Jack and Peggy Pearlstone were impactful leaders in Baltimore Jewish life.
After Jack passed away in 1982, his family and community felt compelled to honor his passion for informal Jewish education and deep commitment to a bright Jewish future. With support from The Associated Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore, the Jack Pearlstone Institute for Living Judaism was formed in 1987.
Pearlstone Center – 2001
After nearly 20 years of connecting people to Jewish heritage through various programs and partners, a facility dedicated to immersive Jewish experiences welcomed guests for the first time.
Kayam Farm – 2006
Pearlstone launched a community educational farm providing a space for hands-on experiential outdoor Jewish education. When a new strategic plan is implemented 5 years later, the successful Kayam Farm is formally integrated with Pearlstone Retreat Center.
Pearlstone Campus Expansion – 2017
A transition for the former Camp Milldale leads The Associated to delegate campus management to Pearlstone, expanding its scope from a 7-acre corner of the property to the entire 180-acre campus.
Pearlstone Merges with Hazon – 2023
Leadership from both organizations mutually recognize mission alignment and the impact potential of a combined entity. Each already successful on their own, the collective strength as a new merged organization has greater capacity to engage nearly 50,000 participants annually.
We are forever grateful to our leadership
Our tremendous journey has all been made possible by passionate, gifted volunteer community leaders who gave their heart and soul to our success: rnrnRichie Pearlstone — Josh Fidler — Pacy Oletsky — Michele Lax — Ilene Vogelstein — P.J. Pearlstone — Rachel Steinberg Warschawski — Aaron Max