Jewish Traditions

I hope everyone is enjoying the summer and staying cool in the heat. Summer offers us the opportunity to spend time with family and recover from the whirlwind of the rest of the year. It also gives our children a chance to reconnect with old friends and summer traditions. I am fortunate that this summer, my children get to attend the same Jewish camp that that I, their grandmother, and their great-grandmother did. 

Summer camp is just one example of a Jewish tradition that has nurtured generations of Jews.  Federation is another. Since the founding of Howard County, the Federation has represented our community and connected us to Jewish experiences and other Jewish families. Throughout the past 50 years years, Federation has initiated and supported many initiatives that continue the traditions of our community—from BBYO to PJ Library to the Jewish Community Relations Council. 

Entering my new role as Federation president this summer, I am excited about the many programs and activities that will help our community thrive, inspire identity, and provide care. 

The fall kicks off with Jew Year's Eve, our Jewish New Year’s party for adults 30s-50s on September 26.  In September, our returning shaliach (Israeli emissary) Shay Rubinstein will begin a new Israel Café series about current events in Israel, with sessions both in the day and the evening. Also this fall, our bereavement group series with Federation’s social worker Michalah Hoffman begins for those who have experienced the loss of a loved one or friend and would like support within a Jewish group. After the High Holidays, be on the lookout for other community events like Global Day of Jewish Learning, Moms’ Night Out, and Fed Live!, Federation’s annual gala.  

I hope all of you are as excited about this coming year as I am. I am looking forward to meeting you at the many events and programs throughout the year and getting to know you during my term. Please feel free to reach out to me at I would love to hear your thoughts about the Federation and how we can continue to provide meaningful Jewish moments for you and your family.