The Associated Contributors

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

Melanie Waxman, Technology Concierge, Helps Senior Citizens Connect with Tech

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Teaching Technology

As soon as they walk through the door I hear their frustration—not with the technology, but with themselves. Using smart devices for our seniors is like learning a new language.

As an educator, and the technology concierge at the Tech-Knowledge HUB at the Edward A. Myerberg Center, I know that it is really important that we utilize our typical “lesson plan” outline with every client to help them on every project. We look, learn, re-learn and then we relearn before we practice with an activity then practice again and again. No amount of practice is too much! The number one hope for our older adults is to be able to text.

Meet Beth Fisher – Pikesville Mom Who Supports Pikesville Schools Coalition

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Meet Beth Fisher

Beth Fisher always put education at the top of her list when selecting what neighborhood would be best for her family. It’s why she and her husband first moved to the Summit Park school district so her children could attend Pikesville public schools.

So when Beth learned that CHAI was spearheading the Pikesville Schools Coalition, an initiative to strengthen Pikesville schools, she recognized how valuable that was to her community.

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

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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

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“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

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

Grandparenting from Afar

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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