March 30, 2021 11:28 am

Norma And Georce Heckers’ “Memory And Meaning”

I recall March 12, 2020 you seeThe memories are entrenched in the brain of meMaryland’s governor announced several closingsLike the state’s public schools about which many questions one is posing Like many we have lost family and friendsA loss that for us will never endWe feel hurt that they will not returnAs our lives do feel […]

March 26, 2021 4:42 pm

Esti Zenati’s “Memory And Meaning”

This past year has been truly challenging for me. Being a single mom and having to work full time from home, while supervising my daughter’s virtual school and just making sure she’s ok while I’m busy with work, has been the most challenging thing I’ve had to deal with in the past few years. And […]

4:36 pm

Micah Kleid’s “Memory And Meaning”

Two years ago, when I was applying for the job I currently have, the hiring manager asked me what my dream job would be. I laughed because, if you had asked me that question in my 20s, I would have said to work in the marketing department for the Baltimore Orioles or Baltimore Ravens. But […]

4:32 pm

Linda Boteach’s “Memory And Meaning”

Singing My Way Through the COVID-19 Pandemic: A Reflection Covid happened and I never thought I would be able to continue singing with the choir and I knew I would miss the music which has always been so important to me. So, when Cantor King and Shazy started having Zoom choir rehearsals, I was intrigued-how […]

4:29 pm

Yvonne Epstein’s “Memory And Meaning”

I, like almost everyone, never thought we would still be experiencing this “new normal” way of life.  I really thought that it would last, maybe 3 or 6 months – never this long. I have never been one too long for a “working from home” position.  I enjoy structure in my life – a schedule and […]

4:20 pm

David Harrison’s “Memory And Meaning”

Just in the last few weeks,  I started watching the HBO show “The Leftovers.” It’s not really my favorite genre, it’s a paranormal story about people trying to resume their lives after 2 percent of the world’s population just suddenly and mysteriously disappeared. It’s a few years old, but I have found it oddly prescient […]

4:05 pm

Dr. Mishner’s “Memory And Meaning”

I remember so well March 13, two thousand twenty Life was good and we had plenty Then along came THE virus To sit down beside us Mentioning Tiger or Babe, you need only one name, Similarly with THE virus, you need not mention it’s the same I thought that this cruel joke would last a […]

January 15, 2021 2:08 pm

The Bitter Struggle For Hope: Remembering The Shared Philosophy Of Dr. Martin Luther King And Dr. Rabbi Abraham Heschel

On the surface, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel were very different men. Dr. King was an African American preacher and civil rights leader, while Heschel was a rabbi and professor from a Hasidic background in Europe. But upon closer examination, their lives overlapped in a variety of ways. Both men […]

September 10, 2020 8:59 am

Read These 7 Books To Deepen Your Understanding Of Race In America

Beth El hosts “Inclusion and Belonging: Jews of Color” (Thursday, Sept. 10th at 7:00 p.m.), a dynamic virtual panel discussion between parents raising Jews of Color, including Rain Pryor, who will share her story of growing up Jewish, bi-racial, and the daughter of the famous actor-comedian Richard Pryor. The event is free and open to […]

July 29, 2020 11:58 am

Beth El’s Guide To Tisha B’av

“As the flames went upward, the Jews made a great clamor, such as so mighty an affliction required, and ran together to prevent it: and now they spared not their lives any longer, nor suffered anything to restrain their force, since that holy house was perishing, for whose sake it was that they kept such […]

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