The Dynamic Duo
Esther Winner & Helen Zegerman Schwimmer


Esther Winner, an inspiring teacher, dynamic lecturer, gourmet cook and the wife of Rabbi Zushe Winner, spiritual leader of the Seabreeze Jewish Center of West Brighton in Brooklyn, New York is also the director of the synagogue's Talmud Torah program.  Dedicated to strengthening Jewish identity, education and culture in the Russian Jewish community, Rabbi and Rebbetzin Winner are the founders of the Chabad Neshama Community Center.

Esther always reaches out and welcomes guests for Shabbos dinner and one fateful Friday night she invited her pediatrician and his wife, writer Helen Zegerman Schwimmer.  Inspired by the "joy of living Jewish" she experienced, Helen encouraged Esther to share her expertise with a wider audience and so the writer and the rebbetzin teamed up to produce "A Taste Of Shabbos," the video.  As a result of the popularity of the entertaining and informative sixty minute family video Esther and Helen created a motivational seminar, "Life Is Like A Block of Chocolate," that they have presented to enthusiastic audiences throughout the United States and Canada, including California, Kansas, Ohio, Maryland, Maine, New Jersey, Connecticut and Toronto.  During the seminar Helen shares the inspiring story of her spiritual journey followed by Esther's informative talk and hands-on cooking demonstration.  Esther has been described as the "kosher" Martha Stewart and as a result of her culinary expertise, she was chosen to host a program on Jewish cuisine that is part of the PBS television series, "The United Tastes Of America," which has been viewed in millions of homes across the U.S.  and Europe.

Helen Zegerman Schwimmer

Helen Zegerman Schwimmer is the author of the acclaimed anthology, "Like The Stars of The Heavens," which weaves together stories about luminaries in the fields of medicine, religion and the arts with personal vignettes about her own life.  She and Esther are the recipients of the Brooklyn Borough President's Women's History Month Video Award for their video "Miracle On Seabreeze Avenue" which traces Helen's journey from post-war Europe to America and her remarkable friendship and collaboration with Esther Winner. Her articles have appeared in The Jewish Press, the Jewish Journal of Greater L.A., the Arizona Jewish Post, the Wisconsin Jewish Chronicle, Jewish Herald Voice of Houston and the Chicago Jewish News.  Helen received her B.A. in English from Brooklyn College and has attended the New York School of Interior Design and Parson's School of Design.  To read more about Helen please visit: helenschwimmer.com

A Taste of the Motivational Seminars
- Life Is Like A Block of Chocolate

- The Ancient Feminists and the Modern Jewish Woman

- Elul: Shaping a New You For a New Year

- Beyond Chicken Soup: A Gourmet Taste of Shabbos

- Tu B'Shevat and You: The Season of OUr Growth

- From Shalach Manos To A Purim Feast Fit For A Queen

- The Mystical Garden: A Bouquet of Mitzvahs Makes The Best Scents

- Spirit and Spice: Celebrating The Modern Jewish Woman