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The Butterfly Project: Remembering Children of the Holocaust

by on April 19, 2015

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Inspired by the book I Never Saw Another Butterfly: Children’s Drawings and Poems from the Terezin Concentration Camp, 1942-1944, the Butterfly Project was initiated by two teachers in the San Diego Jewish Academy in 2006 to remember the 1.5 million children who perished in the Holocaust.

The butterflies in our PJCC atrium were created by hands of all ages. Our youngest artists learned that every butterfly is unique, fragile and beautiful for its individuality.

Since the start of the project more than 200 communities have participate in countries including Israeli, Mexico, Canada, Austria, Cuba Tanzania, Morocco and Poland.

This type of community-based art goes hand-in-hand with the emotional work by Mi Polin, on display April 1 – June 25, 2015 in the PJCC Art Gallery.

A Day in the Life of Matzah: Recipes for Passover

by on March 31, 2015

Having cleansed your pantry of all hametz, you are left with few options to fill your carb quota during Pesach (Passover). The challenge is to find new and exciting ways to use matzo in your meals. So, here are some ideas to add variety to your Passover meals.

Breakfast

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If it is from Martha Stewart, it must be good! A delicious way to start the day.
(via Martha Stewart)

 

Lunch

matzah-grilled-cheese-150Matzo Grille Cheese
If anything can make matzo look tasty, it’s cheese! Here is and easy way to turn an old classic into a trendy lunch item.
(via Popsugar)

 

 

matzah-pizza-150Matzo Pizza 
Most likely we’ve all created a version of matzo pizza. But, hey, pizza is delicious on any crust!
(via Macaroni Kid / Gina Benezra)

 

Dinner

matzah-lasagna-150Matzah Lasagna
The fresh ingredients, including spinach and tomatoes, makes this lasagna not only tasty but also pleasing to the eye.
(via Matkonation / Danya Weiner)

 

Dessert

matzah-choc-chip-150Passover Chocolate Chip Cookies
It is hard to go wrong with chocolate chip cookies no matter what. These are no exception. Buttery and chocolatey, they will satisfy your sweet cravings.
(by Kathy Kersul-Wiener via Tori Avey)

 

matzah-smore-150Passover S’mores
S’Mores aren’t just for Lag B’omer! Add some chocolate and a marshmallow to your matzo and, BAM!, you have a dessert that will please kids of all ages!
(via Ingredients, Inc.)

 

For Fun

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These were just too cute to leave out of the list. What a clever way to add plague decorations to the table.
(via The Foodies)

 

 

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Video: How We Think About Israel

by on February 13, 2015

Rabbi Dr. Donniel Hartman, of the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem, spoke at the PJCC recently. He gave us some wonderful insight into the thinking of both Israeli and American Jews. He provided us with a new way for the Jewish Community to think and talk about Israel. Get ready to be inspired!

Israel: Complex, Compelling, Clarified

by on January 13, 2015

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Rabbi Dr. Donniel Hartman tackles complex challenges facing the country

Whatever our personal views about Israel, it is likely we all agree that Israel is among the most complex and complicated nations in the world. The Israeli-Palestinian conflict appears intractable, with both sides refusing even to acknowledge a common narrative of the genesis of the conflict. This has raised significant moral questions (often by Israeli writers and thinkers) about the appropriateness of Israel’s military response.

There are also conflicts within Israeli society. The relationship between Ashkenazi (Jews of Central and Eastern European descent) and Shephardi (Jews of Spanish and Middle Eastern Continue reading

A Healthy Spin on Latkes: The “No-tato” Pancake

by on November 21, 2014

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Traditional potato latkes are delicious but more and more people are looking for healthier ways to make these wonderful fried patties.  We’ve come up with a recipe that is heavier on protein and veggies and light on the carbs.  And, as a bonus, they taste great! Enjoy!

Quinoa & Veggie Latkes Recipe

INGREDIENTS:

3 cup cooked quinoa (use 1 part quinoa to 1 part water)
1/2 cup grated onion (about 1/2 medium onion)
1 cup each finely grated zucchini and carrot
1/4 cup potato starch
1 teaspoon kosher salt, or to taste Continue reading

Adding An Extra Pinch Of Health To The Passover Seder

by on April 3, 2014

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Like the 10 commandments, the passover seder menu can seem like it’s written in stone. Passed down through generations and laden with family tradition, it feels almost sacrilegious to deviate from what our grandparents served their guests. But it’s that very menu, with all the starch, fats and sugar coated desserts (most often eaten for two nights in a row) which can make you feel as if you actually at the stone tablets of the commandments for dinner.

Don’t let the tradition of the seder weigh on you. This year start your own traditions with a lighter and healthier version of two seder classics–Matzo Ball Soup and Flourless Chocolate Almond Cake.

HOMEMADE GRASS FED CHICKEN SOUP WITH QUINOA NO-MATZO BALLS
(Gluten-Free)
Serves 10

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Interview with Rabbi David Saperstein – Part 2

by on January 22, 2014

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Interview with Rabbi David Saperstein - Part 2

In our second installment of Q&A with Rabbi David Saperstein, Rabbi Lavey Derby asks about his roll and influences.

Q: You’re held in high esteem by colleagues and peers: who do you admire and why?

“Too many to do justice to. I have been blessed to meet and work with so many of the greats over the years. My parents rank alone in their influence on my life: My father, as a beloved rabbi for nearly 50 years in one synagogue and he and my mother as passionate social justice activists. In the Jewish social justice arena, my two most influential Jewish social justice mentors were Al Vorspan, the longtime social justice VP of the Reform Jewish Movement, and at 90, in my Continue reading