Men's Club : : President's Message

Monthly Message from Men's Club President Marvin Mandel

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No Breakfast Club event was scheduled for April to allow Temple Judea to prepare for Passover. Had a breakfast been arranged, the coronavirus invasion would have cancelled it.

There will be no breakfast event in May or June due to the uncertainty associated with the coronavirus. We hope conditions improve before Summer.

Recognizing the fact that you miss the magnificent taste of our lox and cream cheese spread on a bagel, I encourage you all to do the following:

Go to the supermarket (when it is safe), step up to the deli counter, and order 1/8 pound of lox or 1/4 pound if you REALLY are hungry. CAUTION – do not purchase nova, that is smoked salmon while lox is cured salmon.

While in the supermarket, purchase a package of a hunk of Philadelphia Cream Cheese. Another caution, do not buy a cream cheese spread. This will deprive you of the joy of turning a dense blob of cream cheese into a delightful, silky smooth offering.

Slightly cut up the lox into large, bite-sized chunks. Do not overcut.

Place the Philadelphia Cream Cheese in a large bowl and using a metal spoon (a wooden one will break) gently press, and press some more, until you have reduced the one-inch thick mound into a 1⁄4 inch pancake.

Deposit the cut-up lox on top of the cream cheese and stir.

Place this mixture on the bottom half of a plain bagel. Novices toast the bagel first. This mistake turns a wonderful spongy sandwich into a crunchy disaster that is too noisy to politely eat in the company of others.

Put a few capers on the lox spread. This delicacy will bring explosions of flavor to your taste buds and a smile to your face. (Sadly, the Breakfast Club budget does not allow for this indulgence. That being said, we are open to a sponsor. For a donation of $50 you could become the official CAPERMAN or CAPERWOMAN of Temple Judea.)

Gently put the top half of the bagel in place, squeeze slightly and dig in to this fresh, hand-made perfection.

We sincerely look forward to seeing you in person at the next Breakfast Club get-together, the sooner the better.

Arnold Miller for Marvin Mandel, President