2 pounds fresh green beans, trimmed 2 tablespoons fresh finely chopped shallots or red onion 1 tablespoon finely minced garlic 2 tablespoons sliced sun-dried tomatoes, softened 2 tablespoons toasted pine nuts, optional scant 1⁄4 cup balsamic vinegar 1⁄4 cup extra virgin olive oil Place cleaned string beans in a large saucepan. Fill with enough water… Read More



I love this one — very impressive, yet easy. Use as an appetizer, side dish or even dessert. 2 balls natural fresh mozzarella, sliced (or buy 2 packages of already-sliced mozzarella in a log shape) 1 pint fresh strawberries, rinsed and sliced 1⁄2 cup balsamic vinegar 1 tablespoon sugar (or you can use Splenda) 1… Read More


2 cans crisp sweet corn (1 white, 1 yellow), drained 1 whole yellow or orange bell pepper, chopped small 1⁄2 purple onion, diced small 1 can petite diced tomatoes, very well drained, optional but really good 1 scant cup low-fat or regular mayonnaise 1 cup finely shredded cheddar cheese, sharp if possible 4 to 5… Read More

In Community Service: Almond Wins Easily

While I found most of your article about the District 2 race (“The Battle for District 2,” June 6) to be accurate and helpful, I take exception to characterizing both candidates as  having “a wealth of community advocacy experience.” As documented in your article, Herbst’s resume of community service dates back two or three years… Read More

Breaking Ground


On Sunday, June 1, the Chabad Jewish Student Center at Towson and Goucher celebrated the official groundbreaking for the organization’s new building. The new location will allow the expansion of programs at a time when both Towson University’s and Goucher College’s Jewish student populations are growing, according to Rabbi Mendy and Sheiny Rivkin, who currently… Read More

Chaplain, Major, Rabbi


Rabbi Chesky Tenenbaum describes the path that has led him to his role as director of the Jewish Uniformed Service Association of Maryland as sheer “divine providence.” Almost 10 years ago, Tenenbaum was serving as a chaplain at a local hospital in Montgomery County when he struck up a conversation with a stranger at a… Read More

Common Core & Day Schools


With the federally backed Common Core State Standards making waves in Maryland’s public schools, local day schools — although private — may not be totally immune to the controversial changes. It is “important for us as a school that the school and the faculty be aware of what our students’ peers are learning at other… Read More

Jewish Agency Helps Ukranian Olim with Flights to Israel Amid Airport Battles

The Urina family of Donetsk pictured at their hotel in Dnepropetrovsk before their JAFI-facilitated flight to Israel.

The Jewish Agency for Israel (JAFI) facilitated an alternate flight to Israel for six Ukrainians after fighting erupted near the civilian airport in Donetsk between Ukrainian forces and pro-Russian rebels following the country’s presidential election on Monday. The group of six, including a couple from Donetsk with twin baby girls and a couple from Mariupol,… Read More

The Jewish Community and the Governor’s Office

For advocates in the Jewish community, a close relationship with the governor’s office means high-level support on initiatives and the opportunity to keep Maryland’s highest-ranking elected official in the loop. Rob Frier, president of the Maryland/Israel Development Center, said the state’s relationship with the Jewish state has been enhanced by Gov. Martin O’Malley’s involvement with… Read More