Rabbi Jonathan Z. Maltzman is an alumnus of the University of Pennsylvania, where he received his bachelor of arts in Near Eastern studies. He later pursued his masters and was ordained a rabbi at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America. At present, he serves as the rabbi at Kol Shalom in Rockville, Maryland. During his spare time, Jonathan Z. Maltzman enjoys playing many sports, including tennis.
Many people consider tennis to be merely a form of recreation. However, playing tennis can bring about significant benefits to the human body, and especially to the cardiovascular system.
The quick movements required in playing the sport increase heart rate, which allows the blood to deliver oxygen and other nutrients to the muscles. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a single tennis match requires vigorous effort that can increase the heart rate up to 70-85%. Regular playing of the sport also helps in the development of capillaries in the muscles, which results in a greater supply and flow of blood.
Based in Rockville, Maryland, Jonathan Z. Maltzman serves as rabbi with the Kol Shalom Conservative Jewish community and emphasizes an inclusive approach to prayer and counsel. Jonathan Z. Maltzman maintains a strong commitment to social justice and supports nonprofit organizations such as MAZON, which provides food to the hungry.
Every year during Passover, MAZON poses an awareness-raising Fifth Question to complement its four traditional hunger-related questions and foster conversation “around the seder table.” This year’s focus was on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), which stands as America’s largest and most effective hunger initiative, serving the needs of millions of children and families.
Unfortunately, proposals are in place that would significantly impact SNAP’s budget and its ability to provide timely, targeted support to those in need. The question posed by MAZON is how to best preserve this unique nationwide safety net, which provides continuous support in ways that temporary and seasonal charitable programs cannot.
Israel National Trail
Jonathan Z. Maltzman, the rabbi of Kol Shalom in Rockville, Maryland, is the spiritual leader of the Conservative congregation. In this role, Jonathan Z. Maltzman leads services, supervises staff, teaches classes, and counsels individuals and couples. Rabbi Maltzman has also taken several groups from his congregation on trips to Israel.
The Israel National Trail has become a pilgrimage for many. The trail stretches 620 miles from the southern tip of Israel in Eilat all the way to Dan, near the Lebanese border in the north.
People marking significant milestones often embark on a trek on the Israel National Trail to experience landscapes that are featured prominently in Christian and Jewish history, including Jerusalem, the Sea of Galilee, and the Jordan River. Without fail, hikers are struck by the impressive beauty of the Middle Eastern landscape. The Society for the Protection of Nature in Israel maintains the trail and offers hikers the option of collecting stamps at significant stopping points along the trail.