No Baths at Camp

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By Tamar Fox; Kar-Ben Publishing, 32 pages (soft cover) From making friends and learning new skills to celebrating Shabbat and growing as a Jewish individual, children learn many things at camp that help shape them into young adults. When young Max gets home from camp, he grumbles when his mother announces bath time. Throughout this… Read More

Kinderkool

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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… Read More

Flashback: Samantha Blumberg

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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… Read More

Out Of The Box

(Photos by David Stuck)

“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… Read More

Seriously?

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… Read More

All Our Children

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… Read More

Kinderkool

It’s not always easy to find b’nai mitzvah gifts that have meaning but that will still appeal to a young teen. Fortunately, the Jewish Museum of Maryland has a variety of beautiful, whimsical and teen-friendly Judaic gift items that will make your search pleasant and easy. Where else can you shop and get some culture… Read More

An Adult: Really?

Jewish law tells us that a bat mitzvah is a significant milestone, different than other birthdays. According to Jewish law, after her bat mitzvah, a young woman has moral responsibility for her own actions. In that respect, she is no longer sheltered by her parents. Surprisingly, Jewish law makes no reference to cell phones. We… Read More

One Milestone At A Time

While Some moms like to plan ahead, I’m happy just savoring my little boy’s early years. And who has time to fantasize about the future anyway? With each day requiring constant vigilance to ensure the health and happiness of both him and his beloved collection of nomadic teddy bears, my son’s transition to adulthood is… Read More

B’nai Mitzvah Prep 101

It’s hard to believe, but the time is finally here! Your child is truly beginning his or her bar or bat mitzvah studies. Wondering what to expect? Bar and bat mitzvah preparations usually begin with an orientation meeting with the synagogue’s b’nai mitzvah coordinator nine months before the service. Students then have a series of… Read More