TEL AVIV (JTA) – Secular and haredi Orthodox Israelis differ on many things, but there’s one thing both sides agree on: When it comes to religious affairs, the government is failing.

That’s one of the findings of an annual survey of Israeli religious identification and attitudes toward religious policy released Sept. 11 by Hiddush, a 6-year-old organization that promotes religious freedom in Israel.

The survey found that 95 percent of secular respondents are dissatisfied with the government’s handling of religious issues, with large majorities favoring civil marriage or civil unions and official recognition of non-Orthodox conversions.

/Getty Images/Getty ImagesFamily Features – As children head back to school, the time set aside for play seems to disappear. According to a survey conducted by Dr. Pepper Snapple Group’s Let’s Play initiative, 56 percent of parents say busy schedules are a major barrier to play.

Play is an important part of a child’s physical, emotional and social development. In fact, kids who play are found to be healthier, happier and better performers in school. As children’s schedules become packed with activities during the school year, it is important to make sure they are getting enough active playtime each day to help them grow into happy, healthy adults.

Here are some reasons to keep kids active during the school year:

On Oct. 25, Katja Goldman, Lisa Rotmil and Judy Bernstein Bunzl will join Deb Norman, owner of the former Rue de L’Espoir, and Gail Solomon as judges of the “Temple Beth-El World Series of Treasured Jewish Family Recipes” from 4-5:30 p.m. at 70 Orchard Ave., Providence. More than 25 temple members will enter favored family recipes and vie for the distinguished title of “Best Recipe,” with attendees voting for the winner of the “People’s Choice Award.”

Irina MissiuroIrina MissiuroI have never worked out with a trainer, so when Lisa Mongeau, consultant to J-Fitness and founder of Body Soul Inspired Personal Training, the fitness center’s partner, offered me the opportunity, I jumped at it. I’d seen trainers guiding their clients at J-Fitness at the Dwares JCC and was thrilled that I would learn from one too. And learn I did.

Andrew Mattera greeted me with an enthusiastic, “So, you’re the famous Irina!” Right away, I knew that I’d want to learn from a man who thinks I’m famous! I was right.

Religious school students from Temple Sinai help out in the garden. /Catherine WaltersReligious school students from Temple Sinai help out in the garden. /Catherine WaltersAs the daylight hours grow short, summer gives way to fading flowers and leaves begin to turn in the Biblical Garden at Temple Sinai, a Reform congregation in Cranston. It’s been a summer of lush growth and abundance. Stalks of ancestral emmer (wheat) and barley are heavy with grain, and dyers’ madder and tansy run riot in the dye garden. The resident rabbits dine on bolted lettuce and baby toads have made themselves at home in the raised vegetable beds, to the delight of visiting children. The papyrus will soon come indoors for the winter, along with other frost-tender specimens. Chamomile, thyme, coriander and black cumin will continue to naturalize wherever their seeds fall.