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Songs from the Kitchen — Chanukah Edition!

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November 28th – December 6, 2021

Sarah Mina Gordon
Sir Frank London
Lorin Sklamberg

Directed & Edited by Stephanie Lynne Mason and Adam B. Shapiro
Photography direction by Merete Muenter

NYTF dishes up an exciting new Chanukah event as part of our groundbreaking 107th season. ESN, a celebration of Jewish food through song and cooking demonstrations, comes to the virtual stage on November 28 through Monday, December 6 — the last night of Chanukah.

ESN is a feel-good, family night of food and tunes starring Yiddish singer/songwriter Sarah Mina Gordon alongside Frank London and Lorin Sklamberg of the Grammy Award-winning Klezmatics.

Sarah Mina Gordon is a fourth-generation Yiddish singer. She fronted the rock band Yiddish Princess and has recorded and performed with Daniel Kahn, Frank London’s Klezmer Brass Allstars, The Klezmatics, Sharabi, and others. 

Daughter of legendary Yiddish singer Adrienne Cooper z’’l, Sarah grew up immersed in innovative Yiddish culture and has collaborated with Michael Winograd, Frank London, Alicia Svigals, and The Klezmatics to pen original Yiddish songs which are sung around the world. Sarah is also an educator, teaching third grade and designing and leading Yiddish programs for children and adults. She is one of the founding organizers of Yiddish New York and teaches Yiddish song at KlezKanada.


Sir Frank London is a New York-based trumpeter, composer, and a Grammy Award winner known as the “mythical high priest of Avant-Klez jazz.” In 1986, he co-founded The Klezmatics, a globally-renowned Yiddish world music group that incorporates activist politics and Jewish spirituality with diverse musical influences and contemporary themes. 

Throughout his prolific career London has performed and recorded with countless artists including Pink Floyd, Itzhak Perlman, Celia Cruz, Lester Bowie and LL Cool J. He has composed numerous scores for dance, theater and film, including the Cuban-Yiddish opera Hatuey: Memory of Fire; the symphonic oratorio 1001 Voices – A Symphony for A New America; the folk opera A Night in the Old Marketplace; Davenen for Pilobolus Dance Theater, and Min Tanaka’s Romance

His current projects include Ghetto Songs; the poetry-dance collaboration Salome: Woman of Valor; and Ich Bin Eine Hexe/I Am A Witch, the dance-theater biography of Weimar Era grotesque dancer Valeska Gert. Frank is featured on over 500 recordings. He received his degree in Afro-American music from New England Conservatory. 


Lorin Sklamberg is a founding member of The Klezmatics. He also teaches Yiddish song from São Paulo to St. Petersburg. His current project focuses on newly-discovered Yiddish cabaret songs from Helsinki, performed together with Berlin-based Latvian singer Sasha Lurje, pianist/theremin player Rob Schwimmer and music director/clarinetist Michael Winograd. 

His other recent work includes 150 Voices, a recorded collaboration between Lorin, Yiddish-Russian singer/pianist/composer Polina Shepherd and the members of five choirs in the UK and the United States. Since 2000 Lorin has served as the Sound Archivist of the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research, for whom he co-curates the Ruth Rubin Legacy website featuring field recordings of the renowned folklorist’s collection of some 3,000 Yiddish folk songs. Robert Christgau of NPR’s All Things Considered called Lorin “one of the premier American singers in any genre.”


ESN is partially underwritten by the generous contributions of our supporters

 Barry and Mimi Alperin

Michelle and Steve Barnet

Stan, Marion, Paul, Sara, Eddie & Sharon Bergman

Stefany and Simon Bergson

Deena and Joshua Bernstein

Andrea Binder

Thomas and Lanie Blumberg

Paul and Rodica Burg

Sandra and Stewart Cahn

Rebecca and Hank Citron

Stewart F. Lane and Bonnie Comley

Jon Corzine and Sharon Levine Corzine

Ted and Mariana Feder

Lauren Lebowitz Feldman

Vicki Portman Feldman

Eva Fogelman

Alan and Tatyana Forman

Karen and Edward Friedman

Louis and Eva Galpern

Raine Garfinkle

Dr. Joe and Phyllis Gitlin

Roz Goldberg

Peter Gordenstein and Alex Novack

Robert and Trudy Gottesman

Harman and Adina Avery Grossman

Charles Grundfeld Foundation in Honor of Minna and Mark Seitelman

Zvi and Gail Gurevich

Stephen and Ruth Hendel

Rita and David Levy and Sima Katz

Uri and Judy Kaufthal

Gloria Kaylie

Aviva Kempner

Patti Askwith Kenner

Steven and Nancy Kirshenbaum | Proskauer Rose LLP

Joshua and Bryna Landes

Allan Lans and Eleanor Alter

Esme Usdan, Lemberg Foundation

Carol and Jerry Levin

Ruth and David Levine

Senator Joseph and Mrs. Hadassah Lieberman

Jon Lukomnik and Lynn Davidson

Earle Mack

Steve and Sharyn Mann

Leo and Betty Melamed

Michele Mirman

Mark and Audrey Mlotek

Daniel and Sandra Divalk Moss

Alan Brudner and JoAnn Navickas

Ann Oster

Elliott and Donna Palevsky

Vicki Portman

Caryl B. Ratner

Seryl Ritter and Buddy Skydell

Judith Friedman Rosen and Stuart Rosen

Kenneth Rosen

Daryl Roth

Lily Safra and the Safra Family Foundation

Manuel Schiffres

Minna and Mark Seitelman

Susan Shabsels

Carol Silberstein

Jerry and Linda Spitzer

Debra Stein, Cantor Jewish Center of the Hamptons

Rita Stein and Vic Schwartz

Susan and Jeff Stern

Carol Kahn Strauss

Steven and Ilana Tennenbaum

Abe Thomas

Myron Toback and Arlene Harriton

Larry Toppall

Morris and Judy Tuchman

Gideon Vaisman

Warren Wacholder

Betty Cooper Wallerstein

Anonymous in honor of Bryna Wasserman

Peter and Ellen Weintraub

Jeffrey and Cynthia Wiesenfeld

Jane and Mark Wilf

Erika and Kenneth Witover

Ruth and Michael Zack

Thank you!



