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Party Planner Doris Dwek’s Impressive Turquoise and Gold Hanukka Table

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Party Planner Doris Dwek’s Impressive Turquoise and Gold Hanukka Table

1 Comment 17 December 2014

We are really lucky to have  this  Hanukka table setting from the famous Doris Dwek, an acclaimed party and event planner in the NYC area.

Doris, thank you so much  for all of your hard work and attention to every detail of your hanukkah holiday table decor!

Doris can  help you design a gorgeous one of a kind event invitation,  or if you want to create an impressive children’s party, bar mitzvah, or any type of memorable themed event!

p.s.  Thank you Grace Dabah for the gorgeous photography!

“Hi Marlene,

For this Hanukka display, I applied  gold paint  mixed with gold glitter  to wood branches as a centerpiece. I also dipped dreidels into the gold paint and  tied them on to trees with pretty ribbon for the Hanukkah centerpiece . Gold sparkly  initials attached to mirrored squares were used  as elegant place cards.

Organza ribbon and chocolate coins were assembled and used as a napkin ring. I used inexpensive fabric from Joanne fabrics to make a cloth runner .

The artificial silk flowers look  are from Paris and can be purchased from  Surrey lane stores in Brooklyn and Deal N.J.
The glass goblets can also be purchased at Surrey Lane also. Happy Hanukka to all of the Jewish Hostesses out there!

Doris Dwek”






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Rosh Hashanah in Morocco? Check out Sarah’s Table!

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Rosh Hashanah in Morocco? Check out Sarah’s Table!

2 Comments 19 May 2013

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(Enjoy Rosh Hashanah inspiration from 2011….)

Thank you Sarah for sending in your “Night in Morocco” themed Rosh Hashanah! WOW!!! I wish I was there!

Sarah created this Moroccan themed evening on Rosh Hashanah  by buying nargilla smoking pipes as props from Kosher Palace on Kings Highway. Always thinking of making her guests feel cozy and right at home, she also somehow found a minute to run to  Canal Street in Manhattan to purchase pashmena wraps which she artfully displayed on the back of each chair. Comfortable Morrocan patterned silk slippers were displayed in a basket at the foot of the dining room table. Moroccan drums and mirrored trays on this fabulous Rosh Hashanah table completed the holiday decor. Thick candles and Moroccan inspired candlesticks topped off the festive Jewish New year.

This is one table that will inspire us all to make our Jewish  holidays fun AND memorable! Thanks again for sharing your evening with us, Sarah!

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10 Gorgeous Shabbat Tables Sent In by our Fabulous Jewish Hostesses!

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10 Gorgeous Shabbat Tables Sent In by our Fabulous Jewish Hostesses!

3 Comments 02 September 2011

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Thank you to all of my Jewish Hostesses for sharing your Shabbat tables with other Jewish hostesses all over the world! 

Each table is an expression of the unique flair that you all have. By creating a Shabbat table that is truly your own, you are creating memories for your children that will be treasured for years to come. Ladies! Keep the pictures coming! Send them to marlene@thejewishhostess.com and be featured on The Jewish Hostess!

As a special thanks to my Jewish Hostesses- this week I will be sending the women who submitted Shabbat pics for this post, a free Jewish Hostess apron!

p.s- Check out MY Shabbat table HERE!!!

Shabbat Shalom! Marlene

1- “Hi Marlene, I love using accessories from nature for my Shabbat table.

My table has a classic white pintuck tablecloth, with coral and seashells scattered in the center. The challah cover has pink  roses.’

Jennifer Srour

2-“Hi Marlene,
Here is a picture of my shabbat table. I made challah napkin rings (inspired from one of the Susie Fishbein cookbooks) and bought some bright colored flowers.”
Michelle Dayan

3- “Hi Marlene,

I live in Baltimore, Maryland and really enjoy your website. The name of my business is Swirl. I specialize in creating handmade, beaded serving utensils and giftware. My creations are sold both in the retail market as well as the wholesale sector. Have a look at my website when you get a chance: www.swirlgifts.com
The look I am going for with this poolside Shabbat setting is along the lines of casual elegance.
Among the colorful pieces I design and have included for this shoot:

  • Challah Knife
  • Pewter Kiddush Cup
  • Shot Kiddush Cups
  • Wine Pourer decorated with summer flowers
  • Wine Goblets
  • Salt and Pepper Shakers
  • Challah Basket
  • Ice Bucket
  • Water Pitcher
  • Spreader and Spoons

