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19. Providing a Safety Net

14. Legacy to the Beloved

34. Up & Away

16. Show Me the Mensch

36. Sacrificing Our Children

40. High Holiday Guide

37. The New Anti-Semitism

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Asa family build synagogue in Israel

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Super sports agent is a role model

Local congregations celebrate

Local 18. A Tarbut Welcome

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Our children are out future

Our children are out future

How can we make peace?

Three D’s test explained

38. Land of Israel

To whom does the land belong?


20. Community of Relationships 42. Food Q&A with University Synagogue

24. College Frat Life

Jewish men banding together

25. T’shuvah Inside & Out Changing the world ourselves

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26. Nuggets of Wisdom

Exploring Jewish mysticism

35. Doing It with Style

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32. $15 Billion Export Deal

Israel becomes Jordan’s supplier

33. Uber Tel Aviv

Taxi-hailing app to launch in Israel

Judaism 10. Cherish the Right

Find your spiritual home

23. A Jewish Week

The weekday is full of Jewish rituals

28. Rosh Hashanah

Have a happy & sweet new year


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It’s time for Rosh Hashanah. Have a happy & sweet new year!


Orange County Congregations celebrate the High Holidays




Nuggets of Wisdom

$15 Billion Export Deal

Have a Sweet New Year

Festival of Jewish Learning at Congregation B’naiIsrael explores Jewish mysticism through texts and music...

Israel becomes Jordan’s chief gas supplier in new deal...

Enjoy Rosh Hashanah with sweet recipes that are sure to impress...

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Cherish the Right By Ilene Schneider


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Cherish the Right

Find your spiritual home for the holidays The shofar sounds its clarion call, beckoning Jewish people to remember the past in order to rectify it, be in the moment in order to pay close attention to it and look toward the future in order to make a difference. It sounds like a tall order, and it is. Being Jewish was never easy, and coming face to face with one’s flaws is even harder. The High Holy Days are an immersion in both. Far from a quick trip to the synagogue twice a year, the High Holy Days are an invitation to turn both inward and outward from the beginning of Elul to the end of Simchat Torah. We come to reckoning with God, with the people in our lives and with ourselves. We repent, we forgive and we resolve to do better – and we are much the better for it. Throughout Orange County there are many opportunities to find a spiritual home during the High Holy Days. Do it, and cherish your right to do it. As we well know, it is not a right to be taken for granted, and it is not a mission to be taken lightly. Rabbi David Young of Congregation B’nai Tzedek in Fountain Valley illustrates the point with this old Hasidic tale: A rabbi and a soap maker were walking down the street together. The soap maker was puzzled. “Rabbi,” he asked, “why do we bother keeping our Jewish tradi-

tions alive? We’ve been studying Torah and learning about Judaism for thousands of years. They teach us values of truth, kindness, compassion and love. Yet if we look at the world, all we see is lies, cruelty, apathy and violence. Why hasn’t Judaism really helped us change our lives for the better?” The rabbi simply remained silent. As they continued on their stroll they came upon a young boy, dirty and grimy from head to foot. Said the rabbi to the soap maker: “What good is the soap you make? It has been around for years and years, and yet look at this filthy little boy. Why hasn’t your soap helped to make little boys like him more clean and neat?” “What do you mean?” the soap maker replied. “Soap doesn’t do any good unless you use it.” “Aha!” replied the rabbi. “So it is with Judaism. Unless we apply the lessons and teachings of our tradition to our daily lives it is of no use. We can learn, we can study, but if we don’t apply it, then Judaism is as useless as an untouched piece of soap.” (adapted from Yom Kippur Readings edited by Rabbi Dov Peretz Elkins, 2005)

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Kosher Options are All Around Us By Robin Silver-Zwiren


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It’s easy living the Kosher life in Orange County Wholesome Choice, or as someone I know referred to it, “the kosher Trader Joe’s,” proves that living in the OC is not so difficult for those of us who do keep kosher. When we first moved to the area almost 16 years ago there were certainly less options. No butcher, no bakery and nowhere to eat out. Passover shopping meant running between Ralph’s, Albertson’s and Hughes’ with a possible run to LA. For someone from the East Coast, even Montreal, this was quite a shocker. OC Kosher is not only convenient but wonderful. Once Clive Wolder took over, the atmosphere of the establishment changed tenfold. It is no longer where so many of us dread to shop but where we want to shop. It is a place to meet others and compare recipes. That we can pick up lunch to take back to the office, or sit outside in the SoCal sunshine — possibly getting the opportunity to meet a neighbor or two — is a plus. That there is outstanding ready-made food to take home if we are not in the mood to cook is a great option. OC Kosher delivers to San Diego as well as to many area hotels and can cater any simcha with taste and flair. OCKosher is supervised by Rabbi Binyomin Fajnland of OK Labs.

Blueberry Hill Catering is located in the JCC as is its cafe. It is certified kosher by the Irvine Va’ad haKashrut under Rabbi Yisroel Ciner of Beth Jacob of Irvine. Blueberry Hill can cater events on site, at area synagogues, hotels and other venues. The trio of Bev, Trevor and Ina can help you create the ideal menu for anything from a backyard BBQ to a 5-star gourmet fête. The dairy cafe serves many gastronomic treats and is certainly ideal for those of us who have children at TVT or frequently use the J facilities. Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf stores across California, Arizona, and Nevada are all supervised KSA kosher. What a treat not only to be able to pick up a coffee at any area shop but to be able to eat the food as well. That is what CBTL offers those of us kosher consumers. If you are Cholov Yisroel, you can have non-dairy creamer or soy milk and just ask which of the yummies is pareve.

nothing else, it will help you limit choosing from so many delectable options. As the United States does not have only one acceptable kosher certification agency, the most difficult part is not finding products but becoming familar with what is actually okay. One thing I learned when moving to the US is that not every agency is Orthodox certified. Enjoy your excursions to Ralph’s, Albertson’s, Von’s, Gelson’s, Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods, Smart & Final and Costco, as well as Wholesome Choice. Know that your pantries can be well stocked with strictly kosher items that will certainly keep even a household of teenagers content.

