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YAD Summer Soiree 2024 Recap

The Soiree wasn’t just about having fun — it also helped us reach significant fundraising goals. Thanks to the generosity of our donors that night (with donations still rolling in!), we made strides towards fighting antisemitism and making our community a safer and more welcoming […]

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Meet Award Winners Jessica Gorsky and Justin Harvey

As winners of The Associated’s Fred Walpert Young Leadership Award both Jessica Gorsky and Justin Harvey have shown their strong commitment to making a difference at The Associated.  Yet that is not the only thing these two leaders have in common. They both point to […]

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Reconnecting with Israel: Ethan Harrison’s Story

My most recent connection to Israel was through my parents, who participated in Kesher 2.0. Kesher is a program supported by The Associated’s Baltimore-Ashkelon Partnership, designed for adults ages 45+ interested in establishing meaningful relationships and a greater understanding of their sense of Jewish peoplehood by […]

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Yanky Schorr | 2023 Julius Rosenberg Memorial Award Winner

Welcome back to the final episode of this season of Mensches in Cars Getting Coffee. Before we kick off a new season with our 2024 Award Winners we have one last person to meet — Yanky Schorr, the recipient of the 2023 Julius Rosenberg Memorial […]

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The Associated Honors its 2024 Leadership Award Winners 

The Associated: Jewish Federation of Baltimore will honor leaders at a special ceremony on May 28 at the Gordon Center for Performing Arts. These eight exceptional leaders will be recognized for their outstanding dedication and contributions to The Associated and the broader Jewish community.    […]

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Baltimore Grants Help Women and Girls 

¡Adelante Latina!   ¡Adelante Latina! strives to prepare high-achieving 10th-12th grade Baltimore City Latina girls for college and careers. Their free-of-charge, after-school program is tailored to the cultural and academic needs of their students by providing highly personalized guidance and instruction. Our funds will provide general […]

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Meet Stephanie Blockston

What inspired you to start volunteering?  I’ve always been into social action. A friend and I in high school used to volunteer at the Hannah Moore shelter and do fun activities with the kids there. So it has gone back years, I’ve always enjoyed doing […]

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Adrian Maydanich, Enriching Jewish Identity through 4Front

Adrian Maydanich is proud of his Jewish identity. He comes from a Reform household. He attends a local Modern Orthodox school. And the blending of the two gives him a unique Jewish upbringing, one that he is glad to have. All of this culminates in […]

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Ruth and Jay Lenrow: Fighting Against Antisemitism 

Let’s start at the beginning. Growing up Jewish.   Ruth: I grew up in Upper Montclair, a Northern New Jersey bedroom community of New York City. There were not many Jewish families in our town. When I was in sixth grade and my sister was in […]

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Marci Elkins | Jewish Grandparents Network

Marci Elkins is a member of the Jewish Grandparents Network Baltimore, a local program that is managed in partnership with the Jewish Community Center, an agency of The Associated. We sat down with Marci to chat about why she joined this program, and what it […]

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Meet Asella Medina-Smith, YAD Camp Nai Ambassador

Meet Asella Medina-Smith, active volunteer with The Associated’s Young Adult Division, YAD, and this year’s Camp Nai Ambassador.

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YAD’s (Almost) Summer Soiree Playlist

Prepare for an evening of refreshing drinks, delicious appetizers, lawn game showdowns and non-stop fun. We can’t wait to see you! Haven’t registered yet? There’s still time! Head over to our calendar for more information about the event or contact Sarah Machlis at smachlis@associated.org with […]

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2024 Jewish Women’s Giving Foundation: Israel Grants Awarded 

Association of Rape Crisis Centers in Israel The Association of Rape Crisis Centers in Israel is the only organization in Israel whose main aim is to combat sexual violence. They work at the individual and regional level to provide services and support for individual victims […]

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Jamie Aaron, Third Generation Holocaust Survivor

Jamie Aaron is the Assistant Director of Towson Hillel. She is also a 3G, the grandchild of a Holocaust survivor. For Jamie Aaron, the experiences of her grandfather and his escape of the Holocaust over 80 years ago through the Kindertransport, still affect her to […]

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Meet Lindsay Klatsky, Julius Rosenberg Award Winner 

Baltimore’s Lindsay Klatsky is an active member of The Associated who recently received the Julius Rosenberg Memorial Award. The award honors an emerging Baltimore leader.

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10 Things to Know About Jody Harburger 

Over the next 40 plus years, he worked in seven different communities. His career spanned from Youth director to Camp director to Campaign director (St. Louis) to Capital Campaign Director (Dallas) to Executive Director for multiple federations. His last posting was in Washington, D.C. as […]

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Meet Duke Zimmerman 

His family was in the poster business for four generations, and he is writing a coffee table book about the family and their posters with his daughter Lori Gale.  “My grandfather, Norman I. Shapiro, started a small printing business in his basement with a little […]

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Jeanie Goldstein: Excelling as a Leader, Advocate and Parent 

Judaism: The Foundation Of It All  Growing up in Jewish Baltimore gave Jeanie an incredible sense of community and cultural appreciation from a young age. Knowing that she was surrounded by Jewish people and spaces instilled a sense of pride for both her and her […]

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Jewish Community Service is Addressing Mental Health

According to the National Institute of Mental Health, one to five Americans experience some sort of mental illness. Mental Health does not discriminate. It affects everyone regardless of demographic. And that is why The Associated’s Jewish Community Services (JCS) works tirelessly to improve the lives […]

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Making Passover Special

This year, as we gather around the Passover table with family and friends, we encourage you to include some personal touches in your Seder. Incorporate questions that integrate the Passover themes with your Jewish values. Check out some new Haggadahs. Or make your Passover table […]

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Baltimore Jewish Community Shares Passover Recipes 

Looking for something new to spice up your Passover holiday? We asked our community members for some of their favorite recipes for the holiday, and here are some delicious sides and desserts they shared.  Desserts  Jordan Halle’s Chocolate Toffee Matzah Crack  Ingredients: Instructions: *For a […]

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Raising a Child Jewishly | Jen and Jake Lieberman

Jake and I both grew up in Jewish households, which really impacted our Jewish identities. We grew up going to Hebrew school, spending summers at Jewish overnight camps, becoming a bar/bat mitzvah and celebrating every Jewish holiday with our loved ones. We also both went […]

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Harry Greenstein Award Winners: Harel Turkel and Rebecca Fruman 

What is it like to be recognized for your accomplishments? Harel Turkel and Rebecca Fruman, The Associated’s Harry Greenstein Award winners, talk about the honor, share thoughts on their next steps and tell us a little bit about themselves we may not know.  How did […]

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Jordan M. Halle | 2023 Fred Walpert Young Leadership Award Winner

Winter is finally over, and the Mensches are back with a brand new episode. Yanky Schorr continues his tour of Baltimore coffee tea shops and brings Jordan M. Halle, our latest Mensch, along for the ride. Jordan Halle is one of two recipients of the […]

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Conversational Starters for Your Seder 

The Seder is full of symbols and songs, there to provoke questions and wonder. The Haggadah, Seder Plate, Matzah, Marror, and four cups of wine are tools to connect our past and to ensure that this legacy is passed on for generations to come. As […]

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The Baltimore-Ashkelon Partnership: Celebrating 20 Years

How and why did you become involved with The Associated’s Baltimore-Ashkelon Partnership? Why is it important for The Associated to have this partnership? Gail: Because of BAP, I have made lifelong friends in Ashkelon. Through those connections I am better able to understand the feelings […]

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Future of Judaism | Around the Table with Beth H. Goldsmith

Beth H. Goldsmith continues her conversation with Jake, Alexis and Leah about the future of Judaism.

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Meet Judy Finifter 

She is especially enjoying is participating in the Jewish Grandparents Network-Baltimore, where she sits on the Advisory Committee and attends programs with her granddaughter. A national organization, headed by Lee Hendler, the Jewish Grandparent’s Network was created to recognize the role of grandparents in supporting […]

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Bridging Identity and Advocacy: A Journey in Professional Growth and Jewish Empowerment

Navigating the intersection of her Jewish identity and her professional career, Stacy Harvey created a space where she and her colleagues could express their culture in a safe and welcoming space. We sat down with her to talk about her professional journey and what motivated […]

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Bringing Judaism into the Spring Garden 

Just as spring represents a time of growth and renewal in nature, it also serves as a reminder for individuals to reflect on their actions and strive towards positive change. Through the simple act of planting, Jews engage in a profound connection to their faith, […]

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United by Faith and Dance: Jake and Sarah’s Journey of Love, Community, and Tradition

For Jake and Sarah, one of the key components to a happy Jewish life is connection with their community. After meeting on Hinge during the pandemic, this young couple strengthened their relationship through their shared values, love of their culture and hosting Shabbats through The […]

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Humor post October 7  

Humor is defined as the ability to be amused by something seen, heard or thought about, sometimes causing you to smile or laugh. Humor also comes in many different forms. I’ll be focusing on the two forms I believe are at the base of the […]

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Meet Bob Manekin 

These were the values that shaped him. And as he built a successful career in real estate, he also became a key figure in the Jewish philanthropic community, giving generously of his time and funds. Now, to cap off his leadership efforts, he is heading […]

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Aviv Engelhart | A Book Drive Bar Mitzvah

Inspired by a book drive between The Associated and Associated Black Charities, Aviv Engelhart donated hundreds of books to a Baltimore City School.

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Meet Jill Collier Silbert, Community Connector

I have been using “We Rock the Spectrum” for events because it is a sensory gym that accommodates children of all abilities. They have a ton of sensory equipment for all needs. At the last program that I hosted there numerous families came up to […]

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Get to Know Mindy Silverman

My husband Matt and I seemed to always travel in the same social circle dating back to our days at PHS and University of Maryland. We were married in 2006 by Rabbi Steven Schwartz and we have two boys, Ben (15), Sam (11) and two […]

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Light Overcomes Darkness: A Journey of Resilience and Inclusion Background

Involvement with the Associated/Young Adult Division My involvement with The Associated and the Young Adult Division (YAD) came about through a connection with Ali Duhan, a dear friend. Initially, I was unfamiliar with the YAD, but my interest grew as I sought to connect with […]

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Ryan Gensler, Personal Growth with JCC’s 4Front

4Front allows Jewish teens like me to further explore skills learned in school and elsewhere and bring them together in a cumulative project/presentation showcasing all that we have learned. For example, Social Innovation Fellowship will conclude with a Demo Day where each team will pitch […]

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Molly Lipman, Mingling at The Myerberg

“Sometimes it’s lonely,” Molly said to us over the phone. And that, she says, is where the The Myerberg steps in. Before we begin the interview in earnest, Molly lets us know that she cannot thank the Myerberg staff enough for all the hard work […]

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10 Things to Know About Baltimore Native Neil Sweren

2. But living within walking distance from the Owings Mills JCC was a bonus. “I don’t know if it had anything to do with my parents’ decision to move out to Owings Mills at the time, but it was incredible having the JCC so close. […]

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Navigating the Dating Scene

The objectives are simple — help older adults find and navigate reputable dating sites, help them avoid the pitfalls of online dating (regardless of age), teach them how to maintain their privacy and, my favorite, how to take a selfie! The class is available for […]

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Becoming a Teen Ambassador for Healthy Relationships 

Through this program, I have learned that domestic violence has no bounds or limits: all people of all genders and ages can fall victim to abuse. I have learned that abuse can exist in the forms of not only physical and emotional abuse but also […]

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Meet Katie Applefeld 

Whether it is her love of Israel, a famous relative or a surprising athletic feat, Katie Applefeld has a lot to share. Here are 10 things to know about this Pikesville native and long-time volunteer, who currently sits on The Associated’s Board of Governors and […]

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General Contractor Selected for The Associated’s Park Heights Project

Southway Builders, Inc. General Contractor for the redevelopment of The Associated’s Park Heights campus project in Northwest Baltimore City.

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The Associated Announces Redevelopment of Park Heights Complex

We are pleased to announce an exciting redevelopment of our Park Heights complex in Northwest Baltimore City. This investment will implement the final phase of an 18-month strategic plan growing out of The Associated’s 2020 Centennial Anniversary. The 10-acre campus will be renamed the Goldsmith Campus in recognition of a major donation by the Goldsmith Family. 

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The Associated Announces 2024 Climate Action Plan

In 2022, The Associated signed on as a founding partner to the Jewish Climate Leadership Coalition, along with twenty other national and international umbrella organizations of Jewish life. Powered by Adamah, the Coalition is a network of Jewish community organizations who recognize the existential threat […]

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A Year in Books 

Looking for a reading list that will take you through the year? We’ve got you covered with a list of books for the year! Check out these suggestions from community members and Associated agencies.   February  February is Jewish Disability Awareness, Acceptance and Inclusion Month (JDAIM). […]

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Meet Sandy Wigler

We had a chance to speak with Sandy to learn more about the program – and a little about what makes her tick.  What can people expect from the Book Talk?  Marlene Trestman is a local, Jewish author of two books. Most Fortunate Unfortunates: The […]

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Misinformation about Israel: Frequently Asked Questions

On Saturday October 7, 2023, Hamas terrorists launched an unprecedented attack on Israel, infiltrating by land, air, and sea while also firing thousands of rockets from Gaza into Israel. The Hamas terrorists brutally murdered hundreds of people, injured thousands and brought over one hundred hostages […]

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My Story | Felicia Graber, Holocaust Survivor

Felicia Graber was born in Poland in 1940 when the country was already under Nazi occupation. She shares with us her family’s story, the tragedies they overcame and why she tells her story today.

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Rising Antisemitism | Around the Table with Beth H. Goldsmith

Beth H. Goldsmith continues her conversation with Jake, Alexis and Leah about the rise in antisemitism, their firsthand experiences and their thoughts about what we can do as a community moving forward.

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Visiting College: Hillel Directors on What Students Should Ask 

We posed several questions to Monica Davis, executive director, Hopkins Hillel,  Dawn Savage, assistant director, student life at Maryland Hillel, Rabbi Alex Salzberg, executive director Towson Hillel and Josh Snyder, executive director of Goucher Hillel. They offered insights on how they are responding to questions […]

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Book Club with Alexis Braun: Six Jewish Fiction Titles For Every Bookshelf 

Friday the Rabbi Slept Late by Harry Kemelman is a classic mystery novel (originally published in 1964) that I wish more people had read (and am constantly recommending)! The hero of the book is a young rabbi in suburban Massachusetts. After the body of a […]

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Fried Chicken and Speaking Jewish: Embracing Diversity and Community

Involvement in the Associated I’m actively involved in several Baltimore Jewish community initiatives with The Associated, Chabad, and Beth Am Synagogue, where I have been a life-long member. I also participate in a monthly women’s Rosh Chodesh group, conceived by a friend who works for […]

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Shabbat: A Choose Your Own Adventure Experience 

I spent two years trying to make connections and build a life here, but something was missing. I had friends but still felt like a stranger in a strange land. As I rang in 2023, I resolved to tap into the one community I had […]

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The Associated Announces New Leaders to Participate in its Young Leadership Council

The Associated: Jewish Federation of Baltimore recently announced the selection of 16 young adults to participate in its Young Leadership Council (YLC). As part of this two-year program, these local leaders will engage in monthly leadership seminars, delve into the work of The Associated and […]

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Embracing Judaism’s Unique Approach to New Beginnings 

As 2024 approaches, I began wondering whether Judaism might offer any insights on approaching the new year differently. I did some research and found that the cadence of the Jewish calendar is ideal for people, AND toddlers, who are bad at New Year’s resolutions!     Did […]

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Weaving Traditions: Jennifer Wolf’s Impact on Parkville’s Jewish Community 

My educational background is in environmental science; however, my career path took a different turn. I worked several years in the family law field as a legal assistant and now work as an executive assistant for The Family Tree, an affiliate of LifeBridge Health. I […]

Joey Fink’s Perspective: Navigating the Perils of Social Media Since October 7 Image

Joey Fink’s Perspective: Navigating the Perils of Social Media Since October 7

While social media can sometimes feel like a welcoming place to be–as it was for me years ago, when I found resources and support that helped me come out of the closet while in high school–during times of war and conflict, things like community, inclusion […]

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Verified Voices: Where to Find Accurate Reporting on the Israel-Hamas War Across Social Media

Awiderframe A broader view on Israel-related issues.  Benmfreeman: @Benmfreeman Informed perspectives on Israel and related issues.  Blakeflayton: @BlakeflaytonEngaging content and insights on Israel from Blake Flayton  BulletproofisraelA strong, resilient perspective on Israel  DrsheilanazarianInsights into Israel’s role in healthcare and global issue.  Dumisani6Another insightful non-Jewish voice contributing to […]

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Planning Cherished Holidays with Adult Children and Grandchildren

Host with Heart Consider the preferences and traditions of your adult children when planning your Jewish holiday gathering. Communicate openly about expectations and preferences. If your adult children have a strong connection to Chanukah traditions, plan activities that honor those customs, like lighting the menorah […]

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Stepping Up

Since the terrorist attacks in Israel on October 7, members of our community have stepped up in various ways to help with humanitarian needs in Israel and to address the new wave of antisemitism surging in our country. Although there are a number of amazing […]

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Israel Attacks | Around the Table with Beth H. Goldsmith

Welcome back to Around the Table with Beth Goldsmith. A series focused on discovering what is important to young adults in Jewish Baltimore. Beth H. Goldsmith is joined by a new group of young adults, Jake Lieberman, Alexis Gorenstein and Leah Schulman, to talk about […]

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Baltimore’s Teens Speak Out on Israel, Antisemitism and More

The recent terrorist attacks in Israel and the resulting increase in antisemitism, particularly on college campuses, has left many American Jews stunned and nervous. We decided to reach out to several teens to see what they are seeing and hearing. 

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A Season of Food, Family and Philanthropy

While the holidays are rich in traditions around food and family, I think it’s also an ideal opportunity to incorporate giving back into our rituals and make the holidays even more meaningful. Now is the perfect time to consider talking to your children and grandchildren […]

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Navigating Your Family’s Holiday Experience

We asked two of the Macks Jewish Connection Network’s multi-faith Community Connectors to share how they incorporate both holidays into their own family traditions: Sam Kahan Strakes, Connector in the Finksburg/Reisterstown area, has two young daughters and celebrates both holidays with her husband, who is […]

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Inspiring Camp Connections and Nurturing Jewish Identity

Stacy Harvey is the Jewish Connection Network‘s new Camp Connector. Discover her journey from New York to Baltimore, her strong Jewish identity, and her commitment to instilling those traditions in her family through camp. Stacy shares the inspiration behind her position and her dedication to […]

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2023 Year-End Tax Planning

Key Considerations for Year-End Tax Planning We also recommend that you monitor the legislative proposals below as they will be considered by Congress later this year. Should any significant legislation be approved, we will communicate those changes to you and provide suggestions for charitable giving. […]

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Ways to Incorporate Judaism into Thanksgiving  

So, why not infuse a ‘Jewish’ touch into Thanksgiving and show how we can weave Jewish values into every aspect of our lives? Thanksgiving is the one holiday I host at my house with many family members. As a Jewish educator and mom, I value […]

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Timoth’s Journey: Art, Culture, and Community Connection 

Tell us about yourself growing up and how you met your husband:    I was born in Dayton, Ohio. When I was 9 or 10, my family moved to a suburb with a Jewish community.  We lived literally next door to a synagogue, and I met […]

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Antisemitism on College Campuses

Beth H. Goldsmith visits Associated Hillels, Goucher and University of Maryland, to talk about what is happening on their college campuses.

