Biddle Street’s Apple-Potato Latkes

2 apples — Granny Smith peeled, cored, shredded 2 potatoes — Idaho peeled, shredded 2 tablespoons matzo meal, as needed 2 scallions diced 2 eggs large 4 tablespoons canola oil for frying 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon 1⁄2 pint of sour cream Peel, core and shred apples, and soak them in 12 ounces of Sprite or lemon… Read More

Biddle Street’s Brussels Sprouts With Shallots And Pastrami Crisps

1/4 pound pastrami sliced 1 pound fresh brussels sprouts/sliced 1⁄2 pound shallots or onions / chopped small salt and pepper to taste 4 tablespoons margarine Cook pastrami in one tablespoon of margarine, until crispy, them remove from pan, let cool, and roughly chop, and reserve. In the same pan add the remainder of margarine, add… Read More

Carrot Dill Soup

1⁄2 stick unsalted butter 1 large onion, diced 21⁄2 pounds fresh carrots, peeled and diced (try to use the ones with greens on them; they are much sweeter) 2 ribs celery, leaves included, diced (or use leeks, white parts) 8 cups chicken stock or broth 1⁄4 cup plus 2 tablespoons fresh dill 1⁄2 teaspoon salt… Read More


2 cups canned pumpkin puree (1 regular-size can) 1 package (8 ounces) regular or pareve Tofutti cream cheese, slightly softened 1 cup dark brown sugar 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon 3/4 teaspoon ground ginger 1/4 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice or a dash of nutmeg Cream together pumpkin and cream cheese. Add in all other ingredients until… Read More


1 can pumpkin 1 can chick peas, drained and rinsed 3 tablespoons tahini (sesame paste) 1 clove garlic 3/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper (more or less) 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon (or more to taste) 21/4 tablespoons olive oil 2 tablespoons lemon juice salt and pepper to taste Place the pumpkin and all remaining ingredients in a food… Read More


1/2 cup of unsalted butter or margarine, room temperature 1 cup sugar 2 eggs 2 cups flour 1 teaspoon baking powder 1 teaspoon baking soda 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 cup sour cream (Tofutti brand to make pareve) 16-ounce can whole cranberry sauce 1/2 cup crushed pecans Topping: 3/4 cup powdered sugar 2 teaspoons warm water… Read More

Kiev Synagogue Gets To Keep Torah Scrolls

A Kiev rabbi has won a protracted legal battle against a Ukrainian government agency for his synagogue’s ownership of 18 Torah scrolls. The Kiev Economic Court of Appeals ruled last week that Rabbi Moshe Azman’s Central Synagogue in Kiev may keep the scrolls as its possession. Ukraine’s State Archive Service had transferred the scrolls to… Read More

The winners of this year’s Slingshot competition

A Wider Bridge Amir Ask Big Questions AVODAH: The Jewish Service Corps *BBYO Stand UP *City Harvest’s Kosher Initiative Council of Jewish Emigre Community Organizations *The David Project Eden Village Camp Footsteps G-dcast Havurah at Camp Tel Yehudah *HEKDESH Hidden Sparks Innovation: Africa J’Burgh *J-Teen Leadership Jewish Farm School *Jewish Learning Venture *Jewish New… Read More

Judaism And Criminal Justice

“There is no Jewish concept of incarceration,” said Gary Friedman, a chaplain and chairman of Jewish Prisoner Services International. In Judaism, justice is carried out in a community setting to get the offender to learn from the experience and have a chance to become a productive member of society again. This approach, Friedman said, is… Read More