In addition, our area hosts many kosher ice cream and frozen yogurt shops: Ben and Jerry’s, Haagen Dazs, Baskin Robbins, Golden Spoon, Menchie’s, Yogurtland and others. Some seasonal flavors and toppings may not be certified kosher, so please check before making your choice. If

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Legacy to a Beloved Leader By Gail Martin


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Asa family spearheads attempt to build synagogue in rabbi’s memory in Israel. Rabbi Haim Asa would have been pleased by an event on August 17 in Los Angeles in his memory. The event not only paid tribute to Rabbi Asa, who served the Orange County Jewish community in many ways from 1966 until his death earlier this year, but it focused on building a living tribute to him in the form of a synagogue in Israel. Zemer HaZayit Congregation in Efrat, about 10 minutes south of Jerusalem, where his oldest daughter, Aviva Zahavi-Asa, attends, is a modern Orthodox synagogue that promotes women’s involvement in the religious public realm in ways that are not typical for Orthodox synagogues, especially in Israel. In addition, it is a Carlebach minyan, based on the music and songs of Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach, whom Rabbi Asa knew personally. “Our community is on the forefront of change,” explained Zahavi-Asa. “My father was all about building bridges between people. By building this synagogue and creating a relationship between it and Temple Beth Tikvah (where Rabbi Asa was the spiritual leader for 30 years and then rabbi emeritus), we will be honoring him when we walk to shul every Shabbat.” She added, “The Asa family has decided that building and dedicating a synagogue in Israel reflects many of the values for which Rabbi Haim Asa stood.

These values include the importance of Jewish community, Am Yisrael – the people of Israel – and Eretz Yisrael – the land of Israel. Given that the synagogue was my father’s home away from home and given that there is already a building named in honor of him and my mother – the Asa Center for Lifelong Jewish Learning — which is adjacent to Temple Beth Tikvah in Fullerton – nothing would represent a greater tribute to my father’s memory, to his life’s work, and to his values than a synagogue that bears his name in his beloved Israel.” Elaine Asa, Rabbi Asa’s wife, explained that Temple Beth Tikvah was the center of the Asas’ lives and that they were honored when the congregation chose to name the building for them. “Just as a building exists in Fullerton in honor of Haim, it is our hope that a synagogue building will be dedicated in Efrat, Israel, in his memory,” she said. During Biblical times, King Asa ruled the region in which Efrat is located. “My father used to say that we were likely descended from the biblical King Asa,” said Zahavi-Asa. “I think he would have been happy to know that a shul building that would carry his family name would be situ-

ated in the same geographic area in which the biblical King Asa once reigned.” In 2005, a group of families in Efrat came together to form the Zemer HaZayit congregation. Zemer HaZayit was established to bring a modern and revitalizing spirit to observing Halacha, Jewish Law. The congregation is based on several principles, including: women’s maximum participation in the spiritual and ceremonial activities in accordance with Halacha, and Tefillot – prayer services – that are conducted in the spirit of Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach, of blessed memory. “Haim Asa’s journey came to an end on May 28, but his legacy will certainly continue through the memories we have and through the Haim Asa stories that we will share and now through the synagogue that will be built in Efrat in his memory,” Elaine Asa concluded. To make a donation to the synagogue in Efrat in memory of Rabbi Haim Asa, see the website, Kosher OC |

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Show Me the Mensch

By Gail Martin

Super sports agent is a role model who shows athletes how to make a difference. 16

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Thinking of sports agent Leigh Steinberg inevitably evokes the adeptly delivered Cuba Gooding line, “Show me the money,” in the 1996 movie, Jerry Maguire. While Steinberg was the inspiration for the movie, and Cameron Crowe, who wrote, produced and directed the movie, followed Steinberg around for two years to make it, one quickly learns that Steinberg is so much more than the sports agent known for getting top dollar for superstar clients.

rather be in view of what is going on in the world. He made it clear that his values were shaped by his exposure to Israel and philanthropy in his early years.

What Steinberg, who spoke to the Atid Group of Hadassah at the Newport Coast home of Roz and Elliot Vogelfanger in August, has brought to the table as a sports agent is a moral compass for his clients. Acting as a friend, guide and mentor to some of the biggest names in professional sports, he taught them how to use their celebrity status to make a difference.

Steinberg added that “Jews feel threatened and need to speak up.” Starting to feel threatened after the Oklahoma City bombing, he joined the Anti-Defamation League to train young people to identify hate groups and to speak about tolerance in schools. “We wanted to train a cadre of bright, young Jewish leaders, so our sons and daughters don’t have to grow up in that atmosphere,” he explained.

As explained in Steinberg’s New York Times best-seller book, The Agent: My 40-Year Career Making Deals and Changing the Game, his career was not really about money but rather about encouraging athletes to be role models in their communities, enabling them to set up charities, helping them to make the transition into life after sports and finding ways to protect athletes from injury. He wants people with star power to be advocates for such causes as domestic violence. In short, Steinberg, who has re-entered the sports agent arena after a hiatus, wants to be sure that certain values go along with that wealth. Looking out on the dramatic ocean view, Steinberg said that there was no place he would

“My grandfather was active in the Jewish community in Los Angeles and helped to found the City of Hope,” he said. “He went to Israel in 1947 to fight for independence and was killed. Various family members have been involved in Israel since then.”

When Steinberg took on his first client, Steve Bartkowski, the first overall pick in the 1975 National Football League draft, the agent got the client the biggest rookie contract to date. Steinberg saw the “idol worship and veneration of athletes.” He knew that he could use that power to have the athletes trace their roots and give back to their communities. He took that philosophy forward in “what could be an inherently sleazy business.” Today, he believes that “professional sports are extremely healthy.” However, the biggest threat in football, according to Steinberg, is concussions. When a player suffers from three or more concussions, he is exponentially threatened with Alzheimer’s dis-

ease, Lou Gehrig’s disease (ALS) and premature senility. “Concussions are an existential threat to football,” Steinberg said. “Players can have 10,000 subconcussive hits if they play football in high school, college and professionally. The aggregate is dangerous.” High school play is especially threatening, because players are not fully developed, according to Steinberg. Researchers are working on special helmetry for football and soccer. Steinberg’s book, which is his second one, talks about the paradox for football players who are in a state of denial, thinking that “real men play with pain,” while jeopardizing their health and well-being. Football, he said, “is the closest mentality to that of war, the most popular sport in the country. We’re not going to change people’s desire to play.” What we can do, he said, is “make helmetry safer, make surfaces safer and make monitoring more prevalent.” He added that nutraceuticals ans pharmaceuticals are helping the cause. “We know more about the brain in the last ten years than we did in the last million,” Steinberg concluded. The Atid Group of Hadassah will hold its next event, “An Afternoon of Art,” at the Chemers Gallery in Tustin on Sunday, October 12, from 4 to 6 p.m. Hadassah is a volunteer organization that inspires a passion for and commitment to its partnership with the land a people of Israel.

