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ot too long ago, being a Jewish American in Tidewater, during what was known as “the Christmas season,” translated into a feeling of segregation from the rest of society. What was there to do during Chanukah? Could we even find a new Chanukkiah to buy or a party to attend? As is abundantly clear by the listing of Chanukah activities that begin on this page, times have changed. Tidewater’s Chanukah season is filled with events throughout the community, geared for Jews of all ages and affiliations. Judaica and Chanukah-themed merchandise is available at local gift shops and area synagogue gift shops— we’ve listed some of them. And what would a Jewish holiday be without food? You’ve got lots of recipes to try—no excuses for a lack of latkes this year! We hope your Chanukah is filled with light, love, laughter and peace, The staff of the Jewish News
How to Celebrate Chanukah (5773/2012) in Tidewater
from the How to Live Jewishly in Tidewater blog of Shalom Tidewater by Rebecca Bickford, Community Concierge
hanukah begins at sundown on Saturday, Dec. 8 and runs through Dec.16. The eighth candle is lit Saturday, Dec. 15. Many ways, many places and many events are planned in Tidewater to celebrate Chanukah. Check out these opportunities and contact each organization for details.
SIMON FAMILY JCC Chai Baby Chanukah Party Tuesday, Dec. 11, 9:15am at the Simon Family JCC All are welcome: Moms, dads, babies, and siblings. $7 for JCC members, $12 for potential members. Contact Becky Feld, director of Beginnings, at 757-321-2332 or bfeld@ simonfamilyj.org for more information.
HEBREW ACADEMY OF TIDEWATER/STRELITZ EARLY CHILDHOOD CENTER Annual Chanukah De-Lights Show Tuesday, Dec. 11, 7 pm at Hebrew Academy of Tidewater The HAT kindergarten through fifth grade students will present their Annual Chanukah De-Lights show. This year’s theme is Jewish Holidays. Each class will perform a holiday song and the Drama Club will present their play, “Star of (Judah) Wars.”
Free and all are welcome. No RSVP necessary. Annual Mini Zimriyah (Song Fest) Friday, Dec. 14, 11:45 am at Hebrew Academy of Tidewater The Strelitz Early Childhood Center students will celebrate the holiday with their annual songfest. Each pre-school class will sing a Chanukah song and bring the light of the holiday to their audience with an ensemble finale. Free and all are welcome. No RSVP necessary.
JEWISH FAMILY SERVICE 20th Annual Chanukah Gift Program Jewish Family Service reaches out to provide gifts to local Jewish families, children, and teens in need. Ways to help: • Contact JFS to request a Family Wish List • Create a Mitzvah Day tradition with family and friends and go shopping together for gifts. • Consider a tax-deductible monetary donation to JFS, and JFS
will do the shopping for the items most needed/requested. • P urchase gift cards from department stores, grocery stores, etc., and families can shop for themselves. Contact Emily Bettendorf for more information at 757-459-4640 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
YAD—Young Adult Division of the UJFT Sushi, Sake, Latke Saturday, Dec. 1, 8 pm–11 pm $15 in advance, $20 at the door Celebrate Chanukah in style with an open bar, traditional Chanukah food as well as a sampling of sushi and stir-fry, music, and of course, friends. Neat casual attire. Open to ages 22-45. RSVP to Amy Weinstein, YAD director, at 757-65-6127 or email@example.com.
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Hands on Tidewater and PAM— “Helping Hearts Project” Thursday, Dec. 6, 6:30 pm Join YAD and Hands on Tidewater at JFS’s PAM office for the 5th Annual “Helping Hearts Project.” This is a volunteer opportunity open to the community to help those who need it the most. Volunteers will help fill gift bags with toiletries, snacks, socks, and other necessities. These bags will be delivered to incapacitated adults who have no family or friends to remember them during the holidays. RSVP to Amy Weinstein, YAD director, at 757-965-6127 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
BETH SHOLOM VILLAGE Chanukah in a Box Purchase a box from Beth Sholom Village and enjoy Chanukah without worrying about making latkes, buying candles, or picking up doughnuts. Deadline to order is Nov. 30. Box #1 includes: (for a family of four) 12 latkes, 12 jelly doughnuts, gelt, candles, and a dreidel. $24
Box #2 includes: (for a family of eight) 24 latkes, 24 jelly doughnuts, gelt, candles, and a dreidel. $44 Box #3 includes: (for a family of 12) 36 latkes, 36 jelly doughnuts, gelt, candles, and a dreidel. $64 Call or email Marcia Brodie, director of marketing, to place order. 757-420-2512 x.204 or mbrodie@ bethsholomvillage.com.
