Post 204 MOFO challenge Day 24 Houses from Within 2015 – Jerusalem —Schedule 16th Modi’im Country Fair -What President Barack and Michelle Obama would eat if they were vegan-onion skin broth

Day after Yom Kippur: Thursday September 24, 2015. Jerusalem Biennal Opening (Post 203), is described on prior post. This post moves between several locals in Israel and the White House:

1. Modi’im Country Fair: Music Extraordinair

The Sukkot Moshav Country Fair provides a whole afternoon and evening of live music by a variety of performers, as well women’s workshops and lots of activities for children of all ages.

There’s also an arts and crafts fair and delicious organic fare to be had in the gardens.

Located just a 30-minute drive from Jerusalem, in an idyllic country setting, Moshav Mevo Modi’im was founded by Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach. There is a goat farm on the moshav, where during the year people can come milk a goat, learn how to make cheese, press olive oil, or spin sheep’s wool into yarn.

It’s also a lovely area for hiking and there are ancient ruins nearby to explore.

A fun afternoon for the whole family!

Admission: 50 shekel suggested donation

Where: Moshav Mevo Modi’im
From Jerusalem, take Route 1 to the Modiin exit. Pass through Modiin to Route 443. Take Route 443; shortly after Tsomet Shilat you’ll see the Moshav Modiin exit

– See more at:

 The 16th MOSHAV COUNTRY FAIR..BH” Chol HaMo’ed Sukkot

When: Wednesday September 30th,2015
From: 11:00 till 22:00
Where: Moshav Me’Or (Mevo) Modi’im Google Maps

13.00 B’ALMA
15.00 TOBI the Moshav Country Fair JUGGLER part 1.
18.00 TOBI The Moshav Country Fair JUGGLER part 2.
All through the fair: Bubble-station, Arts & Crafts Projects, Lego Contest, More Juggling Workshops!
12.30 Gentle ZUMBA for grandmothers & granddaughters with ANNAT
14.00 DELIA: acoustic concert
17.00 ZUMBA for adorable teenagers with VERED
14.30 Dr. Kim Hershorn: Come Alive Workshop – Tools for Fuller Living with Sound Therapy
16.00 Chaya Lester: Becoming Miriam – A spiral of women.
17.00 Channa Mason: Building Emuna with the work of Byron Katie
18.00 Dr. Kim Hershorn: Come Alive Workshop – Tools for Fuller Living with Sound Therapy
Holistic, Earth, Art and Love (HEAL)@Tea house and Eco corner:
*Yanir& Nigun Collective : Side Stage comes alive in-between MainStage set changes. On the hour all day.
*21.00 Tribute in honor of ‘Michael Golomb Z.L.’ – Acoustic Concert with ‘JAH LEVI’ Tambourine-circle, Jam, Rap & memories
*BLESSING GATE all through the fair for ‘Michael Golomb Z.L’

*11:00-17:00 Crafts With Shoshana Rose: Make art out of diverse recycled materials! Come early to decorate community Sukkah.
*Every 1/2 hour@12:00-15.00 Permaculture/Planting Workshop: Kids will leave with something for the winter garden.
14 :50-16:00 Water Warrior Relay Race: all ages welcome, family game! sign up at water table.
*16:50-17:10 From Dew to Rain – Orah Moshe: Exploring the Spiritual stream of water that flows through the Chaggim

Tea House@HEAL
*14:00 Shaina Leiba Judelman: Healing teas with herbs from your garden
*15:00 Reb Shaul Judelman: Hakhel! Walking out of Shmita – Learning about recommitting and sharing what we learned this Shmita year.