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A Tarbut Welcome By Robin Silver-Zwiren

Tarbut V’ Torah introduces new Middle and High School faculty members. It was my pleasure to be amongst the group of TVT parents, and students, welcoming new Middle and High School faculty members last night.

Johnathan with not only his job but the students he will be guiding. It is wonderful that Tarbut continues to give new opportunities to deserving staff members.

Our Head of School, Dr. Jeff Davis, introduced us to several people that he worked with in San Diego: Tammi Jones has joined the Administration team of the School as our CFO/COO. Jill Quigley, is our new Principal of the Middle School and High School- what many of us refer to as the Upper School Campus. Jill is not only an extraordinary secular studies instructor but she has a background in Judaic Studies as well.

Sandra Cabouat is another teacher who has been given a new, very deserved, opportunity at the school. Although the Reception last night was for the Upper School families it was wonderful to see Sandra’s smiling face and to wish her luck in her position as Dean of the Lower School.

Johnathan Rastello is the new Director of College Counseling. Although Clint Davis is the new Director of the Middle School I am quite sure he will help acquaint


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Several other teachers and Board Members were in attendance. It is always wonderful to see these people in a relaxed, social environment. Of course the delicious food, catered by Blueberry Hill, made the evening even more exceptional.

I am looking very forward to another phenomenal year at TVT. This is the first year in a long time that I will have only one child on campus. In fact someone pointed out that I am now amongst the veteran parents at the school. Sometimes it feels like only yesterday that Atara walked into kindergarten but that was 1999. She has since graduated as has Ari. Matana, my youngest, is now a junior. If any new, or prospective, parents want to know more about the school please don’t hesitate to contact me or comment below.

Providing a Safety Net

Opinion  Providing a safety net around our children is not as easy as it seems. From the moment we first hold our child in our arms we want to protect them. To shield them from harm and tragedy no matter how difficult it may be. Unfortunately this parental task is not always an easy one. In fact it never has been. Our ancient ancestors would have been thrilled if their children were not enslaved. Moshe’s mother did everything she could to keep her child alive. Although he grew up in a royal household and was treated as a prince his birth mother had to watch from the sidelines. Imagine not being able to hug your child whenever you desired? During the Spanish Inquisition, pograms, Shoah and other treacherous periods so many parents watched as their children were tortured, and often killed. All the disease and famine made the infant mortality rate high. There is nothing worse than watching your child suffering in pain. Horrific to bury a child no matter how many others you have. To give the last kiss knowing it is the final one. Listen to the news and know that we live in an imperfect world. Imagine that there are parents who proudly sacrifice their children? We send ours off to school with notes of love in their lunch boxes and give them a kiss when we see them off. While we help ours put their backpack on other

parents strap bombs to their childrens’ backs. Such insanity. Throughout time parents have wondered, and feared who our children hang out with. Are their friends positive or negative role models? Will peer pressure cause

my otherwise sweet innocent child to do something wrong? If we teach our children a code of ethics hopefully they will know who to friend and how far a prank should go. Hopefully these moral and ethical teachings will follow them throughout their life experiences. So many parents bawl when a child goes off to college not so far away. Just think of the opportunities they will have. Chances that so many of our forebears could not dream possible. No quotas for Jewish kids in American universities any more. The ability to take classes in whatever they desire. Wow!

go to Israel after high school. In fact my daughter Atara has made Aliyah. In a few months she will start sherut le’umi, civil service, so she can do her part to help Israel grow. Ari is busy packing up for his journey overseas as well. He has already told us he wants

to make Israel his home. As sad as I am, as empty as the house feels, I kvell with pride that my children continue to grow as proud Jews. My safety net can only reach so far. If only I could form a cloud in the sky to protect all our children from the evils in the world. Unfortunately I can’t do that although I look forward to hearing, and maybe even writing, about those who are forever a part of our OC Jewish community.. By Robin Silver-Zwiren

I cry for mine when they leave but I am not heartbroken. I respect, and am in fact a bit envious, that my children choose to Kosher OC |

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Community of Relationships

By Ilene Schneider

University Synagogue creates program for individuals with mild to moderate memory loss.

“It is my dream that a mother will walk into University Synagogue with a child on one arm and a father on the other arm to drop each one off for an age - and needs - appropriate program,” said Sue Penn, University Synagogue’s director of congregational learning. “Because our synagogue prides itself on being a community of relationships and being as inclusive as possible, we created the US BRIDGES pro-


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gram to give people with mild to moderate memory loss a chance to create new friendships and experiences while offering their caregivers some respite.” Kosher OC caught up with Penn and committee members Ora Wolf, Gail Reisman and Adrienne Stokols. While the program was developed by University Synagogue, the Reconstructionist congregation

in Irvine, it is open to people of all backgrounds. An open house will be held on September 30 from 10 a.m. to noon, and the program will be on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. beginning on October 2. How did BRIDGES come about? The vision and impetus for this program grew from a sad and

Local  personal need. Adrienne Stokols’ husband, Michael, has Lewy Body Dementia. From Adrienne’s work in the field, she had learned that day programs were an extremely effective intervention to help persons with dementia maintain functioning and delay or prevent institutionalization. Simultaneously day programs provide the much-needed respite for the caregivers. From the onset, Adrienne determined that she wanted to have something close to home for Michael. At professional conferences, she learned that there were awardwinning day program models that were founded by and operated by churches across the country, but none were at synagogues. She presented her idea to Rabbi Arnold Rachlis as an opportunity for University Synagogue to take a leadership role that other synagogues might follow. Rabbi Rachlis enthusiastically endorsed the project and suggested that she work with Sari Schreiber, president of the University Synagogue board. In the meantime, Ora Wolf learned of the prospective project and eagerly joined the effort. She also suggested that US member and gerontologist Gail Reisman be brought on board. This team then met with Sari, who embraced the concept. Because BRIDGES is essentially an educational program, Sari wisely decided that it should be administered by Sue Penn, University Synagogue’s very capable director of congregational learning. Who is involved? Adrienne Stokols has an M.S.W. with a specialty in community organization. She has more than 25 years of experience in program development and implementation, including having secured more than $15M in public and privately funded grants to support innova-

tive programs that fill gaps in service. Ora Wolf, M.A. became interested in geriatrics after a 26-year career as a school psychologist. She took courses in gerontology and volunteered at a day program for individuals with memory loss. Most importantly, for more than 10 years, she oversaw the care of her mother, who had dementia. Gail Reisman, Ph.D., is a gerontologist. Her professional background includes geriatric care management, consulting, teaching and training. It is obvious to anyone with professional and personal experience that dementia victims and their family caregivers need help with managing the challenges and stigma associated with progressive cognitive impairment. Our commitment to initiating the BRIDGES program at University Synagogue was supported by research that confirmed the efficacy of community-based programs in maintaining the physical, cognitive and social functioning of individuals with dementia and enabling them to delay the progression of the disease and maintain quality of life. How is it being funded? The program will ultimately be self-supporting through participant fees. Initially it will be subsidized by University Synagogue through the Brian Black Mental Health Fund, which was started by Natalye and Howard Black in memory of their son, Brian Black. We anticipate that, at some point, donations will provide scholarships where there is financial need. Fees will be $70 per day ($60 grandfathered fee for the first 10 enrollees), including a nutritional lunch and snacks. An $85 one-

