Monthly Archives: June 2016

Post 324: July 4th Worthwhile Day Trip.- Why I passed on the Israel Festival, Aryeh Deri has set a plan in motion to render the status of young men coming to study in Yeshivas in Israel equal to the status of those coming to universities, so that they will be able to get official “student” status in their home

I’ll be sharing details of up-coming trips.

So many readers are interested in life in Israel and will be visiting this summer.

4th of July: Celebrate American  Independence! Maybe you last chance!

New Bitmap Image (2)






Spend the morning jeeping from Ibei Nachal and Maale Amos to the edges of the Judean Desert.  Then to Caliber 3 elite shooting range for a tour and special talk just for One Israel Fund by Shai Ish Shalom who participated in the memorable freedom raid at Entebbe exactly 40 years ago today.  On to kibbutz Kfar Etzion for a delicious dairy lunch at the Chamama.

Chamama deserves some description.

chamama = eatifida.  At the table might sit Ruth Gilis. Her husband was murdered over ten years ago on his way back home from taking care of Jews His last patient, I am told, before being killed was actually an Arab in the hospital he worked at. Ever since then, Ruth founded the Pina Chama, the last stop, (a warm hut for the soldiers to take hot drinks in the winter, cold drinks in the summer, eat cookies and cakes when needed during their shifts).

After a dairy lunch, a quick stop at the Naot Teva factory store and the incredible brand New Film Experience of the 1948 War of Independence in Gush Etzion. Pray Mincha where the 3 Boys were kidnapped 2 years ago, then we bring cookies to the Pina Chama for our modern IDF defenders.

We will be leaving from Liberty Bell Parking Lot at 8:15AM, and returning at approximately 6PM.

For More Information: please contact Natalie at or 058-569-6140 (Israel) or Ruthie at or 516-239-9202 x10



Save the Date for later Summer Trips:

Wednesday, August 3rd- Jeeping in Binyamin, Tour of Binyamin region, end the day with wine

Thursday, August 4th- Local Artists Tour- “Buycott the Shomron”

Sunday August 28th- Wine tour in the Shomron

Date : 07-04-2016
Time: 8:15 AM- 6:00 PM
Address: Liberty Bell Parking Lot, Jerusalem

By Shai Landesman Times of Israel
ישיבהפלאש 90

I hope that this measure, if enacted , will apply also to female seminary students.
Minister of the Interior Aryeh Deri has set a plan in motion to render the status of young men coming to study in Yeshivas in Israel equal to the status of those coming to universities, so that they will be able to get official “student” status in their home countries.

In the past, Israeli consulates throughout the world would bestow student status only upon those coming to study in Israeli universities, but not to those coming to study yeshivas. Thus, yeshiva students arrived as tourists and needed to settle their status in immigration and population offices in Israel. That meant returning to Misrad Ha Panin every term.

Yeshiva students will now be able to avoid this process, which is often time-consuming, and continue their studies uninterrupted. It should be noted that until now it was absolutely necessary for yeshiva students to get their official student status in order to be able to extend their stay in the country.

Deri approached the Foreign Ministry, encouraging it to extend to yeshiva students the same benefits enjoyed by students studying in academic institutions. His efforts have borne fruit, and now young men will be able to go to the consulate in their home country, present documentation of their acceptance to yeshivas in Israel, and get their student status prior to their arrival in Israel.

Deri praised the change, saying, “Making the status of yeshiva students equal to that of university students has value in principle, not only in practice. We can’t allow a situation where the status of someone coming to study Torah in Israel is lower than that of someone coming to university.

“The new arrangement gives justice to thousands of Jews, will make their lives a lot easier, and will free up much more time for Torah study, and this is especially important as we near the new Elul term,” added the Minister of the Interior.

Why I think Mount Olympus was trash.

The play, Mount Olympus is an example of excess and extremes, of nudity and obscenity, a lash out at our foundations.

I don’t consider a meticulously planned, controlled, and executed work, the reason to buy a ticket for about $150.00, but an excuse to participate in a lascivious evening.

A huge crowd filled the Sherover Auditorium of the Jerusalem Theatre on Thursday, June 9th. – Shame on the festival’s CEO Eyal Sher and Artistic Director Itzik Giuli for bringing this work to Israel!



Post 325: Visit Tel Aviv and Green Construction – cancelled- Tel Aviv meeting for start-for Foodies – recipe mango salsa

Sorry- The following tour was canceled just as I was editing the post.

Group ConstructionTech is proud to invite you to a special tour of the site Green Park in Tel Aviv.

The tour is designed for development and technology who want to get a look behind the scenes of a building, and project leaders meet

Information and registration on the attached link

Wednesday, June 29, 2016
2:30 PM-6:00P.M.

Campus TLV
Yigal Alon 98
Electra tower, 34th floor
Tel Aviv-Yafo

Good Food, Good Life, Good Partnership: Nestlé’s – startups collaboration guide

Sunday, July 10, 2016

6:30 PM

  • Campus TLV

    Yigal Alon 98
    Electra tower, 34th floor
    Tel Aviv-Yafo (map)


  • The Kitchen is glad to host Ms. Ilanit Kabessa-Cohen, Head of Corporate Innovation & eBusiness Unit Osem – Nestlé IsraelCollaboration between a corporate and a startup is extremely challenging with issues ranging from business compatibility to cultural & emotional sensitivities. In this MeetUp’s lecture “Good Food, Good Life, Good Partnership”, Ilanit will deep dive into Startups – Corporates challenges while exploring Nestlé’s structure, business priorities, and potential collaboration scenarios.

