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The Cleveland Jewish News Fall 2015

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The Thread: A few words from Jstyle Editor Michael C. Butz

The Tally: By The Numbers and 18 fun things to do in Greater Cleveland

The Runway: Noteworthy events happening in the coming months around Northeast Ohio Girls’ Night Out: Head to East Fourth Street for an evening in downtown Cleveland – and look good doing it Beauty: Honey helpers

Staff Pick – Tremont: A look at the shopping scene in the trendy Cleveland neighborhood Fashion Forward: Jewish young professionals from St. Petersburg, Russia, combine Cleveland connections with “kosher” fashion to advance both their community and themselves Dapper Man: Denim for days Ask Elana: Dating columnist Elana Averbach helps readers turn first dates into second dates Survivor Story: By opening up about her darkest days, Rivka Joseph is shining a light on a taboo but important topic: child sexual abuse in Cleveland’s Jewish community


Curious Gastronomy: Jeremy Umansky’s penchant for experimentation and envelope pushing, coupled with his academic and heuristic pursuits of food, have made him a pioneer of the culinary world




Sweet Successes: Honey is but one of the goods that comes from the backyard of Doug Trattner, who when not writing about food is cultivating it – and in the process raising urban farming’s profile in Northeast Ohio Cream of the Crop: Three Jewish young professionals hope their work to transform Fairmont Creamery will help better connect Tremont and Ohio City

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Room Service: Designer looks for the modern bathroom Fashion. Food. Décor.

Get the Look: Rustic revival Refresh & Renew: A special section for cosmetic and plastic surgery Fashion Focus: Beauty, fine jewelry, and women’s, men’s and children’s fashions Pursuits: Street cred


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On the cover: Models Eden Golan, Taylor Epstein, Julie Rapaport and Ashley Rabin chat while Society Lounge bartender Joe Fredrickson prepares cocktails. Styles on pages 24 and 32-36. Photo by Laura Watilo Blake of Elbee Studio

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Musings and observations from Editor Michael C. Butz

Tackling the Issues


ver the short year and a half that I’ve been editor, I’ve heard from several readers and members of the community about what they’d like to see on the pages of Jstyle. This was especially the case following the winter 2014 issue, when I took off my editor’s cap and put on my well-worn reporter’s cap to write “Craving Kosher.” The story sought to explore the manner in which millennials are turning to kosher food as their desire for a strong Jewish identity and health consciousness increase and intersect. While I personally found this topic interesting, I admittedly didn’t realize it would strike such a chord with readers. Another such story appeared in Jstyle’s summer issue in June. Jonah L. Rosenblum penned “Views from LGBT Jews,” which examined the ways in which Northeast Ohio’s Jewish and LGBT communities intersect. The timing of the article was fortuitous. While it was written earlier that month, it published shortly after the U.S. Supreme Court issued its landmark decision paving the way for gay marriage across the country.


hile Jstyle will continue to be a fashion and lifestyle magazine at heart (as it’s been since its inception 11 years ago), it’s my hope and intent to see the magazine continue to tackle and explore issues meaningful to Cleveland’s Jewish community.



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This article received a good deal of encouraging feedback, suggesting readers are agreeable to Jstyle going above and beyond its traditional focus on fashion, food and décor. Which brings us to the Jstyle you’re currently reading. Back in February, I read Jacqueline Mitchell’s coverage of a Jewish Community Watch meeting in the Cleveland Jewish News. In short, the meeting sought to address a difficult topic: the sexual abuse of children in the Jewish community, both in Cleveland and elsewhere. Several survivors of child sexual abuse spoke at the event, and to say the courage they displayed while speaking out was inspiring would be an understatement. One of those speakers was Rivka Joseph, whose story hit a little closer to home, so to speak, since she lives – and was abused – right here in Northeast Ohio. I found her story compelling, so I once again put on my reporter’s cap in an effort to share it in greater detail with Jstyle readers, whom I hope in some way will be encouraged to act, whether to speak up about abuse they’ve suffered, put a halt to abuse they may be aware of, or to simply keep the conversation around this troublesome topic going. While Jstyle will continue to be a fashion and lifestyle magazine at heart (as it’s been since its inception 11 years ago), it’s my hope and intent to see the magazine continue to tackle and explore issues meaningful to Cleveland’s Jewish community. It may not always be easy, but in many ways, I hope you’ll agree that such dialogue is necessary for the continued growth and betterment of the community.

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18 fun and interesting things to do this fall in Greater Cleveland n Engage with Israeli artist Nevet Yitzhak’s commissioned video work, “Off the Ruling Class,” at her new Museum of Contemporary Art exhibition (Sept. 17 – Jan. 10)

n Visit the newly opened Murch Canopy Walk and Kalberer Emergent Tower at Holden Arboretum

n Visit Cleveland art galleries and studios during Sparx City Hop (Sept. 19)

n Feast in the sukkah for Sukkot (sundown Sept. 27)

n Head to the West Side for the Ohio City Street Festival (Sept. 27)

n Listen to several local musicians perform their best stuff at Heights Music Hop (Sept. 19)

n Absorb the history at the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage’s Violins of Hope exhibition (Oct. 1 – Jan. 3)

n Let your creativity take shape at the Cleveland Museum of Art Chalk Festival (Sept. 19-20)

n Take in Beachwood’s Food, Fun & Fashion Week (Oct. 1-4)

n Cheer on the Browns at their first home game vs. the Titans (Sept. 20)

n Grab tickets to Playhouse Square’s Broadway Series, starting Oct. 6 with “Bullets Over Broadway”

n Host a watch party as the Cavs tip off their season vs. the Chicago Bulls (Oct. 27)

n Sample extraordinary brews, like a yearlong-bourbon-barrelaged Locktender imperial stout from BottleHouse Brewery and Meadery in Cleveland Heights, during Cleveland Beer Week (Oct. 9-18)

n Immerse yourself in fashion at Valerie Mayan’s fourth annual Hullabaloo (Nov. 7)

n See what’s happening in Little Italy at the Murray Hill Art Walk (Columbus Day weekend)

n Find culinary inspiration at the Fabulous Food Show (Nov. 13-15) n Score Chanukah deals on Black Friday (Nov. 27), Small Business Saturday (Nov. 28) or Cyber Monday (Nov. 30) Michael C. Butz

n Celebrate the involvement of the Torah in everyday life during Simchat Torah (Oct. 6)

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INGENUITYFEST 2015 Oct. 2-4 | Cleveland

The 11th Annual IngenuityFest promises to be more lake-friendly and user-friendly than ever. While a decade of IngenuityFest celebrations have ranged from Public Square to East Fourth Street to Playhouse Square, this free “celebration of creativity and innovation” will be right on Lake Erie, at Voinovich Park. With the VIP tent now open to the public (at a cost), and a focus on “co-creation” rather than “artist versus audience,” new program director Emily Appelbaum says the “focus is finding exceptional ways to enjoy the environment and interact with each other.” Frank J. Lanza Photography

Chagrin Falls Documentary Film Festival Oct. 7-11 | Chagrin Falls

It has been more than four years since Congregation Bethaynu closed its doors due to lack of funds. Now, the short film, “Where Do The Torahs Go,” promises a look at “what was really happening” before it closed. Meanwhile, the 96-minute film, “Two Barns,” “proves irrevocably” that the burning of 1,600 Jews in east Poland by their Christian neighbors “was not an exception, but rather the rule.” “Touch of an Angel” explores attempts to help Jews emigrate from Oswiecim (Auschwitz) to Palestine before the advent of the Auschwitz Concentration Camp.

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MANDEL JCC JEWISH FILMFEST Oct. 8-18 | Northeast Ohio

You don’t need to journey to the Mandel JCC. Films will be shown at Atlas Cinemas (Mayfield Heights), the Cedar Lee Theatre, Chagrin Cinemas, Shaker Square and The Milton and Tamar Maltz Performing Arts Center in University Circle. There will also be free showings at public libraries in Chagrin Falls, Lakewood and Parma. Of the 20-plus films to be shown, the 1922 Yiddish film “Breaking Home Ties” is sure to be a hit, as the silent film will be paired with live music. “Raise the Roof,” winner of the Best Film – Audience Award at the Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival, will also be shown. National Center for Jewish Film / “Raise the Roof”



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Society Lounge Travel back to another era simply by walking down the steps into Society Lounge, where co-owners Harley and Aaron Magden have created a sophisticated space with a unique, vintage feel. Look for beverage director Joe Fredrickson behind the bar, where he’ll make you and your friends the handcrafted cocktails of your choice.

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Trending Tremont By Gina Lloyd & Michael C. Butz Tremont plays host to several special events each fall, so while you’re visiting the popular Cleveland neighborhood, take advantage of its great boutique shopping (and restaurants and galleries).

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The lightweight material of Lucca Couture’s trench gives the classic coat a modern touch, and easily transitions from work to weekend wear. Floral prints are surprisingly in style for fall fashion. Prints in gem-tone shades behind dark backgrounds work best, like this mini skirt, also by Lucca Couture.

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igh fashion and expectations of modesty don’t always mix. In St. Petersburg, Russia, Jewish women are often expected to dress conservatively, a look stereotyped as dark, boring and understated.

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With the support of her mentors in Cleveland, St. Petersburg native Lina Ladina shattered this misconception by organizing a colorful, modern kosher fashion show for the women in her rising Jewish community. Ladina, 27, is part of a unique international partnership between Cleveland and St. Petersburg that has been cultivated for more than two decades. Every year, young adults from St. Petersburg such as Ladina travel to Cleveland to better understand how a mature Jewish community functions. Along the way, they gain leadership skills and develop innovative ideas to bring back to their own community. These young adults are members of the Lehava Group leadership program, which has established connections with Cleveland through a partnership between the Jewish Federation of Cleveland and the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, along with Cleveland’s Jewish community. Each participant comes to Cleveland with an idea for a project that will effect social change in St. Petersburg, and that idea develops as they meet with mentors in the community.

