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Feb 22, 2021

Virtual Cooking Class at Congregation B’nai Israel of Rumson

By: Lori Draz

Congregation B’nai Israel (CBI) wishes everyone a happy and healthy February and invites all to join in some of the activities at this welcoming congregation.

On Sunday Feb. 21 at 11 am, they held a Virtual Cooking Class: Purim Edition! Join CBI Chef Margo as she makes/demonstrates baking hamentaschen and chocolate babka. Here is the recipe to make it along with Margo.

Hamentaschen (pareve/dairy-free)

Note: The dairy-free version of hamentaschen requires the dough to be made and chilled the day before you make this along with Margo.

Itโ€™s simple – mix all the dry ingredients in a bowl, add all the wet ingredients and zests, and mix until well incorporated. Then form into a disk, wrap in plastic and refrigerate.

You will need:

4 cups flour

2 tsp. baking powder

Pinch of salt

2/3 cup neutral oil (i.e. canola, avocado, etc.)

2 large eggs plus 1 egg yolk

1 cup sugar

Zest of a lemon and an orange

2 to 3 tbsp. fresh lemon juice (half a lemon)

4 to 5 tbsp. orange juice

Raspberry or apricot preserves, poppy seed or prune filling, or any filling you desire

1 egg for a wash

The chocolate babka will be a demonstration only as making a babka is a time-consuming, with three separate risings. But join the class to see how Margo does it.

Registration will be required in order to get the Zoom link.ย  Register on the event page at After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

CBI is also pleased to announce its new Fourth Friday Family Shabbat Service at 6 pm. Spend 20 to 25 minutes together with your family and anyone who wishes to join. The service will consist of Shabbat prayers, stories and songs and be led by Rabbi Doug Sagal.

Upcoming dates for Fourth Friday are Feb. 26 and March 26. To get the Zoom link, ask to join the CBI event mailing list by emailing A link will be sent out before every service.

Purim events are being planned. Please check the website for updates.

Congregation Bโ€™nai Israel is located at 171 Ridge Rd. in Rumson. To learn more about upcoming virtual and live events and this wonderful congregation, visit