Monthly Archives: May 2009

My Cheesy Pre Shavuot Experience

Yesterday I took on something new.  I hosted my very own, very live, blogtalkradio show. Since this was live,  I tried to be as well prepared in advance as possible. I had my notes right in front of me and I was all ready to give over my segment on why Shavuot is the cheesiest Jewish holiday. Little did I know that I’d be the big cheese ball. 

So, what happened? Nothing, at least for the first 15 minutes of the show.  15 minutes of complete, dead silence. Why was this happening? After clicking here, there, and everywhere  for help, the numbers were there, staring me in the face. I had been calling the guest number the entire time. What I didn’t know-I didn’t read over the instructions in detail-is that the host and guest call into different numbers. Hence, I learned a very valuable lesson at the expense of the few listeners and callers that had faith in my talents.  By the time I got with the progam, I had only 15 minutes remaining. My very first Ima of Invention, Morah Elysha, was waiting patiently in que the entire time. Believe me, she really had no time to spare. She had an appointment with her obsetrician and she actually gave birth to a 7 lb. baby boy 12 hours later.

How did I handle my 15 minutes of shame? I did the best I could, and when I listened to the segment, it went better than I had expected. I was pretty proud of how I handled the mini-meltdown that my 2 yr old had during that time. Note to self, try to host a blog talk radio show when she is napping.  Oh, yeah, she dropped her nap. Oh, well. I must have been so red in the face from humiliation. I can’t even imagine what the BlogTalk Radio police must have been thinking, oy.

 So, if you want to know why Shavuot is the cheesiest Jewish holiday, you’ll find some brief background in this article, Think Shavuot, Say Cheese . I even learned more about Shavuot. Not only was this article very imformative, but the blogosphere has been  full of Jewish blogs, facebook pages, and tweets have been featuring recipes for Shavuot. Chocolate Chip Cheesecake, Blintz Souffle, Spinach Quiche, Lasagna, and let’s not forget ice cream. In fact, I received a coupon for a 1.5 liter of Edys Ice Cream and I couldn’t think of a better time to take advantage of it! I am really looking forward to Edy’s Slow Churned Chocolate Ice Cream. And, yes, it is certified Kosher!

And, a big, hearty Mazel Tov to Morah Elysha and the very easy delivery-he literally came out onto the hospital bed-her third son. Tune in next time when we’ll hear how her dream job as a mommy and me instructor became a reality.


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Spend Memorial Day With The Family At The 8th Annual L’Chaim 5K Run For Israel

What are we going to do today?

Not sure what to do with the family tomorrow, Monday, May 25th? We weren’t sure either until a friend of mine told me about the 8th Annual L’Chaim 5K Run For Israel sponsored by the Yound Israel of Jamaica Estates. This fundraising 5K has raised $450,000 over the past eight years. This money has helped Israeli terror victims and their families, emergency first aid, protection for schoolchildren, and other humanitarian aid.

This year, an additional feature has been added to the L’Chaim 5K Run For Israel-a Health and Fitness Fair. This will include free health screenings, prevention and wellness intormation displays, and fitness and health-related products.

Don’t miss out on other special activities at Cunningham Park following the run, such as, Yaakov Chesed in a live concert, Max & Mina’s Ice Cream Festival, and a raffle giving away prizes including a Round Trip Ticket to Israel, iPOD, and much more!!!

For more details on this event, please check out the online registration form.

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Look Who’s Keeping Kosher in Chollywood

I have always had an interest in Jewish celebrities, because long before they were celebrities, they were Jewish kids like you and I once were.  Did Adam Lambert celebrate Rosh Hashana, Yom Kippur, and Passover? Did David Schwimmer sing the four questions at the Passover meal? Did Jami Gertz Light the Chanukah Menorah? Have a Bar/Bat Mitzvah? Maybe the reverse happened, i.e., they grew up Jewish but only later in life decided to observe holidays, Kashrut, Shabbos, and/or Tahara Mishpacha (laws of family purity). Are any Challiwood Jews keeping kosher?

In a recent post on, Matthue Roth shared his recent interview with Jewish actor,  Mayim Bialyik,   (Blossom) and she shared with him her connection to her Jewish roots. And, yes. She takes a dunk in the mikveh once a month (Tahara Mishpacha).   As a Baale Teshuva, I am facinated on the subject of why Jewish actors are digging up their Jewish roots and re-planting them very near and dear to their own lives.

Read more about Mayim Bialik and her Jewish re-discovery here. You can also find an entertaining article on how Mayim met up with one of her Blossom fans to study Torah and become friends at JewInTheCity.

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You Don’t Have To Be Jewish To Love Kosher, Tequila?

Move over Cuervo Gold, there’s a new swig in town.  Agave 99 is here, Oy, vey.

Not the only Kosher tequila in town, in fact, there are several others  However, it is the way the new kosher liquor is being introduced across all cultures.

Star Industries, the Long Island-based company that created the kosher tequila, Agave 99, is rolling out their brand to New York today at a non-kosher establishment, Tequilaville, just minutes from Grand Central Station.  But why go kosher in a non-kosher establishment? Martin Silver, 70, whose father started the company after the end of Prohibition, replied, “If someone says it’s kosher, they say it’s more pure, they think it’s better.” Hence the introduction on Cinco de Mayo, a day that is well known for tequila consumption across all cultures. Special invitations were sent out to the Mexican Embassy as well as religious leaders.

It just goes to show that you don’t have to be Jewish to love kosher products. I believe that this is the just the tip of the iceBERG! And you know what they say about New York, “if you can make it here, you can make it anywhere”.


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Mom’s Night Out. Lavish Dessert Buffet, Prizes, And Words of Inspiration From Rabbi Zecharia Wallerstein

oh-nuts-wm_ceramic20w20balloon1Just in time for Mother’s Day, a night out with your friends. This Thursday, May 7, 2009, at 7:30 pm, join Congregation Mikveh Israel for the Fifth Annual “Ladies Night Out” in Kew Gardens Hills, New York. imagesmikveh 

Not to be missed raffles, boutiques, and lavish dessert Buffet followed by an inspirational lecture by Rabbi Zechariah Wallerstein. I’ll be giving away a Mother’s Day gift basked from Oh! Nuts!

Rabbi Zecharia Wallerstein is the founder of Ohr Yitzchak, Ateres Naava Seminary for Girls, and Ohr Naava Women’s Institute in Brooklyn, New York. Ohr Naava is a unique program designed for women ages 17 through 120 who are interested in furthering their Torah experience. The program, under the leadership of Rabbi Zachariah Wallerstein, started out as a Wednesday evening class in a small classroom known as a “Chabura.” It brought together girls who had just returned from studying in Israel, college students who needed a weekly moment of inspiration, and most of all, Jews of different backgrounds with one common goal – to grow and change. The signature of Ohr Naava is to provide a multitude of programs, absolutely free of charge, for women wishing to make the time to grow, change and further their Torah knowledge.

This is a Fundraising Event and the suggested donation is $36

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