Tikkun Olam: Gabriel Project Mumbai

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The Ilanot class, led by Morah Mollie, is learning about three worldwide tikkun olam projects, one of which is Gabriel Project Mumbai (GPM).  Founded in 2012 by former hi-tech executive Jacob Sztokman turned social entrepreneur, GPM is built on a vision of changing the lives of children in Mumbai’s slums through literacy and hunger relief…

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MITZVOT: Deeds of Loving Kindness

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On April 30th,  Morah Mollie Neuman and I led the Shorashim class and their families in a hands-on educational program about “Mitzvot” or Deeds of loving Kindness. We partnered with the Dream Center of Monroeville whose mission is to directly impact the issues that afflict Pittsburgh communities by reconnecting people to God and a community of…

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Sephardic Quinoa for Pesach

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My cousin Lili, a native of Peru, introduced me to quinoa many years ago (recipe below.)  According to Wikipedia, this ancient grain was domesticated 3,000 to 4,000 years ago.  It has been an important staple in the Andean cultures where the plant is indigenous but until recently it was relatively obscure to the rest of…

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I’m Bringing Kichel Back

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On March 6th, this squad of lovely sixth graders baked Kichel (recipe below) and enjoyed a tea party! This popular Jewish and Israeli sweet cracker or cookie is made with egg and sugar rolled out flat and cut into rectangles then twisted into a bow tie shape. Kichel (plural kichlach) is a Yiddish word meaning…

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No more crying over frying

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I can’t wait to hand grate potatoes for latkes said no one EVER! This recipe is dedicated to all my followers who are short on time and/or don’t have a food processor to grate potatoes.  I also broke it down to an individual portion so ANYONE can make lakes ANYTIME! (Howard Shirey-no more desperate requests…

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Why make a dreidel out of clay…

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…When you can make it out of CHOCOLATE?!? For a spin on the classic song “Oh dreidel dreidel dreidel, I made it out of clay,” I decided it would be fun and delicious to make chocolate dreidels.  Pictured are Chavarim students using squeeze bottles & special molds to turn liquid chocolate into dreidels. While allowing…

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Jewish Diversity and Vegetable Soup

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Jews are diverse, yet we are tied to each other historically and religiously. In preparation for Torah Weekend, November 18-20, featuring Rabbi Gershom Sizomu, the leader of the Abayudaya Jews of Uganda, Bshul is focusing on Jewish Diversity. I am teaching students that historically Jews around the world were a migrating people.  As Jews moved about, they often married…

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Pareve Chocolate Cake

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On September 28th Beth El’s Zayin class kicked off religious school by participating in a mitzvah!   Our students prepared and served dinner to homeless families at the Bower Hill Community Church.  This location serves as a site for Family Promise of Southwestern Pennsylvania.  The organization connects children and families experiencing homelessness with a network of local…

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High Holiday Challah

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If you ask any Beth El Religious School student “what is your favorite Jewish food?” the overwhelming response will be challah!  They love it on Shabbat, with chicken, as a snack with butter and jelly, or made into french toast for breakfast. I can’t think of a better way to start the year than by…

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Kosher Dill Pickles

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My garden is overflowing with dill and Kirby cucumbers so I have been making refrigerator pickles and they are delish! Below you will find a little history of Kosher pickles and my recipe for how to make two pint jars in 10 minutes! Try to wait 48 hours before cracking them open! According to Wikipedia,…

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Tikkun Olam: Gabriel Project Mumbai

The Ilanot class, led by Morah Mollie, is learning about three worldwide tikkun olam projects, one of which is Gabriel Project Mumbai (GPM).  Founded in 2012 by former hi-tech executive Jacob Sztokman turned social entrepreneur, GPM is built on a vision of changing the lives of children in Mumbai’s slums through literacy and hunger relief…

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Carol Golden: Happy Memories of a Beth El Picnic

We were new members at Beth El,  and we went to the family picnic early September. The first people we met were Ralph and Sheila Schmeltz. Ralph was President at the time, and we were introduced to all their four children. Two of them—Lowell and Dina—were the same age as our two kids Allison and…

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Nan MacLachlan: Special Connections

In the spring of 1997, Rob, Sarah, who was then 3-1/2 years old, and I moved from Phoenix to the South Hills.  Shortly after we arrived, I learned of a Scholastic Book Fair being held at Beth El, and wanting to find books for Sarah, we found our way there late afternoon. That was when…

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