One on One with Jacqueline Elbaz October 2021

“I love what I do, I am a total foodie and thrive in the kitchen. I am always trying out new dishes and I don’t follow recipes.  I take Syrian foods and substitute some of the ingredients to make them healthier.” ~~ Jacqueline Elbaz ~~ What a treat to meet Jacqueline, a chef and the Read More »

By Ellen Gellar Kamaras

WOMAN TO WOMAN One on One with Tania Zeitoune September 2021

“I was always very determined and was a strong student.  Hashem blessed me in so many ways. Living in three different countries and Jewish communities by the time I was 13 years of age helped me adapt quickly, both personally and in my career.” ~~ Tania ~~ ELLEN GELLER KAMARAS Please meet Tania Zeitoune, née Read More »



“I always wanted to be a teacher and view life from a positive perspective. Therefore, as an educator my goal is to help students be the best version of themselves.” ~~ Rachel ~~ I met Rachel in the courtyard of a synagogue in La Jolla, California, while playing with my grandson during a family visit.  Read More »

One on One with Sherryl Bouganim July 2021

After I got married, we spent 23 summers in Bar Harbor, Maine, the gateway to Acadia National Park. The park is the first sight of the sunrise in the U.S. for half of the year. When you see the birds, nature’s colors and variations, and how the world is organized, you know it all comes Read More »

By Ellen Geller Kamaras

Woman to Woman One on One with Shany Shaharabany June 2021

“Why am I an effective nurse?  I treat everyone with dignity and respect.  That’s what my parents modeled for us. There is no secret to success. I have Hashem on my side.  Do the best you can, help whoever you can and be a good person.”  ~~ Shany ~~ I am always elated to interview Read More »

By Ellen Geller Kamaras

One on One with Kay Robyn Ashkenazi May 2021

“It makes me happy to see people being happy. I am passionate about family, learning Torah values, listening to good music, and giving my followers easy cooking tips. I am exactly where Hashem wants me to be.” ~~ Kay Robyn ~~ I was thrilled to interview food maven Kay Robyn Ashkenazi, née Mizrahi.  Kay Robyn Read More »


One on One with Renee Zarif “I am a very religious person who believes that it all comes back to Hashem.  We develop routines and then life happens and we have to adjust.  Life is constantly changing but it’s a lot of fun.  I chose physical therapy because I love developing close relationships with people Read More »


One on One with Alisen Setton Chazanoff March 2021

“I feel blessed to have built The Brooklyn Barista through word-of-mouth.  Our community has supported me wholeheartedly since day one, and I am honored to return that support through hesed.”   ~ Alisen Chazanoff Who is Alisen Chazanoff?  Alisen was born in Brooklyn, NY and raised in Hollywood, Florida.  Her loved ones describe her as Read More »

By Ellen Geller Kamaras

Woman to Woman One on One with Mozelle Forman January 2021

“I grew up with the legacy of people who committed their lives to serving the community.  My grandfather, Rabbi Jacob Kassin, was the chief Rabbi of the community for 60 years and my father dedicated his time and efforts to shul leadership. My mom is naturally empathic, always advising others.  I sensed that this is Read More »

By Ellen Geller Kamaras

One on One with Robin Shaoul December 2020

“I love helping people understand themselves and being a part of their growth journey.” ~~ Robin ~~ As I approach my four-year anniversary of writing this column, I feel incredibly honored to have  interviewed many of the remarkable women of our community.  What I enjoy most about this column is meeting these women, hearing their Read More »

By Ellen Geller Kamaras
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