We created the US BRIDGES program to give people with mild to moderate memory loss a chance to create new friendships and experiences Sue Penn Director of Learning

time assessment fee will be used to determine individual/program compatibility. What is the perceived need for such a program in the Irvine area? There are programs in Orange County for seniors who are physically frail and have advanced cognitive impairment. BRIDGES participants would not be comfortable in those environments. BRIDGES is for individuals in the early to mid-stages of dementia. They are physically active and require only reminders in order to participate in their activities of daily living. They need to socialize with others who are as able as they are and yet share their challenges. They require activities that are appropriate to their level of functioning. Because it is freeway-close, University Synagogue is well-located to serve an unmet need far beyond the city of Irvine. The closest similar programs are in Mission Viejo, Aliso Viejo and Huntington Beach. Kosher OC |

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How is the program being staffed? We have a director, Pam Jacobs, who currently administers the Aliso Viejo program. She will be joined by dietician Tonya Motley. Trained volunteers will be integral to the program. Volunteers can be engaged either on a regular (weekly or monthly) basis or for specific events that may occur only once or twice a year. People with special skills such music, art, exercise, storytelling or yiddishkeit will be of great value. How will the BRIDGES program involve caregivers? A goal of the program is that caregivers will use the time for respite and self care. At the same time, we

will look to caregivers for input and on-going feedback. Why was University Synagogue chosen as the location? We wanted a ‘home’ for BRIDGES that was caring, welcoming and spiritual. University Synagogue is all these things. The synagogue has dedicated its staff and donated space, materials and funds to bringing this wonderful vision to fruition. University Synagogue has always been an integral part of the larger community and has been a leader in promoting social services and social justice. The synagogue invites BRIDGES participants and volunteers from all backgrounds.

nent. University Synagogue is a lifelong learning center for toddlers to seniors. This offers many opportunities for enriching and satisfying intergenerational experiences. How do I get more information? Attend the open house on September 30, at 10 a.m., at University Synagogue, 3400 Michelson Drive (corner of Michelson and Harvard), Irvine 92612. R.S.V.P. by September 25 to Sue Penn at (949) 553-3535, extension 241, or

We also wanted BRIDGES to include a multigenerational compo-

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A Jewish Week

By Ari Heller

Did you know the weekday is full of Jewish rituals?

The Jewish weekday is comprised of a plethora of religious rituals, from the morning recitation of the Modeh Ani to the evening prayer of the Shema at bedtime. Prayer plays a large role in an average Jew’s life. With three services daily, prayers range from thanking G-d for granting us great health to solidifying commandments. Prayer allows us to reflect upon ourselves and create a stable relationship with G-d, as well as a strong and unified Jewish community. However, prayer does not function by itself. It requires both an internal and external assistance. Internally, Jews must have the dedication and the spiritual connection in order to

successfully connect with G-d. Externally, on the other hand, objects are used to enhance our connection. One of these is a tallit, a rectangular shawl with fringes on the edges. Another is the tefillin, a pair of two black, leather boxes with straps. One strap is wrapped around an arm, while the other strap runs down the neck and chest. Both the tallit and tefillin are only used in the first prayer service. The third item is a kippah, which in other words is a skullcap.

are all keva; they are fixed and always said. Prayers that Jews individually create, which are normally spontaneous (made up on the spot) are all kavanah. Keva is understood in English as routine, because such prayers are routinely recited. Kavanah is defined as intent or purpose, because these prayers are said straight from one’s mind so that includes their own words and meaning. While both methods are opposites, the best prayers are a combination of the two.

The kippah is worn while praying and making blessings. There are two main ways to pray: through keva (fixed prayer) and through kavanah (spontaneous prayer). Prayers in the Siddur

Ultimately, Jewish rituals are a broad topic, but prayer covers a large portion of it.

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By Brett Meyerhoff

Fraternity Life at UC Irvine Alpha Epsilon at UC Irvine continues leading Jewish young men on campus Alpha Epsilon Pi at UC Irvine has maintained its Jewish presence on campus by participating in many community events this past spring. Alongside multiple other Jewish organizations, we had a booth in the new “Jewish Village” at the Wayzgoose festival. This festival is geared towards newly accepted students, showing them all of the different ways that they can become involved if they decide to come to UCI. We were glad to see familiar faces and meet many new prospective students amd families.

Our heritage stems from one source: young Jewish men banding together in allegiance.

included a community Shabbat dinner, a Pub Night with Israel Q&A, a Vendor Fair and community barbecue, free Krav Maga lessons, live performances, and speaking engagements to spread a positive image of Israel on campus. In addition, our brothers have been working closely to create programs with Chabad and Hillel on campus to provide a greater appeal to the Jewish community. Our brother Noah Popick created a very successful program called “Shabbat at Sea”, which took advantage of the Newport Beach landscape to provide a beautiful backdrop for a Shabbat dinner. Many students joined Noah and Hillel in a unique dinner with catered food, eating on blankets on the beach and jamming to music played by some of our brothers. Are you ready for fall 2014?

We were actively engaged during iFest 7, the pro-Israel festival at UCI, held this past spring. Events


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By Gail Martin

T’shuvah Inside & Out How we change the world through changing ourselves The Orange County Community Scholar Program (CSP) will hold its 13th annual Pre-High Holiday Event, “T’shuvah Inside and Out: How We Change the World through Changing Ourselves” with Aryeh Cohen, rabbi and social activist. The event will be held on Sunday, September 21, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at a private home in Monarch Beach. Prof. Cohen teaches rabbinic literature and social justice at the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies at the American Jewish University. He has also taught at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College and Brandeis University. Prof. Cohen is the author of the book, Justice in the City: An Argument from the Sources of Rabbinic Judaism, as well as Rereading Talmud: Gender, Law and the Poetics of Sugyot. He serves as a board member of T’ruah: The Rabbinic Call for Human Rights and CLUELA and is a founder of the Shtibl Minyan. He lectures widely on rabbinics, politics and the contem-

porary Jewish scene. Prof. Cohen’s writing has been published in The Journal of Jewish Thought and Philosophy, The Association of Jewish Studies Review, Sh’ma, Tikkun, Textual Reasoning, The Reconstructionist, Kerem, The Jewish Spectator and Hebrew Union College Annual. The Community Scholar Program is committed to creating a strong and transformative Jewish learning program to encourage participation with Jewish texts and traditions on an advanced level with leading Jewish artists, teachers and performers. RSVP at (949) 682-4040 or online

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Nuggets of Wisdom By Ilene Schneider

Festival of Jewish Learning at Congregation B’nai Israel explores Jewish mysticism through texts and music.

