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Holocaust Educators' Institute

August 5-7, 2024. The Sandra R. Berman Center for Humanity, Tolerance & Holocaust Education, Baltimore Hebrew Institute, and Baltimore Jewish Council are excited to announce a new partnership to help bolster and support educators in the state of Maryland to feel confident and equipped with the skills and knowledge to bring Holocaust education into their school environments. The Institute will take place at Towson University, College of Liberal Arts 251 University Ave Towson MD 21204. Note: Tuesday, August 6th - bus trip to the USHMM.

  • Monday-Wednesday August 5-7, 2024 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
  • Towson University College of Liberal Arts
  • Registration is $25. Coffee, Kosher lunch and snacks provided daily

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Bus Trip to United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

Join The Berman Center for Humanity, Tolerance and Holocaust Education and the Baltimore Hebrew Institute for a day of learning and discussion at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC

  • Monday, April 15, 2024 8:15 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • Bus will leave from and return to the College of Liberal Arts
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Dr. Jenny Caplan and book cover

Funny You Don't Look Funny: Jews and Humor in America

Join Baltimore Hebrew Institute to hear Jennifer Caplan, Ph.D. discuss the relationship between Jews and humor in America.

  • Wednesday, March 27, 2024 5 p.m.
  • Liberal Arts Building 4310
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Gimpel the Fool Returns to Poland

We invite you to join us for an exclusive movie screening followed by a reception and an invigorating Q&A with the award-winning filmmaker, Howard Rypp.

  • Thursday, March 14, 2024 5 p.m.
  • Liberal Arts Building 4110
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Modern Hebrew Adult Education

Baltimore Hebrew Institute in partnership with Baltimore Hebrew Congregation, , Beth El, Beth Israel, Chizuk Amuno and Har Sinai-Oheb Shalom Congregations and the Baltimore Zionist District offer Hebrew Ulpan adult education classes.

  • Ten Sessions: 7 - 8:15 p.m., every Tuesday evening 02/06/24 - 04/09/24
  • Location: Beth El Congregation 8101 Park Heights Ave. Pikesville, MD 21208
  • Registration fee: $210. Materials are not included. 
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When registering, select one of the following classes. Prior to the start of classes, instructors will contact students regarding class placement.

Absolute Beginner: Learn basic language concepts, such as the Hebrew alphabet, which are the foundations of learning Hebrew, and progress to learning vocabulary to speak in simple terms on topics such as the weather, clothing and food. No prior experience with the language is necessary.

Beginner l:  The class will continue to build on an existing foundation to grow students’ vocabulary and grammar skills. Students should be able to read and write basic Hebrew and have a vocabulary word bank to converse on simple topics concerning themselves and another person.

Intermediate:  The class will practice informal conversations in conjunction with developing reading and writing skills. Students should be comfortable reading, writing, and conversing on everyday topics. Students will learn how to converse in past and future tenses.

Advanced:  Students should be comfortable speaking and comprehending the Hebrew language. This course is conducted entirely in Hebrew and will focus on the continued development of Hebrew conversation and reading skills.

Questions?  Contact Michele Mulligan, Coordinator of the Baltimore Hebrew Institute, at 410-704-7118 or

Past Lectures:

Qohelet Iluminated: A New Look at the Biblical Text

In their brilliant new book, “Qohelet: Searching for a Life Worth Living,” philosopher Menachem Fisch and artist Debra Band together probe Qohelet’s inquiry into the value of life “under the sun” — the first illuminated manuscript of the entire biblical text, the first philosophical analysis tracing the coherent path of this biblical thinker’s full argument. 

A panel discussion with the authors will be moderated by Gilad Sharvit, Assistant Professor, Philosophy and Religious Studies at Towson University.


Combating Bigotry, Celebrating Diversity and Protecting Democracy

YouTube Video Presentations

The Ethics of Rescue: True Stories Behind Bergen-Belsen's Liberation

Dr. Bernice Lerner

In this author's talk: Dr. Bernice Lerner discusses events that led a Holocaust survivor, Rachel Genuth, and a British medical director, Glyn Hughes, to Bergen-Belsen, and why their narratives tell larger, little-known stories about the suffering of victims, the struggles of liberators, and about the human capacity for fortitude and redemption.  

Hebrew Roots, Jewish Routes

The Sraiah and Chana Shoubin Lecture

Hebrew Roots, Jewish Routes: A Tribal Language in a Global World

Jeremy Benstein, Ph.D.

Why does Hebrew matter? And how does engagement with the language enrich Jewishness?

Jeremy Benstein is an educator and author. He holds a BA in linguistics from Harvard, a master's degree in Judaic studies from the Schechter Institute in Jerusalem, and a doctorate in cultural anthropology from the Hebrew University. He is the author of two books, The Way Into Judaism and the Environment (Jewish Lights, 2006) and Hebrew Roots, Jewish Routes: A Tribal Language In a Global World (Behrman House, 2019).