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August 06, 1982 - Image 43

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1982-08-06

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THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS —

CURACO — Rolling hills
topped by centuries-old
plantation houses . . . a
starkly dramatic landscape
with 20-foot high cactus
plants . .. and probably the
most charming small city-in
the Caribbean. These all de-
scribe the Dutch island of
Curacao, just 40 miles north
of Venezuela. •
Curacao's principal at-
traction is the bustling sea-
port of Willemstad, where
17th Century Dutch-gabled
buildings painted in soft
pastels line the streets and
"bor entrance. There's
,o a picturesque floating
market, where Venezuelan
schooners with exotic fruits
and vegetables tie up along
the waterfront.
The Queen Emma float-
ing pontoon bridge, a
pedestrian-only walkway
that swings open for passing
cruise ships and freighters
20-30 times a day, links the
two sections of-Willemstad.
The Punda, Willemstad's
business district, contains
dozens of fascinating shops.
Curacao boasts an un-
usual number of excel-
lent restaurants offering
French, Swiss, Italian
and local cuisine. These

are set amid lovely set-
tings ranging from con-
verted mansions to reno-,
vated fortresses over-
looking the sea.
One international favo-
rite many visitors enjoy is
rijsttafel, an Indonesian
specialty featuring as many
as 24 different, beef, veget-
able and chicken dishes.
Another is "Keshi Yena,"
which consists of a whole
Edam cheese stuffed with
fish, then baked.
The recipe below is just
one of many tempting dis-
hes described in a recently
published cookbook, "Re-
cipes from the Jewish
Kitchens .of Curacao." This
collection of authentic is-
land specialties was com-
piled by the Sisterhood of
Cong. Mikve Israel-
Emanuel and is sold in that
synagogue's gift shop.

1 chopped green pepper
2 tsps. Worcestershire Sauce
1/4 cup raisins or prunes
1 /4 cup sliced olives
1 tbsp. capers
1 tbsp. parsley
1/4 hot pepper, minced or
Tabasco to taste
2 tbsps. ketchup
2 tbsps. piccalilli
Salt and pepper to taste
Cut a small circle on the
upper part of the cheese.
Scoop out the inside, leaving a
shell of 1/4" to 1/2" inside.
Saute the vegetables,
seasonings and fish in butter,
margarine or oil. Simmer until
the tomatoes are reduced,
____about 20 minutes. Beat 4 eggs
1 Edam cheese about 2 to 21/2
and blend into the mixture.
lbs.
Generously grease a cas-
2 lbs. fish, cleaned and de-
serole or the top of a double
boned (tuna or salmon)
boiler. Fill cheese with the
5 eggs
vegetable/fix mixture, cover
3 tomatoes, chopped and
wit, the lid and spread remain-
peeled
ing egg on top of cheese as a
1 tblsp. tomato paste
sealer. Set the casserole in a
2 sliced onions
pan of hot water and place in
1 small garlic clove
the oven at 350 degrees for 11/2
hours or the double boiler over
simmering water with a lid for
the same amount of time.
Alternate Method: Slice
cheese about 1/4" in thickness.
Line a deep buttered dish or
individual custard cups with
cheese, overlapping edges.
Place the filling inside, cover
with cheese, brush with be-
aten egg to seal. Serves 10-12.

Keshi Yena

Cong. Mikve Israel-Emanuel-

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Incidentally, since virtu-
ally everyone on Curacao
speaks English, shopping
and dining here are quite
pleasurable. Moreover, you
can pay for your purchases
in U.S. dollars, whether in
cash, travelers checks or
major credit cards.
The real charm of
Curacao lies in its people, a
polyglot community of 40 to
50 different nationalities.
And all somehow seem in
harmony. This is perhaps
best reflected in the fact
that the language of
Papiamento, a sort of inter-
national cocktail consisting
of Spanish, Portuguese,
Dutch, English and African
dialects, has gradually been
adopted by all the inhabi-
tants of Curacao.
Curacao is undoubtedly
the most important island
in the Caribbean in terms of
Jewish history. This oldest
of New World Jewish com-
munities actually dates to
the year 1651, when a small
agricultural settlement was
founded by a Portuguese
Jew, Joao d'Illan, who emi-
grated from Amsterdam.
Other Jews soon fol-
lowed — many fleeing the

attract upwards of 20,000 today affiliated with the Re-
visitors annually.
constructionist Foundation
The white sand-covered and the World Union for
floor inside the sanctuary Progressive Judaism. How-
symbolizes the Israelites ever, many elements of the
wanderings in the desert be- traditional Sephardic
fore they reached the Prom- liturgy are still maintained.
ised Land. It also calls to Visitors are welcomed to
mind how Marrano JeWs Friday evening and Satur- ,
living in Spain and Por- day morning services.
tugal used sand to muffle
Curacao's equally large ,
Spanish Inquisition in footsteps during their secret Ashkenazic community has
Brazil. Then, in 1654, the worship services during the its own Orthodox congrega-
tion, Shaarei Tsedek, at 39
Sephardic Cong. Mikve - Inquisition.
Mikve Israel-Emanuel is Scharlooweg.
Israel ("The Hope of Is-
rael") was established.
Still more families ar-
rived from Holland dur-
ing the second half of the
17th Century.
When the United States
gained independence in
1776, Curacao already had
a Jewish population of
nearly 2,000 — more than
the total number of Jews in
all 13 colonies!
In fact, Curacao had the
largest, the wealthiest and
most influential Jewish
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economy, most notably as
merchants, sailors and
shipowners.
Curacao's Mikve Israel-
Emanuel, with a member-
ship of approximately 300,
is today the oldest syna-
gogue in continuous use in
the Western Hemisphere.
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Interestingly, 1982 carries
special significance as it
marks the 250th anniver-
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CHUCK STEAK & MIDDLE CHUCK
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Housed in a pastel-
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Willemstad, the syna-
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2 Temples Grow

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— A Reform congregation
near here has grown so
rapidly in the last few years
that it has spawned a second
congregation.
Temple
Isaiah
in
Lafayette has grown to 600
families, and Cong. Bnai
Tikvah in Walnut Creek
has tripled its membership
in one year to nearly 100
families.

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