Where Were You Last Week?

Robert Weinroth and Connie Siskoiwski

The week began with lots of good cheer as Connie Siskowski and her elf’s helped clients and families of the American Association of Caregiving Youth (AACY) pick out their holiday gift 🎁 selections and enjoy a sumptuous holiday meal. ‘Tis the season! Lots of smiling faces.

Stopped by Cornell Museum of Art & American Culture, on Monday, to meet Shannon Eadon, the museum’s President & CEO, to view their newest exhibition by mixed media artist, Sonya Sanchez Arias and others, as part of Art Couture, the intersection of art and fashion.

The Cornell Art Museum is housed in the restored 1913 Delray Elementary School building on the Old School Square campus and is one of the surprises that people discover in Delray Beach.

The Museum strives to show nationally and internationally recognized, contemporary artists who create innovative and provocative works of art. Visitors will enjoy intriguing pieces of artwork while discovering new artists and styles. 

The Museum exposes the greater Delray Beach and South Florida communities to artwork that is culturally relevant and exciting, hoping to foster creativity and inspire imagination.

Museum shows typically begin with a theme and blossom into dynamic group exhibitions that excite visitors from all backgrounds.

The Cornell Art Museum was dedicated in 1990 and named in honor of Delray Beach residents Harriet W. and George D. Cornell. The Museum completed a $1 million interior renovation in November 2017.

Sonya Sanchez Arias creates one of a kind limited edition ‘up-cycled and repurposed’ Art Jewelry and Mixed Media Art. The artist has gained recognition for her Recycled Art both nationally and in the Caribbean.

Robert Weinroth and Shannon Eadon

Her paper dresses, mixed media assemblages and her new line of art jewelry showcase her interests in the natural organic beauty of nature and the transformative possibilities of repurposing found objects and discarded synthetic materials.

Sonya is a successful photographic stylist, commercial photographer, and photographic art director for more than 25 years, transforming that which others see as commonplace into the extraordinary.

Sonya Sanchez Arias

Her art follows the “up-cycling and repurposing” movement which reevaluates the worth of waste by reclaiming and reinterpreting the beauty of discarded materials and found objects in new and unexpected ways.

All of Sonya’s art jewelry and assemblages are handmade one-of-a-kind pieces, the recycled materials that she manipulates gives the jewelry and mixed media assemblages a strong identity with unique characteristics effectively making each piece a distinct work of art.

 Congregation B’nai Israel Junior Choir, with Rabbis and City of Delray Beach Mayor and Commissioners

First night of Chanukah was celebrated in style at Old School Square with Mayor Shelly Petrolia, the City Commission and the community. Special thank you to Rabbi Shmuli Biston and the Chabad of East Delray Beach together with the City of Delray for hosting the Grand Menorah Lighting with traditional latkes, sufganiyot, crafts and music. A special treat hearing Max Weinberg recite the blessing before the first candle was kindled.

Rabbis come together in Boca Raton

We joined our PJ Library friends and the Jewish Community for a special evening of crafts, stories, candle lighting and special Musical entertainment by Rock N’ Roll Rabbi, David Paskin.

Held at Boca Center on Monday, we were treated to latkes, gelt, sufganiot and lego to take home.

At 6PM the Rabbis of the Boca Raton Community were invited to light the Chanukia and we welcomed the second night of Chanukah.

Rabbi and Ahuva New with Marla Birman

We joined Ahuva and Rabbi Ruvi New for the third night of Chanukah at Chabad East Boca Raton. Gateways to Jerusalem Dinner was served in Chabad headquarters in downtown Boca Raton (adjacent to Sanborn Square Park), in celebration of Chanukat Habayit (dedication of our home’s renovation).

Everyone was invited to walk into the newly redesigned Boca Beach Chabad.  It is, truly, a miraculous renovation with a “wow” feeling. Its boutique look and feel is modern, clean, cool and welcoming. Along the eastern wall of the shul are eight Jerusalem stone arches representing the eight gates into the Old City of Jerusalem.  After dinner, we joined the community to kindle a giant menorah at the park followed by a concert starring the Hasdic Hipster, JERYKO.

On the first  of Chanukah in 1975, more than 1,000 Jews gathered at  San Francisco’s Union Square to witness the first giant public menorah-lighting in modern history.

Forty-four years after this unprecedented show of Jewish pride and observance, some 15,000 large public menorahs will bring light to public squares, government buildings, sports arenas and other high-profile venues in more than 100 countries around the world.    חַגחֲנוּכָּהשַׂמֵחַ

Mark and Pamela Polani, Sal Saldana, Pamela and Robert Weinroth with Gary Goodman

Everyone deserves to experience holiday cheer at Christmastime! Sal Saldana and his team at Town Center Mall along with the folks at Boca Helping Hands invited anyone who was looking for the Christmas spirit, to  join the community at  Town Center at Boca Raton‘s Annual Christmas Feast for a holly, jolly, time! Dinner was donated by the Mall’s restaurants.  Community members sat at white linen enveloped tables while volunteers served each and every one of the guests. Gary Goodman performed magic tricks table side and Santa Claus was there taking pictures and checking his list twice. There were enough presents for every child.