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4 APRIL 2019


Steve Levitan’s modern family seder

Plus food, fashion, beauty, travel and Passover on TV Edited by Brigit Grant


Jewish News 4 April 2019

Passover / Easter crossover

FESTIVAL Collision Erev Pesach is on Good Friday this year, so it’s a busy time for Patrick Moriarty as he holds the unique position of being headteacher of JCoSS and Curate of St Stephen’s Church, St Albans. Jewish News asked the definitive multitasker to share his thoughts on his Easter/Passover experience – which may even form part of his sermon


is one of the good years: the calendars conspire in such a way that the JCoSS school holidays (timed around Pesach) also work for Easter. Spare a thought – as you hunt for your chametz – for this headteacher of a Jewish school who is hunting for time to prepare the services of a whole other religion. It’s not just the dates of these two festivals that are similar: their themes and events are fundamentally intertwined, because the events that Christians are recalling and celebrating surround one particular Pesach in Jerusalem, some time around 30 CE. A troublesome rabbi from the Galil arrives in Jerusalem to some popular acclaim. The city – as always at Pesach – is a powderkeg, as the festival’s themes of freedom from the yoke of oppression butt up against the brutal reality of Roman occupation. Tension runs high, and threatens to get unpleasant, but the dishevelled rabbi seems intent on forcing a confrontation with Jewish leaders, Romans, or both. It’s a confrontation with a twist, though, because on the one hand he talks of being the Messiah, uniquely destined to usher in the victory of God…but on the other hand his behaviour looks increasingly unhinged to Jewish leaders, and more and more provocative to Roman authorities and to the peace of the streets. Ending up crucified – the usual Roman punishment for such offenders – is scarcely a surprise. But the symbolism he wants to weave into is not just surprising but disturbing. At a meal (maybe a seder, maybe not) just before his arrest, he dares to imply that his impending death will somehow combine the liberation of Pesach with the atonement of Yom Kippur and be a once-for-all freeing from everything that separates humans from their creator, and from each other too. He will be, he claims, the sacrificial lamb that averts the angel of death; he will be the scapegoat onto whom all sins can be projected and then driven out into the wilderness; he will go through the deep waters and bring his people out to the Promised Land on the other side. He will be the final and complete sacrifice, removing the need for Temple worship and all the holy separations embodied in those revered stones. He will combine the two cornerstone chagim of Judaism in his own destiny: he will free God’s people from the power of sin and from the enemies of God – and take Judaism to the masses. And so churches act out this story, symbolically in worship and in dramatised readings and public processions. You may see donkeys walking the streets on Palm Sunday (although the palms and the words ‘blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord’ must be from Succot, so something has gone wrong in the narrative thread); you may see the story

of that Last Supper acted out – with the priest literally washing the feet of the congregation to recall Jesus doing the same to his disciples and commanding them to do likewise on Maundy Thursday (the name is from mandatum, Latin for commandment). That evening you may see the decorations stripped off altars, all flowers and candles unceremoniously removed from churches to mirror the desolation of the arrest. And on Good Friday (what other name would do, if the day is bringing all that freedom?) there is solemnity and soul-searching in three hours of prayer to recall the time spent on the cross – sometimes with a life-size cross as an aid to the imagination. But the service also includes a reading which – strange to say – helps makes sense of the song Dayenu. A section of liturgy called the Reproaches lists all the generous acts of God that humans have rejected: ‘My people…how have I offended you? Answer me! I led you I led you out of Egypt, from slavery to freedom, but you led your Saviour to the cross. I drowned your captors in the red sea, but you handed me over to your high priests…’. priests…’ The words are addressed to the worshipping Christians, but you can see how they might reinforce the old, toxic trope that ‘the Jews killed Christ’. You might also

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Easter crossover / Passover entering the church in darkness and gradually, see, though, how the Dayenu is a response to gently letting the meaning unfurl as the light of them: ‘If you had only led us out of Egypt, it candles spreads from one to another. would have been enough’. Could there be freedom not just from sin The seder is much older than Christianity, but from death itself? And, if so, how come the but it looks as though it has adapted itself over sin and the enemies and the death surround time in order to try to rebut the false accusaus as much as ever? What sort of God would tions of the new religion. Alas, not successbehave like this, and what sort of life fully enough to stop two millennia should I live if so? Perplexing of antisemitism: one can only questions that will perhaps hope that another Good seem alien to Jewish ears, but Friday prayer is heard I have heard echoes of them fully, ‘for God’s ancient at seder meals that invite people, the Jews, the first those present to reflect to hear his word; for on what the true meaning greater understanding of freedom is in a world between Christian and still full of slavery and in Jew, for the removal of hearts that still find it so our blindness and bitterhard to be free. ness of heart’. Easter may lack the easy And so to Easter Day appeal of Christmas, or the – the place where more rousing feel-good victory of or less accepted history Pesach… but it does have chocogives way and where, I suspect, most Jews wonder what sort A traditional seder plate late eggs. Theories abound for the origins of these – perhaps of madness has overcome their new life, perhaps an echo of the seder plate, otherwise sane Christian friends. After all the or perhaps symbolising the emptiness of the mysterious, troublesome and troubling words tomb (although that generally gets lost in the and deeds of this disreputable rabbi, the final fullness of the stomach.) surprise is that his tomb is found empty at In lots of ways, of course, Easter is where dawn on Sunday morning. the two traditions are furthest and most painThe honest will say this is a troubling sort fully apart. But perhaps it’s where we should of surprise: it leaves a question mark that look even more carefully for the common Christians answer by daring to say that death source: the opportunities and challenges of could not contain this peculiar, compelling, freedom, the joy of unexpected newness of life, maddeningly irresistible Messiah. The hymns the power of a great story and – as always on a are full of triumph and joy, but for me the best good festival – the satisfaction of good food. services are the quiet ones that start at dawn,

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Passover / Modern Family

THE FAMILY GUY Brigit Grant talks guest lists and seders with Modern Family creator Steve Levitan


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Eric Stonestreet as Cam in cat costume with Steve in the ‘When a Tree Falls’ episode

mothers, homosexuals) who represent the 21st century social spectrum. The show has been good for these writers, as it has for the actors who have found a global fan base through their characters. Estate agent Phil and his children are the group Levitan says are most loosely based on his own family and his children, Alexandra, Hannah and Nathaniel quickly realised their father was using them for material. Watching

the child actors transform into young adults has also taught valuable lessons to real parents dealing with teen dilemmas. Hence the tears when Haley (Sarah Hyland) went to college and called home to say “I love you”to her parents, wearing the sweatshirt her dad made. “When my business partner, Christopher Lloyd, and I were coming up with the idea for Modern Family, we noticed that two of the biggest shows at the time were Seinfeld and 30 Rock,” says Levitan. “Both were, and still are, hilarious, but they side away from going with the heart and prefer to go with the laughs. We like heart – so we start with a really good laugh – then go to something that moves you and then end it with another laugh. That’s a really full meal!”