The assorted colors make for a beautiful summer shabbat afternoon.
I hope you enjoy the look.
Shabbat Shalom.”
Linda Lebovic


4-” Hi Marlene, Here is a picture of my mom’s Shabbat table! Frieda”


5-  “Hi Marlene, My kids got way too excited when they heard me talking about this ‘contest’ – they insisted on creating the table with me…so we ended up with a summery kidcrafty shabbat table…which absolutely applies to us, lol! I did not put place settings out yet, since it’s outside :) You get our ‘centerpiece’ with our summer decorations and ritual items. My three year old made the kiddush cup, my six year old made the challah cover and painted the ‘tea set’ from which we used two cups as candlesticks, I made the seashell box a few years ago, and my eight year old says he thinks he needs a new apron ;)”

Lyn Anne Cutler

6- “Hi Marlene- this picture is the first course at a Friday night Shabbos table.  The sushi was made with gefilte fish from a ready made roll.  It looked lovely on the table and made a beautiful presentation.” Sara Katsen

Get this Gefilte Fish Nori Roll Recipe HERE

7- “Hi Marlene, this is my daughter’s first Shabbat in their home in Florida.”

Victoria Arnold

8- Hi
I love your web site!
I’ve attached my Shabbat table pictures, but I must confess that I am a simple hostess and these pics were taken after a minor flood & BIG MESS.
Keep up the good work!
Tamara Moser


9- Here’s a first-ever  Shabbat table set  for the Gindi family!!!  by  Ruthie Tawil!

p.s. Ruthie also cooked her first-ever delicious authentic Allepian Syrian meal for her parents and brothers!!

Great job- Ruthie!!

10- And last but not least- Another unique  Shabbat table by Shelly Anteby . Give Shelly a hand for always creating a brand new Shabbat table setting every week!

Check out her Facebook page for weekly sample sales in NYC!!


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An Exotic Table Designed By Michele Safra In Honor of Mario Buatta at the Metropolitan Club

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An Exotic Table Designed By Michele Safra In Honor of Mario Buatta at the Metropolitan Club

No Comments 25 May 2011

Thank you Michele Safra for sending in this gorgeous and exotic table designed in honor of Mario Buatta! Michele, a native of Milan, was greatly influenced by her mother, an interior designer who fashioned homes in  in Paris, Brussels, Geneva and Monte Carlo. Michele  later earned her degree from the New York School of Interior Design and soon founded her company, Michele Safra Interiors.

An Exotic Table designed by Michele Safra in honor of Mario Buatta at the Metropolitan Club in NYC

“The New York School of Interior Design (NYSID), the beneficiary of the AVENUE SHOWS Antiques and Art at the Armory, held an Opening Night Gala Dinner at the Metropolitan Club honoring Mario Buatta on March 9, 2011. For this special event, NYSID granted us the opportunity to design one table inspired by elements of Mario Buatta’s designs.

As our theme we chose: “Prince of Chintz Mario Buatta loves Chinoiserie”.

Mario Buatta, dubbed the “Prince of Chintz” repeatedly uses Chinoiserie in his decorations, be it in screens, pieces of furniture or objects. Our fabric for the overlay of the tablecloth is chintz in a charcoal color. The original source for its design is a Chinoiserie toile printed in France CA. 1786.

Our choice of color was influenced by one of Mario Buatta’s sentences: ” People are often afraid to go dark, but once we have once we have pushed them to the other side they never regret it.”

To offset the charcoal we placed and underlay gold silk and two important Ormolu Empire candelabras. A pair of 18th century Dutch tole chestnut urns of japanned with gilt decoration of flowers and foliage on a black ground all contribute to the Chinoiserie theme.

A striking arrangement of orange Fritillaria Imperials and Orchids Oncydium mini all from Japan were woven together with corail Fire Cracker from Holland. This added vivid color, vibrancy, and a touch of exoticism”

Michele Safra




More about Michele…

A native of Milan, Michele Safra was virtually swaddled in Fortuny and Dupioni silks at birth, thanks to her mother, an interior designer.  Branded as the brainy one in the family, young Michele was pushed to become a financial advisor.  But, even as she studied voraciously and excelled in the world of numbers, Michele was busy absorbing the world of beauty, learning how to fashion homes in Paris, Brussels, Geneva and Monte Carlo at her mother’s side.  Even though her financial career was on the fast track, Michele heard the irresistible call of her artistic muse.  Throwing caution to the wind, she dared to follow in her mother’s footsteps.  She turned her sights to design, earning her degree from the New York School of Interior Design and soon founding her company, Michele Safra Interiors.

