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Baltimore, MD – (October 15, 2007) – Baltimore Hebrew Congregation (BHC) will welcome “Dr. Toy,” Stevanne Auerbach, PhD, child development product expert and author, for a presentation and Q&A during Baltimore Hebrew Congregation Sisterhood's 13th Annual Holiday Boutique & Silent Auction, Sunday, November 18 and Monday, November 19.

Appropriately timed in the midst of the holiday shopping season, Dr. Toy will hold a free admission presentation on Sunday, Nov. 18 at 1:30 pm.  She will hold a lively discussion on "smart play" and will address the current issues of toy safety, choosing appropriate products for children, and the importance of interactive play.

In addition, Dr. Toy will also have several hands-on products for demonstration, and toys that will be donated to the silent auction to raise funds for the Congregation. Following her presentation and discussion Dr. Toy will be on hand to sign copies of her internationally best-selling book, Smart Play/Smart Toys: How to Raise a Child with a High PQ Play Quotient), which was recently published in Israel and Greece. 
“Anytime there are families gathered together for a good cause, I am happy to address any concerns and educate parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles, about smart ways that they can play and have fun with children, while also helping the child develop socially, emotionally, and intellectually,” Dr. Toy continued. “In particular I have a personal interest in BHC Sisterhood. It is great for me to be able to give back to the Baltimore and Towson area where my grandparents raised six children; and I personally spent several summers as a camper and counselor at Camp Louise.”

Products for Dr. Toy’s discussion will include items from her new Best Smart Products 2007 Guide that is available in its entirety in the online magazine, Dr. Toy's Guide, at Among them will be:

  1. Swimming Champions Scramble Squares® 9-Piece Puzzle from b. dazzle
  2. Newton's Apples game from Briarpatch
  3. North Pole Camouflage puzzle game from Educational Insights
  4. Ragdoll Cat Puppet from Folkmanis
  5. Pretend & Play World Traveler from Learning Resources
  6. Lil’ Firetruck™ toy from MEGA Brands
  7. XO Brain Test XO handheld game from MGA Entertainment
  8. Baby Tangle toy from Tangle Toy

The 13th Annual Holiday Boutique is held at Baltimore Hebrew Congregation located at 7401 Park Heights Avenue in Baltimore. The two-day event includes vendors, food and festivities. Clothing, toys, books, jewelry, stationery, cosmetics, art, gifts, ceramics, crafts, and accessories will all be on hand for patrons to shop, and a silent auction will be held for exclusive merchandise.

About Dr Toy
Stevanne Auerbach, Ph.D., aka “Dr. Toy” has been evaluating and speaking about toys and children’s products for more than 30 years. She was a teacher, and staff member of the U.S. Department of Education and the Office of Economic Opportunity, where she evaluated educational programs, approved the first grant to “Sesame Street,” organized the first in-house child care center for federal employees’ children, and developed a federal research program on child care.

Dr. Auerbach is trained in child development, education, child psychology and special education. She is a parent educator, consultant, parent and playful grandparent. She founded the San Francisco International Toy Museum, the first “Hands On” Toy Museum, the first web site on toys (Dr. Toy's Guide: and is the author of 15 books and hundreds of articles, including her best-selling book, Smart Play/Smart Toys How to Raise a Child with a High P.Q.. It is published in many languages and is internationally available in Croatia, Greece, India, Indonesia, Israel, Korea, Russia, Spain and Thailand.

Dr. Auerbach is director of the non-profit Institute for Childhood Resources in San Francisco. Her awards programs featured on recognize best educationally oriented, developmentally appropriate and skill-building products. Dr. Toy's Best Vacation Products 2007 report on includes company customer service numbers, web site URL, age range, price, and a full description of each product.

In addition, Dr. Toy award-winning, on-line magazine, Dr. Toy’s Guide ( features full color photos of each product, links to manufacturers, interviews and articles by Dr. Toy, plus hundreds of other Best Products including high to low tech and products for all reasons and seasons plus Ask Dr. Toy Feature and much more.

At this time over 4000 products are included on the site with direct links to companies, stores, toy history, and parent teacher and other resources. A FREE copy of the report is available at or by sending a SASE envelope.

About Sisterhood BHC
The BHC Sisterhood does the following services- Supports Baltimore Hebrew Congregation and its affiliated schools, enriches the Jewish life of Sisterhood women and Increases awareness of and provides opportunities for members to become involved in Jewish and other community concerns. Among the Sisterhood Projects that benefit the community are: American Red Cross, Baltimore County Literacy Works, Our Daily Bread ,Jewish Braille Institute, Chara House residential facility for infants & toddlers with AIDs, Maryland Food Bank, Chase Brexton Clinic, Planned Parenthood, Jewish Museum of Maryland, Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice, Institute for Christian- Jewish Studies, The Associated Jewish Federation of Baltimore, Israel Charities, CHANA: Counseling & Aid for Abused Women, American Jewish World Service, MAZON, A Jewish Response to hunger , SERVA: Jewish Armed Service Personnel, Jewish Family Service- Kosher Food Pantry and the Congregation, Youth programs, scholarships and camperships plus Educational programs, Media Room listening center, Library books, tapes, and periodicals,Annual Chanukah Supper and Purim Carnival,BHC Religious School, BHC Preschool, BHC Day School and the BHC Sanctuary Quiet Room.

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