Jewish movie night recipes (2024)

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A guest post by Karen Malena

Being Italian, I’ve not had much call for Jewish movie night recipes. If it doesn’t have sauce on it, anise oil, or ricotta cheese, then I probably haven’t made it.

Recently, though, while writing about a man who finds his Jewish ancestry, I’ve done a little research on all things Hebrew. For instance, did you know that Chanukah is celebrated for eight nights? The children play spin the dreidel and adults play it as a gambling game. The prize is candy or “gelt,” an old Jewish coin, now chocolate. The dreidel is a four-sided top with the Jewish letters: Nun, Gimel, He and Shin on each side. The letters stand for “Ness Gadol Hayah Sham--A great miracle happened there.”

My new book, Sound of Silence, talks about the parallels between the Holocaust and a futuristic society. Since my main character, Ray finds out he’s Jewish, he also learns about his ancestors who had been in Auschwitz death camp. Ray lives in a time where a narcissistic senator’s decree of silence holds the country and a powerful secret in the palm of his hand. In a moment of kindness, Ray breaks the law and puts his wife and beautiful daughter directly in the path of danger.

I am out of my familiar comfort zone with a book of this nature. My other published works are mostly inspirational family fiction.

One of my favorite sayings while writing this book has been: “Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” George Santayana

I believe we must remember the Holocaust of the nineteen forties. A time when a madman ruled Germany and thought he could erase a whole nation of people from the face of the earth. For how could we ever hope to not repeat this type of terror if we don’t teach about it in our schools and educate the young people of today?

In honor of my Jewish friends, today I present some of the more popular Jewish movie night recipes.

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Hamantachen is a traditional cookie usually made for Purim. Purim celebrates the Jews salvation from Haman who planned to kill the race. As it‘s a festive holiday, many dress up similar to Halloween for this day.

Ingredients: 4 eggs, 1 cup sugar, 1 cup Crisco, 3 tablespoons baking powder, 1 tablespoon salt, ¼ cup orange juice, 1 tablespoon vanilla (add to juice), 5 cups flour

Directions: Combine eggs, sugar, and Crisco. Add flour and juice until dough looks and feels like a cookie dough. Refrigerate two hours or overnight. Divide dough into three pieces. Keep unused dough covered with wax paper while working. Roll out (not too thin) and cut into 3 or 4-inch circles. Fill with favorite Baker’s filling, bring up sides to make a triangle. Bake at 350 for 20 minutes or until edges are golden brown. Makes approximately 4 dozen.

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Noodle Kugel

Noodle Kugel, a traditional Shabbat dish is a holiday favorite. While noodle and potato kugel are traditionally made on Shabbat or holidays, matzo kugel is made for Passover.

Ingredients: 1 pound bag wide egg noodles, ½ cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar, 5 eggs (beaten), 1 pound cottage cheese (small curd), 2 cups sour cream, 1 can crushed pineapple (drained well), 2 cups corn flakes (crushed), ½ teaspoon cinnamon, 2 tablespoons butter (softened)

Directions: Boil noodles in salted water for five minutes. In alarge bowl, mix noodles, cottage cheese, sour cream, and crushed pineapple. Add sugar and beaten eggs. Mix well. Pour into 13 x 9 glass pan.

In aseparate bowl, stir together cornflakes, 2 tablespoons sugar, and cinnamon and sprinkle evenly over noodles. Top with Maraschino cherries or canned peaches (optional). Dot with butter and bake until kugel is set and edges are golden brown about 1 hour. Let stand 5 minutes before serving. Pour over top of noodles. Bake at 375 for 30 to 45 minutes or until brown on top and sides.

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Latkesor potato pancakes are a traditional Chanukah dish. Chanukah is known as the festival of lights and observes the victory of the Israelites over the Syrian-Greek army, and the restoring of the menorah in the holy temple. The miracle of Chanukah is that only one vial of oil was found with just enough oil to light the menorah for one day, but it lasted eight days.

Ingredients: 2 pound peeled and shredded potatoes (3 large potatoes), 1 small grated onion, 3 eggs (beaten), ¼ cup flour, 1 ½ teaspoons salt, ½ teaspoon pepper, oil for frying

Directions: Place the potatoes in a cheesecloth (you can use a clean dish towel). Wring, getting out as much moisture as possible. In a medium bowl, stir the potatoes, onion, eggs, flour, salt and pepper together.

In a large cast iron skillet over medium-high heat, heat the oil until hot. Place large spoonfuls of the potato mixture into the hot oil, pressing down on them to form ¼ to ½ inch thick patties. Brown on one side, turn and brown on the other. Let drain on paper towels.

To keep latkes warm. Place on baking pan lined with paper towelsand put in a 200-degree oven.

Serve with applesauce or sour cream.

Note: The key to crispy latkes is making sure you get as much water squeezed out as possible.

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A dark, all-encompassing law blankets the country.

Driven by a terrible secret, a powerful politician brutally suppresses speech for the sake of order and holds the country in the palm of his hand.

Ray Warren does the unthinkable. In a bold gesture, he seals his fate in a moment of kindness, a moment that marks Ray, his wife and beautiful daughter as dangerous fugitives and sets a society toward rebellion.

