Passover in Pakistan

Four days before Passover in 1987, Rabbi Zalman Gerber was contacted by an Iranian he met at yeshiva in California. He was asked to fly with him to Pakistan. Although it was nearly a decade after the Iranian revolution, young Iranian Jews were still fleeing, and there was a group of boys in Pakistan waiting… Read More

Golden Opporunity

Jobs are coming to northern Israel in the country’s fledgling natural gas industry, and Erez College is opening the door to those new careers. People have long joked that after 40 years in the desert, Moses still led the Jews to the only place in the Middle East without oil or gas. In 2009, that… Read More

Chocolate Pepsi Cake (Dairy)

Ingredients: 2 cups sugar 2 cups flour 1 cup Pepsi 2 sticks butter 3 tablespoons cocoa 2 eggs, beaten 1⁄2 cup buttermilk 1 teaspoon baking soda 1 teaspoon vanilla 11⁄2 cups miniature marshmallows Frosting: 1⁄3 cup Pepsi 1 stick butter 3 tablespoons cocoa 1 teaspoon vanilla 1 pound powdered sugar Cake directions: Mix sugar and… Read More

Rolled Stuffed Eggplant (Dairy*)

Ingredients: 1 very large eggplant, about 11⁄2 to 2 pounds (to get 10 long 1⁄4-inch-wide slices) sea salt and freshly ground pepper to taste 1 15-ounce container part-skim ricotta cheese 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese 4 tablespoons grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese 1 tablespoon chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley 1 small egg, beaten 1 teaspoon ground black pepper… Read More

Vegetable Paella (Pareve)

Ingredients: 2 14-ounce cans quartered artichoke hearts, drained lemon juice to taste 2 onions, chopped 2 tablespoons olive oil 2 15-ounce cans diced tomatoes, drained 3 leeks, white portion only, chopped 3 green or other colored peppers, cut into strips 6 asparagus spears, cut into pieces 1⁄2 cup frozen peas, defrosted 4 10-ounce cans of… Read More

From Darkness to Light

Tonight, Jews throughout our community and the world will gather for the first Passover seder. While enjoying the elements of the meal that may be special to their families, they will embrace Passover traditions passed down from generation to generation. These unique touches and tastes make this holiday especially personal for each family. But the… Read More


10 eggs, separated Juice and rind of l lemon 11⁄2 cups sugar 3⁄4 cup mixture of half potato starch and half cake meal 2 tablespoons cocoa powder 6 ounces chocolate chips 2 tablespoons heavy whipping cream or non-dairy cream Sift the potato starch and cake meal four to seven times over waxed paper. Grate the… Read More


If you’ve ever been to Italy and sipped a cappuccino, you may have been lucky enough to enjoy these almond-flavored cookies, which are a favorite of Shoyer. Parchment paper 8-ounce bag slivered almonds (about 13⁄4 cups) 1 cup sugar 1 tablespoon potato starch (flour can be substituted after Passover) 2 large egg whites 1 tablespoon… Read More


1 large whole chicken, cut into 8 pieces 4 teaspoons ground cumin 1 tablespoon paprika 2 teaspoons garlic powder 1⁄4 teaspoon each salt and black pepper, plus more as needed 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 1 head garlic, cloves separated, not peeled For Salsa Verde: 2 tablespoons vegetable oil 4 cloves garlic, cut in… Read More