The Associated’s Insight Israel Forum is launched. The first in the country, The Forum engages Jewish Baltimore’s leadership and community in dialogue, education and connection about Israel through lectures, small group conversations, speaker events and on-line educational programming.


Onward Israel program is launched for Baltimore college students. Onward participants spend a summer working and living in Tel Aviv.


The shinshinim program is launched, in partnership with the Jewish Agency for Israel and the Center for Jewish Education. Shinshinim are talented Israeli high school graduates who come to Baltimore for a year of service. They volunteer in the community and serve as informal educators.


Diller Teen Fellows Program is launched in partnership with Jewish Volunteer Connection that pairs Baltimore and Ashkelon teens and culminates in a trip to Israel.


Associated Jewish Charities mission to Israel. Caption reads, “The group in Israel with President Ben-Zvi.” Back of photo identifies the fifth, sixth and seventh people from left as John Rochberg, Hilda Blaustein and Grace Heller.


Several years after Baltimore was twinned with Ir Ganim, Baltimore became just one of a half dozen communities to take on a second twin city, Kiryat Gat, located south of Tel Aviv and composed of many Soviet Jewish immigrants. Baltimoreans helped residents of that city […]


The Associated’s Baltimore-Ashkelon Partnership was established. Since the partnership began, more than 1,000 Baltimoreans have visited this seaside town each year.PHOTO from meeting in Ashkelon in 2004