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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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Ten Ways To Help Our Older Parents and Grandparents During Covid-19

Who would have thought that 10 months after the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, we would still be in the throes of it? Although this time has been difficult for everyone, it has been particularly so for older adults.   While parts of the community has opened up since the early days in March, many older […]

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My Life During A Pandemic

At this point, we have heard the phrase “these are unprecedented times.” And while we may tire of hearing those words, it doesn’t change the reality that these are indeed, unprecedented times. Now that we are fully into the new year, we decided to reach […]

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Meet Jodie Zisow-McClean

Why Did You Decide to Become a Community Connector? I decided to be a Connector because community building is crucial for building movements towards social justice. Being a part of this network has pushed me to think of creative ways to stay connected with my […]

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Feeling Isolated and Alone? Here’s How Exercise Can Boost your Mental Health

The year of 2020 has brought many challenges that have adversely affected the health of numerous Americans. Yes, there is the apparent physical health challenges COVID-19 has presented for us, but the underlying component that has possibly suffered the most is our mental health.    The onset of COVID-19 […]

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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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A Tribute to Dr. Aviva Weisbord

A little more than three weeks ago, we lost a treasured friend, prolific speaker, and community advocate. Rebbetzin Dr. Aviva Weisbord A’H was all that and more to her staff at SHEMESH, a program of the Associated. Here are some thoughts and insights that they shared as they recalled their beloved Executive Director, Aviva.    The […]

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Get to Know Monica Harris Susel

What was your first job? My first job was as a staff attorney at a regional brokerage firm in New Jersey (I’m originally from New Jersey). I worked on regulatory matters, trade desk issues, as well as arbitration and litigation. But eager to be in “the” financial center, I got […]

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