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Tu Bishvat Recipe- "Cooking with the Seven Fruits of Israel"

Tu Bishvat is known as "Rosh Hashanah Lailanot" (New Year for the trees). We celebrate Tu Bishvat by renewing our commitment to save and protect the trees and the environment around us. Check out these recipes using The Seven Fruits of the Land of Israel in honor of Tu Bishvat!

From: http://www.aish.com/h/15sh/r/Cooking-with-the-Seven-Fruits-of-the-Land-of-Israel.html

HEARTY BARLEY SOUP

A big pot of barley soup simmering on the stove warms the heart during stormy, rainy weather

  • Half a diced onion
  • 2 diced celery stalks
  • 2 diced carrots
  • Additional vegetables of your choice such as leeks, kohlrabi, parsley and celery root
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 8 cups water or vegetable broth
  • ½ cup hulled uncooked barley
  • ½ cup presoaked beans of your choice
  • 1⁄3 cup crushed tomatoes or tomato sauce
  • 2 large bay leaves
  • ½ teaspoon of each basil, oregano and thyme
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder (optional)
  • ¼ teaspoon celery-salt (optional)
  1. In a large soup pot, sauté the onions for five minutes or more until translucent.

  2. Add celery, carrots and any other vegetables and continue to sauté for three to five minutes.

  3. Add the remaining ingredients including the liquids and bring to a boil, then reduce heat to medium low.

  4. Allow soup to simmer for at least one hour, stirring occasionally, until the barley is soft and somewhat fluffy.

  5. Adjust the spices according to taste and enjoy!

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Passover Breakfast Recipes

Passover begins this year on Friday April 22. Though it can be daunting trying to figure out what to eat, try getting creative this Passover!

Here is a great list of Healthy Passover Breakfast Recipes by greatist. 

2. Passover Granola

Store-bought kosher-for-Passover cereal tastes okay—if you like the taste of cardboard. Avoid starting the morning with a gag-fest and try this DIY granola featuring walnuts (which pack a healthy-fat punch), honey, and dried fruit. Add it to protein-rich yogurt or milk or just bag it and munch on it as a snack.

3. Quinoa Porridge

The word “porridge” always reminds me of the story of Goldilocks, but something tells me those bears weren’t the quinoa-eating type. This recipe is sort of like French toast in a bowl, since it combines milk, sugar, cinnamon, maple syrup, and nuts. Those watching their sugar intake can go easy on the brown sugar. (Note: There’s some debate over whether quinoa is kosher for Passover, so this recipe might not suit everyone’s style of observance.)

4. Matzoh Brei With Bananas and Pecans

This rendition of matzo brie (Yiddish for "fried matzo") is more sweet than savory, but it’s still nutritious enough to meet our criteria for a healthy Passover meal, and the recipe’s pretty easy to follow. Bananas, pecans, milk, and maple syrup add a hefty dose of potassium, protein, and calcium to traditional matzo brei (Those watching their sugar intake can use less syrup.).

5. Skinny Matzo Brei With Fresh Spinach, Garlic, and Onions

It wouldn’t be a Passover morning without the smell of egg-y matzo sizzling in a frying pan. Traditional matzo brei calls for a lot of eggs and butter, and not much else. But the classic recipe is easily green-ified (and at least a little health-ified) thanks to superfood spinach, which packs a ton of antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals.

6. Smoked Salmon Omelet

Bagels with cream cheese and lox are off-limits during Passover, but this dish seems like it would go perfectly with a piece of matzo and cream cheese (otherwise known as “shmear”). The photo’s enough to make our mouths water in expectation of a protein- and omega-3-packed morning treat.

7. Spring Frittata

Passover falls right at the start of spring, so it’s the perfect time to celebrate the return of greens like asparagus and sugar snap peas. Don’t worry about blandness—fresh dill, lemon, and black pepper keep things flavorful.

8. Green Shakshuka

Shakshuka’s an Israeli egg dish that’s just as tasty for breakfast as it is for dinner. Adding spinach and feta cheese makes it a little more omelet-y, while spices like superfood cinnamon, cumin, and coriander add a powerful punch of flavor (and some super nutrients). We can see this breakfast going well with a piece of matzo drizzled with olive oil and a sprinkling of Zaatar (an Israeli spice).

9. Almond Flour Pancakes

Let’s admit it: Passover breakfasts are pretty much all about eggs. But this pancake recipe’s the perfect way to add some healthy variety into our diets so we don’t turn into a giant yolk by the end of the holiday. Almond meal, tapioca flour, and a bit of butter form the base of this tasty (swap in unsweetened applesauce for the butter if you want to cut down on sugar). Serve ’em up to friends and fam and top with fresh berries for someadded nutrients and that extra “wow” factor.

