Burt Shavitz, Jewish co-founder of Burt’s Bees, dies at 80


Burt Shavitz, the Jewish beekeeper and co-founder of the Burt’s Bees cosmetics company, has died.

Shavitz, born Ingram Shavitz in Manhattan in 1935, died of respiratory problems in Bangor, Maine, on Sunday while surrounded by family and friends.

He grew the Burt’s Bees company with business partner, Roxanne Quimby, and his scraggly, bearded image became the face of the brand. Quimby bought out Shavitz’s share in the company for an undisclosed sum in the mid-1990s before Burt’s Bees was sold to Clorox for $925 million in 2007.

Shavitz has said that he was forced out of the company because he had an affair with an employee. In addition to the buyout money, Shavitz received 37 acres of land in Maine.

“In the long run, I got the land, and land is everything. Land is positively everything. And money is nothing really worth squabbling about. This is what puts people six feet under. You know, I don’t need it,” he said last year.

After spending time in the U.S. Army and working as a photographer for Time-Life, Shavitz left New York and moved to Maine in 1970, where he began making honey. In the 1980s he met Quimby, who made new products from Shavitz’s beeswax and moved the company to North Carolina in 1994.

“Burt was an enigma; my mentor and my muse. I am deeply saddened,” Quimby told The Associated Press.

Shavitz was the subject of the 2014 documentary “Burt’s Buzz,” which delved into his unusual career and eventually reclusive life in Maine.

“Roxanne Quimby wanted money and power, and I was just a pillar on the way to that success,” Shavitz said in the film.

Shavitz owned three Golden Retrievers and had a reputation for being a quirky, straight-talking hippie.

“We remember him as a bearded, free-spirited Maine man, a beekeeper, a wisecracker, a lover of golden retrievers and his land,” the Burt’s Bees company said in a statement.

Ahava London flagship to close over demonstrations


The flagship London branch of Ahava cosmetics is closing, citing bi-weekly demonstrations that have hurt its profits.

The Ahava store located at Covent Garden, a busy shopping area in the British capital, will close at the end of the week, the Israeli daily Yediot Acharonot reported. The company has other stores in the city, according to the report.

The store has been the site of large anti-Israel demonstrations for more than a year because it produces its Dead Sea cosmetics and lotions on the northwestern shore of the Dead Sea in the West Bank on land claimed by the Palestinians.

The Jewish Chronicle reported in March that the store’s landlord, Shaftesbury PLC, said it would not renew the store’s lease, which expires next week, due to the disruptive demonstrations. It reported in the March story that the store was seeking other locations,

Four demonstrators went on trial earlier this year for chaining themselves to a concrete block inside the store.

“The demonstrations hurt our image and created negative media coverage. We are a commercial company and so we must take cost-efficient considerations,” an Ahava spokesman told Yediot about the decision to close.

The Dead Sea is dying and it’s a ‘man-made disaster’


EIN GEDI, Israel (JTA)—The beach at the Ein Gedi Spa at the Dead Sea would seem like an ideal place for a little R&R amid the frenzy of modern Israel.

Set in the quiet of the desert, it has stunning views of Jordan’s mountains and its therapeutic waters reputedly do wonders for the complexion.

There’s only one problem at this beach: The sea is gone.

In its place are empty lifeguard towers and abandoned beach umbrellas lodged in the parched earth that make a mockery of the Dead Sea’s quiet retreat.

The sea actually still exists, but it’s smaller, shallower and much more distant than it once was—some 160 feet from the original beach built at Ein Gedi. The Dead Sea is shrinking because nearly every source of water that feeds into this iconic tourist destination has been cut off, diverted or polluted over the last half century.

“This is a completely man-made disaster,” says Gidon Bromberg, the Israel director of Friends of the Earth Middle East, an international environmental group. “There is nothing natural about this.”

A tram now shuttles visitors from the abandoned beach at Ein Gedi to the new beach, which sits at more than 1,300 feet below sea level. Thirty years ago this beach was submerged under water. In 10 years it likely will be dry, too, and the visitors’ ramp again will have to be extended to reach the sea.

By 2025, the sea is expected to be at 1,440 feet below sea level.

The shrinking of the Dead Sea has become an issue of grave concern for environmentalists, industries that produce Dead Sea-related products and Israel’s tourism sector, which worries that the visitors who come here from all over the world will disappear along with the sea.

To environmentalists, the shrinking of the sea is an environmental disaster that left unchecked could devastate the region in the coming decades.

