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A native of Los Angeles, Rebbetzin Ruthie Simon exudes sparkle and warmth and has been in the forefront of Jewish Outreach...

Since moving to London from Israel in 1989, where she directed the Beginners Programme in a women’s college of Jewish studies – Ruthie is interested in family education and developing her creativity with her trademark flair.

She teaches, counsels, inspires, and organises both within and beyond the confines of Kesher. Since 2004 Ruthie has co-chaired an annual international conference in the USA for Jewish outreach professionals. Ruthie is widely admired for her California- inspired creative kosher cuisine, frequently enjoyed at the Kesher Kiddush.

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Ask the Rabbi: Quinoa on Pesach
Dear Rabbi Simon,
Where do you stand on quinoa (and the kitniyot ban) for Pesach?
Many thanks,
Dear Tzippy,
In line with other American authorities, I am in favour of quinoa. Although I reject completely the voices (mostly from Israel) seeking to abolish the ban on kitniyot entirely, IMO we do not need to include in the prohibition pseudo-grains that were unknown in the Old World until modern times. Best to buy with a Pesach hechsher though, to be free of any possible wheat contamination.
Rabbi Rashi Simon
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