Preventing Social Isolation in Adults in the Age of COVID-19


As the world shuts down to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, people are hunkering down in their homes. And for many that means increased loneliness, which could lead to depression.

And, older adults are particularly vulnerable. Not only are those over 65 most at risk for serious complications from COVID-19, but as they stay home, they are at risk of becoming socially isolated. Asked to stay away from family and friends, they must find ways to remain connected to the outside world.

According to Tiffany Nicolette, Vice President, Aging in Community for CHAI, there is also the concern that social isolation from the coronavirus could have lasting effects.

Recent research indicates that social isolation has the same negative health effects as smoking 15 cigarettes a day. “It is crucial for us provide alternative ways for our older adults to connect with one another and maintain their friendships,” says Nicolette.

Talking to Our Children about Coronavirus


In a modern age of constant contact and sensationalized news broadcasting, we, as parents, not only have to find ways to deal with our own feelings about scary news stories, but also the inevitability of our children’s encounters with them. The recent outbreak of COVID-19 (also known as the Coronavirus), is no exception.

COVID-19 is quickly threatening to significantly impact our day-to-day routines and decisions within our families and homes. So, how do we prepare our families and our children for these real and potential changes?

The answer to this question is complicated. If you are like me, you find yourself involuntarily inundated with news headlines that toggle between hysteria and dissociation. You will feel torn between the choice of becoming a “doomsday prepper” and taking a “worry when there’s reason to worry” approach.

COVID-19 Updates From The Associated: Jewish Federation of Baltimore


Caring for one another and helping to keep our community safe are The Associated’s top priorities.

The Associated and its family of agencies continues to actively monitor the evolving updates on Coronavirus (COVID-19). We are working closely with our beneficiary agencies – and in concert with public health officials and other organizations – to ensure the critical needs and services continue to be provided in a manner that maintains the health of our community members.

Monitoring COVID-19 with The Associated


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Caring for one another and helping to keep our community safe are The Associated’s top priorities.

The Associated and its network of agencies continues to actively monitoring the evolving updates on Coronavirus (COVID-19). We are working closely with our beneficiary agencies – and in concert with public health officials and other organizations – to ensure the critical needs and services continue to be provided in a manner that maintains the health of our community members.

As of March 16, 2020

Volunteer at Home

As we follow the directive to create social distancing, Jewish Volunteer Connection (JVC) has identified volunteer projects that can be done at home – please take a look at the project list and other urgent direct and indirect volunteer needs related to community response to this crisis.

This list is being continually updated as the situation continues to develop. To learn more and register or order supplies, go to

JVC is also working with partner organizations to identify ongoing and new ways that they will address the needs of the most vulnerable members of our community. Please fill out this form if you want to be notified as new opportunities to serve the community during this challenging time are identified.

Community Closings

As of Monday, March 16, The Associated building at 101 Mount Royal Avenue will be closed to visitors. We will continue to operate as normal.

The Rosenbloom Owings Mills JCC, the Gordon Center for Performing Arts, the Weinberg Park Heights JCC and the DBJCC is closed through March 22. Look here for further updates.

Here are the latest community closings:

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A Yankee Fan and a Red Sox Fan Find Love


You never know where you’ll find your beshert. Elise and David Saltzberg discover what they have in common through The Associated. Read (and listen) to their love story:

On this episode of Pull Up A Chair, we have love and romance. Elise and David Saltzberg actually found each other thanks to The Associated. They talk about how it was actually diamonds and deception that ultimately drew them together, but it’s not what you think. Pull Up a Chair to have a listen and find out how they met their beshert.

Stan Lee is All About the Experience


Seize the day, seize the book… just make sure you pay for it first. Stan Lee, the store cat at Carpe Librum needs the bucks for his kitty treats. He loves his treats, but more than that, Stan is all about the experience. Books and bookstores are a crucial part of the cat and human community.

Humans, those handy two-legged head scratchers, might be able to buy books online, but you can’t pay homage to felines or to Stan Lee by staying home in your PJs. Supporting Carpe Librum is supporting your local cat and human population.

Stan Lee has been with the store since it opened in January of 2020, but he’s an experienced bibliocat and has been selling online since 2016. Sometimes, you just need to expand your fan base and create your own reality by opening a storefront.

Stan’s thought on books, bookstores, and holding court with his adoring fans run deep. We talked with Mr. Stan Lee from his favorite pile of books at Carpe Librum.

How Can We Promote Good Behavior in Our Children


As parents, we often wonder about the best approach for promoting good behavior in the family. This becomes a bigger question when we have a child who throws tantrum or presents us with behavioral issues or perhaps has ADHD. What works – or doesn’t? The SHEMESH behavioral expert shares her insights for handling difficult behaviors and answers the question: Do rewards work?

Orange Element Expands Relationship with the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing


Over the past several years, Orange Element has been fortunate to work collaboratively with the editor and team at the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing to redesign and continue development of their seasonal Nursing Magazine. Since the beginning, and twice overhauled, the magazine highlights the School’s many great advancements and showcases why it is nationally ranked as the No. 1 graduate nursing school program by U.S. News & World Report.

Investing in Park Heights


With the recent unveiling of the Pimlico redevelopment project, the future of Park Heights is looking brighter. Coupled with the revitalization efforts in Central Park Heights – work that is supported by CHAI – it could lift up the neighborhood, positively impacting the entire community.

The plan, which provides for keeping the Preakness Stakes in Baltimore, turns over 50 acres of land to private developers to build housing and commercial buildings. It calls for flexible spaces that could be customized, with the idea that the infield could be used for athletic fields, book fairs and farmer’s markets.

It also includes a new clubhouse, which will be utilized for Preakness. And, it brings in the potential for new jobs, with an estimated 1,500 permanent job opportunities when the site is built out.

Neighborhood Institute 2020: Building Civic Power POSTPONED TO FALL 2020


Build Civic Power at Strong City Baltimore’s 12th Neighborhood Institute

Strong City Baltimore is postponing Neighborhood Institute 2020, originally scheduled for March 28th at Baltimore City Community College, in accordance with the mandates from state and city leadership about cancelling large-scale events due to public health concerns over the spread of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). The annual skill-building conference for neighborhood leaders will be rescheduled to fall 2020.

Neighborhood Institute, Strong City Baltimore’s annual skill-building conference for neighborhood leaders, activists, and nonprofit professionals, returns with a day of learning that reflects these extraordinary times for our city and nation. With election season in full swing and the Census count kicking into high gear, Strong City is joining forces with other local organizations to focus Neighborhood Institute’s content on the theme “Building Civic Power.”

Neighborhood Institute 2020: Building Civic Power

Saturday, March 28, 2020

8:30am to 3:30pm

Baltimore City Community College