The sea’s retreat already has spawned thousands of dangerous sinkholes. Created by retreating groundwater washing away salt deposits that had supported a surface layer of sand, the sinkholes have decimated beaches, nature reserves and agricultural fields in the area.

Future development along the northern rim of the sea has been suspended indefinitely, and the sinkholes have taken a toll on the area’s roads. Route 90, the Israeli highway that runs north-south along the Dead Sea’s western shore, has had to be rebuilt several times because of sinkholes opening up in its path.

In the meantime, the shifting groundwater has wreaked havoc with the natural oases and springs near the sea. Some natural habitats have been destroyed, and with them the feeding grounds of indigenous wildlife. Ornithologists say the annual migration of birds to this area—the third-largest migration in the world—has begun to taper off.

Perhaps most significantly for the people who live in the region, the economic consequences of the sea’s retreat have been staggering for agriculture and tourism.

“This has cost us more than $25 million since 1995, when the sinkholes started opening up,” Merav Ayalon, a spokeswoman for Kibbutz Ein Gedi, the largest Israeli town at the Dead Sea, said.

The kibbutz has had to close its resort village—though it still operates guest houses—abandon its groves of date palms and forego any expansion plans because it is virtually locked in now by mountains or unsafe, shifting ground.

Farther south, at the cluster of hotels on the Israeli side of the sea, hotels built decades ago along the Dead Sea’s shores have preserved their beaches only thanks to an artificial pool of sea water. The pool, which is connected to the Dead Sea, is maintained by Dead Sea Works, the massive mineral extraction plant whose operations have accelerated the sea’s disappearance through wholesale evaporation of water.

If not for the artificial pool, the hotels would be in the desert, since the southern portion of the Dead Sea no longer exists. Though visitors cannot tell that the hotels’ beaches are artificially maintained, hoteliers say they fear potential tourists are deterred from coming to the region because they think the sea’s retreat has left the hotels high and dry.

“Tourists from abroad don’t know exactly where the sea is located and where the sinkholes are, so they don’t come as much anymore,” said Avi Levy, who used to be the general manager of the Crowne Plaza Dead Sea but now works at the franchise’s hotel in Tel Aviv. “Also, I think, there is antagonism that we are allowing such a valuable site as the Dead Sea to be destroyed.”

Agricultural industries in Israel, Jordan and Syria siphon water from the rivers that used to feed into the Dead Sea, diverting the water flow for agricultural use. This, along with the dumping of sewage by these countries and the Palestinian Authority, has turned the Jordan River, the sea’s main tributary, from the voluminous flow described in the Bible to a muddy, polluted dribble that doesn’t even reach the Dead Sea anymore during the summer months.

In addition, companies like Dead Sea Works are removing water from the sea at a rate of about 150 million cubic meters per year to get at the lucrative minerals beneath the water. The minerals are used to produce chemical products for export such as potash and magnesium chloride.

Potash can be used to make glass, soap and fertilizer, and magnesium chloride can be used in the manufacture of foodstuffs and roadway deicing products.

The work of these companies has turned what once was the southern portion of the sea into a massive industrial site.

At the time of Israel’s founding in 1948, about 1.4 billion cubic meters of water per year flowed into the Dead Sea. That total has shrunk to 100 million cubic meters, much of it polluted. Today the only fresh water the sea gets is from underground springs and rainwater. With inadequate fresh water, the sea has become more salty and oleaginous.

Scientists estimate that the Dead Sea needs at least 650 million cubic meters of water per year in order to stabilize over the next two decades.

Short of a major change in water-use policy, which environmentalists say is imperative, the Dead Sea will continue to shrink at its current rate of 3.2 to 3.5 feet per year until it reaches an equilibrium in 100 to 200 years at some 1,800 feet below sea level, experts say.

There are two main ideas for stabilizing the Dead Sea.

Environmentalists want to restore flow to the sea from the Jordan River. But that would require a sharp reduction in the use of Jordan River water for agricultural and domestic consumption, as well as cooperation between the Israelis, Palestinians, Syrians and Jordanians. At this point, neither seems likely.

The other idea is to construct a canal to bring salt water to the Dead Sea from the Red Sea, some 125 miles to the south. Championed by Israeli President Shimon Peres and Israeli real estate magnate Isaac Tshuva, among others, this plan envisions the construction of up to 200,000 new hotel rooms and the transformation of the desert along the channel’s route into an Israeli-Jordanian “peace valley.”

