Thanksgivukkah And The Knaidel

Many of us celebrated Arvind Mahankali’s victory at the national spelling bee last May. Why? Arvind is not a MOT (Member of the Tribe). We celebrated because he won by spelling knaidel, those fluffy floaters we relish on Passover and Shabbat. Putting aside the proper spelling of knaidel, the fact that it appears in the… Read More

Why I Choose To Be A Soldier Instead Of A Student

It was like something out of a comedy sketch. I stood at the front of the classroom, nervous, and launched into the Hebrew-language presentation I had prepared for that day’s lesson. I say launched, but really it was closer to a sputtering. A stammering verbal “balagan” riddled with grammatical mistakes and laced with “Baltimorese” undertones…. Read More

CLTC Is The Place For Me

Who would have thought that the best summer of my life could have taken place in Mukwonago, Wisconsin?  CLTC (Chapter Leadership Training Conference) is one of BBYO’s summer program opportunities, where I spent 12 amazing days learning about how to become a Jewish leader in my chapter and in my Jewish community as a whole…. Read More

Engaging Volunteers

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In today’s busy, fast-paced world, in which our schedules are filled with obligations to both career and family, free time truly is a luxury. When members of our community make the choice to use their free time to give back to the community in which they live and work, they want to know that the… Read More

How Can I Not?

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I believe we are all more the same than different. We try to be good parents, children, siblings and friends. We strive to live by good values. We want to provide for our families. We want to see our children reach their own goals and define their own paths. We want to laugh, and we… Read More

Sustainable Perspectives

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Living in a country such as ours, it is often hard to remember to be thankful for the immense amount of things that we have. We tend to view modern conveniences, such as dishwashers and washing machines, as standard with little thought to what it would be like to do without — until maybe something… Read More

My Journey From Israel To Howard County

It was a Wednesday morning and my whole life was packed into a few boxes and two suitcases. I took a last look at my home in Israel, a few last pictures,  gave kisses and hugs to my loved ones, and I was on my way to the airport to start a journey of a… Read More

Our Soldiers And Our Community

Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (FIDF) has just completed its fifth year in Baltimore. We are proud of our accomplishments, one of which is becoming part of our Jewish community’s fabric. And one sure way to be part of our fabric is to be an active member of our Baltimore Israel Coalition. As most… Read More

The Silent Killer

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What is colorless, odorless and extremely dangerous?  The answer is carbon monoxide, a poisonous gas that is also known as the silent killer.  Carbon monoxide is produced by appliances that burn gas, wood, petroleum and other fuels.  When carbon monoxide seeps out in an unventilated room, the outcome can be fatal.  In Baltimore City, there… Read More

Seeking Hebrew School Dropouts

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Nice community rabbi seeking Hebrew school dropout, religious about the Ravens. When I learned that I would have the opportunity to write a column for the JT, I promised some close friends (bubbies and mamas) that I would use one piece to help them help me in the search for my beshert. It has not… Read More