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!
You are invited on Wednesday, 8 February 2017 | 16:30 | The Local Planning and Building Jerusalem Municipality, Safra 1 Floor 6.
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/