It has been wonderful seeing so many alumni at our various events these past few months. We’ve had terrific conversations at our “Here and Now” alumni series and learned most recently from Sandy Cardin and Yaffa Epstein. Sandy shared his insights on demographic changes taking place in our community and the extent to which we have yet to fully embrace the need to retool our institutions to successfully engage the new Jewish community of the 21st century. Yaffa spoke about “Power and It’s Discontents: What the Talmud can teach us about Power.” We discussed who has it, who needs it, and who controls it – major questions that the world is grappling with today.

We will start to think about what our alumni programs should be next year and would love to hear your ideas! Please e-mail Beth Gansky to share your thoughts and perhaps to volunteer to be on the alumni committee.

We had a wonderful ACHARAI Celebrates event in February and honored Barry Schloss for his leadership – please read Herb Sweren’s thoughts about the evening. Please join us for our next gathering on Wednesday, May 10 at 7:00 p.m. for ACHARAI’s annual meeting and the siyum for Class VI. We will thank Erika Schon for her service as president of the board the past two years, and welcome Louise Zirretta as our next president.

Best wishes for a wonderful Passover with family and friends!

What did you like best about being an ACHARAI Fellow?
Being able to learn from two absolutely amazing individuals, Ellen Kagen Waghelstein and Larry Ziffer.

What is the most valuable skill you took away from the ACHARAI Fellows Program?
The ability to take a step back, evaluate situations from a much broader perspective, and to engage people in a way I never thought to do in the past to help resolve a problem - by making them realize they share in the problem AND in its resolution - in order to further our common organizational goals the goals.

Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks expressed that “There are three ways of changing the world. You can force people to change, you can pay them to change, or you can inspire them to change.”

I hope that you share with me that ACHARAI has been a meaningful local change agent that has inspired you. That ACHARAIi is a significant institution that merits our support to inspire more Jewish leaders in securing and building our Jewish future.

For those alumni who have already made their gift to the annual campaign, thank you. To those of you who thus far have not done so, please be inspired to make contribution in accordance with to your financial standing.

Chag Pesach Sameach.

Josh Mauer
Chair, Annual Campaign

A few weeks ago I had the privilege to attend the 2017 ACHARAI Celebrates event honoring long-time ACHARAI volunteer and distinguished leader, Barry Schloss. The event was held Sunday, February 26 at the Baltimore Hebrew Congregation. A wide spectrum of guests from within and out of our community—professional and lay leaders alike, were in attendance to share their stories about Barry and to enjoy in the comradery of ACHARAI.

The decision to honor Barry was an easy one. Our organization is all about Jewish leadership, and few individuals have devoted as much time and expertise on behalf of those less fortunate in our Jewish community. And, in a year where ACHARAI held group discussions centered on courage and courageous leadership, how appropriate we had the opportunity to honor this remarkable man. Barry is going through a difficult time right now and his courage in the face of personal challenges should be an inspiration to us all.

My Presidents Circle Remarks
By Fran Pruce

There is no question that participating in ACHARAI Cohort V was among the most valuable experiences that would prepare me for taking over as board chair of my beloved synagogue. Leadership learning through a Jewish lens, priceless new relationships, networking opportunities, and access to invaluable information and community resources was just the beginning of ACHARAI’s transformative offering.
When I learned about the Presidents Circle, a two-year program open only to current presidents and chairmen, I jumped at the chance to join. If the original ACHARAI program was a “learning lab,” the Presidents Circle was its “applied skills” sibling. Going through this program as a small group would indeed lead us to bond like siblings.

Mazel Tovs to:

Naami and Yaanky Schorr, on the birth of their daughter, Aliza Bracha, born on March 22, weighing in at 7 lbs. Click here for a photo.
Ellen Kagen Waghelstein, on the engagement of her daughter, Andrea Waghelstein to Brian Wishan. They are currently living in Seattle.
Jeffrey S. Rosen, CPA, CGMA, MBA, on being promoted to Partner at Rosen, Sapperstein, & Friedlander, LLC.

Larry Ziffer, on announcing his retirement from the Macks Center for Jewish Education.