Social Justice Seder Addresses Police Accountability

Jews United for Justice (JUFJ), a grassroots organization that pursues justice and equality through a Jewish lens, uses the story of Passover to focus on a key Baltimore issue — police accountability The organization’s social justice seder, held April 2 at Bolton Street Synagogue, included a revised haggadah for the theme and was attended by… Read More

Rabbis Riff on Passover Six rabbis talk about the modern-day meaning of the holiday

Every year on Passover, Jewish communities the world over read from the Haggadah to hear the story of the Jewish people’s enslavement and to celebrate our liberation. The story doesn’t change year to year, but as local rabbis explained to the JT, its deep meaning is multifaceted, and the Passover story continues to have essential… Read More

Same Seder, Different ‘Dayenu’

The ancient division of Jewry into Sephardim and Ashkenazim originally was a geographic division: “Ashkenaz” is Hebrew for “German”; “Sepharad” translates as “Spain.” Today, a number of differences between Sephardi and Ashkenazi Jews still exist in practice, despite geography no longer being a factor, as the communities live side by side in Baltimore. The JT… Read More

Seders for Seniors

Post retirement, it is important for people to stay engaged with activities and organizations. Even those who are unable to live independently still want to celebrate milestones and holidays, including Passover. And with Passover fast approaching, area senior living facilities with Jewish populations are preparing for the holiday. Sherrie Polsky, director of community life at… Read More

Exodus of the Undead ‘The Zombie Haggadah’ Follows the Brain-Splattered Liberation from the Mummy Pharaoh

In an alternative universe of alternative facts, the story of Passover was not the exodus of the Hebrews from Egypt, but that of the Zombies. At least that is the story told in “The Zombie Haggadah,” a new not-to-be-taken-seriously twist on the Exodus story written by Elisha Simkovich and illustrated by Avi Litwack, both of… Read More

Passover Already?

I’m always on the lookout for something new to update my traditional Pesach recipes and menus. This year, I have many delicious ideas to share. First, the new products, such as Abeles & Heymann hot dogs with no nitrates. They are available in reduced fat, regular, mini and beef chipotle — all kosher for Passover…. Read More

7 New Kids’ Books for Passover, from Seder Guides to Stories

From the wizardry of Harry Potter that echoes with Passover’s themes to a cartoon frog that wisecracks his way through the seder, this year’s new crop of Passover books for kids offers something for all ages and interests. The selection of fresh reads, including two family-friendly Haggadahs, also includes an unusual Jewish immigrant tale set… Read More

‘New Passover Menu’ Serves Up More Fun

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

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

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