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Understanding the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

The Israeli-Palestinian conflict is complex, and understanding its background is crucial for gaining insight into the ongoing tensions in the region. Here, The Associated’s Baltimore Jewish Council compiled a list of resources, from articles to videos, that help you explore the history of the region over the millennia as well as the context of the current conflict. 

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Voices from Our Community

A letter from Duke Zimmerman, Member of The Associated’s Jewish Life Managing Council to his grandchildren. The mostly solemn rally was held, symbolically we believe, on the steps of a famous 300-year-old church (that happened to include some famous Chagall windows). Many flags, both Israeli and […]

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When Tragedy Strikes at Our Hearts

Each of us — young and old — is struggling to understand why. Too often of late we have been confronted with the horror of antisemitism and other acts of violence that leave us wondering how people can harbor so much hatred as to feel […]

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Books and Resources for Support During the War in Israel

Discover a curated list of insightful books and resources at the Jewish Library of Baltimore, designed to foster empathy, understanding, and dialogue in the face of challenging times.

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Five Young Adults Opportunities Happening Now!

Mark your calendars and get ready to embrace the vibrant opportunities that await within our YAD community. Our year-round events and initiatives are designed to enrich your life, whether personally or professionally, and provide you with a supportive and welcoming space to connect with like-minded […]

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On the Ground in Israel

Live video from Bruce P. Sholk, current Chairman of the Budget and Finance Committee of The Jewish Agency for Israel (JAFI) and Eric D. Fingerhut, President and CEO of The Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA). ”There are so many stories that are tragic but […]

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Baltimore Teens Speak Out About Antisemitism

With antisemitism on the rise, we wondered how local teens were dealing with it. Have they encountered antisemitism in their own lives? Are they worried about the upsurge on college campuses, as they begin their college search?  We posed these questions to four teens who […]

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Stand with Us for Peace in Israel: Community Prayer Services

The Associated and the Baltimore Jewish Council are proud to stand with our synagogue partners in solidarity with the War in Israel.

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Shock and Solidarity: My Experience During the Recent Attacks in Israel

The helplessness and fear I feel being far away from my home is extremely paralyzing. I know at times like these all seems lost, but the people of Israel are stronger than anyone can even imagine. And though the reality of this war is only […]

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The Heartwarming Influence of Jewish Education: A Parent’s Perspective

Sending my children to a Jewish school brings me immense joy. Yet, the most significant benefit is that we, as parents, are learning alongside them. Witnessing their excitement when they come home each day with new discoveries is truly heartwarming. My children’s school projects and […]

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Around the Table with Beth H. Goldsmith

Catch up on the latest episode of The Associated’s newest video series, Around the Table with Beth H. Goldsmith!

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Empowering Women in Philanthropy

I grew up at Beth Israel, where I was named, had my bat mitzvah and eventually got married. However, when my kids started attending Beth Tfiloh (Dahan Community School) and wanted to join their friends at synagogue, we transitioned to Beth Tfiloh Congregation. But my […]

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Israel | Around the Table with Beth H. Goldsmith

Welcome back to Around the Table with Beth Goldsmith. A series focused on discovering what is important to young adults in Jewish Baltimore. In our latest episode, Beth H. Goldsmith continues her conversation with Chavi Abramson, Jordan Halle and Matthew Rothstein. This time, they share […]

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Leading the Way: A Conversation with The Associated’s Israel and Global Managing Council Co-Chairs

Meet Atara Frankel and Harel Turkel, the dynamic co-chairs of The Associated’s Israel and Global Managing Council. Harel, a native Baltimorean and Atara, who grew up in Montreal, speak candidly about their new roles – their priorities, potential challenges and unwavering support for Jewish communities […]

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Changing Lives Together: Spotlight on New Initiatives Supported by The Baltimore-Ashkelon Partnership

The Associated’s Baltimore-Ashkelon Partnership has connected our communities for 20 years through collaborative projects that build long-lasting and meaningful relationships and a great love for Israel and the Jewish people. Through the careful stewardship of The Associated’s Community Planning & Allocations Israel and Global committees and support […]

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From Strangers to Family: My Kesher Cohort Experience

My Kesher experience exceeded my expectations in every way. Initially, we participated in sessions in Baltimore to get to know our local group, learn about Ashkelon and meet our Israeli counterparts via Zoom. From the beginning, our local group bonded in our shared love of […]

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Let’s Go Back to Camp: Camp Nai

When I learned from Ali Duhan, Director of The Associated’s Young Adult Division (YAD) and my friend from Camp Louise, that YAD was recruiting a group of Baltimore young adults to go to Camp Nai this year over Labor Day weekend, I was so excited for the […]

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Introducing “Around the Table” with Beth H. Goldsmith

Welcome to our new series, Around the Table with Beth Goldsmith. A series focused on talking with young adults in Jewish Baltimore. In our first episode, Beth H. Goldsmith sits down with Chavi Abramson, Jordan Halle and Matthew Rothstein to talk about what is important […]

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Navigating Success: What I Wish I Knew in College

Expand Your Horizons: Looking back, I wish I had known the importance of being globally aware. In today’s world, the opportunities to connect with the global community are endless thanks to technology. Take advantage of this. Cultivate your knowledge about various topics, cultures and perspectives. […]

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Rosh Hashanah Holiday Hacks with Loryn Lesser

Rosh Hashanah revolves around cherishing moments with friends, family and loved ones. It embodies the warm embrace of a sweet new year and the creation of lasting memories. Recently, Loryn Lesser, Chair of Life & Legacy PLUS, invited us to her lovely home to share […]

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Embrace the New Year with Our Rosh Hashanah Book Picks

As Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, approaches, there’s no better way to embrace the spirit of renewal and reflection than through the pages of a good book. We encourage you to check out this curated selection of reads for all ages, recommended by Jessica […]

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From Baltimore to Center Stage: Meet Heidi Klotzman 

Tell me a little bit about yourself I was born in Baltimore County and raised in Hunt Valley. I attended Roland Park Country School and then Goucher College, majoring in psychology. During middle school, I attended Hebrew school at Chizuk Amuno and celebrated my Bat […]

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Jewish Rituals: Unveiling the Mystery Behind Tradition

Have you ever found yourself pondering the meaning behind some Jewish rituals and customs? You’re not alone. I recently asked my friends (aka, I posted on Facebook) for a list of intriguing or perplexing Jewish practices. The responses varied from “I understand and cherish this […]

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Sarah David | Harry Greenstein Award Winner

Summer is ending but Mensches in Cars Getting Coffee is back! Yanky is back on the road, meeting young leaders in Baltimore who make a big impact in our community. Our latest Mensch is Sarah R. David, co-recipient of the Harry Greenstein Award. She joins […]

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Meet P.J. Pearlstone 

“It’s in my D.N.A,” he says.   Recently we caught up with this fourth-generation Baltimorean to chat about his family’s legacy, discover his aspirations for this campaign year, and, of course, get to know a bit about what makes him tick.   Four Generations. Wow!  My great […]

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Michele Wendell: Empowering Change through Jewish Women’s Giving Foundation

I had to step back for a bit in terms of volunteerism when my kids were young and my professional life was very busy, but as they got older and I began to have more autonomy with my career, I knew it made sense to […]

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Grief Doesn’t Take A Holiday

The expression “grief work” conveys how difficult this is to do. It is even harder to determine how to embrace your loss and grief when the holidays are upon us. How do you cope with the empty place at the table?  It is possible, with some thought […]

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Financial Wizard Leon Cooperman to speak at Fourth Annual Charles Baum Investment Symposium

Prior to his creation of Omega Advisors, Leon served as General Partner of Goldman, Sachs & Co. and as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Goldman Sachs Asset Management. During his 25-year tenure, Leon was voted the number one portfolio strategist for nine consecutive years […]

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To The Engelhart Family, Giving Back is Essential

Ten years ago, Donni and Liz established a donor advised fund (DAF) with The Associated. At the time, they took advantage of the opportunity extended to young donors to establish a DAF and contribute to it over a 5-year period to meet the minimum $10,000 […]

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The Associated Announces Leadership Award Winners

Pammy Franklin and Jordan M. Halle: Fred Walpert Young Leadership Award  The Fred Walpert Award honors one man and one woman between the ages of 23-40 who are growing young leaders within The Associated community.    Pammy currently serves on the Young Adult Division (YAD) Board […]

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Commemorating Juneteenth

On Monday, June 19, The Associated offices will be closed to commemorate Juneteenth. The holiday recognizes the people who help facilitate change for Black citizens in the United States and to remember the announcement in Galveston, Texas, over 150 years ago, that all American citizens […]

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Dear Mom and Dad …

Take a walk down memory lane! Relive those summers when the highlight revolved around the mailbox –shouting at the top of your lungs – “I got a letter!” Whether you were a parent waiting to hear news about your little camper’s sleepover experiences or a […]

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The Father’s Day Chronicles

With Father’s Day right around the corner, we sat down with two local dads to delve into their perspectives on the joys, challenges and incredible journey of fatherhood. Mike Hurwitz, who recently embarked on this life-changing adventure and Justin Harvey, father of three wonderful daughters, […]

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2023 Summer Reads with The Associated

Baltimoreans weigh in on their summer book ideas! Summer is here – and with it comes lazy days relaxing by the pool, sunning at the beach, entertaining friends for drinks and a barbecue and strolling through a Farmer’s Market, then later savoring its fresh farm […]

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Father’s Day and Burgers with Jordan Halle

Jordan recalls past Father’s Days with his dad, Bernie Halle, and how they often had a big sport component. “My dad is a big sports fan,” Jordan recalls as he whips up a chipotle sauce for the soon-to-be-made burgers. “Baltimore Ravens, Baltimore Colts – you […]

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Laura Black: A Journey to a Different Kind of Happy

On July 18, Laura will be joining Associated Women, in partnership with the Federation of Jewish Women’s Organizations of Maryland and other like-minded women from our community, to explore how we can add meaning to our lives at times of transition within our careers, our […]

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Saying Yes 

It was with this tension between comfort and new exploration that I read and reread an email that arrived in my inbox from the Jewish Federations of North America’s (JFNA) Jewish Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (JEDI) team. I was being invited to join a JEDI […]

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Reflections as Associated Agency Chairs: Elizabeth Green, David Kuntz and Laura Rubenstein 

As The Associated’s year draws to a close, we asked chairs of three of its agencies to reflect on their organization’s accomplishments. Here is what they had to say:  There were two events, in particular, that I would like to highlight – our Yom HaShoah […]

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Associated’s Jewish Women’s Giving Foundation Announces Latest Grants

Building Our Nation’s Daughters (BOND) Baltimore $20,000 BOND’s mission is to engage, mentor and develop Black single mothers to cultivate positive mother-daughter relationships, strengthen Black single-mother families, and increase their economic mobility two generations at a time. Our multi-year grant will support BOND’s signature program, the […]

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Returning to Europe and Searching for My Family’s Roots

Twenty-two years ago, in the summer of 2001, Temple Oheb Shalom, created “A Journey of the Spirit” tour of Europe following the passage of the Jewish people in several central European countries. The trip began in Czechoslovakia, now called the Czech Republic. It kindled a […]

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Carly Tilson and Nathaniel Margolies on their Empowering Journey with Young Leaders Collective

Carly Tilson and Nathaniel Margolies, soon-to-be graduates of the esteemed Young Leadership Council (YLC), reflect on their transformative journey within the program and the profound impact it has had on their leadership abilities. Their insights exemplify the lasting influence YLC will have on their lives […]

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Coming Home: Steve Manekin’s Milestone Mission Experience

Steve Manekin reflects on his first ever visit to Israel, a trip he took as part of The Associated’s Milestone Mission.

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Blooming Success: Alana Brookfield’s Floral Journey in Baltimore

How did you first get involved with The Associated and what does it mean to you being involved in the Young Adult Division (YAD)? I grew up participating in Associated events- my father David Brooks was the president of CHAI and I have fond memories […]

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My Life-Changing Milestone Mission Trip to Israel

Discover the transformative experience of traveling to Israel with the Associated’s Milestone Mission trip! Lauren Rutkovitz shares details about her soul-enriching journey from exploring the spiritual city of Jerusalem and Tzfat to forming meaningful connections to fellow travelers. Read on as Lauren details her favorite moments, […]

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Meet Marc Wernick 

Recently, we caught up with the Brewers Hill resident to find out more about his Jewish journey.  What inspired you to be involved in Jewish community?  My father was very involved in the Jewish community in Montgomery County where I grew up. When he passed […]

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Rediscovering Israel as a Family: An Interview with Lindsay Klatsky 

Lindsay, who graduated from Pikesville High and the University of Maryland, College Park, talks about the Family Mission and her love of travel, including the one rule her family has in place when they travel domestically.  How did you meet your husband?  I met my […]

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5 Simple Ways to Infuse Jewish Learning and Culture into Your Daily Routine

Life can be super hectic! Between work, school, family, and friends, finding time for Jewish self-improvement might be the last thing on your mind. But what if we told you that incorporating Jewish culture into your daily routine doesn’t have to feel like a chore? […]

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Get to Know Addie Lewis Klein, Aaron Levitt and Jessica Fink: Changing Jewish Engagement in Baltimore 

An educator, a librarian and a Jewish communal professional. What do they have in common? All three recently took up the reins of The Associated’s three newest agencies, with a goal of boosting Jewish engagement.  Now that they’ve had a year under their belt, we […]

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Make the Most of Your Summer

The weather is warming up, the school year is winding down. It’s time for summer vacations, outdoor barbecues and evenings filled with concerts, friends and fun. Here are six great ideas from The Associated and its agencies on how to make the most of your […]

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Get to Know Corporate Sponsor Josh Shein

We recently sat down with Josh to discuss his philanthropic journey and how Trius’ sponsorship of The Associated is a great fit for doing good while growing his business!   What is your Associated story? The Associated and the work they do is powerful and all-encompassing. […]

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Baltimore Rooftop Solar Farm to Offset Energy Consumption

In collaboration with Luminace, a leading fully integrated decarbonization-as-a-service provider in North America, sponsoring accessible, reliable, and renewable energy infrastructure to empower the zero-emissions future, MDEA identified an opportunity to produce more than an estimated 4 million kWh in the first year alone, across two […]

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Savor the Legacy of Israel’s Fallen Heroes

Looking for an impactful way to commemorate Yom HaZikaron, Israel’s Memorial Day for Fallen Soldiers? Learn about the life of a fallen soldier from Ashkelon and experience some of their favorite family recipes. Feel free to cook on your own or with a group. Learn […]

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Lessons from the Holocaust with the Baltimore Jewish Council and the Jewish Museum of Maryland | Beth Goldsmith

Beth H. Goldsmith, sat down with The Baltimore Jewish Council and The Jewish Museum of Maryland to shine a spotlight on Associated efforts to combat antisemitism.

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Connecting through Kickball with Marissa Leff

We sat down with Marissa to talk about how she connected with YAD — The Associated’s Young Adult Division — and how joining their VOLO Kickball team has led to a whole new group of friends.

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What’s on the Mind of Today’s Teenagers

What keeps today’s teenagers up at night? We asked David Netzer, Sophia Klaff and Sarah Merwin from JCC’s 4Front to share their unique perspectives on the future and how they plan to change it. 4Front, the Baltimore Jewish community’s comprehensive teen initiative, is managed by the […]

From Caregiver to Co-Chair: How David Harrison is Making a Difference with AgeWell Baltimore Image

From Caregiver to Co-Chair: How David Harrison is Making a Difference with AgeWell Baltimore

Here are 10 things to know about David. 1. David is married to Elise (Greenspun) Harrison, also from Baltimore, and they have two kids – Emma (25) and Ethan (23). 2. David is participating in The Associated’s Baltimore-Ashkelon Partnership’s Kesher program for adults ages 45+ […]

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Exploring the Jewish Revival in Budapest and the Rich History of Riga

Another thing I found surprising was how many institutions turned off their heat due to the cost from the energy crisis. We were shivering in the synagogue attached to the Holocaust Museum because they could not afford the heating bills. Those visits were in contrast […]

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Sharing Our Love of Israel: Three Baltimoreans Speak Up  

As Israel marks its 75th anniversary, we approached three members of the community to reflect on their earliest recollections of the country and how its people have left an indelible impression on them over the years. Join us as we explore their personal experiences and […]

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Passover Traditions with Ellen Mendelsohn

Native Baltimorean Ellen Mendelsohn looks back on fond Passover memories while sharing her favorite brisket recipe.

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The Mental Health Crisis Hits Home

Beth H. Goldsmith, former Chair of the Board, recently sat down with industry experts within The Associated system of agencies about what is driving this mental health crisis among our younger generation and the programs our community has put in place to support our children and teens.

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The Associated Joins National Initiative to #StandUpToJewishHate 

The Associated: Jewish Federation of Baltimore and the Baltimore Jewish Council (BJC) announced today they have joined the Foundation to Combat Antisemitism as an official partner of #StandUpToJewishHate, their new national campaign to mobilize all Americans, and especially non-Jews, to combat antisemitism by using the […]

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Climate Anxiety to Climate Action 

I was furious, yet as a young teenager, I felt powerless. It was as though us youth were handed this colossal issue and told, ‘We messed up. Now it’s your problem.’ Despite my deep concern and fear, I did nothing. I was paralyzed by the […]

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Inbal Neun: From Kibbutz to The Myerberg

On this episode of The Associated’s Pull Up A Chair Podcast, Inbal Nuen, director of the Edward A. Myerberg Center, shares her story about when her past met up with her present.

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Expanded Definition of Qualified Charitable Distributions Now Includes Life Income Gifts

In addition to the ability to make gifts through a QCD of $100,000 a year directly to charity, the bill allows IRA owners to make a one-time distribution for a CGA or CRT. This is limited to a maximum of $50,000, and although not limited to […]

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Sarenka Smith Welcomes You Back To Camp!

Pack a bag and get ready, because you’re going back to camp — Welcome to Camp Nai! This time, you will be guided by your new Camp Ambassador, Sarenka Smith. A Baltimore native, Sarenka has fond memories of camp. Whether it was meeting her first […]

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Meet Micky Wolf, OneTable Shabbat Host

To me, Shabbat is a reminder of what truly matters in life. Connecting with good people, reflecting on our values and learnings and putting our busy lives on pause. Growing up, I was too focused on spending time with my friends and didn’t prioritize family […]

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Happy 75th Birthday Israel

April 26 is the 75th Yom Ha’Atzmaut, or Israel’s Independence Day. Our Jewish homeland is full of innovation, deep history and rich culture. Over the years, Jewish Baltimore has forged a powerful connection to Israel, resulting in life-changing programming, experiences and relationships that bring our […]

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11 Things you need to know about Morgan Hurwitz

2. What inspired you to want to be a leader within the Associated system? My mother-in-law is very involved within the Associated and has expressed to all of her children the importance of giving back to our community in any way that you can. She […]

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We Wanted to Bring About Change 

The program is designed to empower teens to become changemakers in their community. The teens are put into small groups and prompted to identify a problem in their community and work towards solving that problem.   The Social innovation Fellowship taught us about the process of […]

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Meet Brenda Footer – A Natural Relationship Builder for Jewish Baltimore

Tell us a little bit about the program. The Community Connector Program is a group of paid volunteers who engage in peer-to-peer outreach and engagement with families in the Jewish community. Comprising mostly of moms of young children, these connectors create programs and facilitate one-on-one […]

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Expanded Definition of Qualified Charitable Distributions

Beginning in 2023, the definition of qualified charitable distributions is expanded to include certain distributions to create life income gifts, specifically charitable gift annuities (CGA) and charitable remainder trusts (CRT). In addition to the ability to make gifts through a QCD of $100,000 a year […]

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Meet Lauren Ades 

Finding Her Niche  When Lauren left to pursue her undergraduate degree at Emory University, then a law degree from New York Law School, she was not sure she would return to her hometown. That is, until she and her lifelong friend from her days at […]

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Neil Katz: On the Ground in Moldova

Well, to say the least, it was quite sobering. I met with a family living in a run-down, 5th floor walk-up apartment provided to them by JDC.  Thankfully, they were safe and out of harm’s way – but they were scared and fearful of what […]

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And That’s The Way We Became The Bagel Bunch

On this episode of The Associated’s Pull Up A Chair Podcast, Howard and Ann Cornblatt discuss growing up in Baltimore, childhood days and how the Myerberg Center has provided them a community they consider a second family.

