Wednesday, February 24, 2010
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
Calling all little ones! It's time to get your Shabbat on! At Club Shabbat (6:30-7:15 PM), we'll get into the Shabbat groove with the help of Raz and Susie (plus her guitar!) Pizza, challah and grape juice will be served. Parents are invited to join in the fun or to check out our main Service in the cafeteria.
When Club Shabbat and the main service conclude our fabulous teacher, Raz Mossafi, will be leading Israeli dance after the service. Bring dancing shoes!
Spread the word - all are invited!
We sent out Purim Packages to our New Shul college students both near and far! Thanks to the help of our wonderful bakers, we know our young members will have a Chag Sameach and a taste of home. Check out their delicious hamentashen and the fun goodies they sent off.
A big thank you to our great bakers:
Anita, Phil, Megan, Ian Sher
Samantha and Lokae Harmon
Janice and Michele Moses
Amy Eichenwald Golding
Monday, February 22, 2010
Join us on Saturday, March 13 for some Torah and Talmud study with Rabbi Dan. Together we'll gather around tables and texts and grapple with the ins and outs of our faith in the traditional "pilpul" style (in-depth ). Come prepared to analyze, debate, and pick apart our sources and our beliefs.
Coffee will be served. Free and open to the public.
Location: VCS (272 West 10th St)
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
Sunday, February 21 at 2:30 P.M.
Museum of Jewish Heritage, 36 Battery Place
Join provocative author Adam Mansbach (Angry Black White Boy, The End of the Jews) and cultural critic Joan Morgan for a discussion of race, cultural identity, and hip-hop in the Jewish and Black communities at this special closing program for the last day of the groundbreaking exhibition Beyond Swastika and Jim Crow: Jewish Refugee Scholars at Black Colleges.
"I think now is a great time to discuss how the public conversation on race and art is changing hands, changing tenors, and changing direction as hip-hop generation artists and public intellectuals take center stage. That's how Joan and I both see ourselves, as folks whose political and aesthetic senses were largely forged in the fire of hip-hop at a certain time, a certain place. And the generational difference between how we might talk about these issues, versus how our parents might, is pretty significant." -- Adam Mansbach
$5 - Includes free same-day admission to the exhibition Beyond Swastika and Jim Crow (www.mjhnyc.org/college)
For tickets, call 646.437.4202 or click here.
2 cups unbleached flour
1 tsp baking powder
Pinch of salt
1/2 cup sugar
8 TBSP (1 stick) cold butter, cut into small pieces
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1 TBSP grated lemon peel
· Sift the flour, baking powder, salt and sugar into a large bowl.
· Work in the butter using a pastry blender or two forks, one held in each hand.
· Add the eggs, mixing in with the pastry blender.
· Add the lemon peel.
· Form the dough into a ball and wrap in wax paper
· Refrigerate for at least 1 hour (overnight is even better)
1 recipe dough
1 recipe filling
1 egg, beaten with 1 TBSP water
Need lots of wax paper
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees
· Divide dough into portions you can easily roll out.
· On a floured board, roll out the dough to a thickness of 1/8 to 1/4 inch
· (It rolls out best if placed between 2 sheets of waxed paper, or just heavily flour the board and rolling pin.
· Cut the dough into 3- to 4- inch circles, using the top of a glass or a cookie cutter.
· Fill each circle with a heaping teaspoon of filling and pinch the dough around it into a triangular shape.
· Brush the dough with the egg wash and bake on a greased cookie sheet for 20 to 30 minutes (20 minutes in my oven)
· When the cookies are done, they will look done – appealingly brown.
Makes about 30 Hamantaschen
1/2 lb dried apricots
1 1/2 cup water
3/4 cup sugar (less)
· In a small sauce pan, over medium-low heat, cook apricots in water until very soft.
· Mash or process in food processor.
· Add sugar to taste.
· Simmer over low heat until thick – about 10 minutes.
· Cool before using.
1 cup (+) applesauce
(less than) 1/2 cup raisins (plumbed and drained)
1/2 cup walnuts (chopped and toasted)
1/8 tsp cinnamon
· Combine all ingredients.
· Blend well.
· Cover and refrigerate.
1/2 cup cocoa
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup milk, cream or coffee
1 cup toasted chopped walnuts
· Combine all ingredients.
· Blend thoroughly.
Caramel Pecan Filling
3/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup water
2 cups toasted chopped pecans
7 TBSP unsalted butter or margarine
1/2 cup warm milk
1/4 cup honey
TO TOAST NUTS
· Bake a single layer of nuts at 350 degrees
· Turn or shake frequently until evenly browned – 5 to 10 minutes
Join us Saturday, February 27th at 7pm for Folies Esthere - don't just here the megillah, be the megillah (in drag!). Come in costume.
New Shul Members: Free
272 West 10th Street (between Greenwich & Washington Streets)
Catering provided by the fabulous CuisinEtc - reason alone to come!
“Purim is the story of a woman who delivered the Jews from a treacherous palace plot to annihilate them,” said Rabbi Ain. “Over brunch we’ll discuss the story of the mysterious players in the court of an ancient Persian king and why we celebrate Purim by putting on plays, making noise and getting drunk.”
New Shul Members: $12
(includes a seat at The Rebbe's Table, music cover charge, coffee/tea and juice; brunch is a la carte)
City Winery, 155 Varick Street in Manhattan. Subway: 1 Train to Houston Street or Canal Street; C / E Trains to Spring Street.
