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Shanah Tovah 5777!

Kosher by Design Brings it Home for the High Holidays

The Jewish High Holidays are a time when friends and family come together and ring in the new year with delicious meals prepared with love.  Best-selling kosher cookbook author Susie Fishbein suggests trying some fresh and exciting new flavors and tastes for your holiday table with recipes from her new cookbook, Kosher by Design Brings It Home. The final installment in Susie’s groundbreaking Kosher by Design series offers 115 tempting international recipes culled from her 15 years of traveling the world and trying new ways to cook interesting and delicious meals. Along with moving stories gleaned from her cooking demos, Susie shares her favorite recipes she learned from the great chefs she encountered in Italy, France, Mexico, Israel, and across North America.


Roasted Eggplant with Silan Techina
(pareve) – yields 6 servings

Eggplant in some form or another can be found on every restaurant menu in Israel. Halved roasted eggplant is the ambassador of these appetizers. Gorgeous, simple, and healthy, with its smoky aroma and smooth cooked center, it is the perfect starter. Roasting the eggplants on the open flame adds so much flavor but can be a bit messy; make sure to cover the grates with foil to catch the charred skin — or follow this recipe for an oven-baked version.

Silan Techina:
1 cup raw tahini (sesame paste)
1⁄3 cup fresh lemon juice
4 cloves fresh garlic, minced
pinch kosher salt
¼ teaspoon ground white pepper
½ cup warm water, plus more as needed
¼ cup silan (date syrup)

Roasted Eggplant:
3 large, long eggplants
1⁄3 cup olive oil
pomegranate seeds, for garnish
radishes, sliced paper-thin on a mandolin, for garnish
scallions, thinly sliced, for garnish

Prepare the silan techina: In the bowl of a food processor fitted with the metal “S” blade, purée the tahini, lemon juice, garlic, salt, pepper, ½ cup warm water, and silan. You may need a bit more warm water to thin to desired consistency. Set aside.

Prepare the roasted eggplant: Preheat the oven to 400°F. Cut the eggplants in half lengthwise, cutting straight through the green stalk. Using a small sharp knife, make 3-4 “X” marks to score the eggplant flesh without cutting through to the skin.

Place the eggplant halves, cut-side up, on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Brush them heavily with olive oil. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Roast for 35-40 minutes; the flesh should be soft, flavorful, and nicely browned. Remove from the oven; allow to cool.

Transfer the roasted eggplant to a platter or plates for serving. Drizzle on the silan techina; garnish with pomegranate seeds, radish slices, and scallions.


Pumpkin Braised Short Ribs 
yields 5-6 servings

If autumn had a celebrity dish, this would be it. These short ribs will be the reason your succah or Thanksgiving table is the place to be. The long, slow cooking time yields rich, succulent results. If the ribs don’t come tied, you can use kitchen twine or silicone bands. It’s just for prettier presentation so that they don’t fall off the bone.

½ cup all-purpose flour
½ teaspoon ground sage
½ teaspoon fine sea salt
½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
6 pounds (10-12 large ribs, each 4 x 2 inches) thick short ribs, each tied
2 tablespoons canola oil
1 onion, peeled, cut into ½-inch dice
24 ounces (2 [12-ounce] bottles) pumpkin ale or other beer
1½ cups or 1 (15-ounce) can canned pure pumpkin, NOT pumpkin pie filling
2 tablespoons tomato paste
2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
2 tablespoons whole grain mustard
2 tablespoons seasoned rice vinegar
2 tablespoons dark molasses
3 cups chopped curly kale

Combine the flour, sage, salt, and pepper in a shallow dish or tin. Coat the ribs on all sides with the seasoned flour. Shake off excess.

Heat a large Dutch oven over high heat for 3 minutes. Add the canola oil; wait a minute or two, until the pan is very hot and almost smoking. Place the short ribs into the pan; sear until they are nicely browned on all three meaty sides. You will have to sear the meat in batches. Do not crowd the pot.

