Anne Kleinberg’s life journey has been zig zagging geographically and professionally from a pretty young age.
Born in Queens, New York to a cantor father and teacher mother, Anne attended public school and graduated from the City University of New York with a degree in psychology (like many baby boomers – liberal arts seemed the way to go). She attended Tel Aviv University for her junior year, which created an obsession for Israel. A decision to further her education and return to university some years later earned her an Interior design degree from the Fashion Institute of Technology.
Following graduation, Anne found work with an interiors firm specializing in commercial and medical facilities and later opened her own firm – ARK 1 Design. She was living on Central Park West, driving a sports car and even had a parking spot. And best of all she could spend as much time as she wanted in her holy of holies – Bloomingdales!
Then it happened – the epiphany! She decided to move to Israel. So off she went, with a Shih Tzu under one arm and a drafting table under the other, leaving the comfort of the Upper West for the wilds of the Middle East. ARK 1 Design was going international – hello Tel Aviv!
Anne’s design career segued into other fields: writing; journalism; editing and translating cookbooks; writing a few cookbooks (including the one she gained her 15 minutes of fame for – Pomegranates – which earned a fabulous review from Florence Fabricant in the New York Times).
And then – Anne wrote a novel which she proudly self-published. Menopause in Manhattan: is about a 50-year-old woman who seemingly has everything, until she discovers she doesn’t. The book is about considering change in your life, moving on, taking risks. It’s a feel-good story that will encourage women to get on with it. Anne’s biggest delight came when internationally renown pop artist Charles Fazzino agreed to design the cover. With both print and on-line electronic versions available, more than 10,000 copies have been sold.
In 2006, Anne moved into her brand new home in Caesarea – the dream house on the golf course that she designed with her husband (of the time). In 2012 she fulfilled another dream by trying her hand at running a Bed & Breakfast in her home. Success! Rated by TripAdvisor as “The Best B&B in Israel & The Middle East”, Anne knew all her hard work was with the effort. Wonderful reviews flowed in for Casa Caesarea – her little oasis on the green.
Another concept was born when Anne decided to focus on the bridal market. Although she loved/loves hosting guests from all over the world – for short & extended stays – she knew she could offer something very special to brides on their big day. Arriving on the morning of her wedding or the night before, the bride and her entourage have the elegant 2nd floor all to themselves – with beautifully designed rooms, large terraces with exquisite views, and every practical item a bride and her team of hair & makeup professionals need to get her ready. Casa Cala has been a huge success and Anne is considering expansion into other locations.
Along the way, Anne has appeared in conferences in Israel, Spain & Denmark, hosted international women’s groups in her home and given lectures on a variety of topics (eg: career transitioning, Jewish holiday food, self-publishing, decorating). She’s had some incredible moments in her life: the honor of meeting Julia Child & Jacques Pepin at an IACP conference and dining with Hillary Clinton in Jerusalem, to name just two.Anne is always smiling, she maintains a positive view of life and has never lost her slightly sarcastic, New York edge. If you’d like to talk to her, have her speak to a group or ask her a question – feel free to contact her here.