Publication: Jewish Exponent
Date published:
Language: English
PMID: 59080
ISSN: 00216437
Journal code: JWEX


1 Let the Games Begin

This summer, Philadelphia hosts one of the biggest sporting events in the world. The 2011 JCC Maccabi Games takes place from Aug. 14 to 19 and will showcase the athletic talents of thousands of Jewish teens from around the world. Whether you're interested in attending an event, volunteering or hosting a foreign athlete during the games, you need to be a part of the spectacle. To find out how, go to

2 Woodbine Time

We don't have to travel to a shtetl in the Ukraine to get a glimpse of our Russian Jewish heritage. A good sampling of it is in South Jersey, at the Sam Azeez Museum of Woodbine Heritage. Created in 1891 by American philanthropist Baron von Hirsch, the town of Woodbine was meant to be a safe haven for newly immigrated Russian Jews. Woodbine became a touchstone for American Jewry. Naphtali Imber, author of "Hatikvah" visited Woodbine's synagogue, and Solomon Schecter spoke from its bimah. What remains of the town is housed in the museum at that synagogue, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and still holds Shabbat and holiday services. "The Sam," as it is known in the community has wonderful exhibits for adults, and many activities for children who visit. Is part of your family heritage at The Sam? Go find out.

3 The Politics of Inclusion

Sometimes, the best way to relax is to go the all-inclusive route. Knowing that all you have to do is get to your destination, unpack and then everything else ? entertainment, child care, meals ? is taken care of can be incredibly attractive. In Pennsylvania, virtually no one does all-inclusive better than Camp Woodloch. Nestled in the picturesque Pocono Mountains lake region, Woodloch boasts, among other amenities, an award- winning resort (the resort won the coveted "America's Best All-inclusive Resort 2011" from, championship golf and a luxury spa. Packages include three meals daily, endless activities, nightly entertainment and accommodation choices from classic standard rooms to waterview suites,

4 Light of Jay

Those in the know, know to take the back way down the shore, because a trip down Route 73 necessitates a stop at Jay Roberts Jewelers. Listen, Chanukah isn't for six more months. Now is the time for the biannual giving of the gifts, right? Choose from their privately designed collection or their selection of internationally renowned jewelers. There are extensive options for both men and women. Doesn't everyone deserve a bit of summer bling?

5 You Belong in a Zoo

Actually, you belong in The Philadelphia Zoo! Summer is perhaps the best time of the year to visit ? the long days mean that more animals will be active and out of their lairs. This nationally recognized 42-acre Victorian garden, home to more than 1,300 animals, many of them rare and endangered, was Philadelphia's leading family attraction with over 1.2 million visitors last year. If someone told you it's all happening at the zoo, they weren't kidding: from the Jim Henson-produced exhibit, X*Tink*Shun, about what is happening to endangered species (through the summer), to the Tuesday morning "Rock 'n' Roar" concert series (be sure to check out Yosi and the Superdads on June 28 at 11 a.m.), there is always a reason to be here.

6 Good to Be the King

If you are fortunate enough to be realizing your dream of visiting Israel this summer, you know that you will literally be walking through history. So, nu, why not stay in history as well, especially when history can be as luxurious as the King David Hotel in Jerusalem? The centrally located flagship of Israel's leading hotelier, Dan Hotels, the King David provides you with more than a base of operations * it makes you a part of history.


7 New-seum

We promise not to tell anyone that you haven't yet made your way down to check out the new location for the National Museum of American Jewish History on Independence Mall. But only if you promise to hie yourself with alacrity to be immersed in the state-of-the-art historical experience of more than 350 years of American Jewish history Among the exhibits currently on display are "The Civil War at NMAJH," commemorating the 150th anniversary of the beginning of the conflict; and "It's Your Story," a collection of stories told by visitors to the museum,

8 Shalom By the Sea

If you're looking for something to do around 7:30 p.m. on a Friday night in Margate, have we got an idea for you! It just so happens that Temple Emeth Shalom has services at that time every week. The congregation plans an exciting summer of Shabbat services and events, including a tribute to Frank Sinatra. The temple's annual "Salute to Stockton" speaker series provides an enlightening educational service to the community. Temple Emeth Shalom will also be offering special open-house events and beach services all season. Interfaith families are always welcome. 609.822.4343

9 West Is Best

University City was Philadelphia's first suburb (it's true ? why do you think all the trolley lines run through the area?), and to this day it remains home to distinctive neighborhoods of wide porches, tree-lined streets, superior shops and, of course, world-renowned centers of education, medicine and technology. But you're hungry, so let's address that by telling you about Dining Days 2011, two weeks (July 14 to 28) of opportunities to dine at dozens of the city's finest restaurants, all featuring three-course meals for no more than $30. And be sure to check out the return of the Baltimore Avenue Dollar Stroll, where you can get everything from a yoga class (Studio 34) to Bassett's ice cream (Milk and Honey) to pint glasses (Dock Street Brewery), all for ? you guessed it ? a dollah. Check it out on the following dates: July 7, Aug. 4, and Sept. 1.

