Monthly Archives: April 2016

Post 299: Pesach Yom Iyun at Nishmat-GLUTEN Free Pizza crust Made with almond and potato flour, this Gluten Free Pizza Crust is one of my favorites. It’s a nice thin crust that isn’t overly “rice-y” like many gluten free mixes. Author: Isabel @

On Sunday April 10, I hustled out of the house and ran to Rechove King George. None of the buses that I needed to bring me to Nishmat were due to arrive within a span of 10 minutes.

So, I did what a crazy impatient x-New Yorker would do. I trotted over to Rachove Aza which is like the pumping station-“all roads lead thru Azza. I had the benefit  of a 10 minute walk and caught the same bus that would have passed my corner. That’s the chance that you take when trying an alternate route. Three exciting seminars were given last Sunday at our Pesach Yom Iyun, in memory of Molly Sherman, z”l.

That’s me in the front row in the white beet

Laurie Novick
Women at the Seder

נשים במצוות ליל הסדר

1. שולחן ערוך אורח חיים הלכות פסח סימן תעב סעיף יד גם הנשים חייבות בארבע כוסות ובכל מצות

Just as men are obligated to the 4 cups of wine so too are women (Shulchan Oruch)

הנוהגות באותו לילה.

Laurie Novick spoke about  Women at the Seder including 32 points. She only covered in depth a select few, starting with the 4 cups of wine.
Honestly, I drank “Rov” which is slightly more that  half a cup times 4, which is acceptable.

Laurie remarked that women are not generally bound by time related mitzvot, ie being required to join a minyan, to offer prayers three times a day.

However, when the mitzvah is extended to the whole Edah (community) then we see that this includes all the women. The whole community which means including women are obligated to hear Megillah, participate in Chanukah.

I like to think that Pesach is  our particular mitzvah. And it  has so many time bound requirements. It is in a transcendent realm.I don’t know if you can say that the story is full of drama, but the telling is definitely “theatrical” about leaving Miztrayim. And who can tell a story better than a woman who has been granted 9/10ths of the power of speech. (The Talmud Kiddushin 49b states that 10 measures of speech were given to the world. Nine of them were allocated to women.)

It was on the merit of the Jewish women, who underwent indescribable trials to deliver children in the fields, that we were redeemed from Mitzrayim.

The sacrifice of the korbon relate also to the bravery of the women who proclaimed their adherence to Hashem’s dictates by keeping the designated animal in their yards in the first place.

Women are obligated to hear and tell the story of Passover. ( No definite amount of time) and recite Hallel.

The second lecturer was Dr. Karen Kirshenbaum who spoke very livingly about Erev Pesach at the end of the 2nd Temple period. She actually has completed her doctorate on furniture of this period!

One of the earlier slides depicts, by a contemporary Russian artist that she did not mention, the gathering of  families to Jerusalem from close by areas celebrating the month of NissanIMG_20160410_115946#1 Dafna Siegman- a slide depicting a Kohane showing the breads to the people. When he removed the breads it was time to burn chometz. (see below)IMG_20160410_122322It is up to  us to imagine the Temple and the centrality it was for the Jewish people.

We see in the depiction the 30 meter long curtain which is described as so heavy that it took 30 men to hang it, and then the text calls this number an exaggeration. The gold leaves at the top were made from gold donations.IMG_20160410_122957IMG_20160410_125554The family above, is standing in front of pigeon nests from the Second Temple Period. Cots that held as many at 1,000 doves have been  recorded. These dovecots supplied the korbanot that women brought to the temple in Jerusalem.

During the break I wandered to one of Nishmat’s courtyards where I discovered a series of delicately painted tiles. I could decifer that the composition was made from 6 square tiles to create the larger rectangle. That surface received a layer of clay upon which the images were painted and then fired.

I have made some ceramic pieces and have stored in my machson several boxes of tiles. Upon inspection of the technique used by the craft person, I noticed a bi level technique. Each rectangular section is made up of 6 small squares over layered WITH A WASH OF CLAY, then glazed and fired.

This depiction painted in a traditional Renaissance perspective, contains groups of 30 sacrifices and the cup with the rounded bottom that was passed from hand to hand.

IMG_20160410_125828Haggada tells the Passover story. The painting illustrates families gathered together and eating of the pascal lamb. The round bottom cup, that is passed from hand to hand collects blood. The rounded bottom prevents the lamb’s blood from congealing.


Made with almond and potato flour, this Gluten Free Pizza Crust is one of my favorites. It’s a nice thin crust that isn’t overly “rice-y” like many gluten free mixes.

