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    Manischewitz Cook-Off: And the winner is....

    A few weeks ago, we had the pleasure of attending the annual The Simply Manischewitz Cook-Off event in New York City where Amy Siegal of Clifton, New Jersey was proclaimed the winner for her Mediterranean Falafel Sliders. (Not to brag or anything, but we knew once we tasted them that she had the winning recipe. Her falafel sliders were SOOOO good!)

    Well, we got a hold of the winning recipe and wanted to share it with you. Manischewitz has also agreed to give away their Manischewitz Falafel Mix (the secret ingredient!) and a bunch of other great Manischewitz products to one lucky Chosen Blog reader. All you have to do is leave the name of your favorite Manischewitz product in the comments section below by Midnight 3/16/09.
    And without further a do, here is the winning recipe:

    Marvelous Mediterranean Falafel Sliders

    1 envelope Manischewitz falafel mix
    2 lb.Ground turkey*
    1 cup Mint leaves, chopped
    1 TBSP Extra Virgin Olive oil
    1 Large Bermuda onion, thinly sliced
    1 can Ready to serve Tehina
    12 3-inch rolls
    1 head Bibb lettuce, washed and patted dry
    Manischewitz non-stick cooking spray
    Ground black pepper Water

    1.In a large mixing bowl, combine falafel mix, turkey, mint leaves, black pepper to taste and 3-4 tablespoons cold water to moisten. Shape mixture into 12 small patties. Heat a grill pan or large skillet over medium-high heat. Spray with nonstick cooking spray. Grill patties for 3-5 minutes per side, until no longer pink in center. Meanwhile, heat a large skillet over medium high heat. Add olive oil and Bermuda onion. Sauté for 10-12 minutes, until softened and golden. In a small bowl, stir together tehina with ¼ cup water. Add more water to make a thinner sauce, if desired, set aside. Heat rolls in a 250 degree F oven for 5 minutes or until warm.

    2. To assemble slider; on a plate, place bottom of roll, lettuce leaf, cooked patty, onions, 1 tbsp tehina, and top of roll. Garnish with additional chopped mint leaves. Serve remaining tehina sauce on the side for dipping.
    *You can use regular and light varieties of ground turkey however the regular variety works best in this recipe.


    The Brodway Purim Shpiel

    So nu? What are your plans for Purim?
    We can't think of a more fun way to celebrate the holiday than the Broadway Purim Shpiel! This awesome event which benefits Taglit-Birthright Israel is in its 5th year of production. This year, the event is hosted by comedian Jackie Hoffman and stars the following Broadway notables:

    Jordan Gelber, All My Sons
    Mary Faber, Avenue Q
    Lorin Lattaro, Guys & Dolls
    Marc Kudish, 9 to 5
    Logan Lipton, Wicked
    Jared Gertner, 25th Annual Spelling Bee
    Noah Wiesberg, South Pacific
    Carly Jibson, Hairspray

    Get 10% off your tickets to the show with the code "POPJ" when you order tickets.

    Chanukah Events in Your Hood!

    Chanukah is less than two weeks away, and we can already feel the excitement! Last year we posted about cool Chanukah events happening all across the country. This year, it's your turn! Know about a great public menorah lighting, or a cool Chanukah party? Leave a comment sharing the details of an exciting Chanukah event happening in your city. Note that these should be events that are open to the public so all can attend!

    What's a Jew to do on Christmas?

    Sure you can go to the movies and eat Chinese food, but we've come up with some more creative ideas for you. Here's our list of the top things to do around the country on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day:

    Project Ezra Christmas Day Volunteer Program in Boston
    Here's your opportunity to do a mitzvah! The Synagogue Council of Massachusetts sponsors this Christmas Day volunteer program when thousands of volunteers spend Christmas Day staffing Greater Boston shelters, soup kitchens, nursing homes and hospitals. Don't miss your opportunity to volunteer for the 21st year of Project Ezra on Tuesday, December 25, 2007. Contact Ellen Michelson at or 617-244-6506 ext.17

    Voices of Lombard Street - Family Fun Day at the Jewish Museum of Maryland
    Experience life along Lombard Street over the past hundred years through the exhibition Voices of Lombard Street: A Century of Change in East Baltimore. During this fun family day at the museum, you can explore the exhibition with interactive scavenger hunts, design your own neckties, create necklaces with spools of thread, play old-fashioned games, and much more!

    The Jewish Museum, New York City
    It's one of the few places in New York that is actually opened on Christmas, and word has it they will be offering up some free nosh (Godiva hot chocolate!) with entry. They'll be having special museum events throughout the day.

    The mother of all Jewish magazines puts on their annual Christmas Eve bash, including music, live performances, and Manishevitz cocktails. It's the party your Hebrew school teacher always warned you about!

    Knishmas in Chicago
    The KFAR Jewish Arts Center in Chicago is throwing a Knishmas bash with the jams of Even Sh’siyah, who infuse the southern rock grooves ala Allman Brothers with Jewish flavor and RavShmuel, a Rosh Yeshiva by day and beer-drinking, Phish-following singer/songwriter by night. Several local singer/songwriters will also perform original Jewy tunes, including Alan Sufrin, Miriam Brosseau, Moshe Averick, Evan Jacover, Rachel Kohl Feingold and Adam Davis.

    Jewltide in Brooklyn, New York
    Now in its 5th year, JDub Record's Jewltide kicks off the night with FREE Chinese food (eggrolls & wantons) and a screening of "Wet Hot American Summer". Afterwards, prepare yourself for a dance party of epic proportions, featuring DJ's Rheka, Anaan and Cosmo Baker of the Rub. Drink specials throughout the night and the first 100 people through the door get a FREE copy of Michael Showalter's Sandwiches & Cats.

    Latkepalooza in Seattle
    Latkepalooza is the annual party sponsored by the Young Leadership Division of the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle, held on December 24th, from 9pm-2am. This year's Latkepalooza includes music, dancing, karaoke, and a comedy line-up with comedians Brad Brake, Toby Holzman, Simon Kaufman and Ron Reid.

    Latke Ball in San Francisco
    This December 23rd party thrown by the Young Adults Division of the JCF has a latin flavor. Join over a thousand young Jewish adults in the Bay Area for music and an extensive silent auction until 2:00 a.m. This year they're kicking off the night with a cocktail hour featuring live Brazilian jazz trio, Boca do Rio, playing downtempo, and chill bossa grooves. Then DJ Solomon takes over for the rest of the night with an all-out dance party.

    Okay, if you still insist on eating Chinese food and going to the movies, then
    head over to The JCC in Manhattan,where they'll be serving up glatt-kosher Chinese food from Gan Asia and showing two of Rob Reiner's funniest films - The Princess Bride and When Harry Met Sally!.

    Mr. & Ms. JewSA Pageant

    The 14th Street Y of NYC has put out a call for submissions for this year's Mr. & Ms. JewSA Pageant! What makes this pageant different from all other pageants? Well, for starters, it is not based on appearance. Contestants are judged in three areas: interview, talent, and style which makes for a really unique, fun, and artistic show. (Last year's Mr. JewSA wowed the audience with his vegan cooking skills!)

    The Y is looking for artists, performers, and Jewish community members between the ages of 21-40 to participate. If you or anyone you know would be interested contact to apply. The pageant will take place September 8th and the deadline for submission is August 3rd.