Can you believe it has been over 2 years since Sarah’s bat mitzvah? Max’s bar mitzvah is just around the corner – December 28th, 2013. You should have received your invitation in the mail by now. If not, please call or e-mail Wendy (email@example.com or 727-4098). We will need to know what events you are coming to so that we can give counts to the caterers.
As his community service project, Max will be collecting canned food and making baskets out of them to use as table decorations at the luncheon for his bar mitzvah. After the lunch, the baskets will be donated to the East Middle School food pantry.
We are asking, if you are able and willing, to donate food and/or baskets, bows, ribbon and wrapping. We also will need help assembling the baskets. Assembly will be at the Washington School at 4 PM on Monday, December 23rd. Please call or e-mail Wendy (firstname.lastname@example.org or 727-4098) to donate items or to help. We will be serving pizza during the assembly of the baskets so please let me know if you are coming so that we have enough food.
We look forward to seeing you all at the bar mitzvah!
In the meantime, Happy Hanukkah!
There is snow on the ground, Thanksgiving (and Hanukkah) are next week, and that means Christmas is right around the corner! The Mercy Home (Women’s Domestic Violence Shelter) has already contacted me about covering the Mercy Home during Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. We have done this for many years as it allows the staff at this 24 hour facility the day to spend with their families.
Note that men can volunteer as long as there is a female volunteer also. No experience is necessary. If you are new, please e-mail or call Wendy (info below) for the location and details on how to volunteer.
If you can help out, please e-mail Wendy (email@example.com) or call 727-4098. The shifts available are:
12/24 2-5 PM Nadyne & Jerry Weissman
12/24 5-8 PM Meriam Nagel
12/24 8-11 PM
overnight from 11 PM to 8 AM (Wendy will cover this one unless someone else wants to)
12/25 8-11 AM
12/25 11 AM to 2 PM
12/25 2-5 PM
We thank you in advance for helping!
The Channukah lighting will take place at the State Capitol in Helena tomorrow, December 2 at 12 noon. Candle lighting will take place in the old Supreme Court Room, #303, not in the rotunda. (There was a previously scheduled World Aids Day event that will be setting up in the rotunda.) The governor is scheduled to address us at 12:15. The room is available starting at 11 and I plan to be there at that time.
A board meeting will take place in room 152 following the ceremonies. Please let me know if you plan to be there and if not, whether you want to participate by conference call.
Thank you and see some of you tomorrow.
RAM’S HORN POLICY FOR LISTING YAHRZEIT MEMORIALS:
Yahrzeit memorials are listed by consecutive Gregorian month, date, and year, if known, or at the beginning of the list for one calendar year following the date of passing.
Compiled by Aitz Chaim over many years, this Yahrzeit list is maintained by the Ram’s Horn. Please send any corrections or additions to firstname.lastname@example.org
May the source of peace send peace to all who mourn, and comfort to all who are bereaved.
|NAME OF DECEASED||GREGORIAN DATE OF PASSING||HEBREW DATE OF PASSING||DECEASED RELATIONSHIP TO CONGREGANT|
|Josephine Wade Young||Apr 17, 2013||7 Iyyar, 5773||Mother of Ann Grobosky|
|Natalee Holly Kelman||Jul 10, 2013||3 Av, 5773||Daughter of Evelyn Kelman|
|Henry Espelin||Dec 01, 1984||7 Kislev, 5745||Father of Dawn Schandelson|
|Diane Kaplan||Dec 03, 2009||16 Kislev, 5770||Mother of Kai Nealis|
|Carl Weissman||Dec 09, 1960||20 Kislev, 5721||Grandfather of Jerrold Weissman|
|Irving Tatz||Dec 09, 2008||12 Kislev, 5769||Beloved husband of Beverly Tatz and Father of Janet Tatz|
|Joseph Magalnick||Dec 10, 1970||12 Kislev, 5731||Father of Elliott Magalnick|
|Richard Weiss||Dec 12, 2000||15 Kislev, 5761||Father of Laura Weiss|
|Jules Cherry||Dec 13, 1972||8 Tevet, 5733||Father of Don Cherry|
|Louis Eisenberg||Dec 17, 1985||5 Tevet, 5746||Father of Sharon Eisenberg|
|Molly Dunaeff||Dec 20, 1985||8 Tevet, 5746||Aunt of Meriam Nagel|
|James Levie||Dec 22, 2010||15 Tevet, 5771||Uncle of Wendy Weissman|
|Theodore Eichner||Dec 30, 1970||2 Tevet, 5731||Father of Jerry Eichner|
EDITOR’S NOTE: The lighting of the Diane Kaplan Memorial Chanukaiah will be at 5:30 every night for eight nights, starting on Wednesday, November 27, the day before Thanksgiving.
THE BEST OF MONTANA ASSOCIATION OF JEWISH COMMUNITIES’ HOLIDAYS TO ALL OF YOU THROUGHOUT MONTANA!!!
NOTE: Perhaps, this year, try it on latkes?
“Mama Stamberg’s Cranberry Relish”
Dan Mitchell, NPR Online
Every year as Thanksgiving approaches, fans ask NPR’s Susan Stamberg for her mother-in-law’s recipe for cranberry relish. It’s a recipe that she has read on the air every year since 1971 -– and here, in Stamberg’s own words, is how she came by it:
“At the first Thanksgiving of my married life, in Allentown, Pa., my mother-in-law, Marjorie Stamberg, served a fabulous and fascinating cranberry relish. I asked for the recipe, which she kindly provided. I put the recipe for ‘Mama Stamberg’s Cranberry Relish’ on the air every year a few weeks before Thanksgiving, first at WAMU-FM, the local public radio station where I did my earliest air work, and later at NPR for the immediate nation to enjoy.”
