Aley Chubeza #156, April 29th-May 1st 2013

The month has come to an end and we havecharged your credit cards for your April purchases. Please note that this bill includes purchases you made on the “Open Day.”

Remember, you are now able to view your billing history in our Internet-based order system. Simply click the new tab “דוח הזמנות ותשלומים” where the history of your payments and purchases is clearly displayed.

Please make sure the bill is correct, or let us know of any necessary revisions. At the bottom of the bill, the words סהכ לתשלום: 0  (total due: 0) should appear. If there is any number other than zero, this means we were unable to bill your card and would appreciate your contacting us. Our thanks!!

Note:  Chubeza bills all share the same title “Vegetables, Fruits, Dates.” Yet this does not mean that we are billing you for something you did not purchase. If you only receive vegetables from us, that’s all you pay for, no fruits or dates!

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It’s a Date!

Summer’s here and with it are Samar’s yummy dates. We have replenished our stock of both the Barhi and Dekel Nor varieties. Now we also have Zahidi dates available, very similar to the Dekel Nor–a dry date with a mild sweetness. The Zahidi costs 15 NIS per kilo, and Barhi and Dekel Nor are 20 NIS per kilo. Order via our order system.

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Some messages from our friends:

Clara from Jerusalem would like to tell you about easy and simple macrobiotic cooking – a workshop suitable for anyone, even those who aren’t familiar with the subject. The workshop, scheduled to take place on Sunday, May 19, is conducted by Victoria Brayev, and includes a full meal and cookbook. For more details, contact Clara.

Halleli and Shachar would like to inform you of the opportunity to support and encourage culture by attending the play “Cabaret Voltaire,” which won acclaim and awards from the Israeli Street Theatre two years ago. It also was accepted to the New York Festival and will be staged there this summer, providing they can find investors who will help fly the crew over. So the stage is back in the street, attempting to enlist as many friends as possible for support. Even 80 NIS can help, or just sharing the info. More details here.

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Bonfires That Spark Hope

In honor of Lag Ba’Omer, I remembered the legend of Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai and his son Elazar in the cave, where the great scholar and his son underwent a transformation in their attitude towards the world. Emerging from the cave after 12 years of hiding from the Romans, they bitterly denounced and negated any activity that was not spiritual. But 12 more months in the cave brought about a different outlook. When they exited once again and met a man who honored the Sabbath with a pair of fragrant myrtles to adorn his home, they understood the importance of interaction between man and nature for life and persistence—and more than that, to beautify material life and add inspiration and creativity. So they were able to really love the world and humankind, and to channel their knowledge and wisdom to healing rather than destruction. It’s a good story because it connects the love of mankind with the love of the world, which act together to preserve our existence.

This week, between Lag Ba’Omer and May Day , I thought we’d begin a tradition of  “Former-Chubeza Workers- Where Are They Now?” stories, because I think there are really interesting things to tell you.

So we’ll begin with a very special place, one which also connects a love of humankind with love of the world to bring about a delightful creation, the Beit Zayit Farm, “Kaima”, of whom one of the partners is our Tamir. This is an organic farm aimed towards drop-outs and youth-at-risk. The goal is that the farm will be operated by teenagers who are not part of the formal educational system, and they will raise and sell organic vegetables. Thus, the farm will constitute a framework for employment, education and learning in a secure and supportive environment.

The impressive founding members of “Kaima” adhere to the belief that a society which cares for all of its members is the kind of society which can contain and advance the variety of people comprising it, with all their various abilities. This type of vision must allow youth the opportunity to develop their abilities within alternative frameworks outside of the formal system and to advance their ambitions to be integral, active and creative members of society.

This is a group of movers and shakers, all working on a voluntary basis. They received a beautiful piece of land overlooking the Beit Zayit reservoir and have already begun planning and developing the agricultural infrastructure. With the help of many volunteers who arrive to each week, they have cleared and removed hundreds of stones from the area, making it a charming sanctuary. Over the past few months, I have been following Tamir’s progress, and getting excited with him over planning the first vegetable beds, laying the irrigation system and the first seeding day (which took place last Friday).

Here is an article about them from the local media (Hebrew)

They have managed to receive initial support from donations, but still require a significant amount of financial investment which they are trying to recruit from the public. Those who wish to assist in the development of this important initiative may do so by contributing, publicizing their endeavor, or coming to one of their volunteer days on the farm, usually on Fridays. You can stay posted via their Facebook page.

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Our cucumbers have arrived, and this is a constant source of happiness and nibbling. We have already harvested some 20 kg, which allows us to buy less from other farms and distribute some of our very own in your boxes. So if you have received cucumbers with sharp edges, prickly skin and a delicious taste- you have met Chubeza cucumbers!

According to tradition, the plague which killed many of Rabbi Akiva’s students ended on Lag Ba’Omer, and peace was restored after difficult days of stress and calamity. We wish you peaceful days of sunshine and the love of people and the world.

May we all enjoy a good week!

Alon, Bat Ami, Ya’ara and the Chubeza team

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WHAT’S IN THIS WEEK’S BOXES?

Monday: Romaine or iceberg lettuce, dill, tomatoes, beets, Swiss chard, celeriac/celery, cucumbers, carrots, fresh garlic/leeks, cabbage, parsley root (small boxes only)

In the large box, in addition: Kohlrabi, daikon, zucchini, chives

Wednesday: daikon, cabbage, cucumbers, cilantro/dill, beet, Romain or iceberg lettuce, leek/fresh garlic, celery, carrots, tomatoes, kohlrabi-only small boxes.

In the large box, in addition: Swiss chard, zucchini, chive, parsley root

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Reddish recipes for May Day:

vegetarian borscht

Beet and cabbage slaw

Beet and cabbage kraut

Roasted beets cabbage and green apples

We have daikon this week! For those who still need some encouragement with this radish – here are 10 ways to use daikon radish

and here are some more daikon recipes

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