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Puah’s Day of enLIGHTment

Last Week Wednesday, December 5th of 2012, Puah (see here, here and here) held a pre-Chanuka Day of EnLIGHTment at the beautiful home of Rachel and David Franco in Brooklyn.


It featured a Chinese Auction, a music class for mothers and young daughters (given by Mariel Dweck) and a deeply inspirational talk by Chani Shelby. These were followed at 1:30pm by Panel of Awareness with Josh Klein, MD; Rabbi Gideon Weitzman and Rivki Itzkowitz.

Dr Klein is an Orthodox physician specializing in Fertility; Rabbi Weitzman is the director of Puah and he’s based at the organization main headquarters in Jerusalem; Mrs. Itzkowitz is in charge of the Madrichot, who oversee the lab work and more to ensure that halachic rulings are followed at every step of the procedure.

In you know anyone in need of their services or you wish to help Puah financially, please contact the organization’s American Director Mrs. Lea Davidson, at: 718.336.0603 in Brooklyn.

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Tonight’s Radio Show – Puah Institute

Our guest – last Wednesday – was Aaron Ritter, president and founder of the Kosher Wine Society. We spoke about Israeli wines and his recent tour of 16 Israeli wineries and the 100 wines the tour participants tasted. If you missed it, you can hear the archive right here: A Conversation with Aaron Ritter.

This evening we turn away from our usual food and wine discussions. The Kosher Scene, as you know, covers every aspect of the kosher lifestyle. Our talk this evening will be about the Puah Institute. What is the Puah Institute?  As their web site puts it: “Puah Institute, under the guidance of Rabbi Menachem Burstein, provides counseling, referrals and support, free-of-charge, to all those seeking professional help. Our discreet and caring counselors possess a unique synthesis of pastoral wisdom and specialized training in modern reproductive medicine. Professional Puah supervisors certify the genetic integrity of fertility treatments worldwide.” Their counselors cover every facet from halacha to women’s health, to men’s health, to intimacy issues and more.

We will be talking to Rabbi Gideon Weitzman, Director General of the Puah Institute in Jerusalem, and Mrs. Leah Davidson who runs Puah‘s American offices. We will discuss how the organization came about, some of various places on the globe where they have offices and what services they provide.

Please listen to this informative show (which we pretaped this morning) about an Israeli organization providing free counseling to couples around the map. Please listen this evening, we will be on at blogtalkradio from 8:00pm – 8:30pm Eastern Time. If you know anyone who could be helped by this organization, or would like to help out, please tell them to listen in to tonight’s show.


Puah’s 20th Anniversary Dinner


Puah – Celebrating Life

Kudos to Eden and David Glickman, of Woodmere, for hosting a fabulous brunch last week Sunday – June 6, 2010 – celebrating Puah’s 19 years of dedicated services helping couples become parents. Eden prepared an amazing spread of salads, delicious home dishes and baked goods that rivaled the finest catered affair. The presentation (fit for royalty!!!) clearly showed the time, the effort, the heart, that went into making the event a great success.

Rabbi Zvi Ralbag, Moreh De’asra of the Island shul, relayed his experiences with Puah and the families he’s counseled.  Susan Settenbrino, a family law attorney and host of The Dov Hikind Show, shared her powerful personal journey with the luncheon attendees. Lea Davidson, Executive Director of Puah Institute, USA,  spoke about the specific role of Puah, the first organization to help couples with infertility and women’s health from and its exceptional halachic and medical guidance.  Puah plays a vital  role in communities around the globe helping couples find halachic and medical fertility solutions. If you’d like to contribute or find out more you can visit them at, or call them at 718.336.0603

Eden, graciously agreed to share her fabulous cheese cake recipe with us. Thanks Eden.

Photo, courtesy of Mr. & Mrs. Glickman

Marble Cheesecake


1/4 cupcookie crumbs – I like to use any type of butter cookie
4  eight ounce
packages of cream cheese
16 ounces
– sour cream
1 cup sugar
2 tablespoons – for chocolate batter
1 stick – butter
2 tablespoons of cornstarch
2 teaspoons of vanilla
5 eggs
4 ounces – of semisweet chocolate chips
1/4 cup – unsweetened cocoa powder


[The SECRET to great cheesecake is that all of the ingredients must be room temperature. Leave them out for at least 6 hours. If I am planning to make the cake in the morning I leave the ingredients out overnight.]

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Butter a nine inch spring form pan and cover the bottom and sides with a nice dusting of the cookie crumbs.

Beat the cream cheese, sour cream, 1 cup sugar, butter,  cornstarch and vanilla on a low speed until it is combined. Add the eggs one at a time beating after each addition until combined.

In a separate clean and dry bowl melt the chocolate in the microwave 30 seconds at a time until it is melted. Stir in the 2 remaining tablespoons of sugar, 2 cups of the cheesecake batter and the cocoa powder until it is combined. The mixture will be thicker than the plain cheesecake batter. Pour half of the plain batter into the spring-form pan and then drop thick dollops of the chocolate batter all around. Repeat with the rest of the batters. Take a knife and make figure 8 patterns through the batter without touching the crumbs on the bottom until the cake looks marbleized.

Bake in a 350 oven for 1 hour. Cover the cake loosely with a tented piece of tinfoil after 30 minutes of baking. This will prevent the cake from getting too brown. After it is finished baking turn off the oven and let it sit in there for another hour.  Allow the cake to cool for 4 hours and then refrigerate until serving.

Do not worry if the top of the cake cracks. There are so may ways to cover the cracks. My favorite way is to shave chocolate over the top of the cake. All you need is any type of chocolate bar and a vegetable peeler. Just hold the bar in your hand over the cake and start peeling. Make sure your cake is completely cooled before you do this or your shavings will melt.



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