I’d like to attend one or two of these programs. It is a must to register:
It all depends if the workers are out our apartment. We are till in the throws of renovation and next weeks painter, carpenter, plumber, electrician and cleanup., all sent by the Kablan of my upstairs neighbor.. May Hashem bless his soul.
The thread through this post is realizing that the old can be made new.
Recharge, unite, and empower at Aish HaTorah’s Yarchei Kallah. This February, men and women from across the globe are coming together to commemorate the 8th yahrtzeit of HaRav Noach Weinberg zt”l. Join us in Jerusalem for incredible learning with unbelievable teachers. HaRav Asher Weiss, HaRav Yaakov Hillel, HaRav Yitzchok Berkowitz, and many more will give over the wisdom of the Rosh Yeshiva zt”l. Many visitors from abroad are also attending. For more information or to sign up, go to www.aishjerusalem.com, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 718-513-7838 or +972-73-229-3400.
Held in the Old City at Aish Ha Torah Women’s Center-Feb 5th to Feb 9th
50 Sh for the morning 60 Sh includes lunch.
I am restoring a glass doored bookcase and looking for the easiest method for cleaning the oak back. Probably I will go with the first as I’ve seen it in several places on line method.
I found hardware store owners to be exceptionally knowledgable. Perhaps you are arranging the dreaded painter’s arrival. The hardware store on Rechove Yaako Mayer and 27 Rechove Malkei Ysroal in Meah Shaarim is a second generation operation. Elan’s back room is huge and a whole shelf is devoted to tapes including the cloth backed wide black tape, used for binding books and the 3M masking tape for masking painted surfaces etc. The black tape is preferable for use with glass or any unpainted surface. It is expensive, however it can be cut into strips.
The following discussion is related to the bookcase that is being restored to be a room divider. I am becoming more comfortable using several Makita hand sanders. Have decided to just refinish the top of the bookcase and leave the painted finish as is.
Still the back oak panel will be cleaned by one of the methods below. If I get it started then the Kablan’s worker will continue. Trying the non -toxic method first. Following is the photo of the radio shelf to be. It was the practice piece that was used to get the feel of hand electric sanders.
*This method is only for wood furniture that is not painted as it will damage and/or remove the paint.
You Will Need:
- Boiled linseed oil (do NOT use raw linseed oil)
- White vinegar
- Soft cloths
- Old toothbrush
- Drop cloth, cardboard or other ground covering
- Rubber gloves
- Small disposable container
- Paint stir stick
- Face mask (optional)
- Paper towels
- Vacuum with attachments
Steps to Remove the Dirt Build Up:
- Start by selecting a work area that is very well ventilated. Working outdoors is best as this solution produces a strong smell that you don’t want lingering in your home.
- Prepare the work area by covering the ground with a protective covering such as a drop cloth, large sheets of cardboard, etc. Gather rubber gloves and a mask for yourself.
- Bring the wooden piece outdoors and begin by wiping it down with the paper towels to remove as much of the grime as possible. After you have wiped it off, use the vacuum with the brush attachment to gently brush dirt from the crevices and corners.
- Next, mix together equal parts of the linseed oil, turpentine and white vinegar.
- Moisten the soft cloths lightly with the solution and gently wipe the dirt and grime off of the wood surface. As you are cleaning, wipe the liquid with the grain of the wood and take caution not to soak the wood.
- Continue cleaning with the cloths just until the dirt is gone, do not scrub too much or it may damage the finish.
- For corners, designs, etc., dip the old toothbrush into the solution and gently work it into the grooves. Follow the grain as much as possible just as before. Wipe away with a clean cloth.
- When no more dirt is showing on the cloths, discontinue any further applications. There is no need to rinse the wood.
- Allow the piece to dry completely.
- When the piece is completely dry, buff with a clean cloth to restore the shine.
- Dispose of any remaining cleaner as well as any cloths with cleaner on them using appropriate methods. They can automatically combust and start a fire, so be sure to dispose of them promptly and properly.
2-Removing Dirt Build Up Without Chemicals http://www.howtocleanstuff.net/how-to-remove-dirt-build-up-from-wooden-furniture/
You Will Need:
- Lemon juice
- Olive oil
- Soft cloths
- Old toothbrush
- Drop cloth, cardboard or other ground covering
- Rubber gloves (optional)
- Small container
- Paper towels
- Vacuum with attachments
Steps to Remove the Dirt Build Up:
Start by selecting a work area that has plenty of room to easily maneuver around your piece. Working outdoors or in the garage is often best.
Prepare the work area by covering the ground with a protective covering such as a drop cloth, large sheets of cardboard, etc.
Bring the wooden piece outdoors and begin by wiping the entire piece down with the paper cloths to remove as much of the grime as possible. After you have wiped it off, use the vacuum with the brush attachment to gently brush dirt from the crevices and corners.
Next, mix together two parts olive oil with one part lemon juice.
Moisten the soft cloths lightly with the solution and gently wipe the dirt and grime off of the wood surface. As you are cleaning, wipe the liquid with the grain of the wood and take caution not to soak the wood.
Continue cleaning with the cloths just until the dirt is gone, do not scrub too much or it may damage the finish.
For corners, designs, etc., dip the old toothbrush into the solution and gently work it into the grooves. Follow the grain as much as possible just as before. Wipe away with a clean cloth
Clear Finishes: Mix up equal parts of paint thinner and a mild soap, such as Murphy Oil Soap, and apply with a sponge or paintbrush. Wipe the solution away with a rag to clear the dirt; you’ll likely remove a thin layer of varnish or shellac, too, because the grime has melded with it.
0000 steel wool with mineral spirits. It takes off dirt and wax build up. Sometimes you don’t even have to re stain the wood just use wax or whatever you want to seal it.
|This is going to be a fantastic tour- love a down pour.-
Shalom! We look forward to a memorable day with you tomorrow as we travel throughout our iconic city with Arieh King. Here are a few last minute reminders for your comfort and that of your fellow registrants.
