All Our Children

It began like any other d’var Torah. “Good afternoon. My portion today is Vaera from the Book of Exodus,” said Joel Friedman, as he looked out at family members and friends who had gathered for his bar mitzvah at Beth Israel Congregation in Owings Mills. But Joel’s d’var Torah and his bar mitzvah were rather… Read More

Kinderkool

It’s not always easy to find b’nai mitzvah gifts that have meaning but that will still appeal to a young teen. Fortunately, the Jewish Museum of Maryland has a variety of beautiful, whimsical and teen-friendly Judaic gift items that will make your search pleasant and easy. Where else can you shop and get some culture… Read More

An Adult: Really?

Jewish law tells us that a bat mitzvah is a significant milestone, different than other birthdays. According to Jewish law, after her bat mitzvah, a young woman has moral responsibility for her own actions. In that respect, she is no longer sheltered by her parents. Surprisingly, Jewish law makes no reference to cell phones. We… Read More

One Milestone At A Time

While Some moms like to plan ahead, I’m happy just savoring my little boy’s early years. And who has time to fantasize about the future anyway? With each day requiring constant vigilance to ensure the health and happiness of both him and his beloved collection of nomadic teddy bears, my son’s transition to adulthood is… Read More

B’nai Mitzvah Prep 101

It’s hard to believe, but the time is finally here! Your child is truly beginning his or her bar or bat mitzvah studies. Wondering what to expect? Bar and bat mitzvah preparations usually begin with an orientation meeting with the synagogue’s b’nai mitzvah coordinator nine months before the service. Students then have a series of… Read More

Keith Michel

Joel Friedman joyfully celebrates his bar mitzvah. His mother says, “He felt like a rock star.” (photo provided)

Rumor has it that Keith Michel wanted to wear a rust-colored corduroy suit to his bar mitzvah. When you consider that it was 1981, it’s not really so hard to imagine. Now 45, Michel has two children, ages 14 and 20, and is engaged to be remarried. A Gilman School graduate who attended Skidmore College,… Read More

Where Should I Study?

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In today’s internationally connected world, college students are well aware that in order to be globally competitive, an overseas cultural and academic experience, whether it’s for six weeks, a semester or an entire year, is imperative. For many Jewish students who have visited Israel, whether on a gap year or a 10-day trip, the question… Read More

Changing With The Times

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“I ate my meals there.” That phrase, or some version of it, is usually the first thing that comes to mind when past generations of University of Maryland students conjure up memories of their experiences at the school’s Hillel. Still, eating kosher food is not all Hillel provided. For decades, the Jewish campus hub has… Read More

Breaking Out Fall Fashions

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The calendar may still read summer, but in a matter of days, kids will be heading back to school, and September will arrive. While I love summer and the easier laid-back routine that accompanies June, July and August, as a retailer and fashion fiend, I welcome the arrival of fall with open arms. To me,… Read More

Meet Rabbi Moshe

Ohr Chadash Academy students will also meet a new administrator at the start of the school year. Following the retirement of Rabbi Akevy Greenblatt, Rabbi Moshe Margolese, who was hired to serve as the dean of students, has taken on an expanded role. “The Board of Directors felt a need to “secure additional strong administrative… Read More