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A Personal Recipe for YOURSELF on Rosh Hashanah by Life Coach Alice Chera

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A Personal Recipe for YOURSELF on Rosh Hashanah by Life Coach Alice Chera

1 Comment 14 September 2012

 

Thanks you Alice Chera for your calming words of wisdom during this rushed and hectic holiday whirlwind…

For many Jewish women September is an amalgam of moving trucks, school supplies, holiday menus, shopping lists, and back to school tears. But let’s face it; we women are incredibly energetic and creative. When it comes to whipping up a months worth of gourmet holiday meals we can conquer the kitchen like nobodies business. But oftentimes the essence of the holidays, especially Rosh Hashanah can be overshadowed by the quest for the right fall shoe to the yummy aromas wafting from our kitchen. The fact that another year has passed and a fresh new year awaits us can seem secondary to the myriad of responsibilities required to get our selves and our families “holiday-ready.” So as we think about setting our tables and tweaking our menus, take a moment to focus on yourself and the upcoming year. What do you want this year to look like?

Rosh Hashanah is a time for both gratitude and reflection, a time to take stock of the past year and set our intentions for the year to come. Now is the time to channel some of that wonderful creative energy and decide what you would like to serve up for yourself in this New Year. Close your eyes and take a moment to go into your “inner house.” Picture a large, glorious table, a table just for you. This is your table for the year to come. How do you want to set it? What will be on your menu? What will you do this year to nourish your body, mind and soul?

There are 2 ways that we walk through our lives, one is by “being” and the other is by “doing.” How we walk through this year and who we decide to be is just as important as what we choose to do. This holiday think about what attributes you want to cultivate and what pesky habits you want to release. Perhaps it’s time to let go of self-doubt and work on really appreciating who you are and all that you do. Or how about cranking up your Fun-meter and doing something out of the box at least once a month just for fun? Maybe you have been waiting to go back to school, take that class, or start that juicy project you keep putting off. This Rosh Hashanah, don’t forget one of the most important people to grace your table- that person is you! Create a recipe for yourself this year that spices up your fall, warms your winter and has you blossoming through Spring and Summer.”

Alice Chera, CPCC, ACC
AKC Life Coaching
(917) 692-4409
alic44@aol.com
www.alicechera.com

 

 

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A Fabulous Elegant Seder by Marilyn Harary

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A Fabulous Elegant Seder by Marilyn Harary

No Comments 15 March 2012

If you thought that Passover was over, then think again! The photos are still coming in, please enjoy Marilyn Harary’s timeless seder! Thank you for sharing your holiday with us, Marilyn!

“Hi Marlene ,
It was so much prettier but I didn’t get any close ups  I seated 16 comfortably I had two cloths white with buttercup yellow with matouk linens napkins and place mats.  Gorgous flowers,  and Baruch hashem  a good time was had by all.
We’ll talk menu one day !! Marilyn”

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Jewish Hostess of the Week! -Bridget Ben Dayan

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Jewish Hostess of the Week! -Bridget Ben Dayan

2 Comments 21 March 2011

 

How cool is Jewish Hostess Bridget Ben Dayan? I’m in love with her creative Purim party ideas and I’m so glad that she took the time to share it with all of us!  Of course you can take this table decor idea and use it for your Passover Seder or any festive occasion during the year.  Be the next Jewish Hostess of the Week and send in ANY cool ideas to ME! Marlene M.
Dear Marlene,
Last year was our first time making a Purim party for the kids.  It was so much fun that we decided to do it again.

