IJSS: Vacations, Food, and Summer Shabbat

Melanie Einbund

The Institute for Judaic Services and Studies (IJSS) hopes that our members and friends enjoy the summer months.

IJSS is preparing for the upcoming 2021-22 year.

Rabbi Laura Harari will be officiating at our High Holiday services and monthly Shabbat services. She has an energetic personality, is a people person, and has a deep understanding and knowledge of Judaic practices and studies.

We are excited, as our congregation meets in person for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.

IJSS is a small and welcoming congregation. Our members are the core of our being. If you have questions or wish to join our congregation, contact Joan Elder at 520-360-1478 or Seth Eisner at 520-818-6340.

High Holiday news will be sent to members in August.


At this time of year, vacations are often on our mind. Kosher vacations to Greece, Morocco, Dubai, and France, among others, abound on the internet. Look at totallyjewishtravel.com.

US and Canada (on the Kosher travel website)

Phoenix has good deli and is home to The Cutler Plotkin Jewish Heritage Center of Phoenix and the Arizona Jewish Historical Society.

Philadelphia has great deli and The National Museum of American Jewish History.

New Orleans has excellent cuisine and the Museum of the Southern Jewish Experience.

Denver is the home of the Rocky Mountain Jewish Historical Society and the Holocaust Awareness Institute.

Newport, R.I. is home to Touro Synagogue, the oldest synagogue in the U.S.

Toronto is home to The Jewish Museum of Canada.

Montreal has exquisite food and The Jewish Museum of Montreal.

The staycation offerings: The Historic Jewish Cemetery at Boothill in Tombstone, and, in Tucson, The Holocaust History Center and the Jewish Community Center Fine Art Gallery.

Jewish Food—Summer Recipes

A cool and refreshing Israeli treat:

Limonana (Frozen Mint Lemonade)


* 1/2 cup sugar (or a sugar substitute)

* 1 3/4 cups water (divided)

* 1 cup fresh lemon juice

* 3 1/2 cups ice

* 1 cup fresh mint leaves

* mint sprigs for garnish


1. In a small saucepan, combine 1 cup of water and sugar. Heat over medium, whisking till the sugar dissolves. Cool the water to room temperature. Or, add 2 cups of water to the blender and then add sweetener.

In a blender, combine the sugar water, fresh lemon juice, ice, fresh mint leaves, and 3/4 cup of water.

2. Pulse for a few seconds, then blend till the ice is thoroughly crushed, and the drink takes on the texture of a thick slushy. Taste. You may want it sweeter. Add sugar to taste and blend again.

3. Serve in cold glasses with mint sprigs.

Summer Shabbat Suggestions

Observing Shabbat during the summer may include:

– Listening to a Jewish podcast, story, music, or the weekly Torah portion

– Having a Shabbat picnic. Bring out the candles, wine, and challah.

– Take a Shabbat nap. Truly rest during the holiday.

– Do a Shabbat craft project like candles or a kiddush cup. Ask others to join you.

IJSS wishes you and yours a summer of happiness, peace, health, and lots of ice cream!