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Rosh Hashana Sangria

It's time to raise our glasses to a happy new year! This bold and delicious Rosh Hashana Sangria is infused with all the traditional ingredients necessary to make it both sweetly symbolic and a 100% festive! Pomegranate - Has 613 seeds to represent the 613 mitzvot & to remind us that our good deeds in the coming year should be plentiful. Apples & Honey - symbolize our hope for a sweet year to come Grapes - representing the cyclical nature of the year and the continuity of creation Ingredients ½ cup honey 1 pomegranate 1 apple 1/2 orange 10 oz. seedless grapes 1 bottle of red wine 2 cups 100% pomegranate juice 1 cup grape juice ¼ cup brandy ¼ cup triple sec Directions:  Pour honey and ½ cup water into a small saucepan. Heat and stir until the honey is completely dissolved into the water. Do not boil. Remove from heat and allow to cool. Seed the pomegranate, discarding the rind and pith. Place the pomegranate seeds, apple slices read more

September 21, 2014

Falafel Recipe

Because there's no food that says "Israel" quite like Falafel Balls! After eating falafel for virtually all your lunches on Birthright, those greasy little chickpea balls begin to fill with pure nostalgia, taking you back to those 10 epic days where you got zero sleep,  bussed the country from top to bottom, and took home a group of 40 muddy new friends. If you'd like to re-live your birthright through Israeli street food then here is a quick and easy recipe for frying up your own falafel.   INGREDIENTS: 2 tbsp sunflower or vegetable oil 1 small onion, finely chopped 1 garlic clove, crushed 14 ounce can chickpeas, washed and drained 1 tsp ground cumin 1 tsp ground coriander (or use more cumin) handful parsley, chopped, or 1 tsp dried mixed herbs 1 egg, beaten   DIRECTIONS: Heat 1 tbsp oil in a large pan, then fry the onion and garlic over a low heat for 5 mins until softened. Tip into a large mixing bowl with the chickpeas and spices read more

September 2, 2014

Chocolate Rugelach Recipe

If you walked through the Machane Yehuda Market on your Birthright Israel trip, you would have seen and smelled the huge variety of sweet and sticky pastries on display... Now if you really have a sweet tooth and a good eye for something tasty you would have come across the notorious Marzipan Bakery on Agripas Street. Marzipan is famous for their deliciously gooey Rugelach, which hundreds of Birthright participants have stashed away in their luggage as sweet reminders of their tour of the Holy Land. Inevitably, once back in the USA, their stockpiles run out and short of flying all the way back to Israel, it becomes necessary to roll out that dough and get baking if one is going to get a fix of chocolatey Rugelach goodness. To spare you the cold sweats, salivating and sleepless nights we thought we'd swoop in and save the day, and give you a quick and easy recipe to make your own Rugelach - and this time it's with Nutella! INGREDIENTS: • 2 cups (4 sticks) unsalted butter, read more

September 1, 2014

“Too Jewish” for me?

Are you asking yourself the following question: “Is Birthright-Israel just “too Jewish” for me?" Its a reasonable question asked by many potential candidates and sadly they sometimes decide for themselves that it just seems to be too Jewish for them. They never apply, and so never experience the best 10 days of their lives. That’s such a pity because the answer I know Birthright Israel would give  ( and Sachlav | Israelonthehouse) would be a resounding "NO. As long as you are eligible for a trip, it will definitely not be "too Jewish" for you!" But lets take a step back - Whats the real question that's being asked? It isn't whether Birthright Israel is too Jewish, but rather... “Am I Jewish enough?”,or even “Will everyone else know so much more about Judaism and make me look bad?”. This challenge of confidence is a very real barrier that stops some people from ever receiving their birthright. I hope that in this short blog I can give you some information to answer read more

August 18, 2014

Ultimate Bucket List – The best things to do in Israel

Life – It’s all about cramming in the best adventures, places, moments, and memories. First step is to write your “bucket list”. If you need a little help getting started, or feel like you haven’t got enough checks on your list, we’ve got a list of the best things to do in Israel.   10 Days To Boost Your Bucket List We all joke about having “bucket lists” – some of us genuinely do have a “100 things to do before we die” lists – it may be that you want to travel the world or perhaps grow old with someone you love; maybe you want to fly first class or you’d like to ride an elephant? A Birthright Israel trip is a bucket lister's dream: you can ride a camel, pray at the Western Wall in Jerusalem, raft down the River Jordan; float in the Dead Sea, watch the sunrise atop Masada, or simply go clubbing in Tel Aviv – and it's all free – a 10 day gift from Birthright Israel to every young Jewish adult aged 18-26. So this winter you can get your bucket lis read more

June 26, 2014

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