  • We started out by making photo invitations online which was easy and a great way to get the kids involved and even more excited about Purim.
  • Next we found a great magician, Magician Mo, who entertained the older and younger kids alike.  All we had left to do was prepare a dessert table and we had a party!
Since we were having boys and girls, I tried to incorporate various colors so it would look festive and colorful and each of my kids would think it was for them.
  • I started with hot pink fabric as a runner, then turned my mom’s white square platters upside down for a new look.
  • I found a book of scrapbooking paper that had different patterns using blue, green & grey.  Each platter got a different design and then was topped with glass and ready for dessert.
  • In the center were two simple vases of flowers filled with jellybeans to incorporate all of the colors.
  • All the desserts were “pick up” pieces, which  are delicious, look great and makes the table look much neater.
  • I found a great solution for fruit also, I found these small, cool shaped plastic bowls and mini spoons in amazing savings. I filled them with my new favorite combination of orange, grapefruit and fresh mint and put them alongside the mini spoons.
We had such a nice day, the kids were able to have fun, we were able to spend time with our friends, and then we had the whole afternoon to enjoy the Seuda with our family.
Thanks for letting me share…
Bridget

 

 

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How to Add Drama and Fun to Your Purim Seuda Table

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How to Add Drama and Fun to Your Purim Seuda Table

4 Comments 02 January 2011

To all of my Jewish Hostesses,

Meet Elizabeth Braha,  Elizabeth is an emerging talent on the interior design scene. She is a graduate from Parson’s School of design.

Her elegance and fresh approach to style is a breath of fresh air.I’m loving her Tony Duquette inspired Purim table. I’m thinking of buying animal print fabric from HERE to use as a tablecloth or napkins…

Keep an eye out for more of Elizabeth’s posts, as she promised me that she will find the time to inspire us in between the baby feedings….Enjoy! Marlene M.

“More is More” Purim 2011

After a hectic day of carpools and diaper changes, I usually find it calming to set a clean and simple table. I typically use a lot of whites of varying textures, along with stainless steel silverware, always some flowers, and occasionally when the timing is right, candles. This calm setting is perfect during the year, but Purim calls for more fun and  pizzaz.

I decided to go on a fantasy shopping spree inspired by one of my favorite designers, Tony Duquette. Duquette was known for his glamorous mix and match approach to decor.  Beauty, not luxury was what he valued, designing homes for many of Hollywood’s leading actors, as well as jewelry for royalty and parties for fabulous friends. He fearlessly layered exotic prints with organic textures such as leaves, feathers, bamboo, and branches, and splashed metallic and bold colors into the mix.

This Purim let’s embrace flamboyance and say goodbye to simplicity, as Tony Duquette said, “More is More”!

While it would be impractical to live so ostentatiously every day, we should all take inspiration from Tony Duquette and use the special day of Purim to rejoice and add some extraordinary splendor to our lives  … if only for one night!

Here are some of my favorite picks for your Tony Duquette inspired Purim table this year!

1- Square ceramic red vases at Pier One Imports $49.

2- Mask at Mardis Gras Costumes $9.99 and up

3- Dahlia placemat at ABC Carpet and Home $8.

4- Tortoise plates by Juane De Chrome at Michael C Fina $156.

5- Leopard plate by Wayland Gregory at Michael C Fina $195.

6- Mask at Anytime Costumes $9.99 and up

7 -Bamboo napkin ring by Dransfield and Ross

8- Coffee pot by Haviland at Michael C Fina $472.

9- Turtle salt and pepper shakers by L’Objet at Vivre $175.

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Glamour with a Twist of Tradition on Rosh Hashanah

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Glamour with a Twist of Tradition on Rosh Hashanah

No Comments 07 September 2010

Today I helped my grandmother set the table for Rosh Hashanah. Apparently, I have been setting the table wrong for all these years… (napkin DOESNT go under the silverware?), but she let me infiltrate with some of my ideas this year.

I was trying to get a more modern look out of her super traditional dinnerware.

My first step was to lose the table cloth. Handmade lace tablecloths are grand as grand can be, but I think the bare table is so beautiful that I wanted to showcase it. Plus, I love the contrast of the white plates and the dark wood. It makes the table seem fresh.

Next was the choice of dishes. I chose these from all of her most ornate sets because it looks crisp, and its easy to match with other white dishes. The gold scalloped edge is glamourous but also simple.

I chose a glass with a bit of color to it, and I used her brass wine cup and bronze pitcher, proving once again that you can mix metals as freely as you dare!

