‘We eat a piece of apple dipped in honey to symbolize our desire for a sweet year, as well as many other special foods. All have special significance and symbolize sweetness, blessings, and abundance.’
The two-day festival of Rosh Hashanah is observed on the 1st and 2nd days of Tishrei. On the Gregorian calendar, that most of the western world follows, it is September 28-30, 2011
Rosh Hashanah means, literally, ‘Head of the Year,’ and as its name indicates, it is the beginning of the Jewish year. The anniversary of the creation of Adam and Eve, it is the birthday of mankind, highlighting the special relationship between God and humanity.
Jewish immigrants began to settle in Charleston in the 1880’s. They have left an indelible mark on our culture in the areas of science, law, music, art and food.
‘Charleston, West Virginia possesses a rich and varied Jewish past and a bright Jewish present. The Jewish population of the Capital city supports a variety of synagogues, temples and Jewish organizations.
There are landmark synagogues, famous & historic businesses, cemeteries and notable families with a long history in the valley.’
Enjoy this traditional recipe during Rosh Hashanah:
Sliced Lamb In Apricot Mushroom Sauce
- 4 pounds lamb, sliced
- 2 onions diced
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 pound mushroom, sliced
- 2/3 cup apricot preserves
- 1 cup dry red wine
- ½ cup water
- ¼ tsp. Pepper
- 2 bay leaves
Preheat oven to 350.
Place vegetables, apricot preserves, liquid, and seasoning into a medium bowl. Mix well. Place meat in roasting pan and pour apricot mixture over it. Bake covered for 2 to 2 ½ hours.
Check meat during baking. Occasionally mix it, so that the flavors are absorbed by meat. When done, remove from oven; allow to cool. Refrigerate for a few hours or overnight.
Preheat oven to 300. Reheat for 30 minutes.
For more information:
TEMPLE ISRAEL – CONGREGATION B’NAI ISRAEL
2312 Kanawha Blvd, East – Charleston, WV 25311-2306
(304) 342-5852 phone (304) 342-8612 fax
CONGREGATION B’NAI JACOB
1599 Virginia Street, East – Charleston, WV 25311
(304) 346-4722 phone
Eat well and live long!
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