Potato Pancakes


4 russet potatoes

1 medium-large onion

2 eggs

1/4-1/2 cup of flour

1/2 teaspoon black pepper

1 teaspoon of salt

Any oil to fry

Optional schmaltz


Grate four russet potatoes.

Wring potatoes until dry into a bowl using cheesecloth, a tea towel, or your hands. 

Delicately spill out potato water; keep the white potato starch left over.

Add one chopped medium-large onion to the grated potatoes. Mix it up. 

Add potato starch back to the potato/onion mixture. Mix.

Beat two eggs and pour into potato mixture. Mix.

Add between a quarter and a half-cup of flour to bind the mixture. Mix.

Add half a teaspoon of black pepper and a teaspoon of salt. Mix. 

Heat more oil than you think you should in a pan (add schmaltz if available). 

Pat the potato mixture into flat latke patties. Fry in oil. Flip when browned. 

Sweet Cheese Pancakes


2 eggs

1/4 cup of sugar

16 ounces of farmer cheese

1/2 cup of flour

1/2 teaspoon of salt

A handful of chopped prunes/any fruit

Orange zest

1/2 teaspoon of vanilla

Any neutral oil to fry

A sprinkle of powdered sugar


Whisk together two eggs and a quarter cup of sugar.

Add 16 ounces of farmer’s cheese, 1/2 cup of flour, and 1/2 a teaspoon to salt to the eggs and sugar. Mix thoroughly and quickly.

Add a handful fo chopped prunes, orange zest, and 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla to the mixture. You can substitute strawberries, blueberries, or whatever fruit you want to add. Mix well.

Spoon pancakes out with an ice cream scoop. Roll into a ball and then roll in flour. Flatten slightly. Repeat until all batter is used. 

Fry in any neutral oil. 

Sprinkle with powdered sugar.

Schmaltz & Gribenes

Rendered Chicken Fat & Skin Cracklings

Take the pieces of a chicken you’re not using (skin, fat, etc.) and cut them into small pieces.

Render the chicken fat by placing the chicken pieces in a pan, adding water, and letting it cook down until the water is gone. Stir and add salt and onion for flavor. Leftover liquid is schmaltz.

The chicken pieces left over are gribenes — skin cracklings. 


Boiled or Fried Potato Dumplings



Almond milk





Wonton skins

Egg white wash


Boil potatoes in almond milk. 

Mash them together with dill, salt, and chicken schmaltz. 

Add potato filling and the gribenes you made earlier to a wonton skin. 

Add egg white wash around the filling and then close the dumpling. Push down corners with fork.

Place on floured surface.

Boil until cooked or fry until golden brown.

Banya Pontschkes 

Pumpkin Doughnuts for Hanukkah

Presented by Lorin Sklamberg

Recipe courtesy of Eve Jochnowitz

Sift together:

4 1/2 cups (18 ounces) flour

1 tablespoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt


1/2 cup buttermilk

3/4 cup cooked, mashed pumpkin or winter squash

1/2 cup (1/4 pound) melted butter

1 cup (1/2 pound) brown sugar

1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla

zest of one lemon

12 scrapings (1/4 teaspoon) nutmeg

3 eggs

Mix the pumpkin mixture into the flour to make a soft dough. Roll the dough out half an inch thick. Try to the extent possible to roll the dough evenly so that the doughnuts will fry evenly. Cut the doughnuts using a doughnut cutter (or use a larger cutter and make holes with a smaller cutter.

Heat about three cups of coconut oil (or other, neutral oil) in a cast iron Dutch oven or other wide, shallow pot. Fry the doughnuts a few minutes on each side until golden brown. Drain on brown paper or paper towels and dust with powdered sugar.

NOTE: These delicious holiday pastries, which have become a Hanukkah tradition for my family, are the creation of Jewish culinary maven Eve Jochnowitz, whose blog ( is a great source of food lore and ideas. These doughnuts, a cousin of Israeli sufganiyot, are her take on a seasonal treat found among Hasidim in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.


How much does this event cost?

This event is free! Donations are appreciated but not required.

How do I make a donation to support NYTF?

Please follow this link to make a donation: DONATE HERE

Is this event online or in person?

This event is available only online.  You can access the event on your computer, iPad, or phone.  This will not be shown on cable television.

How do I access the event?

To watch ESN click this link:

What is the run time of the event?

45 Minutes

When is ESN available?

ESN will be available throughout the duration of Chanukah. Available at midnight on November 28th through December 6th at midnight.

Can I watch ESN at any time?
  • Yes! The event will begin streaming at midnight on November 28th and be available until December 6th at midnight. 
  • You can watch ESN as many times as you would like during the eight nights of Chanukah!
  • You can start and stop the stream at your leisure. 
Will I be seen while viewing the event?

No, this will not be a LIVE or Zoom streamed event

How will my donation appear on my credit card statement?

The charge should appear as TMANIA TICKETS. 

More help?

If you have questions that have not been answered here, please email [email protected] or call (212) 655-7650.