Judaism, Israel and Medical Marijuana

Many consider Israel to be among the most progressive countries when it comes to medical marijuana. There are about 14,000 patients with medical marijuana prescriptions that they acquired from one of 20 doctors allowed to prescribe it, according to a December Haaretz report. “I’d say Israel is an example of a country that is doing… Read More

Legalization, Decriminalization in Maryland

As Maryland’s Medical Marijuana Commission works on its regulations, other Maryland lawmakers are pushing for all-out legalization of the drug. Dels. Curt Anderson and Sheila Hixson and Sen. Jamie Raskin discussed their bill to regulate and tax marijuana like alcohol in a news conference on Jan. 16. Gubernatorial candidate Heather Mizeur, a Montgomery County delegate,… Read More

The State of Caregivers in Baltimore’s Jewish Community

As in the greater community, Baltimore’s elderly population has grown substantially in the past decade. In fact, The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore’s 2010 Greater Baltimore Jewish Community Study found that Jews over the age of 65 make up at least 19 percent of Baltimore’s Jewish community, an increase of 3,500 people since The… Read More

The State of Caregivers in the United States

A 2009 study by the National Alliance for Caregiving in the United States, in collaboration with AARP, found that in any given year, 65 million people, 29 percent of the population, are caregivers for a chronically ill, disabled or elderly family member. The study shows that the typical caregiver is a 49-year-old woman (66 percent… Read More

Aging in Place

Most seniors prefer to remain in their own homes if at all possible. When making decisions about the practicality of this option, it is important to know that Medicare will not cover nonmedical home services. Those who have purchased long-term health insurance or have veterans benefits may be eligible for services. Keep in mind that… Read More

Communal Resources for Caregivers

Jewish Community Services offers a range of services for adult children and spouses who need caregiving support and education. Services include: • Family consultation with clinicians with expertise in geriatrics • Care management in which certified care managers provide comprehensive assessments focusing on medical status, cognitive function, environmental safety and emotional needs • Counseling and… Read More

Taco Soup (From “Soup Night”)

(Pareve Or Meat) 2 pounds ground beef, optional 3  15-ounce cans stewed tomatoes 1  15-ounce can each of black beans, navy beans, kidney beans, pinto beans, rinsed and drained 1  16-ounce bag frozen corn 4 celery stalks, chopped small 2 large onions, finely chopped 2 packets taco seasoning 2 teaspoons garlic powder 2 teaspoons chili… Read More

Asparagus-Leek Chowder (From “Soup Night”)

(Pareve or dairy) 6 tablespoons butter or margarine 1⁄2 pound fresh mushrooms, sliced 2 large leeks, trimmed/sliced, mostly white part 3⁄4 pound fresh asparagus, trimmed and chopped 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour 1⁄2 teaspoon salt 1⁄8 teaspoon freshly ground pepper 2 cups chicken broth, pareve or regular (vegetable broth can be used) 2 cups half-and-half or… Read More

Winter Mountain Soup

(Pareve or meat) 2  3⁄4 cups chicken broth, pareve or regular 1⁄2 cup cooked barley or white or mixed wild rice 1  8-ounce can chick peas, drained 1  8-ounce can sliced carrots, drained and slightly mashed 1  8-ounce can mushrooms, stems and pieces, drained 4- to 8-ounce frozen mixed vegetables, optional Salt and pepper to… Read More

Defining Intentionality

• Agricultural communities: Communities promoting living on (and off of) the land. • Co-housing: Old-fashioned neighborhoods that bring together the value of private homes with the benefits of more sustainable living. That means common facilities and good connections with neighbors. • Eco-village: Intentional communities where the goal is to become more socially, economically and ecologically… Read More