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explore The month’s event listings to help plan your day or your stay


devour Where to find some of the best eats, drinks and foodie happenings in the Valley

30 know Planned Parenthood that provids family planning and sexual health services. 34 sense Costume designer Jennifer Caprio used stained glass as her inspiration for her design of Rice and Webber’s

44 A Singer & His Muses Isaac Bashevis Singer dreamt and wrote in Yiddish. A film dedicated to the group of women who translated his works to English is being shown at this year’s Las Vegas Jewish Film Festival.

58 Ina Mohan, Nutrition & Lifestyle Consultant The month’s spotlight on someone to know.

24 discover Places to go, cool things to do, hip people to see in the most exciting city in the World

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor ®Dreamcoat. Check with the Smith Center for dates and times.

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48 The Top Twenty The American College of Sports Medicine projects health and fitness trends for 2015

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52 The Israeli Americans Israeli American communities are thriving in many U.S. cities. The Israel American Council was formed to advocate for their patriotic, cultural and social values. Shalom y’all.

Health & Fitness Trends for 2015

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38 taste The Juicing craze has reached critical mass. We talk to local juicers and ask them why they have given up chewing for drinking.


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Copyright 2015 by JewishINK LLC. All rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or in part without written permission is prohibited. DAVID MAGAZINE is protected as a trademark in the United States. Subscribers: If the Postal Service alerts us that your magazine is undeliverable, we are under no further obligation unless we receive a corrected address within one year. The publisher accepts no responsibility for unsolicited or contributed manuscripts, photographs, artwork or advertisements. Submissions will not be returned unless arranged for in writing. DAVID MAGAZINE is a monthly publication. All information regarding editorial content or property for sale is deemed reliable. No representation is made as to the accuracy hereof and is printed subject to errors and omissions.




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Marisa Finetti is a local writer, marketing professional and blogger. The Tokyoborn Finetti has called Las Vegas home since 2005. She has written for such publications as Spirit and Las Vegas and Nevada magazines and has a healthy-living blog at bestbewell. com. When she’s not writing, Finetti enjoys family time with her husband and two boys.

Ruth Furman is a Midwestern transplant who since 1999 has made Las Vegas home. Furman is a marketing and communications executive specializing in social and traditional media outreach. She enjoys travel, supporting independent retailers and theatre. Spending the early part of her career as a journalist, she now combines her public relations expertise and a passion for community organizations and entrepreneurship.

Jaq Greenspon is a journalist, screenwriter and author with credits on The New Adventures of Robin Hood and Star Trek: The Next Generation. He also is a literary and movie critic, has taught and written about fi lmmaking but is most proud of his role in the fi lm, Lotto Love. A Vegas resident for most of his life,he now resides in Eastern Europe.

Chris Sieroty is a journalist in Southern Nevada, who covers banking and finance for Nevada Business Magazine. He is also a contributor to David Magazine, and a producer with KNPR’s State of Nevada program. Previously, he was a banking and gaming reporter with the Las Vegas Review-Journal and Las Vegas Business Press. Originally from Los Angeles, Chris was the banking and finance columnist for The Business Press, a weekly business newspaper and website in Riverside, Calif., and a contributor with the Riverside Press-Enterprise and Market News International.

Pat Teague has been a practicing journalist, manager and editor for international and regional wire services, and has worked for several metropolitan daily newspapers. He also has worked for one of the world’s largest corporations and was one of five Southern Californians in the Los Angeles chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists honored in 2000 for career achievement.

Lynn Wexler has been a feature writer and contributor for magazines and newspapers, locally and nationally, for over 20 years. She writes a monthly online column entitled Manners in the News, which comments on the behavior of politicians, celebrities and others thrust in the public arena. She is the Founder and President of Perfectly Poised, a school of manners that teaches social, personal and business etiquette to young people. She is a former TV Reporter and News Anchor. Of her many accomplishments, she is most proud of her three outstanding teenaged children.

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from the publisher A New Year brings an opportunity to reboot, to dust off those tired resolutions and rededicate to the challenges. Perennial list toppers have to be those related to health and fitness, those few extra pounds, those bags under the eyes and that pair of running shoes still in the box. Just like your Jewish mother, our editorial lovingly nudges, “Why can’t you eat a little healthier? A little exercise won’t kill you, either.” The Dictionary defines one use of the word “juice” as meaning respect and cred-


ibility on the street. (“I can’t get into that club – I don’t have the juice.”) By virtue of your outstanding taste in monthly publications, you along with the growing readership of DAVID already have significant “juice.” In the spirit of a little being good and a lot being better, we infuse our pages with even more juice — this month of the liquid persuasion. In let’s Get Juiced, pages 3842, we explore the dietary phenomenon of “juicing” and talk to some experts in the field. Extracting the nutritional value of raw foods and blending them into brightly colored glassfuls of healthful and healing nectar is nothing new. What is, however, is the plethora of venues across the valley evangelizing the cause. Dr. Walter R. Thompson’s research for the American College of Sports Medicine highlights twenty fitness trends (some old and some new) for 2015. We use this study as the basis for our piece The Top Twenty, pages 48-51. With so many choices, there

has to be something for everyone — nudge, nudge, nudge. In keeping with our holistic approach to optimum health, we focus on the mental and emotional as well. Readers will notice different content in our “desire” section. This month we replace our usual clothing and objects with great New Year’s reads. We polled our writers and came up with this short reading list guaranteed to inspire and entertain. Who hasn’t, whilst under the influence, seen stained glass windows dance? For those less psychedelic you too can share this spectacle. Jennifer Caprio, designer of the costumes for the Smith Center’s production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, found inspiration in Marc Chagall’s 12 stained glass windows for the Abbell Synagogue in Jerusalem’s Hadassah University Medical Center. A visit to the Symphony Park performing arts center may just make up for not being able to get to Jerusalem this year. This will be the fourth time that DAVID has the pleasure of sponsoring (along with others) the Las Vegas Jewish Film Festival. Each year it grows in content and substance. Congratulations to Josh Abbey, the man behind this terrific annual event.

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JANUARY 10 - 25, 2015 W E LCO M E TO T H E 1 4 T H A N N U A L L A S V E G A S J E W I S H F I L M F E S T I VA L .  The LVJFF dedicates this year’s film festival to the memory and magnanimous heart of Victor Chaltiel. Special recognition is due this year to the synergistic film selection committee consisting of Leslie Smith Rosen, Upper School Head, Adelson Educational Campus; her husband James Hyder, Editor/Publisher of LF Examiner (the independent journal of the large format motion picture industry); and Sandy and Paul Schiffman, Head of School, Adelson Educational Campus. The exceptional collaboration of these individuals resulted in a great film program for our community. Thank you for all of the encouragement, investment and support from everyone who has contributed to help sustain our community’s Jewish Film Festival. Josh ua Ab b ey, Dire c tor, LVJFF

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Admission Admission isis free free toto educators educators and and students. students. Film Film Festival Festival tickets tickets are are $10.00 $10.00each eachand andare aregood goodfor forany anyone one film filmininthe thefestival festivalschedule scheduleon onaafirstfirstcome, come, first-served first-served basis. basis. Seating Seating isis limited limitedand andwill willdepend dependon onavailability. availability. Seating Seatingisisnot notguaranteed. guaranteed. InIn the the unlikely unlikely possibility possibility that that anan individual individualscreening screeningbecomes becomessold soldout, out, ticket ticketholders holdersunable unabletotobe beseated seatedwill will receive receiveaa$10.00 $10.00refund refundand andbe beable abletoto use usetheir theirticket ticketfor forany anyother otherfilm filmininthe the remainder remainderofofthe thefestival. festival. Tickets Tickets are are available available through through the the Presenting PresentingSponsors Sponsors(listed (listednext nextpage) page) and ContactJoshua JoshuaAbbey, Abbey,,,(702) (702)239-2277 239-2277for for more moreinformation. information.

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WILLIE NELSON: Through Jan. 10, 7:30 p.m., $69-$163.50. Mandalay Bay, 3950 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas. 877-632-7800.

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THE ICE RINK AT THE BOULEVARD POOL: Through Jan. 4, times vary, $10-$15. The Cosmopolitan, 3708 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas. 702-698-7000. JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE - THE 20/20 EXPERIENCE WORLD TOUR: Through Jan. 2, time TBA, $89.50-$279.50. MGM Grand, 3799 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas. 702-8911111. JEFF DUNHAM - NOT PLAYING WITH A FULL DECK: Varying dates through Jan. 31, times vary, $72. Planet Hollywood, 3667 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas. 855-810-1374.

J.K. RUSS - HOUSE OF PAPER BIRDS: Through Jan. 11, times vary, free. Cosmopolitan, 3708 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas. 702-698-7000.

BRANDEIS NATIONAL COMMITTEE UNIVERSITY ON WHEELS BRUNCH: Guest: Dr. Bruce Magid, Dean of Brandeis Business School. 11:30 a.m., $40. Contact JoAnn Geller 702-656-1666.

JEWEL FIRST MONDAY YOGA CLASS: 7 p.m., donations requested. Amanda Harris Gallery of Contemporary Art, 900 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas. Contact Marni Unger 702-4794437.

RE-ANIMATOR THE MUSICAL: Through Jan. 18, times vary, $44. The Smith Center, 361 Symphony Park Avenue, Las Vegas. 702-7492012.

LIGHT WORKS BY PASHA RAFAT: Through Jan. 31, times vary, free. Brett Wesley Gallery, 1025 S. First Street, Las Vegas. 702-433-4433.

THE MOB ON TRIAL - THE KEFAUVER HEARINGS AND THEIR IMPACT ON ORGANIZED CRIME: 7 p.m., free. Clark County Library, 1401 W. Flamingo Road, Las Vegas. 702-507-3458.

MAGICAL FOREST AT OPPORTUNITY VILLAGE: Through Jan. 4, times vary, $9-$20. Opportunity Village, 6300 W. Oakey Blvd., Las Vegas. 702-259-3700.