B’NAI ISRAEL Shlock Rock Concert Saturday , Dec. 15, at Simon Family JCC $15 per adult, $10 per student There will also be ticket specials available for groups. For more information or to RSVP, contact the B’nai Israel front office at 757‑627-7358 or email@example.com. Chanukah Classes with Rabbi Sender Haber Monday, Dec. 3, 7:15 pm at B’nai Israel
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Topic: “The Meaning of the Menorah” Free—all are welcome. Monday, Dec. 10, 7:15pm at B’nai Israel Topic: “Miracles” Free—all are welcome.
• Sharon W’s for Kahlua drinks and desserts $5 per person. Young Adults only. RSVP by Dec. 4 on The Collaborative Facebook Page or contact Sharon Blumenthal at firstname.lastname@example.org.
BETH CHAVERIM Special Chanukah Services Friday, Dec. 14, 8 pm All are welcome to join the Beth Chaverim family for special services dedicated to Chanukah. No RSVP necessary. For more information, contact Beth Chaverim at 757-463-3226 or Rabbi Israel Zoberman at 757-617-0334.
BETH EL Chanukah Blood Drive Sunday, Dec. 2, 9 am– 1 pm at Beth El Pre-Hanukah Barnes & Noble Bookfair Thursday, Dec. 6, at Barnes & Noble in Town Center Join the Beth El family for a day filled with Chanukah events. Beth El members will be available all day for gift wrapping—free service but donations are welcome. 10:30 am—Sisterhood’s Short Story Book Club 12 pm—Lunch and Learn with Rabbi Arnowitz 6 pm—Pajama Story Time with Sharon Wasserberg 7 pm—Judaism In Depth with Rabbi Arnowitz For kids of all ages—practice lighting the menorah, sing songs, and more! RSVP to Beth El at 625-7821 or email@example.com The Collaborative: Hanukah House Hop Saturday, Dec. 8, 6 pm Join the Beth El Collaborative on the first night of Chanukah for a House Hop. Meet at Beth El and then “house hop” on foot to the following spots for drinks and eats: • Beth El for Havdalah and candle lighting • Seth and Nataly’s for wine and cheese appetizers • Jason and Leah’s for latkes and vodkas
Shabbat with a Story and Dinner Friday, Dec. 14, 6pm at Beth El Enjoy an interactive family Shabbat service led by Mrs. “W” with singing, playful tools to aid prayers, a story, and dinner. Adults $18 and children (3-12) $10 RSVP to Beth El at 625-7821 or firstname.lastname@example.org. 2nd Annual Vodka and Latkes Sunday, Dec. 16, 6:30 pm at Beth El $5 per person – all are welcome. Enjoy some delicious potato latkes, learn a little about Chanukah, vodka and have the opportunity to sample the spectrum of quality among different brands of vodka. RSVP to the office and contact Larry Rossen to volunteer. Growing Together: Hanukah Party—Parents Night Out Wednesday, Dec. 5, 7:30–10:30 pm At the home of Carin and Mike Simon Bring a dairy or pareve appetizer, dessert or drink to share. Adults only please. RSVP to Carin at 831-8643 or email@example.com.
CHABAD Chanukah Extravaganza Sunday, Dec. 9, 5 pm in downtown Norfolk, outside Waterside • Join the Jewish community to light Tidewater’s largest Menorah. • Meet and greet with Dizzy the Dreidel • Decorate a doughnut • Balloons by Ryan the Balloon Guy • Free souvenir t-shirt for all participants • Lively Jewish music • L atkes and applesauce Free. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org or 757-616-0770. Chanukah Party Bus Thursday, Dec. 13, 4:30 pm at Chabad House Get on the bus to bring Chanukah joy to
senior citizens in assisted living facilities. Enjoy prizes, games, stories and snacks during the bus ride—sing songs and deliver Chanukah cheer at each of stop. The fun begins with dinner at Chabad House. $10 per person RSVP: rabbilevi@chabadoftidewater. com or 757-616-0770
OHEF SHOLOM “Cooking for Chanukah” with Ruth Katz Wednesday, Dec. 5, 7 pm Learn how to make cheese blintzes, potato knishes, and kasha varniskes. RSVP at email@example.com or call 624-4295.