(Years after she had begun sharing it, Stamberg learned the recipe had been clipped from the New York Times by her mother-in-law’s sister-in-law Marie Salinger. When, on the air, Stamberg told Times food editor Craig Claiborne about mis-attributing his recipe to her mother-in-law, Claiborne said, “I’ve gotten more mileage out of that recipe through NPR than I have since it was first published in the Times in 1959!”)
Here, with Stamberg’s footnotes, npr.org offers two recipes –- the on-air classic, and another dish that Stamberg confesses is her “truly favorite cranberry side dish.”
Mama Stamberg’s Cranberry Relish
2 cups whole raw cranberries, washed
1 small onion
3/4 cup sour cream
1/2 cup sugar
2 tablespoons horseradish from a jar (“red is a bit milder than white”)
Grind the raw berries and onion together. (“I use an old-fashioned meat grinder,” says Stamberg. “I’m sure there’s a setting on the food processor that will give you a chunky grind — not a puree.”)
Add everything else and mix.
Put in a plastic container and freeze.
Early Thanksgiving morning, move it from freezer to refrigerator compartment to thaw. (“It should still have some little icy slivers left.”)
The relish will be thick, creamy, and shocking pink. (“OK, Pepto Bismol pink. It has a tangy taste that cuts through and perks up whatever you put it on.”)
Makes 1-1/2 pints.
Garlicky Cranberry Chutney
Susan Stamberg calls this recipe “my truly favorite cranberry side dish.” It’s from Madhur Jaffrey’s cookbook East/West Menus for Family and Friends (Harper & Row, 1987).
1-inch piece fresh ginger
3 cloves finely chopped garlic
1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
4 tablespoons sugar
1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
1 1-pound can cranberry sauce with berries
1/2 teaspoon salt (or less)
ground black pepper
Cut ginger into paperthin slices, stack them together and cut into really thin slivers.
Combine ginger, garlic, vinegar, sugar and cayenne in a small pot. Bring to a simmer, simmer on medium flame about 15 minutes or until there are about four tablespoons of liquid left.
Add can of cranberry sauce, salt and pepper. Mix and bring to a simmer. Lumps are ok. Simmer on a gentle heat for about 10 minutes.
Cool, store and refrigerate. (“It will keep for several days, if you don’t finish it all after first taste!”)
Best enjoy this because it will not happen again until 79,811 CE and that is longer than Wonder Bread takes to get hard.
Celebrating: Thanksgivukkah, videos you do not want to miss!
Contributed by Jerry Weissman
Note: Gerald L. Zelizer is the rabbi of Congregation Neve Shalom in Metuchen, N.J.
American Jews shouldn’t fret too much at this year’s awkward overlap of Hanukkah and Thanksgiving. Sure, it may require some culinary dexterity at Thanksgiving dinner. But thematically, Hanukkah and Thanksgiving are an even more perfect fit than Hanukkah and Christmas.
This year’s confluence is a once-in-about-2,000-lifetimes experience. Hanukkah and Thanksgiving on the same day last happened in 1861, except that Thanksgiving wasn’t established until 1868! And the next time the first day of Hanukkah will happen on Thanksgiving – Thursday, November 28 – will be in the year 79,811. Who can plan that far in advance? So let’s enjoy this solar and lunar overlap and celebrate all that Hanukkah and Thanksgiving have in common. Religiously, there is a direct line connecting Thanksgiving, Sukkot and Hanukkah. Here’s how it works.
American Thanksgiving had a close affinity to biblical Sukkot. Both holidays included the theme of giving thanks for a bountiful harvest. It’s likely that the pilgrims who linked their migration and experience with the ancient Israelites learned to thank God for their harvest from the stories they read in what they called the “Old Testament”.
And Sukkot, in turn, was very much linked to Hanukkah. In fact, Hanukkah may have actually been Sukkot. The Second Book of Maccabees records that after the Maccabees cleansed and rededicated the Temple, “the sanctuary was purified on the twenty-fifth of Kislev (Hanukkah). The joyful celebration lasted for eight days. It was like Sukkot, for they recalled how only a short time before they had kept the festival while living like animals in the mountains, they observed the joyful celebration, which lasted for eight days. And so they carried lulavim and etrogim and they chanted hymns to God, who had so triumphantly led them to the purification of the Temple.”
So Hanukkah was probably a delayed Sukkot, with its theme of Thanksgiving spilling over from the harvest into the cleansed and rededicated Temple. The overlap of American Thanksgiving with the Sukkot/Hanukkah Thanksgiving, then, is not a calender oddity, but a calender tour de force.
We are accustomed to Hanukkah’s proximity to Christmas and to the influence of that holiday on some of the cultural celebrations of Hanukkah. In reality, Christmas and Hanukkah are thematically opposite. Hanukkah celebrates the affirmation of Torah through both a war against the Syrians and a civil war. Christmas celebrates the birth of Jesus, whom Paul and the early church fathers understood as replacing the authority of the Torah. On the other hand, Thanksgiving, Sukkot and Hanukkah all share a theme of giving thanks: in the first two, for the harvest; in the last, for the rededication of the Temple.
So here’s to giving thanks for this unusual but perfect confluence. It’s not just the culinary ease of substituting latkes for sweet potatoes with the turkey. There is a core message that links them together beautifully.
Contributed by Jerry Weissman
Two Laws in the Torah were fulfilled on the same day.
For those who haven’t heard, Washington State passed two landmark laws: “Gay marriage” and the “Legalization of marijuana”.
The fact that gay marriage and marijuana were legalized on the same day makes perfect biblical sense because Leviticus 20:13 says: “If a man lies with another man they should be stoned.”
We just hadn’t interpreted it correctly!