Author: Isabel @

Recipe type: Dinner

Cuisine: Gluten-Free

Serves: 14-16 inch pizza crust


This recipe is made with almond and potato flour which you can find in most grocery stores. Potato flour is relatively inexpensive but almond flour is not. However it is prevalent during Passover.


  • 1 cup almond flour
  • ¼ cup potato flour
  • 1 egg
  • ⅓ cup warm water
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp sea salt
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together the almond flour, potato flour, baking powder and sea salt.
  3. Add in egg, warm water and olive oil.
  4. Thoroughly mix with fork or your hands until all the ingredients are fully combined and make a nice ball of dough.
  5. Place dough in between two sheets of parchment paper and roll into a large circle using a rolling pin.
  6. Remove the top piece of parchment paper and place the rolled dough onto a 14 to 16 inch round pizza pan.
  7. Bake the dough for 15 minutes.
  8. Top with desired pizza toppings.
  9. Bake for another 18 to 20 minutes.
  10. Eat up!


If the edges of the crust are a little too thin when you’re finished rolling out the dough, fold them in to make sure they don’t burn when baking.




Post 298:Solving a golf problem- to help connect to your golfer family members EVENT: Hebrew Astronomy Night on Apr 13 at 7-8 pm at the ORT Observatory in Maaleh Adumim Observatory RSVP to 050-440-2216 for furure events

There is an Observatory close by- and although I have not been there, it is on my list of places that I would like to visit.

It seems appropriate to introduce a math problem here. (I was a High School Math teacher). Astronomy, Golf, Math- they are all related.  If you have a grandchild who is an avid Golfer, pose this problem.

How can I calculate the height of a tree, assuming it is 10 AM and I want to get my golf ball to clear the tree?  Hint: using its and my shadows?  Good for grandmothers and mother to relate to golf-playing family members! By the way, I posed this problem to another grandson, who doesn’t play golf and learns in Yeshivah. His questions were to the point: I need to know the time of day because the numbers will be greater depending upon that. He also came up with the relationship.

From: Doctor Rick Subject:

Re: Measuring by shadow

Solution: My friend posed this question to me and I got the answer! The secret is in the sun’s rays: they fall on both you and the tree from the same direction. We say the rays are parallel. Also, the tree stands straight and so do you, so you and the tree are parallel. Finally, if the ground is flat, the tree’s shadow and your shadow are parallel. We can draw the tree, its shadow, you, and your shadow as triangles. The top of the tree is joined to the shadow of the top of the tree by a line that points back up to the sun. The top of your head and the shadow of the top of your head are joined by another line pointing back up to the sun.

When each side of one triangle is parallel to a side of another triangle, the triangles are SIMILAR. When we use this word in everyday life, we just mean “they are sort of the same, but not quite.” When we use it in math, it has a special meaning: “their shapes are exactly the same, though their sizes don’t have to be the same.” The “tree triangle” and the “you triangle” are similar. The sides of two similar triangles have equal proportions. If the horizontal side of one triangle is twice as long as the horizontal side of the other triangle, then the vertical side of the first triangle is twice as long as the vertical side of the other, and the diagonal sides follow the same pattern. These equal proportions let you figure out one length if you know three others. In the picture above, I marked “your height” as 5 feet, and your shadow as 2 1/2 feet. The tree’s shadow is 50 feet. How long is the tree’s shadow compared to your shadow? 50 100 — = — = 20 2.5 5 The ratio is 20 to 1; that is, the tree’s shadow is 20 times as long as your shadow. Since the triangles are similar, the ratio of the tree’s height to your height is also 20 to 1. If your height is 5 feet, and the tree is 20 times as tall, then the tree’s height is 20 * 5 feet = 100 feet (The “*” is the multiplication sign.) This is how you can use shadow lengths and your own height to measure the height of a tree! – Doctor Rick, The Math Forum


EVENT: Hebrew Astronomy Night on Apr 13 at 7-8 pm at the ORT Observatory in Maaleh Adumim Observatory
(at the ORT Aviation & Space School in 07) –

A public stargazing event was held on Wed Apr 13 from 7 to 8 pm at the Maaleh Adumim Observatory
RSVP to 050-440-2216

Program included: short lecture, viewing of the moon and Jupiter
through a telescope, and a tour of the observatory

More details at:

Limited number of places! RSVP required! Get on their list.
cost: 20 NIS per person

Here is the original notice in Hebrew:
שלום למועדון האסטרונומיה של מעלה אדומים
הנכם מוזמנים לתצפית קהל הרחב:
ביום רביעי ה-13.4.16 בין השעות 19:00-20:00 תתקיים תצפית לקהל הרחב במצפה
הכוכבים, מעלה אדומים.
לתיאום הגעה- טלפון 0504402216
בתוכנית: הרצאה קצרה, תצפית ירח וצדק וביקור במצפה הכוכבים.
לפרטים נוספים:
מס’ המקומות מוגבל !!! חובה לתאם הגעה!
עלות: 20 שקל

הראל בן-עמי
מנהל מצפה הכוכבים ופרויקטים במדעי-החלל
אורט תעופה וחלל
מעלה אדומים

Hi everyone!

