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HUC presenting on-line exhibition of illuminated Haggadot for Pesach Hebrew Union College-Jew- ish Institute of Religion is pre- senting an online exhibition of illuminated Haggadot for the Passover holiday. The four, illu- minated manuscripts are drawn from HUC-JIR's Klau Library's extensive collection of hundreds of manuscripts and printed Hag- gadah editions from Europe, Asia and the Americas, treasures ranging from 1480 to the present day. The Haggadah is a compila- tion of excerpts from the Bible and Rabbinic literature and includes prayers and hymns. In celebration of the Exodus from Egypt, it is recited at the Seder service on the eve and first night of Passover. The text is often accompanied by art work depict- ing or interpreting the Passover story and its message of free- dom. The 70 images which can be downloaded from the website are drawn from: The First Cincinnati Hag- gadah [Ms.444] - a magnificent- ly illuminated work on parch- ment which was produced in Germany in the late 15th century by Meir Jaffe Ha-sofer, a copy- ist, illuminator and renowned leather worker. The Second Cincinnati Hag- gadah [Ms.444. l ] - This "sister" to the Van Geldern Haggadah was produced by Moses Loeb ben Wolf from Trebisch, Moravia, in 1716-17. The minia- tures are in oil on parchment and are based on the engravings found in the printed Amsterdam Haggadah of 1712. Haggadah, Hamburg [Ms 445] - This illuminated work on parchment was produced by Jankew Sofer of Berlin at Ham- burg/Altona in 1740/41. It was renovated by Israel Kornik of Dessau in 1841. Its oil minia- tures also follow the illustrations found in the Amsterdam Hag- gadah of 1712, but here utilize a folk-art style found in several haggadot printed in Germany during tne 18th century. Haggadah, Conegliano [Ms.450] - This illuminated work on paper was written and richly illuminated by Jacob ben Joseph Conegliano in 1742/43, The miniatures follow the illustra- tions found in the printed Venice (1609), Prague (1526) and Man- tua (1560) haggadot. On the title page is the coat-of-arms of the Conegliano family. The digitization of these illu- minated manuscripts has been coordinated by Dr. David Gilner, Director of HUC-J1R's Libraries, who may be contacted at 513- 221-1875. Southeastern Virginia Jewish News April 10, 1998 BOOK REVIEWS, ETC. Two cookbooks just in time for Passover Let My People Eat By Zell Schulman Macmillan USA April 1998 210pp $27.50 Passover Deserts By Penny Eisenburg Macmillan USA March 1996 202 pp $24.95 By Hal Sacks Book Review Editor he subtitle of Zell Schulman's Let My People Eat is Passover Seders Made Simple. One would have to be truly simple to believe that a Seder could be simple. Every year your reviewer looks forward to the planning, shopping, preparation, conducting the seder, serving of the meal, the tumult of the kinder, the cleanup, and the dealing with the leftovers with a mixture of anticipation, dread and resignation. It can never be simple; it takes an incredible amount of effort; it is entire- ly worth it, but not for the weak or weary. Having said that, if one or more of the following questions or concerns might be yours, then Schul- man's exceptionally useful book will certainly pro- vide answers which coupled with an enormous amount of work will assist you in getting the job done: What is the Seder plate and where can I find one? I'm Jewish but I've never cooked with Matzo. Do you have to drink four glasses of wine? Oh no[ It's my turn to make the Passover Seder. When is the Service over? When does the meal begin? Who sells haggadahs? Hal Sacks The publisher says that "Zell takes you by the hand and helps you plan your Seder. She provides lists, explanations and sources for everything." And so she does, with detailed diagrams, menus for Ashkenazi, Sephardic, Healthful, Vegetarian meals; shopping list and a schedule for each stage of prepa- ration. Zell Schulman, author of the previously reviewed Something Different for Passover, writes the column "The Modern Jewish Cook" for The American Israelite she has certainly taken a great deal of the angst out of what is a daunting prospect for the uninitiated. Perhaps most welcome will be the festive menus which get away from the traditional dishes and incorporate some new ideas into the pesadich regimen, such as garlic "bread" and onion "rolls," cauliflower fritters and zucchini au gratin; Greek Lemon-Chicken Soup and Baked Apricot-Ginger Chicken. In the final analysis, Let My People Eat greatly simplifies and demystifies the process. Ultimate success, however, is guaranteed only to those who possess a modicum of familiarity with all that goes into the shopping, cook- ing, serving of a multi-generation banquet. No matter how the experts organize things for you, you gotta know where kitchen is. Assuming (dreamer that I am) that you have paid close attention to Zell's postulates and yearn for a really socko finish to the meal portion of the Seder, or are merely aware that after the Seder there is a full week of Passover meals to think about (it wasn't so bad in the old days when the average Passover saw a dozen to a dozen and a half eggs consumed daily in CONTINUED ON PAGE 14 ONE GREAT COMPANY 2 GREAT LOCATIONS Sizes Jubilee bond CONTINUED FROM PAGE 7 7300 Newport Avenue, Norfolk VA, (757) 489-1371. State of Israel Bonds is an international organization offer- ing, securities issued by the gov- ernment of Israel. 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