Tonight is a tzedakah event to help brides:
March 6th is World Lymphedema Recognition day. Included is a link to a petition;
https://groups.google.com/forum/#!topic/shaarei-chessed-news/tObmVSVXbH8 event tonight in Shaare Chesed
14 Shaare Chesed Street-
- The World Health Day 2016 campaign was “Beat Diabetes.” Its objective was to increase awareness of the burden and consequences of that disease worldwide.
- The World Health Day 2017 campaign is “Depression,” which kicked-off in October 2016, and is focused on prevention and treatment.
- This year, we ask the lymphatic and LE community to sign a petition asking that WHO make World Health Day 2018: “Lymphedema: Awareness & Cures.”
Upcoming Purim Events at Emek Learning Center: http://us7.campaign-archive1.com/?u=3febdb5adaa4629ae2531294d&id=c51c180174&e=459cb0df4c
There are interesting options for studying, touring, reading, traveling, and attending a lecture in this post.
STUDY:First responder training for 18-30 year olds is offered at a reduced cost.
READING: If you are in the parsha of caring for an elderly parent this fiction article by Lore Segal will help you attain some appreciation of your love one’s fears. Or perhaps you are past this juncture and there is too much pain to look back.
The first paragraph indicates graphically Lotte’s full life-friends, by the choice of the word commodious-roomy, a space offering long unending vistas from on high. Haven’t you wondered what it is like looking out of a Manhattan penthouse? If you have read Anton Chekhov in translation, then you know that the gun that appears in the first act will turn up in the last.
Chekhov’s gun is a dramatic principle that every memorable element in a fictional story must be necessary and irreplaceable, and any that are not should be removed.
Remove everything that has no relevance to the story. If you say in the first chapter that there is a rifle hanging on the wall, in the second or third chapter it absolutely must go off. If it’s not going to be fired, it shouldn’t be hanging there.— Anton Chekhov[
Here the velvet sofa described in the first paragraph is the gun that surfaces later in the story.
“It mattered that Lotte’s apartment was commodious. Lotte liked to boast that when she lay in bed and looked past the two closest water towers, past the architectural follies and oddities few people notice on Manhattan’s rooftops, she saw all the way to the Empire State Building. On the velvet sofa in Lotte’s living room, from which she could observe the Hudson River traffic as far as the George Washington Bridge, the caregiver sat watching television.
“Get rid of her,” Lotte said.
Samson dropped his voice, as if this might make his mother lower hers. “As soon as we find you a replacement.”
ATTENDING A LECTURE: It’s Adar: A Free Talk at Mizrachi on March 7th about Purim and Russia’s attempt to crush Jewish Alliya.
see the details: https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/#search/dlass/15a7682a24f22699?compose=15a7b867435a3176&projector=1
TOURING: Also On Tuesday 7 of March-subsidized day trip.
Time: From 8:30am-3:30pm
To Ein Gedi, to the David Falls, to the Antique Synagogue and more
To register Call 02-6519026
Har Nof Comunnity Center
Cost is Subsidized: only: 95 nis including the bus, tour guide and
*Have a nice day יום טוב*
*Julie Yoheved Benmaman יוכבד בן ממן*
*klita Coordinator רכזת קליטה*
*Har Nof Comunnity Centre*
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Leek, Potato, Mushroom Soup and Leek Potato, Mushroom Spinach Soup
An earthy, delicious soup that’s very easy to make. This is a recipe that originally came from The Enchanted Broccoli Forest that I modified to include mushrooms and less milk. For the stock, I prefer to use my own
- 2 large potatoes, diced
- 2 cups leeks, chopped
- 2stalk celery, chopped
- 1 large carrot, chopped
- 8ounces button mushrooms, sliced
- 4 tablespoons butter or olive oil
- 3⁄4teaspoon salt
- 2 cups vegetable stock (or water)
- 2cups milk or less- I used 38% cream
- 1teaspoon thyme (optional)
- ground black pepper, to taste
- fresh dill chopped to taste
1. Heat pot: add oil. Place potatoes, leeks, celery, carrots, mushrooms, and salt in in the pot, and cook over medium heat, stirring until the oil is almost smoking and the vegetables are coated.
2. Add vegetable stock, bring to a boil, cover, and reduce heat to a simmer. Place diffuser under pot. Cook until the potatoes are tender (20-30 minutes).
