Jake Horowitz, 25, lives in Pigtown with a roommate who was one of his classmates at Beth Tfiloh Dahan Community School, and he still keeps in touch with many of the 90 students he graduated with.
Horowitz is a real estate professional for The Schiff Home Team of Keller Williams Legacy. He grew up in Owings Mills, attended Beth Tfiloh from kindergarten through 12th grade and studied exercise science at Towson University.
What impact did going to a day school your whole life have on you?
Just the religious background I did obtain from being there, learning all the Judaic studies and learning actually three languages at the same time. We learned Spanish as well. It was really the tight-knit community. … It’s very unique, that school, because I’m best friends still with probably all 90 kids that I graduated with. I’m in close communication with them all pretty much every month at least.
How did you go from physical therapy to real estate?
I wanted to pursue physical therapy because since I was about 15, 16 years old, I saw a lot of physical illness in my family, and a lot of the older generation crippling down a little bit. I wanted to be there to assist them and make their lives easier as they started aging. The majority of my family, I would say, is an older generation, so I wanted to be there for them, help any way I could. Plus, just having that feeling of being able to help people and helping make whatever situation they’re in easier. Plus, I’m very personable so I enjoy having very honest and in-depth conversations with people, and it was a job that allowed me to do so.
I switched to real estate because I had a background [in that] as well. I was a head contractor for Charm City Builders downtown when I was 17 and 18 years old. … I don’t do the labor work anymore. However, on the real estate side, I gained a lot of interest because we were trying to build some of the stuff physical therapy was doing in a different way. Homes are some of the biggest financial decision [people will] probably ever make. To make that easier for them and less stressful and to be a guide to them and make the whole process easy, that was very appealing to me.
I did the switch because a lot of my senior supervisors in physical therapy were leaving the field because it was getting too corporate structured, the industry. I wanted to be able to build my own schedule and make sure that, when I do have a family, I’ll be able to have family time and not [be] working on weekends every single week because family is everything to me.
How long has your family been in the Baltimore area?
All of my great-grandparents are foreigners. They’re all from out of the country in Europe. My grandparents originated in the United States. Both of my grandfathers actually worked together in New York and came to Baltimore to work for Bethlehem Steel, the steel company, and both my grandmothers were at the time stay-at-home moms. My grandmother on my mother’s side actually started a medical research facility to do research in group homes for the mentally ill, to help make sure their lives on a day-to-day basis are easier and they’re getting taken care of for anything that they need, and my family has built that business up over the last 40 years.
Both of my parents were born and raised in Pikesville. Also, for high school, my mom went to Bais Yaakov as well for a little bit, so they both grew up pretty religious.
I’m Modern Orthodox. I went to an Orthodox school at Beth Tfiloh and synagogue. However, my own traditions are probably more toward Modern Orthodox style.