February 12, 2016

President’s Day Schedule, Monday, February 15 – Offices and Schools Closed. Morning and Evening Minyan at Regular Times.



March 12, 2014

Sequestered in Ratner’s

The potential closing of the last full service kosher restaurant on the Lower East Side brought back memories of my last visit to Ratner’s, more than two decades ago.  In the spring of 1993 I was finishing my full time work in New York City.  In the fall I would be entering...

March 1, 2013

Rabbi Nahman Walks into a Sushi Bar

I came late to sushi. It wasn't until a trip to visit my brother who was living in Tokyo that I really came to enjoy it and seek it out. Conveyor belt sushi can do that to a person. In the United States I found that we add another ritual to sushi that is not native to Japan...

April 9, 2012

Lost: One Afikomen

It is one of those stories that are just strange enough to be true. It is now Monday morning, about 36 hours since the second Seder and our afikoman is still missing.  Halakhically (according to Jewish law) this is a problem. Or at least it would be a problem if we had...

November 21, 2011

Family Fare and other tidbits

It’s time to catch you up on some museum related news: The Goldsmith Museum is the first venue for Family Fare, Jewish Food Businesses in Baltimore. This traveling exhibit is the companion to Chosen Food: Cuisine, Culture and American Jewish Identity, now on view at the...

November 9, 2011

Hunger - here in Baltimore and around the world

Many of our congregants participated in the Friday evening program for Global Hunger Shabbat, where Rabbi Wechsler led a discussion using Jewish texts to illuminate how our tradition views the problem of hunger and our responsibility to work to alleviate it, both as individuals...

November 3, 2011

More Good for the Earth

It's been awhile since my last posting, but it's never too late to do something good for the earth, and in turn, for ourselves. First, let's recognize this week's Global Hunger Shabbat, sponsored by the American Jewish World Service, to promote food justice around the world...

September 21, 2011

The Rosh Hashanah Seder

In addition to the usual apples and honey, some Jews have the custom of adding special foods to their Rosh Hashanah table.  Each of these foods has symbolic meaning tied to its name in Hebrew. We set our tables with bowls of these seven foods and before eating each of them...

April 12, 2011

Covering the Matzah - American Style

As we all know, the seder table is traditionally set with special items, including intricately decorated seder plates, Elijah's cups, and matzah covers. The Goldsmith Museum matzah cover, found in the Avodah case, is one such object. Made in the United States at the turn...

March 14, 2011

Purim Treats

Way back in August when this website was about to “go live,” Rabbi Shulman and I had a discussion about blogging. I had no idea what to write so I asked him what he imagined we would be writing about in our clergy blogs. Among other helpful things he said, “But I...

January 22, 2011

Gala Museum Celebration

A very special evening is coming up on Saturday night, January 22 – we are celebrating the 10th anniversary of the opening of the Goldsmith Museum and I would like to see you all there! We have a lot to celebrate, since our museum is one of the most widely recognized synagogue...

August 31, 2010

Thanks for the snacks

This morning, I walked into my office and found a bag of Baked Lays potato chips on my desk.  That might sound like a kind gesture of nourishment, or a subtle hint to switch to low fat, except that they did not have a hekhsher (mark of kosher certification) so I knew exactly...

August 22, 2010

Prepping for the High Holidays

It’s the middle of August so I’d expect attendance at services to be down. This wasn’t the case this past Saturday (August 21) because we had a parade of three baby namings plus some milestone birthdays and celebrations up at the beemah. Still, I’m sure that many...