Michele’s artistic roots, global upbringing, and financial expertise give her a distinctive blend of creative, cultural and business sense that’s not often found in the design world.  An allied member of ASID, Michele has developed an international clientele for both residential and commercial projects. When she isn’t scouring European flea markets and exclusive showrooms, she can be found doting on her family in New York City. With a multicultural background and a flair for the eclectic, contemporary, and timeless, Michele Safra is dedicated to helping clients create beautiful spaces that resonate with their own unique spirit.


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Designer Showhouse: Decor By the Shore

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Designer Showhouse: Decor By the Shore

14 Comments 21 May 2011

I’m SO proud of my cousin Lizzy Sarway who has managed to pull off this awesome charity event to be unveiled this week in Deal, N.J. Spend a relaxing day by the shore and treat yourself to the talents of the most acclaimed interior designers of the decade. Take a sneak peek of Lizzy’s behind the scenes pics that she just sent over!



WIN 2 Tickets to Decor by the Shore!

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Entry to designer showhouse with free tickets valid for May 31- June 5

Announcing a Truly Special Event:
Designers’ ShowHouse: ‘Décor By the Shore’

New Jersey ShowHouse,
136 Ocean Avenue, Deal, NJ
Contact: Liz Sarway 917-693-6805

A Designer ShowHouse will be staged in a magnificent historic mansion built in 1906; Just a little more than an hour from New York City [exit 105 of the Garden State Parkway, south].

The Show will run from May 26 – June 30, 2011.  Showrooms representing over twenty well-established interior designers will be on display, including, Jamie Drake, John Ike, Nick Calder, Kerry Delrose, Bjorn Bjornsson, Robert Passal, William McIntosh, S.Y. Interiors, Lee Najman, and Jamie Herzlinger, as well as by Studium Tiles, decorative painters, and landscape designers.

Hours: Sunday – Thursday 10am – 6pm
Fridays 10am – 4pm
Saturdays Closed
Closed also Wed, Thurs, Fri, June 8,9,10

Parking: Free parking directly across the street at the Deal Casino beach club parking lot

Tickets: Single entrance$30
Group Rate over 10 people, one day$20
Art Event & Sale 6/28$30
Luncheon with Decorators/ Home Décor Expo 6/29$30
Package for Single Entrance, Art Night, Luncheon/Expo$70

Proceeds will benefit the Sephardic Community Center of Brooklyn, New York www.SCClive.org / 718-627-4300

There will be self guided tours throughout the house daily.

On Tuesday, June 28, 2011, from 10am ~ 9pm there will be a special viewing of paintings from consultants, galleries and artists.

On Wednesday, June 29: 12 noon lunch. Meet some of the decorators responsible for the mansions décor.  A panel discussion with some of the designers will be followed by a Q&A.

On Wednesday, June 29; Experience the Home Décor Expo on the mansion’s front lawns and discover all there is to know about Home Décor from experts in their fields.









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Claudia’s Bento Box Inspired Passover Seder Plate

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Claudia’s Bento Box Inspired Passover Seder Plate

11 Comments 16 March 2011

I am inspired by so many people in my life, and Claudia Bildirici is one of them. If you bump into Claudia on the streets of Brooklyn, you may be lucky enough to get a creative tabletop tip from her as she runs off to Deal, New Jersey to bake in her Passover kitchen for 3 days so that she can supply the entire Associated supermarket on Avenue P with her delectable Passover desserts. She also owns her own Kosher Biscotti company and I am still waiting for her to pitch her Lottie’s Biscotti (spelt, pistachio, chocolate flavors to name a few….) to Jet Blue airlines to serve instead of their cardboardy, tasteless biscotti . Her crunchy, thinly sliced biscotti can be bought online, in local stores, and  in Macy’s Cellar, New York City. Claudia- thanks for sharing your Passover creativity with all of us! Marlene

“The bambo storage box  was my inspiration. When I saw it at Amazing Savings, the $2. price  tag was an offer too good to refuse. I decided to fill the bento box with tiny plastic boxes that came 12 in a pack. I put 5 small plastic boxes in the bamboo box to hold the egg,  celery, salt water, charoset.and lamb shank. I also added the wine glass, endive and romaine to complete the individualized seder plates.I boiled the egg with onion skins and parsley leaves. Now that the seders are over, I am lucky to have all of these great storage boxes!

