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Celebrating the great women in our lives!


For those of you who don’t know, today is a very special day.  Today marks the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day and so, in light of this great occasion, I want to celebrate by giving a shout out to the most amazing woman in my life; mommy dearest, Rita Reuveni. 

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Art and the City: celebrating young Jewish artists

With a love for the arts, I have always found myself attracted to the beauty of an image; the range and mix of colors, the textures of sculptures and the message behind a printed word.  Unfortunately my artistic talents are extremely limited and so I often find myself searching for avenues where I am able to expose myself to artist’s point of views and creations.  Last year, after talking to some of BIEC’s volunteers, I found that others shared the same love for the arts as I do, and so we took it upon ourselves to create an art exhibit. Our objective was to put together an art vernissage different from all others available in the community; we wanted to provide the opportunity for young Jewish adults from the Montreal Jewish community to showcase their artistic talents, whether they be recreational or professional.

Over 15 excited young adults came together to brainstorm about ways to make this idea a reality. With hard work and creative minds, Art and the City was born. Unsure of the reach this event would get, we decided to have a small scale art exhibit and see the reaction the community would have. With the perfect venue in mind, we reached out to the W Lounge. Centrally located, in the heart of Old Montreal, it was the perfect intimate space we looking for. We were amazed by the turnout, as more than 200 people were in attendance. The young atmosphere, cool crowd, creative artwork and funky drinks resulted in the perfect night out!

With the success of last year’s Art and the City, we decided to revamp the concept and hold the event again this year!  BIEC, alongside a group of amazing new volunteers, came together to plan Art and the City II, which will exhibit the artwork of 25 talented young adults from Montreal’s Jewish community. From painters to photographers, fashion designers to writers, this year’s exhibits promises to be an event not to be missed.

To balance the works of these artists we have found the perfect venue; KOKO restaurant + bar, which will add an element of sophistication and modernity. 

This night is an expression of artistic talent that is rarely showcased in Montreal. I hope you can all join me and the rest of the team, and discover for yourself the amazing artwork that the Montreal Jewish community has to offer.

I am extremely excited and look forward to making KOKO our very own contemporary art museum!

Art and the City II – Sunday, January 23, 2011 at 8 PM. Tickets are 15$ and provide you with a delicious complementary drink. 

Contact Team BIEC at 514-345-6449 for tickets.

Art in the City, 2009
Art in the City, 2009
Art in the City, 2009
Art in the City, 2009
Art in the City, 2009
Art in the City, 2009

“Dream as if you’ll live forever, live as if you’ll die today.”

Carpe Diem: live your  life to the fullest with no regret, live every day as if it were your last, the future is promised to no one, appreciate today as tomorrow may never come…

I love those sayings, and although I try to live by them, I find myself sitting around and letting life pass me by expecting to eventually get up off my touchas! In an attempt to live by these sayings, I decided to create a bucket list. This desire to enjoy life and explore what the world has to offer surged from an obsession with an inspiring new TV show on MTV called The Buried Life. The show is about 4 young guys who travel around the country in an effort to cross off a list of items they want to complete before they die.  So, as I prepare myself to compile my list I start to wonder, what do I want to do before I die? Although it may seem like a simple question, I was perplexed; what do I want to accomplish, what do I want to see, where do I want to go…  It took me a while to start writing but here is what I came up with so far:

My bucket list:

  1. Find my true love and get married
  2. Purchase and decorate my own home
  3. Experience motherhood
  4. Discover my life’s purpose
  5. Make a difference in someone’s life
  6. Kick my worse negative habit (biting my fingers)
  7. Become a better public speaker
  8. Sail around the world
  9. Visit the Amazon rainforest
  10. Ride a gondola in Venice, Italy
  11. Go Zorbing in New Zealand
  12. Partake in a Japanese tea ceremony
  13. Watch the ball drop for New Years in New York city
  14. Watch the changing of the guards at Buckingham palace
  15. Volunteer in a third world country
  16. Build a Habitat for Humanity home
  17. Watch turtles hatch and run to the ocean
  18. Go whale watching
  19. Ride an elephant
  20. Milk a cow
  21. Go white water rafting
  22. Jump off a high cliff into deep water
  23. Run a 10K race
  24. Learn to snowboard
  25. Learn to belly dance
  26. Learn to surf
  27. Learn to meditate and manage my stress
  28. Go sky diving
  29. Go fire walking
  30. Race a sports car
  31. See an Olympic game
  32. See at least 100 concerts
  33. Ride in a hot air balloon
  34. Learn sign language
  35. Break a Guinness World Record
  36. Take up photography
  37. Make a stained glass piece
  38. Become a Wine Connoisseur and visit some of the world’s most famous wineries
  39. Become an art collector
  40. Solve a Rubik’s Cube

Ideally I’d like to have a list of 50 items but can’t figure out what my last 10 could be. Any suggestions?? Check out the Buried Life trailer for some inspiration!

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