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Yom Ha’atzmaut Special! Barbara Streisand Sings Hatikvah to Golda Meir – 1978 Video

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Yom Ha’atzmaut Special! Barbara Streisand Sings Hatikvah to Golda Meir – 1978 Video

No Comments 15 April 2013

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I have decided to celebrate Israel’s 65th birthday by presenting to you, our readers, two great Jewish women who have succeeded in life, way beyond the expected. I may be revealing my age, but I’d rather watch Barbara Streisand sing any day rather than  even look at Taylor Swift!

Do you agree? Comment Below!

1-Barabara Joan Streisand was born on April 24, 1942, in Brooklyn, New York. She is an actress, director, producer and writer. . She has won many awards including two Oscars, five Emmys, eight Golden Globes, three People’s Choice Awards, two Women in Film Crystal Awards and two ASCAP Film and Television Music Awards. Barbra has also received an American Film Institute award and a Cecil B. DeMille Award. She has also supported autism awareness, and On April 16th, 2008, Barbra Streisand endowed $5 million to Cedars-Sinai for the creation of The Barbra Streisand Women’s Cardiovascular Research and Education Program.

Inspiring Quote:

“I arrived in Hollywood without having my nose fixed, my teeth capped, or my name changed. That is very gratifying to me.”

2-Golda Meir was born the daughter of Moshe and Bluma Mabovitch in Kiev, Ukraine, on May 3, 1898. She moved with her family to Milwaukee, Wisconsin, in 1906. The Mabovitch family had fled their home in part to escape pogroms (mob attacks) that had been carried out against Jews in Russia at the time. Meir later recalled that her childhood terror of anti-Semitic (anti-Jewish) violence strongly influenced her later commitment to establish Israel as a safe, secure Jewish state.

In 1956, Israeli prime minister David Ben-Gurion (1886–1976) called Meir “the best man” in his cabinet and named her to replace Shertok-Sharett as foreign minister, among the most important government jobs in the nation. It was now, as a result of Ben-Gurion’s desire to have all Israelis bear Hebrew names, that she reluctantly altered her name to Meir, while keeping it as close as possible to Myerson.

Golda Meir served as Israel’s foreign minister from 1956 to 1966 and became its fourth prime minister in 1969.

Even in retirement, Meir remained an important political presence in Israel. Her autobiography, My Life, helped assure her place in the public’s imagination as the kindly grandmother who had risen to greatness in her nation’s hour of need. Meir died in Jerusalem on December 8, 1978.

Inspiring Quotes:

“Not being beautiful was the true blessing. Not being beautiful forced me to develop my inner resources. The pretty girl has a handicap to overcome.”

“To be successful, a woman has to be much better at her job than a man.”

“Trust yourself. Create the kind of self that you will be happy to live with all your life. Make the most of yourself by fanning the tiny, inner sparks of possibility into flames of achievement.”

“We Jews have a secret weapon in our struggle with the Arabs; we have no place to go.”

Read more: Golda Meir Biography – life, family, childhood, children, parents, name, story, death, school, information, born, college, husband, house, time, year, sister http://www.notablebiographies.com/Ma-Mo/Meir-Golda.html#ixzz0lVvUjzNB

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Lowfat Oven Fried Chicken- Recipe and Video

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Lowfat Oven Fried Chicken- Recipe and Video

No Comments 26 April 2011

Looking for a new and easy chicken entre?

We are always on the lookout for a new variation of this  family favorite.

Not only do we love this chef’s accent, but this kosher chicken recipe is tops. (this video calls for some cheese- of course- skip it!)


  • Chicken legs and thighs- order without skin from the butcher-preferably organic
  • beaten organic eggs
  • dijon mustard
  • flavored matzo or crackers
  • panko breadcrumbs
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • mix oregano, thyme, and rosemary in a small bowl
  1. Whisk eggs, salt, pepper, and Dijon mustard in pyrex
  2. Dip blotted chicken pieces in egg mixture- can be left overnight in fridge for more flavor
  3. Blend in Cuisinart -panko breadcrumbs (many flavors are available to suit your taste) with garlic flavored matzo ,and herbs such as rosemary, oregano and thyme.
  4. dredge chicken in breadcrumb mixture
  5. place chicken parts on sprayed pan
  6. Spray coated chicken with canola spray such as Pam.
  7. Bake at 425 degrees for 45 minutes.

