A new program that promotes healthy aging … a new vision for the Jewish Museum of Maryland … an exciting national announcement. Here are five things to know about The Associated this spring and summer.

Introducing a New Initiative for Older Adults
This month, The Associated and partner agencies launched a brand-new, innovative network to help older adults live their best life. Supported by Irene and Robbert Russel and family and the Leonard and Helen R. Stulman Charitable Foundation, AgeWell Baltimore, a Centennial initiative, is the place to go for resources and guidance to support independence and promote healthy aging.

AgeWell Baltimore Specialists connect older adults and their caregivers to over 40 coordinated services and programs that include:  counseling and family support, housing communities, eldercare consultation social, wellness and volunteer opportunities and more. This free service is open to the entire Baltimore community.

The program is a collaboration between The Associated and its agencies, CHAI, CHANA and Jewish Community Services. To learn more, go to agewellbaltimore.org  or contact an AgeWell Specialist at 410-500-5328.

New Jewish Museum of Maryland Director Offers Exciting Vision
This January, Sol Davis joined the Jewish Museum of Maryland as its new executive director. Now several months into his tenure, this former executive director of the Jewish History Musuem and Holocaust History Center in Tucson, AZ is looking ahead to how the museum will evolve post-pandemic.

Building off the move that accelerated museums’ foray into the digital sphere, Davis sees I see the museum as a hybrid model of digital and in-person programming and exhibits. “I also believe we have this opportunity to create experiences that not only look back at our history but to enrich Jewish life in the present and re-imagine and build our Jewish future. I want to create a participatory museum where everyone is part of creating this future.”

For Davis that means making testimony a centerpiece, using human voice to increase intimacy. “I see the JMM collecting the community’s stories and using them as a springboard for public programs and exhibitions. Everything from family photos, recipes, record collections, documents, videos, ephemera and most importantly voices.”

One of those projects we are working on is 2121 Ancestral Dreaming, where the community can share its hopes and wildest dreams for the Jewish community in 2121. More to come soon.

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