CONSUMER ELECTRONICS SHOW: Through Jan. 9, times vary, costs vary. Las Vegas Convention Center, 3150 Paradise Road, Las Vegas. 702-892-0711.

GLITTERING LIGHTS AT LAS VEGAS MOTOR SPEEDWAY: Through Jan. 5, times vary, $18$20. Las Vegas Motor Speedway, 7000 Las Vegas Blvd. N., Las Vegas. 702-644-4444.

TUESDAY AFTERNOON AT THE BIJOU - THE RAT PACK: Tues. through Jan. 27, 1 p.m., free. Clark County Library, 1401 E. Flamingo Road, Las Vegas. 702-507-3400.

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10 AN INTIMATE EVENING WITH DIANE SCHUUR: Through Jan. 9, 7 p.m., $35. The Smith Center, 361 Symphony Park Avenue, Las Vegas. 702-749-2012. SHRINE CIRCUS: Through Jan 11., times vary, $20-$65. Orleans Arena, 4500 W. Tropicana Avenue, Las Vegas. 702-284-7777. LAS VEGAS STORIES - SPECTACULAR — A HISTORY OF LAS VEGAS NEON: 7 p.m., free. Clark County Library, 1401 E. Flamingo Road, Las Vegas. 702-507-3459. KOLLEL 7TH ANNUAL CELEBRATION OF JEWISH LEARNING GALA: 6 p.m., TPC Summerlin, 1700 Village Center Circle, Las Vegas. 702-487-3133.


MOSCOW NIGHTS AND THE GOLDEN GATES - AN EVENING OF RUSSIAN FOLK MUSIC, DANCE AND STORIES: 7 p.m., free. Clark County Library, 1401 E. Flamingo Road, Las Vegas. 702-507-3459.

WILLIE NELSON: Through Jan. 10, 7:30 p.m., $69-$163.50. Mandalay Bay, 3950 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas. 877-632-7800.

LAS VEGAS PHILHARMONIC — MASTERWORKS III - RISING STAR: 7:30 p.m., $26. The Smith Center, 361 Symphony Park Avenue, Las Vegas. 702-7492012. GRAND FUNK RAILROAD: Through Jan. 11, 8 p.m., $39.95. Orleans, 4500 W. Tropicana Avenue, Las Vegas. 702-365-7075. LAS VEGAS JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL: Through Jan. 25. Times and locations vary. $10. 702-238-2277. DAVID PERRICO: Saturdays until further notice, 11 p.m., free. Red Rock Hotel, 11011 W. Charleston Blvd., Las Vegas. 702-7977777. SATURDAY MOVIE MATINEE - JERSEY BOYS: 2 p.m., free. Clark County Library, 1401 E. Flamingo Road, Las Vegas. 702-507-3400.


KATCHAFIRE: 9 p.m., $24.75-$474. Brooklyn Bowl, 3545 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas. 702862-2695.

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THE WISDOM OF DREAMS: 1 p.m., free. West Charleston Library, 6301 W. Charleston Blvd., Las Vegas. 702-507-3964. NEVADA CHAMBER SYMPHONY — A NEW YEAR WELCOME: 3 p.m., free. Clark County Library, 1401 E. Flamingo Road, Las Vegas. 702-507-3459. MUSIC WITH A CLASSIC TOUCH - NEW YEAR WELCOME: 3 p.m., free. Clark County Library, 1401 E. Flamingo Road, Las Vegas. 702-507-3400.


THE FIX IS IN - SPORTS AND THE MOB: 7 p.m., free. Clark County Library, 1401 W. Flamingo Road, Las Vegas. 702-507-3458. TURKUAZ SOPHISTAPHUNK: 7 p.m., free. Brooklyn Bowl, 3545 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas. 702-862-2695. vegas.brooklynbowl. com


DISNEY ON ICE LET'S CELEBRATE: Through Jan. 18, times vary, $12. Thomas and Mack, 4505 S. Maryland Parkway, Las Vegas. 702895-3761.


IRA GLASS - THREE ACTS, TWO DANCERS, ONE RADIO HOST: 7:30 p.m., $29. The Smith Center, 361 Symphony Park Avenue, Las Vegas. 702-749-2012.


BOYZ II MEN: Through Jan. 18 & Jan. 23-25, time TBA, $39.99. Mirage, 3400 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas. 702-791-7111. mirage. com ELTON JOHN: Through Jan. 17, Jan. 19-20, Jan 23-24, 7:30 p.m., $55-$250. Caesars Palace, 3570 Las Vegas Blvd. S, Las Vegas. 702-731-7110.

VOICES: 7 p.m., $22.50. Sunset Station, 1301 W. Sunset Road, Henderson. 888-786-7389. RICKEY SMILEY: Through Jan. 18, 8 p.m., $39.95. Orleans, 4500 W. Tropicana Avenue, Las Vegas. 702-365-7075. JON ANDERSON: 7 p.m., $19-$45. Boulder Station, 4111 Boulder Highway, Las Vegas. 702-432-7777.

ERIC CHURCH: Through Jan. 17, 8 p.m., $65-$95. Cosmopolitan, 3708 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas. 702-698-7000.


STYX: 8 p.m., $33. Palms, 4321 W. Flamingo Road, Las Vegas. 702-944-3200.

BRIDAL SPECTACULAR BRIDAL EXPO: Through Jan. 17, times vary, $15-$25.99. Cashman Center, 850 Las Vegas Blvd. N., Las Vegas. 702-386-7100.

BONE THUGS-N-HARMONY: 8 p.m., $27-$32. Brooklyn Bowl, 3545 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas. 702-862-2695. vegas.

HEALTHIER LIVING CLASS: Through Feb. 20, 12:30 p.m., free. Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health, 888 W. Bonneville Avenue, Las Vegas. Contact Christal, 702-778-6702.

PEACE WEEK 2015 — LIVING THE DREAM - WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE?: 2 p.m., free. West Las Vegas Library, 951 W. Lake Mead Blvd., Las Vegas. 702-507-3989.


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JEWEL POWER PLAYER - JASON STRAUSS: 6:30 p.m. Contact Marni Unger, 702-4794437.

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DANIEL TOSH: Through Jan 24, times vary, $59.99. Mirage, 3400 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas. 702-791-7111. TONY DESARE'S NIGHT LIFE: Through Jan. 24, 7 p.m., $39. The Smith Center, 361 Symphony Park Avenue, Las Vegas. 702-7492012. ARIES SPEARS: Through Jan. 24, 7:30 p.m., $15.95. Suncoast, 9090 Alta Drive, Las Vegas. 702-636-7075. WINTER HOME IMPROVEMENT, OUTDOOR, AND SPA EXPO: Through Jan. 25, times vary, $5. Cashman Center, 850 Las Vegas Blvd. N., Las Vegas. 702-385-7100.

JEWEL VOLUNTEERS - SENIOR LIFELINE: 11 a.m., free. Jewish Federation, 2317 Renaissance Drive, Las Vegas. Contact Marni Unger, 702-479-4437. Elton John 1.16


CODY CANDA AND THE DEPARTED: 7:30 p.m., $16.50. Brooklyn Bowl, 3545 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas. 702-862-2695. vegas.


JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT: Through Jan. 25, times vary, $28. The Smith Center, 361 Symphony Park Avenue, Las Vegas. 702-749-2012.

Las Vegas, 3131 Las Vegas Blvd. S. Contact Stefanie, 702-479-4441. JOSEPH PHELPS WINES AND TBONES CHOPHOUSE WINE PAIRING DINNER: 6 p.m., $105. Red Rock Hotel, 11011 W. Charleston Blvd., Las Vegas. 702-797-7517. EMEDIA DOWNLOADING 101 FOR SENIORS: 10 a.m., free. Centennial Hills Library, 6711 N. Buffalo Drive, Las Vegas. 702-507-6301.

TROUBLED WATERS - A GOSPEL STAGE PLAY: 7 p.m., free. West Las Vegas Library, 951 W. Lake Mead Blvd., Las Vegas. 702-5073989.


NEVADA BALLET THEATRE - 31ST ANNUAL BLACK AND WHITE BALL: Featuring Debbie Allen. Time TBA, cost TBA. Aria Resort, 3730 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas. For more information, visit HELEN REDDY: Through Jan. 25, 8 p.m., $44. Orleans, 4500 W. Tropicana Avenue, Las Vegas. 702-365-7111.

THE GREAT DEBATE - IS THE MOB STILL IN LAS VEGAS?: 7 p.m., free. Clark County Library, 1401 W. Flamingo Road, Las Vegas. 702-507-3458.


CARLOS SANTANA: Encores Jan. 23-25 & Jan. 28-31, time TBA, $99.50. House of Blues, 3950 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas. 702-6327600. JEWEL JANUARY HAPPY HOUR: 7 p.m., $10. Insert Coins, 512 Fremont Street, Las Vegas. Contact Marni Unger, 702-479-4437. THE COMPOSERS SHOWCASE OF LAS VEGAS: 10:30 p.m., $20. The Smith Center, 361 Symphony Park Avenue, Las Vegas. 702749-2012.



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SONNY TURNER: 8 p.m., $22. Sam's Town, 5111 Boulder Highway, Las Vegas. 702-4567777.


MARCH FOURTH MARCHING BAND: 8 p.m., free. Brooklyn Bowl, 3545 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas. 702-862-2695. vegas.


ROD STEWART: Encore Jan. 30-31, 7:30 p.m., $49-$250. Caesars Palace, 3570 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas. 702-731-7110. OUR KANSAS CITY CONNECTION AND SCREENING - GANGLAND WIRE: 7 p.m., free. Clark County Library, 1401 W. Flamingo Road, Las Vegas. 702-507-3458.


DAVID PERRICO — POP EVOLUTION: 10 p.m., $15. The Smith Center, 361 Symphony Park Avenue, Las Vegas. 702-749-2012.


