Adat Chaim Congregation chocolate affair

Chef Ryan Asher.
Chef Ryan Asher. (Irv Litofsky/Submitted photo , Carroll County Times)

Adat Chaim Congregation:

Despite the freezing cold weather, more than 50 congregants, friends and chocolate revelers attended a fun and interesting chocolate dessert demonstration, by friendly and handsome Chef Ryan Asher, son of Tina and Buddy Asher, members of Adat Chaim. Ryan is a proud graduate of its Hebrew School.


A graduate of Baltimore Culinary Institute in 2007, with tenures at Marriott International, Tidewater Inn and Tremont Plaza, Ryan is also a pastry chef, at a French Bistro, PB Boulangerie, in Wellfleet, Cape Cod, Mass.!

Chef Ryan's interesting and informative Cooking with Chocolate 101 demo included interesting facts about choosing the right chocolate, storing and melting, cocoa powder natural v.s. Dutch processed, decorating with chocolate curls, and shavings; plus using dark chocolate tidbits - semi-sweet, bittersweet, milk chocolate, white chocolate, in baking.


There were a lot of inquiries from the men and women attending this fab chocolate demonstration. And, every question asked was answered to everyone's satisfaction by Ryan.

Plus, as an added bonus, everyone taste-tested everything Ryan prepared! There was enough for everyone to sample! The end result? Delicious! Plus, everyone received a copy of the recipes, of all the goodies he prepared.

His tasty dessert menu included orange-coconut macaroons, flourless chocolate cake that can be used for Passover, meringue, classic chocolate truffles and Pot De Crème. Plus there was a separate table of additional yummy goodies prepared by Ryan, available for everyone to enjoy, at the conclusion of his original demonstration and taste testing.

He spent a lot of time preparing and baking. Everyone was impressed and appreciative for his many hours and preparation of the many great desserts!

Special thanks also to his very attentive and helpful assistant, Cathy Litofsky. Assisting Cathy at times, was Adat Chaim Congregation's new Rabbi David Greenspoon.

Art Wolf is president of Adat Chaim congregation; Al Mendelsohn, vice president; Jerry Newman, second vice president; Jaci Schoen, recording secretary; Lynn Ruddie, financial secretary; and Dan Satisky is treasurer.

Thank you Chef Ryan for an enjoyable tasty dessert evening!

Irv Litofsky was this events photog.


Welcome to Rabbi David Greenspoon and his family to our community.

Also, gargantuan thanks to all the congregants that are so very helpful volunteering in the congregation's office!

People Kudos

Chizuk Amuno Krieger Schechter Day School: After a successful search process sparked by the upcoming retirement of Dr. Paul Schneider - the top-notch very successful Head of KSDS for mega years - Bil Zarch has accepted the position as Head of School for KSDS beginning, July 1. Bil is a tireless leader who has a special talent for connecting with young families and advancing his school's agenda. Bil comes to Baltimore from Northampton, Mass., where he served as Head of School since Fall 2008.

Bil's family includes his lovely wife, Rebecca, and their precious children, 3-year-old son Ravin and their 1-year old daughter Danya.

Our community looks forward to welcoming the Zarch family to Chizuk Amuno and our Pikesville/Northwest area!


Lifecycle simcha celebrations

A very happy and a few belated birthday greetings to family, friends, co-workers, neighbors and community celebrating 30-something, more or less. Also a sprinkling of kids, tween/teens, young adults and seniors (recycled teenagers):

Dr. Howard Hoffberg, Dr. Richard Taylor, Dr. Aaron Rapoport, Marvin Weiner, Josh Civin, Rabbi Randi Nagel, Barbara Gradet, Phyllis Brotman, Shari Gaister, Billy Chase, Steve Sirkin, Jeffrey Helman, Nina Davis, Rochelle Cocke, Henry Ehrlich, Stan Raffel, Elaine Frankle, Sherry Sacks, Charlie Gailunas, Libby Rappaport, Henry Scherr, Sam Posner, Barb Greenbaum, Leslie Rifkin, Mark Dopkin, Michael Rasche, Brian Morrison, Minda Mullin, Sherri Minkin, Jan Franz, Jeremy Kaufman, Jeffrey Helman.

