The Lemonade Fund has been quietly working hard.
Since September 2011, more than 120 disadvantaged Israeli breast cancer patients have received financial assistance to help them cope with the costs of being seriously ill.
The story of L.
L., a 76 year old widow from Netanya, lives in subsidized housing and her only source of income is her National Insurance payment, NIS 2,505 ($652) per month. Her recent diagnosis of breast cancer brought with it extra costs for travel to the hospital for treatment as well as assorted other non-covered health-related expenses. L. began to experience extreme anxiety due to her severe financial crisis and was referred to the Lemonade Fund by her hospital social workers. L. received a Lemonade Fund grant which is giving her the cushion she needs to relax and concentrate on getting well. We wish L. a speedy recovery.
The Lemonade Fund operates throughout Israel, helping breast cancer patients regardless of nationality, race, religion or sex. Statistics show that illness can propel a family into bankruptcy within six months. The Lemonade Fund has become the known breast cancer emergency financial assistance program in Israel. Patients now know that there is somewhere to go for help when they are most desperate. Please help the Lemonade Fund continue it’s good work.
The Lemonade Fund just passed the 3 year mark!
To date, 259,000 shekels in grants have been given to Israeli breast cancer patients, 113 women and 1 man, who are in financial crisis due to the their illness.
One of our most recent grants went to H., a 57 year old woman from central Israel who was recently diagnosed with advanced breast cancer. Having survived thyroid cancer a year earlier, H. had just returned to her job as a caretaker at a nursing home. During the same period, her husband was forced to declare bankruptcy. H. is currently going through chemotherapy treatment and is also, understandably, suffering from anxiety and depression. H. and her husband have no source of income during this difficult time and we received an application on her behalf from her hospital social worker. The grant was delivered in time for the holiday season and we wish H. well. (With your donations, we can help patients like H. For more profiles, see, http://www.lemonadefund.org/profiles.)
During this time of year, we are focused on capturing God’s ear. The sound of the shofar is an ancient call, like a cry, without words. It is worth mentioning the simplest, most heart-felt prayer ever recorded. Five words, cried out by Moses, when his sister became ill. “Kayl, na, refa na lah.” “Please God, please heal her.”
The raw nakedness of this request to God can teach us much about prayer. At it’s most powerful, it is direct and straight from the heart. Yom Kippur can be a time of deep introspection when this kind of connection is possible.
We can also see how a serious illness shakes man to his core. On Yom Kippur, when most of us are praying earnestly for an upcoming year of blessings, very sick people beseech God for survival and recovery. I remember the first Yom Kippur after diagnosis as being one of intense gratitude as well as a humble new understanding of exactly what it means to pray for and be granted life.
Yom Kippur is all about effecting change and bettering oneself. One of the proscribed Jewish ways to improve ourselves is to help those around us by giving charity. The Lemonade Fund is a simple charity with very little overhead. It assists breast cancer patients financially while they are in active treatment so they can concentrate on getting well. No one should have to be indigent and seriously ill at the same time, as long as we can help it. http://www.lemonadefund.org/about
Please consider a donation to the Lemonade Fund. To donate: https://lemonadefund.org/to-donate/
We would like to thank the Young Israel of West Hempstead, West Hempstead, NY, and their Combined Israel Appeal for their generous support of the Lemonade Fund. Their grant will help us help many patients.
Finally, (it’s been a while) a lemon recipe for the break fast. Wishing everyone a meaningful Yom Kippur and a sweet, healthy and peaceful New Year.
Israel Breast Cancer Emergency Relief Fund (IBCERF)
Herzliya 46104, ISRAEL
to apply for assistance: Contact Anat at ESRA 09-950-8371
to donate: https://lemonadefund.org/to-donate/
facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/lemonadefund
Lemon Yoghurt Cupcakes
Here is a delicious and healthy lemon cake recipe.
Traditional lemon yoghurt cakes are loaded with refined white flour, sugar and saturated fat that really don’t do much to promote wellbeing. When I cook, my aim is to design a recipe not only for taste, but also for good health.
I’ve made these cupcakes using almonds to replace the white flour because it makes them so moist and naturally sweet as well as being gluten free. Almonds are also loaded with protein + good anti-inflamatory fats that help promote health. Eggs are also a great source of protein that can promote a healthy immune system. The addition of lemon + yoghurt gives these cupcakes a wonderful flavour and helps to activate the bicarb, that makes them rise.
