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And one that fills your sukkah with delicious delights
BY Ilene Spector
October 9, 2014

Sukkot celebrates the joy of the late summer harvest and is often thought of as the Jewish Thanksgiving. However, at this holiday, where we eat is as meaningful as what we eat. Through the sukkahs we simulate the experience of the Exodus from Egypt. Traveling to the Promised Land for 40 years through the desert, CONTINUE »

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The Hampden ice cream shop and Federal Hill restaurant combine their cuisine for a special sundae
BY Marc Shapiro
October 2, 2014

Hampden handcrafted ice cream shop The Charmery is no stranger to unusual ice cream flavors. Old Bay Caramel, Cheesecake with Graham Cracker Swirl, Chinese Food and a Movie (which features buttered popcorn and chocolate covered fortune cookies) and Mango Lassi have graced the menu, which is constantly changing. “My friends and employees are used to CONTINUE »

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Setting the menu high for the holidays
BY Ilene Spector
September 11, 2014

The high holidays are a time when I channel my inner Tevye. He starts singing softly in the back of my mind in late August, but as September nears, his plea is loud and clear: “Tradition! Tradition!” Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur food customs have evolved over the years, but it is safe to say CONTINUE »

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Anti-vaccine movement creates tension in Jewish community
BY Simone Ellin
August 28, 2014

As children return to school this week, some parents, physicians and scientists are engaged in an increasingly fierce debate over the safety and necessity of childhood vaccinations for diseases such as polio, hepatitis B, pertussis, diphtheria and chicken pox. Emotions run high on both sides, with parents who choose not to vaccinate claiming that they CONTINUE »

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The perfect summertime treat gets its own day
BY Ilene Spector | Photos by David Stuck
August 7, 2014

My grandchildren reminded me that Aug. 10 is National S’mores Day. I couldn’t disappoint them, so we decided to have an August S’mores weekend. I prepared by looking up the history of this uniquely American treat. After all, it could be a “Jeopardy” question someday. The name for s’mores originated when people asked for “some CONTINUE »