10 The Right Move

Any real estate professional worth their kosher salt will tell you that one of the two best times of year to get the best deal on housing is summer. Sure, it's not as much fun as other summer activities, but it's better than house-hunting in the sleet, right? A great place to start is at Martins Run. Founded on Jewish values and traditions, this not-for-profit senior living community in Media has added a host of new amenities over the past year, including the Energy Club, with an indoor, heated pool, modern library and state-of-the-art theater, designer apartment-homes and several dining options,

11 Color Us Impressed

Admit it. You still like coloring. When your kids or grandkids whip out their coloring books and the rainbow of crayons, you want to exercise your own creativity, don't you? Do that and more at the Crayola Factory in Easton. Plan a family trip to the museum/activity center and see where crayons come from, and all the fun things to do with them. Play, pretend, dream . . . and color outside the lines. We won't tell!

13 Cherry Hill on Top

Do your teens have style to burn and a matching sense of tikkun olarr?i Sounds like they need to become members of Cherry HhT Mall's Style Squad! The mall is seeking teenagers 14 to 18 years old with a flair for fashion and a desire to perform community service. Applications are available at the mall's Guest Service Center or may be downloaded from the mall's website. Fashion: is there anything it can't do? Apply now through August.

14 Trunk Show

Raise your hand if you felt your summer was incomplete without visiting the 9200 block of Atlantic Avenue at least once. Thought so. Lucy the Elephant misses you too, and says you should stop by and see how well she is aging. She also wants you to come hungry, now that Lucy's Beach Grill and Lucy's Bella Luna Caf? are serving breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days a week in the shadow of her pachydermic pulchritude,

15 In the Dark

If you've got a jones for a round of miniature golf, but you don't have the Benjamins to get down the shore, or your desire has been thwarted by inclement weather, then Monster Mini Golf is calling your name. This new landmark in Feasterville is a great place to escape the summer heat, humidity or rainy days. The facility offers 18 holes of indoor, glow-in-the-dark mini golf, an arcade with games and redemption prizes, an on-course DJ (!) and two private party rooms for birthdays. Just remember that we like our post-golf pizza extra-crispy.


16 A to Zephyr

No summer outfit is complete without a unique piece of jewelry, and no summer is complete without a visit to Zephyr Gallery in The Quarter at The Tropicana. Think about it. You bare more skin in the summer ... so there's all the more room for a fabulous necklace or bracelet. And the right earrings will draw attention away from humidity-stricken hair. Shop the newest items from Sherry Tinsman, Ayala Bar, Michal Golan, Creatures of Delight and Junkyard Dogs. Don't miss the necklaces from Got All Your Marbles, which have colored marbles that can be changed to match your outfit.

17 AC You Real Soon

Looking for the shore destination that has it all? Well, there's a good reason (actually, there are hundreds of good reasons) why Atlantic City has been known as "America's Playground" for over a century. Atlantic City offers clean, free beaches, fun water sports, beach bars, great dining, world-class shopping and entertainment, top-rated golf, family attractions, fine hotels and a calendar loaded with popular special events all summer long. Oh, yeah ? you might even be able to find something to do at one of those enormous well-lighted buildings that front the Boardwalk. Word is that they have some kind of games to play inside,

18 The Shell You Say!

Soooooo ... what, exactly, is a place called The Blue Point Crab House of Northeast Philadelphia and American Crab Company (Take Out Only) doing in a Jewish publication under "72 Things to Do"? Good question. It turns out that it would be shellfish of us to exclude this Philadelphia landmark just because of the name. There are plenty of non-crustacean items on the menu for the seafood-lovers in us. And since one of the many things to do this summer is to have a blowout barbecue with family and friends, a stop at one of the two for seafood supplies will be appreciated by all. Blue Point: 215.289.1522; American Crab: 215.245.3222

19 Clothes Call

Have nothing to wear to that summer wedding? Want something new to slip on for that cocktail party? Need a dress that matches your tan? Have a September packed with black tie events? Head to Jan's Boutique, the Jersey mecca of formal wear. On June 19 and July 24 you can preview the new 2010 fall/holiday couture collections from Gail Garrison. Gail will be on hand to personally show all her new collections which are perfect for future mothers-of-thebride/groom, Bar and Bat Mitzvah mothers and brides. Need another reason to get over there? Jan's is having its annual $99 Summer Dress Sale. From now until Aug. 31, you can save big on the hottest dresses, many of which retailed for as much as $1,000!

