on Wednesday, 31 August 2016.
Posted in President's Blog
Message from the president
Every year, I look forward to the High Holidays for many reasons.
The holidays occur during my favorite season: autumn. I love the cool, crisp sunny days, where the clouds resemble big balls of cotton and the leaves reflect a multitude of colors. Of course, I try to squeeze in as many outdoor bike rides before the cold and icy days of winter arrive.
With the arrival of the holidays, the tastes and smells of delicious Jewish foods arouse my senses, and I look forward to enjoying one of my favorite Jewish foods: noodle kugel. To my mind, there is nothing tastier than the first bite of kugel at break-the-fast every year.
Noodle kugel has endless recipes. For years my mother has made Aunt Trudy’s recipe with cinnamon and golden raisins. One of the key tricks is to plump the raisins first by soaking them in boiling water for 10 minutes. A more recent tradition added to my holiday kugel-fest has been Marci’s kugel with corn flakes and pineapple bits that I enjoy yearly at our holiday dinner with the Bermans and Gordons.
With an appreciation of my passion for kugel, a number of years ago, my mother-in-law gave me a fabulous gift. The Kugel Story: not just noodle pudding by Nina Yellin. This wonderful cookbook boasts 175 recipes for kugel: sweet and savory, dairy and parve, noodle and potato, Passover and the rest of the year—an all-occasion kugel resource. While I haven’t tried them all (yet), I have made quite a few and discovered that while I enjoy the old favorites, it’s nice to try something new every once in a while.
I’ve been contemplating which recipe to make this year for the holidays, and it occurred to me that my kugel quest is similar to my journey at Or Shalom. I still enjoy many of the programs and activities that first drew me to our congregational community, and now that Steve and I have an empty nest, we are exploring some new opportunities. I encourage and challenge you to do the same as we begin this new year. Check our website, our weekly eblasts, The Shofar newsletter or pick up our new program/learning catalogue after services and choose something new to add to your calendar. Come for some of your old-time favorites and look for something new to try—you may discover a new favorite Or Shalom tradition.
Wishing you a happy, healthy and peaceful New Year filled with the love and joy of family and friends and, of course, lots of kugel.
Jennifer LeventhalBoard President
Congregation Or Shalom21 Hawthorn ParkwayVernon Hills, IL 60061
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