I am forwarding this information and flier on to you, if you haven’t seen this amazing exhibit and body of work by Netanel Morhan please do, it is a “must see”.

When you visit his exhibit to show support and extend your best wishes be sure to mention your connection to the J.A.C. and welcome him into the “Circle” as he has joined our group. A “warm welcome” Netanel!

Blessings and hope to see many of you this Thursday! Leorah Parker 054-615-7935

“Beyond the Body Exhibit” at Beit Hasid Artspace in the German Colony, 45 Emek Rephaim which is open until April 19th:


SundayFriday 9:30-3:30pm 

WednesdayThursday(except April 14th) 5-8:30pm

Saturday 4pm-9pm


Planning artist talk either April 15 or 16th. 

Keep you posted.

Thanks for celebrating with us the opening of Netanel’s Beyond the Body and inviting Netanel to join Jerusalem Artist Circle.


All the best,


Anne Schneider

Artist Representative

054 681 0412

Raw cheese cake

Ingredients for crust:

  • 1/2 cup walnuts left in the water overnight

  • 1/2 cup almonds left in the water overnight

  • 3 dates

  • 2 tablespoons almond milk use fruit syrup on Passover

Ingredients for filling:

  • 1 and 1/2 cup cashew nuts left in the water overnight

  • 1/4 cup maple syrup

  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice

  • 3 tablespoons almond milk/use fruit syrup on Passover

Ingredients for topping (sauce)

  • 1 cup raspberries

  • 1 banana

  • 10 tablespoons almond milk/use fruit syrup on Passover

– wild strawberries for decoration

For the crust, add all the ingredients in a food processor and blend until small bits remain and it forms into a ball. Remove and set aside.

For the filling do the same thing. Add all the ingredients in a food processor and blend it.

For the topping put all the ingredients in a food processor and blend it. (You can use frozen fruits if you don’t have fresh ones).

Prepare small cake rectangles with parchment paper or coconut flakes. Add the crust first and then the filling. Pour the topping and decorate with wild strawberries and leave it in the freezer for 3 hours.  Enjoy!


Raw cheese cake with raspberry sauce

Post 297-This is a terrific idea for fooling your family into believing that you are cooking Before Passover and cleaning for Passover -Veggie Burgers with tofu, carrots celery, onions Part of my new way to prepare for Passover is to clean the oven and stovetop and cover it until Passover; then use all the other electric small cooking appliances:-recipe tofu burgers and Passover pickled beets

  • This is a terrific idea for fooling your family into believing that you are cooking as usual and cleaning for Passover.

    I know that Passover is almost three weeks away. Part of my new way to prepare for Passover is to clean the oven and stovetop and cover it until Passover; then use all the other electric small chometz cooking appliances: By the way, these appliances can be removed to a porch  via an extension cord or to a basement. It’s like having your kitchen gutted.

    My Inventory:

    1-Toaster Oven, Small and large meat, dairy

    2-Charles Forman Grills ( I have one for Pareve cooking and Meat)

    3-Dairy Microwave oven.

    4-Shabat Platta: On Shabas one puts a metal pan or grate between the platta and the pot to heat. That proves that the heating elements are hot/strong enough to cook, so I firmly believe that we must use something between the pot and the platta. But I am looking for the reverse – to actually cook!

    5-Tami Bar for hot water to start the pot on the platta going. What are some of your tricks?


    That’s a lot of small appliances. Today is our first day of camp! I prepared hard boiled eggs on the Platta.

    The additional trick: Every cooking surface in the above appliances is covered with aluminum foil so there are no pots to clean. Pasta will  cook on the platta like rice. Also, it’s a good idea to have on hand many jars of broth so that vegetables can be made into a soup via an immersion blender or food processor. Will prepare grains, pasta either in the microwave or the platta. Say good-bye to stovetop and oven cooking and clean up for 2and 1/2 weeks.

    First wave: Rice on the Platta and Veggie Burgers on the Foreman Grill or in the dairy toaster oven (tofu, carrots celery, onions prepared in Foreman Grill)







  1. In a medium skillet (George Forman grill tilted to make it into a skillet), mix the onion, carrot, celery and zucchini with the 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil. Sauté over medium heat until onion is clear. Remove from heat and add the brown rice, oats and seasonings. Mix well and add the tofu, With a fork, mash the tofu into fine pieces and mix well. You may use a food processor for this step.

