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H,~ERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, OCTOBER 10, 2003 PAGE 15 Similarities the Survey finds British, U.S. alike By Richard Allen Greene LONDON (JTA)--Ameri- can Jews have more in corn- nlon with British Jews than they do with other Americans, a new British study has found. Eight percent of London Jews and 11 percent of Ameri- can Jews consider themselves "religious," while more than 40 percent of Americans as a whole do. The Institute for Jewish sive? Between non-practicing and just Jewish?" he asked with a rhetorical shrug. On the outlook scale, "each category has meaning rela- tive to the others," he said. Perhaps even more impor- Synagogue -- to get buried, because my wife believes, to get my kids into a particular school," Graham said. Outlook, by comparison, can be a good predictor be- cause it measures an individual's own attitude, in- I" The study, "Secular or Re- Policy Research, Britain's rant for the Jewish commu- llgious? The Outlook of leading Jewish think tank, nityasawhole, Graham said, dependent of outside pres- U)ndon s Jews," relies on a says the finding shows how outlook seemstobe a reliable sures, he said. ~ew. way of "measuring valuable it can be to measure indicator of actual behavior, But that may also be its J, eLWIshness,~, which the au- outlook, which he said previous mea- drawback, one of the world's mcrs call outlook." They It enablcs us to make com- sures have not been. leadingJewishdemographers aSked respondents to rate parisons. We are measuring Cross-referencing data said. .themselves on a scale rang- Jewishness, which is some- shows that the more religious "We are asking for a sell- Ing from religious to some- thing scholars are always try- people say they are, the more assessment of a person's own What religious, somewhat ing to do," said the institute's likely they are to attend syna- SeCular or secular. David Graham, the author of gogue regularly, keep kosher The results showed that the report, outsidethehomeandobserve se!ightly more than 50 per- Graham said another ad- the Sabbath strictly. ent of London Jews consid- vantageofthe four-pointout-- This allows us to predict ered themselves secular or look scale is that it is more behavior, which we were to- !i~hewhat secular, while a precise and meaningful than tally unable to do before," he 1 study found that previous ways of trying to said. tly less than 50 percent measure religious identifica- "It is avery useful and pow- tion. erful piece of information for ~t American Jews do. The 001 study was the Ameri- Previous studies in thecommunal and religious or- can Religious Identification United Kingdom have asked ganizations," he added. ~u rVey, by researchers Barry people tosort themselves into Knowing what synagogue ~u.Smin, Egon Mayer and categoriessuchastraditional, ~riela Keysar of the Gradu- progressive, reform, non- ~te Center of the City Uni- practicing and just Jewish. Versity of New York Graham says it is impos- A "rhat is in sharp contrast to sible to make meaningful dis- '~"ericans as a whole m only tinctions between those cat- ~Percent of whom consider egories. ~eraselves to be secular or "What's the difference be- mewhat secular, tween reform and progres- someone belongs to is a much less reliable indicator, Gra- ham says, because roughly 60 percent of British Jews be- long to the mainstream Or- thodox United Synagogue movement. "There are all sorts of rea- sons to belong to the United religiosity, and we find it is highly correlated with that person's actual religious be- havior. Clearly outlook must predict synagogue atten- dance," said Sergio della Per- gola, a professor of contem- porary Jewry at Jerusalem's Hebrew University. "I would also assume syna- gogue attendance predicts outlook. It would be more in- teresting to see whether out- look is also correlated with variables which do not have a specific religious content, such as number of Jewish friends or neighbors, visits to Israel, or even giving to Jew- ish philanthropies," he told JTA. Even so, another expert said fly Linda Morel STUFFED CABBAGE cabbage: Freeze cabbage overnight. Defrost corn- (about 4 hours). Gently pull off leaves from half of the 2. (Save remaining cabbage for soup or other t worry if leaves tear. Cut away their course center and discard. Cut larger, outer leaves in half. ! 15-ounce cans tomato sauce vinegar minced fine to taste cup raisins all of the sauce ingredients, except the raisins, in a and bring to a simmer on a medium flame. from heat and stir in raisins. Reserve. Cup raw rice chopped beef beaten minced spray to directions on package. first four ingredients in a bowl, mixing well. a heaping tablespoon of meat mixture on cabbage selecting a spot away from tears and where it nestles well. roll leaves around stuffing, tucking in edges and toothpicks in strategic places. mixture remains, roll it into meatballs. a large roasting pan with no-stick spray. Place meatballs inside, layering if necessary. Pour the top, making sure it dribbles between all cabbage on a low flame for 11/2 hours, until sauce ,and meat is well done. Serve hot. 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Saute onions and garlic for one minute. Mix in potatoes, walnuts, beans, toma- toes, parsley and spices. Stir for three minutes. 5. Coat an ovenproof pan with cooking spray. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. 6. Spoon enough vegetable mixture inside peppers so it bulges into a dome over their tops. Arrange peppers in pan. Gently pour broth and wine into pan, surrounding but not saturating peppers. 7. Roast for 45-60 minutes, until peppers soften and pucker and vegetables on top turn golden brown. Serve hot or at room temperature. Yield: 8 servings STUFFED ZUCCHINI, ITALIAN-STYLE 2 zucchinL scrubbed clean 3 cloves garlic, minced 1/4 cup breadcrumbs I tsp. dried rosemary, crumbled 2 mushrooms, diced fine 1/8 cup olive oil No-stick spray 1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees. 2. Cut zucchini in half lengthwise and then again horizon- tally, so you have 8 boat-shaped pieces. Scoop out half the flesh and dice fine. Place in a medium-sized bowl. 3. Add garlic, breadcrumbs, rosemary, mushrooms and oil. Mix until blended. Spoon this mixture into zucchini boats and press into place. 4. Coat a baking pan with no-stick spray. Place stuffed zucchini in pan. Bake for 25 minutes, or until top browns and zucchini softens. Serve hot or at room temperature. Yield: 8 servings AUTUMN HARVEST ACORN SQUASH No-stick spray 21/2 lb. acorn squash 5 carrots, peeled and coarsely diced 1/3 cup chopped pecans, toasted for 2 minutes until brown 1/2 tsp. cinnamon 1/4 tsp. cardamom 1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg 1/3 cup dried cherries 3/4 tsp. salt or to taste 114 cup brown sugar 1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. SprAy Pyrex baking pan with no-stick spray. 2. Cut squash in half along one of the grooves on its skin. Remove and discard seeds. Place squash in pan flesh side down and skin side up. Pour water into pan 1/2 inch deep. Bake for 40- 45 minutes, or until flesh is soft. (While baking, check water level and add more if too much evaporates.) 3. Meanwhile, steam carrots until soft, about 3-5 minutes. 4. When squash is ready, cool for 5 minutes and remove from pan. Gently scoop out flesh with a spoon, being careful not to rip skin. Place in a bowl. Add remaining ingredients, mixing well. 5. Spoon mixture into squash shells and serve immediately. Yield: 6-8 servings outlook could prove to be a president of the Institute for valuable tool. Jewish and Community Re- "This is a much more sen- search in San Francisco. sible configuration than ana- "The whole issue is rede- lyzing by affiliated or unaffili- fining religiosity. This is a ated," which many other sur- smart thing to be doing," veyshavedone, saidGaryTobin, Tobin said. Ask Larry The Computer Guy About your computer headachesl Need software or hardware updates? Systems locking-up or strange errors? ~ lnternet or Email not working? Slow? PC and laptop repairs and upgrades. Larry Gutter (407) 375-7430 Hefpinfl fami[ies find Domestic help for 77 yy, ears. 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