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Ceremony To Celebrate New Week - Havdalah

havdalah'Havdalah,' which is Hebrew for "separation, " is a ceremony where a blessing is said with wine, candles and spices to mark the end of Shabbat The "sepa­ration "shows the distinction between Shabbat and the other days of the week. This traditional ceremony goes as far back as the fourth and fifth century B. C. E. All members of the family participate in this ritual.


JDCC’s Sixth Annual Community Seder

seder-03An Enlightening Passover Seder Experience
Moses may have had it easier than me because it took me more than forty years to get settled down in a fully and very enjoyable Passover Seder for the first time in my life. On Wednesday, April 19th, I participated in the Jewish Deaf Community Center (JDCC) multimedia Passover Seder experience after learning about its uniqueness. This is JDCC's sixth Seder, but its second year in multimedia format.

With 84 other people in the room at Burbank's Temple Emanu El, we all sat down at Deaf-friendly round tables. Large video-projection screens were placed at two opposite corners of the room and within the visual range of every Seder guests. As the Seder started, the video projection showed JDCC's President Sharon Ann Dror welcoming us all to gather for the first night of Passover. Sharon was signing the story of Passover with captioned text displayed underneath her on the screen.


Shavuot and Eating Dairy

shavuotShavuot is the third of the three major pilgrimage festivals. The others are Passover and Sukkot. Shavuot is also known by different names: the Feast of Weeks, the Festival of First Fruits and the Harvest Festival. Each of these names reflects the agricultural nature of the holiday, which is celebrated in the late spring time in May or early June.

Shavuot falls on the sixth of Sivan in the Jewish calendar, seven weeks and one day after the second day of Passover. This year Shavuot falls on Thursday evening, June 8th. The Bible describes Shavuot as a one‑day holiday. Because of the certainlty of the calendar communities outside of Israel traditionally observe the holiday for one extra day. Orthodox and Conservative Jews celebrate two days of the holiday while most Reform follow the Israeli practice.


Holiday Recipe: Cheese Blintzes


Cheese Blintzes
4 oz flour
8 fl oz ice water
2 eggs
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons melted butter
Butter for frying



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