Why I Give

maayan_jaffe_squareIn this week’s cover story, we celebrate the 10-year anniversary of Marc B. Terrill as president of The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore. For those who know Marc, he is certainly worth the salute. But it’s not just about Marc; it’s about what he stands for in his role as president of The Associated. He stands for community.

The Associated is the one organization where people of all backgrounds, all ages and all  denominations can come together for the common good. It is the only place to which you can give a gift and know that it will make a difference locally and globally — and effectively.

I worked at The Associated for three years, and in my role as marketing and communications manager, I saw firsthand the power of The Associated network of 14 agencies and its international partners, the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, The Jewish Agency for Israel and World ORT.

At Jewish Community Services, we care for the most vulnerable, through counseling and emergency cash assistance. Through CHAI, we ensure a stable community in Northwest Baltimore. At CHANA, we support victims of domestic violence and abuse, awakening them to a healthier life.

The Pearlstone Center celebrates being green from a Jewish lens. The Maryland/Israel Development Center promotes jobs in both economies and solidifies and strengthens our ties with Israel.

Tzedakah is a fundamental tenet of Judaism that teaches us to share our gifts with others. As Jews, we are obligated to give 10 percent of our income to charity.

Why do I give to The Associated when there are so many other important causes? The answer: Because a gift to The Associated has maximum impact on the things that matter to me most.

The Associated is supportive of day schools and yeshivot through its annual allocation and the Day School Initiative. The Associated is supportive of our synagogues through the homeland security grants it acquires to protect our people as they pray. The Associated addresses the charitable, educational, religious, humanitarian, health, cultural and social service needs of the Jewish community with a continuing vision of our people living and working together to experience the power and joy of Jewish life as active participants in a vibrant and vital Jewish community.

We live in an extremely partisan world. Politics, Israel, religion, education, social issues — there are so many ways in which we can become divided. When Jews are separated from one another and are not one, it holds us back.

The Associated brings us together.

The 2013 Annual Campaign closes at the end of the month.

Giving creates opportunities for others. You owe it to yourself to extend your relationship with the community, by volunteering (giving of your time) and by making a gift to The Associated.

If you have not yet done so, please support The Associated’s 2013 Annual Campaign. You can make a donation online at associated.org/donate or mail a check to The Associated at 101 W. Mount Royal Ave., Baltimore, MD 21201. Your contribution is a demonstration of your desire for unity — of the goal of harnessing our community’scollective strength to make Jewish Baltimore strong and vibrant today and into the future.

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