ARTLIVE! 6 p.m., $25-$200. The Smith Center, 361 Symphony Park Avenue, Las Vegas. AIPAC ANNUAL DINNER: Contact 702837-8350.

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AN EVENING WITH BURT BACHARACH: 7:30 p.m., $29. The Smith Center, 361 Symphony Park Avenue, Las Vegas. 702-749-2012. BISHR HIJAZI — ARABIC MUSIC ENSEMBLE: 7 p.m., free. West Charleston Library, 6301 W. Charleston Blvd., Las Vegas. 702-507-3964.


JACKIE EVANCHO: 7:30 p.m., $24. The Smith Center, 361 Symphony Park Avenue, Las Vegas. 702-749-2012.

TIM ALLEN: 10 p.m., $59.99. Mirage, 3400 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas. 702-791-7111. ENRIQUE IGLESIAS & PITBULL: 7:30 p.m., $49.50-$199.50. Mandalay Bay, 3950 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas. 877-632-7800. SCOTTISH CÉILIDH: 2 p.m., free. Clark County Library, 1401 E. Flamingo Road, Las Vegas. 702-507-3459. ADELSON EDUCATIONAL CAMPUS PTO PARTY: 7:30 p.m. cost TBA. Adelson Educational Campus, 9700 Hillpointe Road, Las Vegas. For more information, call Melissa Frome at 702-834-5390. BENJAMIN D. HALE — A NIGHT OF COSMIC AMERICAN MUSIC: 5 & 8 p.m., $29. The Smith Center, 361 Symphony Park Avenue, Las Vegas. 702-749-2012.

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devour Whole Grilled Branzino The Branzino, or Mediterranean Sea Bass, is a prized fish sourced from the clear waters of the Ionian Sea between Italy and Greece. Seasoned with salt and pepper and stuffed with a bouquet of aromatic herbs and lemon, the whole fish is grilled until the skin to becomes scrumptious and crispy while keeping the flakey white flesh moist and delectable. Presented tableside, the fish is then carefully filleted by skilled service staff, just as it is done throughout the ristorantes and trattorias of Venice. B&B Ristorante inside The Venetian, 3355 Las Vegas Blvd., S., Las Vegas. 702-266-9977

Snowflake Falls Enjoy winter in a glass with this delicious libation from Panevino. Rich and creamy coconut combines with cool peppermint to create a chilling, wintry sensation, while the toasted coconut rim creates the effect of falling snowflakes.

Long Life Noodles In many Asian cultures, the New Year is often celebrated with noodles, or “long life noodles.” Not only does it mean a good beginning and end to the year, it’s a symbol of longevity. The newly opened casual Asian eatery headed by longtime Station Casinos chef Andy Vu, took the lead on creating the 8 menu, including noodle dishes like the Five Spice Beef Soup (foreground), with brisket, choy sum, cilantro chili and lime, and the Japanese shoyu ramen, made with chicken and veal broth and topped with pork belly, bamboo, green onions and mushrooms. Here’s to a long life! 8 Noodle Bar Red Rock Resort, 11011 W. Charleston Blvd., Las Vegas. 702-797-7576.

In a shaker add: • Small scoop of coconut sorbet • ice • 1 ¾ oz. of 2 Gingers Irish Whiskey • 1 oz. of Kalani Coconut Liqueur • ½ oz. of Yukon Jack Perma Frost peppermint schnapps Shake and serve in a martini glass with a toasted coconut rim. Panevino, 246 Via Antonio Avenue, Las Vegas. 702-222-2400 | JANUARY 2015

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Turn a (Good) Page 1. Literature - In Paradise: A Novel by Peter Matthiessen (Riverhead) Three-time National Book Award winner Matthiessen wraps up his career (he died in April) with a tour de force about grief, sadness, horror and joy at a spiritual retreat in Auschwitz. Not a light read, but incredibly rewarding.

her signature style combination of psychology, humanity and feminism. And humor. Each story is just long enough to be involving, but short enough to be read on a lunch break. Perfect for a few afternoons’ diversion.

2. Science Fiction - Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel (Knopf) Set in the near future (and 15 years after that), Mandel’s National Book Award finalist is a treat. Following a band of traveling actors in a world devastated by a deadly plague, Station Eleven manages to juggle several balls at once and keeps them all in the air beautifully.

4. Literature - The Betrayers by David Bezmozgis (Little, Brown and Co.) Baruch Kotler, a Soviet Jew who immigrated to Israel, is in political hot water. His enemies expose a secret, forcing him to flee to Yalta, a fond memory from childhood. But those memories soon give way to others, and over the course of 24 hours Kotler must confront ghosts from the past 40 years. Bezmozgis’ second novel proves him a talent to watch.

3. Short Stories - Stone Mattress by Margaret Atwood (Nan A. Talese) Returning to the short form for the first time in eight years, the multiple award-winning Atwood has released nine tales that illustrate

5. Biography - Yes, Please by Amy Poehler (Dey Street Books) Amy Poehler has written the “must read” unconventional biography of the season. A combination of lists, essays, stories, pic-

tures and even haiku! And it’s all laugh-outloud funny. Poehler, who was a regular on TV’s Saturday Night Live and Parks and Recreation, and a star in a number of comedy films, is honest, revealing and, in the end, very, very real. She’s inviting you into her life. You’d be a fool not to accept. 6. Biography - As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess Bride by Cary Elwes (Touchstone) This “behind the scenes” look, written by the star, gives you a glimpse into the making of a modern fairy tale. No matter how big a fan you are of TPB, you’ll find new insights and stories to make you laugh, wince or go “awwwwwww … ” The price of the book might be worth it for the sword fight sequence description alone. Even better, the audio version has many of the actual people involved recounting their own stories (and, when they’re unavailable, Elwes does some great impressions).

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7. Thriller - Revival by Stephen King (Scribner) Stephen King once described himself as “The McDonald’s of Fiction.” If that’s the case, Revival is one of the highest-end burgers you can get. King is on a late-career renaissance (after musing about retiring a few years back). And this book, with only mild supernatural elements, is his quest into what makes us human. 8. Science (humor) - What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions by Randall Munroe (Houghton Mifflin) Munroe created the webcomic XKCD, a funny and poignant set of stick figure drawings that cover everything from science to literature to life in general. Munroe also takes pleasure and pride in answering the bizarre and crazy questions of his fans and readers. So if you’ve ever asked yourself, “what if … ” and all your friends looked at you strangely, the answer might be in here.

9. Thriller - The Secret Place by Tana French (Viking Adult) Don’t let “5th installment in the Dublin Murder Squad series” scare you. Like all her books, the only connecting thread is Dublin, Ireland. And anything you need to know from past books is laid out for you. This particular tale of murder, privilege and secrets perfectly captures what it’s like to be a girl on the cusp of womanhood, and how fragile a thing friendship really is.

11. Science - Deep: Freediving, Renegade Science, and What the Ocean Tells Us about Ourselves by James Nestor (Houghton Mifflin) Nestor takes a look at the world of the amazing people who dive down hundreds of feet into the ocean on a single breath. Through them, he finds researchers who are expanding our knowledge of the ocean and the human body. By the time you finish reading, you’ll be ready to dive in yourself!

10. Horror - The New Annotated H.P. Lovecraft edited by Leslie S. Klinger (Livewright) A terrifying book for the long, dark nights of winter (or maybe saved for the late sun of summer). This new edition of 22 of Lovecraft’s influential, ground-breaking horror stories from the ‘20s and ‘30s is heavily annotated with illuminating notes regarding names, places and providing wellresearched historical context. A must for anyone who likes to be scared.

12.  Romance - Written in My Own Heart’s Blood by Diana Gaboldon (Delacorte Press) The latest in Gabaldon’s Outlander series is another surefire hit. Already a #1 New York Times Bestseller, the book continues the love story of Claire and Jamie, already familiar to millions of readers. With action and romance aplenty in this latest edition, if you haven’t fallen for the charms of this time-traveling nurse already, now’s the time to join the adventure. | JANUARY 2015

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Pilates on Steroids If the New Year intent is to get into shape after a season of holiday feasting, The Pilates Studio Las Vegas is the only gym in Nevada that offers the hottest and hardest new trend in working out – the Megaformer. Taught by master trainer Gracie Martinez, the 45-minute Megaformer classes are designed to work multiple muscle groups simultaneously to develop core strength and muscle endurance. The Pilates Studio Las Vegas. 9540 W. Flamingo Road, Las Vegas. 702895-9000.

Mountain’s Edge Regional Park Clark County opened up the 18-acre Mighty Mountain Fitness area at Mountain’s Edge Regional Park. The park, which is the first phase of the 220-acre recreation hub, includes a sports wall for racquetball, soccer and other sports. For youngsters, there is a bicycle area with miniature stop signs and crosswalks. The park also offers exercise stations, turf fields, and a 1.5-mile walking trail. Mountain’s Edge Regional Park, 8101 Mountain’s Edge Parkway, between Buffalo and Durango drives near Cimarron.

Cheers to a New Year Wine lovers will revel in the more than 160 by-the-glass offerings and more than 400 wines by the bottle at Hostile Grape. Guests can enjoy small pours, ranging from 1, 3 or 5 ounces, (using the Enomatic dispensing system) and indulge in a wide range of varietals. The collection includes new and old world sips from the U.S., Italy, France, Spain, South Africa, Germany and more. Highlights include Iniskillin Cabernet Franc icewine from the Niagara region; Joseph Drouhin Puligny-Montrachet; and 2009 Renato Ratti Marcenasco Barolo. Hostile Grape, open Wednesday-Saturday, offers live music on Friday nights. Hostile Grape Wine Cellar-Bar-Tasting Room, M Resort, 12300 S. Las Vegas Blvd., Henderson. (702) 797-1000 24 JANUARY 2015 |

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Date Saturday, November 22

Event Author and human rights Activist, Ayaan Hirsi Ali, was recently honored by the Dr. Miriam and Sheldon G. Adelson Educational 5

Campus at the 11th Annual In Pursuit of Excellence Gala. Over 650 people attended this year’s scholarship fundraiser, including political leaders, philanthropists, university administrators, heads of local private schools and Adelson Campus families. The evening’s highlights included: an inspiring speech from Ms. Hirsi Ali on the importance of education both in Las Vegas and around the world, a book signing for attendees, dance and vocal performances by students from all divisions, and live music provided by the Adelson Campus Band. The event raised over $500,000 for their 2015-2016 scholarship fund, ensuring that the Adelson Campus continues to be a leader in the state in both scholarship awards, and personalized, supportive college preparatory education.

