Joannie (Henya) Tansky was born in Montreal in 1951. She is married to her beloved Freddy (since 1971). They have three children and are blessed with beautiful (and cute!!) grandchildren.
In 1993 she discovered, at the Montreal Torah Center, the Chabad House close to her home, that Yiddishkeit – Judaism – belongs to everyone, including those like herself, who did not grow up steeped in its richness.
This discovery was to eventually become the seed for The Big Jewish Mama’s Cookbook. She began writing more than twenty-five years ago, honing her skills as creator and editor of the Mosaic Magazine, a Chabad publication. She worked in Chabad institutions for over twenty years, including for Rabbi Danny Cohen in Hebron and served on the lay board of the Rohr Jewish Learning Institute (JLI).
She is on the board and has created a magazine for IVOW – Israel Victims of War – which brings Israeli boys and girls, victims of terror of Bar and Bat Mitzvah age to Canada to attend summer camp. She is a contributing writer to CIJA (Center for Israel and Jewish Affairs) and chabad.org, served on the lay board of the Rohr Jewish Learning Institute (JLI) and is currently on the board of directors of the Mount Royal Riding Association.
Joannie has spoken internationally, addressing audiences on a wide variety of topics including how to live and work as an observant Jewish woman while engaging with the rest of the world. She is a mentor to many women having the ability to listen with a calm, soothing and intuitive ear.
She and her husband host multitudes of guests each year, which was the second reason this book was finally put together. After hearing “Can I have this recipe” more times that she could count, Joannie decided to create this user-friendly, beautiful cookbook.
Joannie is available for speaking engagements.
You can reach her at her website: bigjewishmama.com or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Food, family, friends - that's what life's about.
While it's great to see and learn about different recipes,
don't forget the small things in life.