On May 23, 2015, TRUDY, (nee Kirchhausen), beloved wife of the late Harold Turkel; devoted mother of Steven (Barbara) Turkel and James (Paulette) Turkel; dear sister of Martin (Barbara) Kirchhausen and the late Rina Manor; loving daughter of the late Julius Hugo and Elsa Kirchhausen; cherished grandmother of David (Jocelyn) Turkel, Gina (Nicholas) Steber, Amy… Read More


2 tablespoon red wine vinegar 1⁄4 cup extra-virgin olive oil 1 small garlic clove, finely chopped 1⁄4 teaspoon salt or to taste 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh parsley leaves 12 ounces canned tuna (preferably packed in oil), drained and coarsely mashed with a fork 12-ounce can white beans, drained and rinsed 1 medium head escarole,… Read More


1 1⁄2 pounds fresh salmon, cut into 6 portions 1 28-ounce jar marinara sauce 8-ounce jar pesto 1 pound angel hair pasta, cooked according to directions salt and pepper lemon juice shredded Parmesan cheese, optional Season salmon with salt and pepper to taste and sprinkle with lemon juice.  Grill, bake or broil until done, yet… Read More


3 1⁄2 to 4 cups fresh blackberries 1 cup water 1 cup sugar 2 tablespoons flour 6 tablespoons butter or margarine Crust: 1⁄3 cup shortening (Crisco) 11⁄2 cups flour 3 to 4 tablespoons cold buttermilk or ice water 1 tablespoon melted butter or margarine 1 teaspoon sugar Pour the berries into an 8-inch-square or 2-quart… Read More


1 1⁄2 cups sour cream 1⁄2 cup fresh (preferably) orange juice   4 eggs 1⁄2 stick butter, melted 2 tablespoons sugar 1 teaspoon vanilla (or use a teaspoon concentrated frozen orange juice for more orange flavor) 12 to 18 plain or fruit-filled blintzes (amounts depend on size of blintzes — I sometimes use 6 of… Read More

Despite Tragedy, Rail Travel Is a Safe Bet

Many rail passengers fret about safety, especially following an accident such as last week’s deadly Amtrak derailment in Philadelphia. But statistically, driving your car to the train station is much more dangerous. “Notwithstanding Amtrak’s Philadelphia tragedy, which Amtrak has acted to ensure will not be repeated, trains are a very safe way to travel —… Read More

An Open Letter to Our Baltimore Jewish Community

For the past five years, it has been my honor to serve as rabbi of Beth Am Synagogue in Reservoir Hill. Together, we have worked to advance an agenda of community engagement, deepening bonds between our members and our majority non-Jewish, African-American neighbors. These efforts have led us down an exciting and meaningful path including… Read More

L.A.’s Iranian-Jewish Community

Drawn to California by the climate, business opportunities and a well-established and organized Jewish community, Los Angeles is now home to anywhere between 45,000 and 60,000 Iranian Jews. L.A.’s Iranian Jews created booming businesses that still thrive downtown, founded kosher supermarkets and revived older synagogues, according to Tabby Davoodi, 32, executive director of 30 Years… Read More

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