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

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