Personal Foul

David Snyder

It was a great story idea. Or so I thought … Back in March, the Milford Mill Academy’s boys basketball team captured the Class 3A state championship. The title run was led by first-year head coach Michael Silverman. Reaching out to Silverman for a profile piece seemed like a slam dunk. A local Jewish head… Read More

Bringing Outsiders In

Simone Ellin

Since joining the Baltimore Jewish Times almost two years ago, I’ve developed a reputation for being the “go-to” person for stories about people with medical and neurological disorders and differences. As a clinical social worker, my background has given me a familiarity with these kinds of topics. I enjoy combining my love for writing with… Read More

Diverse. Involved. Very Strong.

Last week was a perfect image of the diversity of Jewish Baltimore. In a four-day span, I attended (one I simply wrote about) four different programs that brought people from all pockets of the community together. A strong community is built on the combined experience, skills, talents, perspectives and capabilities of variant individuals. It includes… Read More

Spring, Strumming And Renewal

A couple of weeks ago, my husband and I took our daughter, a junior in high school, on her first college tour. We drove from Baltimore to New York, making our way from the Hudson Valley through Connecticut to Massachusetts, visiting four colleges along the way. In early April, the weather was warm, and even… Read More

Playing Hooky

Moms should let their children skip school to have fun. Those who know me might be aghast at this statement. After all, skipping school sends the wrong message. I am a mother who preaches (maybe too often) the importance of hard work and staying focused. It’s not the grade you get, I tell my children,… Read More

On The Run

This column was written before the Boston Marathon terrorist attack. I would like to dedicate my piece, on the joy of running, to all those who were killed or maimed in the event. Our hearts and prayers are with the victims and their families. I love this time of year. It’s not because I can… Read More

Precious Moments

It was just over a month ago that my 5-year-old daughter’s Purim play took place on a Tuesday. Tuesday, in my world, is production day. That means from when I get in that morning until I go home, usually very late that evening, I am reading and editing pages, finalizing story lists, determining the paper’s… Read More

A Happier Birthday

Last Thursday, I celebrated my 26th birthday, and it got me thinking: I’m certainly in a different place in my professional life than I was this time last year. On March 21 — last year — I had reached a point where I wasn’t even sure if I wanted to be a journalist anymore.

Why I Hate Technology

I’m old enough to have learned to type on an Apple IIe and to have saved my files on eight-inch floppy disks. But I’m young enough to still be at least as, if not more, technologically adept than my children. I can pretty easily learn and find new programs and best practices on the computer,… Read More

Thanks, JCC

Sometimes I forget what it is like to have total, unadulterated fun with my children. Between work, cleaning, packing lunches, exercising, volunteering and  just plain life (paying bills, taking the car in to the shop, etc.) there is just so little time to enjoy what is truly most important: Shlomo, Netanya, Devarya and Shai. Until… Read More