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FROM THE SHABBAT TABLE OF BETSY & GEORGE HESS

August 7th, 2012

Dinner date: 3 August 3, 2012

Guests: Elaine and Sol Snyder and 2 other couples who do not yet belong to Beth Am.

Analogy: Shabbat is a time to reflect on our Judaism and share our blessings.

Recipe: Corn salad- fresh corn cooked and off the cob with basil, tomatoes from our garden mixed with olive oil and vinegar dressing.

Story: We all enjoyed sharing Shabbat rituals, lighting the candles, blessing the challah and the wine and toasting our friendships. We talked of our families, our bond with Beth Am and its future and shared “smaltimore” anecdotes.

FROM THE SHABBAT DINNER TABLE OF BARBARA & BARRY BLUMBERG

July 9th, 2012

Dinner date: 29 June 2012

Guests: Jack and Linda Lapides and Jim Prost and Ellen Meyer

Analogy: It was really nice that everyone could walk to our home on Friday night, since we all live in Bolton Hill. We all agree that the 613+ concept was a great idea to get to know each other better.Talk ranged from neighborhood, Beth Am, Baltimore City politics and Jewish geography.

The evening began with kiddush and challah. With the summer heat we served a cold menu which featured cold strawberry soup to start, cold salmon with a dill sauce with bean salad, wheat berry salad, and green salad. We ended with individual lemon pudding cakes. The soup recipe is shared.

Recipe: CHILLED STRAWBERRY SOUP Chilled Strawberry Soup Makes about 5 cups; Prep: 10 MIN., Garnish this creamy milk shake of a soup with sliced strawberries for added appeal. 1 (16-oz) container fresh strawberries, sliced 2 cups half-and-half 1 ¼ cups sour cream ¾ cup powdered sugar 2 Tbsp. white balsamic vinegar Garnish: sliced strawberries 1. Process strawberries in a food processor until smooth, stopping to crape down sides as needed. Dump in other ingredients. Just pulse a few times until combined. Cover in a bowl and chill at least 2 hours or up to 3 days. Stir just before serving. 2. Serve in cup and saucer and garnish. LIGHTENED Version: Use fat-free half-and-half fat-free sour cream.

FROM THE SHABBAT DINNER TABLE OF AMY DAVIDOFF & STEVE GORE

July 8th, 2012

Dinner date: 6 July 2012

Guests: Patsy & Tony Perlman, Marcia & Robert Kargon, Roz and Nelson Hyman, Judy, David & Abby Drager-Davidoff, Mimi Davidoff

Analogy: We talked about the weather, Mt. Washington, Baltimore, South Africa, travel and life. We were bound by our common connection to Beth Am, but otherwise just really enjoyed the company of new found friends.

Recipe: Curried Sweet Potato Salad 1/4 cup mayonnaise (light okay) 1/4 cup plain yogurt (non-fat okay) 2 teaspoons curry powder 1 tablespoon brown sugar 1 teaspoon course ground mustard 4 cups cooked, peeled and diced sweet potatoes (about 2 large) 1/2 cup dried cranberries (such as Craisins) 1/2 cup pecan pieces, lightly toasted 2 green onions, sliced Salt and pepper to taste Instructions: In a large bowl, combine mayonnaise, curry powder, brown sugar and mustard. Add sweet potatoes, dried cranberries, pecans and green onions. Season with salt and pepper. Chill overnight.

Story: Steve and I are planning a trip to South Africa in August. We were so pleased to find out that Tony is from South Africa. He and Patsy offered us suggestions for sites to see, recommendations about travel within the country, and the offer of guide books.

FROM THE SHABBAT DINNER TABLE OF ERICA, LEAH & LOU JACOBS

May 29th, 2012

Dinner date: 25 May 2012

Guests: Lissa Rotundo, Joel Balsham, Miriam Tillman, Meg Heyman, Leah Jacobs

Analogy: Our conversation ranged from the joys and challenges of being parents, grandparents, children and grandchildren, to family stories on all manner of themes, including, but not limited to how values and traditions have been passed along, to sharing the successes as well as the difficulties of worklife issues.

Story: We composed a Shabbat Haiku: Candles, wine, challah Eggplant, fish and fruit cobbler Wonderful people.

FROM THE SHABBAT DINNER TABLE OF LISA ROTUNDO

May 29th, 2012

Dinner date: 20 April 20 2012

Guests: Joel Balsham, Charles and Abby Rammelkamp, James Bontempo and Alex Huff, Kenneth Moss, Anne Eakin Moss, Jacob and Aaron Moss

Analogy: Beth Am (or is it Wyman Park?) is like a smorgasbord of humanity. Shabbat is an excuse to sample the smorgasbord.

Recipe: Fresh Strawberry Pie