20 Acting Up

For a true summer stock experience, you don't have to go any further than Blackwood, N.J. There, on the campus of Camden County Community College, the Mainstage Center For the Arts offers up a full slate of family theater. Shows this season include: "13 The Musical," June 24, 25; "Camp Rock," July 13, 14, 15; Disney's "Aladdin, Jr.," July 20, 21, 22; "Hairspray," July 22, 23, 29, 30; "Annie, Jr.," July 27, 28, 29; and "Disney Princesses and Friends," Aug. 3, 4, 5. And if your kids get bitten by the acting bug while you're there, you can sign them up for one of the center's drama programs,

21 Having a Ball

There are precious few town names that can bring a rapturous look of reverie and longing into a true sports fan' eye. Canton. Springfield. And, of course, Cooperstown. One of the most magical times of the year to visit this New York landmark is just around the corner: the 2011 Baseball Hall of Fame Induction Weekend will take place July 22 to 25, with the induction ceremony taking place on July 24. Learn more about being a part of the 2011 ceremony which will feature the inductions of Roberto Alomar, Bert Blyleven and, of course, Pat Gillick (the architect of the Phillies' 2008 World Series champions) at

22 Yes, Virginia!

For a historically good time this summer, take the family to Colonial Williamsburg and step back to the eve of the American Revolution. From 1699 to 1780, Williamsburg was the political and cultural center of Britain's largest colony in the New World. Colonial Williamsburg, the nation's largest living history museum, encompasses 301 acres, including some 500 buildings, homes, stores and taverns reconstructed and restored to their 18th-century appearances; dozens of exhibition sites; tradesmen practicing 30 historic trades and domestic crafts; historical interpreters and character actors; and 90 acres of gardens and greens. The interactive, live-action drama Revolutionary City is offered daily from mid-March to the holiday season. Some highlights are the Governor's Palace, the Capitol, the Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg (DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum and Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum) and Bassett Hall. And if one or all of you feel the need to enjoy a less revolutionary time, Busch Gardens is right around the corner.


23 Kid Stuff

Since 1976, when it has been too too hot to play outside, Delaware Valley children have clamored to be taken to the Please Touch Museum. And since the museum's wildly successful move to Memorial Hall in Fairmount Park, it has only grown more popular. With plenty of parking, movie-theater air conditioning and a full slate of events each day, like Poet's Corner, Story Time, puppet shows, dance recitals and an authentic, working carousel, there's nothing that says you have to wait for the heat ? you can go right now! www.p/

24 Pack Your Troubles Away

Having a hard time packing all your beach gear for your trip down the shore? Make sure you have the right bag to fit your style, the right tote to carry your beach towel and the right hat to protect you from the rays. And for local residents, the first stop on the luggage carousel should always be Robinson Luggage. With locations in Haverford and Center City and a mammoth website, you can give the term "excess baggage" a whole new meaning. www. robinsonluggage. com.

25 Steak, Out

When it's time to celebrate something, you have a bewildering array of choices for how to make the occasion special. For some of us, though ? wink-wink, nudge-nudge ? nothing says special better than a prime porterhouse, creamed spinach, hash browns and a big Cabernet. For those people, there is Ruth's Chris Steak House, the carnivore's example of the Smucker's Rule in effect: with a name like that, it's got to be good. And it is. Don't believe us? You should take us to dinner at either the Center City or King of Prussia locations so we can prove it to you. Your treat, of course,

26 Sole Responsibilities

If you've decided that it's time to upgrade your current footwear collection, might we first say: Congratulations! There is always room in the closet for fabulous flip-flops and come-hither Cuban heel boots. Our Garden State recommendation? Z's Treasures in Haddonfield, a boutique that has all of its footwear custom-designed and cobbled. The Zeyzani Summer Collection, with beautiful patterns on flip-flops, sandals, sneakers and mules will make your feet - and their owner - happy you crossed the Ben. Circle the calendar for Aug. 4 to 6. It's the annual Haddonfield Sidewalk Sale, the biggest sale of the year, with all handmade beautiful jewelry, apparel, d?cor, gifts from the Mediterranean and Zeyzanis on sale,