How the show developed Throughout the yearlong Lehava program, participants learn about project development and management in St. Petersburg. Then they visit Cleveland to meet with professionals who mentor them. Upon her arrival in Cleveland

for the 2014 Lehava visit, Ladina’s project was still in formation. Her initial idea was to practice art therapy with at-risk teens, painting the walls of buildings in the city. When she discovered the Russian government’s prohibition of painting the walls of public buildings, Ladina decided on using another art medium: fashion. Though she didn’t have an interest in fashion before organizing the show, she was always interested in art and design, which she studied in school. In discussions with mentors from Greater Cleveland, Ladina decided this was the best route to take for her project, and began organizing a charitable fashion show for her community. When she returned to St. Petersburg, Lina contacted a Jewish designer, Anna Geller. In preparing her collection, Geller traveled to Israel to talk with Orthodox women about Sniut, the laws of Jewish modesty. When she came back, she and Ladina decided to create a collection of “kosher” clothes following the guidelines of modesty. Ladina and Geller hosted a competition for children to paint designs to be printed on the fabric used for clothing in the show. “They could paint animals, they could paint families, they could paint characters from fairy tales, and so and so,” says Ladina’s translator, Anna Velichko, also of St. Petersburg. Two winners had their designs printed on Geller’s skirts, which were vibrant and playful, rather

than the typical dark shades of black, green or brown, but still longer than knee-length. Geller handmade all of her skirts, brooches and shawls for the collection, which she paired with blue and white buttondown blouses bought from a supermarket. When the collection was finished, Ladina invited media to the show and partnered with a local kosher restaurant that provided dishes for a pre-show conference. The fashion show was held for an audience of 100 in St. Petersburg’s Jewish community center, the Yesod. “At the show, there were so many people who wanted to see another culture,” says Velichko. “They saw the kosher fashion and tasted the kosher food. It was Lina’s idea to combine everything kosher. Their idea of this show was to let people know that something kosher doesn’t mean that it is ugly or it is strange, because in our Chabad community, a lady can’t be sexy – it’s strictly prohibited. But Lina’s idea was to show that if you are kosher, you can be beautiful.” After the show, guests could purchase Geller’s designs, and half of the proceeds went to children in need.

Volunteering for the show Assembling a team of volunteers to help stage the show was another component of Ladina’s Lehava project. Natalia Borisova and Olga Shevandronova, who visited Cleveland for the first time June 23-29 to participate in the 2015 Lehava program along with 15 other young professionals, were two of those volunteers. “It was like Dolce & Gabbana – everything was for real,” Borisova says of the show. She explained that Jewish women in St. Petersburg are

often stereotyped and judged based on their clothing choices. “Unfortunately in Russia, people think that if you’re a religious girl, you should wear dark colors,” Borisova says. “The fashion showed religious girls and their families that even if you’re religious, you can be very fashionable, and there is no need to buy only black and gray.” Borisova even bought a skirt for herself after the show. “They were extremely maxi,” she says of the skirts. “One skirt was hemmed back, and it was crawling and put on the model’s shoulder. You could use it as your handbag.” The fashion show was not Borisova’s first experience volunteering in the Jewish community, but she says she gained a better understanding of the role of religion in St. Petersburg. Shevandronova, who helped the models change their clothes for the runway, dove into a new experience when she signed up to volunteer for the show. “For me, it was my first experience volunteering, and I’m happy it was in fashion,” she says. Now that she’s had a taste of volunteer work, Shevandronova is inspired to continue. “It gave me a push to start volunteering and to understand that it’s a really interesting thing and what I need to do now,” she says. “I feel like I can’t stop.”

Models showcase Anna Gellerdesigned clothes at a fashion show in St. Petersburg, Russia, organized by Lina Ladina, who was inspired to make a difference in her hometown’s Jewish community by her Lehava Group visit to Greater Cleveland in 2014.

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After Lehava Ladina came to the U.S. troubled and unsure of herself. She was experiencing problems with her family and wanted to work on personal development. “After Lehava, things got better, and from that time she realized that she could do something really serious and really great,” says Velichko. In Cleveland, she learned how

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Olga Shevandronova, left, and Natalia Borisova, fourth from right, were part of the 2015 Lehava Group, the members of which attended the Jstyle Summer Nights party on June 24 at Nighttown in Cleveland Heights. At far right is Julie Jaslow Auerbach, Jewish Federation of Cleveland’s director of overseas missions and education.

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to build and communicate with a team and ask professionals for help. She says the trip helped her understand how the community functions and how professionals and lay leaders work with volunteers. “After the war and after all the oppression, we do not have such

an experience in our country,” says Velichko. “Nowadays, our community is rising from the ashes, so it’s really like taking a baby’s first steps.” Ladina, who volunteered in shelters before Lehava, expanded her involvement in community life after the

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program and became the project manager of the volunteering sector in the Yesod.

Visiting Cleveland helped her to realize how she could be useful to those in need. “It was the beginning of friendships, even international friendships, which is quite important for Lina,” says Velichko. “She says that she wouldn’t get all these things without Lehava. So it’s not just kosher fashion. She’s still leading with the idea of creating something from art for the teens in need. Lina nowadays is going to shelters, to the orphans, where they do some projects with them, and she’s also very active in our community. So it’s tikkun olam.” js

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hen communist rule collapsed in Russia in 1991, the Jewish Federation of Cleveland jumped in to offer assistance to the country’s communities in need. “With the fall of communism, the safety net for people who were impoverished, people who were elderly, was gone,” says Julie Jaslow Auerbach, the Federation’s director of overseas missions and education. “They didn’t have Social Security, they didn’t have IRAs, they didn’t have any of that. Who’s going to take care of them?” The Federation also recognized the opportunity to educate the Jewish people of St. Petersburg, who had been suppressed by communism for 70 years. “I’d like to liken the situation in St. Petersburg as if when communism came in in the early part of the 20th century, members of the Jewish community were hit on the head,” she says. “They got amnesia, and they had to tuck the Judaism away. They couldn’t be Jewish. When communism fell, it was as if they were coming out of this coma.” The Federation now provides St. Petersburg with identity programs, camps and leadership efforts such as Lehava, which has

been funded by the Federation for at least 10 years, Auerbach says. Annual visits to Cleveland began three years ago. In the past, the Russians had traveled to Israel. “What happened was they decided three years ago that they’re a diaspora Jewish community,” Auerbach says. “Why are they going to Israel? The comparison is not there. They should come to the diaspora in the United States. So initially, they came to us and then they went to New York, and they did that for two years. Last year, they had the ‘aha’ moment where they decided there’s nothing in New York that isn’t in Cleveland. So they came here.” As Cleveland works to strengthen young leaders in St. Petersburg, Auerbach says that Cleveland leaders in turn are being strengthened. A group of Cleveland young professionals sit on a committee that helps the Federation with Lehava’s itinerary and creation of events. “It’s a difficult time now,” says Auerbach. “There’s a lot of criticism of Israel. But to learn about Jews who are struggling to maintain their Jewish identity is very powerful for young people here.” – Jacqueline Mitchell

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Advice for men Pay attention to her. A common mistake is for men to think that they will win women over by impressing them with their accomplishments. In fact, the women in the study elected to go on second dates with men who let them speak and who showed interest in what they said. The men who scored the most dates expressed support, empathy and interest. Interrupt her. Obviously, don’t be chutzapdik and overpower the conversation, but men who interrupted women to voice agreement or understanding fared better than those who listened passively. Some men were so in sync with their dates that they even finished their sentences. Here’s an example: Ruth: I love lox and bagel – David: With schmear. Who doesn’t? Ruth: I’m feeling a little silly. This is like – David: A little silly. It’s fun. Here, take this bagel. Laugh with her. Women are often instructed to laugh at men’s jokes, and it turns out that the opposite works just as well. If you think she’s funny, let her know. Also, pay attention to your environment on the date, and find humor in situations together, like every Seinfeld episode, ever.



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Compliment her. Unsurprisingly, the women in the Stanford study liked when men made flattering observations about them. On a first date, try to compliment her appearance and her personality. Don’t overdo it, or she’ll feel like you’re eyeing her like a knish on Yom Kippur, but a few well-timed remarks can go a long way.

Advice for women Speak with confidence. A common mistake is for women to act passive and agreeable. In fact, men in the study chose to go on second dates with women who spoke with authority. Men were less interested in women who seemed hesitant and used verbal hedges, such as “maybe,”“sorta” or “kinda.”Women who expressed enthusiasm seemed more engaged in their own lives – and in the date. Talk about yourself. Yes, seriously! Don’t spend the whole date tooting your own shofar, but do share your interests, like playing your horn. Men and women agreed that they clicked best when the woman took the lead in conversation and used words such as “I,”“me,” and “myself.” Definitely spend time learning about him, but don’t shy away from sharing stories from your life or filling him in on your passions and hobbies. Raise and vary the pitch of your voice. The researchers found that men and women vary the pitch of their voice on a good first date to highlight their gender – women alter their pitch to sound more “feminine” while men deepen their voices to sound more “masculine.” This vocal change is subconscious, and serves as a subtle indication of attraction. Find connections and shared values. Men seek out partners who share their interests and values. One of the best parts of dating a fellow Jew is sharing a cultural heritage and traditions. For example: Jonah: I play the violin – Sara: You do? Me too! Jonah: That’s great. Let’s start a klezmer band. If you follow those four simple guidelines on a first date, you will turn up the chemistry and be standing under the chupah in no time. js

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Survivor Story By opening up about her darkest days, Rivka Joseph is shining a light on a taboo topic but one of consequential importance: child sexual abuse in Cleveland’s Jewish community Story by Michael C. Butz Photography by Rob J. Ghosh and Michael C. Butz

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“It’s important to be there for others after you’ve survived and to use what you’ve learned to help them survive. I think of the people who were there for me in the beginning, and I think, ‘Where would I be without them?’” – Rivka Joseph, survivor of child sexual abuse



