Saturday, June 25, 2011

Challahs baked locally

It's now possible for Wheeling's Jews to purchase challahs that were baked locally.

Milt Gutman, of Triadelphia, a local advertising executive and baking enthusiast who sells his products every Saturday at the Farmers Market on National Road, has taken to baking challahs, and they're worth a try.

Gutman, whose grandfather was a president of the Woodsdale Temple, markets his products under the name Green Ridge Farm. He also delivers challahs on Fridays in time for Shabbat.

Gutman can be reached at

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Class of 2011 confirmed

Temple Shalom confirmed its class of 2011 on erev Shavuot, Tuesday, June 7, at the synagogue on the Bethany Pike.

Before a congregation of some 50 people, confirmands Faith Peluchette, Blake Humphrey, Scott Burech and Jacob Pavilack read from the Torah — the Ten Commandments —delivered their own individual statements on what confirmation means to them, presented the congregation with a combined gift of a matza cover and afikomen bag, then, in a surprise gesture, gave Rabbi Beth Jacowitz Chottiner a special gift — a silver pendent from Israel.

On behalf of the congregation, Temple Shalom President Lisa Railing presented confirmand with his or her own copy of "Jewish Literacy" by Rabbi Joseph Telushkin. Sisterhood representative Sherry Rosenberg followed, presenting them with copies of the Bible

From the bima, the parents of the confirmands collectively blessed their children.

A Shavuot oneg, and considerable picture taking followed the service.

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