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Venue The Venetian Resort | Hotel | Casino

Date Thursday, December 11

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Michael Werner, National Board FIDF, Dana Werner, Gala Chair and Nily Falic, Chair of the National Board FIDF.


Gala Honorees, Jonathan Gudai and Alexandra Epstein Gudai.


Ilan Sagi honoring his son, a fallen IDF soldier.


Jon Bloff, Gene Howard and Michael Werner, National Board FIDF,


Isaac Yeffet, former head of security for El Al airline with his family.



Dana Werner, Gala Chair & David Chesnoff, Gala MC.


Sivan, Dr. Miriam Adelson, and lone soldier, Asaf Stein


Gal Yeffet, Gili Ben- Harush and lone soldier Shirelle Beneven


Asaf Stein, Major General Kliffi, Nily Falic, Chair of the National Board FIDF and Mr Cohen.



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Venue Midbar Kodesh Temple

Date Sunday, December 14

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Dr. Kent and Janet Wellish.


Didi Almog, Alan Stock, Major General Doron Almog and Bob Dubin.

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Dr Larry and Linda Copeland.


Nachman and Minda Kataczinsky with Major General Doron Almog.


Alan Bachman, Major General Doron Almog and Stephen Seiden.


Juli Ruben, Flavia Hendler, Major General Doron Almog and Rom Hendler.


Bobby and Helen Feldman with Major General Doron Almog.




Alexis Borden and Major General Doron Almog.


Rabbi Maryles and future Jewish leaders.

10. Avnet Kleiner, Didi Almog,. Major General Doron Almog, Sha’ron Wolfin Eden, Bernice Friedman and Janet Wellish.



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Venue Caesars Palace

Date Saturday, December 6

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Former Congresswoman Shelley Berkley, National Director of the Anti-Defamation League Abe Foxman, Kelvin Dushnisky and Ellis Landau.


Dee & Fred Berkley.


Yvonne & Jerry Gordon.


Christy Molasky, Irwin Molasky and Jodi Fonfa.


Abbie Friedman, Leora Blau, Jodi Fonfa, Cari Marshall, Karin Sporn, Vanessa Houssels and Alexis Marshall.


Gene Lubas and Jerry Nadal.


Illisa and Eric Polis.


Jon Ralston and Ellis Landau.


Max Spilka, Susan Fine and National Director of the Anti-Defamation League Abe Foxman.

10. Alexis Marshall, Todd Marshall and Jessica Marshall.

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Woman’s Issue

Planned Parenthood is a Provider of Sexual Health Services By Chris Sieroty

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or more than four decades, many Southern Nevadans have trusted Planned Parenthood for accessible, affordable health care and accurate sexual health information. Today, executives with the organization say their job is more difficult because the number of patients keeps growing, and underfunding is endemic. It also has become more expensive to continue providing health care to thousands in the region, they say. But beyond that it’s about empowering people to advocate for their health, according to Planned Parenthood. “Only 3 percent of our service nationwide is providing abortions,” says Alexandra Silver, director of development with Planned Parenthood of Southern Nevada. “Ninety-seven percent of our focus is on providing preventative care. We want to be healthy and make healthy choices. We provide them the information to make those healthy choices.” Planned Parenthood operates two Southern Nevada clinics, one on East Flamingo and the other on West Charleston. The health centers offer birth control options without an exam; most STD testing is available without an exam; HIV tests are available in 10 minutes and only require a simple blood test; and the HPV vaccine is available to men and women. The nonprofit health care provider also offers cervical cancer screenings, colposcopy, endometrial biopsy, breast cancer screening and birth control. Other services include pregnancy testing, pregnancy options education, menopause and midlife services, including hormone replacement therapy, and basic exams and services. “We have been a trusted health care provider and community partner providing health care services,” Silver says. “Teenage pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections are 100 percent preventable by making healthy decisions. The best way to make abortion rare is to make sure women, families and teens have access to family

planning, counseling and information based on medically accurate, age-appropriate sex education that contains information about abstinence, birth control and responsible decision-making.” Silver says proper information is key to reducing the teen pregnancy rate. Nevada has the seventh highest teenage pregnancy rate in the nation, she adds. It’s also about providing services to those in need, Silver says. According to Planned Parenthood, 99.9 percent of its patients are uninsured or underinsured, and 36.93 percent of its patients live below the federal poverty level. According to patient ethnicity data that Planned Parenthood provides, 24.65 percent of its patients in fiscal year 2012 were Hispanic, 10.15 percent were African-American and 6.17 percent were Asian. Samantha Frederickson, public affairs manager for Planned Parenthood, is gearing up for the legislative session. She says with conservative Republicans soon to be running the show in both houses analysts believe the idea of Planned Parenthood being required to seek parental notification may be brought up during the 120-day session. A law on the Nevada books for some 30 years requires girls under 18 to tell at least one parent before getting an abortion, but it has never been enforced because of a successful Planned Parenthood challenge after the statute’s passage in 1985. “We are going to have some fights ahead of us,” Frederickson predicts. “We don’t know what to expect. We might see parental notification. I’m hopeful that they realize Nevada has always been a pro-choice state.” She said the abortion issue has been settled law in Nevada since voters approved the Freedom of Choice Act in 1990. The ballot initiative upheld a Nevadan’s right to an abortion even if the U.S. Supreme Court’s 1973 Roe v. Wade decision is overturned. | JANUARY 2015

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Frederickson doesn’t anticipate a lot of attacks on women’s health in the session that begins Feb. 2 and runs for 120 days. But she cautions lawmakers that her organization will be “ready for whatever they throw our way.” “Our motto is care, no matter what,” Silver says. She tells DAVID Magazine that patients with language barriers continue to seek treatment and testing. On a recent Wednesday afternoon, she says, two women entered the health center on West Charleston, walked up to the counter and tried to ask questions, but didn’t speak English. “They handed our staff member a phone and they began to talk with a person on the line,” Silver says. “The man had told (our staff what one of the women needed) medical documentation, stating she had been circumcised in order to apply for political asylum, a victim of female genital mutilation. Our medical director told him she would see what she could do, but he had hung up.” Silver says she asked the two women to wait while she spoke to a nurse who hadn’t dealt with a situation like this before. “I was told by one of our nurses that she wasn’t familiar and offered me background on the procedure, but couldn’t help the patient since she wasn’t trained to assess her condition. “I felt compelled to help her (the would-be client), but I didn’t know how to explain that she would need to go elsewhere,” Silver says. “I brought her into my office and found an Amharic translator. I explained that the patient would need to visit an ob/gyn provider in order to receive this documentation.” In the end, Silver says she found a doctor who could help, and typed up the details of what the patient needed so when she visited the physician all she would have to do is hand him a piece of paper. Silver says the extra work allowed the doctor to get the relevant details and avoid the language barrier, and “provided this particular patient with dignity.”

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im Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor ®Dreamcoat is an irresistible musical about the trials and triumphs of Joseph, Israel’s favorite son. Based on a story in the book of Genesis, the show tells of a father’s love for his youngest son, who receives the coat of many colors and becomes the envy of his brothers.

Since the inception of the show in 1968, the coat has been through numerous transformations. But for the North American Tour, the show-stopping creation –covered in 29 colors and worn by Ace Young – is different from any seen on stage before. Costume designer Jennifer Caprio envisioned the “dream” coat and lavished it with her own style.

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Lucky for Las Vegas, the yards and yards of fabric (totaling some 40 pounds) to create the sensational visual centerpiece of the production are due to arrive later this month at The Smith Center (see show dates below). While the show travels from city to city, astounding audiences with its beautiful imagery, storytelling and magical music, not to mention the costumes, was a tremendous undertaking. Of all things, Caprio says the biggest hurdle to overcome during the costume production process was the weather. “The design evolved over months and involved many steps,” she says. “But the hardest variable was Jennifer Caprio our terrible winter weather. A lot of the process was done electronically, because both the artist who translated my sketches to fabric and the fabric printers were located in North Carolina. Because we kept getting hit with snowstorms, shipping carriers were delayed with samples, stitchers couldn’t get to work … it was somewhat epic.” Caprio says the production was several days into technical rehearsals before the coat arrived.

