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You may have already hears of Uncle Eli's Passover Haggadah (with over 20,000 books sold since 1999, and 40+ reviews nationwide), but did you know the story behind this children's version of the traditional Haggadah? Uncle Eli's Special-for-Kids, Most Fun Ever, Under-the-Table, Passover Haggadah, first originated because of a father's love.

The author, Eliezer Segal, remarked the following: "The idea for this book goes back many years ago, to a two-year-old boy who loved celebrating the Jewish holidays almost as much as he loved listening to the silly rhymes in his children's books. For his sake, I decided to combine those two things." For more information, call (415) 863-9900.

Award-winning engineer Marvin A. Mass, chairman of Cosentini Associates, will be honored at a State of Israel Bonds luncheon on Thursday, June 13, at 11:00am at The Plaza.

New York City Planning Commissioner Irwin G. Cantor and Douglas C. Mass of Cosentini Associates are general chairmen of the event, which is sponsored by the Israel Bonds Architects, Designers, Engineers & Builders Division. Since joining Cosentini Associates in 1952, Mass has worked closely with leading architects to design buildings around the world. They include AOL-time Warner Center in New York, PB6 La Defense in Paris, the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain, and the Israel Museum in Jerusalem.

Mass pioneered New York City's first total energy and chilled water storage plant, water-side air conditioning systems for office buildings, and double-deck elevators. He received the prestigious Franklin Pierce Brown Medal for scientific achievement in 1989, joining such noted former winners as the Wright Brothers, Albert Einstein, Thomas Edison, Marie Curie, and Alexander Graham Bell.

Richard A. Romm of SCR Design Organization and Richard Wood of Plaza Construction Co. are luncheon chairmen. Peter Claman of Schumann Lichtenstein Claman Efron Architects, Kenneth Drucker of Hellmuth Obata + Kassabaum, and Leonard Koven of Atkinson Koven Feinberg Engineers are Executive Committee chairmen. Jay Koven of Ambassador construction Co. is construction industry chairman.

Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, Defense Minister Benyamin Ben-Eliezer, nominated Gen. Moshe Yaabon as the next Chief of Staff of Tsahal (the Israeli army). He will replace Gen. Shaul Mofaz in July 2002.

Yaalon is a very sophisticated military leader. He served as the commander of Sayeret Matkal (the general headquarter patrol) among other military jobs. He comes from the Paratrooper Brigade.

His nomination was not a surprise to the Israelis. Among other potential candidates were: Gen. Uzi Dayan, Gen. Dan Halutz and Gen. Amos Malka.

Sonnets of Celebration: Hebrew Wedding Poems and Riddles in Honor of the Bride and Groom, the newest exhibition of art from the Library of the Jewish Theological Seminary, is devoted to one such nuptial tradition, popular in Italy among Jews in the seventeenth through nineteen centuries - the creation of wedding riddles and wedding poems. The exhibit opened on March and runs through August 2. It may be viewed during regular library hours: Mondays through Thursdays, 9am to 6pm; Fridays until 2pm; and Sundays, 10am to 5pm. The library is closed Saturdays.

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