Tag: The Associated

Jewish Baltimore Eats: Seven Can’t-Miss Recipes


The coronavirus has changed the way we now eat. With restaurants closing to sit-down business, we are cooking and baking more than ever. In fact, flour, vanilla and yeast are becoming some of the hottest commodities – often as hard to find as toilet paper.

While staying at home means less outings to the grocery store and much less spent at restaurants, it gives us an opportunity to show off our inner foodie. There are countless old recipes to recreate and even new ones to try.

Our staff and community members have been putting their culinary skills to good use. Here’s what we’re cooking up in our kitchens:

Five Ways to De-stress During Coronavirus


Since the coronavirus epidemic began, uncertainty and fear have become part of our daily lives. For many, these stresses ebb and flow as we try to navigate our new normal.

For some, it’s the stress of homeschooling a child while trying to work. For others, living alone, isolated and worried about one’s health, is causing fear and anxiety.

Now more than ever it’s important for us to take care of ourselves by making our mental and physical health a priority. Step away from the news. Take a personal time-out from our new routines to nourish our souls.

How do we find our Zen? A time-out to rewind and re-energize?

4Front Teens Speak Out on How Life Has Changed


The day schools closed for the coronavirus pandemic was supposed to be Tamara Rubin’s last day as a senior at Beth Tfiloh Dahan Community School. The next few months before graduation would bring a much-anticipated internship, a school trip to Poland and Israel and then the culmination of her school career – graduation.

Lara Shein, a sophomore at the Bryn Mawr School, was looking forward to her brother’s bar mitzvah in April. Although the pandemic would soon upend the planned celebration, it would still take place. In fact, the Zoom bar mitzvah and special meal with family brought new meaning to this Jewish rite of passage.

For these two high school students, and Ben Suffel, a junior at Franklin High, this year was unlike anything they had anticipated when they began their high school years. In some ways, this new normal has changed the way they look at life. In other ways, it has deepened their relationships with family.

The Associated and JMORE Partner on a New Virtual Program


As we continue to stay at home during the current coronavirus pandemic, we all have questions. Questions about the best medical protocols, questions about how to destress and manage our sudden fears and anxieties, questions about our jobs and our money.

To answer these questions, The Associated: Jewish Federation of Baltimore and Jmore have teamed up to offer “The Upside,” a new virtual program featuring some of the community’s leading experts.

Hosted by Beth Goldsmith, Chair-Elect of The Associated, and Scott Rifkin, Publisher of Jmore, the show will tackle some of the most pressing issues on our minds … as well as tips to find meaning and enjoyment during this time. The Q&A format was designed to allow the community to ask these experts the real questions that are on their minds.

CHANA | When Sheltering In Place Is Not Safe


Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, we have seen a spike in domestic violence cases as stay-at-home orders place victims and their abusers in constant proximity. According to Lauren Shaivitz, Executive Director of CHANA, an agency of The Associated: Jewish Federation of Baltimore, social isolation is a form of abuse that perpetrators often use to exert power and control over their victims.

CHANA recently launched a new, secure live chat service to support survivors of domestic violence. The new service allows those looking for help to chat directly with advocates in a way that is safe, private and secure, giving them space and comfort to explore their situation with a trained professional.

In particular, this service can be incredibly helpful to clients who, due to being isolated in their homes with their abusers, cannot access help simply by calling on the phone.

Shaivitz recently spoke with WYPR to discuss how her team of expert clinicians is responding to the evolving needs of their clients during this unprecedented situation.

Click here for full article and to listen to this interview.

Melanie Waxman Talks Tech During COVID-19


It’s all in a day for Melanie Waxman, Technology Concierge at the Myerberg Center. For the past 2 ½ years, she has managed Myerberg’s Tech-Knowledge Hub, helping older adults with their tech devices through workshops and one-on-one consultations.

Yet since the Covid-19 pandemic, Melanie has taken on an even bigger role, adapting her work to the new reality. So how is she doing? We caught up with this mother of two teenage boys who spoke about tech, the Myerberg and COVID-19.

Are You Listening?


With our daily commutes to work now consisting of going from our beds to the kitchen table, the traditional radio station skimming has been put aside. But we still look for that extra boost during the day to relax, learn something new or refresh our minds. Music is a great way to do this, but so are podcasts. You may already have a favorite. Within The Associated family of agencies, our professionals have recommended a list of podcasts focusing on their areas of expertise.

Part of The Baltimore Jewish Council’s (BJC) mission is to foster cooperation and understanding within the Jewish community and build relationships and mutual understanding with diverse groups across Maryland through advocacy, education and action. In keeping with these themes, here are a few suggested podcasts.

Seven Ways You Can Make a Difference During the Current COVID-19 Pandemic


COVID-19 continues to affect our daily lives. From families and individuals who need food, to older adults experiencing isolation, there are many in our community who could use our help now more than ever.

Check out these volunteer opportunities from our agencies and overseas partners on ways you can make a difference in someone’s life.

Prevent Loneliness

Through Jewish Volunteer Connection, volunteers will reach out to isolated individuals, helping them feel connected during these trying times while also checking in on their wellness. Interested individuals should visit this page for more info.

Five Relationship Tips for Surviving the Stay at Home Order


When China first began lifting its quarantine, something, perhaps not too surprising, happened. Divorce rates spiked among couples, who had found old wounds and hidden fissures in their marriage simply too hard to overcome.

Yet, spending 24/7 time with your spouse throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, doesn’t have to lead to divorce. Here are a few tips from Jewish Community Services on how to navigate your marriage during this period.

Six Ways To Stay Fit To Impact Your Health


Staying at home for an extended period of time can pose a significant challenge for remaining physically active. Sedentary behavior and low levels of physical activity can have negative effects on your health, well-being and quality of life.

Self-quarantine can also cause additional stress and challenge your mental health. Physical activity and relaxation techniques can be valuable tools to help you remain calm and continue to protect your health during these uncertain times.

Daily bouts of physical activity can be achieved at home, with no special equipment and with limited space. The following are some tips on how to stay active and reduce sedentary behavior while at home in self-quarantine: