A message from our president, Cindy Wetter

President's Message June 2017

 

I hope you were able to attend our Shavuot panel discussion with CBH Jews by choice on Tuesday evening. Shavuot, or the "feast of weeks," commemorates the giving of the Torah at Mt. Sinai, and has also long been associated with the story of Ruth because of her decision to accept the Torah and join the Jewish people.

 

Ruth is often referred to as the first Jewish convert. I'll stretch that a little bit, and propose that Ruth was by her choice a significant volunteer!

 

I'd love to have you volunteer as well. I'd definitely encourage you to volunteer personally in terms of Jewish observance, should that speak to you. But Congregation Beth Hatikvah has lots going on alongside observance, and people are always needed to keep that happening.

 

What are your areas of interest? Let me know, and I'll be happy to put you in touch with someone who can use your help. Think also about your particular talents. Are you organized and detail-oriented? There may be a role for you on either an ongoing or occasional basis within a committee's activities. Are you creative? Maybe some committee could use your help to enliven what it does.

 

Here are some other ideas: Do you love to cook? You could help out at our community breakfasts. Or would you be willing to help set up for our community potluck dinners, every time or occasionally? If gardening is your thing, you could take over the planters in the back parking lot, or pull weeds from and water the perennials by the rabbi's parking spot. Maybe you'd be interested in organizing or taking part in a group that gathers for dinner at a local restaurant and then proceeds together to CBH for the Friday night service. Would you like to "buddy up" with someone new to our community so they can be sure to see a familiar face when they arrive? If you love to organize activities and outings, the membership committee might be able to use your help on both in-reach and out-reach efforts. Do you like to organize closets? You could help as we try to re-think our storage at CBH this summer.

 

You get the picture. We can always use your help, however you'd like to volunteer!

 

Shavuot is a holiday for dairy foods. My recipe this month is for cheesecake; if you came to the panel discussion you may have sampled it. Many years ago, when I was diagnosed with diabetes, my mother modified a recipe to increase the protein and reduce the sugar so I could indulge without straying too far from my prescribed diet. The sour cream topping comes from Steve's childhood, so the mothers-in-law ended up unwittingly collaborating. I think it's pretty much a perfect recipe, for Shavuot or any time, and I hope you enjoy it!

 

 

 

Cheesecake

2 cups sour cream

1 lb cream cheese

1 lb ricotta cheese

¾ cup sugar

4 eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla

3 tablespoons cornstarch

3 tablespoons flour

¼ lb butter, melted

Blend cheeses & sour cream. Add sugar & eggs, one at a time. Beat. Add vanilla, cornstarch, flour & butter. Mix well. Pour into prepared 10-inch spring form pan (either greased & floured, or with bottom crust). If you are using a crust, line the bottom of the spring form pan with baking parchment. Bake at 370 degrees for 1 hour. Cool in pan, then cover with foil and refrigerate overnight. Note: Half of this recipe is perfect for a 7-inch spring form pan.

Crust:

4 tablespoons butter, melted

⅓ cup sugar

1 teaspoon cinnamon (Korintje Cassia cinnamon is excellent)

1½ cups graham cracker crumbs

Mix together & press firmly into bottom of spring form pan lined with baking parchment.

 

Topping:

2 cups sour cream

2 tablespoons powdered sugar

Mix & spread on top of cooled cake, still in spring form pan. Bake 10 minutes at 400 degrees, then return cake to refrigerator until ready to serve.

 

 

 

 

Sun, June 25 2017 1 Tammuz 5777