Celebrate Passover this year with these sweet treats

Women of Reform Judaism celebrate WRJ's 100th anniversary with Shabbat service at Baltimore Hebrew Synagogue.
Women of Reform Judaism celebrate WRJ's 100th anniversary with Shabbat service at Baltimore Hebrew Synagogue. (Photo by Marcia Bornfriend , Carroll County Times)

With the Passover holiday approaching, Sonya Goodman, R.N. - a Beth El Synagogue member with a wonderful reputation as a great cook - with the assistance of her lovely grand-daughter, Heather Goodman, were kind enough to instruct a class of Beth El congregants how to prepare a trio of yummy Passover desserts.

The timing was perfect, mid-March, prior to the holiday Passover. Sonya and Heather shared recipes for tasty Matzo Baklava, two variations of Chocolate Matzo and a Caramel Matzo Crunch. As an added bonus, everyone taste-tested everything. Every dessert was delicious!

Sonya also told those in attendance that they were also welcome to a big selection of 600 - yes, 600 - recipes she has on her computer!

Thank you Sonya for sharing your tasty Passover desserts, and providing access to your fab recipe collection. Thank you also Heather Goodman, grandmom's very helpful assistant.

Additional thanks, Staci Downing, fotog.

Note: Happy April birthday Jerry Goodman!

For the readers of my column that celebrate the holiday of Passover that lasts seven days and the eating of Matzo instead of crackers and bread, best wishes for an enjoyable holiday! For non-Jewish readers of my column that celebrate Easter, best wishes for a happy and enjoyable Easter! L'Chaim!

Baltimore Hebrew Congregation: "Women of Reform Judaism" congregations throughout the world celebrated the same Shabbat weekend service, in a symbolic and historic event, to commemorate its 100th anniversary.

Worldwide, beginning with erev (the night before) Sabbath, Friday evening, all reform sisterhoods, used the same program agenda, a WRJ Centennial booklet.

At Baltimore Hebrew Congregation, program participants included respected Rabbi Andrew Bush, spiritual leader, equally respected Rabbi Elissa Sachs-Kohen, plus beautiful voiced and talented Cantor Robbie Solomon with his guitar, who harmonized musically with equally talented Jimmy Galdieri, pianist. Jimmy is the Temple's music director. Ann Fishkin, immediate past sisterhood president, did the prayer for the traditional Sabbath candles. Additional program participants included past sisterhood presidents and officers Linda Litofsky, Phyllis Lederman, Marcia Bornfriend, Karan Engerman, Carol Caplan, Debbie Shpritz, Rheta Schloss, Thommie Williams, Alice Trosch, Louise Kimper and Debbie Friedman.

Helene Waranch, a member of Baltimore Hebrew sisterhood, a past WRJ national president, introduced personable Blair Marks, national WRJ first vice president, updating everyone regarding the 100-year cycle of WRJ. Ellen Wagner is president, National Women of Reform Judaism (WRJ) mid-atlantic region.

Sandy Raskin, current Baltimore Hebrew Congregation sisterhood president concluded the Friday night shabbat service. Saturday's Sabbath service was also WRJ inspired.

In our area, WRJ sisterhoods include Baltimore Hebrew Congregation, Oheb Shalom, Har Sinai, Temple Emanuel, referred to locally as WRJ "Quint Sisterhoods" this also includes Temple Ben Aviv, located in Columbia.

Presidency of above sisterhoods includes Sandy Raskin, Baltimore Hebrew; Adele Cohan, Oheb Shalom; Fran Bernstein, Eilene Cohen, Marcia Klein share a triple tenure presidency at Har Sinai and Sheryll Ziporkin at Temple Ben Aviv, in Columbia, Md.

In regard to fund-raising, WRJ sisterhoods have a unique fund-raising "YES" fund referred to as Uniongrams. These are greeting cards conveying personal messages of congrats and unfortunately, memoriam.

"YES" Fund Uniongrams benefit:

High school and college programs of the Reform Judaism Temple Movement

Education - scholarships and grants for rabbinic students

Special Projects - religious education, social and humanitarian concerns and leadership development

The reasonable price of these "YES" Uniongrams is $2.

Listing only a few of the immediate current past active Baltimore Hebrew Congregation sisterhood presidents Clem Kaufman, Joyce Ottenheimer, Bunny Mayers, Marlyn O'Mansky, Betty Segal, Naomi Benzil, Carol Caplan, Alice Dolle Trosch, Connie Getzov, Sylvia Beser, Phyllis Lederman, Gerri Koabren, Lynda Weinstein, Karan Engerman, Ann Fishkin and current president, Sandy Raskin.

Following services, Classic Caterers catered a very tasty dinner. Thank you Marci Knosen, coordinating this dinner event for Classic.

Alice Dolle Trosch designed the attractive table centerpieces.

Marcia Bornfriend was event fotog.

Movie at Beth El Synagogue

Beth El Events committee is hosting a documentary film titled, "An Article of Hope" showcasing a small sacred torah scroll that survived the horrific holocaust and then a journey in the space shuttle Columbia.

This film tells an intriguing story of the first Israeli Astronaut Colonel Ilan Ramon and the outcome of this venture.

The screening will take place Sunday, April 7, at 2 p.m. at Beth El Synagogue, in their spacious Offit Auditorium. The synagogue's address is 8101 Park Heights Ave., Pikesville.

Admission is free. No reservations necessary.