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Int'l Day of Peace Celebration
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Dear Friends:

You are invited to join us and other members of the Teaneck community who are lovers of Peace, on Friday, September 21st at 4P.M.as we walk 2 miles from the Puffin Foundation Ltd in Teaneck to the United Methodist Church in Leonia. The program at the Puffin Foundation Ltd. starts at 4 P.M. with speakers in front of the peace pole that was placed there in 2011. At 5 P.M. those who are able will walk to the peace pole in Leonia and others will drive. Arriving around 6 P.M.. we will join with the Leonia community in celebrating the United Nations International Day of Peace which will conclude at 7 P.M. We will have rides available for the walkers to get back to their cars in Teaneck.

The walk will begin from the Puffin Foundation parking lot after a short ceremony led by Jules Orkin, to the United Methodist Church at 391 Broad Ave., at the corner of Woodbridge and Broad Ave in Leonia. The walk is 2 miles (partly up hill) with the option to walk 1.3 miles (with no hill) to Overpeck parking lot. Please register if you plan to walk all or part of the way. Contact Jules Orkin at 201-566-8403. Directions to the Puffin Foundation can be found atwww.puffinculturalforum.org.

The International day of Peace was established in 1981 by the United Nations general assembly. In 2001, the UN established September 21 as an annual day of non-violence.

In 1976 the idea of placing the peace message and prayer on poles started. To date over 100,000 peace poles have been dedicated in over 190 countries around the world.

Sponsors of this walk to date are:
Puffin Foundation Ltd,
New Jersey Peace Action
Veteran’s for Peace Chapter 21,
Military Families Speak out,
Teaneck Vigil
Occupy Bergen County

Sincerely,
Perry Rosenstein, President
Gladys Miller Rosenstein, Executive Director
Neal Rosenstein, Vice President
Jules Orkin, Puffin Peace Fellow
MAY PEACE PREVAIL ON EARTH.

 


 

 

Puffin and Community Celebrates International Peace Day
On September 21, the U.N. International Day of Peace, the Puffin Foundation celebrated its second year as a participating member of the International Peace Pole Organization. A group of peace activists met in front of the Foundation building. Representatives from the Puffin Foundation NJ Peace Action, Veteran's for Peace, Chapter 21, casino Military Families Speak Out, Teaneck Vigil, Occupy Bergen County, and the Teaneck Board of Education spoke of the importance of working for peace. The group then began their three mile walk, led by Jules Orkin, the Puffin Peace Fellow, to join the Leonia Peace Activist for a ceremony at the United Methodist Church on Broad St. in Leonia.

Perry Rosenstein, President of the Puffin Foundation

Jules Orkin, Puffin Peace Fellow

 
Voter Registration Forms
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Voter registration forms are available at the Puffin Foundation offices. Stop by during business hours and get one!

 
Activist NY on NY1
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Activist New York
A new exhibit is taking an in-depth look at New York's history as the center of important social movements from civil rights to religious freedom.

Activist New York is the inaugural exhibition in The Puffin Foundation Gallery, which is dedicated to the ways in which ordinary New Yorkers have exercised their power to shape the city's and the nation's future.

View a video about the exhibit from NY1 here: http://www.ny1.com/content/160796/city-s-activist-history-inspires-manhattan-exhibit

 
ALBA SPEECH HONORING KATE DOYLE AND FREDY PECCERELLI
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FOR THE PAST 27 YEARS WE AT THE PUFFIN FOUNDATION HAVE SOUGHT TO LEVEL THE PLAYING FIELD SO THAT WOMEN, CHILDREN, YOUNG PEOPLE, THE WORKING CLASS AND ALL THE UNDERSERVED PEOPLE IN OUR SOCIETY HAVE BEEN ABLE TO FIND A HAVEN IN OUR FOUNDATION. WHERE HELP OF ALL KINDS IS AVAILABLE TO THEM WITH SUPPORT FOR THEIR STRUGGLES OF THE DAY.

RECENTLY WE HAVE JOINED WITH ALBA TO CONTINUE THEIR WORK, WHICH WAS TO FIGHT FASCISM IN SPAIN, AND TODAY TO DEFEND HUMAN RIGHTS. WE ARE PRIVILIGED TO HAVE OUR HONOREES, casino KATE DOYLE AND FREDY PECCERELLI HERE WITH US TODAY TO RECEIVE THE ANNUAL ALBA/PUFFIN HUMAN RIGHTS ACTIVIST AWARD. YOU HAVE BOTH COURAGEOUSLY SOUGHT OUT THE CRIMINALS IN CENTRAL AMERICA AND HAVE DEFIED THE COLONIAL TERRORISTS, SEEKING OUT THEIR NAMES, WHO’S CRIMES OF MURDER HAVE BEEEN SUPPORTED BY OUR GOVERNMENT AND THE MILITARY MILITIA OF THEIR COUNTRIES.