Notwithstanding the enormous financial costs of such an enterprise—$3 billion to $5 billion—scientists say bringing salt water to a sea that heretofore has been fed only by fresh water has unknown risks.

“A decision like this cannot be made without checking the ecological impact on the environment,” said Noam Goldstein, project manager at Dead Sea Works, which has made a fortune extracting minerals like potash, table salt and bromide from the Dead Sea. “It’s possible that with a canal the sea will turn brown or red. It’s possible it will stink because of the introduction of new chemical and biological substances into the water.”

The World Bank is conducting a $14 million study into the practicalities of the channel, dubbed the Red-to-Dead Canal.

For the time being, no solution to the problem of the Dead Sea has moved beyond the review stage. Meanwhile, with the Holy Land facing its worst drought in 80 years, the sea continues to disappear.

Good Morning America visited the Dead Sea in 2006

 

Obituaries


Sidney Factor,
Cosmetics Executive,
Dies at 89

Sidney Factor, son of the cosmetics magnate Max Factor, who helped expand the family business globally, died of natural causes on Dec. 15 at his Beverly Hills home. He was 89.

Among the Factor family’s favorite charities was the Julia Ann Singer Center for disabled and abused children and their families in West Los Angeles.

“They helped us build a playground,” Jeanne Gerson, the center’s longtime administrative assistant, told The Journal, adding that the Factor name graces that playground. “He was a very generous man and very interested in the children.”

Max Factor founded Max Factor & Co. at the St. Louis World’s Fair in 1904 and subsequently moved the company to Los Angeles, working extensively with the movie industry. Sidney Factor worked for his father’s company throughout his childhood and officially joined the business in 1936. He was a graduate of USC, where he was a member of the Jewish fraternity Zeta Beta Tau. He helped the company expand into Canada, Australia, Latin America, South America and Japan, before retiring in 1962. The family sold the business in 1973, and Proctor & Gamble subsequently acquired it. Factor also bred and raced thoroughbred horses under his Sidney Factor Enterprises.

He is survived by his wife, Dorothy; daughter, Maxine Nazworthy; sons, Dr. James and Max; two grandchildren; and a great-grandchild. He was buried at Hillside Memorial Park and Mortuary on Dec. 18. — David Finnigan, Contributing Writer


Myra Sarah Abrams died Dec. 6 at 65. She is survived by her husband, Richard; son, Daniel (Delmy); grandchildren, Alex and Iliana; sister, Harriet Silverman; and parents-in-law, David and Estelle. Mount Sinai

BENJAMIN ARMOUR died Dec. 13 at 42. He is survived by his daughter, Desirea Hone; mother, Carole Armour (Dr. Leslie) Greenbaum; and sister, Susan Kaufman (Douglas). Hillside

Ernest Anthony Balachio died Dec. 9 at 66. He is survived by his wife, Marilyn; son, Scott; daughters, Michele and Sharon; two grandchildren; brother, Angelo; sisters, Jean Sekeris and Ethen Bonner. Groman

Leslie Barbour died Dec. 13 at 60. He is survived by his sister, Ava. Malinow and Silverman

David Berg died Dec. 6 at 93. He is survived by his daughter, Frances Holdridge. Mount Sinai

Henry Berkowitz died Dec. 14 at 92. He is survived by his son, Allen; daughters, Sandra Spiegel and Susan Samson; 12 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren. Sholom Chapels.

Harold Birstock died Dec. 14 at 77. He is survived by his wife, Bess; daughter, Karren (Michael) Glaser; son, Larry (Alex Novakovich); grandchildren, Bobby and Rebecca; and brother, Marvin. Mount Sinai

Pearl Blumenthal died Dec. 8 at 93. She is survived by her son, Robert. Malinow and Silverman

Sydney Louis Breakman died Dec. 7 at 87. He is survived by his sons, Allen, Ronald and Dan; three grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; sister, Evelyn Breakman; Groman

REBA BRENNER died Dec. 14 at 91. She is survived by her daughter, Toby Brock; three grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. Hillside

Aron Chodes died Dec. 13 at 97. He is survived by his sons, Max (Carol) and Noah (Rena); daughter, Helen (Sandy) Fishman; seven grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild. Groman

Betsy Claster died Dec. 7 at 80. She is survived by her sons, Scott and Robert. Malinow and Silverman

