It is hard to believe that six months have passed and I am halfway through my first year as President of the Jewish Federation of Howard County. I am in awe as I reflect on how many Jewish moments we have already created as a community this year, and I am excited for what is yet to come.
Our next community event, Purim Palooza, is very near and dear to my heart as it is was through that program that I first became involved with the Federation, as a member of the Purim Palooza committee. When I was asked to help with this event, the timing was perfect for me. I work with children as a pediatric dentist, I had young kids who would enjoy the event, and I had already been looking for a way to get engaged in the Jewish community. I was very impressed with how well the staff and committee members worked together to plan one of our biggest events of the year.
This event not only includes games and prizes for our younger community, it also gives synagogues, camps, preschools, the police and fire departments, and local businesses an opportunity to meet and engage the greater Jewish community. The Palooza kicks off with a Purim Celebration that is open to the wider community and the younger grades at Howard County religious schools. It’s a wonderful opportunity for everyone to celebrate the Jewish holiday with others beyond their own synagogues and religious schools.
To this day, I am still a member of Purim Palooza committee, and you can still find me dressed up and passing out toothbrushes as a sponsor at the event.
Purim was my first connection to the Federation, and it allowed me to see just how much the organization had to offer me and my family. Through programs like Purim Palooza, Good Deeds Day, and Mitzvah Day, I have been able to promote my business, teach my children the meaning of Tikkun Olam, and help support the community by sponsoring events. I have also met so many wonderful people in the community by attending programs, being involved with committees, and participating on the Federation Board. I know that not everyone has the time to commit to all these things, but I encourage you to uncover your own inspiration to become more involved with the Federation and create more Jewish moments for you and your family.
Purim Palooza also features a Federation table. I’ll hope you’ll stop by and find out more about what is going on at Federation this spring. I look forward to seeing you there!