Grandma Shirley’s Sweet Kugel

by Shoshana Litman*

Our kids loved this one while growing — up, and still do.


  • 1⅓ pkg medium egg noodles (375 g)
  • ½ cup margarine melted in a glass
  • 8” x 11” (2 litre) baking pan
  • 5 eggs
  • 1 cup sour cream or yogurt 500 g (2 cups) cottage cheese
  • 1 cup milk
  • ½ tsp salt


  • 1 cup crushed corn flakes
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon


Preheat oven to 325° F.

Cook noodles according to the package’s directions, drain.

Add melted butter and mix.

After cooling slightly, combine noodles with the rest of the ingredients except for the topping.

Pour and spread the noodle mixture into the hot pan.

Mix topping ingredients and sprinkle this over the kugel.

Bake for one hour or until firm.


*From the forthcoming book, Sefer Emanu-El


LimmudVan – February 9, 2014

A Festival of Jewish Learning & Culture


LimmudVan is the latest in a worldwide movement of non-denominational Jewish learning/culture events.  Originating over 30 years ago in London,  England, Limmud has spread to Paris, New York, Buenos Aires, Jerusalem, Boston, Winnipeg and over 50 other locations.  Each Limmud is independently organized and invites both outside speakers and local – sometimes unknown teachers and leaders from the host community.  Our motto is Every learner is a teacher; every teacher is a learner.

LimmudVan will take place on Sunday, February 9, 2014.  The Sunday of the BC Family Day long weekend – we hope to encourage out- of- towners to take the weekend and come to Vancouver and experience a Jewish learning experience unavailable to them in their home communities and we can arrange home hospitality if needed. The event will be held at King David High School in Vancouver.

The day consists of six blocks, each an hour long, plus an hour for lunch (a kosher lunch is included in the price of your registration).  Within each hour you have a choice of seven different sessions – typically covering Torah text or philosophy, Jewish history, social issues, Jewish identity or living, music or art, and a kids/family program.

That makes 42 different sessions to choose from over the course of the day.  View the full schedule,  where you can click on each colour-coded block and get a full description of the session and the bio of the presenter. If you are a teacher at your synagogue or after school or Sunday program, check out the sessions highlighted as being of special interest to educators.

Last chance for 2013

Worried about taxes?  Extra cash lying around?  Why not make a donation to your favourite shul.   Don’t let the tax man gouge you: these weeks are the last chances to give to Congregation Emanu-El before the end of 2013.  

Put your extra resources to excellent use, supporting the synagogue and the work that we do, whether it is Torah study, Jewish education for children and adults, social action, cultural arts, creative prayer, traditional Jewish life — it all happens right here at the Little Shul that Could.

Tuna Casserole

  • 1½ cups plain or three-colour rotini
  • 1 Tbsp. butter, plus some for the baking dishes
  • ½ medium red bell pepper, finely chopped
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • ½ tsp. minced garlic
  • ¼ tsp. dried oregano
  • 2 Tbsp. all-purpose flour
  • ¾ cup warm milk
  • 1 cup grated old cheddar cheese
  • Salt and white pepper to taste
  • 1 (120 g) can chunk tuna, drained well and flaked


Boil the rotini until tender in 1½ cups water, about 8 minutes. 
While the pasta cooks, preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. 

Lightly butter two 1 ½-cup baking dishes, OR one 3-cup baking dish. Melt the 1 Tbsp. butter in a small pot over medium heat. Add the onion, bell pepper, garlic and oregano and cook 2 minutes. Mix in the flour. Slowly whisk in the milk, bring to a simmer, and then remove from the heat. Stir in the cheese, salt and pepper. 

Drain the cooked rotini and add with the tuna to the sauce and then spoon it all into the baking dish or dishes. Bake 20 to 25 minutes, or until golden.

Makes 3 generous portions.

Salmon Chowder

by Frances Aknai

  • 3 tbsp butter
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 celery stalk, chopped
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 2 large potatoes, diced
  • 3 carrots, diced
  • 2 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. black pepper
  • 1 tsp. dried dill weed
  • 3 – 213 g tins Red Sockeye Salmon, drained with skin & bones removed
  • 1 – 370 ml can evaporated milk
  • 1 – 341 ml can creamed corn, drained
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese


Melt butter in a large pot over medium heat.  Sauté onion, celery and garlic powder until onions are tender. 

Stir in potatoes, carrots, broth, salt, pepper and dill.  Bring to a boil and reduce heat.  Cover and simmer 20 minutes. 

Stir in salmon, evaporated milk, corn and cheddar cheese.  Cook until heated through. 

Makes 8 servings

Partners in Light – in text and pictures


Rabbi Harry writes:

Partners in Light – Emanu-El’s public Hanukkah Menorah Lighting – was a fantastic fun filled evening.

We lit our giant oversized hanukkiah (to give it its proper Hebrew name), designed and built by Ed Walker.

We had amazing music by the Victoria High School Rhythm & Blues Band: starting  with some classic R&B, followed by some Hanukkah songs and  a rousing rendition of Hava Nagila.
Aaron Severs was our master of ceremonies, and a short teaching by Rabbi HarryMayor Fortin shared a few words and lit the first candle along with other members of city council. MLA Lana Popham lit a candle and was followed by the leadership of Cool Aid, Out of the Rain, Burnside Gorge, The Coalition to End Homelessness, Faith in Action and of course our own Penny Tennenhouse representing Avodah.

The intention of the evening was to offer thanks to our partners in social action and to use the word ḥanukkah –which means dedication – to dedicate ourselves to the fight against poverty and social injustice.

We all enjoyed some Hanukkah treats and the dancing was super fun. Can’t wait till next year.

Poem for Rabbi Harry’s 50th Birthday

At the Saturday, November 23, 2013, service, Dvora Levin read the poem she wrote to Rabbi Harry.  Rabbi Harry’s family and friends provided the Kiddush luncheon in honour of his 50th birthday on November 26th.

(Ada Cotton provided Rabbi Harry’s birthday cake that came from Bubby Rose.)

In his 50th year, he welcomed our community to celebrate

the 150th Anniversary of Congregation Emanu-el,

leading us through moments of remembering,

moments of gratitude, moments of joy

and sadness too.

Our teacher, leading us

on the well-trodden road of ritual,

leading us into the mists of mystery,

expanding the energies of angels

and Rabbis who have gone before.

His passport stamped with so many places,

Israel, Russia, India, New York, New Orleans,

always returning with his suitcases filled

with more questions than answers,

more doors opening.

He gathers us, newborns, children, parents,

and those of us drifting nearer the gates,

calling out to artists, teaching

to the whir of grinding beans,

the hiss of espresso machines.

Davening on Shabbat, High Holidays, Thursdays

at 7am, John’s Place, our second minyan, 

he helps us be restored,

as our torah scrolls are restored,

as perfectly as we can.

This year, he joined so many mitzvoth volunteers

parading to the sounds of choirs, musicians

and oompa bands, auctioning treasures,

gifting apologies to our First Nations,

socks and birthday cakes to the poor,

Building new stairs to sanctuary, sanding smooth

the rough floors of our troubled minds.

And always, in all ways, Rabbi Harry inviting us

to be with him, together, to sing along, creating

and re-creating our community’s sacred song.

Dvora Levin