3. When the potatoes are tender, remove the pan from the heat and puree it’s contents with the milk, using an immersion blender, or food processor. Make sure the mixture is absolutely smooth. I used a stand low-end mixer.
4. Return to pot, add thyme, if using, add pepper and cream or milk.. Check if you need more salt. Heat soup gently, until just hot, and serve.
This soup is also absolutely delicious if you choose to make a spinach variety. After step I remove 1/3 of the ingredients and cool. Place into a clean pot and add 1 cups frozen spinach. Warm gently and proceed as you did with the leek soup.
This post has been growing, germinating and now much too long. Did the holy Rambam, Maimonides have a sense of humor? If he were a physician today would he have developed a humor scale like Martin and Lefcourt’s Situational Humor Response Questionnaire (SHRQ) and Coping Humor Scale (CHS) described by Elizabeth S. Bast and Elliot M. Berry, M.D.
People were starving in his day but perhaps he witnessed over-eating .
The following excerpts are from : Laugh Away the Fat? Therapeutic Humor in the Control of Stress-induced Emotional Eating
Elizabeth S. Bast, A.B.1 and Elliot M. Berry, M.D., F.R.C.P.2,*
1University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA 19104, United States and
2Department of Human Nutrition & Metabolism, Braun School of Public Health, Faculty of Medicine, Hebrew University-Hadassah Medical School, Jerusalem, Israel
*To whom correspondence should be addressed. E-mail:
Humor has certainly helped me get over many hurdles. Since my arrival in Israel my sense of humor has been called upon many times during the day, in many varying situations. For example, I will enter a shop and make a request in Hebrew to return a paint supply, that I just bought, but see a problem with it and I don’t have the receipt and I request my 16 sheckels back..
It’s like a boxing match. One has to throw a punch that’s not expected. I look the owner in the eye. His clerk starts to send me away. I stand there surrounded by customers. I don’t move. Everyone stops and looks at me. I’m not yelling.
Continue reading Post 410: I’m making myself a Pot Luck today (most every day) Come and join me! Review the Principles of health by the Holy Rambam- Martin and Lefcourt’s Situational Humor Response Questionnaire (SHRQ) https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3904482/ Examine food balancing according to the Rambam and Macrobiotics Ying and Yang. Many activities at Mizmor L’David- Fundraiser for Lone Women’s Soldier Center-Artcle about a Journalist’s about face on the Israel – Arab Israeli situation – Links to articles and Purim events- A view from the Front of the front lines: How A Pro Palestinian Journalist changed his views on Israel and the Conflict
This blog features many volunteer social opportunities.
Meir Kay threw a Super bowl Party for the homeless in NYC. Watch the video-he is as happy as his guests.
PICO – People – Ideas – Community – Opportunities.
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Address: Poale Tzedek 2, 4th floor (corner of Pierre Koenig), Talpiot, Jerusalem
Friday mornings 8:30-11:30AM (NIS 100 one, NIS 175 two, NIS 250 all)
February 17 Breakthrough with Art Esther Abergel
March 3 Clear Decision Making Catalina Dash
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IsraelB’s Benjy Singer, Avi Aberlow, Daniel Cohen, Laura Ben David, Ahron Glazer, Elissa Krycer & Hadassah Levy will share how they build community using social media.
Sunday, February 19, 19:45-21:30. Free program
Starting this week, Jerusalemites will finally be able to reach Ben Gurion Airport with just one bus.
Currently, the only bus solution between the capital and Israel’s main airport is taking the 947 bus to a nearby intersection, and then transferring to another line. Now, the Afikim Bus Company will begin offering a 24-hour service directly to the airport with its new 485 line.
The new line will start at Eliezer Kaplan Street, near Knesset and the Rose Garden, and stop at the Central Bus Station and a few other spots before heading Ben Gurion’s departures terminal. In the opposite direction, the bus will start at the airport’s arrivals gate.
Tickets will cost NIS 16, and the buses will have wireless Internet. Seats on the bus can be ordered in advance on the Afikim website.
If you seek classes: To all Youngsters of the Golden Age
Join a pensioners kolel ‘Ahavei Torah’email@example.com offered by Ezrat Avot at the new
Seniors Health and Life Enrichment Center.
The location is in the Center’s Synagogue – 15A Kisufim – Ramot
From 9.30 – 13.00 – Lunch is provided –
Classes are in Hebrew for Gemara, Parsha haShavuah and more.