  2. In a small bowl, combine all the liquid ingredients and stir to mix. Pour over the rice mixture and stir until moistened and evenly mixed. Shape into 8 evenly-sized patties approximately 3 1/2 to 4 inches in diameter. Dredge each patty with bread crumbs, making sure to coat both sides.

  3. Place the patties on a baking sheet that has been sprayed with non-stick cooking spray, then spray the tops of each patty.

  4. Bake in a 375 degree oven for 15 minutes. Turn the patties over, spray the tops with the cooking spray and bake another 20 minutes. Remove from the oven and let them sit for 5 minutes. Or use Forman Grill with foil.

  5. Serve with buns or by themselves with mashed potatoes (on the platta) and gravy. Enjoy!

Post 296 Internationa;lMuseum Day Free Entrance to Israeli Museums. IInternational Museum Day will fall on Monday, May 18. -Kohlrabi Kugel Asian Slaw, Potato Fennel Soup

International Museum Day is celebrated annually with the intention of exposing the public to the cultural wealth in museums, to encourage people to visit museums worldwide and to raise awareness of the place of the museum in our society. The last Museum Day saw 75 museums open their doors for free throughout Israel.

In 2016, International Museum Day will fall on Monday, May 18.


On Museum Day all participating museums allow free entrance for individual visitors. Click on the names to learn more about each museum.

Museum of Underground Prisoners 
The Bible Lands Museum
Agnon House
Nature History Museum 
Heichal Shlomo
Bloomfield Science Museum 
Old Yishuv Court Museum 
Yad Vashem 
U. Nahon Museum of Italian Jewish Art
The Israel Museum 
L.A. Mayer Museum of Islamic Art 
Tower of David Museum 


Museum Day is organized by the Association of Museums and ICOM (International Council of Museums) Israel which represents the majority of museums in Israel, and boasts a membership of around 1,400, with a mix from all realms of the industry. They function according to the principles of ICOM which is based in Paris and which is affiliated with UNESCO.

The central goals of the Association of Museums and ICOM Israel are to promote collaboration within the museum industry in Israel, organize events for professionals based on museulogical themes, to ensure professional advancement of museum staff via conferences, stipends and scholarships and to publish information on the topic of museums.

Read more here:

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Kohlrabi Kugel

Let your guests guess the main ingredient of this delicious kugel, for a tweak to your Shabbos or Passover  meal.


Let your guests guess the main ingredient of this delicious kugel, for a tweak to your Shabbos meal.


Five large kohlrabi head, peeled and quartered


2 eggs, well beaten

Garlic and dried onion to taste

4 tablespoons matza meal

oil for bottom of pan


Boil water in large pot, add salt. Place kohlrabi quarters in water, boil until fork soft imbedded is soft. Drain well, remove from pot to cool. Drain excess water. Mash well, add eggs, garlic and onion, mixing well. Add half the matzah meal, mix well. Prepare two loaf pans, lined with parchment paper, lightly oiled. Sprinkle matzah meal on oil, add kugel mixture. Sprinkle matzah meal on top, sprinkle oil on matzah meal. Preheat oven to medium, bake until top is golden. Important: Do not slice when warm. Refrigerate before slicing, and rewarm on low heat.

Enjoy! Have a wonderful Shabbos and Chodesh Tov!


Kohlrabi and Potato Cream Soup from the Peaceful Dumpling

Benefits of Kohlrabi + Creamy Kohlrabi Soup Recipe!

This soup is perfect for springtime, when days are still cool and you are transitioning from the heavy soups of winter. It’s light and creamy, at the same time being filling and delicious. Get creative with this recipe! Use parsnips instead of potatoes. Get those onions nice and caramelized. Add kale! Soak up with some homemade bread and finish off with a sweet little treat.

This recipe is pretty basic. Two kohlrabi bulbs, two potatoes, onions and garlic are the main players. Boil kohlrabi and potatoes together, roast onions and garlic in olives oil, and blend it all together with vegetable broth. You can do this with an immersion blender on the stove or in a big blender if you have one. Or just blend in batches. Simmer on the stove to blend flavors and season with salt, pepper, and herbs. Eat and enjoy!

2 kohlrabi bulbs, diced

2 potatoes, diced

1 onion, sliced thickly

5-6 cloves garlic, whole

1 TBSP olive oil

1.5 cups vegetable broth

1. Preheat the oven to 475 F. Toss onions with olive oil and roast in oven for 15 minutes. At the 15 minute mark, add garlic and continue to roast until onions are roasted to your liking.
2. While onions are in the oven, combine kohlrabi and potatoes in a pot and add water to just cover the vegetables. Boil until soft (10-15 minutes, depending on size)
3. Blend together kohlrabi, potatoes, onions, and garlic with a little vegetable broth. Add the rest of the broth and blend until smooth.
4. Pour into a saucepan and simmer for 5-10 minutes to blend flavors. Season with salt and pepper, garnish with your favorite herbs.

