ILENE’S HOLIDAY PUMPKIN DIP

2 cups canned pumpkin puree (1 regular-size can) 1 package (8 ounces) regular or pareve Tofutti cream cheese, slightly softened 1 cup dark brown sugar 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon 3/4 teaspoon ground ginger 1/4 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice or a dash of nutmeg Cream together pumpkin and cream cheese. Add in all other ingredients until… Read More

PUMPKIN HUMMUS

1 can pumpkin 1 can chick peas, drained and rinsed 3 tablespoons tahini (sesame paste) 1 clove garlic 3/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper (more or less) 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon (or more to taste) 21/4 tablespoons olive oil 2 tablespoons lemon juice salt and pepper to taste Place the pumpkin and all remaining ingredients in a food… Read More

A GREAT CRANBERRY SWIRL COFFEE CAKE

1/2 cup of unsalted butter or margarine, room temperature 1 cup sugar 2 eggs 2 cups flour 1 teaspoon baking powder 1 teaspoon baking soda 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 cup sour cream (Tofutti brand to make pareve) 16-ounce can whole cranberry sauce 1/2 cup crushed pecans Topping: 3/4 cup powdered sugar 2 teaspoons warm water… Read More

Kiev Synagogue Gets To Keep Torah Scrolls

A Kiev rabbi has won a protracted legal battle against a Ukrainian government agency for his synagogue’s ownership of 18 Torah scrolls. The Kiev Economic Court of Appeals ruled last week that Rabbi Moshe Azman’s Central Synagogue in Kiev may keep the scrolls as its possession. Ukraine’s State Archive Service had transferred the scrolls to… Read More

The winners of this year’s Slingshot competition

A Wider Bridge Amir Ask Big Questions AVODAH: The Jewish Service Corps *BBYO Stand UP *City Harvest’s Kosher Initiative Council of Jewish Emigre Community Organizations *The David Project Eden Village Camp Footsteps G-dcast Haggadot.com Havurah at Camp Tel Yehudah *HEKDESH Hidden Sparks Innovation: Africa J’Burgh *J-Teen Leadership Jewish Farm School *Jewish Learning Venture *Jewish New… Read More

Judaism And Criminal Justice

“There is no Jewish concept of incarceration,” said Gary Friedman, a chaplain and chairman of Jewish Prisoner Services International. In Judaism, justice is carried out in a community setting to get the offender to learn from the experience and have a chance to become a productive member of society again. This approach, Friedman said, is… Read More

Judaism On Trial

Several trials of Jewish people have become quite well known over time, not because of the nature of the crime, but because of what some say are outrageous punishments. One of the most well-known cases is that of Jonathan Pollard, who was working as a civil intelligence analyst when he passed classified information to Israel…. Read More

Jewish Prisoner Outreach

Last Yom Kippur, students from Maryland Hillel visited prisoners at six jails.

Incarcerated Jews have to spend Yom Kippur behind bars. With small Jewish prison populations, limited resources and accommodations, the holiday is a scaled-down version of what it is on the outside. But with the help of Maryland Hillel at the University of Maryland, College Park, 27 college students visited six prisons this year. They taught… Read More

The 26 Recommendations

1. Improve the housing stock through code enforcement, help to homeowners and technical assistance to communities. 2. Address the high number of distressed vacant properties through renovation or other strategies. 3. Preserve Park Heights Avenue as a pedestrian-friendly “Urban Boulevard.” 4. Ensure that development projects are compatible with the integrity and stability of the neighborhood…. Read More