Be patient; allow 4-5 minutes per side.

When the ribs are nicely browned, transfer them to a plate to rest.

Reduce heat to medium; add the onion. Stir with a wooden spoon, scraping up all the browned bits in the pan. Cook 3-4 minutes, until the onion just starts to soften. Add 12 ounces of beer. Stir. Add the pumpkin. Stir in the tomato paste, Dijon mustard, whole grain mustard, vinegar, and molasses. Mix well. Bring sauce to a boil.

Return ribs to the pot. Stand them up if needed to fit all. Add the remaining 12 ounces of beer to almost cover the ribs. Add as much of the chopped kale as fits. Cover the pot. Simmer on low for 3 hours.

Transfer the ribs to a large platter. Spoon lots of braising juices over the ribs.

Recipes from Kosher by Design Brings It Home by Susie Fishbein/Mesorah Publications/March 2016. For more information, visit www.KosherbyDesign.com.



‘We’re all from the same planet:’ National Geographic introduces kids to High Holidays

By Robert Gluck/JNS.org


The new cover of National Geographic’s Celebrate Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.  Credit: Deborah Heiligman.

Can a children’s book about the Jewish High Holidays help advance world peace?

A new edition of an award-winning children’s book author thinks so—and National Geographic agrees.

Celebrate Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur — first published in 2007 and reissued this year with a new cover — is one of the volumes included in National Geographic’s series, Holidays Around the World, which introduces children to the ways in which religious and cultural holidays are celebrated in various countries. Other holidays spotlighted in the series include Thanksgiving, Diwali, Easter, and Ramadan, as well as the Jewish holidays Hanukkah and Passover.

Deborah Heiligman, the author of Celebrate Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, has written 30 books for children and teens. She sees the “Holidays Around the World” series as a step toward fostering greater interfaith understanding.

“You may have a non-Jewish kid, a Christian kid, or a Muslim kid looking at the pictures in this book, and some of the people in the pictures look like they do,” Heiligman tells JNS.org. “And they’re going to be playing a game that they play or eating a food that they eat, or even if they’re not, they look similar, they look like kids.” That is the moment, she says, “when they go ‘aha,’ even though we have differences we’re all from the same planet.’ I think the way you can make change in the world is to start with children.”

Celebrate Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur introduces young readers to the blowing of the shofar, holiday greeting cards, prayers, and special foods. The book also examines how the Jewish High Holidays are celebrated worldwide. Through striking photographs, readers see how Jews from California to Zimbabwe, and from Mexico to Jerusalem, participate in the holiday rituals.

A two-page photo spread in Celebrate Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur shows thousands of Jews gathered at a lake in Uman, Ukraine, for the Tashlikh service.

Heiligman, who was raised in a Jewish family in Allentown, Pa., agreed to write 10 volumes in the National Geographic series because she thought the books could be a way for children to become leaders who understand that diversity is part of our culture, and that every culture deserves respect.

“The High Holidays are a time for reflection, a time for new beginnings, a time to look inward and ask yourself how can I be a better person, how can I be the best person that I can be,” Heiligman tells JNS.org. “I think children can relate to this. Jews pray in hopes of becoming better people and I hope adults can relate to that, too. Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur give us a time to do that, to really sit and think.”




Temple Beth El High Holy Day Services & Programs       

SPRINGFIELD – Temple Beth El, located at 979 Dickinson St., announces its High Holy Day programs and services for all ages. This year, the synagogue offers several alternative options which do not require tickets (see below). Tickets are required for the first day of Rosh HaShanah and on Yom Kippur; they are not required on the second day of Rosh HaShanah or on the afternoon of Yom Kippur. Full-time students or full-time military personnel will be admitted to services upon presentation of college or military ID. Those affiliated with another synagogue may have a ticket at no charge upon presentation of a letter from their congregation showing that they are members in good standing. Others may purchase tickets. Call the temple at (413) 733-4149 for details.

