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Philanthropic Fun: Sweetness of Life

Jewish Family Services recognized Mental Health Awareness month with an Israeli cuisine-themed benefit.

Leon and Co-Chair Debbie Pesses with Martie and Co-Chair Art Waterman

In recognition of May as Mental Health Awareness month, proceeds from “Dvash: a Celebration of Modern Israeli Cuisine” directly benefited JFS mental health services, which are made affordable through a sliding-fee scale based on income. JFS mental health services include counseling, case management, senior services and teen suicide prevention training.

The name of the event, “dvash,” from Hebrew, literally translates to “honey.” It posits the notion that anyone, families and individual alike, can experience the sweetness of life through time, love, and support: three attributes of mental health service. “Dvash” was Co-Chaired by Debbie Pesses and Art Waterman.

The event was preceded by an Exclusive Chef’s Table Dinner for event sponsors at Doris Metropolitan the evening before. The Patron Party took place an hour before the main event. In celebration of the 70th anniversary of JFS, the Agency recognized the legacy of JFS Past Presidents. The presentation was led by JFS Past President Nancy Bissinger Timm, Current JFS Board President Larry Manshel, and Executive Director Roselle Ungar. Patron Party food was provided by Sterling Events & Lebanon’s Cafe.

The main event began with tasting dishes from restaurants and chefs of the Greater New Orleans area, including: Doris Metropolitan, Red Fish Grill, Kingfish, The Governor, Café Reconcile, Tal’s Hummus, Shahrazad Cafe, Hummus & More, Chef Rommel’s Catering, Belinda’s Kosher Catering, Casablanca, Rimon, Kosher Cajun, Kvetchy’s Kosher Soul Food, Bywater Bakery, New Orleans Cake Cafe. Two vodka-based craft cocktails were provided: the Honey Pom Pom featuring pomegranate juice, honey and lemon; and the Israeli Lemonana with lemonade and crushed mint.

Both an auction and a raffle were open to event attendees. The auction featured six culinary focused trips and the raffle included items donated by Octavia Books, béjé, Kosher Cajun, Liberty’s Kitchen and Station 6. Music was provided by Countdown Sound & Productions.

As a thank you gift, Patrons were given jars of honey at the end of the evening. The honey jars were graciously donated by Sasnak Farms.


Event at a Glance

What: “Dvash: a Celebration of Modern Israeli Cuisine,”
benefiting Jewish Family Service of Greater New Orleans
When: Thursday, May 10
Where: The Cannery


President Larry and Elizabeth Manshel with Executive Director Roselle and Stanley Ungar

Howard and Susan Green with Anne Gauthier and Sanford Pailet

 

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