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EL AL Israel Airlines Celebrates Passover in the Skies
More than 75,000 Sheets of Matzah & 225 Pounds of Assorted Chocolates
Served on Holiday Flights from the USA

NEW YORK – March 15, 2013
– EL AL Israel Airlines is celebrating Passover by offering special holiday menus in its First, Platinum Business and Economy classes during the holiday. In addition, to accommodate the high demand of travelers, the airline has added 1,300 seats between the USA and Israel.
As the world’s only kosher airline, EL AL specially prepares all Passover meals in accordance with Jewish dietary laws under rabbinic supervision. This year, more than 275 pounds of smoked salmon, 225 pounds of assorted chocolates and more than 75,000 sheets of Matzah will be served on all EL AL flights flying the U.S.A/Israel route. In keeping with the holiday kashrut laws, beer and whiskey (which contain grain) will be removed from aircraft and matzah will be served with every meal, replacing all bread products. To meet the required rabbinical inspection, all EL AL aircraft, premium class lounges, kitchens and catering equipment will also undergo a thorough cleaning.
In all classes of service, EL AL passengers enjoy freshly prepared appetizing meals using gourmet Passover recipes. Some of the special dishes being prepared for the holiday are caramelized onion and vegetable toasted matzah farfel and roasted eggplant and red peppers with matzah crisp. Catering for EL AL flights from New York (JFK/Newark) is provided by Borenstein Caterers, Inc., a daughter company of EL AL, and is prepared by Executive Chef Steven Weintraub. Award-winning chef and television personality Moshe Segev spearheads all catering operations in Israel for EL AL flights departing Tel Aviv.

Travelers interested in creating a delicious charoset recipe for their Seder at home can follow these instructions from Chef Weintraub and Chef Segev:
10 dried figs
15 prunes
1 cup apple juice
¼ cup sweet red wine
1 green apple, finely chopped
1 level teaspoon of ground cinnamon
1 pinch of ground cloves
4 heaping tablespoons of toasted almond pieces
Place the dried fruit into a food processor with the cinnamon, cloves and red wine. Pulse.
Add apples and almonds. Pulse again until the texture is coarse and uniform.
Add apple juice until the texture is like a rich spread. Transfer the spread to a jar.
Refrigerate before serving.
Please note that the Charoset is a bit looser than usual but after refrigeration it attains the perfect texture for spreading on matzah.

For information about EL AL or to book a holiday EL AL flight, visit www.elal.com or call EL AL (800) 223-6700.  Learn more about special promotions as well as activities, special events, and useful travel tips to Israel, plus more by joining the airline on Facebook (EL AL Israel Airlines USA) and Twitter (@ELALUSA).
Publish Date 17/03/2013