Note: Departure and arrival times are approximate and depend upon several factors including traffic; itinerary, guide and speakers subject to adjustment without prior notice; your reservation was a firm commitment and canno longer be cancelled
; security will be provided. In case of dire need on Thursday morning: 054 460 3304.
A young man from Arizona tragically passed away this past Monday while visiting Israel. His family flew in from Arizona. They have no family here and would appreciate if anyone could visit them while they sit shiva.
They will be sitting Shiva at a rental at Rechov Eliyahu Salmon 9, in Nachlaot. They would really appreciate the presence of others to honor their son, Drew.
Please pray for him in his merit, אביגדור יעקוב רפאל בן ראד הלוי (Avidgor Yaakov Raphael Ben Rod Halevi)
Eliyahu Salman Street 9, Nachlaot Yerushalayim
street is off of Nissim Behar between Betzalel and Agrippas
Dear Chava Ida,
!Prevention is the CUREan “incentivating” event sure to inspire & inform every woman of every age looking to optimize her and her family’s well beingMrs. Rivka Segal – Lecturer of Living TehillimHishtadlut & Bitachon – examining our hashkafic perspectives when it comes to our well beingDr. Anders Nerman ND – Naturopathic doctor in Wolfson Medical CenterThe importance of being educated about the drugs & treatments that you are already on or being offered by your doctor or kupahDr. Miriam Adahan PHD – psychologist , founder of EMETT, and author of many books that have helped thousandsThe hidden key to mental & physical healthNilli Grutman – Holistic Nutrition Counselor & Detox SpecialistDo diseases just pop out of nowhere? What’s the process & what can I do to make a difference in keeping our love ones disease free…for lifeThis coming Motzoei Shabbos – P’ Shemos, Jan 217:45 – This event will BEH run on timeMinhal Kehalati Harnof – 43 Katzenellenbogen10 shekel admission
What: We begin at Bet Lev at Maale Hazeitim, where we’ll meet the residents of a property that was redeemed by an American Jewish Family.
Continuing to Nof Tzion – Arieh will give an explanation of the project and the current status of the fight to keep it Jewish. Local residents will welcome us with their warm hospitality. We will protest the UN Occupation of Government House. Then we will drive to Gush Etzion for a visit to the Beit Bracha property – one of the largest expansions of the Gush Etzion community in recent memory. We’ll hear about how the place was redeemed and then on to Gush Etzion Junction.
Oz V’Gaon – If time allows we’ll have a short visit with the incomparable Nadia Matar of Women in Green to hear the history and anticipated future of the project in the wake of the boys’, Hy”d, kidnapping. We will rest up, eat our self provided lunch and daven Mincha. Inspired and invigorated we will return to Yerushalayim.
As we head north we will learn of the ILF’s efforts in bringing Jews back to Beit Hanina. Our educational excursion will end in the vicinity of the abandoned Atarot Airport before we return to our original point of departure.
Where: Depart and return to the Inbal Hotel – The bus will depart from the side street to the right of the hotel when standing in front facing the lobby.
Cost: 165 NIS per person (any age) – payable in cash 20 minutes prior to boarding
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What to bring/wear?Lunch/snacks/water. Tissues are often helpful when traveling around Israel for bathrooms that might not have. An extra layer is always a good idea for Gush Etzion which tends to be colder than Jerusalem. Good walking shoes. Tour is geared for adults including seniors or teens ages 12 and up. Notes: departure and arrival times are approximate and depend upon several factors including traffic; itinerary, guide and speakers subject to adjustment without prior notice; your reservation is a firm commitment and cannot be cancelled within 48 hours of departure; security will be provided.
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I lost a good friend of twenty five years, Linda Landau (Z’L). News travels fast these days.
I wrote this note to a family member:
“Didn’t you join us at one of Linda’s performances ? I would listen to her comic routines, do a little touching up and cutting together. I’d let her know when I’d be back in Queens and we’d see each other several times a week, stay out late at the Brooklyn Museum, or attend a performance of Shakespeare in the Park. I was always welcome at her daughter Jackie’s home in Belle Harbor. Linda,(Z’L) belly surfed on the Rockaway waves. She was the daughter of a bootlegger, sent to an East Coast girl’s yeshivah where she promptly exited, I believe to Hunter College. There she studied art and languages. She wrote, sang, performed and was super intelligent. Her students loved her and she only stopped teaching when her classrooms were scattered and she couldn’t physically keep up.
There wasn’t a time that we spent together that wasn’t fun. She’s the only person I know who disliked shopping for clothing more that I did. She wore vintage before it was in. I remember she had a very colorful patchwork swing jacket. Somehow, I came across a matching skirt and I gave it too her.
She was so thrilled with the gift. She talked about it often and wore it and we both derived a lot of pleasure.
I walked through the streets of Jerusalem today. It was very grey. No-one had greater spontaneity and spark and determination than Linda. May her Neshama have an Alliyah.
The newspapers say that Linda was a feminist a Jewish feminist proud of the role of Jewish women to maintain the family.
So gentlemen, a male receives the call to the Bimiah for an Alliyah. I heard of a man who lived in a part of Florida and was nagged by his children to come to Israel for a visit. Finally he agreed.
He arrived in Ben Gurion Airport and said to his wife, “This is my place, I’m staying here, I’ll leave a suitcase and go back to the states to pack”.
For years he wondered, “How did I suddenly make this decision. It defies all reason.”
He asked several rabbis. Finally one said, “You know, when your name is called out in shul you stand up and get an alliya”. Your neshama is elevated.
The same thing happened when you got to Israel. You’re name came down from the heavens and you heard the call”.
I like to think that Linda, heard her call by our Father in heaven.