27 Join the Club

It's really never too soon to start planning for the Bar Mitzvah, is it? We don't even have children yet, and we have already picked out the color theme for the reception. Why not combine obsession with pleasure by checking out the facilities at Linwood Country Club? Whether you're planning an intimate gathering for a few close friends or a blowout bash for 275 of your closest friends, this could be the perfect venue. The beautiful, recently renovated ballroom overlooks the Atlantic City skyline and surrounding waters. And you can get a round in under the guise of research. Sweet!

28 Harbor Day

You've spent plenty of time admiring Cape May's architecture, restaurants, beaches and shopping. But when was the last time you paid any attention to its harbor? No, seriously Block out June 18 to do just that, because that's when the Cape May Harbor Fest happens. The festival is a celebration of the sea, its culture, its economy and its ecology through a street festival, children's activities, a beer garden, nature challenges and much more. Cape May's beautiful harbor will provide the overall setting for Harbor Fest, while most land-based activities will be held at or near the Nature Center, located adjacent to the Coast Guard Base and the Corinthian Yacht Club. Venues around the harbor will be accessible by trolley.

29 Not Chabad Day

Whatever kind of Jewishly themed activity you are looking to do down the shore, Chabad at the Shore has got you covered this summer. This year, they are offering social and educational Jewish programming and events for Jewish people of all affiliations. Children's activities include Krafts for Kids and Challah Baking Workshops, and adults can choose from numerous events, including the ever-popular BLT ? Bagels, Lox & Torah ? Sunday mornings at 10 a.m. Enjoy a delicious breakfast while participating in an intriguing Torah class. And don't forget that the 6th annual Jewish Summer Fest takes place Aug. 14, with an afternoon full of crafts, rides, games, music and a sizzling kosher BBQ. From 5 to 8 p.m. at the Ventnor Library.

30 Rest Stop

Truly, one of the best ideas we have heard of this year is the Respite Care program offered by Harbor View Tower in Philadelphia. Respite Care provides an opportunity for you to take a vacation by providing accommodations, meals, housekeeping, linens, assistance with medications and activities for your loved one. To learn more about this worthy offering, check out their seminar, "Caretakers Need a Vacation too!" on June 22 from 4 to 6 p.m. at HarborView, 9503 State Road, Philadelphia; RSVP to 215.824.4200.

31 Liquid Refreshment

Imagine traversing a cargo rope obstacle course suspended over a rainforest lagoon, splashing your way through a 410-foot adventure river ride, having 1,000 gallons of water unexpectedly rain down from above, or navigating through a wild maze of twisting and turning rapids with your family Now, imagine experiencing it all indoors. That is just a taste of what you will experience at Sahara Sam's Oasis Indoor Water Park, New Jersey's first freestanding indoor water park and entertainment complex. Located in West Berlin, Sahara Sam's offers a wide array of exhilarating, state-of-theart water rides and attractions, interactive games, and great ticket and party packages,


32 I Guess That's Why They Call It the Blues

Blues music will hit the city of Wilmington as the Riverfront Blues Festival takes place from Aug. 5 through Aug. 7 at the city's Tubman-Garrett Riverfront Park. One of the city's biggest annual events, this year's festival features almost two dozen performers on two stages, including James Cotton, The Porkroll Project, Chicago Blues Reunion and Tab Benoit,

33 Shine On

Sometimes, the beauty, the magnitude, the feeling of a vacation can stir you to want to commemorate it in a special way Sometimes that means a family portrait; sometimes it means booking next year's vacation while you're still on this one. And sometimes, you just want to say "thank you" to your beloved in the time-honored way. For that, Linwood Custom Jewelers can help you reflect the spirit of the occasion. They offer a wide assortment of beautifully designed pieces, from the classics to the cutting-edge style. And with their recent addition of the newly acquired Antwerp diamonds, Linwood Custom Jewelers will also be extending their designer bridal collection to include worldrenowned designer Scott Kay.