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nside the ballroom of an East Side hotel one Sunday evening in early February, Rivka Joseph stepped up to a podium to speak. What she was about to share with a standing-room-only crowd of more than 200 fellow Jews – some acquaintances, some complete strangers – touched on an often-divisive yet critically important topic within the community.  For Joseph, the topic was deeply personal, and something she’d largely kept private for 15 years: Growing up in Greater Cleveland, she was a victim of child sexual abuse. The decision to speak at the event – hosted by Jewish Community Watch, a New York-based organization that aims to protect children from sexual abuse and to assist victims – wasn’t one the 26-year-old arrived at easily. In fact, after hatching the idea to hold the event in Northeast Ohio and spending six months organizing it, she decided only on the Friday before that she, too, should be a speaker. But, she says, she arrived at her decision necessarily. “People were saying, ‘It doesn’t happen in Cleveland,’ and I thought, ‘I have to speak, it’s important,’“ says Joseph, a University Heights resident. “If people hear from someone they’ve known their whole lives ... they need to know it doesn’t just happen in New York or bigger cities. It happens everywhere.” The event also included speakers spanning fellow survivors from Florida, the mother of a survivor from central Ohio and various issue-specific experts from Greater Cleveland. It was designed to spark revelatory conversation. But talk about the sexual abuse of children in one’s community is difficult and uncomfortable. Such conversations are unsettling, painful and often tense. It took no small amount of bravery for Joseph to share her story. Doing so signaled the latest turning point in her young life. That courage and willingness to speak out – to be a more public advocate for those who’ve suffered the same way she has – now identify her more than the acts committed against her. Likewise, the event itself signals, she

happened?’‘They won or they lost, now go back to bed,’” Joseph recalls of their late-night exchanges during the playoffs, adding that instead of throwing Mendel a birthday party this year, she took him to his first Cavs game. Joseph attends Chabad of Cleveland and Green Road Synagogue, both in Beachwood. She’s a former Hebrew school teacher at Solon Chabad, and she attends Jewish Federation of Cleveland Young Leadership Division events. She’s devoted to her community. But before her adult life took shape, Joseph hopes, the beginning of a more open and was sexually abused. ongoing discussion within Cleveland’s Jewish “It started when I was 7 or 8,” she says. “It community about child sexual abuse. stopped when I was 11. It stopped in the “A lot of survivors reached out (after the summer – I think I was going into the sixth event) and said it changed their lives in a grade. way therapy couldn’t. It gave them a kind of “It didn’t just start the same way it ended closure; hearing from other survivors gave – it got progressively worse. At first, he was them that validation. Other people reached testing the boundaries of what he could do out and said they never talked about their ... and later moved to worse things,” she says. abuse, and now they feel ready to,” Joseph “It happened pretty frequently. … It stopped says. “The first thing we need to do is get when the abuser didn’t have access to me people to start talking. That’s the first thing, anymore.” and that’s what we did. People are talking Joseph added that her abuser was a now.” fellow minor, only a few years older than her, and Jewish. Citing legal action she’s now considering against her abuser, she declined One woman’s journey to be more specific about him or his actions.  oseph is the daughter of Marc and Joseph shouldered the burden of her Nasrin Joseph, also of University Heights, and sister to 29-year-old twins secret by herself for 11 years. It wasn’t until Benzion and Mimi, both of whom live in New she and her ex-husband attended marriage counseling that it surfaced. Jersey. She’s a Northeast Ohioan born and “The therapist asked me privately whether raised, though she spent three years living in Miami and about six months in New York City.  I was abused, and the first thing I did was shut down. I said, ‘no.’ I’m like the worst liar, “I’m the first person to tell everyone though, and he knew right away. I did end up Cleveland is the best place to live,” she says, telling him the truth,” she says, crediting the smiling, over coffee in July. “Everyone wants therapist for this life-altering turning point. to live in Miami – until they live there. I wanted to try New York, and I had a good job “He wasn’t the one who helped me work through all the healing, but he helped me opportunity, but it wasn’t for me.”  get there. If he hadn’t asked me, I would’ve Joseph is the mother of 6-year-old never told anyone. He was the first one who Mendel Rafaelov, her son from a short-lived asked.” marriage in Miami, who’s now a student at As Joseph healed, her voice and sense of Fuchs Mizrachi School in Beachwood. When self grew stronger. She started volunteering Mendel isn’t raising more than $1,000 in for Jewish Community Watch, through which support of Israel Defense Forces by hosting she’s able to counsel fellow survivors. Also, she a neighborhood lemonade stand, as he did enrolled at Cuyahoga Community College in University Heights in 2014, he shares his to formally start a career as a victim advocate, mom’s passion for the Cleveland Cavaliers and she’ll soon apply to Case Western Reserve – and the heartbreak of last season’s failed University to further her studies. championship run. Then, this past November, she confronted “He would wake up in the middle of her abuser. the night and ask, ‘What happened? What


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“I didn’t want to be in a position of being afraid of him anymore. I didn’t do anything wrong, and I started to realize that I’m not the one who should be carrying the shame,” she says. “If anyone should be living in fear, it should be him. “There were a couple of incidents that made me realize he still thinks he controls me,” she adds, explaining he’d occasionally send emails or texts to “put the fear back” in her. “It helped me realize I needed to do something. And for a very long time, I had this constant thought: What if he has other victims or what if he’s still hurting people?” Hinting at the challenges surrounding how and when victims share word of their abuse, Joseph admits she only recently told her parents – soon after she confronted her abuser. “I didn’t really tell my family until this year. I just didn’t know how to tell them or what to tell them,” she says. When she did, they were “in shock.” Her parents were familiar with the abuser but never suspected anything, Joseph says. “Their response was mostly, ‘Why didn’t you tell us before?’“ she says. Her reply: “Because he told me not to.”

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hild sexual abuse often results in a complex and tangled web of physical, emotional and psychological distress for the victim. Perpetrators patiently and carefully gain control over their victims, instilling layers of secrecy, fear and vulnerability in the children they target, who in turn try to conceal those layers with “perfect” exteriors – either at the behest of their abuser or as a form of survival. Some even refer to child sexual abuse as an invisible crime since so many of the deep scars left in its wake are internal and make victims impossible to pick out of a crowd. So, the best place to start the conversation might be with statistics: Nationwide, one in four girls and one in six boys have experienced sexual abuse in some form before turning 18, according to the American Psychology Association, which cites U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention research. Those numbers could easily be greater. It’s widely accepted the crime is underreported

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“When kids have experienced sexual abuse, one of the main determinants of prognosis is whether they were believed. Clinically, it’s really important. A child who isn’t believed – or isn’t believed immediately – struggles in a different way than a child who receives immediate belief from the adults around them.” – Jeffrey A. Lox, chief operating officer at Bellefaire JCB due to the shame and complex relationships often involved. It’s important to note, though, that those are national figures and aren’t specific to the Jewish community – which can also be said for the larger issues at hand. “Issues of survivors, perpetrators, family response, community response and school response are no different in the Jewish community than any other community,” says Jeffrey A. Lox, chief operating officer at Bellefaire JCB in Shaker Heights. Still, it happens in the Jewish community. “We’ve worked with children who were repeatedly raped, molested in their homes, outside their homes, by family members, by non-family members, by date acquaintances, and with children who’ve been abused by other children,” Lox says. “We’ve worked with kids who’ve experienced one unwanted sexual experience to kids who’ve been repeatedly abused over long periods of time before it was disclosed or discovered.” Rabbi Binyamin Blau, spiritual leader at Green Road Synagogue, a Modern Orthodox shul, says that over the years, he’s occasionally been approached about instances of child sexual abuse. “It’s sporadic – thank God it’s not often,” says Blau, a father of four who also serves as rosh yeshiva at Fuchs Mizrachi. “(Child sexual abuse) is a critical issue in the entire community, Jewish and non-Jewish alike,” he says. “The question is, ‘How vigilant

are we being in trying to address it? Are we tackling it head-on and openly?’” Lox and Blau agree that, on the whole, attitudes toward and education in child sexual abuse in Greater Cleveland have improved, but community denial often is the biggest hurdle in addressing such abuse. “It’s fair to say that many communities believe it doesn’t happen in their community, and that denial of child sexual abuse is part of the phenomenon that perpetuates it, but that’s not specific to the Jewish community,” Lox says. “Look, it’s hard and it’s scary. Denial is part of the problem for a reason. We want to protect ourselves from this horrible knowledge, which is kids get hurt.” A mindset exists among some – though Lox and Blau both reject it – that a community shouldn’t air its “dirty laundry,” meaning it shouldn’t publicly discuss difficult issues like child sexual abuse because it gives the community a bad name. “That kind of thinking is the same kind of secrecy that’s asked of the child victim, so in some ways, it mirrors the exact phenomenon that hurts kids,” Lox says. “If we don’t talk about it, it not only doesn’t mean it doesn’t occur, but we add to the damage done to kids when it does occur. “Community discussion about childhood sexual abuse is absolutely crucial to prevention,” he adds. “One of the main drivers of sexual abuse as a phenomenon is secrecy and denial, and community discussion –




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whether about prevention, treatment or even just informational statistics – lessens the likelihood a community will say ‘it doesn’t happen here.’” Blau understands the “dirty laundry” mentality – but he doesn’t condone it. “By pushing things under the rug, we do ourselves a great disservice and hurt people who don’t deserve to be hurt,” he says. “It’s shortsighted. If we keep it quiet, that’s unhealthy, unfair and unproductive. “The Torah talks repeatedly about the converts, widows and orphans. It talks about protecting those who are vulnerable and need protection,” he says, also referencing a recent Torah portion focusing on the dead body found between two cities and invoking the fundamental concept of “All of Israel are responsible for one another.” “This is a paramount belief of Judaism,” Blau says. “It’s spelled out clearly in the Torah, there’s no question about that. … Our job is to protect everyone in the community.”

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quick search of the Internet turns up numerous headlines regarding child sexual abuse in the Jewish community on a national and international scale. In August, a 21-year-old former Jewish Community Center of Metropolitan Detroit camp counselor was arrested and accused of taking nude photographs of three 5-year-old boys during an overnight camp stay and later posting those photos on a Russian imagesharing website known to be “frequented by individuals with a sexual interest in children,” according to the Detroit Free Press. Earlier this month, one of Australia’s most senior rabbis stepped down as head of Melbourne’s Yeshiva Centre, in the process apologizing for his behavior toward victims over 30 years. An investigation by the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse exposed a “culture of turning a blind eye, a lack of knowledge about child abuse and reporting requirements, and a dearth of sympathy for victims between the 1980s and 2010,” according to that country’s 9News. The sexual abuse cases in Brooklyn, N.Y.’s haredi community have become so extensively documented that they have a dedicated Wikipedia page.

It’s “sad” to see such national headlines, Blau says. But if there’s a silver lining, it might be that such reports give a community the opportunity to step back and evaluate itself and its response to child sexual abuse. “On the ground, that’s happened here in Cleveland,” he says. “We’re very straightforward in the Orthodox community in addressing it: What happened? What do we need to do to make sure it doesn’t happen again? Are we dealing with it appropriately?” Blau has lived in Cleveland for “only” 15 years, “which in Cleveland, is nothing,” he quips, acknowledging community leaders who’ve called Northeast Ohio home for decades. But in those 15 years, he’s seen improvement in the way the Jewish community here, on the whole, confronts child sexual abuse. “In my two roles, there’s been a very clearly heightened sense of awareness and vigilance to make sure we’re dealing with sexual abuse appropriately and fully, and that’s important,” he says. “I’m proud of that, and I’m part of that, part of change. When I meet with other rabbis and educators, they’re all serious about it. No one is downplaying it.” For its part, the Jewish Federation of Cleveland helps address the issue by funding organizations throughout the region.

