New Zealand Shechita Donation Campaign
Our KosherEye Friend, Norman Kabak, Wellington, New Zealand, is asking us to share the following information on how we, in the U.S., can help in the fight to stop the ban on shechita (ritual slaughter) in New Zealand. Norman is a member of the Fundraising Committee, New Zealand Shechita Donation Campaign, and is reaching out to all of us.
Please read this very important plea, share it with your family and friends, and if you can, please help in this important matter – it effects all of us.
New Zealand Shechita Donation Campaign
The fight to stop the ban on shechita!
Yes, we have won a partial victory, now help us win the entire fight. Please give a thought to the Jewish community in New Zealand.
In 1933, Nazi Germany banned Kosher slaughter under the pretext of animal welfare. Now, 77 years later, the same argument was presented by the Minister of Agriculture to justify his decision, making New Zealand the only country in the world to behave in the same way as Nazi Germany.
This decision went against the advice of officials who recommended that shechita be exempted from the animal welfare regulations, as are home killing and hunting. The minister explicitly recognized the effect of his decision on the Jewish community in New Zealand, effectively concluding that there aren't enough of us to be important!.
The Jewish community of New Zealand has filed suit against this regulation in the New Zealand High Court. A partial victory has been achieved because the High Court has signed a provision allowing kosher slaughter of poultry, only. Therefore the fight continues.
There are only about 2,000 Jewish households in New Zealand. Each family belonging to a congregation has been asked to contribute $150 to help cover the cost of the attorney's fees. This is a very sizable sum for many of these households and will not nearly go far enough toward covering the real costs of the case. We ask those who care to fight this indecent ban, to assist us by contributing the cost of one family dinner in a kosher restaurant.
This will not nearly go far enough, and we ask those who care to fight this indecent ban, to assist us by contributing the cost of one family dinner in a kosher restaurant, or whatever you feel you are able to.
This is your fight too!!!!
Eventually, this will become your fight as well if this trend is permitted to continue. Please assist us by helping to defray our legal costs. It would be a Kiddush HaShem!
Arrangements have been made to make a tax deductible contribution in the United States, to assist in paying the legal costs for our case in the High Court regarding the ban on shechita.
Please have all your friends, relatives and acquaintances who wish to make payment in U.S. dollars to send checks, made payable to:
Rabbi's Discretionary Fund-Lincoln Square Synagogue,
Subject line: New Zealand
and mail it to:
Lincoln Square Synagogue
200 Amsterdam Avenue
New York, NY 10023
Credit card contributions can be made via the following link, but are not tax deductible outside of New Zealand, and there will be a small charge levied by the processing company in addition to your donation.
The New Zealand Shechita Donation Campaign can be accessed here: http://bit.ly/9KvtEF
By clicking on the above link, people can make a secure credit card payment.
Please, can we ask that you circulate the link to relatives, friends and colleagues far and wide and ask them to help with a donation to assist with our legal fees.
Parve Corn Bread
KosherEye "Foodie" Friend, cookbook author Paula Shoyer – The Kosher Baker – has posted a parve cornbread recipe on her KosherBaker blog. KosherEye loves cornbread and this recipe is too good not to share. Enjoy!
Slow Cooker Ease
Don't worry about finding the time (or space in the oven) for baking the Thanksgiving stuffing/dressing. Use your slow cooker and it's one dish less you have to worry about. We are sharing a terrific slow cooker Herbed Thanksgiving Stuffing recipe. While we are at it, why not include this delicious side dish of Hot Curried Fruit – also made in the slow cooker.
Amella Cocoa Butter Caramels
From Artisan Cocoa, a unique flavored caramel - Amella Cocoa Butter Caramels are available in three flavors: Passion Fruit (our favorite), Carrot Cake (very good), and Black Forrest (for dark chocolate lovers). They are all natural, pure cocoa butter, no preservatives and OU-D certified kosher. Visit Amella Caramels for more information.
Parve Pumpkin Cheesecake
Our friends at Gourmet Kosher Cooking, Elizabeth and Emuna, posted a wonderful parve Pumpkin Cheesecake recipe. Thanksgiving is all about sharing and we would like to share this fabulous recipe with you!
The Buzz from Kosherfest
At first taste – We present some of our favorites:
Matzel Toff – A triple combo of toffee-chocolate matzah. Our favorite was dark chocolate with sea salt. We agree with Martha Stewart’s choice! And yes, it will be kosher for Passover.
Shiloh sauces – Béarnaise, Harissa and more; attractive bottles, terrific flavors. KosherEye foodie friend Ronnie Fein suggests this one as well.
Imani Chocolatiers – Parve chocolate and sprinkle dipped pretzels. So crunchy, so chocolatey and so beautiful!
Kind Fruit and Nut Bars – All natural, gluten and wheat free. New flavors – Apple Cinnamon & Pecan, Peanut Butter & Strawberry, Dark Chocolate Cherry Cashew.
Beit Yitzhak – 100% natural fruit spreads and jams from Israel.
Lily Bloom’s Kitchen – Decadent gourmet chocolate macaroons.
Strub's Banderilla Skewers – Skewers of sour gherkin, green olive, pearl onion, pepper slice. We pick this pickled paradise on a skewer.
Gus’ pickles – A New York classic!
Schmerling – Rich deep dark chocolate with hazelnuts- irresistible! Parve! Passover!
The Kosher Cook – Challah dough cover. We can’t wait to try this item!
