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08
Apr
11

Puah’s 20th Anniversary Dinner


This past Tuesday, April 5th of 2011, Puah celebrated its 20th Anniversary with a festive dinner attended by close to 200 persons at Manhattan’s 5th Avenue Synagogue.

Prior to the dinner’s start, Shlomo Blashka from the Royal Wine Corporation gave a wine tasting, featuring wines and spirits from among the company’s many imports.

The honorees were Mr. Mrs. Barry Akrongold, of Fortune Financial and Investment Corporation, received the “Gift of Life Award” on the very eve of their first son’s brit milah . Dr. Lawrence Grunfeld, OB/GYN from Reproductive Medicine of New York, received the “Physician of the Year” award. Mr. Brian Andreoli, Esq., partner at Squire Sanders, received the “Partners in Creation Award.” Mr. Sam and Mrs. Peggy Nitka, from Crown Equities received the “Pioneers of Hope” award.

Rabbi Gideon Weitzman, Director of the Puah Institute addressing the dinner attendees.

The speeches were very moving but brief. Rabbi Yaakov Kermaier, spiritual leader of the Fifth Avenue Synagogue more than ably MC’d the dinner. Rabbi Gideon Weitzman, Puah Institute‘s Director and Visiting Associate Professor at Einstein University, handed the awards to the honorees and shared Puah’s successes and future plans as global leaders in rabbinic halachic counseling, hashgocho and continuing education for both the professional and the layman.  The attendees were deeply moved by keynote speaker Rabbi Steven Pruzansky, spiritual leader at Congregation Bnai Jeshurun of Teaneck, NJ, whose family just endured the tragic loss of a little granddaughter.

The Kosher Scene is grateful to those of our friends who made the effort to join us for this inspiring, heart-warming evening.  The work of Puah, the hundreds of families they help to build each and every year, the amazing support and counseling they provide to couples struggling through the maze of information and disinformation regarding fertility issues is second to none. We support their extraordinary efforts and wish them tremendous success. Some of our friends and fellow foodies in attendance included incomparable Chef Lévana Kirschenbaum, her husband Maurice, their son Yaakov and his wife, Kim AmzallagDirector of Sales and Marketing at Kosher Inspired magazine – among others.

During the dinner we managed to talk about Puah’s work with Kim Amzallag (here), who shared a personal story; Dr Lawrence Grunfeld told us how Puah’s work extended to these shores and how he’s involved (here); with his obvious caring and genuine humanity Brian Andreoli, Esq., singlehandedly – in less than five minutes – managed to dispel all my misconceptions about lawyers (here)

All in all, it was an evening well spent.

If you’d like to find out more about  PUAH’s mission services and partnering opportunities, visit: them at: www.puahonline.org

CS

15
Mar
11

The First Guest on Our New Radio Venue Is…


Starting this coming Wednesday, March 16th, we’ll be moving to a new internet radio home: at BlogTalkRadio.

This week’s guest will be Kim Amzallag, Director of Sales and Marketing for the new and exciting Kosher Inspired food magazine. She is an advertising sales and media professional and has been in the business since 1982. During her 29 year career she’s been been involved in sales development and led many wildly successful sales teams, most recently as launch publisher for Jewish Living Magazine. Her prior magazine experience includes successful stints as Director of Luxury Goods for Western Interiors and Design Magazine, Travel & Leisure, Golf, Brides, Saveur, Garden Design and GQ Magazine.

She has taught Sephardic cooking classes at the Spanish and Portuguese Synagogue, regularly cooks and entertains in her home and has been widely influenced by her Italian mother and her Moroccan husband’s family, customs and cuisine.

She’s a ba’alas tshuva, a dynamic and inspirational public speaker for various Jewish organizations, including the Manhattan Sephardic Congregation of which she and her husband are founding members. For the last 10 years She has been teaching the Crash Free Hebrew Reading Program, enabling many Jews to read Hebrew, overcome their fears and participate fully as full fledged members of the synagogue. Her weekly class spills over into parshah and basic Judaism.

She has continued her own Torah studies with Rabbi Yosef Kalatsky, Rebbetzin Leah Kohn, Dr. Shera Aronoff-Tuchman for the last 20 years; she mentored University students for 15 years with The Jewish Heritage Program, a college based Jewish Outreach program. Currently, she’s hard at work on a book about converts to Judaism and lives with her husband and 3 children in Manhattan.

Please tune in to this informative and entertaining interview, here, at 8:00pm Eastern time on Wednesday, the 16th of March.

CS




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