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Check out what your friends and neighbors are doing, learn how the latest trends are impacting your lives, discover solutions to what’s on your mind and get a broader understanding of what’s happening in your world. These are the stories of our community.

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8 Random Things to Know About Evan Willner

What was it like searching for and then starting a new job during COVID-19? Looking for a new job was stressful. Would I be able to get an in-person interview? How would I be able to shadow the position? What if I cannot sell myself over […]

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Supporting Students with Learning Differences During COVID-19

Adding to their concerns was the fear that their children would not be able to learn without the hands-on, individualized and multisensory approaches they needed.  At SHEMESH and the Macks Center for Jewish Education (CJE), both agencies of The Associated: Jewish Federation of Baltimore, dedicated […]

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Sophie Cohen Talks About Having a Baby During COVID-19

It was April 2020 and the height of the global pandemic. Cases of COVID-19 were soaring across the state. Fraught with stress, knowing that information about the virus was changing constantly, Sophie Cohen, who was due with her third child, knew that this time would […]

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Breaking Down Barriers and Learning About Neighbors

Tikvah Womack was preparing for a Shabbaton at her synagogue when Rina Goloskov reached out to her with an idea she wanted to discuss about making their community stronger. Both women live in Northwest Baltimore, in diverse neighborhoods of African American, Jewish and Latinx families. […]

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The Associated’s Ongoing Response to the Coronavirus Pandemic

As we hunkered down to protect ourselves from the growing surge in COVID-19, cases were reminded that many community members were also struggling economically. And this winter, they found themselves in a deeper hole. With your help The Associated and its agencies was able to respond to the community’s most pressing needs.

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Meet Robert Keehn

As a young boy, growing up in Rockaway Beach, NY, in some ways Robert Keehn lived every young child’s dream. The son of a toy wholesaler, Robert looked forward to when his parents would vacation in Florida, for they would leave a garage full of toys– a new one for each day they were away.  Every year on his birthday, his father […]

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Ilana Kaufman On The Upside

“We loathe to define it. So we have a conceptual framework – at the end of the day, it’s important for people to be able to racially self-identify. It needs to be fluid and,” she adds “it depends on context.” Kaufman points out that Jews […]

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Jen Katzen Under Rapid Fire

3. If you could meet one person (dead or alive) who would it be and why?  Kamala Harris to thank her for shattering the glass ceiling for all women.   4. Which show(s) have you binge watched during the pandemic?  Schitt’s Creek and Shameless 5. […]

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