We’ll be happy to welcome you into the Ezrat Avot family.
For more details contact Rabbi Badichi at 052 761 8205
Let us know if lectures in English also interest you.
You can call our office at 02 582 5107 and tell the receptionist
you would be interested in English programs.
We’ll announce on ‘OnlyRamot' when English classes are available or leave your own email for this notification.
Tour of the Negev:
From Jerusalem via the “Land of Samson” and the “Land of David and Goliath”
Visit a recently excavated Roman amphitheater in Bet Guvrin
Travel through the northern Negev desert with its magnificent, short lived, early spring blooms
Visit the Hesder Yeshiva in Yerucham
We shall be their guests for lunch and learn about the revolutionary work they are doing in this frontier town.
We are expected to offer a donation for our host yeshiva and their holy work.
Visit the “Great Crater” (Machtesh Hagadol) and the unique colored sands attraction.
On the return to Jerusalem we will visit “Tel Lachish” of British museum of history fame.
This ancient archaeological site is where Sancherev, king of Assyria, besieged and conquered this Jewish fortress city 2,800 years ago.
Return to Jerusalem at 6:00 pm.
Please reserve your seats early.
From Offir Lang:
I would like to update you on a number of issues relating to the neighborhoods of the city center; (the letter has been edited).
Summary of the Discussion and Planning and Zoning regarding, Mahane Yehuda Market
On behalf of the Community Council, I would like to thank all the residents and merchants who came to the last meeting. A series of objections against the plan were introduced, mainly related to anticipated traffic congestion, to the endangerment and damage to century-old buildings. Many residents joined this opposition, namely, representatives of traders and other entities that together presented objections to the program which they claimed would affect the complex market environment.
In my opinion, (Offir Lang) it will not be possible to implement the program at least not in its current form. I will continue to update when decisions will be made on the subject.
Upgrading football Street Shirizali
We are pleased to announce that this week a football field upgrade on Shirizali street for the welfare of residents and youth in the neighborhood will open. The project was part of work programs of our Community Administration Carmei Ha”Ir in cooperation with the Jerusalem Municipality Sports Department. The renovation was carried out after months in which we’ve put pressure on the municipality to transfer funds to upgrade the facility. As part of the renovation, the facilities are refreshed, replacing the grass and hedge. The field will be providing recreational and welfare opportunities for the residents of the neighborhood, Hours of operation and maintenance of the place will continue to be under Lev Ha’ir Community Administration. Residents are invited to contact us at any time about other upgrades to facilities in the neighborhood.
Parking and Enforcement
In the past year, we advanced a new parking arrangement in the heart of the city.
Planned is the opening of parking garages at a nominal price in the evening for visitors to the area and regulating loading and unloading. To effectively implement these agreements and to provide a solution to the parking problem for residents living in the area, we have promoted broad enforcement during the evening and night in the streets where the signs indicate residents only parking areas. There is a rising demand for parking and it should be a municipal policy to create the right balance.
Municipal inspectors began last January to strengthen enforcement in resident only parking areas in the evening and overnight. This effort has been strengthened. Also expected to take place are efforts to promote solutions to alleviate the shortage of parking in the area.
Community Mediation Services Administration Centrum
Annoying neighbor? Local business oppressive and harmful? Lev Ha’ir Community Administration in cooperation with Mosaica Alternative Dispute Resolution, invite the residents of the city center and business owners use community mediation services to resolve interpersonal issues and those related to the fabric of urban life. The mediation process will take place discreetly to an experienced negotiator accompanied by a supportive community to achieve voluntary agreements between the parties. For further information, please contact the Secretariat of Community Administration Centrum Turn: 02-6214770 or email: Levhair@matnasim.org.il
A reminder – following conclusion of the meeting we held with police commanders heart of the capital. Please contact the station staff at any time, with your question, to report hazards or suspected criminal activity in the area:
* Diarist station – 02-5391550
* NCO Nahlaot City Center, Mishkenot nation (Suad Mohammed) – 050-5063740
* NCO market point (Lazarus welcome) – 050-4811280
– Handling complex matters can even determine with the officers sitting at the station by prior arrangement. At the same time, community administration staff Lev is available with the help, support and treatment of problems and nuisances.
An absorption center for new immigrants
Recently opened at the community center focus of absorbing new immigrants.
