It’s hard to believe that we are already in December – the last few months have flown by with plenty of opportunities to engage in interesting conversations. ACHARAI is committed to offering various points of entry for alumni to remain connected to each other, as well as offering continued learning about current trends in the leadership community.

Please join us on Sunday, December 11 from 9:00 – 10:30 a.m. to engage with Avraham Infeld in what will be an exciting conversation: “Leadership in a Changing Jewish World.”  Lite breakfast will be served. Don’t miss out! RSVP to Naami Schorr.

Many thanks to Josh Mauer, Class III, for stepping up and serving as ACHARAI’s annual campaign chair this year. As you know, ACHARAI: The Shoshana S. Cardin Jewish Leadership Institute is a stand-alone 501c3 nonprofit organization uniquely positioned to serve and train top leadership from all Jewish organizations within the greater Baltimore community. We raise all of our own funds and need your financial support to continue to meet our mission of “empowering Jewish leaders to be more informed, thoughtful and effective leaders of the Jewish organizations and community by developing leadership competencies through a Jewish lens.” Click here for a link to Josh’s appeal letter.

ACHARAI’s leadership is excited to announce a special event to honor Barry Schloss will take place on Sunday, February 26 at 4:00 p.m. at Baltimore Hebrew Congregation. Please mark your calendar and hold the date! This will also serve as a fundraiser for ACHARAI. More information to follow. Please let us know if you would like to help with the planning of this special evening.

What did you like best about being an ACHARAI Fellow?
Learning to focus my Jewish lens, and how to step back and look at issues from an outsider’s point of view (get up on that balcony), as well as the many friendships that I made.

What inspires you to facilitate positive change in our community?
I believe that Baltimore and the whole Jewish community has a lot to give to the world, in general. I want to be a part of that community to make our world a better place, whether it be locally in Baltimore or through my national position helping to improve the Jewish community both in the U.S. and in Israel.

As leaders, key attributes include the ability to thank others and show gratitude. We learn by example and watch others who do it really well. No matter what your particular political feelings are, here is a wonderful example of recognizing the “specialness and uniqueness” of others. Check out this video of President Obama awarding the Presidential Medal of Freedom to some amazing people.

Beth’s quote of the month:

“Be curious, not certain.”

Mazel Tovs to:

Karen Singer, Class VI, who won the March of Dimes Heroine of Washington Award for all the wonderful work she does generally, but especially for the Something Good initiative she started at JVC VolunTeam.
Andrew Wohlberg, Class IV, on the Bat Mitzvah of his daughter Emunah.
Nate Braverman, Class V, on his retirement. Nate will continue to serve part-time around the state as a senior judge while also providing alternative dispute resolution services.

Condolences to:

Larraine Bernstein, Class V, on the passing of her mother, Eunice Bernstein.