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EL AL ISRAEL AIRLINES CELEBRATES HOLIDAY SEASON

WIN A TICKET TO ISRAEL VIA SOCIAL MEDIA PHOTO CONTEST,
COMPLIMENTARY EDUCATIONAL HISTORICAL CARDS,
IN-FLIGHT HOLIDAY TREATS, RECIPES & MORE

NEW YORK – December 4, 2012 – EL AL Israel Airlines invites travelers to embrace the spirit of the festive season with holiday-themed offerings and a chance to win a ticket to Israel.

SOCIAL MEDIA CONTEST: SHARE A PHOTO OF YOUR FAVORITE GIFT
A roundtrip EL AL ticket to Israel will be given to a lucky winner as part of a social media contest that is being launched on December 6th and will run through year end, December 31, 2012.  Anyone who uploads a photo of their favorite gift to the "Holiday Contest" application on the EL AL Facebook page (ELALIsraelAirlinesUSA) will automatically be entered for a chance to win. Contest participants can also submit their photo via Twitter (twitter.com/ELALUSA) or Instagram (instagram.com/ELALUSA) with the hashtag #ELALUSA.

COMPLIMENTARY CARDS HIGHLIGHTING ISRAELI LEADERS AND LANDMARKS
To highlight some of Israel’s more prominent historical figures and sights, EL AL will be distributing a series of eight cards in both English and Hebrew to local schools, travelers, and social media fans. Each card features facts and anecdotes of renowned Israeli individuals including David Ben-Gurion, Israel’s first Prime Minister; Golda Meir, Israel’s first female Prime Minister; and Chaim Weizmann, the first President of the State of Israel. Famous landmarks such as the Dead Sea, Massada and the Western Wall are also featured. Friends and family can visit the EL AL Facebook page and send a message to obtain a complimentary set of cards.

TRADITIONAL HOLIDAY SPIRIT, RECIPES AND TREATS
EL AL is sharing the spirit of Chanukah with passengers by serving festive holiday treats, sufganiot (jelly donuts) and latkes (potato pancakes) on flights between the USA and Israel. From the USA, more than 1600 potatoes and 460 pounds of raspberry jam as well as 77 cups of cinnamon will be used to prepare the traditional holiday delicacies. These will also be served in EL AL King David premium class lounges throughout the world, in addition to the snacks that are usually offered. A menorah lighting ceremony in the lounges will also be held nightly throughout the holiday.

Those looking to create these sumptuous holiday goodies at home can prepare the easy-to-follow recipes from the Executive Chef of Borenstein Caterers (a subsidiary of EL AL),  Steven Weintraub.


SUFGANIOT

1 cup warm water
1 cup sugar
4 oz. melted shortening (not too hot)
1 dozen eggs
2 tbsp. baking powder
All-purpose flour as necessary to give dough a bread-roll consistency
24 oz. raspberry jam
1 cup sugar
1/4 cup cinnamon

Combine yeast, water, sugar, shortening, eggs, baking powder and flour.  Roll into donut hole-size balls. Set over warm stove and allow to rise and double in size.  Fry donuts in hot oil until golden brown.  Remove from grease and cool partially on wire rack.  Fill with raspberry jam using a spiked pastry bag.  Roll donuts in cinnamon-sugar.  Cool at room temperature.  Makes about 3 ½ dozen.


LATKES

5 raw, peeled, shredded Idaho potatoes
1/4 tsp. baking powder
1 diced small Spanish onion
1/2 tsp. kosher salt
1/2 diced red pepper 
1/8  tsp. ground white pepper
1/4 cup flour 
1 cup canola oil
1 egg (beaten)

Sauté onions and red pepper in 2 tbsp. in oil.  Add shredded potatoes; quickly sauté and blend.  Remove from heat and add flour, egg, baking powder, salt and pepper.  Blend well.  Heat skillet and add remainder of oil.  Drop a ¼ cup of mixture in a skillet.  Form round pancakes and fry until golden brown on each side.  Makes about 2 dozen.


For more information and to book, visit www.elal.com or call EL AL at (800) 223-6700. Learn more about the new EL AL Economy Class Plus, special promotions, special events in Israel and useful travel tips by joining the airline on Facebook (EL AL Israel Airlines USA) and Twitter (@ELALUSA).

 
Publish Date 05/12/2012