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BY Simone Ellin
February 6, 2014

Now that most camps have outlawed junk food in the bunks, filling camp care packages is harder than ever. Let’s face it, most of our kids don’t really need any of the things we send. They just like to get packages. Woe to the terrible parent (I’ve been one) who doesn’t even send one. And CONTINUE »

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February 6, 2014

Freelance makeup artist Samantha Blumberg knows all about beauty. The Pikesville resident, who is in her late 20s, has been making people look gorgeous ever since she was a teenager attending Franklin High School. But don’t think Samantha isn’t also a “nature girl.” As a child she spent eight summers in the magnificent outdoors at CONTINUE »

(Photos by David Stuck)
Looking at tefillin and the move from child to young adult
BY Maayan Jaffe
October 10, 2013

“You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes …” (Deuteronomy 6:8). The verse is one that we read every day in the Shema. It refers to tefillin, the little leather boxes that position between your eyes and on the top of your arm. The CONTINUE »

A vegan bar mitzvah? What will your guests say? The answer may surprise you.
BY Amy Landsman
October 10, 2013

There’s nothing like a simcha — dressing up, partying with family and friends, enjoying a delicious meal. Check out the great food that Bonnie and Arthur Sorak served when they hosted bar mitzvah parties for their boys: spring rolls with peanut dipping sauce, lasagna, portabella mushroom salad, pasta marinara, garlic bread, roasted potatoes and a CONTINUE »

Disability need not be an obstacle to b’nai mitzvah celebration
BY Simone Ellin
October 10, 2013

It began like any other d’var Torah. “Good afternoon. My portion today is Vaera from the Book of Exodus,” said Joel Friedman, as he looked out at family members and friends who had gathered for his bar mitzvah at Beth Israel Congregation in Owings Mills. But Joel’s d’var Torah and his bar mitzvah were rather CONTINUE »