Study Abroad Allows Students to Expand Horizons

Andrew Poverman (Photo provided)

In today’s globally connected world, more and more high school students are getting an opportunity to enjoy all the cultural and academic amenities countries have to offer through various study abroad programs. For many of these students in the Baltimore community, learning another nation’s way of life, customs and traditions is as much of an… Read More

CJE Offering New Opportunities for Young Families

Families participating in the CJE’s Ahava Baby program tour the  Butterbee Farm in Pikesville.

Providing busy, young Jewish parents with meaningful experiences to keep them interested in Jewish life is no easy task, but it is one that local organizations have taken head-on. In 2010, a community survey by The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore identified 10,000 Jewish families around Baltimore that were not engaged with Jewish life… Read More

Nagel Brings Expertise to Beth Shalom

Louis Nagel (Photo provided)

Louis Nagel was born in Philadelphia but has been living in Baltimore since he was 5 years old. Growing up, he attended religious school and worked as a madrich at the Orthodox shul B’nai Jacob. Additionally, he worked as a counselor at Camp Milldale. Nagel, 59, graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park with… Read More

Schools, Programs Offer Personalized Special Needs Education


Education is rarely a one-size-fits-all discipline, especially among the special needs population. Luckily for individuals with disabilities, the Baltimore area has a variety of schools, agencies and programs that offer education, training and other help that can be tailored toward specific needs. One such program is Friendship Circle run by Rabbi Chaya Sufrin out of… Read More

Flashback Ellen Olson

Ellen Olson (provided)

For most of her working life, Ellen Olson’s passion has been to provide young children with a solid educational foundation. A Philadelphia native, Olson, 60, relocated to Baltimore from Richmond, Va., 30 years ago to take over as associate director of the Rosenbloom Owings Mills JCC’s early childhood program. During that time, thousands of kids… Read More

Homeschooling on the Rise


All parents want the best education for their children. Sometimes, that means the local public school and other times it’s a private institution or nearby charter school. But, for some families, the best choice comes in homeschooling. More than 27,500 students were homeschooled in Maryland last school year, according to the state Department of Education…. Read More

The (retail) Cost of Education Survey: Stores anticipate big school-supplies sales

Education, Back to School, Shopping.

Back-to-school sales are already in full force at stores such as Target and Wal-Mart, and this year, families are expected to spend more on school supplies and incidentals, shopping both in-store and online. The National Retail Federation’s annual survey, conducted by Prosper Insights & Analytics, looks at shopping tendencies, anticipated spending and digital habits. Survey… Read More

Diversity in Programming Vast array of academic programs in nearby private schools prove popular with parents

Parents in the Jewish community have many choices when determining which school will provide the best foundation for their child. Many have turned to private schools due to the academic and extracurricular programs they offer, and some Jewish families choose schools that include a religious component, even if it is not Jewish. [pullquote]“Learning should be… Read More

Eco-friendly lunch boxes


As more and more parents try to pack their kids healthier school lunches and school systems have grappled with providing healthier options, eco-friendly lunch boxes and packaging are becoming more common in schools too. Whether it’s a metal lunch box or an insulated carrier, students seem to be ditching the days of plastic and paper… Read More

Lockers That Rock

In 2011, The New York Times declared middle school lockers “the latest frontier in nesting.” Four years later, that trend seems to have remained in girls’ lockers. Looking to exercise their creativity and create a little place in school completely of their own, plain metal lockers in schools throughout the country now feature rugs, wallpaper,… Read More