The Associated Contributors

The Associated Contributors are writers from The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore.

Eugene Poverni – Business Leader, Father and Baltimore Native


Eugene Poverni

Eugene Poverni, principal at Poverni Sheikh Group, is a local business leader, father and Baltimore native who works in the real estate industry. Involved with The Associated: Jewish Federation of Baltimore – he chairs CHAI’s Real Estate Committee – Eugene works towards improving the lives of Baltimore families and seniors, especially as it relates to housing and home repair.

Steve Fader’s Penny Collection Leads to New Associated Campaign Initiative


Steve Fader

For years, Steve Fader collected pennies. And nickels and dimes and quarters. Plunking them down into shoe boxes in his closet, the coins slowly piled up for over 30 years.

Little did Fader realize how much he had collected until he became Campaign Chair of The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore. That’s when he pulled out the 150 pounds of coins totaling approximately $2,500 and recognized that his change could be put to better use.

Have Some Family Fall Fun with These Upcoming November Events


Fall Fun with The Associated

Weekends are a great time to spend with the family. Here are some upcoming opportunities you don’t want to miss!

Dr. Yarden Fanta’s Brave Journey from Ethiopia to Israel


Dr Yarden - The Associated

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.

The Associated Stands with Pittsburgh


Stand with Pittsburgh

As we mourn the victims of the mass shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, The Associated and its agencies are committed to the wellbeing of Baltimore’s Jewish community.

Check out the many ways you can get involved in or learn about how we can become stronger together. Read more here.

Meet the Macks Center for Jewish Education’s Eight Shinshinim


ShinShinim Group

For more than a decade, the Macks Center for Jewish Education, through funding allocated by The Associated and in partnership with Jewish Agency for Israel (JAFI), has brought two Israeli teens to Baltimore to strengthen relations between Israel and our community. This year, we are very fortunate to be one of five hubs chosen to host eight Shinshinim in an effort to deepen the personal connections between the young Israelis and the Baltimore Jewish community. We sat down and spoke to this energetic, personable group of teens and feel like we already know Yonaton, Shira, Efrat, Shani, Matania, Yael, Tomer and Bar.

Dishing it Up with Leslie Schaller and Randi Settleman


Leslie and Randi - The AssociatedLeslie Schaller and Randi Settleman admit they may not love to cook, but when it comes to food, they are definitely connoisseurs. It’s one of the reasons the sisters, who work side-by-side at their family-owned business, Bond Distributing, couldn’t wait to co-chair this fall’s biggest culinary event featuring five of the nation’s most prominent Jewish chefs.

Starting Over in Baltimore and how IMPACT Helped Lauren Sibel


Lauren Sibel - The AssociatedFor the past 6 years, Baltimore native, Lauren Sibel, attended Tulane University in Louisiana earning her Master’s Degree in social work. When she moved back to her home city, it felt a little bit like starting over.

Spend Time with the Family this Fall with a Local Show


Local Shows this FallFall is the perfect time to spend with your family, and theatrical performances are a great way to make that happen! From storybooks, to movies, to magic, to pirates – here are some upcoming local shows you don’t want to miss!

Enjoy a Night on the Town this Fall with The Associated


A Night Out with the Associated

Are you a foodie? Perhaps you enjoy a good political conversation. Or maybe you would rather attend a Harry Houdini Séance! Whatever your interest may be, The Associated has something for you.