iNSIDER Insights: Schools of Thought


I have always been a fan of the back-to-school season. New shoes, school supplies, haircuts, fresh starts. But this year, things are different — unlike any back-to-school season I have ever experienced. This year, my daughter goes to college and life will never be the same. Any parent who’s been through this knows the range… Read More

Holocaust Studies


Teaching the Holocaust is no easy feat. How do teachers find the resources they need to educate students about what is arguably the most atrocious period in human history? Thanks to the annual Jewish Museum of Maryland’s summer teacher’s institute, they have support. Every summer in late July or early August, the JMM and co-sponsor… Read More

Brainstorm: The Power and Purpose of the Teenage Brain


By Daniel J. Siegel, M.D. Penguin Group, 336 pages. Parents of teens know that their behavior is sometimes baffling. In his New York Times best-selling book “Brainstorm,” neuro-psychiatrist Daniel J. Siegel explains there is method to the madness. Drawing upon the newest findings in neurobiology, Siegel helps readers understand what is happening in their children’s… Read More

Community Colleges: Worth a Second Look


As executive director of public relations and marketing for Howard County Community College, Elizabeth S. Homan is well aware that many parents and students view community college education as a last resort. “We know parents tell their kids, ‘If you don’t get your grades up, you’ll end up at community college’” she says. “There is… Read More

Get Real Get Married


By Aleeza Ben Shalom, Soft cover, 131 pages: self-published In her new how-to guide, Aleeza Ben Shalom, who calls herself the “Marriage Minded Mentor,” provides advice and an action plan that will enable Jews looking for marriage to “get over their hurdles and under the chuppah.” The book helps readers to evaluate what they want… Read More

Five Facts about Being Married


• A 2014 study by researchers from New York University’s Langone Medical Center that looked at more than 3.5 million men and women found that married people have a significantly decreased risk of heart disease. • Ohio State University psychology researcher Brad Bushman and his team studied 107 married couples for three weeks and found… Read More

The Art of the Best-Man Speech


The best man can’t just rattle off a few jokes, say something sentimental and call it a day. A great speech has the best man playing part stand-up comedian, part best friend, part couple historian and part master of ceremonies. I called several of my friends to reflect on their best-man speeches and drew on… Read More

Four Little Words


On March 31, Opening Day for the 2014 Major League Baseball season, a website called provided lovers who might be considering proposing to their significant others with some news they could use. published the rates for scoreboard marriage proposals for all 30 major league teams. Sadly, the Orioles don’t offer the service. But… Read More

Go with the Flow


A few days before their wedding in January, Lila Miller and Jonathan Toub went to Adas Israel Congregation in Washington, D.C., and, in separate ceremonies, immersed themselves in the synagogue’s mikvah, or ritual bath. “It was a nice pause before the wedding, says Miller, 27, a program associate for the Schusterman Foundation. Immersion in the… Read More

Kinderkool: Good looks for the little ones


Created with flickr slideshow. Kids — they look great no matter what they put on! Even so, parents and grandparents can’t help but kvell when they see their little ones dressed to the nines. Spring weddings, graduations and b’nai mitzvah parties mean the younger set will be needing some fashionable new duds. No worries! Finding… Read More