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Organic Wild Salmon with Pecans and Pineapple Reduction

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Organic Wild Salmon with Pecans and Pineapple Reduction

2 Comments 20 February 2011

by Charlie Michelle

I want to preface this great kosher recipe with a little piece of trivia about myself. I really dislike fish. I dislike fish so much that the mere smell of my son’s school on fish-stick days makes me a little green. So when I say that this salmon recipe is amazing, well, that’s saying a lot. A whole lot.

I first tried this kosher recipe at a 5-star restaurant on my wedding anniversary so many years ago. I have no idea what possessed me to order such a dish, given my aforementioned aversion to fish, but I suppose the lure of such an interesting flavor combination–pecans, pineapple, cinnamon, and…fish!…arose my interest. So I tried it. And I loved it. And I set out to replicate it.

My dairy-free kosher recipe is a culmination of lots of trial and error. Tweaking a spice here, altering a crust ingredient there…. but I finally feel I have managed to reproduce the richly flavorful dish I discovered so long ago. And so, dear fellow Jewish Hostesses, I pass it along to you. Why should the restaurant get all the glory?

What you’ll need for two servings:

– Two filets salmon (I use organic, to ensure no artificial coloring has been added)
– 1 cup chopped pecans
– 2 tablespoons vegetable margarine or Earth Balance margarine, softened
– 2 tablespoons brown sugar
– 1 tablespoon flour
– 2 teaspoons cinnamon
– 1 teaspoon nutmeg* (see note)
– 1 teaspoon chili powder
– 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

Pineapple sauce:

– 1/2 cup crushed pineapple and juice, pureed in a blender or food processor until smooth
– 2 teaspoons chili powder
– 1/2 cup soy yogurt – vanilla, coconut, pineapple, or pina colada flavors work well

Here’s how you make it:

1) Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F and line a baking sheet with aluminum foil. Place salmon filets skin-side down on your baking sheet.

2) In a small food processor, grind your pecans. You can make them as smooth or as chunky as you like. When they are ground to your liking, transfer them to a small bowl and add your margarine, brown sugar, flour, and spices. Using your fingers (I like to get in there and get dirty!) smush your margarine into the pecans as if you were making a crumb pie crust.

3) When everything is well blended, scoop a small handful of your pecan mixture and press it evenly onto each salmon filet. Be generous. That pecan topping is good stuff.

4) Bake salmon at 350 degrees F until it flakes easily with a fork, or its flesh has turned light pink, about 15-20 minutes. When salmon has finished baking, move your oven rack to the second-highest level and broil briefly (2-3 minutes) to make the pecan crust nice and crispy. Because of the sugar content, watch it closely or it will scorch.

To make your sauce:

In a small saucepan, combine pineapple puree and chili powder. Stir well. Cover and bring to a simmer. I like to call it an “aggravated simmer”. Not quite a full boil, but not just a lazy little simmer either. We don’t want to reduce the pineapple, we just want to break it down and bring out the flavor.
After a good 5-6 minutes of “aggravated simmer” (patent pending on that term, hehe!) turn off the heat and add your soy yogurt. Whisk together to blend well.

Serve your pineapple sauce drizzled prettily over the salmon filet, and garnish with something pretty–carrot curls, a parsley or mint leaf, lemon rosebuds, whatever you like. I served mine with a fresh, springy vegetable salad with lime vinaigrette. You can see the kosher recipe for this lovely side dish here.

Enjoy, and happy eating!

*As for the nutmeg, yes, you can totally make it optional.As stated in the kosher recipe, it’s been a work of trial and error, playing with all kinds of in gredient combos to see what works. If you exclude the nutmeg, though, I would definitely replace it with something equally as spicy–maybe ground cloves or an extra pinch of chili powder.

About me:

Charlie’s my name–not short for Charlotte or anything. :) I currently write and maintain a daily food blog, focusing mostly on vegetarian and kosher recipe, ranging from appetizers and side dishes, to dinner and casseroles, to luxurious desserts. My husband serves with the Army, and he recently traveled 1200 miles home for a family emergency. I wanted him to be greeted home with a little bit of luxury, but also with a dish that has a comfort-food appeal to it. Nuts and spices always sing of cooler weather and warm kitchens, while the fresh pineapple sauce lends a happy springtime feel. I thought the combination would be perfect to excite his senses and give him yet another reason to be happy to be home. Enjoy my recipe!