Rosh Hashana
Monday, Oct. 3: First Day of Rosh HaShanah, 8:30 a.m.; Jr. Congregation (Grades 5 – 7), 10 – 11 a.m.; family service (Grades 4 and younger), 10 -11 a.m; Children’s Program (K, 1 & 2), 11 a.m. – End of services; Activities (Grades 3 – 7), 11 a.m. – End of services; Gathering Space for Teens (Grades 8-12), noon – End of services Tashlikh/Minhah, 5 p.m., at Forest Park.

Tuesday, Oct. 4: Second Day of Rosh HaShanah, 8:30 a.m. (Open to the Community); Children’s Program (Grades K, 1 & 2), 10 a.m. – End of services; Junior Congregation (Grades 3 – 7), 10 – 11 a.m.; Age-appropriate holiday activities (Grades 3-7), 11 a.m. – End of services; Ma’ariv, 6 p.m.

Tuesday, Oct. 11: Kol Nidre, 6 p.m..

Yom Kippur
Wednesday, Oct. 12, 8:30 a.m; Jr. Congregation (Grades 5 – 7), 10 – 11 a.m.; Family Service (Grades 4 and younger), 10 – 11 a.m.; Children’s Program (K, 1 & 2), 11 a.m. – End of services; Activities (Grades 3 – 7), 11 a.m. – End of services; Gathering Space for Teens (Grades 8-12), Noon – End of services; Minhah, 4:30 p.m.; Neilah, 5:45 p.m., Sounding the Shofar, 6:55 p.m.; Break-the-fast, 7 p.m.

*Cost for break the Fast dairy buffet is $10 per person ages 10 and over, $8 per child ages 5 – 9, and free for children under 5. Attendance is by paid reservation only. No walk-ins. RSVP by Oct. 5: (413) 733-4149 or office@tbespringfield.org.

Babysitting for ages 2-4 is available each day from 10 a.m. through the end of services.


Join Us at Hevreh for the High Holy Days

GREAT BARRINGTON – The High Holy Days are a wonderful and joyous time when Hevreh of Southern Berkshire’s sanctuary is filled with members and guests singing, praying, and celebrating together.  We hope your family will join Rabbi Neil P.G. Hirsch, Rabbi Jodie Gordon, cantorial soloist Joshua Zecher-Ross, the Hevreh Choir, and our Hevreh staff to celebrate 5777. For more information and to register, go to hevreh.org/high-holidays/

Sunday, Oct. 2: Erev Rosh Hashanah, 8 p.m.

Monday, Oct. 3: Rosh Hashanah Family Service, 9 – 9:45 a.m.; Rosh Hashanah Morning Service, 10:30 a.m.; Taschlich at Great Barrington River Walk, 4 p.m.

Tuesday, Oct. 4: 2nd Day Rosh Hashanah Service, 10:30 a.m.

Tuesday, Oct. 11: Kol Nidre Service, 8 p.m.

Wednesday, Oct. 12: Yom Kippur Family Service, 9 – 9:45 a.m.; Yom Kippur Morning Service, 10:30 a.m. Special Programs will follow the morning service; Yom Kippur Afternoon Service, 2:45 p.m. (includes Yizkor and N’ilah). A festive Break Fast will immediately follow the concluding service on Yom Kippur.

All are welcome to join us. Hevreh is located at 270 State Road, Great Barrington. hevreh.org


Chabad House at Amherst

AMHERST – Rosh Hashanah services and meals are free and open to the public. Chabad House is located at 30 North Hadley Road, Amherst, (413) 626-7820. Services are conducted in Hebrew using English Hebrew prayer books.

Rosh Hashanah, Sunday, Oct. 2,
7:30 p.m.: service and holiday dinner.

Monday, October 3: 10 a.m. morning service, noon shofar, 2:30 p.m. holiday lunch, 5 p.m. Shofar Picnic and Tashlich service at UMass Campus Pond.
Evening service: 7:30 p.m., dinner to follow.

