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Karma Dogs

Shy or reluctant readers can read with Karma Dogs from H.E.A.R.T.S. Help Encourage All Readers to Succeed. These dogs are friendly, non-judgmental and good listeners. For 5-12 year olds. Adult supervision is required. Join us on the 1st Tuesday of each month from 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Contact:
Rachel Turniansky
rturniansky@cjebaltimore.org
410-735-5022

Beyond the Mitzvah: Open Up Your Circle of Friends by Yael Zelinger

My name is Yael and I am good at teaching Sign Language. I am not so good at shooting hoops. What are you good at and what are you not so good at?

We all have things that we are good at and things that we are not so good at. While the US government imprints millions and trillions of quarters and they all look exactly the same, every single human being that ever lived on this blessed earth looks and acts differently, has different opinions and invokes different perspectives. 

Showing Appreciation by Meyer Greenberger

meyer.jpgThere is something that we do which is not always appreciating all that is given to us and wanting more.  I think wanting more than what Hashem is giving us is a very bad middah (character trait).  When we can’t get what we want, we try to get it anyway, even if that might be impossible. If we don’t get it we get very upset.  Hashem tells us if you get upset about this one thing then you’re liable to be frustrated and thus influenced by people.

We have to appreciate what we have, and what we have is what Hashem gave us, and what He gave us is exactly what we need.  Not always do we have to get what another person has even though we want it.

Lekach: A Mini-Lesson for Yom Kippur

Rabbi Larry Ziffer, Chief Executive Officer of the Louise D. and Morton J. Macks Center for Jewish Education (CJE), took an opportunity to share the meaningful tradition of "Lekach" with the CJE staff before Yom Kippur. We thank him for teaching by example, enriching our workspace with Jewish learning, and showing us to practice what we preach.

Feeling Inspired: Eric Maurer's Summer at CJE

Eric%2C%2029Nov.jpgDriving down Park Heights Avenue on an early summer morning, I notice the signs that seem to follow me on my journey.  “The Associated:  Inspiring Jewish Community.”  Left and right the signs continued.
 
I find myself reflecting: “Toto, I have a feeling we’re not in Kansas anymore.”
 
Ok.  My name isn’t Dorothy nor have I ever been to Kansas, but where was I?
 

CJE Book Review: The Golem and the Jinni

CJE Book Review: The Golem and the Jinni

By: Rachel Turniansky

small_golemand%20jinni.jpgI first heard about The Golem and the Jinni from a recommendation from some very lovely people who share my love of fantastical fiction. I later found out that this book was fairly popular, even garnering praise from one of my favorite authors, Deborah Harkness. What captured my interest, though, was how Helene Wecker dips into timeless tales from two cultures to weave a poignant message of similarity and difference.

A Note from CJE's Intern: Blake Rehfield

IMG_0508.jpgHello, my name is Blake Rehfield and I am an intern with the Center for Jewish Education. I am a senior in High School at Jemicy School. At Jemicy, all of the seniors must complete a two-week internship with a company or organization that piques their interest. An organization that piqued my interest was the CJE, since I am interested in Jewish outreach/education.

Yisrael Sheli, My Israel By: Ellen Kahan Zager

 ekz_0.jpegUsing twenty-four inch square foam core puzzle pieces and their creative juices, Jewish students from across the Baltimore landscape explored their Zionism by participating in the Center for Jewish Education’s Yisrael Sheli, My Israel, A Collaborative Puzzle Art Project & Installation, the brainchild of Amalia Phillips, CJE’s Director of Israel & Overseas Education.
 
On April 26th, 2015 about 150 Baltimore students gathered to celebrate Israel’s 67th birthday, joyously sing Hatikvah, enjoying Israeli treats and creating their own unique puzzle pieces that reflect how they feel and what they know about Israel.
 

A Note from CJE's JADE Intern: Erica Newberg

erika%20newberg.jpgMy name is Erica Newberg and I am currently a senior at Towson University. I am a Deaf Studies major with a focus on Human Services. I began to take American Sign Language classes in high school and “fell in love at first sight” with the language and the culture I hope to establish a career where I can interact with the Deaf community on a daily basis. I am the current intern for JADE: Jewish Advocates for Deaf Education, under my supervisor Yael Zelinger who is the Coordinator. I began to work here a few weeks ago and I am having so much fun! I am most excited for the Deafblind Shabbaton, which will take place in June of this year.

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