In Sound of Silence, an ominous new society is introduced leaving us with the question: What if?

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Why did Jewish people from Sighet eat enough to satisfy their hunger? ›

Why didn't the Jewish people from Sighet eat enough to satisfy their hunger? What does this show us about these people? They didn't eat all their food to satisfy their hunger because they didn't know how long they would be in the cattle car. This shows us that these people are planning for the bad rather than the good.

What are the top 8 Jewish foods? ›

The Top Ten Jewish Foods You Need To Learn to Cook
  1. Get Flaky with Borekas. ...
  2. Latkes, a Hannukah Favorite.
  3. The Sweet and Sugary Sufganiyot.
  4. Spice it Up With Bazargan. ...
  5. Challah Your Way. ...
  6. The Classic Kugel Casserole. ...
  7. Rugelach, the Perfect After Dinner Treat.
  8. You'll Dig Tahdig.
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What is a typical Jewish meal? ›

The typical components of the traditional Jewish meal include gefilte fish, chicken soup with matzo balls (also called Kneidlach), brisket, roasted chicken, a potato dish such as kugel or latkes and tzimmes. Like many “Jewish” foods, the Jewish meal components are Ashkenazi as they originated in Eastern Europe.

What is your opinion of the treatment given to Mrs Schächter? ›

My opinion of the treatment that Mrs. Schachter received wasn't right nor wrong. Madness started to spread to everyone and there was little they could do about it. I would most likely not step in because I wouldn't know what to do in that situation.

What is the quote from Chapter 2 of Night? ›

Night Chapter 2: Quotes

"There are eighty of you... If anyone goes missing, you will all be shot, like dogs." The people are loaded into the car like animals.

What are the three rules imposed on the Jews of Sighet? ›

First, Jews were prohibited from leaving their homes for three days. Second, they were forbidden to own gold, jewelry, or other valuables. Third, they were forced to wear yellow stars.

Can Jews eat lobster? ›

Lobster is not kosher: Jewish Scriptures prohibit eating all shellfish. Nevertheless, Maine's Jews have developed a pronounced fondness for one of this state's signature dishes. Many Jewish Mainers eat lobster even though they would never eat pork, another forbidden food.

What food is not eaten by Judaism? ›

Food that is not allowed is called treif. Examples include shellfish, pork products and food that has not been slaughtered in the correct way, known as shechitah. A sharp knife is used and there must be one cut to the throat of the animal.

Why do Jews not eat pork? ›

The Torah explains which animals are kosher and which are not. Kosher animals are ruminants, in other words they chew cud, and they have split hooves, such as sheep or cows. Pigs are not ruminants, so they are not kosher. Animals that live in water can only be eaten if they have fins and scales.

How many meals a day do Jews eat? ›

Rabbi at the Chabad at the University of Chicago. Originally Answered: What daily meals do Jewish families eat? Breakfast, lunch and dinner. On Shabbat we will have a larger, more formal dinner on Friday night and Saturday lunch.

What do Jews have for breakfast? ›

The Israeli breakfast is a dairy meal, and a variety of cheeses are offered. Fish is pareve and so is permitted with a dairy meal, and herring is frequently served. Other smoked or pickled fish dishes are also common, including sprats, sardines and salmon.

Do Jews believe in Jesus? ›

Judaism's rejection of Jesus as the Messiah is based on Jewish eschatology, which holds that the coming of the true Messiah will be associated with events that have not yet occurred, such as the rebuilding of The Temple, a Messianic Age of peace, and the ingathering of Jews to their homeland.

Why does Mrs Schächter scream in the cattle car? ›

Madame Schachter screams because she is hallucinating a huge fire outside of the train car. The people in the train car can't take the sound of the women's screams anymore so a couple men forced her to sit and gagged her until she was quiet.

What does the SS officer tell the prisoners they must do in Auschwitz? ›

The SS officer tells the prisoners they are in Auschwitz, a concentration camp. “Here, you must work. If you don't work you will go straight to the chimney. To the crematorium.

What is the abominable odor in the air at Auschwitz? ›

The "abominable odor in the air" at Auschwitz is the smell of the dead being burned in the crematories and the smell of burned human flesh.

How did the Jews of Sighet feel about the poor? ›

The Jews of Sighet-that little town in Transylvania where I spent my childhood-were very fond of him. He was very poor and lived humbly. Generally my fellow townspeople, though they would help the poor, were not particularly fond of them. Moshe the Beadle was the exception.

What happens to the Jews of Sighet? ›

Eventually, Sighet is raided by the Nazis, the Jews are forced to wear yellow stars, their valuables are taken away, and they are forced into ghettos. The chapter ends with Elie and his family being forced into cattle cars and taken to the concentration camp, Auschwitz.

Why did the Jews of Sighet just accept what was happening to them? ›

The Jew of Sighet yielded themselves to the Nazis because they were afraid and didn't believe the rumors they heard which explains the "inconceivable passivity."

Did the Jews of Sighet look down on the poor? ›

Generally, the Jews of Sighet look down on the poor.

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