Archive for May, 2014

You Don’t Mess With The Zohans

May 30, 2014

This piece was first published in The Times of Israel.

10334298_686804758063433_4112581066768584360_nNo one can beat Israel when it comes to fantasy hairstyling… at least not this year. In early May, Israeli hairstylists Alon (Alexei) Selezniov and Hai Shooshan took the gold and the silver respectively at the OMC Hairworld World Cup in Frankfurt, Germany, wowing judges and spectators with their eye-popping creations.

OMC, founded in 1946, is the largest professional hairstylists’ organization in the world, with members in 50 countries.

Part hairstylists, part sculptors, Selezniov, Shooshan and their fellow creators combine technical skill and artistry to construct over-the-top, colorful hair styles that make the models who don them resemble otherworldly creatures.

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© 2014 Renee Ghert-Zand. All rights reserved.

 

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Santa Barbara Hillel Rabbi on Front Lines in Wake of Deadly Rampage

May 28, 2014

This piece first appeared in The Times of Israel.

People hug at a public memorial service on the Day of Mourning and Reflection for the victims of a killing spree at University of California, Santa Barbara on May 27, 2014 in Isla Vista, California. (photo credit: AFP/David McNew/Getty Images)

People hug at a public memorial service on the Day of Mourning and Reflection for the victims of a killing spree at University of California, Santa Barbara on May 27, 2014 in Isla Vista, California. (photo credit: AFP/David McNew/Getty Images)

Santa Barbara Hillel executive director Rabbi Evan Goodman’s and his staff have been on call consoling and counseling students around the clock since last Friday evening, following a murderous rampage that took place in part just a short block away from the Jewish student organization’s building in Isla Vista.

As far as Goodman has been able to ascertain, no Jewish students were victims of 22-year-old Elliot Rodger, who killed six young people and injured another 13 before apparently lethally turning a gun on himself after a shootout with police on May 23.

However, the situation could have been much different had it not been the beginning of the long Memorial Day weekend. Because of the holiday, the usual Shabbat services and dinner were not scheduled for Friday evening at the Milton Roisman Jewish Student Center on Embarcadero Del Mar in Isla Vista, the densely populated neighborhood adjacent to the University of California, Santa Barbara campus.

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Author David Sax Explains Why We Are Crazy For Cupcakes

May 27, 2014

This article first appeared in The Times of Israel.

'The Tastemakers' author at David Sax at Magnolia Bakery, ground zero of the cupcake craze. (Credit: Christopher Farber)

‘The Tastemakers’ author at David Sax at Magnolia Bakery, ground zero of the cupcake craze. (Credit: Christopher Farber)

Some people eat to live. Others live to eat. And then there is food writer David Sax, who doesn’t fall neatly into either categories. He eschews the “foodie” label: His tastes run to the stories where food, business and culture blend.

Sax’s first book, “Save the Deli: In Search of Perfect Pastrami, Crusty Rye, and the Heart of Jewish Delicatessen,” savored smoked meat, matzah ball soup and chopped liver, but also served up a hefty portion of Jewish food history with a side of delicatessen economics.

For his new book, “The Tastemakers: Why We’re Crazy For Cupcakes But Fed Up With Fondue,” Sax employs the same basic ingredients, but applies them more universally, aiming to tickle the taste buds of a broader audience. Not everyone eats kugel and gefilte fish, but almost everyone has given their stomachs over in recent years to the celebrity chef, food truck and super foods trends.

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