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PASSOVER A GREAT DAY FOR FREEDOM

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INTERVIEW

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GLAMOUR & COMFORT

ISRAEL IN THE DEEP SOUTH

UNIQUE DESIGNS

THE 500 HATS OF GABRIEL GROISMAN

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THE ARCHITECTURAL KITCHEN

102 BUSINESS ENTREPRENEUR 104 CULTURE & ENTERTAINMENT 112 ON THE TABLE FOOD & WINE FINANCING DREAMS

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even years ago, Jewish Way Magazine was born as a dream to unify and connect the Jewish community worldwide, and exactly seven decades ago, the Jewish state was born and the Jewish people were able to return to its homeland. In this very special issue of Jewish Way, as we get ready for the holidays of Pesach and Shavuot and Israel’s 70th anniversary celebrations, in this festive spirit, we have embarked on a journey following Theodor Herzl’s footsteps, the spiritual father of the Jewish State, to the city of Basel in Switzerland, where the first Zionist Congress was held in 1897 and the dream of the state of Israel was born. We bring you the beautiful words of the Consul General to the Consulate of Israel in Miami, Lior Haiat, who we had the pleasure to meet and talk to during this very special jubilee times. To keep up with the celebrations, we feature the Academy Award-winning organization, Simon Wiesenthal Center Moriah Films Division, in the organizations section. Presenting our readers, a shortlist review of its films such as The Prime Ministers, Soldiers and Peacemakers and It is No Dream: The Life of Theodor Hertz, as an amazing educational resource to learn about Jewish history and the creation of the State of Israel.
 In our Inspirational Lives section, we pay homage to Sigmund Freud, founder of psychoanalysis, and one of the most influential men in modern history, and we explore the symbolism of the unique Jewish Tropical Architecture style of the renowned architect Jaime Schapiro in the Design section. This Passover, we invite you to raise your glass, not just to celebrate and commemorate the Jewish people’s liberation from Egypt and their resoluteness, but also the determination of the whole Jewish People in the struggle for their own survival and independence. Wishing you Chag Sameach from all the JW team!

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ANALYSIS OF FREEDOM WITHIN EXODUS

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PEOPLE CAN BE LET GO, BUT CAN THEY LET THEMSELVES GO? FREEDOM IS NOT ONLY THE PHYSICAL STATE OF BEING UNSHACKLED, OR THE LEGAL STATE OF AUTONOMY. FREEDOM IS A STATE OF MIND.

BY RABBI YY JACOBSON

The Biblical account of the Jewish Exodus from Egypt has been one of the most inspiring stories for the oppressed, enslaved and downtrodden throughout history. From the American Revolution, to the slaves of the American South, to Martin Luther King’s “Let Freedom Ring,” the narrative of the Exodus provided countless peoples with the courage to hope for a better future, and to act on the dream.

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Moses’ first visit to Pharaoh demanding liberty for his people only brought more misery to the Hebrew slaves; the Egyptian monarch increased their torture. The Hebrews now would not listen any longer to the promise of redemption. Now let us pay heed to this strange verse in Exodus, in the Torah portion of Vaeira: “So G-d spoke to Moses and to Aaron, and He commanded them to the children of Israel, and to Pharaoh the king of Egypt, to let the children of Israel out of the land of Egypt.” G-d is charging Moses with two directives: Command the people of Israel and then command Pharaoh the king. However, the verse is ambiguous: What did G-d command Moses to instruct the people? The message for Pharaoh is clear: Let the children of Israel out of Egypt. But what is it that Moses is supposed to command the people themselves? The Jerusalem Talmud says something profoundly enigmatic: G-d instructed Moses to command to the Jewish people the laws of freeing slaves. The Talmud is referring to a law recorded later in Exodus: If a Jew sells himself as a slave, the owner must let him go after six years. He is forbidden to hold on to the slave for longer. This was the law Moses was to share with the Israelites while they were in Egyptian bondage.


WHO IS FREE? The answer to this question is profoundly simple and moving, and is vital to the understanding of liberty in the biblical imagination. Before Pharaoh can liberate the Jewish slaves, they must be ready to become free. You can take a man out of slavery, but it may prove more challenging to take slavery out of a man. Externally, you may be free; internally you may still be enslaved. WHAT IS THE FIRST AND FOREMOST SYMPTOM OF BEING FREE? THAT YOU LEARN TO CONFER FREEDOM ON OTHERS. The dictator, the control freak, or the abusive spouse or parent, does not know how to give others freedom. He feels compelled to force others into the mold that he has created for them. Uncomfortable in his own skin, he is afraid that someone will overshadow him, expose his weaknesses, usurp his position or make him feel extra in this world. Outwardly he attempts to appear powerful, but inwardly his power is a symptom of inner misery and confinement. Only when one learns to embrace others, not for whom he would like them to be, but for whom they are, then can he begin to embrace himself, not for whom he wishes he was, but for whom he is. When we free those around

us, we are freeing ourselves. By accepting them, we learn to accept ourselves. WHO IS POWERFUL? HE WHO EMPOWERS. WHO IS FREE? HE WHO CAN FREE OTHERS. WHO IS A LEADER? HE WHO CREATES OTHER LEADERS. “Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power,” Abraham Lincoln said. Ask yourself, do you know how to celebrate the soaring success of your loved ones and constituents? Do you encourage them to spread their wings and maximize their potentials? Can you allow others to shine? Pharaoh may set you free physically, but former slaves can become present tyrants. People who were abused often become abusers themselves. It is what they know about life; it is the paradigm they were raised with. They grew up in abuse and slavery, so they continue the cycle with others. The first mitzvah the Jews had to hear from Moses before he could even go the Pharaoh to let them go free was: One day you will be free. Remember that freedom is a gift; use it to free others.

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“IF YOU WILL IT, IT IS NO DREAM” A JOURNEY TO

BASEL THIS YEAR, WE EMBARK ON AN ENCHANTING TRIP TO THE SWISS CITY OF BASEL IN THE UPPER RHINE REGION, RIGHT AT THE HEART OF EUROPE, TO DISCOVER A JOURNEY TO THE PAST, WHERE 120 YEARS AGO, DURING THE FIRST ZIONIST CONGRESS, THEODOR HERZL AND A GROUP OF JEWISH LEADERS LAID THE FOUNDATIONS FOR THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE JEWISH STATE. TODAY, AS WE BEGIN THE CELEBRATIONS OF THE 70TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE CREATION OF THE STATE OF ISRAEL, THIS SMALL CITY, WHICH SINCE 1970 HAS BECOME THE WORLD’S ART MECCA ONCE A YEAR THANKS TO ITS RENOWNED ART FAIR, RESULTS IN THE PERFECT DESTINATION FOR 2018.

BY DINA SZEINBLUM


Rhin River view of Les Trois Rois Hotel Basel Theodor Herzl, at Le Trois Rois Hotel Balcony, 1897

Were I to sum up the Basel Congress in a word—which I shall guard against pronouncing publicly—it would be this: at Basel I founded the Jewish State. If I said this out loud today l would be greeted by universal laughter. In five years perhaps, and certainly in fifty years, everyone will perceive it. Diary of Theodor Herzl, September 3, 1897- Basel.

BASEL, BASLE, BÂLE: SOME HISTORY. The City of Basel lies at the center of Europe in the northwestern corner of Switzerland, right in the upper Rhine region, located at the Dreiländereck— Three Countries’ Corner— where the Swiss, French and German borders meet. Named Basilia in the Roman era, this German-speaking city port borders the French region of Alsace and the German Black Forest along the Rhine River which curves through the city dividing the town into Kleinbasel [Little Basel] and Grossbasel [Great Basel] with its beautiful medieval old town center. As Switzerland’s only port, Basel has been central to the regional development of trade and cultural exchange. The city boasts its country’s oldest university, the University of Basel founded in 1460, and it has been one of the oldest intellectual centers of Europe, which attracted many leading artists, scholars and teachers. This charming city, a key center of innovation in tune with a long history of scientific and scholarly excellence, was host and residence to several personalities such as physician Paracelsus, humanist Erasmus von Rotterdam, philosophers Friedrich Nietzsche and Karl Jaspers, artist Hans Holbein the Younger, theologian Karl Barth, mathematician Leonhard Euler and Theodor Herzl, the founder of the modern Zionism movement, among others. 42

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A CULTURAL ART MECCA A major economic and world-leading financial center and seat of the Swiss chemical and pharmaceutical industry, Basel built its famous name and synonymity to of “art” thanks to its renowned Art Basel, a fair held every June since 1970, giving the city the indisputable title as the “Art Mecca” of the world. With one-third of its population international, culture thrives in this enchanting city. A global cultural metropolis with around 40 museums, 25 theaters, the world’s largest fair for art, watches and jewelry, it has the highest per capita spending on culture and contains the country’s highest concentration of museums, many of them supported by businesses and private foundations that actively support the arts and have financed famous museums across the globe. Art is central to Basel’s history. In 1661, the city acquired The Amerbach Cabinet, the art collection built by Basilius Amerbach, a prominent citizen of Basel, which they opened to the public, becoming the first municipality to possess its own art collection. It is held today at the Kunstmuseum Basel (Basel Museum of Art), whose long-established collections span a unique range of high-quality art from the 16th to the 21st century. In 1919, this city was the first Swiss Canton (state) to create a special fund to purchase works of art. The Kunsthalle Basel is also another institution which had also promoted and cultivated International contemporary art for over a century. Rich in architecture, old and new, Basel combines world-class art museums with high-quality contemporary architecture. Today, the region contains pioneering museum structures designed by internationally renowned winners, no fewer than twelve Pritzker Prize-winning architects such as Frank Gehry with his Vitra Design Museum, Herzog & de Meuron with The Schaulager, Renzo Piano with the Fondation Beyeler, and Mario Botta and Jean Tinguely among others who have strengthened Basel’s reputation as a world-class art museum destination.


UNDER HERZL’S FOOTSTEPS: BASEL WALKING TOURS There can only be a few other cityscapes where buildings dating back as far as the fifteenth century blend so harmoniously with contemporary buildings designed by internationally renowned architects. From the Renaissance Rathaus [town hall] to the famous Spalentor [Gate of Spalen] or the largest site of Roman ruins, Augusta Raurica, the Basel region offers several beautiful tours around the city. The tours, passing historic buildings such as the lovely red-stone Romanesque Basel Münster [cathedral] and the Pfalz viewing platform, or the Mittlere Brücke [Middle Bridge], also cover sites such as the Museum der Kulturen and the Tinguely Fountain, which have become true landmarks. But perhaps one of the most symbolic tours is the one that gives us the chance to discover the important role Basel played in the history of the Jewish people. A journey back through the ages, the historic Jewish walking tour is a must. There are many places with traces of Jewish history in the city, from medieval times right up to the modern day, as Jewish traders came to the city in the early Middle Ages and the first Jewish community dates back to the early 13th century.

This enchanting walking tour takes you from the streets of those Jewish communities, famous for their Talmudic prints, to the Jewish Museum in Switzerland. The tour visits the place where the inaugural first Zionist Congress was held in 1897, convened and chaired by Theodor Herzl at the historic Stadtcasino concert hall, considered today the birthplace of the Zionist organization, where the congress manifesto known as the Basel Program was developed, becoming the first step into a long dream journey for the creation of the State of Israel

ABOVE LEFT. Rathaus, Basel Town Hall ABOVE RIGHT. Roche Tower at Rhine River Banks BELOW LEFT. Fondation Beyeler BELOW RIGHT. Messe Basel Convention Center


Old Basel city view.

The Carnival of Basel (Basler Fasnacht)

Banks of the Rhine in Kleinbasel, historic Krafft hotel cafe

TRADITIONAL EVENTS

THE MARKETS

Many of the events that take place in Basel have a long tradition. Every winter, the famous Fasnacht Carnival, which dates back to the 14th century, starts with the Morgestraich (lantern parade) at 4 am on Monday morning, when the city is plunged into darkness and the cliques (lanterns) take control, with nonstop traditional music bands and parades lasting 72 hours. Every summer, the city hosts Art Basel, the world’s premier fair for modern classics and contemporary art, and Baselworld watch and jewelry show, among others at the city’s latest landmark, the new Basel Exhibition Centre. Developed by Hersog & Meron, the City Lounge is the central architectural urban feature of the hall complex and acts not only as an entrance area, but also as a meeting place.

The shopping streets in the old city are closed to car traffic, so the best way to experience the city is by foot. You can travel within the city by extensive tram (light rail). The Freiestrasse is the main shopping street in the city and it is where you will find all the international labels and the most exquisite boutiques. And smaller but charming shops can be found on nearby Spalenberg. Local products from Basel and the region can be found at the Food Market on Marktplatz or the Flea Market at Petersplatz. The city’s unique location on the border triangle has had a profound influence on its cuisine, which makes Basel a culinary destination. You can even find some kosher places and products at Restaurant & Bakery Toppas (Meaty), Restaurant Holbeinhof (Dairy), the Krebs Bakery and at the Butcher Shop & Grocery at Friedrichstrasse.

