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Book Suggestions That Help You Talk to Your Children about Race and Multi-culturalism

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This has been quite a month! As the weather turns nicer, time outside can be just what we need to lift our spirits.

And yet, in the past few days, as we turn on the news, scroll through social media, or even just look out our doors, we are filled with images of illness, racism and injustice.

You may be wondering how to talk about this with your children. It can be challenging for parents, grandparents and teachers when we do not have all the answers. We may stumble over our words; we may feel we do not have the right language. This is ok! But our children need us to be role models, to talk with them in age appropriate ways, and to help them see their neighbors of all races and ethnicities as friends. It is our job to make sure that our children embrace difference and reject racism.

Our goal at PJ Library remains the same as it always has- to help families raise thoughtful, caring and engaged Jewish children. This month PJ Library subscribers will receive books relating to kindness, mitzvot and making the world a better place.

Distance Learning Brings RPCS Community Closer Together

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When Maryland schools closed in mid-March to prevent the spread of COVID-19, Roland Park Country School community quickly rose to the challenge of adapting to distance learning and has embraced the new virtual environment. Throughout the spring, teachers, students and their families in grades K-12 have been flexible, resilient and creative, while continuing to engage in rigorous learning from home.

Embracing the New Normal
“Overall, the distance learning program has been great, and our spirited community here at RPCS never fails to make the best out of any situation, “ said ninth grader Sofia Mollica. Instead of feeling confined to the digital realm, students are embracing this learning model and finding new ways to take intellectual risks and grow. “It’s been a profoundly exciting way to see the power of technology and its ability to connect,” said Lindsay Fitzpatrick, Upper School English teacher. This spring, her seniors used their distance learning to experiment and create unique final assessment projects that apply literary devices and critical lenses they studied all year, including a podcast exploring motherhood in literature, an interview series about modern feminism and family constellations, and a video project examining white privilege through poetry. “Distance learning has been going well because, ultimately, I teach such wonderful students,” said Lindsay. “They are deeply dedicated to their work, and while the formatting has changed, that dedication has never wavered.”

Exploring History Through Jewish Museum of Maryland’s Online Database

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The coronavirus pandemic has caused us to reevaluate our options for entertainment, work and social interactions. As we continue to cope in different ways, many of us have seized the opportunity to relive family moments by sharing old photographs and retelling personal stories, leaving us thinking about our past, present and future.

And for those left wanting more, the Jewish Museum of Maryland (JMM) is guaranteed to pique one’s interest in the history of Maryland and the Jewish people. Storytellers at heart, JMM curates 12,000 objects, more than 68,000 photographs, 850 oral histories, two historic synagogues and three exhibit galleries. They find new stories all the time — stories that will make you question, make you laugh, make you think and feel deeply—no matter who you are. From poignant to whimsical, comfortably familiar to downright bizarre, they are able to find, tell and protect the stories of Maryland’s Jewish communities.

It’s easy to search and find any story, photo or object using JMM’s online collections database. Typing in keywords, such as a year (1960), a historical period (the civil war) or a place (Lombard Street) generates photos and information on any given subject.

This can provide a deeper dive into our shared history as well as expand one’s knowledge base. Below you can see the full range of abilities the online collections database offers as Tracie Guy-Decker, the Deputy Director of the Jewish Museum of Maryland, walks you through its features.

“If you just want to see something fun you can always click on ‘random images.’  Then you get a whole bunch of images from our collections [and] some things you might never expect.”

JCC Announces Initial Reopening Plans

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As Maryland completes Phase One of Governor Larry Hogan’s plan to reopen businesses previously shuttered in response to the coronavirus, the JCC announced it will begin offering select recreational programs to its members.

Adhering to the most stringent local and safety protocols, beginning this June, the JCC will provide outdoor fitness activities on a limited basis at the Rosenbloom Owings Mills JCC campus. This includes group fitness classes, personal training and individual workouts.

All fitness activities will be open to members over the age of 16 and held under shaded structures on the JCC’s outdoor fields to provide ample space for social distancing.

The J operations team also is gearing up to open the Aquatics Park in the coming weeks with all health and safety protocols in place.

Featured Hot Listing: Owl Point • A Georgian Masterpiece Perched Above Lake Roland

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221 Woodbrook Lane • Lake Roland, MD 21212

Coming Soon to the MLS. Live authentically. Owl point. Exquisite Georgian perched above Lake Roland. A masterpiece realized in 1924. Divine proportions whose soul-soothing effects on you only deepen over time. Serenity abounds. Drink in picturesque views of the lush woodlands in the distance and sparkling waters below. Strong enduring architecture, patinaed brick, and original mantles. Majestic eagles on both entryways invite you in. The living hall is elegantly covered with museum-worthy hand-painted panels. Whimsical and richly pigmented birds elevate your every day. Profound and timeless. Be inspired to create delectable dishes in your bright open cooking and gathering space anchored by crackling fireplace on one end and sunny eat in-lounge area on the other. Quaint hen house offers room to nurture a brood of chickens and delight in farm fresh eggs. Flourishing pollinator gardens for bees. Perhaps it’s time to enjoy a new hobby. Enjoy after-dinner sweets and libations gathered around an outdoor fire pit. Fill the house with song. Fling open the doors and let the birds help in the spring and summer. Be enveloped in the warmth this home exudes.

