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Quick and easy Charoset Recipe
Dates – 1 punnet – no pips – cut into small pieces
Kiddush wine or Grape Juice
Nuts – almond, walnut , hazelnut – approx half a cup of each nut – (depending on how thick you want it to be)
1. Boil water, Pour water over dates in SMALL amounts
2. Using a potato masher … mash the dates with the hot water turning into a runny jam like mixture …
adding water when you need.
3. Add 1 cup of KIDDUSH WINE or GRAPE JUICE to mixture. ( very runny jam)
Final step …
4. Add finely chopped NUTS
Once finished .. keep in fridge over night to thicken in texture. Yum yum !!
Recipe from Lanie Golbandie, Melbourne, Australia
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LET MY PEOPLE GO:
The Untold Story of Australia and the Soviet Jews 1959-1989
For 50 years, until the Berlin Wall fell in 1989, the Soviet Union ran a campaign of repression, imprisonment, political trials and terror against its 3 million Jews. In Australia, political leaders and the Jewish community contributed significantly to the international protest movement which eventually triumphed over Moscow’s tyranny and led to the modern Exodus of Soviet Jews to Israel and other countries.
Lipski and Rutland make this largely unknown Australian story come alive with a combination of passion, personal experience and ground-breaking research.
“The struggle for the freedom of Soviet Jewry was one of the most powerful displays of strength and solidarity by the world Jewish community … even those intimately familiar with the struggle will be surprised to discover in Let My People Go how the Australian Jewish community and its leaders were among the campaign’s initiators, and how they saw it through to its successful conclusion. This is a unique testament to how a small group can play a big role in history.” -Natan Sharansky, Chairman Jewish Agency for Israel, Prisoner of Zion (1977-86)
Sam Lipski is an award-winning journalist who has written for The Australian, The Bulletin, the Jerusalem Post and the Washington Post, and was the Australian Jewish News’ Editor-in-Chief 1987-98. He is also a former TV news producer and commentator for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation and the Nine Network.
Suzanne D Rutland is Professor of the Department of Hebrew, Biblical & Jewish Studies at the University of Sydney and Co-ordinator of the Jewish Civilisation, Thought and Culture program. She was awarded an Australian Prime Ministers Centre (APMC) Fellowship, 2008-09, for this project. She has published widely on Australian Jewish history.
Read this remarkable article
by Rachel Sharansky Danziger,
the daughter of Natan and Avital Sharansky.
Hard to imagine that it’s 30 years since he was freed.
An inspiring read.
Unable to find scarves that were soft and comfortable, she founded Sassy Scarves to make sure others didn’t face the same difficulties.
But the story became much bigger than that. Read about it.
Look up any specific Shabbat date, and find out which modern songs or dances are taken from the sources of that week’s reading.
The BIBLE PROJECT
The recent Sydney Jewish Writers Festival held on August 29-30 at Waverley Library showcased many talented writers.
As SJWF Program & Marketing Manager Sharon Berger told JewishWorldLife: “We had to move the SJWF to a bigger venue because we’re so lucky to have so many amazing Jewish authors in our community.”
A number of writers came from Melbourne and elsewhere in Australia, and there were also amazing international guests.
Writer and director of Emmy award-winning TV series Homeland and Prisoners of War (Hatufim) Gideon Raff observed, that the prisoners of war were also their “wives, siblings, parents, children… maybe the whole country”. He also spoke about his latest projects that include a new feature about the Mossad operation that brought the Ethiopian Jews to Israel.
How silence helps perpetuate injustice played out in a number of presentations such as Julie Szego’s account of how a young Somali who was wrongly convicted of a terrible crime in Victoria was eventually freed while Dr Karimi, son of a Jewish orphan who married a Muslim in Iran, outlined his work and how he risked his life helping women there avoid shame and death.
Further on this theme was the incredible presentation by German-Nigerian author Jennifer Teege. Her compelling account – how she accidentally discovered that her grandfather was the notorious brutal Nazi commandant who Oscar Schindler faced off and how she searched for answers, detailed in her book “My Grandfather Would Have Shot Me” was truly stranger than fiction.
Former Deputy Prime Minister Tim Fischer’s talk on his research for his book about General Sir John Monash was entertaining as well as informative. Fischer revealed that as a child, Monash met Ned Kelly, as an engineer he created the dome of the State Library of Victoria’s Reading Room, and as a military hero he was so popular with the Australian public he could have become Prime Minister – no less than the Don denying he was the greatest Australian in favour of Monash.
The festival’s importance was well summed up by Director of the Jewish Culture & Society program at the University of Melbourne Dvir Abramovich who told JewishWorldLife: “It’s a wonderful platform for local and international talent to engage with the local community – both Jewish and non-Jewish.”
Review by Paula Towers
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