With heartfelt affection,
The following regards a horrific plan to destroy the Jewish Cemetery of Vilna
I received this e-mail:
I don’t ordinarily get involved in signing petitions, but this is a matter that cries out for protest against the massive desecration that is about to take place. I’m sure you know that the Lithuanian government has announced plans to build a new convention center over the Old Jewish Cemetery of Vilna. Although the Vilna Gaon’s remains were removed from the Old Jewish Cemetery, the remains of hundreds, perhaps thousands of Jews are still buried in the Old Jewish cemetery. These include the remains of some of the greatest rabbis, Jewish martyrs, and pious women through the centuries, including R. Moshe Rivkes (d. 1671-2), author of the Be’er Ha-Golah on the Shulhan Arukh; R. Zelmele (i.e., R. Shlomo Zalman, d. 1788), brother of R. Hayyim of Volozhin and favorite disciple of the Vilna Gaon; R. Shmuel b. R. Avigdor (d. 1793), last Chief Rabbi of Vilna; R. Avraham b. Ha-Gra (d. 1809) ; the Ger Zedek of Vilna (d. 1749), whose remains were not removed from the Old Jewish cemetery (despite claims otherwise); and Traina (date of death unknown), mother of the Vilna Gaon; Chanah, first wife of the Vilna Gaon (d. 1782); and Gitel, second wife of the Vilna Gaon, who apparently outlived the Gaon (precise date of death unknown). Virtually every Jew who died in Vilna before the year 1831 was, in fact, buried in the Old Jewish Cemetery.
The petition does not call for the Lithuanian government to cancel plans for building a new convention center (funded largely by the EU). It simply asks that it be built at a different location in Vilnius – which can easily be done.
A wonderful Vilna resident, Ruta Bloshtein, a shomer shabbos woman who bakes challah for members of the Vilna kehillah every erev Shabbos, has taken upon herself the responsibility of spearheading this write-in campaign. She started some three weeks ago and has about 250 signatories so far. She needs at least 1000 signatures; if she doesn’t get them it will be a Chillul Ha-Shem even beyond the destruction of the Jewish cemetery itself. It will be a signal to the Lithuanian government that Jews neither care nor count. If she gets 3000 signatures, the political authorities will have little choice but to take the petition into account before making any hasty decision. She needs, and deserves, our help.
The two key Rabbonim in Lithuania today, Rabbi Krelin (Chief Rabbi of Lithuania) and Rabbi Krinsky (head of Chabad) are among the first 250 signatories. It seems to me this is a case of מת מצוה in more ways than one.
All one needs to do is to click on the link below, fill out the electronic form, and electronically sign their name. Please forward to others, so that they too can participate in this mitzvah. It is not a time to stand idly by.
With prayers for the success of our cause,
I’ve hardly been out of my house over the last 10 days. Nothing is as disappointing as looking at your watch at 9:30 AM and feeling another day going by without progress. How many sofas can one ponder over? I researched furnishings and guess what? English firms are very willing to ship to Israel,
In the end, I am not changing to a new sofa and chairs. I started to get so dizzy. Decision making can do that to you. Stopped looking at furniture on the web when I confused “Chairs” and “Chesterfield” and mixed up the firms with an inquiry.
From Women in Green:
Register today to the Sovereignty Conference!
From Women in Green:
Dear friends, all publications and detailed program for our upcoming Fourth Sovereignty Conference will please G-d be sent out to you by tomorrow. For the English invitation & program please see the attached files.
The conference will take place, PG, on Sunday February 12th at the Crowne Plaza hotel in Jerusalem from 6:00pm till 10:30 pm.
The entrance is free but places are limited and registration is a must. Therefor we urge you all to hurry and reserve your seats by calling 03-9185554. If you need earphones for simultaneous translation to English, please make sure to mention that.
Hebrew Language Day 2017
Let’s celebrate the amazing rebirth of the Hebrew language! The Academy of the Hebrew Language will host an open house in honor of “Hebrew Language Day” on January 19, 2017, with lectures and workshops on a variety of language related subjects, including: narration, editing, and punctuation. A poetry slam with original pieces composed on and in the Hebrew language will conclude the festivities. All events are open to the public, many free of charge, beginning at 14:00 at the National Library of Israel located on the Hebrew University Givat Ram Campus.
Many activities are free, others require tickets with prices around 20 NIS, the full program and ticket information may be found on the Academy of the Hebrew Language website.
In a signature initiative marking UJA-Federation of New York’s 2017 centennial year and the 50th anniversary of the reunification of Jerusalem, UJA-Federation, the Jerusalem Municipality, the government of Israel and the Jerusalem Foundation are partnering to build the landmark Jerusalem Arts Campus, part of a broad plan to transform Israel’s capital city into a global arts and cultural center. The $50 million dollar project is slated to open in January 2020.
The Kirsh family, longtime UJA-Federation supporters, are making a $10 million gift toward the project.
The nearly 2.5 acre state-of-the-art campus, to be constructed near the Gerhard Behar Center on Bezalel Street, will include four distinct academic institutions including the Nisan Nativ Acting Studio, the Sam Spiegel Film and Television School, the School of Visual Theater, and the Center for Middle Eastern Music. The four schools have a current combined enrollment of 650 students.
In addition to housing Israel’s leading performing arts schools, the Jerusalem Arts Campus is designed to become a main thoroughfare through Jerusalem’s central neighborhoods featuring public spaces such as an outdoor plaza and new performance venues that will draw young people, academics, entrepreneurs, artists, and others to Israel’s capital, fostering a creative ecosystem in central Jerusalem.
I’m a little behind – preparing to paint an apartment has squeezed me dry.
I have always been “Mishutaf” with painters, partners with them in the job. Even in a big house I only had one painter working and the job. always stretched on and on.
Everyone loves an apartment with a high ceiling, which gives a feeling of spaciousness. However, high ceilings are a challenge for painting, even more so when cabinetry is positioned very close to it.
Since the summer, over the horizon has lurked the certainty of painters arriving to our apartment to repair damage to our high ceiling from a leak upstairs.
This job has stretched on forever and it hasn’t even started yet. About 10 days ago, we got a call from the upstairs owner that the painters were soon to be at our door.
And we’ve been doing all the preparation, removing books from bookcases, masking (because Israeli painters are notorious about dripping paint), ever since.
A week has passed. No sign except the paint delivery. And now we have news of a general strike by Arab workers.
An antique book-case sustained water damage. Negotiations are underway about it’s repair.
Here’s an idea of what masking with a vengeance looks like. I wanted to cover large areas to the ceiling.
