Shavuot

Flowers on shavuot

May 18, 2012

Florists in Israel and in Jewish communities around the world will be busy next week in the run-up to Shavuot. Why do we celebrate the festival of receiving of the Torah and of bringing the first fruits (bikkurim) to the Temple by decorating synagogues with flowers?

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Blueberry, mascarpone and white chocolate pie

By Denise Phillips, May 17, 2012

Blueberries and white chocolate have a great affinity, both in their flavours and the striking colours that they create; dark blue and white. This pie is made with a vanilla short-crust pastry and indulgently filled with a white chocolate cream and blueberries — or if you prefer, blackberries.
Preparation time: 25 minutes plus 4 hours chilling
Cooking time: 30 minutes
Serves 8

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The Shavuot Song: Stay Up All Night

By Jennifer Lipman, June 7, 2011
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Hot on the heels of the Maccabeats, a Shavuot ditty from a group called Rebbetzin Tap

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Recipe: Chocolate honeycomb marshmallow cheesecake

By Fabienne Viner-Luzzato, June 2, 2011

This very different cheesecake is bound to impress. Do use full-fat cream cheese as it holds better when cooked, and add the honeycomb decoration at the last minute so it keeps its crunch.
Serves 8

Ingredients

For the honeycomb:
● 4 tbsp golden syrup
● 1 tbsp water
● 200g caster sugar
● 3 tbsp bicarbonate of soda

For the cheesecake:

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Shavuot: In celebration of cheese

By Jennifer Lipman, June 1, 2011

A look at the culinary delights that could be on the menu for Shavuot

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Recipe: Raspberry Ripple Cheesecake

August 12, 2010

A few weeks ago, my beloved dog was stolen. Eventually, following the offer of a reward, my dog - and another which was stolen at the same time - was returned. The return of our four-legged friends was a cause for great celebration, so this week I decided to hold a dinner party for my dogs and the owner of the other dog.

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Records on menu

By Marcus Dysch, June 3, 2010

Students in Nottingham have helped their regional chaplains Rabbi Yochanan Pereira and his wife Jodie set a new personal best for serving meals.

The couple provided almost 250 meals in the week of Shavuot.

Sushi, lasagne, pizza and chocolate brownie cheesecake proved the most popular choices with diners.

The Pereiras erected a marquee in their garden for the
following Shabbat

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Trainee ministers intern for Shavuot

May 21, 2010

A Shavuot intern programme is giving United Synagogue trainee ministers first-hand experience of the life of a community rabbi.

Under the scheme, Ben Kurzer has been assigned to Belmont, Elchonon Feldman to Borehamwood and Binny Fogelgarn to Edgware.

After spending Shavuot in their designated communities, their week ends on Sunday with a brunch with Dayan Yonason Abraham.

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Study group's Shavuot cheesecake recipe

By Robyn Rosen, May 13, 2010

Learning is becoming a little sweeter now that a telephone-based study organisation is promoting its service with Shavuot recipe cards.

More than 1,200 cards have been produced by Phone and Learn (PaL) for distribution to kosher stores in London, Manchester, Glasgow, Birmingham and Bournemouth.

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A way with curds

By Denise Phillips, May 13, 2010

Like most Jewish holidays, Shavuot is known by a variety of names: the Feast of Weeks, the Festival of Giving of the Torah, and, more recently, the Cheesecake Festival.

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