The center will provide information, guidance and support of integration of immigrants in the neighborhood, coordination and development of relations between the various organizations providing services to immigrants in the region, initiate the development and operation of neighborhood programs for new immigrants. If you wish to take part in the project integrating immigrants flood the neighborhood or topic / issue related to the topic, please contact Ms. Rachel Duchin, a community worker on the Integration of immigrants Administration – Email: Klita@levhair.matnasim.co.il
– You are invited to read about the various activities and initiatives of the administration of the local newspaper “new heart of the city”.
We are at your disposal on every issue, Dr. Ofir Lang
Community Authority Chairman Lev Ha”Ir
Police activity in the capital to strengthen security attention and eradication of nuisance to the neighborhood in the heart of the city
We would like to update that recently came into office a new community NCO (Nahlaot City Center), Sergeant Major Suad Mohammed
Reception hours (by appointment);
Wednesday – 15: 00-18: 00
Also, you can contact them directly at any time to any report on hazards, suspected offenses, etc.
5 INGREDIENT VEGAN GLUTEN FREE COOKIES
Simple, 5 ingredient V + GF cookies that are healthy, simple and delicious.
Author: Minimalist Baker
Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: Vegan, Gluten Free
Serves: 2 dozen
1 cup Dates, tightly packed, (soaked for 10 minutes in warm water and then drained)
1 medium ripe banana + 1/2 cup condensed soy milk
2 Tbsp all natural, salted almond butter or peanut butter
3/4 cup almond meal (ground from raw almonds)
3/4 cup gluten free rolled oats
Optional add-ins: dried fruit, dairy-free chocolate chips, flaxseed, seeds, nuts
Add dates to a food processor and pulse until small bits remain.
Add banana and almond butter and mix again until combined, scraping down the sides as needed.
Next add the almond meal and rolled oats and pulse until a loose dough is formed. It will be kind of wet and sticky. That’s OK! You’re on the right track.
Scrape your dough into a mixing bowl. If it feels too wet to the touch to form into cookies, add another few Tbsp of almond meal and/or oats and stir. I added another few tablespoons of each until I was able to form them into cookies without them sticking to my hands.
At this point, you can add in 1/4 cup of your mix-in of choice, such as dairy-free dark chocolate chips, raisins or nuts. Then chill dough for 10 minutes and preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Scoop out 1 Tbsp amounts of your cookie dough and form into loose discs, then arrange on a parchment lined baking sheet. They won’t expand so pack them closer together (but not touching).
Bake for 15-18 minutes or until golden brown and somewhat firm to the touch. The good thing about these cookies is a little under-baked is OK since there’s no eggs and they’ll ultimately just be a little more moist.
Remove and let set for a few minutes on the pan, then carefully transfer to a plate or cooling rack to cool. Serve immediately.
Store leftovers in an airtight container for several days. Move to the fridge or freezer for longer term storage.
Betuach Leumi – Know Your Rights (And Don’t Miss Out On Your Government Benefits)
Wednesday February 22, 19:00 at the AACI Glassman Family Center, 37 Pierre Koenig, Talpiot.
Cost: NIS 25/ 15 AACI members, free for Olim within the first 6 months of Aliya
It is all too common that olim have rights from the government that they aren’t fully aware of. If you want to clear up the confusion about the benefits that you qualify for from Bituach Leumi regarding unemployment, maternity leave, army reserve duty, and more, then join attorneys Ariel Novick and Tzvika Graiver “The Oleh Advocates” for this workshop. They will help you to avoid any trouble with Bituach Leumi by understanding your responsibilities, and give support.
Presenters: “The Oleh Advocates” Ariel Novick Adv. and Tzvika Graiver. Ariel is a Jerusalem lawyer specializing in supporting olim through employment law, property and corporate law. Tzvika is the co-founder of the KeepOlim non profit, and runs their “Legal Consulting Program” for Olim in their first year in Israel. He is also a legal practitioner practicing law in Tel Aviv, who has a passion for litigation and specializes in corporate, property, defamation, and transportation law.
Call AACI to register- 02-566-1181
Join the Gala Musical Evening at Kehillat Yedidya!
Featuring — a concert orchestra, soloists, a barbershop group and singers performing jazz, modern, classical, and Israeli music. Performers will be thirty talented Yedidya members.
When: Saturday evening, February 25, 2017
Where: Kehillat Yedidya, 12 Nahum Lipshitz St, Baka
Cost: Free Admission with a suggested donation of 40 shekels, less for children under 16. Proceeds to go to charity
For more information call: 052-695-4676
הצטרפו אלנו לערב גאלה מוסיקלי בקהילת ידידיה!
