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Two High Holy Days recipes from El Al

August 25, 2010 Leave a comment

NEW YORK (Press Release)– With the Jewish New Year soon to arrive, EL AL, the national airline of Israel is preparing for this holiday season by offering traditional desserts which symbolize a sweet new year. 
More than 550 pounds of honey cake is served to passengers travelling on EL AL from the USA in all classes of service as well as to premium class passengers in the King David Lounges. 

Also offered in the lounges is another symbolic holiday snack, apples and honey. Over 330 pounds of sliced apples and 170 pounds of honey will be consumed! 

In celebration of the Rosh Hashana holiday Chef Steven Weintraub, Executive Chef of Borenstein Caterers, is providing two special recipes for signature holiday sweets. 

HOLIDAY HONEY CAKE RECIPE:

1 cup of honey
½ cup of sugar
4 whole eggs
1 cup of coffee, black and room temperature
¾ cup of vegetable oil
1 fresh orange, grated fine (include juice pulp and skin)
4 – 4 ½ cups of flour (adjust flour amount to ensure mixture is moderately loose)
2 teaspoons of baking powder
1 teaspoon of baking soda
A pinch of salt (1/8 tsp)
1 cup of raisins

 INSTRUCTIONS:

Mix honey, sugar, eggs, coffee, oil and orange thoroughly.  In a separate bowl, sift flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.  Slowly add dry mixture into liquid mixture.  Blend well.  Fold in raisins.  Pour mixture into a 9 x 13 greased baking pan or into a 36 muffin tin.  Bake at 350 degrees for approximately 1 hour.  After 45 minutes of cooking, check periodically.  Let cool on a wire rack.

 Another delicious recipe that EL AL passengers have enjoyed is Baked Apples:

BAKED APPLE RECIPE:

6 fresh, large Granny Smith apples
1 cup of brown sugar
1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
4 oz of almond or macaroon paste
¼ cup of dark raisins
2 egg whites from extra large eggs
2 cups of honey (for sauce, 2.5 oz per portion)
1 tablespoon of cinnamon-sugar mixture (1/2 tablespoon of each) 

INSTRUCTIONS:

Blanch the apples in boiling water for 5 minutes and shock in cold water, drain well. From the top of the apples, make a crater by coring and removing the inside meat down 10 % depth, leaving the outside edge with an approximate ¼ even border. Place the apples in a shallow pan and set aside. Using a mixing bowl, add brown sugar, cinnamon, almond/macaroon paste, raisins, egg whites and blend well. Reserve honey and cinnamon-sugar mixture for garnish. Fill apple crater with mixture. Bake at 350 degrees for approximately 20 minutes. Test for doneness to the feel of a cooked baked potato. Cool apples down to a warm state and serve with honey at room temperature. Finally, sprinkle with the cinnamon-sugar mixture.

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Haitian earthquake victim to receive prosthetic feet in Israel

August 13, 2010 Leave a comment

Sounlove, in wheel chair, and sister Baranatha await El Al flight at JFK

NEW YORK (Press Release)–EL AL, the national airline of Israel, recently hosted 19 year old student Sounlove Zamour on a flight from New York to Israel.  Sounlove is a double amputee victim of the horrific earthquake that took place in Haiti this past January.

Sounlove is in Israel to continue with the next stage of her recovery process.  She is being treated at the premiere high-tech rehabilitation center of the Sheba Medical Center at Tel Hashomer Hospital. 

The plan is to fit Sounlove with prosthetics and have her walk again, as has been done with many previous patients.  Her sister Baranatha is accompanying Sounlove in Israel for the four month long stay where they are guests of the Friends of Sheba Medical Center, a foundation based in Los Angeles.
EL AL has a history of providing humanitarian assistance during times of need. In keeping with this tradition, two EL AL aircraft carried more than 80 tons of supplies, dozens of medical personnel, search and rescue teams as well as a canine rescue squad from Israel to assist with the relief efforts in Haiti. 

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El Al offers suggestions for in-flight exercises

July 15, 2010 Leave a comment

NEW YORK (Press Release) – EL AL, the national airline of Israel, has offered some tips for passengers to stay in shape, relax, and feel fresher.  

These exercises are intended to provide a safe and healthy way of stretching certain muscles which may otherwise be tight as a result of sitting for any lengthy period of time.  Each exercise can easily be done from the comfort of any seat, without disturbing neighboring passengers. Exercises can be repeated as often as desired but should not be performed if there is difficulty or if pain occurs.

  • BACK BENDS: Fold hands behind your head and stretch upward. Then, slowly roll your head down and around in a circle, rising slowly (and change directions).

