Anyone who has lived outside of Jewish Baltimore for any length of time can attest to the fact that the Jewish community here is quite unique. In an age where so many people live far away from extended families, here in Baltimore, many of us live within blocks of our siblings, parents, and grandparents. Living in close proximity to our families makes it easier to build strong relationships, especially between grandparents and their grandkids. But even if they live miles apart, grandparents and grandchildren can establish and increase bonds with one another when they vacation together. In her article “Grand Travel,” Melissa Edwards provides some tried and true and some new and adventurous travel ideas for intergenerational vacationers. Psst: Don’t forget to slather them in sunscreen, Grandma and Grandpa! Amy Landsman’s piece on page 6 gives you the latest news on kids and sunburn.
With the kids and grandparents out of town, July is a great month to check out Baltimore’s ever-expanding restaurant scene. Beginning on page 16, fellow Baltimoreans trade opinions about their favorite eateries and drinkeries. While our list of favorites is by no means comprehensive, perhaps it will help you next time you’re confronted with the strangely baffling question, “Where should we go for dinner?”
July marks the beginning of the overnight camp season. If you’re like me and writer Linda Esterson, you may have missed the joys of Jewish summer camp during your own childhood. But don’t despair — for some Baltimore families, camp’s not only for the kids! Esterson and other “camp parents” share their experiences about going to camp with their sons and daughters in her feature, “When Camp’s A Family Affair.”
Also in this month’s iNSIDER, catch up with old and new friends, discover a great summer recipe, find a good beach read, or check out our recommendation for a terrific day trip destination.
However you choose to spend your July, I hope it’s a happy month for you and yours.