Heart Healthy for Heshvan

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I’ve had several requests for the potato salad recipe served on a recent Shabbat. There’s no magic to it except that there is no mayonnaise (or if you wish, just a little bit).  I must confess that I didn’t use a recipe but combined items to get the taste I was looking for.  But here’s an equivalent with changes made in the Shomrei kitchen. Continue reading

King David in Literature

David paintingThis week we are skipping ahead from Bereshit to the story of David to coincide with the next Nourish.  On October 20, Paul Boorstin will be speaking about his book, “David and the Philistine Woman,” a work of historical fiction.

Based on extensive research, Boorstin has created a fast -paced story of the events leading up to David’s confrontation with Israel’s nemesis, the giant Goliath. Continue reading

MESH Cafe Oct 2, 2018

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Report from Captain Alex Kent:

The Carol Starr MESH Cafe hosted a full house, and then some, on Tuesday. Luckily the offerings were bountiful thanks to the previous Syrian lunch, and the Simchat Torah celebration, which constituted much of the meal.

24 guests were served dinner and 7, for whom we had no room, were given takeout dinners. We had a good complement of helpers including newcomers Ira and Wendy Pollack. Ira is a whiz at the dish sink!  Aileen Grossberg and Lynne Kurzweil were the chefs, ably assisted by Shomrei teens Noah, Pacey, and Amalia, and adult helper Rachel Kanter. Bonny and Joe ran the show for MESH.   Continue reading

Constant But Always Fresh

Genesis2018zagerAnd so we begin again…I am constantly amazed that no matter how many times one listens to a Torah reading and discusses it, there is always something new to extract from the text.

Although the text never changes- it is a constant- we change through experience, through aging, through changes in our surrounding, through education, through emotional growth. We are always bringing a new self to the old words.

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Treasures or Trash


As I put the library back together, I have found some treasures. Well, maybe treasures for some people but no longer part of the library.

You may have noticed the book cart in the downstairs lobby. The books on it are yours to take. There are books for every age and taste: Jewish books and secular books; new books and used books; fiction and non-fiction.  Continue reading

Honey, Honey, What’s the Best?

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On Rosh Hashanah evening, my family sat down to a pretty traditional meal: hallah, gefilte fish, brisket and chicken. (See the recent recipe clumn: New Recipes for the New Year.)

Of course, we dipped apples in honey but with a twist this year. As I looked in my pantry, I found several different kinds of honey. So I thought a honey tasting contest would liven up dinner a bit. Continue reading

New recipes for the New Year


This month’s recipe selection focuses on dishes that will enhance your holiday celebration.

It seems that I spent days and multiple trips to the market,  as well as phone calls and whispered  secret tips about the availability of brisket for my twice a year homage to this traditional holiday cut of beef. If you’ve been lucky enough to score a brisket, this easy recipe is for you.   It allows you to even sit back and relax a little (after all that running around) by using the secret formula for brisket: low and slow.  The recipe is from the Joy of Kosher site developed by Jamie Geller. Continue reading

A Poem for This Season

"A good anger acted upon is beautiful as lightning and swift with power" Marge Piercy

“A good anger acted upon is beautiful as lightning and swift with power” Marge Piercy

I was looking through old magazines recently as I cleaned out old library materials. You never know what gems you might uncover.

This poem by Marge Piercy is perfect for this time in our Jewish year. Piercy is a poet, novelist and activist.  Her novels and poems have won awards and often focus on feminist and social  issues. While not all her work is overtly Jewish, most show a Jewish sensibility. Continue reading

Two Geniuses

bernstein1On a beautiful August night, the full moon rose over the Shed at Tanglewood as music composed by and for Leonard Bernstein swept through the crowd. Eighteen thousand people had come to celebrate one of America’s greatest creative artists on the 100th anniversary of his birth. Not a cell phone’s ringing nor the flash of an email being answered broke the crowd’s concentration.

The following day at Jacob’s Pillow a smaller crowd of 620 was entranced by the choreography of Jerome Robbins whose centennial is also being observed this year.

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Be Prepared for @nourish

David and the Philistine WomanOn Saturday, October 20 @ Nourish will feature author Paul Boorstin speaking about his book David and the Palestine Woman. This well-researched novel is an engaging story based on the Biblical story of David and Goliath.

I encourage you to read the book ahead of time. There are only two copies in the BCCLS system.

The library wholesaler with whom I deal has the book for $12.00 including shipping. Continue reading