Distracted Driving: Where do you draw the line?

— by Peter Dissinger

It is no stretch to say that distracted driving is an epidemic in today’s world. Whether texting, fiddling with the radio, calling a friend, or even using the GPS, there are so many easy ways for any driver to become distracted in an instant. This is especially true for teens, including myself. Maybe it’s a notification from our incredibly useful smart phones or even an inclination to be reckless, but research shows that teenagers are especially at risk for these types of behaviors. It may seem shocking to some adults, but from my perspective, this is not radical data; it is the real experience of so many teenagers (and probably adults as well).

The video Distracted Driving: Where do you draw the line? was created for the “Put the Brakes on Distract Driving” campaign of the Coalition for Youth of Lower Merion and Narberth.

The Sweet Trading Company: Philly’s 1st Kosher Chocolate Boutique

— by Ronit Treatman

The first homemade chocolate gift Jody Peskin ever made was an Old World chocolate Easter egg for each of her non-Jewish friends in college.  It was a lovely gesture, as they had been participating in her Shabbat dinners all year.  “I used real chicken eggs,” she told me.  “I poked a hole in each one, emptied it, then boiled the shells to kill all the bacteria.  Then I filled the egg with melted chocolate.”  This self-declared “chief chocolate officer’s” passion for all things chocolate has led her to open The Sweet Trading Company.

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Only the finest kosher Belgian chocolate is used at The Sweet Trading Company.  Every day there is a freshly prepared selection of chocolate delicacies to choose from at the store.  Ms. Peskin also creates custom confections for special occasions.  When I stopped by, she had fashioned chocolate lollipops with both elephants and donkeys in honor of the presidential debate.  

Have you ever fantasized about making your own chocolate delights?  Jody Peskin is planning to offer chocolate making classes and themed parties.  She intends to organize hands-on crafts in celebration of the Jewish holidays.  

The Sweet Trading Company is the Philadelphia area’s first kosher producer of artisanal chocolates.  With its separate dairy and pareve chocolate kitchens, it is supervised by the Community Kashrus of Greater Philadelphia.  

Whether you are planning to treat yourself or send a gift, The Sweet Trading Company will help you select something that is delicious, appropriate, and kosher.  

  • The Sweet Trading Co. (The Chocolate Concierge)
  • Address: 733 Montgomery Ave, Narberth, PA 19072
  • Phone: (267) 935-9294
  • Hours: Mon – Fri: 10:00 am-6:00 pm, Sun: 11:00 am-5:00 pm.
  • Parking: Street or parking lot.
  • Products: Chocolate candy, Chocolate Covered Pretzels, Custom gift baskets and trays