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

NO-BAKE CHOCOLATE PEANUT BUTTER SQUARES (Pareve/Dairy)

12 tablespoons butter, melted (or unsalted margarine) 2 cups pretzel rods, crushed into crumbs 1½ cups confectioner’s sugar 1 cup plus ¼ cup smooth peanut butter 1½ cups milk chocolate chips (or pareve chips) Directions: In a medium bowl, add the melted butter to the pretzel crumbs, sugar and 1 cup of peanut butter. Stir… Read More

PAREVE CHOLENT (Pareve)

1 cup dry kidney beans ½ cup dry white beans ½ cup barley 2 large potatoes, peeled and cubed 1 medium-large pumpkin, peeled, seeded and cubed 2 Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored and large cubes 1 large onion, cut into chunks 2 cloves fresh garlic, minced 2/3 cup ketchup ¼ cup barbecue sauce ¼ cup… Read More

PUMPKIN CHALLAH (Pareve)

Makes 2 large challahs Total Time: 3 hours, 30 minutes Challah Ingredients 2 packages active dry yeast 1 cup lukewarm water, divided 3 tablespoons white sugar 1 egg (white and yolk) 6 egg yolks ¼ cup honey 2 tablespoons canola oil 2 tablespoons salt 2 tablespoons cinnamon ¾ tablespoons nutmeg ½ tablespoon allspice ¼ tablespoon… Read More

EASY DELISH PUMPKIN SOUP (Pareve)

2 large onions, sliced 4 tablespoons oil 7 cups water 1½ pounds cubed pumpkin 1 medium white potato, cubed 2 medium sweet potatoes, cubed 1 tablespoon pareve chicken soup powdered mix ½ teaspoon salt or to taste ¼ teaspoon white pepper ½ cup non-dairy creamer 3 tablespoons margarine, optional toasted pine nuts for garnish, optional… Read More

Wasserman Schultz Calls Out Rubio Over Fundraiser

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) refused Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s (D-Fla.) call to cancel an erev Yom Kippur fundraiser in the home of a donor who collects Nazi memorabilia, in a spat that saw political pundit Bill O’Reilly wading into the fray. The fundraiser was held the evening of Sept. 22 in… Read More