Out of Pikesville Comes Cantors

Longtime Pikesville High School music teacher Richard Disharoon can’t say for sure that he pushed students to the cantorate, but it’s at least an interesting coincidence that four former members of the Pikesville choir are now cantors. “I don’t know how much that had to do with [it],” said Disharoon. “But it’s a proud thing… Read More

Common traits of 2Gs

With a parent who 
survived the Holocaust, Mimi Kraus says, “I think I  grew up faster.”

Mimi Kraus, associate senior manager of therapy services at Jewish Community Services, is both an adult child of a survivor and a psychotherapist who has worked with children of survivors. “In my case,” she said, “I was a good girl, did well in school, had a good career and took on a lot of responsibility…. Read More

Back to the Drawing Board


With only weeks left before the planned April 29 deadline to reach an agreement in the U.S.-brokered Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations, the Obama administration has been working overtime to salvage the talks that unraveled early last week. Despite the effort, experts are bearish on whether any progress can be made with the parties involved, all of… Read More

Ilene’s Passover Crepes


3 large eggs 1 cup Passover cake flour 11⁄2 cups water 11⁄2 tablespoons oil 1⁄2 teaspoon salt* In a medium-size bowl, beat all ingredients until completely smooth. Lightly grease a 5- to 6-inch nonstick fry pan. Heat the pan over moderate heat. Lift the pan away from heat, and pour between 1⁄4 to 1⁄3 cup… Read More

Balsamic French Roast

From “A Taste of Pesach” 1 5-pound French roast (also known as square-cut roast, thick London broil or brick roast) 2 tablespoons oil 1 onion, diced 2 cloves garlic, crushed Dressing: 1 cup brown sugar 1 cup ketchup 1 cup water 3⁄4 cup balsamic vinegar 2 teaspoons apricot jam Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine… Read More

Broccolini With Lemon Mustard Dressing

1 teaspoon minced garlic 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice 2 ­teaspoons coarse Dijon mustard (or kosher for Passover equivalent) 6 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil fine sea salt freshly ground black pepper 2 pounds fresh broccolini, stem ends trimmed kosher or sea salt In a small bowl, whisk together the garlic, lemon juice and mustard…. Read More

Hungarian Brownies


From “A Taste of Pesach” 1 cup brown sugar 1 cup regular sugar 4 large eggs 3 teaspoons vanilla extract 1 cup potato starch 1 cup oil 3 teaspoons Passover baking powder 7 ounces ground filberts Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a 9-by-13-inch pan with parchment paper. Using an electric mixer on high… Read More


On March 31, 2014, CAROLYN (nee Berkow), beloved wife of Raymond Klein; devoted mother of I. Dennis (Janet) Klein and Susan (Robert) Fain; dear sister of the late Rhoda Walters; cherished grandmother of Jarrett Klein, Melissa (Mark) Heinonen, Ashley Fain, Robin Fishman and Jodi Cohen; adored great-grandmother of Jake, Riley and Grant Heinonen, Corey Fishman… Read More

Hamantaschen Cookie Dough

Modified from “The Great Hadassah Cookbook” 1⁄2 cup butter or margarine 1 cup sugar 1 egg 2 cups flour (plus a little more for rolling out the dough) 2 teaspoons baking powder 2 tablespoons milk, water or rice milk 2 teaspoons vanilla or 1 tablespoon lemon zest Directions: In a bowl, cream together the butter… Read More

Another Hamantaschen Cookie Dough

3 eggs 1 cup oil 1 cup sugar 2 teaspoons baking powder 1⁄2 cup water 1⁄2 cup orange juice 1⁄8 teaspoon salt 4 cups flour (approximately) 1 egg beaten (for the top) Directions: In a bowl, combine the eggs, oil, sugar, water and orange juice. Whisk to combine. Add the flour, salt and baking powder… Read More