“Our work as a Federation is to support the community where support is needed. Each year, our generous donors contribute to our annual Campaign for Jewish Needs, making one gift to 30 partner organizations that changes and saves thousands of lives,” Erika Rudin-Luria, Federation’s vice president of organizational and community development, said in a statement. “There are children and families that need our support – sometimes they’re facing the unimaginable. And thanks to our community, our partners provide help on the ground.” Bellefaire JCB is one of those partners, and with Federation support, Lox says it’s able to place mental health professionals in most of the area’s Jewish day schools. Additionally, over the past two years, Bellefaire JCB has served as the local hub for the Safety Kid program created by the Los Angeles-based Magen Yeladim Child Safety Institute. Safety Kid programming – which includes education regarding so-called “stranger danger” and body safety – reaches 800 to 900 Jewish children in Greater Cleveland each year, Lox says. Bellefaire JCB also offers individual and family counseling at its campuses and in homes. When families approach the organization for counseling, Lox says, it’s often not for a child to come forward about sexual abuse but because a child is experiencing

“In my two roles, there’s been a very clearly heightened sense of awareness and vigilance to make sure we’re dealing with sexual abuse appropriately and fully, and that’s important. I’m proud of that, and I’m part of that, part of change. When I meet with other rabbis and educators, they’re all serious about it. No one is downplaying it.” – Rabbi Binyamin Blau, spiritual leader at Green Road Synagogue and rosh yeshiva at Fuchs Mizrachi School Fall 2015



symptoms related to it: anxiety, fear, anger, sadness, withdrawal, and in severe cases, self-injury or thoughts of suicide. It’s only after counseling has begun that clues of possible sexual abuse arise. “Something really important that many don’t realize is that many children who were sexually abused experience guilt as if they’d participated or had some control – or in some cases, they even believe they made it happen – and that’s a big reason why kids don’t come forward,” Lox says. “Kids do this in general. They attribute control to themselves over the world that they don’t have,” he adds, citing the “step on a crack, break your mother’s back” superstition as an example of this behavior. “So, somebody hurts them and it seems reasonable to them that they’ve played a role in it. A big part of treatment is helping kids let go of that guilt and help them understand that this has been done to them.” Parents, too, experience a range of emotions and reactions. “You get the whole range of parental responses, from people whose immediate response is disbelief and denial to people whose response is more of immediate belief, but what they all have in common is this is off the roadmap of how they thought parenting was going to go,” Lox says. “So even if they’re on the higher end of the response spectrum, they too have the ‘Why me? Why us? This is more than I can handle. Now I’m

ashamed. Now I’m guilty. I don’t understand’ responses – that whole range.” But do those shell-shocked parents still rise to the occasion for their children’s sake? “All the time,” Lox says. “When kids have experienced sexual abuse, one of the main determinants of prognosis is whether they were believed,” he adds. “Clinically, it’s really important. A child who isn’t believed – or isn’t believed immediately – struggles in a different way than a child who receives immediate belief from the adults around them.”

JCW watches, acts


eyer Seewald founded Jewish Community Watch, the group that hosted that February event, in 2011. The 26-year-old Miami resident endured two instances of sexual abuse as a child, once when he was 11 and again when he was 13. One instance involved a camp counselor, the other another boy at his school. The incidents occurred in Detroit and Minnesota, he said. It was when Seewald was 15, though, that the foundation was laid for JCW. A close friend of his died in his sleep one night, and that boy’s father started a program in his son’s memory to help at-risk teens. However, the boy’s father used the program to get closer to children – and to abuse them, Seewald says. “Some were abused by this guy, some abused by other people, but no one was doing anything,” he says, explaining that he

“The only thing abusers fear is being caught and being exposed, especially when you’re living in a tight-knit community. If you have this problem (being an abuser), get help. Get help before we find you, because if not, you’re going to ruin your family and ruin your life. You’re the one who’s going to be responsible.” – Meyer Seewald, founder of Jewish Community Watch

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eventually caught wind of the situation. “I started investigating it and found abuse by this man going back two decades – and no one knew about it.” That sort of community investigation would soon lead to a blog through which Seewald and other volunteers would try to help survivors. This was JCW in its infancy, but after three years – and an outpouring of requests for help from Israel, Australia, Canada and major metropolitan areas in the U.S., Seewald says, it shut down because there weren’t enough resources to sustain it. It was reborn in 2014, however, when Miami entrepreneur – and child sexual abuse survivor – Eli Nash came forward to help fund it. Today, JCW offers therapy and peer-topeer support for survivors. It also has private investigators and case managers, including in Israel, and works with law enforcement to go after abusers.  “Sometimes we’re the first person they talk to, and sometimes we’re the last person they talk to because no one else has helped – and thank God we’re able to help,” Seewald says of survivors. Another key component to JCW is its Wall of Shame, which serves to expose those who sexually abuse children. It currently has about 120 names and faces on it, including one or two from Northeast Ohio.  “The only thing abusers fear is being caught and being exposed, especially when you’re living in a tight-knit community,” Seewald says. “If you have this problem (being an abuser), get help. Get help before we find you, because if not, you’re going to ruin your family and ruin your life. You’re the one who’s going to be responsible.”  Whether a direct result of JCW’s work or not, Seewald points out some positive headlines are beginning to pop up amid the more alarming ones. These include news of 107 haredi rabbis in the U.S. signing and issuing a kol koreh (Torah proclamation) urging anyone with reasonable knowledge of child sexual abuse to report it to law enforcement. Closer to Cleveland, there’s Columbus’ David Schottenstein, a high-profile entrepreneur and philanthropist who once was named to Inc. Magazine’s “30 under 30,” who recently came forward about being abused by a counselor at sleepaway camp when he was 8. Schottenstein shared his story with JCW via a video on its website.

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there are those who doubt the victim and accuse the victim of lying. … This is a dangerous attitude,” she says, explaining victims often hear such judgmental conversations in defense of abusers even if they’re not meant to. “It hurts victims over and over again, and some victims have told me this is why they’ve never come forward publicly as a survivor – because they’re going to be judged and blamed for what happened and what they went through as a child. “If we want to improve the way things are done in our community, we need to start protecting the children and the victims – no matter what,” she says. In addition to hurting victims, such dialogue or other forms of passive acceptance also can affect children. “Children pick up on everything, so when you support a perpetrator, when you allow them into a synagogue, when you allow them into your home ... you’re sending a message: ‘This person is a good person and I allow them into my life,’“ Joseph says. “You’re sending your child a message that if something happens, well, ‘This person is important to me and I might not believe you,’ and then a child might not tell you what happens.” Active parenting, not surprisingly, is also Shining a light crucial to preventing such abuse, Joseph s JCW brings the dark subject of says. child sexual abuse to light across “If you have children, you have a the country, Seewald credits Rivka responsibility to educate yourself. You don’t Joseph with bringing it to light in Cleveland. have to know it on a Ph.D. level, you just “She’s sent so many people to us for have to know it at a basic level – enough to help because people reached out to her say you feel safe putting your child on the (following the February event),” he says. bus and sending him to school every day,” “She’s keeping that conversation going in she says. “Information is so easy to access Cleveland every single day. If she didn’t exist, now, there’s really no excuse.” that conversation might’ve ended a couple An overwhelming majority – 93 percent of weeks after the event.” – of all child sexual abuse victims know It’s a role Joseph has embraced, but she’s their abuser, according to the U.S. Bureau quick to point out that despite strides made in Cleveland to raise awareness of child sexual of Justice Statistics. Of those, 34 percent are family members and 59 percent abuse, more can – and needs to be – done. “Sometimes I’m dumbfounded. Why aren’t acquaintances. Joseph suggests this means people doing more?” she says. “These are our parents must constantly remain vigilant. “Perpetrators look for children who are children. There’s nothing more important and not advocated for the most. So when they nothing more valuable than them and their see a child whose parents have a strong safety.” First and foremost, Joseph says, defending presence in that child’s life, they’re not going to mess with that child,” she says. “They say or harboring of abusers at the expense of single parents are more at risk, but I think victims must stop. the reasoning behind that is that oftentimes “Whenever there’s an allegation of abuse, As an outsider to Cleveland, Seewald said he and JCW’s message received a warm reception when in town for the event in February.  “I found it to be very welcoming,” he says, adding plans are in the works to soon host a second JCW event in Northeast Ohio. “People wanted to talk about it. This is something where people want to protect their kids, they want to be educated about this.” It’s worth noting that Rabbi Yosef Blau, senior mashgiach ruchani at Yeshiva University in New York, is on JCW’s board of directors. He is the father of Rabbi Binyamin Blau, who considers his dad a “shining example” of how to tackle issues surrounding child sexual abuse. Jewish Community Watch events like the one held here have taken place in other cities, too, and it’s Seewald’s goal to continue sparking dialogue across communities.  “We’re a light unto other organizations, because even in the non-Jewish world, an organization like this doesn’t exist,” he says. “This is such a dark subject, but we’re bringing it out. This is ‘a light unto other nations,’ and I believe people will follow and do the exact same thing in their community.”




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you’re relying on other people. People see you as vulnerable, so they’re offering more assistance. I think being your child’s best advocate is a good way to combat that.” Joseph, a single parent, leads by example. She maintains a strong presence in her son’s life by, among other things, regularly meeting or chatting with school officials and neighbors. “Things like that are important so people know you’re there and you’re involved – and if something happens to your child, you’re not going to stay quiet,” she says, adding that following the JCW event in February, a number of parents approached her about being stronger advocates for their children. “They have small children and they ask me, ‘What books should I read to them? How can I talk to them about it?’ – and I love it,” Joseph says. “The greatest thing is when I get a ‘thank you’ from a parent who spoke to their child and their child totally got it, because then you know you’re preventing it and doing the most you can.” Those interactions – ones in which she’s able to help others safeguard against what she endured as a child – hold special meaning for Joseph. In a sense, she’s paying it forward. “It’s important to be there for others after you’ve survived and to use what you’ve learned to help them survive,” she says. “I think of the people who were there for me in the beginning, and I think, ‘Where would I be without them?’ So when people approach me and need help, I could be that person who was there for them in the beginning.” Her evolution from child victim to adult survivor – and to being a strong woman, mother, advocate for change and voice for the voiceless – is growth that that younger version of herself, the person who suffered in silence for more than a decade, may never have envisioned. But it’s yet one more example Joseph is setting for others in Greater Cleveland: While the effects of child sexual abuse are by no means escapable, they can be overcome for an otherwise happy and fulfilling life.  “I definitely don’t feel like a victim anymore,” she says. “I’ve come through the worst of it, and I feel like my life is good now. I’m not going through it anymore; everything is coming into place.” js


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o see and smell a piece of northern Italy in Cleveland, walk past the big woodfired oven behind Trentina. To taste it, step inside to sample the chicken-liver ragù topped with crushed hickory nuts or the wild mushroom pizza topped with black trumpet mushrooms and four species of chanterelles. Those are but a few of the many menu items that star Jeremy Umansky’s unique blends of sauces, vinegars and foraged vegetables that set Trentina apart from other restaurants in Greater Cleveland’s astonishingly sophisticated and diverse food scene.

