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Jennifer Labranche and her two sisters Amy and Lindsey grew up in Beverly Hills. Jennifer is married to Manny Labranche and they have three children, Nathan, Sophia and Brody. Their children go to a Jewish school and they proudly practice the traditions handed down from generations. All four of Jennifer’s grandparents were holocaust survivors. This recipe was submitted in partnership with "If You Heard What I Heard" to celebrate our resiliency and traditions. Families with Holocaust Survivors were asked to submit a recipe and story that reminds them of their grandparents.

L’Dor V’Dor – Regina’s Kugel


During the Jewish holidays our house was always filled with the smell of cinnamon and raisins. My grandmother made this kugel for every holiday and she always cooked it in a glass baking dish. It was quite a treat to peek in and see the sides start to brown. This dish is still one of my families favorite things to eat, and we often eat it right out of the casserole dish. When I make this now, my kids know it’s Nina’s Kugel recipe, and it connects us as our family and our traditions.

Regina (Gold) Kleiner was born in Zamosc, Poland where she lived until she was nine years old when the Germans invaded her town. She and her parents went on the run for two years constantly fleeing and escaping. Their path took them east through many locations including Latvia, Kobna, Ukraine, Poltava, Russia, Chelyabinsk, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Tashkent, Osh Siberia, Chelyabinsk, Central Asia, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan. The family ended up in Siberia in-hiding for the remainder of the war. After the war they went back to Warsaw, Poland for a year and a half. Trying to obtain immigration to the United States, they left Poland and went to Prague and then to Paris. Despite having relatives in America the immigration process was very difficult. While her American relatives paid $1,200 for each family member to arrive it was not enough and the American Joint Committee helped pay the balance. Through this long process the family proceeded to Spain and was settled in Havana Cuba for 3 years before finally making it to Miami. In 1951 the family happily settled for good in Los Angeles.

yields 8-10 servings


  • Butter, for
    greasing the pan
  • 16 oz. wide egg noodles
  • 5 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 16 oz. sour cream
  • 8 oz. cottage cheese
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon


  • 1 ½ cup Corn Flakes, crushed
  • 4 Tbsp of Butter
  • 1 Tbsp of Sugar
  • 2 Tsp of cinnamon


Preheat the oven to 350°. Grease a 9” x 13” baking dish.

In a large pot of boiling water, cook pasta until al dente, 5 minutes. Drain.

In a large bowl mix together eggs, butter, sour cream, cottage cheese, sugar, and cinnamon then stir in noodles.

Pour into prepared dish.

For the topping, mix the cornflakes, sugar and cinnamon and sprinkle over the kugel. Add small pats of butter over the and bake until set, 1 hour.

Cover with aluminum foil if the top starts to get too dark.

Grandma sometimes added pineapples (without the juice), orange or apricot jam or golden raisins.


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