Thursday, March 26, 2009

kissing quiz

Your result for The OkCupid Kissing Test...

The Rogue

You are 74% Passionate, 40% Romantic, and 67% Experienced!

Stealing Kisses, Stealing Hearts

You've got the highest Passion score among the male kissing types, and you're definitely an experienced kisser. Your scores in Romance aren't as high, which suggests that you're more interested in the erotic and physical aspects of kissing than the emotional ones. You revel in the different textures, tastes and techniques of whoever you happen to be kissing at the moment, and you're a fantastic kisser yourself. You're creative, and like to mix up the makeout with unexpected, flirty moves. You're definitely a committed, passionate kisser.You just might not feel as passionate post-kiss. It's not that you can't get attached... it's just not the FIRST thing you do. And you do the first thing you do pretty freakin' well. Girls adore and fear guys like you. Guys want to be like you, but often they can't stomach the crying. We say keep on kissin', but try to find partners who can appreciate your skill without becoming too swept away. Tricky, we know. But if anyone can manage it, you can.

If you're looking for good-spirited makeout fun, we recommend your female counterpart, The Vixen. Good secondary smooch options include The Smooth Operator and The Flirt. Avoid The Traditionalist like the Plague. Just trust us.

See all of the other results here:

The Explorer

The Traditionalist

The Smooth Operator

The Romantic

The Flirt

The Boyfriend

The Girlfriend

The Vixen

The Rogue

The Real Deal

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Wednesday, March 11, 2009

NY Jewish Culture Examiner: Q&A: FJC's Elise Bernhardt remains optimistic about arts funding despite weak economy

Some of us have lost jobs, many of us have seen our retirement savings shrink, most of us are tightening our budgetary belts. For decades philanthropic support has enabled Jewishfilmmakers, writers, playwrights, scholars and performing artists to enrich our community's cultural life. To find out how the weakening economy is affecting arts funding in the Jewish community I spoke to Foundation for Jewish Culture President and CEO Elise Bernhardt.
DC: How is the financial crisis affecting Jewish artists?
EB: Arts is the first thing to be hit, and that applies to Jewish arts as well, but artists are the most resourceful people. People have an even greater need for the arts during a crisis.
DC: Have you seen any change in the amount of funding you can offer arts projects?
EB: We expect a reduction in funding but it's too early  to tell how much lower our funding will be. 
DC: So far has FJC not had to tighten its budget?
EB: Our endowment has taken a hit so we're having to raise funds outside our endowment so as not to touch principle.
DC: If arts funding diminishes will audiences notice?
EB: There's a lag time between when we fund a project and when audiences see or hear it. We funded [Golden Globe winner and Oscar nominated Israeli film] "Waltzing With Bashir" two years ago. It's too soon to anticipate what we may or may not be able to fund later this year or next year, and those projects will only reach their audiences two or three years from now. I remain optimistic. We have a president who had a poet read at his inauguration and who values the arts. One funder said, "We can only fund arts that affect mental health." All art affects mental health.
DC: Do you see artists taking fewer risks in an economically precarious environment?
EB: I don't see artists shying away from controversy.
DC: Do you see artists making their work more accessible?
EB: Some artists may have to frame their work in a more public way.
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Turning from the non-profit sector to the business end of show business an agent who represents Israeli performers said in an off-the-record conversation that a dirth of gigs has led many Israeli bands and individual musicians to leave the United States and return to Israel where they have more opportunities to perform.

Sunday, March 8, 2009

NY Jewish Culture Examiner: Shoshana Cooper's hamantashen recipe

Yes, I'm biased, but my wife Shoshana bakes the tastiest hamantashen. To spead the joy ofPurim I am sharing her recipe.
The dough:
1/2 cup of butter or margerine
1 cup sugar (Use turbando sugar, or "sugar in the raw")
1 egg
2 tbsp. milk
2 tsps of baking powder
1 tsp of vanilla extract (not artificial vanilla flavoring)
Cream together butter and sugar.  Add egg. Sift dry ingredients.  Add alternately with milk.  Add vanilla.  Roll out, cut circles with a cup, add filling, fold & bake.  Bake on a greased cookie sheet at 375 degrees for about 15 minutes, or less depending upon size.
Israeli date paste, Israeli chocolate spread, and/or poppy seed filling (all are available atPomogranate). Shoshana does not like to use most jams, because the have too much liquid and make a mess.  She does like Levkar (prune butter), and apricot butter which now are available on grocery store shelves near jams and jellies, at least in Brooklyn. 
This is a recipe for chocolate filling that she has used in the past:
3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
3/4 cup sugar
3 Tablespoon milk or strong coffee
3 Tablespoon shortening, melted (she thinks that this should be reduced, based on previous experience)
1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract
pinch of salt
1 cup of raisins or chopped nuts (optional, but quite nice)
Combine all ingredients.
Enjoy, and Chag Purim Sameach to all!