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Finalists announced for Lippman Kanfer Prize for Applying Jewish Wisdom

Nov 1, 2016

The top prize winner in the Local category is Hadran Alach: Bringing Our Jewish Agricultural Heritage to Life, a program of the Pearlstone Center in Baltimore, MD. Each year Pearlstone inspires over 20,000 individuals of all ages by bringing Jewish agricultural wisdom to life, embodying this aspect of our ancient, rich Jewish tradition…. Read the full article Here



Pair of Associated agencies named to most innovative list

March 10, 2016

10648501_10154815896365121_9134707786775590193_oTwo Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore programs and agencies – the JCC’s Charm City Tribe and Pearlstone Center – have been named as two of North America’s top 50 innovative Jewish organizations in the 11th annual Slingshot Guide released Thursday. The 2016 Slingshot Guide, the foremost comprehensive resource into today’s most significant organizations, projects … Read the full article Here


City Paper Editor Remembers Neely on His Last Issue

August 8, 2015

baltimore_city_paper…As my time here was winding down last week, tragedy struck, as it too often does in Baltimore. Neely Snyder, a 37-year-old mother of three daughters and a friend of mine, died in a car accident in Reisterstown. Our kids went to preschool together and I worked with her husband Josh Snyder—a rabbi in the progressive Reconstructionist tradition and the Hillel director at Goucher College—when I moderated a discussion series called “4 Rabbis, 5 Opinions.” Read the full article Here


Unique Gathering on Jewish Community Farming

March 17, 2015

Screen Shot 2015-08-26 at 4.27.43 PMIn January 2015 at a unique gathering convened by the Leichtag Foundation with the strong support of Urban Adamah and other practitioners, Jewish farmers from across North America and from Israel came together to shape the contours of a new field. Read the full article Here


Trails to the Future

July 2, 2014

It was a farm-to-table experience on Monday night at the Pearlstone center, honoring outgoing board chair Ilene Vogelstein and incoming board chair P.J. Pearlstone, and attendees were invited to partake in all that nature offers in typical Pearlstone style.Visitors could try their hand at pickling or goat’s-milk cheese-making or even play with baby goats and peek in at newborn chicks in the center’s newly acquired portable chick-hatching cart. Read the full article Here


Baltimore Green Week kicks off with goats and chickens

April 20, 2014

For the children visiting the Pearlstone Center’s sustainable farm Sunday, the chickens and baby goats might have been the main event. But supporters of the Family Farm Day said they hope that interaction will be the start of a deeper connection with faith and the environment. “It touches something deeper than themselves,” said Sharon Goldman Wallach, 38, who attended the day with her father and two young daughters. “It’s a double hit.” Read the full article Here


Farming the Jewish Way

February 25, 2013

I recently joined more than 150 people at thePearlstone Center near Baltimore for the 5th annual Beit Midrash to learn about the Jewish calendar and how it connects to sustainability and farming. The Beit Midrash has become an annual ritual for my family and we have watched it grow from an informal gathering of friends with potluck meals to a mature and multifaceted conference. The gathering now offers a rare glimpse of a Jewish community where people from so many varied backgrounds learn together. Read the full article Here


The Baltimore Jewish Times The Pearlstone Center Named One of North America’s Most Innovative Jewish Nonprofits

November 6, 2012

The Pearlstone Center, an agency of The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore, has been named one of the nation’s 50 most innovative Jewish nonprofits in Slingshot ’12-‘13, a resource guide for Jewish innovation. The Pearlstone Center was selected for this list because of its unique approach to outdoor environmental education through its community-oriented farm.  Read the full article here


The Baltimore Jewish Times “My Inner Hippie”

October 3, 2012

Maayan Jaffe “It’s not just a retreat center or a farm; it really is a spiritual place. Pearlstone, for me, is a place for self-reflection. The grounds make me feel rejuvenated. It’s magical. And every single time I drive out of Pearlstone, I leave with a gigantic smile on my face.”  Read the full article here


The Baltimore Jewish Times “New Executive Director Wants To ‘Ignite Jewish Passion’ at the Pearlstone Center”

September 3, 2012

By Maayan Jaffe “Whether an individual or group comes to Pearlstone for an immersive retreat, a daylong meeting, a simacha or a program on the farm, their experience ignites a passion and a personal transformation not found in other Jewish or secular experiences.  It may be one of the few places where the diversity of our community comes together and lives in harmony… Today, in large part due to the influence of the farm on the center, Pearlstone is not just a conference and retreat center, it is a platform for innovation, a hub for impactful, inspirational and environmentally friendly experiences. Consistent throughout this transformation was one man, Pearlstone’s new executive director, Jakir Manela.” Read the full article here


Grassroots Green Paints Metro Baltimore

October 26th 2011 H.

Glenn Rosenkrantz “As she tied string around a newly picked gourd, 13-year-old Adi Singerman said working the garden deepened her perspective on the earth, her Jewish blessings, and the imperative of social justice. ‘This is helping me to understand how to be more Jewish. When I daven, I can thank ha-Shem for the food from this garden. I know now what it takes to get it on the table, and I think about those who don’t have any.’ Her mother, Shifra Singerman, nodded in agreement. ‘We are all getting a wonderful sense of community, a love for the outdoors, and a faith-based connection to the environment. So many of our Jewish holidays have a strong agricultural component, but this has been lost in the modern age. This garden is renewing and restoring and underscoring that historical link.'” Read the full article here