In a famous passage from the Talmud, Judaism’s premier legal text, Rabbi Shimon bar Yohai and his son retreat to a cave to study Torah. After twelve years, Elijah the prophet appears to them and invites them to return to the world. When they see farmers plowing their fields, the sages are scandalized by the laborers’ lack of attention to holy matters, and their angry gazes destroy those they look upon. A Divine voice orders the men to return to their cave for another twelve months. When they emerge the second time, the father tells his son, “The world has enough total devotees of Torah study in you and me alone; we need not hold others to our standard of devotion and diligence.” They thus learn how to balance study with worldliness, and mysticism with community. The text of this story will be the subject of a county-wide Festival of Jewish Learning, to be held at Congregation B’nai Israel on Sunday, October 12, from 1:30


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to 6:30 p.m. The Festival honors Rabbi Elie Spitz’s successful completion of a cycle of daf yomi (“page of the day”), in which Jews around the world commit to reading a set number of pages of the Talmud every day for seven years. The Art Scroll translation of the Talmud the rabbi used has 70 volumes, and he devoted about 30 or 40 minutes per day to each daf. While the study of the Talmud is normative in Orthodox Judaism, Rabbi Spitz’s study partners have been Rabbi Gersh Zylberman of Temple Bat Yahm in Newport Beach (a Reform congregation) and Rabbi Shuey Eliezrie of Chabad of Tustin. While Talmudic study is “not like reading a novel,” there are “nuggets of wisdom about the human condition, which changes but remains the same over time,” Rabbi Spitz said. In the process of “making these books my friend,” he was able to trace the debate about Jewish law across generations, understand how Jewish

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law is always grappling with new issues and be part of an “intellectually engaging process.” According to tradition, when one finishes learning a significant

body of Jewish learning, there should be a celebration, Rabbi Spitz explained. The event is made possible by an Impact Grant from the Jewish Federation & Family Services, Orange County (JFFS) and the CBI Enrichment Fund. The Festival of Learning, which falls on Sukkot, will include a talk by Professor Daniel Matt, who is completing a nine-volume translation for Stanford University Press of the Zohar, traditionally attributed to Rabbi Shimon bar Yohai. Professor Matt, who rarely speaks in public, is one of the most learned and influential scholars of Jewish mysticism in the world today. His translation achieves a rare mix of scholarly precision and poetic depth. Other speakers include Rabbi Brad Artson, Dean of the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies. At this event, Professor Matt and Rabbi Spitz will launch Zohar Ammud Yomi, a program of collective reading of the Zohar, the core of Jewish mysticism. Rabbis from across the county will lead small groups of adult learners in study of the Zohar, showing what it means to different streams of Judaism, while children engage in crafts and other activities.

The Festival of Learning, which falls on Sukkot, will include a talk by Professor Daniel Matt.

Other highlights of the Festival include storytelling for children; teen study with Rabbi Adam Greenwald; a Jewish learning fair; and delicious Middle Eastern foods. The day culminates in a concert by Hillel Tigay, the charismatic “rock cantor” of the dynamic L.A. Westside shul IKAR. Tigay will be joined by Hazzan Marcia Tilchin and other Jewish musicians for a tradition-rich and youth-friendly conclusion to the day’s activities. “We hope this celebration will motivate people to learn Jewishly,” Rabbi Spitz said. “The main motivation is to keep people learning and to show them that they have options.”.

“The Zohar is accepted as sacred text,” explained Rabbi Spitz. “It is an allegorical reading of Torah that sees Torah stories as symbolically descriptive of the nature of God. It is told as a travel story, often poetic and dreamlike.” Kosher OC |

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Rosh Hashanah Have a happy & sweet new year Rosh Hashanah, or the Jewish New Year, literally meaning “head of the year,” is a time full of symbolic eating. First the not so sweet news—fish head. Because this is the head of the New Year, you want to eat from the head, and not from the stinky tail, so taking a bite from the fish head is an important custom. Although it may not sound appetizing, it’s actually a perfect dish. Besides having your meal staring back at you, the fish head is often the cheapest cut of fish—great for your pocket. Yet, there’s more, because the meat of the head is actually very tender thanks to all the fatty cartilage a.k.a. the yummy bits when cooked right. So, there’s really nothing to fear, especially when it’s steamed with some lemon and herbs... The sweeter news - everything else. Israel is the land of milk and honey, so it’s a custom to eat that ever sweet honey, traditionally by dipping sliced apple. Technically speaking, although the biblical term of “milk and honey” is real, the honey could not have come from bees. Instead, the honey is actually the syrup of dates, still popular in Iraq, Egypt, and other parts of the Middle East.


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Even the bread is sweet and special. Typically sweetened by honey or baked with raisins, the challah bread should now be round, and not the traditional lengthwise braid. Why change the shape? The cyclical nature of the year can now be represented by the challah—simple as that. Side note: eggs, also a spherical shape, represent the cycle of life as well, so try not to take a bite of a hardboiled egg without cutting it in half first, or else it’s a sign of mourning, death, and other taboo stuff... Fruit are also very important. First, there’s the pomegranate, which we eat to represent the nation of Israel. Because we’re sweet, tart, and a bit crunchy? Because there are seemingly endless seeds, we eat the seeds in hopes that the children of Israel be just as abundant. Moreover, to ensure that the New Year is a special time, we also eat a new fruit that we have not eaten this year so that we may say a special prayer (shehechiyanu), which also helps us appreciate the seasonal changes of the year. For dessert, don’t forget about the honey cake. Another wish for a Sweet New Year, each family has their own recipe, from simple honey and orange, to spices, and maybe even rum...

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$15 Billion Export Deal Israel becomes Jordan’s chief gas supplier in new deal By

“A historic act that will strengthen the economic and diplomatic ties between Israel and Jordan.”


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Israel has signed a memorandum of understanding with Jordan that will make the Jewish state Jordan’s chief natural gas supplier. Although a final agreement still needs to be approved by Israeli Energy and Water Minister Silvan Shalom, Israel has informally agreed to supply the Hashemite Kingdom with $15 billion worth of natural gas over the next 15 years from its Leviathan offshore gas field. Shalom is expected to approve the deal. Among those present in Jordan at the negotiations over the deal were Amos Hochstein, the State Department’s special envoy and coordinator for international energy affairs, and representatives of Leviathan field partners Delek Group (based in Israel) and Noble Energy (based on Houston), Globes reported.

In February, Israel signed a deal to supply Jordan with $500 million worth of gas from its Tamar offshore field. The new deal is “a historic act that will strengthen the economic and diplomatic ties between Israel and Jordan,” Shalom said in a statement. “At this time, Israel is becoming an energy superpower, which will supply the energy needs of its neighbors and strengthen its standing as a central source of energy supply in the region, and I welcome it,” he said.

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Uber to Launch in Tel Aviv


The wildly popular taxi-hailing and ride-sharing app Uber is being launched in Tel Aviv. The app, which operates in more than 160 cities worldwide and allows private drivers to freelance as taxis, has faced blowback from regulators in several cities for undercutting traditional taxi service. Israeli government regulators have also expressed concern. Currently, taxi drivers in Israel must undergo an eight-month course to obtain a special taxi license. In June, Israeli Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz said that Uber won’t “be allowed to operate here under a different set of rules and laws than the ones applied to taxi drivers and everyone else.� Uber has sent a letter to Katz stating its case to allow regular drivers to freelance as taxi drivers, the Jerusalem Post reported. Besides being forced to contend with Israeli regulations, Uber will also have to compete with the popular Israeli start-up GetTaxi, a similar taxi-hailing app launched by Israeli entrepreneurs Shahar Wiaser and Roi More in 2010.

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Up & Away

Our children are our future and our heritage only continues if we stand together as proud Jews too.

By Robin Silver-Zwiren

“In a flash of our eyes children, and parents, prepare for their next milestone”.

When I sat at the TVT graduation in May I saw parents kvell as their children walked down the stairs. The smiles and tears did not end even after words were spoken and the class of ’14 declared HS graduates. In a flash of our eyes children, and parents, prepare for their next milestone: college. Parents are proud but somewhat dreading their beloved child leaving home. The teenagers are anxiously looking forward to this new experience but know that for the first time their classmates will not be taking the same steps. It will be the second time I will bid my teenager off to shores much


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further than the East Coast. My children don’t choose the traditional path of their classmates. My daughter, Atara, chose to attend a Seminary in Israel. A place with intensive study of Judaics as well as music and arts. More important it gave her further love and understanding of Judaism and Israel. As the latest conflict in Israel came to a head she made Aliyah, moved “up to” Israel as one would be called up to the Torah to read. In a few weeks her brother, Ari, will join her in our beloved Homeland. Ari plans to spend a year studying at Yeshiva. After that college and the IDF. Of course most teens don’t

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of our heritage. That they desire to take it a step more and make Aliyah is something I am immensely proud of. Many of you are busy taking your teens off to last minute doctors’ appointments, Bed Bath and Beyond for dorm items, family dinners and vacations before college beckons. I only hope that you are as proud of your children as I am of mine. I hope that your children continue to have a

love of our Jewish heritage. That while living in towns and cities across the country they stay involved whether it be in AePi, Hillel events, Chabad dinners or making sure the BDS supporters know there is another faction on campus. After all our children are our future and our heritage only continues if we stand together as proud Jews too.

Doing it with Style

By Ilene Schneider

Local stylist dresses women to suit their individual looks and needs. Tanya Desatnik’s grandmother was a designer in South Africa, and she was always interested in design and fashion. Since her parents “didn’t want me to go into the shmatta business,” she turned to Jewish education and worked as a youth director and teacher at Temple Bat Yahm. Still wanting to pursue her dream, she went back to school in fashion design and merchandising. Thus, Tanya Claire, Fashion Stylist was born. Desatnik has worked in the fashion industry since 2004. “I was always being a stylist,” she said. “The product is there, and I just put it together.” Desatnik, 30, works with people of all ages and walks of life, men and women, to advise them on fashion. She works with their wardrobe, hair, makeup and skin care. She custom-

izes the program based on an individual’s body, budget and personal needs. Her services run the gamut from complete styling makeovers to wardrobe and makeup for weddings, meetings and other special events. “I want people to walk in their wardrobe every day and be happy and have just the right look for a special occasion,” she said. Of particular interest is dressing women from the Orthodox community. She works with a lot of women at Beth Jacob Congregation of Irvine, where she belongs, showing them how to dress modestly but fashionably. At the Fourth Annual Beth Jacob Women Pre-Rosh Hashanah Fashion Show on September 14 at 10:30 a.m., she will talk about fall trends and tell the women how those can work into appropriate wardrobes for the holidays. Desatnik, who has a psychology background, also likes to “work with real women’s figures, not necessarily putting every woman into the most trendy clothes, but showing each woman what works for her. As she

explained, “I don’t just want to put trends on someone or dress someone in what I like. I want to show people what works for them. I start with what they have in their wardrobe and what they need to put it together. I like to show people how many outfits they can do with the pieces they have and show how everything can go together. Sometimes I’m just polishing rough edges.” Desatnik also serves as online editor for Vanichi, a fashion magazine. She does editorial styling with celebrities for magazine photos and styles fashion shows for Kosiak Productions at Neiman Marcus Fashion Island and Irvine Spectrum. She also styled a movie, Twinkies and Donuts, with Elon Gold. “What makes me happy is seeing women happy with themselves, going through the journey with them, seeing how their posture has changed, how their personality comes out,” Desatnik concluded. ”People are happier and more productive when they’re not worrying about their clothes.” Kosher OC |

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Sacrificing our Children By Robin Silver-Zwiren

Few parents, or children, do not shudder when they hear how Abraham even considered sacrificing his son Isaac. Even those most true to Hashem wonder how a loving god could even ask this of a parent. However we must not forget the time in history this occurred, around 600 BC The ancient Canaanite and Phoenician peoples believed in human sacrifice. This ritual was called a “molek” (MLK”) offering. Carthage in Tunisian was founded by Canaanite speaking Phoenicians. Isaac Asimov wrote a science fiction short story called “The Dead Past” where an ancient historian is trying to disprove allegations that the Carthagianians carried out child sacrifice. In the 1920’s French Tunisian colonial officials found urns with burned bones of children inside. One inscription found claimed that the remains were the son of Bomilcar who vowed that the son of his flesh would go to Ba’al. The finds are possibly from the time of Manasseh which could well prove that Avraham was following tradition when he put his son on an altar. Thankfully Hashem intervened and allowed the child to live. One major difference in Jewish and Muslim belief comes directly from this story. Jews believe the Biblical account that Avraham was asked to sacrifice Isaac (Yitchak). The Koran, who also considers Abraham as their