Harold Cohen died Dec. 14 at 93. He is survived by his wife, Lillian Gold. Malinow and Silverman

Esther Deutsch died Dec. 5 at 90. She is survived by her son, Michael (Lynn); daughters, Randi (Salvadore Aguilar) and Lisa; and brother, Hugo (Ruth) Halpert. Mount Sinai

Alexander Leiser Edberg died Dec. 10 at 59. He is survived by his wife, Mindy; daughter, Sandye (Keith) Miller; sons, Joshua (April) and Wesley; three grandchildren; brother, Harold (Debbie). Malinow and Silverman

Anne Ettinger died Dec. 7 at 88. She is survived by her husband, Irving; son, Harold Basite; daughter, Lorraine Gentill; four grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and brother, Harry Singer. Groman

Edith Farber died Dec. 10 at 88. She is survived by her sons, Jeffrey (Sali), Leonard (Meryl) and Ronald (Kathy). Malinow and Silverman

Ann Fish died Dec. 7 at 87. She is survived by her husband, Benjamin; daughters, Emily Zabarsky and Deena Blank; and brother, Elliott Klemas. Groman

Ernest Freireich died Dec. 14 at 92. He is survived by his wife, Edith; son, Roby; and daughter, Halli. Mount Sinai

Harvey Gandel died Dec. 9 at 74. He is survived by his wife, Betty; sons, David (Danette), Alex (Janet) and Eddie (Sue); daughter, Amy (Scott) Carrott; nine grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and sisters, Shirley Schnee and Marilyn Greenblatt. Mount Sinai

LEONARD GARDNER died Dec. 5 at 84. He is survived by his wife, Binnie. Hillside

Joseph Goldberg died Dec. 6 at 87. He is survived by his wife, Esther; son, Bennet; daughter, Gail Jacobson; three grandchildren; and sisters, RoseAnn Cronrod and Toby Friedman. Mount Sinai

Elaine Goldner died Dec. 10 at 91. She is survived by her daughters, Anita (Stan) Roman and Debbie Goldner-Watson; son, Jay (Dee Dee); seven grandchildren; nine great- grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; and sister, Sylvia Bloom. Mount Sinai

Marilyn Goodman died Dec. 15 at 60. She is survived by her daughter, Kristie; mother, Thelma; and brother, Gary. Malinow and Silverman

Alan Haim died Dec. 9 at 56. He is survived by his sons, Jon and Stephen; mother, Victoria; sister, Esther (Yaron) David; four nephews; aunts; uncles; cousins; and ex-wife, Linda. Chevra Kadisha

Leo Handel died Dec. 9 at 85. He is survived by his wife, Nechama; sons, William and Mark; six grandchildren; and sisters, Jetta Gordon and Gisele Sebestyen. Groman

Minnie Hecht died Dec. 14 at 95. She is survived by her son, Donald; daughter, Alice Schultz; and two grandchildren. Groman

Dora Herr died Dec. 9 at 89. She is survived by her sons, Barry, Stephen and Arnold; daughters, Sharon Baldassari and Maris Herr; and four grandchildren. Groman

Shirley Herskovitz died Dec. 9 at 74. She is survived by her son, Jerald. Malinow and Silverman

Lillian Hoffman died Dec. 10 at 94. She is survived by her husband, Hyman; nephew, Sherwood Gell; and niece, Marilyn Broot. Groman

Talia Itaev died Dec. 10 at 54. She is survived by her husband Uri; and son Vladi (Olga) Aura. Sholom Chapels.

Valerie Jeanne Kassel died Dec. 7 at 47. She is survived by her husband, Glenn; daughters, Lauren Swain and Ilana Hamilton; and parents, Gloria and Charles Ford. Malinow and Silverman

Helen Kahan died Dec. 7 at 81. She is survived by her husband Jacob; sons, Yossie (Frieda) and Michael; daughter, Esther (Chaim) Craitenberger; five grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. Chevra Kadisha

Carrie Katz died Dec. 9 at 97. She is survived by her son, Herbert; three grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Groman

Arthur Kay died Dec. 9 at 82. He is survived by his wife, Florence; son, Howard; daughters, Karen Siegel, Janet Bramson and Marilyn Josephs; and nine grandchildren. Groman

Janka Kessler died Dec. 9 at 92. She is survived by her daughter, Anna (Edward) Leifer; grandchildren Gary and Jason; two great-grandchildren; and sisters, Charlotte Newman and Zipora Perry. Sholom Chapels.