With those deliriously frenzied and exciting days behind her, Caprio recalls how it all started, and how she and her team visually intermingled technology with theatrical digital textile design to create a masterpiece on stage. Caprio’s concept of the coat was inspired by a famous series of windows artist Marc Chagall created during the ‘60s. The 12 stained glass windows he executed for the Abbell Synagogue at Hadassah University Medical Center in Jerusalem depict dreamlike human and animal figures. His brilliant works capped two years of intensive creativity at his workshop on the Cote d’Azur, France. “The director/choreographer and video and projection designer and I were in early meetings discussing the beauty of those windows, which tell the story of the 12 tribes of Israel – which are, in fact, Jacob’s sons – Joseph and his 11 brothers,” says Caprio. She says it was their vision to use the stained glass theme in some manner to tell the story of Joseph’s coat through light and projection. She had to figure out a way to incorporate the coat into the projections | JANUARY 2015

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and scenery for the production’s finale. And use of color was critical and essential, as the production’s title uses the term Technicolor® (the process, invented in the 1920s, of adding vibrant color to films). “We wanted to make it feel different from any coat,” Caprio says. “We wanted it to overtake the stage and represent something bigger than Joseph and his family —something bigger than us. We loved the way the light flooded through the Abbell windows and the colors it created, and thought this would render well into the stage projections.” Caprio decided she could translate the look of the stained glass into something like a quilt for the fabric. That way, when needed, the coat could marry the scenery and projections seamlessly. This idea developed into 12 panels, for the 12 brothers, and she filled them with motifs representing each brother – all inspired by Chagall. Each image was hand-drawn, and then the motifs were hand-painted onto fabric. “Through incorporating the projection and the costume together, the coat became more than Joseph’s — it became an overarching symbol of love and family.” Caprio and her team also designed several hundred costumes for the production. “With a cast of over 25, and each ensemble member having between six to seven costumes, it amounted to a lot,” she says. “OK, there are a few who wear only four.” Caprio, originally from Chatham, N.J., was introduced to theater by her uncle, a conductor for St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City. “I became in love with theater immediately,” she says. A graduate of Ithaca College, with a master’s in fine arts from Pittsburgh’s Carnegie Mellon University, Caprio went on to design costumes for numerous productions, including the Broadway production of 25th Avenue Putnam County Spelling Bee and selected NYC productions including The Bridge, Little Miss Sunshine, In Transit and Buddy’s Tavern, among others. But the production of Joseph came full circle for her, as it was, in fact, one of her very first shows that she costume-designed for in 2001. She remembers it as a much different production at the upstate New York theater, with a $1,000 budget for all the costumes.

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ever has Southern Nevada had the variety of juice options it has today. Mindy Tatti works with juice bars, restaurants and health coaches in her roles with the Las Vegas Health & Fitness Chamber, Las Vegan Eatz Events and Create A Change Now. “GrassRoots is a member of the chamber, along with Vanessa Chamberlin, Juice NV, Sari Dennis of My Wellness Counts and other companies that promote juicing,” Tatti says. “With Las Vegan Eatz Events, many of our menus have included fresh juices. MTO CAFÉ – which hosted a brunch a few months ago – has two lovely juices and a few smoothies.” Juicing is “a movement that’s here to stay.” Downtown Summerlin’s Nekter is one of the area’s newest juicing options. And Summerlin’s Daily Kitchen & Wellness Bar is opening a location in Henderson early this year. The Juice Standard and Juice NV are two of the valley’s other new players on the juice scene.  Even The Bellagio Resort & Casino has added USDA-Certified Organic, coldpressed juices. The kale, beet and carrot juices are gluten-free and made from organic fruits and vegetables, allowing each juice to be power-packed with flavor and nutrients. The juices are available at Jean Philippe Patisserie, Spa Bellagio, Palio, Palio Pronto, Café Bellagio and Café Gelato.   And the locally owned Honey Salt’s menu features Green Goodness Juice 8, which co-owner Elizabeth Blau calls “salad in a glass,” featuring kale, apples, fennel, cucumber, celery, lemon and ginger. MDL Group’s Hillary Steinberg is a commercial real estate executive. She sees an upward trend of juicing firms entering the Las Vegas market. “Increased awareness of the health benefits of drinking fresh juice has had the effect of juice bars popping up

in shopping centers all around the valley,” she says. “Well-known national franchises, regional players and mom-and-pop firms are all hoping to gain market share by offering different blends. Plus, there is an increase of organic, vegan and vegetarian food options, with juice choices showing up on their menus.”   Vicki Rousseau, director of marketing for Downtown Summerlin, says juice bars “are very popular right now. And it’s a trend that we see in the valley, as people are more health-conscious and looking to make better choices about what they drink and eat. Having a place such as Nekter Juice Bar fits the active Summerlin lifestyle. It is a natural choice as it fills a demand by our shoppers, and is a great complement of our offerings to our community.”  Honey Salt’s Blau is also co-owner of MADE LV, Andiron, Buddy V’s and Simon. She started juicing after watching a documentary called Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead. “It was a game changer for us. It is about a man who changed his life and many others with his very cool journey into juicing. We went out and bought the Breville juicer and have not looked back. We eat a lot of great food at our restaurants and (while) traveling around the country. So juicing is a healthy balance for us.” Blau says the juicing craze is at an all-time high in the area, “with some really amazing choices. My favorite right now is the Juice Standard. It is the trifecta for me: organic, cold pressed and glass bottles! Plus, they have great flavors and lots of choices with low sugar content.” The LEV Restaurant Group’s Michael Vakneen says Jamba Juice recently rolled out cold-pressed juice in California, and it will be making its way to Las Vegas Jamba Juice locations this year. LEV also runs Daily Kitchen & Wellness Bar. “We have a really big juice following,” Vakneen says of Daily Kitchen & Wellness Bar. “Everyone | JANUARY 2015

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is becoming more educated and using juices to replenish. Juicing is really catching on in the valley.”   LEV Restaurant Group also offers homemade lemonade at its LOBSTER ME and I Love Burgers, including a rosemary vanilla lemonade.   Why go to the trouble to purchase juice or juice at home? Dave Olesczuk of Las Vegas Fit Body Bootcamp at the Lakes says there simply “aren’t too many people that enjoy carrots or kale on a regular basis. Most of us don’t get enough fruit and veggies in our daily diets, and juicing is a great way to get the vitamins and minerals our bodies need. The vitamins and minerals when juicing are highly concentrated, plus it usually tastes a lot better, too.”  LifeFire’s Vanessa Chamberlin makes juicing a big part of her family’s life.    “I personally believe the positive vibe and energy that comes from someone passionate about juicing and health is transferred into every drop Elizabeth Blau of the juice that they produce,” she says. “I will always look to find a locally owned and operated juice bar. I look for organic whenever possible. I prefer to be served cold juice, and I also love the ability to create my own juice with the exact ingredients I want.” Chamberlin says she transformed her family into juice lovers by involving her daughters in the entire process. “When my children were younger,” she says, “I would take them to the grocery store and allow them to help me pick all of the produce that we would purchase. I treated the grocery experience as if it were a fun treasure hunt, and asked the girls to hunt for some exotic or unknown fruit or veggies to put in our cart and bring home to sample in a new recipe or use in our juice. Sari Dennis “I gave my girls some creative freedom regarding what they actually put into the juice … with one caveat — something green must always be in there. Kids love to wash the produce as well as put the fruit and vegetables down the juicer shoot as it magically turns into fresh juice before their eyes. “Starting with a bit more sweet produce, like carrots, apple, orange, or pear in the juice, is often the key to getting your kids and other unwilling family members to develop the taste for what I like to lovingly call the ‘nectar of the gods.’ Lastly, placing some ice at the bottom of the juicing pitcher so that the juice is cold is one of the best ways to get your kids to enjoy the taste. ... Nothing is less appealing to the palate than a big glass of lukewarm green juice.” Sari Dennis is a board certified Jeff Manning

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health and wellness counselor for My Wellness Counts. She says that one in 10 Americans eats enough fruits and vegetables. “Juicing is the perfect solution. It is one of the easiest and tastiest ways to ensure my clients receive the required daily amounts, while feeling the wonderful effects immediately on our cells, our energy level and our mood. “ Dennis has many busy clients. “One way to ensure they drink their green juice is to make a double batch and store the extra in a glass jar in the refrigerator,” she says. “It is better to drink it 24 hours later than not drink it at all. I also suggest that they make their juice at night rather than in the morning, when they are rushing to get out the door and start their day.” Green juice is a great midday snack, she says. Drink a glass of green juice at 2 p.m., an hour before that mid-afternoon fatigue sets in, to give you a healthy boost of energy and to help reduce cravings for those otherwise unhealthy food choices. Dennis recommends rotating fruits and vegetables to ensure that you’re getting a full spectrum of nutrients. “Choose produce that is strong, fresh, local, seasonal and organic. Make dark leafy greens abundant in each and every juice. Add a citrus fruit to help assimilate the nutrients in the greens. Add sweet potatoes, beets or carrots for sweetness. Always add one of nature’s super foods like ginger, garlic or turmeric (or all of them if you like) for an extra kick – they are anti-viral, anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory. And … always listen to your body.” Jeff Manning of ABG Builders is a construction industry executive and auctioneer. He’s been juicing since he was 17. Manning says his weight fluctuated when he got busy and made work a priority over exercise. Juice was part of his solution to take off the extra pounds. But, he adds, “Juicing alone will not make you lose weight if you don’t have the right diet. You still need to have the right diet and exercise plan. “We still need to watch our sugar intake,” he says, “and when you drink massive amounts of fruit juice you can still have a sugar impact. However, it is still much better than what most of Americans are taking in on a daily basis. A lot of times I will just only drink vegetable juice and not put any fruit juice in it. I’ve been using celery juice for a long time because hypertension runs in my family, and celery juice helps regulate blood pressure.” Manning avoids animal products in his diet. “One cup of carrot juice has four times the amount of calcium than is in a cup of milk. For me it’s very important to be high energy and on top of my game consistently,” he says.

