Salt & Pilpel

Connecting Jewish Americans and Israelis in North NJ

Design Contest for Salt and Pilpel’s new Logo! February 26, 2011

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Be the one to design our new logo and win a great basket gift of our supporter: The Emanu-El Deli in Tenafly!

See the flyers below for details about our contest and about Emanu-El Deli.


Send our love to soldiers in Israel February 25, 2011


Our Challah Project in the press February 17, 2011

Have a look….



Breathwork Workshop For Women

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Ayala and Orna would like to invite you to take a break for a few hours, leave all chores behind, take a deep breath and just focus on yourself for a while.

Join them for a morning of breathing, reconnecting with where you are right now and where you want to be.

During the workshop we will give ourselves the time and space, and use breathing as a mean to reconnect with ourselves, and what we need in order to live the kind of life that we desire.

Breath Therapy has been found to be a very precise key to the body’s natural healing process and has many physical and emotional benefits such as:

  • Reducing emotional stress
  • Providing greater relaxation and inner peace
  • Naturally increasing the life force energy and vitality
  • Increasing mental clarity and creativity
  • Increasing intimacy in relationships
  • Enhancing self esteem
  • Expanding consciousness/awareness for a clearer understanding of self
  • And many more

The process is gentle, safe and loving, and almost every person will have a deep moving experience. As an added benefit, Breathwork is very healthy for the body. Be prepared for a powerful experience and immediate growth.

When and where?

The workshop will be held on Thursday, March 10th, between 9:15am and 2:15pm @ 43 Taylor Drive in Closter, NJ. For those who enroll before February 25th, the cost is $35, later enrollment will be $45. (The price includes a light lunch). Please mail checks to Ayala Kochan at the address above.

Participants that will attend the workshop through ‘Salt & Pilpel’ will receive a 10% discount for an individual breathwork session or for the next breathwork workshop they will attend.  

Due to the intimate nature of the work, the number of participants is limited.

 A few words about the workshop facilitators:

Orna Ziv-Zakov – Acupuncturist and a teacher of Chinese Medicine, Breathwork Facilitator, Microcurrent & Electro Acupuncture, Vortex Healing, MAS in Management.

Ayala Steinfeld-Kochan – MSW, Counseling and Psychotherapy with adolescents and young adults, Supervision and Professional Development, Parent Counseling, Breathwork Facilitator.

Feel free to contact us for enrollment or if you have any questions:

Orna: 201-394-7291

Ayala: 917-698-5708

This workshop will be conducted in Hebrew. For an English workshop please get in touch with us.


Irit’s traditional Purim Party February 13, 2011


Challah Project/Noga Sher February 11, 2011

Me…. Baking Challa? Who would of thought?
Well, I admit, when I first saw your inviting mail for the challa project baking, I raised my eyebrow….
Me baking Challa?  This is my husband’s job ( he is a professional pastry-cook) and my job is usually eating it. ( with just plain butter is the best J )
I thought is this an attempt to make me more religious…. ????  I couldn’t help remembering the rabbi’s wife just before I got married lecturing me how every mother and daughter should light shabbat candles and bake a challa.….( yeah… right…)  But then I was charmed  by the idea that the challot (plural for challa in Hebrew) are meant to be given to others to welcome them to the community. what a great initiative! , why didn’t I think of that?
Well great purpose I thought I am in, the evening we made the challot was a lot of fun, I got to meet new Israeli members of the community and had the chance to find out the secrets of making a challa without being around my husband and his mess while he is in the kitchen. It seems that years of practicing on braiding my daughters hair, did not give me any advantage on succeeding with braiding from 6….( so I guess I can add: it was challenging as well).
But the best part of the project (aside from eating a fresh home made challa  with butter of course) was to see the faces of the people who received the challa and their warm words of thankfulness.
Great experience, I am proud to have part in it. Thank you very much.
Waiting to host at my place too.


Smart food shopping in training/Yael Chamay February 10, 2011

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I found this article that can be very helpful to all…

Smart  food shopping in training

More than half of all grocery purchases are unplanned! No wonder creating and sticking to a list can bring down grocery costs.

Make a list — and stick to it.

This is the cardinal rule of shopping. The list represents your grocery needs: When you stray from the list, you’re buying on impulse, and that’s how shopping trips get out of control. Sure, a magazine only costs $5, but if you spend an extra $5 every time you make a trip to the supermarket, you waste a lot of money.

Compare unit pricing.

The biggest package isn’t always the most cost-effective. Stores know that consumers want to buy in bulk, and so they mix it up: sometimes the bulk item is cheaper, sometimes it’s more expensive. Compare the FAMILY pack volume to the regular pack , are you really getting more for the money?

Don’t examine things you don’t need.

The more you interact with something, the more likely you are to buy it, says Paco Underhill in Why We Buy: “Virtually all unplanned purchases…come as a result of the shopper seeing, touching, smelling, or tasting something that promises pleasure, if not total fulfillment.” Do you know why grocery stores place those displays in the aisles? To intentionally block traffic. They want to force you to stop, if only for a moment. It only takes a few seconds to stare at the cookie pile to convince you to buy them. Stay focused.

Discard brand loyalties.

Be willing to experiment. You may have a favorite brand of diced tomatoes, for example, but does it really matter? Go with what’s on sale for the lowest unit price. You may find you like the less expensive product just as well. If you try a cheaper brand and are disappointed, it’s okay to return to your regular brand.

Choose generic.

Better yet, try the store brand. Generic and store brand products are cheaper than their name-brand equivalents and are usually of similar quality. But do you know why you’re reluctant to try generics? The power of marketing. Most generics have unappealing packaging. If they cost less and taste the same, who cares?

Use coupons wisely.

Coupons really can save you money. But you have to know how to use them. Clip coupons only the things you need — staple foods and ingredients — not for processed junk food. Learn to use special coupons.

Make one large trip instead of several small ones.

Each time you enter the grocery store is another chance to spend. By reducing the frequency of your trips, you’re not only avoiding temptation, but you’re also saving money on overhead (time and fuel).

Check your receipt.

If you are not like me , pay attention to the person at the cashier making sure they don’t scan your item twice.

Shop alone.

In Why We Buy, the author notes that people tend to buy more when shopping in groups than when shopping alone. “But men are especially suggestible to the entreaties of children as well as eye-catching displays.” Kris complains that we always spend more on food when we shop together. She’s right. If possible, shop alone.

Shop on a full stomach.

Studies show that folks who shop when they’re hungry buy more. This is certainly true for me: If I go to the store for milk on a Sunday morning without eating breakfast, I’m likely to come home with donuts and orange juice and Lucky Charms, too.

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