Tag: The Associated

Now is the Time to Share Your Family History


From the days of playing on the roof of the old Jewish Educational Alliance (JEA) building to swimming in bathing caps at Camp Milldale’s pool …. From counting on the men to chauffer the women as they went door to door raising money on G-Day to the early years in the new country … these are the memories of our community, reflected in the stories of The Associated as we look back on our Centennial.

Yet we often don’t find time to pass down our own personal stories to our families. With children and grandparents quarantined at home… and looking for ways to connect, now is the perfect time to share family stories … as well as bond over some treats that have been favorites for generations.

Here’s a list of family bonding activities that are sure to create meaningful family moments across generations:

Bake Together 

That special mandel bread that graces every holiday table … bubbie’s cherished chocolate chip cake. Food sparks memories of special moments, of holidays eating together. Just the smell of a family dish can remind us of our childhood … of holidays spent eating and bonding together.

During these days when you are home, why not Facetime or Skype with a grandparent and bake a favorite dessert together? Or put together a recipe book, with anecdotes that tell some of the history behind that holiday kugel.

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Helping Victims of Abuse Stay Safe During COVID-19


Every day at CHANA, we are committed to the health and safety of all members of our community. We know that this may be a particularly frightening and isolating time for victims and survivors of abuse and trauma and their children. We also know that people are especially vulnerable to sexual and domestic violence during the chaos and uncertainty that accompanies a natural disaster or state of emergency like the one we are currently experiencing.

As the situation with the Coronavirus Pandemic is affecting nearly every aspect of our lives, tensions remain high. During a time when companies are advising employees to work remotely, and the government is recommending social distancing, victims may be isolated in their homes or in proximity to their abuser for extended periods of time.

These factors can create situations where safety is compromised, and danger escalates. CHANA is there to help.

Tips for HomeSchooling: Keeping Children with Learning Differences on Track During COVID-19


To say that the coronavirus has impacted many, if not all, aspects of our lives would be an understatement – with our children’s education being no exception. Rachel Turniansky, director of disability and inclusion services at the Macks Center for Jewish Education (CJE), and SHEMESH staff, have put together a list of tips and tricks you can use to make sure your child with learning differences can still learn effectively from home.

1. Keep To A Schedule (But Remain Flexible)

It’s important to keep to a schedule as much as possible. You can even consider creating a visual schedule, using pictures found online. Use images to represent each activity, even for kids who are reading, to add interest and make it easy to reference. Set goals and celebrate accomplishments. Remain flexible in case things don’t go according to plan. Give yourself some more time for activities and be ready to put things aside even if they aren’t completed – turn it into a teachable moment.

Preventing Social Isolation in Adults in the Age of COVID-19


As the world shuts down to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, people are hunkering down in their homes. And for many that means increased loneliness, which could lead to depression.

And, older adults are particularly vulnerable. Not only are those over 65 most at risk for serious complications from COVID-19, but as they stay home, they are at risk of becoming socially isolated. Asked to stay away from family and friends, they must find ways to remain connected to the outside world.

According to Tiffany Nicolette, Vice President, Aging in Community for CHAI, there is also the concern that social isolation from the coronavirus could have lasting effects.

Recent research indicates that social isolation has the same negative health effects as smoking 15 cigarettes a day. “It is crucial for us provide alternative ways for our older adults to connect with one another and maintain their friendships,” says Nicolette.

Talking to Our Children about Coronavirus


In a modern age of constant contact and sensationalized news broadcasting, we, as parents, not only have to find ways to deal with our own feelings about scary news stories, but also the inevitability of our children’s encounters with them. The recent outbreak of COVID-19 (also known as the Coronavirus), is no exception.

COVID-19 is quickly threatening to significantly impact our day-to-day routines and decisions within our families and homes. So, how do we prepare our families and our children for these real and potential changes?

The answer to this question is complicated. If you are like me, you find yourself involuntarily inundated with news headlines that toggle between hysteria and dissociation. You will feel torn between the choice of becoming a “doomsday prepper” and taking a “worry when there’s reason to worry” approach.

COVID-19 Updates From The Associated: Jewish Federation of Baltimore


Caring for one another and helping to keep our community safe are The Associated’s top priorities.

The Associated and its family of agencies continues to actively monitor the evolving updates on Coronavirus (COVID-19). We are working closely with our beneficiary agencies – and in concert with public health officials and other organizations – to ensure the critical needs and services continue to be provided in a manner that maintains the health of our community members.

Monitoring COVID-19 with The Associated


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Caring for one another and helping to keep our community safe are The Associated’s top priorities.

The Associated and its network of agencies continues to actively monitoring the evolving updates on Coronavirus (COVID-19). We are working closely with our beneficiary agencies – and in concert with public health officials and other organizations – to ensure the critical needs and services continue to be provided in a manner that maintains the health of our community members.

As of March 16, 2020

Volunteer at Home

As we follow the directive to create social distancing, Jewish Volunteer Connection (JVC) has identified volunteer projects that can be done at home – please take a look at the project list and other urgent direct and indirect volunteer needs related to community response to this crisis.

This list is being continually updated as the situation continues to develop. To learn more and register or order supplies, go to jvcbaltimore.org/covid19.

JVC is also working with partner organizations to identify ongoing and new ways that they will address the needs of the most vulnerable members of our community. Please fill out this form if you want to be notified as new opportunities to serve the community during this challenging time are identified.

Community Closings

As of Monday, March 16, The Associated building at 101 Mount Royal Avenue will be closed to visitors. We will continue to operate as normal.

The Rosenbloom Owings Mills JCC, the Gordon Center for Performing Arts, the Weinberg Park Heights JCC and the DBJCC is closed through March 22. Look here for further updates.

Here are the latest community closings:

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A Yankee Fan and a Red Sox Fan Find Love


You never know where you’ll find your beshert. Elise and David Saltzberg discover what they have in common through The Associated. Read (and listen) to their love story:

On this episode of Pull Up A Chair, we have love and romance. Elise and David Saltzberg actually found each other thanks to The Associated. They talk about how it was actually diamonds and deception that ultimately drew them together, but it’s not what you think. Pull Up a Chair to have a listen and find out how they met their beshert.

How Can We Promote Good Behavior in Our Children


As parents, we often wonder about the best approach for promoting good behavior in the family. This becomes a bigger question when we have a child who throws tantrum or presents us with behavioral issues or perhaps has ADHD. What works – or doesn’t? The SHEMESH behavioral expert shares her insights for handling difficult behaviors and answers the question: Do rewards work?

Baltimore’s Terry Willner is Doing Good in Baltimore


As a native Baltimorean, Terry Willner has always felt connected to her hometown. Like many of her friends, she never ventured far for too long – attending Emory University in Atlanta and then moving back to Baltimore after graduation.

It is this love for Baltimore and the conviction to make a difference that inspired this mother of two sons, Alex and Evan, to give back. She began volunteering through The Associated’s Jewish Volunteer Connection (JVC), and now serves as chair. This year, she’s particularly excited about JVC’s newest project which she believes will inspire thousands to do good. She talks about this effort and reveals why Baltimore is so dear to her heart.