Chabad of Westport presents an invigorating program for women to experience a morning of spirituality, cuisine, and friendship, featuring session leaders in these fields of expertise on Thursday, November 17th at 9:00am. The program takes place at the Westport Women’s Club at 44 Imperial Avenue in Westport.
Jamie Geller, called the “Rachel Ray of Jewish Cooking, ” by the New York Times, is the featured leader of the cooking and eating portion of the program. Jamie is the only bestselling cookbook author who wants to get you out of the kitchen-not because she doesn’t love food, but because she knows that how busy you are. Jamie’s hilarious first cookbook “Quick and Kosher – Recipes from The Bride Who Knew Nothing, ” chronicles Jamie’s story as a spunky young TV exec who came into marriage and kosher cooking without knowing a spatula from a saucepan. Determined to master cooking, yet pressed for time, she was dismayed to find that most cookbooks consider an hour of preparation time quick, and presumed more culinary skill than many of us have. So Jamie set out to compile her own special collection of quick and easy recipes and “Quick & Kosher” is the result of her quest. Jamie found her niche specializing in fast, fresh, family recipes and is the creative force behind JoyofKosher.com and "Joy of Kosher with Jamie Geller" magazine. Jamie is also a columnist for the Huffington Post, Jerusalem Post and the Jewish Press. She has appeared on several television and radio programs including the Today Show and Martha Stewart Living Radio.
Dina Kantor, Co-Director of the Chabad of Westport, will be leading the prayer session. Dina is in charge of the Chabad’s women’s workshops and parenting education events and also serves as the director of Camp Gan Israel in Westport.
A soothing meditation portion of the program will be led by Lorien Saumier. Lorien teaches meditation and yoga at local venues including at Hello Yoga in Wilton, CT, private classes from her home studio and in her own congregation, Temple B'nai Chaim in Georgetown, CT. She has completed meditation teacher training at Kaia Yoga in Westport, CT and is a Yoga Alliance RYT-200 (registered yoga teacher).
The program’s focus on love will be conducted by leadership consultant and psychologist, Dr. Jennifer Thomas, co-author (with Dr. Gary Chapman) “When Sorry Isn’t Enough.” Dr. Thomas will be sharing practical tips for improving relationships. She is the one of the few approved presenters of the “Five Love Languages” workshops, based on Dr. Gaby Chapman’s New York Times bestseller. Dr. Thomas counsels individuals and couples on a wide variety of issues from communication to trauma recovery and spiritual healing. Dr. Thomas holds a BA degree in psychology with High Distinction from the University of Virginia and MA and PhD degrees in clinical psychology from the University of Maryland. Dr. Thomas’ has done a TEDx Talk, “Getting the Last Word with Apology, ” has appeared on The Discovery Channel News, and been featured in USA Today and The Oprah Magazine.
Advanced registration required to attend “Eat, Pray, Love.” Please go to or call to RSVP, 203-226-8584. The cost of the program is $48 per guest or $180 for sponsors. Sponsorship includes an autographed copy of either “Quick and Kosher” or “When Sorry Isn’t Enough” books. Copies of the books will also be available for sale at the event. Event chairs are Merrill Spector and Kathy Belzer, both of Westport and Wilton resident, Eleanor Cronley.