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MORF Your Wardrobe: Israeli Designer Tamara Salem Changes Things Up

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With airlines charging for baggage, I find myself frantically packing and re-packing a carry-on with all kinds of wardrobe configurations racing through my mind. That’s especially difficult for those of us who love to wear color. I admit that the fashionistas in perpetual black, (it’s called chic,) do have a packing advantage – until now. Israeli designer, Tamara Salem has …

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Obakki – Fearless Treana Peake Giving Fashion A Purpose

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Swaths of narrow jagged charcoal mountains bisect parched golden sand. A vibrant orange sunset melts into an indigo blue and mauve sky like a watercolour painting gone awry; grey vein-like tributaries branch endlessly into rust-dotted cattle herds. This is the landscape of Namibia, Africa from a small plane as photographed by Canadian philanthropist and clothing designer, Treana Peake. It’s also …

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The Mounties “Always Get Their Man!” Dudi Sela Wins VanOpen Men’s Singles Tennis Championship

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Israeli tennis player, Dudi Sela is becoming a fan of Japanese cuisine in Vancouver, Canada. That’s because he’s a regular fixture in the city – or so it seems. For the fourth time, the 30-year-old from Kiryat Shmona, Israel, (now based in Tel Aviv,) recently claimed singles victory in the 14th Annual Odlum Brown VanOpen Men’s Championship, beating John-Patrick Smith of Australia, …

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Eli Winkelman & Challah for Hunger – Youth Baking A Difference

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“I freaked out! ” admits Eli Winkelman when, in 2007 she saw an email purportedly from the White House. “In fact, I closed my laptop because I thought it was a hoax.” Skyping from her native Austin, Texas, the vivacious redhead is reminiscing about how baking challah as a teen with her Mom, snowballed into the creation of a successful …

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Israel’s Dafna Lifshitz Appleseeds Academy Is Building Bridges Through Tech Education

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“I just visited a Bedouin settlement in which women have Smartphones but are not connected to the electricity grid. They didn’t have the technology or training to look for a clinic and then be able to make a doctor’s appointment,” confides Dafna Lifshitz, CEO, Appleseeds Academy, Skyping from Tel Aviv. “And, it may be surprising to learn that although Israel …

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The Garage Sale Luxury Auction House Where Buying A Home Is Always An Event

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The excitement from the casually elegant crowd is as palpable as the panoramic lake and mountain views from the home that surrounds them. “Three million!” shouts the auctioneer in his audacious singsong chant – his words spilling over one another in increasing crescendo, inciting bidders and guests alike. This is no ‘cattle rattle’ although the Stetson-hatted ringmaster does reflect a Western …

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Jacqui Cohen Can ‘Face The World’ When Philanthropy Begins At Home

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We are walking up a steep, U-shaped pink stone speckled driveway, away from the Mediterranean – style villa surrounded by lush palm trees and foliage, in Vancouver’s tony Point Grey. Jacqui Cohen, voluptuous in a midnight blue silk Les Habitudes sheath dress, leans on my shoulder to remove her high-heels; barefoot, she continues her meet & greet. But not with the …

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Game of Thrones Exhibition Tel Aviv – ‘The House of King David’ Meets The Seven Kingdoms

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Spoiler alert: don’t eat lunch before trying this – As you shoot to the top of the 700-ft ice wall in the winch elevator on the northern border of the Seven Kingdoms, a blizzard of snow is swirling against your face. The ghostly White Walkers stalk the bleak arctic landscape. Teetering on the edge with the other Night’s Watch, arrow after arrow …

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Charity Galas – “Hey Kids Lets Put On A Show”

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“With a million laughs, and color. And a lot of lights to make it sparkle. And songs-wonderful songs. And after we get the people in that hall, we’ve gotta start them in laughing right away… oh can’t you just see it?” (Judy Garland, Babes In Arms, 1939) Rooney and Garland made it look so easy. Behind the scenes of today’s …