Happy Passover! Claudia “

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Win a Free Photo Shoot at Photo Op!


Win a Free Photo Shoot at Photo Op!

18 Comments 01 January 2011

PhotoOp Opens Premiere Photography Studio on Manhattan’s Upper West Side

PhotoOp, a new family photography studio under the creative direction of renowned event and celebrity photographer Brian Marcus, will open the doors of its first location on NYC’s upper west side in February, 2011.

Win a free Portrait sitting at PhotoOp worth $199!

Just  1-comment below and tell us why you want to win the photo shoot, or  2-subscribe or 3-comment on our Facebook page.

Winner will be chosen at random on or about March 1.

PhotoOp brings a unique photography experience to Manhattan, offering senior level professional photo stylists, all under the direction of Brian Marcus, ensuring that PhotoOp will capture the most memorable and striking moments. PhotoOp specializes in both modern and classic family portraits, children’s photos and will feature exciting special guests, exclusive wardrobe styling, inspiring backdrops and unique photo gifts for all occasions.  Sitting fees start at $199, which includes retouching, photo sharing and a slideshow for sharing.

PhotoOp will have an on-site designer “sample closet” for any last minute wardrobe changes (whether adding a cute jean jacket or leather biker vest will do the trick, or a pink tutu and loads of jewels are in order), with a treasure chest of fun kids jewelry, hair accessories, etc. Stylists will be on hand to help kids get “camera ready”.

PhotoOp even offers custom birthday packages. PhotoOp is a great destination for dress-up birthday photo shoots – kids can bring their best friends, pull together fun outfits and jump in front of the camera for a memorable birthday celebration. They can even bring in their favorite ipod mixes to play during the shoot or can sample the studio’s soundtracks, and enjoy kid friendly snacks, while photographers capture their fun personalities and style.

Unlike most children’s studios, PhotoOp offers a dynamic mix of colored and textured backdrops (including a candy wall!), as well as custom art work – even a fabulous graffiti wall by famed graffiti artist Andre Charles.

In addition to their photography services, PhotoOP will offer novelty gifts in-store for turning photos into meaningful keepsakes – everything from fashionable canvas totes and cosmetic cases to charm bracelets and cufflinks.




“Camera Ready”

$199 Sitting Fee, includes photo shoot, retouching and editing of photos, online viewing and sharing of photos, custom digital slideshow of your photos for viewing and sharing, and meeting with your photographer to select your photos.

“The Red Carpet”

(1) 11” X 14”   $100

(1) 8” X 10”     $50

(1) 5” X 7”      $40

(1) 4” X 6”      $30

“The Paparazzi”

✪ Canvas Wraps

✪ Plexis

✪ Metal Prints

✪ Framing

✪ Boxes

✪ 3-D Images

“Lights”             $150

(1) 8” X 10” (2) 5” X 7” (2) 4” X 6”

“Camera”           $300

(1) 11” X 14” (3) 8” X 10”

(2) 5” X 7”     (2) 4” X 6”


“Action”            $500

(2) 11” X 14” (4) 8” X 10” (4) 5” X 7”

(4) 4” X 6” + standard framing of any 1 print.


442 Columbus Ave. (at 81st Street)


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Take Off Your Shoes!

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Take Off Your Shoes!

1 Comment 31 August 2010

Did you know that there are more than 58 muscels  in each human foot?
We love the way sneakers can keep our feet cushioned and well protected, but just  how much of all this is really good for us?

The simple act of walking uses more than 200 muscles; cushioning the feet in shoes all the time can throw you off balance, weaken the foot muscels, ligaments and tendons. Keeping shoes on our feet all the time, may inhibit sensory input from thousands of nerve endings in the soles of our feet, which can lead  to many problems in the foot, leg, and back..

I was introduced to barefoot training at a fitness conference in New York City over 10 years ago. I was excited to bring back this concept to  my group fitness class, but was uncomfortable to ask my  student to take off there sneakers. It was and is a common misconception by most, that the more cushioning and stabilization for your feet the better it was to protect your ankles, knees and back.
In actuality, its the exact opposite. An imagery I often tell my students is imagine your hand is fitted in a stiff glove, and all around the glove are lots of cushions, gels, and air pockets. With all the “stuff” around your hands it brings limited movement to your fingers. Your palms won’t be able to open and close. Your fingers won’t be able to spread open. In time, the muscles, ligaments and tendons will loose its strength. The wrist will weaken, and so will the elbow and shoulder. Everything is connected.

