Online Series Follows Celebrity Chef Jamie Geller’s First Year of Aliyah

— by Rebecca Langer

Following the success of the Joy of Aliyah online documentary series, which followed the Aliyah journey of USA TV producer, best-selling author and celebrity chef Jamie Geller, Nefesh B’Nefesh has teamed up with the “kosher Rachael Ray” to produce a sequel which is co-produced by 12Tribe Films and Israel Video Network. The new behind-the-scenes Joy of Israel with Jamie Geller series, which premiered on April 2nd, will feature monthly webisodes — to be released on the first Tuesday of every month documenting Jamie and her family’s first year as new Olim, while showcasing the beauty of living in Israel.

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The new food and travel series is expected by its producers to surpass the popularity of the original series, which continues to grow and has garnered over 170,000 views on YouTube. The series was also combined into a full-length film which was featured at the Jerusalem Cinematheques’ Jewish Film Festival. The new episodes will follow Jamie as she visits famous culinary locales in Israel — restaurants, vineyards, dairies, farmers’ markets, and the likes.

Geller made Aliyah to Israel together with her family last August through Nefesh B’Nefesh, the Aliyah organization that works together with The Jewish Agency for Israel, Keren Kayemeth LeIsrael, JNF-USA and Israel’s Ministry of Immigrant Absorption to facilitate Aliyah from North America and the UK.

Golden Slipper Provides Children With School Supplies

(Left to right in back row) Nanci Gilberg, GSC Needs coordinator, GSC members Jay and Robin Cohen and Patti Isakov, and GSC president Stephen Frishberg are thanked by students from the Paley Center who received their bags of school supplies.

— by Scott D. Bluebond and Ann Hilferty

The Golden Slipper Clubs & Charities (GSC) is celebrating its 90th birthday in 2012, as it continues to find new and creative ways to help people in need of their services. Recently, one of the arms of the GSC, its Human Needs and Services (HUNAS) division, launched a school supply drive for children in the Philadelphia area.

Donations by GSC members were collected to buy the supplies. Pens, pencils, erasers, crayons, glue sticks, safety scissors, rulers, etc. were placed in the 50 new school bags that were donated by GSC members Jay and Robin Cohen. Committee members, led by GSC needs coordinator Nanci Gilberg, delivered the bags on Thursday, August 16 to the Samuel Paley Early Learning Center, 2199 Strahle Street in Northeast Philadelphia. The children receiving those bags are graduates of the Center and attended the Paley school.

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(Left to right) Paley Center students listen attentively to former Golden Slipper camper Ashley Barlow as GSC member Jay Cohen, GSC needs coordinator, Nanci Gilberg, GSC members Robin Cohen and Patti Isakov, and GSC president Stephen Frishberg (seated) look on.

(Left to right) Nanci Gilberg, GSC needs coordinator, GSC members Robin and Jay Cohen and Patti Isakov, GSC president Stephen Frishberg, Samuel Paley Early Learning Center director, Sandy Chernow, and FELS President & CEO, Maddy Malis.

The Paley Center is just one location of the Federation Early Learning Service (FELS). Regarded as a leader in the field for nearly a century, FELS, a non-profit agency, has provided quality programs to the Jewish and secular communities since 1911. They enroll infants, toddlers, preschool and school age children from diverse economic, religious and racial backgrounds on a year-round basis in their eight centers and three public school sites. They have been providing classroom support for children with special needs and helping their families identify and obtain resources that are vital to their child’s optimum development.

The GSC executive director is Paul Geller and the president is Stephen H. Frishberg. States Geller:

GSC is best known in the community for its wonderful summer camp for children, a college scholarship fund for deserving students, a center for senior citizens now in two locations, and other initiatives. But our umbrella is wide, and we help children in others ways in addition to the camp.