    The Agenda:

    18:30 Networking and Food

    19:00 Good Food, Good Life, Good Partnership: Nestlé’s – startups collaboration guide by Ms. Ilanit Kabessa-Cohen including Q & A

    20:00 Closing

    Ms. Kabessa-Cohen holds the position of Nestlé Israel – Osem Group Innovation Manager in the last 6 years. This role is the first within Osem – Nestlé corporate and one of few in Nestlé’s. Her work includes guiding the Company’s business units on the development of their innovation pipelines (new products & marketing innovation), methodological development, and technological collaborations. Ilanit is Nestlé’s headquarter point of contact within the Israeli high-tech scene, in charge of scouting and nurturing contacts with startups, hi-tech companies & universities. She is also responsible for Nestlé /startups pilots & collaboration plans.

Mango Salsa:


  • 1 ripe mango diced into ¼ inch pieces (see How to Pick and Cut the Best Mangoes)

  • 2 Tablespoons red onion, chopped

  • ½ Jalapeno pepper, minced (for mild, cut stem off, slice in half lengthwise, spoon out seeds and veins; for more heat, leave veins/seeds in)

  • 1 Tablespoon cilantro, chopped

  • 1 teaspoon olive oil

  • 2 teaspoons lime juice

  • ½ teaspoon balsamic vinegar


  1. Combine ingredients into a bowl and mix. Let chill for 1 hour before serving.

For More Great Low-Sodium Recipes, Please Visit !

From our local Councilman Offir Lang:

I would like to update you on several important issues relating to the heart of your neighborhood: As you know, volunteers have a strong presence in the hospitals and schools. The following describes ways residents participate in monitoring what they perceive as problems.


1) Mapping residents parking   Further meetings of the committees

A) We, the Community Administration of the city center are mapping the areas neighborhoods of the city center,where you can find parking potential benefit of the residents (eg, places of loading and unloading can turn in favor of parking after noon, stations that are not in use etc). We appreciate very much if you help us in promoting mapping and fill out the questionnaire attached important link:

If you are interested to take part in physical activity and environmental in your location, you are welcome to contact us:

Committee Chairman physical Downtown, Mr Joseph Markowitz. Email:

Committee Chairman physical Nahlaot, Mr. Yossi logged in. Email:

B)ExpansionPatrol Parents – We are currently setting up parent patrols in the Nahlaot neighborhood and the city center as well as major entertainment places.   Patrol will primarily be at night on weekends in reducing violence, hazards and other risk behaviors. We see this important community project and are looking for volunteers. For details and to join, please contact the Youth Unit of Administration

C)  Cleaning  – This week, the committee met and physical environment of downtown is discussing state of cleanliness in neighborhoods. Thanks to all residents and representatives of the Jerusalem municipality sanitation department and supervision all participated in the meeting. Physical committees of the city center and Nahlaot will continue to engage on this issue until a suitable solution which will give heart of the city neighborhoods.

D)Project Fliismiiking ( “Create Place”) in the city center  I am pleased to inform you that in the near City Center Community Administration will conduct in cooperation with ‘Eden’ workshop of residents and professionals to locate different places in the city center which can develop, design and upgrade. This workshop can bring insights, needs and proposals for the development of the space where the residents live in the city center.Proposals received will be funded by the municipal system and will be carried out by professionals and it has been during the next six months.Come and take part in promoting your neighborhood. The first meeting will be held on 10/07/2016 after noon. Exact details will be delivered later.

E) Submission of objections to the construction area Laboratory School. Jerusalem Municipality recently announced the construction program of a Laboratory School in the area, which means the evacuation of a local school and the expropriation in favor of private and commercial building. After a comprehensive review of the program, Community Administration Lev finds that this will cause injury to the unique character of downtown, residents, merchants, youth and families of the school children. Resistance detailed plan will be submitted next week to the Jerusalem municipality.

F) green projects – Lev Ha’ir Community Administration continues to lead a number of green projects in neighborhoods in the city center, including cultivating community gardens, planters distribution and promotion operations which contribute to the community public space and Environment neighborhoods of the city center. In the near future we will also be installing signs in maintaining peace and cleanlinessaround the neighborhood to develop good neighborly relations. If you also have community initiatives will be happy to put them in our programs.


 I wish on behalf of management and staff much success in the new community administration manager, Eyal mine, and thank the outgoing Director Mr. Vicky HARLAP all dedicated work over the years.
We are at your disposal on every issue,
Dr. Ofir Lang
Community Authority Chairman Lev


Post 323:International Mamanet-teen sport for moms Started in Israel plans Seminar in Vienna Emuna *White* *Elephant* *Sale* *Wednesday, June 29, 2016, 10 – 4* *Thursday, June 30, 2016, 10 – 2* 6 Arlosorov St. between Ramban and Ben Maimon St.What tje Blue Parking signs mean? Jerusalem City site offers culural programing and empoyment assistance for over 60’s

International Mamanet-began in Israel as a sport for moms, now plans Seminar in Vienna.

What is Mamanet?

The Israeli Mamanet (Newcombe) league is the largest social – sports project specifically for moms.  The Mamanet League was established in 2005 and has since spread to thousands of players all across the country.  Mamanet is the only sports league for mothers of its kind in Israel. Mamanet allows moms to relive their younger days as athletes, or experience being part of a sports league for the first time.  The league is associated with their children’s elementary, junior high and high schools, so that the entire project is community based.

Newcombe in a basketball court is where one plays Mamanet. As such it is a team competitive ball game based on the laws of volleyball and takes place on a plot identical to that of Volleyball (9×9 m) with a fundamental difference – in newcombe the ball is delivered and caught   instead of hitting it – this allows women of all ages and all fitness fit into the game.


