From the President's Desk

Read news from our President, Beth Millstein.

Changes

The first breath of spring is upon us and change is in the air.  The birds are returning, crocuses and daffodils are starting to push through the moist soil and the days are lengthening.  We just celebrated Tu B’Shevat, marveling at nature’s bounty of trees, and soon we will be celebra…

New Year's Resolutions

The secular New Year always brings thoughts of resolutions. Whether they are focused on health, relationships or community, resolutions are important because they are a first step towards action. Faced with many changes this year, the Jewish Federation of Howard County resolved to try and d…

Chanukah Stories

It’s hard to believe that we are in December already!  Every year, time seems to move faster.  I love the holiday season, when various faiths and religions all celebrate some type of miracle and everyone becomes a bit kinder to each other and more understanding of our differences.  The…

Choosing to Make a Difference

Choices...Everything in life is about choices.  How do I spend my time?  How do I spend my money? How do I choose to express my Judaism?  As I reflect on the Unetaneh Tokef prayer recited on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, I think about the choices I will make over the coming year to try an…

Embracing the New Year

After a long, hot summer, I eagerly embrace the subtle change in season upon us now.  The cool refreshing evenings, the shortened days, the crunch of leaves on the driveway reground me as autumn beckons.  Since I grew up on the East Coast, for me these sights and sounds are inextricably as…