And, Anne Gresser, Marta Hoffman, Pam Goode, Jaclyn Brenner, Ken Golberg, Rob McCormick, Alyssa Schaper, Emma Liss, Diane Salama, Maureen Ackerman, Rebecca Hoffberg, Stan Gumnit, Herm Feldman, Betsy Offermann, Lauren Kallins, Elaine Michelson, Barb Kreshtool, Barry Friedman, Ed Morris, Paul Trinkoff, Ted Losin, Richard Garber, Michelle Stern, Judy Brown, Andy Hermann, Elana Boteach, Carlyn Levy, Arleen Cohen, Becky O'Neill.

Happy kids birthdays to Lara Shein, Piper Brown, Madeline Koenig.

Happy, happy birthday to each and every-one and those celebrating birthdays not listed! Hope you all enjoyed oodles of ice cream, cake and goodies. Especially the goodies! Yes!

Engagement congrats

Irma Gold to Jonathan Herbst

Lauren Avery to Jonathan Spear Jr.


Best wishes for wedded bliss: Nina (Glassman) and Brett Ungar.


Welcome to this trio of adorable handsome precious bundles of joy:

A son, Samuel Joseph, to Ellen and Dr. Rafi Simon.

A son, Marlo Bryce, to Rachel and Brad Sohn.

A son, Luc Benjamin, to Amy Kremen and Boswell Wing.

Mazel Tov to all! Enjoy with oodles of hugs and kisses!

Anniversary congrats

A whopper gorgeous (diamond) 60th anniversary to Esther and William Friedlander.

Wow! 60 years! Fantabulous! We all wish Esther and Will, many, many more wonderful anniversary celebrations with good health and happiness! Yes!

A lovely (emerald) 55th anniversary to Lois and Ted Gamerman. A fab 54th anniversary to Anita and Mel Steinberg. An equally fab 53rd anniversary to Aileen and Harold Peremel. A great 51st anniversary to Marlyn and Dr. Boris Omansky.

A wonderful 48th anniversary to Diane and Dr. Stan Zwebach. An enjoyable 46th anniversary to Barb and Don Saiontz. An attractive (sapphire) 45th anniversary to Ellen and Jay Morstein, Karen and Art Fleischer. A wonderful 44th anniversary to Ellen and Jay Morstein. A fab 42nd anniversary to Pat and Charles McConville.

A great 37th anniversary to Diane and Eddie Steinberg. An attractive (pearl) 30th anniversary to Beverly and Michael Stuck.

A very happy 24th anniversary to Beth and Dave Swirnow. An enjoyable 22nd anniversary to Karen and Rob Schaftel, Randi and John Buergenthal.

A very happy 19th anniversary to Dana and George Wachter. An equally enjoyable 17th anniversary to Jodi and Dan Dinkin.

A happy fifth anniversary to Jenn and Ian Blacker. An equally happy first anniversary to newlyweds Allyson and Stephen Rietschiel.

Happy anniversary also to Joyce and Sanford Feinberg.

Happy anniversary to all of the above and those celebrating anniversaries not listed! May you all enjoy many, many more wonderful anniversary simchas! L'Chaim!

Shannon and Taylor Stern, tween/teen, young adult and under-30 social columnists

Your choice of awesome cool/hot happy double-digit birthday cha, cha, chas to Emma and Hayden Paige also Zach Zeisler

Bar Mitzvah

Mazel Tov to Alex Caplan.

Happy young adult birthdays to Jamie Friedlander, Hayley Krengel, Morgan Savell, Evan Sachs and Eli Plaut.

Happy 20-something and under-30 birthdays to Lindsay Barrash, Amanda Minkove, Tamar Rock, Brian Dudley, Josh Townsend and Derek Nusbaum.

Happy birthday to all the double-digit, Bat and Bar Mitzvah celebrants, young adult and 20-something and under-30 birthday celebrants not listed! Happy milestone birthdays all!



Saturday, March 17, is St. Patrick's Day! Don't forget to wear green!


On Tuesday, March 20, spring 2012 begins! We enjoyed a fabulous winter with many spring-like-temperature days. Many played tennis/golf this past winter season! Hope next year we have the same mild temperatures! (wishful thinking!)


Shabbat candle-lighting time, Friday evening, March 16, is 6:57 p.m. Have and enjoy a terrific week!

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