From the President's Desk

Read news from our President, Beth Millstein.

Making a Difference

As I write this month’s message, I am basking in the glow of our community Challah Bake, where we helped bring a taste of Shabbat to 250 women in our community.  The idea of Shabbat, a different day set aside from the rest of the week, when some choose to act differently, is a sacred part…

Call to Action

We are a special people.  Every year, at the completion of the High Holidays, I am reminded of this sentiment.  The stories of faith that are recounted as part of the liturgy remind us that we have deep connections to our traditions and values.  The recent spate of natural disasters in No…

New Beginnings

One of my favorite times of the year is the High Holidays—preparing for the New Year brings a sense of renewal and a fresh start.  Many of us also engage in personal reflection at this time of year. At the Jewish Federation of Howard County, the staff and board members have been reflectin…

Thank You

Let me start by saying “thank you.”  Thank you to everyone who pledged or contributed to our 2017 Annual Campaign.  Thanks to your generosity, we closed the 2017 Campaign at just over $600,000 with 741 donors.  We added 45 new donors, increased individual giving levels and secured alm…

Israel is Turning 69!

At 69, the country of Israel is still very young, despite the thousands of years of history and tradition the Jewish people bring to the Israeli culture. Remembering our closing thought at the Passover Seder—“next year in Jerusalem”—I wonder how many of us really think about what thi…