Pearlstone Reinvents Itself in the Wake of the Coronavirus Pandemic

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When the coronavirus pandemic virus hit, Pearlstone’s business was booming. Sales from its Retreat Center were growing exponentially, as was its in-person experiential learning opportunities that focused on Living Judaism, like immersive holiday celebrations and Family Farm Camp.

Yet in March, things would suddenly change. The hospitality business was hit hard. So was programming. As the community stayed home and practiced social distancing, it was up to the imagination and innovation from Pearlstone’s professionals and volunteers, combined with the support of The Associated, that led to a reenvisioning of the organization’s work.

 “We began to think about how we could sustain Pearlstone and be of service to the community until things began to return to normal,” said Jakir Manela, chief executive officer of Pearlstone. “And we asked ourselves, as people yearn for nature and connection, how can we do that with everyone’s health and safety in mind. We knew we had to pivot, adapt and reinvent.”

In keeping with Pearlstone’s core values of Living Judaism, Connectedness, and Loving Warmth, the agency began to rethink its role. Going beyond virtual experiences, which included adding new programs like “Let’s Get Cooking” and “Grow Your Own” (for budding gardeners), Pearlstone began to reimagine.

That led to an organizational commitment to build on the agency’s strengths. As a result, Pearlstone has created dynamic, new strategies for community impact during these difficult times.

“Although the crisis has hit Pearlstone like a tsunami, our ability to adapt, and our partnership with The Associated and its leaders are helping us through this crisis,” says Manela. “We are blessed to have our leaders.”

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Joe Uddeme Discusses Volunteering through “Bunches of Lunches”

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For Joe Uddeme, a Pikesville High Alum and member of Jewish Baltimore, being able to give directly to the community is vital.

“If you look around the world, you know that people need help everywhere – in Europe. In Africa. In the United States,” says Joe. “People in our own backyard need help. If we can help those people, it’s my belief that communities will start to prosper and when that happens, things start to grow.”

Joe sees volunteerism as a way to impact a community directly, sometimes in ways that financial contributions cannot. It’s something he has been doing for the past 20 years, and it’s what led him to the Bunches of Lunches Program, a meal delivery program that began as a partnership between Jewish Volunteer Connection (JVC) and Krieger Schechter Day School (KSDS). Today, it now includes Beth El Congregation, which became a partner when the program became community-wide on April 27.

Now Trending… Significant Price Adjustment for 1101 Boyce Avenue

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1101 Boyce Avenue, Ruxton, MD 21204

An enticing opportunity awaits. Contact Tracy Swindell for a personal tour. 

Sunset Hill (1906), a gracious and spacious Ruxton estate on 6 protected acres, was originally built as a summer respite from the whirl of the city. An elegant home, the current owners have taken great care to maintain its cherished charm and outstanding craftsmanship, while bringing it securely into the 21st century with thoughtful renovations and lasting style. Live in quiet comfort or  entertain lavishly – both equally possible. The main floor includes casual and formal living areas and a stunning gourmet kitchen with pantry, and is surrounded by a quintessential wrap around porch and sun room. 11’+ ceilings, oak floors with mahogany inlay, leaded glass windows and four wood burning fireplaces make for memorable spaces in which to live and thrive. Five bedrooms and a family room on the second floor include a serene master suite with sweeping views of the estate. The third floor offers 4 more bedrooms/bonus rooms – as you choose. A stately outbuilding in its own right, the former barn now serves as a six bay garage. Just a short stroll and you are slipping into the sparkling waters of the pool, complete with pool house.

Offered at $2,699,000

When Life’s on Hold…Learning Doesn’t Have to Be!

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As we all learn to do more from home, many people are exploring online training options that they can access from anywhere. CCBC has been working with ed2go for years to provide online classes for people who want to sharpen their skills or just have some fun.

Ed2go offers 6-week classes that focus on personal enrichment, business, languages, IT/computer skills, writing, job training and more.  These are instructor-led classes that students can take on their own time; some people like working early in the morning while others are night owls. Classes can fit any schedule. “The topics range from computer classes, to opening your own business and even Digital Scrapbooking,” said CCBC online coordinator Gail Wachter. “Some people use these classes to get started on a new language.”

What’s different about these classes versus many other online options is that there is an instructor to answer your questions…and there are no grades involved! 

Orange Element Announces New Client Partnership

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Orange Element is proud to announce a new partnership with Boston-based real estate investment company Grander Capital Partners, LLC. With 50+ years of combined experience evaluating and operating commercial real estate, Grander Capital Partners (GCP) seeks investment opportunities in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic commercial real estate markets, with a current portfolio of over 2.6 million square feet across 28 buildings.

Orange Element was hired by GCP to modernize and enhance their digital presence, beginning with a new website that will support business validation, portfolio depth, and an expert knowledge base geared towards acquisition, investor relations, and property management. GCP prides itself on underwriting each opportunity to a business plan that leverages their competitive advantage to increase the value of an asset. They look at each opportunity with an eye toward physical and economic improvement, which is an advantage that needs to be clearly communicated throughout the new website.

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