Knesset Israel Nursery School is lifeblood of Annapolis’ small Jewish community

In the back hallway of a massive and elegant synagogue in the heart of Annapolis sits a preschool with 36 children. From the outside, one might not recognize the school as anything special. It’s just a Jewish preschool. But walk inside the double doors, and the school comes alive — a lifeblood of a Jewish… Read More

Ask Mesila

Question: I lost my job and we have had to make drastic cuts to our family’s standard of living, which have significantly affected my children. I worry I am not providing the things they need and are used to having. How much should I involve them in our financial situation? Answer: The first thing you and your… Read More

The Flow Of The River

Healthy marriages make healthy children Water flows easily in a river when there are few or no rocks, sticks or other debris.  I visualize communication in relationships to be like a small river or stream. When you say something complimentary, kind and loving, you strengthen the waters of the stream. On the other hand, if… Read More

Just In’ Time for Winter

Justin Berk and son Brandon developed an app that teaches kids about the weather.
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Justin Berk has gained a considerable following during his more than a decade as a meteorologist in the Baltimore region. That following has grown in recent years, as Berk quickly learned how to reach out to an ever-expanding audience via social media. It was the desire to explore social- media opportunities more that eventually led… Read More

Step Back

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I remember writing my essay for Haverford College on New Year’s Day. I don’t remember writing the essays for the other schools, but I remember, very clearly, sitting on my bedroom floor with my back pressed against the footboard of my bed and writing about New Year’s. I don’t remember exactly what I wrote, but… Read More