Shalom all – December 2014

November had a very small turnout as many of our members were busy with family or away. We had 22 at our meeting, but it was a very “cozy” and enthusiastic group. We had the traditional lox and bagels with the works, a noodle casserole and several salads. Our hosts were Cheryl and Richard Smith.

December 14 hosts will be Linda and Myron Zisman. Our “theme” will be Hanukkah.

Hanukkah will start on the eve of December 16. The festival of lights lasts eight days with a candle being lit in the Menorah, and one additional candle each night until all eight candles are lit. Hanukkah celebrates the liberation of the Jewish people from the Syrians and the recapturing of the great Temple in Jerusalem. It is a joyous holiday for all Jews celebrating the miracle of lights with the holy oil of the Temple lasting eight days instead of just one. So we celebrate! And eat!

Specialty foods also represent this holiday such as latkes (potato pancakes) three cornered pastries called hamantaschen. The Jews made their enemy into a cookie and celebrate the sweetness rather than the bitterness of memory.

Only one member of a couple needs to be Jewish, and singles are more than welcome. No dues, just a dish. We are a social group, not a religious group, but we do adhere to our heritage. For any information please contact Linda Zisman at 940-246-0220 or [email protected].