The call went out in Congregation Beth Shalom for recipes for blintzes.
These had to be time-tested favorites sure to be savored equally by those new to this rich dessert and anyone who'd enjoyed the fruit-filled crepes countless times.
Plus, the delicate blintzes needed to be sturdy enough to be made ahead and stored until the May 4 Café Shalom, the celebration of Jewish culture being put on for the 38th year by the 161-family congregation.
"We haven't had blintzes in years," said Joyce Gandelman, who's overseeing the preparation. "In the past, we've bought them."
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The blintzes, which are similar to crepes but cooked only on one side and then filled with a sweetened cheese filling and fried to brown the outside, fell out of favor during the Atkins low-carb diet craze, she said, but they'll be back in a big way this year.
Gandelman and her crew will be busy making blintzes every night this week. Their goal is 1,200 for the festival.
The blintzes, a German-Jewish favorite, will be served as part of the sit-down (or takeout) brunch during the 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. festival. Food served also will include bagels, lox and cream cheese, an American Jewish tradition that began in New York when European Jews immigrated to America from the 1930s to 1950s; noodle kugel, a traditional Jewish pudding of Russian origin; and fruit salad, coffee and juice.
The brunch is included in the ticket price, which is $10 for adults and $8 for children, or $12 for adults at the door.
Organizers are hoping the community comes out in a big way to enjoy the food and Israeli folk dances and modern Israeli music and see the synagogue or take a guided tour of the sanctuary. Café Shalom also will feature a display of Jewish merchandise, a children's play area with arts projects, and a silent auction and raffle.
"They're hoping for several hundred people," said Emily Sigman, who's been part of the bake shops preparing such things as mandelbrot, hamentashen, rugelach, apple strudel, challah, baklava and honey cake, which will be for sale.
"This is our biggest fund-raiser," she said. "Last year, I believe we pulled in $20,000."
The money goes to religious and Hebrew school and assists with helping children attend conferences, according to Laura Biewer, another organizer.
Said Sigman: "It's a fantastic event that brings the members together with all their skill sets. We've got members who love to bake, we've got family recipes. We're using recipes that members wrote down in the 1970s."
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