Save the date for the first International Mamanet Seminar in Austria / Vienna, September 1-4, 2016.  Invited are all active CSIT (an association of amateur athletes) member unions and in particular those who are interested to plan starting with national Mamanet activities.
Mamanet Austria Secretary General Sissi Speiser and founder Ofra Abramovic (Israel) are looking forward to welcoming you in Vienna, one of the most beautiful cities of the world!  The official invitation will follow soon!  In case of further questions please do not hesitate to contact Mamanet Austria via directly or the CSIT Office.



Emuna *White* *Elephant* *Sale*

*Wednesday, June 29, 2016, 10 – 4*

*Thursday, June 30, 2016, 10 – 2*

6 Arlosorov St.

between Ramban and Ben Maimon St.

Judaica, decorative & household goods, kitchenware, books, art, jewelry,
DVD’s, toys,

linens (table, bed & bath), hats, purses,

and much, much more!

*Proceeds For Emunah’s Children’s Fund*

What does this blue sign mean? It means that if you park illegally your infraction is on camera and you will not see a summons but it will be on record.

Enforcement cameras were placed at central locations in the city and will document severe, dangerous parking violations, as part of the process to improve the issue of parking in the city and streamline the finding of parking spots.

Starting this week, the Jerusalem Municipality will operate advanced enforcements systems based upon video surveillance, with the goal of preventing severe parking violations in the city’s main transportation arteries. These are offenses that cause significant danger to human lives, disrupt traffic, and endanger those on the road.

The cameras will document severe parking violations, such as blocking of routes, parking on sidewalks or crosswalks, in handicapped spots or bus stops, double parking, and stopping in forbidden zones. Additionally, special emphasis will be placed on ensuring parking availability to the disabled and reducing vehicle stoppages adjacent to light rail stops, which endangers pedestrians. The goal of the project, which is being carried out by the “Safer Place” company, is to eliminate severe instances of parking violations, which produce injuries, traffic jams and heavy traffic, and endanger pedestrians and drivers. This is part of the process of introducing new technologies to improve parking across the city, with the goal of allowing residents and visitors to find places efficiently and easily.

In the first stage, a permanent camera will be fixed on Pierre Koenig Street, next to Hadar Mall, and a patrol vehicle will be operated overtly by parking attendants across the city. In proximity to fixed cameras, appropriate signage will be displayed alerting to the area of increased enforcement. In the project’s first weeks—from May 8-22, 2016—drivers that perform violations received warnings. After May 22, 2016, tickets are given for parking violations. The traffic violations will be photographed, and the tickets will be sent to residents’ homes. Under this framework, two pilot programs will begin shortly.

One, is a pilot using the “ParKam” application, for locating and routing people to open parking spots using the cameras deployed in the streets in real-time. The pilot will be carried out on the following streets: Shammai, Hillel, Ben Sira, Meir Shacham, and Rabbi Akiva. You will be able to use the application to locate the nearest parking spots to the driver’s destination, to navigate to them in real-time, and to receive alerts along the drive regarding the parking situation. In the event the parking place is taken—the application will navigate the user to the next closest parking spot to their destination, and will help them navigate by foot back to the car. The second pilot for finding parking will take place using sensors and an application in the Emek Refaim area. Upon completion of the open call (during the month of May), the pilot will take place in the Emek Refaim area.

Festival of Artists with Special Needs

Tsamid Festival will take place between 19-24.06.16, a variety of performances by artists with disabilities –  theater, dance, music, conferences and Artists Fair


The tenth Festival of “Artists with Special Needs” of Jerusalem featuring performances by artists with special needs.

Join hundreds of artists with disabilities as they showcase their talents for 11 at the beginning of summer at the annual Jerusalem Tzamid Artists Festival, sponsored by municipality’s culture and leisure administration’s special needs division.

The festival aims to give artists with disabilities a platform for exposure to the general public, staging over 40 events and performances at venues throughout the city, typically sometime around June.



Local artists with disabilities take the stage to perform a tribute to the famous Israeli band, Ethnix, and open the Tzamid festivities. The culture minister and Mayor Nir Barkat will be on hand to kick things off.

Where: Jerusalem Theater, 20 David Marcus Street, Jerusalem
When: June 19, 2016 at 7:30 pm
Tickets: 02-629-5896


Check out the works of Jerusalem’s artists with disabilities community, and feel free to buy if you see anything you like.

Where: Safra Square, Jerusalem
When: June 21, 2016 from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm


A unique dance performance featuring 20 women in wheelchairs

Where: The Jerusalem Theater, 20 David Marcus Street, Jerusalem
When: June 21, 2016 at 8:00 pm
Tickets: 02-560-05757


A singing and dancing performance of the classic story of Dorothy and her 4 companions by 250 children with disabilities

Where: Binyanei Hauma International Convention Center, Jerusalem
When: June 22, 2016 at 6:00 pm
Tickets: 02-651-9555


Where: Locations around Jerusalem
When: June 19-24, 2016

Photographs courtesy of Tzamid Festival

Theater, dance, music, conferences and an artists’ fair will take place all over the city of Jerusalem.
Between  June 19th – June 24th, 2015 the tenth festival of artists with special needs, an extraordinary cultural project which offers a dignified stage for a variety of artists with special needs and a new cultural and empowering dialogue between the artists and their audience. The festival is an initiative and production by the department for special needs  of the municipality of Jerusalem and represents an important activity of the city for the promotion of tolerance and acceptance for others in Israeli society.

Employment over 60?

