Passover Pancakes-Chremslach

Categories: B-shul, Religious School
 

Thanks to Steve Recht for reminding me about chremslach (chremzlekh) which are thin pancakes or fritters made with matzo meal.  When I was a little girl my mom, Leah Lampel, used lemon juice to flavor our breakfast chremslach.  This not-too-sweet recipe should please even the pickiest eaters. Chremslach 4 eggs 8 oz cream cheese at…

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Coconut Macaroon Recipe

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A macaroon (also spelled “mackaroon,” “maccaroon” and “mackaroom”) is a type of small circular cake, typically made from ground almonds, coconut, and/or other nuts or even potato, with sugar, egg white, and sometimes flavorings (e.g. honey, vanilla, spices), food coloring, chocolate chips, jam and/or a chocolate coating. According to Wikipedia, culinary historians claim that macaroons…

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Charoset Recipe

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Charoset, haroset, or charoses  is a sweet, dark-colored mixture made of fruits and nuts eaten at the Passover Seder.  The word “charoset” comes from the Hebrew word cheres — חרס — “clay.”   Jews eat charoset during Passover because its color and texture remind us of mortar (or mud used to make bricks) which the Israelites used when they were slaves in…

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Challah Connections

Categories: B-shul, Not a man of words, Religious School
 

Sometimes you aren’t even looking, but you find a recipe that is a keeper.  People are like that, too–you are just doing your job and, BAM, it happens-a spark starts and friendship grows. For many years I have admired the Langer family from afar.  There have been opportunities to connect through our children.  Bea and…

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Matzo

Categories: B-shul, Religious School
 

Every year Jews worldwide celebrate Passover by reliving the story of the Exodus from Egypt as if they themselves are going from slavery to freedom.  Matzo (Matzoh or Matzah) is a flat-bread that has no leavening (eggs, yeast, baking powder). Matzo is mentioned seven times in the Torah when Israelites made the exodus from Egypt.…

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“Not a man of words”: What Inclusion Looks Like

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

It’s funny how a thing takes on a life of its own. You may begin a project with one idea in mind, and then something else—something unexpected and better—happens instead. Last month an infographic made its way around social media as part of a disability awareness campaign. Four images (shown above) reflect the differences between…

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Zebra Hamentaschen

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The Story of Purim is recorded in the Book of Esther.   When Mordechai, a Jewish member of the king’s court and relative of the Queen refused to bow down to Haman, the Grand Vizier to King Ahasuerus of Persia, he planned to kill all the Jews in the empire by hanging. Haman’s plans were foiled by…

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Seeking Sephardic Recipes

Categories: B-shul, Religious School
 

Rabbi Amy and I have been working to introduce “Diversity of Judaism” into the Bshul curriculum.  Jews certainly don’t all look the same and depending on where we come from there are differences to our cooking ingredients and recipes.  This year in Bshul we have mostly focused on Ashkenazi (European decent) & Israeli recipes.  With my…

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Bshul Bake Sale

Categories: B-shul, Food for Thought, Religious School, Social Action
 

“Tikkun Olam” (“world repair”) in Judaism has come to connote social action.  The phrase is found in the Mishnah, a body of classical rabbinic teachings.   This concept is defined by acts of kindness performed to perfect or repair the world.  Bshul is partnering with Beth El’s “Food for Thought” social action committee.  This group is working…

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