Arnold Kirsch died Dec. 7 at 84. He is survived by his wife, Shirley; daughter, Beth (Roger) West; son, Lanny (Karen); four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Martin Klausner died Dec. 9 at 60. He is survived by his brother, Stephen (Lila) ; nieces; nephews; greatnieces; and greatnephews.

Viola Klein died Dec. 5 at 87. She is survived by her sons, Stephen, Barry and Gary; daughter, Sheryl Litt; brother, Sol Schatz; and sister, Annette Feldman. Groman

Norman Elliott Kogen died Dec. 8 at 81. He is survived by his wife, Anne; sons, Paul and Jeffrey (Kathy); stepsons, Seth (Sabine) and Bernard Wolfson; daughters, Elizabeth (Ron) Oler and Allison (Steve) Walls; stepdaughter, Beth Wolfson; nine grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and sister, Donna (Rex) Downing. Groman

Ida Landman died Dec. 5 at 96. She is survived by her, daughter Helene Klein; and son, Robert. Malinow and Silverman

PHILLIP LANGMAN died Dec. 5 at 86. He is survived by his wife, Bernice; son, Gary (Robin); daughter, Sharon; and two grandchildren. Hillside

SARA LAZAR died Dec. 13 at 86. She is survived by her son, Steven; and three grandchildren. Eden

Sally Lenett died Dec. 10 at 93. She is survived by her son, Barry; daughter, Joanne Enfield; sister, Rose Slan; six grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. Groman

CRAIG DOLPH LESSER died Dec. 5 at 57. He is survived by his parents, Louis and Jeanne; sisters, Teri (Jack) Ford and Kathy Sanson; three nephews; and two nieces. Hillside

Ronnie Lichter died Dec. 8 at 87. She is survived by her sons, Charles (Renee) and Steve; daughter, Rivi (Jeff) Shulman; three grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; brother, Julian Lee; and sisters, Belle Krumholtz and Mildred Lee. Groman

Caryn Lisa Mandel died Dec. 13 at 43. She is survived by her parents Elaine and Henry; sisters, Susan (Lori Sostock) Corona, Amy and Lori Mandel; and nieces, Rebecca and Erica. Mount Sinai

Hannelore Menchau died Dec. 11 at 77. She is survived by her daughter, Connie (Mordechai) Tassa; five grandchildren; and one great-grandson. Chevra Kadisha

Harriette Ann Modelevsky died Dec. 13 at 93. She is survived by her sons, Herbert (Loretta), Ian (Sharon) and Joseph; eight grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; sister, Hilda Sternberg;. Malinow and Silverman

Ben Miller died Dec. 6 at 95. He is survived by his wife, Dolores; sons, Dr. Harvey (Patti) and Dr. Ronald (Tanya); stepson, Barry (Lynn) Weinstein; stepdaughter, Nancy (Jeffrey) Foster; seven grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and brother, Robert. Mount Sinai

Stephen Lee Mosko died Dec. 6 at 57. He is survived by his wife, Dorothy Stone; son, Scott; and brother, Martin. Malinow and Silverman

Robert Frederick Newmyer died Dec. 12 at 49. He is survived by his wife, Deborah; daughters, Sofi and Billi; sons, Teddy and James; parents, James and Virginia; and sisters, Elsa (Larry Forester) and Lory (Stephen Cooper). Malinow and Silverman

Joseph Norton died Dec. 11 at 88. He is survived by his wife, Mitzi Norton; daughters, Meredith (Thomas) Powers and Jane (David) Baughman; son, Robert; and grandson, Michael Baughman. Mount Sinai

Ida Josephine Pachter died Dec. 14 at 92. She is survived by her son, Mark; daughters, Sharon Hyland-Elstein and Beverly Stewart-Johnson; four grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. Groman

Shirley Pelter died Dec. 6 at 75. She is survived by her husband, Sam; son, Mitchell (Kohar); and daughters, Debra (Michael) Martelli and Robin (Everett) Pond. Mount Sinai

Betty Perry died Dec. 10 at 89. She is survived by her son, Howard; daughter, Linda Cohen; and four grandchildren. Groman

Olga Rabinova died Dec. 5 at 88. She is survived by her nephew, Peter Datskovskiy; nieces, Ida Datskovskaya and Yelena (Yefim) Skylar; and great-nephews, Vitaliy and Fima Skylar. Chevra Kadisha

