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HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, MARCH 22, 2013 PAGE 17A grains,' By Chavie Lieber on the holiday. Menachem Genack, the NEW YORK (JTA)--On CEOofO.U.Kosher, alsocited any given day, a wind might the danger of quinoa crops blow through the farmlands grown in close proximity to of South -America, pick up wheat and barley fields. an errant grain of barley and Star-K, a rival kosher cer- deposit it nearby among the tification company based in vast rows of cultivated quinoa. Baltimore, hasbeen certifying Ifthatbarleymanagestomake quinoa as Passover-friendly its way into a sifted batch of for years and dismisses what quinoa, and avoid detection it sees as an outlandish pro- during repackaging, it could hibition. wind up gracing your seder "Rav Moshe Feinstein said table on Passover night, we weren't to add on to the However dubious it might rules of kitniyot, so I don't seem, the scenario is among knowwhyanyonewould,"said the reasons that the world's Rabbi Tzvi Rosen of Star-K, largest kosher certification referring to the esteemed agency is refusing to sanction decisor of Jewish religious law quinoaforPassoverconsump- who died in 1986."Andwhat's tion, potentially depriving more tellingofthis ridiculous Jewish consumers of a high- debate is that quinoa is a seed, fiber, protein-rich staple that not a legume." many have come to rely on LongastapleoftheAndean during the weeklong holiday', diet, quinoa has earned a The Orthodox Union an- reputation as "the mother of nouncedlastyearthatitwould all grains," celebrated for its not certify quinoaas kosher for high nutrient quality and as Passover out of concern that an alternative for those fol- quinoa falls into the category lowing a gluten-free diet. But ofkitniyot, agroupoflegumes quinoa is not a grain at all. forbidden because they look It's a member of the goosefoot similar to grains proscribed family, and closely related to Tom Check/Creative Commons The kosher-for-Passover debate is raging over quinoa, which has become a favorite food for gluten-free and Pass- over menus. spinach and beets. On Passover--when wheat, oats, rye, spelt and barley are all prohibited--quinoa has emerged as a popular substitute. That could change, how- ever, with the world's major kosher certifier refusing to give quinoa its Passover seal of approval. "We can't certify quinoa be- cause it looks like a grain and people might get confused," Genack said. "It's a disputed food, so we can't hold an opin- ion, and we don't certify it. Those who rely on the O.U. for a kashrut just won't have quinoa on Passover." The O.U.'s npda-endorse- ment is the result of a debate within the organization's own ranks. Rabbi Yisroel Belsky, the theirlocalrabbis for guidance head of Brooklyn's Yeshiva onthequinoaquestion.Butfor Torah Vodaas and a consult- Eve Becket, risking a rabbinic ing rabbi for the O.U., main- prohibition on a staple food tains that quinoa qualifies as probably won't sit too well in kitniyot because it's used in herhouse.AJewishfoodblog-" a manner similar to forbid- ger who maintains a strictly den grains. ' Rabbi Hershel gluten-free kitchen because Schachter, one of the heads her daughter has Celiac dis- of Yeshiva University's rab- ease, Beckersaidquinoaisone binicalschoolandalsoanO.U, of the most important foods. consultant, agrees with Rosen "It'satinypowerhousepacked that the category of kitniyot with protein, vitamins and should not be expanded: minerals, and it's an important Rosen said the Star-K certi- grain alternative, especially on ties only the quinoa that has no Passover,"Beckersaid."It'sgreat other grains growing nearby, to have it on Passover instead This year, for the first time, of the usual potatoes, potatoes, the company sent supervisors potatoes. Most of the Passover to South America to supervise foods just end up tasting like the harvesting, sifting and Passover, so we rely on quinoa packaging of the product, to be that side staple." "Whenever there's a new Ilana S., a mother of two age food, there's always a fight who lives on Manhattan's Up- between kosher factions," per West Side, said she trusts Rosen said. "But we should the O.U. and will refrain, be worrying about other begrudgingly, from buying things, like all the cookies, quinoa this Passover. pizzas and noodles that are "These rabbis are always Passover certified but appear changing their minds, so to be chametz. Quinoa is the I'm confident they'll have a least of our problems." new statement next year," The O.U. is recommending she said. "Until then, its only thatkosher consumerslookto eight days." in By Hillel Kuttler "They remembered that Avni explained that Ruth remained standing or Spain's leader, Francisco JERUSALEM(JTA)--Karl sitting, not kneeling, before Franco, was allied with the and Ruth Albrecht, a couple the sacrament," Arroyo said Nazis until the U.S.invasion who fled Nazi Germany, of his mother-in-law and of nearby North Africa in were given shelter in 1941 her sister, late 1942. But before and or 1942 at SantaMariade La Another recollection is of after the invasion, Span- Vid,'a monastery in Spain. Karlsippingbrandywhenanish police cooperated with He was Catholic, she was agitated Ruth arrived, tell- the Gestapo, and "Jews in Jewish. ing Karl they had to leave. Spain were worried that Santiago Arroyo, a resi- "He said, 'For now, this is if they were