Experience the excitement of Israeli cuisine and street fashion with UJA Women.
Our first stop is with renowned chef Shawna Goodman-Sone, who will demonstrate the depth of Mediterranean flavors and guide us in preparing light vegetarian fare.*
Next on our itinerary, fashion curator Galit Reismann will give us an insider's look into Tel Aviv’s cutting-edge fashion and design scene.
You'll also learn about UJA's ongoing response to Covid-19 in Israel.
*Recipes for the following items will be sent in advance of the class so we can all cook together:
This event welcomes donors who give a gift of $1,000 or more, individually or as a family, to UJA's annual campaign.
Shawna Goodman-Sone is a graduate of McGill University with a B.A. in art history. She then pursued studies as a chef, graduating from the Natural Gourmet Cooking School and in Pastry Arts from the Institute of Culinary Education (formerly, Peter Kump’s Cooking School), both in New York City. She has also trained at the Cordon Bleu School in Paris. For the past 26 years she has been teaching, catering, and cooking for clients in New York, Philadelphia, Toronto, Montreal, and now Ranana where she lives with her husband, Todd, and their three sons.
In keeping with the tradition of her parents, Shawna was an active volunteer leader in the Montreal Jewish community through Federation CJA, completing the Young Adult Division Leadership Development Program and serving as the chair of the Campaign Division in 2010. Before moving to Israel, she was an active member of the Women’s Philanthropy Executive at the Federation.
She is currently involved in creating overnight camps in Israel and importing and adapting her love of North American camping in her new landscape. She is a co-chair of the Next Generation of the Jewish Funders Network in Israel and is active in highlighting community issues through food in her kitchen.
In 2015 Shawna, the youngest of four siblings, was elected chairman of the Rosalind and Morris Goodman Family Foundation, where she is devoted to continuing her parents’ legacy in building community capacity by improving access and quality of education, leadership development, and health care in both Canada and Israel.
Shawna combined her passion for her profession and philanthropy in editing the recently published cookbook, Panache, Montreal’s Flair for Kosher Cooking, a project of the Auxiliary of the Jewish General Hospital in Montreal. Now in its third printing, the cookbook has raised over $160,000 for the hospital’s emergency department.
Israeli tastemaker, entrepreneur, curator, and fashion-content expert Galit Reismann decided to combine her passion for fashion with her deep connection to Tel Aviv. Her initial concept was to expose visitors to the inside of Israel’s emerging fashion design scene. With a keen interest in meeting people of different walks of life and cultures, Galit decided to create a service that would serve as a hub: connect, engage, and promote Israeli fashion. Hence, she founded TLVstyle.
Galit brings to TLVstyle a rich professional experience in media management, fashion, and export. Previously, Galit helped Israeli designers to establish new markets, primarily in the U.S, where she worked with procurement managers and buyers. As the driving force behind TLVstyle, Galit aims to promote fashion tourism by exposing up-and-coming Israeli designers and their unique fingerprint to international audiences in experiential innovative ways.
TLVstyle was established in 2012 and since then has led enriching culture tours. Galit’s private and group tours include clients visiting Israel from over 15 countries — in addition to hosting fashion, art, and textile events, both within and outside of Israel. The tour is ranked “Excellent” by Trip Advisor and won a prize from the Creative Tourism Awards.
“I believe in people, authenticity, and the spirit of Israel's creation. Driven by curiosity to investigate the DNA of the emerging Israeli fashion scene, I am committed to promote its facets to international markets. Its innovative and original nature tell a dynamic story of the place and the society where I live, dream. and create.”
“My love of culture blends, people of different countries, fashion, and local design led me to create TLVstyle as a provider of inspirational fashion-related experiences. I aim to bring excellence and stay true to the DNA of Israeli fashion in all projects I lead.”
“To create a business and creative platform which will bridge between the Israeli creative community with worldwide pool of fashion talents. I strive to create dialogs, engage, inspire, and be inspired by beauty and creative energy.”
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