THE RIVER The Rhine is the true lifeblood of Basel, and it’s the city’s enduring landmark. You can move across the Rhine by Fähri, along a steel rope, silently drawn by the current between the two banks of the river. Day excursions up and down, on large motorboats depart from Schifflände, near the Grossbasel end of Mittlere Brücke. The most popular one is the one that starts in Grossbasel just below the Münster. On hot summer days, swimming in the Rhine is the most popular sport in town. Or you can have lunch at the side of the river in historic places such as the Krafft next to the bridge in the old town.

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DISCOVER HUNDREDS OF YEARS OF JEWISH HISTORY IN BASEL, HOME OF THE FIRST ZIONIST CONGRESS.

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KUNSTMUSEUM BASEL

As mentioned before, the Kunstmuseum Basel houses the largest and most significant public art collection in Switzerland and is listed as a heritage site of national significance. The main building was designed and constructed 1931-1936 by architects Paul Bonatz and Rudolf Christ and extended in 2016. It includes several works by the artist Marc Chagall. Address: St. Alban-Graben 16, 4051 Basel.

THE THREE KINGS HOTEL BALCONY

Located on the left bank of the Rhine River, a few paces downstream of the city’s first bridge across the river, Les Trois, is a historic and exclusive hotel where Napoleon, Queen Elizabeth II, Pablo Picasso, Thomas Mann and many others have enjoyed its exclusive hospitality. Austrian author and father of the modern Zionist movement, Theodor Herzl, stayed at the Grand Hotel during the 1st Zionist Congress in Basel. Today, his room and the balcony from where he was photographed watching the river (the image which has become a symbol of the Jewish world) can be visited. Address: Blumenrain 8, 4001 Basel.

2. STADTCASINO CONCERT HALL

Located next to Barfüsserplatz in the heart of Basel, the music hall of the Stadtcasino Basel is one of the oldest and most important music halls in Europe, and as mentioned before, it was the site of the first Zionist Congress in 1897. It will be expanded but the house will be preserved. Address: Steinenberg 14, 4051 Basel

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TINGUELY BRUNNEN

THE GREAT SYNAGOGUE

The Synagogue was designed by the Basel architect Hermann Rudolf Gauss in 1868. A farther wing was completed in 1892. Its new form, with two domes, is still preserved, and it has become a national landmark. It houses two synagogues, a choir, and a mikveh. It is beautifully designed. Next door is the community center, library, and day school, which includes a kosher finedining restaurant in the basement. Address: Leimenstrasse 24, 4051 Basel.

ISRAEL PARK

Near the great Synagogue, Israel Park is a grove of 40 trees presented to the city by Israel’s sixth president, Chaim Herzog, which was given to Basel by the JNF/KKL and the Israeli government on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the State of Israel.

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5. JEWISH MUSEUM OF SWITZERLAND

The Jewish Museum in Switzerland is its only Jewish museum. It is small in size but very rich in artifacts and history. It has an exhibit focus on Zionism with mementos from the First Zionist Congress, and it also includes Jewish memorabilia from the Jews of Switzerland. The museum organizes Free Public Synagogue Tours conducted by qualified Israeli community staff. These take place on the 1st Sunday of the month at 3:00 pm. Address: Ahornstrasse 33, 4055 Basel.

Across the Stadtcasino in Steinenberg is this outdoor fountain, a meeting point in the heart of Basel. This landmark kinetic fountain was created by Swiss artist Jean Tinguely in 1977. Sculptural mechanical machines in constant motion in a shallow fountain were set where the stage of the old city theatre company once stood. Basel is art, culture and Jewish history. Basel is part of the best Switzerland has to offer. Address: Klostergasse 7, 4051 Basel.


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ISRAELI CONSUL GENERAL LIOR HAIAT

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IN THE DEEP SOUTH LIOR HAIAT, THE ISRAELI CONSUL GENERAL FOR FLORIDA, ALABAMA, MISSISSIPPI AND PUERTO RICO, A MAN WITH AN IMPRESSIVE RÉSUMÉ YET AS HUMBLE AND FRIENDLY AS A CONDO DOORMAN, ALLOWED US TO GET TO KNOW HIM BETTER SO OUR READERS COULD TOO.

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hen you picture the person in such a significant role as Consul General to the Consulate of Israel in Miami, you might envision an individual who is somewhat unapproachable, on in years, and vastly formal. Lior Haiat is none of these. As personable a fellow as you would ever meet, Haiat is refreshingly welcoming and decidedly more

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laid-back than one would expect considering the magnitude of his position. At 43, he comes to the post of Consul General to Florida, Alabama, Mississippi and Puerto Rico with a wealth of experience in Hispanic, cultural and media affairs. Prior to his arrival in Miami in 2016, he served as the Department Director of Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean


Consul General Lior Haiat, FL. Gov Chief of Staff Jackie Schutz, Florida Governor Rick Scott, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman

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slands at the Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Jerusalem for two years, and before that, was the Spokesperson and Public Diplomacy Officer at the Embassy of Israel to Spain from 2009-2013. His impressive resume also includes acting as the spokesperson and Cultural Attaché at the Israeli Embassy in Argentina from 2002-2007, and from 19992000, he was the Political Adviser and Spokesperson to MK David Tal, Chairman of the Labor, Welfare and Health Committee Israeli Parliament (Knesset). Along his thrilling journey, he has also rubbed elbows with some of the highest-ranked figures in the world, including Pope Francis and the King of Spain. When in the company of greatness, Haiat feels self-assured, particularly because of their ardent interest about Israel and the wealth of knowledge he has to offer. “When they look at me, they see the representative of the State of Israel. I am a humble servant of my country,” remarks Haiat. While he has worked and lived in some of the most spectacular cities in the world, his enthusiasm for Miami is contagious. “Miami is the best place for an Israeli diplomat to be,” says Haiat. “It is similar to Tel Aviv in so many ways—the weather, the beaches, and the people. The diversity of South Florida is comparable to Israel. That’s why I felt so at home the minute I arrived here.“ He relishes the diversity Miami has to offer, noting that being “different” in Miami means being just like everyone else. “It’s part of the magic this city has,” he comments. Haiat also thrives on the strong support he receives from the communities he serves— no matter how small the size of the group, their passion for Israel makes them massive. “The Jewish community in Mississippi is smaller than the Jewish community in the building where I live in Aventura! But their connection to Israel is incredibly strong,” explains Haiat, noting that Alabama, another region the Consulate serves, was the first state in the world to recognize the State of Israel, back in 1943, five years before it became a nation. “These are important connections for us,” he says. “We are working with Americans who feel that Israel is part of their day to day life. They are interested in doing business with Israel, visiting Israel, and knowing about Israel.”

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Consul General Lior Haiat with Pope Francis

Pro Football Hall of Fame Jason Tylor with Consul General Lior Haiat

Aside from dealing with legal documents such as passports and visas, the Consulate has numerous responsibilities. One is building bridges. Haiat and his team are frequently approached by people who want Israel to be a part of what they’re doing— be it business, culture, education or a special event. They get invitations daily from people who want to bring a speaker, a professor, or even a musician from Israel to participate in whatever the local initiative. “If you want an Israeli technologist, contact us. If you want an Israeli investor, contact us. If an Israeli company has the products you want, or if you have a product you want to sell them, contact us” says Haiat about the Consulate’s role as liaison. “We are Israel in Florida. We are matchmakers…a noble Jewish profession!” Education against ignorance is another facet. “One of the challenges every Israeli diplomat faces is trying to defeat the lie,” says Haiat. “Anti-Israel propaganda is filled with lies and conspiracy, which people are willing to believe to cement the hate.” These anti-Semitic groups will sometimes target events the Consulate plans. “People try to silence our voice, but every time they try to stop us from talking in one place, there are ten other places that want to hear what we have to say,” he says. It’s a daily battle, but one he is accustomed to fighting. Twenty years ago, he was a captain in the Israeli Defense Force. “I defended my country then, and I defend it now. It’s a different location, wearing a different uniform and bearing different arms, but the same role: I am here to defend the state of Israel against anti-Semitism and all those who want to see Israel disappear. But our strongest weapon is always our moral values.” He has learned his most valuable lesson from one of the greatest diplomats Israel has had, former Israeli Prime Minister and President Shimon Peres, who Haiat was fortunate enough to work with. “He taught me that there are two ways of keeping Israel strong: the first is maintaining our military superiority, and the second is peace,” he illustrates. “To have a strong peace agreement, we need to be the strongest in the neighborhood.” In addition to profound learnings, Lior Haiat’s illustrious career has been filled with memorable moments, ones that have warmed his heart, filled him with pride, made him sense danger, and even brought him to tears. He accompanied the Mayor of Miami-Dade County Carlos Giménez on the inaugural El Al flight from Miami to Tel Aviv. He also had the honor—and very delicate mission—of arranging Pope Francis’ first visit to Israel. Prior to Pope Francis’ arrival to Israel, while he was in the Palestinian territories, the Pope was taken by Palestinian representatives to the wall that separates the Palestinian side from the Israeli side. “The Pope was scammed into going to a place of propaganda, without any context.” In an effort to repair the damage, Haiat and his colleagues requested that a last-minute visit be scheduled to

a special wall in Jerusalem which bears the names of all Israelis killed in terror attacks. According to Haiat, Prime Minister Netanyahu, who hosted the visit, explained to the Pope that to understand the existence of the barrier he had seen with the Palestinians, he needed to see this memorial in Jerusalem to comprehend the need for separation. The Pope placed his hand on the wall and by pure coincidence, touched the name of a former colleague of Lior Haiat: Diego Ladowski, who tragically died during the bombing of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Pope Francis then stated: “Terror is the answer to nothing. Peace will always prevail.” Another standout remembrance was a recent visit to Israel with the Governor’s delegation. Florida Governor Rick Scott, his wife First Lady Ann Scott, and 70 business and education leaders including representatives from local universities. During this trip, Haiat facilitated the signing of 5 contracts with Israeli universities, which would have been exciting in and of itself, but also, they happened to be in Jerusalem on the same day President Donald Trump recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. “There are events in history where you remember exactly where you were when it happens,” reflects Haiat. “It was an amazing day. Timing is everything.” When he’s not hobnobbing with popes and presidents, mayors and governors, Haiat is a family man. His wife of 17 years, Hani, also works at the Consulate, and together they have three children, ages 14, 11, and 6. “Without the support of my family, I couldn’t do what I do,” says Haiat, acknowledging that it isn’t easy to periodically relocate and adjust to various languages and cultures. “It was a family decision,” he says. Also, he is an avid sports fan who has embraced American football, basketball, and baseball, and always roots for the local teams. Lior Haiat considers himself a very fortunate man. He believes he lives in “the paradise of Israeli diplomacy.” He is excited to represent his country and doesn’t think any type of work could fit him better than “being the State of Israel in Florida.” Even on the toughest day, he’s excited about what might happen. “I am the luckiest Israeli diplomat alive,” he concludes.

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INTERIOR DESIGN OF NYC APARTMENT

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AN EMPTY NEST WHEN THE KIDS GO OFF TO COLLEGE, IT’S TIME FOR ONE COUPLE TO SAY: “GOODBYE CONNECTICUT, HELLO WEST CHELSEA.” INTERIOR DESIGNER TIMOTHY BROWN HELPS THEM BEAUTIFY THEIR HOME FOR THIS NEXT PHASE OF LIFE.

