Common Core & Day Schools

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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

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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

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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