Noted Clinical Psychologist Becomes an Associate of the Blind Judo Foundation Inspiring Judo and Life Dreams


Psychologist and author, Dr. Barbara Lavi, Psy.D., becomes Associate of the Blind Judo Foundation teaching readers of her bestselling book, The Wake Up And Dream Challenge how to navigate their way to a life they had never dared to dream. Dr. Lavi believes the sport of Judo acts as a dream catalyst for blind and visually impaired athletes that transcends beyond the sport of Judo teaching individuals to overcome challenges of blindness and to lead independent dream filled lives.

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David Letterman Style Top 10 Ways to Know You Have Found the Perfect Gift


David Letterman Style Top 10 Signs You’re Holding the Perfect Chanukah Gift

Since Thanksgiving & Hanukkah haven’t fallen on the same date since 1888 & won’t for 77,798 years, many people are scrambling to find gifts in time. The Top 10 Signs You Are Holding the Perfect Gift can help.

– WEBWIRE – Monday, November 25, 2013

People have barely finished celebrating the High Holidays and Thanksgivica is 2 days away. Finding gifts for this once in 70 millenniums event isn’t easy.Menorah Park Center for Senior Living & clinical psychologist and author, Dr. Barbara Lavi, want to reduce the stress with a David Letterman style video: The Top 10 Signs You Are Holding the Perfect Chanukah Gift.

Dr. Lavi believes, “When great things come together, amazing things happen.” The moon aligned two important holidays and she decided to bring a few more good things into the mix. She put her best selling ebook, The Wake Up and Dream Challenge, on sale November 23rd – 30th. “By lowering the price,” she says,“I hope people will give it to everyone who wants to reach their dreams.” Here’s what readers say:

  • “Dr. Lavi’s ideas stayed with me all these years & helped me…through an even more frightening time of horrific cancer treatments. I would not be who I am today without her help & guidance.” L.D. 
  • “I feel better than I have in years!…Consider your profession well chosen & your job well done. You changed my life!” J.C.P.

Dr. Lavi didn’t stop there. “Since Chanukah symbolizes freedom & miracles,” she states, “ I ’m giving half the profits from every copy of The Wake Up and Dream Challenge sold to support a miraculous program, Menorah Park’s D.R.E.A.M. Program.”  Sherry Gavanditti who works at Menorah Park, reports they have “made many of their residents final years, golden years. They’ve helped launch an acting career, sponsored art exhibits, motorcycle & helicopter rides for their 70 – 90+ year old residents.” Dr. Lavi hopes the sale will also inspire similar programs at other facilities around the nation.

David Letterman, take note this is more than just a funny list of ways to find the perfect gift, it can help make dreams happen at any age!


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Press Release: Chanukah Dayenu & Chanukah Countdown Sale



Chanukah Dayenu, Is It Chanukah, Thanksgiving or Passover?

Adam Sandler’s Chanukah Song has some competition. People are confused by Chanukah & Thanksgiving coming together this year. A new song will help prepare for the holiday quickly. In addition, it will help senior citizens reach their dreams.

WEBWIRE – Friday, November 22, 2013

Weston CT & Beachwood OH USA

The senior citizens at Menorah Park Center for Senior Living have a lot to sing about this holiday season.  In conjunction with a fundraiser, The Chanukah Countdown sale of The Wake Up and Dream Challenge on Amazon November 23rd – 30th, they have a new Chanukah song that will give Adam Sandler’s Chanukah Song a run for the money. Chanukah Dayenu can be heard on YouTube.

Chanukah Dayenu and the Chanukah Countdown sale is a joint project prepared by author Dr. Barbara Lavi to help Menorah Park.  Since Chanukah comes early this year, coinciding with Thanksgiving, people are scrambling to make their Chanukah gift purchases. The song offers a solution to this unique dilemma with a “more than sufficient,”  the translation of the word, Dayenu, gift. The humorous song shows how to find the perfect gift that needs no postage, wrapping, or trips to the mall.

Psychologist & author, Dr. Lavi states that, “the song is meant to be funny, but the sale supports a serious program which helps residents accomplish their dreams & teaches every reader self help techniques I developed over the course of my career as a clinical psychologist.”  Therefore, for one week, she is offering a Chanukah discount (30 – 50% off the regular price of $9.95) on her best selling Kindle self-help book, The Wake Up and Dream Challenge. The ebook can be downloaded to any computer, ipad or smart phone & sent to anyone with an e-mail address. One half of the profits from each book sold will be donated to Menorah Park’s D.R.E.A.M. Program.

The D. R. E. A. M. Program has helped residents like, Hy Snell make their life long dreams reality. Hy, who is legally blind, dreamt of a career as an artist. In 2011, the D.R.E.A.M. Program sponsored Hy’s first art show at the age of 92 complete with television coverage. Now he is getting calls from around the world. Hy is just one of the seniors from Menorah Park who have been helped to accomplish their life dreams.