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Meet Lauren and Lauren

Lauren George’s insights on dating someone Jewish. I met Lauren Sibel when I moved back to Baltimore in 2018 and started working at the University of Maryland Medical Center. I had previously trained there and already knew everyone in the office except this new girl […]

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Meet Amy Burke Friedman

Did you ever attend a Jewish summer camp? I went to Camp Louise! The first time I went, at 11 or 12 years old, I was immediately hooked. Camp is where I really found and felt a connection to Judaism. I went for years, through […]

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Slow-Roasted Short Rib with Fermented Schug

SCHUG For the short rib:1. Mix salt and Hawaj spices together and generously rub over the meat. Cure meat in refrigerator overnight, unwrapped.2. Roast in a 275 Degree oven for 5-6 hours, or until fork tender.3. Allow to rest for 10-15 minutes. Remove meat from […]

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Za’atar Roasted Chicken over Sumac Potatoes

Prepare the Chicken and Potatoes: 1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit. 2. Cut each potato into six wedges. In a 9 x 13-inch metal or glass baking dish, toss the potatoes and shallots with one tablespoon of olive oil and the sumac, salt, […]

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Meet Rob Goldstein 

Today, Sofia, now 21, is following her passion and working to pursue a career in either eldercare or childcare, while volunteering in the community through Jewish Community Services (JCS). And Rob continues to bring the passion and drive he gave to his daughter to making […]

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Eggplant Dip

Instructions: 1. Roast 3-4 large eggplants in the oven until the peel is burned. Scoop the inside of the eggplants and put them in a food processor or blender. 2. Turn on the food processor and blender and slowly add a half cup of oil. […]

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Shakshuka

Mother’s Day is just around the corner and what better way to celebrate the special women in our lives than by treating them to a delicious and hearty meal? Shakshuka, is the perfect recipe to impress and delight your mom this Mother’s Day. Made with […]

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Yemenite Soup

Ingredients: Instructions: 1. Clean and place chicken parts in big soup pot 2. Fill with tap water 4/5 to the top 3. Bring to a boil and skim any fat from the top of the soup 4. Lower flame to simmer 5. Add vegetables and […]

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Roz’s Brisket

Ingredients: Instructions: 1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. 2. Place brisket in a roasting pan, fat side down and cook, uncovered for one hour. 3. Drain the fat from the pan. 4. Combine all ingredients and pour over brisket – fat side up. 5. […]

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Seven Great Reads for Black History Month 

February is Black History Month. Here are some terrific reads that celebrate America’s Black cultural icons and historical figures — and a few inspiring stories about friendship. Created by Jessica Fink, executive director of the Jewish Library of Baltimore, these books all share a Black/Jewish […]

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Helping Your Child with Disabilities Find Success

Here are a few of their suggestions. • According to Martha Goodman of MDSNAP, when you get a diagnosis, seek out early intervention training. Coaches meet with parents and work with them, offering expertise on how to support your child’s therapy goals in the home.  • Each […]

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Lowell Glazer Shares the Importance of Giving as a Family

Philanthropy can be a powerful way for families to pass along their shared beliefs and values. In accepting his Lifetime Achievement award at a recent Associated Board meeting, long-time donor Lowell Glazer reflected on the value of enabling his grandchildren to be philanthropic from a […]

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Eugene Poverni, The Associated’s Fred Walpert Award Winner

Happy New Year and welcome back to another Mensches in Cars Getting Coffee, a special series where we feature young leader who make a big impact in our community. In our first Mensches episode of 2023, Yanky Schorr is joined by Eugene Poverni, The Associated’s […]

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In His Words: Meet 15-Year-Old Jewish Camper from Chile

We had the opportunity to speak with 15-year-old Isaac Raboy from La Serena, Chile. Here’s what he had to say about this once-in-a-lifetime experience. In La Serena, there are only two Jewish families. There are no Jewish schools, shuls or rabbis. Therefore, it is very […]

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10 Things to Know About Jessica Gorsky

2. Interestingly enough, as a young child, Jessica says she wanted to be a lawyer or “businesswoman” when she grew up. “I was obsessed with briefcases.” #girlboss 3. She is a first generation American, her family on both sides immigrated to Baltimore from Ukraine in […]

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10 Facts about chairman of the Young Adult Division, Jesse Elkin

2. What is your signature dance move? You have to sign up for the Generosity Gala to find out! 3. Do you have a go to drink of choice? Bourbon on the rocks. 4. What’s one of the things you look forward to most about […]

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 Meet Carly Schwartz

What was your religious background growing up in Florida? A: Judaism was really important to my parents. Growing up, my family attended a conservative synagogue, Temple Samu-El Or Olam, where I had my Bat Mitzvah. After that, we switched to a Reform synagogue. In high […]

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Year in Review 2022

2022 was a year filled with hope, recovery and challenges. However, no one could have predicted that COVID-19 cases would continue to soar, mental health concerns would grow, we’d be combating antisemitism in our own community and Russia would invade Ukraine. Through our collective network […]

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Meet Arlynne Brown

Today, Arlynne is an active member of The Jewish Women’s Giving Foundation (JWGF) and is very involved with Associated Women’s newest initiative, Dignity Grows, a national project that removes the obstacles to self-esteem and health by providing women with personal hygiene products each month. In […]

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Beth Goldsmith Explores Jewish Museum of Maryland’s Contributions to Holocaust Education

Beth Goldsmith joins Annmarie Fournier, a middle school teacher at AACPS about how The Associated’s JMM and BJC have helped her teach The Holocaust to her students.

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Meet Janet Kurland

A Remarkable Career  A Baltimore native, Janet was born on Smallwood Street. She earned a scholarship to the University of Maryland and graduated early, at the age of 20.  At the time, her career could have gone anywhere. For upon graduation, she landed a job […]

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Holiday Drink Guide

Wondering a good way to spice up your holiday season? Don’t worry. Our young adult leadership has provided you amazing holiday cocktails to get you into the holiday spirit. Carly Tilson is a member of the current Young Leadership Council (YLC) class. This year, she […]

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Navigating the Holiday Season as an Interfaith Family: Heather Ralston

What was your religious affiliation growing up? My mom was raised Modern Orthodox. My paternal grandmother was Christian, but my father converted to Judaism. I always knew my family had a Christian side, but we never celebrated anything because we were raised Jewish. Until I […]

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Navigating the Holiday Season as an Interfaith Family: Debbie Wolff

What was your religious affiliation growing up? In a reform home, I didn’t grow up very religious. I went to Wellwood Elementary and attended Hebrew school and Sunday school at Baltimore Hebrew Congregation. When I was younger, my family would go to my grandparents to […]

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IWP Participants Find Inspiration, Empowerment, Community and Adventure in Israel

The trip included off-roading in the Golan Heights, nature hikes, a visit to Tsfat, the Artists’ Colony, food tours, wine tasting and Krav Maga training sessions just to name a few highlights. The women also had the opportunity to visit Baltimore’s partner city of Ashkelon […]

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Pam Solomon: Starting a Second Career as a Teacher

On The Associated’s latest Pull Up A Chair Podcast, Pam Solomon shares her journey to teaching pre-school at the Jewish Community Center of Baltimore!

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Baking Sufganiyot with Faith Wolf

An important part of the Chanukah tradition is to serve foods fried in oil, which symbolizes a great miracle. Faith Wolf, whom many may recognize from her Cooking with Faith classes, invites us in to her home as she bakes sufganiyot, a round, fluffy jelly […]

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The Most Wonderful Time of The Year…NOT

While navigating the journey of infertility is physically, mentally and emotionally exhausting 12 months a year, there are specific times and life events that can increase the feelings of hopelessness and frustration. Since the holiday season is typically centered around the concept of family, children […]

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Meet Doni Greenwald

In the Beginning  Doni’s connection to Jewish communal responsibility began literally in the beginning – with a father who worked for the Jewish youth group, NCSY. The family moved around as they followed his father’s career, eventually settling in Los Angeles.  In 1991,  he arrived […]

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Our Fight Against Antisemitism

As we conclude 2022 and approach the holiday of Chanukah, we will emphasize our work by participating in the second annual Shine a Light on Antisemitism campaign. Through community programs, policy announcements, public communications and education, we will join with Jewish communities across the nation […]

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Reading Room

Middle School Red and Green and Blue and White By Lee Wind and Paul O. Zelinsky  Strange Fruit: Billie Holiday and the Power of a Protest Song by Gary Golio and Charlotte Riley-Webb   High School The Backyard Secrets of Danny Wexler by Karen Pokras Linked by Gordon Korman The Assignment by […]

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Social Media and Teens: How Parents Can Counteract its Effect on Mental Health 

There are different platforms that different age groups prefer, but almost all of us use it in one form or another. And teens use social media more than any other group.   Almost half of US teenagers aged 13-17 say they are online ‘almost constantly.’ according […]

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Support The Associated Now and Increase your Future Income

The benefits of deferring charitable gift annuity income payments Establishing a deferred payment charitable gift annuity is simple. You make a gift to The Associated of cash or appreciated securities and The Associated agrees to pay up to two individuals a fixed income beginning on […]

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Centenarian’s Legacy Helps Older Adults

“We always had a pushka,” Gil said of the family’s tzedakah box. “We were Jewish. If you’re Jewish, you give.” Gil saw action in the Pacific during World War II, serving as a lieutenant on a Navy destroyer for three and a half years, and […]

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MDSNAP Connects Students with Disabilities to Resources They Need

MDSNAP is a program under The Macks Center for Jewish Connections, an Associated agency that launched earlier this summer. MDSNAP works with children with disabilities, from birth to age 21, whether they attend home school, private school or public school.

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2022 Year-End Tax Planning Tips

As we approach the end of the year it is helpful to reflect on steps that can be taken to reduce taxes that otherwise would be due. When asset values are down, many advisors are reluctant to bring up charitable giving with their clients. They […]

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Live Well With AgeWell | Beth Goldsmith

Beth H. Goldsmith, former chair of the board, went out into the community to meet with experts from our AgeWell Baltimore partners.

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What is a Mensch? | Rich Topaz

Rich Topaz recently joined Yanky Schorr in our latest Mensches in Cars Getting Coffee. As this year’s Julius Rosenberg Memorial Award winner, Rich is certainly a Mensch. But what about those in his life?

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How Camp Shaped My Life and Connection to Judaism

My 11 years at Camp Louise was lifechanging. I was hooked from the start. Camp was a welcome escape from stresses at home and a place where I felt like I could be myself in a world where many teenagers struggle to navigate life. Camp […]

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Camp is Amee Cookler’s Happy Place

Amee Cookler, the Macks Center for Jewish Connection’s new Camp Connector talks about her favorite camp memories, Jewish connections and more!

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Mark Newton Knows The Meaning of Mishpacha

In our latest Pull Up A Chair, we meet Mark Newton, who recently retired after working at the Weinberg Park Heights JCC print shop for 23 years. A job, he says, that changed his life.

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Meet David Lunken and Daughter Talia

He has parlayed his business expertise into an opportunity to serve as a mentor for 4Front’s Social Innovation Fellowship, a hands-on entrepreneurship program that inspires and empowers Jewish teens to be changemakers in their community. And the best part? He gets to work alongside his […]

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Trauma: A Holocaust Survivor’s Legacy

This began the harrowing journey that led to the Levis’ escape to America in 1941. My father has no conscious memories of his life in Europe or the journey that led to their escape. He was 4 ½. His family changed their surname, and they […]

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Tools for Battling Inflation

Through JCS’s Financial Wellness program, the organization is providing coaching for community members, including those who do not qualify for financial assistance. That means helping them create a spending and savings plan and then working with them as they implement it.  “Everyone approaches money differently,” […]

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Meet Jill Gansler, Women’s Campaign  

You grew up in Buffalo, New York  My family history is somewhat unique. On my mother’s paternal side, I am a fifth generation American whose family originally settled in Boston. My father’s grandfather was the first Jewish senator in the State of Ohio. My father’s […]

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Meet Gary Olschansky

How did you get involved with The Associated? After college I moved to Baltimore to start my career and I came across The Associated’s Young leadership program. The Young leadership program was just starting when I participated in it, so it was cool to be […]

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Building Community Through Art

In a recent ceremony held outside Amigour Towers, a senior living facility in Ashkelon, community members gathered to witness the unveiling of three mosaic sculptures that were commissioned by The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation. Working in partnership with Art With A Heart, The Harry […]

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Faces of Odessa | Meet Moishe House Odessa Residents

Moishe House Odessa residents share their experiences living and working in Odessa, Ukraine throughout the Russian invasion in this personal interview.

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Picking the Right College: Maryland Hillel Student Shares What to Look For 

It is critical for prospective Jewish students to consider how active the Jewish organizations are on campus in order to ensure that there will be people with similar backgrounds and values at that college.  Jewish life on campus can also be found through extracurricular clubs […]

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Orioles Eve Rosenbaum is Living Her Dream 

Rosenbaum spoke about her remarkable journey from childhood fan to front office executive, while also reflecting on growing up Jewish in Maryland. Eve will be the speaker at The Associated’s Jewish Professional Women’s Kick-off Event on November 15.  How would you summarize your role with […]

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Meet Barbara L. Himmelrich

When Barbara was 15, she traveled to Baltimore. It was there, at a Park School dance, that she would ultimately meet her future husband, Samuel Himmelrich. Despite the long distance, the two remained in touch. When she moved to Baltimore to pursue a degree at Goucher […]

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A Jewish Veteran’s Story: Celebrating Those Who Served 

There was one other Jewish Officer Candidate in the class. When the class graduated, there were only 120 men remaining. Ironically, our graduation date of June 3, 1968 was one year to the day after my graduation in College Park.    When I enlisted, I requested […]

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Domestic Violence is on the Rise

October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, a time for educating the public about domestic violence and giving victims of domestic violence an opportunity to be heard.  And in Baltimore’s Jewish community, CHANA is where victims of domestic violence can find help and hope.  Regrettably, […]

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Put the Stretch Back into Your Clients’ IRAs

A potential work around for your clients with IRAs/401(k)s/retirement plans who want to provide an income stream for their heirs, and who are charitably inclined, is to establish a Testamentary Charitable Remainder Trust (Testamentary CRT) and to name that trust as their IRA beneficiary. A […]

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Young Leaders Speak Out

What makes a good leader?  Micah Damareck: I believe there are so many different ways to define a good leader, and we all bring different qualities to the various teams we serve. In my opinion, a few common traits include resolve, curiosity, vision (and the […]

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Chavi Abramson | Fred Walpert Award Winner

Join us for our next episode of Mensches in Cars Getting Coffee with one of 2022’s Fred Walpert Award Winners — Chavi Abramson!

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Amy Pollokoff’s Russian Tea Cookie | A Rosh Hashanah Tradition

Every year, Amy Pollokoff makes hundreds of cookies, including the fan-favorite Russian Tea Cookie — A Rosh Hashanah tradition that was started by her grandmother sixty years ago.

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The Associated Recognizes Six Baltimore Jewish Community Leaders

In September, friends and family joined Associated professionals for an evening celebrating six leaders who have made an incredible impact of Baltimore’s Jewish community.

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Roasted Brussels Sprouts in Balsamic Glaze

Recipe provided by Eve Wachhaus: Deputy Director at Pearlstone Ingredients 1 lb. fresh brussels sprouts, washed 2-3 Tbsp. coconut oil 2-3 Tbsp. balsamic glaze 5 oz. roasted chestnuts 2 sprigs fresh rosemary 2 sprigs fresh thyme Directions Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Trim bottom of […]

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6 Books to Celebrate the Jewish Holidays

Rosh Hashanah Yom Kippur Survival Kit – Shimon ApisdorfAn easy-to-use guide for the High Holiday services. Take it to synagogue with you to help understand the prayers before saying them. Appreciate the hidden meaning behind the sounds of the Shofar and gain insights into Yom Kippur as an […]

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Baltimore Jewish Council Takes Part in Panel Conversation on Holocaust Documentary

This Tuesday, the Baltimore Jewish Council, an agency of The Associated, and other members of the Baltimore Jewish community will join in a sneak peak of the Ken Burns documentary, The U.S. and The Holocaust, a new three-part documentary that looks at America’s response to the Holocaust in the 1940s.

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Five Great Kids’ Books You’ll Want to Read For Rosh Hashanah 

Apples, Apples, All Year Round: a Celebration of Jewish Holidays by Barbara Bietz and June Sobel “A tour through Jewish holidays, with apples as the lens”– Provided by publisher.   Rachel’s Roses by Ferida Wolff and Margeaux Lucas “In the Lower East Side of Manhattan during the early […]

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11 Things You May Not Know About Mallory Tarschis

Why do you think it’s important to get involved in the Jewish community in which you live and work?  I think it’s important to get involved in the Jewish community because the community that I grew up in gave so much to me. I went […]

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Back to School Books for the Whole Family

It’s back-to-school time and as parents, we want to make sure our children get off to a positive start. We’ve asked Jessica Fink, executive  director, Jewish Library of Baltimore to give families book suggestions to help make the transition to new year a little less stressful […]

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Back to School with Beth H. Goldsmith

Recently, Beth H. Goldsmith, former Chair of the Board, went out into the community to meet with experts from The Associated system, who are making sure your kid’s back to school is the best ever. Join Beth as she sits down with Rabbi Aaron Levitt, […]

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Jodie Zisow-McClean — Two Years Being A Community Connector

A Baltimore City resident, Jodie Zisow-McClean was The Macks Center for Jewish Connection’s (formerly the Macks Center for Jewish Education) first LGBTQ Community Connector. Jodie and several other Community Connectors started their two year journey in September 2019, shortly before the COVID-19 pandemic severely limited […]

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Meet Andie Hoffrichter: Living and Working in Israel

In June of 2022, I received an exciting text from one of The Associated staff explaining that there was a staffing position open for a program called Diller Teen Fellows. Itching for any chance to get back to Israel, I eagerly replied, interviewed, and accepted […]

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6 Ways To Make Rosh Hashanah Meaningful For Kids 

Thinking back to my childhood in Boston, I have happy memories of Rosh Hashanah. Yes, shul was longer than usual. But we got to hear the Shofar being blown, and found it hilarious when the Shofar sound didn’t come out right. We’d try to hold […]

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Making a Successful School Year

How can parents help to ease the transition back to school for kids who have been negatively impacted by the pandemic?  We are only starting to understand the mental health impact that COVID-19 has had on our children, and schools are devoting more resources to […]

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Meet Jonathan Schwartz

Jonathan moved to Baltimore, along with his wife Dr. Jennie Faber, an OB-GYN, in 1993 when she began her residency at Sinai Hospital. They raised their two children here and have remained active in Jewish Baltimore ever since. Here are 10 things to learn about […]

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Ben Snyder: Baltimore Educator Gets Lesson of a Lifetime in Israel

In our latest Pull Up A Chair Podcast, we sit down with Ben Snyder, Baltimore County High School teacher who spent two summers teaching English in Israel – an experience that he will remember for the rest of his life.

