LINDA RUSSELL: WOMEN & SONG

FRIDAY, AUGUST 26TH, 4PM (ET)

Linda is an expert on the history of women in America and how they are reflected in the popular songs of the day—from the Revolutionary War to the 19th Amendment. Enjoy a mix of songs, quotes from women’s diaries/letters and historical commentary. Linda’s performances include: A Prairie Home Companion, Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, Symphony Space and National Archives.

JEAN STONE: HEALTHCARE FRAUD & ABUSE

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 9TH @4PM (ET)

Meet Jean and learn how to identify, prevent and report healthcare fraud and abuse. You may recognize Jean as one half of The Idiosyncratic Fashionistas with Valerie, her partner in crime… But when this impeccable fashion influencer and loyal Alembika customer is not modeling, styling, speaking or conducting interviews, she volunteers for NY Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP) counseling seniors, their families and caregivers to identify, prevent and report fraud, abuse and waste. Jean worked for the federal government for over 46 years, with more than 40 in Medicare and Medicaid—from policy and legislative development to procedure claims and fraud investigations. She also taught Medicare 101 and Medicare Fraud, Abuse and Waste at FBI Academy in Quantico, VA (!) as well as other training centers. She’s worked on hundreds of cases, testified as an expert witness in federal criminal and civil trials, grand juries and sentencing hearings, and has testified at trial for the NYC Special Narcotics Prosecutor. 

ADI KAPLAN, HOLISTIC FACIALIST

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 23RD @4PM (ET)

Join us for a Face Reflexology mini workshop with Adi, who says, “Every wrinkle I have, I have earned with hard work.” Meet Adi, hear about her journey, and learn how she helps others to heal their skin and get that glow—the natural way. After earning a Masters in Industrial Engineering, Adi went in a different direction… At 40, when many go the Botox way, Adi knew she wanted to work in “well-aging.” While she’s not “anti” anything, Adi went the NOtox way… She now helps clients reduce the look of wrinkles, get a glowing face, and look great NATURALLY. Adi loves treating, educating and seeing results. But mostly, Adi loves the compliments she gets from clients after each treatment! Adi works in Tampa, Florida, does Zoom workshops, and shares tutorial videos on her Instagram account: @facialhealing.

Previously on the Alembika Zoom Cafe

Melanie Whaley: Candid Conversation
Friday, June 17th, 4PM (EST)

Melanie, founder of Essential Elements-Chicago, has been in the fashion world for three decades. Her business savvy has brought her success, but she also uses it as a platform for supporting charitable initiatives in the community that supports her. Please join us for an open conversation with Melanie about being a top retailer in inner-city Chicago, a female leader, race and spirituality.

Lucy Boswell: Speax Talks
Friday, June 3rd, 4PM (EST)

You’re invited to an intimate and informational Zoom Café gathering designed to help us all feel and experience freedom in our changing bodies—whether you are still getting your period or you are post-menopausal. Lucy Boswell, who manages the Customer Experience team at Thinx Inc, educates consumers on how Thinx, Speax, and Thinx (BTWN) can support their bodies from puberty to post-menopause. Lucy will join us to provide education about these innovative brand offerings that bring sustainability and comfort to menstruation and incontinence.

Debra Rapoport: Crafting Together
Friday, May 20th, 4PM (EST)

Join us for a jewelry crafting session with Debra, whose creations fuse color, texture and layers using found materials! Before we meet, gather some materials: Paper images from labels, postcards, brochures, magazines + mesh from produce bags, yarn, buttons, fabric scraps + good tacky glue (Aileen’s is great; Elmers is a bit watery), scissors, clothespins or clips AND a cardboard toilet paper roll—the base of your handmade cuff bracelet… This is going to be so much fun!

Debra’s work is seen at The Met, Houston Museum of Fine Arts, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Athens’ Ilias Lalaounis Jewelry Museum and more!

Lisa Bayne: Artful Home Story
Friday, May 6th, 4PM (EST)

Lisa is a knitter, foodie and collector + the CEO of Artful Home. After holding senior positions in retail, she joined Artful Home’s board of directors and was named CEO the next year. Now her apparel line appeals to women who express themselves with what they wear.

Meet Hadassah Female Leaders
Wednesday, May 4th, 7PM (EST)

In this very special Zoom Café, you will meet an empowered team of female leaders from Hadassah, The Women’s Zionist Organization of America, who Alembika has had the pleasure of working with on a passion project called “Helping Hands.” You will meet our featured Hadassah #AlembikaWomen, learn about Hadassah and Helping Hands, and hear inspiring words from several volunteers about what it means to be an empowered woman and philanthropist.

SaladBration with Yael!
Friday, April 22nd, 4PM (EST)

Gather with Yael and our creative community of #AlembikaWomen for a celebration of all things salad! As we embrace spring and summer’s abundance of fresh produce, and those hot days we’d rather not turn the oven on, let’s share our favorite go-to salad recipes. Whether it’s a simple toss-up for one, a special mix for pleasing a crowd, a unique fruit salad or a “famous” dressing recipe, we want to hear about it. Let’s SaladBrate together!

SaladBration with Yael!
Friday, April 22nd, 4PM (EST)
Jackie Nach: Artist’s Journey

CANCELLED (New Date To Come)
Jackie Nach: Artist’s Journey
Friday, April 22nd, 4PM (EST)

Join us for a talk with the artist, teacher, ad pro, TV guest speaker… the list goes on! Born in Johannesburg  in 1945, Jackie came to the US in 1973 when her journey began. Fast forward… She continues from her Santa Monica studio and teaches Mixed Media and Papermaking at The Kline Art Academy. 

Rachella Glezer: The Holiday Table
Friday, April 8th, 4PM (EST)

Rachella will join us from Israel, sharing her ideas on creative table setting for Easter and Passover. As an artist and designer, she was head buyer for an Israeli home design chain, curating, textiles, ceramics and more—and her lines always had a story. Now your table settings will, too.

Judith Boyd: On End-of-Life
Friday, March 11th, 4PM (EST)

In her career as a psychiatric nurse and while caring for trauma patients, Judith wore fun outfits with hats as an uplifting meditation. She will share what happened next, after her husband’s diagnosis of a rare cancer… And now, as she muses the Art of Life without him.

Susan Harf: Difficult Relationships
Friday, February 25th, 4PM (EST)

Meet Susan from PBS’s Real Life with Susan Harf. This therapist, life coach, and communications expert helps clients initiate changes for leading more fulfilling lives. Join our frank talk about how to navigate tough relationships.

JianHui Birthday Trunk Show
Sunday, February 20th, 1PM (EST)

Celebrate with us! It’s the one-year birthday of Alembika US and our beloved guest, jewelry designer JianHui, will be showing his statement-making creations in our online trunk show… What will you find?

Birthday Weekend Special:
Spring-Summer 22 Launch
Friday, February 18th, 4PM (EST)

In this very special Zoom Café to launch the Spring-Summer season, we’ll highlight Hadassah women in their favorite looks from the new collections. Join us and get a gorgeous look at the Alembika styles coming your way!

Alina Bloomgarden: Jazz in Prison
Friday, January 28th, 4PM (EST)

Meet Alina, an originating producer of Jazz at Lincoln Center, whose life work has galvanized a community of musicians as a force for hope in criminal justice by creating a non-profit that brings Jazz into prison, teaching inmates to play. 

New Year, New Insight with Yael!
Friday, January 14th, 4PM (EST)

Our first Zoom Café in 2022! Join us for a chat about what the past year has revealed and how we can use our realizations to move forward with grace. Come and share your answer to the question: What have you learned about yourself this past year?