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From farm to table: Locally grown matzah on the rise

From farm to table: Locally grown matzah on the rise

PASSOVER 5774 EDITION
SECTION C PAGE 16

NEW YORK — In their small farmhouse bakery in Vermont, Doug Freilich and Julie Sperling work round the clock producing matzah in the period preceding Passover — a matzah that feels ancient and modern at once.

Using a mix of grain they grow on their own farm and wheat sourced from other local farmers, the couple creates hundreds of pieces of the unleavened bread they call Vermatzah.

“The idea came because of our initial interest in growing grains, looking at them from the harvest to the baking in a very simple sense, and highlighting grains that have good flavor,” Freilich told JTA.

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French matzah bakery in operation since 1850

French matzah bakery in operation since 1850 PASSOVER 5774 EDITIONSECTION A PAGE 12 PARIS — For most Jews, matzah season comes once a year. But for Jean-Claude Neymann, matzah, or pain azyme in French, is a defining family tradition. Neymann runs the oldest matzah bakery in France, located in the town of Wasselonne near the German border. The family company, Etablissements Rene Neymann, traces its matzah-making tradition to 1850. “I’m the fifth generation of my family to bake matzah here in Wasselonne,” Neymann said. Walking ...

Last Updated ( Friday, 11 April 2014 02:55 )

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Riemer’s best new Haggadah of year

Riemer’s best new Haggadah of year PASSOVER 5774 EDITIONSECTION A PAGE 13 IMAGINE having a Soloveitchik, a Kuk and a Shlomo Carlebach at your seder How would you like to sit at the seder with three of the giants of the last century — the “Rov,” the “Rav Harashi” and the “Reb” — and listen to them exchange insights into the Haggadah? This new Haggadah makes it possible for you to do just that. The Rov was Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik, a legendary Talmudist and philosopher in the US....

Last Updated ( Friday, 11 April 2014 02:56 )

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Olivia Kessler helps fight malaria in Africa

Olivia Kessler helps fight malaria in Africa PASSOVER 5774 EDITIONSECTION A PAGE 9 WASHINGTON — Like many teens, Olivia Kessler was unaware of malaria’s devastating global death toll. Each year, the disease, which is transmitted through the bite of an infected mosquito, strikes an estimated 219 million people in 109 countries around the world. Approximately 600,000 people die from malaria every year; most are children under the age of five. “I’m very passionate about global health issues, but I didn’t know much about malaria...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 26 June 2014 03:51 )

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Ioannina Jewish community in Greece fights extinction

Ioannina Jewish community in Greece fights extinctionIOANNINA, Greece — When the Jews of Ioannina gathered in their whitewashed-stone synagogue over the weekend, it was to commemorate 70 years since the Nazis destroyed their community. But the March 30 gathering also served to highlight a source of present-day sadness: the withering of the unique 2,300 year-old Romaniote Jewish tradition. Ioannina, a postcard-pretty town in northwestern Greece with a medieval fortress perched by a bright blue lake and surrounded by snow-capped mountains, once ...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 03 April 2014 13:14 )

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French chief rabbi: Non-Muslims in Middle East akin to Holocaust victims

Cnaan Liphshiz French Chief Rabbi Haim Korsia made an urgent plea to Europe to defend non-Muslims in the Middle East, whom he likened to Holocaust victims. ... [Link]

U.S. providing additional $71 million in Gaza aid

Marcy Oster U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry announced that the United States is providing $71 million in additional humanitarian assistance for the Palestinians in Gaza. ... [Link]

Lithuanian parliament OKs ritual slaughter

Cnaan Liphshiz The parliament in Lithuania passed a law permitting ritual slaughter in the country, spurring a protest by animal rights activists. ... [Link]

Elsewhere: The synagogue split, pen pal in the pen, social media sabbatical

Raffi Wineburg JTA rounds up noteworthy news items from the Web. ... [Link]

In aliyah this year (and every year), push is stronger than pull

Ben Sales Driving an increase in aliyah are Jews who are dying to get out of their home countries — or, in some cases, getting out so they don’t die. ... [Link]

Cease-fire talks begin in Cairo despite Palestinian balk

Marcy Oster Indirect cease-fire negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians resumed in Cairo despite Palestinian threats to suspend them over Israel’s killing of two Palestinians accused in the murder ... [Link]

Why ‘Fiddler on the Roof’ holds up 50 years later

Ami Eden Beneath the sappy sentimentalism is the courage to confront some hard truths about tradition’s clash with modernity. ... [Link]

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