Tuesday, October 4th: 10 a.m. morning service; noon shofar; 2:30 p.m. holiday lunch.

Yom Kippur, Oct. 11: 6:10 p.m. Kol Nidrei service.

Oct. 12: 10 a.m. morning service; 5 p.m. afternoon service; 6 p.m. Neilah closing service; 6:54 p.m. break fast dairy buffet.


Temple Israel Greenfield 2016 High Holidays

GREENFIELD – Oct. 2: 5 p.m. Rosh Hashanah Children’s Program-Families are invited to help prepare pizza and salad for the 6 p.m. Community Meal –No Charge.

Oct. 3: 9:30 a.m. Rosh Hashanah Morning Service-welcome the new year with blessings, liturgy, Torah and Community Lunch. No tickets Older Children’s Service (ages 9-12); Free childcare provided (Donations and new memberships welcome for all programs).

Oct. 4: 9:30 a.m. Rosh Hashanah Morning Service-welcome the new year with morning blessings followed by inclusive, educational approach to the liturgy, Torah service and community lunch; No tickets (Donations and new memberships welcome for all programs)

Oct. 11: 5:45 p.m. sharp. Stand for Kol Nidre in sacred community, dress in white with tallit no leather is to be worn for the evening Yom Kippur Service. No tickets (Donations and new memberships welcome)

Oct. 12: 9:30 a.m. Full day of prayer (9:30 a.m.-2 p.m.) Morning Service, Yom Kippur, Torah, Yizkor; children’s holiday crafts for ages 10-12; 3-4 p.m. Gentle Yoga: 4-5 p.m.: Retelling the Yonah Story (for children of all ages); 5 p.m.: Yom Kippur Ma-ariv and Torah service, 6 p.m.: Neilah Service followed by break-the-fast. Free childcare (Donations and new memberships welcome).


Congregation Ahavas Achim High Holiday Services

WESTFIELD – Congregation Ahavas Achim will hold High Holiday Services at the Westfield State University Interfaith Center. Rabbi Efraim Eisen will be officiating.

Rosh Hashanah services will be Sunday, Oct. 2 at 7:30 p.m. and Monday, Oct. 3 at 10 a.m.

Yom Kippur services will be on Tuesday, Oct. 11 at 7:30 p.m. followed by Kol Nidre service. The morning Yom Kippur service is Wednesday, Oct. 12 at 10 a.m., followed by the Yizkor Memorial Service.

There will be a Yom Kippur closing service on Wednesday, Oct. 12 at 6 p.m. and a Break-The-Fast potluck dinner after the closing service.

New members are always welcome to join. For more information contact Fran at (413) 575-8465 or volleyfran@comcast.net or write Congregation Ahavas Achim at P.O. Box 334, Westfield, MA 01086.


Temple Anshe Amunim to Celebrate High Holy Days

PITTSFIELD – Temple Anshe Amunim, 26 Broad St., will celebrate the Jewish High Holy Days with a full schedule of services. Cantorial Soloist, Dara Rosenblatt, returns to TAA to lend her musical talents and spiritual insights to services during the High Holy Days.

On Sunday, Oct. 2, Rosh Hashanah (Jewish New Year) Evening Services will be held at 7:30 p.m., followed by an oneg (festive reception). On Monday, Oct. 3, a Rosh Hashanah family service will be held at 9 a.m. (one service will be for preschoolers and another for grade-schoolers) with the congregational service beginning at 10:30 a.m. All are welcome to celebrate the holiday’s second day with a Rosh Hashanah in Nature, at Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary in Lenox.

On Sunday, Oct. 9, Rabbi Josh will lead a memorial Service of Faith at 10:30 a.m. at Pittsfield Cemetery.