The same concept can be used for our feet. When you take off your shoes, the toes are able to spread out more easily, balance of the body improves, you can use your joints, ankles and hips more. A benefit of going barefoot is that it stimulates the circulation in your feet and can have a positive effect on all your organs.
Try doing a lunge with your supportative sneakers and see how that feels. Now, try the same lunge barefoot. Notice how much more control you need to contribute in order effectively do the same exact movement. Did you “thump” on the landing of your lunge knowing the supportative sneakers will protect you from the floor below?
Working out barefoot takes control, poise and mind fullness.

Try a few times a week to walk around the house barefoot. Engaging in muscles that are usually covered up.Its no wonder that babies kick off there booties- they know in order to learn to walk properly-they need there toes to touch the ground.

About 5 years ago, I had an amazing opportunity to conduct my summer classes in a karate studio in long branch new jersey.
Upon taking the space, the terms were that students must take off their sneakers in order to protect the delicate matting of the studios’ floor. I was hesitant to accept, but was way into the summer season and needed to act fast.
I agreed- we exercised 5 days a week with classes ranging from Cardio Fusion, Med ball and sculpting classes. It was a huge success. Women still come over to me with wonderful barefoot memories of that summer.
In the fall of the same year, I was determined to keep my sneakers off. I did and encouraged my students to do the same, until I stubbed and broke my toe on a dumbell while I was instructing. Since then, I will only teach barefoot training in an equipment free class to promote safety.
I was in search of a sneaker that would allow my foot the freedom yet protection from injuries.
After dozens of sneakers and years later I was finally introduced to “nike free” sneakers. These sneakers improved balance, agility, and foot strength. Thinner, lighter and more flexible designs mimic the foot’s natural form.
I encourage all my students to work out in them. If you do buy them, start off slowly-first once a week and little by little add more nike free time to a full week. At first you may feel cramping, that’s normal. In a few weeks time your feet will adjust to the new  demands.
More manufactures are following suit. As I give them a try I will send you my feedback.

Would you like to try an amazing barefoot cardio class?
Find out my schedule for WillPower&Grace. A class that infuse positive thoughts with practises borrowed from yoga, pilates.  Your feet, body and mind  will thank you!

Sari Dana
Group Movement & Lifestyle Enthusiast

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Enjoy A Dry Red Wine on Shabbat

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Enjoy A Dry Red Wine on Shabbat

1 Comment 09 May 2010

Yatir Cabernet Sauvignon 2006 – Yatir Winery is producing some of the finest wines coming out of Israel.   The Yatir Cabernet Sauvignon is a medium body, dry, red wine made from grapes grown in the lower Judean Hills on the border of the Negev Desert Region.  It is 85% Cabernet Sauvignon and 15% Petit Verdot, with its trademarked deep purple color.  Expect an action packed, flavor attack on the mouth initially, with layers and layers of black fruit flavors, and a long sensuous finish.  It should go great with any full flavored red meat dish.

Dry red wines should be served cool to the touch, but not chilled.  It is a fine new world  style Cabernet Sauvignon, which can be enjoyed by everyone, at the Shabbos table.

Goes perfectly with Rosemary and Garlic Baby Lambchops or Kosher Contessa Rack of Lamb Persillade


Mark Glicksman is certified by the International Wine Center in New York City, and frequently writes wine reviews for publications.

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Leftover Makeovers

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Leftover Makeovers

3 Comments 01 May 2010

Shabbat Shalom
Your Peace of the Week
By: Marissa Anteby

Ughhh, my refrigerator is packed with holiday leftovers. If my family didn’t finish the dish the first time around, I doubt they’re going to like it any better re-heated. So, my plan is to transform my ordinary food in to a brand new meal. I’ve tried something like this before. Oh yes, I can work magic with a bottle of teriyaki sauce and peach salsa. In the interest of full disclosure (and in case any of my kids ever read this,) the term “work magic” is loosely used here as a euphemism for  “smother fish in tangy condiments.” Such culinary adventures may not have won over any taste buds but they have been the source of plenty of jokes. (Find all kinds of kosher sauce and salsa at Trader Joe’s  http://www.traderjoes.com/)

To jump start your imagination, here’s a few highlights from my past leftover makeover attempts:
–  Re-fashioned spinach quiche in to filling for puff pastry hors d’ oeuvres.
–  Re-purposed grilled vegetables as layers in lasagna.
–  Re-cycled sauteed broccoli and cauliflower for an egg and cheese soufflé.
–  Re-ran ginger snap cookies crumbled in to salad.

