Thank You, JT


Dear Readers of the Jewish Times:

This column will be my last for the JT, as I will be moving on to other endeavors.

The nearly six years I’ve been at the JT have been some of the most fruitful of my career. If you had told me when I was in journalism school that I’d wind up in Jewish media, I would have been skeptical at best, but I’m incredibly grateful my journey took me here.

Working at the JT, first as a reporter and then as managing editor, has brought me closer to my Judaism than I’ve ever been. Getting to know Jews of all stripes has greatly expanded my sense of Jewish peoplehood. As a Reform Jew who grew up in Owings Mills and Reisterstown, I knew little about the traditions of Baltimore’s large and growing Orthodox community. I’m happy to say that through my work here, I know the community better and I can name many friends in it.

The highlights are too many to count — learning about Baltimore’s Sephardic population; writing about musicians whose work is infused with Judaism; traveling to Israel with a group of Jewish journalists; helping introduce our You Should Know feature; and many, many more. Getting to know dozens of rabbis, cantors, activists and nonprofit leaders has been an incredible blessing.

[pullquote]Thanks for reading and helping make this one of the richest experiences I’ve ever had.[/pullquote]

But my journey doesn’t stop here. My fiancée and I are taking the JCC’s Introduction to Judaism class as part of her conversion, and we’ll be married by a rabbi in May. I’m excited to see what the future of our Jewish journey holds.The work of the Jewish community in Baltimore continues to amaze and inspire me. Though there have been anti-Semitic incidents, bomb threats, hateful graffiti, an attack on Jewish college students and, of course, the tragic events in Pittsburgh, the Jewish community has stood strong and stood together against hate and for inclusion, partnership, cooperation and love. It’s been an honor to cover Jewish Baltimore through the good times and bad.

Thanks for reading and helping make this one of the richest experiences I’ve ever had.

Until next time, Shabbat Shalom and happy reading!



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