Adults, $12.50; $7.50, children under bar/ bat mitzvah age; Three and under are free Menu: Fried Chicken, latkes, veggies, Challah, Parve dessert (Veggie option available). Gift exchange for all the children: gifts $10 and below, wrapped. All are welcome.
MILITARY MITZVAHS Chanukah Themed Shabbat Adventure Saturday, Dec. 8, 10:30 am at Chabad House. Children will blast off on a super exciting Chanukah themed adventure during Shabbat services. Get ready for Chanukah with songs, games, stories and more. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
COMMODORE LEVY CHAPEL Latke Fest 2012 Friday, Dec.14, 6:30 pm (short service to follow) at the Commodore Levy Chapel. Join in the fun with Chanukah music and dancing! Latkes, sufganiyot, and refreshments will be provided. Attendees are encouraged to bring a sampling of their favorite latke recipe to share with the congregation. Free and all are welcome. Non-military personnel will need to make prior arrangements to gain access to the base. RSVP to the Naval Station Chaplains Office at 757-444-7361.
KEMPSVILLE CONSERVATIVE SYNAGOGUE Annual Chanukah Celebration Sunday, Dec. 9, 5 pm at the synagogue. Join the KBH family as they celebrate Chanukah with their annual tradition of an outdoor menorah lighting, latkes, and a movie. The movie will be The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg which chronicles the life and career of the first major Jewish baseball start in the Major League. Free and open to the community. Donations will be accepted along with food donations for the JFS Food Pantry. For more details, visit www.kbhsynagogue.org, call 757-495-8510, or e-mail EpsteinSam@aol.com.
Annual Sisterhood Chanukah Dinner Friday, Dec. 14, 6:30 pm All are welcome to attend this annual dinner and feel free to bring personal menorahs and candles to share family traditions. Dinner menu includes: Sisterhood’s traditional beef brisket, fresh green salad, roasted carrots, potato latkes with fixings, challah and bread pudding for dessert. Chicken nuggets will be available for children. Vegetarian options are available through prior request. RSVP to 757-625-4295. Early reservations by Nov. 30: $15 per adult, $6 per child 12 and under Reservations after Nov. 30: $20 per adult, $10 per child 12 and under No reservations will be accepted after Dec. 10
Many soldiers and sailors will be far from home this year. If any of these military personnel want a place to celebrate any night of Chanukah or attend services this year, con-
tact Rebecca Bickford at email@example.com. Contact each organization and temple for complete details, times, and pricing. Be sure to check the community calendar at www.jewishva.org for all upcoming community events. Rebecca Bickford is the Community Concierge for the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater and maintains the Shalom Tidewater program, which provides outreach to members of the Tidewater Jewish community who are new or interested in becoming more involved.
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A Chanukah message by Rabbi Israel Zoberman
hanukah’s origins in the drama of a small people standing up to the might of the Hellenistic empire of antiquity is a poignant symbol and a timeless reminder of Israel’s unique and timely legacy. The Maccabees’ successful revolt in 167 B.C.E. against the dictates of King Antiochus IV that sought to deprive the Jews of practicing their faith, was truly a stance of a proud conscience. Our refusal to submit to a superior physical power when our spiritual inheritance was at stake, is a clear indication of how deep a bond we held with our religious convictions, ready to sacrifice the sacred gift of life for the sake of an ancestral covenant with the God of Freedom and Responsibility. The word Chanukah and its very meaning represent the spirit of dedication to noble ideals and ideas through the cleansing of Jerusalem’s temple of old from pagan defilement. The Talmud’s insisting focus on the miracle of the cruse of oil lasting eight days reflects the rabbis’ aversion to the bloodshed and the Hasmoneans’ intra-political strife, associated with the war and beyond. Consequently, the Book of the Maccabees was not included in our own Biblical canon, but was fortunately preserved through the Catholic one. In truth, the conflict was not only against the enemy from without, but also in response to the experienced assimilation from within. The encounter with the dominant, flourishing and tempting
Greek culture led, however, to a fruitful engagement influencing rabbinic thought and logic. The flickering lights of Chanukah have come to represent through centuries of trying suffering the miracle of Jewish survival in spite of great odds, while endowing the human family with an enduring, undying hope for a world transformed and redeemed. Let us continue to pray and labor that the ancient promise of prophetic Shalom from the hills of Judea, the first such inspiring and courageous message of universal embrace, will yet be realized for all of God’s children including the offspring of Isaac and Ishmael whose familial bond cannot be denied. How frustrating that there are Palestinian leaders attempting to re-write history by removing the incontrovertible Jewish connection with the Temple Mount, seeking to extinguish Chanukah’s authenticity. As our American nation, the State of Israel and the entire free world fight the blight of contemporary terrorism with Iran begrudging the Maccabeean victory leading the way, much can be learned from the Maccabees’ old and new saga and spirit. The terrorists negate the life-enlightening, pluralistic and inclusive principles of Chanukah’s bright Menorah daring to challenge the darkness. All humans have now become vulnerable Jews, yet empowered with our people’s indomitable faith and heroic example to face an oppressive foe—physically, spiritually, and psychologically—and prevail. —Rabbi Dr. Israel Zoberman is the spiritual leader of Congregation Beth Chaverim.