Building our Future@HEAL
*Community Project- We will make a gentle commitment of our vision for the coming six years on wall of the Sukka.
*Working Bee – Participate in construction of sofa/bench from salvaged wood- (behind Tea House) Come by to help in the morning preparing the materials, cutting and sanding ,and join inafternoon for hammering and completion.
To be used in dedication of the future Moshav Tea House To be Named “Or Yaakov”

Served All day and Night!
Healthy Kosher le’ Sukkot food offered at the Moshav-Garden.
Over 60 Vendors: Selling, Unique, Hand-Made, Creations & Designs!
Tickets – Adult 50 – Child 25 – Family 150
(A family includes parents and 3+ children under 18)

*For more info: email or text Leah Rivka 0523-240789

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2. Houses from Within 2015 to register, but not until October 16 for some of the venues. You can change the last digit to 1-5 to share the list with a friend. It is 6 pages.

It will be held in Jerusalem – this time in more than one hundred ninety places, from Thursday October 22 to Saturday October 24 around Jerusalem. The festival provides a glimpse into the private homes, public buildings and around Jerusalem – including Mosaic architectural, historical, cultural and religious. This mosaic showing the many faces of the city holy to three religions, and its cultural heritage.

An example of the Tours and houses to be opened as part of the Houses From Within 2015 – Jerusalem: Registration begins on October 16th.

1. A visit to the house in Mishkenot overlooking the Old City, that was expanded in the 70s as it became the home of the artist Swedish Birgitta Ioari- Ilan. The visit will include a brief tour of the house is full of furniture and objects of traditional Swedish and paintings of Birgitta. No registration required. 
When: Friday, October 23, from 10: 00-13: 00; Saturday, October 24, from 17: 00-20: 00
Where: Tura 30, Yemin Moshe.
2. Wadi Yemenis story of the settlement of immigrants from Yemen in 1948 in Wadi tour of Ein Kerem Yemenis open. Come and explore the neighborhood, built on the slopes of Mount Herzl. The tour ends in the community garden established by residents in Wadi and the story of coping with construction plans that threaten the character. No registration required.
When: Friday, October 23 10:30 am
Where: The parking lot Castel old square, Ein Kerem
3. Behind the scenes of the Shaare Zedek Medical Center chance to explore hidden parts of the hospital and find out the operating systems used by the complexity Medical Center Center admiringjorge heat-cold air conditioning systems and water at the hospital sterile supply center and more. The two tours open to the first 50 below. No registration required.
When: Friday, October 23, 11:00, 13:00
Where: St. Samuel Bate 12, 4th floor lobby near the main entrance

4. Behind the Scenes of the Jerusalem Theater
hour tour in the halls and vestibules of the Jerusalem Theater, the scenes and behind them:  Sherover, Concert Hall, Rebecca Crown Auditorium. The tour is limited to 40 participants. How does one sign up for this tour?
When: Friday, October 23, 8:30
Where: Jerusalem Theater, Marcus 20, Talbiyeh
5. Toy warehouse museum in Israel two special tours where you can see the toy collection of the Youth Wing for Art Education by” Ruth S. Israel Museum, which includes about 15 thousand items including dolls, games and childhood artifacts from different periods. Tours are guided by Orly R., Senior Instructor Training Department took care of the collection. Both tours are limited to 20 participants. 
When: Friday, October 23, 10:00, 11:30
Where: Israel Museum, 17 Ruppin Avenue, the Museum Complex
6. Deer Valley Introducing Deer Valley, the largest urban nature site in the country opened in the spring in southwest Jerusalem. patrols will be recounted the story of the valley, residents struggle and led planning process made public. Two open tours. Duration of the tour about an hour. 
When: Friday, October 23, 10:00 (The tour is also suitable for English speakers) Saturday, October 24, 10:00
Where: at the entrance to the fire station in Givat Mordechai
7. Railway tunnel in Jerusalem chance to visit Director of the mining site of Jerusalem rail line (Line Tel Aviv-Jerusalem), and to hear from the project managers for technological challenge mining tunnels tens of kilometers inside the mountain. Participation trips long pants and closed shoes only. Will not be allowed entry to the site without wearing it. The entrance to the tunnel in groups of 30 people. Must arrive 15 minutes prior to the start of the tour to keep up with the safety instructions. Nine tours is limited to 60 participants every half hour.
When: Friday, October 23, 10:30, 11:00, 11:30, 12:00, 12:30, 13:00, 13:30, 14 : 00, 14:30
Where: Memorial twins, Chapter Cedars
8. Nature museum community garden community gardens leading Israel is the center for activities on sustainability, urban agriculture and community gardening in Jerusalem. Garden center you will find facilities for agriculture demonstration home using recycled materials and water-saving techniques, a neighborhood recycling center, an ancient and more. No registration required. 
When: Saturday, October 24, between 10: 00-14: 00
Where: The entrance to the parking lot gate Maggid Street, German Colony
 9. Shadow city tour with the Israel gallon, an official at the Ministry of Agriculture forests leaders, will address the subject “Shadow” and will focus on the city’s Rehavia neighborhood. The tour will examine the shade of the trees and the quality, condition and their contribution to people or the environment. The tour lasts about three hours.
When: Saturday, October 24, 09:00
Where: Garden Eliyahu Sasson Ben Maimon Boulevard 30, Rehavia


