Deuteronomy 26:1 – 29:8
Deuteronomy 26:1 – 29:8
From Captain Linda Ariel:
There were many people helping with serving, clean up, and washing the pots and pans. They included volunteers Erin Berman and Lou Hammerman and teens Amalia, Siona, Sebastian, Sam, Rachel, and Matt. There were also four MASH staff who collaborated in making the evening a smooth, welcoming environment. Continue reading
As summer leaves us and fall makes its way into our lives, it’s time to think about more hearty fare than cold soups and salads.
Here are some recipes that are simple, tasty, economical and just right for those buy days of September and October.
September is library card sign-up month. Libraries are getting even more use than ever before.
Once known as the People’s University, today libraries provide entertainment, instruction, access to computers, and a host of other services.
Patrons don’t even have to leave their homes to use the library. Online catalogs give access to downloadable books and music. Sophisticated databases provide resources for research. Digital magazine collections let the reader browse his or her favorite magazine with subscribing or leaving that comfortable chair. Continue reading
Parashat Ki Tetze
Deuteronomy 21:10 – 25:19
Our Torah portion includes the strange commandment of “Shilu`ah ha-qan – the sending away [of the mother bird] from the nest.” The Torah describes a scene in which a person encounters a bird’s nest and wishes to take the chicks or eggs from it. But the mother is sitting on them. The command is that one may not take the chicks within view of the mother. Rather the mother must be shooed away first. (Deut. 22:6-7)
Our tradition records many attempts at finding the meaning of this strange commandment. Nachmanides places this commandment within a set of additional mitzvot, all of which, in his view, describe limited actions that seek to remind us of two goals of broader meaning. One goal is ecological. We are to be careful not to decimate species unthinkingly. Tragically, this concern has reached crisis proportions today. Human beings have devastated the biosphere and continue to do so every day. We are in real danger of wiping out many species, major and minor, creating permanent, irreparable loss for the sake of temporary gain.
Yasher Koach on a wonderful welcome back (indoor!) BBQ and first day of JLC! The students were overwhelmingly positive about the change in the building and program (Wow! was a common response upon seeing the new furniture/rooms!) The rooms looked great, the teachers were warm and wonderful, and the students had amazing energy. I am thrilled for the year to come. Assistant Education Directors, Lily Lucey and Aylah Winter were both wonderful in their interactions with students and parents, and I think everyone is responding to having such a capable team in place.
From Captain Lynne Kurzweil:
We hosted 24 grateful seated guests and provided 6 takeaways this past Tuesday night. With the air temperature dipping slightly, chef du jour, Lynne Kurzweil, decided to start the meal off with some homemade Split Pea and Barley Soup. Our guests were ecstatic! They love soup. Many enjoyed 2-3 helpings until the pot was empty.
Curious George turns 75 on September 17. That’s also Curiosity Day, inspired by the ever popular monkey. We should sing a hearty Yom Huledit Sameach for the beloved curious monkey who almost didn’t make it.
Did you know that Curious George is Jewish? Or at least his “parents,” H. A. Rey (originally Reyersbach) and Margret E. Rey were. George’s creators were born in Germany, married in Brazil and moved to Paris after their marriage. Continue reading
From Captain Aileen Grossberg:
On a balmy September evening, Shomrei’s MESH Cafe inaugurated the 2016-2017 MESH year. We served 24 guests – some new to Shomrei- a nutritious, economical meal of tossed green salad, buttered Italian bread, casserole of ground turkey, onions, eggplant , mushrooms, corn and spaghetti sauce over pasta. Many of our guests asked for seconds. We replaced the turkey with tofu for our vegetarians. Look for the recipe in a future Shomrei Week.