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Secrets of Jewish Wealth Revealed!

Local rabbi is both
an author and a hero

Wednesday November 3, 2010

Rabbi Celso Cukierkorn of Sunny Isles Beach has written a book and was nominated for the 2010 Jewish Community Heroes campaign.

By Sergio Carmona, Staff Writer/ Jewish Journal/SunSentinal

A local rabbi is both an author and hero.

Rabbi Celso Cukierkorn of Adat Achim Synagogue in Sunny Isles Beach has recently written a book, "Secrets of Jewish Wealth Revealed," and was a top-20 semi-finalist for Jewish Federations of North America's 2010 Jewish Community Hero award, the only person in Miami-Dade County to make it that far.

One reason that Cukierkorn received the hero nomination was because of his initiatives that have changed the lives of many Jews and non-Jews alike. Through his book, he's trying to reach out to both Jews and Gentiles through a clergyman's perspective.

"Jews and Gentiles are both members of our country and they both deserve to thrive," Cukierkorn said.

Cukierkorn's book will be out in stores after Thanksgiving but he is now taking pre-orders for it at http://www.rabbiraw.com. He will embark on a book tour in January and asks that if anyone is interested in learning the entire program live with him during this tour to contact his publicist Suzie Zahn at WDC Media PR Los Angeles at 1-877-862-3600 ext. 2 or by e-mail at office2@wdcmedia.com. Information in the book includes ways to save, managing credit, thinking about the future, budgeting and learning how to live God's way, and much more.

He discussed his goals for the book.

"The goal here is to try to help people to help themselves and give them the necessary tools so they can help us to rebuild a stronger, more real, more Godly and more happy America," he said.

Cukierkorn also discussed the importance of a rabbi providing financial information through this book.

"I think that as a clergy we have the social function to give people the tools to survive in this world and never in my lifetime has this information been so relevant as it is today so therefore it would be criminal for me to not share this information," he said.

Although Cukierkorn wasn't named a finalist for the Hero award, he was still surprised and proud to be nominated for the Jewish Community Heroes campaign that honors those making strides to repair the world, starting in their own communities.

"I feel honored for being nominated and I feel happy that so many people have that level of trust in me to go out of their way to vote," he said. "Working in the Jewish community, we feel that love is just a one-way road and I think this is one of the few times as a rabbi that you feel love being reciprocated."

Katy Steiger, a Sunny Isles resident and friend of Cukierkorn, complimented him.

"He's very helpful, honest, enlightening, informative, and insightful," she said.