3 cups (300 g / 10 1/2 oz) ground almonds / almond meal / almond flour
½ teaspoon baking soda – bi carb soda
2 free range or organic eggs
juice and zest from 1 lemon
½ cup (180 g / 6 1/4 oz) honey
1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste or extract
50 g macadamia nut oil or (olive oil, avocado oil, cold pressed coconut oil, butter)
¼ cup (80 g/ 2 3/4 oz) thick natural or Greek style yoghurt
Preheat your oven to 160 C. 320 F fan forced.
Combine almond meal + baking soda.
Add eggs, lemon juice + zest, honey, vanilla, oil and yoghurt.
Spoon into prepared cupcake tins.
Bake for 30 minutes or until golden and cooked through.
Remove from the oven and cool completely.
photo by Roland Bello
Makes about 20 latkes
Every family has its own (ahem, best) version of these savory potato pancakes. We’re offering you a classic formula, though not everyone drains the potato mixture before frying—we find this prevents the latkes from absorbing too much oil and allows them to crisp into golden disks. Maybe this will become the new family favorite.
- 1 medium onion
- 3 pound russet (baking) potatoes (about 6)
- 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
- 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
- 3 large eggs, lightly beaten
- About 1 cup vegetable oil for frying
- Accompaniment: sour cream
- Equipment: a deep-fat thermometer
Cut onion lengthwise to fit feed tube of a food processor, then grate with medium shredding disk. Transfer to a large bowl (do not clean processor).
Peel potatoes and put in a bowl of cold water. Cut potatoes lengthwise to fit feed tube, then grate and add to onions. Toss with lemon juice, then with flour, 2 teaspoons salt, and 1 teaspoon pepper. Add eggs and stir to coat. Transfer to a colander set over a bowl (potatoes will release juices).
Preheat oven to 200°F. 3Heat 1/4 inch oil to 360°F in a 12-inch heavy skillet over medium heat. Using a 1/4-cup measure, scoop 4 or 5 mounds of potato mixture into skillet. Flatten with a fork to form 3 1/2-to 4-inch pancakes. Cook until golden brown, 2 1/2 to 3 minutes per side. Transfer to a paper-towel-lined baking sheet and keep warm in oven while making more latkes.
cooks’ note:Cooked latkes can be frozen on a baking sheet, then transferred to a sealable bag or container and frozen up to 2 weeks. Reheat in a 450°F oven (about 5 minutes).
Baked Buttermilk Doughnuts
(courtesy Health Magazine)
- Nonstick cooking spray
- 1 cup whole-wheat flour
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 3/4 cup low-fat buttermilk (1%)
- 2 large eggs
- 1/4 cup honey
- 2 tablespoons melted butter
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1. Preheat oven to 425°. Lightly coat a doughnut pan with cooking spray.
2. Combine flours and next 4 ingredients (through salt) in a large bowl, stirring well with a whisk.
3. Combine buttermilk, eggs, honey, butter, and vanilla, stirring well with a whisk. Add buttermilk mixture to flour mixture; whisk just until combined.
4. Spoon batter into doughnut pans, filling twothirds full. Bake in middle of oven until doughnuts spring back when touched and are golden on bottom (about 8 minutes). Let cool in pan slightly (about 4 minutes); turn out. Coat with toppings (see ideas, below), if desired.
Combine 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice and 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar, stirring well with a whisk. Dip 1 side of the cooled doughnuts into glaze; let cool on a rack, glazed side up.
Melt 6 ounces bittersweet chocolate in a bowl in microwave until smooth. Dip tops of doughnuts into chocolate and place chocolate side up on a rack to cool. Sprinkle with 1/2 cup chopped hazelnuts; let sit about 10 minutes.
Melt 4 ounces (1 cup) bittersweet chocolate in microwave until smooth. Fill a small squeeze bottle or zip-top plastic bag (snip a tiny hole in 1 corner of bag) with melted chocolate; pipe chocolate onto tops of doughnuts. Chill doughnuts until chocolate sets (about 10 minutes).
Combine 1/4 cup ground cinnamon and 1/4 cup sugar. While still warm, coat doughnuts in sugar; let cool on rack, sugar-coated side up.
The Lemonade Fund is sending out a profound thank you to Laura Novitch who makes every day, Good Deeds Day. Best Purim Costume. Ever. Laura dressed up as Life and gave out lemon cookies and Lemonade Fund brochures, personally illustrating the maxim, ‘When Life Gives You Lemons, Make Lemonade.” Thanks to Laura, for helping needy Israeli breast cancer patients in a most creative way!