Yom Kippur (the Day of Atonement) will begin with the Kol Nidre service on Tuesday, Oct. 11 at 7:30 p.m. The congregation is blessed to welcome world renowned violinist Yevgeny Kutik for Kol Nidre. Services on Wednesday, Oct. 12 include a family service at 9 a.m., the congregational service at 10:30 a.m., a Yom Kippur Study Session at 1:30 p.m., and an afternoon service led by the Temple’s Religious School students at 3 p.m. The Yizkor (memorial) and Ne’ilah (closing) services will take place at 5 p.m., and will be followed by a Break-the-Fast reception. Babysitting will be provided.

Those who wish to attend Rosh Hashanah and/or Yom Kippur services should contact the temple office to arrange for tickets.

To arrange for babysitting during High Holy Days, please, call the temple office at (413) 442-5910.

Temple Anshe Amunim is a Reform Jewish congregation that promotes engaging and widespread participation in services, education, and social action programs.

For more information, contact the Temple Anshe Amunim office at (413) 442-5910, email templeoffice@ansheamunim.org or visit www.ansheanumim.org.


High Holiday Services at Beth Tikvah Synagogue

WESTBOROUGH – Come join Beth Tikvah Synagogue for the High Holidays! Our warm, inclusive, egalitarian, and fully participatory independent congregation offers a full schedule of High Holiday services at 45 Oak St., Westborough. Our schedule is as follows:

Rosh Hashanah:
Oct. 2, Sunday, Erev Rosh Hashanah: 6 p.m.

Oct. 3, Monday, 1st Day Rosh Hashanah: 9:30 a.m.; Babysitting (2 yrs.-K), 9:30 a.m. -1 p.m.; Children’s service (grades K-6) 10:30 a.m. – noon; Torah reading,

10:30 a.m.; sermon, 11:30 a.m.; Taschlich, 1:30 p.m., (at nearby Lake Chauncy following services. Bring walking shoes).

Oct. 4, Tuesday, 2nd Day Rosh Hashanah, 9:30 a.m.; Torah reading, 10:30 a.m.; Sermon, 11:30 a.m.; (Note: no reservations required for second day, also no babysitting or children’s service).

Yom Kippur:
Oct. 11, Tuesday, Kol Nidre, 5:45 p.m.

Oct.12, Wednesday, Yom Kippur day, 9:30 a.m.; Babysitting (2 yrs – K), 9:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.; Children’s Service (grades K-6),

10:30 a.m. – noon; Torah reading, 10:30 a.m.; Sermon/Yizkor, 11:30 a.m.; Break, 1:30 p.m.; Mincha/Neilah, 5-7 p.m.; Shofar Blowing/Break-fast Pot Luck, 7 p.m.

Free babysitting is available from 9:30 to 1:00 pm for children under age 6 on the first day of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur Day, but, we do request that you make reservations in advance.

Beth Tikvah synagogue welcome anyone to services regardless of ability to pay. However, we ask that people who attend, who are not members, help support the synagogue. We have established recommended donations for High Holiday seats. Tickets are complimentary for college students, military personnel, and families new to the area.

For security purposes, guests who come to our High Holiday must contact us in advance to arrange for seats. You may make reservations on line or download a reservation form on our website, www.bethtikvahsynagogue.org. Send the form, with a check payable to: Beth Tikvah Synagogue, Memo: HH Tickets, to Shelley Dubin, 71 Crawford St., Northborough, MA 01532. We will send confirming emails. Call Shelley Dubin, High Holiday Coordinator, at (508) 616-9037, if you have any questions, or check out our website, www.bethtikvahsynagogue.org.


High Holy Day Services at Temple Emanuel Sinai in Worcester

WORCESTER – Temple Emanuel Sinai’s door is open for the Jewish High Holy Days and everyone is welcome. The temple has a “No Tickets” policy and values including anyone who wishes to worship on the High Holy Days to our community. A professional quartet along with an amazing volunteer choir and Cantor Rachel Reef-Simpson add beauty to the service.

Rosh Hashanah:
Sunday, Oct. 2: 8 p.m. Erev Rosh HaShanah service; a festive oneg follows the service.

