During two nights of celebrating 100 years of history, and looking forward to 100 years more, members of Jewish Baltimore gathered in Baltimore and Florida to kick-off The Associated’s Centennial Campaign.
“The men and women of 1920 did not know how their one week, $500,000 campaign would turn out that year,” said Beth Goldsmith, public phase chair of the Centennial Campaign, as she opened the ceremony at Woodholme Country Club in Baltimore.
More than 200 attended the Baltimore event and an additional 80 individuals were on hand at the PGA National Resort & Spa in West Palm Beach for the Florida kickoff.
During the evening, it was announced that the Centennial Campaign was well on its way to its $200 million goal and had raised more than $105 million. Since then, the Campaign has raised a total of $111 million.
In Baltimore, four community members who have made a commitment to The Associated’s Centennial Campaign shared their personal stories about how they gained their passion for and commitment to the Jewish community.
Arnie Richman, the first to tell his story at Baltimore’s event, spoke on how his parents inspired his philanthropy and his passion for social justice and supporting Jewish families.
“I was a brought up with a sense of responsibility to community,” Arnie said to members of Baltimore’s Jewish community.
“We have an important responsibility to set an example for our children and ensure that they grow up with a loving family and are taught our Jewish values.”
Arnie added, “The Jewish family is changing, we see it all around us… We have decided to support the Centennial Campaign in efforts to see these ever-evolving families continue to find relevance and meaning as an important part of this community.”
Sandy Rosenberg, another active leader in the community, spoke on love and legacy and setting an example for future generations, and how his parents were an inspiration to his philanthropy.
Debs Weinberg, Chair of the Board shared her story and what it means to her to be a volunteer today.
“My earliest memories are those of my grandparents, observing how they helped our extended family, our synagogue and our community here and in Israel,” said Debs.
“My parents passed on the idea of Kol Yisrael Arevim zeh la-zeh, that we are responsible – one for the other.”
Debs continued, telling the crowd about her parents’ passion and dedication to their community, and how it inspired her to be the volunteer she was today.
“For all of us – volunteers and professionals alike – our work is a sacred calling,” said Debs.
“It is the dedication of those before us – those who are here tonight and those who will follow us.”
Ben Greenwald, Past Chair of the Board, was the last of the night to share his story, and recalled his first connection to The Associated when he was an eight-year-old student in Hebrew school.
As Ben told the room, “That is where it all began.”
The evening concluded with John Davison, Chair of the Centennial Campaign, announcing the total raised by the campaign.
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