Ba-Li Cravings

Our good friend, Tal Cohen of Ba-Li Cravings will be catering the Temple Beth-El annual sisterhood lunch event. Tal is a superb, mouthwatering cook and an outstanding baker; the lunch ladies are in for a gastronomic treat.

Check out Tal’s challah club (highly sought after) and feast your eyes on photos of her fabulous creations on Facebook. She always uses fresh ingredients including unique Israeli ingredients that give everything a touch of magical Israeli je ne sais quoi. Tal also is very generous and often shares recipes on her blog so you can have your own go at making her yummy concoctions.

Photo: Ba-Li cravings from a May 2014 event catered at Cornell

Contact Tal at 607-229-2214

Check out Ba-Li Cravings on Facebook: Ba-Li Cravings

and follow her blog



Wine and Charoset pairing

You’ve heard of a wine and cheese tasting, now Sisterhood of Temple Beth-El invites you to a wine and charoset tasting!

wine tasting

This super fun event will take place this coming Sunday March 30th 3-5PM. The sommelier of the event will be local wine expert David Sparrow of Sparrows Fine Wines of Ithaca, New York.

Selected Kosher for Pesach wines will be presented together with a variety of charoset recipes prepared by Sisterhood of Temple Beth-El members.

Tickets are $10 and can be obtained at or by calling the Temple office 273-5775.

vineyard Israel

Vineyard in the Ela valley, Israel. Picture credit Yehoshua Halevi for the Jerusalem Post

Nicky’s Family movie screening Dec 8th

In memory and honor of those whose lives were irreparably destroyed by “the Night of Broken Glass” Kristallnacht” 75 years ago, the film Nicky’s Family will be screened on Sunday December 8th, 2013 4 PM at Cinemapolis in downtown Ithaca.

Nicky's family

For synagogue members and families, tickets are free, and available on a first-come first-served basis.

Please reserve tickets after November 18th at the Temple Office.

Sponsored by Temple Beth El Sisterhood, Adult Education and the Rabbi’s Discretionary Fund.

Breif synoposis from movie web site:

Nicky’s Family tells the nearly forgotten story of Nicholas Winton, an Englishman who organized the rescue of 669 Czech and Slovak children just before the outbreak of World War II.

Winton did not speak about these events with anyone for more than half a century. His exploits would have probably been forgotten if his wife, fifty years later, hadn ́t found a suitcase in the attic, full of documents and transport plans.

NYT review here

The silence from this individual about his heroism, even to his wife is remarkable. I wonder if it has anything to do with one of the admirable cultural character traits of the British, namely discretion, non-volubility and an aversion to intimacy that is so different in the US.

I am wondering if this movie would be suitable for a mature almost 10-year old. Any thoughts?


Buying books and other stuff

Unable to take advantage of the wonderful TBE book fair last Sunday?

Book buying opportunities that benefit Sisterhood are ongoing until November 23rd.

This covers sales on ALL BOOKS or ANYTHING ELSE sold on-line at Barnes and Noble.

Free shipping on all orders over $25.

Visit using bookfair ID 11194917 at checkout.


Please come!

soup in succah color

A simple meal between friends

Joni Spielholz, the organizer, will be providing a hearty parve bean & vegetable soup, bread and butter. Attendees are asked to bring salads and side-dishes, or spreads such as hummus, fruit and desserts.

This dairy meal will be preceded by Kiddish and Hamotzi at 5:30 PM.

All Temple members are welcome.

It would be helpful to RSVP to Joni so she knows how much soup to make!