Sterling silver flatware is always a good thing, and on the bare glossy wood the silver really sparkles.

Handmade napkins and mother of pearl dishes to hold the symbolic foods complete the look.

The finishing touch were the vintage glass apples that we used on each plate. Cheeky, apropos and playful, while the table remains elegant and refined.

I hope you all have a lovely holiday! Check out my blog Sketch 42!

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Rosh Hashanah This Year-Is it Early or On Time?

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Rosh Hashanah This Year-Is it Early or On Time?

No Comments 01 September 2010

by Linda Dayan

Most of us are still enjoying the summer vacation. We are away from the daily routine, which keeps us busy during the year at home. The kids may be in camp and few parents have any thoughts about school supplies!

However, I’m sure that you have heard (even if you claim to have forgotten every now and then)… the Holidays are “early this year!”

As I once heard from Rabbi David Orlovsky: “Did you ever notice that the High Holidays are either early or late? How come they are never ON TIME?”

We have entered the Jewish month of Elul, which tells us that Rosh HaShana is less than a month away. This statement is not meant to pressure anyone. It is your friendly reminder that we have some work to do; not only for our freezer, but also for ourselves.

The days of Elul are imbued with H-Shem coming closer to the Jewish people. During this period, He is more intensely accessible, with His good will and forgiving “disposition.” We don’t want to miss this opportunity!

But…

Yetzer HaRa (the evil inclination) knows just how to trap us, especially when we are trying to improve. We have to be conscious of how to send him packing. Here are some of his tactics that he may throw your way (so watch out!):

“So what if you talk some lashon hara now and then? It’s not so bad; besides you have to be sociable.”

“You were born with lots of anger; that’s how you’ve always been and no one expects you to change – especially at your age!”

“I know it’s important for you to dress more modestly, but come on… you’re not that religious. Besides, if you can’t do it perfectly, then why try at all?”

So let’s use these days of Elul to make baby steps in the right direction.

No, your speech will not change overnight. But you can learn 2 halachot a day with a friend (not more, or you may give up). It can take about five minutes on the phone and make a difference in your day.

Anger, or any mida (personality trait) can take years to work on. NOW is the best time to start. No one said you have to finish! Perfection is another one of the Yetzer HaRa’s tricks to get you to despair. How about aiming to keep your voice down for a specific one or two hours a day.

If you want to be more modest, pick some area that is not too difficult for you. If you have a friend for support, that always helps. But don’t think that a baby step in the right direction is not considered growth. No matter how tiny, YOU have made a STEP. And H-Shem values that!

So know that H-Shem loves us and is closer this time of year. Take advantage of His kindness to us by looking for small meaningful steps to enter this New Year as a person who is trying.

Do your best and let H-Shem do the rest.

Wishing all the Jewish Hostess readers a healthy, happy and sweet year; one in which we feel fulfilled, accomplished and having more self-respect because of our efforts to progress.

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NYC Jewish Kids April  2010

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NYC Jewish Kids April 2010

No Comments 02 April 2010

Are you looking to stimulate your kids with something creative, cultural, and Jewish?


Did you know that the creators of Curious George were a husband and wife team that fled the Nazis in Paris on bicycles in the 40’s?

Sunday , April 11, at 10:30 A.M. create your own watercolor painting with your child  inspired by your own personal journey. TICKETS for Ages 9-12

Take your kids to see the brand new exhibition of the original Curious George artwork entitled

Curious George Saves the Day: The Art of Margret and H.A. Rey

March 14, 2010 – August 01, 2010

The Jewish Museum

1109 5th Ave at 92nd St

New York NY 10128

Sunday April 11, 2010

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Passover Kitchen Accessories

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Passover Kitchen Accessories

No Comments 10 March 2010

These Passover kitchen neccesities wont be mistaken for anything that you use all year round!

Check out these kosher kitchen items to wrap up as a gift or purchase for your own Passover kitchen this year.

Just click on the images to purchase!

Passover Pot Holder

Passover Towel

Matzah Place Mat

Passover Napkins

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