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Balabusta Next Door


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Nominate your friends here!Are you or someone you know our next door balabusta or balabus? Nominate yourself or your friends to be featured in an upcoming issue of the Joy of Kosher with Jamie Geller Magazine.

For each issue we will choose one person to be featured and the person that nominates him or her will win* a copy of Jamie’s Quick & Kosher: Meals in Minutes Cookbook.

There are several ways to nominate someone:

  1. In the comments down below, you can nominate your pick for Balabusta of the Month – tell us who, and why he or she deserves to be featured.
  2. You can email us at [email protected] – tell us who, and why, her or she deserves to be featured.
  3. You can tweet us at @joyofkosher, or write it on our Facebook wall!

*The book can only be mailed within the US.

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About Tamar Genger MA, RD


Tamar lives in New York and is the mother of three amazing children, a Registered Dietitian, professor of Nutrition, and as you can probably guess, a foodie! Tamar loves to travel with her family and visits kosher restaurants wherever she goes. Although she loves the sights, she spends more time talking about the restaurants and food she ate! As a mom and a nutritionist, Tamar tries to balance her passion for healthy cooking with her insatiable desire for chocolate!




10 Responses to Balabusta Next Door

  1. avatar says: Michele

    I nominate Ricki Fishbein from Woodmere. A mother of 6 children who always look impecable, she always looks impecable, wearing stilettos to shul the Shabbos after she gives birth…I could go on and on but will try to stick with her cooking. She prepares entire banquets for her own simchas and for others’. Her food is out of this world and can feed an army – or in this case, an entire school, which she has done also.

  2. My friend Adena Silver (Manhattan): she is a talented cook in general but she deserves a special award for her pastry skills alone. Adena is a successful CPA so her culinary creations are produced after work, in the middle of the night. Her desserts are delicious and look fantastic. But what really amazed me is when three days before giving birth she baked a wide range of them for the Shalom Zachor of her own son!!!!!

  3. Barbara Smith Brown, of Millburn NJ is amazing. She plans, shops and cooks for a hundred at our Sisterhood dinners. And the meals are novel and different. She plans, shops and packages HUNDREDS of Purim baskets for the synagogue fundraiser every year. She shares recipe and fun ideas for novel Passover Seder dinners (like her frog collection that comes out just once a year), and she assisted me as I created a hand-made tallit (a Sisterhood project). Barbara did most of the sewing on her portable machine. She helped so many people, she has not had time to finish her own tallit. All this, while keeping her home and family fed and happy. She is a great role model.

  4. avatar says: Tsippy

    I nominate my mom, Sandy Bienenstock. Growing up we never had take out and didn’t really know what it was! We always came home from school to a yummy hot dinner as well. I am one of four and we all continued in her footsteps. She was always the first one to invite the new person in the neighborhood for a meal and make them feel welcome. She’s the first person to bring over a meal when someone is sick or sitting shiva. If you are lucky enough to move in to Woodmere, she’ll show up at your door with a cake or cookies. Her shabbos table is always full with guests and she never makes less than a feast! 4 main dishes are just not enough! All of this while raising 4 kids and working full time! I think anyone that knows her would agree she is the ultimate balibuste!!!

  5. My sister, Sandy Bienenstock is the ultimate balabusta.
    She is the mother of 4 children and grandmother of 19.
    She is a wonderful cook and baker and shares her recipes with others. Not only does she prepare lavish meals for family and company, but she is the first one to bring food to a new mother, to a new family in the neighborhood, to a shiva house, or to someone who is ill. She extends herself to one and all – the ultimate balabusta!

  6. Not to mention Rivka Wilamowsky of Lawrence! It was at her home that I had one of the best Shabbos meals of my life. Not only are her dishes delicious, but so beautifully presented that they belong on the cover of a magazine. She does this while raising 4 kids, mantaining a spotless home, and looking fantastic. I’dbe green with envy if she wasn’t so nice…f

  7. Neshe Antelis of Hillside, NJ is the ultimate balabuste. She is a bundle of energy and always encourages her friends to think and live positively. She prepares the most delicious and healthy foods, like spelt challah and her famous Jenella bars, for her family of eleven. She is a certified yoga and zumba instructor as well as a certified doula who was there for me every moment of my labor with my beautiful daughter Esther. She is truly an inspiration, because not only is fun and capable (and gets the women in our community moving), but she does everything with a smile.

  8. I would like to recommend my daughter, Aleeza Lebowitz, to be featured in your magazine. In addition to being an amazing mother of 7 children under 10 years old, she is a social worker, teacher in an Israeli seminary for American girls, administrator for a special needs school, and wife of a rebbe in a Yeshiva for American boys. Every Shabbat and Yom Tov, she has 10 or more guests for each meal. That alone is anHerculian effort. However, my daughter Aleeza cooks gourmet meals and each meal has a theme. She prepares healthy foods and makes a variety of different kinds of Challahs with toppings that are theme appropriate. The table is set elegantly and is decorated with items that leave an impression on all the students as well as her young children! When students get invited to her home for a Shabbat or chag, other students say “Wow, you are so lucky, she makes a delicious and fun meal!” Her home is not large but the love and warmth are.

  9. avatar says: Yossi

    I would like to nominate my wife, Chanie. Not only is she an amazing wife and mother, she is the ultimate hostess and cook. Her food is always impeccably presented and tastes even better than it looks. She is talented and creative, and generously shares her recipes with others on her blog, http://www.busyinbrooklyn.com. Chanie loves to host guests for Shabbos and Yom Tov meals and goes out of her way to make them feel at home. She remembers everyone’s likes and dislikes and takes them into consideration when cooking. Chanie volunteers for our local Bikur Cholim and often makes dinners for kimpeturin and families in need.

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