Fed Live! Honors Members, Celebrates Community

This year’s Jewish Federation of Howard County’s Fed Live! Stars & Stripes is sold out, and with good reason. On June 9, more than 400 attendees will enjoy the witty “we put the mock in Democracy” entertainment of The Capitol Steps and also have an opportunity to Give for Good.

Fed Live! is about honoring the dedication of its community members, said Michelle Ostroff, the federation’s executive director. Honorees are  distinguished for their activity in the Jewish community,  their positions held at Jewish organizations and their contributions to federation.

“They’re nominated by the community,” Ostroff said. This year’s honorees and awards  include Rob Freedman, business professional; Marvin Hoss, medical professional; Sara Magden, young leadership; Jill Oletsky, community builder; and Ellen Strichart, woman of valor.

“An element that’s new this year is the Give for Good live auction,” Ostroff said. “The concept is, instead of community members bidding up one another for Ravens tickets and designer purses,” they can bid on and donate services the federation provides, she said.

“A bunch of people can bid $180 for an hour of social services for someone,” for  example, Ostroff said. “It draws attention to the services we provide and is a way for  attendees to direct their donations to a specific program or service.”

Janet Davidson Gordon,  a Howard County Jewish  community member, will be gracing the stage that night with The Capitol Steps, with whom she has performed for 24 years. She also serves on the board of Toby’s Columbia Center for Theatrical Arts. She and her husband, Neil, who is a former federation board member and still serves on committees, are two of several major sponsors of the event.


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