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Kfar Maccabiah, April 2017, Nissan 5777

חג הפסח: חג חרות העם   The Festival of Pessach: National Freedom

Dear Friends,

When we speak of Pessach[1] we generally refer to its message of freedom. In these days before the Festivities of Matzot and Spring in Israel, we receive and send greetings to our esteemed people describing the Chag[2] - in all justice - as "Chag HaCherut", "The Celebration of Freedom", evoking the liberation saga of the Jewish People from the Pharaonic yoke more than 3,300 years ago. That is the central theme of the Haggadah, the story we read with our family and friends in the traditional Passover Seder[3], stored in our memories with love and warmth since our own childhood. Passover became synonymous with freedom, with multiple connotations in all spheres of our lives.

 International Women's Day was celebrated this year in the MAUSNER fashion house with a display of respect, love and appreciation for Israeli women.

 
"This year we are proud to launch the 2017 summer collection synchronized with International Women's Day, and for a good reason" remarked Rivka Mausner, the principal designer and the co-owner. "We praise the achievements of brave women throughout history, and choose to indicate in this manner our contribution to the development of women’s fashion and implementation of women’s style, especially with the launching of the 2017 summer collection.

 

 

 

Italian embassies around the world this week are marking “The First Week of Italian Cuisine in the World," an initiative of that country’s Ministry of Economic Development to promote Italy’s famous cuisine, which represents an industry estimated to be worth USD 60 billion annually; in Israel, The First Week of Italian Cuisine in the World was launched by Ambassador Francesco M. Talò at a reception held at his residence in Ramat Gan on November 21.

 

 

In his remarks to the assembled guests, Ambassador Talò introduced the slogan of The First Week of Italian Cuisine in the World -- “the extraordinary Italian taste” --  and inaugurated an app designed especially for the Israeli market: the kosher Italian eating guide (www.kosheritalianguide.it).

 

 

 
 
  
 
 

Also addressing the reception was a special guest from Italy, Elena Toselli of the Ministry of Economic Development, who explained that the new app featured a database of 500 purveyors of Italian foodstuffs that are certified kosher.

 

 

Guests received a pamphlet outlining special events -- lectures, demonstrations, cooking classes, movies and tasting -- revolving around Italian cuisine taking place in Israel the week of November 21-29.  The evening concluded with a three-course banquet of Italian delicacies -- antipasti, pastas and desserts -- prepared by visiting Chef Laura Ravaioli, in collaboration with local chefs Massimiliano Di Matteo, a winner of the Master Chef television competition, and Michele Bozzetto, of the Sheraton Hotel’s Olive Leaf restaurant.

 

 

The reception attendees largely comprised Israeli residents of Italian descent, including Cinzia Klein, the local representative of the Italian Academy of Cuisine.

 

 

 

 

 Photos provided by  Massimiliano Guido  , Italian Embassy

 

Photo 1 Ambassador Francesco Maria Talò and Elena Toselli (Ministry of Economic Development)
 
Photo 2: Marcella Pedroni (Fiere di Parma), Jacqueline Fellus (Union of Italian Jewish Communities), Giovanni Delle Donne (Federation of Food and Drinks Industries), Massimiliano Guido (Italian Trade Commissioner)

 Photo 3  Chef Massimiliano Di Matteo and Chef Laura Ravaioli

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Socca Market in Tel Aviv has brought a new concept in dining to its unique venue for weddings, parties and major events. Instead of the standard fixed menu and waiter service, guests are invited to make the rounds of food stalls, each one featuring cuisine from different corners of the globe.

 

 

Drawing its inspiration from London’s Borough Market, New York’s Chelsea Market and Barcelona’s La Boqueria -- and more recently, Tel Aviv’s Sarona Market and Shuk Tzafon -- Socca Market comprises stalls that serve food representing the following cuisines:

 

 

Israeli (Mediterranean) - hummus, tehina, lamb kabab, skewers of shishlik and sabih

Italian -  pastas, focaccias, antipasti (grilled vegetables) and bruschettas

Greek - souvlaki, dolmades (stuffed grape leaves) Greek salad, gyros, fried red mullet

Asian - dim sum dumplings, stir-fried noodles, bao sandwiches, Asian cabbage salad  

American - fresh grilled hamburgers from prime beef, coleslaw, French fries

 

 

 

 

 

A delicious spread of desserts is served, featuring brownies with hot fudge sauce, chocolate chip cookies, hot apple crumble with pareve vanilla ice cream, meringues with berry sauce, lemon meringue tarts, and assorted pastries.

 

 

There is a full bar serving cocktails, sangria, and soft drinks, and a separate bar for wines.

 

 

Socca Market, which is certified kosher, is located in a trendy district of lofts and studios in south Tel Aviv.

 

 

Address: 27 Shocken Sreet (entrance from Shvil Hameretz)

 

Website: http://soccatlv.co.il

 

Tel. (073) 248-0313

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Cafe Rothschild chain has opened in newest restaurant in the suburb of Givatayim, a block away from the municipal border with Tel Aviv. The kosher chain, which serves dairy but no meat dishes, has been expanding rapidly into the center of the country from its base in the North.

 

 

Cafe Rothschild, whose slogan is b’n’divut -- meaning, “generously” -- is known for its freebies, large portions and value. Guests are greeted with a complimentary drink on arrival, and free popcorn is distributed in the evenings. Instead of the conventional happy hour, beer (part of an alcohol menu that includes spirits and wine) is always two-for-one.

 

 

The categories of the bilingual menu comprise breakfast, salads, pastas, appetizers, sandwiches, tortillas, pizzas, focaccias and fish dishes. In addition to the usual hot and cold beverages, there are fresh-squeezed juices, smoothies and shakes. Vegan and gluten-free options are also available.

 

 

 
 
 
 

Desserts appear on a Hebrew-only menu, but can be explained in English by the staff. The super-sized sweets are prepared by pastry chefs off-site.

 

 

Among the special offerings of Cafe Rothschild are Italian Tuesdays -- when pasta is NIS 29 and glasses of wine NIS 10 -- and Greek Fridays, featuring mezze.

 

Website: http://www.rothschild-cafe.co.il/

 

 

 

 

 

 Photos  Silvia Golan