Here’s the trick. I approached the Avi Chai worker when he was removing banners hanging from the building that faces Rechove King George. After the usual pleasantries I asked in Hebrew, “What do you do with these banners after the events”. when he replied that he saved some, I requested some for my roof garden, for covering wood floors and cabinetry during renovations.
There’s a fridge under all that printed vinyl.
Last week. the Beit Avi Chai maintenance man met me in the lobby of Beit Avi Chai. I was escorted to level -5, and hushed out the back door with 4 banners. How are they are suspended from the ceiling? This job needs two people, one on the ladder folding the banner between the ceiling and the cabinetry and the other crimping newspaper to stuff into the space between the ceiling and the cabinetry to keep the banner up! Isn’t that neat.
Now from Gashmius (physicality) above to Ruchnius (spirituality) following:
Several weeks ago was a fast day, the 10th of Tevet. The Tenth of Tevet marks the onset of the siege of Jerusalem by Nebuchadnezzar, the King of Babylonia, and the beginning of the battle that ultimately destroyed Jerusalem and the Temple of Solomon, and sent the Jews into the 70-year Babylonian Exile. The date of the Tenth of Tevet is recorded for us by the prophet Yechezkel, who himself was already in Babylonia as part of the first group of Jews exiled there by Nebuchadnezzar, 11 years earlier than the actual destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem itself. (See entire artic
I introduce this trip as an opportunity for you to now visit parts of Israel that you may have missed!
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First exciting trip of 2017
To Jordan Valley
History from bible times to modern times
Sights and sites that you probably haven’t seen before
Tuesday 24th January 2017
The plan is to visit Qasar el Yehud, the crossing point of Bnei Yisrael over the River Jordan. This site has only been open in the very recent years.
Then on to visit the nearby historic Beit Ha’arava which was first established in 1939 and became a successful enterprise as its produce ripened earlier than elsewhere but it had to be abandoned in 1948.
The next stop is Oren Farm at Moshav Netive Hagdud which produces three of the ‘7 species’. A video will be shown of their Argan Oil production, a natural healing oil. If time allows the group will visit a date farm.
The Jordan valley (Bikaa) was the scene of many fedayeen attacks and there is an impressive memorial to the fallen soldiers, which will be visited.
To get an idea of the rift valley of the group’s tour, (part of the Syrian Africa Rift Valley) the group will visit a model and also have the pleasure of listening to Shulamit Kaminsky, Director of the Jordan Valley Development Fund.
Departure at 8.30 AM (meet 8.15 outside Kings Hotel) and return
approx. 5.30 PM
Cost 150 NIS including transport, entrance fees, guide, refreshments at Oren Farm and gratuities but excluding lunch,
Space limited to 50 people so if you wish to come please call: Phone: 02-567-0664
For your Information: Countrywide Lost and Found Information Center (Hagmach Ha’artzi
From the gmach:
The gmach was originally established in order to provide one
centralized address where both losers and finders of objects can
report and locate the lost and found items. In addition, the gmach
enables people to more effectively fulfill the mitzvah of hashovas
aveida. Several poskim have told us that by calling the gmach, one
fulfills the mitzvah of announcing found objects.
When one calls the gmach, 1-599-500-003, there is a recording with simple instructions (in Hebrew):
For Yerushalayim press 1, for Bnei Brak press 2, etc.
After choosing a city, the caller must choose an item. For example: For jewelry press 1, for tefilin press 2, etc. The call is then directed to the home of one of our 60 volunteers.
The gmach is open from 8:30 a.m. – 10:30 p.m. (until 1:00 a.m. for
emergencies). Since the volunteers cannot be on call for all of the
hours the gmach is active, one can leave a voice message with the
information. If the counterpart of the item you are reporting has
already been recorded, the volunteer will call back, otherwise the
information is saved for a future match.
The gmach receives between four and six thousand calls per month,
Boruch Hashem with so much good result! The more people who use the
gmach, the higher the likelihood of returning lost items to their
If you found or lost something, don’t give up!! Call the gmach!!
The next two items refer to repair and restoration; first converting a pair of pants to a skirt and then help with preserving the sense of hearing:
As you know from prior posts I have developed a skill in transforming clothing.
I purchased a new pair of Lee dungarees an the WIZO shop on Hillel Place in dark green polished cotton for 10 sh which is about $2.50.
I saw a skirt in those pant legs. Following are the instructions: If you want to try this project and have questions, contact me.
1. Turn the pants inside out and examine the right side lowest seam. On a pair of Lee triple seams they appear to be on the right leg.
2. With a great deal of patience find the end seam threads. Give a yank and the seam threads will open all up the leg and across to the other leg. The nice thing about this technique is that you can gather the Lee’s matching thread and use it for working the skirt. This takes about 5 minutes.
3.There are sections of the crotch that you still have to open until the hip. These are a bit difficult because you cannot just grab a seam end and pull. Just be patient and open those front and back seams.
4.Cut the skirt to desired length and open the remaining pant sections. They will form your kick pleat.
5.Iron on wrong side all seam edges flat. You will have 2 “V”s front and back.
6. I am trying a new application called a Godet, which is a triangular piece inserted to give fullness. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G6IzGzvoZcs
7.The project is about now complete.
Are you hard of hearing, or deaf? Do you ever feel isolated?
Do you ever feel as if your family and friends just “don’t get it?” Group is being lead by a volunteer. People with hearing loss often have the following complaints:
“They tend to mumble, or scream, or use funny hand gestures, because they just don’t know how to best accommodate your hearing loss.
You are NOT alone. Following is a message from AACI:
“I am hoping to create support groups for people just like us (Yes, I’m hard of hearing).
I’m a licensed, clinical, Speech Pathologist, with training in Audiology, for over 20 years.
I’ve kept up with technological advances, with respect to hearing aid technology and other assertive listening devices.
I not only teach people how to live with hearing loss; I am living proof that one can thrive, despite having this disability.
I recently retired and made Aliyah. I live in Jerusalem. I belonged to wonderful support groups in the USA (HLAA – Hearing Loss Association of America). The support, camaraderie and education I gained from attending regular meetings, made me feel embraced and loved.