BY ROBIN HODES INTERIOR DESIGN: TIMOTHY BROWN, TIMOTHY BROWN STUDIO, NYC, NEW YORK PHOTOGRAPHY: RICHARD POWERS

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nce the children were safely tucked into their respective dorm rooms, a Connecticut couple moved bravely into the future, leaving their now too-large Connecticut home and relocating to Manhattan. It would mark not only a fresh beginning, but lead to a shorter commute for the husband who already worked in the city. Seeking the perfect space for entertaining friends and showcasing their existing art collection, they settled on an apartment in a new building in the West Chelsea district. The part-time Hamptons residents discovered the work of interior designer Timothy Brown at a designer showhouse that had taken place in the beloved South Fork destination. Certainly, they had a keen eye and impeccable taste, as they selected a talent who had already been recognized as a rising star by at least 3 highly-respected design publications, and who had honed his craft under the tutelage of such greats as Victoria Hagan, Wayne Nathan and Robert Stilin. With 15 years in the industry and a bevy of commercial and residential projects both within the United States and internationally, the Tennessee native’s resume had recently been enhanced by a Paris flat, a home in Venice Beach, California, a contemporary apartment on NYC’s High Line Park and a Manhattan triplex penthouse, as well as several Hamptons residences. The Chelsea endeavor required little in the way of architectural enhancement, so Timothy Brown approached it more from a decorating perspective. “Color and pattern-wise, I worked with a combination of what the client responded to,” says Brown, noting that the artwork played an important part in the design process. “Based upon their personalities and needs, we wanted to create a warm, welcoming and livable environment,” he remarks. Brown deferred to the rule of thumb he generally follows when picking colors. He asked the wife: “Would you wear these colors and textures together?” Once the answer was “yes,” he knew the direction to go


with his palette. Nailing down a scheme of grayish-blues, warm tans and browns, and the occasional burst of pink or yellow, he kept the tones constant to bring a sense of cohesiveness to the spaces. “All the colors throughout the rooms have similar levels of saturation and depth, so everything seems to ‘sing’ together,” remarks Brown. Staying true to his formula for curating relevant and comfortable spaces for his clients—using an intelligent, contemporary approach that respects the homeowners’ own personal aesthetic—Brown imparted his signature warm and minimalistic style to the environment. He kept the furnishings in this Chelsea home decidedly classic and unadorned, and thoughtfully played with

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Sleek, textured gunmetal gray cabinets add modern drama to the kitchen, and their gold detailing adds a luxurious touch. The countertop is flame-finished black granite. Brown added a vintage French cabinet with sliding doors, custom-painted white and yellow, for a fun burst of contrast. The wood barstools are by Bernhard Pedersen from SL Home. Utilizing a palette of moody blues, Brown has created a stunning yet accessible family room. The custom button-tufted sofa by Timothy Brown Studio is covered in Glacier velour from Clarence House. Complementing it is the midcentury Dunbar Side Chair (circa 1950’s) from Horseman Antiques, upholstered in Christopher Hyland Janet Chenille in Eucalyptus. Icy-looking yet far from cold, the lucite cocktail table is vintage Karl Springer. Underneath it all is a 100% mohair rug by Sacco Carpet. The vintage brass chandelier was transferred from the clients’ previous home in Connecticut.


shapes and textures so that while nothing is jarring, the overall effect is lively enough to captivate the eye and draw one’s attention. Whether it’s a statement light fixture, a provocative painting, or an eclectic furniture selection, there is an element in every room to awaken the senses and spark commentary. Again, Brown turned to his recipe for success: specifying the larger pieces first, such as the living room sofa, and then working around them. As is his moniker, he interspersed a healthy dose of vintage. “I love to mix in vintage pieces with new ones, adding an ‘art piece’ of furniture bought at a gallery, because using vintage is a way of recycling, and I think that is something we all need to do more of,” Brown asserts. The designer is also unafraid of breathing new life into an item, or altering it in such a way that it better suits his motif. “I will take ‘found objects’ and refinish them. Case in point: the coffee table in the living room was another color altogether, and we sprayed it light pink with a metallic glaze, giving it a nice pop against the brown and greys we used,” says Brown. “I did the same with the dining table. It was older and dirty when found, so we had the top cleaned and painted white to brighten the room.” As is evidenced in the images, art played a starring role, and with the clients’ vast and varietal art collection, there was no shortage to work with. “I don’t believe in matching art with the room, but in this instance, it worked out well since the client was drawn to similar colors in fabrics as were seen in her paintings.” With Brown’s help, his clients could now enter their next phase of life surrounded by ease and elegance, with the confidence of knowing that the timeless look their designer achieved on their behalf will take them well into their golden years.

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Creativity and functionality come into play in the master bedroom, with a custom-designed bed with built-in wood nightstands by Timothy Brown Studio. The bed fabric is Rogers & Goffigon Senneh in Larimar. Not one for fussy bedding, the simply-stated linens are from Sferra, with an Alba Ardesia handwoven throw incorporated for softness. The windows are adorned with drapes in a stately wool plaid fabric from Holland & Sherry called Wilde Breeze. As no Timothy Brown design would be complete without interspersing some vintage, the slatted bench is midcentury French (circa 1950’s), and the steel gray lounge chair is vintage Joseph-Andre Motte obtained from Robert Stilin Shop. Barely noticeable but oh-so-adorable, the tiny wood stool next to the bed is by Charlotte Perriand. The master bath is rather elegant due to the contrasting, yet perfectly-paired regal finishes employed. A high-gloss black lacquer is applied to the sleek vanity cabinets for glamour and sheen, while the surround is treated in an earthy silver travertine. The custom-fitted shower door is frosted, promoting privacy while adding interest.


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Lubavitch Aventura South Congregation. Picture: Mark Surloff

JAIME SCHAPIRO’S

JEWISH TROPICAL ARCHITECTURE BY DINA SZEINBLUM

ENTERING INTO ANY SPACE DESIGNED BY ARCHITECT JAIME SCHAPIRO IS A SPIRITUAL EXPERIENCE. FROM HIS ICONIC AWARD-WINNING MODERNIST SYNAGOGUE IN THE HEART OF BAL HARBOUR TO THE LANDMARK SETAI HOTEL IN THE TROPICAL RESORT AREA OF MIAMI BEACH, HIS WORK REFLECTS HIS UNIQUE STAMP, A PERFECT COMBINATION BETWEEN A MINIMALIST MODERN STYLE, THE USE OF LIGHT AND DESIGN AS AN EXPRESSION OF A STRONG SPIRITUAL JEWISH IDENTITY AND NATURE IN AN URBAN CONTEXT.

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Setai Resort & Residences, Miami Beach. Picture: Courtesy Setai Hotel

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chapiro’s “Jewish tropical architecture” as he likes to describe it, features a simple and direct style full of light, clean facades, with a strong modernist influence and simple forms inspired by the Jewish abstract symbolism perfectly combined and mixed with the tropics’ lush nature. Based in Miami Florida since 1972, Jaime Schapiro, founder and President of Schapiro Associates, has developed more than 500 projects over the last four decades, spanning from planned communities, urban renewal, residential towers, shopping centers to renowned luxury hotels. A leader in the renaissance of Miami’s world-famous resort area known as Miami Beach, he designed and renovated many significant projects, among them the Setai Hotel, today a landmark of Miami, which was awarded the American Institute of Architects Florida 2006 Excellence Award. In the past few years, however, Schapiro gained global recognition for many synagogues designed and built in South Florida. Two of these unique institutions even received the 2017 Award for Design Excellence from the American Archiecture Prize, one of the most respected awards in the industry.

All of Schapiro’s work reflects his unique style which may well be inspired by his many travels during his studies and his first practical experience around the world from South America to Japan and from Israel to New York. In his birthplace of Chile, where he also grew up and obtained a degree in architecture from the University of Chile, he was awarded a government scholarship master from Kyoto University under the wing of Tomoya Masuda and then joined the Expo Osaka design team. Later, he worked with master architects Kunio Mayekawa and Kenzo Tange and after some global travel, he ended up joining the offices of Isaac Perelstein MTPI in Tel-Aviv, Israel, a turning point in his career, where he reconnected with his strong Jewish identity, firmly and consistently present in his work today. Later on, he returned to South America where he established a practice in Lima, Peru, before he moved to New York in 1970 where he became a Teacher-Assistant and Head Designer of the Columbia University Office of Architectural Planning. Two years later, he moved to Miami, where he established his renowned company and where he currently lives, works, and participates actively as an important member of the Florida Jewish Community and many other Boards such as the Bal Harbour Architectural Review Board.


Synagogue Young Israel, Bal Harbour (Picture by M. Surloff)

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Setai Resort & Residences Miami Beach (Picture by J. Schapiro) Synagogue outdoors detail (Picture by M. Surloff) Synagogue main hall detail (Picture by M. Surloff)


Jaime Schapiro’s practice is specialized in solutions for the aesthetic, economic and functional needs of each project while maintaining an emphasis on design excellence. Some of Mr. Schapiro’s most recognized projects in Miami include La Gorce Palace, Sunset Harbor Place, The Setai Hotel and Condominium, The Sterling and Young Israel of Bal Harbour among many others. The two award-winning synagogues, one located in the City of Aventura and the other in Town of Surfside, Florida, both reflect Schapiro’s philosophy and approach to architecture, expressing his Jewish identity in the modern world. The design grammar Schapiro uses is abstract, as is the Jewish religion, and sensitive to the context in terms of scale, height, and massing, resulting in meaningful architectural work. Using simple and balanced design, the buildings merge the practical requirements with a design expressive of its symbolic purpose conveying a sense of the cultural and religious meaning of Judaism in an urban, tropical Floridian context. The use of light is key in all of Schapiro’s work, creating a sense of belonging and the perfect atmosphere for these sacred spaces, a unique architecture to enable the practice of the Jewish faith. As a perfect example of this approach, in one of the synagogues, the main sanctuary is crowned with a patina green copper dome raising 55’ which gives the space an eclectic feel and at the same time expresses the unity of the Jewish people and their Eastern origin. Jaime Schapiro is a member of the American Institute of Architects, the Royal Institute of British Architects and is an international member of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada. He has received many awards such as the American Institute of Architect Merit Award of Excellence, the American Architecture Prize, Fame Award, Best Awards, NAHB Pillars of the Industry Award, The Freddie Mac Award and The Aurora Award. His work has been published worldwide and was also featured in The Best Designed Wellness Hotels and Luxury Hotels & Resorts publications.

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THIELO VASES Global Views by Dwell Studio Embellished with rectangular accents for dimension and an ultra-modern look, this vase boasts a sculptural quality that’s eye-catching on its own or filled with buds. www.globalviews.com


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BUBBLE CURVED 3-4 SEAT SOFA

Moooi A retro-looking chair dipped in enchanted gold nectar, like a schooltime wish while looking out the window hoping for a fairytale to begin.

Design Sacha Lakic - Roche Bobois With aerodynamic smooth lines and graciously curved forms, there’s a dynamism, a boldness, even an element of excitement to the design that gives it a distinctive daring edge and timeless appeal.

www.moooi.com

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ZAGAZIG FLOWER PATTERN Driade A contemporary and very distinctive design, with vintage collages, optical decors and textures that interpret the weaves suggested by the creativity of current trends. The frame is in gold-colored tubular steel. This nostalgic yet trendy choice adds elegance and charm to these pieces. www.bellospazio.com

LOCUS AND NEST

Minotti By AROUNDtheTREE from Portugal, this desk and chair are functional yet elegant. The minimal lines interpreted in an organic way, with an orange oil sealing are a timeless addition to a home office. www.minotti.com

HONEY LOUNGE CHAIR Camerich Plush, whimsical, and inviting, the Honey Chair is an eye-catcher in any space. www.camerichusa.com

TANK LANTERN Amara – Tom Dixon Boasting geometric shapes and hand-painted copper detailing, this eye-catching lantern is perfect for placing on a kitchen surface or at the centre of a dining table. www.amara.com

PRIMO DESK COLLECTION This office collection of various configurations offers a minimal look with different various work-surfaces of glass colors and wood. www.lombardimobili.it

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INTERVIEW

ME ET T H E MAYO R O F B A L H A RB O U R

THE 500 HATS OF

GABRIEL GROISMAN GABRIEL GROISMAN IS A MAN THAT WEARS MANY HATS, FROM DIFFERENT AREAS OF EXPERTISE IN LAW TO SPEAKER TO TEACHER TO FATHER TO MAYOR, ALL WHILE EXEMPLIFYING LEADERSHIP, PROACTIVITY AND INTEGRITY IN HIS COMMUNITY, ONE HAT AT A TIME.

BY ANNABELLA GOSHEN

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abriel Groisman is an attorney, Mayor of Bal Harbor, father, husband, community member, writer, speaker and more. With an entrepreneurial spirit and mindset, his impeccable values and demeanor have created a ripple effect in terms of doing good. As the founding partner of Groisman Law, PLLC, he is focused on trademark law, compliance, commercial transaction, litigation and fighting corruption and money laundering. He also manages global trademark rights for a small group of exclusive clients. Before opening Groisman Law, he worked for 11 years for a renowned law firm, representing clients in copyright cases, defamation, non-competes, breach of contract, employment, business torts, real estate and compliance, gaining all the experience he needed before taking the major step of opening his own law firm in Miami. This legal experience in community related cases paved the way for him to be a community leader. As the Mayor of Bal Harbour, his objective had been to elevate the community’s standards and values. He successfully passed the nation’s first ordinance on anti-Semitism, defining anti-Semitic acts to assist the police to enforce and stop hate crimes. This initiative has taken great strides in terms of motivating other cities and states around the country to take a stance on anti-Semitic attacks and remarks.

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From left to right Amb. Michael Oren, Bal Harbour Mayor, Gabriel Groisman and his wife, Lisa Falic Groisman, who are both longtime FIDF supporters and co-chaired the event, and Military Attaché, Miki Edelstein. Photo courtesy of FIDF

Gabriel Groisman serves his community through a wide array of organizations, synagogues and charities. He is an executive committee member of the Friends of the Israeli Defense Forces (FIDF) Florida board of directors, and is a board member at the Miami Jewish Legal Society. Born in Washington D.C. to Argentinean parents and raised in Miami, his multicultural background along, with his experience and knowledge, has allowed him to thrive within his equally diverse South Florida community. Besides law and community service, Gabriel Groisman is also passionate about writing and public speaking. While studying philosophy at the University of Michigan and obtaining a Juris Doctorate degree at American University in Washington D.C., his thirst for further knowledge, for deep analysis and consequently writing down his ideas permeated his life. Today, as a public speaker, he focuses primarily on advocating for the Jewish community, fighting anti-Semitism and combatting the BDS movement. He has attained recognition at the Israeli Parliament, the Knesset, among others. He also engages in public speaking appointments in continuing education programs regarding trademark law and anti-corruption law to other lawyers, while also writing columns and blogs on similar topics. Last, but for him certainly not least, he is a father of four girls and has the blessing of a supportive and dedicated wife. “I will always have someone to go on a date with me,” Groisman happily remarks about his princesses. In terms of finding the right niche, his dedication to doing good, being proactive, writing and speaking are part of his life philosophy. According to Groisman, “all aspects of my life integrate and overlap with one another. The work I do for the community is the same approach to work I do for my clients, always including the same passion, commitment and values. I always take a proactive approach to everything I do, whether it is in politics, my professional or personal life. There shouldn’t be a difference with who you are, no matter which hat you are wearing.” Hats off to the Mayor!

