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About Etz Chaim

Do you want to bring more Judaism into your life, but don’t know where to start?

Would you like to meet new Jewish friends and find a warm, welcoming Jewish community?

If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, Etz Chaim is the place for you!

Who We Are

We’re a vibrant network of Jewish programs in the greater Baltimore area, serving college students, young professionals, adults of all ages, and seniors. Etz Chaim is for everyone, regardless of where they are on their Jewish journey. Our fun, informal programs—most of which are totally free—will educate you, bring you closer to Jewish tradition, and introduce you to other Jews of all backgrounds. We can’t wait to welcome you!

Meet Our People

So many people's lives have been enriched through their engagement with Etz Chaim. Come experience Judaism in a meaningful way!

Meet Our Staff

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Rabbi Zev Pomeranz



Leah Sackett

Logistics Coordinator


Sam Volkin

Young Couples Programming 

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Rabbi Shlomo Porter

Dean & President

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Rabbi Efy Flamm

Campus Outreach - Towson University

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Elana Pomeranz

Moms & Dads Programming

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Adinah Swiatycki

Campus Outreach


Olivia Volkin

Young Couples Programming 

Board Members

Zecharia Grauer, Chairman 

Nechemia Feldman

Nisa Felps

Shraga Goldenhersh

Chaim Gottesman

Bruce Kauffmann

Eli Klein

Zev Pomeranz

Eli Portnoy

Yisrael Schwartz

David Weinberger

Sora Wolasky

Aron Yehuda

Yael Zelinger

Raise the Steaks Committee

Eli Klein 

Josh Mauer 

Jeff Miller

Scott Nawy

Dov Ocken

Elie Portnoy 

Issac Pretter

Joel Cohen

John Davison

Josh Erez

Matthew Fleisher 

Maury Garten

Zecharia Grauer

Harvey Kasner 

Isaac (Yitzy) Schliefer 

Josh Steinharter 

Yisrael Schwartz 

Michael Seidel 

Torrey Tarschis 

Dovid Weinberger 

David Ziffer

Young Professionals Committee

Brandon Sacks

Dovid Teles

Josh Gerhardt 

Erika Lupuloff

Harper Lurie

Kaitlyn Valese

Dovid Teles

Young Couples Committee


Lindsay & Austin Nusbaum

Mallory & Torrey Tarschis

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