34 You Don't Mess with the Maga

If you're of a certain age, it is nigh impossible to walk onto the beach without flashing back at some point to those ads for how to turn yourself from a 98pound weakling into the guy who no longer gets sand kicked in his face. We're not saying you're that guy or girl. We are saying that, if you have been thinking about acquiring some selfdefense skills, you should learn Krav Maga this summer. Krav Maga is widely considered the world's most effective hand-tohand combat system. It's techniques are basic, yet devastating when applied in a violent confrontation. And at Mission MMA Haddonfield, Krav Maga will be taught to you exactly as it is being taught in Israel, www.miss/bnmmaonline.corn

35 Made in the Shade

One of the downsides to a vacation home: watching your furniture fade over the years due to the bleaching qualities of the sun. Fortunately for you, there is something to do about it. Atlantic City Shade Shop can help you get your home ready for this summer and summers to come with all the latest energy-efficient products available. Yeah, we went there. Now you can take advantage of being able to dress your windows beautifully, save money, stay cool and help the environment ? all at the same time!

36 Who's the Boss?

Why, Hugo is. At least, he is if you're planning on looking your sartorial best this summer. The latest collections from the Teutonic titan of tailoring range from classic fashions and modern styles to relaxed sportswear and urban, lighthearted looks. Stock up on all of your summerwear, shoes and accessories at conveniently located stores in Cherry Hill Mall, King of Prussia Mall and Pier Shops at Caesar's Water Club,

37 A Room with an AmishView

Lush Amish farmland, cows grazing in a nearby pasture, and a one-room schoolhouse on the horizon. You've just awakened in the heart of Pennsylvania Dutch Country in Lancaster County's luxurious AmishView Inn & Suites, located on an AAA Scenic Byway. Surrounded by Amish farms, AmishView provides the intimate atmosphere of a bed & breakfast with the amenities of an upscale hotel. From extra-fluffy bath towels to a complimentary hot country breakfast, there is no better way to get yourself ready for a full day of antiquing, fair-going and buffet-eating than proper lodging,


38 Estate of Readiness

It is true that summertime is so not the time to be dwelling on matters of great import. We agree. But there is no reason why you can't take a minute to whip out that newfangled smartypantsphone you got there and put in a reminder to set aside some time to look into estate planning. Coincidentally, Jerold E. Rothkoff is offering a series of seminars to help caregivers of the elderly and disabled learn how to cope with the demands of their job ? and how to care for themselves, including one on September 12 dedicated to estate planning and the documents you will need to avoid a crisis,

39 Into the Mystic

There is much more to Connecticut than the headquarters of ESPN and the original Stew Leonard's. One of our favorite summer short trips is to Mystic, the home to the tall ships of Mystic Seaport and New England's only beluga whales at Mystic Aquarium. Mystic exudes New England charm. Shop one-of-a-kind shops downtown (with its landmark Bascule Bridge) or at the quaint Olde Mistick Village. Linger over candlelight and an afterdinner drink at one of the town's eateries. You can even cozy up in the mansion where Bogie and Bacali honeymooned (we would have guessed they went to Key Largo).

40 Gettin' Buggy with It

Remember how, a few numbers above, we were extolling the wealth of things to do in Lancaster County? We saved the best idea for last: buggy rides! Now, if you're like us, you have wanted to go on one of these ever since you saw "Witness" way back in (gulp) 1985. Our pick for this essential part of trip to Amish country is Aaron & Jessica's Buggy Rides, a family-owned business with salt-of-theearth proprietors who will do their best to make sure you have the best buggy ride of your life,

41 Bucks Stop Here

Now that you finally have enough free time to go check out historic Warminster Village in Bucks County, you may find yourself holding back because you don't know where to get a great Nuevo Latino/French Bistro/Mediterranean/Pacific Rim-influenced meal. Worry no more: Augusta's Restaurant can answer any gustatory challenge you have, and it is within walking distance of the village. Be sure to try the wild salmon with zinfandel-beet reduction!

42 Can You Dig It?

The most fun you can have with sand? Why, it's got to be the 33rd Annual Sandcastle Contest at Rehoboth Beach, which takes place Aug. 6, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. There are multiple competition categories for adults as well as children (and, in a welcome move, a category just for kids under 6) and fun prizes for all.