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Keith Tiedemann Has Been Keeping Baltimore Safe for Decades 

Lucky for the Baltimore Jewish community you changed career paths.   I originally went to college to become an accountant. My grandfather was an accountant, my father was a math teacher and an engineer. Yet I realized, once I took a few math courses, they just […]

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Twice a Year is Not Enough

The emotional labor required to initiate a repair request is unfair and, with the racial demographics so skewed, seemingly impossible. Being a leader in one’s community can be even harder, because when those hurts happen, there is often little recourse. Our desire for repair can […]

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Linda Miller and Karen Singer: Providing A Fresh Start For Those In Need

In this episode of Pull Up A Chair, Linda Miller and her daughter, Karen Singer, share stories of the power of giving back, paying it forward and life on a sheep farm!

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Baltimore Athletes compete in the 21st Maccabiah games held in Israel

The 21st Maccabiah Games take place in Israel on July 12-26, 2022 with the opening ceremony being held at Teddy Stadium in Jerusalem on July 14. We got the chance to interview a few Baltimore natives who will be competing for team USA in Israel […]

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Sitting Down with Jake Steinberg

2.) What does it mean to you personally to be representing Team USA during the 21st Maccabiah games? It is a new experience for me because, throughout my journey in sports, I’ve always been one of, if not, the only Jewish members of my teams, so […]

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Meet Polina Blinder | Faces of Odessa

Ukraine native Polina Blinder shares her thoughts about life in Odessa since the beginning of the Russian invasion. As Educational Program Coordinator of Migdal JCC, Polina coordinates programming for school children and teenagers and has recently shifted her focus to better meet the needs of […]

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Saying Goodbye to Our Baltimore Shinshinim

It’s that bittersweet time of year when we have to say goodbye to our wonderful 2021-2022 Baltimore Shinshinim.

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Two Israeli Nonprofits Among this Year’s Jewish Women’s Giving Foundation’s Grantees

The Jewish Women’s Giving Foundation (JWGF) of Baltimore, a program of The Associated, was established more than 19 years ago by a forward-thinking group of women who believed in the transformative power of collective philanthropy.   Each year, JWGF convenes a group of women who […]

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Finding Oneself: Helping Women and Girls

Once she joined, Siegel saw how dedicated the women in JWGF were. “It’s their calling, their passion. It’s been a great experience.”  Giving circles such as JWGF allow women to pool their resources to support organizations they believe in. They also teach women to be […]

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Sam and Deborah Barsky: Finding Love at the JCC

In this episode of Pull Up A Chair, we look at a story of finding love at the JCC! Sam and Deborah Barsky share their love story. Spoiler alert — Deborah’s mom played a small role.

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Liore Klein — Finding Community Through Connection

Liore talks how she engaged her daughter in Jewish life during the pandemic thanks to the Community Connector program through The Associated’s Macks Center for Jewish Education.

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Being a Grandparent: There’s Nothing Better!

Time together I spend a fair amount of time with my grandkids since they and my two children live here in Pikesville, within walking distance to me and my wife, Annie. With the advantage of proximity, Annie and I have worked, individually and together, to foster close relationships with […]

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Baltimore Reads: Best Books for Summer 

The lazy days of summer are upon us. As our life slows down, and we spend time at the beach, by the pool or near the lake, there is nothing like a great book to help us escape.  We asked local Baltimoreans what they recommended […]

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The BASICS on Charitable Gift Annuities – Dependable in Both Bull and Bear Markets

Charitable Gift Annuities (CGAs) are a great option for you and your charitably minded clients in both stable and unstable economic climates. And with rates set to rise as of July 1, 2022, a CGA is a great combination of a charitable gift and an […]

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Bigger Than Just a Game

The Maccabiah Games, often referred to as the “Jewish Olympics”, takes place every four years in Israel. We caught up with Katzenberg in between practices and school to learn more about how she earned her place on the team and what it means to connect […]

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How to Talk to Your Child After Losing a Pet 

Some people may find it difficult to understand the relationship you shared with your pet. It is a special and unique bond that many may minimize, even if unintentionally. You’re told things like, “it’s just a cat” or “you’ll get another dog.” But it’s not […]

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Maureen David: Librarian, Attorney, Baker Extraordinaire

When things opened up, she found herself spending more time with her three daughters and three grandchildren (two were born during the pandemic). She volunteered extensively, often incorporating her passion for learning, books and libraries.  She became President of the Baltimore County Board of Library […]

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CHAI and JMM Are Strengthening Baltimore City Neighborhoods

On the latest episode of In Perspective, Beth H. Goldsmith, Associated’s Chair of the Board, sat down with a panel of experts to discuss current and future projects that will strengthen the neighborhoods of Central Park Heights, Pimlico and Jonestown.  As part of the episode, […]

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Associated Announces New Initiatives to Strengthen Jewish Journeys 

The Macks Center for Jewish Connections will support Jewish journeys for Baltimoreans through Jewish living, learning and service. It will combine the work of Jewish Volunteer Connection with the family engagement agenda of the Macks Center for Jewish Education to establish a new organization dedicated […]

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The Next Chapter

As found in Shalom Baltimore Magazine. Now, for Kahn, travel was off the table. Socializing became difficult. Yet with all those hours freed up, this gregarious and active woman had to find ways to fill her days. Her daughter, Lisa Kahn Budlow, encouraged her to […]

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The Associated Announces First of Its Kind Jews of Color Engagement Fellowship  

Dr. Harriette Wimms will serve as The Associated’s new Jews of Color Engagement Fellow, a pilot funded by the Jews of Color Initiative and the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation.

Meet Jewish Women’s Giving Foundation’s Jamie Caplis  Image

Meet Jewish Women’s Giving Foundation’s Jamie Caplis 

I understand your parents in some ways were trailblazers in the 1960s.  Yes. When I was a child, my mother was asked to become president of the Baltimore Music Club, an organization that brought music into public schools and gave scholarships to young, up and […]

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Putting A Face on Mental Health: Three Community Stories

The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on mental health is both significant and unknown. That’s why Jewish Community Services (JCS) bolstered their already wide range of services, including counseling and therapy. Three brave community members reflect on how they came to tackle their mental health […]

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Meet Nina Rosenzwog 

Fortunately, three decades of work in Ukraine have created immeasurable relationships that are helping our Odessa friends during these tumultuous times. And the fact that our overseas partners have long-standing on-the-ground networks in Ukraine is making a major difference.  We spoke with Nina about our […]

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AMEN Teens Rally to Help Ukrainian Refugees in Ashkelon

The Head of Absorption, Deputy Mayor Sophie Beilin, and the staff of the Absorption Department are making every effort to assist and facilitate the immigrants – accompanying them to various government institutions, finalizing their status, providing information and making city services accessible, according to one […]

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Mike Fuld & Jen Lieberman | Fred Walpert Award Winners

We had the chance to sit down with Mike for an unscripted, casual conversation as part of The Associated’s series, Mensches in Cars Getting Coffee. We were also fortunate to have the chance to chat with Jen over Zoom. The Fred Walpert Young Leadership Award […]

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Nancy Kutler: Still Hard at Work

First job post-graduate school? “I graduated in 1984 and started my career at The Associated where I retired from in 2016. For half of my time at The Associated I worked in community planning and allocations and the other half was spent in a newly […]

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Being the Grandchild of a Holocaust Survivor 

I can’t remember a time in my life when I didn’t know my grandma was a Holocaust survivor. This is a stark contrast from my mom, a second-generation survivor, who had never even heard the word “Holocaust” until age thirteen when she discovered the topic […]

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My Story: The Sephardic and Ashkenazi Seder Table 

I have had the pleasure of attending many Sephardic and Ashkenazi seders in my life. Living many of my teenage years in Memphis, TN meant almost all those Passovers were Ashkenazi. We were one of the very few Sephardic families in town, and the only […]

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Pearlstone’s Sustainable Mission | Earth Day 2022

Nestled up in the rolling hills of Reisterstown, just outside of Owings Mills, sits the Pearlstone Center and Outdoor Education Campus. This 180-acre campus is the hub for The Associated and Pearlstone’s mission to make The Associated system, and Jewish Baltimore, more sustainable.  “And now, […]

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Selected Resources for Promoting Tolerance

According to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, elementary school can be “an ideal place to begin discussing the value of diversity and the danger of bias and prejudice. These critical themes can be addressed through local and national historical events and can be reinforced […]

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Earth Day: It’s a Jewish Thing 

In a similar fashion, the English word human is cognate with the English humus (or soil). Both are derived from the proto-Indo-European root that signifies “earth” or “ground,” which suggests that in English, as in Hebrew, that which most deeply defines the human is our […]

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A Mental Health Crisis: Supporting Children and Teens

Unfortunately, youngsters in Baltimore’s Jewish community are not immune from our country’s youth mental health crisis. Thankfully, youth professionals working in The Associated’s agencies are taking steps to meet the needs of our young people.   Recently, JCC Program Officer Emily Stern and Senior Director […]

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Meet Mindy and Talya

Q: What is special/unique about IWP?  Mindy: It is a group of dynamic, inspiring, empowering like-minded moms who experience a unique spiritual yet personal, journey together.  The outcome of this experience and the impact this collective group then has on the broader community is immeasurable. […]

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Planning for Good – A (Retired) Financial Advisor’s Perspective on Wealth Planning, Family Succession and Charitable Giving

If there is one thing I learned in my years of working with families on their financial plans, it is that no two families are alike, and no two plans can ever really be alike.  I always approached my role as the “quarterback” or “CFO” […]

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Leaving Ukraine: Former Refugee Polina Spirt’s Story 

In 1975, I too was a refugee, seeking asylum from the oppressive, antisemitic, dictatorship of the former Soviet Union regime – the difference, I was not fleeing a country under attack. Nevertheless, the anguish of leaving behind loved ones, with no money to your name, […]

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14 Things to Know About the Baltimore Ravens Number One Fan

3.  Growing up, Lisa was told knew she wanted to be a doctor. “In my family, you were allowed to choose between being a doctor and a lawyer. And, I didn’t like talking in front of people or arguing, so doctor sort of fit my […]

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Let’s Do Good Together on this National Day of Service

Good Deeds Day is an international celebration that unites people around the world with doing good for others and the planet, while offering local volunteer opportunities for all ages and abilities to go out in the Baltimore community as well as at-home.   Ilene Schwartz, Chair, […]

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Stories of Ukraine

“I am incredibly proud that The Associated and our Jewish community have mobilized in supporting those who need the kindness and resolve of a caring people,” said Associated President Marc B. Terrill in a Shabbat message earlier this month.  “Our tradition teaches us to be […]

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Claire Fultz of Jewish Community Services Speaks on Young Adults and Mental Health 

We spoke with Claire Fultz, Director of Mental Health at Jewish Community Services about the impact of the pandemic on the young adult population, how we are responding and what more needs to be done.  What has contributed to the surge in mental health issues […]

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In Perspective: The Mental Health Pandemic

Earlier this month, Beth H. Goldsmith, The Associated’s Chair of the Board, sat down with industry leaders and Associated agency execs to talk about mental health and how it is quickly becoming the next health crisis. As we look back on the last two years […]

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My Journey Into The Jewish Faith

When I began dating Jeff, my mom encouraged me to learn about his holidays, customs and traditions. I know now that a Catholic mother coaxing her daughter to immerse herself in all things Jewish isn’t so unusual, but I had absolutely no idea then. Her […]

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Every Woman Matters Here

The opportunities are everywhere, and so are Associated Women. In whatever way you are inspired to support your community – from hands-on volunteering and committee work to leadership positions – join us. If you have a few extra minutes, we want to hear from you! […]

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David Speer, MIDC’s New Executive Director, on Future Directions

I have been on a listening tour since I began as Executive Director in November 2020 – meeting individually with our Board members, my colleagues at The Associated: Jewish Federation of Baltimore, the Maryland Department of Commerce, Israeli companies with a presence in Maryland, established […]

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4Front Answers Questions about Teens and Mental Health

We know the pandemic has been difficult for teens. What are you seeing? Teens have experienced a lot of isolation during COVID-19, and it’s caused more anxiety than we’ve seen in the past. After being virtual and participating in limited activities for a little over […]

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Meet Ben Dubin: Fighting for Change

We talked to this retired CPA and Baltimore Hebrew congregant about what he’s been able to accomplish and where do we go from here.  Tell me about Rachel  My daughter Rachel was born deaf. Yet she never let that stop her from accomplishing so much. Despite […]

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Meet Richard Flax

Growing up in Baltimore In Baltimore the apple does not fall far from the tree.  I had a real “Ozzie & Harriet” wonderful warm and loving childhood. Graduated from the then Beth Jacob Congregation Hebrew School and even had my Bar Mitzvah at that shul […]

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Pesach Recipes from Kesher Participants

What’s on your menu this Passover? We asked our friends from the Baltimore-Ashkelon Partnership‘s Kesher program to send us their favorite recipes. From a delicious toasted matzah farfel recipe that’s been in Robin Neumann’s family for generations to Brian and Teri Litofsky’s Chocolate Nut Fudge […]

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Get to Know Natasha Baum

Natasha Baum began her Jewish Baltimore journey as a student and active participant with Towson University Hillel. Now one of the hosts for Shabbat with IMPACT, learn a little bit more about Natasha and her Shabbat creativity! What is the significance of Shabbat to you? […]

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Michael Klein: Harford County Family Closes Holocaust Gap

In this episode of Pull Up A Chair, we sit down with Michael Klein of The Ralph and Shirley Klein Foundation and how his family is committed to closing the gap on Holocaust education

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In Perspective: Aging Well in America

Back in December, Beth H. Goldsmith, Chair of the Board of The Associated, sat down with a panel of experts to discuss a topic that affects us all — aging. In this episode of The Associated’s In Perspective, we explored the current trends and best […]

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Get To Know Alli Muser, Your New Camp Connector

Alli Muser talks about her role as CJE’s new Camp Connector and the Jewish camping experience.

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What’s New for ’22

From a new fertility support initiative to a program to help older adults in our community – here are five ways we are working to support the community in 2022.  To that end, we introduced AgeWell Baltimore. This Centennial initiative, supported by Irene and Robert […]

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New Lecture in Memory of Dr. Aviva Weisbord, A’H

Why Family First?   Eileen Norris, a SHEMESH reading specialist shared this story:   When I was interviewing for my job at SHEMESH, I was told I’d have to come in and meet with Dr. Weisbord. I didn’t think much of it until I told my sister.   […]

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Get to Know Karen Oppenheimer

Baltimore native Karen Oppenheimer spent the first half of her professional career providing mental health services to children, adolescents and adults in a variety of settings. As a licensed clinical social worker with a second graduate degree in education, Karen later pursued her interests and […]

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Get Cooking with the Fruits and Vegetables of Tu B’shevat

At a time in the year when it is cold, dark and snowy, we celebrate the birthday of the trees, Tu B’shevat. While this holiday does not get as much fanfare as other winter holidays Hanukkah or Purim there are lots of lessons to be learned.

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Voices From Our Community

As we celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day, we asked several local leaders to write about the meaning of his legacy to the Jewish community and how we can honor him.  He said: “This story symbolizes something basic about the universe. It symbolizes something much deeper than the […]

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Volunteering Together and Doing Good

One area that I’ve wanted to shore up is volunteering as a family. Sure, we show up at Mitzvah Day, bake casseroles and pack lunches for Bunches of Lunches, and I really appreciate those relatively easy “plug & play” type opportunities. (Also the educational moments […]

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Your Age Might be a Factor in Your Job Search: But Why?

As research has shown, ageism happens across all industries, but it is especially prevalent in the technology field and women tend to experience it at higher rates than men. Why the bias? As a mature worker, you may be seen as a liability and an […]

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Jen Grossman: Mitzvah Maven

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 of Pull Up A Chair, we look at what connects us to community. For Baltimore […]

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Howie and Martha Cohen: The Hosts with the Most

Whose idea was it to host the shlichim? Howie: I’m semi-retired. We have dogs and a beautiful piece of property with two empty bedrooms. Years ago, somebody sent me an email that said the Owings Mills JCC was looking for a medic for the summer. […]

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Sigal Kanotopsky, JAFI’s New Regional Director, Shares Her Story of Resilience

Journey to Jerusalem Coming to Israel was the dream that we were born with. And this was the dream that people die with in Ethiopia. So, when my parents heard a rumor that there was a way to go in the early eighties, they didn’t […]

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Get to Know Mark Gheiler

Answer the quintessential Baltimore question – where did you go to school? I attended Beth Tfiloh for middle school, McDonogh for high school, travelled to New England to attend Brandeis University for undergrad and returned to Baltimore to attend UB School of Law. I currently […]

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For Ira Malis and His Family, Giving is Investing

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. We continue into our second season by talking with Ira Malis and Abigail Malischostak, father and […]

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Our Fight Against Antisemitism

As we approach the holiday of Chanukah, we are taking an opportunity to continue to fight against antisemitism by participating in the second annual “Shine A Light” campaign. Through community programs, policy announcements, public communications and education, we will join with Jewish communities across the […]

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David Baron One Man’s Journey to Giving Back to the Community

David Baron was born in Baltimore, Maryland but in 1983, his family moved to Israel after his father accepted a job opportunity in Israel at the American Embassy. For the next several years, David and his family made the city of Ra’anana, Israel their home. […]

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Shelley Hendler is Living a Meaningful Life

Is there a recent program that received a grant through JWGF that you were most excited/inspired by? We are just diving in for this year, but I am excited to explore and fund work with girls in the area of mental health. The pandemic has […]

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Meet Neil Katz

For this Baltimore native (OK … not technically … his family moved here when he was two), Neil has been changing lives since the late 70’s as president of his B’nai B’rith Chapter, Chesapeake AZA, in his school and then president of his fraternity, Alpha Epsilon Pi, at the University of Delaware […]

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2021: A Year of Change and Hope

It was a year filled with challenges, but also a year filled with hope. Although it began with COVID-19 cases surging, January brought an unprecedented vaccine roll-out that solidified our belief that tomorrow would be brighter.  Even though the pandemic continued to take center stage […]

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Meet David Speer, Maryland/Israel Development Center’s New Executive Director

You almost had an entirely different career.  I attended the University of Vermont where I majored in forestry. Unfortunately, or looking back, maybe fortunately, I graduated when the stock market crashed in 2009. My career counselor basically told me that I wasn’t going to get a job. I decided to […]

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Forever Friends: Alyson Friedman and Elise Rubenstein

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. This month, we are officially entering our second season! Thank you to everyone who has […]

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Get to Know Jonathan Strauss

What are your best tips or suggestions for charitable planning for the younger generation? My best tip for charitable planning (for the younger generation) is start early. Starting as early as possible allows growth and to set a routine. Also, start small and build upon it as […]

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End-of-Year Giving

As the year draws to a close, many people reflect on the year that has passed and plan for the year to come. From an estate planner’s perspective, that may mean finally getting your clients to sign their estate planning documents that have been sitting […]