Post 322: Our Glorious Flowers-infants on Rechove King George-Should you keep your goals to yourself? And my never-ending search for components to my “Get you out of the TRENCHES” exercise – spicy mixed lentils by Pereg, What a Trampoline Park!- Olim Perform in Northern Israel

My post today  has a common thread. What may be considered unusual and daring in another city is not considered such in Jerusalem. Like the babies out for a stroll, and the young father in front of me who carries a hand-gun in the  right side of his belt. I see many men whose belt is worn and stretched on the right side in the back, revealing the impression that years of carrying around a hand gun will do to a belt.


If you enlarge the photo you will see a worker standing at the top of a very long extension ladder. It’s my guess that in the States a worker would be hanging from an intricate scaffold.

This morning after exercise I spotted our glorious flowers. Perhaps you recognize the spot in Mirkaz Ha”Ir, Rechove King George in front of the Paz gas office.wp-1466168117586.jpeg

img_20160617_104457.jpgWould precious babies -nine of them with 2 caretakers be out for a walk on Central Park West? They are show-cased here in the ubiquitous playpens on wheels that you see in any Israel gan specializing in the care of infants and toddlers. And they were enjoying their stroll.

Now I see private babysitters have the crib prams  too. Yes,  Israelis are in the business of having babies.

This morning I asked my Google tool to search a question. Should you keep your goals to yourself?

Save the time that you would spend watching and listening to Derek Sivers

 In answer to the question: Should you keep your goals to yourself. Research has shown that you should zip up your mouth because energy expended in talking dissipates the mega doses of energy required to reach the goal.

I like to use the comparison, when you open that bottle of soda, it is never the same.

This is a handle that I am searching for in Israel. Doesn’t seem like such a big thing. However, for many reasons, companies don’t have the personnel for the “small” customer like me. Call me relentless.






The company that makes the handle that I am looking for.

 I understand that the following show is performed two hours outside of Jerusalem. When I requested more details I received this note:

 Dear Ida

Thank you for your enquiry. The show is actually in Ma’alot, which is 2 hours driving north of Jerusalem. We will be bringing shows to Jerusalem soon and we’ll be sure to let you know when we do.

All the best

Grant & Daniella Crankshaw

0523 748 996

I guess Jerusalem is Israel’s Broadway!

What can you get for NIS 50 these days?
How about a fun, energetic show filled with known Broadway songs and incredible dance routines wrapped around a funny story?
That’s exactly what you get with “Ze Broadway, Buba!”. Come and support a talented group of professional Olim actors who are coming to the Heichal Hatarbut in Ma’alot on the 16th of June at 8.30p.m

z broadway Bubba: in Hebrew

זה ברודווי בובה 16/06/2016


Check out this Israel Trampoline Park and the playground  link that follows. Israelis do play hard.

The link above gets you to a home page  of the Ganit company. and then select the lower left arrow for a  U-Tube segment of the most fantastic off the Walls gym park I have ever seem. I plan to (B’H) call the company and find out the park’s location. The actors in the U-Tube appear to be professional gymnasts.

Lentils, Kale Sweet Potatoes

Kale in pieces

Autumn Lentils with Kale from Pereg


Autumn Lentils with Sweet Potatoes and Kale

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Serves: 4, 1 ¼ cup servings



·      2 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

·      1/4 cup white onion, small diced

·      1 large carrot, peeled and small diced, about ½ cup

·      1 pound sweet potato, peeled and diced into ¼ inch cubes (about 2 cups)

·      1 clove garlic, minced

·      1 teaspoon cumin

·      ½ teaspoon allspice

·      1 cup Pereg Gourmet Autumn Blend Lentils, or your own combination, rinsed. There doesn’t appear to be any other ingredients in the box.

 2 1/3 cups vegetable stock·

3 cups dinosaur kale, washed well, de-stemmed and cup into pieces


Salt, allspice to taste

·      ½ cup cilantro, minced

·      Pita bread for serving


Directions (include ingredients and vary according to your taste. Can be served hot or cold.)

1.     Heat extra virgin olive oil in a 4-quart heavy saucepan or Dutch oven over medium heat. Add onion, carrot and sweet potato (chopped) with ¼ teaspoon salt and sauté until the onions are translucent and carrots and sweet potatoes and slightly soft, stirring occasionally, about 7 minutes. Then add garlic, cumin and all spice, stir and cook for one more minute.

2.     Add lentils and stock to 1 inch over top of lentils and bring to a boil. Lower heat to medium low and simmer uncovered for 20-30 minutes or until lentils are tender and have absorbed most of the liquid. Add extra stock if needed. Season with salt to taste. Stir in kale and cook until kale wilts.Garnish with cilantro and serve with pita bread.

Post 321; 13th Annual English – Women’s Speakers Getaway 2016! Macrobiotic bulgher salad with recipe for almond cheese

Tue Jun 14, 2016 12:46 am (PDT) . Posted by:

“B. Weiss”


*Join Bassya and Adina on the 13th Annual English-Speaking
Women’s Getaway!!!*

Tuesday June 28, 2016 – Thursday June 30, 2016
22-24 Sivan 5776

*Kinar Hotel, Galil*
2 nights full board (Eidah Chareidis, Shmitah l’Chumra) in a luxury hotel
(pool with female lifeguard), women’s beach open all day long in walking
distance, live entertainment, inspiring guest speakers, fun workshops,
unbeatable price. I joined this group for thir first escapade. Lot’s of fun.

*Book your place NOW!! Rooms are going fast! *
For details call Bassya 02 585 2297 or email Adina at

Pereg, the famous spice seller in the shuk has a very interesting site for recipes in English,

I tried to access the Hebrew one, and next time that I am at the shuk I’ll ask for help in the store. The salad recipe below is inspired by the English site.

