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February, 2009:


Our synagogue is co-sponsoring a local conference on Ailing Loved One’s, and we are helping them promote it. If you are interested, please visit the website listed below for full details.

Congregation Tehillah and The Academy for Jewish Religion, Riverdale, New York
are pleased to present:
Caring for Those We Love: A Jewish Perspective
A one-day conference designed for families and individuals caring for ailing loved ones

The people we love are not supposed to get sick, except they sometimes do. Caring for them should not be scary or lonely or painful. Except it often is. Within the frenzied pace of life, where do we find the time… and the space… to care for ourselves while taking care of others?

Join us on Sunday March 15, 2009 as we tackle these and other difficult questions we face in caring for our loved ones:
How do we protect our loved one’s dignity once they are ill?
How do we ensure that their wishes are respected?
How do we project into the future when we may be the ones in need of care?
Where do we find answers — to issues of health, law, religion, spirituality?
What practical things should we know?
Where do we draw resources and strength?
What are the questions we don’t even know to ask?

WHEN: Sunday, March 15, 2009 9:30 am – 4:30 pm
The Academy for Jewish Religion,
on the campus of The College of Mount St. Vincent

Main Hall, 4th floor (6301 Riverdale Avenue at W. 263rd Street)
Riverdale (Bronx), New York 10471
$36 Tehillah & AJR Members
$45 All others

A kosher lunch, snacks, and beverages throughout the day, relevant materials distributed by presenters, and the event’s culminating healing service, are included with the registration fee

MORE INFO: Call (718) 884-4839, extension 8 for information and registration
or visit the Congregation Tehillah Website

The Outside of the House

So we are finally getting ready to start thinking about the outside of the house, and just in time.

The gutters have fallen off one side of the house, there are lots of little nicks and holes all over the house, the paint has come off, there are lots of cracks in the current/board siding, and even some of the siding is coming down. All that stuff is not going to fix itself.

We’ve had three (well, four people come out) to give us quotes on fibre cement and also on vinyl siding. Nearly everybody that we’ve talked to has said that vinyl siding is the way to go. Cheaper, easier to install, and easier to maintain. Not quite convinced yet, but based on the quotes so far that’s the way we might have to go.

So far we can’t quite afford ANY of the quotes (well, we got one that was 10K cheaper than two of the other guys, but we didn’t actually meet him. He blew off the appointment, and then sent an email saying “I couldn’t find a place to park, and I have a bum leg” and then proceeded to give us a quote WITHOUT ASKING US WHAT WE WANT. From my perspective, that guy could PAY US to side the house, and we still wouldn’t go with him.

We’re still waiting on one quote, and meanwhile we have to have a serious look at our finances and see how in the hell we can afford this.

We can’t afford to not protect the house, but we can’t afford to protect it either.

Anybody out there done vinyl siding? Anything to watch out for?

FW: I Lego NYC : In what’s probably the greatest thing…

Thanks to Curbed.com for this…

via Curbed by Lockhart on 2/3/09

2009_02_legos.jpgIn what’s probably the greatest thing you’ll see on the internet this week, artist/illustrator Christoph Niemann writes, “During the cold and dark Berlin winter days, I spend a lot of time with my boys in their room. And as I look at the toys scattered on the floor, my mind inevitably wanders back to New York.” The results, crafted in Lego, are small pieces of genius. [Abstract City]