Adds Frishberg:

HUNAS (Human Needs and Services) provides emergency assistance to families and individuals who are in need in the Philadelphia region. It has helped families provide loved ones with medical devices, air conditioners, furniture, clothing, and even vital medication. GSC has funded requests for special shoes and leg braces for the physically challenged and eye care for individuals of all ages. We’ve provided assistance in many heartbreaking situations, preventing devastating circumstances. This initiative to help school children is a perfect way for our organization to march into the fall season.”

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Golden Slipper Club & Charities, celebrating 90 years in 2012, has taken a hands-on approach to support programs and services for the Greater Philadelphia area’s youth, needy and elderly, with some 600 active men and women who volunteer their time to serve people in need. Golden Slipper’s motto is charity, good fellowship and loyalty, first and foremost, in all its endeavors. It provides charitable services to those in need in the community. Golden Slipper Camp sends approximately 600 children to overnight camp in the beautiful Pocono Mountains. Golden Slipper Center for Seniors provides a daytime activities facility which offers social and recreational activities and meals for over 300 senior citizens. Other programs offered to help the community include HUNAS (Human Needs and Services) which gives emergency grants to those in need and the Slipper Scholarship Program, which provides college scholarships to deserving and promising young students.

Bitayavon Magazine Merges with Joy of Kosher with Jamie Geller

Brooklyn, NY – – The Kosher Media Network (KMN), the first multi-platform network for the kosher consumer, combining traditional media with the latest in digital technology, announced today that two highly popular kosher publications will merge.  Bitayavon magazine will officially become part of Joy of Kosher with Jamie Geller and operate under the umbrella of KMN.  The resulting new publication will be a multi-featured magazine that will be the only one of its kind on the market focusing on the burgeoning kosher lifestyle.  The merger will take effect for the fall issue.

Photo: (Left to right) Tamar Genger, Jamie Geller, Shifra Klein, Shlomo Klein

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The new magazine will keep the title Joy of Kosher with Jamie Geller and will continue to feature Jamie’s trademark warmth, straightforward approach along with her highly acclaimed recipes, but will also incorporate Bitayavon‘s signature style of showcasing new food trends, gourmet cooking and its pioneering approach to focusing on seasonal foods.

Jamie Geller, founder and chief creative officer says

We’re looking forward to combining specific columns and content from each magazine to provide a truly superior product that will better serve both the reader and the industry. Joy of Kosher and Bitayavon have featured some of the best kosher food writing, recipes and photography published.”

Shifra Klein, who with husband Shlomo Klein, are co-founders and co-publishers of Bitayavon, agrees.

Not only does this merger combine editorial talents, but it also creates a dynamic publishing team with entrepreneurial experience.  Both Shlomo and I look forward to working with Jamie and sharing our vision of upscale, gourmet kosher food with the readers of Joy of Kosher.

Geller added:

As this division of Kosher Media Network began to take off, we realized that we needed partners in this endeavor, both to keep up with the growth we were experiencing and also to give us the ability to grow the magazine from an overnight sensation into an international success story.  Shifra and Shlomo are exactly the people we needed to take Joy of Kosher to the next level.


A project of the Kosher Media Network, Joy of Kosher magazine released its first issue in April 2011 as Geller’s two cookbooks; Quick & Kosher – Recipes From The Bride Who Knew Nothing and Quick & Kosher: Meals in Minutes made her a household name.  She quickly gained a following as cooks everywhere, particularly working mothers, fell in love both with her approachable personality and her simple yet impressive recipes.  Her companion website, JoyOfKosher.com, is a treasure trove of culinary treats, and is the premier social networking site for the kosher or kosher curious foodie.

Bitayavon launched in February 2011 and made impressive strides in the magazine world, recognized and awarded by the prestigious Magazine Innovation Center as one of the hottest new magazines of 2011.  While the magazine focused on upscale cuisine and catered to kosher “foodies”, both serious and casual cooks have been enjoying its more modern take on kosher food as well as the many recipes and insightful articles that fill its full color glossy pages.  From the latest food trends to affordable recipes and meal ideas, Bitayavon has revolutionized the concept of a kosher cooking magazine in the eighteen months since its initial debut.

