Thoughts & Teachings

Allison Baumwald

As the month of Elul approaches and it is time to start thinking about the holidays, the first thing comes to my mind is buying plane tickets.  With much of family still in the Michigan suburbs, we usually “split” the high holidays, staying here for either Rosh HaShanah or Yom Kippur and going “back home”  for the other.  At first, as a newcomer to Baltimore, I was much more excited about the holiday I would spend in Michigan.  Today, 8 years later, I truly feel “split” as my family and I have made Chizuk Amuno our home and feel welcomed and eager to bring in the New Year with this special congregation.  This year, we have the opportunity to spend each of the holidays her e in Baltimore, as we are expecting our second child at the end of October.  During this time of reflection, I think about how grateful my family and I are to be welcomed into a new community and look forward to continuing to participate in and enhance our congregation and our Baltimore Jewish community.  Shana Tovah and G’mar Hatimah Tovah to all!