Leah Basch

Leah wears an easy slip TENCEL dress in midnight by Neu Nomads, a camel duster cotton/cashmere blend sweater by Neu Nomads, and long Dorado necklace by Abacus Row, all from Ladder in Shaker Heights. Gem necklace by Beat Friends and black lucite red heart purse are from Toni in Style in Chagrin Falls. Shoes by Marc Fisher are her own.

Age: 39

Hometown: Mayfield Heights

Synagogue: Looking forward to rejoining my childhood synagogue, Temple Emanu El, this summer.

Work: Physician assistant in breast surgical oncology at Cleveland Clinic

About me… I care about others and have an empathic heart. I’m easy to talk to and love being an aunt (Ti-Ti). Family, friends and traditions are important to me. I’m charismatic, but not over the top; intelligent and educated, but not pretentious; down to earth, but likes to live well. I enjoy cuddling up by the fireplace with pizza and a movie, but equally enjoy a good excuse to don heels and a cocktail dress. I live healthily, but don’t deprive myself of life’s luxuries. I enjoy sunsets, yoga/meditation, travel, bubble baths, coffee, open fires, live music/sporting events, dining out and anything water. I’m independent, but open to sharing my world with the right man!

My favorite place for dinner… Flour, Luca, M Italian. I love Italian food. Yours Truly is definitely my happy place!

My favorite place for a drink… Flour, Luca, M Italian, and of course Starbucks or a local coffee shop

My dating horror story… My friends tell me I could write a book. Maybe that’s a bit of an exaggeration, however, let’s just say at least a chapter or two. 

Qualities I’m looking for in a mate… A very wise rabbi once told me “You’ll know him when you find him.” But until then, other than stating the obvious to include being honest, kind, compassionate, intelligent, fun-loving, driven/ambitious, chivalrous, spontaneous/adventurous, romantic, a good sense of humor, etc., I’m looking for a man who challenges me on multiple levels.

My turnoffs or deal breakers… Smoking and facial tattoos are a no-no

“Kosher” or “non-kosher” dating habits… Not kosher

My celebrity crushes… Bradley Cooper, Zac Efron, Luke Perry (“90210”), Zack Morris (“Saved By The Bell”)

Song I belt out in the car when no one else can hear… Currently, it would have to be “Fancy Like” by Walker Hayes. With that said, I’ve been known to belt out a little “Man In The Mirror” (Michael Jackson) as well as “Born To Run” (Bruce Springsteen).

My hidden talent… It must be so hidden that I haven’t found it yet. I will keep looking and let you know when I find it.

My favorite Jewish holiday… Definitely the High Holidays – there’s something special about the gift of reflection, renewal and asking for forgiveness that is very meaningful in so many ways. An annual check-in, moral self-assessment and chance to “be a better version of ourselves” than the year before and beyond. 

My last trip to Israel… Age 15, for six weeks with NFTY – amazing!

At a Jewish wedding, you’d find me... On the dance floor! Terry Macklin and his dancers would be proud.

My favorite bat mitzvah memory… It’s a tie between the candlelighting ceremony and standing in a circle with all of my friends on the dance floor hand-in-hand after an awesome party (thanks Mom and Dad!), swaying back and forth singing what I think was “That’s What Friends Are For” by Dionne & Friends.

My favorite part of Jewish Cleveland… Feeling a sense of community and support.

If someone wants to connect with me, the best way is… Facebook or email (Lbsmile@aol.com) – yes, I still have and love my AOL account. 

Photography: Casey Rearick / Casey Rearick Photo

Fashion: Sydney Emerman 

Hair & Makeup: Ramona Dauksa Studio

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