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FREEDOM IN PESACH

A GREAT DAY FOR

FREEDOM ON PESACH, WE ARE TO CONTEMPLATE AND GRAPPLE WITH ONE OF THE DEEPEST AND MOST ENCOMPASSING PHILOSOPHICAL QUESTIONS TO HAVE CONFRONTED HUMANKIND AND CIVILIZATION: THE QUESTION OF WHAT IS FREEDOM? WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE FREE? BY RABBI ARIEL YESHURUN

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n the story of the Exodus, retold in the Haggadah, the Hebrews offer the Pascal sacrificial lamb and celebrate their liberty while still being enslaved in the Egyptian house of bondage and while still being subdued by their task masters. How are we to understand a celebration of freedom amidst slavery and servitude? Jews in Spain put their lives in peril and danger to keep their Jewish identity concealed despite the imminent threat of being discovered and burnt alive at the stake. Jews in communist Russia secretly carried out Brit Mila ceremonies and during the Holocaust, there were countless accounts of Jews smuggling a pair of Tefillin into the ghetto, lighting makeshift Chanukah menorahs in concentration camps, observing Shabbat and holidays, blowing the Shofar, fasting on Yom Kippur and dying Al Kiddush HaShem (sanctifying G-d’s name) with Shma Yisrael on their lips while

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huddled together in cattle cars and gas chambers. And all this in the worse, subhuman conditions, while being stricken by disease and hunger, and at a personal risk to their lives. All of these circumstances were anything but free. FREEDOM IS NOT DEFINED BY CIVIL RIGHTS, EQUALITY AND DESEGREGATION. NO. Freedom is the ability to stand in defiance of oppression by any means that constitute defiance. Expressing spiritual commitment and religious conviction in the darkest, most tragic and most extreme hardship is the highest form of Freedom. The presence and display of an eternal and permeating spiritual transcendence at a time when all your adversaries desire is to break your body, denounce your G-d, vanquish your faith,


desecrate your spirit and destroy, liquidate, exterminate and ethnically cleanse and rid the world of your nation, is the ultimate demonstration of freedom; freedom to chose not to be submitted. You’re so free, you’re so in control of your destiny that nothing, absolutely nothing, come hell or high water, can stop you, subdue you and enslave you! Our freedom is fundamentally based upon the idea that the world should be a meaningful, enlightening and positive place and thus, so are our choices. Through the experience of injustice, cruelty and aggression we learn the importance of justice, truth, compassion and liberty. These values form the basis of our faith, our ethics and the society we strive to create. Therefore, we are to reveal and unravel the divine spark in each of us in order to achieve the prophetic vision of a redeemed world. A world free from terrorism, anti-semitism, slavery, human trafficking,

starvation, homelessness, abuse, domestic servitude, forced labor, child labor, recruitment of child soldiers, inequality, bullying, discrimination (employment, gender and sexual-orientation), sexual harassment, hate crimes, racial profiling, and all other forms of bias, stereotyping and animosity. Passover is perhaps the most universal and relevant of Jewish tenets. It is not just a celebration of Jewish emancipation. We observe it not only because of our desire to celebrate our own personal and national freedom, but more importantly because of our determination and relentless commitment to serve as a beacon of light, reason and ethic in a world of confusion, totalitarianism and conflict so others could share in the great message of hope and liberty!

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15 PASSOVER SEDER

SEDER STEPS

BY CHANI ROSENBLUM PHOTOGRAPHY BY THE LUNCH BOX

1. KADESH Benediction

The youngest at the table asks the question: “Mah nishtanah? Why is this night different from all other nights?” Haggadah tells the story of the Exodus from Egypt. Then we drink the second cup of wine while reclining.

6. ROCHTZAH Washing Before The Meal We wash our hands again, three times on the right and three times on the left, we say “Baruch Atah Ado-nai Elo-heinu Melech Ha’olam asher kidshanu bemitzvotav vetzivanu al netilat yadayim.”

7/8. MOTZI MATZAH Make the blessing of hamotzi on the matza Taking hold of the three matzot, with the broken one in between the two whole ones, we recite the customary blessing before bread, “Baruch Atah Ado-nai Elo-heinu Melech Ha’olam hamotzi lechem min ha’aretz.” Then, letting the bottom matzah drop back onto the plate, and holding the top whole matzah with the broken middle one, we recite the special blessing, “Baruch Atah Ado-nai Eloheinu Melech Ha’olam asher kidshanu bemitzvotav vetzivanu al achilat Matzah.” Then we break at least one ounce from each matzah and eat the two pieces together, while reclining.

We begin by reciting the Kiddush. Everyone holds their cup of wine while reclining on our left side at the Seder.

9. MAROR The bitter herbs

2. URCHATZ Washing

We take approximately one ounce of the bitter herbs. We dip them in the charoset, and say the blessing, “Baruch Atah Ado-nai Elo-heinu Melech Ha’olam asher kidshanu bemitzvotav vetzivanu al achilat Maror.”

We wash our hands three times on the right and three on the left. No blessing is said.

3. KARPAS First Dip We dip small pieces of root vegetables such as onion, boiled potato or celery into salt water. We recite “Baruch Atah Ado-nai Elo-heinu Melech Ha’olam borei pri ha’adamah” and eat it.

4. YACHATZ Breaking The Matzah We break the middle matzah on the Seder plate in two. The larger part is put aside for later as the afikoman, and the smaller part returns to the Seder plate between the two matzot.

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10. KORECH The sandwich We break off two pieces of the bottom matzah, which together should be at least an ounce. Again, we dip about one ounce of bitter herbs in the charoset. As we place this between the two pieces of matzah, we say, “Kein asah Hillel bizman shebeit hamikdash hayah kayam, hayah korech pesach, matzah umaror.” We eat the sandwich while reclining.

11. SHULCHAN ORECH The banquet The holiday meal is now served. Many begin the meal with a hard boiled egg dipped in salt water.


12. TZAFUN Out of hiding After the meal, the half matzah which had been “hidden,” set aside for the Afikoman, is taken out and eaten. Everyone should eat a total of at least one-and-a-half ounces of matzah, reclining, before midnight. After eating the Afikoman, we do not eat or drink anything except for the two remaining cups of wine.

13. BARECH Blessings After The Meal We pour the third cup of wine and we recite Birkat Hamazon after the meal. We recite the blessing over wine and drink the third cup while reclining. Now we fill our last cup as well as the cup of Eiyahu. We open the door and recite the passage which symbolizes an invitation to Eliyahu Hanavi, the harbinger of the coming of Moshiach. To see a miracle, you need an open heart and an open mind.

14. HALLEL Songs of praise At this point, having recognized the Almighty, and all the good He does for us, we sing Him praises. After reciting the Hallel, we again recite the blessing over wine and drink the last cup, reclining.

15. NIRTZAH Acceptance Having carried out the Seder service properly, we are sure that it has been well received by G-d. We then joyfully say “L’Shana Haba’ah B’Yerushalayim—Next year in Jerusalem.”

PREPARING THE PLATE 1. 2. 3. 4.

Beitzah - Roasted egg Z’roa - Roasted bone Karpas - Vegetable (celery, parsley, boiled potato, carrot) Maror - Bitter Herbs. (Most people use romaine lettuce or horseradish) 5. Charoset - Combination of apples, walnuts and wine 6. Chazeret - Bitter herbs. (Most people use romaine lettuce) 


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SHAVUOT - THE FEAST OF WEEKS

ACCEPTING AND REACCEPTING SHAVUOT, THE HOLIDAY WHEN WE ACCEPT THE TORAH, ALSO KNOWN AS THE FEAST OF WEEKS, IS CELEBRATED SEVEN WEEKS AFTER PASSOVER, ON THE FIFTIETH DAY OF THE OMER COUNTING, SIXTH DAY OF THE MONTH OF SIVAN.

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havuot was only a harvest festival before it became the celebration of the anniversary of our acceptance of the Torah at Mount Sinai. On this day, we celebrate the fact that we have the Torah, and we acknowledge that we received all of the Torah, both oral and written. In the days of the Temple, this is one of the three holidays for which we are commanded to make the pilgrimage to the Temple in Jerusalem. On Shavuot we would bring of the first fruits of the harvest to the Temple. In ancient times, two wheat loaves would be offered in Holy Temple on Shavuot. It was also at this time that people would begin to bring their first and choicest fruits, to thank G-d for Israel’s bounty. WHAT KINDS OF FOODS ARE EATEN ON SHAVUOT? Traditional holiday meals on Shavuot center around dairy foods. Milk is considered to be a symbol of the Torah, which nourishes the people directly, as milk does for a baby. Popular Shavuot foods include cheesecake, blintzes, and kugels in Ashkenazi tradition. Some Sephardic Jews make a seven-layered bread called siete cielos (seven heavens), which is supposed to represent Mount Sinai. A WEDDING The giving of the Torah was a far-reaching spiritual event, one that touched the essence of the Jewish soul for all times. Our sages have compared it

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to a wedding between G-d and the Jewish people. Shavuot also means “oaths,” for on this day, G-d swore eternal devotion to us, and we in turn pledged everlasting loyalty to Him. HOW SHAVUOT IS CELEBRATED • Women and girls light holiday candles to usher in the holiday on both the first and second evenings of the holidays. • It is customary to stay up all night learning Torah on the first night of Shavuot. • All men, women and children should go to the synagogue on the first day of Shavuot to hear the reading of the Ten Commandments. • As on other holidays, special meals are eaten, and no “work” may be performed. • It is customary to eat dairy foods on Shavuot. Menus range from traditional cheese blintzes to quiches, casseroles and more. • On the second day of Shavuot, the Yizkor memorial service is recited. • Some communities read the Book of Ruth publicly, as King David— whose passing occurred on this day—was a descendant of Ruth the Moabite. • Some have the custom to decorate their homes (and synagogues) with flowers and sweet-smelling plants in advance of Shavuot.

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CALENDAR

GREATER MIAMI / NEW YORK 2018 BY CHANI ROSENBLUM

SUNDAY

MONDAY

TUESDAY

WEDNESDAY

PASSOVER

APRIL 1, 2018 16 NISSAN

APRIL 2, 2018 17 NISSAN

APRIL 3, 2018 18 NISSAN

APRIL 4, 2018 19 NISSAN

Festive lunch meal • Holiday Ends: Miami - 8:12 PM New York - 8:02PM

First day of Chol Hamoed • Intermediate day

Second day of Chol Hamoed • Intermediate day

Third day of Chol Hamoed • Intermediate day

MAY 13, 2018 28 IYAR

MAY 14, 2018 29 IYAR

MAY 15, 2018 1 SIVAN

MAY 16, 2018 2 SIVAN

MAY 20, 2018 6 SIVAN

MAY 21, 2018 7 SIVAN

Second Eve of Shavuot • Festive lunch Light candles using a preexisting flame after: Miami - 8:40 PM New York - 8:59 PM • Festive dinner • Blessing 2

• Festive lunch • Holiday ends Miami - 8:40 PM New York 8:59 PM

SHAVUOT

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THURSDAY

FRIDAY

SATURDAY

BLESSINGS: MARCH 29, 2018 13 NISSAN

MARCH 30, 2018 14 NISSAN

MARCH 31, 2018 15 NISSAN

Did you remember to sell your Chametz? Your local Rabbi can help. Search for the Chametz after dark. Miami - 8:00 PM New York - 7:00 PM

First Seder of Passover • Finish eating Chametz before Miami - 11:20 AM New York -10:53 AM • Burn & sell before Miami - 12:22 PM New York - 11:56 AM • Candles at: Miami - 7:19 PM New York - 7:00 PM • Blessings 1 & 3 • Begin Seder after Miami - 8:00 PM New York - 7:47 PM

Second Seder of Passover • Festive Shabbat lunch. • Light candles using an existing flame after:
 Miami - 8:11 PM New York - 8:01 PM • Blessings 2 & 3 • After nightfall begin counting the Omer every day until May 18th.