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and, although they have yet to gather for a seder as suggested by our cover, over time they have spouted Yiddish, attended barmitzvahs and invited Nathan Lane to organise parties as flamboyant Jewish gay friend, Pepper Saltzman. “It’s language, behaviour and sayings that come naturally to all of us,” says Levitan, referring to his team of carefully chosen Modern Family writers (Jewish, single

A team chat with Julie Bowen (Claire)

Photo by ABC /John Fleenor

teve Jobs, physicist Richard Feynman, neuroscientist Sam Harris, Mating in Captivity author, Esther Perel, actress Hedy Lamarr – I thought she would be interesting – and, for guest of honour, Ruth Bader Ginsburg.” Steve Levitan, creator of the hit American comedy series Modern Family is carefully assembling his fantasy seder guest list, and he has decided to group the “deep thinkers”. “For laughs, I’ve got Joan Rivers, Sarah Silverman, Mel Brooks and Seth Rogen. I had many more....Carl Reiner, my buddy the script writer Norman Lear... in fact my first draft of the list was 20 people, but you invite different people for different reasons.” If anyone knows how to pull an ensemble together that guarantees a good time, it’s Levitan. As a comedy writer, producer and director, he has won multiple awards for Frasier, The Larry Sanders Show, Just Shoot Me! and, latterly, Modern Family, the mockumentary sitcom that follows the life of Jay Pritchett and his extended family. Now in its tenth season, viewers have enjoyed life and death with these joyfully dysfunctional, but relatable characters, among them closet manufacturer Jay (Ed O’Neill), his Colombian bombshell wife Gloria (Sofia Vergara), daughter Claire (Julie Bowen), her husband Phil Dunphy (Ty Burrell), gay son Mitch (Jesse Tyler Ferguson) and his husband Cam (Eric Stonestreet). To know them is to crave their company

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Steve Levitan on set with Jesse Tyler-Ferguson (Mitch) and Aubrey Anderson-Emmons (Lily)

Steve with props filming at high school prom with Sofia Vergara (Gloria)

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Modern Family / Passover All of which takes us conveniently back to the fantasy seder, to which Steve would love to have invited actress friend Jami Gertz – “I believe her father was a cantor and he does the prayers. It’s very special as we break bread and light the candles at her wonderful Friday night dinners when everyone is in town, including my friend Dustin Hoffman.” Hoffman was on Levitan’s original list. “He is a lovely guy – very funny, warm and close with his family,” sighs Levitan affectionately. “Plus he has a million great stories about the business. Thinking about it, I’d be happy to substitute him for anyone else at the table.” But regardless of who goes, Mel Brooks stays, because, he says: “There are two kinds of comedy writers; the ones who are funny and fun to be around and those who are funny and not so much fun.” Brooks is the former, thankfully, and evidence suggests Levitan is too. His vision of the ‘deep thinkers’ at the table drinking too much ahead of the Ma Nishtana certainly suggests as much. The next season of Modern Family will be the last – and having visited the set with my own family – I can only imagine what a sad day that will be for the Pritchetts and the Dunphys. I suggest to Levitan they say farewell as a La La Land-style musical when the time comes, but he has his own goals. “I have five ideas for new comedy shows I’ve been sitting on for a long time,” he muses. “Some come from bits of my life and some I just think will be fun to make. I’m coming at this from many angles and also hope to encourage young comedy writers. I could start many projects and see which one grabs me. One thing’s for sure – I’ve no interest in doing any shows I’m not passionate about. It has to be something I’d watch.” And chances are we will too! Modern Family is on Sky1, Friday, 8.30pm

Steve and Ty Burrell (Phil) script checking for ‘The Election Day’ episode

My ‘Modern Family’ with Cam, Mitch and Phil


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Passover / Seder extras

Something FOR SEDER A round-up of bits and bobs to put the pow into Pesach! Glass: The Question EVA EDERY is an artist who brings a sea of colour to every chag. Her skill at fusing glass with a rainbow palette to produce electric-hued challah boards and matzah plates turns a mundane seder table into a talking point. Although one would rather look at her range of judaica than use it for bread or shankbones, they are the perfect Pesach gift. Shop from Eva’s existing range or by commission and get something to mark the occasion in cobalt blue or sage green – and light up the table. or call 07733 321094

Creative Crumbs Design and engineering expert Coby Unger is a Rhodes Island native with a fantastic imagination – particularly when it comes to matzah. To make use of the unleavened bread – he decided to create laser cut portraits of Adam Sandler, Alan Greenspan, Albert Einstein, Anne Frank, Annie Leibovitz, Barbra Streisand, Golda Meir, Jon Stewart, Leonard Nimoy, Sarah Silverman, Natalie Portman, Woody Allen and Bernie Sanders, which is timely considering he is ready to sign up for the Democrat leadership race again. According to Coby, increased contrast was the important part of the portrait – as well as taking the laser out of focus by about half an inch as this darkens the matzah. Useful advice should you ever attempt one of the Milibands.

A Time To Dance Ilai Szpiezak has a wonderful Passover memory. “A few years ago I was flown to Israel to provide the entertainment for a festival of culture on Masada. We spent four days doing fire, dance, circus and music acts for 400 people. It was quite something.” Fortunately, Ilai is still providing the entertainment as the producer, choreographer and MC of his company Upstage Creative, which performs to audiences all over the world. From immersive circus experiences to charity concerts, Ilai brings all of his Argentinian va va voom and Israeli heritage to the party, be it to celebrate chagim, a bar/batmitzvah or a wedding. Around this time of year, he also gets invited to lead Israeli dance workshops in Europe and has just returned from hosting in Germany, where Israeli dance is hugely popular according to the former ballet dancer. For more information call 020 31891780 or visit:

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Seder extras / Passover Passover To Go Take away charoset or karpas is not usually on the menu at Pesach, but you can rely on the Israelis to step up to the plate. Currently available at the restaurant Jerusalem Cuisine (jerusalemcuisine. in the Holy Land is a Passover menu available to download and book for delivery. From first courses of chopped liver or meatballs and mains such as tongue in sweet and sour sauce and Hawaiian chicken, food can be delivered all over Israel, but it is free of charge to houses in the city and surrounding areas. Here in the UK, specifically in Hampstead Garden Suburb, there is a pop-up Pesach restaurant at the Max Weinbaum Hall on Tuesday, 23 April. In Mill Hill, the United Synagogue is also hosting a pop-up. Saves a bit of cooking!

Frog March As one of the happening plagues, Passover is a good time to get the amphibians out – on your cups, hanging from your plants or providing the Sellotape. For the death of the livestock, how about a cow print dress or a cow head bopper, which the kids will love!

Cow Boppe, Sainsbury's Home, £2

Emma Bridgewater, frog 1/2 pt mug, Daisy Park, £19.95

Frog tape dispenser, Amazon, £10

In the room when it happens Fans of Lin Manuel-Miranda’s Hamilton the musical take note. Alexander, America’s founding father had his early education at a Jewish school at a synagogue on Nevis, an island in the West Indies. Inspired by this and a love of the libretto, last year, rabbinic students Emily Cohen and Jake Best Adler came up with their very own Hamilversions of the Passover story, which went viral. Understandably so – this version will make your seder swing. Download the Hamilton Haggadah at

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Family portrait / Passover

A family in the frame

Mathilde Frot speaks to American artist Anya Lewin about her global heritage


ou are surrounded. Everything looks like a film set,” observes Anya Lewin, a UK-based American artist and film-maker on growing up in Los Angeles. “You encounter films all the time as a child, so inevitably I loved film and always wanted to make them.” The LA-born artist, 50, wants to share her thoughts about immigration,the cities her family came to inhabit and her trilogy of films which are being screened at the John Hansard Gallery until 4 May. Realised intermittently over the course of 12 years, the three films capture the Lewins’ haunted memories of Berlin, Cairo and the Sunset Strip in LA, where they came to live. The deeply personal, sometimes unreliable stories passed down from her family are front and centre in Lewin’s imaginative retelling of her family’s trajectories across generations. “My dad had a problem being in the present and constantly told stories,” says Anya , who also works as a university art professor. “That’s common with families

who emigrated unless it’s so traumatic that people do not want to speak about it. “The films are also very much about the instability of stories we are told from one generation to the next and how you lose information and have to build it back. “As a film-maker, I work as a detective, but I also let my imagination inspire me.” The first film, With Heartfelt Gratitude for the Painless Treatment, is set in the Berlin dental practice of her grandfather, Dr Ignatz Lewin, before the Jewish Polish dentist fled to the US in 1938, soon after Kristallnacht. Lewin says she was shocked to discover the address of the practice in Berlin among the names listed in a Jewish phone book dating from 1929, kept at the Wiener Library archive in London. “To find it in an archive was a strange