Modifications: Since I try not use salty cheese you are encouraged to soak and use natural almonds as indicated in an earlier post and repeated here.

Greek Couscous/bulgher Salad

Greek Couscous/bulgher  Salad

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Serves: 8, 1/2-cup servings



·      1 ½ cups water

·      1 cup  Couscous or bulgher 

·      1/2 teaspoon salt plus 1/8 teaspoon, divided or omit

·      3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil plus 1 teaspoon, divided

·      1 cup cherry tomatoes, quartered cubed

·      1 cup cucumber (1 small), deseeded and small diced

·      ½ cup halved pitted kalamata olives, minced or omit- use Israel salt substitute

·      ¼ cup red onions, diced or red onions

·      2 tablespoons lemon juice

·      Crushed black pepper

·      Toasted pine nuts

·      1 tablespoon fresh mint, minced

·      2 tablespoons crumbled feta cheese, or almond cheese substitute.

·      1 tablespoon toasted pine nuts (optional)


1.     In a large saucepan, bring water to a boil, add 1/8 teaspoon salt and 1 teaspoon extra olive oil. Then add couscous and stir. Cover with a lid and remove from heat. Let couscous steam for five minutes.

2.     Fluff with a fork and let cool.

3.     In large bowl, combine tomatoes, cucumber, olives/ or omit, red onions and then stir in couscous.

4.     In small bowl, whisk together lemon juice, remaining oil and salt, black pepper until well blended. Toss with couscous mixture and chill in the refrigerator until ready to serve. I generally stir in the lemon with the boiling water. I like the grain very dry. Garnish with fresh mint, feta and pine nuts right before serving. I also hold the oil until the end and adjust the quantity.

Almond Cheese: Most recipes for homemade almond cheese call for soaking the blanched almonds in cold water for 24 hours before making the cheese. I have made this cheese with almonds that I soaked and with almonds that were un-soaked and noticed very little difference in the final product. The cheese made with soaked almonds was perhaps slightly creamier. And the almonds start to sprout rendering them larger. So why bother soaking the almonds?

It is thought that soaking almonds ( and soaking other nuts and seeds) makes them easier to digest and makes it easier to absorb their nutrients. If you choose to soak the almonds before making this recipe, begin the night before. Place the almonds in a glass bowl or jar and cover completely with water. Cover the bowl or jar and refrigerate for 24 hours. Drain and rinse the almonds well.

Making the Lactose Free Almond Cheese

Put the almonds in a food processor or high-powered blender with the lemon juice, olive oil, salt and water. Blend until very smooth. This will take awhile, about 5 minutes.

Scrape the mixture into double-layered cheesecloth lining a colander. Gather the cheesecloth tightly around the almond mixture and secure into a bundle by using a rubber band or string to tie the top. Give the bundle a few gentle squeezes to remove liquid.

Leave the bundle in the colander and place in the refrigerator overnight over a bowl or rimmed plate to catch any liquid that might drain. You can also use a french white heart shaped porcelain bain-marie, by Apilco. This use allows you to soak, drain and pat dry. img_20160615_145151.jpg

Refrigerate for at least 12 hours. This helps the texture of the cheese become firmer. The holes in the bottom permit you to keep adding fresh water to cover . The the bath in another glass baking dish.

Discard any liquid that drains out. Carefully peel the cheesecloth off of the almond “cheese”. The “cheese” will have a consistency similar to cookie dough.

At this point, the almond cheese can be eaten as a spread or it can be gently shaped into a round about 3/4-inch thick and baked at 300 F for 30-40 minutes. After baking, the top will be dry and slightly firm. The inside will still be creamy.

Flavoring the Cheese

The cheese can be flavored by adding seasonings such as fresh garlic, fresh herbs and spices. Some recipes flavor the cheese with nutritional yeast. You can add these ingredients at the beginning when you are blending ingredients. Now the block is prepared for your bulgher salad


Post 320: Tuesday morning Halaka shiur in Shaere Chesed, which started on June 7th -International Iyengar Yoga Day. June 21st.

I’ll be providing several links in this post. I would like to duplicate the various fliers and announcements that I want to pass on. The best that I can do is provide links.

1-The first is an announcement regarding a

Tuesday morning Halaka shiur in Shaere Chesed, which started on June 7th.

יום היוגה הבינ”ל The second link is to Internation Israel 2016| דלת פתוחה לאיינגאר יוגה International Day of Yoga 2016 at

תודה על הרשמתכם! להתראות. Registration form for all the activities of the week of June 19th follows:

Hope to see you at some of the Yoga offerings!


Post 319: Meeting about adolescent diabetes, Rambam Medical center, blow by blow of Shavuot preparations, blueberry cheesecake from post 237-the blueberries


I don’t know if any of my readers would be interested in the following conference. It’s focus, from my very limited understanding is determining early stages of Diabetes, and the detection of Type 1 in adolescents. I recall when a friend, who is now in his 70’s was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes when he was 20. That friend had not the diagnostic tools that available now.

On Tuesday, the -21.6.16, at 09:30 in Spencer, Rambam Medical Center announces a Scientific Meeting on

the subject: new tests to improve the treatment of patients with diabetes

Get to know the scientific facts about testing and checking Hftoglobin type of endothelial dysfunction in patients with diabetes, which is a Type 1 diabetes found in adolescents

Is it important for you to know whom to address diabetes patients at higher risk of developing complications Makrooskolriim?

Do you know enough about the benefits of vitamin E treatment of diabetic patients with type Hftoglobin 2-2, which is a risk factor for

is a risk factor for type 2 diabetes in Ghana.?
How do we assess endothelial function in diabetics? Is this measure will affect the therapeutic approach?

