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The Big Oy Vey Evaluation and Other News

Door Tori Egherman

Oy Vey hosts Jewish events and activities in the Netherlands. 

The missing moon in the night sky? That marks the beginning of a Jewish month, this time Sivan. Sivan is the month that we get the holiday of Shavuot that some mark with dairy delights and study. If you’re looking for a cheesecake recipe, scroll down.

For Oy Vey, this is the month we have chosen to study ourselves. To do so, we need your help. Please, please, fill out our survey. Do it now before you forget!

Here’s the link: The Big Oy Vey Survey

Save the date: Oct 17Oy Vey is planning something special for the first full day of Sukkot, 17 Oct. Mark your calendars now. Save that date.

What’s Coming Up?

Queer Shabbat Dinner

Join us at the for the Oy Vey Queer Shabbat Dinner as part of Jacob Israël de Haan Month. More information here

Havdalah Potluck Dinner

Check out Oy Vey’s first Havdalah potluck dinner. We’re starting early on Saturday, 20 July to welcome families and children. For those who’d rather come later – we will be around until around 22.30. At about 21.50 we will be enjoying the official Havdalah ceremony. More information here

cheesecake with a slice missing and blueberries
Cheesecake made by Oy Vey member Mari V. from the recipe!

We’re recycling a Tori’s mother’s cheesecake recipe for the lactose tolerant. It makes for a great Shavout treat and a good reason to invite Tori over for a tasting.

The Oy Vey Recipe


  • 1-1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs – around 355 ml – and since the UK left the EU graham crackers are nearly impossible to find here. So any crisp cookie will do: speculaas, those delicious crispy butter cookies you sometimes get with your coffee, even waffle cones (for ice cream). You just have to reduce them to crumbs in a blender.
  • 3 Tbsp. sugar (44 ml)
  • 1/3 cup butter or margarine, melted (78 ml)
  • 4 pkg. (8 oz. each) PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese, softened
  • 1 cup sugar (200 grams)
  • 1 tsp. vanilla (5ml)
  • 4 eggs (4)


  1. Heat oven to 150°C.
  2. Combine graham crumbs, sugar and butter; press onto bottom of 9-inch springform pan. (springvormpan)
  3. Beat cream cheese, sugar and vanilla with mixer until blended. Add eggs, 1 at a time, mixing on low speed after each just until blended. Pour over crust.
  4. Bake 55 min. or until center is almost set. Run knife around rim of pan to loosen cake; cool before removing rim. Refrigerate cheesecake 4 hours.
  5. Invite Tori over to taste the results. *Important!*