Food for Thought: Save these dates!

Categories: Food for Thought, Social Action
 

Food for Thought, the Beth El initiative to bring awareness and combat food insecurity in our South Hills community, is ready  to launch.  Here are dates to put on your calendar: Initial committee meeting, January 10th, 10 am at Beth El:  Come and join the other great members who are also excited to make a…

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Steam Team Update!

Categories: Inclusion, Religious School
 

This month the Steam Team’s meeting was a Chanukah Extravaganza! In addition to working together to help Martin with his Bar Mitzvah preparation, the Steam Team friends lit the menorah, played with trains (of course!), and topped off the session by making sufganiot with Morah Carole.  Step 1 when making sufganiot? Flour your hands! You can…

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Pretzels–Mogan David style

Categories: B-shul, Religious School
 

Hot pretzels are a favorite food of many people, and our Beth El Religious school students are no different.  To add a Jewish component to this popular snack, the STEAM Team rolled their pretzel dough into the shape of Mogan David before baking!  The dairy recipe (below) is adapted from the New Jewish Cookbook and…

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Oven Fried Potato Latkes

Categories: B-shul, Religious School
 

Need to cook A LOT of latkes?  Want to actually eat latkes with your guests?  Try this tested and delicious oven method to fry your latkes. Prepare your latkes (I use Deb Moidel’s winning Latke Throwdown recipe) Preheat the oven to 450 degrees.  Place 1/2 cup of oil on a cookie sheet with a lip.…

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Fantastic Fun at Bingo Tuesdays

Categories: Bingo
 

We had 90 hungry Bingo players ready for an exciting night. Our special highlight for Tuesday night was our end of the month drawing for November, which we do every month. A lucky player gets a chance to win $14 off at the door for the next 4 weeks. We also offer a tip board where you…

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Sufganiyot

Categories: B-shul, Beth El Cookbook, Religious School
 

Sufganiyah (plural Sufganiyot) is a round jelly doughnut eaten in Israel and around the world on the Jewish Festival of Hanukkah. Jews have adopted the custom of eating fried foods to remember the miracle associated with the Temple oil.  After the army of Antiochus IV  had been driven from the Temple, the Maccabees discovered that almost…

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Hanukkah Happiness

Categories: B-shul, Religious School
 

With Hanukkah right around the corner I am sharing some of my holiday home decor, which creates a festive ambiance for the Festival of Lights. A fun tablecloth or silver table runner with themed centerpiece can get you started. Create a centerpiece by  fill a vase or hurricane glass with candy gelt or dreidles &…

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“Not a man of words”: YouTube with the Rabbi

Categories: Inclusion, Not a man of words, Religious School
 

Kids who are preparing for their Bar or Bat Mitzvahs typically schedule weekly meetings with the rabbi. During these half-hour sessions, the rabbi helps each student compose a D’var Torah (or sermon)—this may be a young person’s first experience closely interpreting a biblical text and discussing it with a teacher. As the child’s Bar or…

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