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Michael Kinstlinger's "Memory and Meaning" 

03/30/2021 11:48:46 AM


Michael Kinstlinger

For a few reasons, and I’m not just saying this because it was requested by the rabbi, my COVID memories will always be connected to Beth El. 

Two of the last events I went to before everything shut down were at Beth El: the Purim Carnival and a Saturday night Bat Mitzvah.

About 60 days into the pandemic, my mother passed away. Having Rabbis Schwarz and Saroken on my family’s shiva Zooms (a new concept in the Spring...Read more...

Judi Pachino's "Memory and Meaning" 

03/30/2021 11:39:18 AM


Judi Pachino

At this time of my life, things begin to change very rapidly or not at all.  COVID has brought these experiences to the front of my thinking. As an only ‘child’ with no siblings to share toys, contests, or experiences, I’ve learned to easily be content in my solitude. Consequently, the onset of isolation as enforced by the virus was easy for me initially. 

I lived in my well-appointed condo with ease and little concern...Read more...

Norma and Georce Heckers' "Memory and Meaning" 

03/30/2021 11:28:23 AM


George Hecker

I recall March 12, 2020 you see
The memories are entrenched in the brain of me
Maryland’s governor announced several closings
Like the state’s public schools about which many 
questions one is posing

Like many we have lost family and friends
A loss that for us will never end
We feel hurt that they will not return
As our lives do feel a little bit burned

These losses during COVID brought...

Esti Zenati's "Memory and Meaning"

03/26/2021 04:42:40 PM


Esti Zenati

This past year has been truly challenging for me. Being a single mom and having to work full time from home, while supervising my daughter’s virtual school and just making sure she’s ok while I’m busy with work, has been the most challenging thing I’ve had to deal with in the past few years. And to top it all, missing my family in Israel so much and not being able to see them has been incredibly tough.

Despite all the...

Micah Kleid's "Memory and Meaning"

03/26/2021 04:36:04 PM


Micah Kleid

Two years ago, when I was applying for the job I currently have, the hiring manager asked me what my dream job would be. I laughed because, if you had asked me that question in my 20s, I would have said to work in the marketing department for the Baltimore Orioles or Baltimore Ravens. But in my mid-30s, that answer had changed – if someone were to offer me a full-time salary to be a stay-at-home dad, I would have done it in a heartbeat. If...Read more...

Linda Boteach's "Memory and Meaning"

03/26/2021 04:32:34 PM


Linda Boteach

Singing My Way Through the COVID-19 Pandemic: A Reflection

Covid happened and I never thought I would be able to continue singing with the choir and I knew I would miss the music which has always been so important to me.

So, when Cantor King and Shazy started having Zoom choir rehearsals, I was intrigued-how would this work?.  Of course we all laughed through the typical glitches with zoom. TURN on your...Read more...

Yvonne Epstein's "Memory and Meaning" 

03/26/2021 04:24:39 PM


Yvonne Epstein

I, like almost everyone, never thought we would still be experiencing this “new normal” way of life.  I really thought that it would last, maybe 3 or 6 months – never this long.
I have never been one too long for a “working from home” position.  I enjoy structure in my life – a schedule and interacting with people.  SO I put structure into my work from my home position.  Actual hours for certain...Read more...

03/26/2021 04:24:31 PM


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David Harrison's "Memory and Meaning" 

03/26/2021 04:20:15 PM


David Harrison

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Just in the last few weeks,  I started watching the HBO show “The Leftovers.” It’s not really my favorite genre, it’s a paranormal story about people trying to resume their lives after 2 percent of the world’s population just suddenly and mysteriously disappeared.

It’s a few years old, but I have found it oddly prescient given what we've all been through this last year....Read more...

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