Patrons Reimagined

Dear Patrons:

Thank you so much for your commitment to Berman Hebrew Academy for this year! We are delighted that you have chosen to support the school that is so important to us as well.  And we hope you will join us for the Patrons event at 8:00pm on December 9, 2020, virtually reimagined.

While we can’t join in person, we look forward to gathering as a group and celebrating together. After a few minutes as a group, guests will have the opportunity to join their fellow Patrons at their choice of two 20 minute interactive sessions with live hosts. Please see below for information and to make your selections.

Couples do not need to attend the same sessions, but please make sure to have two devices available if you are choosing different options. If you have any questions, please contact Jennifer Zukerman.

Please note:

  • We will send Zoom information and deliver the items needed for the floral session (plus a few Chanukah goodies) closer to the event.
  • We know it’s going to be difficult to choose, but don’t worry- all sessions will be recorded and made available after the event.
  • Get into a festive mood by wearing your ugliest homemade or store bought Chanukah sweater. Prizes will be awarded, so we hope you have some fun with it!
  • The program will end by 9:15pm.

We can’t wait to see you on December 9th.

Ellie Kagan and Connie Lindenauer, Patrons Co-Chairs

Secrets of the Jerusalem Shuk with Joel Haber

Journey to the secret spaces of Machane Yehuda with Joel Haber (aka Fun Joel), a licensed tour guide in Israel, specializing in food tours, archaeology and religions, among other things. He was born and grew up in New Jersey, lived for many great years in NYC and LA, and moved to Jerusalem in 2009. He also researches Jewish food, and is writing a book on the subject. He can be found at www.fjisrael.com and www.tasteofjew.com.

Capturing the Perfect Photo and Selfie… with Only an iPhone with Josh Katz

Josh Katz is a photographer, photography teacher, and sponsored skateboarder living in Brooklyn, NY. He creates digital photography courses, leads workshops and makes videos for Canon, teaches Lightroom for Adobe, and shoots YouTube videos about photography. He just released his first photo book, New York in Quarantine, with 100% of profits being donated to Doctors Without Borders. 

He has built large online followings on YouTube and Instagram with 350,000 and 100,000 followers, respectively. 

Josh’s less professional hobbies include talking to strangers, cooking veggie chili, reading American presidential biographies, and trying to visit every U.S. national park. Right now, he is most likely lying in a grimy NYC street waiting for the perfect street photo.

All Dressed Up and Nowhere to Go- Virtual Highlights from the National Gallery in London with Liz Diament

A proud native of London, England, Liz Diament has been a museum educator for 24 years, and is passionate about how works of art can inspire deep thinking, personal meaning making and a good laugh. In this interactive mini-tour, Liz Diament will introduce you to some of the most memorable portraits from the National Gallery in London where her love of art began. If we were there in person we would begin with our visit with a good cup of tea!

An Inside Look at College Sports in a Covid World with Adam Neuman, moderated by Erik Lindenauer

Adam Neuman joined the Big Ten Conference in January 2020 as Chief of Staff, Strategy and Operations. He assists Commissioner Kevin Warren in creating a movement of leadership in sports, academics and social responsibility to meet the challenges of our times. The Commissioner’s Office seeks to provide the tools and culture to inspire student-athletes of the 14 Big Ten universities to assume meaningful personal and professional roles during and after their collegiate athletic careers. Neuman serves as a strategic advisor and aide to the Commissioner, implementing Commissioner Warren’s ideas and vision into practice, ensuring student-athletes are at the epicenter of all decisions. Adam, a day school graduate and self-described Orthodox Jew, is leading a successful effort to complete a meaningful 2020 sports season despite the restrictions of Covid. 

Jokes On Us with Comedian Joel Chasnoff

Join us when stand-up comedian and writer Joel Chasnoff “performs” his popular online show “Jokes On Us”. Joel has taken the stage in 10 countries, including Montreal’s Just-For-Laughs, the Melbourne (Australia) Comedy Festival, and Israeli late-night TV. In this performance, Joel takes a deep dive into the quirks and absurdities of his Jewish life, from his great-grandparents’ botched immigration at Ellis Island to his stint in the Israeli Army and the challenges of raising a Jewish family of his own. Read more about Joel at www.joelchasnoff.com. 

Perfectly Arranged- a Crash Course in Floral Design by Joaquin Fajardo

Joaquin “Jocko” Fajardo, a native Arizonan, is a 22 year DC resident. Initially working professionally in hospitality, Jocko spent several years with The Four Seasons Hotel Company. Since 2008, he’s helmed household operations for myriad families in the DC Metro region. He is especially connected among local Metro DC Jewish communities. Recently, Jocko initiated steps to start his own business, JockoMade, offering a range of options from uniquely curated events to food to florals. Joaquin will demonstrate how to create the perfect Chanukah centerpiece with materials that will be delivered to your home.

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