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Chanukah shopping in Tidewater by Terri Denison
andles, Menorahs, latke platters, stuffed animals, games and fancy dreidels are just some of the items available in shops around Tidewater during the Chanukah season. At Ohef Sholom Temple, the Sisterhood annually expands its Judaica Shop, more than doubling its space by taking over the library across the hall to create “the largest Chanukah Shop in Tidewater,” says Lisa Cohen, the shop’s buyer and manager. “We have more than 100-hand-selected vendors,” says Cohen. “We try to have as much ‘made in Israel’ merchandise as possible.” The shop’s inventory includes fun and traditional Menorahs, serving pieces, jewelry, dreidels, toys and games, Chanukah gelt and even blue and white (blueberryflavored) candy canes. The Chanukah Shop is open Thursdays, 10 am–2 pm, Fridays before and after services and Sundays,
9:30 am–12:30 pm until Dec. 16. Gail Juren, owner of Texture in Ghent, says her store focuses on the “artistic side of ritual items.” Crafted by Israeli and American artists, she says she has a lot of menorahs and Chanukah candles from Israel. “We have dreidels and gelt and gift items for kids. “I was the hit of the party last year with our Chanukah Bingo! The kids loved it!” she says. “We also have a beautiful selection of Star of David and Hamsa necklaces and pins. They are mostly sterling and Israeli and American made,” notes Juren. Texture is open daily. In addition to a fully-stocked shop for Chanukah, Hebrew Academy’s gift shop “is happy to special order,” says Deb Segaloff. Purchasing in bulk can come in handy for parties and class events, she notes. The store is open during school hours. Worththewait in Virginia Beach offers a “large selection of Judaica gift items,” says Susan Krohn, owner. From items for the
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BOSTON (JTA)—An imaginative historical tale of adventure set on the high seas will captivate young readers this Chanukah season. Emanuel and the Hanukkah Rescue is one of a few new children’s books for the eight day Festival of Lights, which begins this year on the evening of Dec. 8. Meanwhile, two fun-filled books aim to get food-loving kids of all ages into the kitchen with tantalizing menus while offering other fun holiday activities.
