New Haggadahs Hit Market

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Canadian Haggadah Canadienne Five years ago, an American rabbi and a Quebec separatist sat together in Ottawa and related their convoluted, multi-lingual Seder experiences. Wouldn’t it be great, they thought, to have a single haggadah that could serve all of their needs? From that moment, Rabbi Adam Scheier, senior rabbi of Congregation Shaar Hashomayim, and… Read More

Winning Wines for Passover Columbia Jewish Congregation hosts wine tasting fundraiser

Decanter’s proprietor, Eric Stein, pours a selection of kosher for Passover wine for CJC members.

Between the four cups of wine per person and the extra cup for Elijah, Jews go through a lot of wine celebrating Passover. In an effort to expand the kosher offerings at Seder tables in Howard County, the Columbia Jewish Congregation hosted a wine tasting fundraiser on March 15 at Decanter Fine Wines in Columbia…. Read More

Deep Cleaning Last-minute preparations needn’t derail holiday

Scrubbing the house from top to bottom in an effort to rid the home of chametz ahead of the Passover holiday is a task many loathe. For those Jews looking for a little help with their spring cleaning, two companies in Baltimore are prepared to help. Merry Maids of Towson/Baltimore, whose area of service extends… Read More

Seders for the Sober Four cups of wine needn’t be of alcoholic variety

Four cups. That’s how much wine Jews are expected to drink at the Passover Seder table. That can be a challenge for anyone with a small stature or a low tolerance, but for recovering addicts and their families, the imperative can add further complication to an already difficult time. “Wine is such a big part… Read More

Beating the ‘Matzah Diet’ Your holiday Haggadah to staying healthy during Passover

Passover is the time of the year when Jews celebrate our freedom from slavery in Egypt. But the endless monotony of eggs, potatoes and matzah for eight days may leave you feeling like a slave to your chametz-free diet. However, the avoidance of bread and certain grains and legumes doesn’t have to limit the wealth… Read More

Passover Means Vacation for Some Instead of turning their homes upside down, some opt for luxury getaways

Cantor Diane Becker Krasnick leads Passover and Chanukah 
services on Royal Caribbean cruises.

With each Passover comes the craziness of cleaning one’s life of chametz: Cars, offices, homes and kitchens must be rid of leavened foods before the holiday. While some resort to deep cleaning and finding someone to buy the chametz, others opt for an easier, yet pricey option: Passover destination travel. For years, travel agencies have… Read More

Kosher for Passover – For local bakeries, holiday means break from work

Bakeries must rid themselves of shelves upon shelves of bread before the start of Passover.

For Baltimore’s kosher bakers, Passover brings with it more than the promise of wine and matzoh; it comes with some serious vacation time. “It’s something to look forward to,” said Kori Stanley, who works in the bakery department at Seven Mile Market. “It’s not very often that we’re going to get two weeks off where… Read More

Sober Purim

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While many people can’t wait to crack open the booze each Purim, some in Baltimore’s Jewish community find themselves in a difficult situation, struggling to balance a recovery from addiction with a religious tradition. “I think Purim is, in some ways, an exception to prove a rule, which is that, by and large, our approach… Read More

Purim Change of Pace Choose chocolate as a flavored dough

Triple chocolate hamantaschen would make a wonderful treat in coffee-themed Purim baskets.

Hamantaschen talk is always about the filling: prune, poppy, apricot and strawberry, just to name a few favorites. I love being creative with the fillings, but this year I wanted to change up things with a flavored dough rather than just a fun filling. And what better ingredient to include than chocolate. Once you have… Read More

Purim Roundup! A selection of festive events around town

Purim begins at sundown on Wednesday, March 5. The JT has put together a selection of events and megillah readings in the area. From wine-and-cheese receptions to tot Purim events, there are plenty of ways to celebrate the holiday. All events are open to the public.   BALTIMORE CITY AND COUNCIL Arugas Habosem • March… Read More