New Haggadot Put Creative Spins on the Passover Story


Stan Lebovic needed to reconnect to the story of Passover. Reading the Haggadah felt like going through motions, and something wasn’t clicking for him. “You go through every part and it’s like, ‘What am I missing?’” the Baltimore resident asked. “Most of what I’m saying, the Haggadah, is falling on deaf ears. I myself don’t… Read More

Passover? There’s an App for That

The exodus from Egypt must be retold each year, but the retelling varies from family to family, generation to generation. Some cling to the Maxwell House Haggadah and all the memories wrapped within those pages while others continually update their own family Seder. Now, the Haggadah has entered the age of technology. Enter the Haggadah… Read More

Welcome To Hollywood


Sporting a matzah tie, Stuart Cohen cheerily led 90 men in a pre-Passover Seder Sunday at Baltimore Hebrew Congregation. But this was no ordinary Seder. It was the third annual Baltimore Hebrew Brotherhood Men’s Seder, and keeping with the tradition of having a theme, the topic was Jewish men of Hollywood. “Hollywood is paved in… 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