One afternoon in late July, Umansky’s larder – in the attic of a century-old brick building – was hot indeed. And it wasn’t just the temperature. On its shelves were bottles of very good French wine maturing into very, very good vinegar; a ketchup more tawny than red; and a vinegar of garbanzo beans fermenting under a coating of koji, a Japanese mold Umansky



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and his boss, Chef Jonathon Sawyer, use to accelerate the curing of various foodstuffs, giving them a unique flavor and texture. “I’ve never really looked at myself as an alchemist, a mad scientist,” says Umansky, who is both. “Everybody has an innate ability, whether it’s to communicate with people, or they can cook or paint a beautiful painting.”

Below: Behind Jeremy Umansky, the work of local artists hangs on the walls of Trentina’s dining room. Opposite page: Umansky displays black trumpet mushrooms, a key Trentina ingredient.

“I’ve never really looked at myself as an alchemist, a mad scientist. Everybody has an innate ability, whether it’s to communicate with people, or they can cook or paint a beautiful painting.” – Jeremy Umansky

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If food were a verb, he’d be a “fooder.” He serves up a taste from a jar of opaque brown liquid in his larder. The taste evokes the sea: briny, salty and bracing. Don’t be scared to sample. Umansky isn’t. And Trentina, the refined and daring crown jewel of the Team Sawyer restaurant empire, is fearless itself. The University Circle establishment is a downsizing and modernization of the former Sergio’s. But where Sergio’s was Brazilian, Trentina draws inspiration from the cuisine of Trentino, the northern Italian province from which Sawyer’s wife Amelia and her family hail. The tiny establishment (it seats 32 inside; an outdoor patio accommodates another 40), owned by the Sawyers, is a gourmet restaurant for the adventurous and discerning. It is the kind of place where Umansky, general manager there as well as larder master and



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Umanksy discusses some of the items in Trentina's larder, which include vinegars, sauces and preserves – some of which will hit plates and some of which is simply experimental.

wild food forager, Sawyer and corporate chef Brian Goodman push the culinary envelope beyond its limits, then snap it back into place. “I think Jeremy, like me, requires constant stimulation and challenge,” Sawyer says in a telephone conversation from the Greenhouse Tavern, Team Sawyer’s flagship restaurant on Cleveland’s bustling East Fourth Street. “It’s been very easy for us to find things that continue to challenge us and keep us busy.” Sawyer – 2015 James Beard Foundation Award for Best Chef Great Lakes winner– finds the inspiration and suggests techniques; then Umansky and Goodman, in their different capacities, “take it further. … They will take it and turn it into

a megaphone.” Both have “a little bit to do with” every dish a Sawyer restaurant presents. Umansky “easily” sees himself working for Sawyer for the next “five to 10 years, no problem.” Umansky, who has lectured for the Slow Food organization, believes food shouldn’t come from contaminated land or contain artificial preservatives. He supports community-supported agriculture that reduces the links of the food chain, bringing

consumer and producer into more direct contact. “What right does the baker have to own and drive a BMW that the farmer doesn’t?” he asks. “We should be co-consumers and co-producers every step along the way. It’s not two ends, it’s a circle,” he says of food, adding he wants “to see fair and equal access to foodstuffs worldwide. Free food for all. That’s essentially the way I look at it.”

Among the offerings at Trentina, clockwise from top: the Primo Assaggio ("little bites") plate, which comes with an always-changing variety of vegetables and cheeses; koji-marinated salmon served with local potatoes, tomato and fresh dill; and a wild mushroom pizza, shown here including black trumpet mushrooms, four species of chanterelles, garlic scapes and pecorino cheese.

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Trentina's chicken liver ragù, with house-made rigatoni, sage and crushed hickory nuts.

Formative years “I was never taught I should be afraid of anything, especially when it came to food,” says Umansky, who grew up in Solon and now lives in Cleveland Heights with his wife, Alexandra La Valle, and their daughter, Emilia Morchella Louise. As a kid, he wanted to be an archeologist. As a student, he took cultural anthropology courses at Cuyahoga Community College, but “decided I didn’t want to be locked into one thing specifically.” It would be a while before Umansky settled on food as a career, though it seems to run in his family. His grandmother, Phyllis Bookatz, was a kosher caterer at B’nai Jeshurun in Pepper Pike, “so I grew up around that a little before my bar mitzvah,” and his mother has always been a fantastic cook, he says. Besides, there was a “great blackberry patch” nearby; his mother would help pick out berries, dandelions, wood sorrel and other wild plants, and “we’d eat them.”



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A forager was born. There were hurdles, however. Umansky had an aversion to mashed potatoes, mousse, and pudding – a trait he knew wouldn’t help his career. Later in life, he increased his dosage of each in a weird form of selfimmunization. (The man has always been a chemist at heart.) “I literally would bring a plate of mashed potatoes or a bowl of pudding to my dorm, I’d take small, small bites and bigger and bigger ones until I became comfortable with those foods,” he says. To be the gastronome he wanted to be, “I could not have any aversions or taboos when it came to food.” He eventually dove into “an all-encompassing study of food, bigger than the food chain.” He wanted to know the best places to search out food, where the best wild mushrooms come from, whether you should eat them after a few dry days. Umansky began to put it all together at the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, N.Y., where his professor of gastronomy, Lani Raider, a “nice Jewish girl from the West Coast” who had relatives in Shaker Heights, became both colleague and friend.

Umansky never graduated from CIA, but he wrote an unusual paper for Raider: Asked where he saw his career in 10 years, he was the only student who didn’t write about owning a restaurant. His ambition: to be the first gastronome to obtain

a fellowship with the National Geographic Foundation. “I’ll get there eventually,” he says. Umansky has clearly found his gustatory groove. In his teens and 20s, however, a different kind of chemistry ran him.

QUESTIONING KOSHER “Some of the traditional laws behind kashrut no longer make sense when they’re dissected with science,” says Jeremy Umansky, Trentina’s general manager, noting that over the past 6,000 years, science has evolved, refrigeration is the norm, and sanitation and hygiene are commonplace. Umansky, who writes extensively about food, believes it should be “good, clean and fair,” which is a tenet of the Slow Food movement. And while he feels that kashrut, the system of Jewish dietary law, has cultural importance for Jews, for those who adhere to the Islamic diet known as halal, and for Christians – in the “tree of monotheism, Judaism is the trunk,” he

says – its rules are dated. Dissecting human, animal and microbial physiology and understanding digestion, consumption and excretion has led him to this view, he says, even though at the time and place kashrut was formulated, the system of Jewish religious dietary practice made sense. In ancient times, there was no concept of sanitation “outside of the physical appearance of dirt, and no concept of what hygiene was,” he says. Kashrut was “essentially designed to make sure that the physical appearance of something didn’t become contaminated,” and it became an edict enforced by the governing authorities of the time.

While he says he’s seen some theological and historical evidence that mixing milk and meat – which kashrut forbids – he questions it. “Would you bathe a kid in goat milk and cook it? (He is referencing Exodus 23:19). It just seems wrong. Why would you take a sheep and bathe it in sheep’s milk, in used milk, and cook it?” Others, however, might say the kid and the milk – so to speak – pair perfectly in flavor, he says. When they were promulgated, some kashrut rules were “emotionally based and others were based on a physical contaminant that was actually there. But I feel that they’re very antiquated, that they’re dated.” – Carlo Wolff

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Umansky has played a central role in Team Sawyer's pasta program, and house-made pasta is a specialty at Trentina.

“My mother likes to use the word ‘mischievous’ but I was a very bad teenager,” he says, citing brushes with the police and suspensions from Solon High School. Calling himself a recovering heroin addict, he was busted for felony vandalism and agreed to go to rehab – at 19. The charge was reduced to a misdemeanor. Umansky celebrated 13 years of sobriety in April. Throughout his drug use, he noted, he worked in the food business. “I can tell you of cooks that had sizzle platters with lines of cocaine on them,” he says. In his early 20s, he said, he worked for his uncle Bart Bookatz at Berkowitz-Kumin-Bookatz Memorial Chapel. “Bart extended out to me hoping to help and keep me on the right path,” he said, but he realized then that his calling was food. He left Cleveland for close to 10 years.

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chef de cuisine at Brooklyn Fish Camp, a seafood restaurant. He also founded an Internet startup, Feast, along with two San Francisco entrepreneurs. The trio sold the online culinary school for home cooks last year, and Umansky was ready for a move. He and his wife, who had worked at Whole Foods for five years, were looking at San Francisco, Philadelphia, maybe Austin. But their attitude began to change after they came to Cleveland for Umansky’s best friend’s wedding. The couple spent nearly a week here, and friends and family “poured quite a bit of honey in my wife’s ear,” he says. She loved Cleveland, so around New Year’s 2014, he gave notice and they decided to move. Alexandra found work as a baker at Whole Foods in University Heights and Umansky, with help from friends Hallie Bram Kogelschatz and Eric Kogelschatz (he’s known her since he was 3), networked with the cream of Cleveland’s food establishment, including Sawyer. Armed with an unusual résumé and a culinary consulting business on the side, Umansky came to town that February for a “quick weekend” in which he spent a day working at Sawyer’s Greenhouse Tavern.