My theory is not to worry too much about making things perfect. Sometimes the beauty is in the imperfections. Anyway, to me, the menu is a secondary concern to the whole family dining experience. I know it may sound a bit odd, but the interaction is more important. Even if the kids are arguing, there’s automatic bonding that takes place when people share a meal together. Go ahead, buy a jar of teriyaki sauce and peach salsa, and you’ll see what I mean!

As always, scroll all the way down to post your comments. Let us know what you think about leftovers and sharing meals and laughs with your family. 1 lucky winner will be chosen from people who comment on Marissa’s articles. The prize this month is a FREE Restorative Yoga Session from www.embodyinc.com

Shabbat Shalom,

Marissa Anteby is a wife, and a mother of 4 children. Her company www.embodyinc.com hosts holistic exercise classes in Cycling, Pilates, and Yoga, in cities throughout New York and New Jersey. Marissa maintains more than 10 wellness related certifications, including Reiki Massage, and Thai Yoga Massage. Marissa’s wellness tips for fulfilled living can be found on her blog www.embodyinc.blogspot.com

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Shabbat Shalom Hug for Mom

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Shabbat Shalom Hug for Mom

No Comments 30 April 2010

Shabbat Shalom
Your Peace of the Week
by: Marissa Anteby

You deserve a hug for all the things you do for so many people. You may be surprised when I tell you who the best person is to give you this hug. It’s you! There’s no better time to get your hug, than right now. Good, bad, or indifferent, this week is coming to a close. It’s only hours away from being over. How about throwing the whole week behind you and allowing this Shabbat to be the start of something new. Can you envision it? Really experiencing each new moment as it comes, without the added narration of past disappointments or projections and fears of what may happen in the future? I say, let’s go for it. Let’s take the leap of faith together.  Release your grip on old patterns of behavior. If you think about it, you’ll agree, those habits aren’t benefiting you anyway.

Here’s a simple Mind/Body exercise you can do to clear out your subconscious cobwebs and stagnant energy:

1-  Stand tall, with your feet hip distance apart.
2-  Give yourself a big hug.
3-  Inhale, as you open your arms as wide as you can, throwing your arms behind you.
4-  Exhale, as you close your arms, embracing yourself once again.
5-  Repeat #2 thru #4, for a cycle of 8 repetitions.

For a bigger lift to your spirits, add the following variations:

1-  Go as slow as you can, with your arm movements and breathing.
2-  Turn your head to the right as you inhale.
3-  Turn your head to the left as you exhale.

If you’re feeling really brave, you might try adding some words to your movements:

1-  Say the word “big,” as you open your arms.
2-  Say the word “thanks,” as you close your arms.
3-  Giving yourself, “big thanks!”

You can even mix and match the variations or make up your own. Just remember to always be gentle with yourself. The object is to show a little appreciation to yourself, not get stressed out. After all, even though we never take the time to do it, thanking ourselves for all that we do, may be the most important gift of gratitude.

As always, scroll all the way down to post your comments. I really enjoy reading them, and 1 lucky winner will be chosen from people who comment, to win a FREE Thai Yoga Massage from www.embodyinc.com

Shabbat Shalom,

Marissa Anteby is a wife, and a mother of 4 children. Her company www.embodyinc.com hosts holistic exercise classes in Cycling, Pilates, and Yoga, in cities throughout New York and New Jersey. Marissa maintains more than 10 wellness related certifications, including Reiki Massage, and Thai Yoga Massage. http://embodyinc.blogspot.com/p/marissa-antebys-bio.html

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Life Does Not Have to be Perfect to be Wonderful…

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Life Does Not Have to be Perfect to be Wonderful…

1 Comment 29 April 2010

by Jodi Samuels, founder of MetroImma- an online community for Jewish moms.

“Life does not have to be perfect to be wonderful”

By all accounts we had the perfect life. I met my husband the year after high school and we were married by the time I was 20. We travelled the world together, living and working in truly exotic places. My husband is a doctor and he worked for the Royal Australian Flying Doctor Service, which allowed us ample opportunity for adventure. After living in four countries and nine cities, we won Green cards and came to New York to start another adventure. We became very active in the community, hosting thousands of guests and enjoying life in NYC to the fullest.

Then we had two exceptionally cute kids (I am their mom, and they are exceptionally delicious to me). We have a great marriage and family. Many of the singles that we work with through our group JICNY have this “when I get married I want a life just like the Samuels” mantra.

