Salt & Pilpel

Connecting Jewish Americans and Israelis in North NJ

Achinoam Nini coming to NYC December 28, 2010

Hi everybody , 

We are starting the new year in NYC on January 10, 2011, with a concert at the City Winery, 155 Varick street between Spring and Vandam, at 8 pm.
A very classy place.
we are doing an acoustic set featuring a very talented young pianist by the name of Hila Kooilk.
Always exciting to play in the city of my childhood. So strange, as I sit in my home by the sea in Israel, with three children and 20 years of career behind me  and dreams of peace in the middle east before me, that once upon a time I was a little girl that called NY home and wandered her streets with a mixture of confidence, wonder and longing in my dark eyes… (that much hasn’t changed! …)
 Whoever is in the big apple, we would be so happy to see you…!
Until then, happy new year and may only good things come your way.


Invitation to direct December 20, 2010

Dear friends,

Salt and Pilpel is growing and looking to create a board of directors that will help with its operation. As you know, we are operating with no profit, aiming to join hearts in fun activities meant to bond Jewish people of all denominations, languages, all walks of life together as one big, diverse community.

No, no one is making any money off of it, it’s all voluntarily done. If you paid any charges for an activity you participated in, it was the cost of that activity and none of us got monetarily richer.

We DID, however,  enriched our souls.


This is why we are sending you this email today.

We got so many great suggestions from many of you – our members, we thought the entire community can benefit if everyone is involved.


We are turning to you today to support our efforts and serve in one of the following steering committees:

  • Think tank committee – think up new ideas for activities, innovations, etc. and plan them out.
  • PR committee – bring more members into our circle of friends, PR our achievements and events.
  • Operational committee – chairing actual projects and task forces, bring concepts to completion.
  • Legalities – be our legal/insurance advisor.


You don’t need to be experienced in this – if you care about your Jewish community and have the drive to help – you are invited!

We will all decide on the scope of our activities, commitments and time frames as we convene for our first meeting.


So, are you in?



הרצאה בנושא משמעת ואחריות December 19, 2010

ישראל הקטנה

AT The JCC of the greater Five towns

מזמינים אתכם להרצאה בנושא משמעת ואחריות עם הפסיכולוגית חינוכית -חלי ברק


ביום שלישי


בשעה 8:15 בערב

Social hall באולם ה

JCC of greater five town, 207 grove ave, Cedarhurst, ny.

משמעת ואחריות
בהרצאה יוסברו מחד הצורך האנושי בגבולות, ומאידך הקשיים בשמירת גבולות על ידי דמויות הסמכות (הורים, מורים) בעידן המודרני. אנו בתקופה המעבירה מסרים סותרים של צורך בסמכות ומשמעת מחד, וצורך בדמוקרטיה מאידך. בהרצאה נכיר את הפרשנויות האישיות שיש לכל אחד מאתנו על ‘המשמעת הרצויה’. במיוחד נתמקד בציפיות הלא ריאליות שיש לרבים למשמעת מלאה, מהירה, ‘מחייכת’ והגיונית. ציפיה ל’משמעת פנימית’- אחריות, במקום שאינה אפשרית. ציפיות אלו גובות מחיר יקר של כעס מיותר המפחית מיעילות תהליך המשמעת. בהרצאה יוצע מודל ציפיות ריאלי המתאים למשמעת לילדים בגילאי הגן ועד גיל ההתבגרות. נדבר על טכניקות מרכזיות ‘לדבר משמעת’ עם ילדים (בבית/בכתה), להיות ‘קשים לבעיה ורכים לבני האדם’, לשמור על גבולות אך בדרך הומניסטית ומכבדת.


עלות הערב 15 לאדם

לפרטים נוספים ניתן לפנות לחלי

516-569-6733, ext. 205



Mt. Carmel on Fire December 4, 2010

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Up until now 4 million trees have been burned to the ground in the fire that raged Thursday morning in the Carmel forest. An area of Carmel mountains near Haifa. This place is called “Little Switzerland”. An “end” to the furnace is still not seen.  Yesterday Israel has received help from abroad in the attempt to extinguish the fire . Up until now 13,000 citizens were evacuated from their homes and  many of them have lost all they possess. A few photos are attached at the end of this post.

There is the link for the website of the Jewish agency where you can find the information, personal stories and about the ways you can help the Israel people.

The Jewish Federations of North America also have a site where you can read more information about Israel’s battle with the forest fire in the North of the country.

And lastly, the Israeli Embassy in Washington DC also has an information site.

Hope to hear only good news and pray for another Hanukah miracle.

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Challahs for Shabbat December 1, 2010

Hello everyone,

As we assume you all know Salt & Pilpel is a social voluntary initiative that tries to connect and bring together Israelis and Jewish Americans.

Since many new Israeli and Jewish families have recently moved to our area we thought about a nice welcome activity. We would like to offer you all (new and old families) a new activity which goal is to create new relationships and to bring us closer together – making and delivering of Challahs for Shabbat .

Imagine our own hand made Challah industry that we all can enjoy and  take part in and that will allow us to welcome new Israeli and Jewish families to our  community.

Once a month, close to Rosh Chodesh (beginning of a Hebrew month), on a Thursday evening, we will gather 2-3 ladies in one of the houses to prepare Challahs together. We will than distribute the Challahs to other Jewish and Israeli families. We’ll roll our sleeves, knead the dough, braid it, laugh, get to know new people and make a few families happy. Then the freshly baked and packed Challahs will be distributed to other families.

The activity will allow you to learn how to prepare a fresh and tasty Challah as well as host (a few weeks later) the same activity, pass on the knowledge to others and prepare new Challahs with them.

We will distribute the wrapped Challahs together with a welcoming note to the new families (different families each month).

This Challah baking and welcoming  activity will require a number of volunteers each month – one to drive and distribute the Challahs, one to host Challah baking meet-up, and a few to prepare the Challahs and wrap them.

We will be happy to hear from you about new Jewish and Israeli families.

So what is it about?

  • A different and unique opportunity for a social gathering.
  • A good recipe for Challah.
  • Creative idea and fun family activity.
  • Opportunity to host a similar meeting in your home.
  • Doing a Mitzvah and sending Challahs to new families – a warm and friendly welcome!

We hope that this activity would enable you  to participate as well as contribute and take an active role  in our community while enhancing  connections and relationships  with other  members of the Jewish Israeli American community.

We look forward to hear your comments and see your registration (please circle the relevant items and email us back):

1. I Would like to attend and prepare Challahs.

2. I will be happy to host a Challah baking meet-up at my home

3. I will be happy to volunteer to distribute the Challah

Name:______________________ e-mail or phone no.________________

We hope you all enjoy this venture along with a fresh Challah for Shabbat .

Please feel free to forward this message to your friends and family !


UJA Jewish overnight camp

Chag Urim Sameach!

Are you tired of giving Chanukah gifts that are tossed aside shortly after they’re unwrapped? Here’s an idea for a gift that will last a lifetime…and save you $1,000 – an amazing summer at Jewish overnight camp!

Attending an overnight Jewish camp is one of the most powerful way to build Jewish identity and commitment in children and teens.    If your child has never been to Jewish overnight summer camp, you may be eligible for a grant of $1,000.

With more than 155 camps to choose from—traditional and specialty—there’s bound to be a place that’s ideal for your child.

Camp registration for Summer 2011 is open. Register your child for camp now and apply for your grant at

For more information please contact Frieda Hershman Huberman, School Services and Florence Melton Adult Mini-School Director, Jewish Educational Services UJA Federation of Northern New Jersey

Direct Line: (201) 820 3913

Main:  (201) 820 3900 x244