בתוכנית: תזמורת, סולנים, קבוצת “ברברשופ” בביצוע שירי ג’אז, מודרני, קלאסי ומוסיקה ישראלית. בהשתתפות 30 כישרונות מבין חברי ידידיה.
מתי: 25 פברואר, 2017
איפה: קהילת ידידיה, רח’ נחום ליפשיץ 12, (בקעה), בשעה 20:30
דמי כניסה מומלצים: 40 ₪ למבוגר או כמה שנראה לכם עבור ילדים מתחת לגיל 16. ההכנסות קודש לצדקה
Did Tu B’Shvat sneak up on you? It did for me.
Including a chilled cheesecake.
Tu B’Shvat Seder on Har Hazeitimn
Sorry: Just got the directions today:
Tonight: Thursday evening, 8:00 pm at Mizmor L’ David
Screening of film Tunnel of Hope with words by Michael Kagan co-producer and son of the subject of the film.
Watch the trailer at:
suggested donation: 25 nis
Number 7 bus (towards Ramat Rachel) to Ein Guedi stop. Walk down Ein Guedi to Efrata St. turn right, continue to end of street. Payis building is kitty corner.
Ingredients: Pineapple dessert
2 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
1/2 cup butter*or oil
4 oz. cream cheese, softened or soft tofu
1/2 cup butter, room temperature*
2 cups powdered sugar
1 (8 oz.) container frozen whipped topping (COOL WHIP), thawed
1 (20 oz.) can crushed pineapple, drained well
Broccoli – Pea Soup
Juice of 1 lemon
1 head of broccoli
1/2 bag frozen peas (250g)
2 sticks of celery
Frozen spinach (100g)
200ml almond milk (make sure it’s unsweetened!)
5 cloves of garlic
1 inch of fresh ginger
1 teaspoon of chilli flakes
1 teaspoon of brown miso paste
1 teaspoon of tamari
Salt and pepper
Start by peeling the ginger, then chop it finely and crush the garlic cloves. Add these to a large frying pan with generous drizzle of olive oil, salt and pepper.
Let this heat up and sauté for a few minutes before adding in the tamari, finely chopped celery, frozen spinach and broccoli. Stir this around for a minute before adding the water and frozen peas to the pan. Add a generous pinch of salt and let this heat up for about 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Once everything has cooked pour the mixture into your blender with the lemon juice, chilli flakes, miso paste and almond milk. Blend it all together until it’s really smooth and creamy!
Ingredients second recipe-Broccoli Soup
- 1 pound broccoli florets, stalks peeled; finely chopped.
- 1 (8 ounces) onion, finely chopped.
- 1 quart water or chicken broth.
- 1 cup frozen petite peas, thawed.
- 1 tablespoon butter.
- 3 tablespoons flour.
- 2 cups half and half or evaporated low fat or skimmed milk.
- Salt and freshly ground black pepper.
The TRAINS & TRAMS CLUB of Israel-will have a meeting in the Educational complex of the WZO on Mt Herzl.
on 20th MARCH 2017 from 5 till 8 PM.
The agenda is: Introductions, A Dvar Torah by Steve, [Portable mega-structures of the ancient world], Les on the Train Museum in Haifa, Shlomit on Dr. T. Herzl’s Trains and Tram! , a meal,[halavi], Jeremy about the HaRakevet Magazine, Sybil with a PP presentation on the big screen about the Stations on the J&J line, an open discussion and a Memorabilia corner. For a full discussion of the Jaffa–Jerusalem railway (also J & J) see: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jaffa%E2%80%93Jerusalem_railway.
The J&J is a railway that connected Jaffa and Jerusalem. The line was built in the Mutasarrifate of Jerusalem (Ottoman Palestine) by the French company Société du Chemin de Fer Ottoman de Jaffa à Jérusalem et Prolongements and inaugurated in 1892, after previous attempts by the British-Jewish philanthropist Sir Moses Montefiore failed. While the first rail track in the Middle East was laid elsewhere, the line is considered to be the first Middle Eastern railway.
The line was originally built at 1,000 mm (3 ft 3 3⁄8 in)metre gauge, later rebuilt to 1,050 mm (3 ft 5 11⁄32 in) and then to 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 1⁄2 in) standard gauge. The line was operated by the French, the Ottomans and after World War I, the British. After its closure in 1948, it was re-opened as the Tel Aviv – Jerusalem railway by Israel Railways.