I am no longer a shrinking violet, embarrassed about speaking up for what I need and want, so that I can participate in group conversations.
I have not slipped into the night, now that I’ve retired. I’ve learned how to advocate for the rights and needs of hard of hearing and deaf people.
I can help you help yourself. Don’t feel alone.
Please join me, in creating this very important network of people like us.
There is NO COST. This group will be created and maintained by me.
Write to me and let me know if you’re interested in becoming part of a network of people who will not be shrinking violets.”
There are group trips and then some. What I find remarkable about this trip to Binyamin is that:
1: It was organized practically overnight bringing all kinds of people together thru social media.
2:The groups visited the park Oz V’ Gaon.(See Below) That park is an eye-opener, how in a short time so much can be accomplished with volunteer labor. The members of the 3 buses had that opportunity to tour the park and learn of their many activities. However, the park is not easy to reach without a car. There are buses and soon (B’H) families will be able to camp overnight and enjoy a special treat.
3:No-one got lost or left behind. I was a bit amazed that there was not a master list at the bus-stop when we embarked. No one was asked to show I.D.
4.Similarly, when we entered the bus back to Jerusalem the group was divided, leaving a group to visit Oz V’ Gaon and a second bus left early for Jerusalem. I was on that bus. That bus was very empty. I noticed a young fellow in front of me listening to his cell phone. He was definitely not at the wine tasting at Psagot getting sloshed and was not on our bus from jerusalem. So where did he come from?
He explained that he was part of a Yeshivah from Ashdod that had just moved kit and caboodle to Efrat. I replied, “So you were strolling around the neighborhood and sighted the bus and decided to hop on?” “Yes” was his reply. He basically hitched a ride. Nothing wrong, but this indicates that security was loose, or perhaps I am overlooking cameras focused on faces from above.
5.About Psagot winery-background and wine choices. Information below is abstracted from; https://kosherwinemusings.com/2011/12/02/psagot-winery-a-stunning-winery-on-the-peaks-of-the-binyamina-mountains/
The community settlement of Psagot is located on the peaks of the Benjamin Region Mountains, 900 meters above sea level, east of the city of Ramallah, overlooking thWadi Kelt basin, the Jericho Valley, the Dead Sea and the Edomite Mountains. The literal translation for the word Psagot, is Peaks.
In 1998, Naama and Yaakov Berg planted the winery’s first vineyard, 18 dunam of Cabernet Sauvignon grapes. In the first year, the Bergs sold their grapes to Binyamina. In 2002, they decided to make a go of it, thereby establishing the Psagot Winery, named for the settlement upon which the vineyards, and winery are located. Soon thereafter, in 2005, the winery added on another 22 dunam of vineyards, with a varied group of varietals, along with the normal mainstays. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Chardonnay are the usual suspect, with Petite Verdot, Cabernet Franc, Viognier, and Shiraz adding to the mix.
In addition to a modern barrel cellar, some of the oak barriques are stored in a cave dating back to the Second Temple era. When the owners investigated the cave a gold coin was found, which proclaimed Binyamina’s fight for freedom.
Also, while the settlement was laying a road near the vineyard, Berg says, “we found a little hole in the ground. If was full of mud and rocks and stones. … So we dug for more than a month by hand and we found a lot of things, including a lot of coins, and at end we found a wine-press from the time of the Second Temple.” Today, this cave serves as a large wine barrel cellar next to impressive stainless steel tanks and other winemaking equipment. The cave’s cooling system rarely needs to be activated, as the naturally cool conditions preserve the constant temperature, which during the winter does not go below 54 degrees, and during the summer does not rise above 64 degrees. The natural humidity stands at 90%.
The winery’s vineyards are all planted on rocky limestone, Terra Rosa soil. The vine’s yields are kept low, to about 600 kilos per dunam. The vines are terraced upon the mountainside, but the close proximity to the winery makes up for the difficulty of harvesting. The vineyard’s 900 meter altitude allows the vines to cool down significantly in the evening, thereby concentrating the sugar flavors that are created in a far slower manner than if they were in the valley. The entire harvest is very reminiscent of how Ella Valley Winery does its harvesting, by picking during the early morning, and being close to its winery, thereby assuring the highest quality product from the grapes they source.
With that backdrop, we return to the present day, a lovely morning in the early spring of this year, as we follow Josh Hexter, the wine maker of Psagot to the winery. The winery is situated over the proverbial “green line”, so to get there we went through a large checkpoint. Josh was very kind to navigate us to the winery, we joined up with him in Jerusalem, and we followed him through the checkpoint, and to the lovely winery overlooking the Edomite Mountains.
The winery’s top wine is a Bordeaux blend named Edom. Regular varietal wines are produced in the Psagot series and there is also a Port-style wine. In 2007 and 2008, the winery produced 65,000 bottles annually. In 2010, the winery produced 80,000 bottles of wine a year, the majority for export. By 2015, the number produced had grown to 250,000 bottles per year, of which 65% are exported. Palestinian Arabs and Israeli Jews work there side by side, creating an island of co-existence in sea of mistrust. The American evangelical Christian organization HaYovel has sent volunteers to tend and harvest Psagot Winery’s vineyards. Berg says calls to boycott his wines have only increased demand. The winery has developed into “a favourite destination” for right-wing Israeli and American politicians. Other wineries exist around Psagot, and the Yesha Council hopes to make them a tourist attraction.
2008 Psagot Edom (80% Cabernet, 11% Petite Verdot, 4% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc, 13 months in 50/50 oak) – Score: A-
The nose on this purple to black colored wine, is rich and smoky with plum, blackberry, cassis, chocolate, raisin, rich cedar, vanilla, and leafy tobacco. The mouth on this rich and full bodied wine is concentrated and layered with plum, cassis, blackberry, mouth coating tannin, along with an inky attack of rich cedar and black fruit. The mid palate flows from the mouth, with chocolate, acid, rich cedar, nice tannin, and tobacco. The finish is long and luscious, with still gripping tannin, rich dark chocolate, tobacco, cedar, and lovely crushed mint and herbs rise on the finish.