validation,” she says. “I had no idea there were Jewish phone books and when I realised the listings still exist, there was a sense of shock.” “It was horrifying, but also it was kind of amazing listing dental practices. You have all this private stuff but it’s a published archive, saying ‘here was a dentist. He was living in Berlin’.” The second film, Chez Paulette on the Sunset Strip, is set in the family cake shop her father, Max, took over in 1958 and converted into ‘Chez Paulette’, a hip coffee house and Hollywood bohemian hangout for the likes of Jack Nicholson, Marlon Brando and MASH star Sally Kellerman. “I had always heard that Marlon Brando had saved Chez Paulette from going under. But when I went to the Warner Brother archive, I found a gossip column that could

explain that. He would go and my dad would say it wasn’t doing very well and had to close. [Brando] said, ‘no don’t do that’, and came every night.” The third film is set between 1926 and 1928 in the family perfume shop in Cairo that belonged to her family, where Lewin’s grandmother invented a scent that was presented in a bottle in the shape of the Fez hat. “I like to tell stories and these are the ones that were in my head,” she said. On her Jewish identity, Lewin says: “I have quite a few memories of celebrating Passover as a child and I have been thinking more deeply about my Jewish identity since I moved to the UK. “Maybe I have thought about it more here because it feels so other”, she explains. “It’s quite different to the US. People’s identities are very separate if you are English and Jewish.” What would she like people to take away from her films? “I hope they gain a sense of immigration and the complexities of seeking refuge,” she says.

Top left and right : From Fez: The Royal Scent tells the story of the perfume shop that belonged to artist Anya Lewin’s family in Cairo, pictured above, with her grandparents. Bottom left: Anya’s father’s cafe in LA is portrayed in Chez Paulette on the Sunset Strip. Bottom right: A still from the film With Heartfelt Gratitude for the Painless Treatment


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Passover / Fashion forward

Gift-wrapped FASHION Put a bow on it this Pesach and you’re on trend, says Brigit Grant

AMONG THE TRENDS vying for attention in spring/summer 2019, the cutest one is the bow. Mananging to be both innocuous and a statement accessory that harks back to your bubbe’s day, the bow started to grow when it was paraded at the international fashion shows of Miu Miu, Marc Jacobs and Moschino. From scrunchy bows on ponytails to giant bows on hems, sleeves and collars, the ribbon beloved by Marie-Antoinette and her courtiers is now worn by A-listers on the red carpet – check out Celine Dion. Nothing puts the fashion influencers in their place more than the black pussy cat bow and white shirt. Red wine, charoset and salt water makes it an awkward combo for a seder, but what could be more welcoming than a hostess in a bow of some description particularly worn neatly and usefully in the hair, which stylists have announced is the look for the season. Zara and River Island have numerous bow combinations and, if you have a vintage piece with a bow adornment, now is the time to wear it.

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It is impossible to imagine Prue Leith or Gordon Ramsay not wearing one. Call us old fashioned, but if the kitchen is your domain during a big night of hosting, it makes sense to wear an apron with personality. Guests might never get to see your carefully-planned outfit, but they will always remember that pinny. I never saw my late mother-in-law or my nana without one, and it was a testament to their pragmatism and good cooking. Bow knot apron £10.99 Tree and musical notes apron £10.99

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Products in miniature / Passover

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MOVE Travel requires small and easy-to-carry products. Brie Bailey found them

HOT AND SMELLY So there we were in the 5th century BCE Prosody London’s Travel Set (£155) For the Israelites, being fusty was probably schlepping stones to build pyramids, when comes from the organic fragrance house after so much walking in the desert. that shuns synthetic aroma chemicals. Moses, man of the moment, suddenly announced unavoidable Thankfully we don’t have to travel stinky – and It only uses wild harvested essential oils it was time to go. Imagine the balagan. Without there are bottles that slip in the purse, including to create a lasting fragrance, which you SEKSY Entice (£25), which comes in a 30ml warning, the Israelites knew that their wives need on a long flight or a jog across the Swarovski® crystal bottle and has a sweet, fruity sand. Unisex, vegan-friendly and would struggle to fit their belongings into a bag fragrance with top not tested on animals,this scent notes of apricot and they could carry – and it was this spontaneous kit is a bespoke pick ‘n’ mix. mandarin with a boost exodus that led to the creation of travel kits. Yes, of blackcurrant, rose, orange blossom, long before airlines imposed the 100ml limit on caramel and jasmine. liquids, Jewish women had worked out how to www.seksybeauty. com and Next stores get their beauty essentials into one pochette. Whether the supply lasted for 40 years is unclear, but they would have wanted to look the part in the arrival hall of the Promised Land. As SKIN SAVERS the innovators of ‘pack ’n go’, biblical women Schlepping your creams to foreign climes was irksome sparked a trend in travel miniatures that grows as it meant decanting from bigger bottles. Now they are a moveable feast and include Cetuem’s cleansers and toners in popularity because of baggage allowance – also available in PH form and 15ml masks, moisturisers restrictions and the cost per kilo if your luggage and gold serum. Cetuem products are made by Southgatebased skin experts, specialising in fixing skin prone to is too heavy. To avoid this, here are some good breakouts, acne and ageing, so aren’t to be left behind. things in little packages... or call 020 8368 0008 for bespoke care and facials The Israelites would have liked the travel range of miniaturesized skin, hair and body care from Green People because they are ethically sourced and fairly-traded, much like a biblical market place. With prices from just £10, the travel packs cover Daily Essentials, Nightly Rituals, Sensitive Skin, Superfood and Holiday Sun.


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Passover / Products in miniature HAYFEVER CURE

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Manchester-born Max Wiseberg is the creator of HayMax – a travel-sized (5ml) organic allergen barrier balm that can help hay fever sufferers on holiday. It works by trapping pollen before it enters the body and, based on beeswax and sunflower oil, it’s applied around the nostrils and bones of the eyes. HayMax (£6.99) comes in a small pot, so it can be carried in any pocket and it lasts an entire hay fever season. It is also available in five varieties and is proven to trap more than one-third of pollen

A bad hair day isn’t an option when you’re moving with Moses, so best to keep a Denman Hairbrush Compact (£5) in your hessian bag. It even has a vanity mirror so you can see the Egyptians coming up behind you.

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Passover / Easy dinners


Passover supper In a week of food, during which many home cooks are up to their eyeballs in following the strict and intricate rules of Pesach, Denise Phillips shares her recipes to help you prepare some snappy but interesting suppers METHOD

Thai Leek Soup PREPARATION 20 minutes

1 Heat olive oil in a large saucepan over low heat.


2 Add the leeks and cook until softened (about eight minutes). Stir often to keep them from burning. Add the garlic, ginger, lemongrass, chilli and mix well.

TIME COOKING 30 minutes

With coconut milk and coconut cream now kosher for Passover, soups like these can be included during this time. Add the chilli to taste as not everyone likes their food too spicy. INGREDIENTS

1 tablespoon olive oil 900g leeks – trimmed and chopped 2 cloves garlic – peeled and finely chopped 4cm fresh ginger – peeled and finely chopped 1 lemon grass stalk – trimmed and very finely chopped 1 red chilli – thinly sliced

3 Add potato chunks, stock and coconut milk. 4 Bring up the heat to medium-high and bring to the boil. Reduce the heat and let the soup simmer for 10 minutes covered, until the potatoes can be easily pierced with a fork.