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A Singer & His Muses The Women Who Translated Isaac Bashevis Singer By Jaq Greenspon

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few years ago, I found myself in Sweden, standing in front of the Nobel Museum in Stockholm. It wasn’t that I was so excited to go inside, but I had some time to kill so I figured I’d take a look and see what was what. It was the Nobel Prize after all. It was a big deal. To be perfectly honest, I don’t remember much about the museum itself. I remember watching a film about the winners and I remember a typewriter. The typewriter belonged to Isaac Bashevis Singer and was in Yiddish. Now, I’m not a huge I. B. Singer fan. I’ve read a few of his short stories and know his novels, but I knew little of the man himself. I couldn’t have picked him out of a line-up, but something happened when I looked through the glass at that innocuous typewriter sitting there, with Hebrew letters

on the keys. It called to me. It reached out and hit me in a place I didn’t know I lived. I felt inspired. I felt energized. Even through the glass, I felt the calling of a muse. Evidently, Bashevis (as he was popularly known) had that effect on a number of people, most recently on Tel Aviv-based documentary filmmakers Shaul Betser and Asaf Galay who, this month, release their latest collaboration: The Muses of Isaac Bashevis Singer. Even though Singer won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1978 based mostly on the English translations of his work, he wrote in Yiddish, an admittedly dying language. “I dream in Yiddish,” he explains in the film. “A writer should write in the language in which he dreams.” Except it’s precisely those translations the film considers. | JANUARY 2015

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While Singer may have written in Yiddish (and fronted a long tradition of Yiddish literature that is not dead to this day) he knew if he wanted to be famous he needed to get his work out to a general populace. Professor Janet Hadda, one of Singer’s biographers, explains: “He understood that nobody was going to become immortal as a literary figure only in Yiddish.” This is one of the things that drew Galay and Betser to the idea of doing a film about Singer in the first place. “You find there are two bodies of [Singer’s] work,” says Galay. “One is in Yiddish, and the other is in English for the non-Yiddish-speaking world. [Singer] said, ‘I wanted to be a famous writer.’ It’s important that he said ‘famous.’ For most, they would say I want to be a writer. But for him, it was also I want to be a famous writer. His [older] brother was also a writer, so he wanted to be a bigger name.” Singer’s older sister was also a writer (and, as is postulated in the film, the inspiration behind “Yentl, the Yeshiva Boy”). They all share the tradition of telling stories from the ghettos and shtetls, and the world of Eastern European Jewry, with Shalom Abramovitsh, Shalom Aleichem (né Rabinovitsh) and I. L. Peretz, the three “classic” Yiddish writers of the modern era. So what allowed Singer to reach such a wide audience? It comes back to the English translations. The frontispiece for the film offers this quote from Bashevis: “In my younger days I used to dream about a harem full of women; lately, I’m dreaming of a harem full of translators. If those translators could be women in addition, this would be paradise on earth.” In the Yiddish, he was fine. His work was published regularly in the pre-eminent Yiddish publications and presses of the day. The Jewish Daily Forward showcased his work for 64 years. But, again, in a theme oft repeated, Hadda explains: “He understood that nobody was going to become immortal as a literary figure only in Yiddish.” In 1953, Saul Bellow became the first person to translate Bashevis into English. And the story, “Gimple the Fool,” was well received and garnered a large amount of attention. But there was a problem: Bellow is a talented writer in his own right (Bellow would win his own Nobel Prize two years before Bashevis), and Singer’s fear was that “they say it’s him and not me.” Distancing himself from Bellow, at least professionally, Bashevis decided he needed to control the translations himself. So he set about finding translators. Not that he

couldn’t speak English, he could speak it well enough, but he needed the sounding board. In actuality, he needed several. For Galay and Betser, Singer was a larger than life figure. He seemed like a perfect subject for a film — except it had already been done. In 1985, Isaac in America was released – an intimate portrait of Singer (who would die in 1991) telling his own story. They needed another way in. “I read this biography of him,” Galay remembers. “Shaul had already read it, and it said [Singer] had a lot of translators.” So they contacted Florence Noiville, another biographer, who told them, “I think that he had like eight or nine woman translators … but I’m not sure. Maybe you will go and check it out.” Galay started the research, leading the pair, ultimately, to making this film. “I started to show and to look and to count the translators, and in the end I got to 48 woman translators. I was shocked. ‘Why you need so much? You pick one translator and you go with him.’” This isn’t how the “Singer System of translation” works. In fact, often the translators wouldn’t even know Yiddish. The system is that he would read from the Yiddish and the other person, always a young woman, who didn’t know the original, would act like his echo to this young society, to the new society – to American English society. “Together, they changed the stories, together towards the new idea.” According to Noiville, Isaac knew “the English version will be read by many non-Jews, and he’s afraid of them getting lost so he changes words, phrases, chapters, endings sometimes.” The translators didn’t know about shtetl life or Eastern European living. They didn’t understand the proverbs, didn’t understand the quotation from the Bible or the other folklore, so they were his guides. They didn’t have to. Instead, they were the ones who could put his writing into a modern context. For Singer, releasing stories in English was a rejuvenating experience. By constantly tweaking the source, it ensured there was no real original of the work. The Yiddish and English were sufficiently different, and Singer looked at this as a way to mess with the scholars. “He was like a trickster,” says Evelyn Torton Beck, who translated with Bashevis for 14 years. “He thought it was a big joke.” With all this in hand, Galay and Betser had their hook for the film. “[Singer] was always writing about women. So, in this film, women will talk about him. They were always his object, and they will be the

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subject now,” explains Galay, delight in his voice. The Muses of Isaac Bashevis Singer is divided into several parts, looking at Singer’s life in a semi-chronological order, but never letting timeline get in the way of dramatic storytelling. The only man who speaks in the film is Singer himself, from archive footage (either from previous films and TV shows or personal items from relatives or translators), while the rest of the story is told through the lens of the women who worked with him, who loved him, and who study him. In the film, Galay and Betser spent time with a half dozen or so of the former translators, getting their stories of the man behind the literary legend. It wasn’t always easy. “With one of the interviews,” says Galay, “with one of his translators [Eve Fridman] I knew there was something there and she was denying all the time, like a real chess match.” And the portrait they paint, while not the most flattering, is definitely one of a complex human being. About a half hour into the film, in an interview with Dick Cavett, Singer says, “There’s one commandment which I think needs a little correction, and this is ‘thou shalt not commit adultery.’ In the future, even pious people will have a different notion about marriage as we had thousands of years ago.” This idea of Singer as womanizer plays throughout the 75-minute film. Dvorah Telushkin, a translator, explains it like this: “All [his books] have the same pattern: One man, two or three women who are pining away for him.” Hadda agrees, conflating the themes of his writing with the man himself. In both, she says, there is a “need for three different women. A woman who was totally loyal to him, like his wife Alma. He had a long-term mistress for 30 years, Doba Gerber, who inspired him but who’s totally unreliable emotionally. Then there’s the third type of woman, who was embodied sometimes in his translators, a rational, intelligent partner.” Even among his translators, his romantic entanglements were well known. “He slept with all his translators except me” was a refrain Hadda often heard. His greatest work, Enemies: A Love Story, which involves just this type of romantic entanglement, was inspired by his relationship with Gerber, who is also interviewed in the film. Duba Leibell, Isaac’s last translator, started working for him when he was weak and almost bedridden. Even then, though, “Isaac was a very frisky old man, that’s to put it very mildly.” He would cross the line of impropriety with impunity, leaving Leibell to respond in kind as a way of self-defense and motivation for her charge. “I started

to tell him little porno stories,” she says. “‘Isaac Singer walks into an elevator with a redhead and he fucks her in the elevator.’ And he would say, ‘That’s not a story. Who is the woman? Why do I like her? Why am I in the elevator? You must create these characters, they must have soul.’” By answering Singer’s questions, Leibell discovered her own talent for writing. This was Isaac Bashevis Singer, though, a man of contradictions. The man who wanted to be not just a writer, but a famous writer, who was famously egocentric, was inadvertently also a teacher. In the film, there is a story about when Yentl was being adapted for the stage. The original adapter, Leah Napolin, invited Singer to help her, and he agreed. There is a line in dispute, where the character of Yentl says, “I love you.” Singer points out that she instead would say, “I want you.” For Napolin, this one-word change spun the play in a new direction. “Desire is a much more compelling emotion even than love,” she explains. Singer was right and the play became a huge success, while the musical film adaptation went on to win awards. Singer’s legacy continues. In December, two doctoral theses were written on his life and work in China, and even the king of Sweden is a huge fan. “He succeeded in his mission to become a universal writer,” says Galay. “To make his specific Yiddish writing … universal. Everybody all around the world really can identify with him. It’s a really great thing. He is so entrenched in the Yiddish culture, but also his stories speak for people all over the world. It’s amazing to find people all over the world know about the Yiddish culture, about the East European culture, from him.” He wasn’t unaware of his faults. When asked, toward the end of his life, “Do you feel you’ve been a good Jew?” he responds honestly. “I haven’t been a good man, so how could I be a good Jew?” He may have been neither … but he was a good writer. He was a good storyteller. And in the end, that’s all we have and all we needed him to be. The Muses of Isaac Bashevis Singer debuted on Israeli television on Jan. 2. Its West Coast premiere will be at the Las Vegas Jewish Film Festival on Jan. 17. The next film from Galay/ Betser, In Search of the Hebrew Superhero, will open the Tel Aviv Film Festival in November.

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The Top Twenty Health & Fitness Trends for 2015

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sofa spuds. New Year, new challenges. Time to set some goals. Time to get busy. Time to work. We’ve got a lot of months ahead – and that portends promise, a fresh start. It’s a time for optimism. We’ve got this. Fresh air, fresh attitude, fresh approach. Sure, it may be a Sisyphean ordeal, but we give it our best shot each January anyway. And we’re confident that this will be the year we overcome our insidious slothfulness. This is when we’ll regain our youthful figure and vigor once more. We’ll jettison all those bad eating habits, the bad posture, too much TV. We’ll get off the couch and hit the trail — or the asphalt at least. And it can be done. We know that. All it takes is a bit of motivation, some inspiration from those who’ve already done it, from the toned Adonis who prowls the local gym morning and night to the honey-haired housewife with her rolled-up yoga mat and oversized water bottle. Yep, we’re yearning to join their cool club, to sever ties with our aspirating association of amorphous bodies. | JANUARY 2015

