From the President's Desk

Read news from our President, Rachael Simon.

Joel Frankel Appointed as New JFHC Executive Director

On behalf of the Board of Directors of the Jewish Federation of Howard County, I am pleased to announce the appointment of Joel Frankel as our federation’s new Executive Director, effective July 1. Joel will be succeeding Ralph Grunewald, who has so ably served our community for the past f…

Spring Forward, Indeed!

Spring is here and I feel a sense of excitement as the weather gets warmer, the flowers bloom and we can begin to get together with friends and family. For me, I am planning a summer B’not Mitzvah for my two daughters and it is heartwarming that after a year of social isolation we will act…

Passover Reflections

With the end of Passover this week, it’s hard to believe for many of those who are vaccinated this was the first holiday families could celebrate together in a year. This made the story of Passover especially meaningful this year. The uncertainty and ups and downs of COVID 19 allowed me t…

Purim Reflections

As I finished watching the Purim service with my family this evening, I began thinking about how last year at Purim it was the last time we were able to engage with one another in person as a community. I can remember clearly attending the Purim Shabbat service and people began wondering if …

A New Year

For many people the end of 2020 could not have come fast enough. Who could have ever imagined that last year, when we were ringing in the new year with family and friends, that so much would change in just a few months. With 2020 came a global pandemic that caused so many of us to lose famil…