Daily Archives: March 2, 2013

Fashionista: On Trend for Spring 2013

Spring’s hottest colors and styles are bold and beautiful. Look for spring greens, hot pinks, bright colors, feminine lace and sophisticated black-and-white patterns for this seasons’ dresses, maxis and more. Dresses are the one-piece wonder, when it comes to fashion, pulling together a look in just one piece. If you’re pressed for time, having a…

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Demystifying the Grape

So my editor asks me to write an article about wine – maybe something about kosher wines? During a Torah class I attend, the subject of kosher wine comes up at times. OK, I’m in the wine business, and I’m curious about what is considered kosher wine. A quick heads up, I am a very…

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Camp Evolution: Jewish Summer Camps

Jewish summer camps are a uniquely American invention, an invention that over the years has changed the lives of countless Jewish youngsters. Founded in 1883 by the Jewish Working Girls Vacation Society, located in New York, the first Jewish summer camp was a girls’ camp. The concept expanded widely at the turn of the 20th…

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Camp News

CAMP STEIN WELCOMES NEW DIRECTOR Congregation Beth Israel welcomes Brian Mitchell as the new director of Camp Daisy and Harry Stein for summer 2013. Brian is originally from St. Louis, MO, and graduated from Indiana University in 1999. For the past year and a half, Brian has been the director of the University of Missouri…

Clean Up, Cash In

Clearing clutter and cleaning house is a Passover ritual. The Jewish version of spring cleaning started a long time ago, when the Jews had to leave Egypt on the run and without lots of stuff. Today, however, life is messy, and it’s so easy to keep collect- ing more and more clutter. But does more…

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Horsing Around

The genesis of 18-year-old equestrienne Danielle Rosenbaum’s 13 national championships extends back to decades before her birth, to the summer her grandfather Carl Rosenbaum fell in love at camp – with horses. Danielle won her first two national championships at the tender age of 11 at the Arabian Horse Youth Nationals in Albuquer- que, NM,…

Life on the Other Side: Passover

Ah, the joys of Passover preparation. For anyone celebrating this holiday with some semblance of observance, the arrange- ments required to ready the house often seem like an additional plague. As I scan my brain for early recollections, I can feel the backaches coming on. Not to speak of the aching feet and steel-wooled hands….

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Home Holiday

The crack of that first piece of matzah, destined to become the afikomen. Homemade matzah ball soup simmering on the stove, its magical aroma evocative of days of Pesach past. The warmth of family gathered together. Is it any wonder that Passover is the most widely observed Jewish holiday in America? Why is this night…

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