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The Israel Breast Cancer Emergency Relief Fund, IBCERF, was founded to provide short-term and immediate financial assistance to Israeli breast cancer patients during their first year of treatment. (aka The Lemonade Fund, as in, when life gives you lemons, make lemonade, long story…to read more, you are invited to visit my blog, http://www.lemonadefund.org)
Most don’t know (and hopefully will never know) how expensive it is to be seriously ill.
Did you know that:
¨ 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime
¨ Average treatment lasts 6 months
¨ In 6 months, a health crisis can throw a family into bankruptcy or homelessness
By quickly and compassionately delivering direct financial aid, the Israel Breast Cancer Emergency Relief Fund (IBCERF) is able to ease some of the financial burdens that accompany breast cancer so that patients can concentrate on the more important challenge of getting well.
Read the latest letter received from S., a grant recipient from Beer Sheva:
“I very much want to thank you for the help that you gave me. Your grant arrived during a particularly difficult time for me, while I was dealing with breast cancer. This was the hardest time I’d ever had in my life and for this reason I can’t thank you enough for the help you sent me during this time. I hope that you can continue your work, which I see as holy, and that you can continue to help many others.”
The fund is need-based and is administered by ESRA, an Israeli-registered non-profit organization (No. 580037455), which for more than 20 years has been involved, in Israel, in providing help for those in need, regardless of race, creed or religion. The Israel Breast Cancer Emergency Relief Fund operates under the umbrella of ESRA’s Crisis Welfare Fund and applicants are carefully screened by social workers at hospital Breast Centers as well as at ESRA.
Wishing all of us peace and good health during this holiday of light. Happy Channukah!
Lemon potato latkes with gingered avocado creme
Here’s the recipe, slightly modified by me to (1) veganize (2) include the onion, (3) half the lemon zest and salt, and (4) sub canola for olive oil for frying:
Lemon potato latkes with gingered avocado
Adapted from Celia Brooks Brown’s New Vegetarian
(Serves 4, so the recipe claims, but I ate it all myself with no problem whatsoever)
2 large potatoes (about 750g / 10 1/2 oz)
1 small onion, minced
1/2 lemon, zest only, grated
2 tsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
4 tbsp plain flour
1/4 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp sea salt
Canola oil, for frying
For the gingered avocado crème:
1 large ripe avocado, halved and pitted
1 lime, juice only
1-2 tsp finely grated ginger
½ tsp crushed garlic
1 red chilli, de-seeded and finely chopped, or 1 tbsp chilli sauce
1 tbsp light soy sauce
2 tbsp tofu
1. To make the latkes, peel the potatoes, then grate them on the coarse side of a box grater or in a food processor.
2. Transfer to a sieve, with the onions, and let drain. Squeeze handfuls of the potato/onion mixture to release some of the moisture.
3. Add the lemon zest and juice, flour, baking powder and salt and mix well.
4. Heat about 4 tbsp canola oil in a large frying pan. Add rounded tablespoons of the mixture and flatten slightly; don’t overcrowd the pan.
5. Fry for 2-3 minutes on each side until golden and crisp. Remove with a slotted spoon and drain on crumpled kitchen paper. Keep the latkes warm in the oven while you cook the rest.
6. To make the avocado crème, scoop the avocado flesh into a small food processor or Magic Bullet; add the remaining ingredients and process until smooth, then serve with the latkes.
Note: Latkes make excellent canapés. Fry teaspoons of the mixture as described above, then serve topped with the avocado crème and coriander leaves.
No time to write a lot right now, but glad to talk about something other than rockets or ceasefires. I do want to mention that I was often struck by how ‘normal life’ struggles to push through, no matter how harrowing the conditions. I imagine this must be true on both sides. People have flat tires, get sick, try to get work done, etc, while a war is going on. Surreal.
In the midst of the chaos, the Israel Breast Cancer Emergency Relief Fund committee met last week, and in keeping with the dismal mood, the cases this month seemed to be particularly heartbreaking. Applications came in from all over the country, though coincidentally, mostly from the south. All women this time, (men can get breast cancer, too) but from all sectors of Israeli society. Two of the women are stage 4, young and very sick. Kind of need miracles. For the first time I left one of these meetings feeling depressed (usually they’re very uplifting,) though I was grateful we were able to help all of the applicants.
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