The last item will be news about the Tel Aviv to Shanghai trains.
The meal cost 30s, Entrance only [with a hot/cold drink] is 10 shkls.
A RSVP is essential……………to firstname.lastname@example.org by 15 March 2017
This is an English speaking club of train-ologists [and tram-ologists], that meets every 2 months and discuss/study
the latest news about Railways in Israel.
The meetings are always interesting and productive.
more information is available from Steve ……………..at ……email@example.com
This meeting seems like loads of fun!
Rabbi Shaul Rosenblatt founder of Aish HaTorah in London will be giving a
talk in Jerusalem on the topic of his new book ‘Why Bad Things Don’t Happen
To Good People’.
After the passing of his young wife, leaving him with four children under
the age of nine Rabbi Rosenblatt tell how he found the balance between his
overwhelming loss and his appreciation that G-d does everything for the
Wednesday 8:15pm, Minhal Kehilati, 43 Katzenelenbogen, Har Nof.
5nis, 20nis per couple and separate seatin
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Tu B’Shvat, which falls this year on February 11, is often called the
Jewish New Year for Trees because it’s when fruit blossoms start
appearing toward the end of the winter rains.
Since 1892, the holiday has been celebrated in Israel by planting
trees. In more recent years, Tu B’Shvat has morphed into a Jewish
Earth Day with its own Seder featuring Israeli wines and fruits.
If you can’t be in Israel for the holiday, you can download a KKL-JNF
Tu B’Shvat Seder Kit — in English, French, Spanish or Russian — by
clicking here. Or play a virtual tree-planting game online by clicking
This vintage poster designed by Gila celebrates Tu B’Shvat. Photo
courtesy of KKL-JNF Archive
If you are in Israel that week, you have a choice of activities for
all ages geared to the theme of nature and ecology:
Tu B’Shvat Tree Nursery Celebrations will be held on February 6-8 at
Gilat Nursery in the Western Negev from 9-3 and Golani Nursery in the
Lower Galilee, 9:30-3 February 8-10. Learn about the lifecycle of a
seedling until it leaves the nursery for the forest. Register for
these free events at firstname.lastname@example.org or 1-800-350-550.
On February 8 and 9, the public is invited to participate in Tu
B’Shvat tree plantings at the Jerusalem’s Gazelle Valley Park between
2 and 4:30pm.
A Tu B’Shvat Seder in English and Hebrew will be held at Ginger
Vegetarian Community Center, 8 Balfour Street, Jerusalem, February 9
at 7pm. Participants will sample rare fruits and share tree-related
songs, poems and stories. Admission: ₪25; information: 02-566-5737.
On February 10, the public is invited to free KKL-JNF plantings in
Lavie Forest in the north from 9-3 and in central Israel’s Eshtaol
Forest from 9-2. Shuttles to Eshtaol will leave from the Armored
Forces Memorial parking lot near Latrun. Information: 1-800-350-550.
A Tu B’Shvat excursion is planned on February 10 for young
professionals ages 25-45 to Neot Kedumim Nature Reserve for a guided
tour and tree planting, ₪125 NIS. Bus departs 8am and returns 1pm at
the OU Israel Center in Jerusalem. Registration: 02-560-9100.
JNFuture Israel Tree Planting & Wine Drinking trip to Neot Kedumim and
Tzuba Estate Winery for 20s and 30s on February 10 departs by bus from
Tel Aviv at 7:45am and returns 2:30pm. Register here to find out bus
location. Free for JNFuture Israel Members; ₪30 for non-members.
Ramat Rachel Hotel, located at Jerusalem’s only kibbutz, will sponsor
a family celebration on February 10 and 17, 12:30 to 3: 30, including
plantings, making a family name sign, decorating a tree with Tu
B’Shvat wishes, story time, and baking bread in a taboon. Information
and registration: email@example.com
The Jerusalem Botanical Gardens in Givat Ram is throwing a birthday
party for trees in the Experiential Garden for parents and children on
February 11 from 10 to 2. There will be surprises along the Children’s
Discovery Trail as well as special workshops, flower planting and
games. Two guides will help kids make Tu B’Shvat decorations from
natural materials found around the garden as well as a recycled
flowerpot to take home. Free with admission. Information: 02-679-4012.