By consolidating the two titles under one banner, advertisers wishing to target the kosher market will benefit greatly, according to Henry Kauftheil, the visionary Chairman of KMN and architect of the merge.

“One plus one equals #1!” Kauftheil states.  “One unified voice will be a stronger voice for the industry. This fusion also eliminates duplication and overlap in distribution. Now advertisers have the ability to reach more readers much more cost effectively, not just in print but on line as well. It’s a winning combination all around.”

The new Joy of Kosher magazine will offer the best of publications, showcasing foods that are delicious yet easy, as well as gourmet trends and twists on traditional items.  As the centerpiece of the Kosher Media Network, the newly launched magazine will emerge as the must-read publication for kosher aficionados everywhere.

By taking advantage of the Kosher Media Network’s diverse media platform, which offers the advantages of traditional media, including books, magazines and broadcast programming as well as the newest advances in digital, online and social media, the all new Joy of Kosher will continue to grow in popularity as it reaches out to readers on many different levels.

The magazine is offering a limited-time subscriber special for the new Joy of Kosher with Jamie Geller.
 

Golden Slipper Club’s 90th Anniversary Gala Raises $100,000


Honorary gala co-chairs (L) Ron Rubin of Narberth and (R) Ed Rosen of Bryn Mawr with
(C) gala co-chair Jerome Muchnick of Philadelphia.

— by Scott D. Bluebond and Ann Hilferty

On the evening of Thursday, June 7, 2012, the Golden Slipper Club & Charities (GSC) hosted its 90th annual anniversary gala at Vie at 600 N. Broad Street in Philadelphia. The gala co-chairs were Jerome N. Muchnick and Barbara Frishberg, the tribute book co-chairs were Nanci and Ken Gilberg and Joseph H. Levine, the honorary co-chairs were Edward H. Rosen and Ronald Rubin, the young gala co-chairs were Megan and Brian Gilberg and Rachel Giuliano and Matthew Bagell, and the executive director is Paul Geller. Approximately 213 guests enjoyed fabulous food, cocktails, live music with Eddie Bruce, dancing and more, all to benefit GSC.

The evening looked back throughout Golden Slipper history by honoring past presidents, gold medallion recipients, and Horatio Alger honorees. These individuals created the Golden Slipper overnight camp, the Center for Seniors, a scholarship program for college students, and the human needs and services program. They also celebrated the induction of the second term of club president, Stephen H. Frishberg and the incoming officers and board members.

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Chair Debra Rasansky of Radnor (right) swears in president, Stephen Frishberg of Blue Bell (left).

Frishberg comments on the evening: “I say with some humility that it was a most glorious evening, seeing all of our past leaders and honorees reconnect and interact. I cannot convey the warmth in the room and the fun that was had by all who attended…and cannot say enough about the service and honor and glory that each of our honorees have brought to Slipper at the time that they either served as president of the Club, the Home, the Center for Seniors, the Camp, or received our Horatio Alger award for services to the Camp, or gold medallion honor for their charitable services to the Jewish community at large.” This event raised approximately $100,000 to fund the many programs and services provided on a daily basis by Golden Slipper Clubs & Charities.


Honorees David Fineman of Merion Station (left) and Sherman Leis of Bala Cynwyd (right) accept a 90th Anniversary Pin.

Golden Slipper Club & Charities, celebrating 90 years in 2012, has taken a hands-on approach to support programs and services for the Greater Philadelphia area’s youth, needy and elderly, with some 600 active men and women who volunteer their time to serve people in need. Golden Slipper’s motto is charity, good fellowship and loyalty, first and foremost, in all its endeavors. It provides charitable services to those in need in the community. Golden Slipper Camp sends approximately 600 children to overnight camp in the beautiful Pocono Mountains. Golden Slipper Center for Seniors provides a daytime activities facility which offers social and recreational activities and meals for over 300 senior citizens. Other programs offered to help the community include HUNAS (Human Needs and Services) which gives emergency grants to those in need and the Slipper Scholarship Program, which provides college scholarships to deserving and promising young students.