APRIL 5, 2018 20 NISSAN

APRIL 6, 2018 21 NISSAN

APRIL 7, 2018 22 NISSAN

4th day of Chol Hamoed Eve of Seventh day of Passover • Light Holiday Candles at: Miami - 7:21 PM New York - 7:07 PM • Blessing 2. • Festive dinner

5th day of Chol Hamoed • Eve of Eight day of Passover • Festive Lunch • Light Candles using an existing flame after: Miami - 7:22 PM New York - 7:08 PM • Blessing 1 • Festive dinner

Final day of Passover • Festive lunch • Holiday Ends: Miami - 8:15 PM New York - 8:09 PM

MAY 17, 2018 3 SIVAN

MAY 18, 2018 4 SIVAN

MAY 19, 2018 5 SIVAN

• Light candles Miami - 7:43 PM New York - 7:51 PM • Festive dinner • Blessing 4

First Eve Shavuot • Festive lunch • Light candles using a preexisting flame after: Miami - 8:39 PM New York 8:58 PM • Festive dinner • Blessing 2 & 3

1 Baruch atah Ado-nay Eloheynu, melech haolam, asher kideshanu bemitzvotav vetzivanu lehadlik ner shel Shabbat veshel Yom Tov.

2 Baruch atah Ado-nay Eloheynu, melech haolam, asher kideshanu bemitzvotav vetzivanu lehadlik ner shel Yom Tov.

3 Baruch atah Ado-nay Eloheynu, melech haolam, shahecheyanu vekiyemanu vehigianu lizman haze.

4 Baruch atah Ado-nay Eloheynu, melech haolam, asher kideshanu bemitzvotav vetzivanu lehadlik ner shel Shabbat.

*For more information on your personal local candles’ lighting times please visit chabad.org.


LIFE IN ISRAEL

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VISITING SHILOH AND PSAGOT

A TOAST TO HISTORY

VISITING THE JUDEAN HILLS IS AN ENCOUNTER NOT ONLY WITH BEAUTIFUL VISTAS AND REFRESHING WINES, BUT ALSO AN UP AND EMOTIONAL ENCOUNTER WITH HISTORY.

BY TILA LEVI AND LISA GROISMAN

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ust 40 minutes north of Jerusalem, in the midst of the Judean Hills, is the city of Shiloh. Shiloh is historically the first official capital of the Jewish people, which stood for 369 years. After 40 years of wandering in the desert, the Jews came into the land of Israel with Yehoshua Bin Nun (Joshua), and soon after, they placed the Mishkan (the Holy Tabernacle) there, 3500 years ago. This is where the 12 tribes gathered for pilgrimage 3 times a year for Pesach, Shavuot and Sukkot. To put time in perspective, the first Temple, Beit Hamikdash, stood for 412 years in Jerusalem. Shiloh is a beautiful archaeological and natural heritage site. It is a place with biblical and historical significance. There is a model of the Mishkan built to scale based on biblical passages to make it easy for visitors to visualize what it actually looked like. Shiloh is the famous place where prayer originated and where Chana (Hannah) prayed for a son. Her prayers were heard and nine months later she gave birth to Shmuel (Samuel), our prophet who later anointed King David. Shiloh is a holy place where even today people pray and prayers are answered. What makes it more fascinating is if you take the Bible and read from the text, you notice that Eli

Hacohen was there, the prayer where Chana prayed took place there, and Shmuel Hanavi stood and prayed there, in that exact spot. When visiting Shiloh, you can learn and feel Israel’s past and you truly feel the connection in the present. It is a holy place to this day, where people come from all over the world and pray specific prayers, just like Chana did. Over 100,000 people visited Shiloh last year alone. Shiloh now has a modern 360 degree theater, in the visitors center, which opened about five years ago. This theater overlooks the ruins, and makes the story of Shiloh come to life in front of your eyes. With state of the art technology, the past and the present come together for a truly spiritual, fun, and educational experience. Then you move on to the archeological museum which has a permanent exhibit that shares all the excavations that have been found in this very special place. The visit continues with a walk down to the spot where the actual Mishkan stood for 369 years. You are walking through history. People usually take a moment here to pray, and to soak in all the history that happened right there. Shiloh is an unforgettable experience, unlike most others you will experience in Israel.


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ON TO PSAGOT

THE BATTLES OF MICHMASH

Heading back south toward Jerusalem, stop and visit the Jewish town of Psagot. Psagot is best known for its winery. However, Psagot Winery is more than a winery; it has its own special history and story. Home to some of the oldest archeological excavations situated right next to the vineyards, the cave that was uncovered in Psagot is thought to be one of the oldest “wine cellars” ever discovered. The temperature in the cave is cold in the summer and warm in the winter and is the perfect size for wine barrels to be stored in order to ferment the grapes. They once made wine in this same cave, 2,000 years before Yaakov Berg planted his vineyard. Yaakov, the founder of the winery, moved to Psagot with his family from the USSR and they started cultivating the land to grow grapes right next to that cave. Archaeologists also found a coin, intact, from the second year of the great revolt of the Jews against the Romans (73-66 BC), during the Hasmonean Dynasty. The coin reads in Ancient Hebrew “For freedom of Zion” and the back of it says “Year Two,” referring to the revolt. It has an image of an amphora, which is an ancient container that was used for storing wine. That coin is imprinted on every Psagot wine bottle. Psagot winery has produced many award winning wines and has been awarded many medals around the world. The winery is also home to a beautiful visitor center belonging to the Binyamin regional council. It’s the largest regional council in Israel, where over 70,000 people live. The visitor’s center teaches the story of the Bible, the wine, and the history of the place. It is also a venue that hosts events including parties, weddings, bar/ bat mitzvahs, and birthdays.

The view from Psagot Visitors Center also tells a story about the battle of Michmash (Mukhmas). Between the two cliffs, you see while looking out over the balcony, that there is a valley that looks like a desert. If you open up the book of Shmuel Aleph chapters 13 and 14, in Chapter 4, you read about those cliffs. They are called Seneh and Bozez, exactly where the story of Jonathan and King Saul took place, winning the battle against the Philistines. It is written that King Saul is sitting in ancient Migron, which is right above where the visitors center is, and as you stare into the valley, you understand where Saul was standing looking down at the Philistines in the valley. The biblical story states that Philistines actually came up to the mountains with men and horses, and King Saul didn’t know what to do. The Jews were few in numbers and the Philistines were many. At the same time, King Saul was unaware that his son Jonathan had decided to make a surprise attack on the Philistines. The Philistines started to flee out of fear that they were being surrounded by a large Jewish army, and the Jews won the war. But, that’s not where the story ends. Fast forward to World War 1, the British were fighting the Turks to take over Israel. The Turks were situated in Michmash, in that same valley. The British General Edmund Allenby, sitting around in what is now the visitors center, was alerted by one of his majors that the name Michmash appeared somewhere in the Bible. They immediately found and read those Bible passages and recognized the place where they were standing, and quickly changed the battle tactics at the last minute. General Allenby sent a small platoon, like Jonathan, and surprised the Turks. The Turks thought they were being surrounded by more of the British army, and the British won the war right here, in the same way the Jews had conquered the Philistines 3000 years ago. As you can see, traveling through the Judean Hills tells many stories. It tells the story of biblical times and it tells the story of today. Both of these places have religious and historical significance and are both spectacularly beautiful, where every day is a new discovery rich in history, archeology and culture.

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INSPIRATIONAL LIVES

THE LIFE AND TIMES OF SIGMUND FREUD

SIGMUND FREUD SIGISMUND SCHLOMO FREUD CHANGED HIS NAME TO HOW WE KNOW HIM TODAY: SIGMUND FREUD. THE FAMED FOUNDER OF PSYCHOANALYSIS WAS A CONTROVERSIAL MAN AND ONE OF THE GREATEST THINKERS IN MODERN HISTORY.

1856-1939 BY SARA KAFROUNI

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Sigmund Freud

Birth: May 6, 1856, Příbor, Czech Republic. Death: September 23, 1939, Hampstead, United Kingdom. Parents: Amalia Freud, Jacob Freud Spouse: Martha Bernays 1886-1939. Children: Anna Freud, Jean Martin Freud, Oliver Freud, Ernst L Freud, Mathilde Freud, Sophie Freud. Education: University of Vienna (1881)

“From error to error one discovers the entire truth.” “I cannot think of any need in childhood as strong as the need for a father’s protection.” “One day, in retrospect, the years of struggle will strike you as the most beautiful.” “Dreams are often most profound when they seem the most crazy.” Sigmund Freud

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igmund Freud was brilliant, graduated with honors, cover of Time magazine (1924, 1995, 1993), recipient of the Goethe prize (1930), a polyglot—German, Italian, Latin, Hebrew, Spanish, English and Greek—, innovative with his works on psychoanalysis and the unconscious mind, and creator of the psychosexual theories and the interpretation of dreams. Sigmund Freud had controversial opinions, especially on women, but the importance of his contribution to the science of the human mind is unquestionable.

THE BEGINNING Sigmund Freud, in his book An Autobiographical Study published in 1925, noted that he was born on May 6, 1856 in Freiberg, a small town in Moravia, Czechoslovakia (today Příbor, Czech Republic), that his parents had emigrated there from the Kingdom of Galicia and Lodomeria (today Poland/Ukraine), and that by age four he lived in Vienna, Austria, where he was one of the best students in his Gymnasium [school]. Sigmund Freud’s family went through economic difficulties. Nevertheless, they provided him with an adequate education so he would “follow his own inclinations,” be successful and help feed his six younger siblings. Although he initially confessed that he had no intention of studying medicine, at age 17 he decided to study it and was admitted to the University of Vienna in 1873. There, he became aware of the anti-Semitism that was brewing in Europe. He was disappointed at having to feel inferior by the mere fact of being Jewish, saying, “When in 1873 I first joined the University [of Vienna], I was met by some appreciable disappointments. Above all, I found that I was expected to feel myself inferior and an alien because I was a Jew. I refused absolutely to do the first of these things. I have never been able to see why I should feel ashamed of my descent, or, as people were beginning to say; of my race.”

This was not the only time he would feel the sting of antisemitism. Years later, Sigmund Freud would again face anti-Semitism, but much stronger, with the dawn of the Third Reich. In 1876, Sigmund Freud began studies in the physiology laboratory of Professor Ernst Wilhelm Brücke, working by his side mostly on brain nerve tissue until 1882, one year after receiving his diploma as a doctor. Sigmund Freud forever held Professor Brücke in the highest esteem, even later naming one of his sons after him. That same year, Sigmund Freud began work-studies in the General Hospital of Vienna, where he was known for his outstanding knowledge of the medulla oblongata. However, Freud devoted himself to the study of nervous system diseases, which led him to study neuropathology at the Pitié-Salpêtrière Hospital in Paris, where in 1885, he offered to translate from French to German the research of famed neurologist Jean Martin Charcot. Dr. Charcot was delighted, allowing Freud into his inner circle, thus into his latest research on hysteria. This way, Sigmund Freud began his path in the treatment of hysteria through hypnosis, a method that even though some considered fraudulent and even dangerous, subsequently led Sigmund Freud to develop the method of psychoanalysis.

MARRIAGE On his return from Paris, his fiancée Martha Bernays, granddaughter of Hamburg rabbi Isaac Bernays, was waiting for him in Vienna. He married her in 1886 after four years of courtship, and they had six children: Mathilde (1887-1978), Jean Marti (1889-1967), Oliver (1891-1969), Ernst (1892-1970), Sophie (1893-1920) and Anna (1895-1982). With Anna, he maintained a close and very heartfelt relationship because, as described by Freud in an interview with Dr. Ruth K. Westheimer, she was the youngest of his children, insecure, the least beautiful, and she suffered


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Sigmund Freud, Circa 1935. Photography Hans Casparius.

from depression and eating disorders. Freud totally guided her in her needs and in her fragility. Many scholars believe that this condition allowed Freud to turn Anna into “the mother of psychoanalysis,” a faithful spokeswoman and steadfast defender of his research and theories, practically an extension of Sigmund Freud himself.

RESEARCH AND THEORIES By 1886, Sigmund Freud was settled in Vienna, where he shared his findings on hysteria with his great mentor Dr. Josef Breuer, who also worked with deep hypnosis to cure the symptoms of hysteria. In 1895, Breuer and Freud published the book Studies on Hysteria. However, they later became estranged based on Breuer’s case of the League of Jewish Women founder Bertha Pappenheim (Anna O case), the first case using the Catharsis Method with Free Association (freely speaking) which Freud later evolved into Psychoanalysis. Around 1896, Sigmund Freud began using the term Psychoanalysis based on these studies of phobias, hysteria and the psychic states of his patients. From Freud’s work emerges the idea that, to a large extent, our actions stem from an unconscious psychic process of impulses and pleasure instincts. Sigmund Freud also gave us the famous Oedipus Complex Theory, which refers to a child’s unconscious attachment to the opposite-sex parent, which he said was present in his relationship with his daughter Anna, who showed strong closeness and dependence on him as her father. Sigmund Freud, with the progressive development of psychoanalysis, produced the famous theories known today as Freudian Psychology. One of these is the Sexual Drive Theory based on impulses and the instinctive libido, categorized into five stages from birth to adulthood. Another is the Psychoanalytic Personality Theory, which explains the personality of human beings through the Id, Ego and the Superego, representing each a different level of consciousness. Another is the Psychoanalytic Dream Interpretation, which states that dreams are secondary thought processes related to our daily lives, which also represent disguised fulfillment of repressed wishes.

