Message from Fred Heyman, Alumni Chair

As this year’s Alumni Chair, I want to share with you some exciting news! The committee has decided that this year’s theme will be “L’Dor v Dor – From Generation to Generation.” Our programming will center around generational leadership and how leadership is, throughout the years, viewed through a Jewish lens. Our goal is to have programming that is enlightening, educational, entertaining and that our families can share with us. Of course, it give us the opportunity to remain engaged and connected.

So, what’s on the agenda? On October 10, we are planning a Sukkot event to be hosted by alumni Avi Greenlinger. Our “guest” speaker will be our beloved Larry Ziffer. How could you not want to attend that? In December we are planning a true “L’Dor v Dor” event. Our goal is to garner some JCC Hall of Famers and couple with them with some young (under 40) up and coming leaders and hear their respective takes on leadership. Are there similarities? Are there differences? What does our future hold? Lastly, but certainly not least, on March 18, 2018 we will be “getting on the bus” and taking a tour of Baltimore. Where did we start? How did we get to where we are now? Fellow alumni, Helene Waranch, will lead us on this journey which will culminate with a private tour at the Jewish Museum of Maryland.

I want to thank my wonderful committee - Liz Minkin Friedman, Larraine Bernstein, Josh Mauer and Melissa Peters for all their help. The whole is definitely greater than the sum of its parts. It is going to be a great year!

Fred Heyman; Cohort V


What did you like best about being an ACHARAI Fellow?
The aspect of being an ACHARAI fellow that I liked “best” was the overall experience of the program. The experience was greater than the sum of its parts. The combination of leadership theory, peer counseling, application of text, coaching and networking made this opportunity unique and invaluable.

What is the most valuable skill you took away from the ACHARAI Fellows Program?
The most valuable skill that I gained from the program was the strategy of leading by listening; the leader need not carry the solution forward - let it emanate from the group.

Name: Richard B. Rosenblatt
Cohort VI

President of Bet Aviv, Columbia, MD


Recruitment for Cohort VII is now underway! The recruitment committee has been working for the last several months meeting with many of our partnering organizations to identify potential Fellows.

Applications are now available on our website and are due by October 27. Click here. We will be interviewing all potential candidates in November with acceptance notifications going out on December 15, 2017. So please, spread the word! Talk to your organizations and get us the names of potential candidates so that we can continue to follow up.


Rabbi Ari Israel, ACHARAI Faculty

This fall, as the Jewish seasons turn, we approach the High Holiday season filled with anticipation, angst, joy, hope, renewal and a myriad of other sentiments and emotions. Many of us look forward toward celebratory family reunions while others dance around in-law relationships; many of us relish our favorite family recipes while others dread the extra gym hours needed to work off the honey cake and tzimmes; and many of us embrace our annual synagogue rituals of dusting off the High Holiday Machzor (dedicated High Holiday prayer book) while others eye with trepidation the many passages of liturgy found within its pages. One of the primary opportunities at this juncture is setting one’s goals and priorities for the coming year; getting one’s life in order in terms of personal and communal responsibility. Constant leadership reflection demands an honest check-in system to ensure compliance that our mental model is in sync with our values.


Please join us under the stars in the sukkah to learn with our teacher Larry Ziffer who will talk about: "The Sukkah as a Link between the Past, Present, and Future"

Date: Tuesday, October 10
Time: 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Location: Avi Greenlinger's sukkah
Address provided upon RSVP

Spouses and family members are welcome!
Tasty desserts will be served!



Mazel Tov to:

Debs and Joe Weinberg on the marriage of their daughter Danielle to Andrew Dixon!
Jill Sapperstein on the birth of two grandchildren, Cormac "Mac" Julius and Julie Reese!
Jonathan Lasson on the engagement of his son Dovid to Shani Silber!

Condolences to:

Nate Braverman on the passing of his sister, Cindy Braverman Hahn.
Joanne Gold on the passing of her father, Burton Gold.
Ellen Kagen Waghelstein on the passing of her mother, Dorothy Kagen.