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Win Any Three Cookbooks! Click and Pick!

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Win Any Three Cookbooks! Click and Pick!

6 Comments 02 May 2010

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Unique Modern Judaica  for Mom on Mother’s Day

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Unique Modern Judaica for Mom on Mother’s Day

2 Comments 30 April 2010

We’ve scoured the marketplace to bring you gifts for your  mom that will be treasured for years to come. Each gift is designed with skilled precison and talent by a Jewish artist.

Lets promote Jewish community  e-commerce. Shop and click just in time for mother’s day!

A simple yet beautiful candlestick holder, Loop, designed by London designers Martin Blum and Dan Black, is inspired by the Fibonacci curve that is seen throughout nature and looks correct and balanced to the human eye.  Made of polished stainless steel, Loop candlesticks will not tarnish. Comes in Gold.$115

.More candlestick styles available at The Jewish Museum Shops:


Dani Schwartz Laser Cut Stainless Steel Candlesticks:

We love these Shabbat candlesticks. Dani Schwartz is an Israeli architect who began creating modern Judaica out of laser cut stainless steel. The steel stands hold glass cups sized for tealights. The candlesticks are approximately 4″ high. Click views to see them in a table setting. Made in Israel.


Glass Leaves Challah Tray: 14″ at The Urban Mensch

Yair Emanuel at Eichler’s:

These colorful hand painted travel Shabbat candle holders are an essential gift for the mom who travels!



Gary Rosenthal:

Gary Rosenthal has been sculpting in welded metals for over 20 years. He is self-taught and his popular style is unique and reflects a rare sensitivity to both his materials and his subject.
Rosenthal sculpture has been commissioned by the International Special Olympics Committee for the 1978 World Games, the Miss Dance America Trophy and the annual membership awards for B’nai Brith International. Mr. Rosenthal’s art has also been used as presentations for individuals as varied as Presidents Carter and Clinton, John Travolta and musician Issac Stern.

This challah tray is a chic modern classic.


Emily Rosenfeld:

This Jewish charity box is made of linden wood and has a pewter detail on the top and front. The pomegranate symbolizes abundance and sustenance while the tree of life connects to all mankind. It is a contemporary interpretation of the tradition, with a slot on top for change and a hinged top for access. Perfect for your mom’s vanity or next to her Shabbat candleticks, as it is custom to give charity before a jewish woman lights candles on Friday night.


Amalya Nini Birchat Habayit- Blessing for the Home:

Home Blessing Birchat Habayit Harvest Round Papercuts Unframed Amalya Nini

Translation of the text is:

“May this home be a place of happiness and heath, of contentment, generousity and hope, a home of creativity and kindness. May those who visit and those who live here know only blessing and peace.”


Gad Almaliah:

Internationally known artist Gad Almaliah was born and raised in Jerusalem and attended the Bezalel Academy of Art. His designs are seen on coins, medals for the Israeli Government, postal service stamps, sculpture and KETUBOT. He created the emblem for the Six Day War. Kolbo is proud to feature the many works of Gad Almaliah. This unique Woman of Valor plaque will be treasured by the special mom in your life.


Mickie Caspi:

Beautifully illuminated roses add a classic elegance to the biblical quote ( Proverbs 31:10-31 ) that is traditionally sung by a husband to his wife on Friday night. The Woman of Valor is a wonderul gift from a husband to wife or from a woman’s children for Mother’s day.


9in x 13in


20in x 16in
Designs in raw silk are appliqued and attached with embroidery.
Made in Israel.


Rimon Glass Painted Candlesticks:

These pomegranate design candlesticks really make a statement and will add a flair to any Shabbat table.

Size: Approximately 3.5″

Material: Hand Painted Glass


By Israeli artist Enya Keshet.