2007 Psagot Cabernet Sauvignon (13 months in new oak) – Score: B++ to A-
The nose on this garnet to purple colored wine has smoky notes, crushed herbs, plum, cassis, oak, vanilla, raisin, tobacco, and chocolate. The mouth on this medium to full bodied wine has plum, cassis, currant, nice tannin, chocolate, and raisin. The mid palate is balanced with acid, chocolate, oak, raisin, and tobacco. The finish is super long and spicy, with rich raisin, nice tannin, chocolate, oak, tobacco, and vanilla. Raisin, nice tannin, and tobacco linger long on the palate.
2008 Psagot Cabernet Franc (13 months in 30/70 oak) – Score: A-
The nose on this garnet colored wine is crazy rich with floral notes, green notes, mint, raspberry, currant, dark cherry, oak, and light chocolate. The mouth on this medium bodied wine is rich with super ripe raspberry, fresh green herbs, plum, cherry, and floral notes. The mid palate is balanced with nice acid, chocolate, and still gripping tannin. The finish is long and spicy with chocolate, nice tannin, and lingers with vanilla, raspberry, and hints of smoke and tobacco. This is a wine that lives up to its varietal type, and makes it unique and enjoyable.
2008 Psagot Shiraz (12 months in 60/40 oak) – Score: A-
The nose on this purple to black colored wine is super rich and extracted with raisin, plum, blackberry, cassis, rich espresso coffee, tar, pencil, loamy dirt and bramble. The mouth on this full bodied wine is rich, layered, concentrated, and inky, with tar, blackberry, cassis, and cheese flavors. The mid palate is rich with acid, chocolate, more gripping tannin, tar, and raisin. The finish is long and super spicy, with chocolate, tar, blackberry, and lingers with tar, raisin, and vanilla. This is a super rich and spicy Shiraz, with rich layers and oak extraction.
2010 Psagot Chardonnay (5 months in new oak) – Score: B+
The nose on this light gold colored wine is a bright and round with kiwi, guava, melon, grapefruit, aromatic white peach, hint of oak, vanilla, and orange peel. The mouth on this medium bodied wine is rich with guava, melon, white peach, kiwi, and grapefruit. The mid palate is balanced with bright acid, orange peel, and oak. The finish is long and tart with white summer fruit, kiwi, melon, and oak. The wine lingers long with grapefruit, kiwi, with a hint of orange peel, tart and bright fruit.
2009 Psagot Edom (61% Cabernet, 17% Cabernet Franc, 15% Merlot and 7% Petite Verdot) – Score: A-
The nose on this dark garnet colored wine is aromatic with crushed herbs, bramble, blackberry, cassis, plum, oak, asphalt tar, and light chocolate. The mouth on this full bodied wine is rich and layered with rich asphalt tar, crushed herbs, raspberry, currant, blackberry, and gripping tannin. The mid palate is balanced with acid, asphalt/rocks, chocolate, raspberry, and more nice tannin. The finish is super long with raisin, raspberry, chocolate, rich spice, tar, oak, currant, and vanilla.
2009 Psagot Cabernet Franc – Score: A-
The nose on this garnet colored wine is rich with crushed herbs, floral notes, violet, rose, raspberry, cherry, red plum, light chocolate, coffee, and vanilla. The mouth on this medium bodied wine is layered with rich violet petals, rich black cherry, ripe raspberry, plum, and nice mouth coating tannin. The mid palate is bright with acid, black cherry, nice tannin, floral notes, and bramble. The finish is long and rich with nice tannin, rose, oak, black cherry, coffee, and chocolate.
6.Rabbi Riskin, Caroline Glick and Efrat Mayor, Oded Revivi spoke to the group. Rabbi Riskin spoke about the history of Efrat.
Kfar Etzion is a group of four settlements established on the strategic route between Hebron and Jerusalem, right in the middle of Arab inhabited territory. It had 400 inhabitants at the end of 1947. After the adoption of U.N. Resolution 181(II), which called for partition, it was the object of Arab attacks. Ben-Gurion reinforced it on 7 December, protecting it with a Palmach division, but on 8 January, he authorized the evacuation of the women and children of the settlements.
After 26 March, the last date on which a supply convoy successfully reached it, despite heavy losses of life, the defenders were completely isolated.
7. Relationship between the fall of Gush Etzion and the proclamation of a Jewish State on May 14th:
On 12 May, Arab Legion units started to attack the settlements. The motivations advanced include their desire to protect one of their last supply convoys before the embargo took effect, which had to travel down the road by Kfar Etzion. Another theory is that the block of settlements obstructed the deployment of the Legion in the area around Hebron, whose attack was one of Jordanian King Abdullah’s principal objectives.
External defenses fell quickly, and, on 13 May, the first kibbutz was captured, and those who were taken prisoner were massacred; only four survived. Of the 131 defenders, 127, including 21 women, were killed, or massacred after they surrendered.] The other three establishments surrendered, and the kibbutzim were first plundered, then razed to the ground. In March 1949 320 prisoners from the Etzion settlements were released from the “Jordan POW camp at Mafrak”, including 85 women.
The events that took place at Kfar Etzion made apparent the limitations of the policy prohibiting evacuation. Although it was effective during civil war, when facing militias, isolated Jewish settlements could not resist the firepower of a regular army, and an evacuation could have made it possible to avoid the captivity or death of those who defended the settlements.
According to Yoav Gelber, the fall and massacre of Kfar Etzion influenced Ben-Gurion’s decision to engage the Arab Legion on its way to Jerusalem, although the Haganah General Staff were divided about whether the Legion should be challenged inside Jerusalem itself as such a move could harm the Jews in the city. Ben-Gurion left the final decision to his staff member, Shaltiel. The battle for Jerusalem was thus set in motion.
On 14 May 1948, David Ben-Gurion, on behalf of the Jewish leadership, declared the establishment of a Jewish state in Eretz Israel, to be known as the State of Israel.
Rabbi Riskin pointed out that this declaration was promulgated a day after Kfar Etzion fell. He explained that is why the Memorial to the Fallen is commemorated on May 13th.
