The Associated Contributors

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

Four Ways to Make a CHANGE at the JCC Community Block Party


The Associated Block Party

Celebrate family and community with The Associated at the Jewish Community Center 6th Annual Block Party! On Sunday, June 2, join in on the fun with a celebration of the vibrant and diverse community of Owings Mills and Baltimore at Rosenbloom Owings Mills JCC. The Community block party is a place where organizations, local businesses and vendors combine with fun activities for kids and entertainment for all. Bring the kids for a day of exciting games, fun challenges and playful discoveries. However, there is more than just fun. Here are four ways to make a change at the JCC Community Block Party.

Dov Hoffman Embraces New Experiences


For Dov Hoffman, embracing new experiences is a part of developing as a person and as a professional. From his moving to the Canton area, to taking on a leadership role with the American Marketing Association Baltimore Chapter (AMA Baltimore), not to mention his role on the board of Towson Hillel, Dov’s life is a busy one. Even so, he still finds time to be engaged Jewishly.

Shelley Hendler’s Chapter Two: Exploring the Next Great Thing


From the time she was a teenager, Shelley Hendler worked. First making money babysitting and tutoring in high school, then later as an educator in the Baltimore County school system, then for 12 years, she served as a middle school administrator for Krieger Schechter Day School.

Yet, five years ago, Shelley felt it was time to move on and start her own “chapter two.” Knowing she was still young, and looking to broaden her horizons, this empty-nester wasn’t quite sure what she wanted to do. Then several opportunities came knocking at her door.

Five Speakers Not to Miss this Spring


The Associated Spring Speakers

From the battlefields of Iraq, to the politics of Washington, the speakers coming this spring will provide different perspectives of the past while looking to the future.

Sarah Hurwitz, Former chief speechwriter for Michelle Obama
Tuesday, June 4, 8:00 a.m. | The Suburban Club
At this year’s Jewish Professional Women’s LeadHERship event, Hurwitz will discuss her journey as a Jewish woman in the White House and her work while in the Obama Administration. REGISTER NOW

CHANA Takes Leadership Role In Eradicating Elder Abuse in Baltimore City


Thanks to a recent grant from the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Violence Against Women, CHANA is now creating a model of collaboration in Baltimore City designed to eradicate elder abuse and provide justice for its victims.

The grant, given to only four organizations in the nation, allows CHANA, through its SAFE: Stop Abuse of Elders division, to administer a series of critical trainings to individuals in Baltimore City who come in close contact with potential victims and elder abuse cases. These trainings—which range from identifying elder abuse and applying the law to sentencing guidelines – will be offered to law enforcement officials, city prosecutors, city judges and victim service provides, such as adult protective services.

2020 Community Study Underway to Map Jewish Community’s Future


It’s official. This April, The Associated launched the 2020 Greater Baltimore Jewish Community Study, the first look in a decade at the characteristics, attitudes and behaviors of the Baltimore Jewish community.

The results, which are expected to be available in January 2020, will help The Associated and its agencies, as well as synagogues, camps, day schools and other local Jewish organizations, identify trends and emerging needs that will inform our current planning and policy decisions.

Meet Hanan “Bean” Sibel


Growing up in the ghetto of West Baltimore during the Great Depression, Hanan “Bean” Sibel recalls that his family really “didn’t have much.”

Crowded in a small home with 13 people – grandparents, parents and kids – this close-knit family would even take in relatives who immigrated to the United States.

Despite the family’s financial hardships, Bean remembers they always had at least one pushke (tzedakahbox). “Whether it was for The Associated, our synagogue, HIAS (Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society) or another Jewish cause, whenever we had coins, we would drop them in.”

Out of Stigma’s Shadow


While accepting an award at the Grammy’s in February, performer Lady Gaga positioned the issue of mental health front and center.

“If I don’t get another chance to say this, I just want to say I’m so proud to be a part of a movie that addresses mental health issues. They’re so important… [W]e gotta take care of each other. So, if you see somebody that’s hurting, don’t look away. And if you’re hurting, even though it might be hard, try to find that bravery within yourself to dive deep and go tell somebody…” – Lady Gaga

The reason Gaga’s speech made headlines, according to Ruth Klein, PhD., director of mental health and compliance for Jewish Community Services (JCS), an agency of The Associated: Jewish Federation of Baltimore, is that people rarely speak out or even speak at all about mental health issues.

Winter Break in Israel with The Associated’s Family Mission


The weather might be getting warmer, but it’s time to start thinking about winter break. Why stress over booking hotels or planning tours, when The Associated has put together the prefect trip for you and your family.

Just imagine your winter break in Israel. Rappelling into the Ramon Crater, digging at an ancient archaeological excavation, walking through ancient tunnels in Jerusalem, climbing Masada, floating in the Dead Sea and more.

Read on to learn why Family Mission Co-Chairs, Stacey & Randy Getz and Carol & Robert Keehn, do not want you to miss this opportunity.

Two Women, One Wrong Turn: The Ease of Opioid Addiction for Women


By Elizabeth Piper, Health Educator, Jewish Community Services, an agency of The Associated

I remember my first time using a prescription opioid. I was 17 and just had my wisdom teeth extracted earlier in the day. I was lying on the couch in our family room watching a re-run of Gilmore Girls, trying to distract myself from the pain I felt from the surgery.

My mom walked in with a white paper bag from the pharmacy. Inside was my prescription for Oxycodone. She opened the bottle and handed me one tablet. I took it with a glass of water and within 15 minutes, I felt something I had never experienced before.