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PAGE IOA HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, MARCH 24, 2017 Myrna Ossin loves creating recipes using matzah/ She has been holding food demos all over town, and this Sunday, March 26, (3 p.m.) she will be at the Maitland Library making lasagna, bagels and walnut toffee all made from matzah/ Here is just one of her many recipes for Passover. Earl Grey Passover Matzah Shortbread Cookies By Myrna Ossin These cookies are simple to make and a fun activity for you and the children. They are versatile and can be decorated with your imagination with nuts, sesame or pumpkin seeds, chocolate chips, colored sugars or a kosher-for-Passover icing. I use a food processor dedicated to Passover to make the dough, but these can also be made by hand. If you don't have prepared matzah cake meal, crush four-square matzahs at a time to equal one cup in a plastic bag with a rolling pin to a powdery texture making enough matzah flour for the dough. You can also substitute arrowroot for the potato starch. If you don't have Earl Grey tea, you can also use a variety of your favorite flavor kosher-for-Passover tea leaves, dried rosemary leaves, lavender leaves or experiment with other flavors. The contents of one tea bag is usually equal to one teaspoon and you will need two teaspoons for this recipe. To make confectioners' sugar without cornstarch, process 1/2 cup granulated sugar for about five minutes in the processor with a blade until a powdery consistency. Cover the tube so the powder doesn't get all over your counter. Granulated sugar will work, but it makes the texture a different consistency. If you want a pareve cookie, you can use margarine or oil. If I am cooking a dairy meal, I prefer using butter. Ingredients: i lb. margarine 1/4 tsp. kosher salt 2 tsp. tea leaves 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar 1 1/2 cups matzah cake meal 1/2 cup potato starch Plastic wrap Parchment paper Directions In a medium-sized bowl, cream margarine, salt, tea leaves, and sugar. Add the cake meal and potato starch slowly to in- corporate in the mix. In the processor, the batter should come together in a ball. Place the dough in the center of about three feet of plastic wrap. Fold the wrap over the dough and press the dough to about 1/8-inch thick using a rolling pin. I often divide the dough in half to make it easier to work. Using the plastic wrap, slip the rolled dough on a cookie and refrigerate for about fifteen minutes until it is stiff. Remove the top layer of the plastic wrap and use cookie cutters or a drinking class to form the cookies. Using this method, you don't need any extra flour. Just press the remaining dough pieces together and continue pressing out cookies. Place the cookies on a cookie sheet covered with parchment paper. I like to refrigerate the formed cookies for another fifteen minutes in the refrigerator to make them flakier. Sprinkle the toppings or just a tablespoon of granulated sugar over the tops of the cookies and bake them at 350 degrees for 20 minutes until just beginning to turn brown on the edges. Allow the cookies to cool completely before stor- ing them in an air tight container. These cookies also freeze well and the dough can also be formed in a log and frozen so you can slice the cookies and bake as needed. You can find this and many more Passover recipes, kosher rules, and a complete plan, step-by-step, for Passover in "What to Do with Your Leftover Matzah, the Fifth Question, a Guide to the Perfect Passover Seder" by Myrna Ossin, available on By Ben Sales asarabbiataJewish eldercare Most of the threats have tar- Scott Sokol, head of school facility, Naditch spoke regu- geted JCCs, largely affecting at MetroWest Jewish Day NEWYORK (JTA)--Onthe larlywith Holocaustsurvivors either adults who can process School, said he told his stu- morning of March 7, Rabbi or refugees who were feeling the distress or preschoolers dents. "We're not looking to Beth Naditch found out that echoes of their pasts, too young to perceive it. make it a bigger deal than it two of her three children's So she and her husband But the threats againstwas. At the same time, they schools had received bomb had spoken to their boys Jewish schools have placed understand this is something threats, about anti-Semitism, whyit's parents, teachers and ad- that happens more to kids at Theanonymouscallsplacedreturning and what todoifit ministrators in an uncer- Jewish day schools." to the MetroWest Jewish Day reaches them. tain position. Many of their Many schools delivered School and the Solomon "MyhusbandandIwerejust students are old enough to their messages based on the Schechter Day School in sub- waiting for it to hit our kids," understand the threats, but grade level. Students up to urban Boston turned out to Naditchsaid."Wewere trying not old enough to cope by third grade in some schools be hoaxes, like the rest of the to walk a fine line between themselves. So schools have were told they were going on calls placed to some 120 Jew- having them prepare and be tried to walk a fine line: They a fire drill. Fourth- and fifth- ishinstitutionssinceJanuary, aware of safety measures, want to give students enough graders in several schools And while the news was aware that there are people in information to answer their were told there was a threat, shocking, the threats were theworldwhowanttohurtusquestions, but not enough to theyweresafeandlittlemore. something Naditch and her or other people because they traumatize them. They want Middle schoolers and high husband had tried to make areanti-Semiticorracist, and to explain anti-Semitism, but schoolers, many ofwhom read sure their sons--ages 9, 12 trying not to terrorize them." not normalize it. the news on their own, were and 14--would be ready for. The Boston-area campuses "This is something we may given a fuller picture. Aweekearlier, a relative had were two of at least a dozen do, but it's not a fun thing, But everyschool has placed been evacuated froma Jewish Jewish day schools that have it's not a good thing, it was limits on its communication. communitycenterduringan- received bomb threats since an unfortunate thing that At MetroWest, Sokol asked other bomb threat wave. And the beginning of the year. happened," Rabbi-Cantorstudents and parents not Seder ,April 10 7:30 pm Traditional Congregation of Mount Dora 848 N. Dora. FL 32757 Rabbi Beth Naditch and her husband had already been talking to their children about anti-Semitism when bomb threats hit two of their sons' schools the same morning. to post about the threat on possibly could," Lindner social media. At the Hebrew said."Therewasn'tanything Day School of Ann Arbor, real about it. It was just an Michigan, and Aleph Bet Jew- empty threat. That's what ish Day School in Annapolis, was communicated." Maryland, boththreatenedon A couple administrators Feb. 27, administrators opted said speaking with anx- to give the students no more ious parents may have been information than necessary, the biggest challenge they "Talking that directly with faced--though no adminis- our older students helped trator told JTA that students them understand, 'OK, this hadbeen pulled out of school. was a threat, it's no longer One of those parents, Rabbi there,'" said Sarah White, Abe Friedman, saidthatwhile head of school at Aleph Bet. he was concerned with his "That was the only conversa- 9-year-old's safety, she was tion we've had with them. At more interested in talking school, you're expected to be about the games they played safe. If things are organized, during the evacuation. things are calm and teachers "My wife and I were more are in control, you feel safe." emotionally affected by it Administrators at various than she was," said Friedman, schools told JTA that that whose daughter attends the their top priority was to get Perelman Jewish Day School students back in class and outside Philadelphia, another on schedule. Several schools school threatened on Feb. returned to a regular school 27. "She didn't seem all that day following a brief evacua- interested when I brought it tion. At MetroWest, kids were up, and I didn't want to put it dressed in pajama pants cel- on her because of my need to ebratingthe Purimholidayon talk about it." the day the threat came; they For teachers, the bomb opted to continue their week- threats have meant broaching long festivities. At the Charles anti-Semitism with children, E. Smith Jewish Day School sometimes before it appears outside Washington, D.C., in their curriculum. Several which also was threatened on school officials said they have Feb. 27, high school principal filtered that conversation Marc Lindner said police did throughthelens ofhowmuch not require the students to support they have received leave class, from Jews and others in the "Our general approach wider community. was we wanted to keep things as normal as we Coping onpage 15A