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rom the opening pages of Emanuel and the Hanukkah Rescue, young readers will know they’re in for something out of the ordinary. Set in the 18th century whaling port of New Bedford, Mass., the fictionalized historical tale by Heidi Smith Hyde tells the story of a spirited nine-year-old Jewish boy named Emanuel Aguilar whose father is a merchant who sells sailing supplies and other provisions to the city’s whalers. “Papa, when will I be old enough to go to sea?” Emanuel asks his father, who cautions his son against the dangers of whaling. Emanuel yearns to place the family menorah in the window during Chanukah but his father is fearful, recalling the tragedy of the Inquisition in his home country of Portugal, where Jews were not free to practice their faith. “This isn’t Portugal, Papa. This is America!” Emanuel protests, reminding his father that Chanukah celebrates religious freedom. On the last day of Chanukah, Emanuel stows away aboard a whaling ship, leaving
a note for his papa explaining his hope to be free. But a sudden and vicious storm transforms the fun adventure, as Emanuel learns firsthand the dangers of the sea. By story’s end, the reunited father and son find hope and courage in the light of Chanukah and its power to inspire freedom. Artist Jamel Akib’s richly colored pastel paintings cast a luminous glow across the landscape. His highly detailed, realistic illustrations put readers into the story, from the interiors of the merchant shop and the family home to the dramatic scenes at sea. One double page spread depicts the busy working waterfront where angular, strong whalers unload crates and barrels from ships. Hyde was inspired to create the story after reading an article about Jewish involvement in New Bedford’s whaling industry. Jews were an integral part of the industry in New England coastal areas, she learned, serving as merchants, candle exporters and even ship owners. Some Jews in the region practiced their faith in secret. Hyde says she was struck by the parallels with Chanukah, with its themes of the miracle of the oil and religious freedom. In Emanuel, she wanted to explore what it means to hide one’s identity. “Mostly, I want kids to realize that it’s important to be themselves, not to be afraid of who they are,” she says.
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them,” Klechevsky says. “The taste won’t be the same, but it will be close. You can buy little round molds and fill them with batter.” Erica Lokshin, a wellness dietitian at Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York, points out that baked donuts have half the calories and one-third the fat of fried. “Chanukah foods loaded in oil are high in cholesterol, which can be really bad for your heart, and eating them for eight days straight increases risks,” Lokshin says. Lokshin says that when serving toppings to go with latkes, reducedfat sour cream and unsweeted applesauce are the best options. And since no one wants to feel deprived around the holidays, she suggests picking one night to indulge. “It’s better to designate which night of the holiday you will enjoy latkes and donuts, and stick to your regular eating routine on the other nights,” Lokshin says. “Otherwise, you’re picking at a donut here and a latke there, and over an eight-day period you will probably consume more than you hoped you had and it will throw off your eating routine in the long run.
“My favorite latke variety to make is my variation using rutabaga and turnip,” Silver says. “Rutabaga is a starchy vegetable, but it’s not actually a carb. It gives a similar consistency to potatoes and is delicious.” Shaya Klechevsky, a personal chef from Brooklyn who writes the kosher cuisine blog At Your Palate, www.atyourpalate.com/ blog/ says there are ways to make healthier donuts, or sufganiyot—also a traditional Chanukah food though one generally more popular in Israel than the United States. But Klechevsky (Yosef Silver) warns about playing too much with recipes. Ingredients “When making the bat2 rutabaga, shredded ter, you can use a little bit of 2 turnips, shredded whole wheat if you want to 1 large onion, shredded veer away from white flour, 1 egg, plus one egg white but you need to be care½ teaspoon of garlic powder ful because too much whole ¼ teaspoon salt wheat will turn your donuts ½ teaspoon of freshly ground black pepper into bricks,” Klechevsky says. “You can also substitute Preparation sugar with honey.” Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Mix all the Rather than altering the recingredients, then shape the latkes so they are ipe for the dough, Klechevsky approximately the size of your palm and about ¼ inch thick. Grease a cookie sheet with olive oil if you says the best way to make want to keep with tradition, or substitute coconut healthy donuts is to use healthy oil for a lighter alternative. Place the latkes on the fillings, like sugar-free jams, cookie sheet with space between them. Once the nuts, fruit and granola. oven has heated, bake the latkes until golden brown. “The best option is to bake donuts rather than fry
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hanukah without latkes would be like January without chicken soup. It should never happen. And if it does, through some oversight or assumption that no one likes latkes anymore, those hosting family Chanukah gatherings and parties should prepare themselves for a noisy revolt. New recipes and cooking methods for the traditional holiday food tempt Jewish cooks every year. Some recipes are successful and become seasonal standards, while others are put in a reject, never-cook-again file. Three local culinary creators—a chef, a restaurant owner, and an all-around great cook—agreed to share their favorite latke recipes this year. These are not experiments; the latkes been vetted by customers and avid consumers (children, parents, aunts, grandfathers and friends) as “keepers.”
Alan Hamman, supervisor of the Cardo Café, the kosher-certified café and catering service located on the first floor of the Sandler Family Campus. Hamman’s culinary background includes American classical, contemporary and French-Polynesian cuisine. For latkes, however, Hamman harkens back to his German-Norwegian heritage. The Cardo Café is open for breakfast and lunch, M-F, 8 am–2 pm, and seasonally on Sundays. Visit www.simonfamilyj.org to see the Café’s menu.
