Har Sinai Celebrates 175 Years

In 1842, Baltimore’s own Har Sinai Congregation became the United States’ first Jewish congregation founded in Reform Judaism. Now based in Owings Mills, Har Sinai counts more than 400 families as congregants and continues to be the longest-running Reform congregation in the country. This past May, a committee was formed by Rabbi Emeritus Floyd Herman… Read More

For CrossFit Cantor, It’s All About Discipline

The sun has barely crept over the horizon when Rhoda Harrison leaves her Mount Washington home for a fitness center tucked into the outskirts of Baltimore City. For nearly a year, the ordained rabbi and cantor has exercised religiously at Nevermore CrossFit, one of the approximately 80 CrossFit facilities in the Maryland area. Harrison, 51,… Read More

Rhoda Harrison Returns to Har Sinai as Education Director

Rhoda Harrison has returned to where her career in the Jewish clergy began, joining Har Sinai Congregation as director of educational learning and programming. Harrison, who served as cantor and musical director of the Owings Mills-based Reform-affiliated congregation from 1993 to 1999, starts her new job on Saturday. She replaces education administrator Pamela Mandell, who… Read More

Rabbis Riff on Passover Six rabbis talk about the modern-day meaning of the holiday

Every year on Passover, Jewish communities the world over read from the Haggadah to hear the story of the Jewish people’s enslavement and to celebrate our liberation. The story doesn’t change year to year, but as local rabbis explained to the JT, its deep meaning is multifaceted, and the Passover story continues to have essential… Read More

Har Sinai Names Interim Education Administrator

Pamela Mandell, with more than 16 years of teaching experience mostly in the Jewish community, has been named Har Sinai Congregation’s interim education administrator. Mandell replaces longtime director of congregational learning, Jo-Ellen Unger, who left the Owings Mills-based congregation to become director of the Union for Reform Judaism’s 6 Points Creative Arts Academy. Har Sinai… Read More

Repairing the World Through Synagogues

In the spirit of giving during the holiday season, local synagogues offer a variety of programs and initiatives so that Jewish individuals and families can give back to their communities and participate in mitzvot. From mitzvah projects to cleanup efforts to feeding needy families, congregations offer members a number of ways to give back. Chizuk… Read More