caught, they dent of Burgos, a north- the most important thing would be turned over." The ern Castile city near the we have to do--just enjoy concern was particularly monastery for Augustinian it,'" referring to the br indy, acute among German Jews, monks, tells of a connection Arroyo said. Avni said. his family has to the period And then the couple de-"It could be that this andwonderswhatbecameof parted the monastery and, couple searched for secure the couple, presumably, the country,, shelter in this monastery," Don Grigorio Arranz for good. They hoped tohe said. "The Germans were became friendly with the reach America, and Arroyo not specifically looking couple because as a physi- is curious to know whether for Jews, but they looked cian, his work often took they made it. for who they wanted. They him to the monastery. His The Albrechts were in didn't have to kidnap any- daughters, Pilar and Reme- their mid-40s and childless, one; the minute they asked dios, knew them, too. Pilar, but perhaps their American for someone, the Spanish now 96, is the mother of friends, neighbors or rela- police would find and get Arroyo'swife, LourdesNieto tives will read this column them." Arranz. and help him put the pieces Since he initially con- Manyyears agoArroyo, a together, Arroyo said. tacted "Seeking Kin', last wine salesman and a Catho- According to Haim Avni,year, Arroyo has sought lic, first heard Pilar speak professoremeritusatHebrew additional information from about the Albrechts. AnUniversity of Jerusalem's the current residents of La admireroflsraelandofJews, Institute Of Contemporary Vid but came up empty. he'contacted "Seeking Kin" Jewry, the Albrechts' story None of the monks living after reading a column in isunusuaibutplausible.The there is old enough to have an Israeli newspaper with a couple likely entered Spain beenthere duringtheAlbre- website he checks regularly. With transit visas, allowing chts' stay, he said. Arroyo isn't sure how them to remain in the coun- The case is.personally long the Albrechts stayed try legally only until the ship significant, Arroyo said, be- at LaVid, but itwas at least on which they held tickets cause"it'spartofourhistory a few months. One of the departed. Had they missed that's not very well known. Albrechts stayed part of the the ship or entered theTo have someone in our time in Madrid, traveling to country illegally, they likely rural setting who came from and from the monastery,would have been detainedat the outsideworldisveryap- The couple often spent the Miranda de Ebro prison pealing. It put [people] with Sunday afternoons with the near Burgos, he said, adding flesh and bones in a town in Arranzes or came for dinner that either scenario might the middle of nowhere," he or dessert, explain how they ended up said of the Albrechts. Remedios, now 94, told at La Vid. Arroyo would like to find Arroyo that Ruth Albrecht An expert on the Jews of any of their relatives to "tell was a beautiful woman Spain, Portugal and Latin thempartoftheirhistory, of with dark hair, but doesn't America, Avni also figured when their ancestors were remembermuchaboutKarl, that the Albrechts were in fleeing tyranny in Europe whoinSpainwentbyCarlos.Spain before the fall of1941, and met a family in the mid- The family recalls the when Germany ceased issu- dleofnowhere, in Castile," he Albrechts attending a con- ing exit visas to Jews.said.Hiswife's family, Arroyo version ceremony in theBut with Spain neutral in continued, "still remembers church for another German the war and not occupied themandstillcherishestheir refugee, a Protestant man by Germany, why did thefriendship." named Walter. couple need to hide? The Albrechts, he figured, "would be glad to know the story.,' Please email Hillel Kuttler at if you know the whereabouts of the Albrechts o. their relatives. If you wodd like "Seeking Kin" to wgte about your search for long-lost relatives and friends please include the principal facts and your contact inormation in a brief email. "Seeking Kin" is sponsored b~ Bryna Shuchat and Joshua ;andes and fam- ily in lovingmemorg of their mother ant grandmother, Miriam Shlchat, a lifelong uniter of Jewish people. ~ ! ii il F i Marianne Perdomo/Creative Commons The Santa Maria de La [rid monastery in Burgos, Spain, provided shelter to Karl and Ruth Albrecht, refugees from Nazi Germany. The Ways of the l Jghteous Senior Rbbi of Congregation Ohev Shalom, Aaron D. Rubinger, will begin a new adut education class on Thursday evenings, at 7 PM, starting April 4, 2013. Tkis class will read and discuss excepts from the anonymously written bok of the 15th century known as Orchot Tzaddikim, The Ways ofthe R hteous. The author chose to write his book anonymously since his aim vas only to instruct and not seek personal faime. The nattre of this work is "musar," ethical behavior and the development of a godly ode of conduct. This classic work deals with the ideal characteistics that a person of virtue should develop: the embracing of qualities uch as modesty, mercy, joy, being forgiving and speaking truth; avoidinsthe characteristics of arrogance, cruelty, envy, hatred and gossip. The clas.,will run from April 4 - May 9, 2013 and held at Congregation Shalom, 13 Concourse Parkway South, Maitland, FL 32751. Please RSP to Susan at 407-298-4650 or email clerclvasst@ohevsh lom:orq Sponsored b the Sager Foundation/Open to the Entire Community - Free of Charge