Best Tu Bishvat Ever: Stanton and Sixth Street Team Up on Tuesday, Feb. 3, 8pm.

The Stanton Street Shul and Sixth Street Community Synagogue are joining forces to make the greatest Tu Bishvat celebration in Lower Manhattan!
On Tuesday night, Feb. 3rd, at 8pm at Stanton, there will be food, drinks, friends and words of torah, and all the fruity eats the Holy Land has to offer (as in Israel, and also Holyland Market on St. Mark’s). Whether you’re a tree, or a tree-hugger, or a pomegranate lover (both the fruit and the kosher food mecca in Brooklyn), don’t miss it!
Please RSVP on Facebook (click on “Join”), or by emailing Rabbi Bodner at, so we know how many to expect.
10$ donation requested (pay at the door).
See you there!

Karen Blatt’s Award-Winning Cholent Recipe

Congratulations to Karen Blatt, the First-Ever Champion of our First-Ever Cholent Cook-off!
Karen’s cholent beat out six other very strong competitors including those by Runner Up Avishay Naamat, Stephanie Aaron, Noam, Batya and Lillian Srolovitz, Jonathan and Elana Sichel, David Tuchman, and Rachel Waxman. But since Karen has graciously agreed to share her award-winning recipe with us, in the end, really, we are all winners. Here’s the recipe:

1.5 cups mixed cholent beans
1/2 cup barley
1 potato peeled and cubed
1 onion chopped
2 cloves garlic minced
1 lb chuck beef stew meat cubed
1/2 a cervelat sausage cubed (about 7 oz)
1 packet of goodman’s onion soup mix
Salt to taste
Throw ingredients in crock pot and cover with water
Slow cook on low for about 24 hrs.

There you have it, folks. Shabbat shalom and happy cholent-making!

Scholar-in-Residence and Women’s Tefillah This Shabbat, Jan. 31

This Shabbat we’re honored to be hosting renowned Talmud scholar Dr. Judith Hauptman as our scholar-in-residence. Dr. Hauptman will be speaking on Shabbat day, Jan. 31, after kiddush, at around 12:30pm, on the topic “The Rulings of the Rabbis and the Practice of the People: A New Interpretation of Some Very Short Anecdotes in the Babylonian Talmud.”

The talk will follow a Women’s Tefillah and Torah Reading that will meet downstairs in the beit midrash beginning at 9:30am. All women are invited to join in the service.

We are also planning a deluxe kiddush, which will begin after services, in honor of Dr. Hauptman’s talk and the Women’s Tefillah group. Sponsorships are still available. If you would like to be a sponsor, please send an email to or click here and choose “Donation: Kiddush Fund” from the drop-down menu and specify “Jan. 31 kiddush” in the notes.

Dr. Judith Hauptman is the E. Billi Ivry Professor of Talmud and Rabbinic Culture at the Jewish Theological Seminary. Her research focuses on two main areas, tracing the history of the text of the Talmud and teasing women’s history out of rabbinic texts. She is the author of three books and numerous articles. Her volume, Rereading the Rabbis, A Woman’s Voice (1998), has been called a founding work of the new Jewish feminism. In 2004, Rabbi Hauptman started Ohel Ayalah, a free, walk-in High Holiday service for Jews in their 20s and 30s. Hundreds attend each year. She also runs large community seders for Jews of all ages. For ten years, she served as Jewish chaplain at the Cabrini Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation in lower Manhattan. At the invitation of MK Ruth Calderon, Dr. Hauptman recently taught a Talmud class at the Knesset.

Stanton Cholent Cook-Off, January 16

Meat or vegetarian? Rice or barley? Beer or water? Get ready for the Stanton Street Shul’s first-ever Cholent Cook-Off, on Friday night, January 16th. Start firing up those crockpots and stocking up on Bean-O (for the sake of your loved ones). If you thought Iron Chef America was intense, you ain’t seen nothin’ yet.

The Cholent Cook-Off will take place on Friday night, Shabbat, January 16th. Each team or individual will prepare their Cholent in the shul starting Thursday evening, and going through to Friday night. Then everyone comes, eats, drinks, and votes!

Want to make things interesting? Attendees can SPONSOR the competitor they think has the best shot. It’s kind of like going to the races, but instead of winning money, those who sponsor a winner will collectively win a pot of said winner’s cholent (ie, THE BEST CHOLENT STANTON STREET HAS TO OFFER), to be consumed on a date to be determined after the competition. All proceeds will go to the Stanton Street Shul Kiddush fund. Click here to sponsor a cholent maker.

The entrants are: Avishay Naamat, David Tuchman, Jonathan and Elana Sichel, Karen Blatt, Stephanie Aaron, and Rachel Waxman.
May the best cholent win!