The Associated Contributors

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

Haley Bach’s career course was set at the age of ten


Today Haley Bach is pursuing a career working with people with disabilities…but that might not have happened if not for an amazing friendship she developed while bunking with Hannah Terle, a camper with autism, the summer she was 10.

For Steve Dubin, chairing the Maryland Israel Development Center (MIDC) brings with it a special satisfaction


“When you are trying to do anything to contribute to society, that’s always great. In this case I am not just helping, but I am helping Israel,” he says. “I want Israel to be successful, and this is a hands-on way to do that, using my particular set of expertise.”

The MIDC promotes trade relations between Maryland and Israel, helping local firms find a market in the Jewish state and encouraging Israeli companies to gain a foothold here.

Meet Amanda Levine – Teacher, mom and so much more


Teacher, mom, member of the Jewish Women’s Giving Foundation and participant in The Associated’s Masters program.

Grandparenting from Afar


Director of Community Connections, Jewish Community Services, an agency of The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore

I grew up in the 50s and 60s being blessed by the relationships I had with both sets of grandparents and one great-grandmother. In fact, my great-grandmother’s death when I was 21 years old was the first close family loss I experienced.

In Her Mother’s Memory: Amy Baum Chairs CHANA’s Race Against Abuse


Amy Baum has run her fair share of races, including the Baltimore Half Marathon, but on Mother’s Day, May 13, she will be running for something different.

Filling the World with Love and Respect: Why Ellyn Samuelson Volunteers


April 23-27 is National Volunteer Week, and we have a host of volunteers to celebrate! Meet Ellyn, a volunteer with CHANA who grew up volunteering and wants to ensure all people are treated with love and respect.

How Aaron Martin Gives Back with Jewish Volunteer Connection


April 23-27 is National Volunteer Week, and we have a host of volunteers to celebrate!

Sexual Harassment – How CHANA’s Preventative Healthy Relationship Programming Can Make a Difference


In the past month, a day hasn’t gone by without news of sexual assault or harassment allegations made by women, and a few men, who are finally feeling empowered to speak out.

Meet Ziv Friedwald – Campus Fellow at Johns Hopkins University


In partnership with The Associated’s global partner, The Jewish Agency for Israel, each year the Associated provides support for four young Israelis to work as key members of the Hillel staff at Hopkins, Towson University, Goucher College and University of Maryland, College Park. Israel Campus Fellows provide opportunities for students to discuss and form connections with an Israeli, educated and inspire students to forge enduring commitments to Israel.

Meet Zhanna A. Maydanich, Esquire


An attorney with a private practice in Owings Mills, Zhanna Maydanich specializes on providing in-house counsel services to small and family-owned businesses. With her own lifelong personal and professional experiences, she truly understands the impact and pressure that a small and family-owned business has upon the families of its owners and its employees.