Kohlrabi is filled with vitamins and minerals and has such a mellow flavor that it’s a wonder more people don’t eat it. Granted, it’s a funny looking vegetable, and requires some preparation, but it is so versatile. If you’ve never tried kohlrabi, head down to your farmers market and pick some up. Or, if you like to grow your own veggies, it’s pretty low maintenance and makes for a unique addition to your garden.

Potato Fennel Kugel Cupcakes

For Rosh Hoshanah or for Passover here are  potato fennel kugel cupcakes to celebrate.  So good!

2 russet potatoes, peeled
1 fennel bulb, trimmed
3 eggs, whisked together
1 ½ tsp salt
¾ tsp pepper
½ tsp onion powder
1 tsp fresh rosemary, chopped
¼ c olive oil
¼ c gluten-free flour/for passover substitute cake meal

First we grated the potatoes and fennel into a bowl.  We had filled the bowl with water to prevent the potatoes from oxidizing, but you don’t need to do this.  Then we whisked together the eggs, salt, pepper, and onion powder.  We drained the potatoes of water, then added them to the egg mixture.  Then we added the rosemary, olive oil, and flour.  We combined these all until they were well mixed.

We preheated the oven to 400 F and sprayed a cupcake sheet well.

Then we spooned the mixture into the cupcake sheet and baked the mix for ten minutes.  After ten minutes, we lowered the temperature to 350 F and let the cupcakes bake for another 35 minutes or until they were golden brown.

This is a fun take on a potato kugel and the fennel adds a nice, different taste to the recipe.  And to top it off, they weren’t too hard to make!






  • 2 cups green cabbage, finely shredded
  • 2 cups red cabbage, finely shredded
  • 2 radishes, julienned
  • 1 carrot, peeled & julienned
  • 1 tablespoon black sesame seeds

 Miso-Ginger Dressing

  • 1 inch ginger, finely grated
  • 1 clove garlic, finely grated
  • 2 tablespoons mellow miso
  • 2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar (I used a seasoned rice vinegar)
  • 1 tablespoon tamari
  • 2 teaspoons toasted sesame oil, optional
  • 3 tablespoon water


  1. In a small bowl, whisk together the ingredients for the dressing. Alternately you can use a small blender to combine until smooth. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, toss the cabbage, carrots, radishes and sesame seeds together with the dressing. You can also omit the sesame seeds and serve them as a garnish as the pictures above. Serve immediately if you like it very crunchy or let it sit covered in the refrigerator for a few hours for a more slaw-like texture and to let the flavors mingle a bit. Both ways are great. Depending on how you are serving the dish it can be served at room temperature or cold. Serves two generously or four as small sides.

Post 295:Seudat Amen (Bracha Party) in Jerusalem Motzei Shabbat, April 9th, Rosh Chodesh Nissan TIME: 20:00 LOCATION: Achim Chasid Building, 47 Emek Rafaim St, German Colony New English website for outdoor activities in Jerusalem and surrounding areas (


Seudat Amen (Bracha Party) in Jerusalem
Motzei Shabbat, April 9th, Rosh Chodesh Nissan 
TIME: 20:00
LOCATION: Achim Chasid Building, 47 Emek Rafaim St, German Colony, Jerusalem

Seudat Amen is an opportunity to make many blessings. We will enjoy foods from all the different bracha groups and we will also say prayers that coincide with the intent of each bracha.Seudat Amen is in the merit of a refuah shalyma for Ranan Shimon ben Elianor (16 year old with stage 4 cancer)

JICNY and Beinenu are Co-sponsors of this event
FEE: None, but please bring a food item for one of the brachas

RSVP: Email sends e-mail) and write “Amen” in the subject line

Start Date: Sat, 04/09/2016 – 8:00pm

End Date:Sat, 04/09/2016 – 10:30pm

INFO: New English website for outdoor activities in Jerusalem and surrounding areas

Arnold Slyper
for outdoor activities in Jerusalem and surrounding areas
(walking, hiking, cycling, outdoor swimming).
Contact (from Maale Adumim)


Sugar-Free Passover Nut Cake

By Naomi Muller


With limited options, Nothing to “hold” the ingredients together, many Passover cakes are filled with sugar. I  (Naomi Muller) created this recipe to give my family a healthful alternative to traditional Passover cakes. They love it and I have to make several batches of this cake to keep up with the demand. To make the apple syrup for this recipe, boil one jar of apple juice in a heavy bottomed saucepan until reduced by half.  Let the syrup come to room temperature. You can refrigerate any leftover syrup for one week.