43 Best of Rehoboth Worlds

If you decide to make more than a day of it in Rehoboth (and once you see how charming the place is, you will want to do just that), we can't think of a better place to wash the sand off than The Boardwalk Plaza Hotel. From the moment you step under the antique wrought-iron canopy and enter the lobby, you will know you made the right choice, whether that means a suite with a private balcony, a deluxe accommodation that adds a whirlpool bathtub-for-two, or something in between. No matter which type of accommodation you pick, they all have an artful combination of Victorian reproduction furnishings and state-of-the-art amenities like flat-screen TVs and wireless Internet access,

44 Sunshine State Standout

Another great hotel to clean your tootsies in: The Helmsley Sandcastle Hotel. Like the Boardwalk Plaza, this hotel is also located on the beach, but this beach is Lido Beach, and it's in Sarasota, FIa. When you've exhausted yourself taking in the surfeit of arts and culture on display in town, nothing is quite as appealing as this sunny resort with a storybook seaside setting on a 600-foot-long strand of private, natural white sand beach on the Gulf of Mexico. There are all the usual Helmsley touches, such as a morning newspaper and a small refrigerator for chilling beverages and snacks. Free WiFi is also available throughout the property. Plus the pleasures of outdoor dining for both breakfast and lunch are virtually right outside your door. What's more, their recreation staff can provide personalized sailing lessons. Now that's an amenity, www.he/ms/eysandcast/

45 Be Square

For those of you looking for a non-big-box/nonmall shopping experience down the shore, may we introduce you to Central Square Shopping Centre? If you ignore the unfortunate spelling of "center," you'll find a quirky collection of boutiques, galleries and all kinds of dining options located just minutes from either Exit 36 on the Parkway or Exit 7 on the Expressway. While you're there, be sure to check out Barbara's of Linwood, where you can meet your new favorite fashions, including Christopher Blue, White & Warren, Zoe Couture, and Testimony L.A. If all that shopping has left you with an appetite, walk over to the shore location of South Philly fave Barrel's restaurant.

46 Board Presentation

When the boogie board is no longer enough, Coastline Adventures/New Jersey Surf School offers day camps, individual and semi-private lessons and weeklong experiences for kids and adults; there are even women-only options. With courses in Asbury Park, Normandy and other beaches, this accredited school has taught thousands to surf safely and smartly and offers everything a newcomer ? or experienced surfer ? needs for a West Coast workout. Prices range from around $100 for four-hour "learn to surf" clinics to $375 for weeklong packages,


47 Carbon Dates

Now this is what we're talking about! In a perfect world, all county fairs would be like the one in Carbon County Pa. Held from Aug. 10 to 14 in Palmerton, there's everything you could ever hope for from your classic county fair: music, rides, fireworks, "Farmer for a Day," a demolition derby, professional wrestling and more. Sold!

48 To Air Is Human

Who doesn't love a good air show? Luckily for us, Atlantic City has one of the best in the country: Thunder Over the Boardwalk, on Aug. 17. See flybys and demonstrations that reach up to 15,000 feet and as low as 50 feet over the water in front of the Atlantic City skyline. Along with performances and demonstrations by the U.S. Air Force, U.S. Army, U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Navy, Air National Guard and civilian acts, this year's lineup will be headlined with the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds and the U.S. Army Golden Knights parachute team. Also scheduled are U.S. Marine Harrier Jet and U.S. Navy F/A-18F Super Hornet demonstrations. Premium public seating on the beach, featuring ? la carte food and beverage, is available by joining the Flightline Club,

49 Food for Thought

In our book, making sure people have something to eat is one of the best forms of tzedakah. To that end, volunteering at Jewish Relief Agency's monthly food distribution get-togethers has always been one of our favorite ways to give back. Volunteers of all ages are needed to pack kosher, non-perishable food, load their own cars and deliver food directly to homes of 2,000 low-income Jewish families. Volunteers are encouraged to donate gently used clothing, paired shoes (no high heels), and household textiles (sheets, towels, curtains, blankets). To find out how your schedule meshes with theirs, go to

50 Night Lights

Imagine Boathouse Row multiplied by 10, with all different colored lights, a Mardi Gras atmosphere - and moving through the waterways. That's a very basic idea of what Ocean City's Night in Venice (this year on July 16) looks like. One of the most laid back, enjoyable evenings you're likely to spend down the shore, it's like a giant block party throughout this dry town.

