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

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

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

Gluten-Free

For the many members of the Jewish community who more or less avoid consuming chametz year-round, Passover brings welcome relief. “Passover is a big treat for everybody,” said Chana Fishkind, who, along with her two sons, maintains a gluten-free diet. Her husband, she said, just goes with the flow. Two years ago, Fishkind discovered that… Read More

Passover and Your Pooch

It is common knowledge that the eating of chametz is forbidden on Passover, but what do you do when your cat has been eating cans of chicken and gravy all year? What about your hamster that loves his oat-based treats? Since Jewish law forbids even deriving benefit from chametz during Passover, your pet cannot consume… Read More

Confessions of a Chametz Buyer

The prohibition against eating leavened bread containing wheat, barley, oats, spelt and rye at Passover is well known. Some Ashkenazic authorities also prohibit the consumption of rice, millet, corn and legumes during the holiday, and most Jews make a point of cleaning their homes and cars, removing any crumbs that may have accumulated prior to… Read More

Pesach With Flair

Passover is truly my favorite holiday. Every year I like to add a unique dish to my table, making tradition relevant to the young people at the Seder. Two of my granddaughters, Jahna and Hannah, take French at school — and both enjoy eating crepes. So I decided to find the very best crepe recipe… Read More

An Unleavened Market

For most Jews, matzah season comes once a year. But for Jean-Claude Neymann, matzah, or pain azyme in French, is a defining family tradition. Neymann runs the oldest matzah bakery in France, located in the town of Wasselonne near the German border. The family company, Etablissements Rene Neymann, traces its matzah-making tradition to 1850. “I’m… Read More

Signs of Passover

Judy Harrow, assistant teacher at the Ben and Esther Rosenbloom Owings Mills JCC, shares her knowledge of American Sign Language with students year round. To commemorate the end of Jewish Disability Awareness Month, Harrow and teacher Barbara Stadd invited Leah Caplan, a hard-of-hearing member of the Jewish community, into the classroom to teach signs specific… Read More

New Haggadot Put Creative Spins on the Passover Story

Stan Lebovic needed to reconnect to the story of Passover. Reading the Haggadah felt like going through motions, and something wasn’t clicking for him. “You go through every part and it’s like, ‘What am I missing?’” the Baltimore resident asked. “Most of what I’m saying, the Haggadah, is falling on deaf ears. I myself don’t… Read More