Nature walks at Kibbutz Tzuba. Photo: courtesy
Kibbutz Tzuba and its Kiftzuba amusement park, Tzuba Winery, Tzuba
Hotel and Galita Chocolate Farm will be offering special Tu B’Shvat
tours and workshops on February 11. The hotel restaurant will serve a
special brunch including green shakshuka, green soup, green lasagna,
and so on. Information: 02-534-7000.
Bloomfield Science Museum in Jerusalem is celebrating Tu B’Shvat from
February 11 through March 9 with special exhibitions, hands-on
flowers. Information: 02-654-4888.
I got on the subway in Manhattan tonight and found a Swastika on every advertisement and every window. The train was silent as everyone stared at each other, uncomfortable and unsure what to do.
One guy got up and said, “Hand sanitizer gets rid of Sharpie. We need alcohol.” He found some tissues and got to work.
I’ve never seen so many people simultaneously reach into their bags and pockets looking for tissues and Purel. Within about two minutes, all the Nazi symbolism was gone.
Nazi symbolism. On a public train. In New York City. In 2017.
“I guess this is Trump’s America,” said one passenger. No sir, it’s not. Not tonight and not ever. Not as long as stubborn New Yorkers have anything to say about it.
The above article came to my attention in Haaretz. I was moved to tears. What wonderful folks are New Yorkers. How strange that the new immigrant, and New Yorkers are basically immigrants, should rise to eclipse an awful sight. The photos are not to be dismissed. There will be very positives discussions in schools because everyone in that train will go home and speak with their family about what they experienced, and a sight that left them speechless.
And most likely, there were no Jews on the train. On my last subway ride on the F train, I confess to being the only Jewish rider on the train. Maybe I am wrong, Jews come in all shapes and sizes. I was on the train once and an Israeli tourist sitting next to me was approached by a member of the John Birch Society. Whenever I heard Hebrew spoken on a New York City subway, I often offered the tourists help.
Maybe the riders only know Jews as professionals, teachers, lawyers, doctors, landlords, accountants, etc. and I like to think that they have been treated in a caring way.
A Jew’s goal is to be no less a mensch in his professional role with one person or another, and of using his wealth and influence to help others.
I like to think that what comes around goes around. I hope that the person or persons who vandalized that train, will ultimately find destruction less tantalizing and thrilling. He will learn that the images were quickly erased. The act just seems so purposeless. As my mother ( Z’L) would say, “Can’t they find, better use of their time.” Sadly, it’s the work of a “Loser” someone who thinks of himself as unworthy. Undoubtedly, other such heinous acts will be performed to complete a profile of a malcontent. The formation of such a personality doesn’t happen over night. It developed over many years, step by step. Malicious words were heard and shared around the dining room table about Jew-this and Jew-that. The cruel parent will live to see an even crueler child as an adult.
I don’t know the connection of the above to my next confession, except the following.
I appreciate a well turned screw. In a screw there is engineering, design, functionality. The wrong cheap screw in your plumbing will cause problems down the line. I am a hardware store browser, not the Home Depot box store browser. There your temples start to pound after passing rows upon rows of neatly packaged tightly hung always full wall holders, with holders and boxes for unnecessary gadgets.
No, the neighborhood hardware/paint store suits me just fine for basics, one or two screws or L brackets.
Don’t feel intimidated if you don’t know the difference between a Molly/anchor, hollow wall anchor and a Philipps screw.
You can look upon these metal inserters as ligature, functioning to attach items to your wall the same way ligature works in your body.
Ligature is any material, such as a thread or wire, used in surgery to tie off blood vessels to prevent bleeding, or to treat abnormalities in other parts of the body by constricting the tissues; Ligatures are used both inside and outside the body. If one must be left within the body after an operation, the type used will usually be of animal tissue or synthetic material that will dissolve or become incorporated in the patient’s own body tissue.
Just remember, the chosen screw will either enhance or detract from it’s overall function. Since many of my dear readers are living outside of Israel, I invite you to a site set up by a Talpiot designer hardware shop, called
http://www.pirzul.co.il/ If you have the chance, take either the 71,72,73 or 74 buses to Zomat Ha Bankim.
The stop is Derech Chevron corner Rechove Rivka.
Follow Rechove Rifka to Rechove Yad Charutzim 14. Store Name:
Mircaz HaYadite V’HaPrazel.If you go to their site you will receive a voucher for 10% of all purchases.
