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Restauranteur

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Jonathan Weiss, who also was enrolled at John Tracy Clinic, was born into a family who is very involved in the food industry. "John Tracy Clinic is the best thing that has ever happened to me," Weiss explains, "If my family had not come here, I would not have been able to do what I've done with my life." After earning a Hotel & Restaurant Management degree at California State Polytechnic University in Pomona, CA, he worked for various restaurants. After operating 'Provencia' in West Hollywood, Weiss recently opened his latest restaurant, 'Daily Wrap' in Brentwood, CA.

Fashion Designer

imageMona Thalheimer, Hollywood's only deaf costume designer, recently completed work on some designs for a major film "Phat Beach." This is the first time Thalheimer has done work for a major film. "I worked so hard, but that's because it's what I love to do," she remarked. Enrolled at John Tracy Clinic when she was very young, Thalheimer, now 47, attended classes at Hollywood elementary school before transferring to Fairfax High School. Mona was a graduate at the top of her class in 1971 at Chounaird Art School, now known as the California Institute of the Arts. After working for various clothing companies, she decided to design costumes for the entertainment industry about five years ago. Her name appears in the credit of the film "Phat Beach."

Rabbi Also An Artist!

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Rabbi Douglas Goldhamer, also an artist, had his paintings displayed in an exhibition opening on Friday, October 18th and will run through January 4th at Judy A. Saslow Gallery in Chicago, IL.

He uses oil, gouache, pastel and charcoal to explore mystical imagery derived from the Bible and Kabbalah. He says, "My works deal with speculative Kabbalah [Kabbalah Iyyunit] whose main interest in the inner spiritual guidance of the meditative individual, and practical Kabbalah which is mostly concerned with magical activity.

Chabad Reaches Out

Shoshana Sharon (Kelly) Fleming in Ontario, Canada says that Chabad Lubavitch is well known for its outreach program within the Jewish community. As first graduate of Hebrew Seminary of the Deaf in Skokie, IL, she hopes to start an educational for deaf individuals and families.