51 Collaborative Efforts

Just because it's summer, don't expect the Collaborative to slow down. Nope, the force behind all of those fun and innovative social programs and events for Jewish 20- and 30-somethings in Greater Philadelphia has a full slate of activities planned throughout the season, including Capogiro's Ice Cream Night for Shavuot on June 9, a concert with The Shuk at World Caf? Live on June 28 and volunteering at the JCC Maccabi Games on Aug. 16. For a full list of events and to learn more, go to

52 Up in the Air

Since we're too old to tie towels around our necks and jump off of our roofs, all we can do is fantasize about what it would be like to fly from the safety of our laptops. Snap out of it, because we are going to help you check something off of your bucket list right now. Tandemjump skydiving (where you are tethered to a trained, professional skydiver) is not only the next best thing to flying for a human, but it is also a relatively affordable way to answer the burning question, "Why would anyone want to jump out of a perfectly fine plane?" Some of our favorite places to do this include Skydive Philadelphia, Freefall Adventures and Pennridge Skydiving,;;

53 The Wheels Deal

One way to make this summer memorable: become a volunteer through Jewish Family & Children's Service's Silver Wheels program. You can help an older adult reconnect with important activities, such as: non-emergency medical appointments, food shopping, banking, shopping at pharmacies, visiting friends and loved ones in hospitals and nursing homes, and other social activities. You can choose who, where and when you drive. There is no minimum time commitment and it does not require any extra insurance.

54 Fungus Among Us

It's like we always say: summer's not over until you've been to the Kennett Square Mushroom Festival. Not that there is a great way to officially end the summer, but this is one of the less painful methods for acknowledging the fact. At this year's festival, running from Sept. 9 to 11, expect to taste your way through a competitive lineup of soups and other mushroom dishes prepared by local restaurateurs. Celebrity chefs and culinary arts students will also be serving up mushroom-based deliciousness throughout the festival. Kids and adults alike will love the live entertainment, the mushroom farm tours and the Growers' Exhibit, where the secrets of mushroom cultivation are revealed.

55 Water You Lookin' At?

There is no better way to spark a child's interest in something, or to encourage their pursuit of knowledge, than to provide them with hands-on experience with it. If your little ones (or bigger ones, for that matter), love the life aquatic, there are few better places to be than the Garden State. Between the Adventure Aquarium in Camden, the Atlantic City Aquarium/ Ocean Life Center and the Marine Mammal Stranding Center in Brigantine, there are abundant opportunities to learn and experience the wonders of sea life,;;

56 Events Horizon

Proving that you don't have to leave the city to have a Jewishly exciting summer, the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia has filled its summer calendar with events both social and socially conscious. Two of our favorites so far: Harmonies For Hunger Relief Benefit Program on July 10 at Jack M. Barrack Hebrew Academy in Bryn Mawr; and the Phillies' Jewish Heritage Night at Citizens Bank Park on Aug. 18. For more information on these events and to see the rest of the season's offerings, go to

57 Go Fourth!

This year's Wawa Welcome America! festival commemorating Independence Day wiU culminate with a distinctively local flavor on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway That's because, before the fireworks are set off on July 4 somewhere around 10:30 p.m., Philly's own favorite sons (and Jimmy Fallon's house band) The Roots will being their own musical pyrotechnics to the stage at 8:30 p.m. Come early, bring a lawn chair and enough snacks to share with the rest of us, please,

58 Factor in this Festival

We love the festivals, as you can tell. One of our favorite music festivals is the XPoNential Music Festival, presented by WXPN at Wiggins Park in Camden from July 22 to 24. Among the artists confirmed to appear thus far: The Smithereens, Emmylou Harris, Ben Folds, Booker T. and Shemekia Copeland. See you there! 1/

59 Let's Go Dutch

Definitely a pro-Amish experience motif running through this list, nul Let's continue it by extolling the virtues of Reading Terminal Market's Pennsylvania Dutch Festival, taking place from Aug. 12 to 14. Among the attractions: handmade crafts including quilts, woodcrafts, paintings, hand braided rugs, wooden toys and cedar chests. There will also be plenty of traditional foods like chicken pot pie, donuts, ice cream and pies. Finally, the 1100 block of Arch Street will be closed to traffic and a petting zoo with sheep, goats, chickens, donkeys, calves, horses and pigs will fill the street. And you can get Amish buggy rides and horse-drawn wagon rides around the Market.

60 The Tot Lot

You knew tnis was coming, didn't you? OK, let's get it over with. The under-8 crowd can have a decent time at some amusement parks, but most likely they wiU be frustrated by the vast number of rides they can't go on due to height restrictions. Instead, why not take them to Sesame Place, Dutch Wonderland or Storybook Land, all of which are specifically geared towards this age group?;;

61 Tween/Teen Spirit

All the usual suspects are here: Morey's, Great Adventure, Dorney Park, Hershey Park . . . pick your poison,;; www. dorneypark. com;

62 What a Trip!

If you really want to get out of town, then The Jewish Federations of North America National Young Leadership Summer Mission to Israel (June 26 to July 5) is your opportunity to see the impact the Jewish people have had on world culture, to see how Jewish communities interact today, and to personally witness and be inspired by the role every Jew can play in supporting the continuation of the Jewish people wherever they may live. Join other like-minded young professionals on this lifechanging journey through Israel.

