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Holy Blossom Temple Celebrates Pride month with Shai DeLuca:

“The Fight for Gay Rights in Israel: Views from the Frontlines”

Wednesday, June 26, 7:30 PM



Join TV personality and IDF Veteran Shai DeLuca as we hear his life story and learn about his experience as a gay man in Israel, including his army service.

Contact Tema Smith, Director of Community Engagement for more information: [email protected]

Shai has always been interested in design, all elements: interior, architecture and fashion.

Shai grew up in a progressive and loving family involved in the commercial real estate business.

Post high school, Shai fulfilled his mandatory 3-year service as a combat engineer. Shai completed his IDF service as a decorated Sergeant.

Post-Israeli army, Shai moved to New York where he began his pursuit in design.  He obtained a degree in Interior Design from the acclaimed Art Institute.

Establishing his career let him work on design projects in New York, Tel Aviv and Toronto where he ultimately resettled and opened his firm, Shai DeLuca Interior Design in 2002.  While working on some commercial projects, his focus is mainly on his residential clients.  Shai’s flair for travelling and influences from International design is something he loves to incorporate.

In 2011, Shai joined Cityline and is a regular contributor to the Cityline design team.

In 2018, Shai joined the team at Focalpoint e-News, Studio Tour Online as a monthly contributor to their podcast series.  In this series, Shai melds together his love of travelling and design.

In July, Shai led a delegation of Lifestyle Influencers back to his homeland of Israel, in collaboration with the Israeli Consul General and The Ministry of Tourism.  He led this tour, acting as Ambassador and Educator.  He opened the eyes of the group to what Israel has to offer in fashion and tech, in food and culture and in spirit, determination and drive.

Shai has become a guest speaker for CAMERA on Campus, a non-partisan organization whose focus on ensuring that reporting on Israel and the Middle East is done in a fair and honest way.  He was their keynote speaker at their 2018 annual student leadership conference in Boston, MA.

Recently, Shai has signed on to be a contributor to SWAGGER Magazine, an online men’s focussed publication.  He will be writing monthly articles ranging in topic from interior design, style trends both for home and fashion, “must haves” and overall lifestyle stories.


June 26, 2019
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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