For Kids With Special Needs Who Crave Structure, Tips For Some Summer Fun

Summer is upon us. Thoughts have turned from desks to lounge chairs, from carpools to lazy afternoons by the pool and from early morning alarms to long evenings spent making s’mores and catching fireflies. It’s typical to believe that all families look forward to things like summer vacation, but assumptions like these can be a challenge. Children with a variety of learning and other disabilities thrive on the structure and routine of the academic year, making summer vacation, with its large stretches of unscheduled time, overwhelming for both children and their parents. Add to this concern about the loss of academic skills acquired throughout the year (commonly referred to as “summer slide”) and these few months might seem daunting.

Summer Family Fun. Getty Images

Modest Swimwear Companies Have The Business Covered

Female entrepreneurs designing modest swimwear are finding mainstream success.

07/27/2015 - 20:00
Editorial Intern

Runways at the 11th annual Swim Week in Miami Beach sported an unusual new swimwear trend this year: sleeves.

It seems that designers such as Maxim and Luli Farma are catching up to what companies like Undercover Waterwear, Hydrochic, and Aqua Modesta have known for a while: “modest” swimwear is making a comeback.

Is "shvimkleid" the new black? Via

Summer Safety: Autism Awareness Cards

At last summer has begun! We've celebrated Memorial Day; soon we will be enjoying the fireworks of the 4th of July and before we know it, we'll be saying good bye to the summer with our Labor Day plans. This past Memorial day, I went to a Mets game with friends and family. As I walked around through the parking lot, gift shop, museum and food area, I began to think about how a child with autism may feel overwhelmed at baseball game or any kind of event in a crowded public area that families may wish to attend over the summer.

Dr. Frances Victory

A Return To Camp Ramah

08/17/2014 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

The campers and staff of Camp Ramah in Nyack danced with the crazed enthusiasm of people who had just won a $100 million jackpot. It was just past 9 a.m., the last Friday of camp in Rockland County, New York, and the Hebrew song playing was fittingly called "Lo Normali." I could not help but think that this amount of energy was freakish.

The author and a camp friend show just how seriously they take their summer fun. Courtesy of Alan Zeitlin

Kosher S'mores Indoors

A pro roaster won't settle for anything less than perfection.

07/29/2013 - 20:00
Food & Wine Editor

S’mores, in my snobby opinion, are a delicacy. You can’t simply put marshmallows and chocolate over a graham cracker, stick them in the microwave or toaster oven, and call them s’mores.


Summer's Favorite Fruit

Ataulfo mangoes make for a scrumptious dessert carpaccio.

06/25/2013 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

If you’ve never eaten an Ataulfo mango, stop what you’re doing and buy one because you’ve missed something very special. There’s a reason this fruit is also called the “champagne mango.” Its sweet, incredibly luscious flesh is something to celebrate.

Summer Reading, Yes. Beach Reading? Not So Much.

This weekend is Tisha B’Av, which is supposed to be depressing. For one thing, it's a fast day in the heat of the summer.


Holiness in the Sand

07/12/2012 - 20:00
Jewish Week Online Columnist

Towels? Sunscreen? Pop culture magazines?

And so my summer ritual with my sister begins – we treasure our opportunities to go to Jones Beach each weekend. We wake up somewhat early (so we can beat those crazy crowds), pack our beach bags, pick up some bagels and coffee, and head south on Wantagh Parkway. Just as we had spent so many summer days on the beach growing up in Chicago, we now made it a special part of our adult lives on the East Coast.

Shabbat on the beach, 2012.

The Business of Being Jewish

With lessons in marketing strategies and discussions about Israel, BBYO’s Manhattan summer internship program combines career skills and Judaism.
08/26/2008 - 20:00
Editorial Intern

They could have been sitting by the pool or shopping at the mall, but 67 high school students from across the country were in Midtown on a sweltering late-July day working on business plans for mock restaurants and Laundromat businesses they were trying to get off the ground.
Like contestants on “The Apprentice,” they were trying to impress a discerning panel of judges, this one from a Baruch College entrepreneurial center addressing considerations like target demographics, marketing strategies and expenses such as salaries, insurance, utilities and upkeep.

Business and pleasure: Members of BBYO group in front of the Metropolitan Museum.

Sadness Of A Summer Vigil

07/22/1999 - 20:00
Staff Writer


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