On November 16, 2014, MIRIAM (nee Lerner), beloved wife of the late Louis Phillip Leavey; loving mother of Marilyn (Robert) Meyerson; adored sister of Beverly Berman and Phyllis Olfky; cherished grandmother of Dr. Jason (Kimberly) Meyerson and Stefanie Meyerson (Clayton) Beard; devoted great-grandmother of Jacob and Kaitlyn Meyerson. Services at SOL LEVINSON & BROS., INC.,… Read More

Jews By Choice

For one Baltimore woman, the high cost of Washington, D.C., rent spared her a conversion experience with now-infamous Rabbi Barry Freundel, who was arrested last month on charges of voyeurism. “He made it clear he was the best person to convert with, and really the only option in the entire Maryland- D.C.-Virginia area,” said Adina,… Read More

Down to the Wire


In less than one week, Marylanders will pick a new top executive for the first time in almost a decade. Both Democratic candidate Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown and Republican candidate Larry Hogan have spent the past month making their final push to for the Nov. 4 election. Although Maryland is historically a blue state, predictions… Read More

Let’s Bring ‘Common Sense’ Back to Maryland


As a candidate for Maryland attorney general, I believe the voters should have an opportunity to know more about me as well as to understand why I am running for this office, and to gain a perspective in what can and will be accomplished during my term. I was raised in Baltimore City and attended… Read More

Scalloped Tomatoes

4 cups fresh bread crumbs 1⁄4 cup melted margarine or extra virgin olive oil 2 tablespoons fresh-chopped chives 2 tablespoons fresh-chopped parsley 2 tablespoons fresh thyme leaves salt and pepper 6 to 8 ripe large plum tomatoes, thickly sliced Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Combine bread crumbs, margarine or oil, chives, parsley, thyme leaves and… Read More

Rolled Stuffed Eggplant

2 medium-size eggplants 2 to 3 tablespoons vegetable oil 1 medium-size onion, diced 1 teaspoon fresh minced garlic 2 cups cooked rice, basmati preferred 1⁄3 cup grated baked firm spiced tofu* 1⁄3 cup crumbled Italian Tofurky sausage** 1 cup grated Cabot Muenster or Seriously Sharp Cheddar cheese 1 can (15 ounces) petite diced tomatoes, drained… Read More

Light Sweet Potatoes With Apples


2 large sweet potatoes, peeled, sliced and cooked to firm, not mushy 2 large Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored and sliced juice of 3 oranges 2 tablespoons lime juice 2 tablespoons margarine 3 tablespoons brown sugar 1⁄2 teaspoon cinnamon honey, optional In a shallow baking dish, spray with an oil coating. Put in a layer… Read More

Doing What It Takes


OFAKIM, Israel — In 2008, Asher Nachmani wanted to buy a computerized blackboard for his classroom, but the elementary school where he teaches technology in this low-income town didn’t have the money.   So Nachmani built one himself.   He downloaded a free program from the Internet, bought a controller for a Nintendo Wii video… Read More

Light Ricotta Cheese Cheesecake

4 cups ricotta cheese 1 cup granulated sugar 1 teaspoon grated lemon rind 2 teaspoons vanilla extract 1⁄4 teaspoon salt 4 large eggs cooking spray 1 tablespoon powdered sugar Optional Topping: 2 cups quartered strawberries 1 pint fresh raspberries 1 pint fresh blueberries 2 tablespoons granulated sugar 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice mint sprigs (optional)… Read More

Stacked Tomatoes & Cheese

For each person: 1 vine-ripened or preferably heirloom tomato, cored and cut into half-inch slices kosher salt and freshly ground pepper to taste about 1⁄4 cup fresh mozzarella, goat’s or mild feta cheese 1-2 tablespoons torn fresh basil leaves 1 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil Place bottom tomato slice onto the platter and season with… Read More