Young Professionals, Baltimore
In 2008, Rabbi Bergman and his family moved to Baltimore where he founded WOW! – a program for young professionals.
The idea was to leverage the frum community’s young professionals as chevrusas and mentors for secular young professionals. They ran the first WOW! learning program – a 5 week program of 1.5 hours a week at the African American Museum, downtown Baltimore with 56 young professionals, – 28 secular and 28 frum.
To date they have run over 20 programs and more than 450 different people have participated in at least one program.
In July of 2012 Rabbi Bergman became the Executive Director of Etz Chaim of Baltimore. They have 10 staff members that operate 7 divisions focused on college students, young professionals (WOW! was merged into Etz Chaim), young families, Partners in Torah, Israel Scholars, Jewish U academics and Senior Jewish Learning.