High Holiday Services

Below are links to information about High Holiday services at Baltimore- and Howard County-area synagogues. Conservative Adat Chaim bit.ly/2d253hx Beth Am Synagogue bit.ly/2dkJsP7 Beth El Congregation bit.ly/2d2f4d2 Beth Israel Congregation bit.ly/2dkSyzW Beth Shalom Congregation bit.ly/2cUTAQa Chevrei Tzedek bit.ly/2dbnxZE Chizuk Amuno Congregation bit.ly/2cE6hiC Reform Baltimore Hebrew Congregation bit.ly/2dcvMIV Bolton Street Synagogue bit.ly/2duN4l1 Har Sinai Congregation bit.ly/2d2aBJ2… Read More

Sweet! Honey of Job Attracts Local Artist

Kara Brook’s desire to make  her own art supplies has turned into a prosperous honey business that now  includes beauty products. (Provided)

With Rosh Hashanah right around the corner, the Jewish community will undoubtedly be stocking up on some essential staples such as apples and honey. The two sweet snacks represent the “sweet new year” that Jews look forward to, and ancient Jews thought the fruit had healing properties. While honey will be enjoyed at innumerable celebrations,… Read More

One Place Swing-State Voters Won’t See Clinton, Trump This Season: The Rabbi’s Pulpit

Rabbis in swing states say their High Holidays sermons won't address the election head on but will touch on more general civic themes. (Lior Zaltzman)

When Rosh Hashanah came around last year, Rabbi Aaron Gaber wanted to grapple with an issue roiling the country. So he decided to focus his sermon on racism. But several members of Brothers of Israel, a 120-family Conservative synagogue in suburban Philadelphia, weren’t pleased. “Some of the feedback from some of my congregants has caused… Read More

6 New Kids Books for the Jewish New Year


Get ready: 5777 is  arriving soon. And a new Jewish year means a fresh crop of topnotch Jewish books for kids. This year, not one but two new Rosh Hashanah books are penned by Eric A. Kimmel, the master storyteller whose popular award-winning children’s classics include “Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins” and “Simon and the… Read More

Jew Year’s Eve Set for Howard County


Thursday, Sept. 29 will see the Jewish Federation of Howard County kick off Rosh Hashanah with its second annual Jew Year’s Eve, a New Year’s Eve Party with a Jewish twist for adults in their 20s to 40s. Jew Year’s Eve will help to both get young adults together and help the Federation get the… Read More

‘New Passover Menu’ Serves Up More Fun

For her latest book, all Paula Shoyer had to do “was take all these recipes from my head and put them on paper.” (Daniel Schere)

A vegetarian, Passover-keeping Jew or someone on a gluten-free diet would have been right at home on Monday during local chef Paula Shoyer’s baking demonstration at the Atrium Village assisted living facility in Owings Mills. Shoyer, a Chevy Chase resident, has written three kosher cookbooks and her newest, “The New Passover Menu,” came out last… Read More

From Generation to Generation, A Century Old Tradition

Miller family seder (provided)

We all have memories — some vivid, some fading with time, some painfully buried, others that make us smile. One of my most cherished childhood memories is preparing for  Pesach and attending the Miller family seder. I can recapture those memories with astonishing clarity — the smell of sponge cakes, brisket and tzimmes; the achy… Read More

How Coca-Cola Made Processed Food Passover Friendly

A kosher-for-Passover bottle of Coca-Cola is distinguished from ordinary Coca-Cola bottles by its yellow cap and the Hebrew words Kosher for Passover. (Columbia University Press)

In the 1930s, Rabbi Tobias Geffen of Atlanta began to investigate the hidden ingredients inside mass-produced foods and to evaluate whether those ingredients conflict with kosher laws. He set a precedent by getting the Coca-Cola Co. to make a kosher-for-Passover version of its soft drink, convincing the company to substitute the grain alcohol used in… Read More

Passover Menu Expands, Conservative Movement Approves ‘Kitniyot’

(istockphoto.com/Hope Milam)

On Passover, Lynne Sandler will be passing on the beans and rice. Sandler, a member of  Conservative Agudas Achim Congregation in Alexandria, Va., said she won’t take  advantage of her movement’s ruling in November that permits eating a category of food called kitniyot that includes rice, beans and other legumes. These foods have always been… Read More

Navigating Your Own Map: Torah Study Firmly in Hands of Student

Rabbi David Fohrman

Rabbi David Fohrman wants you “to be floored by the depth of the Bible” and to plumb those depths firsthand, but not solely through the interpretations of Talmudic scholars such as Rashi and the Ramban. Fohrman presented his third book, “The Exodus You Almost Passed Over,” which employs his simple yet sophisticated approach to study,… Read More