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A Parent’s Perspective on the Value of Private School


Brendt Stier,  a pharmacologist, spent most of 2020 developing Moderna’s COVID-19 clinical trials prior to the December 2020 vaccine roll-out. “It’s been a great experience to learn so much about the virus and to find innovative ways to help our clients treat or prevent the COVID-19 virus,” says Stier, senior director of value and development consulting with PPD, Moderna’s strategic development partner. “Every day I’m reading scientific journals, textbooks, etc. to learn about the latest trends or therapies for a particular disease.”

When it came time to choose the best educational option for their son, Stier and his wife Liz wanted a school that embraced their passion for lifelong learning. Like many parents, they did their research. “We explored the public school system because we wanted to see what they had to offer and quickly realized that the larger class sizes and multiple grade levels really wasn’t what we were looking for,” Stier explains.

They chose St. James Academy (SJA), a Preschool through 8th grade, coed, Episcopalian school in Monkton, Md., for their son Jason, who is in 1st grade. Since fall 2020, SJA, which commemorates its 200th anniversary this year, has had in-person learning five days per week since the beginning of the 2020-21 school year.

10 Things to Know About Jim Vogel


One of Baltimore’s Top Docs talks about his heritage, Jewish values and giving back.

Jim Vogel’s decision to become a doctor was greatly influenced by his father. Growing up in New York City, Jim recalls his dad encouraging him to go into medicine to ensure that he would “always be able to earn a good living and have a respected profession.” But the advice to his son to pursue a medical degree went far deeper than the potential income he could earn.

“My father always believed that no one can take away your education and what is in your mind.”

Having survived 12 months in Nazi concentration camps and everything stripped from him, Jim’s father believed his survival was thanks to a strong mind and the power of prayer.

Tune In to the 9th Annual Annapolis Film Festival, Presented Virtually Through April 18, 2021

Image from Marvelous and The Black Hole. Left: Miya Check. Right: Rhea Perlman

If you have not already tuned in to the 9th annual Annapolis Film Festival (AFF) what are you waiting for!? The festival is currently underway and on day 7 out of 10, but there is still plenty of time to enjoy the 100+ films AFF has to offer this weekend. With the Festival being virtual this year, viewers can watch a majority of the films on-demand or catch a second screening, like the Opening Night Film Marvelous and the Black Hole, directed by Kate Tsang, starring Miya Cech, Rhea Perlman, and Leonardo Nam. Straight from the Sundance Film Festival, Tsang’s debut feature will screen again on Saturday, April 17th at 9:00 AM EST through Sunday, April 18th at 11:45 PM EST.

The festival offers a wide array of some of the latest film releases, including shorts, documentaries, and narrative features. AFF has partnered with the virtual platform, EVENTIVE, whose channel is available through ROKU, Apple TV, and Amazon Fire TV. “We wanted to impact the viewer experience in an easier and more enjoyable way that would allow film lovers to see as many films as possible without feeling rushed. Much of this content we hope will be a breath of fresh air,” said AFF Co-Founder and Festival Director Lee Anderson. Many of the films are followed by a Q&A with the filmmakers, so grab your bucket of popcorn, relax, and enjoy!

What’s Been Cooking in Your Kitchen?


Ever since the pandemic interrupted our daily lives, several of us have sought refuge (and subsequent weight gain) in our kitchens. What better way to pass time, be with family and teach a little math and science along the way to the ultimate tasty treat?

We reached out to three local families to see what’s been keeping them busy in their kitchens. Give one or all of the recipes a try!

A Day in the Life Admissions Event with The Boys’ Latin School of Maryland


Wednesday,  April 21, 2021, 4 PM – 5 PM    |
Wednesday,  May 5, 2021,  4 PM –  5 PM

Register Today!

We invite you to join us for a very special Day in the Life admissions event. We invite rising 6th graders to come to campus and experience, on a smaller scale, a typical day of a BL 6th grader. See how hands-on learning comes to life in the classroom, discover the wonders of our innovation period that lets you tinker, design, and create, and we even included time for recess. You will have the opportunity to engage with BL teachers and interact with current and future Lakers.

Free Virtual Webinar During Black Maternal Health Week: “The Black Maternal Health Crisis in the United States”


As this unpredicted season begins against the backdrop of Covid-19, racial unrest,
and action for justice and healing – nothing is normal. The Promise Heights From the Heights virtual series will look at the challenges of the moment, offering actionable insights that you can use today.

The third of these free virtual webinar conversations is scheduled for Monday, April 12, 2021 from 2-3:30 pm [click here to register now], and will feature a message from Congresswoman Lauren Underwood, representing the 14th District of Illinois as the first woman, the first person of color, and first millennial to represent her community in Congress, and also the youngest Black woman to serve in the United States House of Representatives. The Black Maternal Health Caucus was launched by Congresswomen Alma Adams and Lauren Underwood to improve Black maternal health outcomes and to raise awareness within Congress about the problem and advocate for effective, evidence-based, culturally component policies and best practices for health outcomes for Black mothers.

Meet Linda G. Katz


Although Linda, mother of four and grandmother of six, did not grow up here, involvement in the Jewish community was a priority from the moment she made Baltimore her home. As a development professional in the Jewish community for more than 25 years, Linda’s latest role is the incoming chair of CHANA.

Virtual Coffee with Boys’ Latin’s Headmaster Chris Post


Virtual Coffee with Headmaster Chris Post
Wednesday, April 14, 2021, 9:30 – 10:30 AM
Register Today!

We invite you to join us for our Virtual Coffee with Headmaster Chris Post on Wednesday, April 14, from 9:30 AM – 10:30 AM.  You’ll have a chance to meet Chris and hear him talk about Boys’ Latin’s commitment to our students and our families. A commitment to bringing our boys back to campus five days a week and to ensuring that they are connected, engaged and thriving.  A commitment to strengthening our bonds and building community.  A commitment to setting ever-higher standards so our boys learn and earn the value of hard work.  And a commitment to leveraging the power of our small School, creating space for many leaders rather than just a few.

How Play Helps: Calming Stress & Anxiety in Kids + 6 Activity Ideas


As adults, we’re all too familiar with stress – and the many, many ways it can affect our lives. But did you know that children experience stress, too?

Although we wish childhood was stress and carefree, the fact is that children can experience stress and anxiety from disruptions in routines, from changes in their home or family, from school or homework, from friends and social situations, and more.

At Port Discovery Children’s Museum, we believe that helping children understand those feelings, manage them, and work through them – as well as finding ways to help children relieve stress – is important to helping them succeed in school and life!

A Pandemic, Jewish Future and More: Hillel Directors Speak Out


This year has been a difficult one for college students, many of whom never even made it back to campus. And for those that did, virtual classrooms and social distancing completely changed the traditional experience.

We reached out to area Hillel directors who have been working closer with students this year to make sure they felt connected. We asked them about the students, what they think next year might look like, and for those who are getting ready to apply, what they should look for when searching for a college.

Here is what Noam Bentov, executive director of Johns Hopkins Hillel, Rabbi Josh Snyder, executive director, Goucher Hillel, Lisa Bodziner, executive director, Towson Hillel and Rabbi Ari Israel, executive director, Maryland Hillel, had to say.