For those who know Amy Pollokoff, they know of her kindness, her commitment to family and community and, of course, they know about her legendary cookies. The more than 60 batches of peanut butter, candy bar cookies, mandel bread and more that she traditionally bakes for family, neighbors and friends each High Holiday season.
True to her grandmother’s recipes, each year she travels to countless stores and markets for the 30 pounds of flour that is needed, that special Damson plum jelly that she uses in her favorite strudel. She spends weeks in the kitchen, recreating the recipes — recipes held in a green metal box that hold special meaning. For she learned their secrets sitting side by side in the kitchen with her grandmother who, at the time, was stricken with Alzheimer’s and didn’t know who she was.
This passion that she brings to this holiday tradition is the same passion that she brings to all that she does, and a passion she expects to share particularly this year as the new Campaign Chair for Associated Women.
Passion for Jewish Community
When Amy looks back over her long volunteer commitment to the Associated, there are many memories she can point to that have meaning. After returning to Baltimore, newly married to Bob Pollokoff, she joined what was then called the Young Women’s Leadership Council (YWLC) and in year two, became its president.
Over the years, she volunteered with The Girls Project, through Jewish Big Brothers Big Sisters, and took on roles as chair of numerous events. Yet it was two years ago, on an Associated Women’s 70th Anniversary Mission to Israel, that really struck a chord.
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