Staying Intellectually Engaged

  Created with flickr slideshow. Since the year 2000, the Pikesville branch of the Baltimore County Library has offered presentations on topics ranging from the Vatican to classical guitar to all things Baltimore. The Pikesville Library Guest Speaker series fills the room with 120 people once a week for several months out of the year,… Read More

Making Memory Communities Home

Cohen-Rosen House was designed as a large elegant home.

The days of dimly lit, faintly antiseptic smelling assisted living memory-care facilities are numbered. Increasingly, memory-care communities are transforming their spaces to meet not only the physical needs of their residents, but also their mental and emotional well-being. A prime example is Peregrine’s Landing at Tudor Heights, nestled within the locus of the primarily Jewish… Read More

Coming to Terms

Rabbi E.B. “Bunny” Freedman
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When confronted with the emotional and medical complexities of death and dying, a caring chaplain can make all the difference. Consequently, hospice is one of the few areas of the American health care system that requires spiritual care be provided, said Dr. Gary Applebaum, national medical director of Seasons Hospice and Palliative Care. Medicare pays… Read More

Daily Money Management

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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

Flashback: Lydia Seidler

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Lydia Seidler, 23, of Pikesville is no stranger to summer camp adventures. The assistant manager of Quarry Wine and Spirits has spent summers at White Pine Camp in Ontario, Canada; B’nai B’rith Perlman Camp in Lake Como, Pa.; Camp Betsey Cox in Pittsford, Vt; and three summers at Capital Camps in Waynesboro, Pa. What did… Read More

Summer Skill Building Camps promote inclusion, job skills with burgeoning vocational programs

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Like many 22-year-olds, Ben Nadis has somewhat murky career goals. Though he likes his job at the Kroger near his house in Farmington Hills, Mich., he doesn’t want to work there forever. Maybe he’ll be on TV instead, he jokes — he’s not sure. But Nadis isn’t like most 22-year-olds. He was born with developmental… Read More

First Person From litigating cases to lighting campfires

Isaac Mamaysky and his wife, Lisa, at Camp Zeke
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“You worked in camp!?” My professor was befuddled. Admittedly, it’s a strange way to spend the summer after your first year in law school. Most of my classmates accepted summer associate and law clerk positions at various firms —that’s what you’re supposed to do. As a college student, I had told friends and family that… Read More

What’s for Lunch? Whether it’s gluten-free pizza, salad bars or chicken nuggets, camp kitchens keep kids happy

Campers are encouraged to make their own food choices at Camp Louise.

Adequate sustenance, one of our strongest creature comforts, can become even more important when a kid is away at camp, surrounded by all that is unfamiliar. That’s one reason many camps work to stay responsive to what kids like to eat, as well as address the growing number of special requests due to health or… Read More

Bottom Line Connecting discount-seeking families with camps eager to broaden recruitment base

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NEW YORK — Andrea Lass’ son and daughter had their hearts set last year on going to Camp JRF, a Jewish overnight camp recommended by their friends. But with her husband recently laid off, the New Jersey mom didn’t see how the family could manage the expense, even with a scholarship. At the suggestion of… Read More

No Camper Left Behind Jewish camps increase scholarship, incentives to make experience affordable

Jewish nonprofit camps are expensive — expensive to run and expensive to attend. Through partnerships, scholarships, incentives and discounts, local camps are making a concerted effort to make sure no Jewish camper is left behind. Approximately 150 campers from the Baltimore area make their way to Capital Camps in Waynesboro, Pa., each summer. Families returning… Read More