Gary Olschansky, co-chair of The Associated’s Insight Israel Forum, has been involved in the Baltimore Jewish community for many years. Originally from St. Louis, Missouri, Gary made Baltimore his home more than 30 years ago and gained a community through The Associated.
We sat down with this real estate guru to talk about his volunteer work, his passion for history, architecture and The Forum’s priorities for the coming year.
How did you get involved with The Associated?
After college I moved to Baltimore to start my career and I came across The Associated’s Young leadership program. The Young leadership program was just starting when I participated in it, so it was cool to be one of the pioneers of the program. As I started to get more involved in The Associated, I met a lot of great people – one being Marc Terrill, who became one of my great friends.
As a new co-chair of the Insight Israel Forum, now in its fourth year, what are your priorities?
I would like to find more people like me who are curious about Israel. I want to expand my knowledge on how we can be better partners with our friends overseas. I think we have a great opportunity with the Insight Israel Forum to highlight all of the amazing parts of Israel that we may not always get to see.
Why is serving the community important to you?
I have always thought that my time spent while not working was 100% meant for my family. I realized that ultimately helping my community be a better place will help my kids live in a better world and leading by example is very important to me.