Salt & Pilpel

Connecting Jewish Americans and Israelis in North NJ

Nitsan’s photography lessons March 15, 2011


Open Hearts Project March 12, 2011


Please join us for a friendly informational meeting about project Open Hearts, Open Homes, a respite program for Israeli teenagers affected by terrorism and/or war. This is a joint program between both the JCC on the Palisades and the YJCC in Washington Twp. You won’t be committing to anything by attending this meeting aside from an hour of your time and hopefully some interesting conversation. If you have any questions you can contact Steven Mark at or (201) 666-6610 ext. 244.
Thank you




Emanu-El Delicatessen February 26, 2011


Breathwork Workshop For Women February 17, 2011

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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.


Larger Than Life’s Valentine’s Party January 26, 2011