How to Prevent Bullying of the Blind & Visually Impaired: Dr. Barbara Lavi on Blind Matters Radio 11/9/13 at 3PM EST



Dr. Barbara Lavi, Clinical Psychologist & Author, will be interviewed live on Blind Matters Radio Saturday 11/9/13 at 3 PM. Dr. Lavi is a clinical consultant to The Blind Judo Foundation, one of the dream nonprofit organizations featured in & benefiting from her book, The Wake Up and Dream Challenge.

She will be discussing the disturbing rise in bullying in our society. Since bullies pick on those they see as weak, it is important for the blind & visually impaired & their parents & teachers to discover ways to strengthen their self confidence & ability to deter bullies. Feel free to call in 800-788-9575 & ask questions on this important subject. 

Blind Matters is the first syndicated radio show of its kind in the country….an all talk show catering to the visually impaired & the blind. Entertaining & informative. 

Laugh & learn with Michael Golder, the show’s host. What makes this show unique is that the host, many of the guests & some of the advertisers are also visually impaired or blind.  The show airs live every Saturday from 3pm to 6pm EDT. Listen to Blind Matters on these stations: 1520am WBZW – THE BIZ – Orlando, Florida OR Listen live directly Home Page. Just click on livestream button & you will be linked directly to the program at 1520am. 


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Don’t Fret, If You Missed the Free Download!

If you missed the free download of The Wake Up and Dream Challenge, you can still get a copy on and support your favorite Dream Nonprofit. Click here:  to get your copy,

Here’s a new review posted about the book on

5.0 out of 5 stars I woke up, and my dreams are becoming realities August 14, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
The Wake up and Dream Challenge is an innovative approach to helping people get out of a rut, find balance in their life, and achieve their potential. The practical advise, and how it applies to daily life helped me realize how much I allowed the stress of everyday responsibilities to inhibit my ability to think big. I feel optimistic about my future again, the dreams I thought long forgotten are coming true.Praise for Dr. Lavi for helping others. Her selfless donation of the proceeds to benefit Non-Profits that help others achieve their dreams is unprecedented. If more people thought of others before themselves like this, the world would be a better place.

The Wake Up and Dream Challenge Newsletter August, 2013


The Wake and Dream Challenge Hit #1 on Two of Amazon’s Kindle Best Selling Book Charts


Dr. Lavi is proud to announce that The Wake Up and Dream Challenge reached #1 in both the Self Help/Happiness and Mental Health/Dreams categories on Amazon Kindle’s Best Selling book charts during the free download promotion! Dr. Lavi would like to thank all those who downloaded the book during the free giveaway. If you downloaded the book, like it and want to help spread the word about it, we could use your help. We would appreciate it if you would click on the link and write a short review. Even a sentence or two will help potential readers decide whether to purchase the book and support the nonprofits associated with the book. Thanks in advance for your help!

Dr. Lavi Welcomes Esther Thomas, Public Relations/Social Media Intern

Esther PortaitsAlthough the summer is almost over and Dream team Interns Adam and Claire will be returning to their studies, Dr. Lavi would like to introduce you to the Dream Team’s Public Relations/Social Media Coordinator Esther Thomas who will be continuing through late fall. Esther’s goals and responsibilities as an intern include event planning, social media networking, public relations and communication with non-profit organizations. Esther has been a Dream Team intern since the beginning of the summer. Esther earned her under-graduate degree in history and communication at Western Connecticut State University. She is currently pursing a Masters of Communication at Sacred Heart University. Esther’s goals are to enhance her communication skills and to use them professionally. She adds that she hopes “to develop professional connections and increase knowledge on the effective use of social media and event planning.”  Esther is enjoying how the internship has given her the opportunity to work with a small team where she was able to practice communication and business skills. “I truly believe in the vision and purpose of Dr. Lavi’s book. Working with her allows me to apply the skills I learned in an academic setting to help Dr. Lavi help others in the real world.”


Press Release: Somewhere on Way Up High There’s a Great 3 Day Offer Don’t Let It Let Pass You By: It’s Time to Take The Wake Up and Dream Challenge

From 12 AM 8/4/2013 till 11:59 PM 8/6/2013, Barbara Lavi’s inspirational self help book, The Wake Up and Dream Challenge, will be available as a complimentary download on Dr. Lavi developed a creative 21st Century version of #BurmaShave Marketing campaigns using rhyming tweets and fun photos hoping to maximize social media exposure so that she can teach as many people as possible how to actualize their dreams while supporting 21 Dream Nonprofit Organizations from across the USA.

Don’t let funny tweets like, “Jack was quick. Jack was nimble. Jack downloaded the #WakeUpAndDream Challenge Didn’t even need a Kindle,” fool you. The Wake Up and Dream Challenge, by Dr. Barbara Lavi is a serious self help book which has helped thousands of people change their lives. The use of “Over the Rainbow” imagery & rhyme in the title of this announcement, on the other hand, reflects the more serious side of the book’s inspirational content. Click on the link to read the full article, find the link to download the book for free & see some of the funny #BurmaShave signs…