Kinderkool: Good looks for the little ones

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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

How Jewish Geography Can Lead to a Great Jewish Wedding

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One of my favorite Jewish geography stories involves my wedding. At the time of my engagement about 20 years ago, my then fiance and I were living in Brooklyn Heights. Growing up in Hastings-on-Hudson, N.Y., I had always imagined my wedding at a historic mansion in one of the Hudson River towns about 10 minutes… Read More

Marriages Made in the Mountains

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First kisses, midnight swims at the lake, meaningful looks across the dining hall, tears at the end of the summer. Camp romances can be intense. For some couples, campfire sparks fly long after the season ends. The bonds between summer campers are so strong, in fact, that it isn’t unusual to find couples whose camp… Read More

Hope Blumenthal

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Pikesville High alumni Hope Blumenthal (nee Gumnitzky) met her husband, Toby, through mutual friends the summer before her junior year of college at the University of Maryland. A Northern Virginia native, he was a student at Towson University. After dating for four years, Toby and Hope were married at Temple Oheb Shalom in May 2004…. Read More

Bridesmaids

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Bridesmaid dresses. For generations those two words have caused cringing from any woman familiar with the over-the-top — and far too often taffeta — tradition. What seems, by most accounts, to have begun as a superstitious way for medieval brides to confuse bad spirits with a gaggle of women dressed in matching dresses, has transformed… Read More

On Bookshelves: The Path of Names

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By Ari Goelman 339 pages; Arthur A. Levine Books (Appropriate for mature middle schoolers) Dahlia Sherman, 13, wants to spend her summer going to magic camp. Her parents agree, but first she must attend Camp Arava, a Jewish overnight camp, where her brother, Tom, is a counselor. On her first day, Dahlia sees two girls… Read More

No Nuts About It

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The Centers for Disease Control indicate food allergies are now affecting an estimated 6 percent of children. Camp Shoresh, a kosher Jewish day camp in Frederick, provides a safe and fun learning environment to almost 400 campers and their parents each summer. With safety as a primary concern, Finkelstein and staff are nurturing and sensitive… Read More

Leading by Experience

Studies show that Jewish summer camp is a valuable and enriching experience, not only for young campers, but also for their leaders. This summer, Bradley Kerxton will begin his third season as director of the Rosenbloom Owings Mills JCC’s Top Notch Teen (TNT) program for rising seventh and eighth-graders. As a TNT veteran, Kerxton is… Read More

Kinderkool

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Packing for camp is no fun. It’s time consuming (and expensive), especially for those of us who aren’t especially organized … Where did we put that flashlight from last year? And although trunks are still permitted at some camps, many overnight camps advise parents to use duffel bags instead. Any heavy duty duffel should do… Read More