  • 12 eggs, separated

  • 1/3 cup apple syrup

  • 6 oz. ground almonds

  • 1 medium banana, pureed

  • 6 Tbsp. apple syrup

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Whip egg whites until stiff. Slowly add 1/3 cup apple syrup and keep beating until stiff. In a large bowl, beat together the egg yolks, almonds, banana and 6 Tbsp. apple syrup. Fold the whites into the egg yolk mixture and gently pour into a 9″ x 13″ pan. Bake for 50 minutes.

Seudat Amen (Bracha Party) in Jerusalem Motzei Shabbat April 9th Rosh Chodesh Nissan TIME: 20:00 LOCATION: Achim Chasid Building 47 Emek Rafaim St German Colony

New English

website for outdoor activities in Jerusalem and surrounding areas (


Post 294::Benefits of rope jumping and details of a class offered for the beginner. CLEANTECH 2016 April 4-5 The Jerusalem Business Networking Forum (JBNF) Monday, April 4, 2016 8:30 AM Ramada Hotel Ruppin Bridge at Herzl Blvd, Jerusalem, 91033, Israel Jerusalem to register: ‘JEWISH PEACE CORPS’ VOLUNTEERS TO DISTRESSED COMMUNITIES Jewish Agency Sending ‘Jewish Peace Corps’ Volunteers to Distressed Communities, Fundraising Fashion Show Tuesday April 5th 4-6PM Inbal Hotel to benefit Hadassah Department of Neonatology Passover recipes: Fennel and Kohlrabi Salad, Salmon Kabobs

There’s a thread running thru this post. Passover is the holiday of Tshuvah and beginning with Rosh Chodesh Nissan we see events in the Jerusalem area related to living “Green”, exercise, and volunteering. We are fortunate no not need to ask others to help prepare a festive holiday. 

CLEANTECH 2016 April 4-5

The Jerusalem Business Networking Forum (JBNF)

Monday, April 4, 2016
8:30 AM

Ramada Hotel
Ruppin Bridge at Herzl Blvd, Jerusalem, 91033, Israel

to register:

My building’s roof is a place where I reflect on the special privilege it is to live in Jerusalem. When I want to exercise I use one of several Heavy Jump Rope- Choose From 5 Sizesweighted ropes. Not on the roof, across the street on a wooden area outside Ha Ma”Alot restaurant or on a cushiony surface in Gan Ha Atzmaot.

I have been using jump ropes over several years, starting with the one lb. and increasing now to five lbs. It is my belief that exercise is the key to permanent weight maintenance for women as they age. 

Would my readers be interested in joining me in a class in rope jumping in the park?I would supply the ropes starting with the lightest. My proceeds would be going to tzaduka. 

Jumping rope is a traditional exercise that provides a total body strength and conditioning workout. With the ability to burn up to 1,000 calories per hour, you can use the jump rope to improve strength, agility, coordination or endurance.

A common question about the effectiveness of jumping rope, however, is the selection of the jump rope and choosing between a weighted jump rope or a speed rope.

Benefits :

A weighted jump rope and speed rope both provide the same basic benefits, which include improved coordination, agility, footwork, quickness and endurance. Using a speed rope, however, focuses on speed and quickness and is better for developing coordination and conditioning by increasing the speed of the rope. Weighted jump ropes, on the other hand, burn a significant amount of calories and can be effective for increasing strength and promoting weight loss.


Beginners should start with a basic lightweight speed rope before progressing to a weighted jump rope, according to Ross Enamait, professional fitness trainer. The durable plastic jump rope allows you to perform basic jump rope exercises and workouts to develop speed, agility and endurance. Also, the speed ropes are better at developing overall fitness and conditioning to complement a wide range of workout and training programs.


A speed rope is ideal for beginners but can be used by elite athletes to develop footwork, coordination and conditioning. For example, boxers use a speed rope during their general strength and conditioning workouts. After learning the basic techniques for using the speed rope, you can progress to advanced exercises such as double unders. Double unders are a jump rope pattern that includes making two revolutions with the rope for every one jump and requires a significant amount of speed, coordination and endurance.


Use a weighted jump rope if your fitness goals revolve around strength or weight loss. The heavy ropes require upper body strength to continue spinning the rope for repeated jumps. You can choose from 1, 2, 4, 5 and 6 lb. weights to match your individual fitness and strength levels. Use the weighted jump rope to complement your normal strength training workouts.