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Reconciliation Package and Revisions to the Revised Build Back Better Act

On September 13, the House Ways & Means Committee introduced a set of tax proposals as part of the House Democrats’ “budget reconciliation” package containing significant federal tax changes designed to raise revenue. On October 28, a revised “Build Back Better Act” bill was introduced […]

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You Can Help – Making Life Brighter This Holiday Season

With Thanksgiving and Chanukah around the corner, this is the perfect time of year to show our appreciation for what we have and help others who need a little support. The Associated and its network of agencies are continuing to make lives brighter, with the help of the […]

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Lynne Kahn Finds Feeding Baltimore’s Children Fulfilling

Perhaps the new career path was a good thing…Lynne met her husband, Howard, at a CPA review class. “I introduced myself to him in class and offered to start a study group. Later that night, while I was out to dinner with my parents, I […]

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For Ira Malis and His Family, Giving is Investing

We spoke with Ira, who is the current chairman of the investment management committee at The Associated and his daughter, Abigail Malischostak, partnerships manager at Jewish Volunteer Connection. Can you briefly tell us what is a Donor Advised Fund? Ira: Donor advised funds offer a […]

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Meet Elissa Ness

That identity would stay with her when she went to the University of Maryland, College Park, married and returned to Baltimore to raise her son. Her commitment to a strong Jewish community never wavered and she could always be found volunteering for many organizations throughout […]

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A Season of Food, Family and Philanthropy

Over the past nearly two years, we have all had time to think about what is truly important, and the upcoming holidays are the perfect time to consider talking to your children and grandchildren about your own charitable giving. Tell them why you give. And […]

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Meet Ronnie Footlick, Chair of Planned Giving and Endowment

Supporting The Associated is a family affair for Ronnie. She co-chaired a Lion of Judah event with her daughters, Leslie Schaller and Randi Settleman, and has introduced her five grandchildren to the concept of tikkun olam (repair the world) and tzedakah (righteousness). She was proud […]

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Searching For a Paddle

Some theories include that a patient must have experienced poor parenting, domestic abuse, or stress in the home. While often this is the case, I know of numerous situations where those who suffer from mental illness experienced none of the above.   My own children attended a […]

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Seven Books You Should Read Now

As the weather turns cooler and the nights grow longer, there is nothing better than curling up with a good book. We asked local community members and several of our professionals what books they are recommending right now. From fiction to memoirs to a book that marries Jewish […]

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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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Shelly Malis: Dignity Grows

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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Finding Love at The Associated

Rachel and Hirsh Ament went to an Associated YAD (formerly IMPACT) event looking to get more involved in the Jewish Community and ended up finding their happily ever after. How did you meet? What brought the two of you together/what connected you to each other? […]

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Get to Know Harriette (with a tte) Wienner

Is there anything you’ve done differently during the pandemic, that you plan to continue I feel like our whole family is more in touch than usual. We were always doing a lot of family texts, but now since we’re spread out, we’re on Zoom and […]

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Support Our Emergency Campaigns

Support our special emergency fund to provide emergency supplies and assistance to those in Louisiana who are suffering and in desperate need. We are working with our national partners who are intimately involved in the recovery efforts to help the displaced residents with basic needs and services.  […]

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Post-Pandemic Trends

In many ways, COVID-19 changed us, and some of the effects may last for years. Other concerns like climate change will dominate our conversations as our society looks for solutions.  Here are five trends that will define 2021 and beyond.  Older Adults will Outnumber Children  […]

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Meet Allister Suarez

What suggestions do you have for someone wanting to become a leader within the Jewish community? The opportunities to learn from so many leaders in the Baltimore Jewish community through volunteer groups and synagogues has been one of the highlights that I have experienced. I […]

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Becoming A Bat Mitzvah on Baltimore Onward Israel

I was given a truly meaningful learning experience of Judaism and what being Jewish means. With my blossoming connection to Israel and Judaism, I developed a deep pride for being Jewish. My trip to Israel went beneath the surface and with my newfound sense of […]

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5 Things To Keep You Busy This Fall

As the weather starts to change and we look for new ways to keep us busy, take a look at a few ways to get out and stay connected to your community.   Connect to Family and Friends  No matter near or far, one thing this past year has taught us is that […]

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Get to Know Jason A. Blavatt, Development Chair, The Associated

This knowledge is why I would like to enhance the existing relationship between the planning team and the development professionals, so that we are working hand-in-hand to effectively raise funds to address the current community challenges. I also believe that there is a large cadre of devoted lay leaders, who currently work on the planning side, that could be amazing advocates in light of their vast experience.  You […]

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Meet Kenny Friedman

Kenny’s family has been in Baltimore since the 1890s. “My Zaidy was the president of Anshe Niesen on Exeter Street, my mom grew up in Park Circle and my dad in Pimlico.” After graduating from the Talmudical Academy, Kenny studied for two years in Israel. He […]

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Keeping Our Baltimore Jewish Community Safe

What is the BJC’s role during the High Holidays? This year, we met with local law enforcement to discuss best ways to ensure safety during the High Holidays. This includes bringing in foot patrols and helping with traffic, among other measures. I’m also always on […]

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Life as an Empty Nester

How would dinners be with just my husband? Would we really be able to travel more or would that be limited due to his demanding job? What would my day-to-day life look like? I had started volunteering when my children, Lindsey and Daniel, were young, […]

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A Fall Feast

Chicken for Rosh Hashanah Courtesy of Loryn Lesser, Lion of Judah Endowment, Co-Chair Preheat oven to 350°FServes six adults as written Ingredients:Enough chicken pieces to serve six peopleSalt and pepper to tasteOlive oilHoney2 cups cider12 medium-sized carrots sliced or 6C baby carrots1 ½ whole acorn […]

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Jeff and Alexa Find Belonging in Jewish Baltimore

Though the learning curve was a bit steep at the beginning, we eventually found The Associated through Jen and Jake Lieberman. After a several hour Zoom call with them, we knew that this organization would help us not only in cultivating new friendships in a […]

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Paul Lurie Remembers 1995 Maccabi Game Win

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 Paul Lurie, chief operating officer for the Jewish Community Centers […]

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COVID-19 Message from Baltimore Rabbis

In a recent video, Baltimore’s local Rabbanim, in a unified message, encouraged Baltimoreans to get the COVID-19 vaccine. With COVID-19 cases spiking in recent weeks, due in part to the surging Delta variant, Baltimore’s Rabbis stress the importance of receiving the COVID-19 vaccine – a […]

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Great Expectations

When Aviva was discharged 10 days later, I began planning my trip to meet the baby girl named for my late father. I settled on mid-July when my son would be on break from his yeshiva and his wife would still be on maternity leave. My […]

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Meet Amy Sloane

She Traded in Law for Family  Amy went to Yale University and the University of Michigan Law School and always assumed she’d be a judge or partner in a law firm. “When my husband, Pete, and I first moved to Baltimore, I took the Maryland Bar. I had an infant at the time and was living […]

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A Former Los Angeles Native Finds a Home in Baltimore

When Rena Stern Kates moved here from Los Angeles for her husband Max’s urology residency at Johns Hopkins Hospital, she really only expected to stay for six years. But to their surprise, the couple quickly realized how much they liked Baltimore. Today, as working parents […]

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From Baltimore With Love

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 of Pull Up A Chair, we talk with Baltimore born and bred, […]

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Donor Advised Funds Make Your Giving Easy

Harriette and Stephen Wienner, both born and bred Baltimoreans, originally met in high school working at local hangout Mike’s Pizza in Pikesville. Their paths crossed again after college, and together, they have raised three adult children in the heart of Jewish Baltimore. A lot may […]

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Rent Moratorium Ending Has Impact for Baltimore

Since January 2020, COVID-19 has been spreading around the world and has impacted all 50 states, Washington D.C., and U.S. territories. Currently, the U.S. is under the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) order halting evictions in counties with substantial or high rates of transmission (as defined by the CDC) […]

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Beautiful Days in Our Neighborhoods

For those of us who live in Charm City know that despite Baltimore’s real challenges, there is so much to celebrate here. A city of neighborhoods — each with its own unique history and distinct character — Baltimore is full of promise! And, The Associated: […]

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Associated Women Year in Review

The following programs and initiatives represent the breadth and depth of Associated Women. These updates reflect the achievements of the past fiscal year, July 1, 2021 to June 30, 2022. Chapter Two Chair: Karen SingerProfessional Partner: Michelle OstroffParticipants: Lisa Abrams; Liora Brunn; Jill Eidelman; Pam […]

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How Will Quantum Computing Revolutionize the World?

Experts predict that quantum computing will change the world. Quantum computers can alter the way we do business, transform the way we treat illnesses, improve data security and tackle complex problems – in a more practical timeframe. Many are looking to lead the race of […]

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Baltimore Cohort Working In-Person this Summer for Israeli Companies

Ten college students are participating in Onward Israel, an 11-week hybrid internship program subsidized by The Associated and uniquely crafted this summer for our Baltimore cohort. These students all hail from Baltimore but attend universities around the country. Read about several of the participants and […]

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Where I Hope the Baltimore Jewish Community will be in Five Years

I hope and pray our community will be safe and deeply connected and invested in the State of Israel. I hope we will find new ways to connect with each other, online and in person, while also deepening our understanding of the differences between us.  […]

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The Future of Preserving the Past

In today’s lightning-fast world of smartphone photography and social media, news and entertainment, who is saving what for future generations? When was the last time you archived your smartphone photos for posterity? “The average computer or smartphone user often finds that she has neither the […]

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Intentional Giving – What Really Matters?

I’ve been thinking a lot about the relationship of philanthropy and estate planning lately. It is not a new topic for me as I’ve felt for years that estate planning should not be solely about taxes and maximal transfers, but should also focus on the […]

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Responding To Antisemitism Online

The rise in antisemitism over the past several months, and particularly in recent weeks, is alarming. More than 2,100 acts of assault, vandalism and harassment have been recorded in the US alone. This is the highest level of antisemitic incidents since tracking began in 1979. […]

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Lessons in Hate: Combatting Antisemitism

“Sometimes the sheer number of people dead or who escaped from events like the Holocaust can be difficult to process, but when you put a face to the event, it becomes a lot more personal and touching,” she says. “The program gave me personal knowledge […]

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Meet The Sibels

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 Bean, Steve and Lauren — three generations of the Sibel […]

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Sharing Nine Decades of Life in Jewish Baltimore

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. For this episode, Sharing Nine Decades of Life in Jewish Baltimore, we connect with Rae […]

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Teaching Our Children About God

I remember when my daughter Maya was about four years old, we were lying in the grass in our yard at Green Tree, looking up at the sky and watching the clouds overhead. I asked her what images she saw in the clouds passing over […]

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The Crisis in Israel – An Update

Cease-Fire to End 11-Day Tensions  With more than 12 hours into the cease-fire between Israel and Hamas, we are pleased to see relative calm restored to the region. However, the relentless rocket attacks from terrorist groups in the Gaza Strip have caused loss of life, […]

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One Jewish Baltimore

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Heading Back into the Office After COVID

On the flip side, while many have enjoyed working from home – becoming more proficient in their work and gaining new skills – there are many others who have experienced dissatisfaction and unhappiness. The forced remote work has led to isolation, a surge of mental health issues, and an overwhelming number of responsibilities all occurring in the same space at the same […]

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Letters To My Younger Self

A few years ago, in-between traveling for business and working 80+ hours a week, Robin Belsky got stuck in an airport. She grabbed and read a small 183 paged book while killing time called, What I Know Now—Letters To My Younger Self by Ellyn Spragins. […]

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Senior Year During a Pandemic

Under normal circumstances, your senior year in high school is one of the best years of your life. You are almost at the finish line, celebrating all of your accomplishments, relishing in being the ‘leaders’ of the school and looking forward to the future. But […]

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Five Things Happening Throughout The Associated System

A new program that promotes healthy aging … a new vision for the Jewish Museum of Maryland … an exciting national announcement. Here are five things to know about The Associated this spring and summer.  Introducing a New Initiative for Older Adults  AgeWell Baltimore Specialists connect older adults and their caregivers to over 40 coordinated services and programs that include:  counseling […]

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Meet Sol Davis

We sat down with this dynamic new director to get to know him better and learn about how he sees the JMM moving forward.  You previously served as the executive director of the Jewish History Musuem and Holocaust History Center in Tucson, AZ. What are you most proud of?  […]

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Happy Mother’s Day 2021

Today, on Mother’s Day, we at The Associated wanted to thank all the mothers and mother-figures in Jewish Baltimore for all that you do. Where would we be without you? We reached out to some members of our community to see what they had to […]

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YLC Stories

Past Young Leadership Council (YLC) participants discuss how their involvement has shaped their entry into becoming a Jewish leader.

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4Front Teens Speak Out on How Life Has Changed

The day schools closed for the coronavirus pandemic was supposed to be Tamara Rubin’s last day as a senior at Beth Tfiloh Dahan Community School. The next few months before graduation would bring a much-anticipated internship, a school trip to Poland and Israel and then […]

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Local Community Tackles Food Insecurity in Baltimore

It’s first thing on a Monday morning and the kitchen at Pearlstone is already buzzing. The Executive Chef Rebecca Pauvert, along with her culinary team, are hard at work preparing 150 quarts of tasty, nutritious soup. The soup will be picked up by Baltimore Gift […]

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Saluting Local Heroes of The Associated

The COVID-19 pandemic has demanded we all make sacrifices. We’ve worn masks, social distanced, postponed simchas and in too many cases, endured unthinkable tragedy. Despite these hardships, some have looked beyond their personal challenges to help others who are struggling. We’re proud to say that […]

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How The Associated and Changemakers Fellowship Shaped Izzy Bennett’s Jewish Journey

Meet Izzy Bennett, Changemaker and Associated IMPACT Group Member, as she discusses the pandemic, life after college and more.

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Meet Larraine Bernstein

The piece de resistance. On April 6 our granddaughter and first grandchild, Dalia Shir Hornstein, was born to Jon and Erika. I haven’t stopped smiling since she arrived. It is also so gratifying to see my son as a father. He has been so attentive […]

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Community Magic

Have you ever participated in a similar program before? We were so excited to watch Oz Pearlman wow us with his tricks, especially through Zoom!  How did you become involved with The Associated? We have been involved in The Associated on various committees for years. […]

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The Associated is Going Green

“That decision,” says Ben Gershowitz, vice president of facilities at The Associated, “is part of our corporate mission and values, which is deeply rooted in the teachings of Jewish culture. It drives our commitment to be good stewards of the environment.”  From solar farms to […]

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Spring Into Volunteering with Rachael Tillery

Rachael Tillery, a senior financial analyst with Brown Advisory, was first introduced to Jewish Volunteer Connection (JVC) last year when she wanted to do something about food insecurity.

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Announcing David K. Speer as Maryland/Israel Development Center’s Next Executive Director

The Committee made this selection based on David’s extensive experience and professional achievements. He has been the Regional Director of the Baltimore/Washington Region for the Americans for Ben Gurion University since 2012 and recently added the Director of Intelligence and Analytics to his extensive portfolio. […]

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Lessons of the Shoah

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. For this episode, Lessons of the Shoah, we commemorate Holocaust Remembrance Day, Yom HaShoah, through […]

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Meet Fritzi K. Hallock

“I remember as a child lining up at Cross Country Elementary with my Jewish classmates to take the bus to Beth El Religious School … or walking to the Park Heights JCC after school to learn how to sew. All my friends were Jewish, and […]

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BDS On College Campuses

BDS, which is an acronym for “boycott divestment and sanctions” is a Palestinian-led movement, first launched in 2005. It has caused significant tensions at a number of colleges and universities over the years. What effect does it have on our Jewish student population and what […]

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Amid the Pandemic, The Associated Lends Support to Global Jewish Communities

They have also launched the COVID-19 Loan Fund for Communities in Crisis and The Associated: Jewish Federation of Baltimore stepped up to extend support to desperately needed Jewish communities in Italy and Spain. “The coronavirus crisis is causing severe financial distress in Jewish communities across […]

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Meet Shari Malinow

Meeting Lou I grew up 30 minutes from NYC in a small town called Maplewood, NJ.  I met my husband, Lou, at the University of Delaware. We were each in the unique position of being the only Jewish member of our respective fraternity/sorority. On our […]

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Building Community: Staying Connected

There are many meaningful facets to the Baltimore-Ashkelon Partnership and my family has been the beneficiary on many levels. Our son, Ethan, is an alumnus of HaZamir. I remain grateful to Erika Schon who encouraged us to have Ethan consider trying out for the International […]

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LifeBridge Health’s Israel Contact Center

Maryland and Israel may be separated by many miles, but the connection is much closer when it comes to innovative ideas and developing programs that benefit all. Thanks to the efforts of the Maryland/Israel Development Center, an agency of The Associated, LifeBridge Health is making […]

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Meet Paul Weinberg

Think you know Paul Weinberg? Well, we asked him some questions about work, family and life during the pandemic and you’ll be surprised by what you discover. Paul is also performing, along with friends Dave Markowitz and Matt Chase, at our upcoming Summer Music Fest. […]

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Meet Linda G. Katz

Although Linda, mother of four and grandmother of six, did not grow up here, involvement in the Jewish community was a priority from the moment she made Baltimore her home. As a development professional in the Jewish community for more than 25 years, Linda’s latest […]

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Baltimore Jewish Council and ADL Discuss the Rise of Antisemitism

This past February on The Upside, the weekly show made in partnership with The Associated and Jmore Magazine which brings on guests to discuss matters important to the Baltimore Jewish community, hosts Beth Goldsmith, chair of the board at The Associated and Scott Rifkin, publisher […]

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Sharing The Gift of Reading

For this episode of Pull Up A Chair, we celebrate the power of reading and the magic that happens from delving into a book; a book that expands your mind and your world.

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Hillel Directors Speak Out

The pandemic has wreaked havoc on college this year. What is the most pressing concern you are seeing among students?  Josh: Connection. Our students want to be connected to one another, and to our campus. We have been 100% remote for a year, with a limited return to campus coming at the […]

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Readings, Questions and Activities For A Second COVID-19 Seder

Rabbi Chai Posner, Beth Tfiloh Congregation  The Mishna teaches us that when we sit at the seder we must truly feel that we were slaves, and now we are free.  After the year we have just experienced, we can all appreciate this even more deeply than usual. […]

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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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ONE YEAR AGO… Covid-19 Changed Our Community

It began on March 5 when the first case of COVID-19 was reported in Maryland. On March 16, schools closed, as did public spaces. On March 23, all nonessential businesses shut their doors.  When schools closed and students went remote, teachers and students struggled with the new […]

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Meet Randi Buergenthal

I am a native Baltimorean, but I didn’t grow up in Pikesville or Randallstown, or the areas that most of you think of when my peers say they grew up in Baltimore. I am not really good at the high school Jewish geography game, because I was one of three Jews in my high school graduating class; I guarantee you that you did not know me in high school.

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Stretch to Give with IMPACT

Check out our Spotify Playlist for IMPACT’s Stretch to Give event on March 14. Get pumped to workout and add your favorite workout song (non-explicit)!

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My COVID-19 Wedding

I was a Covid bride. I realize how trivial my struggles with a wedding were compared to the devastating and heartbreaking challenges others were facing from the impact of a global pandemic. I know that having to deal with a wedding during a pandemic is the best problem I could have had while others faced much heavier challenges.

