New York Knicks Sign Former Top Draft Pick to One-Year Deal

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Michael Beasley

Bernie Mermelstein has led timepiece and accessory manufacturer MZ Berger & Co. as chief executive officer since 1977. When he is not working, Bernie Mermelstein enjoys exercising and traveling. He also enjoys following professional basketball team the New York Knicks.

In a move that added some depth to the team’s frontcourt, the New York Knicks signed Michael Beasley to a one-year deal worth just over $2.1 million. A veteran player entering his 10th season, Beasley has made his way around the NBA since being drafted as the No. 2 overall draft pick in 2008.

Over the course of his career, the 6-foot-9, 235-pound power forward has played for Miami, Minnesota, Phoenix, Houston, and Milwaukee. Despite his frequent moves around the league, Beasley maintains decent career averages of 12.6 points and 4.7 rebounds a game. Last season with the Milwaukee Bucks, he averaged 9.4 points in just under 17 minutes per game.


Boston Selects Tanner Houck in First Round of MLB Amateur Draft


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Tanner Houck

In his four decades with MZ Berger & Company, Bernie Mermelstein has helped grow the timepiece and accessories manufacturer into an international, family-run enterprise with offices in New York City, Toronto, and Hong Kong. When not busy leading the company as chief executive officer, Bernie Mermelstein enjoys taking his grandson to Boston Red Sox games.

The annual three-day, 40-round Major League Baseball Amateur Draft presents franchises with an opportunity to replenish their minor league systems and find promising players for the future. The Red Sox held the 24th overall pick in the 2017 draft and selected six-foot-five, 220-pound, right-handed pitcher Tanner Houck.

Through three seasons with the University of Missouri, Houck compiled an earned run average (ERA) of 3.26 and recorded 292 strikeouts in 301 innings. He was signed to a contract on June 21 and began his first professional season with the Lowell Spinners of the New York-Penn League, where he has a 3.48 ERA and has struck out 12 batters through 10.1 innings.

The Aliyah Process – What It Is and How It Is Done


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Aliyah Process

With a JD from New York Law School, Bernie Mermelstein serves as the chief executive officer of MZ Berger & Co. in Long Island City, New York. Aside from his professional pursuits, Bernie Mermelstein frequently donates resources to various charities and he is a huge supporter of Nefesh B’Nefesh.

Established in 2002, Nefesh B’Nefesh works with the government of Israel and the Jewish Agency of Israel to ease the process of Aliyah (translated to mean ascent or rise) by reducing obstacles that may be related to finances, profession, and/or logistics.

According to the Law of Return, Aliyah refers to the act of moving to Israel and becoming a citizen. Jews of varying statuses, denominations, and ages make Aliyah for various reasons. While some do so for their beliefs, others want to strengthen their identity; still others treat Aliyah as a way of expressing practical Zionism.

The Aliyah process starts with completing the application with an option to apply for financial help. It continues with submitting pertinent documents that would determine a person’s eligibility and his or her status in the Jewish Agency. Once an interview with the agency’s local representative is done, the applicant waits for the result of his or her application. When the agency approves, Nefesh B’Nefesh makes the confirmation of the services along with the financial aid, if applicable. The next steps include obtaining an Aliyah visa, which may take up to two weeks and is valid for six months and finally, flying to Israel.

Benefits of the Elliptical Workout Machine


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Elliptical Workout Machine

Since 1977, Bernie Mermelstein has served as CEO and owner of MZ Berger and Company (MZB), a maker of wearables and watches. In his free time, Bernie Mermelstein stays in shape by lifting weights and using the elliptical.

The elliptical’s greatest value for the user is exercising a number of major muscles at once. Properly used, it can strengthen quadriceps, glutes, calves, and hamstrings. Additionally, it works upper-body muscles such as those in the chest, arms, and back. Using the elliptical also helps cut back on mineral loss in weight-bearing bones.