CLEANTECH 2016 April 4-5

The Jerusalem Business Networking Forum (JBNF)

Monday, April 4, 2016
8:30 AM

Ramada Hotel
Ruppin Bridge at Herzl Blvd, Jerusalem, 91033, Israel

to register:


Jewish Agency Sending ‘Jewish Peace Corps’ Volunteers to Distressed Communities.

1,000 Young People to Serve Communities in South Africa, Ghana, Ethiopia, Mexico, Peru, and Israel


The Jewish Agency for Israel has started recruiting young people from Israel and around the world to volunteer in distressed communities in Africa, South America, and Israel, as part of the organization’s Project TEN program.

A launch event was hosted by Israeli Consul General in New York Ido Aharoni and was attended by dozens of Jewish community leaders, diplomats, philanthropists, Jewish Agency representatives, and former participants in the program.

In recent weeks, hundreds of students at top American universities have participated in on-campus information sessions hosted by Project TEN in order to familiarize them with volunteer opportunities at the three international centers currently operating in Winneba, Ghana; Gondar, Ethiopia; and Oaxaca, Mexico.

The volunteers may also choose to serve at the two Israeli centers in the southern city of Arad and Kibbutz Harduf in northern Israel, where they will run programs to empower Bedouin youth, new immigrants, at-risk teens, and individuals with special needs.

Project TEN was created by The Jewish Agency three years ago and offers young people from Israel and around the world the opportunity to live together in distressed communities and realize the Jewish values of tzedakah (social justice) and tikkun olam (repairing the world) by helping empower local residents.
Each participant receives a tailor-made volunteer program of several weeks or months in length, depending on their availability and preferences. Together, participants volunteer in educational, agricultural, and health-related initiatives, working together with local organizations and Jewish groups active in the area.

The ultimate goal is to develop local residents’ leadership skills and empower them to create models for sustainable development well after the volunteers return to their home countries.

The volunteers themselves return to their communities with a greater drive to engage in local activism and become involved in Jewish life.

In Ghana, Project TEN volunteers serve in the fishing town of Winneba, where they work with local residents and the fishermen’s children.

They run an educational center in which local children receive enrichment classes in a range of subjects and a mobile computer lab that provides digital knowledge to students whose prior exposure to computers was limited to sketches of keyboards on paper.

The volunteers also work in the fishing village of Akosua, which maintains some of the world’s most ancient fishing practices, teaching local children in a coconut hut.

In Mexico, volunteers serve in Oaxaca, where a series of natural disasters have prompted the creation of a Project TEN center to help local residents improve their preparedness and raise their standard of living.

The center is run in partnership with the Mexican Jewish organization CADENA, which specializes in serving communities struck by national disasters.

The volunteers work in dozens of far-flung, isolated communities spread across the vast, mountainous region.

Project TEN Director Yarden Zornberg notes that two additional volunteer centers are set to open in the coming year.

One will be hosted by the Jewish community of Durban, South Africa, where volunteers will work with local tribespeople, and the other will be located in Cusco, Peru, offering backpackers the opportunity to combine their treks with volunteerism.

According to Zornberg, more than one thousand volunteers are expected to serve in all seven Project TEN centers, engaging in activism over extended periods and realizing core Jewish values in the process.
Chairman of the Executive of The Jewish Agency for Israel Natan Sharansky said: “Through Project TEN, The Jewish Agency is creating a real opportunity for young Jewish people who want to be part of something bigger than themselves – to better their world through common work with young people like themselves from Israel and around the world. In so doing, Project TEN connects these young people’s vision of a better future with their Jewish roots. Making this wonderful initiative happen is yet another way for us to concretize Jewish and Zionist values.”


The cost for the three-month Project TEN program outside of Israel, including volunteer, social, and learning activities; transportation between the center and your volunteer placement; trips and excursions; Internet connection; and subsidized food and lodging, is around $12 per day, or $1080 for the entire three-month period (Summer programs cost $1000 for a two-month track).

The cost for the five-month Project TEN program at its Israeli centers, including volunteer, social, and learning activities; transportation between the center and your volunteer placement; trips and excursions; Internet connection; and subsidized food and lodging, is $1,300 for the entire five-month period with a full Masa scholarship OR $1,500 for the entire five-month period with a partial or no Masa scholarship (scroll down to learn if you are eligible for a Masa scholarship).

The cost for shorter tracks in all Project TEN centers cost $24 per day per participante (in additional to group charges). These tracks are unique, and are open to special groups. Please contact> for more details.

The cost does not include your airfare to the target country, health insurance, visa fees, or vaccination. Registration payment of $100 is required. The balance will be paid in two equal payments.

The UJA Federation of New York and Project TEN have established a Pay it Forward Fund that will provide some assistance to those volunteers who find it hard to pay for all of their expenses.

