Recently The Associated and the Baltimore Jewish Times partnered together for the My 2020 Journey Writing Contest. This contest honors The Associated’s 100th birthday, capturing the historical perspective of 2020 and the importance of community during this unprecedented time.

Get to know our youngest first place winners.

Evan Rosen, age 13, winner of the Pen Pals category (age 13 and under).  Read his winning entry here: The Longest, Fastest Year of My Life.

Ayelet Friedman, age 15, winner of the Young Writers category (ages 14 to 19). Read her winning entry here: One People, One Heart.

What school do you attend?

Evan: Boys’ Latin School of Maryland

Ayelet: Bais Yaakov of Baltimore

Evan: I have volunteered a lot of my time into cleaning streams, helping veterans, helping young and older people by visiting them at their homes (before Corona) and places like Ronald McDonald House. And much more.

Ayelet: I volunteer for organizations such as Jewish Volunteer Connection, Jewish Cemetery Association, Yachad and other organizations of which my parents are involved. I am a member with my family at Congregation Shomrei Emunah, where I love the davening and youth activities. I have participated in a program known as Good Neighbor Day as well. I additionally joined the Chesed League with a few of my close friends. I have had such a wonderful time with each of these activities and feel accomplished knowing I may have helped the community even if in the slightest bit.

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