10. Orange and Raisin Matzo Meal Pancakes

A surprising combination of ingredients are featured in this recipe for slightly sweeter ’cakes. We’re talking raisins and cottage cheese in the batter and sour cream and honey in the topping. Slap two (or three) on a plate for a hearty, protein-packed breakfast or save one for a mid-day snack.

11. Grain-Free Banana Bread

This mom-approved recipe uses almond flour in place of regular flour, plus wholesome ingredients like honey and olive oil. We’ll see if we can restrict ourselves to just one potassium-packed slice...

For more recipes visit: http://greatist.com/health/34-healthy-passover-recipes

Passover with Neshama Center

WE'VE CANCELLED THE PASSOVER SEDER THE LIMELIGHT. If you don't have a place for your seder, please call Dalia and she will arrange something for you 970-925-9568.

Come celebrate the holiday of spring and freedom with us at The Limelight Hotel in Aspen! The first Passover Seder will be on Friday, April 22 at 6:00pm. 

Please make your reservation early: dalia@neshamacenteraspen.org or 970-925-9568. 

Dinner will be served Buffet Style
$58/adult
$28/kid (under 6 years old)

Check out the delicious menu The Limelight Hotel has prepared for us!

Golshim L'Chaim- Ski to Live

ONCE AGAIN ASPEN COMMUNITY HOSTS A GROUP OF HEROES FROM ISRAEL FOR 2016 GOLSHIM L'CHAIM-SKI TO LIVE, FOR THE WEEK OF  FEBRUARY 23 - MARCH 1 . THESE INJURED IDF VETERAN SOLDIERS LOOK FORWARD TO THIS LIFE CHANGING OPPORTUNITY TO LEARN TO SKI AND SNOWBOARD IN ASPEN. 

THESE BRAVE MEN AND WOMEN MADE ENORMOUS SACRIFICES ON BEHALF OF THE STATE OF ISRAEL. WE THANK THEM THROUGH THIS PROGRAM, UNITING ASPEN AND ISRAEL IN A MOST GRATIFYING WAY. 


OUR COMMUNITY HAS THE OPPORTUNITY TO INTERACT WITH OUR GUESTS DURING THE WEEK'S ACTIVITIES. YOUR PARTICIPATION MAKES THE SOLDIERS FEEL APPRECIATED, AND YOU WILL BE INSPIRED.

Check out the schedule below and we really hope to see you at many of these events!

Yom Kippur with Neshama Center

Yom Kippur begins at sundown on Tuesday September 22. This year we are holding services at The Little Nell Hotel in Aspen, Colorado

We are so excited to be welcoming Cantor Michal Rubin to help us with our services. Cantor Michal was a Cantor of a conservative synagogue in Columbia SC for the past 12 years. Of these 12 years she spent six of them as a cantorial student with Aleph and six as an ordained Chazzan. She has also served as a clergy, educator, an officiant and leader of many rituals at her synagogue. She has led High Holiday services (Rosh Hashanah and Yom kippur) for 12 years and was instrumental in programming them. And, of course, she led services during all the other holidays; taught a variety of classes as well as numerous Bar/Bat Mitzvah students.

Join Neshama Center and Cantor Michal Rubin for Yom Kippur Services:
Kol Nidre Evening Service- September 22 at 6:00pm
Yom Kippur Morning- September 23 followed by Yizkor Service
at 10:00am

Welcome Cantor Michal! 

Rosh Hashanah 2015

This year's High Holidays were extra special as they marked the 10 years of Neshama Center Aspen. This year Rosh Hashanah fell on Sunday, September 13 and Monday September 14. Services were held at The Little Nell Hotel in Aspen and we feel so fortunate to be a part of such an amazing community. We would like to thank a few people who helped welcome the New Year and make it so special.

Thank you to The Little Nell Staff, it is always a pleasure working with you. You are exceptionally organized, helpful and talented in turning the room into such a beautifully sacred space. 

We had a very special service led by a few of our post Bat-Mitzvah students, Jordan, Carson and Zoey. Thank you girls for all of your help and beautiful voices! You did incredible. 

Thank you to our amazing musicians, Tom, Bill and Sarah for adding such gorgeous sounds and music to our services.

Thank you Eden for filling our hearts by blowing the Shofar and helping us lift our prayers to the heavens. 

Thank you to Gordy for helping us set up and transform the room into a holy place. 

 

We are so fortunate to have such a beautiful congregation filled with so many wonderful people! Thank you all who attended our services and see you on September 22 and 23 for Yom Kippur, the day of atonement and forgiveness. Shanah Tova!