Now that Dr. Baruch's practice was producing an income sufficient to permit her a little leisure, Mrs. Baruch was finding a new vocation. She had a flair for charity entertainments and in planning them became associated with Mrs. J. Hood Wright, wife of a member of the firm of Drexel, Morgan & Co. When the J. Hood Wright Hospital was established, later, Dr. Baruch was appointed a visiting physician for that institution.
Mrs. Baruch was happy for another reason. At Camden there had been no synagogue. In fact, save for their immediate families (even Mrs. Mannes Baum was a relative of Miss Belle) there were few of their faith near by. She had always insisted that the children dress up on Saturdays, and this was the only day the little boys wore shoes. They also dressed up on Sundays to conform with local custom, but not to the extent of wearing shoes. But she had longed for regular religious services, and these the Baruchs now had.
Bernard studied German under a professor named Hofstadt, who amused his students by taking snuff and startled them by "blowing his nose mightily" in a big red handkerchief. He studied Hebrew under Dr. Mendes, a Portuguese rabbi. By the time he was eighteen he could speak and read German and French fairly well and could read Latin well and Greek "with a little difficulty." This "little difficulty" must have been slight indeed, for