Post 24: What President Barak and Michelle Obama would eat if they were vegan: I did some research and discovered that the White House has opened its “Mess” to the public.



About this Program

“President Obama is committed to opening the doors of the White House and truly making it the People’s House.”

Wasn’t that the name given by Andrew Jackson?

“Normally reserved for senior level White House Staff, Cabinet Members, and selected guests, the White House Mess is now open to the general public one weekend per month. Advance reservations are required.”

The White House Mess

White House Mess

The White House Mess consists of three small dining rooms located in the basement of the White House next door to the Situation Room. This exclusive dining facility is run by the US Navy. The Mess is decorated with handsome wood paneling, nautical trim, and ship paintings.

The largest of the three dining rooms seats about 50 people at a dozen tables adorned with elegant table linens, fresh flowers, and official White House china.

During the work week, the White House Mess is widely used by senior staff. Breakfast and lunch are served in the Mess dining room; dinner is available for take-out orders only. Happy Hours are on Fridays.


The White House Mess


Dine at the White House Program

West basement entrance to White House Mess

On the first weekend of each month, the White House Mess will be open to the public for breakfast and lunch. Guests with advance reservations will enter the White House grounds via the Southwest Gate.

After going through security, walk up West Executive Avenue and turn right into the West Basement entrance. Take the first right and go down the stairs. The White House Mess will be on the left.

Be sure to admire the detailed model of the USS Constitution and look for the 1790 mess gong from the ship hanging on the wall above the wood podium with the gold presidential seal. The maitre ‘d will be there to escort you to your assigned table.


Breakfast will be served at 9:00 AM. The menu includes fresh fruits, cereal, a selection of pastries, and grilled-to-order breakfast items. Beverages include coffee, tea, milk, and juice. Below is the standard White House Mess breakfast menu.


White House Mess menu - breakfast
Do you see a vegan offering?



Lunch will be served at 11:45 AM. The four-page menu varies and includes a selection of salads, sandwiches, and entree items. The lunch menu also includes a Soup of the Day which can be a traditional favorite such as Navy Bean or the recently-introduced Chilled Cucumber. In addition, Chicken Noodle soup is served daily. Beverages include soft drinks, milk, iced tea, and juice. Below is a sample four-page White House Mess lunch menu.


White House Mess menu - lunch
To the president’s credit there is a Lite Menu with several Veggie options

White House Mess menu

White House Mess souvenir menu napkins candy cup


What’s included in White House Dining Package

  • Breakfast or lunch at the White House Mess
  • Commemorative photo taken by Official White House Photographer
  • Souvenir White House Mess menu and assorted items including official napkin, coffee cup, sugar packets, and candy



Dining reservations can be made up to one year in advance. Breakfast costs $50 per person. Lunch is $65 per person. Tipping is not allowed. Prices include commemorative photo and souvenirs. In order to maximize the number of guests served, singles and couples may be combined to form complete tables.

Reservations are accepted on a first come first served basis by clicking here. Additional information regarding parking and check-in procedures will be sent out upon confirmation. Please plan to arrive at the White House 30 minutes prior to your assigned reservation time.