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Sigmund Freud refused to leave Vienna until he irremediably had to. He left for London with his wife and daughter Anna on June 4, 1938, with the help of friends Princess Marie Bonaparte and psychoanalyst Ernest Jones, after two of his sons were interrogated by the Gestapo, which showed much contempt not only for Jews but for psychoanalysts in particular. He managed for all his family to escape Nazism, but the Nazis made him sign a document stating that he had not suffered degrading treatment from the Gestapo, in which he added a sarcastic side note reading: “I can most highly recommend the Gestapo to everyone.” Although Freud’s books were burned by Nazi sympathizers, he managed to save his works protected in the National Library of Austria. At the time, Freud wrote to Jones: “What progress we are making. In the Middle Ages they would have burned me. Now, they are content with burning my books.” This stage in Freud’s life left a mark on him. In his correspondence with his friend Albert Einstein, he showed his vision of war as a psychological element. In one letter, he wrote: “War runs most emphatically counter to the psychic disposition imposed on us by the growth of culture; we are therefore bound to resent war, to find it utterly intolerable. With pacifists like us, it is not merely an intellectual and affective repulsion, but a constitutional intolerance, an idiosyncrasy in its most drastic form.”

FINAL DAYS For the rest of his life, Sigmund Freud was a prolific scientist who not only investigated his ideas and cases until achieving a solution, but also to prove their effectiveness. He wrote all his findings in detail, such as the use of cocaine as an analgesic and local anesthetic, though he stopped recommending it for causing addiction. The direct, frank and straightforward Freud published more than 40 papers between case studies and specialized articles, some quite controversial, among which the cases of Dora, Little Hans and Wolfman stand out. One of his last works was notably one of his most controversial: Moses and Monotheism, a compilation of three essays on the origins of Moses. Sigmund Freud suffered from palate cancer and was subjected to more than 30 operations to eliminate it, but doctors never succeeded. He died in Hampstead, London at the age of 83 on September 23, 1939, after receiving three injections of morphine that he demanded himself, decision that at the time was considered suicide, bringing a controversial ending to the life of this controversial yet legendary thinker.

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PARTY DESIGN - DECOR

PREMIER EVENT DESIGN COMPANY

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CELEBRATIONS REFLECTING A COUPLE’S PERSONALITY, HOME AND VISION LEADS TO A WARM, INCLUSIVE AND UNIQUE MOMENT, ALL BLENDED INTO AN IDEAL WEDDING DAY. IN OUR CONSTANT SEARCH FOR CREATORS AND INNOVATORS, TODAY WE TAKE A LOOK AT HOW THE RENOWNED DAVID BEAHM OF DAVID BEAHM EXPERIENCES ACHIEVED THIS FOR ONE VERY HAPPY COUPLE.

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or decades, David Beahm has designed events with an inventive and keen vision. David Beahm Experiences is the name of his company because his philosophy is based on providing experiences rather than just designing an event. He carries out his motto of “Anything you can dream…anywhere in the world” with his knowledgeable team that works in fine-tuned collaboration. His experiences include painting murals, transforming venues completely and of course, designing the floral creations he’s famous for at some of the world’s most iconic venues, from The White House in Washington D.C. to the Pink Palace of the Pacific in Waikiki.

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As explained by David Beahm himself, the design of every experience commences with a blank sheet. The process is fun and creative, in which dynamic collaborations and brainstorming between the team and clients is paramount. Beahm’s approach is centered on having clients tell their story through their event. He explained that this is the reason why every conversation with clients, from the first phone call to the full sample presentation —in which they can see their table in person at the studio—attempts to distill information on their aesthetic, their personality and their vision. This particular wedding exemplifies David Beahm’s recommendation to the couple: “Don’t be afraid to push the envelope. It’s your wedding. Make yourselves happy.” The overall theme of the wedding was “Blended,” as this was a second marriage, and the couple incorporated ideas, unions and visions. Since the bride had already been through all the formalities in her first wedding, she didn’t want to repeat them. As such, she wanted to make sure that it felt like a wedding without looking like one. In addition to this, as the couple has a cool and hip personality, design details such as “I Do - Take Two,” engraved in napkins and serving trays set the mood for a relaxed, open and warm atmosphere. Inspiration can be found anywhere, and for this wedding, the inspiration was taken from the bride’s home. She was in the process of remodeling her home and was taking the industrial route, and that’s what inspired the party, which was conveniently held at her home.

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As the party emulated the home’s atmosphere, a sense of coziness permeated their union. The bride and groom knew that they were marrying their two families together. Because of this, it had to feel friendly, inviting and always inclusive, especially because the guest list was only friends and family—no clients and no business associates. In terms of lighting, the event took place during both daytime and nighttime. The ceremony was held at dusk, so guests could see the Edison bulbs hanging in the clear tent next to them, but they couldn’t really experience them until the sun went down. As each detail was taken care of, David Beahm Experiences made sure to respect and acknowledge the couple’s tastes. For example, the bride did not want an over empowerment of colors and flowers, so the inclusion of colors had to be used judiciously. Striking details with a unique personality were created for the couple. The use of succulent plants became a tasteful alternative to flowers. Continuing with this approach, David Beahm Experiences created structural arrangements inspired by the home, as opposed to a wad of flowers in a vase. With comfortable lounge chairs as if they were in the home’s living room, the hashtag of “blended” came to life. Creating plaster flowers and a floating chuppah, the “non-wedding wedding moments” showcased the couple’s tastes and vision of a memorable time. After all, blending families, souls and love should always be the focal point.

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BUSINESS - ENTREPRENEUR

EL ITE KITCHEN DESIGN FIRM

THE ARCHITECTURAL

KITCHEN

THE KITCHEN IS THE HEART OF THE FAMILY HOME. IT IS A PLACE OF NURTURING AND HEALTH, WHERE WE FEED BOTH BODY AND SOUL, BECOMING A REFUGE FOR THOSE SEEKING CULINARY EXPRESSION, OR JUST A SIMPLE, HOME-COOKED MEAL, A PLACE WHERE MEMORIES ARE MADE, WHERE FRIENDS BECOME FAMILY, AND FAMILIES BOND. HOWEVER, THE KITCHEN CAN ALSO BE A HOME’S ARCHITECTURAL CENTERPIECE. IN OUR GOAL TO DISCOVER ARCHITECTURE’S BEST, JW VISITED VENETA CUCINE, AN ELITE KITCHEN DESIGN FIRM TO LEARN ABOUT WHO THEY ARE, THE FAMILY BEHIND IT, AND THEIR OFFERING OF THE LATEST TRENDS COMING IN FROM ITALY’S INNOVATIVE KITCHEN MANUFACTURERS.

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alking into Veneta Cucine’s showroom in North Miami Beach, our eyes focused immediately on the many cabinet designs, set up in easy-to-visualize kitchen vignettes. Anna Bonanno, head of architectural and project sales, led us through the showroom as she said, “It is difficult for many clients to imagine their new kitchen, so we use these displays to showcase our products in a way that customers appreciate, because it makes their shopping experience much simpler.”

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Veneta Cucine is a family company. Originally from northern and southern Italy, husband and wife team Nelo Bonanno and Giovanna Di Tommasi established the company in Miami in 2004, after the family left Venezuela, where they have been involved for many decades in the kitchen industry. “Unfortunately,” explains Bonanno, “the political and economic situation in Venezuela left us with no choice but to leave the country and emigrate to the United States, like so many recent immigrants fleeing the unfortunate


conditions in the once prosperous nation and, although we are all Italian,” Bonanno continues, “we decided to move to the US rather than Italy, and it has been a good decision for our family.” Each family member plays a particular role in this family business. Anna Bonanno explains that her parents, Nelo and Giovanna, are the business minds of the company, while she and her brother, Corrado Bonanno, manage the daily operations of both their North Miami Beach and Coral Gables locations, also working with developers and architects, and managing projects. “We are all very involved in our family business, and it is this dedication and personal touch that makes our customers return.” Asked about kitchen design tendencies and how Veneta Cucine maintains an up-to-date collection, Bonanno explains, “in Italy and Europe in general, there is a trend towards lighter, cooler-tone cabinets. New wood colors include natural pine and other light woods, light grays, and white. However, in many parts of the US, including South Florida, the market still favors darker woods. Every year, we select our products from the latest trends in the Milan fair, and bring the latest styles to our showrooms,

adapted for the US including the unique South Florida market.” During our tour of the showroom, Anna showed JW some of the ways in which the cabinets from Veneta Cucine are different from traditional kitchens. “Our kitchens have various price points, and the customer can select from a variety of accessories to further customize the kitchen.” From cabinets and drawers with interior lights, to a Lazy Susan that expands to utilize all corner spaces, plus finely-crafted wood interior organizers and dividers, Veneta Cucine offers ample options to help the homeowner create a kitchen space that addresses the family needs. Surprises continued as we discovered sleek, modern doors and drawers made entirely out of glass, not the usual see-through cabinet glass, but glass slabs reimagined as doors and drawers. The kitchen showcases were all completed with the latest materials in counter tops, and innovative European kitchen appliances. Walking through their showroom was like visiting one of those Milan furniture design fairs in person. Among the services offered to customers, Veneta Cucine provides a complete project service, consisting of free estimate, custom measuring

and fabrication of kitchen and countertops, installation of all the products, and project managing. “Our customers,” continues Anna Bonanno, “can rest assured that we can handle any size job, meet their budget, and ensure that the work is completed to their expectations.” Despite the name, Veneta Cucine offers more than kitchen finishes. The company imports elegant, Italian-made interior doors, Europeanstyle bathroom vanities as well as custom closet organizers to complete a home’s storage solutions. With so many finishes and possibilities, most customers visiting Veneta Cucine will find a design that complements their homes and also enjoy this visual treat where form and function come together to help make the heart of the home its architectural centerpiece.

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BUSINESS - ENTREPRENEUR

F INA NC IAL S ERVICES FOR N EW IMMIGRA N TS

FINANCING

DREAMS A PROBLEM THAT MANY NEW RESIDENTS IN THE US ENCOUNTER IS THE LACK OF FINANCING OPTIONS AVAILABLE TO THEM. WITH A BANKING SYSTEM THAT OPERATES ON CREDIT REFERENCES, IT IS SOMETIMES DIFFICULT FOR NEW IMMIGRANTS TO ESTABLISH A CREDIT FOOTPRINT IN THE UNITED STATES. BUILT BY IMMIGRANTS WITH OVER 40 YEARS OF FAMILY BANKING EXPERIENCE, RBI AUTOLOANS BELIEVES IN THE POSITIVE DRIVE OF THOSE WHO MOVE TO THE UNITED STATES. IN A PRESENTATION TO JW MAGAZINE, THEY SHARE THEIR PROPOSALS TO HELP OTHERS LIKE THEMSELVES.

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fter moving to Miami from his native Caracas, Venezuela in 2014, Ernesto Rostoker immediately understood the unique situation of productive individuals who move to the United States. In his own words, “It is very difficult for most new foreign residents to obtain loans in the United States because they have no or very new credit. Foreign nationals, like first time buyers, have to establish a credit history in order to qualify for conventional loans from conventional banks. Despite having sufficient capital to pay the debt, new immigrants have to understand the American banking system. This is sometimes difficult for them, because they know they can afford the payments, but need the flexibility of financing.” It is precisely in this niche banking market that the Rostoker family found an opportunity and created RBI Autoloans in 2014 and RBI Mortgages in 2016, a private financing firm consisting of auto and mortgage lending for first-time buyers and new residents. Their clients are mostly from Latin America, particularly Mexico, Colombia, and Venezuela, with new or no credit history in American banks. This does not mean that RBI finances individuals with bad credit; they simply qualify customers in ways that are different from those of traditional banks. RBI Autoloans believes in individuals who move to the US with a dream, and can help them reach it by giving them the means to establish a credit history through the use of bridge loans.

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RBI’s bridge loans can last from one to three years, time during which the borrower pays only interest and at a competitive rate. After establishing credit references during this time, clients can then apply for a traditional bank loan in many cases. To cover a broad spectrum of private financing needs, RBI offers a variety of lending portfolios through their two different lending companies. RBI Autoloans specializes in automobile loans, and RBI Mortgage is focused on property loans. RBI’s auto-lending program works with car dealerships to finance vehicles for individuals with no established credit, or first-time buyers. RBI Mortgages offers both residential and commercial, real-estate loans. The company can also close a loan within 7 to 10 days, giving clients an advantage over others when it comes to the availability of funds. When asked how the real estate market could benefit from the programs RBI offers, they explained that many buyers are real estate investors, or “property flippers,” who do not want to use their personal funds to make a property closing. For this kind of customer, or business owners needing funds quickly to expand or for purchasing, RBI Autoloans offers fast closings of business loans for up to 50% of the value of the property placed as collateral, with no pre-payment penalty.


From left to right Alejandro Rostoker, Leonardo Rostoker, Ernesto Rostoker, Ricardo Rodriguez and Andres Saias.

People should research the different types of loans and banking institutions in the United States to understand the American system better...

