Blog Posts Related to the American Jewish Community

  • Recipe in Spotlight - Glazed Beef Brisket

    Editor's note: This post is part of a series spotlighting different family recipes used by members of the Obama Administration for Passover.

    This braised brisket recipe is a mash-up of various classic recipes with Julia Child.  Its secret comes from two things: using parsnips in the braising vegetables, which give the meat and juice a special sweetness; and clarifying the braising liquid and reducing it to a glaze that gives the meat a rich gloss and flavor.  Our seder table asks for more and, two years ago, my oldest daughter asked me for this recipe so she could serve it the first time she led a seder.

  • Recipes in Spotlight - “Birthday Worthy” Chocolate Passover Spongecake and “Worth the Potchkey” Passover Kugel

    Editor's note: This post is part of a series spotlighting different family recipes used by members of the White House staff for Passover.

  • Recipe in Spotlight - Kosher for Passover Brownies

    Editor's note: This post is part of a series spotlighting different family recipes used by members of the White House staff for Passover.

    This Passover recipe comes from my mom. When I was a little kid, I had these Passover brownies at a friend's house. I liked them so much that I had my mom call my friend's mom to get the recipe. She has been making them every year for me since. They are so delicious I would even eat them not on Passover.

  • Go-Go's Chicken Matzah Ball Soup

    Shira Miller's Matzoh Ball Soup

    Go-Go's Matzah Ball soup recipe, March 28, 2012. (Photo by Shira Miller)

    Editor's note: This post is part of a series spotlighting different family recipes used by members of the White House staff for Passover.

    Passed down for generations in my father's family, this recipe is a time-honored tradition at our Passover Seder.  For as long as I can remember, my father has spent the days leading up to our Seder planning and preparing to make my Great Grandmother Go-Go’s Chicken Matzah Ball Soup from scratch.  Last year I made it myself for the first time and shared it with friends at a Passover celebration here in Washington, DC!

  • Recipe in Spotlight - Apple Kugel

    Editor's note: This post is part of a series highlighting Passover recipes used by members of the White House staff.

    This recipe has been in my family for at least five generations. Esther Jacob, my grandmother, brought it with her when she arrived in Ellis Island from  Alba Iulia, Romania in 1932. She made her home and life in the Bronx, New York, and every year her family eats this kugel at our seder. Over the years, the size of the family and the seders have grown, but we take time to tell the stories of how our grandparents and great-grandparents made the difficult choice and hard journey to America in search of the very freedom that we celebrate on Passover.  

  • Chosen Food - A Celebration of Jewish Food and Culture

  • Remarks by Antony Blinken to J Street Conference

    Peace and Security for Israel

     Remarks as Prepared by Antony Blinken, Deputy Assistant to the President and National Security Advisor to the Vice President

    J Street Conference, Washington, DC - March 26, 2012

  • An Unbreakable Bond with the State of Israel

    Yesterday, Valerie Jarrett, Senior Advisor to the President, addressed over 2,500 attendees at the J Street Conference in Washington, DC. There, Valerie reiterated the President’s iron-clad commitment to Israel’s security and shared stories of her personal connections to the Jewish people. Attendants at the J Street Conference also heard from Tony Blinken, the National Security Advisor to the Vice President.