen was born. It was a clumsy looking device featuring a collection of gears, a heater unit, and the printhead of his now dismantled 3D printer. The words “3Doodler” were embossed on its side and colored in green and red in felt tip pen. The rest is history. Bogue and Dilworth joined forces with co-founder Daniel Cowen in 2012, and the 3Doodler went on to raise nearly $4 million USD in two successful Kickstarters and has since become the best-selling 3D printing product of all-time.
We checked out AirSelfie 2 at CE Week NY . AirSelfie is an innovative new photo – video -tech concept developed by a group of visionaries and made available to all thanks to AirSelfie Holdings. The idea behind it is as simple as it is brilliant: why should we put up with videos and selfies limited by what our smartphones can do? AirSelfie empowers people to capture and share their most special moments and memories in an incredible and unique way. It had to be simple to use, safe and easy to carry around. So, thanks to an international team of developers and engineers and designers, AirSelfie Group researched and created a flying camera that exceeds all current standards. AirSelfie goes beyond anything on the market, breaking the rules that have dominated the sector so far.
The Venture Team
AirSelfie – the product and its accessories – has been designed by an international team of talent hailing from all over the world. Developers and engineers from Shanghai, Italian designers, experienced corporate leaders all coordinated by the AirSelfie Holdings Group, which through its affiliates, manages development, production and distribution globally.
Whisky Jewbilee now in in 7th year has provided whisky enthusiasts an incredible event last week. The Wandering Que & Ari White provided guests with delicious food and incredible experience. We spoke with Joshua Hatton President & CEO, Whisky Jewbilee about the evolution of Whisky Jewbilee. #WhiskyJewbilee #Whisky #NYCEVENT