Rambam Medical Center invites you to the symposium, including the presentation of scientific facts
And a panel of experts about the clinical application


9: 30-10: 00 Registration and refreshments
Moderator: Prof. Naim Shehadeh
10: 00-10: 10 Greetings
Prof. Karl Skorecki, head of Medicine, Rambam
Prof. Itamar Raz, head of the National Council for diabetes
Dr. Deeb Daoud-Nakash, executive director, Institute of Endocrinology and Diabetes, Rambam

10: 10-11: 00 Haptoglobin genotyping in risk stratification and prevention of diabetic cardiovascular disease
Professor Andrew Levy of the Faculty of Medicine Bruce Rappaport, Technion

11: 00-11: 45 endothelial function testing method Peripheral Arterial) PAT)
Prof. Amir Lerman, guest speaker, Mayo Clinic, Minnesota, USA

11: 45-12: 15 Using ultrasound to determine endothelial function
Dr. Mariana Yaron, a senior physician diagnosis unit vascular disorders Endocrinology Institute – Sourasky Medical Center, Tel Aviv

12: 15-13: 00 Panel of experts
Prof. Itamar Raz, head of the National Council for diabetes
Prof. Avraham Karasik, Director of Endocrinology and Diabetes Institute, Sheba Medical Center, Tel Hashomer
Dr. Riyadh Mahameed, Senior Physician, Department of Internal Thursday, Endocrinology and Diabetes Institute, Rambam
Dr. Michal Grsinski, a specialist in endocrinology and diabetes, general health services
Dr. Irit Hochberg, head of the super committee to balance inpatient diabetes, Endocrinology and Diabetes Institute, Rambam

Participation is free, but we ask you to announce your participation by or phone: 04-7771606

Arrival: Haifa Bat Galim Railway Station 5 minutes’ walk Rambam
For those arriving by car can park in the underground garage fee Rambam Street, the second wave 8, Haifa

MEDICAL EXPO | PO Box 53378 | Tel Aviv | 61534 | Israel | 03-7650500Refried Beans-A great pre-holiday dish to prepare for an easy lunch.

Refried bean:

1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 medium onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon ancho chili powder, or other chili powder
1 (15-ounce) can pinto beans, preferably low-sodium, drained and rinsed or my leftovers black eyed beans
2/3 cup low-sodium chicken broth, plus more if needed/pareve broth
Salt and pepper
2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro leaves
Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the onion and cook until tender, about 3 minutes. Stir in the garlic and chili powder and cook for 1 minute more. Stir in the beans and chicken/pareve broth and cook until the beans are warmed through, about 5 minutes. Mash the beans coarsely with the back of a wooden spoon, adding more  broth to moisten, if needed. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Stir in the cilantro.
2006, Ellie Krieger, All Rights Reserved

Read more at:

Tonight, Thursday and Friday 6:30 A.M. much preparation is done:

I’ve included my menus for the holiday, and what remains to be done.

Before Night 1, Preparations are done for 3 days. I will have guests and so will have a 1 day holiday and serve friends from America. Theoretically, I just need to prepare for Shabat and one day of Yom Tov.

Friday night:

challa, salatim: tomatoes/parsley /cucumbers with tahina), spicy salmon and talapia, poached chicken with mushrooms. Friday prepare the fish and chicken so they are not dry,

Side dishes: Roasted vegetables: pepper, squash, pumpkin, mushrooms, cole slaw, vegetable lasagne, zucchini. cucumber salad, carrot apple muffins,

Dessert: cookies, compote with plums, cherries, blueberries, nectarine topped with coconut.
Alternate vegetarian: Spicy Tofu, mushrooms, spinach/tofu lasagne (to prepare on Friday).refried beans, cake melon, Frozen fruit

Shabas lunch, (Dairy) lasagna, fish, roasted vegetables, potato salad. Add roasted broccoli and cauliflower, celery, potato salad, fish, Friday leftovers, ricotta goat cheese cheese cake, cole slaw, couscous

Motze Shabat I plan a “modified” stir fry. Frozen edamame, broccoli, peas, 1/2 potato sliced thin, raw red pepper, onion, slivers of carrots, celery, tomatoes, mushrooms, sesame seeds, sunflower seeds. Adding sesame oil and the dish should be very satisfying to a diabetic:

1. Started with large saucepan ( you can use a wok) with bottom coated with olive oil

2. Added roasted garlic and some miso broth to the pan and added the raw vegetables Steamed a few minutes, and added the cooked vegetables

3. Added the remaining seeds At the table added sesame oil.

4. It had the starch of the potato, and the crunch of the seeds.

Sat night-meat  stew Lasagna( Pareve) fish, cole slaw,
Sunday day-Lasagna, fish, tofu cheese spinach quiche stew/chicken/cheese spinach kugel depends if we feel like eating dairy or meat

Sunday night – all of the above plus lentil
Soup, chicken

Monday lunch – stew for guests and above
Add in cream Greek yogurt with cucumbers and dill‎

Another nice dish for before a holiday

My Falafal tweeked from Joan Nathan

  • 1 cooked leftover beans
  • 1/2 large onion, roughly chopped (about 1 cup)
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh parsley
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2-1 teaspoon dried hot red pepper
  • 4 cloves of garlic
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 4-6 tablespoons flour
  • Prepare balls the night before and use up bake or fry

Post 318: Shurat Ha Din Law Conferebce- June 20-21 Temach Conference- Monday June 27th Jerusalem

I wrote in Post 112 that the Israeli NGO, Shurat Ha Din hosted 70 lawyers from 7 countries in a conference to counteract BDS (The Jerusalem Post| June 29, 2015). Information on the up-coming conference (June 20-21st



) is available thru I was invited and will attend. If you are active with the Organization Women in Green, you are also offered an invitation: 

I can extend the same free invitation to the Women in Green group (and spouses). Please have them email me directly with their reservation and indicate they are with women in green. One caveat – we may need to close the offer as we get fuller, so please have them email me asap in the next few of days. It’s important people register in the next few days and that they tell me from which organization they are from. While space is available, we welcome spouses as well.