 

  • LEG JOINTS: Bring knee to your chest, keeping your back in an upright position. Rotate leg in small circles in each direction. Alternate legs.

 

  • SIDE BENDS: Sitting straight up, place your hand on the opposite knee and twist your body in that direction. Repeat the same twist in the other direction.

 

  • SPINAL STRETCHES: Link your hands together and stretch your arms overhead. Bend to the right and to the left.

 

Additional in-flight exercises can include:

  • ANKLE TWIRLS: Lift your feet from the floor. Outline a circle with your toe tips, moving one foot clockwise and the other counterclockwise. Switch directions.  
  • FOOT PUSHES: Begin with both feet flat on the floor, raising them as high as you can. Then, raise your heels high and keep toes on the floor. Perform this in a continuous movement.
  • KNEE LIFTS: Raise your leg with knee bent, contracting the thigh muscle (quadriceps). Switch legs.  
  • NECK SWIVELS: With shoulders relaxed, lower your ear to your shoulder and gently move your neck to the right side and then to the left.
  • KNEE TO CHEST: Bend forward slightly. Wrap your hands around your left knee and hug it to your chest. Hold the contracted position for 15 seconds. Still holding your knee with your hands, lower it slowly. Switch knees.
  • FORWARD BENDS: With both feet on the floor and belly contracted inward, slowly bend forward and move  hands downward, advancing toward feet. Hold this stretched position for 15 seconds and slowly return to a sitting position.
  • SHOULDER ROTATIONS: Arch your shoulders forward, upward and downward in gentle circular movements.

The above exercises are recommended by the Israeli Center of Pilates. EL AL is now serving new health-smart meal options. In addition to the regular menu, a variety of 20 special meals are available in-flight which must be ordered at least 48 hours prior to departure. EL AL is committed to ensuring all passengers have a pleasant and relaxing experience on every flight.  

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El Al to inaugurate Tel Aviv-Eilat route Aug 1

June 30, 2010 Leave a comment

TEL AVIV (Press Release)–EL AL, the national airline of Israel, is announcing the launch of its newest destination to the popular beach resort of Eilat which is located on the Red Sea in southern Israel. Beginning August 1st, EL AL will offer three daily roundtrip flights every Sunday through Thursday as well as one daily roundtrip flight every Friday morning and Saturday evening.

EL AL passengers have the option to travel to Eilat on the way to Israel, on the way home, or in the middle of their vacation.  A special roundtrip fare of $40 from Ben Gurion Airport to Eilat is available when purchasing the roundtrip EL AL flight from the USA to Israel.  The $40 Eilat fare is subject to availability and certain restrictions apply.

“We are enthusiastic to provide these first-ever EL AL flights so that many more Americans and all international travelers will be able to experience the beauty, relaxation, excellent year-round weather, and many fun attractions that Eilat offers,” said Offer Gat, EL AL Vice President, North and Central America.  “The fact that these flights conveniently depart from Ben Gurion Airport allows our passengers travelling from the USA to easily connect to their nonstop EL AL flight (in either direction) as well as save valuable travel time.”

 The maiden flight, appropriately named “EL AL Red Sea” will depart from Terminal 1 at Ben Gurion Airport, as will all EL AL flights to/from from Eilat. For passengers beginning or ending their trip in Eilat, EL AL allows the same hand luggage and checked baggage allowance as on the flights to/from the United States. To take advantage of the special $40 fare,visit www.elal.com, call EL AL at 800-223-6700 or any travel agent.

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El Al ticketing will lead to tree being planted in Israel

June 1, 2010 Leave a comment

NEW YORK (Press Release)– EL AL Israel Airlines and Jewish National Fund (JNF), are partnering in a promotion: Anyone who buys a ticket to Israel via www.elal.com  will have a tree planted in Israel by the Jewish National Fund.   Once the purchase is completed, the passenger receives a certificate via mail or email that EL AL and JNF are planting a tree on their behalf.  Every year, tens of thousands of passengers departing from the USA purchase their EL AL tickets online.

“It is appropriate for EL AL and JNF to partner and provide this symbolic and environmentally friendly gesture,” commented Offer Gat, Vice President, EL AL Airlines, North and Central America.  “The planting of these trees further enhances the beauty of Israel and EL AL is proud to play a small part.”

“It is a natural fit for JNF and EL AL to work together,” said Russell F. Robinson, Chief Executive Officer, JNF.  “The mission of JNF has been and always will be to care for the land and people of Israel. Whether it’s planting trees, managing water resources, sustainably developing the Negev desert, promoting tourism, or driving pro-Israel dialogue on college campuses, our hearts, minds, and vision are about Israel.“

An El Al spokesperson said the JNF promotion does not extend to tickets sold through travel agencies. 

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