Umansky told Sawyer he was a gastronome who specialized in wild mushrooms and fermentation, precisely the areas in which Sawyer aimed to expand. Sawyer said he’d been looking for just such a person for two years, and shortly hired Umansky. Since he joined Team Sawyer, Umansky has done line cooking at Trentina, started the foraging program and took over the team’s pasta program. Now he’s general manager at Trentina, working four days a week, and able to spend time with his family, not to mention foraging and consulting. “It’s been a full-time job from the start,” Umansky says. “We’re not talking banker’s hours here.” The relationship with Sawyer is “fantastic” and characterized by professional unselfishness, he says. “We look at food the same way, we look at the creative approach the same way, and as deep down the rabbit hole as the two of us go, when we come up with something new, you’ll never hear, ‘Look what I did.’” One of the most unusual things they do is work with koji, that Japanese mold. Best known for its role in sake brewing and miso making, it made a name for itself in Trentina’s first fall menu, and Chef Sawyer suggests it might well reappear this fall.

Its vehicle? Scallops. In its debut last fall, “koji-cured scallops turned out unbelievably, and still had that fresh kiss of the ocean,” Sawyer says. “I compared it to an apples-and-champagne smell, and it was an immediate success. “Where we’re taking koji now, using it as an age accelerant, is very unique, not only to us but to the country,” says Sawyer. (The way in which Umansky has revolutionized koji as an age accelerant was the subject of his talk at TEDxCLE 2015.) And Trentina’s use of koji speaks to the larger gastronomic mission, Umansky suggests. Gastronomy “binds us together,” says Umansky, and he’s there to push its limits. “In order to innovate, you have to be swift, you have to be creative,” he says. “I constantly have to impose limits on myself to understand what I do. “For me, when I look at work and I look at my life, I’m doing it,” he says. “I mean, I named my daughter after a mushroom. The things I do at work, the fermentation, the curing of meat, the foraging, that’s what I do in my free time anyway. So work being work isn’t work for me. This is my life’s pursuit, this is my life’s love – outside of my wife and daughter.” js

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Honey is but one of the goods that comes from the backyard of Doug Trattner, who when not writing about food is cultivating it – and in the process raising urban farming’s profile in Northeast Ohio


eeks before Rosh Hashanah, Doug Trattner stands outside his house recalling Jewish New Years of his childhood. Apples and honey were of course tradition – as was where those items came from. Were they store-bought?

“Oh, hell yeah,” quips the 48-year-old. While store-bought goods are commonplace, such is no longer the case for Trattner and his wife, Kim. Tens of thousands of honeybees buzz around the Trattners’ Cleveland Heights property, and for the second consecutive year, their High Holy Day honey will come right from the backyard. “We have a huge extended family and we all get together for Passover and Rosh Hashanah,” Doug Trattner says. “We brought Story by Kristen Mott our own honey to the seder last year, which Photography by Michael C. Butz was really nice.” Add to those bees a handful of chickens, blueberry bushes, tomato plants, fresh herbs and even a plum tree – which had long been on his property but went undiscovered until his bees were there to pollinate it – and Trattner has what amounts to a small urban farm. The Orange native and Ohio State grad, an award-winning food scribe for Cleveland Scene, often shares his urban farming adventures – and bounties – on social media, in the process making him a high-profile advocate for the practice in Northeast Ohio. His agrarian, avian and apiarian ways are more passion than hobby – and it shows.



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“The more people who can see what’s going on, the better. That’s why I post pictures all the time,” he says. “I think the biggest part is letting people see that it’s not dirty or loud or smelly or all the things people are terrified of.”

In the beginning As for what came first, for Trattner, it was the chickens – then the eggs. More specifically, an average of three eggs each day. “As soon as we were

“I started reading up on (beekeeping), and I told my wife I was thinking about doing it. She thought it was crazy. I kind of thought it was crazy, too.” – Doug Trattner

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Urban Farming Facts  A laying hen will lay anywhere from 250 to 280 eggs per year. The average consumption of eggs in the U.S. is 256 eggs per person per year.  Five chickens can eat the kitchen waste of a family of four, decreasing roughly 1,900 pounds of waste sent to the landfill annually.  One beehive can produce enough honey for 54 residents all year. – Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Food Policy Coalition

Both bees, above, and chickens, opposite page, have free range in the backyard of Trattner’s Cleveland Heights property.

allowed to have chickens, I got chickens,” he says. Allowing Cleveland Heights residents to own hens was just one change the city experienced in 2012. Richard Wong, planning and development director of Cleveland Heights, says the entire zoning code was revised to be more sustainable. “The staff of the city felt it was time (in 2012) to look at the entire zoning code to see how we could encourage sustainability initiatives and remove anything that was an impediment to sustainability,” Wong says. “We wanted to make it easier for people to have gardens, keep chickens and so on.” Once the city approved Trattner’s application and chicken coop plans, which



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was a “fairly quick” process, he purchased his first group of chickens from a farm about 10 miles northeast of Ashland. After driving down to pick up the days-old chicks, Trattner raised them in his house for about four months before moving them outside. Trattner encountered early challenges when a couple of his chickens died unexpectedly of natural causes. Undeterred, he subsequently purchased 3-month-old chickens from a different Ohio farm. He specifically bought breeds of chickens that are hearty for the Midwest: Barred Plymouth Rock, Australorp and Golden Buffs.  Since then, things have been good. Trattner has expanded the fenced-off area in his backyard – now measuring about 50 feet by 20 feet – to give his chickens more room to move around. He’s also added a second, more modern coop, complete with an automatic door that opens at dawn and closes at sunset.  The Trattners’ was one of the first households in Cleveland Heights to own chickens. Today, 43 coops have been approved throughout the city, Wong says.

A Facebook page that Trattner started, “Cleveland Heights Chicken Keepers,” now has more than 300 members. “Having chickens just makes sense. They eat your table scraps, they give you eggs and fertilizer for your gardens, and it’s not a lot of work,” he says. “I really can’t think of reasons not to do it.” But not everyone was on board with allowing chickens to reside in the neighborhood. Some people were making “dire predictions,” Trattner says, like plummeting property values and vermin and pests. A year after the ordinance was changed, Trattner contacted city officials to see if any of this had occurred.  “They said not only is it not horrible and we haven’t had complaints, people are reporting there are benefits in unexpected ways, like meeting neighbors,” he says. “People down our street will bring their kids and grandkids over – they all know we have chickens – and they come and check them out. I think it kind of establishes community in ways people didn’t expect.”

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chickens was the idea of beekeeping. “I started reading up on it, and I told my wife I was thinking about doing it. She thought it was crazy. I kind of thought it was crazy, too,” he jokingly says. “Like everything, I’ll just get a book and read it, and the more I read and talk to people, the less scary it seems.” Trattner ordered bees from an Ohio apiary in 2014, after he gained approval from the Ohio Department of Agriculture. The honeybees are housed next to the chickens in a hive that begins as one small wooden box.  “It didn’t seem that big of a deal until I got them,” he says. “When you install the package you have 5 pounds of bees and you literally just pour them into the box to get started. I had my (protective) suit on and everything, but it was still terrifying.” As the queen bee continues to lay eggs and the colony grows, more boxes are stacked on top. The top several boxes are reserved solely for honey, which is harvested in the fall.  Trattner now has two colonies of bees. He’s already collected about 10 pints of honey this year and expects to get at least another 30 pints by the end of the season.  As with his chickens, however, Trattner experienced early challenges with his bees. Due to Cleveland’s excruciatingly cold and long winter in 2014-15, all of the bees in Trattner’s original colony died. He notes that what happened to his colony wasn’t a result of the colony-collapse disorder that’s making headlines these days and adds that

since he takes a nonchemical approach to urban farming, it’s difficult to find good information on how to alleviate some challenges. “I don’t use any chemicals on anything – not in the garden, not for the chickens or the bees, and there are no sprays on the yard,” he says. “Everybody’s answer to

everything is always add this chemical or that chemical, and I just won’t do that. “Like everything there are two paths, and I’m going down the path that has less information. It’s more homespun – we’re doing things the green way and the nonchemical way – but it’s more challenging to do it that way.” While Trattner continues to read books and old-time manuals on backyard farming, he admits that much of his knowledge has come from trial and error. He’s also taken advantage of the county beekeeper who has visited his property to inspect his hives and offer advice. Next on Trattner’s agenda? Planting fruit trees in his front yard. But as far as animals go, for the moment Trattner is content with his chickens and bees. “There’s nothing better than walking out here and getting fresh eggs,” he says. “My wife and I both work out of the house, so to be able to come back here and see the chickens, it’s a nice escape. It’s hard to have a bad day when you have chickens around.” js

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he Ohio Department of Agriculture has overseen beekeeping in the state since 1904. In 2014, the state reported that 4,435 beekeepers registered in accordance with Ohio Revised Code section 909.02, which represents 6,028 apiaries and an estimated 39,055 colonies. As for chickens, here’s a look at what some Cuyahoga County communities allow – or disallow – regarding fowl: Beachwood: A permit is not required for the keeping of fowl. Roosters are not permitted. Fowl must be restrained at all times in a structure designed to house fowl. Chagrin Falls: Chickens are permitted solely in the R1-100 district. A maximum of four chickens may be kept on a property. Roosters are not permitted. Coops are allowed in the backyard only and must be located at least 15 feet away from the main building and all adjacent lot lines.

Cleveland: One chicken is allowed per 800 square feet of land. Roosters are not permitted on lots smaller than one acre. Coops must be kept in the backyard and must not be located within 5 feet of a side yard line or 18 inches of a rear yard line. One beehive is permitted for every 2,400 square feet of land. Keeping chickens or bees requires licensing by the Cleveland Department of Public Health. Cleveland Heights: A maximum of four chickens may be kept on a property. Roosters are not permitted. Coops are allowed in the backyard only and must be located at least 10 feet away from any building or an adjacent lot. Lyndhurst: Maintaining or harboring livestock or fowl is prohibited. Mayfield Heights: Owning any fowl, including geese, ducks, turkeys, chickens and pigeons, is prohibited within city limits.

