All Posts Tagged ‘Jewish Family Service’

DIY Bat Mitzvah

Posted January 13, 2012 by Fantasea Yachts Team

As we think back to the last year, we wanted to give special attention to Ali, one of our Bat Mitzvahs and her mother Elaine. Allison was an incredibly delightful young lady we had the honor of working with. John Williams-Jacob, their event planner recalls fondly the many meetings that left him wanting more of her energy and commitment to the DIY world for her FantaSea Yacht Club Bat Mitzvah. Elaine gave full credit to Ali for the vision, walking to each store, asking clerks and taking the time to fulfill her DIY dreams with hard work. We wanted to share some of her great ideas and photos of her finished centerpieces.


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FantaSea’s Favorite Holiday Traditions

Posted December 19, 2011 by Fantasea Yachts Team

FantaSea Holiday Traditions2011 FantaSea Holiday Tree and Menorah

Shopping – check, spiked eggnog– check, holiday decorations up – check, clothes a size bigger than we wear all year long – check.

Now that we have those out of the way, it’s time for the FantaSea Staff to share some of our favorite holiday traditions!

Stephanie Ginzburg:
Stephanie loves eating her way through the Holiday Season; making Latkes and lighting candles with the kids, the “feel” of the season, the smiles on the faces of strangers and the anticipation of the New Year.

Jasmine Lee:
Jasmine’s favorite family tradition is spending the holidays with her family and her personal favorite is shopping for everyone! There is a new addition joining the Lee family this year, Jasmine’s malti-poo puppy Lily. Although Lily might not be familiar with the tradition of Christmas, I’m sure there will be plenty of gifts under the tree for her.

Kelsey Ray:
Kelsey and her sister travel home to Colorado to be with family. At Christmas everyone buys each other pajamas and they wear them Christmas morning when opening presents & stockings. They also do a lot of holiday baking together – chocolate covered pretzels, pumpkin rolls & reindeer cookies are a few of the favorites!

Teresa MacPherson:
Teresa travels to Boston to be with family. Christmas morning someone is dedicated to play “Santa” and hand out the gifts. After the presents are opened and her niece and nephew are playing with their toys Teresa and her Mom head into the kitchen to cook. While she and her mom are cooking, her older sister tortures everyone by watching “A Christmas Story” over and over and over again.

John Williams-Jacob:
John’s favorite childhood Holiday tradition started on Christmas Eve. He and his sister Cyndy would sing in the choir at Midnight Mass while his family watched proudly from the pews. After Mass everyone (brothers, sisters, aunts, uncles, cousins and others) gathered at his parents to feast on traditional southwestern holiday fare. They would eat, drink and discuss their plans for the New Year. By 4:00am John & his siblings would go to bed and by 6:00am, his parents would miraculously transform the living room into a child’s Christmas fantasy. He has no idea how is parents pulled this off…but in addition to having all the toys out and decorations up, his parents were bright and cheery! As John and his siblings have gotten older, they no longer party until 4:00 AM but still keep the tradition of Christmas Eve.

Maureen “Mo” Ness:
Mo travels to Connecticut to spend Christmas and New Years with her friends and family. Every Christmas Eve Mo cooks a feast for everyone…roasted pork, sausage tortellini soup and of course… Pinot Grigio. On Christmas Day her entire family gathers at her 94-year old Aunts’ house for another feast and holiday celebration.
Mo’s two-week long trip is topped off with a night on the town in New York City having a great Italian dinner and taking in a show.

Leslie Fernandez:
Leslie has a few favorite family traditions. The first is on Christmas Eve where her entire family – brothers, sisters, nieces and nephews – all go to her parents house and exchange gifts at midnight. Christmas morning everyone gathers at her parents again – all still in pajamas – and they have an all day long slumber party complete with pancake breakfast! The day after Christmas her family goes to Disneyland and Leslie’s favorite part is sipping hot chocolate while walking through Candy Cane Lane.


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A Day Like No Other

Posted October 12, 2009 by Fantasea Yachts Team


On Tuesday, October 6th, the FantaSea Yachts family and team, hosted an annual luncheon cruise for members of Café Europa, a Holocaust survivors support group.  This is an annual luncheon arranged by Jewish Family Services of which the matriarch of the Ginzburg family, Eveline, is a long standing volunteer and sponsor.

Our first event for Café Europa was 3 years ago aboard our yacht RegentSea.  90 guests attended.  Over the past 3 years we are gratified and honored that this event has become the #1 event for Café Europa and this year we hosted 230 guests aboard FantaSea One. With most guests averaging around 85, FantaSea One was the perfect location, equipped with an elevator to whisk the guests into the dining room, where a delectable three course formally served meal awaited our important guests.

In fact, this is a much anticipated cruise not only by the members of Café Europa, but also by our FantaSea Staff.  It is a wonderful opportunity for us to give what we do best to a most deserving and appreciative group.  They are boisterous and lively and from the moment they arrive, they truly enjoy every minute of the FantaSea experience.  They are so appreciative and it is our absolute pleasure to be able to bring a smile and joy to their day.  One of the guests even said: “Sixty years ago, when I was in Auschwitz, I never dreamed that a day like today would be possible.”  This sentiment is exactly why each and every one of our staff strive to make sure that every minute aboard is a special moment, with happy memories, for all of the guests.  We are appreciative of the opportunity to be a part of such an amazing organization.  It is truly a special day for everyone involved.



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