Chair Debra Rasansky of Radnor (right) swears in the Golden Slipper Club & Charities executive committee (from left): Rabbi Eric Yanoff of Dresher, Sherry Horowitz of Wynnewood, Brian Levine of Dresher, Celeste Rose of Philadelphia, Betsy Klausman of Bala Cynwyd, Matt Bagell of Philadelphia, Megan and Brian Gilberg of Philadelphia, Ed Caine of Bryn Mawr, Howard Lapensohn of Gladwyne, Marc Feller of Wyncote, Fred Kaplan of Maple Glen and David Levy of Rydal.

Seder Held For 400 Seniors In The Greater Philadelphia Area


Over 400 guests enjoyed this year’s Golden Slipper Club Seder.

The Golden Slipper Club of Philadelphia‘s tradition of holding a Passover Seder for the senior Jewish community continued in 2012. This year’s Seder took place at Har Zion Temple in Gladwyne, Pennsylvania on Monday, March 19, a short time before this year’s actual Passover holiday on April 6-12, 2012. Passover is a holiday in which Jews celebrate their liberation from slavery to freedom.

This year’s Seder committee members, along with events coordinator, Ann Hilferty and executive director, Paul Geller, worked hard coordinating the various entities to make the Seder run smoothly. The 2012 committee includes co-chair Jackie Gilberg and Michael Simon, as well as members Chuck Barsh, David Biloon, Jeffrey Brenner, Robin Cohen, Bob Gilberg, Jessica Gomel, Charlie Hoffmann, Roy Kardon, Howard Levin, Linda Ostach, Barry Sacks, Dan Singer, Shelby Simmons, Lee Tabas, and Scott Wechsler. Stephen H. Frishberg is Club president.

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Golden Slipper Club President Stephen H. Frishberg addresses the Seder guests. (L-R) Golden Slipper Club member Cantor Sherman Leis, Frishberg, Club member Rabbi Fred Kazan, and guest Cantor Lisa Litman.

The Golden Slipper Seder may be the only one that these appreciative guests attend each year. The seniors look forward to seeing friends from other centers, dancing to the music of Hal Martin, singing with Lisa Litman and Sherman Leis, hearing prayers, enjoying stories by Rabbi Kazan’s and, of course, a delicious meal provided by Betty the Caterer. Over 400 seniors enjoyed the Seder, as thousands of others have over Golden Slipper’s 90 year history.

Each year, approximately 40 Golden Slipper members volunteer and/or attend the Seder. They organize
transportation of the seniors from various centers including the Golden Slipper Center for Seniors, Klein JCC, Tabas House, and Ner Zedek-Ezreth in Northeast Philadelphia and as far away as Saltzman-Dubin House in New Jersey. They ride buses with the guests, escort them from their buses to the tables, set up, clean up, and generously sponsor tables and donate goods and services. Golden Slipper Club extends is thanks to all those who volunteered or donated services.



Golden Slipper Club & Charities, celebrating 90 years in 2012, has taken a hands-on approach to support programs and services for the Greater Philadelphia area’s youth, needy and elderly, with some 600 active men and women who volunteer their time to serve people in need. Golden Slipper’s motto is charity, good fellowship and loyalty, first and foremost, in all its endeavors. It provides charitable services to those in need in the community. Golden Slipper Camp sends approximately 600 children to overnight camp in the beautiful Pocono Mountains. Golden Slipper Center for Seniors provides a daytime activities facility which offers social and recreational activities and meals for over 300 senior citizens. Other programs offered to help the community include HUNAS (Human Needs and Services) which gives emergency grants to those in need and the Slipper Scholarship Program, which provides college scholarships to deserving and promising young students.