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Chizuk Amuno Congregation

March Madness


As we approach the one-year anniversary of life in the pandemic, I am gratified that our Chizuk family has remained connected and engaged in a striking fashion. Attendance at classes, events, services and meetings has grown throughout the year. Despite the challenges, you have remained involved in a fashion that has fueled our success. As the weather warms and more people are blessed to receive the vaccine, it is my hope that we will find new and increased ways to be safely together, in person. I love to hear from you. We love to hear from you. Whether it is just a schmooze, or an official meeting, this direct contact is vital to all of us. Please let us know how we can better serve your needs or the needs of our beloved community. I want you to know that we will never stop trying to improve and learn. We look forward to being with you in person as soon as we can safely do so. In the meantime, we will continue updating you in our weekly emails and on our website, If you have any problem with connecting with us online, please call us at 410-486-6400 and let us know how we can help. Throughout this past year, our community has remained strong by all of us connecting with and helping each other. This is what community is all about. I wish you joy and good health.

Rabbi Joshua Z. Gruenberg

Adult Education

Tuesday, March 9 at 7 p.m.
Rabbi Richard Camras on Mesillat Yesharim (The Path of the Just)

Tuesday, March 16 at 7 p.m.
JTS Chancellor Dr. Shuly Rubin Schwartz on the Memoirs of Gluckel of Hameln


Events & Volunteering

Social Group for Those Feeling Isolated
Wednesdays, March 3 and 17 at 7 p.m.
Participants provide friendship, advice, or support during this difficult time. To register, e-mail or call Cheryl Snyderman at ext. 300.

Sunday, March 7 at 9 a.m.
Perform the mitzvah of protecting the earth, by cleaning a segment
of Greenspring Avenue. Call Irwin Golob at 410-560-7422.

Feed our First Responders
Monday, March 8
Our Gemilut Hasadim initiative will be providing home-cooked dinner for the staff and firefighters at Pikesville Volunteer Fire Department monthly. Contact Heller Kreshtool,, or Maxine Seidman, to contribute.

One Year Later: Reflecting on What We’ve Lost and How We’ve Grown
Sunday, March 14 at 5 p.m.
On March 13, 2020, we closed our physical space and entered a year of diaspora in a re-imagined, vibrant community. As we reach this significant twelve month milestone for Chizuk Amuno, please join us for a time to look back and a time to look forward through music, prayer, visual imagery, and interactive participation.

Virtual Knitting Havurah
Wednesday, March 17 from 2–3:30 p.m.
We knit and crochet items for babies, patients with dementia or those receiving chemo, and Baltimore’s homeless. Email Cheryl Snyderman for details.

Casseroles for Our Daily Bread
Thursday, March 18 from 12-1 p.m.
In our continuing efforts to help care for the stranger – the mitzvah of v’ahavtem et hager – we will be preparing casseroles for Our Daily Bread. Recipes accepted by ODB can be found on our website. Contact Lily Massouda,

The Challenges Asylees Face
Thursday, March 18 at 7 p.m.
Tiffany Nelms, executive director of Asylee Women Enterprise (A.W.E.) will discuss the challenges asylum-seekers face and the work that A.W.E. does to help them through the process. Sponsored by the Weinberg Gemilut Hasadim Initiative in preparation for our March 21 Food Drive.

Men, Meat, and Midrash
Sponsored by the Brotherhood
Wednesday, March 17 at 7 p.m.
Join us (virtually) for the third session in our series on Villains of the Torah. Our villain of the evening will be Korach. Chef Annie Dinner Take Out (sweet and sour meatballs – beef or turkey) offered. $15/meal
(A portion of the cost will support Bikur Cholim of Baltimore.) Register for the zoom and pay for your meal here.


Prepping for Passover

The Four Children: A Rabbinic & Modern Understanding
Taught by Rabbi Joshua Gruenberg
Wednesdays from 7-8 p.m.
March 3 – The Wise Child
March 10 – The Wicked Child
March 17 (Class at 8 p.m.) – The Simple Child
March 24 – The Child Who Did not to Know How to Ask

Register for this class in advance here.
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Plagues, Passover, and Personal Transformation
Taught by Rabbi Debi Wechsler
Mondays, March 1, 15, 22 at 11:30 a.m.
Join us for an exploration of the Haggadah and its themes.
Register for this class in advance here.
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Baking with Bryan – Passover Edition
Sponsored by the Sisterhood
Sunday, March 7 at 7 p.m.
Join us for a Special Passover Live Cooking Demo with Chef Bryan Crystal. We will be learning how to make apple matzah kugel, as well as showing us how to make sherry mushrooms and grilled asparagus arugula lemon vinaigrette salad.  Register Online Here

Pre-Pesah Take Out Dinner
Friday, March 26 (Pick-Up from 1-1:30 p.m.)
Passover starts right after Shabbat so let Chef Annie and Tiffany do the Shabbos cooking for you. (Menu is: Salmon cake, lasagna roll, green veggie, cookies and challah)
Orders must be placed by Monday, March 22. $18/person

Pre-Passover Food Drive to Benefit A.W.E.
Sunday, March 21 from 10 a.m.-noon
Please drop off your sealed food at the Administrative entrance. A complete list can be found on the website. Contact Shelley Hendler, Please check that expiration dates have not passed.

Sunday, March 21 at 5 p.m.
This virtual Queer Seder is a chance to retell Passover narratives from unique and welcoming perspectives focusing on diverse gender expressions and sexualities and to connect with other LGBTQ Jews and allies in our community. Register at by Wednesday, March 17.