1kg red potatoes –peeled and roughly chopped 1 litre vegetable stock 2 x 400ml coconut milk – kosher for Passover salt and pepper – to taste

5 Remove from the heat and season soup with salt and pepper. Use a liquidiser or stick blender and blitz until smooth. Serve hot, topped with finely chopped raw leeks, coconut and chilli flakes

Topping: 2 tablespoons chopped raw leek, 1 tablespoon desiccated coconut, a sprinkling of chilli flakes

Nutty Red Cabbage Steaks PREPARATION 15 minutes

TIME COOKING 60 minutes


Jewish people love red cabbage, and this is a trendy and different way to cook it that is suitable for Pesach and for vegans. Serve it as a side dish, with salad, or include in the lunch box. This dish is delicious hot, cold or warm. INGREDIENTS

1 large red cabbage 2 tablespoons olive oil 100g flaked almonds 150g skin on almonds 150g walnuts 75g cherry tomatoes – roughly chopped

Small bunch of fresh mint – finely chopped ½ lemon – zest and juice 2 tablespoons maple syrup 2 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil Salt and freshly ground black pepper


1 Preheat the oven to 180ºC Fan/ 200ºC/ Gas mark 6. 2 Remove any damaged leaves and cut the red cabbage into 4cm x 2cm thick steaks, leaving the stalk on so they stay intact. 3 Brush both sides with olive oil, season well and transfer to a tray lined with baking parchment. 4 Roast for 30-40 minutes or until golden and a knife pierces the stalk easily. Turn the steaks over halfway through cooking and cover with foil if they start to brown too much before they are tender. 5 Place the nuts on a separate oven tray and bake for about 10 minutes or until golden. Remove and set aside, then roughly chop. 6 Tip into a bowl with the cherry tomatoes, mint, lemon zest and juice, maple syrup and two tablespoons extra virgin olive oil. 7 Season and drizzle over the steaks.

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Easy dinners / Passover

No Peel Orange & Ginger Chicken Bake PREPARATION 15 minutes

TIME COOKING 50 minutes

SERVES 6-8 people

I just love this tasty colourful recipe – it’s perfect for a family Friday night meal. It’s quick to make – and you can prepare it in advance – and easy to serve. You can use chicken breast if you prefer and make double to accommodate extra guests. It’s delicious hot, cold or warm. INGREDIENTS

4 tablespoons No Peel Tiptree orange marmalade 2 tablespoons olive oil 1 clove garlic, peeled and crushed 1 level tablespoon freshly grated ginger

Salt and freshly ground black pepper 8-12 large chicken thighs and/or drumsticks/ skinless and boneless chicken breasts 6 clementines, or tangerines (keep skin on) 1-2 tablespoons chopped fresh thyme


1 Preheat the oven to 200°C/400°F/Gas Mark 6. 2 In a large bowl, mix together the orange marmalade, olive oil, garlic, ginger and seasoning or combine in the food processor. 3 Spread out the chicken pieces in a large roasting tin and pour over the jam juices. 4 Thinly slice five clementines or tangerines (remove any pips), and place over the chicken pieces, pressing some in between the pieces. 5 Cover the roasting tin with foil and place in the centre of the oven. 6 Bake for 20 mins, then remove the foil and bake for a further 30 mins, basting occasionally, until the chicken is starting to turn golden and the juices run clear when the flesh is pierced. 7 Remove from the oven and sprinkle over thyme leaves before serving. Garnish: Slice the remaining clementine and place on top of the chicken.


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Passover / Meat-free feast


(fit for all)

While it may seem to bubbe and zeide that their grandchildren are always dropping something from their diet, the case for eating less meat is a strong one. Fear not, as some of the top vegan cooks share some of their best recipes with us...


Serves 8

Ingredients 2 tablespoons olive oil 1 large onion, finely chopped 3 celery stalks, diced 32-ounce carton vegetable broth 6 medium potatoes, peeled and finely diced 6 to 8 medium carrots, sliced

Photo by Susan Voisin,

The simple soup served at traditional Passover seders is very much like this one, other than the fact that it’s made with chicken broth. Sometimes it has even fewer veggies in it. The Passover soup course functions primarily as a delivery system for matzo balls. This soup uses ingredients that are probably already in your fridge and pantry, so let it warm you up while it’s still chilly.

Handful of celery leaves 1 tablespoon all-purpose seasoning blend ¼ cup chopped fresh dill, or to taste Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste Vegan Matzo Balls (recipe to follow)

Heat the oil in a large soup pot. Add the onion and celery and sauté over medium heat until golden. Add the broth, potato, carrots, celery leaves, seasoning blend, and two cups of water. Bring to a rapid simmer, then cover and simmer gently for 15 to 20 minutes, or until the vegetables are tender. Stir in the dill, then season with salt and pepper. If time allows, let the soup stand for several hours off the heat to develop flavour. This can also be made a day in advance. Just before serving, bring to a simmer. Adjust the consistency with more water if need be, and taste to adjust seasonings. Add warmed matzo balls to individual servings of soup.

VEGAN MATZO BALLS Ingredients 1 cup quinoa flakes (see note, below) 2 cups boiling water 1 cup matzo meal (or see gluten-free variation) ¼ cup vegetable oil (such as safflower)

makes about 24

¼ teaspoon salt A few grindings of black pepper Pinch each of onion and garlic powder

In a large mixing bowl, cover the quinoa flakes with the water. Let stand for two or three minutes. Stir in the matzo meal mix along with the remaining ingredients, and mix until well blended. Cover the bowl and refrigerate for at least 15 minutes. Just before baking, preheat the oven to 140ºC. With clean, dry hands, roll the matzo meal mixture into approximately 1-inch balls; don’t pack them too firmly. Arrange on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, carefully turning the matzo balls after 10 minutes, until firm to the touch; don’t let them brown. If making ahead, let the matzo balls cool completely, then cover until needed. Warm them briefly in a medium oven and distribute them among the soup bowls, allowing three or four balls per serving. Note: Some rabbis allow quinoa at Pesach, so check with yours and look for a brand that is certified kosher for Passover. Variation: To make these gluten-free, substitute 1 1/4 cups quinoa flakes for the matzo meal. Don’t add them to the original quantity of quinoa flakes; this is a separate measure to use dry. A bit more is needed than the quantity of matzo meal for the purpose, as the quinoa flakes are less dense. Of course, without matzo meal, these are no longer literally matzo balls, but they’re still good! Recipes adapted from Vegan Holiday Kitchen by Nava Atlas (© 2011, Sterling Publishing), reprinted by permission. Visit Nava at and

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Meat-free feast / Passover

QUICHE WITH SWEET POTATO CRUST Our quiche with sweet potato crust is gluten-free with all of the rich, custardy goodness of traditional quiche without the cholesterol of butter, cheese, and cream. We start it off with a delicious foundation of sliced cooked sweet potato, caramelised and browned on the top edges, that looks and tastes every bit as sweet and delicious as traditional pie pastry. Try using a variety of vegetables in your quiche to create different flavour profiles, like steamed asparagus and dill, broccoli and onions, spinach and mushrooms, chopped tomatoes and basil or caramelised onions and mushroom. The crust can also be made with regular potatoes. Ingredients FOR THE CRUST 1 large sweet potato, peeled sliced thin (with a mandolin slicer, or by hand) 1 tbsp plus 2-3 tsp extra virgin olive oil, divided ¼ tsp salt

FOR THE FILLING 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil 2 medium size courgettes, diced small (about 3 ¼ cups diced) ¾ tsp salt, divided ¼ tsp black pepper, divided 2 cups freshly shredded carrots 5 large eggs 12 cherry tomatoes, sliced in half lengthwise

To prepare the crust: Heat oven to 200ºC/400ºF/GM6. Spread one tablespoon of the olive oil on a round 9.5″ baking pie dish. Place the sweet potatoes slices in circles, overlapping (see image above), and season each layer with a teaspoon of the oil and ⅛ teaspoon of the salt. Cut some of the sweet potatoes slices in half and place them so they go up the sides of the baking dish. Bake for 15 minutes and remove the baking dish from the oven, leaving it on.

Add the shredded carrots, mix well and set aside and let it cool slightly. Beat the eggs in a large bowl. Add ¼ teaspoon of the salt and ⅛ teaspoon of the pepper. Spread the courgette and carrot mixture onto the sweet potato crust. Pour the beaten eggs on top and spread them evenly using a spatula. Gently arrange the tomatoes on top. Bake at 200ºC for 30 minutes or until the eggs are cooked.

While the crust is baking in the oven, prepare the filling.

Serve warm as a side, for lunch with a salad or for breakfast.