Amin Rafalian died Dec. 13 at 81. He is survived by his wife, Ghodsi; and sons, Behnam and Behrooz. Chevra Kadisha

Allen Abraham Ross died Dec. 13 at 79. He is survived by his wife, Cyrile; son, Thomas; daughter, Kimberly (Richard) Palm; and two grandchildren. Malinow and Silverman

Philip Ross died Dec. 9 at 80. He is survived by his wife, Lois; sons, Jerry, Brett (Tracey) and Steve (Grace); eight grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren; sister, Jackie (Richard) Frederick; brother, Paul (Eleanor) Ross. Malinow and Silverman

MEYER ROSSUM died Dec. 7. He is survived by his wife, Edith Newman; daughters, Marcia Blake and Sharon; granddaughter, Latonya Allen; two great-grandchildren; sister, Bertha Tankenson; and three nieces. Hillside

Howard Samuels died Dec. 12 at 88. He is survived by his sons, Neal, Jay and Mark; and one grandchild. Groman

Nathan Sanderson died Dec. 6 at 101. He is survived by his son, Jerry (Jean); four grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild. Mount Sinai

Selma Renee Schwartz died Dec. 7 at 93. She is survived by her daughters, Hope Renee (Stephen) Seldin and Ellen (Steven) Ratner; son, Howard; five grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and brother, Sam (Mary) Hausman. Mount Sinai

Maurice Schwarz Jr. died Dec. 6 at 95. He is survived by his wife, Marjorie; sons, Don (Susan) and Joshua (Andie); four grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Marjorie Share died Dec. 10 at 85. She is survived by her husband, Horace; daughters, Lillian (Ronald) Wunsh, Isobel (Harlan) Steele and Helen; four grandchildren; and sister, Alma (Sam) Moss. Mount Sinai

Leona Shear died Dec. 14 at 81. She is survived by her daughter, Mindy (Julio) Puchalt; son, Philip; grandchildren, Natalia (Baqi) Kopelman and Ivan (Ayana) Puchalt; and great-grandson, Misha Kopelman. Mount Sinai

Josef Silber died Dec. 12 at 84. He is survived by his wife, Esther; son, Abe (Cheryl); daughter, Marlene (Roy) Alter; daughter-in-law Stephanie; grandsons, Brett and Todd; and three great-grandchildren. Sholom Chapels.

Lillian Singer died Dec. 5 at 93. She is survived by her daughters, Susan (Eric) Orbom and Sheila; grandsons, Ted and Ken Feldman; and brother, Mickey Rosen. Mount Sinai

Esther Smith died Dec. 10 at 84. She is survived by her daughter, Michelle Klees; and sister, Marie (Joe) Bouzaglou. Malinow and Silverman

Michael Allen Smith died Dec. 10 at 66. He is survived by his wife, Marlene; and daughters, Tracy (Robert) Falk and Heather Myers. Malinow and Silverman

Alexander Spitzer died Dec. 11 at 85. He is survived by his wife, Pola; daughters, Linda (Mark) Abraham and Sandy (Dr. Michael) Kanter; seven grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. Chevra Kadisha

Stanley Robert Spiwak died Dec. 4 at 80. He is survived by his wife, Joan; daughter, Diane; son, Steven; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren; sister, Lucy Cohen. Malinow and Silverman

Clara Stein died Dec. 11 at 92. She is survived by her daughter, Irene Leeds; son, Ronald; three grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Yael Rachel Tanenbaum died Dec. 12 at 34. She is survived by her son, David; mother, Erica Tannen; father, Sandy; and brother, Yosef. Sholom Chapels.

Maurice Tator died Dec. 14 at 92. He is survived by his wife, Renee; sons, Joel and Steven (Dorothy); stepson, Bill (Linda) Mandel; stepdaughter, Jan (Rick) Jewell; two grandchildren; three step-grandchildren; and brother, George Tatar. Mount Sinai

MATHILDE TREISTER died Dec. 8 at 97. She is survived by her son, Robert; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Hillside

Leo Ullman died Dec. 14 at 88. He is survived by his wife, Alice; sons, Stanley, Robert (Linda) and John (Marla); daughter, Bonnie (John Rankin); and six grandchildren.

