Hebrew Free Loan Can Help: Just Ask

Hebrew Free Loan Association of Baltimore may be one of the best-kept secrets in the Jewish community, although president Steve Meizlish said he wants more people to know about the longstanding community organization that helps people facing unexpected financial crises with interest-free loans. Founded in 1898, Meizlish said the group was started with immigrants lending… Read More

Flashback: Evan Goldman

Evan Goldman, a partner at Goldman & Goldman, P.A. in Lutherville, has philanthropy ingrained in him. The 38-year-old recently won The Associated’s Harry Greenstein Young Leadership Award, which recognized his growth and leadership potential. The award earned him a trip to the Jewish Federations of North America’s General Assembly in Israel. The JT caught up… Read More

A Helping Hand

On any one night, approximately 2,638 Baltimoreans sleep in a shelter or on the street, according to 2013 point-in-time statistics from Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake’s office. In Baltimore City, more than four out of every 1,000 residents are homeless. Of these people, two-thirds are men, and 20 percent are younger than 25. In a city where… Read More

Working For Change

These days, it seems that everyone is starting a nonprofit. What’s the appeal? “The reason people start nonprofits is because they see a need and a void that they are passionate to fill,” says Paddy Morton, attorney with Maryland Nonprofits, an organization that serves to strengthen and educate the state’s nonprofit sector. “They’re doing public… Read More

Better To Give

A meshulach (Jewish charity collector) visited our home late one summer night. A window was open so he knocked at the screen. Heschel, our dog, sprang to his feet, jumped through the screen and chased the visitor all the way down the block. We reveled in this victory, and Heschel earned himself extra treats that… Read More

Let Them Eat Cheerios

This Year marks my son’s third Thanksgiving and third Chanukah. It is also the first time the holidays have coincided since 1861. The fact that both festivals are celebrations of appreciation, for our country and the miracle of lights respectively, makes it almost impossible not to reflect on the importance of giving and of instilling… Read More

On Bookshelves

How Dalia Put A Big Yellow Comforter Inside A Tiny Blue Box And Other Wonders Of Tzedakah by Linda Heller Hard cover, 32 pages Tricycle Press “Tsadee daled Kof hay” means justice, fairness, compassion and joy. In this children’s book, perfect for children ages 3 to 7, main character Dalia teaches her inquisitive younger brother,… Read More

B’More Healthy: The Value of Giving

We know volunteering is a mitzvah, but what some people don’t know is that it’s also good for your health. According to CarePages.com, volunteering increases one’s sense of well-being and productivity and also positively impacts cardiovascular health, immune system and cognitive functioning, and reduces symptoms of depression and anxiety. Ilene Cohen, a former travel agent,… Read More

Making Cents Together

Tzedakah, the mitzvah of giving, is a celebrated tradition in Jewish culture. As Dr. Sherry Blumberg, 2012 Jewish Educator of the Year recommends, when teaching your children about tzedakah, let them get involved as much as possible. “Children learn best by doing and exploring through their senses,” she writes. Make giving a meaningful and enjoyable… Read More