We Toast Five New Spirits:
Bravo Sol Sangria and Pompillo Mojito, both pre-mixed ready to drink in a box.
Heering – New Heering Coffee liqueur and classic Heering Cherry liqueur; kosher.
Glenmorangie – Single malt scotch whiskey – recently kosher certified.
Moses Vodka – From Finland; gorgeous bottle, ultra premium vodka, kosher and kosher for Passover. Made from sugarcane.
Walders – Vodka & Vanilla Creamy Liqueur (read our full feature)
And more… Belgian Crepes, artisan breads, flavored sausages, Asian specialties, frozen ready to eat meals, pastries, ice cream, Greek yogurt, organic juices… We will be reviewing, featuring and sampling additional Kosherfest products in the coming weeks. We just couldn’t taste it all!
“Here Comes The Judge”…
How delighted we were to be invited to judge the Kosherfest 3rd Annual Chefs Culinary Competition. This year the competition was for Best Cold Appetizer. On the panel with us, (KosherEye co-founders Roberta Scher and Lois Held), were Dr. Ted Merwin, Dickinson College professor and Jewish food expert, and Gil Marks, James Beard award winning author, who just introduced his newest publication The Encyclopedia of Jewish Food.
Chef Salim Fysal of Dashkin Glatt Kosher Indian Bistro, Chef Albert Bijou of Heaven’s Kitchen Corporation, Chef Avram Wiseman of The Center for Kosher Culinary Arts, Chef Chef Pini Ben-Ari of U-Café
And the winner is…
Chef Avram Wiseman, who presented a filet of locally caught Long Island striped bass rubbed with a tandori spice mix, grilled and placed over a lentil salad. The fish was topped with a spicy pineapple salsa and plated with a tarragon vinaigrette dressed micro green salad. Sounds delicious? It was!
Kosher Inspired Magazine and KosherEye.com
The inaugural edition of Kosher Inspired Magazine, the newest publication from the Mishpacha magazine group, will be launched at Kosherfest on October 26th and available to the public for purchase on November 3rd. Guess who has written an article for the first edition? None other than – KosherEye.com!
Read our report on Susie Fishbein's new cookbook, Kosher By Design Teens and 20-Something, and all about the kickoff tour of her College Road Trip Cooking Demo!
Thank You KosherEye
We are delighted to share a Thank You email from one of our readers. We are sharing this because we are thrilled that our story "made a difference" in someone's life.
"I just wanted to write a thank-you for your "A Kosher Chicken in Every Pot" segment. I have been a vegetarian for nearly half a decade and I am looking to go back to eating some meat for health reasons. I knew I wanted organic and humanely produced chicken, so I naturally looked to kosher products.
I really wanted some honest reviews of the kosher meats, which were not from self-promoting companies or frowning PETA supporters. I felt you did an educated report on some major kosher companies and offered a first person perspective on whether they met your standards.
It was a very appreciated article, thank you for helping me choose kosher foods! "
Samantha, Kingston, Ontario, Canada
Kosher Turkey Talk
Coming in November. Our 1st annual Kosher Turkey Talk – How to make the PERFECT turkey for Thanksgiving, recipes, questions and more.
Kosherfest 2010 New Product Competition Winners
Kosherfest 2010 will be held October 26th & October 27th, Meadowlands Exposition Center, Secaucus, NJ. The 2010 New Product Competition was held October 13th, in NYC at the JCC. The winners of the competition are:
Best in Show
Mountain Bread Wraps (8 varieties), No Worries Natural Foods
Runner Up Best in Show
Chocolate Macaroons, Lily Bloom's Kitchen
Best New Jam, Preserve or Spread
Healthy Top Whipping Cream, Green Rabbit
Best New Cheese or Dairy Product
Les Petit Fermieres-Reduced Fat Cheddar Sticks, Anderson Int. Foods
Best New Foodservice Product
Manna-Soy gourmet meat alternative, Luck Chen
Best New Kosher Organic Product
Petite Select Shepherd's Pie baby cuisine, Nature's Select Food Group
Best New Packaging/Design
Pop N'B ox Microwave Popcorn, Golden Fluff
Best New Passover Product
Yidels gluten -free chocolate rolls, Cinderella Sweets
Best New Snack Food
Klein's Natural Dried Guava, Klein's Naturals
Best New Health & Wellness
Cacao Powder, Health Matters America
Best New Pasta Rice Bean or Soup
Garden Lites Zucchini Marinara, Classic Cooking
Best New Dessert, Candy, Cookie or Cracker
Chocolate Coconut Macaroons, Lily Bloom's Kitchen
Best New Baked Good, Bread, Grain or Cereal
Mountain Bread wraps, No Worries Natural Foods
Best New Fine Food From Israel
Vegetal Vegetarian Hot Dog in Blanket, Blue & White Foods
Best New Giftware and Novelty Product
Challah Dough Covers, The Kosher Cook
Best New Savory condiment, Spice, Sauce, Oil, Vinegar or Salad Dressing
Zeta Olive Oil with Garlic & Basil, Kedem
Best New Beverage
Elite Watermelon Juice, Elite Natural/Organic Juice USA
Best New Meat, Seafood or Poultry Product
Dr. Praeger's Sensible Foods Lightly Breaded Tilapia, Dr. Praeger's Sensible Foods
Best New Wine, Beer or Spirit
Vodka & Vanilla Liqueur, Kedem