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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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What to Ask Your Advisor this Tax Season – And, No, It’s Not Just About Taxes

While some 68% of clients surveyed indicated that tax benefits are at least sometimes a motivation to give, 58% of clients in the study expressed a desire to have philanthropic conversations with their advisors early in their relationship. But most advisors wait to raise the […]

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What Happens to your Donor Advised Fund at the End of Your Lifetime?

The Associated currently manages more than 400 donor advised funds (DAFs), also known as philanthropic funds. Charitably-inclined individuals and families commonly establish DAFs because of the many lifetime benefits that they provide, such as the ability to take an immediate tax deduction on the assets […]

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Jewish Community Services Launches The Ignite Career Center

To celebrate the launch of their new program, The Ignite Career Center, of Jewish Community Services of Baltimore, is hosting several events throughout the first week of March. These events are free and open to all. Ignite Career Center Launch Week Facebook Live with IgniteMonday, […]

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Donor Advised Funds are the New Pushke for Charitable Giving

Bonnie and Pacy Oletsky have maintained a donor advised fund at The Associated for 40 years, during which time the world and the Jewish community have endured war, financial crises, and now an international pandemic. Through all these times of need, their donor advised fund […]

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Fighting Racial Discrimination in Druid Hill Park

Article by Barry Kessler with Anita Kassof. Originally published in Generations 2004: Recreation, Sports & Leisure by the Jewish Museum of Maryland. Part I: Everyone for Tennis? Glancing back at the hundreds of spectators surrounding the clay tennis courts in Baltimore’s Druid Hill Park that blazing Sunday […]

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Applying to College During COVID-19 – What Do Parents and Students Need to Know

Traditionally, enrollment committees evaluate student applicants, considering their grades, test scores, extracurricular activities and personal statement or essay, evaluating their readiness for higher education and their “fit” for the college or university community. But the pandemic froze so many of those activities and created unprecedented […]

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Nine Things You Never Knew About Jewish Women’s Giving Foundation’s Julie Newman

Julie has lived her life as a transplant.  A true “nomad” as she likes to refer to herself, Julie was born in Camden, NJ But at the age of 2 ½, she moved to Vienna VA because of her father’s job at the Department of Defense. Since then, she’s […]

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Countdown to Camp

We asked some local camp directors to give us an idea of what’s in store for campers this summer. What can children (and by proxy their families) gain from attending camp this summer? Marty – This summer – more than any other time – our […]

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Amplifying Voices: An Intersection of Black and Jewish Identities

2020 has been a year of change. One of the results of 2020 that has reverberated across the country is the need and desire for inclusivity to be encouraged, diversity to be embraced and for voices to be heard. That is where Amplifying Voices steps […]

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Meet Erika Rief Hornstein

Growing up in the Owings Mills area, Erika Rief Hornstein left Baltimore after high school but returned for graduate school where she earned an MBA/MA in Design Leadership at Johns Hopkins Carey School of Business and the Maryland Institute College of Art. Today, she is […]

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Proud of My Jewish Identity

How am I teaching my children? Heidi Topaz and Melissa Goldmeier, Community Connectors for the Macks Center for Jewish Education (CJE), were asked about their Jewish identity, and how they are passing on these values to their children.  Melissa Goldmeier, Downtown Community Connector.   What does it mean to you to be proud of your Jewish identity?  […]

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Building Bridges

“You’d be amazed what kind of barriers you can overcome, without sacrificing any part of you, by just having a conversation.” “It’s just about having those conversations.” The first cohort was funded by The Nathan and Lillian Weinberg Family Foundation, a supporting foundation of The […]

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Meet Jason Reitberger

Jason, CEO of a commercial real estate investment firm and current co-chair of The Associated’s Israel and Overseas Managing Council, sat down with us and shared his thoughts, personal experiences and a few fun facts. Here are 7 things you may not have known about […]

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The Associated System’s Work to Promote Financial Wellness

The Associated system both combats economic instability and promotes financial wellness in several key areas: providing emergency cash assistance, caring for older adults and people with disabilities, providing affordable housing and career services, addressing mental health and wellness and addressing food insecurity. The Associated system […]

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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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The Associated Hosts COVID-19 Vaccine Town Hall

On January 26, at 5:00 in the evening, The Associated: Jewish Federation of Baltimore with LifeBridge Health, convened a COVID-19 Vaccine Town Hall. The virtual event, attended by hundreds of Baltimore community members, included a panel of medical leaders. Marc B. Terrill, president of The […]

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Could Being a Tweenager be Any More Difficult?

I think we can all agree, parenting during the pandemic has brought on new challenges we never thought we would face when we decided to become parents. Not once, when my husband and I decided to start a family did I think about being stuck at home for 10+ months with a 12 and 10 year old while trying to manage virtual learning and working from home full-time.  

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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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Local Students Take Action for Change

In this episode of Pull Up A Chair, we talk with Reuben Danyali and Carsyn Levitt, two local teens who recently participated in one of 4Front’s signature programs. Through STAC, Students Taking Action for Change, Reuben and Carsyn developed an understanding of the political process, […]

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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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These Are Not Normal Times

By Brittni Barcase This story was featured in “My Life During A Pandemic” No one can prepare you for the loneliness that accompanies motherhood. It can be extremely isolating. One minute you are a single person in the world and the next minute you are […]

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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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Making Traditions Our Own: Celebrating Winter Holidays as An Interfaith Family

By Lauren Gill, CJE Community Connector Just before Christmas, my daughter, Madeleine, came to me to ask me what can only be described as a barrage of questions on all things Santa.             “How does Santa get to all the houses in one night?”            “How […]

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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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Significant Proposals of House Ways & Means Committee Reconciliation Package and Build Back Better Act

On September 13, the House Ways & Means Committee introduced a set of tax proposals as part of the House Democrats’ “budget reconciliation” package containing significant federal tax changes designed to raise revenue. On October 28, a revised “Build Back Better Act” bill was introduced […]

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Hillels in Maryland Nurture Mental Health During COVID-19 Pandemic

It was early September. The semester had barely started when Sophie Gansky, a senior at the University of Maryland, College Park, found herself quarantining with her roommates in their off-campus apartment.   Gansky had been exposed to COVID-19. Now, stuck in an apartment for two weeks, […]

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Israel Emergency Fund Allocations

In response to the Hamas rocket attacks on Israel (May 10-20, 2021/Guardian of the Walls), The Associated set up an Israel Emergency Fund. The community response was overwhelming and as a result, The Associated was able to allocate direct funds to the following:  Emergency funds provided some relief in the […]

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What’s in a Name? ‘Knisbacher’ Family Ancestry Reveals More Than Expected

My interest in genealogy dates back to 1954, the year of my bar mitzah. Rabbi Rosenblatt had given all of us graduating students a “roots” assignment: interview your parents and grandparents about who your ancestors were and where they came from. I still have some […]

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Meet Linda Miller: All the Write Stuff

  Earlier job I worked at Good Shepherd Center, which was a residential treatment center for emotionally disturbed teenage girls. It was a tough job because the girls were difficult, but I loved it. I have never had a better job. I taught English to […]

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What’s Been Cooking in Your Kitchen?

Ever since the pandemic interrupted our daily lives, several of us have sought refuge (and subsequent weight gain) in our kitchens. What better way to pass time, be with family and teach a little math and science along the way to the ultimate tasty treat? […]

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8 Ways to Celebrate Chanukah in the Age of COVID

As a Jewish educator it is my job and pure joy to make holidays fun and educational for my students. As a mom, I am delighted to see the joy in my son’s face when he is engaged in holiday celebrations. My son Asher, who […]

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Justin Fair — A Seat At The Table

This is largely thanks to my being invited to serve on The Associated’s Baltimore Partnerships Committee, which has stirred me to participate in, attend, and give feedback on several community projects. This nudge has encouraged me to join the Baltimore Jews of Color Community coalition, […]

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Camp Memories Last a Lifetime

In this episode of Pull Up A Chair, we talk with long time camper and counselor Shelby Dorich and her mother, Susan Sirkis, as they share memories of their summers spent working and attending Camp Milldale.  Anyone who remembers the allure of summer camps of […]

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Get to Know Baltimore Native Leslie Hollins, Mitzvah Week’s Vice Chair

What is the last book you read? The Testaments by Margaret Atwood. What is currently in your Netflix (or other streaming) queue? Kim’s Convenience and the last season of Schitt’s Creek. Can you share some of your favorite family Chanukah traditions? I have two favorite […]

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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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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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Virtual Volunteering: The New Frontier

Life during the COVID-19 pandemic has been difficult for all of us. But for those who were struggling before the crisis, the effects have been dire, says Ashley Pressman, executive director of Jewish Volunteer Connection, an agency of The Associated: Jewish Federation of Baltimore.    While […]

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The Giving Time

So, how did this horrible misunderstanding come about?   Well, I’m guessing it’s partly due to Chanukah’s close proximity to Christmas, and the evils of assimilation.   Currently, Chanukah and Christmas, not to mention Kwanzaa, Three Kings Day, and Korean New Year now have so much in common with each other that you […]

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PJ Library’s Chanukah Reading List

With the winter season fast approaching, and extra time spent at home, indoors. What is a kid to do? Spend time reading together as a family this Chanukah.   Check out some of the favorite PJ Library books for Chanukah. For a more extensive list of PJ Library recommendations please see their book […]

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Jewish Ethiopian Traditions

1. Most of the Jewish Ethiopian community in Israel made Aliyah in two waves of immigration assisted by the Israeli government: Operation Moses (1984), and Operation Solomon (1991) 2. Today, Israel is home to the largest Jewish Ethiopian community in the world, with 7,000 living […]

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Leadership Cabinet

The Jewish Federations of North America’s leadership development program, National Young Leadership Cabinet, educates the next generation of global Jewish leaders and philanthropists from across the United States.  The Baltimore Jewish community has always been an incredibly engaged one, and so, it comes as no surprise, […]

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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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Meet Michael Green

Building a Jewish community has always been a priority for Michael Green. So, when Michael became very sick with coronavirus early in the pandemic, it was no surprise that an entire community of friends, family and colleagues stood ready to help in his recovery. A […]

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Becoming a Grandparent During COVID-19

March 15, 2020 was the day of my daughters baby sprinkle. We were planning to celebrate with friends and family and everything was set and ready to go. Unfortunately, March 13th came first, and we made the tough decision to cancel the party. My world […]

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Teen Thoughts

With no immediate end in sight to the global pandemic, teens are finding their lives upended in more ways than one. During a time in life when they crave independence and peer connection, they are often forced to social distance and engage from home.  So, […]

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One Survivor’s Story

For this episode of Pull Up A Chair we take a close look at a very delicate topic…domestic violence in our community. We hear the personal story of survival from *Rachel, a well-known member of our community and learn from CHANA Executive Director Lauren Shaivitz […]

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New Study Measures COVID-19 Impact on Jewish Baltimore and Other Communities

This spring, as COVID-19 transformed our world, The Associated partnered with The Cohen Center for Modern Jewish Studies at Brandeis University to examine the impact of the pandemic on the Jewish community. Baltimore was one of 10 communities that participated in the study, which drew […]

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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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Mental Health During a Pandemic

The struggle is real.  The pandemic has taken a significant toll on the mental health of many in Baltimore’s Jewish community. Fortunately, in these difficult times, The Associated: Jewish Federation of Baltimore’s agencies and programs are equipped to serve the needs of the community safely […]

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Year-End Planning Tips for Your Clients

Tax Legislation Update On September 13, the House Ways & Means Committee introduced a set of tax proposals as part of the House Democrats’ “budget reconciliation” package containing significant federal tax changes designed to raise revenue. On October 28, a revised “Build Back Better Act” […]

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How Family Traditions Have Shaped the Brenner Family’s Giving

As longtime donors to The Associated, Becky and Josh learned about how donor advised funds (DAF) work, and recently decided a DAF made the most sense for their family to simplify their charitable giving. They enjoy the ease of giving through a DAF, stating that, […]

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How Election Results Should Shape Your Year-End Giving

2020 has been a tumultuous year to say the least. As you and your advisors sit down to discuss year-end tax and charitable planning, there are several additional factors this year that can influence key decisions. The COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact virtually all aspects […]

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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 […]

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Update on the COVID-19 Relief Campaign

As the pandemic continues, a growing number of people in our community are becoming newly vulnerable. Due to continued economic uncertainty, our community is facing increased need for job training and placement, mental health support and emergency financial assistance. There is a rise in the […]

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Every Legacy Begins with a Dream. What’s Yours?

Some legacies are written on buildings, others are remembered through awards – yours can be handed down from generation to generation. Making an after-lifetime commitment expresses the values instilled in you by your parents and grandparents. A legacy gift ensures that the traditions and Jewish […]

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Meet our Teen Writing Contest Winners

Recently The Associated and the Baltimore Jewish Times partnered together for the My 2020 Journey Writing Contest. This contest honors The Associated’s 100th birthday, capturing the historical perspective of 2020 and the importance of community during this unprecedented time. Get to know our youngest first place winners. Evan […]

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Silver Wordsmith Writing Contest Winner: Eileen Creeger

Eileen Creeger, mother of two grown sons and grandmother to four adorable grandchildren, jokingly says that after working part-time for many years in various administrative jobs she had a mid-life crisis. Through career counseling she discovered that she loved working with words.   What made […]

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Baltimore Jewish Community Weighs in on What to Read This Year

It looks like a long winter is ahead, and you’ve pretty much exhausted Netflix.     Not sure what do in your spare time? Why not hunker down with a good book as the weather gets colder.  We reached out to the Baltimore Jewish community for ideas on what they are reading right now as […]

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Rethinking Our Bat Mitzvah in the Age of a Pandemic

It’s amazing to realize that generations from now Hebrew school students will be learning about life (and B’nai Mitzvahs) during the time of Covid. Right now, my daughter Lyla’s closet should be filled with dresses waiting to be worn to her friends’ B’nai Mitzvahs. We should be finalizing aliyahs, going to […]

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

The pandemic 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.    COVID-19 has forced us into a […]

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Liz Lenrow Fosters Connections in a Virtual World

You returned to Baltimore last year after some time in New York. How and why did you make the decision to come back here? My fiancé and I loved being in Manhattan, but ultimately, we knew that we were ready to be back home and […]

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Three Baltimore Families: Three Pandemic Education Solutions

Choosing a school for your child is often fraught with agonizing decisions and a sea of choices that are hard to navigate. In the pandemic, the layers of that choice are all the more complex. Each family has multiple options and creative solutions abound. Below […]

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Meet the Vogelsteins

Recently The Associated and the Baltimore Jewish Times partnered together in honor of The Associated’s 100th birthday to capture the historical perspective of 2020 and the importance of our community during this time period with the My 2020 Journey Writing Contest. In our Budding Authors category […]

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Big Bro, Little Bro

“He was a part of my life and that was it.” When Jared Raitzyk was seven years old, his mother reached out to the Jewish Big Brother Big Sister program overseen by Jewish Community Services. Now, more than 25 years later, his big brother, Seth […]

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Meet Julie Blumenfeld

    2. Where Everyone Knows Your Name: Savannah, she says, was a small but tight-knit Jewish community. On Sundays, it often felt like everyone Jewish in town was at the JCC.  In many ways, her hometown was similar to Balimore. Although Baltimore is a bigger city — and the Jewish community is larger — it still has that […]

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New Faces at Towson University and Goucher Hillels

McKenna Bates can hardly believe how lucky she is. In a year, when many of her friends are struggling to find work, after graduating from college, she landed her dream job. Bates, a 2020 graduate of George Mason University, is the new Israel engagement associate […]

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Addressing Food Insecurity in Our Own Backyard

Access to food is a social justice issue. Even before the coronavirus disrupted our lives, millions of people nationwide struggled with being able to afford adequate amounts of nutritious food. On this episode of Pull Up A Chair we talk with Ashley Pressman, the executive […]

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Insight Israel Forum: Embracing Our Tradition & Future

The Associated’s Insight Israel Forum kicked off its second year with a dynamic, interactive webinar – Israel: What’s Next? Moderated by Beth Goldsmith, chair of the board of The Associated, the panel included J.J. Goldberg, editor at large of The Forward and Jonathan Tobin, editor-in-chief […]

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Baltimore Cooks for Fall

It’s fall. With cooler temperatures and shorter days, it’s time to move cooking indoors. It’s also the time of year to take advantage of the wonderful fall produce – apples, pomegranates and more.  We asked our community for some of their favorite recipes. Check out these delicious ideas – from a decadent caramel apple pie to […]

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Meet Neil Dubovsky

  I detect an accent. Where are you from originally?  Cape Town, South Africa – My family and I emigrated to Atlanta (Go Braves and Falcons!) and I stayed in Georgia until I completed my undergraduate degree.    What brought you to Baltimore?  I came to Baltimore […]

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Keeping Love Alive During COVID-19

Falling in love is easy, and certainly one of the most beautiful and exciting experiences of our lives. We’ve seen the Disney movies, read the fairytales, and pretty much absorbed the cultural construct of some version of meeting our “soulmate,” falling in love, getting married, with the expectation that they will live “happily ever after.”   So, how do we cope when our […]

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Building Community This Fall

As school begins, albeit virtually for many, and as the days grow cooler, we begin to shift away from the lazy days of outdoor living to a new way of doing things.   Although the coronavirus is still around and limiting how we interact, it doesn’t mean we have […]

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JCC’s New Approach to Arts and Culture

This September, the JCC is launching a brand-new approach to arts and culture – Words and Ideas – that will bring films, performers, thought leaders and authors from all over the world into Baltimore homes.  Words and Ideas, which positions the JCC arts programming on a national scale, features conversations with best-selling authors, deep […]

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Meet Amy Pollokoff

For those who know Amy Pollokoff, they know of her kindness, her commitment to family and community and, of course, they know about her legendary cookies. The more than 60 batches of peanut butter, candy bar cookies, mandel bread and more that she traditionally bakes […]

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Meet David Platt

For David Platt, embracing change involves a healthy balance of learning to speak up and remembering when to listen. A Baltimore native, David moved back to the area in 2017, having spent some time in a few other cities for work and graduate school. Today, […]

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10 Things to Know About Robin Belsky

Robin Belsky has lent her voice, passion and knowledge over the years through her work as a Capitol Hill staffer and lobbyist, global market researcher, advocate against domestic abuse and member of several local boards including CHANA and The Associated’s Jewish Professional Women (JPW). Over […]

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Remaining Connected and Optimistic During Challenging Times

The spring brought virtual classes from my childhood bedroom… religious school lessons that I taught from that same bedroom… an internship too.   I no longer had a commute downtown for my internship or to Pikesville for religious school, but I had enough consistency to find the substance of my day familiar. The […]

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Plan the Perfect Holiday Menu

While this New Year may look different than years past, and we may not be getting together with extended family, many of us will still prepare and enjoy a holiday meal .  This year, we turned to our community members to help us plan the […]

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Opening Our Hearts and Homes

Learn about some of the deep connections that Baltimore shares with Ashkelon, its partner city in Israel. We talk with Harriette Wienner and Dixie Leikach who both hosted two of Baltimore’s first Shinshinim (18-year old Israeli emissaries) and share their experiences all these years later. […]

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If COVID-19 Disappeared…

What would happen if suddenly, tomorrow, COVID-19 would disappear? We wake up to find our air germ-free and no vaccine needed. Life as we once knew it resumes.    Or does it? I imagine people slowly emerging from their places of shelter after a hurricane. They can see […]

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Glossary of High Holiday Terms

