Maccabiah: U.S. Wins 67 Medals in Swimming


Marlee Ehrlich, Andi Murez, Jacqui Levere and Leah Goldman (left to right) after the 4×200 freestyle relay competition

— by Amir Shoam

The U.S. swim team for the Maccabiah won 67 medals in the open and junior pool categories during the last week.

“The U.S. team was a closely bonded team with great team spirit,” said open team head coach Barry Roffer. “I would say we did an outstanding job at the competition.”

Olympic champion Garrett Weber-Gale, who served as the open team’s co-captain alongside Rebecca Lewinson, won the 50 and 100 meter freestyle categories, and broke the tournament’s record for 50 meter with 22.12 seconds. Andi Murez won the 50, 100 and 200 freestyle categories for women, setting records on all events. Eric Friedland won both 100 and 200 meter breast roles, including a 1:02.73 minutes record in 100 meter.

The U.S. women’s swim team, which included Marlee Ehrlich of Cherry Hill, N.J., broke a Maccabiah record in the 4×200 meter freestyle relay with a time of 8:23:29. Ehrlich also won a silver medal in 400 meter freestyle, and a gold medal in 800 meter freestyle. Today, she also won a bronze medal in the 5-kilometer open water race.

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“My teammates and I were able to bond quickly, which helped lead to a highly successful meet for Team USA,” she said. “Representing the U.S. was an extreme honor, and I know that I am going to cherish the memories I made on this trip.”

The American junior girl swimmers won all individual races but one. Isabelle goldsmith and Morgan Smith were standouts in this division. Judd Howard was the standout in the junior boys’ category.

Women’s Leadership Network Letter: Take Action Now on VAWA

— by Ann F. Lewis and Barbara Goldberg Goldman

Reports are circulating that the House of Representatives will be voting on reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) as early as tomorrow. VAWA provides crucial protections to victims of domestic violence and there is no excuse for not reauthorizing this important bill.

Since it was first introduced in 1994 by then-Senator Joe Biden (D-DE), VAWA had been repeatedly reauthorized with strong bipartisan support — until last year, when Republicans blocked reauthorization because it expanded protections to same sex couples, Native Americans living on tribal reservations, and undocumented immigrants.

When the Senate voted this year to reauthorize VAWA, it received more Republican “no” votes that it did last year — including from 22 male Republicans. Unfortunately, Congressional Republicans have demonstrated that even protections from domestic violence are not exempted from their subservience to the right wing of their party.

Domestic violence is a sad reality for too many women — we cannot afford to let VAWA fail in the House!

As the co-founders of NJDC’s Women’s Leadership Network, we urge you to take action now by calling your Representative and encouraging them to pass the Senate’s version of VAWA.

Too many women are counting on VAWA for us to be silent.

Perfect Rosh Hashanah Honey Cake

Bundt cake— by Ronit Treatman

Have you ever baked a honey cake that was too dry, gooey, or left a bitter aftertaste?  I have produced these and many other flops.  As a result, I embarked on a quest to discover a foolproof recipe.  I encountered it in Marcy Goldman’s A Treasury of Jewish Holiday Baking.  Her rich fragrant cake is the perfect treat to serve your guests or bake for your hosts when celebrating Rosh Hashanah.

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Majestic and Moist New Year’s Honey Cake
Adapted from A Treasury of Jewish Holiday Baking by Marcy Goldman

  • 1 cup of mild honey such as clover, acacia, or alfalfa
  • 1 ½ cups white granulated sugar
  • ½ cup light brown sugar
  • 3 ½ cups flour
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground allspice
  • ½ teaspoon ground cloves
  • 4 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • ¼ cup whisky
  • ½ cup freshly squeezed orange juice
  • 1 cup freshly brewed quality coffee
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder

Honey cake

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Mix all the ingredients in a large bowl.
  3. Coat the interior of a 10 inch Bundt cake pan with vegetable oil.
  4. Pour the batter into the pan.
  5. Bake for 60 to 70 minutes.  This cake is ready when the center springs back easily when touched.
  6. Remove the cake from the oven and allow to rest in the Bundt pan for 15 minutes.
  7. Invert the cake onto a serving platter.

When this golden cake emerges from the oven, your home will be filled with the exotic aroma of honey and spices.  The first bite will reveal a perfect, moist texture.  The flavor is a sublime balance of honey and spices.  This delicious, rich cake will be the crowning touch of any Rosh Hashanah meal or gathering.