Thursday, February 11, 2010
We are joining forces again this year with Project Ezra to help deliver Passover food boxes to the Jewish elderly on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. The food boxes will contain all the ingredients the seniors will need for a kosher Passover. In addition to just dropping off the food, you have a chance to bring a smile to the door as you greet (and hug) this homebound population.
When: Sunday, March 21 beginning at 9:30 AM
Where: Project Ezra, 465 Grand Street
should commit to come for one hour, either the 9:30 AM or 10:30 AM spots. Only volunteers with cars are needed, and it is easiest when there is at least two volunteers, a driver and one more. You will pick up the boxes of food at Project Ezra and then go deliver them to the seniors. If possible and appropriate, we encourage volunteers to visit with the senior as well.
Any questions or to sign-up, please call Dalia Abott at 212-982-4124. Thank you!
Friday, February 19 at Honey (243 W 14th St) at 7pm
Free and open to all!
From Barack Obama's campaign to text donations for Haiti earthquake relief, people are tuning into ways to better society. Join experts Rachael Bregman, Amy Mereson and Rabbi Dan Ain for a discussion on how to heal, repair and transform the world.
About the Panelists who will be joining Rabbi Dan:
Rachael Bregman is a fifth-year rabbinical student at Hebrew Union College, where she has served as the student rabbi at the Hebrew Association for the Deaf, as the rabbinic intern at Brooklyn Heights Synagogue and Jewish Community Action in St. Paul, Minnesota. In March 2007, she was commissioned as an officer in the United States Navy as a chaplain candidate. She is currently a chaplain intern at Mt. Sinai hospital in Manhattan. She has served as coordinator of Hebrew Union College's Soup Kitchen, a "Rabbis Without Borders" Fellow of the National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership, and an alumna of American Jewish World Service's Rabbinical Students' Delegation to Muchucuxcah, Mexico in January 2009. Her rabbinical thesis analyzes the use of the Biblical verse, "Justice, justice, thou shalt pursue," throughout the Jewish literary tradition. She holds a B.A. in Psychology from Boston College and an Ed.M. in Human Development from Harvard's Graduate School of Education.
Amy Mereson is the Director of Youth, Education and Arts Programs at University Settlement, a 124-year-old Lower East Side-based organization which launched the Settlement movement in the United States back in 1886. University Settlement provides comprehensive, holistic services to more than 20,000 New Yorkers of all ages each year. Amy oversees more than a dozen of the Settlement's programs, including after-school programs, day camps, community centers, literacy classes for immigrants, arts education and cultural programs. She is a founding member of The New Shul.
Tuesday, February 9, 2010
Monday, February 8, 2010
Tuesday, March 2, 2010 1:30 – 4:30 pm
The JCC in Manhattan
334 Amsterdam Avenue at 76th Street
• Meet professionals from a broad range of companies and staffing firms
• Speak with employers
• Speed networking event
• Meet our legal, financial, employment and counseling specialists
Registration required. Call (646) 505 – 5708 or go to www.jccmanhattan.org
For more information, call (212) 399 – 2685 ext 206 or email email@example.com
Visit them on-line at www.jcprograms.org/connect-to-care
In December of 2006 Jeff Tohl was diagnosed with a rare form of Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. As part of his treatment, Jeff requires a stem cell transplant and none of his family members are a match to donate. A patient is most likely going to match someone of a similar ethnic group and because the Jewish community is underrepresented on the registry, Jeff’s challenge is even greater. He is a husband, a father, a son, a brother and a friend to many. He needs your help. You could be the miracle and save a life ! Join the registry today. You can "meet" Jeff through youtube or, even better, join the match registry to see if you are a match and could do this wonderful mitzvah for someone who is truly in need. You may also call 800-MARROW-2 for more information.
You, Too, Can Change the World
November 19 Session to Offer Insights and Tips for Action in a Jewish Context
From Barack Obama’s campaign to text donations for Haiti earthquake relief, people are tuning into ways to better society. Join experts Rachael Bregman and Rabbi Dan Ain for a discussion on how to heal, repair and transform the world on Friday, February 19 at 7 pm at Honey, located at 243 West 14th Street in Manhattan.
“From the tragedy in Haiti to poverty in our city, many of us grapple with how to bring about changes in our world we hope to see,” said Rabbi Ain. “Together with Rachael Bregman we’ll combine insights from Jewish tradition and on-the-ground experience to explore how each of us can improve our world on both a large and small scale.”
The event, which is open to the public, is the next installment in Shabbat on Tap, a new Shabbat-in-a-Bar series for New Yorkers that tackles big questions in a comfortable setting.
Honey is located at 243 West 14th Street, between 7th and 8th Avenues (subway: 1, 2, or 3 to 14th Street).
About Rachael Bregman:
Rachel is a fifth-year rabbinical student at Hebrew Union College, where she has served as the student rabbi at the Hebrew Association for the Deaf, as the rabbinic intern at Brooklyn Heights Synagogue and Jewish Community Action in St. Paul, Minnesota. In March 2007, she was commissioned as an officer in the United States Navy as a chaplain candidate. She is currently a chaplain intern at Mt. Sinai hospital in Manhattan. She has served as coordinator of Hebrew Union College’s Soup Kitchen, a “Rabbis Without Borders” Fellow of the National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership, and an alumna of American Jewish World Service’s Rabbinical Students’ Delegation to Muchucuxcah, Mexico in January 2009. Her rabbinical thesis analyzes the use of the Biblical verse, “Justice, justice, thou shalt pursue,” throughout the Jewish literary tradition. She holds a B.A. in Psychology from Boston College and an Ed.M. in Human Development from Harvard’s Graduate School of Education.