After listening to them describe the common financial difficulties of new residents, we asked them what advice they would offer individuals who are thinking about moving to the United States or who have recently arrived. “Before coming here,” Ernesto Rostoker explains, “people should research the different types of loans and banking institutions in the United States to better understand the American system. Many people move to the US thinking anyone can get a mortgage here…. even pay the same rate as a longtime resident! All of that comes in time, but one has to begin somewhere.” After visiting the company offices in Miami, as we see it, RBI Autoloans offers its clients that “somewhere;” the starting point, that foothold in the United States, helping them get one step closer to their “American Dream.”

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For more information please call 754.210.6312 or visit www.rbimortgages.com.


CULTURE & ENTERTAIMENT

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TV & VIDEO

Problematic with Moshe Kasher

In the form of a weekly talk show, Jewish author and liberal standup comedian Moshe Kasher brings the most contentious topics, sparking outrage on the internet into the studio, for face-to-face rousing and often uncomfortable discussions. Now in its second season, Problematic with Moshe Kasher examines the most polarizing issues of modern society. Each episode delves into a single topic of online debate—such as impeachment, cultural appropriation, the dark web, gun control, and more—and examines its cultural effects. With the help of experts, comedians, and questions from both the in-studio and online audience, Kasher attempts to bring peace and harmony to the internet once and for all. SEASON 2 returns April 2018 on Comedy Central.

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2.

MOVIES & DOCUMENTARIES

Chappaquiddick

DIRECTED BY: JOHN CURRAN. WRITTEN BY: TAYLOR ALLEN, ANDREW LOGAN. STARS: JASON CLARKE, KATE MARA, ED HELMS, BRUCE DERN.

The film is scheduled for nationwide release by Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures on Friday, April 6, 2018. On the eve of the moon landing, Ted Kennedy is involved in a tragic single-car accident that results in the death of former Robert Kennedy campaign worker Mary Jo Kopechne. The senator struggles to follow his own moral compass and simultaneously protect his family’s legacy, all while simply trying to keep his own political ambitions alive.


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BOOKS

The Joy of Intimacy: A Soulful Guide to Love, Sexuality and Marriage

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PERFORMING ARTS

The Bodyguard, The Musical

AUTHOR: RABBI MANIS FRIEDMAN (CO-AUTHORED BY AWARD-WINNING FILMMAKER RICCARDO ADLER). IT’S GOOD TO KNOW PUBLISHING, FEBRUARY 2018.

Marriage has become a job for which many feel uniquely unskilled. They have difficulty communicating with their mate. They feel invisible or unappreciated. Sadness and confusion has replaced joy. Even sex does not bring them the closeness they crave. They cannot recall the last time they enjoyed each other’s company. “Intimacy is an art,” Rabbi Friedman writes in his groundbreaking new marriage manual. “It’s not something that just happens. It must be learned, cultivated and practiced carefully if it is to flourish.” Rabbi Friedman shares individuals’ and couples’ real-life relationship issues as well as the practical wisdom from Jewish tradition that helped them recapture passion, save their relationships and finally forge a joyful bond with one another. The Joy of Intimacy is an essential and transformative work for anyone who has despaired of connecting with their partner. Rabbi Friedman’s unique philosophy of relationship-building focuses on such timely matters as: • Preserving your natural spontaneity • Setting the mood for intimacy • Making your bedroom a sacred space • Creating lasting relationships The Joy of Intimacy is a quiet revolution that begins in the bedrooms, kitchens, living rooms and private spaces of a couple’s life and radiates outward to the world at large.

TUESDAY, APRIL 3 - SUNDAY, APRIL 8, 2018. AT ADRIENNE ARSHT CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS OF MIAMI-DADE COUNTY.

Based on the smash hit film, this musical will star Grammy Award nominee and R&B superstar Deborah Cox. Former Secret Service agent turned bodyguard Frank Farmer is hired to protect superstar Rachel Marron from an unknown stalker. Each expects to be in charge; what they don’t expect is to fall in love. A breathtakingly romantic thriller, The Bodyguard features a host of irresistible classics made famous by Whitney Houston, including Queen of the Night, So Emotional, One Moment in Time, Saving All My Love, Run to You, I Have Nothing, I Wanna Dance with Somebody and one of the biggest selling songs of all time: I Will Always Love You. Based on Lawrence Kasdan’s Oscar-nominated Warner Bros. film and adapted by Academy Award-winner (Birdman) Alexander Dinelaris, The Bodyguard had its world premiere in London’s West End where it was nominated for four Laurence Olivier Awards including Best New Musical, and won Best New Musical at the Whatsonstage Awards.

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Poster for the film “The prime ministers: The Pioneers,” by the Simon Wiesenthal Center (Courtesy SWC)

MORIAH FILMS

THE SIMON WIESENTHAL CENTER FILM DIVISION ”A PICTURE IS WORTH A THOUSAND WORDS” SAYS THE PROVERB, BUT A FILM MIGHT BE WORTH A MILLION. STORYTELLING THROUGH MOVING IMAGES MIGHT BE TODAY THE MOST COMPELLING WAY TO TEACH ABOUT THE PAST AND TO REFLECT ON OUR PRESENT. IN TIMES OF THE CELEBRATION OF THE 70 ANNIVERSARY OF THE CREATION OF THE JEWISH STATE, WE TAKE A LOOK AT THE OUTSTANDING COLLECTION OF FILMS PRODUCED BY THIS AWARD-WINNING ORGANIZATION, A DEEP SOURCE OF INSPIRATION AND A POWERFUL LEARNING TOOL FOR GENERATIONS TO COME. BY DINA SZEINBLUM

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reated in 1982, Moriah Films is also known as the Jack and Pearl Resnick film division of the Simon Wiesenthal Center. The institution produces documentaries concerning human rights and the major events and personalities of 3,500 years of Jewish history. Its main goal is to educate and enlighten local and international audiences through the production of theatrical documentaries impacting people worldwide. With an unmatched track record, it has produced more than a dozen critically acclaimed documentaries, and two of them have been recipients of Academy Awards for best feature documentary, Genocide in 1981 and The Long Way Home in 1997. Many distinguished actors have narrated Moriah’s productions including the late Orson Welles, Sir Ben Kingsley, Elizabeth Taylor, Morgan Freeman, Michael York, Whoopi Goldberg, Nicole Kidman, Anne Bancroft, Brooke Shields, Kevin Costner, Michael Douglas, Christoph Waltz, among others, which have generously donated their talents. The films are distributed to many diverse audiences around the globe, including universities and schools. Center page picture: Simon Wiesenthal

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THE SIMON WIESENTHAL CENTER The Simon Wiesenthal Center is an international Jewish human-rights organization that provides Holocaust education and fights anti-semitism, hatred, and terrorism, promoting human rights, the safety of Jews worldwide, and support for Israel. Founded in 1977, the center took its name after the renowned Shoah survivor, human rights activist and nazi hunter Simon Wiesenthal. Today, with a membership of more than 400,000 families, the center is based in Los Angeles, next to its Museum of Tolerance; and has offices in Jerusalem, New York, Miami, Toronto, Paris and Buenos Aires; interacting regularly with political leaders, diplomats, and private and public agencies. Rabbi Marvin Hier, founder and dean of the organization, oversees the film division Moriah Films, its Museum of Tolerance, and the center’s documentary film division. He has been the recipient of two Oscars, and since 1981 is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Under his direction, the center has served as a consultant to Steven Spielberg’s epic Schindler’s List and ABC Television’s miniseries adaptation of Herman Wouk’s novel, War and Remembrance, among others. “If you want to impact Jewish history, you have to say something to the world, the world out there”. - Marvin Hier


“Hope lives when people remember.” Simon Wiesenthal

Producer Rabbi Marvin Hier, Oscar Winner Sandra Bullock as the voice of prime minister Golda Meir, and Director/ Producer Richard Trank. [Moriah Films].

THE FILMS

Sir Ben Kingsley.

From theme movies which span from the life of the father founder of modern Zionism to the amazing struggle of the pioneering prime ministers who helped build the State of Israel, Moriah Films has a diverse collection of films to choose from. Here we explore some of their movies and encourage our readers to watch and learn from them. “It Is No Dream: The Life of Theodor Herzl” The dreamer who became the father of a nation. Narrated by Academy Award winner Sir Ben Kingsley and starring Academy Award winner Christoph Waltz as the voice of Theodor Herzl, this film explores the life and times of Theodor Herzl, father of the modern State of Israel. It examines how Herzl, a well-known journalist and playwright, an assimilated, Budapest-born jew, horrified by the Dreyfus trial in Paris and the anti-semitism he saw spreading across Europe, took upon himself the task of attempting to create a Jewish homeland in Palestine against all odds. Over the span of eight years, Herzl organized and led a worldwide political movement that within fifty years led to the establishment of the State of Israel. The film follows Herzl as he meets with kings, prime ministers, ambassadors, a sultan, a pope and government ministers from Constantinople to St. Petersburg, from Paris to Berlin, from Vienna to Vilna in his quest to build a Jewish nation. The film is directed by Richard Trank, who also serves as the documentary’s co-writer in collaboration with Rabbi Marvin Hier. Trank joined the center in 1981 and served as media projects director since 1984, along with being executive producer of films from the Museum of Tolerance. He is also executive producer for Moriah Films. with a strong background in radio news and public affairs programming, he is a key producer, writer, and director of the film division. In 1998, Trank and Hier won the academy award for the 1997 feature documentary The Long Way Home.

The Prime Ministers: Soldiers and Peacemakers This film is the follow-up to The Prime Ministers: The Pioneers, 2013, starring the voices of Michael Douglas as Yitzhak Rabin and Christoph Waltz as Menachem Begin and introducing Nicola Peltz as the voice of Esther Cailingold. It follows the experiences of the late ambassador Yehuda Avner during the years he worked for prime ministers Yitzhak Rabin and Menachem Begin. Based on his bestselling book, The Prime Ministers, the film examines Rabin’s election in 1974 as the country’s first native-born Israeli leader, his negotiating the first bilateral treaty between Israel and Egypt in 1975, the dramatic events surrounding Israel’s rescue of hostages in Entebbe in 1976, the tense relationship between newly elected US president Jimmy Carter and Rabin, and Rabin’s subsequent downfall in a financial scandal involving his wife Leah. It also explores Avner’s decision to work for Begin when he surprised the world in 1977 by being elected the prime minister of Israel. It looks at the drama behind Anwar Sadat’s historic visit to Jerusalem, the Camp David negotiating process, the difficult relationship between President Carter and Begin, as well as the tense relations that arose between Begin and President Reagan over the 1982 Lebanon War. It also recounts Begin’s decline after the death of his wife, and Avner’s career as a diplomat in the UK and Australia before returning to Israel to work with Yitzhak Rabin not long before his assassination in 1995, after he had been elected a second time as Israel’s prime minister. a very rich history with rare photos and film footage.


Yehuda Avner being interviewed on the set of The Prime Ministers. [Moriah Films].

Theodor Herzl’s opening speech at Zionist Congress in Basel, Switzerland.

Winston Churchill: Walking with Destiny

I Have Never Forgotten You

Narrated by Sir Ben Kingsley, the film is focusing on the years 1940 and 1941 when the swastika flew over continental Europe. Only England with her back to the wall, under Winston Churchill, remained defiant.

Narrated by Nicole Kidman, the film features the life of Simon Wiesenthal, a Holocaust survivor who lost 89 family members, helped track down over 1,100 nazi war criminals and spent 6 decades fighting anti-semitism and prejudice against all people. Watching the early efforts of the US government to prosecute nazi war criminals, he realized that “there is no freedom without justice,” and initially decided to dedicate a few years to that quest. Those few years turned into the rest of his life.

The film highlights Churchill’s years in the political wilderness, his early opposition to Adolf Hitler and Nazism, and his support for Jews under threat by the Nazi regime. As historian John Lukacs explains, Churchill may not have won the war in 1940, but without him, the war most certainly would have been lost. Sir Martin Gilbert, the historical consultant for the film and Churchill’s official biographer, adds that had Churchill’s warnings about nazi Germany’s racial policies towards Jews been heeded in the early 1930’s, the Holocaust may have never occurred. The film examines why Winston Churchill’s legacy continues to be relevant in the 21st century and explores why his leadership remains inspirational to current-day political leaders and diplomats. “Production and distribution of this film were made possible, in large part, through the support, coordination and financial assistance of the Office of Holocaust Issues, U.S. Department of State.” Genocide 1981 Academy Award for best feature documentary, narrated by Elizabeth Taylor and Orson Welles is the first Holocaust documentary to receive an Academy Award and it remains today a chilling, heartbreaking testament to the strength and suffering of the Jewish people and the courage and heroism of those who came to their aid. The Long Way Home 1997 Academy Award for Best Feature Documentary. Narrated by Ben Kingsley, Miriam Margolyes, Patrick Stewart, Jean Boht and Whoopi Goldberg. The film opens in 1945. Germany has been defeated by the allies and the war in Europe is officially over. American, British, and Russian soldiers have liberated nazi death camps in central and eastern Europe, uncovering to the world the horror and tragedy of the Holocaust. Thousands of starving, halfdead Jewish survivors are freed from nazi persecution. The majority have lost most, if not all of their family members. Those who try to return home are met with anti-semitism and threats of physical violence.

