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Featuring Special Guest Michael Solomonov
Michael will share his journey to becoming an internationally acclaimed chef, including his passion for Israel and his struggles and triumphs along the way, in conversation with local chef Meny Vaknin.

Thursday, March 28

7:00 p.m. Cocktails and Dinner Buffet
7:45 p.m. Program

Kosher dietary laws observed

Sheraton Parsippany
199 Smith Rd., Parsippany

Tickets: $100 per person • Please RSVP by March 21

A minimum gift of $365 per person to the 2019 UJA Campaign or $180 per person as a first time gift enables attendance at this event. Pledge is payable by December 31, 2019.

Michael Solomonov is the executive chef and co-owner of Philadelphia’s pioneering Israeli restaurant, Zahav. Named by Food & Wine as one of the 40 Most Important Restaurants of the Past 40 Years, he is the 2017 James Beard Award’s Outstanding Chef and the 2011 James Beard Award winner for Best Chef (Mid-Atlantic). He is also a 2016 James Beard Award winner for Best International Cookbook and Book of the Year winner for his and business partner/co-author Steven Cook’s first cookbook, Zahav: A World of Israeli Cooking.

In addition to his duties at Zahav, Chef Solomonov co-owns Philadelphia's Federal Donuts, Dizengoff, Abe Fisher, Goldie, and the philanthropic The Rooster, which donates 100 percent of its profits to Broad Street Ministry Hospitality Collaborative that provides meals and essential services to individuals experiencing homelessness and hunger in Philadelphia. Also, in 2017, Solomonov and the Israel Ministry of Tourism created a partnership to champion Israel’s extraordinarily diverse and vibrant culinary landscape.

Moderator, Meny Vaknin
Chef Meny Vaknin is the owner and executive chef of MishMish Café, Marcel Bakery & Kitchen, and the soon-to-open Luisa in Montclair. He was a champion on the Food Network’s “Chopped.” Meny immigrated to the U.S. from Israel 12 years ago and worked in some of New York’s most acclaimed restaurants. He helped open renowned chef Daniel Boulud’s Boulud Sud, before opening MishMish Café in December 2014 where he marries the French techniques he’s mastered with the flavors, ingredients, and memories of his Jewish-Moroccan roots.

Rachel & Rob Fink and Michele & Jeff StrumeierEvent Chairs
Ira SteinbergUJA Campaign Chair
Jody Hurwitz CaplanWomen's Philanthropy President

For more information contact Kimberly Farrell at or (908) 288-2414.

Directions to Sheraton Parsippany

Please note: Your contribution to the Annual Campaign is tax deductible; the value of the ticket for this event is not.

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Event Host Committee (in formation)

Karen & Cliff Aaron
Shari Brandt & Brett Popolow
Cathy Bendall
Andrea & Philip Bershad
Marisa & Jeff Bershad
Elizabeth & Jeffrey Bier
Deborah Brody
Adina Brownstein
Jody Hurwitz Caplan & Jonathan Caplan
Dorie & Seth Eisenstein
Rachel & Rob Fink
Rebecca & David Fisher
Janet & Rob Francis
Terri & Mark Friedman


Sima & Javid Hakakian
Rebecca & Mitchell Gold
Terri & Michael Goldberg
Marit & Jason Halper
Abbi & Jeremy Halpern
Thomas Herring
Tracey & Jason Hoberman
Deborah & Gregg Jacob
Emily & Andrew Kirshenbaum
Lori & Steven Klinghoffer
Michele & Jeff Landau
Stephanie & Benjamin Lehrhoff
Lisa & Jeffrey Libman
Elizabeth & Jonathan Liss
Lisa Lowenstein


Maxine B. Murnick
Wendy & Scott Newman
Lisa Olender & Mitch Gorstein
Leslie Dannin Rosenthal & David Rosenthal
Shira B. & Randall Rothschild
Paula & David Saginaw
Carl Scalzo
Mindy & Alan Schall
Maxine & Rob Schwartz
Amy & Ira Steinberg
Michele & Jeff Strumeier
Howard N. Tepper
Bruce Tucker
Peter Waldor

We thank our corporate sponsors for their support:

Online Computers    General Plumbing Supply

KramerLevin    Waldor Brothers    Wells Fargo    Wells Fargo Advisors  


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