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father and prophet, believes the child to be Ishmael. Hashem promised Avraham that his son would inherit the land of Israel. It is no wonder then that we Jews believe the land is ours whereas the Arabs believe it to be theirs. Sarah was Avraham’s true wife and the mother of Yitzchak. It would have been extremely rare for the child of another wife to inherit so doubtful Hashem would have given the land to Ishmael. Since Mohammed was not born for many generations it is even more unlikely that Arab Muslims have rights to the land of Judah and Israel. Revisionist history is part of everyone’s lives to an extent. We say that in every truth there is some fiction. Although we quiver when we think that someone as great as Avraham Avinu, our Father, would consider sacrificing his child it is possible. That there are not only accounts of it in the Torah and Koran but in archaeological findings proves it was a common practice. Most of us believe it should be left in the history books.

“How can we make peace?”

Parents who believe that their children should be martyrs for a cause believe in child sacrifice. Mothers who cheer when they hear their child died with explosives strapped to their chests believe it is G-d’s will to allow this. Parents who send their sons to help build tunnels with the possibility of dying when the tunnels collapse practice child sacrifice. Fathers who tell their families to stand on the roof of their home while rockets fall believe in this ancient rite. How can we make peace with those who believe this is the will of a loving, peaceful G-d?.

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The New

By Zach Miller

Anti-Semitism What elements of criticism of Israel have led some observers to claim that a new form of anti-Semitism is developing, as evidenced in sources ranging from the Hamas Charter to the UN? What dangers do they believe this “new anti-Semitism” to human rights values themselves? Natan Sharansky, a distinguished scholar on Israel and world affairs, provided a test for determining antiSemetism known as the “Three D’s Test”. The test explains Israel’s ongoing conflict through the three D’s: delegitimization, double standards, and demonization. Deligitimization, the case of arguing whether Israel’s existence is illegal, is considered as anti-Israel expression. Both the Hamas Charter and the United Nation’s “Zionism is Racism” resolution both declare Zionism as illegal, thus the existence of Israel illegitimate. Furthermore they both declare that no Jewish state has the right to exist, so too is the creation of one, and that Jews have no connection to the land. This is considered as antiSemetism since it denies a religion a state, something all religions have. Double Standards, the accusation of Israel’s committing of crimes by countries who commit them themselves or demanding Israel to abide by policies that no other country has to follow, is also considered as an act of “antiIsrael”. The ideas of Israeli apartheid, security fence, and laws concerning rights of return fall under the category of double standards. Saudi Arabia has

forbidden non-muslims from entering its country. The official government website stated that Jews were forbidden from entering the country. Furthermore, According to Alan Dershowitz, “in Saudi Arabia apartheid is practiced against non-Muslims, with signs indicating that Muslims must go to certain areas and non-Muslims to others.” In regards to the security fence, many countries around the world have implemented similar measures to either separate zones of conflict or to prevent illegal immigration. Zones of conflict with security fences include: Turkish Cyprus/Greek Cyprus, Kuwait/Iraq, North/South Korea, and fences currently under construction between India/Pakistan, Saudi Arabia/Yemen, Kyrgyzstan/ Uzbekistan, Northern Ireland, India/ Bangladesh, and between Thailand/ Malaysia. Fences built to prevent illegal immigration include: US/Mexico, Botswana/Zimbabwe, and Spain/Morocco.However, the only region that has received constant harsh criticism is the one built between Israel and the West Bank. Additionally, concerning laws of return, countries across have implemented such measures, including Germany, yet no claims are made against them, except for Israel. Double standards are accusations made against the state of Israel, yet

are ignored when other countries do the same ats, therefore they are considered as anti-Israel/Semitic. Demonization, the portrayal of Israel as an evil entity and the Palestinians as helpless victims, is a very commonly found element of anti-Semitism. This is commonly found in both old and new anti-Semitism. Examples include “The Protocols of the Elders of Zion”, “Mein Kampf”, blood libels, the killing of children for blood, the portrayal of Jews as apes or swine, and the claim of Jews secretly wanting to take over the world. New anti-Semetism replaces the Jew with Israel. Such examples today are found in political discussions, debates, and cartoons. Demonization is the easiest for of antiSemitism to detect. Observers believe that this new antiSemitism is a danger to human rights values themselves because they go against everything Israel has strived to uphold and protect, including freedom of religion, press, and various other values that any democracy would protect. These rights are not respected by the accusers of Israel. If something is not done to protect institutions that protect these rights (i.e. Israel), they may fall along with the human values that strive to protect.

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To Whom Does the lan An Israeli with a good sense of humor at United Nations set the record straight. An ingenious example of speech and politics occurred recently in the United Nations Assembly and made the world community smile. A representative from Israel began: Before beginning my talk I want to tell you something about Moses: When he struck the rock and it brought forth water, he thought, “What a good opportunity to have a bath!” Moses removed his clothes, put them aside on the rock and entered the water. When he got out and wanted to dress, his clothes had vanished. A Palestinian had stolen them! The Palestinian representative at the UN jumped up and shouted furiously, “What are you talking about? The Palestinians weren’t there then.” The Israeli representative smiled and said, “And now that we have made that clear, I will begin my speech.”