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cialty and is a fellow at the ACSM, was the lead author on this year’s survey that identified the top 20 trends. He’s an associate dean for graduate studies and research in the College of Education at Georgia State University in Atlanta, and is a professor in the kinesiology and health department, and in the department of nutrition at GSU. He’s also an elected vice president who serves on the ACSM’s board of trustees. Thompson says it’s not surprising that body weight training takes the No. 1 spot in this year’s rundown. As he puts it, these kinds of exercises — think push-ups, wall squats, sit-ups, jumping, lunges — can be done with minimal equipment. And they’re easily integrated into other popular fitness programs. Slipping from the top spot to No. 2 in this year’s ACSM survey is a recent HIIT fitness craze: High-Intensity Interval Training. You know the drill: fast workout, optimized results. It’s for those of us who just “don’t have the time to exercise.” (Oh, yes, you do). And HIIT training is designed to give you maximum burn (that’s both calories and muscle) in the quickest amount of time. So have another HIIT, as they say, and inhale the benefits. No. 3 on the ACSM list is seeking out educated and experienced fitness pros. If we’re going to do this with help from an expert, let’s be sure that he or she is. We want trainers and instructors who are certified and well educated in their field. Show us your stuff, pros, and get us to where we want to go as efficiently as possible. Next up, at No 4 on the ACSM survey results rundown, is goodold reliable strength training. Not only do you get the benefit of

We want to buy clothes again — exercise gear if you really need to know — the ones that look good in the store and even better on us (eventually). We want to bounce along a mountain bike trail, our horned triceps epitomizing a plus-level of fitness, evincing the rockhard body beneath our Spandex. We want that light sweat look. That glow. A little breathiness at the juice bar. “More kale in your drink, my dear?” We want to pursue life to the fullest, with access to all it offers. Let’s slough off that Old Year hangover, slide into our athletic trunks, slip on the tank top and lace up our running shoes. Deep breaths. In … hold … out. Stretch for the sky. Spread those fingers as far as they’ll go. Rise up on those calves. Swivel that torso. Gyrate the neck. Drink in the vitamin D! Can you feel it? Yes! We’re going to do it this year. No more rolling that stone up a hill for eternity, waiting for it to tumble back down with each attempt. This time we’ll make it to the top, and we’ll stay there. We just need a little push, a head start, a tiny bit of oomph, some professional motivation, a pinch of affirmation. Ready, set … Thankfully, our friends at the American College of Sports Medicine are waiting for us to join them, and they’ve got some fresh ideas on what may just work for you this special year. Like us, they’ve got an annual ritual that they’ve gone through the past nine years. It involves surveying tens of thousands of ACSM members around the globe to find out what they think is trending in fitness land, what they expect you to want in 2015. Walter R. Thompson, who holds a doctorate in his fitness spe50 JANUARY 2015 |

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the hard work you’re doing in the gym, or wherever you work out (the garage? The Y? The basement?), you get what the experts call “after-burn.” That means your metabolism remains stoked up even after your workout’s over. And that leads to increased weight loss. It’s your plus toward a minus. Coming in at No. 5 on the trends list is personal training, another perennial favorite of those of us with stretched elastic in our shorts. A rising number of college students are also majoring in kinesiology these days, suggesting that they’re anticipating careers in personal training. No. 6 on the ACSM rundown is exercise and weight loss. These programs emphasize caloric restriction combined with a sensible exercise program. The pros say that the combination of exercise and diet is essential for weight control. Most of the well-publicized diet plans out there also anticipate the incorporation of exercise into the daily regimen for maximum results. No. 7, up from No. 10 for 2014, is yoga. Unlike some of the fads that seem to have peaked and parted from our consciousness, yoga offers a wealth of different kinds of practices that are particularly suited for your “resting” days during the week. Bend, don’t break. And here’s one, at No. 8, that shouldn’t surprise anyone, given the baby boomer bulge our nation is experiencing and will continue to deal with for the next several years: fitness programs for older adults. Surveys indicate that more fitness and health pros are working up age-appropriate fitness programs to keep the over 50- and 60-plus (and beyond) crowd

active and healthy. With more of them on the fitness trail, and fewer in the waiting room or operating theater, we all benefit. And, frankly speaking, some members of the baby boomer generation are thought to have more of the discretionary income needed to pay for individual or group assistance than their younger counterparts. The No. 9 trend is what some aficionados refer to as functional fitness. Basically, it involves working with a precise purpose, using strength training, for example, to help with balance issues and to enhance the ease with which we undertake our daily living activities. In the grand scheme of things, it’s not so much about burning calories and losing weight as it is in helping practitioners avoid injury and pain. At No. 10 on the list is group personal training. This ordinarily involves smaller groups, of two to four people, but offering deeper discounts than would be available for solo work with a physical trainer. Training two to three people at a time, rather than just one, can make good economic sense in these times for both trainer and client, Thompson says. No. 11 on the industry’s trends list is worksite health promotion. These programs are designed to improve the health and well being of employees, often to the benefit of companies seeking less absenteeism, more productivity and lower insurance premiums. The No. 12 trend cited involves outdoor activities. That can include hiking, biking, canoeing, kayaking or games and sports or overnight camping. Some personal trainers like to use outdoor activities in small group work. Coming in at No. 13 on the trends list is wellness coaching, up from No. 17 a year ago. It integrates behavioral change science into health promotion, disease prevention and rehab programs and often involves a one-on-one approach focused on the client’s needs, vision and goals. No. 14 is circuit training. It is similar to High-Intensity Interval Training, but at a much lower intensity. The six to 10 exercises are completed one after another, in a predetermined sequence. Each is done for a specified number of reps, or time, followed by a quick rest before moving on to the next station. At No. 15 is core training, which stresses strength and conditioning of the stabilizing muscles of the abdomen, thorax and back. The idea is to stabilize the trunk, and extending that to the extremities, making it easier to compete in sports involving strength, speed and agility. No. 16 is sport-specific training, particularly for younger participants interested in games like baseball or tennis. No. 17 is children and exercise for the treatment/prevention of obesity. These programs are designed to combat major health issues (diabetes, hypertension) for children no longer afforded PE classes at their schools. At trend No. 18 is outcome measurements, essentially data collection designed to show whether a selected fitness program actually works. No. 19 involves worker incentive programs, designed to stimulate positive healthy behavior change, as part of employerbased health promotion programming and health care benefits. The final fitness trend for 2015, No. 20 as outlined in the ACSM survey, is boot camp, typically a high-intensity, structured activity patterned after military-style training. It involves cardiovascular, strength, endurance and flexibility drills and usually involves indoor and outdoor exercises led by an enthusiastic instructor. | JANUARY 2015

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“Stand With Israel” Rally in Las Vegas, 2014

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The Israeli Americans The Israeli American Council Signals the Comming of Age of this Binational Community By Lynn Wexler


t’s hard to find accurate data on the number of Israelis living in the U.S. The Israeli government is slow to release this information – perhaps because precise numbers don’t exist. Estimates, depending on calculation methods, are that 500,000 to 800,000 Israelis call the U.S. home. Supposedly, 10,000 of them live, work and raise families in Las Vegas. One thing seems certain: The success of many Israeli-Americans appears to support the immigrant notion that if you dare to dream and work hard you can make it in the United States. They demonstrate determination, and with their many accomplishments, contribute significantly to the country that provides them the opportunity. Reasons cited for Israeli immigration include relief from economic constraints, the chance for academic or professional advancement and security due to the distance from the Arab-Israeli and Palestinian conflicts. Otherwise, they love and remain loyal to their homeland, miss their families and go back to visit as often as possible. Ayelet Blit, an Israel-born Jewish educator, moved to the U.S. with her husband 24 years ago. Their two sons were born here. “We didn’t move to escape. We love our country… we served in the military and many of our children return voluntarily to serve,” she says. “While embracing the American ideal, and appreciating the opportunities here, we do not want to lose our Israeli identity.” Until recently, however, Israeli-Americans personified a failure of the Zionist cause. The derogatory connotation of yordim (Hebrew for those going down or leaving Israel) prompted a sense of guilt and betrayal. It prevented many Israelis from declaring themselves permanent U.S. citizens.

“For as long as there’s been an Israel, there’s been an Israeli diaspora, where American Jews have treated expatriates as something less than full members of the Tribe, troubled by what their departure from Israel might mean,” says Liel Leibovitz, author of Aliya and an expatriate Israeli living in the U.S. “After all, Israelis live in a country where, for the first time in centuries, Jews are relieved of exile.” Today, that negative image has diminished for the most part. Israelis who move to the U.S. are a fact of life and are accepted by American Jews. In part, this is due to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s recognition of the Israeli citizens who have emigrated, and the importance of fostering their connections to the homeland. Netanyahu lived in the U.S for 16 years, graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and worked for a Boston consulting group. Israeli-Americans, on average, have enjoyed a softer transition to American life than other immigrant groups. They arrive educated or in possession of specialized job skills, often the result of mandatory service and training in the army. In short order, they attain a relative degree of financial security and begin making contributions where they live. Still, those who become naturalized often participate only in Israeli cultural events, and subscribe to Israeli network television for news, entertainment and sports. “It’s complicated,” says Yael Miller, a U.S. native whose Israeli parents live in the U.S. The recent Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies graduate grew up amid the misunderstandings, and sometimes-tense interactions, between the two communities. | JANUARY 2015

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Israel Independence Day Celebrations 2014. Top Left: Amir Eden, regional director of the Israel American Council.

“American multiculturalism baffles Israelis,” he says. “Israel is, by definition, a multicultural state. But religiously it is homogeneous, as contrasted to the melting pot of religions, ethnicities and races that characterize the U.S. They are not used to seeing fellow Jews with so many non-Jewish friends.” The many brands of Jewish religious observance also confuse some Israelis. In Israel — this is beginning to change — one is either religious or not. Women wearing a kippah, for instance (a head covering generally accorded only to men) can present a jarring image. Zionism is a sensitive subject as well. Many don’t understand how American Jews can be so devoted to Israel, their shared homeland, yet do not make aliyah, or immigration to Israel, at least to help fight the Jewish state’s constant battles. “They also don’t understand American Jews’ often staunch criticism of Israel,” Miller says. “Israelis live with having lost friends and family to either terrorism or war while protecting their mutual homeland.” Political incorrectness by many Israelis is incomprehensible to American Jews. Israelis will joke about racism, the Holocaust, or even terrorist attacks, a means of coping with life under continuous existential threats. Finally, Israeli-Americans do not take no for an answer: not because they disrespect process, but because they can’t afford the alternatives. Faced with life-threatening problems daily, taking risks and finding answers – quickly and efficiently – is part of the Israeli DNA.