White House Mess

In response to  the Obama Administration’s commitment to creating an unprecedented level of openness, a recommendation is to include Boiled Onion Skins on the menu for a price of $0.00.  The charge at the White House Mess is $65.00 a head for lunch. That seems a bit high for the average brown bagger.

What President Barak and Michelle Obama would eat if they were vegan:

If I were counseling Michelle Obama, she should suggest he eat plenty of antioxidant-rich foods like onion skins to counteract the tobacco use.

After Barak and Michelle feel bloated after too many White House dinners, boiled Onion Skins are recommended. The dry brown skins are readily available, generally in a carton, in the aisle of their local green grocer. Here’s the recipe for onion skin detox soup.


The brown skin and external layers of the onions are rich in fibre and flavonoids.
Credit: SINC

 Preparing Onion Skin Detox Soup:

Get over to your greengrocer early in the morning when he is stripping the outer skins off the onions. I commented that I was using the skins for marak and the Russian worker, who  was familiar perhaps with skins from his time in the gulag, agreed that I was more than welcome to them as no-one in Rehavia would touch them.

Boil up several liters of water. Throw in the skins. Cook until the water turns reddish brown. Done. Cool, drain and save the skins for compost. The result will be several bottles worth of broth.

Drink this diluted 1:2 with hot water and sip. Below  is a detox vegetable soup that can be prepared by Michelle’s staff to alternate with the stronger onion skin broth.

After a few days,  they’ll feel great!

Detox Soup Ingredients

Detox Soup to Make You Feel Awesome Recipe Healing Foods for Health Jennifer Thompson


  • 5 organic carrots, chopped
  • 1 head organic cabbage, grated
  • 2 white onions, chopped
  • 2 celery stalks, chopped
  • 2 Tbsp. celery greens, chopped
  • 1 leek, chopped
  • 2 lemons, squeezed
  • 4 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • 6-8 small garlic cloves
  • 2-3 inches of fresh ginger, juiced
  • 1 Tbsp. organic turmeric powder
  • Cayenne and/or organic black pepper to taste
  • Himalayan salt to taste (optional)
  • 2-3 liters of water

Prepare your soup ingredients in advance



1. Put olive oil in a large soup pot at high heat. Add garlic, onion, leek, salt and turmeric powder and let cook until the onions are soft. Note: If you are on a “no salt” detox, then omit the salt.

2. Add chopped carrots and celery; stirring occasionally. Add lemon juice and ginger juice. Note: If you don’t have a juicer, then grate the fresh ginger and squeeze the juice out by hand. Only add the juice; discard the pulp. (Ginger juice adds a mild flavor while adding the whole ginger can be over-powering in taste.)

3. Add grated cabbage. Fill the remainder of the pot with water; bring to a boil and let simmer for a minimum of 1 hour (up to 2 hours).

4. Pour serving into the blender and PULSE 3 TIMES at low speed, for 5 seconds each time. This keeps some of the texture in the soup but makes it soft and easy to digest.

5. Pour into serving bowl and add cayenne pepper or black pepper to taste.


First add onion, leek, garlic and turmeric.


Leek, onion and garlic are very anti-parasitic.
Turmeric is a natural anti-inflammatory and liver cleanser.


Cooked onion. leek, garlic and turmeric.


1. Put olive oil in a large soup pot at high heat. Add garlic, onion, leek, salt and turmeric powder and let cook until the onions are soft. Note: If you are on a “no salt” detox, then omit the salt.

Once the onion, leek, garlic and turmeric are cooked until soft, you can add the other ingredients plus water.


Adding fresh ginger juice and lemon juice


2. Add chopped carrots and celery; stirring occasionally. Add lemon juice and ginger juice. Note: If you don’t have a juicer, then grate the fresh ginger and squeeze the juice out by hand. Only add the juice; discard the pulp.

You can add either grated ginger or ginger juice, but in my experience, the ginger juice makes for a much more pleasant taste and is not as strong.


