Mmmm… Cheesecake

Mmmm… Cheesecake

Shavuot is coming up. Here’s a nice little blog post by a local-to-Ithaca Israeli baker, Tal, who talks about her love of the holiday, and gives a few recipes for lovely, cheesy things to make.

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IAUJC event Sunday April 21st 2013 Celebrating Innovation: Cornell and Technion in New York

Technion Event 2013 Invitation

The Ithaca Area United Jewish Community will be hosting a celebration of an Israeli institution that has helped to mold Israel into an exceptionally innovative and technologically creative country. The Technion (Israel Institute of Technology) is now partnering with Cornell in an exciting venture in New York City. Please join us on Sunday, April 21st from 3:30-5:00 pm at the Biotechnology building, room G10, on the Cornell campus for: Celebrating Innovation: Cornell and Technion in New York. The event is free and open to the public. It is being co-sponsored by Tompkins Trust Company, Temple Beth-El and TAMID, a student interest group at Cornell Hillel.


Cornell’s Provost Kent Fuchs will serve as moderator of the program and our speakers will include: Technion Professor Craig Gotsman, founding Director of the Technion/Cornell Innovation Institute; Cornell Professor Michal Lipson, recipient of the MacArthur Foundation Fellowship (“genius award”) and a graduate of Technion; and Technion Professor Yoram Baram who will describe his amazing innovation—the Audio-Visual Walker for Movement Disorders.  There will be opportunity for Q&A and refreshments will be served.


The partnership between Technion and Cornell was forged in late 2011 and it won NYC Mayor Bloomberg’s competition for establishing a high-tech center of education and entrepreneurship in the city. According to Technion president Dr. Peretz Lavie, at the announcement of the partnership, “What we bring to the table is our experience in educating generations of engineers who are also entrepreneurs and have changed the Israeli economy.”


Israel now has more start-up companies than all of Europe combined, earning it the title “Start-up Nation”.  Dr Lavie describes the Technion as “… a city of advanced research and learning. As Israel’s largest and leading scientific-technological university and one of the leading centers of research in the world, it is a powerhouse of opportunities for shaping a future….Technion graduates are the backbone and the driving force behind Israel’s flourishing high-tech industry.”


Since the initial announcement of the partnership, much has been accomplished in New York City. The program is currently being housed by Google, in a large facility in the Chelsea neighborhood in Manhattan. In the next few years, the Cornell NY Tech campus will be built on Manhattan’s Roosevelt Island.

At the IAUJC event on April 21st, we will learn how the partnership came about, what has been accomplished thus far and its goals for the future. For further information call 257-9924. Come to the IAUJC event on April 21st, and learn how the partnership came about, what has been accomplished thus far and its goals for the future.

Jewish Food Festival in Elmira, NY April 14

Matzo balls

I’m sure there will be some of these!

What a great idea! Congregation Kol Ami in Elmira, NY is having their 5th annual Jewish Food Festival from 11am to 3pm on Sunday, April 14. Congregants will recreate Lower East Side favorites from the turn of the 20th century: matzo ball soup, chopped liver, blintzes, and more. Then the stage will be set: volunteers will dress in period costume, and street vendors will feed the hungry hoards.

Water Street in Elmira will, for a few hours, become Hester Street, with the smells and sights our grandparents and great grandparents knew.

Sounds like a great Sunday outing! for more information.

Edited to add this link to a Star Gazette article about the upcoming festival.


Power breakfast TBE Ithaca style

At 6.30 AM, one has a choice of prime parking spots.

Wegmans parking lot 6.30AMInside the bagel baker was hard at work.

bagel baker

Hot fresh bagels were plentiful.

fresh hot bagelAnd our bagel cravings were satisfied.


It is an invigorating way to start off the day. I hope this could be a regular event in years to come, it strikes me as a social gathering equivalent to the “Chinese restaurant on Dec 24th“.


End of Pesach מוצאי יום טוב

Shalom Friends,

I am sure by now you are all feeling the effects of chometz-deprivation (virtuous feelings combined with pasta fantasies in my case). This being Ithaca, it is impossible (as far as I am aware and please let me know if not), to get hold of a hot bagel at nighttime. The soonest one can get hold of these delights is tomorrow morning when they will roll out of the oven at Wegmans.

So, I invite you all to join us tomorrow for a hot bagel breakfast this Wednesday morning at Wegmans. The bakery department has told me they anticipate the bagels to be ready sometime around 6.30 AM. I have to confess that I have not previously tested this time previously so let’s hope it is as reliable as my alarm clock.

Hope to see you there, I am chalisching with anticipation. Let’s make it a flash mob. No RSVP necessary.