Chocolate Pepsi Cake (Dairy)

Ingredients: 2 cups sugar 2 cups flour 1 cup Pepsi 2 sticks butter 3 tablespoons cocoa 2 eggs, beaten 1⁄2 cup buttermilk 1 teaspoon baking soda 1 teaspoon vanilla 11⁄2 cups miniature marshmallows Frosting: 1⁄3 cup Pepsi 1 stick butter 3 tablespoons cocoa 1 teaspoon vanilla 1 pound powdered sugar Cake directions: Mix sugar and… Read More

Iran Oversight Advances


In the end, Maryland’s newly ascendant junior senator got what he wanted. The unanimous passing Tuesday of the Iran Nuclear Review Act of 2015, referred to colloquially as the Corker bill after its chief sponsor, by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee marked an important first test of Democratic Sen. Ben Cardin’s ability to negotiate the… Read More

B’More Represented in Inaugural Leadership Class

Barak Hermann 
(File Photo)

JCC of Greater Baltimore President Barak Hermann has been selected as a Schusterman Fellow, the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation announced Monday. Hermann is one of 24 fellows from the United States, Israel, Australia and Europe from a variety of Jewish and secular nonprofit and for-profit organizations who were selected for the inaugural fellowship…. Read More

Out in the Open


It’s no doubt at the forefront of the minds of the approximately 45 attendees at this weekend’s Eshel retreat — designed to support Orthodox parents of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender children — that the Supreme Court will hear arguments to decide whether the Constitution allows for a state to deny same-sex couples their right… Read More

Daily Money Management


As the baby boomer generation ages, protecting hard-earned savings and investments against fraud and maintaining financial organization into retirement have become prominent issues. “There are approximately 10,000 people turning 65 every day, and that’s continuing for about the next 15 years,” said Hank Greenberg, Maryland director of the American Association of Retired Persons. Baby boomers… Read More

Opening Our Eyes


With the Supreme Court due to take up the hotly contested issue of marriage equality later this month, reactions to the phenomenon of same-sex unions have ranged from the thoughtful — National Public Radio’s “Morning Edition” began a series on the topic this week by engaging rank-and-file North Dakotans in conversation — to the strange… Read More

Mimouna 5775


With red fezzes perched on their heads and sweet treats in hand, Baltimore Jews marked the end of Passover with a Mimouna celebration. Nearly 150 community members attended the Sunday event co-sponsored by Chevrei Tzedek Congregation and the Baltimore Zionist District and supported by a Jewish Education Enhancement Project grant from the Macks Center for… Read More

Rolled Stuffed Eggplant (Dairy*)

Ingredients: 1 very large eggplant, about 11⁄2 to 2 pounds (to get 10 long 1⁄4-inch-wide slices) sea salt and freshly ground pepper to taste 1 15-ounce container part-skim ricotta cheese 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese 4 tablespoons grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese 1 tablespoon chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley 1 small egg, beaten 1 teaspoon ground black pepper… Read More

Vegetable Paella (Pareve)

Ingredients: 2 14-ounce cans quartered artichoke hearts, drained lemon juice to taste 2 onions, chopped 2 tablespoons olive oil 2 15-ounce cans diced tomatoes, drained 3 leeks, white portion only, chopped 3 green or other colored peppers, cut into strips 6 asparagus spears, cut into pieces 1⁄2 cup frozen peas, defrosted 4 10-ounce cans of… Read More

A Real Concern

Secretary of State John Kerry meets with foreign ministers in Lausanne, Switzerland, during negotiations with Iranian leaders about the future of their nuclear program. (State Department photo/SIPA/Newscom)

Israeli politicians and American Jewish organizations were nearly unanimous this week in voicing concern and skepticism about the framework nuclear agreement reached between a U.S.-led coalition of six nations and Iran last Thursday. The deal, they say, does not go far enough to prevent the threat of a nuclear-armed Tehran in the near future. Shortly… Read More