From: Rachel Weiser <>
Date: Tue, Jun 7, 2016 at 9:28 AM
Subject: RE: The Shurat Hadin conference

Registration for the Temech Conference is underway, with early bird registration ending right after Shavuos!


Want to participate in our innovative networking avenue? Sign up now to reserve your place.


Stand to Gain!

  • Gain by hearing about companies who built billion dollar businesses from nothing, with lecturer Emma Butin

  • Gain a large and lucrative email list with Rav Yosef Levy, the Marketing Rabbi

  • Gain a work-life balance with Chani Horowitz of Horowitz Group

  • Gain profit with a whole new way to network


Looking forward to seeing you, Monday 21 Sivan ,June 27, at 9 AM at the Ramada Hotel in Jerusalem!


9:30 – Rabbi Friedman Rebbe: Torah and Training Own Business – practice.

10:00 – Rabbi Asher Sapir: The challenge: make a business decision.

11:00 – Emma Botin “learn from arriving within a billion years how to promote your business products”

12:00 – bilingual networking activities in three zones.

13:30 Lunch -eating

14:30: choice – practical content workshops to meet your profits!

16:00: plenum end and an agreement with the Attorney Oded Levinson – serves the economic cornerstone media.

Telephone registration: 073-2767286

Tickets conference:

Subsidized cost: NIS 290

Particularly subsidized cost: NIS 170 – only early registration





Post 317: ESRA trip Shavuot Smorgasbord – Carrot fruit muffins

Now that summer is here, I’ll be sharing promising group trips with you.

ESRA trip Shavuot Smorgasbord

Event Date and Time:

08 June, 7:00

ESRA Bus Trip

A Shavuot Smorgasbord   – a visit to 3 places of local and seasonal interest

Inline image 1

  • The Buffalo Farm on Moshav Bitzaron between Ashdod and Gedera. Learn all about ‎the raising of buffalo in Israel and making kosher mozzarella in particular. Opportunity to taste their variety of cheeses and yoghurts .‎

Inline image 2

  • The ‎Floroz Garden Centre at the Shilat Junction, Modi’in.‎ We will be able to hear about the cultivation of their ‎magnificent roses that inspire poetry and are a symbol of love.

  • The Aladdin Organic Olive Farm – including a tour around the farm ‎to hear all about olives, the oil press, olive oil, free-range chickens, medicinal herbs, etc. ‎ We will also be able to enjoy pita from the taboun with hummous or labana, together with a herb infusion, natural ‎lemonade and tea or coffee.


The trip is only suitable for participants who are in good health and do not need assistance.
Participants need to be able to stand for long periods ‎and walk on rough terrain.


Pick-up Points:
08:00    Ra’anana – opposite Ahuzat Bayit on Derech Ha’park
08:45    Tel Aviv – Arlosoroff Train Station – by SIXT car rental

Contact Name:

ESRA Beit Fisher


I am a former mathematics (High School Teacher). I follow one math blog. Try not to be intimidated by the content in a math blog, verses the glossy photos in a food blog. Yes, the math blog is a little like the old Calculus 1 Course. Study the model example. Is that so different from following a recipe?

One is limited in following a recipe if one is a raw beginner. There are assumptions and one is offered a framework. The following article provides testimony to the circular chat that math folks do. It is quite funny.

The same blog offered the ready an article called Rejection.  Dick Lipton and Ken Regan are the authors. All academics are required to publish and if articles are not accepted by particular journals, then panic can set in. A review of a book:

“In spite of the incredible reputation of the book, I could not find in it a single important doctrine that was both true and original. What is original in the book is not true, and what is true is not original. In fact, even most of the major errors in the book are not original, but can be found in a score of previous writers.”

Now, I ask you, cannot this criticism  be  voiced at our presidential candidates? Why is it that I can hear William F. Buckley shouting the criticism from his grave? True and Original, need to remember that.


The following is very cute:

Hebrew commercial for lowering salt intake and eating healthy foods

Raisin-Carrot Muffins

Raisin-Carrot Muffins

  • Makes: 16 servings
  • Serving Size: 1 muffin
  • Carb Grams Per Serving: 24
From Diabetic Living
  • 2/3 cup golden raisins or dried currants
  • 1/2 cup boiling water
  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/3 cup toasted wheat germ/ground flax seed
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 egg
  • 1 1/4 cups buttermilk/pareve substitute
  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar or brown sugar substitute* equivalent to 1/3 cup brown  or 2/3 cup shredded apple,- or  puried fruit on hand, you can add even more if you shred the apples and squeeze out the juice and then chop.
  • 1/4 cup cooking oil
  • 1 cup finely shredded carrot
  • Ground cinnamon


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degree F. In a small bowl, combine raisins and boiling water; set aside. Coat sixteen 2-1/2-inch muffin cups with cooking spray or line with paper bake cups; set aside.

  2. In a medium bowl, stir together all-purpose flour, whole wheat flour, wheat germ, or ground flax meal, bakingpowder, baking soda, salt, and the 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon. Make a well in the center.

  3. In a small bowl, beat egg slightly; stir in buttermilk, brown sugar or substitute, and oil. Add all at once to flour mixture; stir just until moistened (the batter should be lumpy). Drain raisins. Gently fold raisins and shredded carrot into batter. I added the dry ingredients to the combined fruit plus batter.

