The Special Children’s Center Hosted a Food and Auction Fundraiser

Lakewood, New Jersey professional Avrahom Joseph enjoys spending his downtime outdoors hiking trails or boating. Dedicated to helping those around him, Avrahom Joseph regularly contributes to several charitable organizations, including the Special Children’s Center.

A nonprofit organization also located in Lakewood, the Special Children’s Center serves children and adults who have complex developmental disabilities. Established in 1996 by two teens, the organization has served more than 450 families with special needs. The organization provides developmentally disabled individuals with a chance to grow and progress while their families receive support from the local community.

During the year, the Special Children’s Center hosts events to help raise funds. On April 26, 2015, the organization sponsored A Taste of Something Special, where participants enjoyed a night out with friends, listened to a featured speaker, tasted the food industry’s newest products, and partook in a Chinese auction. Numerous food vendors offered kosher food brands, and the event raised money for the center to continue its services.


Chai Lifeline’s Camp Simcha

Avrahom Joseph, a board member of Yeshiva Meon Hatorah, maintains an active presence in his Lakewood, New Jersey community. Avrahom Joseph supports a wide array of community and charitable organizations, including Chai Lifeline, an organization that helps children who are seriously ill have the happiest and most normal childhood possible.

Chai Lifeline offers a wide range of free family-centered programs and services to the communities it serves. Camp Simcha is just one of Chai Lifeline’s many programs. Every summer, 400 children are welcomed to Camp Simcha, a medically supervised overnight camp designed for children who are battling blood disorders or cancer. The organization also operates Camp Simcha Special for children with debilitating chronic conditions.

Camp Simcha is located on 125 acres in New York’s Catskill Mountains, and children and teens in all treatment stages are allowed to attend. Campers can participate in activities such as talent shows, helicopter rides, arts and crafts, and adaptive sports. Every camper has their own counselor to make sure they get the most out of their time at Camp Simcha and away from hospital rooms.

The Psychological Benefits of Regular Martial Arts Practice

A resident of Lakewood, New Jersey, Avrahom Joseph currently serves on the board of Yeshiva Meon Hatorah in Spring Valley, New York. As a board member, he provides the organization with business guidance, ensures payroll deadlines are met, and resolves accounts payable. In his free time, Avrahom Joseph is an avid martial artist who practices Tai Chi, Krav Maga, and Tae Kwon Do.

Martial arts is frequently recognized for the many physical benefits it offers, but regular martial arts training may also provide psychological benefits. Scientific studies have shown that martial arts have a variety of positive effects on individuals. For example, learning martial arts can improve practitioners’ self-confidence and, in turn, help them remain calm in stressful circumstances.

Practicing martial arts has also been shown to improve mood. Long-time practitioners have reported lower levels of anxiety and aggression along with high levels of self-reliance and independence. These effects increase with time, assuming individuals continue to practice regularly. Beyond this, martial arts have been shown to improve discipline and focus, enhance self-control, and reduce stress levels.

New Jersey Hike to Pinwheel’s Vista

An accomplished businessman, Avrahom Joseph has owned several companies in the Lakewood, New Jersey, area. In his leisure time, Avrahom Joseph enjoys hiking throughout the state.

Experienced hikers in New Jersey may wish to try Pinwheel’s Vista. This 9-mile round-trip hike mostly follows level ground, with a few steep sections ascending and descending from its start at the Wawayanda State Park headquarters. The trail offers views of the New Jersey and New York mountains, a steel bridge over a stream, a waterfall, and other spectacular features.

After leaving the Wawayanda State Park, the Pinwheel’s Vista trail follows blue blaze markers for 0.3 miles and then turns left at the first trail juncture, continuing along the A.T. trail marked with white blazes. It continues along the A.T. Trail, past the Wawayanda Shelter, along park roads, over the steel bridge, and through the forest. After crossing a stone wall and reaching the 4.3-mile marker, the path returns to the blue-blazed Wawayanda Ridge Trail, which continues the rest of the way to the overlook at Pinwheel’s Vista.

Reasons to Consider Krav Maga

Lakewood, New Jersey, resident Avrahom Joseph studied marketing, business law, and accounting at Ocean County College. In his free time Avrahom Joseph enjoys refining his skills as a student of krav maga.

Like many martial arts, krav maga emphasizes both the physical aspects of self-defense as well as the moral principles involved. There are a number of reasons an individual should consider studying the finer points of krav maga. First, it is considered one of the more intuitive and accessible martial arts, and has been designed to serve individuals of every age, size, and shape.

Secondly, krav maga is a style of pure striking that emphasizes the quick and effective development of skills. There are no krav maga competitions or showcases. Instead, studies focus on how to defend oneself and loved ones in real-world scenarios.

Finally, krav maga training expands on a person’s natural instincts while simultaneously drawing on a multitude of martial arts and disciplines of self-defense. This combination of influences provides students of krav maga with a well-rounded education in defense techniques that can be employed in many different situations.

An Overview of Baseball Gloves

Lakewood, New Jersey, native Avrahom Joseph studied marketing and business law at Ocean County College. In his free time, Avrahom Joseph enjoys spending time with his family and playing sports such as baseball and basketball.

A baseball glove is one of the most important pieces of equipment in a baseball player’s bag. Gloves come in a number of different shapes and sizes, varying according to a player’s size and position. Throughout players’ younger years, they may play a number of different positions, but as they age they should begin developing their skills at a single spot on the field. Those who find they excel in the infield will use a smaller, rounder glove than what outfielders typically use. Second basemen and short stops use the smallest gloves in baseball, ranging from 10.5 to just under 12 inches.

Gloves for outfielders are comparatively simpler, with the average adult size coming in at an even 13 inches. Despite these numbers, players must select a glove that fits their personal needs. This is most evident with pitchers, whose gloves can range from 11 to more than 12 inches.

Annual Readership Decreasing in United States

A member of the Yeshiva Meon Hatorah board in Spring Valley, New York, Lakewood resident Avrahom Joseph enjoys staying active by playing tennis and baseball. Avrahom Joseph, an avid reader, also likes to relax with a good book.

The benefits of reading every day are well documented and range from added knowledge to improved memory. Unfortunately, the portion of Americans who go an entire year without reading a single book has risen dramatically over the past few years.

According to a series of polls conducted by Gallup and Pew, only 8 percent of Americans failed to read a book over the course of 1978. By 1990, that figure had doubled, though the number decreased to 13 percent in 1999 and 2001. However, Pew reported that in 2011, the number of Americans who had not read a single book climbed to 18 percent of the population. In both 2012 and 2014, that figure held at 23 percent, nearly a quarter of the population.

The Americans population’s growing disinterest in literature can be seen in a number of different studies. Following another Gallup poll, 42 percent of Americans in 1978 claimed to have read at least 11 books over the past year, with another 17 percent having read between 6 and 10. In 2014, only 28 percent of Americans had read 11 books or more, a number slightly higher than those who had not read at all.