A New Torah for Our Community,
In Honor of Gerry Charnoff

Dedicated by Allen & Miriam Schick

Gerry Charnoff is renowned for an accomplished legal career, however, it is for his devotion to Jewish communal organizations that Gerry is particularly admired. His ties to the D.C. Jewish community date back to 1966 when he moved to Silver Spring with his late wife Mimi. He was President of the Berman Hebrew Academy, a member of the Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School’s first board of directors, Campaign Chair and Vice President of the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington, a National Vice President of AIPAC, and a member of the JINSA board. Gerry now resides in New York City with his wife Deborah and he’s the proud grandfather of five Terps: Jason Katz (’11), Oren (’14), Josh (’16), Ami (’16), and Miriam (’21) Charnoff. Gerry was a nuclear energy lawyer for Shaw Pittman in D.C. He was Managing Partner of the firm, before retiring in 1995.

We are pleased to offer the following opportunities to participate in the mitzvah of writing a new Torah:

  • Sefer/Book (5): $10,000
  • Parsha (54): $1,800 each
  • Special Sections: $2,500-$5,400
  • Torah adornment: $500-$5,400
  • Aliya: $540 for one or $1,000 for two
  • Pasuk: $100 for one or $180 for three

Your support will bring a new Torah to College Park and provide rich Jewish learning experiences for our students.

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For questions, contact Shuli Tropp, Director of Institutional Advancement, via email or 301-422-6200 x211.


Maryland Hillel is home to a vibrant, robust and entrepreneurial Jewish community. Our varied initiatives and programs coalesce to provide the 6,500 Jewish students on campus opportunities to explore and embrace their Jewish identities, deepen their Jewish knowledge, and foster meaningful relationships.

Jewish education is the thread that weaves through all of Maryland Hillel’s endeavors. Our team of eight highly trained Jewish educators, including four rabbis, work to cater to diverse Jewish educational needs. At the center of it all is Torah and the richness of our tradition.