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Alan’s Norwegian Style Latkes Preheat oven, fryer, or oil in pan to 350˚ 6 potatoes (about 3 pounds) Bake the potatoes, unpeeled. Tip: The bigger the better, Idaho bakers work well.
6 eggs 1½ cups flour 1 large onion (1 lb) coarsely chopped, ¼ inch dice. 4 whole cloves garlic minced, about 2
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tbsp Season to taste with ¼ cup dried chives, or 4 stems fresh 1 tbsp dill, fresh or dried 1 tbsp kosher salt ½ tbsp black pepper
Directions After baking the potatoes, mash them and add the rest of the ingredients. Season and re-season to taste. Scoop or portion out into 2 oz. balls (ping-pong sized), then lay flat like a burger patty. (Chef’s note: It’s good to get your hands in there to mix it; let the potatoes cool a bit first.) Can be made in advance and refrigerated, then cooked to order. If baking, place them on a sheet tray and cook 25–29 minutes, if in a fryer, about two minutes, and if in a pan with oil watch closely, flip after a few minutes and cook until golden brown. Serve with applesauce and sour cream.
Matt Mancoll, owner of Bite Restaurant and Catering in Downtown Norfolk, has two go-to recipes for latkes. Neither is traditional, but both are very good, and have become seasonal staples for his family and friends, Mancoll says. Bite is located at 440 Monticello Ave. and is open for breakfast and lunch, M-F, and dinner Tues-Sat. Visit www.enjoybite.com for menus and more information.
Potato and Parsnip Latkes Ingredients ½ pound (about 2) Yukon gold potatoes, peeled ½ pound (about 4) parsnips, peeled ½ medium onion 1 clove garlic, minced 2 large eggs 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley 2 tablespoons minced fresh chives 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper Peanut or vegetable oil, for frying
Directions Grate the potatoes, parsnips and onion using the medium grater attachment of a food processor or the large holes of a box grater. Squeeze the mixture by the handful over the sink to remove any excess liquid. Mix with the garlic, eggs, parsley and chives in a large bowl, then add the flour and 1/2 teaspoon each salt and pepper. Shape into 12 thin patties, squeezing to remove any remaining liquid as you form each one; lay on a sheet of parchment. Heat ¼ inch of peanut oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Fry the latkes in batches until golden brown, 4 to 5 minutes per side.
Zucchini Latkes Ingredients 3 medium zucchini, shredded (about 4½ cups) 1 teaspoon salt, divided 2 eggs, beaten 1 small onion, grated ¼ cup matzo meal or dry bread crumbs ¹⁄8 teaspoon pepper Oil for frying
Directions In a large bowl, toss zucchini and ½ teaspoon salt; let stand for 10 minutes. Squeeze zucchini dry. Stir in the eggs, onion, matzo meal, pepper and remaining salt. In a large skillet, heat oil over medium heat. Drop batter by tablespoonfuls into oil; press lightly to flatten. Fry for two minutes on each side or until golden brown. Serve with sour cream if desired. Yield: 16 latkes. jewishnewsva.org | Chanukah | November 26, 2012 | Jewish News | 41
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Amy Lefcoe enjoys cooking for friends, family and community events, and seeing the joy her dishes bring to others. Over the years, she has tried a lot of latke recipes, from a multitude of sources. The recipe that has become a new favorite came from the book, Divine Kosher Cuisine, a cookbook Lefcoe bought at the Simon Family JCC’s Jewish Book Festival and had signed by the author a few years ago. Co-authored by Risé Routenberg and Barbara Wasser, Divine Kosher Cuisine can be purchased on www. amazon.com. A kosher cookbook, it contains more than 500 recipes and 200 photos.
Sweet Potato Latkes Ingredients 4¼ cups peeled and shredded sweet potatoes 2 large eggs, slightly beaten ½ cup flour 1 Tbsp brown sugar
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Combine potatoes with eggs, flour, sugar, salt, pepper, and spices. Drop mixture by heaping spoonfuls into hot oil in large skillet, turning once after first side is browned. drain on brown paper or paper towels. Serve with applesauce and sour cream.
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