The “doughnut” is a protector for floors. I came upon this by chance. I came into the store looking for a set of castors.
It appeared strange to me that a hardware store with hundreds of designer handles, didn’t have a selection of castors.
I showed the digitals of the bookcase that needs glide. I am tired of changing the felt protectors which have been the only option to protect wood floor.
The saleslady took the width measurements of the bookcase legs. She proclaimed, “The old hardware (100 years old, must be removed.)
The screw is embedded in the doughnut and attached to the bottom of the chair or furniture leg, my case two doughnuts for each leg that has a pre-existing hole.
The gray surface is teflon. When the screw is correctly attached through the center, Viola, you have a glide.
Following are several methods to remove heat spots from furniture. I only tried the medium iron method and aded a layer of paste wax. Surface looks great!
Mix 50/50 toothpaste and baking soda, rub in. …
Rub in a paste of salt and olive oil, allow to sit for up to an hour. …
Rub in Miracle Whip (Mayonnaise) and wipe off after an hour.Mix 50/50 vinegar and olive oil and rub into the watermark.
Try straight toothpaste (non-gel) or the following which REALLY works
The first thing I did was clean the surface and dry it well.
I took a clean, white cotton t-shirt that wasn’t too thick and placed it over the scorch marks.
Taking an iron set to medium heat, I placed it on top of the t shirt, directly over the stain. I let it sit for 15 seconds,
You may not have results. Sometimes you need to I kept reapplying the hot iron with no results, but once the steam is turned the steam on–that’s when the magic happened. The marks literally disappeared. I couldn’t believe it and it defied logic to me–wouldn’t the steam cause more damage? All I know is that it worked. I was quick to wipe away any moisture and water on the surface after each treatment.
Added: A few of the comments below mentioned finishing things off by wiping in a bit of olive oil after successfully using this trick. Or wipe on some wax.
A few days later and the surface is still great. The cloudy discolorations haven’t returned. I keep running my hand across the top and I can’t feel any damage to the finish. I’m amazed at how easily this cleaned up–it’s a totally different piece of furniture now.
Caution: I have no idea if this damages the finish, I’m not an expert. It’s something I tried and worked very well in this case.
Added: Although many are finding this technique works on their furniture pieces, others say that this makes the problem worse (see the comments below). The reason for the discrepancy could be what the type of finish is…varnish or shellac. I believe my table in this project is varnish, but I haven’t tested it to confirm.
- Try a lower temperature and move the iron slowly around the area instead of letting it sit.
- Others report success with hot temp & no steam (thanks Flora Monroe!)
- and another suggestion to fix this with just a hot iron hovering over the spots (not laying one down on cloth–but hovering–thanks mark harris, Tom, myf, Roxanne, Diana and Melanie!)–I believe they all used steam for the hover technique.
- Also scroll down for Dan’s helpful tip using rubbing or polishing compound instead of the above technique if it’s too scary or aggressive for you.
*First published on a separate page and moved here for better organization
If the above steps above are a bit too aggressive for you, try one of the tips below…
- Mix 50/50 toothpaste and baking soda, rub in. Do not use gel toothpaste for this.
- Rub in a paste of salt and olive oil, allow to sit for up to an hour. Wipe off.
- Rub in Miracle Whip (Mayonnaise) and wipe off after an hour.
- Mix 50/50 vinegar and olive oil and rub into the watermark.- I also find this mixture helpful to clean heavy grime off a garage sale item.
- Try straight toothpaste (non-gel). Rub in with the grain then wipe off.
- Make a paste with baking soda and a few drops of water. Rub in then wipe off. You can also try salt instead of baking soda.
- Rub some Vaseline (or other petroleum jelly) into the watermark and leave overnight. Wipe off in the morning.
Medium Iron. Thin Towel. Steam on. Stain gone in 15 seconds.
Gluten Free pancakes
- Begin preheating a griddle to medium or medium-high heat (350 – 375°F).
- Combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a medium bowl.
- In a separate bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk and oil.
- With a wire whisk, stir wet ingredients into dry ingredients until smooth.
- Ladle approximately ⅓ cup pancake batter onto hot griddle. Flip when bubbly and edges are slightly dry, about 3 – 4 minutes per side. Serve hot.
Please note: This recipe requires the use of our Gluten Free All Purpose Baking Flour. Using our Gluten Free 1-to-1 Baking Flour may result in a poor end product.