Posts Tagged: food

Fun for Jewish Foodies at the URJ Biennial



The URJ announced this week that renowned New York Times food writer Mark Bittman will address the 2013 URJ Biennial in a Friday forum, titled “Food, Food, You Shall Pursue.” The forum, sponsored by Jewish Food Justice Fellowship, a Leichtag Foundation Initiative, will feature a discussion about the intersection of Jewish tradition, sustainable agriculture and […]

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Is Kosher Kosher?



I recently had occasion to extract from my bookshelf a well-used and falling apart 1977 paperback edition of Elie Weisel’s Messengers of God.  The book was inscribed as a holiday gift to the teachers of the religious school where my wife has been teaching for decades (not the congregation to which we belong). Then, as […]

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The Blessings and Dangers of Wooing Worshipers With Food



Religious leaders have long known that if you want to attract worshipers and increase your membership rolls, food can be a valuable tool. Christian services are often followed by coffee hours, and for Jews, Sabbath worship – on Friday night or Saturday morning – is generally followed by a Kiddush. For some in the Jewish […]

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Salute to the WRJ Cookbook Collection



by Nancy J. Apfel Today’s foodie culture has brought with it a growing interest in eating habits and cookbooks. A recent New York Times list of bestsellers in the Advice and Miscellaneous category included 11 books about nutrition and cooking in the top 15 sellers. Food blogs and reality cooking shows have a wide following. […]

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The Pasta Menorah: Turning “Give Me” into “Give You”



by Rabbi Ron Symons Well aware that the “give me” attitude can be pervasive during the Hanukkah season, Temple Sinai in Pittsburgh has developed an annual tradition of turning “give me” into “give you.” Our goal is to provide a vehicle through which every single person who wants to give, no matter the size of […]

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Home for the Holidays



by Rabbi Ira Youdavin My plane landed at Ben Gurion Airport last Wednesday evening, four days before I would be joining the Jewish Council for Public Affairs National Leadership Mission, and 72 hours before the first night of Hanukkah. The early arrival was different from my usual pattern. Normally, I speed from the airport to […]

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What Kosher Eating Can Teach Us About Healthy Eating



by Rabbi Mary L. Zamore Many people mistakenly believe that keeping kosher is linked to healthy eating. Clearly, these people have never experienced highly processed, fat-filled delights like kosher chicken nuggets or Bamba. Yet, throughout history, scholars have tried to rationalize the totality of the laws of kashrut (kosher) by connecting them to health. There […]

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My Top 10 Practices for Breast Cancer Prevention



Every woman on my mother’s side of the family has died from breast cancer. Each one did everything “right” – yearly mammograms, self and physician check-ups, and, upon diagnosis, the “best doctors,” “best hospitals” and most up-to-date treatments – all to little or no avail. Although my family and I have not been tested, the […]

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Harvest of Hope



As a child, one of my favorite holiday songs was sung during Sukkot. “Apples are delicious, they are so nutritious, you don’t have to wash any dishes, sing a Sukkah song!” This complex arrangement was sung (and not very well) for the entirety of the holiday.

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The Power of Egg Salad in the New Year



Boil eggs Peel eggs Place eggs in vessel Add mayo and Dijon mustard until right Salt, pepper, and paprika, to taste Paprika on top for color For years, this simple recipe dominated our pre-Yom Kippur preparation. Since I left the URJ a few years ago to move into the private sector, my wife Abby and […]

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Meditation Before Yom Kippur for One who Cannot Fast



Though Yom Kippur is a fasting holiday – a day during which we abstain from eating, drinking, and even brushing our teeth or using perfumes – Jewish tradition recognizes that fasting is not a safe practice for all Jews. For this reason, children under the age of 13 and individuals who are pregnant or ill are […]

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A Round Challah How-To



Throughout the year, the challot we eat on Shabbat are braided. On Rosh HaShanah, though, we eat rounded challah that’s slightly sweeter than usual. Tina Wasserman, the Reform Movement’s chef in residence, teaches you how to make a round challah in the easy video tutorial below. For a more in-depth how-to, check out Tina’s recipe […]

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Recipes from Camp – Yum!



Food is an integral part of Judaism both culturally and religiously- and it’s an integral part of Camp Coleman! We’ve had several requests for the recipes from the Tarbut class (cultural elective) Jewish Cooking so you can take a piece of camp home with you.

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The Importance of Challah



by Hilda R. Glazer This week’s Torah portion includes the story of sending the scouts to Canaan and a number of laws about sacrifices and communal and individual wrongs. One of the things that I often wondered about was the origin of the challah. In this week’s portion is the answer. One of the offerings […]

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