“For American Jews the resulting demeanor is viewed as rude and offensive. Israelis view Americans as too polite, indirect, and burdened by method when tasked with getting the job done!” says Amir Eden, an Israel-born Jewish educator and community activist who lives in the U.S. and is regional director of the Israeli American Council. “Understanding these differences and bridging the cultural divide,” he says, “is one of the IAC’s directives as a relatively new organization.” “The Israeli-American and Jewish communities are inextricably intertwined. The IAC understands the need to engender better understanding between the two, to mend any rifts that might separate us,” Eden says. Founded in Los Angeles in 2007 as the Israeli Leadership Council by a group of successful Israeli-American businessmen, the name was changed in 2013. The IAC name recognizes the need to emphasize and incorporate the American identity of this immigrant population. It also indicates the group’s increased comfort with its dual identity. The IAC underwent dramatic development and expansion in 2013 when hotel/casino magnate, philanthropist and conservative political donor Sheldon Adelson agreed to put up a reported $10 million to fund the organization. Within seven years, the IAC had centers in Boston (Adelson’s birthplace), New York, New Jersey, Miami and Las Vegas, where Israeli born Dr. Miriam Adelson (the billionaire’s wife of 26 years) chairs the local organization. Plans are afoot nationally to expand to Philadel-

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Israeli pop star, Shalom Hanoch concert, 2014. Bottom Left: Shalom Hanoch with Dr. Miriam Adelson, Las Vegas Chair, Israel American Council.

phia, Washington, D.C., and Phoenix. “The Israeli-American Council is changing the landscape of the Jewish community in America through the full spectrum of educational, cultural, traditional and social programming,” says Dr. Adelson. “We are always thinking of strengthening the Jewish and Israeli identity of future generations and reinforcing their support for Israel.” By 2012, the IAC boasted more than 50,000 members, up from 3,500 in 2010. That number is now considerably larger. Most of the growth, says IAC National Board Chair Shawn Evenhaim, can be attributed to IAC’s major projects. In Los Angeles they took control of the citywide Celebrate Israel Festival (also known as the Israel Independence Day Celebration) that draws upward of 15,000 attendees. Typically the Las Vegas festival has drawn slightly more than 2,000. The number of festivalgoers in Las Vegas, says Eden, will increase significantly now that plans for 2015 have been formulated, taking it to a large park, open to the entire Las Vegas community. Previously it was held indoors at the Sands Convention Center. In 2012 the IAC founded Sifriyat Pijama B’America (Pajama Library), a program that distributes free Hebrew language children’s books to more than 2,000 families, reaching an estimated 17,000 people. Mishelanu (from ourselves) is program that prepares student leaders on college campuses to speak on issues pertaining to Israel; and Tzav 8 (known in Israel as an emergency call to reservist military ser-

vice), helps individuals participate in pro-Israel demonstrations and activities. Evenhaim, and others in the IAC, believe Israeli-Americans should continue to advocate for Israel. Some Israeli-Americans believe they have already paid homage to Israel by serving in the IDF. But IAC leaders insist that such service should be ongoing, part of the émigrés’’ miluim (reserve duty). This past November the IAC held its first national conference in Washington, D.C. More than 700 mostly expatriate Israelis attended the sold-out event styled The Israeli-American Community: A Strategic Asset for the Future. The conference hosted Gilad Erdan, Israel’s Minister of Communications and Homefront Protection; Yitzhak “Buji” Herzog, Israel’s leader of the opposition; Dan Gillerman, Israel’s former U.N. ambassador; Dr. Anat Berko, Israeli National Security Council member and terrorism expert; high-tech entrepreneur Yossi Vardi; Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C.; Rep. Ted Deutch, D-Fla.; former Sen. Joe Lieberman, I-Conn.; Ron Dermer, Israel’s ambassador to the U.S.; Ron Prosor, Israel’s representative to the U.N. and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney. Sessions in English and Hebrew were held throughout the two-day conference on topics including The Power of Israeli-Americans in Social Media, The Israel-American Dream and The Israeli-American Double Identity. IAC leaders rejected all attempts to brand the organization | JANUARY 2015

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Back to School and Hanukkah celebrations 2014

politically. Billionaire Adelson, a key GOP funder, and Haim Saban, a top Democratic supporter, are both major backers of the IAC. They agreed that the Israeli-American community is poised to rally for Israel, the U.S.-Israel relationship and the Jewish future. “Everyone in this room, whether you’re a Republican, a Democrat or Independent … when it comes to Israel, we’re on the same side,” Adelson declared. Eden says the IAC “has brought magic to our community, beyond its efforts toward American-Israelis and American Jews. For example, the family whose father had cancer … we quietly helped them with financial support, meals and drivers. The single mom who had to sell her furniture to buy expensive cancer medications for her 11-year-old son … we made sure they got new furniture and financial help. The IAC also places a priority on its partnerships with all Zionist Jewish organizations.” After accepting his IAC position, Eden met with Jewish Federation of Las Vegas President & CEO Elliot Karp. “We had a constructive conversation, I made it clear that I have had the honor of serving the Jewish people for many years, and that my intention was to see the Israeli American and Jewish Communities come together and thrive in Las Vegas.” For Karp, he welcomes the presence of the IAC in Las Vegas. The Jewish Federation’s vision has always been to see More

Jews Doing Jewish. “Both the IAC and the Federation,” Karp says, “are committed to creating vibrant Jewish life in Las Vegas, while doing all we can to support Israel and Jews in the diaspora, thus ensuring that the bonds of friendship between Israel and Las Vegas remain strong.” Eden recognizes that there are differences between the communities’ approaches.“We are bulldozers,” he said. “We work as Israelis do – fast and efficient.” As IAC director, he said he often hears “This is how we do it” when he presents news ideas to other groups. “We are a new organization and enjoy bringing new ways to the table.” “Israelis are used to living on the edge,” he continued. “Most Israelis serve two or more years in the IDF. These experiences contribute to an added level of maturity, responsibility, competency under pressure and ingenuity. “At the end of the day, however, we are one people, one family. Just like the unity we felt at the IAC conference, irrespective of political differences, the IAC provides programs that serve all members of our Jewish community and the Jewish state.” With help from the IAC, American Jews and their IsraeliAmerican counterparts are beginning to focus more on their common bonds (modern members of an ancient community) rather than their differences (divided, based on geographic birthplace).

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Nutrition & Lifestyle Consultant Ina Mohan is a certified chef and hotel professional dedicated to healthy food and eating. She produces such events as the annual Health, Healing & Happiness Expo and co-organizes a raw vegan meet-up group with more than 2,000 members valleywide. Her parents’ illnesses altered her life path and inspired her career choice. Mohan’s mother was diagnosed with breast cancer, and her father was twice operated on for colon cancer. In 2009, Mohan quit her corporate job and started, which provides information on disease prevention and reversal through nutrition and lifestyle choices. DAVID: How is Las Vegas, long known as Sin City, evolving into a healthy destination? MOHAN: I love what I see emerging here. I find that we have a large number of healthminded people here and a very supportive community for everything new. In the last two years, Las Vegas has evolved into a healthy destination that needs to be taken seriously, as is evidenced by the exploding number of juice bars, restaurants that are completely plantbased or have many such options, personal chefs and catering services for health seekers, (and) a fast-growing holistic and alternative healing community. DAVID: With your background as a chef, what is your top tip for cooking foods that are tasty, yet also healthy ?  MOHAN: My top tip for adding taste and health alike to almost any savory dish is a mixture I create from garlic, ginger and green chiles, which I simply chop in equal parts in a small food processor and then keep ready to sprinkle into soups, curries, salad dressings or even on top of a sandwich. I love black pepper and turmeric, both great anti-inflammatory and cancer fighters, and all things chile pepper. The hotter the better! The hot part of chile pepper is called capsaicin and it holds great antioxidant power. It can also stimulate a healthy metabolism. DAVID: What are the easiest ways to make healthier choices? MOHAN: I have a trick I call ‘outcrowding.’ I do not believe in diets or in forcing someone into healthier foods by depriving them of foods they love or cutting out certain nutrients. This kind of sacrifice and deprivation only creates frustration and rejection, and will not work if I want to implement a long-term healthy habit. So, rather, I add great nutrient-dense foods

and then the body does its own magic: It starts craving these healthier foods and you will naturally seek them. If someone is ready for a lifestyle change right away, I encourage them to start with green smoothies as breakfast, which are very potent detox agents to set them up well on a healthy journey. These drinks are highly satisfying and filling, too! The body will start adapting with just this one simple choice as a healthy start. DAVID: You organize free plant-based potlucks in private homes throughout the valley. How has the community evolved? MOHAN: The response to these events by the community has been huge. Our potlucks are centered around raw and living plant-based foods or a mix of raw and cooked plant-based meals. … Each event in rotating private and public locations sees between 10 and 30 people every two to three weeks across the valley. I credit this to the fact that we do not judge and do not preach: It does not matter what you eat on a daily basis or how unhealthy your current lifestyle is. When you join our potluck, you are welcome, and we gently encourage you to try these fabulous healthy creations that are made with love and taste fantastic.  DAVID: Do you have a few favorite websites of healthful food and lifestyles? MOHAN: Yes: Dr. Michael Greger runs this nonprofit and creates daily videos that dive deep into medical journals and science to cut through misinformation and hype, using facts and evidence. A great resource for all things natural health and alternative healing remedies. Dr. Neal Barnard has a huge library of articles on health subjects that you can browse, including medical breaking news and resources for physicians. DAVID: What’s the best health and wellness book you’ve read recently? MOHAN: A book that I am currently fascinated by is Your Body’s Many Cries For Water by  F. Batmanghelidj. The subtitle says it all: You Are Not Sick, You Are Thirsty! This doctor outlines little-known facts on how much water influences our health every day, and how many acute and chronic health conditions are attributed to dehydration. — Ruth Furman

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