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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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Rachel and Alfred Meisels Share Their Secret to Living Longer – And Better

Rachel was born and bred in Baltimore. Al was born in Vienna, Austria. They met on a blind date over 55 years ago in Baltimore, MD. Advice for a long marriage? “A sense of humor certainly helps,” says Rachel. Al agrees that humor can be […]

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Brian Litofsky and Ann Rubin Take on New Initiative to Welcome Baltimore Newcomers

Moving to a new area can certainly be exciting yet daunting, especially when your friends and family are miles away. And sometimes, as you transition to a new life stage, it can be challenging connecting to people with similar interests.  That’s why The Associated, often referred to […]

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Melissa and Lee Brill

No strangers to the local Jewish community, Melissa and Lee Brill have a busy life filled with work, volunteerism and a new baby on the way! Read how these Couples Committee members stay so involved and what advice they can offer. What suggestions do you […]

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Stories of CHANA

Raising awareness about domestic abuse is paramount, not just during Domestic Violence Awareness Month, but all year long. Learn more about those in our community CHANA, an Associated agency, has helped in its 25 years of service.

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Dignity Grows: A Conversation with Shelly Malis

For example, Laurie Rosen, who heads a VolunTeam for moms with kids under 10, has over 600 members. She is anxious to set up packing parties for her group outside her house.  Who will receive the bags?  JVC is identifying partners from their extensive network who may have needs. Jewish Community Services, CHANA and Shalom […]

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Helping Domestic Violence Victims Escape Unhealthy Relationships

CHANA arranged safe housing in another city prior to her trial for a final protective order, as well as transportation and housing in Baltimore for the trial. “They said I could reach out any time. They also arranged for me to have trauma counseling. I’m […]

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Meet Annette Saxon

That first leadership experience led to more opportunities, including chair of the JCC (she and her husband, Mike, have been the only couple to have both held that position in Baltimore … although 15 years apart), chair of the Associated Women’s Campaign and various Associated […]

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From Learning Difficulties to Teacher: One Woman’s Story

Welcome back to Pull Up A Chair, our monthly podcast where we explore different themes and what it means to build and be a part of a strong Jewish community. In this episode, we meet Batsheva. Batsheva grew up with a learning disability, but thanks […]

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