An Invitation to Taste Israeli Wine in the Company of Silly Strangers

The Jewish holiday of Purim is an unconventional moment in the course of a year of religious observance. During this Spring holiday adults and children alike are encouraged to eat and be merry, wear hilarious costumes and bake tri-cornered cookies in gross amounts. Another Jewish custom that's honored during Purim is the enjoyment of wine (21 and over please). Temple Beth Jacob and other synagogues across the world will be in celebration mode all week - starting with a customary read through the story of Esther as written in the ancient scriptures of the Megillah. Warning : Outlandish Costume Wearing May Occur

Temple Beth Jacob would like to extend and invite to the community to share the celebration of this fun holiday. There will be a wine tasting Friday night March 9, 2012 after religious services (9pm) as well as Sunday morning, March 11 during their annual Purim carnival (10am).  Over a dozen authentical Israeli wines will be available for tasting purposes and also for sale. Take Part in Customary Wine Drinking at TBJ this Weekend (21 + please)

Host Josh Greenstein represents many of the wineries in Israel from very large wineries to boutique shops.  You will taste great wines that will make your Passover seder, your Easter Sunday or even just a lazy afternoon that much better. It's an opportunity to taste and order wines you won’t find anywhere in this area.  It’s a great way to get ready for Spring and the holidays that it brings, drink a little for Purim - it's tradition! - and also support Israel.

The Purim carnivan begins at 10 AM * Temple Beth Jacob is now located at 290 North St. in Newburgh

For more information you can call the TBJ office : 562-5516

For a list of events including the carnival visit the website.

Traditional tri-cornered Purim Cookies

BONUS RECIPE: Hamantashen

The dough for this recipe comes from Chocolate Chip Challah and Other Twists on the Jewish Holiday Table , by Lisa Rauchwerger, published by the URJ Press.

  • 1 cup butter or margarine
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 4 cups flour
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 tablespoons milk, water, soy milk or rice milk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla

Making the dough:

In a large mixing bowl, cream together butter (or margarine) and the sugar with beaters.Add eggs and beat a little more.

In a smaller bowl, mix flour and baking powder.Add a little of this mixture to the creamed butter, sugar and egg. Add the milk (regular, rice, soy or water) to the creamed mixture. Add the remaining flour mixture. Add the vanilla.

Mix well. Knead the dough into a ball. (The dough works best if you wrap it in plastic and chill it in the refrigerator for at least an hour.You can make the dough early in the day and bake the cookies in the afternoon, or prepare the dough the night before and chill it overnight.)

Forming the Hamantashen:

Preheat oven to 375° F. Roll out the dough on a floured board until it is 1/8-inch to 1/4-inch thick. Cut dough into 3-inch to 4-inch rounds with a floured glass or cookie cutter. Drop filling by the teaspoonful in the center of each round. Mentally divide the cookie into thirds, fold over the left and right sides, and pinch the top together. Then fold up the bottom third and pinch in place. A triangle should emerge, with the filling showing in the middle. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool cookies on a wire rack.

Kid-Pleasing Fillings:

Fruit and chocolate chips are kid-pleasing fillings for hamantashen. Canned apricot, cherry, apple or berry pie fillings are available from the grocery store.

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