‘They Needed Us’ From the beginning, Columbia’s ecumenical focus has depended on Jewish input

Fifty years ago, Columbia’s promise of equality and prosperity drew hundreds to Howard County. Planned communities like Columbia were not a new idea, but the area’s developer, James Rouse, had a vision that went beyond street layouts and park placement. Today, the area’s Jewish community is in a bind. Though Howard County’s Jewish population has… Read More

Meaningful Giving

Lately my mind has been awash with thoughts pushing and pulling in all directions, motivated by my love of family (immediate and communal), my connection to Israel and the Jewish people and the needs of my new business. The connectedness of those things most important to me adds meaning to my life and inspires me… Read More

Living with the Land

At Bet Yeladim’s new Jewish teaching garden — Gan Ellen in Columbia — preschool students learn Jewish values in a hands-on environment. “The best way to teach children is to get their hands dirty,” said Bet Yeladim’s executive director, Jodi Fishman. “By having an educational garden in our school, we are able to provide Jewish… Read More