Heat one tablespoon of olive oil in a large frying pan. Add the courgettes, ½ teaspoon of the salt and ⅛ teaspoon of the pepper and cook over medium-high for 10 minutes, stirring frequently.

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Passover / Meat-free feast


Serves 30

Super easy (boozy!) three ingredient Vegan Chocolate Truffles! Prep time: 30 mins Cook time: 1 min Ingredients 12 ounces vegan dark chocolate, chopped into very small pieces 1 cup full-fat coconut milk, stirred well 3 tablespoons Manischewitz wine Sprinkles! Place the chocolate pieces in a large glass bowl. Heat the coconut milk in a small saucepan just until it starts to bubble and simmer. Pour coconut milk over chocolate and whisk just until combined. Then add the wine and stir. Refrigerate uncovered for at least two hours or overnight to harden. Use a teaspoon to scoop teaspoon-sized balls, mould with your hands a little and place on a parchment lined baking sheet. This part gets a little messy! Refrigerate another one to two hours or overnight to set. Enjoy the balls as they are, or roll in a coating of your choice. Store in the refrigerator, but let them come to room temperature for 10 minutes before enjoying. Notes: You also need three to 24 hours for the chocolate to set. Amy Kritzer, founder of the blog, and author of Sweet Noshings: New Twists on Traditional Jewish Baking (Rock Point, 2016)


Serves 8-10

A dessert that’s actually good for you? Yes – and it’s also pretty, delicious, and vegan! The first step in making the compote is to buy dried fruits that are organic and contain no added sugar. This is rule number one for a successful, healthy compote. Since it’s naturally sweet, it’s not overly sweet. Plus, it’s perfectly balanced with spice from the cinnamon, anise, and lemon. The fibre in the fruit helps ease digestion after a heavy meal. And it’s so easy that even a beginner can make it. Ingredients 1 cup dried pitted plums, no sugar added 1 cup dried apricots, no sugar added ½ cup raisins, no sugar added 1 apple, peeled and cubed

1 pear, peeled and cubed 5-6 cups water 1 cinnamon stick 1 star anise ½ lemon, peeled and cubed

In a covered pot add all the ingredients, bring to a boil without the lid. Lower to simmer, cover with a lid, and cook for about an hour. Let it cool down, then keep in the fridge. Serve chilled.

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Passover / L’chayim!



For the four cups – and a fifth for the prophet – James Martin asks the experts for their wine recommendations and memories EXPERT: AYELET SAFIA OF JEZREEL

until 15 – it was like dipping one’s toes. Grape juice, mixed with a bit of wine!”

Earliest Passover memory? “Lots of people, food and noise. I would last until midnight and then go to bed. My family is Moroccan-Libyan, so there were lots of different customs.”

Memories from the service? “I remember my late Israeli grandpa sitting there, and it sticks with me, particularly his seder service. It was said with such sincerity – and those two hours were times when any noise was firmly kept at bay!

What did you drink? “We enjoyed a five-litre wine carton – a local wine call Ozeh – there was less choice in those days.” Memories from the service? “My Moroccan grandpa taking the service, in loud tunes. And both sides of the family speaking Arabic to one another.” In the Cup? 1848 4th Generation Malbec, light and easy to drink throughout seder night.”


Earliest memory? “I moved from Birmingham, where my mother is from, to Nahariya when I was very small. The first

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seder in Israel was with lots of my father’s family. It was like coming in to Israel in a temporary booth as the paint was fresh, and the house was still being constructed. But I remember the feeling of new beginnings and the warmth of us coming together.

In the cup? “The Segal Petit Unfiltered is my must for this year’s seder. It’s from the Upper Gallilee; the grapes are mature and sweet.”

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What did you drink? “ It was my emergence as a wine trader that connected me to Judaism, and the great connector being wine and the sanctity of a meal. Memories from the service? “My memories are very recent. It was particularly special to enjoy 20 different bottles of wines last year, laid on for my 20 guests at my family seder in Berkeley.”

What did you drink? “I didn’t drink any wine


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Earliest memory? “Dad bundling us into his car to take us to Sussers’ in order to buy the wine for Pesach. We didn’t want to be there. However, I think that sowed the seeds for my interest in wines.” What did you drink? “The market was not yet burgeoning, 35 years ago – but there’s always some choice. Adults have their preferences and the kids watch and learn!” Memories from the service? “A grandparent performing the Libyan custom of placing an onion on my head during seder night! And the next day, at shul, bragging to my friends that our seder was the latest. Now I want it to be earlier, to get a good night’s sleep.” In the cup? “Dalton Shade Rose 18, a perfect sweet grape to tickle on the tongue throughout seder night.”


Earliest memory? “Sadly, growing up, Pesach didn’t mean much to me – we hardly did a seder. I actually used to confuse the festival with Chanukah, both seeming to represent peoplehood.”

Earliest memory? “I have always been in Israel over Pesach, visiting Jerusalem, where the kotel is always a highlight.” What did you drink? “We enjoyed a mixture of different wines, sometimes starting on white wine, then always finishing on a nice red.” Memories from the service? “Both my grandparents did fantastic jobs hosting the seder table. My zayde had a fantastic voice, which truly blew you away and made the seder so much more fun.” In the cup? “Herzog XII One Plus Cabernet Sauvignon 2012. An amazing bottle of wine with so many different flavours coming through; also exclusively sold to One Ashbourne.”

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Nectar with purpose / Passover


with heart Louisa Walters uncorks a bottle of Pesach’s kindest


ow things have changed. Not so long ago, Israel was not on any gourmet’s list for great food and wine, but now it is the hottest ticket on the planet for the former, and evolving at a rate of knots with the latter. There are now more than 250 wineries in Israel, many of them boutique, making wines of exceptional quality. Dismiss with those preconceptions that Israeli wines are just of the sweet red variety. From the Negev in the south, to the Golan Heights in the north, there’s an impressive string of vineyards and an even more impressive range of wines. There are family-owned wineries, organic vineyards, wineries offering wining and dining experiences… And then there’s the Maia winery, which is very special indeed. Founded in 2012 by Roy Itzhaki, the MAIA winery is situated in Kfar Tikvah – Israel’s Village of Hope. This was the first village in the world for people with disabilities, established in 1964 by Dr Siegfried Hirsch, who was dissatisfied with the available options for his developmentally disabled stepdaughter. He created a place where people with special needs could lead active, productive lives. This is the village from which MAIA, sister label to the longer-stablished Tulip winery, employs the majority of its staff. The employees of these wineries have a wide range of mental health issues. But don’t think for a minute that this makes anything but a positive contribution to the output. This is top quality winemaking combined with a humanitarian role in the community, and it has won many international awards. MAIA employs 45 staff from the village and hopes to increase this, and up to 50 percent of the profits from some of the MAIA wines are given to the village to help support it. This boutique winery produces kosher wines that are created to perfectly compliment the Israeli-Mediterranean spirit, climate and culture, fragrance and flavours. The production process is meticulous, from the hand picking and hand sorting of the grapes from top quality, well-established vineyards, right through to the bottling and the application of the artistic labels. To fully realise its vision and guarantee the quality of its creation, the winery sought two expert winemakers from Greece to join their team. Professors Yiannis Paraskevopoulos and Costas Bakiastas, who specialises in Mediterranean grape varietals and vines, combined their Mediterranean expertise with winemaker David Bar-Ilan’s Israeli roots to found this very special label.