  4. Spoon batter evenly into prepared muffin cups, filling each cup two-thirds full. I weigh out 85 grams. Sprinkle with additional cinnamon.

  5. Bake for 18 to 20 minutes or until golden. Cool in muffin cups on a wire rack for 5 minutes. Remove from cups. Serve warm. Makes 16 muffins.

  6. Tip

  • *Sugar Substitute: Choose from Sweet ‘N Low Brown or Sugar Twin Granulated Brown. Follow package directions to use product amount that’s equivalent to 1/3 cup brown sugar.

Nutrition Facts Per Serving:

Servings Per Recipe: 16
PER SERVING: 146 cal., 4 g total fat (1 g sat. fat), 14 mg chol., 168 mg sodium, 24 g carb. (2 g fiber), 4 g pro.


For blog writers, gleaned from rejection letters: what you write may sound original but not be true, and what is true  may not be original and the goal is to be original and true and why have I heard that before?

Post 316: Events this week at the Community Center Centrum Chabad Rosh Chodesh for Women:Mizmor l’David is joining together with Chabad women of Baka for a joint Rosh Chodesh Sivan event on Monday June 6th. SPA FOR THE SOUL ! Shavuos Women¹s Learning in the Rova 12:15 AM Rav Gavriel Sassoon 2:15 AM Rbtzn. Tziporah Heller At the Matnas (Comm. Center) Rehov Misgav Ladach Refreshments – Grilled Tofu – Lee’s Hoisin Sauce Recipe from It’s All Good by Gwyneth Paltrwo See more at:

Document-pag ...

Saudi Aimforobiztzih Cafe Hdrta!

Lane improvisation “Aimfroslim – JLMprov” Displaying evening improv games birthday of the city’s one and only.

Starring talents Jerusalem and suggestions, your ideas and you yourself!

The event will be held at the cafe Hdrta, on Sunday, -5.6.16 at 19:30.

Additional information on the website of the administration or on the event pageon Facebook

Please join Ladies for Spa for the Soul 2016: A Rosh Chodesh Sivan Women’s Gathering hosted by Chabad of Baka Women’s Circle and Mizmor Le’David on Monday, June 6th from 7:30-10pm at Nachum Shadmi 2 in Arnona

Essentially Me will provide Mini Manicures with Danielle and Eyebrow Shaping with Batyah along with a range of spa treatments and consultations from other talented women including: Matchmaking & Relationship Coaching, Thai Massage, Chinese Medicine, Body-Mind Therapy, Shiatsu and more! Plus an an inspiring shiur presented by Rebbetzin Nechama Dina Hendel of Chabad of Baka – Beit Levi on “Ruth: Feminine Empowerment,” “Yoga Torah” with Diane Bloomfield, and Dairy Desserts in honor of Shavuout.

There is a suggested donation of ₪30 for this event and all proceeds of the evening will benefit the Friendship Circle of South Jerusalem and Mizmor LeDavid’s Elderly Fund. To RSVP please email and to view the event page on facebook click on the link below:

We hope to see you there!

Essentially Me's photo.

Shavuos Women¹s Learning in the Rova
12:15 AM Rav Gavriel Sassoon
2:15 AM Rbtzn. Tziporah Heller
At the Matnas (Comm. Center)
Rehov Misgav Ladach


INGREDIENT grilled Tofu

1 block extra firm tofu, well pressed

    • 1/2 cup hoisin sauce* see home-made after recipe

    • 1 tbsp soy sauce

    • 3 tbsp rice wine vinegar

    • 1 tbsp lime juice

    • 1/2 tsp garlic powder

First, prepare your tofu. Like most vegan tofu recipes, this one will taste best if you press the tofu first. Not sure how to do that? See this easy step-by-step guide:

Next, carefully slice your tofu into 1-inch thick cubes or strips. If you’re using skewers, cubes are best, but if you’ll be placing your tofu directly on your grill, larger strips are better.

Whisk together all the ingredients, except tofu, and place in a shallow dish.

Place the tofu in the dish and spoon some of the marinate on top of the tofu. Allow the tofu to marinade for at least one hour, turning once or spooning more marinade over the top. You can also use a zip-lock bag instead of a dish.

Lightly grease your gill and cook tofu over medium flame for 6-7 minutes on each side, basting with extra hoisin sauce marinade.

Lee’s Hoisin Sauce Recipe from It’s All Good  by Gwyneth Paltrwo
(Can be shared with kids 6+ mos)*
Makes about 1 cup

1 tablespoon neutral oil (like canola, grapeseed, or safflower oil)
1 large garlic clove, minced
1/2 teaspoon Chinese five-spice powder
1/2 cup red miso paste
1/2 cup maple syrup-I use cooked preserves
2 tablespoons brown rice vinegar (I used standard rice vinegar)

1. Heat the oil in a small saucepan over medium heat. Add the garlic and five-spice powder and cook for about 30 seconds, until fragrant.

2. Whisk in the remaining ingredients, bring to a boil, and cook, whisking or stirring constantly, for 3 to 4 minutes, or until slightly thickened. Let the sauce cool before using. It keeps well in the refrigerator for a few days.

*Note: Small amounts of this flavorful condiment can safely be shared with eaters as young as 6-months-old. Just keep in mind that miso is quite salty and also that baby’s taste buds are more sensitive than ours. A little of this hoisin will go a long way with little eaters. Consider mixing it into brown rice with flaked fish, pureeing with fresh sautéed snap peas or green beans, or adding to any other simple vegetable or grain puree.

– See more at: