Monthly Archives: August 2017

Post 450: Chesed Fair in Har Nof: Monday Evening September 4th: Sometimes one has to bite the bullet and attend a Hebrew speakers only event. Beit Natan honored Breast Cancer survivors, volunteers and caregivers last Sunday at the Bayit Vegan Guest House.


Shalom u’verachah,

A 4-week series to walk through the Yomim Noraim period, sponsored by Emek Learning Center in the German Colony will begin tonight, Wednesday, August 30th, and it will be held at the Prince family, Rechov Dan #18, from 8-9PM.

I hope to see you there! We will be learning about the avodah of Elul, and the rest of the series will involve two lessons ahead of Rosh Hashanah, and one before Yom Kippur.

Wishing you every good,

Yehudis Golshevsky

Beit Natan is the Jerusalem outstanding volunteer organization helping women recover from Breast Cancer.


Phone: 972.2.644.6052


Contact: BEIT NATAN Cancer Support & Resource Center 50 Bayit Vegan St. POB 16452 Jerusalem Israel 91163


The Beit Natan Cancer Support and Resource Center provides comprehensive emotional, psychological and social support through every stage of cancer diagnosis and treatment. Beit Natan clientele includes women and men coping with cancer from diverse backgrounds throughout Israel. Working alongside Israel’s professional medical establishment, our professional, dedicated staff offers extensive knowledge and expertise. Their volunteers, many cancer survivors themselves, bring a wealth of valuable personal experience.


  • Lev Rachel Help-line manned by recovered cancer patients (200 clients)

  • Therapeutic Retreats for Recovery (twice a year, 80 participants each)

  • Tomchim – Home Hospice Volunteer Visitation (50 monthly cases)

  • Support groups and workshops (60 active participants)

  • Couples Retreat for Recovery (twice a year, 40 couples each)

  • R&R for cancer patients and their spouses

  • Mother- Daughter Programs

  • Simchat Chaya Programs (for teens and young adults who have lost a parent to cancer)

  • Outpatient Companions (volunteers who accompany clients to the outpatient oncology ward)

  • Careers After Cancer (workshops to assist clients dealing with career change due to cancer)

    Their annual “party” was attended by several hundred women who came from other cities such as, Natanya, Beitar, Beit Shemesh,  and Tel Aviv. I particularly enjoyed listening to Odelia Berlin. The link is to Bat 31. About work, the army. I even understood the lyrics.

    Great end of summer activity!

    Today – Wednesday, 8 Elul – August 30, the Ezra youth group is holding its annual bazaar,
    all proceeds to tzedaka.
    This year: programming and support for families of children with Down Syndrome.

    Many booths, inflatables (mitnapchim), snacks, lottery & more!

    Come one and all – Gr-8 fun for all ages for an important cause!

    Where: Beit Yehudit-Mirkaz Tarbut Ha’amim
    12 Emek Refaim Street
    When: 5:00 pm
    TODAY – Wednesday, 8 Elul-August 30
    For more information: Ayelet: 058-784 5043


Post 449:Your Invitation to a Gallery Talk by Artist Sarah Eiger: Love Your Lymph Brochure front illustration -Tagine Recipe for Rosh Ha Shanah

From: sarah Eiger <>

Your Invitation to a Gallery Talk by Artist Sarah Eiger:

The gallery talk                  will take place o the 27/8 between 16::00-18:00

in the terminal  building in the old train station Jerusalem.(next to the

bicycle rental) Free of charge

Making up a Brochure for Love Your Lymph Exercise class – more information latter this week

Vegetarian Moroccan : From Vegetable Tagine

What You’ll Need

  • 1/4
  • cup olive oil or argan oil
  • 1
  • onion, sliced into rings
  • carrots, peeled and cut in half lengthwise (or sliced)
  • 2 tomatoes, thickly sliced
  • 2 or 3 small zucchini. cut in half lengthwise or thickly sliced
  • 1 or 2 large potatoes, peeled and quartered (or cut into 1/4″ thick slices)
  • 1 teaspoon salt, or to taste
  • 1 teaspoon ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
  • pinch of saffron threads, crumbled (optional)
  • a handful of red or green olives (optional)
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon chopped parsley or cilantro, for garnish

How to Make It

  I just returned from the shuk with a load of yellow and orange vegetables  It’s always nice to combine some frozen vegetables with squash, zucchini and  pumpkin gourds

  1. Wash and prep the vegetables

  2. Place the potatoes, carrots, and zucchini in a bowl; add the spices and toss to coat the vegetables evenly

  3. Pour half of the oil into the base of a tagine or in a skillet. Add the onion slices and top with the tomato slices

  4. Arrange the vegetables in conical fashion on top the tomatoes; or, if they were sliced, layer the vegetables over the tomatoes: first the carrots, then the potatoes, then the zucchini

  5. Add the olives. Drizzle the remaining oil

Rinse the spices from       the bowl which held the potatoes by swirling one cup of water in the bowl. Add this water to the tagine or skillet and cover

  1. Place over medium-low to medium heat (use a diffuser between a tagine and the burner) and bring to a simmer. It’s normal for this to take 15 or 20 minutes if cooking in clay, so stay patient.

  2. Once you hear the tagine simmering, adjust the heat to the lowest temperature necessary for maintaining a simmer. Allow the tagine to cook undisturbed for about one to one-and-a-half hours. Check to see that the vegetables are tender and reduce any excess liquid

  3. Garnish the tagine with the chopped parsley or cilantro and serve warm


Post 447: Trip to Shilo and several other soaring places tomorrow, Listening to Lisa Aiken, PHD, Dinner on the Hudson, Tuesday, August 15, 2017, Contra Dance in Ramot Bet, Vertigo Dance Performance

If you have never been to Shilo or its rich environs and a few years have  passed since your last trip nearby, you have an opportunity for a free trip tomorrow: I found out about this a few hours ago: All the details are provided on the link:

A simple thing like joining a Webinar is a challenge with it’s frustrations. In fact, Lisa Aiken’s talk could have been entitled, “How to meet the Challenge of Joining a Webinar”. Yes  to get it started is a challenge . For on old hand, it can be a trifle. I felt it  empowered by getting and staying connected. a seminar conducted over the Internet.

What is a webinar? A webinar is a seminar conducted over the Internet.

I’m sorry to say that my idea of a seminar is a class at a college or university in which a topic is discussed by a teacher and a small group of students, and the burden of the class falls increasingly on the students.

At the beginning of the webinar the manager announced that 40+ students enrolled. During the hour she listed some of the single word answers of listeners. No feedback.

Notwithstanding the fact that Dr. Aiken’s message was well developed, it wasn’t so  important what she said, because, there was a sense of familiarity to it.

But getting on to a webinar, that was new, for me anyhow.

Some may say the purpose of a webinar is for arousing interest, where little or none exists. That person would not join a webinar; he uses his time to follow his range of interests and none other. Touchy-feely talks are seen as a waste of time. Dr. Aiken wore her therapist’s cap throughout, and had you think for a brief moment that a therapy session was in progress.

When one joins a Webinar you have a general idea of the contents. After a single listening experience,  I know that a webinar is really another type of Info-mercial, a television program that promotes a product in an informative and supposedly objective way, in this case promoting a series of Lisa Aiken webinars.

Heaven is wonderful, but getting there is most of the fun. This statement has been attributed to the Chofetz Chiam. I imagine the “fun” that the great Chofetz Chiam is referring to is the trial of living a life  seeking a connection to his creator. On the outside he lived a life of great difficulty and what we would call poverty. It was “Life”. He saw life with a capital “L”. Nothing was trivial.

His spiritual life was rich beyond imagination.

The speaker is Dr. Lisa Aiken.  Her topic, Overcoming Challenges with Resilience, was about “Life”. She urged us to make our stresses into small trivialities.

Firstly, what is a challenge? As a typical therapist, she threw the question out to her listeners. You’ve undoubtedly been in a room where the psychologist asks the audience members to utter their personal challenges.

Then after hearing complaints of the mundane variety from a somewhat embarrassed audience of listeners, the speaker comes up with some heavy complaints and then some and guess what, Dr. Aiken continued, “those folks are sunny and bright and not down on the world.”

I suspected she would supply many stories and examples from her hospital patients. One  a woman, suffered a stroke in her ninth month of pregnancy

Dr. Aiken was summoned to tell the woman that after delivery, she would never be able to walk or hold her baby. The lady burst out, “I’ve always been told that I was a good for nothing. You’ll see, I’ll be back in three months walking and holding my baby”. Three months later she proved Dr. Aiken wrong. More to the point, the woman didn’t know how resilient she was. But she learned and taught Dr.Aiken a thing or two.

Other stories were told describing near fatal accidents, that in the end helped wake up folks to the dangers of living in the fast lane of drugs and alcohol.

Making the necessary changes in their lives didn’t happen UNTIL they felt isolated, with  their backs up against the wall, without family, friends, job etc.

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