Knesset Israel Nursery School is lifeblood of Annapolis’ small Jewish community

In the back hallway of a massive and elegant synagogue in the heart of Annapolis sits a preschool with 36 children. From the outside, one might not recognize the school as anything special. It’s just a Jewish preschool. But walk inside the double doors, and the school comes alive — a lifeblood of a Jewish… Read More

Ask Mesila

Question: I lost my job and we have had to make drastic cuts to our family’s standard of living, which have significantly affected my children. I worry I am not providing the things they need and are used to having. How much should I involve them in our financial situation? Answer: The first thing you and your… Read More

The Flow Of The River

Healthy marriages make healthy children Water flows easily in a river when there are few or no rocks, sticks or other debris.  I visualize communication in relationships to be like a small river or stream. When you say something complimentary, kind and loving, you strengthen the waters of the stream. On the other hand, if… Read More

All the King’s Horses

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Protesters are carried off during the Gwynn Oak Park protest of 1963.

  A longtime multimedia journalist for WMAR-TV, O’Neal said it can be hard to find a new spin on an annual event. That was until he came across the story of Gwynn Oak Park. The one-time amusement park represented a key struggle in the battle over civil rights. On July 4, 1963, 283 people were… Read More

Why Should You Volunteer?

According to dictionary.com, “volunteers” are people who donate their time and energy to benefit the community as a social responsibility rather than for a financial reward. In health-care settings, volunteers are particularly important because they can help enhance the entire patient experience.

Menu Pleasers

Looking for new ideas for Shabbat dinner? How about a salmon trio featuring a teriyaki marinade, mustard dill marinade and sweet garlic marinade? Or maybe a grilled portabella mushroom and spinach salad as the side? Perhaps you’re looking to make brunch. There’s a caramel French toast with a layered turtle cheesecake for dessert.

A Little Jewish Soul Food

Culinary historian Michael W. Twitty, a scholar of traditional African American food culture, will appear at the Jewish Museum of Maryland, this Sunday, Feb 19, 1 — 3 p.m. Twitty, an expert on the foodways of enslaved African-Americans, has explored the culinary tradition of Africa, African- Americans and the African Diaspora. At the same time,… Read More

Flavor Forecast 2012

Wonder what’s “hot” for 2012? Baltimore-based McCormick and Company, the international spice and seasoning manufacturer, recently released its 2012 flavor forecast. Developed by an international team of McCormick chefs, sensory scientists, trend trackers marketing experts and food technologists, the following are some of those trends:

Eat Your Fruits and Vegetables

Next Wednesday, February 8, Tu B’Shevat begins. As we celebrate the fruits and trees of Israel, many families will often serve a new fruit never tried before. (Who knows — maybe it’s a good time to visit one of the big Asian markets in Baltimore.)  Try this Israeli Fresh Lemon Chicken dish my family enjoys.

Winging It

For those who are still getting over the Ravens heartbreaking AFC Championship loss, Super Bowl Sunday will not be the same. Not only for Ravens fans, but also, believe it or not, for chicken wings. According to the NPD Group, a national research company, a Super Bowl between the New York Giants and the Baltimore… Read More