Monday, Oct. 3: 8:45 a.m. Rosh Hashanah Family Service; 10:30 a.m. Rosh Hashanah Day 1 Service – Full Liturgy; 1:30 p.m. Tot Service.

Tuesday, Oct. 4: 10 A.M. Rosh Ha Shanah Day 2 Service; noon Tashlich Service at the Pond.

Yom Kippur:
Tuesday, Oct. 11: 8 p.m. Kol Nidre Service; 8:45 p.m. Kol Nidre Broadcast on WCUW Community Radio, 91.3 FM

Wednesday, Oct. 12: 8:45 a.m. Family Service; 10:30 a.m. Yom Kippur Service – Full Liturgy; 1:30 p.m. Tot Service; 1:30 p.m. Healing For Ourselves and Our World Service; 2:30 p.m. Learning Session: The Question of Evil in Ourselves and Our World; 3:30 p.m.Afternoon Service; 5 p.m. Yizkor Service; 5:45 p.m. Ne’ilah Service; Break-the-Fast— after the last Shofar blast.

See the temple’s website at www.emanuelsinai.org or call the temple office at (508) 755-1257 to request a schedule. For any questions email amayou@emanuelsinai.org. Temple Emanuel Sinai is located at at 661 Salisbury St. The driveway to the temple is on Whisper Drive.


High Holidays at Central Mass Chabad

Chabad of Central Mass. is located at 22 Newton Ave., in Worcester.

Schedule of Services:

Sunday, Oct. 2: Erev Rosh Hashana, Shachris & Selichot: 7:15 a.m.

Monday, Oct.3 – Rosh Hashanah Services

Shofar Sounding, 11 a.m. ; Special Program for Children: 11 a.m.; Tashlich & Shofar Service at Elm Park, 5 p.m.; Evening Services: 7 p.m.

Tuesday, Oct. 4 – Shofar Sounding: 11 a.m.; Special Program for Children: 11:00 AM

Tuesday, Oct. 11 – Erev Yom Kippur

Morning Services: 7 a.m.; Kol Nidrei Services: 6 p.m.

Wednesday, Oct. 12 – Morning Services: 8:30 a.m.; Yizkor Memorial Service: 10:30 a.m.; Program for Children: 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.; Neilah Closing Service: 5:30 p.m.; Break the Fast with Central Mass

Bagels, lox, salads & more.


Congregation B’nai Israel Service Times

NORTHAMPTON – Congregation B’nai Israel in Northampton’s High Holiday Service times are as follows:

Erev Rosh Hashana: Sunday, Oct. 2, 7:30 p.m.

Rosh Hashana Day 1: Morning service, 8:30 a.m.; Tashlich at Mill River, 4 p.m.; Mincha and Ma’ariv, 6 p.m.

Rosh Hashana Day 2: Tuesday, Oct. 4: Morning services, 8:30 a.m.

Kol Nidre: Tueasday, Oct. 11: Evening service, 6:15 p.m.

Yom Kippur: Wednesday, Oct. 12, Morning services with Yizkor, 9 a.m.; Mincha and Ma’ariv, 5 p.m.

Congregation B’nai Israel is located at 253 Prospect St. For more information call (413) 584-3593.


Congregation Rodphey Sholom Holiday Services

HOLYOKE – Congregation Rodphey Sholom, 1800 Northampton St., will hold its High Holiday services as follows:

Sunday, Oct. 2: Erev Rosh Hashana, 6:29 p.m.

First Day of Rosh Hashana, Oct. 3: 8:45 a.m.; evening service & Tashlich: 6:50 p.m.

Second Day, Oct. 4: 8:45 a.m.; evening service: 7:29 p.m.

Kol Nidre: 6:20 p.m.

Yom Kippur morning service: 8:30 a.m.

Everyone is welcome; tickets are not needed to attend services. Cemetery visitations will be held Oct. 9 from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. with Cantor Yitzak Barnoon. For more information, call (413) 534-5262.

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