Ben-Gurion received the sad news of the decimation of the Kfar Etzion bloc at the time discussion was taking place regarding the proclamation’s wording. Rabbi Riskin described the moment. Arose the question of G-d’s role in the State’s establishment. Mercifully – almost miraculously – the argument lasted only two hours, with Ben-Gurion mediating a debate on the issue of whether to refer to G-d as the “G-d of Israel”, “the Almighty and Redeemer of Israel” or whether to ignore Him altogether. Ben-Gurion, an atheist socialist, proposed the phrase “Rock of Israel” – and succeeded, making one faction believe it referred to G-d while convincing the other that it didn’t.
8:Many reservists were on the trip and some were wearing an amazing winter jacket; here’s the link if you are interested in contributing to the IDF: http://www.stogether.org/5-things-can-idf-soldiers-right-now/
Weather and Waterproof IDF Jacket Campaign
The Standing Together jackets are both warm and waterproof. The inner lining is fleece while the external side of the jacket is made of special waterproof material. These jackets are a favorite with infantry units who spend most of their time outdoors. The cost of a jacket is $60 per soldier and we have requests for over 1,000 of these jackets from different units.
Original invitation to the trip follows:
חיזוק יהודה ושומרון
יהודי בשם יוסף וואקס יזם, בתגובה לנאום ג’ון קרי וההצבעה באו”ם, תמיכה ספונטאנית ביהודה ושומרון.
שלח בפייסבוק קריאה לציבור להצטרף אליו ליום של תמיכה ביהודה ושומרון
למרות הארגון של הרגע האחרון כבר התמלאו כמה וכמה אוטובוסים
הם יוצאים בעשר בבוקר מגן העצמאות – משם לפסגות- ואז לאפרת ואז לעוז וגאו”ן ומסיימים בכותל
ההודעה המפורטת מצורפת למטה
נקבל את פני הקבוצה בעוז וגאו”ן בשעה 14:30- כולם מוזמנים להצטרף
יהודית קצובר ונדיה מטר
TODAY! STRENGTHENING JUDEA AND SAMARIA
Apologies for this very last-minute email…
We got this late last night from our friend Ari Fuld who has joined Joseph Waks, the organizer of this exciting trip to strengthen Judea and Samaria
You are invited to join… for contact see below
Kol hakavod to the organizers- see you at around 2:00-2:30 in Oz veGaon
Yehudit Katsover and Nadia Matar
From: Ari Fuld
Sent: Sunday, January 01, 2017 6:35 PM
To: Nadia Matar
Subject: Sternghtening Judea and Samaria
In reaction to the Obama’s administration’s defining Jewish presence in Judea and Samaria as illegal, Joseph Waks has launched a Judea and Samaria support outing.
We will be leaving 10:00 AM from Liberty Bell park in Jerusalem and making it over to the majestic hills of Psagot where we will be tasting wine from the local winery and hear from Dani Dayan, Consul General of Israel in New York.
We will then travel towards Gush Etzion and have lunch in the hills of the Efrat town at 1:00 PM together with Rabbi Riskin and Efrat Mayor, Oded Revivi.
At 2:00 Pm we will be traveling towards the Gush Etzion junction and stop by the location where the 3 boys (Eyal Yifrach, Naftali Fraenkel and Gilaad Shaar) were kidnapped as well as where Ezra Schwartz was murdered and hear a short speech in their memory..
At 2:30 we will drive up to Oz Vgaon, a new area built and cultivated in memory of the 3 boys, and hear from Nadia Matar, Nadia will explain how we react to terror and why Judea and Samaria are an integral part of who we are as the Jewish nation.
We will be finishing off the trip at the Western Wall to witness the swearing in of Israel’s heroes, IDF soldiers.
Join us in clearly answering those who challenge our birthright to the Land of Israel.
Transportation is paid for as well as lunch.
Monday 2nd January: An International Day Of Support In Judea, Samaria and Jerusalem
After the UN and John Kerry’s outrageous statements about Israel a group of mates from around the world came to Israel to show support our to these communities. we have chartered a ton of armored buses, with security details etc (as many as needed, the more the merrier) to travel and meet families communities and local officials etc. We have live music with us and The press will tag along. Let’s send a strong message, we stand with israel! Oh and it’s ALL FREE! Please spread the love, these communities will love it and appreciate it and were sending a strong message to the world!
10:00 am SHARP!!!- Buses depart from the Liberty Bell Park Parking Lot, Jerusalem (across from the first train station).
11:00 – 12:00 Psagot – wine tasting etc!!! Get the day started right,
1:00 pm Efrat – lunch with Rabbi Riskin and the mayor
(Eat lunch in Efrat on the look out (View of the entire area) פארק חורשה בזית
2:00 Gush Etzion. Ezra schwartz and 3 boys.
2:30 Ezra Oz Vegaon
3:30 The Kotel (The Western Wall) joined by representatives from Jerusalem’s municipality. nissim, mayor, rabbi
4:00 p.m. Optional return to Liberty Bell Parking Lot
Assistant Director Standing Together
I’m all for art in public spaces. New York City’s MTA Second Avenue ND train is now open ridership. A recently revealed mural on a station wall may cause you to gasp and there is nothing pornographic depicted in it. Rather the figure portrayed is insulting to Orthodox Jews who will arrive and pass the mural because it depicts an Orthodox Jew carrying a brief case in one hand and a globe in the other. Follow this link below for the Forward’s opinion.
There was a time when Yorkville and the Upper East Side were off-limits to Orthodox Jews.
However, Williamsburg’s Satmar Chasidm ladies, volunteers with SBC (Satmar Bikur Cholem), arrive in droves and are dedicated to bringing kosher meals to patients in the Upper East Side hospitals. It is still largely a grass roots volunteer organization. On a typical day 40 volunteers will do the cooking. Only one full time cook and two assistants are employed. These volunteers are remarkable–whether a mother with eight children of her own at home and one on the way or a grandmother, or a great grandmother who volunteers the day of her grandchild’s wedding. Another 40–50 women do their baking at home and bring cakes and challahs to SBC. Only those whose kashrus has been verified can bring food from their homes. The days shlepping hot soup and chicken on the subway are past. SBC has it’s own bus. About 30 other women volunteer to take the food to hospitals starting downtown with Beth Israel and continuing on to New York, Lenox Hill, Cornell, Sloan Kettering, and Mt Sinai Hospitals in Manhattan, and Montifiore in the Bronx, coinciding partially with the new 2nd Avenue route.