Paulette Ida Van Muyden died Dec. 7 at 40. She is survived by her son, Ethan; father, Edward D’Ull; and brother, Mark D’Ull. Groman

Eva Weise died Dec. 8 at 94. She is survived by her son, Lawrence (Zelda); three grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Malinow and Silverman

Anne Williams died Dec. 12 at 97. She is survived by her stepdaughter, Miriam Winett; and three grandchildren. Groman

George Wish died Dec. 4 at 91. He is survived by his wife, Harriet Garber; son, Ernie; daughter, Sheri; and three grandhchildren. Groman

Mahboubeh Yadegari died Dec. 5 at 86. She is survived by her children, Firouz Shakouri, Simon Yadegari and Parivash Shakouri; and cousin, Masood. Chevra Kadisha

Emma Zeltser died Dec. 13 at 86. She is survived by her son, Allan; daughter, Irene Fillinger; three grandchildren; and sisters, Lena Cohen and Vera Hillman. Groman

NAOMI MAE ZINKOW died Dec. 13 at 86. She is survived by her husband, Edward; sons, Robert and Steven; daughter, Ronna Ballister; and three grandchildren. Hillside

Anita Zivetz died Dec. 7 at 79. She is survived by her son, Daniel; daughters, Bonnie (Bruce) Silverman and Nancie (Ray) Gertler; brother, Robert (Carol) Sherman; six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Malinow and Silverman

Josephine Zuckerman died Dec. 4 at 91. She is survived by her children, Robert (Lynn) and Allan (Sandra); five grandchildren; sister, Dorothy Goldsmith; nieces; and nephews. Mount Sinai

 

Go Ahead, Lick Your Lips


When you clean your house for Pesach, don’t forget your
drawer full of makeup. Yes, makeup. Your lipstick, lip gloss, foundation and
eye shadow may contain wheat and oats that some rabbis say you need to stash
away with the rest of your unleavened food products.

But for ladies who hate to go bare, Shaindy Kelman has
fashioned Shaindee Cosmetics, a line of kosher-for-Pesach makeup that can also
be used on Shabbat and holidays, when some don’t apply makeup. Under the
supervision of Rabbi Abraham Blumenkrantz and Rabbi Moshe Heinemann of Star K
Certification, Kelman designed two lines: Long-Lasting Everyday Cosmetics for
those women who would rather apply makeup before the Shabbat and Yom Tov, and
another line of powder-based Shabbat Cosmetics you can apply (according to
specific halachic guidelines enclosed in the packaging) during Shabbat and Yom
Tov.

It was about eight years ago that Kelman decided that a
naked face on Shabbat and Pesach was simply unacceptable.

“You know, you buy yourself a nice suit and shoes and a nice
hat and a great sheitl [wig] and then you look like you’re dead,” said Kelman,
who has 20 years of experience as a makeup artist and esthetician.

Shaindee Cosmetics distributes in London, Johannesburg,
Israel and select markets in the United States.

Kelman also wanted to help the women in her religious
community in Baltimore who are looking to make a match.

“Let’s face it, shidduchim these days are so hard,” Kelman
said, referring to the process of matchmaking. “It’s important to look nice and
feel good because makeup … is that little confidence that comes in a jar.”

“The time that I invest in teaching them [her clients] is
worth it to me because they are following halacha, they look great and they
feel positive,” the mother of four and owner of a full-service skin care clinic
in Baltimore told The Journal.

For more information, visit www.shaindeecosmetics.com or
call (800) 625-3897.

To purchase Shaindee Cosmetics in Los Angeles, visit Miracle
Mile Beauty Supply & Salon, 5001 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 104, (323) 931-2777.

Aromatherapy Miracles


“American Pie” star Shannon Elizabeth may appear to have perfect skin. But Michelle Ornstein knows that everyone, even stars, have bad skin days. And when they do, they turn to this Israeli-born spa owner for help.

“Everyone breaks out. Teens, movie stars, homemakers. People who break out from everything come here,” said Ornstein, running her fingers through her thick brown curls.

Nestled between Crescent Heights and Fairfax on the oh-so-hip Melrose Avenue, Enessa derives its name from the Hebrew word nes (miracle). “To me, aromatherapy is the miracle of the essence,” Ornstein said.

To walk into Enessa is to relax. The stone mezuzah in the doorway welcomes you to serenity. Freeway road rage and smog-related stress give way to calming water fountains and copper leaf inlays in the cool cement floor. The spa’s clean lines and open spaces reflect Ornstein’s skin-care philosophy. “Cleanse, hydrate and moisturize,” said Ornstein, who returns to Israel every few years. “Keep it simple.”

