Community Recognizes Youth

Thank you for the wonderful article highlighting how our Jewish community is engaging young adults (“Engagement the Jewish Way,” Feb. 28).

Understanding that they represent our Jewish future, The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore has made identifying, engaging and empowering young adults one of its priorities.

Many of the programs you featured, including Moishe House, Repair the World and Charm City Tribe, are coordinated and overseen by Associated agencies or programs such as the Jewish Community Center and Jewish Volunteer Connection. These programs represent a continuum of young adult engagement programs we have put in place and funded since our 2010 Community Study found that less than half of non-Orthodox young adults, 18 to 34, said being Jewish was important to them. By leveraging Associated campaign dollars and community philanthropy, we have been able to incubate and take risks in launching new programming that makes Jewish life relevant and meaningful to our next generation.

As we move forward, The Associated will continue to work with our community partners to support programs and services that help strengthen Jewish identity among young adults. Our efforts and targeted input will ensure a vibrant Jewish community well into the future.

Linda A. Hurwitz
Chair, Community Planning & Allocations
The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore

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