On February 25th, 2008, our third baby was born and we broadcast a message to our 8,500 plus database announcing the arrival of our perfect princess. Two days later we received a bombshell when the doctor raised suspicion that our perfect princess had Down syndrome. 48 hours after that, chromosomal studies confirmed this fact.

We were so overwhelmed as many thoughts raced through our minds-from “wow!”, to “why us?” to “what will life be like?” and simply “Oh my God, please help!” Within a short while of hearing the news, I came to the conclusion that God had sent me this baby for a reason. After two miscarriages between Temira, my second, and this baby, I felt sure God wanted me to have her. I knew that unless we embraced this baby, our life would be a lie. I looked at my husband and said, “We open our home to the lost, the lonely, the searching, and the challenged. If we open our home to strangers, how much more so should we embrace a challenge for Caila Sara, our princess? Because of who we are, God sent us this beautiful soul.” When we realized this, we came to terms with her having Down syndrome. Since then, she has only given us joy. Oh yes, parenting Caila is a lot more work. It’s sometimes scary, and more intense, but also intensely joyous.

I was asked to speak on a panel for a group of Rabbinic Interns. They are learning about special needs in the community and wanted the perspective of a parent. I caught their attention with my campaign, Caily’s World. I was happy to speak and share my story. Reflecting on what to say, I recalled the serious and sad looks of the pediatrician, the OB/GYN, the geneticists, etc. Even the books we were told to read only listed all of the potential problems for the baby. The list was never-ending; from major disease and heart issues to being flatfooted, short-sighted and having thin hair. Our family and friends were devastated. The most common responses were tears or “Oh, I am so sorry”. We even had a person ask us outright while Gavin was holding the baby why we did not abort. There was so much pain in the air.

Yet we were not devastated; in fact, we were not even sad.

We have had two beautiful years with Caily. Thank God, she has been incredibly healthy- hardly even a cold ever. She does not have anything on those awful lists that could make one wonder if they delivered a monster instead of a baby. Caily is beautiful, with long thick hair. She is engaging, playful, and full of life. She is the delight of our family, her school, and our community.

What I wanted to tell the rabbinic students, what I want to tell anyone who will listen is that they have the power to change the situation. Imagine if people around us all assumed that life could still be amazing, rather than just assuming it’s awful. Image if the geneticist walked in and said to us, “life does not have to be perfect to be wonderful.” Caily has taught me this lesson and I will continue to share it with those facing challenges ………… and those who are unintentionally creating them.

reprinted with permission by Jodi  Samuels founder of metroimma.com.

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How to Relax, Shop, AND Get a Discount!

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How to Relax, Shop, AND Get a Discount!

3 Comments 23 April 2010

Shabbat Shalom
Your Peace of the Week
by: Marissa Anteby

As a Wellness Educator, I’m constantly on the lookout for new ways to help people experience more peace in their lives. Part of what I do is teach people how to practice relaxation techniques. After all, remaining calm takes practice, just as Yoga, meditation, and a whole host of other activities. Oh, hold on a minute, my husband is calling me…

Now, where was I? Let’s see, oh right; remaining calm. Well, if we need to practice, where is the ideal place to do it? One of my Yoga teachers, Rodney Yee, suggests, “Even if you do have a designated yoga room, on some days you may feel like practicing in a different space. Go with your intuition and lay down your mat wherever you wish.” http://www.gaiam.com/product/yoga-studio/yoga-instructors/rodney-yee/yoga+core+cross+train+dvd.do
Wait, now one of my kids needs me, and I think I hear the doorbell…

Wow, I can’t get a moment’s worth of quiet. I’m sure you can relate to being pulled in different directions at once. Hey, forget about laying down a mat, who has time for that? The whole world is a Jewish woman’s Yoga mat! We are constantly multi-tasking while striving to maintain a semblance of grace. That’s it, bingo! The best time and place to practice remaining calm, is always and everywhere. The family will need us, the phone will ring, but we can roll with it. Not to fret, it’s not as hard as it sounds. In fact, you can even practice a calming exercise while you’re out shopping. Yep, shopping!
The next time you’re in a store, try this; absorb the total experience. Don’t think about what happened a few minutes before, don’t worry about all the things you have to do a few minutes after, just be in the present moment. Focus on what you’re doing. Look around and really see al the colors and textures. Pick something up and really feel it’s weight in your hands. Some ‘retail therapy’ can do wonders for your mind. It can be a quick, much needed break.

