Play Reading IAUJC

The recent  visit and play reading from the Israeli Stage organized by the IAUJC was a wonderful and inspiring occasion.

The performance was beautifully introduced and put in context by the IAUJC co-chairs, Dr Marcia Zax and Dr Chana Silberstein.

IAUJC directors

IAUJC co-chairs Dr Marcia Zax and Dr Chana Silberstein

In the introduction, Mrs Silberstein mentioned a quote from Rabbi Menachem Mendel of Kotsk who told an atheist  “The deity you don’t believe in I don’t believe in either!”. Excellent quote and definitely one to file away for future use. She promised that the play would make the audience both laugh and cry and the performance certainly did not disappoint.

The play was superbly brought to life with the tremendous skill of the actors Maureen Keiller and Will Lyman. It spoke very powerfully and broadly to a diverse audience and was very universal in its reach and scope.


The director, Guy Ben-Aharon, answers audience questions after the show

People throughout the Ithaca community came together for this event with packed audiences at 2 terrific venues.

Cornell students

The director met with a group of students studying Hebrew language and literature

This tour is the first US staging of this Israeli play and is a great introduction to contemporary Israeli theatre. I highly recommend this event and really appreciate the accessibility of theatre afforded by a staged reading that allows one to focus on the language, the voices and the acting.

Kol HaKavod to the IAUJC for all their hard work bringing Israeli Stage to Ithaca and putting together such a terrific event.



Standing up for Israel on campus event

Jacobson talk

Background of Speaker:

William A. Jacobson is a Clinical Professor of Law and Director of the Securities Law Clinic at Cornell Law School. He is a 1981 graduate of Hamilton College and a 1984 graduate of Harvard Law School. He also studied in the Soviet Union during the cold war, earning an Advanced Certificate in Russian Language.  At Harvard, he was Senior Editor of the Harvard International Law Journal and Director of Litigation for the Harvard Prison Legal Assistance Project. Prior to joining the Cornell law faculty in 2007, Professor Jacobson had a civil litigation and arbitration practice in Providence, Rhode Island.

Suggested reading prior to event:

The Legal Case For Israel

American Studies Association Whistleblower Complaint

Propagandists with Ph.Ds: Month One of the anti-Israel academic boycott

For more information about this event and to RSVP for the dinner preceding the talk:



Context is everything. What I have really appreciated about Legal Insurrection is the clarity and concise logic as Professor Jacobson discusses this issue. It is very educational and I wish I had this information when I was an undergraduate in the UK in the late 1980’s.

The 1980’s was a period when anti-Israel activity on campus was unleashed and given quasi-legitimacy by the infamous UN resolution. Although this resolution was later rescinded, the cultural nemes it fueled have been tremendously poisonous factors in European society, witness the demonstrations in Paris this week. Academic and cultural elites have always had a global reach but, thanks to the work of people such as Professor Jacobson, the jury is out on whether US academia will be a victim of such a profound erosion of tolerance and justice.


UN Holocaust Memorial Day

Today, January 27th, is the UN designated day for remembrance of the Holocaust.

This short film was produced by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.

path to genocide

From the Holocaust museum website:

This 38-minute film examines the Nazis’ rise and consolidation of power in Germany. Using rare footage, the film explores their ideology, propaganda, and persecution of Jews and other victims. It also outlines the path by which the Nazis and their collaborators led a state to war and to the murder of millions of people. By providing a concise overview of the Holocaust and those involved, this resource is intended to provoke reflection and discussion about the role of ordinary people, institutions, and nations between 1918 and 1945.

Reminder: “Oh God” play reading this Sunday and Monday

Ithaca Area United Jewish Community invites you to a reading of Anat Gov’s “Oh God.” The January 26th performance will be at Ithaca College in the Emerson Suites (Phillips Hall: and the January 27th performance at Cornell University’s Risley Theatre (

The play is free and open to the public, but we hope you will be moved to donate $10 or more to the Lunch and Learn program that benefits at risk Israeli school children by giving them a hot meal and tutoring.

Please note that Risley Theatre is a small venue, with seating for about 50–please arrive early to be assured a seat.

Oh God

Menu for Tu b’Shevat

Foliage tu bshevat

Challah bread rolls


Black bean soup


Potato kugel

Kale chickpea salad with blue cheese grapefruit dressing

Tomato and cucumber salad with parsley dressing on the side

Chai raw fruit truffles

Fruit heads!

Fruit heads!

I’m used to cooking for large numbers of people although this was my first time doing so in another kitchen and I realized I have a lot to learn planning these dishes on a larger scale and I’m very grateful to all the wonderful people who stopped by to help out and offer their support and encouragement.


There was also a number of requests to share recipes which I’m happy to do as well as helping me to take notes on what we cooked.

Challah dinner rolls for large crowds


  • 28 cups flour (used most of a 10 lb bag)
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup instant dry yeast (BJs item 4010000729)
  • 2 cups canola oil
  • 8 eggs (plus extra egg for glaze)
  • 1 qt lukewarm water (~30˚C)

Mix dry ingredients in large stainless steel bowl.

Make a well in the middle of the bowl and add oil, eggs and water.

Mix well and knead until smooth. This was great exercise!!

Cover the bowl with a teatowl and allow the dough to rise (we propped up the dough next to the radiators in the Nitzanim classroom).

When risen, take challah with bracha.

Portion out roll-sized amounts of the dough, roughly a small fistfull rolled into a ball. The rolls are placed onto parchment paper on a baking tray, spaced about 2 inches apart.

Brush the dough with a glaze made from an egg beaten with a small amount of cold water and a pinch of salt. let the rolls rest and rise slightly before baking.

Bake for 20-24 mins with at 300˚F. The synagogue kitchen has convection ovens and this temp was adequate although next time I might try raising the temperature slightly higher.