Pepper Pike: Owning fowl, including chickens, is allowed. Chickens are not permitted to run at large upon any public space or any unenclosed lands or the premises of another. Shaker Heights: Fowl are allowed but must not be a nuisance or injurious to neighbors. No more than three colonies of bees or beehives may be maintained on any one parcel of land. Beehives must be at least 50 feet from any building. South Euclid: A maximum of four chickens may be kept on a property. Roosters are not permitted. Chicken coops and runs are allowed in the backyard only. University Heights: Owning fowl, including chickens, is allowed. Fowl must not be within 500 feet of the inhabited dwelling of another person. – Kristen Mott

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into a hillside, sloping into a trough between Tremont and Ohio City, the Fairmont Creamery looks like a curiously friendly fortress. The view of downtown Cleveland from its rooftop is panoramic. There’s a garden up there. And deck chairs. The former creamery is a testament to the region’s industrial past and, its developers hope, a catalyst for future development on Cleveland’s near West Side. The economy that drove the sturdy 1930 factory as one of four branches of a national dairy operation no longer exists, and the creamery ceased nearly 40 years ago; now, however, the structure has been radically retrofitted, roaring back to life late last year as a mixed-use development that in itself is a virtual, self-contained neighborhood. Josh Rosen, Naomi Sabel and Ben Ezinga – all 30-ish, all Jewish – transformed the rugged structure and revel in its stylistic mash-up. These Oberlin College graduates, who cut their development teeth in that city 35 miles west of Cleveland early in the millennium, are particularly proud to have brought their $15 million Tremont revival to fruition in two years. They caught their first glimpse of it in 2012. In late 2014, the first tenant moved in to one of its 30 apartments. It’s fully occupied now. The five-story, radically revamped structure has been profitable from the day it opened, according to Rosen, who, along with Sabel and Ezinga, formed Sustainable Community Associates after graduation (Rosen and Ezinga graduated in 2001, Sabel the following year). Rosen’s major? Politics. Sabel majored in politics and environmental studies, Ezinga in economics. They are equal partners, funneling their combined expertise into projects designed to address economic, environmental and social demands. Anything but hierarchical, they are very much a team. “We have a high tolerance for complexity and a high tolerance for brain damage,” Sabel jokes during a joint interview at the creamery in mid-July. “We thrive on doing projects that require that kind of focus.”



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Like its apartments, Fairmont Creamery’s hallways display the building’s character. Pictured at left, to the left of a white residential door is a larger door that once led to one of the creamery’s freezers.

“I think we want (Fairmont Creamery) to be an asset to the neighborhood in a way that a truly residential project is somewhat limited.” – Naomi Sabel

“We do everything,” says Rosen. “We don’t want a lot of infrastructure.” The Fairmont Creamery project was complex indeed, with numerous entities involved in its financial underpinnings. But it also moved along nicely, and as for political battles, there were none; all three say city and county officials were more than supportive. That differs from their experience at Oberlin, where they were known as “the kids,” developing the East College Street Project, a $17 million, 100,000-square-foot development mixing residential, commercial and office the trio launched in 2002. East College Street may have been more challenging, at least partially because it was their debut. It involved a brownfield cleanup (as did the creamery project), securing Oberlin’s first Tax Increment Financing (TIF) bond and overcoming resistance from city politicians skeptical of the recent college graduates. Rosen, Sabel and Ezinga are in their mid-30s now, with East College Street behind them and the Fairmont Creamery a fresh success. They’re already involved in a second Tremont project: A 150-apartment repurposing of the Ohio Awning & Manufacturing Co. building at Scranton Road and Auburn Avenue that SCA bought last fall, about a month before the Fairmont Creamery opened.

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Meanwhile, all 30 Fairmont Creamery apartments – six one-bedroom, 24 two-bedroom – are occupied, and the site also is home to six businesses: Twist Creative, Pandora Media, Good To Go Café, Kelly Buck, Authentic Films, and the commercial anchor, the 14,000-square-foot Tremont Athletic Club. That fitness center is state-of-the-art, it’s very well supported by concrete columns the girth of a redwood, and already has 850 members.



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“We want a flow of people throughout the day that is different,” Sabel says. “We literally bumped into it,” she says of the 107,000-square-foot site the trio first looked over in fall 2012. “It was all dark and boarded-up,” Rosen adds. The building, constructed for the 40th anniversary of Omaha-based Fairmont Creamery, was a national hub with two floors for manufacturing and space for 75 delivery trucks; a period photo – black-and-white – adorns a wall at the entrance. Its use is far more mixed now. The overriding idea behind all their projects is sustainability, Sabel explains. “I think we want it to be an asset to the neighborhood in a way that a truly residential project is somewhat limited,” she says. That’s one reason they reserve a portion of their apartments for lower-income residents. At Fairmont Creamery, for example, six one-bedroom units of the 30 apartments rent for $700, $400 less than the $1,100 market rate. The ceilings in one apartment are high (they range from 13 to 18 feet), the HVAC piping is exposed, the exterior walls are the original glazed yellow brick, the floors are matte wood, and the multi-paned windows are not only functional, they open up the place. The palette spans the tawny and the earthy, the textures are muted, the feeling inviting. High style, low impact. Giant pillars communicate strength and durability; this building was clearly meant to last. The open floor plan, which makes the living room and kitchen area a continuous space, underlines the airiness of the place. While the apartment design stresses its industrial roots, the lifestyle it encourages – fortified by state-of-the-art furniture and appliances – is ultramodern. The repurposing is creative: what used to be walk-in coolers are now bedrooms. The notion of mix extends to the residents. “I would say there’s a series of anecdotes rather than demographics,” Rosen says of the tenant mix. There are young professionals who work downtown. There are medical residents who work at the Cleveland Clinic or MetroHealth Medical Center. There are a social worker and



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a graduate student with annual incomes of less than $35,000 who occupy those discounted one-bedroom units. That income differentiation makes SCA projects more appealing as public-private ventures, Rosen suggests. “It’s just something different that brings more support to the table from our partners,” he says. And it reflects their ethos. “Just programmatically, it’s really what we want to do in a neighborhood,” says Ezinga. “We don’t just want to make opportunities for people who can afford to pay $1,500 a month. It’s nice to have diversity” so tenants of different incomes “can be in these neighborhoods even as we gentrify.”

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The creamery, on West 17th Street across from the Cleveland Animal Protective League, sits in the “gap” between the hearts of Ohio City and Tremont “and it makes the neighborhood as a whole seem healthier,” says Rosen. Less than a mile separates the two revitalizing Cleveland neighborhoods. There’s work to do to unify those areas. The creamery is intended as a major step. “I need to be able to walk from Tremont to Detroit (Avenue) and 65th (Street) on good sidewalks and infrastructure that belongs in the 21st century,” says Ezinga, referring to the Gordon Square Arts District in Cleveland’s Detroit-Shoreway neighborhood. “You’ve got to connect these neighborhoods instead of having all these Balkanized areas.” Sabel says she wants to see the near West Side of Cleveland be more than “pockets of revitalization surrounded by weak connective tissue”; Rosen views the creamery “as a bridge.” When they first came across it, it was largely abandoned and there were problems with squatters and break-ins. It separated areas rather than united them. The historic tax credit project required the three to do extensive research into the building, including its architecture; after all, they had to figure out how to divide up the spaces, Sabel says. They also had to figure out and then amass their income stack. “We don’t have a stack so much as we have a web,” says Ezinga. That web includes “project partners” Goldman Sachs; Cleveland Development Advisors; Cleveland Economic Development; Cuyahoga County; Enterprise Community Partners; Clean Ohio Fund (a $1 million brownfield cleanup grant), a $1 million JobsOhio grant, state and federal historic preservation tax credits, and federal New Markets tax credits. As for their personal investment, there’s more “sweat equity than real equity,” Sabel says. “The fantastic thing is we put it together in less than a year. Then construction took about a year.” All that purpose and focus has paid off, linking Cleveland’s industrial past to a more metropolitan future. js



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Township. “You do want to get very well educated and aware of the options before you make your decision.” What does getting it right mean? In many cases, it means a walk-in shower, nice tile and two sinks. The shower has increasingly taken precedence over the bathtub. “With the busy lifestyle people have, no one has time to sit and soak,” Soryal says.

Beyond a regular showerhead, many people look for hand showers and rain showers, which replicate rain by sending water down from the ceiling. “You can have the ultimate shower where you stand there and water hits you from every direction,” Soryal says. Huge Jacuzzi bathtubs have faded, as people put a premium on space. The freestanding tub, on the

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ith fall right around the corner and kids back in school, it’s time to bring the focus back to yourself What is eMatrix? and revitalize your skin. There are eMatrix is a new skin rejuvenation treatment great, affordable, non-invasive that utilizes radio frequency energy delivered ways to treat skin pigmentation, wrinkles, to the dermis, where it can scarring and unwanted fat. Check out these new produce significant deep procedures that will transform the way you think tissue improvements with about aesthetics. very minimal impact on the epidermis. With eMatrix, we can now treat What is Ultrashape? all skin types and ethnicities without the risk UltraShape is the first and only FDA-cleared, of pigmentation! If you have depressed acne non-invasive body-shaping procedure that uses scars or stretch marks, you would benefit from focused pulsed ultrasound for selective fat-cell eMatrix. destruction. The procedure feels like a warm, prickly Unlike sensation as it delivers energy deep into the liposuction, skin and works by restructuring collagen to give UltraShape is the skin a smoother, tighter effect. The pain non-surgical, associated with the procedure is minimal. You which means no incisions, anesthetics or can expect your skin to be red for a few days, but recovery time. UltraShape is painless and leaves there is usually no need to miss work. Generally no visible signs of treatment – so you can hit the four treatments are needed, and the results, which doctor’s office, then hit your yoga class on the include raising and smoothing of scarred areas, same day. can be very impressive. I also have seen very UltraShape ultrasound energy destroys the promising results using the eMatrix in eyelid walls of fat cells in your body, releasing the fat rejuvenation, without the need for surgery. in the form of triglycerides. The triglycerides are I invite you to learn more about these then processed through the liver and eliminated procedures and other non-surgical aesthetic from the body naturally. The surrounding tissue, options in our office. Call us for your nerves and muscle are left unharmed. Treatments complimentary skin consultation.



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any people postpone dental visits simply because they feel they won’t have any control over their treatment plan. It doesn’t have to be that way. Learn how to regain control of your dental visit, ask the right questions, become an informed consumer, and feel comfortable to say yes or no to proposed treatment. Do I need this treatment? Doing nothing is always a treatment option. You should ask your dentist for a few treatment options and the potential outcomes of each. The dentist should provide you with all of the information to make an informed choice.

Will this hurt? You should know what methods the office uses to increase patient comfort. In addition, you should ask what type of recovery is to be expected from the procedure and what can be done to make the recovery as comfortable as possible. How long will this take? How many appointments will be needed to complete treatment and how long will each appointment be? You can request that some procedures are split or combined to control the amount of time you spend in the office. How long will this dental work last? This is a question that doesn’t have a concrete answer but it should be asked. Proper initial treatment planning from the dentist should inform you of the best ways to maintain your oral health and dental investment.