Source: MyJewishLearning.com and NSW Board of Education Akedah – Pronounced ah-keh-DAH. Literally “binding,” the Akedah refers to the biblical story of the binding of Isaac, which is traditionally read on the second day of Rosh Hashanah. Chag sameach – Pronounced KHAG sah-MAY-akh. Literally “happy holiday,” a common greeting on […]

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Meet Stephanie Baron, member of The Associated’s Lawyers’s Committee

You currently serve on The Associated’s Lawyer’s Committee. What other leadership roles have you held within The Associated system? Why is being involved important to you?   After completing the YLC program, I held a variety of roles on various young leadership committees.  Soon after completing YLC, I co-chaired the Young Business Roundtable […]

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Meet Janet Gold

  How did you first become interested in art?  As a child, my parents sent me to the Baltimore Museum of Art for Saturday classes. I also remember when I went to Camp Louise, the minute I finished my morning chores, I made a beeline to arts and crafts! One of […]

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People Let Me Tell You ‘Bout My Best Friend

Favorite memory from childhood? Matt: One of my favorite memories I can recall from our times at Jemicy was having classes, like Social Studies, together and constantly making each other laugh. Adam: My favorite memory is when Matt would make me laugh while I was […]

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Sima Abarbanel’s Commitment to Women and Girls

For someone who spent 26 years in front of a middle school classroom at Krieger Schechter Day School, who sits on steering committees and co-chairs programs, it may be hard to believe that Sima Abarbanel prefers to take a low profile. But for this committed volunteer, it’s never been about being in the spotlight.  It’s always been about getting things […]

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Pearlstone Offers Summer Getaways

Although that long-awaited trip to the West Coast or even the beach may not be happening this year, that doesn’t mean you have to scrap your vacation plans.  This summer, Pearlstone is offering COVID-safe family getaways on its picturesque 180-acre campus, complete with outdoor adventures, food and meal plans […]

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Five Things To Do This Summer

Summer is here! While this may not have been the start to the season that we all expected – it doesn’t mean that there isn’t anything to do! From watching movies to taking part in a reading challenge, there are plenty of activities this Summer […]

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Respect Your Elders – Stop Abuse

Widespread news stories have already reported the concerning rise of domestic violence cases due to coronavirus lockdown measures and stay-at-home orders. But many older adults are at risk of domestic violence as well, as they are isolated from families and loved ones due to the […]

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Starting Over

What happens when a family leaves everything behind to escape antisemitism in the former Soviet Union, and in the process of starting over, discovers a new best friend? On this next episode of Pull Up A Chair, we sit down with Dr. Nina Kashtelyan and […]

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A Pandemic, A Community, A Future

In March 2020, the world turned upside down. The older adult, the parent, the young adult, suddenly found themselves facing a new reality, one where connections went virtual, lunches with friends were put on hold and life events were altered.  Although many faced difficulties, what […]

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Navigating Anxiety As Our World Opens Up

As the world begins reopening and many people begin to venture out, we might expect the anxiety that affected many of us at the start of the coronavirus pandemic would begin to lift. Not so fast. Howard Reznick, Manager, Prevention Education at Jewish Community Services […]

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The Macks Center for Jewish Education’s Library Summer Reading Program Goes Virtual

For the past four summers, I have been in charge of running the summer reading program offered by the Macks Center for Jewish Education (CJE), an agency of The Associated. Right after Pesach I typically reach out to a few different family entertainment venues and find a […]

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Parenting is Playing the Long Game

I think we can all agree that 2020 has turned out a lot differently than any of us could have imagined. It has been almost three months since COVID-19 entered our lives and while we may have settled into a “new normal,” the vast majority of us […]

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Associated Lawyers’ Division Launches Cardozo Giving Society

In acknowledgment of their generosity, Cardozo Society members are invited to exclusive events and opportunities through The Associated. In addition to public recognition in The Associated’s Annual Honor Roll, Cardozo Society members will be listed in a Daily Record ad this fall. Learn why Brian […]

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Walpert Winners

We caught up with Sarah David and Saadya Zakheim, former Fred Walpert Award winners to hear about their thoughts on being leaders. Sarah is a Deputy State Prosecutor for the Maryland Office of the State Prosecutor, a former co-chair of The Associated’s Baltimore City Partnership Commission and is vice chair of […]

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Addressing Food Insecurity on The Upside

Prior to the coronavirus epidemic, approximately one in four Baltimore City residents lacked access to good, healthy food. Now, with unemployment rising, food insecurity is affecting even more individuals. Add to that the fact that, more than 300,000 Maryland children rely on meals received during […]

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Our Summer Spent at “Camp Weinberg”

For weeks, we knew the inevitable was coming, but when we received the email that Camps Airy and Louise were closing for the summer, I truly felt a deep sadness in my heart. While I recognize that there are far more serious tragedies going on in […]

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Jewish Overnight Camps to Offer Different Summer Experience

“It has been helpful for camps to come together and discuss what each is thinking and how these decisions impact their families,” shares Saadya Zakheim, Chair of the Center for Jewish Camping Advisory Committee. “We also are exploring ways that the Center for Jewish Camping […]

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Supporting Our Community During the COVID-19 Pandemic

The surge of coronavirus and this state of quarantine has certainly changed our lives. Many of us are just trying to get through the day or the week, let alone plan for the future. Whether dealing with a difficult child at home, worrying about paying […]

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A More Just and Equitable World

“Humans stamp many coins with one seal and they are all like one another; but the King of kings, the Holy Blessed One, has stamped every human with the seal of the first man, yet not one of them are like another” Talmud, Sanhedrin 4:5   […]

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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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Book Suggestions That Help You Talk to Your Children about Race and Multi-culturalism

How do you talk to your children about race? It can be challenging for parents, grandparents and teachers when we do not have all the answers. We may stumble over our words; we may feel we do not have the right language. This is ok! […]

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Baltimore City Partnerships Commission Building Upon Associated’s Social Justice Agenda

As the country mourns the brutal deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and too many others and responds by protesting racism and intolerance, The Associated is building upon its long-standing social justice agenda to partner with other organizations in tackling structural racism and improving […]

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Jewish Baltimore is Stable and Highly Engaged According to 2020 Community Study

This month, The Associated: Jewish Federation of Baltimore released its most comprehensive findings about the Baltimore Jewish community in the past decade. Designed to better understand the changing landscape of Jewish Baltimore and its emerging needs, the 2020 Community Study – Foundation of Our Future: […]

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Exploring History Through Jewish Museum of Maryland’s Online Database

The coronavirus pandemic has caused us to reevaluate our options for entertainment, work and social interactions. As we continue to cope in different ways, many of us have seized the opportunity to relive family moments by sharing old photographs and retelling personal stories, leaving us […]

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Pearlstone Reinvents Itself in the Wake of the Coronavirus Pandemic

When the coronavirus pandemic virus hit, Pearlstone’s business was booming. Sales from its Retreat Center were growing exponentially, as was its in-person experiential learning opportunities that focused on Living Judaism, like immersive holiday celebrations and Family Farm Camp. Yet in March, things would suddenly change. […]

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How Hillels are Handling COVID-19

With the start of a new school year many students and parents are thinking about their next steps. What will this semester look like? What are the risks? Will we be back on campus? And, if so, how will we socialize and connect in this […]

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Virtual Programming Strengthens Bond Between Two Communities

While the COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact our daily lives with adjustments in our routines here at home as well as in Israel and around the world, it is comforting to know that amid the uncertainty, there are still moments of strength and hope that […]

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Five Ways to De-stress During Coronavirus

Since the coronavirus epidemic began, uncertainty and fear have become part of our daily lives. For many, these stresses ebb and flow as we try to navigate our new normal. For some, it’s the stress of homeschooling a child while trying to work. For others, […]

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Jewish Community Effort to Provide Food for Older Adults

The program, funded by the Herbert Bearman Foundation, was first introduced to CHAI’s Senior Home Repair clients in April. Now, more than 700 area older adults are benefitting. “Our main goal is to keep our community safe and well, especially those who are at greatest […]

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Joe Uddeme Discusses Volunteering through “Bunches of Lunches”

For Joe Uddeme, a Pikesville High Alum and member of Jewish Baltimore, being able to give directly to the community is vital. “If you look around the world, you know that people need help everywhere – in Europe. In Africa. In the United States,” says […]

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Tending to the Earth: Gardening Grounds Us in Today’s Times

As a human-beings on planet Earth during the global pandemic of 2020, we are all experiencing a rollercoaster of emotions. One of the most grounding activities that brings me emotional solace during good times, and even more so during the uncertain times we are living […]

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Associated and Jmore Partner on New Virtual Program

As we continue to stay at home during the current coronavirus pandemic, we all have questions. Questions about the best medical protocols, questions about how to destress and manage our sudden fears and anxieties, questions about our jobs and our money. To answer these questions, […]

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Our Children Are Watching and Listening

Everyone is challenged or struggling in one way or another as the world adapts to the COVD-19 pandemic.  With each passing week, there are different aspects of daily life that force us to adjust to the “new normal.”  We are flooded with information; a lot […]

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Jewish Baltimore Eats: Seven Can’t-Miss Recipes

  Roasted Brussels Sprouts in Balsamic Glaze By Eve Wachhaus: Deputy Director at Pearlstone Food can be a great way to support our frontline healthcare workers. Check out Pearlstone’s partnership with LifeBridge Health and donate a farm-to-table meal to nourish these caregivers. See how you […]

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Checking in on Our Shinshinim

With the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, our eight Baltimore shinshinim (Israeli emissaries) returned home to Israel where they will now stay for the rest of the school year. They will continue their shnat sherut (a year of service) remotely until the beginning of June. […]

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Yom Hazikaron: Our ShinShin Shares What it Means to Him

The years passed and Ornit met Moran, got married again and had three more children, me included. This is the story of my family in a nutshell – a story of loss and memory, but at the same time, it is also a story of […]

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Behind the Scenes with JCS’ Ben Levey

Since JCS went virtual with its services, a typical day in Levey’s life looks quite different than it did only a short time ago. Not only is he ensuring that existing clients receive the support they need – albeit in the new virtual environment—but he […]

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Melanie Waxman Talks Tech During COVID-19

It’s all in a day for Melanie Waxman, Technology Concierge at the Myerberg Center. For the past 2 ½ years, she has managed Myerberg’s Tech-Knowledge Hub, helping older adults with their tech devices through workshops and one-on-one consultations. Yet since the Covid-19 pandemic, Melanie has […]

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CHANA | When Sheltering In Place Is Not Safe

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, we have seen a spike in domestic violence cases as stay-at-home orders place victims and their abusers in constant proximity. According to Lauren Shaivitz, Executive Director of CHANA, an agency of The Associated: Jewish Federation of Baltimore, social isolation is a form of abuse that […]

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Are you Listening?

Part of The Baltimore Jewish Council’s (BJC) mission is to foster cooperation and understanding within the Jewish community and build relationships and mutual understanding with diverse groups across Maryland through advocacy, education and action. In keeping with these themes, here are a few suggested podcasts. […]

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Israel and COVID-19

Like nearly every other organization or business the Baltimore Jewish Council has been forced to adapt to the new way of life that we now have in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. While it is a scary and unprecedented situation to be in, we […]

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Six Ways To Stay Fit To Impact Your Health

Staying at home for an extended period of time can pose a significant challenge for remaining physically active. Sedentary behavior and low levels of physical activity can have negative effects on your health, well-being and quality of life. Self-quarantine can also cause additional stress and […]

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5 Relationship Tips for Surviving the Stay at Home Order

When China first began lifting its quarantine, something, perhaps not too surprising, happened. Divorce rates spiked among couples, who had found old wounds and hidden fissures in their marriage simply too hard to overcome. Yet, spending 24/7 time with your spouse throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, […]

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The Passover Seder in the Age of Social Distancing

Family seders in our house were full of energy. My grandmother and her brother would sing a song they learned in a choir in high school. My uncle would teach me the fine art of how to sneak under the table to steal the afikomen […]

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Five Ways to Make Your Seder Meaningful in the Age of COVID-19

This year especially, we want to wish you a happy Passover. As you prepare for your Seder, we encourage you to think about these top 5 things to make a meaningful Seder for your family. Each step gives you links to explore each topic in […]

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Keeping Children Involved In Your Passover Seder

The holidays are a time that for many involves traveling, spending time with family and loved ones, reflecting as a community and celebration. Here are four ways to engage your family in Passover celebrations, no matter what that looks like. 1. Tell The Story A […]

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Helping Victims of Abuse Stay Safe During COVID19

Every day at CHANA, we are committed to the health and safety of all members of our community. We know that this may be a particularly frightening and isolating time for victims and survivors of abuse and trauma and their children. We also know that people are especially vulnerable […]

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Feeding The Hungry During COVID-19

With businesses and schools closed and as the community settles in to prevent the spread of COVID-19, many vulnerable are lacking access to food. Associated agencies are stepping up to do their part. 48 Hours Two thousand is the magic number. For that’s how many […]

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The Passover Seder for Children with Disabilities: Turning Agony Into Ecstasy

The Passover Seder is a challenge under the best of circumstances. The late starting hour, the long Haggadah reading, capped by a meal everyone is too tired to eat – it’s a bit much for adults and children alike, and even more so for kids with […]

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Help Wanted: With Unemployment Surging During COVID-19, JCS Offers Job Placement

As businesses continue to shut down and send workers home, many are left feeling uneasy about job stability and the overall economic effects of the coronavirus pandemic. Here in Maryland, over 41,000 people have filed unemployment claims this past week alone according to the U.S. […]

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A Passover Like No Other

This Passover season feels like no other. We face an international pandemic of Coronavirus/ Covid-19, which feels so unpredictable and dangerous. We must seek to find new meaning for a holiday season which is uniquely challenging. In V’hei Sheamda, a traditional piece of the Passover […]

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Preventing Social Isolation in Adults in the Age of COVID-19

And, older adults are particularly vulnerable. Not only are those over 65 most at risk for serious complications from COVID-19, but as they stay home, they are at risk of becoming socially isolated. Asked to stay away from family and friends, they must find ways […]

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Now is the Time to Share Your Family History

From the days of playing on the roof of the old Jewish Educational Alliance (JEA) building to swimming in bathing caps at Camp Milldale’s pool …. From counting on the men to chauffer the women as they went door to door raising money on G-Day […]

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Amid Coronavirus Outbreak, Shinshinim Return Home to Israel

As our community, and others around the world, continue to deal with the coronavirus outbreak, the Jewish Agency for Israel made the decision to bring home the 150 shinshinim (Israeli Emissaries) who are working in the U.S. during their gap year prior to serving in […]

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Avoid Cabin Fever

As we continue to practice social distancing, many of us will be facing days, possibly weeks at home. Whether we are teleworking, “homeschooling” or just stuck inside, there are things we can do to avoid cabin fever as we wait out the coronavirus pandemic. Here […]

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Tips For Homeschooling

To say that the coronavirus has impacted many, if not all, aspects of our lives would be an understatement – with our children’s education being no exception. Rachel Turniansky, director of disability and inclusion services at the Macks Center for Jewish Education (CJE), and SHEMESH […]

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Baltimore’s Young Adults Share Their Secret Passover Recipes

Adam Yosim’s Atlanta Brisket YieldMakes 10 to 12 Servings Ingredients 5 lbs fresh beef brisket, trimmed of excess fat 2 bottles (16 ½ oz. each) Coca-Cola (not Diet Coke) 1 tsp. kosher salt 1 tsp. freshly ground black pepper 3 tsp.. vegetable oil 2 cups […]

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Talking to Our Children about Coronavirus

In a modern age of constant contact and sensationalized news broadcasting, we, as parents, not only have to find ways to deal with our own feelings about scary news stories, but also the inevitability of our children’s encounters with them. The recent outbreak of COVID-19 […]

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Monitoring COVID-19

Kol yisrael arevim zeh b’zeh Caring for one another and helping to keep our community safe are The Associated’s top priorities. The Associated and its network of agencies continues to actively monitoring the evolving updates on Coronavirus (COVID-19). We are working closely with our beneficiary […]

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A Chometz Burning Tradition in Baltimore

The burning of the chometz (food product made from wheat, barley, rye, oats, spelt or their derivatives that has leavened, which is forbidden to eat on Passover) is a tradition that brings thousands to northwest Baltimore every year for Passover. Beginning in 2010, families arrived at the […]

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Journey to a More Sustainable Passover

Passover is a joyous time to celebrate with friends, family, and new acquaintances. Here are some suggestions for weaving earth friendly practices and discussion topics into your Seder. Buy Ugly Produce   Host a Plastic Free Seder   Grow Your Own Karpas   Give Earth […]

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Five Tips and Three Recipes for Eating Well and Staying Healthy

A healthful diet can reduce your risk for heart disease, cancer, diabetes and obesity. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and other nutrition experts, a healthy diet is: High in complex carbohydrates: Fruits and vegetables, whole grains and legumes should make up 45 […]

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How Can We Promote Good Behavior in Our Children?

As parents, we often wonder about the best approach for promoting good behavior in the family. This becomes a bigger question when we have a child who throws tantrum or presents us with behavioral issues or perhaps has ADHD. What works – or doesn’t? The SHEMESH behavioral expert […]

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You Never Know Where You’ll Find Your Beshert

On this episode of Pull Up A Chair, we have love and romance. Elise and David Saltzberg actually found each other thanks to The Associated. They talk about how it was actually diamonds and deception that ultimately drew them together, but it’s not what you […]

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Baltimore’s Terry Willner is Doing Good in Baltimore

As a native Baltimorean, Terry Willner has always felt connected to her hometown. Like many of her friends, she never ventured far for too long – attending Emory University in Atlanta and then moving back to Baltimore after graduation. It is this love for Baltimore […]

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Associated Family Mission Provides Meaningful, Bonding Experience

In December, The Associated’s Family Mission returned from a 10-day trip to Israel that brought together generations of families for a once-in-a-lifetime experience. The group, made up of Baltimore community members of all ages, explored both the historical and religious significance of our Jewish homeland. […]

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Meet Beth Goldsmith

Beth Goldsmith says that she is often told that she is great at giving parties. Perhaps that’s why she didn’t shy away from the chance to serve as chair for the celebratory phase for The Associated’s Centennial and a chance to be its cheerleader. Yet […]

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Pimlico Redevelopment

With the recent unveiling of the Pimlico redevelopment project, the future of Park Heights is looking brighter. Coupled with the revitalization efforts in Central Park Heights – work that is supported by CHAI – it could lift up the neighborhood, positively impacting the entire community. […]

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Isaac “Bougie” Herzog

In this episode of Pull Up A Chair, Associated President Marc B. Terrill sat down with JMore’s Gary Stein and Isaac ‘Bougie’ Herzog, Chairman of the Executive at The Jewish Agency for Israel. They talk about the state of global jewry, the rise in antisemitism, local […]

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It’s Important to Leave a Legacy Gift for the Future

“I think my father, and other Jewish parents of his generation, wanted their children to get education — the education they didn’t have,” says Dr. Keehn. “He [my father] always said you should learn something every day.” It’s a message that the doctor has tried […]

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Do You Know the 1920s?

Get Ready for IMPACT’s Generosity Gala by testing your knowledge of the era.