Home blessing art in two layers cut and raised in Hebrew and English. Classic and Elegant:

Dimensions: Approximately 10″ x 10″


This beautifully crafted basket by Talila Abraham recreates a 16th-century Brussels bobbin lace pattern in contemporary, etched stainless steel  for a modern elegance that can only be found in peices made by true artisans.  Use it for challah or fill it with fruit for an attractive centerpiece on your table. At The Jewish Museum.:


Also comes as a gorgeous Matzoh tray by Talila Abraham at The Jewish Museum Gift Shop.:



Challah Board ,Knife and Salt Holder:



This cleverly designed Challah board has raised strips for the crumbs to fall through, and a Challah knife fitted to the frame:

Made in Israel.

Dimensions: 17.5″ x 14.5″

Material: Wood


Though this is not exactly Judaica, we couldnt resist this charming tote by Israeli artist Barbara Shaw, features the Hebrew wordIma in the center, surrounded by a heart. Ima is the Hebrew word for mom, making this a thoughtful gift for the mom in your life. The heart is filled with expressions in both Hebrew and English relating to moms, such as “Oh’ Mama”, “Mamale” (Hebrew for mommy), “Red Hot Mama”, “Mama Mia” and “A joyful mother of children”.  Made in Israel.
Shaw was born in Australia to Polish and Hungarian immigrants. In the 1980’s her family moved to Jerusalem. Shaw now pulls all of her inspiration from Jersulam and her Jewish heritage. The focus of her work is to mix tradition with ultra modern colors and shapes. At The Jewish Museum:


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Inspiring Books for the Jewish Mom on Mother’s Day

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Inspiring Books for the Jewish Mom on Mother’s Day

1 Comment 30 April 2010

These books are meant to inspire all Jewish women.  Perfect as a gift on Mother’s Day , Shabbat, Birthday,or just to say that you care.


Fifty Jewish Women Who Changed the World

Whether born in the ghetto or into lives of privilege, Jewish women throughout history have overcome prejudice and persecution by the power of their intellect and courage. And what a difference they have made. In this inspiring volume, the histories of fifty Jewish women come vividly alive in text and pictures.

Angels Don’t Leave Footprints

Rabbi Twerski shows us all how to see the inner good that is obscured by the debris of everyday life. Angels do their job and move on without leaving a mark, but human beings stumble and scrape their knees — and wonder if they can get anything right. They absolutely can — and this book proves it!

Rabbi Abraham Twersky

Dear Daughter

A father’s wise guidance for wholesome human relationship, a happy marriage, and a serene home. Great Gift for any dad to give his daughter on Mother’s Day.

Tending the Garden

This beautifully crafted book by author and well-know lecturer Chana Weisberg, illuminates the special blessings, gifts, and unique feminine qualities that the Jewish woman has been given. The author explores the lives, experiences, and roles of Jewish women in history, the matriarchs, the Jewish festivals and cycles, special women’s mitzvot, mysticism, to understand what is the Divine mission of the Jewish woman.

Women’s Wisdom

There are times when we search our souls and ask ourselves,  Are we aware of our own tremendous power?” A woman must know her phenomenal intrinsic value and capabilities. Also perfect for a mother to daughter gift.

A Labor of Love

Build a positive birth experience on a foundation of faith and understanding.

Perfect for the new Jewish mom.

Finding the Woman of Valor

Drawing on Scripture, Talmud, and Midrash, analyzes King Solomon’s immortal text, both in Hebrew and English, with focus on each verse and an accompanying personage. Paints a vivid portrait gallery of heroines prominent and pivotal in Jewish…

Full Hearts and Empty Nests

Full Hearts and Empty Nests is the reflections of a woman on motherhood and the Jewish home. In this collection of essays and poems, Miryam Steinberg writes about ordinary wives and mothers, their successes and…

If We Could Here Them Now

Encounters With Jewish Heroines of the Past

The Jewish Woman Next Door- Repairing the World One Step at a Time is a collection of absorbing essays about contemporary Jewish women. Some known throughout the world, others known only in their own communities…





How To Talk So Teens Will Listen and How to Listen So Teens Will Talk

Great for all Jewish moms!

All of Our Lives

A journey into life begins on the very first page of this magnificent anthology, rich with real emotion, remarkable writing, and experiences from the four corners of our lives that will speak to every reader. Contributing authors range from the…

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Attention Readers… We Want You!

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Attention Readers… We Want You!

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Attention Readers… We want you!

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