Simple and natural. Aromatherapy, originally practiced by ancient Egyptians and Greeks, is the art of using essential oils (concentrated plant, flower and herb extracts) to enhance well-being. The oils, absorbed into the bloodstream, help the body release toxins and impurities. Based in this practice, all of Enessa’s treatments and products are 100-percent natural. “Synthetic oils and chemicals clog pores and stay in your body. Essential oils are released in six hours,” said Ornstein, who herself has sensitive skin and is allergic to most commercial cosmetics. “Imitation products may smell like aromatherapy, but they lack the actual healing properties,” she said.

Ornstein found topical antibiotics and Retin-A too harsh, so she created her own line of organic products. She now sells over 30 different skin-care secrets. The “Friends” make-up artist hooked Jennifer Aniston, Courtney Cox and Brad Pitt on Enessa products and all three male “Friends” stars use the aftershave moisturizer.

My luxurious hydrating facial ($70 for 45 minutes) started with the lavender cleanser, followed by a bio-exfoliant scrub, a generous application of cypress oil facial nourishment and a delightful calming mineral mask. She also applied clove oil for microcysts (I now swear by this miracle zit zapper), rose oil eye treatment (great for moisturizing lips, too) and the indulgently moisturizing rose geranium hydrosol.

Many of the products that Ornstein sells at the spa are Israeli influenced. “I import a lot from Israel, like the Dead Sea salts I use in my body polish and mineral mask,” she said.

During facials, she employs a softening gel and nylon strips to open pores. Though most American spas use steam for this procedure, Ornstein finds the Israeli gel method more effective. “With steam, pores go from one extreme to the other, shutting immediately after the steam is turned off. With the gel, the pores remain open, so I can concentrate on one area of the face at a time,” she said.

Ornstein, of Yemenite descent, imported another Middle Eastern beauty secret to Los Angeles: threading. Enessa is one of the few spas nationwide to provide this ancient hair removal treatment. Knotted threads are used to remove facial hair by the root, without disturbing the skin. “Waxing can remove a layer of skin, causing irritation and sun exposure. Threading ($15-$65) is less invasive and the hair grows back thinner,” she said. Salma Hayek is not Ornstein’s only threading fan. Thanks to Ornstein, my eyebrows look fantastic.

Ornstein’s heritage plays a large role in and out of the spa. “Celebrating the holidays, having a Jewish home, it’s really important to me,” said Ornstein, who attends services at Baba Sale in the Fairfax area, keeps a kosher home and is hosting a large family seder this Passover.

It is difficult to balance business and family, the successful businesswoman admits. Married in 1996 by Rabbi Shlomo Schwartz of Chabad of the Marina, Ornstein and her husband, Steve, an auditor, now reside in the Miracle Mile with their 18-month-old son, Daniel. “I’ve cut down on my time in the spa. I don’t want to miss out on the most beautiful thing in the world,” said the proud mother, who pulls out an album overflowing with family photos.

Now in its fifth year, the spa has become a haven to celebs and Chasidim alike. Enessa’s full line of treatments includes facials, body polishing, waxing, threading, massage and acupuncture. Although Ornstein downplays her celebrity clientele, this Hollywood hot spot is a long way from her humble beginnings.

Eighteen years ago, she worked out of her tiny Los Angeles apartment. “I’d advertise in the local Israeli newspapers, and women would climb the stairs to my place to get their legs waxed,” she said.

“In Israel, skin care is number one. Everyone gets a monthly facial; here it is treated more like a luxury than a necessity,” said Ornstein, who moved from the Tel Aviv suburb of Ramat Gan at age 13.

Ornstein discovered her skin-care passion while attending Beverly Hills High. “I broke out horribly at 16. I tried everything, nothing worked. And my first facial was traumatic,” said Ornstein, who then took to wandering aisles at the health food store. “I read the labels on all the jars to figure out what might help. I’d go home and make my own masks,” Ornstein said.

She enrolled in a local beauty school after graduation, but trained in aromatherapy in a Tel Aviv academy. “In Israel, I learned natural solutions for problem skin, how each plant and herb possess their own unique power,” Ornstein said. “I also learned that everything affects your skin. Your lifestyle, your diet, acupuncture, exercise.” She looks to Israeli folk dancing, salsa dancing and yoga for release.

With Ornstein’s help, I leave Enessa feeling pampered, relaxed and complexion glowing. And like so many of her celebrity clients, “I’m ready for my close-up, Mr. DeMille.”

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