Weekly Bulletin: March 23

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A Very Kosher Passover: Second Night Seder with Rabbi Andrea

Sunday, March 28, 6:30 PM:

All Who are Hungry for community and freedom, come and celebrate!

Rabbi Andrea will host a seder second night of Passover. Working from the rich traditional themes of Passover - seasonal food customs, the nature of freedom, lineage and memory - we'll discuss, sing and eat together - on zoom. Register via this link

You'll need to create your own seder plate materials. View our home Seder guide for suggestions. We will be using the Freedom Haggadah, available online using this link.

This seder is free and open to all. If you would like to support TIG, your contributions are welcomed and appreciated. You may give online at

Register for our Second Night Seder!

Haroset Recipes
from Jean & Margie

Welcome to our second episode of Haroset recipes from Ritual Committee members Jean Cherdack and Margie Sobil!

Jean's Persian Haroset

  • 15 pitted and diced dates
  • 1/2 c shelled pistachio nuts
  • 1/2 c almonds
  • 1/2 c golden raisins
  • 2 applies, peeled, cored and diced
  • 1 pomegranate, peeled
  • 1 orange, seeded and diced
  • 1/2 to 1 c sweet red wine
  • 1/4 c cider vinegar
  • cloves, cardamom, cinnamon, to taste
Combine fruit and nuts.  Add wine and vinegar to form a paste.  Add seasonings, blend and serve.  You could also add a banana.  Makes 5 cups.

Margie's Sefardic Charoset

  • YIELD: makes about 4 cups
  • ACTIVE TIME:30 minutes
  • TOTAL TIME:30 minutes
  • 1 1/2 cups red wine (recommended: cabernet sauvignon or Manischewitz)
  • 1 pound (2 1/2 cups) red raisins
  • 8 ounces (1 1/2 cups) dried dates, chopped fine
  • 4 ounces (3/4 cup) dried apricots, chopped fine
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, or more to taste
  • 8 ounces (1 1/2 cups) roasted almonds
  • 1 teaspoon orange blossom water (optional)
  1. Bring wine to a light simmer on medium heat, then stir in fruit and spices. Cook uncovered until fruit is well hydrated and wine has reduced to a thick syrup, about 15 minutes. Add salt to taste and set aside.
  2. In a food processor, roughly chop almonds in short pulses. There should be no whole almonds remaining; a mix of large chunks and small crumbs is preferable. Remove almonds from food processor and transfer to a large mixing bowl.
  3. Add fruit mixture to food processor and pulse until fruit just begins to come together into a paste, 2 to 3 one-second pulses. Do not overprocess—large chunks of fruit should be intact.
  4. Transfer fruit to mixing bowl and combine well with almonds. Stir in orange blossom water and additional salt if needed. Flavor of haroset will improve over time. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Community News/Events

Housing in the US has become a commodity only available to the highest bidders—whether that be buyers or  renters. Those who do not meet the financial challenge become homeless and are treated as if their situation is a  personal failing, not the result of systemic issues designed to accommodate those with the resources. We believe  that this system must change. 

Join us for a virtual series on increasing access to affordable housing in Franklin County. On March 27, 2021 at 9 am, we kick off the event with a panel who will explore why affordable  housing is difficult to find. We will consider how housing became a commodity, how it has been  impacted by systemic racism created by government policy and what we can do with or without  government help to create more affordable housing. 

Panelists include: Brian Sargent, Assistant Professor of Public Policy, UMass Amherst; Linda Dunlavy,  Executive Director, Franklin Regional Council of Governments; State Senator Jo Comerford  US Representative Ayanna Pressley (invited). 

8 virtual workshops in April and May will dive deeper into specific action areas 

Register at 

There is no fee for the keynote or any of the workshops.

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