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Passover / Passing years

Selwyn seder 1981


PESACH Evolution

The Colton family seder 2018

As the years roll by, each generation puts its own stamp on the seder. Debbie Colton reflects on changing times in her own family

ome might think a funny song about a lonely baby goat should not define a chag, yet for me, as we look towards Pesach, it has become the hill upon which I will die. I grew up with seder nights being the highlight of the Jewish festival calendar. With a religiously raised patriarch who didn’t skip

a word of the Haggadah, we came to understand how long there was to go until we reached the eggs in salt water (about an hour); when not to talk too loudly or face the ‘dad look’ down the table; how to secretly dispose of the home grown maror, provided and chopped into monster-sized pieces with glee by uncle Geoffrey (straight under the table)

and we knew which of the four sons we would be (yup, always wicked for me). As the years passed and we celebrated with a mixture of friends and family, these traditions all stayed roughly the same with my dad leading the seder and Selwyn traditions prevailing. We often reminisce about the year dad asked a family friend to read the wise son, forgetting that my sister is always the wise son. This resulted in total mayhem! Aside from this blip, we continued to revel in our hilarious rendition of Adir Hu (adding Dr Who somewhere along the way), choking over charoset, and all building to our special version of Chad gadya. Led by the children, with all but the last verse sung in English, this seder finale is accompanied by relevant animal and stick/ fire/death noises as appropriate. Rounded off with a rousing final verse in Hebrew, sung Pavarotti style by my dad while we ramp up the accompanying noises to the heady climax of ‘the Lord, blessed be he’! Yet as the years have sped by, life changes have thrown a rather awkward shaped shank bone into the mix. Firstly marriage. For us, this is where following ‘Orthodox Judaism’ and celebrating two nights has been somewhat of a lifesaver. My first ‘new family’ seder was something of a shock as I discovered others are doing it differently (or wrong as I call it). This eye-opener was replicated as we

The Coltons doing Pesach by the Taj Mahal

moved around the world for a number of years andexperienced seder nights in a variety of weird and wonderful cultures and countries. From a rooftop in the centre of Dehli with Chabad (all read superfast by Israelis and no songs at all) to 200 people in a restaurant in Athens with a number of people chatting on their phones throughout (they would have got a seriously scary Dad look!). From the shul seder in Hong Kong, where we were introduced to the brilliant concept of providing large bowls of chocolates and sweets to keep children at the table, and even to a Sephardi Iraqi family seder that involved hitting eachother over the head with leeks every time we sang Dayenu. Yet for every new seder experience, we continued to host one night and I doggedly insisted on upholding my family traditions and always concluding with the farmyard fare that is Chad gadya. On one occasion, this was a solo performance in front of some astonished guests with my children looking on embarrassed as I baaed, crackled and sploshed as the song dictates. Marriage might have brought its own challenges, but ageing parents and the practicalities of hosting up to 30 people has resulted in seder moving from my parents to us. The children are now of the age where they are more than capable of partaking fully in the event. With most of them attending Jewish schools, they have started to work alongside my father to lead the seder and bring new ideas and energy to the table. For now, and hopefully for many years to come, my dad remains the anchor but, as we look to the future, it’s become increasingly clear that we need to borrow from the old while building the new traditions. This way we will ensure the baton is passed through the generations and seder will continue to be the highlight of our Jewish year – with animal noises compulsory.

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Passover / On the box


so different from all others? Deborah Cicurel asks the question


assover. A highlight of the year among the High Holy Days because the story itself is so filmic. From spirited searches for a dry cracker to adults hitting each other with leeks, there’s never a dull moment at a seder night. For Jews in the entertainment industry (at least in the US), it is ripe for ridicule and parody, so we’ve taken a look at how the night that’s so different from all other nights has been depicted in some of our favourite TV shows.

Curb Your Enthusiasm: The Seder The most memorable scenes ever in Larry David’s irreverent improvised comedy Curb Your Enthusiasm. Unashamedly Jewish, often to the point of embarrassment, hero Larry invites a convicted sex offender over for the seder, much to his wife Cheryl’s dismay. Horrors include guests cheating in their eagerness to find the afikomen; suspicions about someone stealing Larry’s newspaper and a pair of mega-conservative in-laws forced to witness it all – ta-da! The perfect recipe for another classic Curb episode, full of laughs, incredulity and cringeworthy moments. Imagine Larry saying with his raised eyebrows: “I mean no disrespect: have you been stealing my newspaper?” and you’ll want to watch the episode immediately.

Sesame Street: Shalom Sesame Long before she was Carrie Bradshaw, Sarah Jessica Parker was dealing with a different sort of Mr Big – the Muppet kind in a kids story about a missing afikoman inspired by Raiders of the Lost Ark. Sarah was Jerusalem Jones in Harrison Ford hunting attire that could easily be something Carrie might have worn.

The Rugrats: A Rugrats Passover Take a trip down memory lane with the childhood cartoon, the Rugrats. Rachel Lipman and Jonathan Greenberg were among the Jewish writers of the 1992 episode when Nickelodeon requested a Chanukah special but settled for Passover instead. The story revolves around the group of mighty toddlers getting locked in Grandpa Boris’s attic, and told the story of the Egypt exodus. In this detailing retelling, though, the cast get to play the famous Biblical characters, with Angelica as Pharaoh and Tommy taking a star turn as Moses. It’s a great one to watch with your kids if you need an easy, entertaining, accessible reminder of the Pesach story, and it’s one of the most classic and popular Rugrats episodes, beloved by viewers, both Jewish and not.

The OC: The Nana Although the final episode of the four-part series aired in 2007 (ouch!), The OC (stands for Orange County) is still being watched for its babe glamour and drama. In this Passover-themed episode, family man Sandy Cohen’s mother, Sofia “The Nana”, arrives in Newport Beach for Pesach, bringing tragic news with her. Along with strategically-placed Passoverthemed lines, such as: “Why is this night different from all other nights?”, we love the jokes about how you have to wait an eternity to actually eat at a seder. Our favourite was: “You guys ready to eat? Well, that’s too bad because the seder’s about to begin.” Transparent: Exciting and New If your seder table is as much about family drama, recriminations and arguments, finished off with hugs, kisses and laughter, much to to the confusion of onlookers, comfort yourself with a Pesach that isn’t so different in Jill Soloway’s fantastic Amazon Prime show, Transparent. Don’t let the #MeToo allegations that have followed stop you from seeing any of it, including this episode, in the finale of the show’s third series when the Pfefferman family holds a makeshift seder on board a cruise ship. Why is this night different? takes on an extra dimension when there is a trans parent Mort/Maura (Jeffrey Tambor) at the helm and, as required, there is lots of salt water when it all ends in tears.

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On the box / Passover Side roots, it's a typically glamorous seder, alongside the usual generous helping of whispers, secrets and drama, and with a selection of oh-so-Gossip Girl Pesach-related one-liners, such as “There’s an empty seat – it’s for Elijah, but you can take it” and “I’m one of the chosen ones. I was wandering the Bass-ian desert and now I’ve reached the Vanderbilt promised land.” South Park: Jewpacabra Nothing is sacred on this show created by Trey Parker and Matt Stone, who is Jewish. Hence Cartman’s Passover Holiday Special, which has South Park in a panic owing to supposed sightings of Jewpacabra, the “horrific, fourlegged creature from Mexico that sucks the blood of goats”, which emerges on Passover. Look away if you can’t take any more or enjoy the overlapping of Easter and Passover again and Cartman’s concern that the creature will threaten the upcoming festivities.

Saturday Night Live: Elijah the Prophet If you watch Saturday Night Live to catch Alec Baldwin’s near-perfect impressions of Donald Trump, then travel back in time to watch a genius episode in which Elijah the Prophet comes to the seder. Filmed in 1982, the sketch has a stellar cast, with Jerry Seinfeld playing Elijah, Adam Sandler a hungry son at the table and Mike Myers taking on the role of the impatient man of the house. Elijah flirts with the daughter of the house and criticises the meal. The favourite bit has a hungry and very young-looking Adam asking the question we all want an answer to: “When can we eat?”

Gossip Girl: Seder Anything The absence of Jewish characters in Josh Schwartz’s sleek teen drama didn’t stop him from doing the Passover-themed episode Seder Anything. True to its Upper East

and Mila Kunis (Meg) suggests it’s just a bit of fun, which it is. In this episode, Lois has a health scare and discovers she’s actually Jewish, and her family tries to adjust to the idea during Passover.