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Unlikely Heroes Narrated by Sir Ben Kingsley, Unlikely Heroes documents unknown stories of resistance and individual heroism throughout the nazi Holocaust during WWII including a rabbi’s son who disguised himself as a major in the SS to save Jews; a young woman involved in the plot to blow up the crematorium at Birkenau; a Jew who defied Eichmann, devising an extraordinary scheme for 40,000 Jews to get to Palestine. The film utilizes rare film and photos discovered in archives across Europe, and enhanced by weeks of newly filmed sequences in the locations where many of these stories actually occurred.

TODAY’S ONGOING PRODUCTION Never Stop Dreaming: The Life and Legacy of Shimon Peres This film is about the late israeli politician who served as both president and prime minister of Israel. The film will be directed by Richard Trank. Former president of the US, Barack Obama, and singer-actress Barbra Streisand have been booked already for the film. The movie, which is in its final stages, is expected to be ready to take the tour on the festival circuit, in addition to a premiere that will benefit the Simon Wiesenthal Center, during 2018. Other titles from Moriah Films are Echoes That Remain, Liberation, In Search of Peace Part One: 1948-1967, Ever Again, Against The Tide and Beautiful Music. A complete review of the film library can be found on the Moriah Films website at www.moriahfilms.com.

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HEALTH~GIVING COOKBOOK

BY SUSAN GAIL FARKAS, OMD RECENT RESEARCH REVEALS THAT INFLAMMATION HAS A NEGATIVE IMPACT ON GENERAL WELLNESS AND CAN WORSEN MANY COMMON HEALTH CONDITIONS, INCLUDING MIGRAINES, DIABETES, HEART DISEASE, WEIGHT GAIN, ARTHRITIS, AND AUTOIMMUNE DISORDERS. THE GOOD NEWS IS THAT EATING CERTAIN FOODS AND AVOIDING OTHERS CAN BE A HIGHLY EFFECTIVE WAY TO DIMINISH AND MANAGE INFLAMMATION. BY LILLIAN TABACINIC PHOTOGRAPHY BY JESSICA KASSIN

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nter The WIZO Health~Giving Cookbook, a guide as to which foods are beneficial and why, with 100 delicious, beautiful anti-inflammatory recipes. This book is about cooking your way to Health. The author, Susan Gail Farkas strongly believes that, as Maimonides said, “No disease that can be treated by diet should be treated with any other means.” Last year, Susan partnered with the Women’s International Zionist Organization to finalize the design and layout of her magnificent recipes. Spearheaded by two WIZO Florida groups, Yonit and Yachad, the book was meticulously put together, edited, and sent to print. It was launched in November of 2017. To date, over 800 copies have been sold, prompting the necessity of a second printing. Susan has been tremendously generous with WIZO, allowing it to send all proceeds from the sale of these books to one of their projects in Israel, the Nachlat Yehuda School and Youth Village in Rishon LeZion. Why WIZO? “WIZO ignites in me an inner spark through the many projects that they endeavor. The collective strength, passion, and determination of these women has always inspired me. It is the spirit of tenacity, dedication, and selflessness that you see in the eyes of every WIZO volunteer all around the world until today. It is for these reasons that in my own way I wanted to be a part of this organization, and with this book I have the intention to give families the gift of health and to help fan those inner sparks of possibility into flames of achievement! Yes -- through A Health-Giving Cook book!” exclaims Farkas. Founded in 1922 the WIZO Nachlat Yehuda School and Youth Village is home to children from immigrant and Israeli families with severe social and economic challenges including physical abuse and neglect. It boasts an enrollment of 364 youth, of which 165 reside in the dormitories, illustrating their success in reaching out to disadvantaged youth and those on the fringes of society.

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The majority of students suffer from academic delays, learning disabilities, attention disorders and even social rejection. The Village’s vision is to help students realize their academic and social abilities and talents and to provide an educational, social and economic solution for youth that is better than what they have at home. For the first time in their lives, youth at risk feel that someone really cares for them. “The leading goal of the youth village is to enable the youth to actualize their full capabilities, academically, socially and in their future IDF service. At WIZO Nachlat Yehuda, we provide the resources that will accompany our graduates through every step of the way,” says Penina Gefen, Director of the School. Susan Gail Farkas is a graduate of the Acupuncture Program of the College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Israel, as well as a certified Chinese herbalist and Shiatsu therapist in Israel. She complemented her clinical studies with a practicum at the Hangzhou Hospital of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Zhenjiang province of the Republic of China, in the departments of Acupuncture, Massage, and TCM Internal Medicine. She received training to practice Health Counseling at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition in New York City, and is certified by the American Association of Drugless Practitioners. Susan mentors individuals to cultivate positive health choices through nutrition, lifestyle and behavior adjustments. Her approach to health is taking the whole person into consideration and treating the root cause of the problem. She specializes in the prevention and treatment of disease by supporting the body’s inherent ability to heal itself. With Susan’s guidance on following an anti-inflammatory diet and showing mouth-wateringly stunning photographs by Jessica Kassin, the Health~Giving cookbook will inspire the inner nutritionist and chef in every reader. As an additional gift, each recipe has a Health Giving note. It is the author’s way of trying to change the conversation about food, diets, and cooking. Susan wants you to love food. The act of cooking is the best way to change your relationship with food and connect you with the more positive, healing and miracle part of food. You can now purchase this beautiful and inspiring book at https://www.wizofl.org/ecommerce/hgcookbook. And remember, all proceeds will benefit disadvantaged Israeli Youth at the WIZO Nachlat Yehuda School and Youth Village in Israel.


FISH WITH COCONUT SPICED TAMARIND SAUCE SERVINGS: 4

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11⁄2 lbs salmon, skinned, or any other firm fish 1 teaspoon salt 1 sweet onion 2 teaspoon coconut oil 1 garlic clove, crushed 2 teaspoons ginger, minced and grated 1 teaspoon ground coriander 1 teaspoon ground cumin 1⁄2 teaspoon turmeric 1 tablespoon tamarind concentrate or paste (or 14 oz. of frozen tamarind juice) 1 tablespoon tomato purée 1 can coconut milk 3⁄4 cup water 1 tablespoon sugar, if using tamarind juice, there is is no need for sugar 11⁄2 cups snow peas cut in sticks and lightly sautéed in coconut oil. torn cilantro leaves, to finish 1⁄2 cup of cashews

chili pepper flakes for garnish

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HEALTH~GIVING NOTES

Can experiment with different types of fish to use for this recipe. But if you do happen to be a salmon person, this is a great way to really enhance it. From the sweet zest of the tamarind to the spicy notes of the cumin and turmeric, this fish recipe is alive with bold and dynamic flavors. The coconut milk, too, gives it a certain sweetness, which is a wonderful balance to all the savory elements at play here.

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Cut the salmon into bite-sized chunks or whole fillet, rub with 1⁄2 teaspoon of the salt and set aside. 2. Halve and finely slice the onion. 3. Heat the coconut oil in a heavy-based pan and fry the onion until soft, but not colored. 4. Add the garlic and ginger and fry for an additional 1 minute, stirring all the time. 5. Turn the heat down low, sprinkle over the ground coriander, cumin, turmeric, and stir continuously until the spices give a warm, toasted aroma, for about a minute. 6. Add the tamarind, tomato puree, coconut milk, water, the remaining salt, and the sugar. Simmer the sauce, uncovered, for about 10 minutes before tasting. If you feel the curry needs it, add a touch more tamarind. 7. Season the fish with salt and pepper. 8. In a separate pot, grill the fish with coconut oil until it has a nice golden color. 9. Add the fish to the pan and simmer for 5 minutes, or until cooked. The fish should flake easily when it’s ready. 10. Serve with steamed wild rice and stir-fried snow peas. Garnish with cilantro leaves, chili pepper flakes and cashews.


ARTICHOKE & ROASTED GARLIC SOUP SERVINGS: 6

RAW BEET CARPACCIO

CARPACCIO WITH GOAT CHEESE, MICROGREENS & BALSAMIC VINAIGRETTE SERVINGS: 4

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2 cups water-packed artichoke hearts, rinsed and drained or 1 10-oz package frozen artichoke hearts, thawed 1 tablespoon first cold press olive oil 2 tablespoons organic butter or ghee 2 medium leeks, white parts chopped (2 cups) 1 head of garlic, top cut off and excess papery skin removed 1 large all-purpose potato, peeled and diced (optional) 1 stalk celery, chopped 4 cups reduced-sodium vegetable broth

2 tablespoons lemon juice

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3 medium beets (red or orange or both), peeled and stems trimmed to 2 inches 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice 4 oz. goat cheese, sliced 2 teaspoons fresh cilantro, chopped 3 tablespoons first cold press olive oil 1⁄2 cup red onion (thinly sliced) salt and freshly ground black pepper bunch of colorful microgreens equipment:

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2 cups walnut halves 1 cup Grade B maple syrup

1 teaspooon salt

adjustable-blade slicer or mandolin

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MAPLE GLAZED WALNUTS: 1. Preheat a dry skillet over medium-high heat. Add the walnuts, maple syrup and salt. 2. Cook, stirring frequently, until syrup is caramelized and nuts are toasted, about 3 minutes. Let cool.

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Place garlic on a large sheet of aluminum foil and drizzle with 1 tablespoon olive oil and 1⁄2 teaspoon each of the salt and pepper. Close the foil around garlic, leaving a space between the top and the foil, and place on a baking sheet in the oven. Roast until soft and fragrant, about 1 hour 15 minutes. Remove, cool, and squeeze out garlic into a bowl. To make the soup, add olive oil and butter to the soup pot and place over medium heat. Add leeks and celery. Cook about 4 minutes and add the roasted garlic, garlic cream and potato. Cook for 4 additional minutes, stirring often and regulating heat so vegetables soften but don’t brown. Coarsely chop artichokes and add to pot along with stock. Reduce heat to maintain a simmer and cook 15 to 20 minutes or until vegetables are tender. Puree with an immersion blender. Add the lemon juice. Add salt and pepper too taste. Top soup with Lemon Dill & Walnut Pesto

HEALTH~GIVING NOTES

As legend has it, the artichoke was created when the smitten Greek god, Zeus, turned his object of affection into a thistle after being rejected. Despite what many would consider to be a prickly beginning, the ancients revered the artichoke as full of health benefits, using it as an aphrodisiac, a diuretic, and breath freshener. Artichokes have also long been used for detoxifying the body, improving the health of the liver, and aiding in digestive issues. The deep flavor of the artichoke makes this recipe satisfying and interesting.

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ASSEMBLE CARPACCIO: 3. Using stems as a handle, peel the beets and slice them paper-thin with slicer. 4. Toss with lemon, olive oil and salt and pepper in a bowl, cover the cut raw beets with this dressing and then let stand 30 minutes to marinate. 5. Divide beets among a large plate, overlapping slices slightly. Top with onion, cilantro, goat cheese and walnuts. Add more lemon and olive oil if necessary. 6. Dress microgreens with the lemon, olive oil, salt and pepper. Arrange greens in the center of the plate.

HEALTH~GIVING NOTES

If until now you are only familiar with beets in their cooked form, get ready—the raw beet experience makes it a whole different vegetable. There is a wonderful crunch to even the thinnest slices of raw beet, which is exactly what this carpaccio recipe calls for. The raw beet has a powerful impact on many of the senses, with its bright fuchsia hue, its unique texture of crispness—and the added benefit of being full of phytonutrients. Combined with the microgreens, which are sprouts, and therefore at the peak of their nutritional value, this combination of ingredients is at once delicious and easy to digest.


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RAW ENERGY BROWNIES SERVINGS: 16-20 BROWNIES

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1⁄2 lb raw walnuts 1 vanilla bean, seeds scraped (or 1⁄2 teaspoon alcohol-free vanilla extract) 1 cup raw cacao powder 1/8 teaspoon sea salt 1 teaspoon maca powder (optional) 1⁄2 lb pitted soft medjool dates 1 tablespoon maple Grade B syrup (optional you can add more if you want the brownies a little sweeter) additional good cacao powder, for coating (optional)

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Place walnuts and vanilla in a food processor and blend until the nuts are finely ground. Add cacao, maca and sea salt and process until everything is evenly combined (you might have to scrape the sides down). With the motor running, drop dates one by one through the feed tube until the mixture comes together. The mixture will be what should hold together when pressed. Taste and see if you need to add any maple syrup, and then pulse until everything is well mixed. Transfer the mixture into an 8x8 inch pan, and press down firmly using your clean hands. Refrigerate for at least half an hour before cutting. Store in the fridge to preserve. You can eat these cold, or allow them to come to room temperature, which I prefer. Cut in squares and decorate them with cacao powder with a walnut on top.

HEALTH~GIVING NOTES

It’s about time that we can live in a world where brownies aren’t the enemy. This hearty brownie recipe is the perfect answer to your need for a healthy dessert or treat. I prefer the taste of walnuts in these brownies, but feel free to use any other nut you like, including raw pecans or almonds. These brownies are perfect for kids, too. The sea salt in them gives just enough of a savory quality, but the maple syrup keeps them nice and sweet.

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