Renee Salem Hanan, Co-owner of Shelly and Renee Productions, says, “There’s a sense of satisfaction, an excitement to finding an unexpected bargain. Trying on a new blouse or dress, etc. is an instant mood lifter!” As added incentive to do something nice for yourself, Shelly and Renee Productions is offering a free gift with purchase, at their sample sale of Nancy Gonzalez handbags (575 Madison Ave., 8th fl.) Hurry though, because this offer is good only on May 5th & 6th, while the supply of free gifts last! http://shellyandrenee.com/

Jonathan Zemmol of The Yellow Door concurs saying, “Sometimes the act of shopping, even for something as simple as a new vase or a lovely costume earring, can brighten someone’s day. The smallest of purchases can bring great pleasure. Everyone appreciates beauty, and it can be obtained at almost any price.” The Yellow Door in Brooklyn is extending their current Preferred Customer promotion to The Jewish Hostess readers; it’s $50 off any purchase of $200 or more. Offer expires May 9, 2010. Make sure to print out copy of this article to qualify for this special discount. http://www.theyellowdoor.com/ See, I told you practicing a calming exercise is easier than it sounds! As always, scroll all the way down to post your comments. Let me know what you think and if you tried some ‘retail therapy.’ Tell your friends to comment too, because 1 lucky winner will be chosen to receive a FREE Thai Yoga Massage from www.embodyinc.com

Shabbat Shalom,

Marissa Anteby is a wife, and a mother of 4 children. Her company  www.embodyinc.com hosts holistic exercise classes in Cycling, Pilates, and Yoga, in cities throughout New York and New Jersey. Marissa maintains more than 10 wellness related certifications, including Reiki Massage, and Thai Yoga Massage. embodyinc.blogspot.com

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NYC Jewish Kids April  2010


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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Super Chic Hostess Gifts for the Jewish Holidays

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Super Chic Hostess Gifts for the Jewish Holidays

1 Comment 31 March 2010


Dear Hostesses,

Since I love seeking out fun items for gifts giving, I decided to share my fun finds with all of you.

Each one of these items are treasures that I would personally enjoy gifting, and I hope you will too!

Order this week so we can personalize in time for the holidays!

MarleneHappy Hanukka Gifts under $100.

Silk Painted Challah Cover

Hanukkah Kosher Gourmet Chocolate

Monogrammed Crystal Paperweights

Monogram Lucite Trays

Kiddush Cup with Turquoise Artistic Detailed Base

Monogrammed Crystal Coasters

Happy Holiday!


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Not Your Grandmother’s Lace….

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Not Your Grandmother’s Lace….

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Metalaceart Holiday Lace Bowls

These Lace Holiday bowls can be found at Modern Tribe

Not Your Grandmother’s Lace….

By: Anna Katsnelson

Have you mislaid that beautiful lace that your grandmother brought from Hungary, Romania or Spain? Did you want to use it on your table during the upcoming holidays? Are you longing to start a new tradition this Passover or to continue an old one? What better way to celebrate tradition than by introducing into your home beautiful objects made by a female Jewish artist.

These works of art are exquisite holiday gifts, and will be treasured forever.

Israeli artist, Talila Abraham, has just what you’re looking for. Reclaiming lace for the 21st century, she creates antique lace designs on a variety of metals. Weaving metal like fabric, Abraham produces rare details on the everyday objects of a Jewish home. Elaborate mezuzahs, delicate coasters, dazzling serving bowls and platters are adorned with fine ornamentation.

Abraham uses stainless steel and brass to create intricate patterns that merge into flowers, leaves, petals, and snowflakes. From bobbin lace to ethnic embroidery: Abraham’s influences are the lace-making traditions of Belgium, Holland, Italy, Romania, and even the Beduin nomads. Abraham acknowledges these cultures while reasserting that handmade textiles can have a new life in metals.

Abraham was born in 1965 and graduated from two of Israel’s Technological institutes. She has devoted herself to researching and following in the footsteps of European and Middle Eastern lace-makers while creating an art work that is as relevant today as it was 100 years ago.

The Jewish Museum Shop in Manhattan has an exquisite selection of  Talila Abraham‘s works for sale.

Lace Matzoh Holder

Wild Lace Challah Basket

The Jewish Museum

1109 5th Ave at 92nd St

New York NY 10128

Adults $12
Seniors (65 and over with ID) $10
Students (full-time with valid ID) $7.50
Children (eleven & under) Free

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