Family Guy: Family Goy Occasionally accused of antisemitism owing to songs such as “I need a Jew” when a finance problem arises, the presence of cast members Alex Borstein (Lois) Seth Green (Chris)

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Passover / Ethiopian society


Journey to Jerusalem Sigal Kanotopsky, the head of a charity called Olim Beyahad, recalls her family’s extraordinary exodus from Ethiopia to Israel in a secret operation called Shiur Moledet


grew up in Ethiopia, asking one question. When would we get to Jerusalem? “Now” was always the response from my parents when they returned from the masjid (Ethiopian synagogue) on Shabbat. We loved to ask them questions about Jerusalem. What did it look like? What did our brothers and sisters in Jerusalem look like? This is how the Ethiopian Jews lived for many generations – in a mindset that they were going to Jerusalem “now”. I was born in the village of Marba, in the northwestern region of Ethiopia, close to Gondar. My family lived there for many decades in a a small, closely-knit Jewish community that distanced itself from all of the other non-Jewish citizens in the area. Our community lived a full Jewish life, following the laws of the Torah, and observing the holidays, including the Sigd Holiday – a holiday of prayer and longing for Jerusalem that takes place 50 days after Yom Kippur and includes a day of fasting.

On Sigd, the community members would wake up early, wear their whitest clothes and gather in the middle of the village before joining a procession – led by the Kessim (Ethiopian rabbis) – towards the tallest mountain in the area. Throughout the walk, the crowd would sing Psalms from the Torah that always ended with the blessing: “Next Year in Jerusalem”. In the early-1980s, my parents heard that there was a way to reach Jerusalem through Sudan. It was just a rumour, but we were told that once you got there you would reach the holy city. My parents did not think twice. The desire burned within them to fulfill the dream of past generations– even if it would involve paying a heavy price. And, just like that, one night we left with everything we had. Our possessions, house, animals and land stayed behind as we set out on our journey to Jerusalem. No one knew where it was or how long it would take us to get there, but as Jews we

had a strong and ingrained faith in God. But there was huge sorrow and loss on this jouney, for as we travelled from the village of Tegedee to the village of Dansha, my baby brother Neguise died. We were forced to bury him on the way and then keep going. It was the toughest journey and, over the course of several weeks, we walked mainly during the night and rested in the day, while running away from thieves, soldiers, and policemen who could have arrested us. It was three weeks before we reached the border of Sudan, where we met members of Mossad who directed us to one of four refugee camps in Sudan. My family were put in the Gadrif refugee amp without knowing how long we would have to be there or whether we would survive the harsh conditions at the camp as our lives there were indescribably difficult. Many people – mainly babies and the elderly – died each day from diseases. The sanitary conditions were terrible. Many Jewish families who survived the journey

Sigal Kanotopsky’s father

from Ethiopia and reached Sudan ended up losing family members in the camps. My family was lucky enough to be in the Sudanese camp for only six months and even under those horrible conditions we observed the laws of Judaism regarding Shabbat and kashrut. And each day we woke up hoping that this would be the day that we would hear we were going to Jerusalem. Thinking back, it is remarkable that my parents still had faith after losing Neguise, as they had no time to fully comprehend the trauma and, in Sudan, we were moved from one camp to another in order to survive and get through it without losing any more family members. Each day was a challenge. We woke up with the goal of surviving that day. It was Shabbat evening during Chanukah that the dream became a reality. All of a sudden, the door opened and a well-known Jewish activist stood there and asked, “You’re still here?!” Suddenly we realised – the time had come. We were going to Jerusalem!

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Sigal under the chuppah at her wedding

My father instructed us to hurry and follow the man. We left everything behind – our bags remained and the table set with food still on it. My mother had just enough time to bundle some dabo (Ethiopian bread) in a package. And, just like that, we got up and left – to go to Israel. The next morning, Shabbat morning, we were at an immigrant absorption centre in Nazareth Illit, eating the dabo for our

Sigal, pictured with her mother and siblings, was five when she arrived in Israel

Shabbat meal. The process of acclimatising to life in Israel was not easy – mainly for my parents. One of my memories from those first days took place on the following Shabbat – our first in the Holy Land. We were incredibly excited. We woke up that morning, put on our white clothes, and went outside. We had expected that on Shabbat in Jerusalem, everything would come to a stop like it did in

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Ethiopia. But that is not how things were. We saw that cars continued to drive and people walked around and were involved in their everyday activities as usual. Then we understood that – unlike in Ethiopia – there are many ways to be a Jew aside from the path of being a religious Jew in Ethiopia who observes the laws of the Torah. The acclimatisation continued and, in effect, continues until today through our

struggle to find our equal place in all facets of Israeli society – employment, education, academics, etc. The journey to Jerusalem as a geographical location came to an end, but the journey to the “conceptual” Jerusalem – a journey that strives to build an exemplary and equal society – continues. Through our activities at Olim Beyahad, we are working to create this social reform.


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Passover / Mexico

Mexico INEXPLORADO Despite Donald Trump's best intentions, many people love Mexico, says Carole Shaw, who visited stunning and unexplored La Paz


here is a place in Mexico that is not on the northwest London tourist map – but it should be. You are unlikely to see anyone you know in La Paz – as Cancun is where you will find them. By contrast, La Paz is a glorious idyll that sits by the Sea of Cortez and it is the capital of Baja California Sur. Known for its seafront Malecón promenade, with beaches, parks and art by Mexican and international artists, it is an untouched beach town where you are more likely to meet sea lions and whale sharks than friends from Stanmore, but you can still dress up as if you are for a night out in the many bars and restaurants. As a winter sun resort, it is hard to beat as it provides the best weather in a way that more heavily promoted destinations don’t, and it is worth noting La Paz is also warm from May to October and hits the high temperatures after that. Although there are a number of good hotels (La Posada and The Grand Plaza), as a destination with family, Playa de La Paz is the place to stay. A bespoke collection of

23 residences all facing the ocean, the luxury development has its own beach – so it is mega peaceful –and children are very welcome and safe. Playa de La Paz apartments are fully equipped with bespoke designed furniture and top of the line Viking appliances. All the rooms are spacious, super comfortable and tastefully decorated with king sized beds, flatscreen TVs and en suite bathrooms. The glass doors of the sunken lounges tuck back, bringing the outside in, so it is possible to sit on the sofa and sunbathe while watching the football. From the oceanside sun beds, to the Olympic sized swimming pool placed neatly by the sea, everything has been perfectly planned and landscaped for a guest’s comfort. There is even a yoga palapa (Spanish for ‘of the palm), which is an opensided dwelling with a thatched roof. So you can "Om!" there. All residences include internet, Sky, a cable service in living rooms, daily cleaning service and security. There is also a 24/7 gym on site, and guests can use the kayaks and paddleboards. There are five residences available from 3,000 sqft to 7,500 sqft , so there is plenty of room for a large group and, for entertaining, a cook can be arranged in your apartment as they have a database of different chefs who specialise in vegetarian and can even offer kosher dishes. With costs per night starting rom $550, Playa La Paz is worth splashing out on and it is near enough to Cabo San Lucas that you might see George Clooney this December. Just don’t tell anyone in Stanmore. For more details, visit:

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Mexico / Passover

Pesach in La Paz IT’S NOT OFTEN THAT ONE IS GREETED BY A RABBI WEARING A MEXICAN SOMBRERO during Passover, but Rabbi Yosef Gutierrez likes to make an impression. As if finding a synagogue in La Paz isn’t enough of a surprise, the Beth Yona temple is beautiful and was built in 2012 by Daniel Berrebi in memory of his brother, Yona. The arrival of Beth Yona was of huge significance to the 150 Jewish citizens in La Paz, who, until then did not have a place of worship. Rabbi Gutierrez’s mission is to make Judaism

tangible for the local community, “as well as the non-Jewish brethren locally and those around the world and to increase acts of goodness and kindness in all communities”. Rabbi Yosef was born in Guadalajara, Mexico, but aged 15 went to Valley Torah Education and Yeshiva Habbat in LA. Time in New York working with the Jewish community was followed by a period of volunteer work in Israel, where he helped injured army soldiers in Hebron and completed his studies. The rabbi met his wife Rochel, a special needs teacher in New York, and they have a daughter,