I mention this work because that very unnerving mosaic image is certainly passed by hundreds of New Yorkers every day.
What do they think of the image? I’d hope that the ridership will find the mosaic objectionable.
Are the hospital visitors exiting the train embarrassed to look at that antisemitic image? They perhaps walk past these generous ladies, perhaps confronting one at the bedside of their family member, visiting the sick.
Baruch Hashem the ladies don’t take a schpazier on the new 2nd Avenue line to mid-town. Imagine the horror and embarrassment aroused in the hearts of the SBC volunteers by the depiction of a Charedi Jew in the mosaic? Fortunately, it is my understanding that the women do not linger and return on the bus the same way that they came. I invite your comments. What can I say, “Is this the thanks one gets for doing a good deed?”
I should start by telling you a little about myself, my volunteer activities in Israel and my fascination with exercise.
When I first made Alliya, I volunteered at Carmei Ha”Ir, a restaurant/soup kitchen on Rechove Agrippas writing grants.
I have always been an exerciser. That means exercise is a constant in my life.
I checked a private gym in Mircaz Ha”Ir and was shocked to learn that it is open to women until age 70!
Hard to believe.
Ladies, would you consider trying to exercise with me.
The trial class will be near me out-doors. Yes, in a covered space.
Then if you can handle that we can continue at Gan Ha Pa’A Mon. That space is secluded, you can catch some Vitamin D from the sun’s rays, and try the excellent weight machines there.
I am discussing a possible class based on positive responses. I provide stretch bands and light weights.The range of motion exercises can be duplicated at home. It can be adapted to seat movements.
If there is a positive response to a free out-door class, I will approach an indoor facility. I exercised in the park today and it was delightful. After a few minutes all I needed was a woolen sweater.
Some information about Rav Kav:
Light rail train now allows passengers to pay using Rav Kav credit.
Mircaz Ha”Ir Community News:
You are invited on Tuesday, January 3, 2017 At 19:45
The committee that overseas construction
in the Urban Community under the Administration Of Mircaz Ha’Ir, will present the plan to the community.
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On the agenda is a plan to build an underground parking lot for buses adjacent to Gan Sacher at Beit Berlin. As this plan may have dramatic consequences on the neighborhood community, the administration intends to formulate a professional opinion based on decisions made by the committee, and to work to implement them in Jerusalem. Your participation is vital!
The committee will discuss and make decisions about complex construction program. After a comprehensive review of the program, Community Administration, Mircaz Ha”Ir, filed a detailed objection to the proposed plan and providing alternative solutions in light of the anticipated damage to the market, residents of nearby neighborhoods, merchants and visitors. Residents could be affected by it are invited to contact us and it is important to come to discuss the committee.
We were pleased to host at the Community Center the hundreds of residents who came down the days of Chanukah lighting candles, events and shows.
We are at your disposal on every issue,
Dr. Ofir Lang
Community Authority Chairman Lev
Hearty, moist gluten free zucchini cake with dairy free cream cheese frosting!
Author: Minimalist Baker
Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: Gluten Free, Dairy Free
1 1/2 cups grated zucchini
1 tsp. vanilla
1 cup raw or organic cane sugar
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
1/4 cup olive, grape seed, melted coconut or canola oil or mashed avocado
1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
2 eggs* or use flax meal
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1 1/2 cups gluten free flour blend*
3/4 cup almond meal (ground from raw almonds) or walnut meal
1/4 cup gluten free oats
DAIRY FREE CREAM CHEESE FROSTING
4 Tbsp non-dairy butter (such as Earth Balance), softened
2- 2 1/2 cups powdered sugar (1/2 lb.)
4 ounces softened “Tofutti” dairy-free cream cheese, softened
1/4 tsp. pure vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 300 degrees F (180 degrees C) and oil and flour an 8×8 pan with dairy-free butter or cooking spray and gluten free flour. Or use muffin tins lined with baking paper.
In a large mixing bowl, whisk together sugar, oil, applesauce, eggs, and zucchini. Add vanilla, baking soda, baking powder and cinnamon. Lastly add almond meal, gluten free flour blend, and gluten free oats and whisk again to combine. The batter should be slightly thick but very easy to pour.
Pour batter into your pan and bake for 45 minutes – 1 hour, or when a toothpick inserted comes out clean and the edges are golden brown.
While cooling, make your frosting by beating dairy-free butter and cream cheese together, then add vanilla and beat again. Add powdered sugar 1/2 cup at a time until you reach desired consistency and sweetness. It should be fairly thick but still spreadable.
Once the cake is fully cooled, frost and serve immediately. You’ll have leftover frosting. The cake should keep covered in the fridge for several days, or in the freezer for several weeks. However, it’s best when eaten fresh. Let set out for 10-15 minutes before serving if refrigerating so it warms a bit and becomes more tender.
*Gluten free flour blend: 1 1/2 cups brown rice flour, 1/2 cup potato starch, 1/4 cup tapioca flour, 1/4 cup white rice flour.
* You could make this recipe vegan by substituting for the eggs for 2 flax eggs (2 Tbsp flaxseed meal + 5 Tbsp water). However, I did not try the recipe that way and can’t guarantee it will yield similar results.
* This recipe is from the kitchen of the writer’s aunt Donna Parks.
* Nutrition information reflects ONE of 9 generous slices with frosting.
The cake should keep covered in the fridge for several days, or in the freezer for several weeks. However, it’s best when eaten fresh. Let set out for 10-15 minutes before serving if refrigerating so it warms a bit and becomes more tender.
If you have an abundance of zucchini, try this gluten free recipe for fritters, which employs almond flour, green onions and parmigiana cheese. http://slimpalate.com/zucchini-fritters-paleo-grain-free-gluten-free/