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Apple Picking for a Sweet New Year 5774

Last weekend, I traveled to Atlanta for a skater-boy themed Bar Mitzvah. I also had the opportunity to reconnect with a couple I married four years ago and meet their beautiful new baby. As if that wasn’t already a perfect weekend, I was fortunate enough to spend some quality bonding time with my sister, Nina Spiegel. One of the highlights of our time together was going apple picking at Mercier Orchards in the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Apple picking with my sister brings back joyful memories from my childhood.  It was a timely activity in preparation for Rosh Hashanah, as we eat apples dipped in honey to symbolize our wish for a sweet new year. Not only are they inexpensive and good for you, but they are delicious too!

Now that I have all these apples, the only question left is what to do with them. I wanted to share with you a childhood favorite recipe my mom always made for me – Apple Fritters:

If you have any favorite Rosh Hashanah recipes, please feel free to share by emailing We’ll post some of our favorites to the Shema Koleinu Facebook Page as it gets closer to the New Year. Remember to use the hashtag #skhiho13 when you post to Facebook and Twitter about the event.

I’m amazed that Rosh Hashanah is only a week away, but even more surprised that Yom Kippur is also just around the corner. We have a record number of people attending High Holiday Services this year, so if you haven’t yet bought your tickets, please do so as soon as possible. You can purchase tickets through Miramar Cultural Center’s website –

L’Shanah Tovah,

To purchase High Holy Day Services tickets through the Miramar Cultural Center, please visit And be sure to follow us on TwitterLike us on Facebook, and contact Cantor Debbi Ballard directly at with any questions you may have about this year’s High Holy Days and how you can get involved.

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