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  • Boys Town Jerusalem presents orange-coconut semolina cake

    By Michael Seinberg on December 19, 2019
    To celebrate the miraculous Maccabee victory, Boys Town Jerusalem Chef Avi Chamal recommends this golden semolina cake. Native to the Middle East (and Greece), this cake is moist, easy to prepare, and truly delectable. The school’s 950 students anxiously await this very special dessert to highlight the festive Chanukah meal. Israeli born Avi Chamal has headed the Boys Town Jerusalem […]
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  • A love letter to salami and eggs

    By Michael Seinberg on December 18, 2019
    By RONNIE FEIN This story originally appeared on The Nosher. Back in the day, by which I mean the 1950s, before all of us started counting cholesterol and Ashkenazi Jews still feasted regularly on hot dogs and pastrami, my family was devoted to Isaac Gellis deli, founded by the “kosher sausage king of America” in the 19th century. The main […]
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  • Six tips on eating before the Yom Kippur fast

    By Michael Seinberg on October 3, 2019
    BY SHANNON SARNA (The Nosher via JTA)  – Yom Kippur is one of the most important days on the Jewish calendar. For many Jews, fasting and being in synagogue is the focus of the day. Fasting is not easy, nor is it for everyone — some people cannot fast because they are pregnant, breastfeeding or have a medical condition. Or […]
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  • 5 hacks for the best Rosh Hashanah ever

    By Michael Seinberg on September 25, 2019
    BY BEATA ABRAHAM (JTA via Kveller) – I can’t help but wonder why Hallmark and the retail world at large haven’t co-opted the Jewish New Year. True, while there may “only” be some 5 million to 7 million Jews in the U.S. (depending on who’s counting), Rosh Hashanah is a particularly important holiday on the Jewish calendar. Many Jews spend […]
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  • For the foodies amongst us! 5 recipes to try from Israel’s top chefs

    By Michael Seinberg on September 18, 2019
    By JESSICA HALFIN Rosh Hashanah menus, while traditional and delicious, can also get a little boring if kept the same year after year. With Israeli food trending across the globe, now is a perfect time to add some authentic Israeli flavors to your holiday. We have gathered five exclusive recipes from some of Israel’s top chefs: from a whole roasted […]
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  • Tourist pays $2,800 for shawarma platter in Jerusalem

    By Michael Seinberg on September 6, 2019
    By MARCY OSTER JERUSALEM (JTA) – Was it the most amazing shawarma platter ever? At $2,800, one would hope so. There are a lot of different Shawarma franchises around the world, for example, shawarma press but we don’t think that they would charge that much for the delicious meal. That’s what one tourist was charged for the plate by a […]
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  • Beth Israel lists annual  community Labor Day barbecue

    By Michael Seinberg on August 21, 2019
    SCHENECTADY_–Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 2, will be celebrated at Beth Israel Synagogue, 2195 Eastern Parkway, Schenectady, with the congregation’s annual family barbecue, beginning at 5 p.m. Family, friends, and the  community are invited to enjoy food, music and games. The cost is $15 for adults, $6, for  kids under 12. Reservations  are requested by Wednesday, Aug. 28.  Information  is available […]
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  • Barbecue competition nets $11,000 for the hungry

    By Michael Seinberg on August 7, 2019
    ALBANY–Eleven thousand dollars was raised for the Shalom Food Pantry at the June “Battle of the BBQ,” a fund-raiser barbecue completion, according to Shalom Pantry Program Director Chanie Simon. She explained the need for funds indicating that the pantry provides food to local financially struggling individuals and families. Every month, the food pantry distributes 1,000 pounds of food to more […]
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  • Beth Tephilah to start Jewish Lodge; dinner get-togethers to be offered

    By Michael Seinberg on July 10, 2019
    TROY–Congregation Beth Tephilah will start the Menchlik Order of the Chill and Shmooze Jewish Lodge on Sunday, July 14, at 5:30 p.m. at the synagogue, 82 River St., Troy. Lodge programs will be held twice a month and be open to the entire Jewish community. Each meeting will have a theme and a vegan dinner buffet will be available. Storytelling will […]
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  • Beth Emeth Brotherhood lists summer social events

    By Michael Seinberg on July 10, 2019
    ALBANY–Congregation Beth Emeth’s Brotherhood has three social programs on the summer calendar this July and August. The brotherhood is co-sponsoring a rafting trip with the TRIBE on Sunday, July 14, on the Indian and Hudson Rivers in North River. The cost is $84 a person. Reservations must be made online by July 3 at bethemethalbany.org. Mark Swyer at mdswyer@hotmail.com can […]
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