At this point, we have heard the phrase “these are unprecedented times.” And while we may tire of hearing those words, it doesn’t change the reality that these are indeed, unprecedented times.

Now that we are fully into the new year, we decided to reach out to some of the young adults in the Baltimore Jewish community, check in on them and see how life has been for them these past several weeks.

These are their stories.

Adam Yosim

January 2 marked eight months since our semi-spontaneous decision to get a change of scenery from Baltimore to Boca. My wife and I needed more space – and hands! – for our then 10-month-old daughter who was just starting to roll around in our narrow Baltimore row home. The goal was to be back in Charm City by her first birthday. Spoiler alert – she is now walking all over the house (and us) and we are still here.

Time feels compressed and a blur since we packed up some clothes and drove 18 hours to stay with my wife’s parents, but the surprised look on my mother-in-law’s face when we showed up around 10:30 in the evening made everything worth it. We both long for our Baltimore community, but it’s been a blessing to have the extra familial help with childcare as two working parents. We are typically in Florida for Passover, Rosh Hashanah and Thanksgiving, so the reduced stress and coordination of travel plans is also a perk. Maybe one day we’ll spring for Goldbelly and have some Berger Cookies, Pit Beef and a Snowball overnighted to us. That last one might not be feasible, but it’s the thought that counts.

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The Associated Contributors are writers from The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore.