Giving back to the community is important for Matthew Klatsky and his wife, Lindsay. The couple has been heavily involved in Jewish Baltimore since settling in Baltimore 10 years ago. Recently, Matthew has been bringing his passion and focus to The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore to help guide families on charitable funding.
#GivingTuesday. The global day of giving, which occurs annually the first Tuesday after Thanksgiving, is a wonderful opportunity to help those in need. As this day of giving has grown in popularity, so are the number of ways you can show your support. We’re here to give you seven ideas on how you can make an impact on November 27.
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.
Each year, the eighth-grade students of GreenMount School travel to a remote part of the United States or to another country as part of their Immersion Program. Students are immersed in the destination, learning about the geography, history, and culture of the people who call that area home. Students generally travel in the spring for 6-9 days, depending on the destination and goals of the trip. Recently, students traveled to Iceland to experience the raw beauty in nature and immerse themselves in the study of geology and Icelandic culture. In other years, the students have traveled to the Canyonlands of Utah, Costa Rica, the Netherlands, Scotland, and Spain. Academic preparation includes an independent study project on the country to inform travel and communication.
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.
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.
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.