About Ricardo Adler
If Ricardo were a name-dropper (he isn't), he might mention Stanford University where he earned a Master's Degree on a scholarship from Apple Computer. Or the Fortune 500 clients he served as CEO of Sapphire Design Systems out of Palo Alto, California. He might bring up the major conferences at which he's been a featured speaker, or the numerous technology articles he's published, with prominence in such magazines as Machine Design and MacWorld.
But Ricardo would, by far, rather discuss his work after he switched careers and became a filmmaker, starting CineAttico Films with his wife, Vivian, in 2006.
His first film, Mazal Tov: What You Didn't Know About Jewish Marriage has been downloaded over 75,000 times over the Internet and screened throughout Latin America.
However, his most important effort to date is The Lost Key, a very personal story, seven years in the making, which presents an alternative approach to sexuality for all couples based on ancient Jewish teachings. The Lost Key is Ricardo's debut as Director and it promises to significantly raise the profile of this talented filmmaker.
About Rabbi Manis Friedman
World-renowned author, counselor, lecturer and philosopher, Rabbi Manis Friedman uses ancient wisdom and modern wit as he captivates audiences around the country and around the world. He hosted his own critically acclaimed cable television series, Torah Forum with Manis Friedman, syndicated throughout North America. Over 150,000 copies of his provocative yet entertaining tapes, both audio and video have been sold.
Rabbi Friedman's first book, Doesn't Anyone Blush Anymore?, published by Harper San Francisco in 1990, was widely praised by the media, and features a cover commendation written by the legendary Bob Dylan. Blush is currently in its fourth printing. Following the publication of the book, he was featured internationally in over 200 print articles, and interviewed on more than 50 television and radio talk shows. He has appeared on CNN, A&E Reviews, PBS, and BBC Worldwide, and has been the subject of articles in the New York Times, Rolling Stone, Seventeen, Guideposts, Insight, Publisher's Weekly and others.
Rabbi Friedman is a noted Biblical scholar, recognized for his sagacious grasp of Jewish mysticism. In 1971, he founded Bais Chana Institute of Jewish Studies in Minnesota, the world's first yeshiva exclusively for women, where he continues to serve as Dean. From 1984-1990 he served as simultaneous translator for the Lubavitcher Rebbe's televised talks.
Rabbi Friedman is a professionally ranked member of the National Speakers Association. His speaking tours take him to every part of this country as well as Israel, England, The Netherlands, South Africa, Australia, Brazil, Venezuela, Peru, Canada, and Hong Kong. Rabbi Friedman was born in Prague, Czechoslovakia in 1946 and immigrated with his family to the United States in 1950. He received his rabbinic ordination from the Rabbinical College of Canada in 1969.