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The SECURE Act and What it Means for Your Retirement Benefits

As of January 1, 2020, the SECURE Act went into effect marking one of the most dynamic changes to retirement legislation since the Pension Protection Act of 2006. The far-reaching changes include significant provisions aimed at increasing access to tax-advantaged accounts and preventing older Americans […]

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Best Children’s Books for 2019

I was asked to write a blog post on the top 10 best children’s books that have become part of the CJE (Macks Center for Jewish Education) Library collection last year. This was not an easy task.  The best children’s books up into five specific […]

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Get to Know Tracee Fruman – Wife, Mother, Attorney, Philanthropist

Tracee may have been born in New York, but she has always considered Baltimore as her true home. After graduating from Washington University in St. Louis with a degree in English and American Literature in 2000, Tracee went directly to University of Maryland School of […]

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10 Things to Know About Jim Vogel

“He prayed every night and hung onto his religion. No one could take away the thoughts in his mind. So, he felt strongly that if I would become a doctor, it would always provide me with security and a profession, no matter what happened. He […]

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The Bagel Boys

Welcome to Pull Up A Chair, a bi-weekly podcast from The Associated. Join us as we sit down and talk with members of our community. Hear the personal stories of Jewish Baltimore – from CEO’s to The Bagels Boys to Summer Camp Sweethearts. We’ll laugh, […]

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What’s Jewish About Yoga?

David Ben Yehuda, Pearlstone’s Israeli Shaliach, spent a month this past fall training to become a certified Yoga instructor and added yet another immersive program option available to Pearlstone’s retreat guests and staff. In this video, David will walk you through a yoga exercise with one unique component – he teaches it through a Jewish lens.

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Meet Myrna Cardin

Yet, at the heart of what she will say – and emphasize over and over again – was the blessing of growing up in a tight-knit Jewish community, one filled with close family and friends and a dedication to Jewish life.  Today, as this former teacher heads up The Associated’s Jewish Lead Team, she will bring this passion for Judaism to her […]

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Love of Cooking Brings Communities Together

Many will agree that food is at the heart of Jewish life and culture. So, what better way to bring two communities together than through a shared love of cooking? That was the inspiration behind Food for Thought, The Louise D. and Morton J. Macks […]

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Summer Camp Feels The Same After All These Years

I recently had the opportunity to go back to camp with The Associated’s Center for Jewish Camping during a site visit to Camps Airy & Louise. I recall fondly spending seven summers as a camper at Camp Louise during my pre-adolescent years and I was […]

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Every Legacy Begins With a Dream

It is my privilege to be Chair of Philanthropic Planning and Services at The Associated. For years I have been intimately involved in the innermost workings of The Associated in many roles including Chair of the Board and at a national level with Jewish Federations […]

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Connecting to Ashkelon through Volunteering

Howard Goldstein and his wife Sally first travelled to Israel in the late 70’s, visiting a family member who had made aliya years before. Having taken a ten-year hiatus, they began to visit more frequently, not at all deterred by the political climate and unrest […]

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Students Build Professional Skills Through Onward

Alyssa Miller, a student at the University of Maryland, worked in Israel last summer for Israelevitz Architects as part of an eight-week internship program through Baltimore Onward Israel. Alyssa says that living and working in Tel Aviv-Yafo, provided her the opportunity to work hand-in-hand with […]

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Getting to Know Ari Abramson

Ari Abramson is a native Baltimorean who grew up in Pikesville and graduated from Pikesville High School. He left his hometown to attend Muhlenberg College, then returned to Baltimore for a job after college at Legg Mason. Today, this investment professional, active member of The […]

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Building Memories and Connections in Israel

This past December, our family traveled to Israel for a breathtaking, 8-day trip. It was everything we hoped it would be and more. Few people would imagine that the planning for it took almost a year, spearheaded by Maia Hoffman, a “gift” to us from […]

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One Woman’s Brave Journey From Ethiopia to Israel

As a young girl growing up in a remote Ethiopian village, Dr. Yarden Fanta was not afforded the privileges and religious freedoms that are sometimes taken for granted in western democracies like Israel and the United States. At age 11, Fanta and her family fled […]

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Learn About Odessa, Ukraine

Here are six fun facts you may not have known about our partner city and its Jewish community. Thriving Jewish CommunityIn partnership with The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC), the Jewish community in Odessa is thriving – they even have two Jewish Community Centers! […]

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Israel’s Culinary Scene

Walking through the Lewinsky Market in Tel Aviv is a feast, literally, for the senses. Barrels of dried fruits and brightly-colored rice and grain mixtures tempt the eyes, while the tangy olives and aromatic spices entice the nose. Then there are the tastes. Flavorful cheese, […]

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Meet Jill Snyder – Lawyers’ Division Co-Chair

Jill Snyder, owner of Law Office of Jill A. Snyder, LLC, is a trust and estate attorney. Prior to opening her practice, she worked as a senior attorney in the Division of Enforcement of the United States Securities and Exchange Commission. What brought you to […]

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Teaching Our Children About Community Service

From as far back as I can remember – being married to my wife of 10 years (and knowing her for 12) – we have enjoyed participating in various types of “Community Service” days whether living in New Jersey or Maryland. While it has a […]

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A Mother’s Journey: Turning a son’s diagnosis into a Jewish Community Initiative

Finding out your child has a disability can be life-altering. Just ask Erica Hobby. Two years ago, when this Pikesville mother of two first learned her son has autism, she found herself adjusting to a new reality – one that left her with more questions […]

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Surviving an Abusive Relationship

When she married her ex-husband in 1999, Lauren,* a mother of three, never dreamed she would find herself needing the services of CHANA. “In the beginning, my husband seemed like a nice guy. He seemed devoted, had a lovely, welcoming family and got along great […]

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New Program Helps Families Cope with Substance Abuse

They never thought it would happen to them. First, their college-aged daughter started vaping in high school. Now they discovered she had a substance abuse problem. As they searched for a recovery program for their daughter, so many thoughts went through their minds. How could […]

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The Associated and The Baltimore Jewish Council Honor the Congressman’s Legacy

Update 10/14/20: The Baltimore Jewish Council and ECYP are honoring the legacy of Congressman Cummings with a virtual event tonight, Wednesday, October 14th at 7pm. Registration for that event can be found here. On the evening of November 18, 2019 – members of the Baltimore […]

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Ashkelon Mayor Tomer Glam Visits Baltimore: Talks About Baltimore-Ashkelon Partnership

Last week, was a difficult week for Ashkelon as Gaza fired rockets toward Israel and the city. Although 90 percent of these rockets were successfully intercepted by the Iron Dome missile defense system, one rocket did hit a building in Ashkelon, striking an elder care […]

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Mike Fuld on the Value of Jewish Camp

Mike Fuld will never forget the first time he saw his wife, Samantha. He was working at Kutz Camp as a staff member; so was Samantha. Mike and Samantha first met in 2006. They happened to both be assigned to work on an all-camp evening […]

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Watch Out! What Are Your Kids Watching?

How is it that elementary aged kids have been able to master the art of bottle tossing? Why are kids trying to eat as much cinnamon as they can possibly consume? The answer is YouTube. Kids are no longer being taught how to write cursive, […]

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Dov Hoffman on Jewish Identity and Growing Up Jewish

For Dov Hoffman, embracing new experiences is a part of developing as a person and as a professional. From his moving to the Canton area, to taking on a leadership role with the American Marketing Association Baltimore Chapter (AMA Baltimore), not to mention his role […]

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Sandi Moffet: A Leader in Volunteering

Baltimore native Sandi Moffet graduated from Park in 1987, earned her BA from Tufts University and returned home to attend the University of Baltimore School of Law for her JD and LLM in Taxation. A leader in her career and our Jewish community, Sandi is […]

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Connecting Across Faiths

During 2019 I was pleased to participate in two events connected to my year as part of the Baltimore Jewish Council’s (BJC) Leadership Development Program that showed the interest and attention the BJC and the Associated put into connecting Jewish Baltimore to our neighbors of […]

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Meet Rachel Samakow

Coming to a new city is never easy but discovering a community that gives you a sense of purpose can connect you to your new home. Originally from Pittsburgh, Rachel moved to Baltimore after receiving her bachelors’ degree in 2009 and then beginning law school […]

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Meet Daniel Klein

Growing up Reform, in a culturally Jewish environment, Daniel Klein always felt the pull of his Jewish roots. Perhaps it was the weekly Friday night dinners that no one ever missed or the antisemitism his grandparents faced that helped define who they became. It could […]

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SHEMESH Introduces Social Skills and Academic Readiness Services to Preschools

Aviva Weisbord, executive director of SHEMESH, will never forget the story of a young child in a Jewish preschool, who was biting other children in the class. The teacher had tried everything and didn’t know what to do. The school, meanwhile, was at wit’s end, […]

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The Associated Leads Efforts to Address Antisemitism in Maryland

This past year, hate and bias incidents have risen in almost every jurisdiction in Maryland, targeting individuals and facilities, from schools and community centers to places of worship. It’s part of a growing uptick in antisemitic incidents occurring worldwide. That’s why, The Associated and the […]

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Jewish Community Services Adopts Groundbreaking Approach to Financial Independence

“Many individuals never had role models to explain to them how to manage money,” explains Grayson Cohen. “And without that history, they often cannot keep to a plan and quickly overspend, making it hard for many to become financially stable for the long-term.” Recognizing how […]

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Baltimore Synagogues and The Associated Work For Our Jewish Future

Last fall, The Associated convened a synagogue task force to look at ways to leverage the community’s expertise to address the challenges facing Jewish Baltimore. Beth El Congregation’s Rabbi Steve Schwartz and The Associated’s Chair of the Board, Debs Weinberg, are heading up this effort […]

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Security, Hate Crimes and More at Maryland General Assembly

The 2019 Maryland General Assembly session ended last month, and thanks to the hard work of the Baltimore Jewish Council, the advocacy arm of The Associated, legislators passed a number of bills in support of the Baltimore Jewish community. Front and center were new funding […]

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Israel Fellows Changing Campus Narrative

It had only been four months since Shachar Pinsky arrived on Towson University’s campus as its new Jewish Agency Israel Fellow. At times, he admits, it wasn’t easy. Many of the Jewish students he encountered were apathetic. In their world, filled with academics, sports, activities […]

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CHANA Takes Leadership Role In Eradicating Elder Abuse in Baltimore City

Thanks to a recent grant from the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Violence Against Women, CHANA is now creating a model of collaboration in Baltimore City designed to eradicate elder abuse and provide justice for its victims. The grant, given to only four organizations […]

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The Associated: Working for Baltimore City’s Future

The Associated: Jewish Federation of Baltimore is dedicated to fostering healthy neighborhoods, investing in educational opportunities for the city’s youth and promoting civil discourse. Here are four updates on ways the organization, through its agencies, is making a difference. Jewish Museum of Maryland Changes Lives […]

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Jewish and African-American Teens Work on Social Justice Issues Impacting Baltimore

When Bella Saunders first started her junior year in high school, she didn’t realize there were urban areas where it was difficult to buy affordable, nutritious food, commonly known as a food desert. It wasn’t until she became a Social Justice Teen Fellow, a joint […]

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Is Your Child Ready for Overnight Camp? Finding the Right Fit

Summers spent at an overnight camp are all that and more. Research shows that attending an overnight camp also builds confidence and encourages independence – as well as creates friendships that often last a lifetime. Yet how do you know if your youngster is ready […]

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Meet Dovita Lerner

For years, Dovita Lerner heard her daughter, Megan, rave about Israel. Having traveled and worked there, Megan loved everything about the country from its culture to its people. So when Lerner heard from friends about The Associated Women’s Israel Mission, and the chance to travel […]

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Meet Rabbi Moshe Schwartz

When Rabbi Moshe Schwartz embarked on the Macks Center for Jewish Education’s Mini Educators Mission to Odessa, Ukraine this past year, he was excited to explore the educational landscape there. Little did he know that the experience would go beyond his expectations as he encountered […]

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Meet Ronnie Footlick

By the time she was a young girl, Ronnie Footlick knew that being Jewish meant responsibility. Her grandfather would often sit her down and tell her stories about her family history – having arrived in the country as Russian immigrants. “It’s the age-old tale of […]

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Meet Sue Glick Liebman

Growing up in the old Jewish neighborhood of Forest Park, surrounded by schools and shuls, Sue Glick Liebman learned early on that all Jews are responsible for each other – “Kol Yisrael areivim zeh b’zeh.” Sue’s personal journey is a narrative of strong faith, compassion and […]

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Meet David Lehmann

David Lehmann, a partner in the certified public accounting firm of Cooper and Lehmann, LLP, describes his company as a multi-family office. “We guide our clients and multiple generations of their families in managing their wealth and real estate. We focus not only on their […]

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Hanan “Bean” Sibel and a Children’s Book about a Penny and a Pushke

Growing up in the ghetto of West Baltimore during the Great Depression, Hanan “Bean” Sibel recalls that his family really “didn’t have much.” Crowded in a small home with 13 people – grandparents, parents and kids – this close-knit family would even take in relatives […]

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Meet Jeff Rosen

Jeff Rosen’s early life reads like a guide to growing up in Jewish Baltimore in the late 80s and 90s. Born in Pikesville, with grandparents living less than 10 minutes away, he attended religious school and Pikesville’s public schools where he admits, he didn’t have […]

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Meet Daniel Davis

Daniel Davis will never forget when he first discovered his love of painting. The year was 1966 and he was living in Akron, Ohio, when he happened to pass the window of a local art store. “I saw this book, How to Paint, in the […]

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Aging in Place in Baltimore

As the temperature drops, and we prepare for the sharp chill of the next few months, we tend to nest. It’s the time of year our houses feel the most like home. We snuggle up with our kids and furry friends for a movie, enjoy […]

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Building a Thriving Baltimore Community By Promoting Understanding

James Myers is committed to building a better community. A resident of Fallstaff in Northwest Baltimore City, he enjoys living in a multi-cultural environment with Jewish, African-American and Latinx neighbors. Myers believes that the more each neighbor understands other cultures, the closer and more sustainable […]

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Towson Local Finds Meaning Through Jewish Connections

When I moved to Baltimore ten years ago for graduate school, I never imagined that I would stay and raise my family here. But I met my husband, found a great professional community, and we started to build our life. Four and a half years […]

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Jordan Halle: Connecting Young Jewish Baltimore

Owings Mills native Jordan Halle credits his Whiteford, Taylor and Preston colleague, Howard Feldman, with introducing him to The Associated: Jewish Federation of Baltimore.  It was Feldman who first told him about the work of the organization, and Halle soon began attending its IMPACT (young […]

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Empowering the Next Generation – L’dor V’dor

Parents have a critical role to play in helping kids to form a strong Jewish identity as parents are their primary Jewish educator and guide. Specifically, the traditions established early in life help kids to develop necessary skills later on. These skills help us to […]

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Meet Rich Topaz

A New York native, Rich Topaz, who today chairs the Ben-Gurion Society (BGS), recalls his moving to Baltimore and the warm welcome he received by the Baltimore Jewish community and IMPACT, The Associated’s young adult division. “My wife, Heidi, is from Baltimore but I am […]

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Meet Debbie Lubliner

Debbie Lubliner, a physical therapist at MedStar in Baltimore, grew up in Pikesville. After graduating high school, Debbie left for Washington University in St. Louis to begin a long academic career which included an advanced degree in physical therapy from Hahnemann University in Philadelphia. Yet […]

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My Journey to Wellness

In 2015 I was at my worst. I was tired, depressed and I wanted to stay in bed all the time. I remember having my mother visit for Thanksgiving and I didn’t even want to get up and cook the meal I typically would have […]

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Making Passover Fun for Your Children

Passover is one of my favorite Jewish holidays! I love the food, the time with family, and the child-centric focus of the holiday. The Torah teaches us “You shall tell your child on that day, saying, ‘It is because of what The LORD did for […]

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Taking the Stage

“I’m going to perform at the talent show this year.” “You are? With friends?” “Nope, by myself.” “What are you going to do?” “I’m going to dance.”  That is essentially how the conversation with my 9-year-old daughter, Molly, went earlier this fall. For the first […]

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Holocaust Studies In Maryland Schools In Hopes of Combating Antisemitism

This lack of knowledge and its broader implications – coupled with disturbing trend of increased hate incidents in the country – are at the heart of the recent effort by the Baltimore Jewish Council in shoring up Holocaust education in Maryland’s schools. This fall, the […]

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Transforming Baltimore

From taking a leadership role in revitalizing and stabilizing city neighborhoods to working with local schools and other nonprofit partners to foster educational success, The Associated is committed to ensuring that Baltimore thrives. NeighborhoodsBeginning in 2015, The Jewish Museum of Maryland (JMM) took a leadership […]

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Two Historic Organizations to Work Together to Promote Diversity

The JCC of Greater Baltimore, founded in 1854, joined forces with the Y in Central Maryland, founded in 1853, in the first phase of what the two organizations believe to be a long-term partnership that will build bridges and make a lasting social impact in […]

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Meaningful Jewish Children’s Books

PJ Library continues to be an amazing gift – for children and parents. Oh, the thrill of seeing that oversized blue and white envelope in your mailbox each month, and watching as your kid gleefully tears it open! Because, sure, bedtime may not always be […]

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What Is Jewish About A Ropes Course?

I sit on the edge of the platform looking down it feels like a mile to the ground. Am I really supposed to jump? My team is looking at me, walking me through the process of belaying in (securing a climber with a rope), tweezeling […]

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Meet Brad and Melissa Hecht

On November 20, The Associated will present its signature Keynote event, “After Pittsburgh: Pride, People & Power.” Held at Woodholme Country Club, the evening will feature a conversation with Bari Weiss, New York Times staff writer and editor and author of How to Fight Anti-Semitism. […]

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Finding the Right Sport for Your Child

The sports activity and clinic season is upon us, and it’s that time of year when many parents are faced with scheduling activities to keep their children busy and active during the afternoons and weekends. Youth sports cover a wide range of activity and choosing […]

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Zac Plotkin: From Camper to Career

Zac Plotkin looks back fondly at his 14 summers spent at Capital Camps. It was there that he made lifelong friends and garnered the experiences that would later guide him towards his current career path. In fact, camp made such an impression on this young […]

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Melanie Shapiro ⁠— Advocate for Change

For Melanie Shapiro, change is a constant in her life. As director of Juvenile Justice Policy for the Maryland Office of the Public Defender, Melanie is an advocate for change (and sometimes for stability, ensuring policies remain unchanged). Today, Melanie’s involvement spreads beyond her professional […]

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Magnanimous Millennials: Young People Giving Back

When it comes to philanthropy, young adults are making a big impact. Although they may not be the largest givers — that honor belongs to the Boomers, according to a study by fundraising firm Blackbaud Institute — 60 percent of millennials donate to charity, with […]

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Meet Michele Shermak M.D.

Baltimore born and bred, Michele Shermak M.D. is a Pikesville High graduate who grew up in “21208.” Michele currently lives in Roland Park with her husband, Howard Sobkov and two college-age sons, Sam (19) and Max (18). Michele earned her undergraduate degree from Franklin and […]

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Meet Robin Nathankern Arnold

Robin Nathankern Arnold will never forget her early days in Baltimore. A shy girl of eight, she and her mother had just moved to the Pikesville community from their home in the Midwest, leaving her friends — and her father — behind. Suddenly her whole […]

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Meet Alex Simone, a VolunTeam Leader

For Alex Simone, manager of the Moveable Feast VolunTeam through Jewish Volunteer Connection (JVC), part of being in a community is helping one another. Quite simply, he says, it takes a village. Alex was born and raised in the Baltimore area, attending Beth Tfiloh Dahan […]

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