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High Holiday Orange County Congregations Celebrate Temple Beth David in Westminster and Congregation B.Nai Tzedek in Fountain Valley will celebrate the second day of Rosh Hashanah at the beach on Friday, September 26. The service will begin at 10 a.m. at Pier Plaza in Huntington Beach. Tashlikh will follow. Both of these Reform congregations have a full range of High Holy Day services. Contact Temple Beth David at (714) 892-6623 and Congregation B’nai Tzedek at (714) 963-4611. Congregation B’nai Israel in Tustin will hold a special Kol Nidre service for people from 18 to 35 on Friday, October 3, at 6 p.m. There is a full menu of traditional and experiential services available throughout the holidays at the Conservative congregation. For details, call the congregation at (714) 730-9693. Congregation Beth Jacob of Irvine (Modern Orthodox) will hold High Holy Day workshops: “A Deeper Understanding of the Rosh Hashanah Prayers” on Tuesday, September 16 at 8 p.m. and “A Deeper Understanding of the Yom Kippur Prayers on Tuesday, September 30, at 8 p.m. For details, call the congregation at (949) 786-5230. Chabad Jewish Center of Mission Viejo will have three options for High Holy Day services: the short interactive learners service (great for beginners or anyone looking for a meaningful experience); a family friendly High Holy Day Experience (great for families and kids or kids at heart); and the full, meaningful traditional service (uplifting, enjoyable and inspiring). For details, contact the congregation at (949) 770-1270. Chabad of Tustin will hold a community Rosh Hashanah dinner prior to services on Erev Rosh Hashanah, Wednesday, September 24, at 6:30 p.m. For more information, e-mail the congregation at This is a small sampling of what awaits Orange County Jewish residents. We will have more on our website throughout the holidays. Synagogues, send us your listings, so we can post them on our website. Orange County residents, check out our synagogue listings. You can figure out how close congregations are to you, how to get there and what stream of Judaism they are on our interactive map.


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Rosh Hashanah

Have a sweet new year

Honey Cake Ingredients

How to Prepare

1 cup sugar

Preheat the oven to 325°F.

1 cup honey

In a food processor, add the following ingredients in order: sugar, oil, 1 cup honey, eggs, and cinnamon. Mix and process for 1 minute.

3 eggs 3/4 cup oil 1 tbsp cinnamon 2 1/2 cups flour 3 tsp baking powder 1 hot cup of brewed coffee or strong tea 4 tbsp honey

Add flour and baking soda to the mixture and process for an additional 10 seconds. Add the hot coffee or strong tea through the food processor’s spout and process until smooth (about 5 seconds). Pour the mixture into a 2 greased loaf pans and bake for 45-50 minutes until golden brown. While cake is hot and out of the oven, sprinkle each loaf with 2 tbsp of honey and spread. Serve and have a sweet year!


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Baked Chicken Ingredients

How to Prepare

4 whole chicken legs

Mix the pomegranate sauce, soy sauce, honey, crushed garlic cloves, salt, and pepper in a baking dish.

Pomegranate seeds Marinade 5 tbsp pomegranate sauce

Add the whole chicken legs to the baking dish and mix well with the marinade.

5 tbsp soy sauce

Refrigerate dish for 2-3 hours.

2 tbsp honey

Preheat the oven to 350°F.

4-5 crushed garlic cloves

Bake marinaded chicken for 50 minutes to one hour.

Salt and pepper to taste

Sprinkle cooked chicken with pomegranate seeds and serve.

Sweet Apple Kugel Ingredients 16 oz cooked egg noodles

3/4 cup brown sugar

2 eggs and 1 egg white

2 tbsp jam

1 tsp cinnamon

4 tbsp raisins

1 tsp vanilla extract 4 gala apples, pealed and coarsely grated

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brainiac Do you have what it takes to become a brainiac? Wake up your brain and give these a try.

If you think you know the answer and can’t wait for the next issue for the solutions, e-mail us from our web site at Winners will have a chance to be inscribed in the glorious hall of brainiacs.

Problem Potatoes of Water It is said that potatoes are 99 percent water and 1 percent potato. So, say you take a bunch of potatoes, like 100 pounds of potatoes, and you set them


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out on your back porch to dry out. As they begin to dry out, the water starts to evaporate. And after awhile enough water has evaporated so that the potatoes are now 98 percent water. If you were to weigh those potatoes at that moment when they are 98 percent water, how much would they weigh?




Chicken & Eggs A chicken and a half can lay an egg and a half in a day and a half. How long will it take for two chickens to lay 32 eggs?


If a chicken and a half can lay an egg and a half in a day and a half, let’s double the number of chickens, to three chickens.

Because one and a half chickens laid one and a half eggs, three chickens laid three eggs in how long? In a day and a half.

So if we have three chickens laying three eggs in a day and a half, then clearly one chicken lays one egg in a day and a half. How about two chickens, what do they do? Two chickens lay two eggs.

And two chickens will lay four eggs in three days. So, if two chickens can lay four eggs in three days, then two chickens can lay 32 eggs in 24 days.

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Community Calendar

September 2014

Thu, Sept. 4, 12:30-6pm

Sun, Sept. 14, 10:30am

Kosher Food Trucks

Women’s Annual Pre-Rosh Hashanah Fashion Show

Tarbut V’ Torah/Beth Jacob

Beth Jacob Congregation Get your food on as the Kosher Food Truck will be at TVT 12:30-3pm then at Sun, Sept. 14, 4:00pm Congregation Beth Jacob 4-6pm

Sun, Sept. 5-7 Toshiba Tall Ships Festival Ocean Institute, Dana Point Harbor Tall ships parade, interactive livinghistory encampments, and stage shows.

Sun, Sept. 6-28 Mon, Sept. 1-28 Canstruction Orange County South Coast Plaza National charity event where teams of architects, engineers and other professionals compete by designing and building structures made entirely out of canned foods. The canned food is then donated to the OC Food Bank.

Festival of Children South Coast Plaza Monthlong celebration of childhood with arts and crafts, singing, dance performances, and fun for kids of all ages.

Sun, Sept. 7, 10:00am TVT Cares Tarbut V’ Torah

Tue, Sept. 2, noon

All-school program to fight hunger

Questions about Medicare

Sun, Sept. 7, 10:30am

HICAP Counseling

Grondbreaking Ceremony

Sisterhood Appreciation Temple Beth Sholom

Wed, Sept. 17, 7:00pm Rabbi Joseph Telushkin Tarbut V’ Torah

Sun, Sept. 21, 1:30pm From Chernorudka to Chicago Temple Bat Yahm Lessons learned from tracing one family’s immigration pathway. Presented by Orange County Jewish Genealogical Society.

Sun, Sept. 21, 4:00pm Great Jewish Americans 101 Merage JCC Contemporary literary giants.

Wed, Sept. 24 Erev Rosh Hashanah

Temple Beth Sholom

Thu, Sept. 25

Wed, Sept. 3

Celebrating new building with BBQ

Rosh Hashanah

A Day of Cards & Games

Thu, Sept. 11, noon

Fri, Sept. 26

The Art of Forgiveness

Rosh Hashanah, Day 2

Merage Jewish Community Center

Ezra Center, Fullerton Cards and games all day at Temple Beth Tikvah


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Merage JCC Jewish Women’s Theatre and High Holiday luncheon. Sponsored by Vivante Senior Living Merage.

Tue, Sept. 30, 10:30am US BRIDGES Open House University Synagogue

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