Each and every candidate will be required to participate in his or her own costs to some extent, and the scholarships will fund only up to 50% of the entire costs.

The UJA New York | TEN fund is based on a “pay it forward” model in which recipients are asked to sign an honor code, pledging to return the full amount within 2-3 years.  This arrangement will not be legally binding, but will be actively encouraged, and will help other participants, in turn, to volunteer where they are needed.

Please contact for more details. Each application will be reviewed by a committee, and the applicant will receive a reply within two weeks from the receipt of the application.

Volunteering in Arad or Kibbutz Harduf, Israel?

masaMasa Israel Journey works to make it as easy as possible for young adults to go to Israel. They offer grants and scholarships to help make the experience more affordable. All Masa Israel participants are eligible to apply for universal grants and need-based scholarships towards the cost of your program.The grant/scholarship will be deducted from the total cost of the program. The amount available depends country of origin, age, and the length of your program.

Masa Israel Journey is funded jointly by The Jewish Agency for Israel and by the Government of Israel.

Grilled Salmon Kebabs

I mixed tuna and salmon

Prep time

15 mins

Cook time

10 mins

Total time

25 mins

Author: Maya Kitchenette

Serves: 4


  • 600g salmon filet without skin/tuna

  • 1 cup pineapples – cut into 2 cm chunks

  • 1 green pepper – large cubes

Ingredients For The Marinade

  • ¼ cup soy sauce/ or less

  • ¼ cup honey/orange juice

  • 1 tbsp olive oil

  • 1 tsp lemon zest

  • 1 tbsp lemon juice

  • 1 tsp minced garlic

  • 1 tsp minced ginger

  • ¼ tsp freshly cracked black pepper

  • 1 fat pinch of mixed herbs

Ingredients For The Dip

  • ½ cup sour cream or mayonnaise (see notes)

  • ¼ tsp red pepper flakes

  • 1 garlic – grated

  • 1 tsp lemon zest

  • 2 tbsp fresh lemon juice

  • salt and black pepper to taste


For The Kebabs

  1. Slice salmon into chunks.

  2. Mix all the ingredients for the marinade in a bowl and whisk together till well incorporated.

  3. Pour ¾ of the marinade over the salmon chunks and marinate for 15 minutes.

  4. Marinate the pineapple and peppers with the remaining marinade for 15 minutes.

  5. Preheat the grill for medium-high heat.

  6. Thread peppers, salmon and pineapple onto skewers.

  7. Brush with oil and grill for 5 minutes on each side.

For The Dip

  1. Mix all the ingredients in a bowl and keep it in the fridge till ready to use

  2. Fennel and Kohlrabi Salad


    A simple julienned fennel and kohlrabi salad recipe with red onion, parsley, and a lemony dressing.

  3. Author: Brooklyn Supper, (adapted from The Frankies Spuntino Kitchen Companion & Cooking Manual by Franks Castronovo and Falcinelli)

  4. Recipe type: Salad

    Makes: two to four


    • 1 small bulb fennel, well-cleaned and trimmed

    • 1 small, tender kohlrabi, peeled and trimmed

    • 1/2 red onion sliced thin into half-moons

    • 1 cup minced flat leaf parsley

    • zest of 1 lemon

    • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil

    • 2 tablespoons lemon juice

    • salt and pepper to taste

    • pinch of red pepper flakes

    • fennel leaves


    1. Julienne the fennel and kohlrabi. Toss with the red onion and parsley. Combine the olive oil and and lemon juice, drizzle on the dressing, and add a few pinches of salt and tons of pepper. Taste, adjust salt and acid levels. Plate and give each serving a good squeeze of lemon juice, a pinch of red pepper flakes, and garnish with parsley and fennel leaves.

    2. Plant sale in Kiryat Yovel, Meir Grunwald Street. All plants are from a container garden, kale, chard, oregano, mint, sage, thyme, dill and tomato plants. Each container is 2.50 NIS. Pick-up on Sunday or Monday of this week. Please contact Shoshana Dale if you are interested


      Fundraising Fashion Show Tuesday April 5th $-6PM Inbal Hotel to benefit Hadassah Department of Neonatology

      To Be Presented By
      Tuesday April 5th, 2016 4pm-6pm
      At the INBAL Hotel
      OSFA Boutique’s fashions
      OSFA-meaning “her collection” is a unique boutique on Derech Beit Lechem 53 in Jerusalem.  Inspirational and friendly atmosphere, cutting edge Israeli designers synthesized with fabulous European imports and moderate prices.
      There will be a raffle with over 20 wonderful prizes
      for NIS 20 per ticket.
      Price of Fashion Show: NIS 180.00
      For reservations please contact:
      Phyllis Levinson or 02-642-1953