63 Class Action

Call it counter-programming at its finest. There are numerous learning opportunities available to those of you (note the use of the word "you," not "us") who are just as interested in continuing education during the summer as you are during the rest of the year. Options range from summer classes at Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Temple to learning how to make ceramic jewelry and pottery at University City Arts League. We prefer to leave our learning to what we glean from leafing through our backlog of National Enquirers, thankyouverymuch.; www. ucartsieague. org

64 Edifices Rex

With over three centuries' worth of architectural gems, Philadelphia is one of the greatest cities in the world for observing constructed beauty. Lucky for us, the city's Preservation Alliance can help us make sense of what we're looking at, thanks to their Architectural Walking Tours, which can be enjoyed neighborhood by neighborhood or by theme (think "Littlest Streets," "Art Deco Philadelphia," "Skyscrapers Old and New," and "Ben Franklin's Philadelphia"). Tours are given every weekend throughout the summer.


65 Peaking Our Interest

Judging by the number of billboards purchased on I-76 recently, the Poconos want you to come visit. Now. And judging by the amount of thought and effort put into making their website as comprehensive as possible, they might just entice us up there. With literally hundreds of activities and events every month to choose from, you may wind up staying longer than you planned. Be sure to check out the amazing rafting at Adventure Center at Whitewater Challengers in Weatherly, the Pennsylvania Blues Festival at Blue Mountain on July 30 and 31, and the Pocono State Craft Festival in Stroudsburg Aug. 27 and 28.

66 Hot Fusion

Continuing the tradition of Live 8, the Bicenten nial and Tastykakes, Philly brings the world together again this summer during Global Fusion Week and Festival, July 11 through 17. Restaurant discounts and drink specials are available across Philadelphia all week, and festivities wrap up on Saturday with a free festival featuring bigname bachata performers, salsa dancing, food and craft vendors and kid's activities at the Great Plaza at Penn's Landing. And if you need a breather from all the excitement, take a walk down to Race Street Pier Park, a wedge-shaped pocket park on the Delaware, designed by the same people responsible for the wildly popular High Line Park in New York.

67 Turn the Page

One of the things we most look forward to after Memorial Day: reading as many books as possible, either at the beach, in the back yard or on a plane. We don't care; we just want to turn the pages. And there are still great independent bookstores out there to find your summer read, including Aaron's Books in Lititz; Princeton Antiques in Atlantic City; and, of course, Joseph Fox in Center City;;;

68 Gears and Now

While we may not watch NASCAR or IndyCar racing, that doesn't mean we don't harbor the secret desire to drive a race car. OK, maybe it's not such a secret desire anymore. If you're like us, and would like to have your wish fulfilled, you can do it right here in the Keystone State. For stock cars, there is the Stock Car Driving School at Pocono Raceway; for open-wheel enthusiasts, you can go to the Bertil Roos Racing School in Blakelee. Start your engines!;

69 Organized Labors

OK, so you missed that whole "spring cleaning" thing. That doesn't mean you have to give up on ever getting your place clean and organized. If you feel like you need some help to get the ball rolling (and trust us, we understand), why not hire a professional like Janet Bernstein? Her initial consultation is free if you live within a 20mile radius of Philadelphia, and it says right there on her website that no amount of clutter scares her, so what are you afraid of?

70 Who Do You Think You Are?

Calling all would-be family tree-tenders: June 12 is the date for the Jewish Genealogy Fair, to be held at Temple Sholom in Broomall. Over a dozen genealogyspecific information stations, speakers and vendors make this a must-attend event if you have ever wanted to trace your roots, Fair.htm

71 Crop Priority

This is the season of produce, whether you're vacationing in the aptly named Garden State or in Pennsylvania. Picking up fruits and vegetables at local farmers' markets means you get the freshest, best ingredients for your meal, and that our farmers are well supported. For the market nearest you, go to;

72 You're on Your Own

Our last recommendation for what to do this summer? Whatever you want to do. It's your time to live, laugh, learn, love as you see fit.

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