By Louise Zirretta, President

Congratulations to ACHARAI alumnae Linda Hurwitz and Pam Platt on being named co-chairs of the transition board of the newly forming greater Baltimore center for Jewish leadership. Linda and Pam both were Fellows in ACHARAI’s first cohort, and Pam is a past president of ACHARAI. They will assume their responsibilities as of July 2.

Earlier this year, the ACHARAI Board of Trustees cast a unanimous vote to approve ACHARAI’s participation as a founding member organization of the new leadership center. With similar votes by the Board of the Darrell D. Friedman Institute for Professional Development (DFI), and the Advisory Committee of the Center for Community Engagement and Leadership (CCEL), plans have moved into the implementation phase. The center will be an entity within the Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore.




The worldwide Jewish community lost a leader when Shoshana Shoubin Cardin passed away on May 18th. ACHARAI is indebted to our visionary founder and will be creating an annual program to honor the memory of Shoshana’s leadership.

Please consider making a gift in Shoshana’s memory to ACHARAI to help
us endow this vision.

We wanted to share the beautiful tributes to Shoshana from the following people; Sandy Cardin, Debs Weinberg, and Linda Hurwitz.


What did you like best about being an ACHARAI Fellow?
Key highlights include the bonds forged with fellow classmates who are now in my network of dear friends and colleagues, marvelous professional coaching/instructors, rich leadership learning with Jewish content, and the opportunity to self-reflect, grow, and give back.

What is the most valuable skill you took away from the ACHARAI Fellows Program?
The ability to “get back on the balcony” when I (inadvertently!) fall off. Additionally, diplomacy, inclusiveness, and negotiation skills have been vital and valuable.

How has your leadership style changed/improved since completing the ACHARAI Fellows Program?
I’d like to think I listen more actively, and I intentionally seek alternate points of view to broaden my own. Facilitating the exchange of diverse perspectives greatly enhances my capacity to successfully and creatively navigate complex situations.


Name: Fran Pruce
Class V

Immediate Past Chair, Beth Tfiloh Congregation Board of Directors


The ACHARAI family gathered to celebrate 13 years of ACHARAI’s accomplishments at its annual meeting on May 15th. Special recognition was given to our visionary founders, leaders and past presidents.

To view picture from Annual Meeting, click here.

We thank our outgoing board members, Howard Goodman, Rob Cahn, David Liebman, and Julie Applebaum for their incredible dedication and service to ACHARAI, and we welcome our new board members


By Linda A. Hurwitz, Class I
Many of us wanted to continue to embrace Rina Janet’s priorities, values and love of Judaism that she not only inculcated, but expressed wholeheartedly and actively. We wanted to DO! We wanted to honor and to participate in something that would make our Rina proud while blessing her good name. Thus, once a month since Rina’s passing, ACHARAI alumni gather for a morning study session, 7:45-9:00am.
Rabbi Nitzan Bergman teaches us about leadership through the lens of our Ten Commandments, one Commandment per session. Not only have we learned, grown and been inspired by the knowledge, stories and teachings of the Torah and the Rabbi, but we have listened and learned from each other and absolutely love being together.



One of the most highly coveted top leadership “tickets” in town is a seat in one of the two ACHARAI Presidents’ Circles: one for synagogue presidents and the other for all other presidents of Jewish community organizations. Current Presidents meet with their peers seven times throughout the year to address the specific and demanding needs of their organizations. In its sixth year – The Presidents’ Circle provides unparalleled opportunities for presidents to solve difficult challenges, evaluate options and develop strategies for organizational excellence – all with the support of a peer group in a completely confidential setting. Enrollment is limited to facilitate a meaningful experience, so contact Beth Gansky soon for more information – new groups will start in September!


Mazel Tov to:

Pam and Jeff Platt on the marriage of their son, Kevin to Sarah Baruch.
Erika and Lew Schon on the marriage of their son, Ian to Bridget Darby.
Julie and Gary Applebaum on the birth of their granddaughter, Rio Jane and on the engagement of their son Philip to Annah Mackin.
Debs and Joe Weinberg on the upcoming marriage of their daughter, Jenna to Jake Prosnit.
Avi and Sora Greenlinger on the engagement of their daughter, Rena.
Eric and Stephanie Nislow on the engagement of their son, Leland to Nataly Schwarz.
Emily and Gary Honick on the birth of their twin grandchildren, Yonatan Baruch and Uriel Chaim.
Sheryl Cooper upon her retirement after 30 years on the faculty at Towson University.


Sandy Cardin and Melody McCoy on the loss of (his) mother, Shoshana S. Cardin in May.
Fran and Steve Pruce on the loss of (his) mother, Gloria F. Pruce in April.
Cindi and Douglas Toploski on the loss of (her) mother, June Lazoff in December.
Sandy and Howard Bernheim on the loss of (her) mother, Sylvia Stone in December.