WE WORRY ABOUT YOUR WELFARE. WE HOPE YOUR WORK WILL ENCOURAGE OTHERS TO PARTICIPATE IN BRINGING THE STORIES OF THESE ATROCITIES TO LIGHT.

WE ARE PROUD TO PRESENT THIS SECOND HUMANITIES AWARD TO BOTH OF YOU.

 
Summer Art Classes
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Pre-registration required
Email tix@puffinfoundation.org

"This class puts a spotlight on the creative process with fun, stimulating exercises in words, movement, the visual arts, drama, photography, music and more. We look at each person’s “signature” style, exercise the imagination and explore personal perspectives towards daring new expressive results. We will paint, build, move, recite, design and write with a colorful group of sympathetic explorers" $75 for 5 sessions

 

 
"O Wholly Night..." -Second Performance Added
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O Wholly Night & Other Jewish Solecisms
We are no longer taking reservations for Saturday January 28th

Due to popular demand a second showing has been added on March 18th at 4:00pm!
To get reservations for March email tix@puffinfoundation.org

Sunday, March 18, 4:00pm
Theater: O Wholly Night and Other Jewish Solecisms
This comical and wistful one-woman show, commissioned and originally presented at the Jewish Museum, draws reminiscences from writer/performer Deb Margolin’s childhood, young adulthood, and recent years. Expounding on her lifelong fascination with waiting for the Messiah, Deb recalls various incidents over the years when she suspected the Messiah was present, while weaving other definitively Jewish experiences, characters, and Hebrew expressions into the monologue. For all its humor, the play offers some serious reflections on the cost of being different from the majority; those musings linger long after the smiles have ended.

$10.00 suggested donation.
Reservations recommended

 
Puffin donation helps Teaneck restart literacy program
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"A $120,000 donation from the Puffin Foundation will allow the school district to reinstate a summer literacy and math program that was eliminated this year because of budget cuts, officials said.

'I think it might be one of the largest donations – without a grant attached to it – that we have had,' Schools Superintendent Barbara Pinsak said.

The district has already received $60,000, said Gladys Miller-Rosenstein, executive director of the township-based Puffin Foundation, and Perry Rosenstein, the foundation's president. The remaining $60,000 will be donated in 2012, in time for the program's start in July, Miller-Rosenstein said.

'We thought it was a really needed program, and they have proof that it had been successful,' she said. 'They have had this program before and it had been very helpful to the youngsters. … From listening to what they told us, we thought it was exactly what we would like to do for the school this year.'

The program, which will run for four weeks, will be open to students in Grades 1-8, said Vincent McHale, the district's assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction. He said he expects about 300 students to participate."

Read the full article from The Bergen Record here.

 

 
Peace Pole Ceremony at Puffin Foundation: Event Photos
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This ceremony took place Wednesday November 9th at the Puffin Foundation.

We have sought to have our voice for peace heard. A world without war is a universal desire by untold millions of people. We have erected a “Peace Pole” on The Puffin Foundation Ltd. property located at 20 Puffin Way in Teaneck, NJ and in doing so have become a member of the Peace Pole family in the state of New Jersey.

The Peace Pole states in 8 languages “Let Peace prevail on Earth.” There are presently 264 peace sites throughout New Jersey. We are proud to be one of the new sites.

A ceremony was held on November 9, 2011 outside the Foundation offices. In attendance to dedicate the Peace Pole were State Senator Loretta Weinberg, Teaneck Town Council member Barbara Toffler, Judith Arnold Peace Pole official, Jules Orkin Puffin Foundation Peace Fellow, Supt. of schools Barbara Pinsack, Assistant Supt. of schools Vincent McHale, Walter Nygard of Veterans for Peace, executives of the Puffin Foundation Perry Rosenstein, President, Gladys Miller-Rosenstein Executive Director and Neal Rosenstein Vice President. The student band and ensemble group from Thomas Jefferson Middle School led by music teacher Vincent Pittman, provided entertainment. Anyone who wished to make a statement about world peace was invited to address the audience.

The Peace Pole ceremony will become an annual event.

Photos by: Rachel Banai


Judith Arnold of the Peace Pole Organization
Gladys Miller-Rosenstein, Executive Director of The Puffin Foundation, Ltd.


Jules Orkin, Puffin Peace Fellow


Barbara Pinsack, Superintendent of Teaneck Public Schools
Vincent McHale, Assistant Superintendent of Teaneck Public Schools


Barbara Toffler, Town Council Member


State Senator Loretta Weinberg


Walt Nygard, Vice President of Veterans for Peace Chapter 21


Walt Nygard, Sarah Davol, and Vanessa DiBona


Neal Rosenstein, Vice President of The Puffin Foundation, Ltd.


Thomas Jefferson Middle School Bands
Vincent Pittman, Music Teacher

 
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