An elliptical workout is easier on the feet than other methods, because feet remain in pedals instead of enduring impacts, as they would when running. Additionally, the workout session is quieter and more comfortable, and users can change their speed and the angle of the machine to burn more calories and work different muscle groups. Like any other exercise, using the elliptical may pay off in improved mood and immune system, as well as lower risk of diseases related to obesity.

Ways to Get Involved with the American Israel Public Affairs Committee

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American Israel Public Affairs Committee

Since 1977, Bernie Mermelstein has served as CEO of MZ Berger & Co., a New York-based accessory business that carries a variety of products, including watches and clocks, home décor items, jewelry, and consumer electronics. Alongside his professional pursuits, Bernie Mermelstein supports the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC).

Those who would like to support AIPAC in its efforts to strengthen the United States-Israel relationship can get involved with the organization in several ways. Supporters can make a one-time donation on the group’s website or pledge appreciated securities through a broker. AIPAC also offers a planned giving program for individuals who would like to make the organization part of their estate plan.

In addition to financial support, AIPAC welcomes those who would like to be personally involved in the group’s activities. AIPAC clubs offer supporters the opportunity to join the organization for pro-Israel events in Washington, DC, and other cities. Individuals can join one of six AIPAC clubs, with an annual commitment ranging from $1,800 to $100,000.

Other ways to get involved with AIPAC include attending one of the group’s local or national events. The committee’s largest event is the AIPAC Policy Conference, which takes place in Washington, DC, each March. The event gives attendees the opportunity to attend education sessions, hear from speakers, and meet face-to-face with members of Congress. The next AIPAC Policy Conference will take place March 4-6, 2018.

Packers Go Heavy on Offense in Later Rounds of NFL Draft

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Bernie Mermelstein is the owner and CEO of the timepiece and accessory manufacturer MZ Berger & Co., which has received awards such as Wal-Mart Vendor of the Year and Kohl’s Supplier of the Year. Though he lives in New York, Bernie Mermelstein travels to Wisconsin with his sons every year to see a Green Bay Packers game.

The Packers addressed a major need in the first two rounds of the 2017 National Football League (NFL) draft by selecting defensive secondary players Kevin King and Josh Jones. However, the team used five of its 10 selections in the draft to upgrade its offense, beginning in the fourth round with the selection of running back Jamaal Williams. Green Bay also drafted running backs Aaron Jones and Devante Mays as well as wide receivers DeAngelo Yancey and Malachi Dupre.

Williams spent four seasons at Brigham Young University and recorded 35 rushing touchdowns and 3,901 rushing yards. Jones scored 33 touchdowns in four seasons with UTEP, while Mays recorded 12 in two seasons with Utah State. Yancey, meanwhile, was selected 175th overall with a pick the Packers received from the Broncos in a trade. The 6-foot-2, 205-pound receiver caught 20 touchdown passes in four years at Purdue and recorded 2,344 receiving yards. Finally, Dupre, the fourth-to-last pick in the draft, recorded 14 touchdowns and 1,609 receiving yards in three seasons with LSU.

Spin Bikes vs. Exercise Bikes


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Spin Bikes vs. Exercise Bikes

Bernie Mermelstein has been at the helm of MZ Berger & Co., in Long Island City, New York for four decades as the company’s CEO. During his tenure, he has seen the company expand its operations into numerous new markets. In his leisure time, Bernie Mermelstein enjoys physical fitness activities such as spinning.

For more than 30 years, spin bikes have been found in gyms nationwide; the uninitiated may wonder how they differ from traditional exercise bikes. While both seemingly resemble traditional bicycling on the surface, spin bikes operate with a totally different system of kinetics than resistance bikes.

With spin bikes, the pedals are connected to a flywheel system that keeps the pedals moving even when you stop applying force to them. This feature allows the rider to take a bit of a breather while still getting legwork in, since the pedals will pull the legs along for a bit.

Resistance bikes use magnetic forces to generate the movement, with the pedals stopping altogether when the rider ceases pedaling. For these reasons, spinners can burn up to 200 calories more per hour during a spin class than they could if they just used a traditional exercise bike.