“You can never know everything,” says Megan Goldsmith, a 2009 graduate of Baltimore Hebrew University (now Baltimore Hebrew Institute at Towson University). “It’s important to continue your Jewish learning.”
Megan grew up in Baltimore and attended Beth Tfiloh Dahan Community School. She loved Jewish studies and being a part of a Jewish community. She says she always knew she wanted a career that would keep her connected to Jewish Baltimore. She chose Jewish communal work.
Megan was accepted to the joint Jewish Communal Service and Social Work Master’s degree program at BHU. She says she learned practical skills and received leadership development opportunities through the school. Additionally, she was taught Jewish history, philosophy and religion.
“One of the benefits of going to BHU is everything we did was through a Jewish lens. I could not have received the Jewish history, Biblical studies and even archeology anywhere else. I may not use the Jewish philosophy in my every day career, but it certainly comes up now and then,” says Megan.
She also explains that as an adult learner, she feels she had greater appreciation for the material than when she was in day school.
Megan received a scholarship to her program through the BHU endowment fund at THE ASSOCIATED: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore. She couldn’t have done her program if not for that scholarship. Her graduate program represented the first time she was on her own, financially independent from her parents, paying tuition, the cost of living, food and transportation.
“Every dollar made a difference,” says Megan.
Today, Megan serves as the coordinator for the Diller Baltimore Teen Fellows program, a division of THE ASSOCIATED’s Jewish Volunteer Connection. She says she uses some of her skills in the seminars she provides her teens.
“Jewish learning helps me to understand my history and role in the world,” says Megan. “If you ask me, being ASSOCIATED is being knowledgeable.”