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

Bubbie’s Noodle Strudel


16 ounces extra-firm tofu 12 ounces Manischewitz wide egg noodles 8 ounces sour cream, reserving 2 tablespoons 4 large eggs extra virgin olive oil 16 ounces frozen creamed spinach 8 ounces shredded sharp cheddar cheese 1 teaspoon minced garlic 4 cups Manischewitz vegetable broth salt and pepper Fill an 8-quart pot with 31⁄2 cups of… Read More

Better-Than-Shortbread Easy Cookies

1 stick unsalted butter, room temperature 2 hard-cooked egg yolks 1⁄4 cup sugar 1⁄2 teaspoon almond extract 1 cup all-purpose flour 1⁄2 raw egg white colored sprinkles, optional Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Combine softened butter, cooked egg yolks, sugar and almond extract, and mix with an electric hand mixer. Add flour slowly to incorporate… Read More

$25,000 Winner: Waffled Latkes With Matzo Fried Chicken

1 pound kosher chicken tenders 1⁄2 cup kosher maple syrup 1⁄4 cup plus 2 tablespoons sriracha, divided 3 eggs, divided 1 5-ounce package Manischewitz matzo ball mix 1 6-ounce package Manischewitz potato pancake mix 1 Tablespoon vegetable oil plus enough for frying oil, divided 4 cups mixed greens 33⁄4 cups Manischewitz chicken broth salt &… Read More

Alumni Trace Accomplishments Back to High School

Pikesville High School graduates have gone on to become authors, politicians, musicians and Broadway and television producers. Several well-known alumni said high school molded them as people and piqued interests that would lead them to successful careers in a variety of fields. “Not only was I challenged academically, but I was challenged as a human… Read More

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