Michelle's Message

Read the archive of our messages from former executive director Michelle Ostroff.

Keeping Promises

We have promises to keep – big, audacious promises. We promise those who struggle that we will help them, we promise seniors that we will keep them active, we promise children that they will have a Jewish education no matter the cost, we promise new Israeli immigrants that we will help the…

Warmth of Community

There are many ways to stay warm. You can build a fire, turn up the thermostat, or cuddle under a warm blanket. Sometimes warmth is a state of mind, a way you feel about something or the way you relate to others.

During these frigid months of wintry blizzards and freezing temperatures, I …

The Power of Our Voice

Last month, the Jewish community of Howard County was thrust into the center of attention of the Board of Education. Upon hearing of a possible calendar option where the holidays of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur would NOT be days off of school, the community mobilized and rallied. The Jewish …

Making Miracles

Chanukah represents something different to everyone, depending on your perspective. Some scholars view it as a military victory, while others see it as a story of G-d’s deliverance. My husband sees it as an excuse to pig out on latkes, while my children see it as a time to give and receive…

Taking Part

Looking at my holiday table always gives me such joy – the glistening honey, bright red apples, a fresh round challah warm from my oven, my good china (yes, I actually use it!), and enough Shabbat/Yom Tov candles for any guest who wishes to light them. This last tradition of having many ca…