How much will this cost? Dentists are trained to be doctors, not financial consultants. Their priority is to give you the best possible outcome for your dental problem. Find out At Beachwood Dental, you are in complete when payment is due and ask about payment plans control of your dental visit. It doesn’t need to be for larger treatment plans. a stressful situation. We want to make you feel as comfortable as possible, both physically and What experience do you have? Ask the dentist what other cases similar to this they emotionally. We’re happy to answer any questions have done. Request to see before-and-after pictures you may have and become your partner in maintaining the optimum oral health you deserve! of those cases. Proper experience and education is a necessity to receive a long-lasting and esthetic outcome that you expect.


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hen people consider looking younger through cosmetic surgery, a facelift is what usually comes to mind. So, is a facelift the panacea to recapturing a youthful appearance? Perhaps. Restorative success is a matter of finding a plastic surgeon who can determine the procedure that would most benefit a patient and whose technique would make a patient look like a younger version of himself or herself, not like an entirely different person. Choosing a good plastic surgeon for facial procedures is extremely important and requires a bit of detective work. The main consideration is the experience of the surgeon doing the procedure. Excellent facial rejuvenation surgeries are a result of the technique a surgeon utilizes and his or her fluency in executing it. As a general rule, a surgeon’s expertise in these surgeries isn’t refined until he or she has many years in practice and become proficient in performing them. A talented surgeon will then build a strong referral base as satisfied patients discuss their experience and share their results with friends, family and often their primary care doctors. During a consultation, an experienced surgeon will be able to determine what the appropriate surgery for a person would be and explain why.


Patient was forming sagging gowls which were recontoured with a face lift procedure.

The complete transformation of a patient to a younger-looking self isn’t always achieved by a facelift alone. Other procedures, such as a neck lift, upper or lower eyelid surgery, or a brow lift in combination with a facelift, may be necessary to complete the desired outcome. Patients could even find out that they would benefit more from another facial surgery than a facelift. Everyone ages differently, and an expert surgeon can determine the right course of action. Don’t hesitate to ask the surgeon how many facelifts or other facial surgeries the physician has performed in his practice and ask to see their before-and-after photos. A surgeon, who has plenty of experience, should have photos of his or her work available. For the patient, it is imperative that the correct facial rejuvenation surgery is done and done skillfully; the face is the one place where it will show if surgery is done improperly. You owe it to yourself to find the best surgeon possible.

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n today’s fast-paced world, diet and exercise are essential to help people stay healthy and fit. However, many people still have trouble areas on their body that workouts and strict diets cannot completely improve. For these people, some form of body contouring may be the answer. Body contouring procedures such as liposuction or abdominoplasty can help shape your body, giving you the appearance you desire. But for those who are looking for a non-invasive way to improve contour, The TruSculpt™ system may be the answer! The TruSculpt™ system is a breakthrough non-invasive radio frequency technology, now available to you in Dr. Gregory M. Fedele’s office! The TruSculpt™ system is FDA-cleared for deep tissue heating and the temporary reduction in the appearance of cellulite. The heating of the subcutaneous tissue and dermis allows for apoptosis, or fat cell death and eventual elimination, and helps smooth and tighten the skin with expansion of the collagen (not possible with cooling methods). The treatment sessions are usually an hour or less and are completed in Dr. Fedele’s office with no downtime. The TruSculpt™ system is designed to be a comfortable procedure, and as the handpiece delivers energy, patients will feel a hot sensation at the treatment site. The practitioner can adjust the temperature depending upon your comfort level. The sessions are usually spaced four weeks apart for four treatments to achieve the maximum benefits. Visible results can be seen as soon as four weeks, with maximum results taking up to 12 weeks. Results may vary patient-to-patient depending on the areas treated and the number of treatments administered.



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More people are looking for comfortable, noninvasive ways to improve their appearance and self-image without the need for recovery time or other interruptions in their busy lives. This is what TruSculpt™ delivers: non-invasive technology designed to deliver customized treatments to multiple zones of the body, such as thighs, buttocks, abdomen and other stubborn areas. TruSculpt™ is safe for all skin types, and typically patients can return to normal activities immediately. Call Dr. Fedele’s office today to schedule a free consult and see if TruSculpt™ is right for you!


ore people are looking for comfortable, non-invasive ways to improve their appearance and self-image without the need for recovery time or interruption to their busy lives. This is what TruSculpt™ delivers.

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Ask us about our new non-invasive radio frequency technology, for a shapely contour that suits you!

216-464-1616 Gregory M. Fedele, MD, FACS


Harmych Facial Plastic Surgery 216-831-3223 •


he inevitable process of facial aging causes sagging skin in the neck and jowls. Facelift surgery rejuvenates the neck and jaw line and can make you feel more like yourself and give you greater confidence. If you are considering facelift or neck lift, it is important that you have a good relationship and build trust with your surgeon. A consultation provides you with a chance to experience a surgeon’s personality and ask questions about the surgeon’s experience, training, certifications and credentials. It’s also important to know about the experience of your surgeon’s current and former patients. Here’s what Dr. Brian M. Harmych’s patients have to say: “A special thanks to Dr. Harmych for changing my life. My chin and jaw line are sculpted and my neck hasn’t looked this good since I was in my 20s. The compassion, patience, knowledge, professionalism and caring that he showed me and my family leave me at a loss for words. Dr. Harmych is an excellent surgeon and one of a kind.” – Kat M.

“I highly recommend Dr. Harmych for any facial or neck surgical procedure. He prepared me thoroughly for the facelift procedure, and gave me many opportunities to ask questions. Furthermore, he and his staff could have not been friendlier or more accommodating. Most of all, I love the final result! It turned out far better than I expected! Choosing Dr. Harmych is the best decision for anyone who wants an overall pleasant experience.” – Cindy T. 106


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Harmych Facial Plastic Surgery is located on Chagrin Boulevard in Pepper Pike. Dr. Harmych is on staff at Cleveland Clinic Hillcrest Hospital. He is fellowship-trained and board-certified in facial plastic surgery by the American Board of OtolaryngologyHead and Neck Surgery. He specializes in facelift, neck lift, eyelid surgery, rhinoplasty and nonsurgical procedures such as dermal fillers and Botox.


consultation provides you with a chance to experience a surgeon’s personality and ask questions about the surgeon’s experience, training, certifications and credentials.

Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeon


Ohio Clinic for Aesthetic and Plastic Surgery 440-808-9315 •


t Ohio Clinic for Aesthetic and Plastic Surgery, Dr. Michael Wojtanowski has always been on the forefront of options, opening Northeast Ohio’s first medical spa more than 25 years ago. He was one of the first plastic surgeons to specialize in cosmetic surgery procedures in the state. Facial rejuvenation has exploded into a menu of treatments that offer instant results with little or no downtime. Facials, chemical peels, microdermabrasion, facelifts, eyelifts, nose jobs, HydraFacial, waxing, Thermage skin tightening and wrinkle fillers. Let’s talk about it in terms of levels of change.

Finally, a higher level chemical peel from globally known skin care lines such as Obagi or Skin Medica can offer the skin clarity and radiance. All Subtle Let’s say it’s Tuesday and you are going to an event of these procedures can be done together. on Saturday. You want your skin to look its best, but with only a few days to go, what can you do? In Intense Non-surgical options will always be evolving and this instance a HydraFacial is an ideal choice. It is a four-in-one procedure. The HydraFacial machine offer tremendous results, but they will never fully cleanses and exfoliates, infuses a hydrating serum, stop the aging process. This is when you may need a skilled plastic surgeon. Facelifts are Dr. Michael extracts dirt from your pores and applies a safe Wojtanowski’s specialty, and techniques have acid peel. What’s left is radiant, glowing skin. No evolved to offer shorter recovery times and natural downtime and instant results. looking results. Good cosmetic procedures should not look so obvious. Moderate You have a couple weeks and desire a more visible Michael H. Wojtanowski, M.D. change. A combination of nonsurgical treatments FACS is certified by the American is a good option, one that is customized for your Board of Plastic Surgery and needs. For example, a patient may benefit from recognized on Best Doctors list injections of Botox in facial areas showing lines 2015. He is medical director of due to muscle movement. A filler material such Ohio Clinic for Aesthetic and as Juvederm is an option to fill in hollowed lines, Plastic Surgery, located across from Crocker Park particularly the marionette lines or parentheses in Westlake. The fully accredited Surgiplex Facility around the mouth. Thermage is another nois located on the premises. downtime choice that uses radiofrequency. 108


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Beachwood | Westlake Plastic Surgery & Medical Spa 216-514-8899 (Beachwood) • 440-871-8899 (Westlake) •


hinoplasty is the most complex of the common plastic surgery procedures. Contemporary techniques achieve a delicate balance between obtaining dramatic results and maintaining a natural appearance. Nasal breathing problems are also addressed, so that patients can look and breathe better. Cosmetic rhinoplasty must be individualized to suit each patient’s personal aesthetic goals and physical characteristics, to aggressively correct aesthetic imperfections while maintaining familial and ethnic traits and balance with the whole face. Common goals include reducing a hump on the bridge of the nose, decreasing the overall size of the nose, straightening deviation, elevating the tip of the nose and making the nostrils smaller. Two basic rhinoplasty techniques exist: open and closed (also known as endonasal). In general, open rhinoplasty is used for more aggressive procedures. Closed rhinoplasty is most often used for reduction of a hump of the nasal bridge without other major changes. The most significant recent development is the non-surgical rhinoplasty, in which injectable fillers – like Radiesse™ and Restylane™ – are used to smooth out asymmetries and irregularities. A small hump of the bridge may be minimized; the nasal tip can be elevated. The injectable fillers are not permanent, so the achieved changes are not either, but they generally last for several months. Prospective rhinoplasty patients need to be sure they find a surgeon who is a board-certified plastic



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he most significant recent development is the nonsurgical rhinoplasty, in which injectable fillers –like Radiesse™ and Restylane™ – are used to smooth out asymmetries and irregularities.

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Women’s Fashion Colorful scarves by Mimi’s Muses

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Cream fringe hooded coat by Rebecca Taylor from Fringe Boutique

“Arrow’s End” brass earrings from Ten Thousand Villages

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Kids’ Fashion “Time Flies” cocktail handbag by Mary Frances and quilted leather handbag by Vince Camuto, both from Bonnie’s Goubaud

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