Finally, add the grated cabbage and water


3. Add grated cabbage. Fill the remainder of the pot with water; bring to a boil and let simmer for a minimum of 1 hour (up to 2 hours).

Cabbage is naturally high in sulfur, making it a powerful detox food. It also adds a beautiful texture to any soup and is mild in taste.


Pulse the soup in an blender for an easy-to-digest consistency


4. Pour serving into the blender and PULSE 3 TIMES at low speed, for 5 seconds each time. This keeps some of the texture in the soup but makes it soft and easy to digest.

Note: Turmeric powder can turn the color of the blender container to yellow; but it will usually wash out after a few rinses.


Finally, you're ready to serve!


5. Pour into serving bowl and add cayenne pepper or black pepper to taste.

Cayenne pepper is very cleansing for the liver and is excellent for blood and circulation. Black pepper is not a major detox food, but it’s a matter of taste…you can add either or and still enjoy a fantastic detox soup!

This recipe is gluten-free, vegan, non-GMO and contains NO food additives. It’s full of fiber, contains natural medicinal foods and is good recipe for an alkaline diet. And, it tastes delicious. Try it for yourself and see!

More than 500,000 tons of onion waste are thrown away in the European Union each year. However, scientists say this could have a use as food ingredients. The brown skin and external layers are rich in fibre and flavonoids, while the discarded bulbs contain sulphurous compounds and fructans. All of these substances are beneficial to health.

Production of onion waste has risen over recent years in line with the growing demand for these bulbs. More than 500,000 tons of waste are generated in the European Union each year, above all in Spain, Holland and the United Kingdom, where it has become an environmental problem. The waste includes the dry brown skin, the outer layers, roots and stalks, as well as onions that are not big enough to be of commercial use, or onions that are damaged.

“One solution could be to use onion waste as a natural source of ingredients with high functional value, because this vegetable is rich in compounds that provide benefits for human health,” says Vanesa Benítez, a researcher at the Department of Agricultural Chemistry at the Autonomous University of Madrid (Spain).

Benítez’s research group worked with scientists from Cranfield University (United Kingdom) to carry out laboratory experiments to identify the substances and possible uses of each part of the onion. The results have been published in the journal Plant Foods for Human Nutrition.

According to the study, the brown skin could be used as a functional ingredient high in dietary fibre (principally the non-soluble type) and phenolic compounds, such as quercetin and other flavonoids (plant metabolites with medicinal properties). The two outer fleshy layers of the onion also contain fibre and flavonoids.

“Eating fibre reduces the risk of suffering from cardiovascular disease, gastrointestinal complaints, colon cancer, type-2 diabetes and obesity,” the researcher points out.

Phenolic compounds, meanwhile, help to prevent coronary disease and have anti-carcinogenic properties. The high levels of these compounds in the dry skin and the outer layers of the bulbs also give them high antioxidant capacity.

Meanwhile, the researchers suggest using the internal parts and whole onions that are thrown away as a source of fructans and sulphurous compounds. Fructans are prebiotics, in other words they have beneficial health effects as they selectively stimulate the growth and activity of bacteria in the colon.

Sulphurous compounds reduce the accumulation of platelets, improving blood flow and cardiovascular health in general. They also have a positive effect on antioxidant and anti-inflammatory systems in mammals.

“The results show that it would be useful to separate the different parts of onions produced during the industrial process,” explains Benítez. “This would enable them to be used as a source of functional compounds to be added to other foodstuffs.”

Story Source:

The above post is reprinted from materials provided byPlataforma SINC. Note: Materials may be edited for content and length.

Journal Reference:

  1. Vanesa Benítez, Esperanza Mollá, María A. Martín-Cabrejas, Yolanda Aguilera, Francisco J. López-Andréu, Katherine Cools, Leon A. Terry, Rosa M. Esteban. Characterization of Industrial Onion Wastes (Allium cepa L.): Dietary Fibre and Bioactive Compounds. Plant Foods for Human Nutrition, 2011; 66 (1): 48 DOI: 10.1007/s11130-011-0212-x


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