Gavriela. Returning to La Paz in 2016, Rabbi Yosef had the energy and enthusiasm required to build a community and his Kiddush is legendary. Expect a joyful and sincere welcome if you visit as we did, and enjoyed a Kiddush that was not compiled of moist crisps or flagging bread rolls, but a three-course meal set at a beautifully laid table prepared in the kitchen by the local residents under Rochel's supervision. In order to ensure the kosher supply of food, shipments arrive from Mexico City and LA, but Rabbi Josef has secured a steady flow of chickens. The

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congregation were Gutierrez all invited and involved, including a miniature poodle belonging to a shul member! The shul offers services on High Holy Days, and has a mikveh, kosher food and overnight accommodation that consists of several one and two bedroom flats. For more information, visit, email or call +52 1 612 348 8808. To access La Paz, fly direct from Mexico City or from Los Angeles or any US International airport to San Jose del Campo (Cabos)


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Passover / On the Cape

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Following the Sal Secrets tour, we ventured out in search of a spot to eat and somewhere to watch a football match, just 10 minutes and three Euros away from the Sol Dunas resort by cab. The town of Santa Maria has a number of tempting places to have a drink, with my personal favourite being the Dubliner; a bar run by an Irish ex-pat. It has a large food menu, including vegetarian options, and after hours of eating and drinking came to 50 Euros for three of us. At night, I’d recommend paying a visit to the Buddy Bar, which has live jazz inside, and a sociable atmosphere, as people spill out onto the street. Many of the locals try to

speak to tourists, often using phrases like ‘luvly jubbly’ and ‘fish and chips!’ to make conversation. Sol Dunas as a resort is huge, with many restaurants, bars, pools, as well as tennis courts, table tennis, a gym, spa and a beach – not to mention a buffet for three meals a day. Although visiting in late February was certainly warmer than London, Sal’s position in the Atlantic means it can be very windy, and its close proximity to the Sahara desert, means sand often blows in, making it hazy. The sea is quite rough, and there were often lifeguards at the beach warning you not to enter, which is perhaps why many sat by the pool instead. Sitting in Sal is not only nice alliteration. It is very enjoyable to do – particularly as an alternative to writing about Labour antisemitism in Blighty. Jack travelled to Sol Dunas with TUI Airlines. The all-inclusive package cost £664 (as of February 2019),included 4 Star accommodation,buffet meals and drinks, as well as transfers. Excursions Sal Secrets (£28) and Lemon Shark Experience (£21) can be booked at the resort

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Jew in the VILLAGE Louisa Walters finds the perfect spot for a spring weekend break


iverside walks, sleepy villages, stately homes, fireside drinks, good pub food – this is what I love about spring weekends away in Britain. An overnight stay at The Miller of Mansfield in the village of Goring-on-Thames means you can tick off everything on that list. Husband-andwife team Mary and Nick Galer, formerly of the Fat Duck group, bought the pub in 2014. Nick heads up the kitchen with a team of chefs, while Mary is front of house with a team of friendly staff. The Miller is an 18th-century coaching inn with beams and open fireplaces, a modern restaurant and 13 quirky, comfortable bedrooms up a secret flight of stairs. It’s not just a place to eat, drink and sleep – Nick runs cookery demos where the locals can learn from the master and tasting nights where new dishes get trialled. We arrived in the evening, so it was too dark to see just how pretty Goring is. But our room was pretty enough to make up for it. We were in the bridal suite, which is aptly painted in white – white walls, white floorboards – with a beautiful, ornate French-style bed and pretty touches of lilac and pink. At 7pm, the bar was full with a group of ladies, a few couples, some families, two dogs and two roaring fires (it was chilly outside!) – very much a village pub. It was warm, welcoming and convivial. My request for a flavoured gin was met with too many suggestions to list – suffice to say I started with the rhubarb and finished with the lemon and ginger (the latter was served warm in a shot glass). The restaurant is small – 50 covers – but

tables are nicely spaced apart. We pondered the short but far from simple menu (Nick uses intense techniques to eke even more flavour into the simplest looking plates) while enjoying lovely chewy homemade sourdough loaf with fresh churned deep yellow butter, and two tiny cheesy canapés. We started with a sea trout gravadlax with crispy quail egg, black garlic and celeriac remoulade, and a fabulous mushroom pearl barley that came with tiny weeny pickled mushrooms, black truffle and a parmesan crisp. The textures and flavours of this dish were fantastic. Among the five main course options were two fish dishes – grilled sea bream with sea greens and roasted grey mullet with layered potato and hollandaise, plus one vegetarian dish but the standout was the 35-day aged salt chamber beef (so tender, and full of flavour) with smoked potato and a side order of those simply-must-have triplecooked chips. When it came to the dessert menu, I couldn’t see past the Miller Battenberg with grapefruit and honey yoghurt. It was gorgeously ‘almondy’ and ultra-reminiscent of childhood. Mr W, who is a chocoholic, chose an orange and salted caramel chocolate custard –

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Passover / Travel

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FANCY FILM IN FETHIYE? This May ,the British Film Institute is bringing classic cinema to the Hillside Beach Club, a five-star luxury resort located in a private bay in Fethiye, Turkey. Taking place at half term (24-30 May 2018), the BFI Summer Screenings will include a long weekend of films and children’s interactive workshops, curated by the BFI, to educate them on the creation and history of film. Organised by Will Massa, curator of contemporary fiction film at the BFI, will be giving special insight into their classic film selection including Charlie Chaplin’s City Lights at the relaxing adults-only Silent Beach, Wes Anderson’s underwater adventure comedy The Life Aquatic on Hillside’s private sailing boat, and Hollywood hit La La Land at the resort’s iconic main beach.

WHIZZ TO WARNER Whether it’s a schlump on the Friends’ sofa at Café Perk or in Ellen De Generes’ mother’s chair on stage 1, the Warner Bros tour is a must do if you are off to Los Angeles soon or in the future. Easily missed among the Santa Monica/Disneyland highlights, anyone with a love of film will be thrilled to visit the back lots for such classics as Casablanca, Batman and series currently being made such as the aforementioned The Ellen Show. Wonderful moments to be had include recreating perspective à la Harry Potter and becoming Dobby on a 3D screen. To see the entire selection of dresses, hats and suits from the Ascot gavotte in My Fair Lady is emotional – and alarming.

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BERLIN AT LAST This summer, those who keep kosher can finally do so in five-star luxury with Kosher by Shula at The Intercontinental. Hooray. The initiative is a first by mother-and-daughter team Shula and Dana who have worked closely with the hotel to create a package for kosher families this August, which is when Berlin truly flourishes. From 11 August to 1 September, Kosher by Shula will occupy 100 bedrooms, an exclusive dining hall and a VIP lobby in the luxurious hotel, which sits next to the Tiergarten Park and walking distance of Brandenburg Gate. The Jewish presence is everywhere in Berlin, but until now kosher food was not available, so enjoy this first visit

The Intercontinental, Berlin

4 April 2019 Jewish News


Deafness separates people from people — Helen Keller

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PESACH 5779 in BOURNEMOUTH The Queens Hotel & Spa

Thursday 18th – Sunday 28th April, 2019 • Hosted by Judy & Brian Lassman • Rabbi, Scholar & Chazan in residence • All Inclusive including two Sedarim (Private Sedarim by arrangement)

• Fine Wines & All Beverages included • Full Entertainment Programme, Excursion, Family Activities & Guest Speakers • Special Family Arrangements (Excellent value, including a Kid’s Club)

• Spa facilities & Indoor Swimming Pool • Hotel Restaurant open to non-residents (By prior reservation only)

• A small deposit secures the Holiday • Under Strict Supervision of London Beth Din Ruth Greenberg

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with Rabbi Chaim Azulay

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