Stevenson Chabad Hearings Come to a Close

David Thaler, president of engineering firm D.S. Thaler and Associates, testifies at the final  Baltimore County hearing on a proposed Chabad synagogue on Stevenson Road. (Marc Shapiro)

Hearings over a proposed Chabad synagogue on Stevenson Road came to a close on Monday following the eighth session. Rabbi Velvel Belinsky proposes building a two-story synagogue with a 4,000 square-foot footprint in the 8400 block of Stevenson Road to serve as a permanent home for his Ariel Jewish Center and Synagogue, a Chabad-Lubavitch congregation… Read More

THANKSGIVING ROLLS 101 Pareve/Dairy

Ingredients: • packages of frozen dinner or small challah rolls • melted butter or margarine • fresh rosemary, chopped • coarse sea salt (or kosher salt) Directions: Spray a baking pan with butter or olive oil spray.  Place frozen rolls, leaving enough space between them to expand. Cover with a dish towel and let them… Read More

PUMPKIN-SWIRLED MINI-CHEESECAKES Pareve/Dairy

Crust ingredients: scant 1¹∕3 cups graham cracker crumbs ½ teaspoon cinnamon 2 tablespoons sugar 6 full tablespoons unsalted butter or pareve margarine, melted Cheesecake ingredients: 16 ounces cream cheese or Toffuti, softened 1 cup powdered sugar 2 teaspoons vanilla extract 2 egg whites Pumpkin swirl ingredients: full ¹∕3 cup pumpkin puree 1½ teaspoons cinnamon ½… Read More

VEGETARIAN KASHA CHILI Pareve

Ingredients: 1 28-ounce can stewed tomatoes, broken into smaller pieces 3 cups vegetable broth 1 tablespoon chili powder, or more to taste 1 teaspoon paprika 1 teaspoon ground cumin ½ teaspoon each of ground oregano and celery salt ¼ teaspoon pepper 1 full teaspoon crushed garlic, or more to taste ½ large onion, diced small… Read More

Calling Iran’s Bluff?

From left: Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, U.N. Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura and Secretary of State John Kerry attend a news conference in Vienna last month. (Liu Xiang Xinhua News Agency/Newscom)

Two alliances sat down last week in Vienna to discuss how to end the ongoing human tragedy that is Syria’s civil war. The stated objective was to bring the international community together to help orchestrate an end to a conflict that is being fought by multiple parties on multiple fronts and that has led to… Read More

Fair Is Fair

Should a fervently observant person of the Jewish faith become a candidate for the presidency of the United States, asking the candidate the following questions would be appropriate (with regard to Robert I. Lappin’s Your Say letter, Oct. 30): Do you accept women as equal to men in every respect, and will you condemn and… Read More

Give Credit Where Credit’s Due

It’s wonderful to read how pleased and satisfied the officials of the Gordon Center are about the “highest caliber gem” of a building that was “flawlessly designed, with perfect sight lines and acoustics, a world-class theater venue, all opened 20 years ago “ahead of schedule and under budget” (“Gordon Center Turns 20”). But nowhere in… Read More

Democratic? Not Hardly

The beloved Max Ticktin has spilled the beans (“Max Ticktin’s Second Act,” Oct 23). With regard to the demise in the 1970s of Breira, an advocacy group promoting a two-state solution, he admits the following: “I was one of the people who paid the last bills. We botched it up because we had little sense… Read More

BJC Pushing for New Sinai Complex, Anti-BDS Bill Baltimore Jewish Council outlines priorities ahead of 2016 General Assembly

Sarah Mersky, director of government relations at the Baltimore Jewish Council.

The Baltimore Jewish Council will lobby for a new medical center for the uninsured and underinsured at Sinai Hospital and push for a bill that prevents businesses supporting the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel from doing business with the state of Maryland in next year’s legislative session. The items were among the… Read More