In Odessa, Winter Is Coming

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By: Marina Moldavanskaya Baltimore-Odessa Partnership Coordinator The whole city of Odessa is preparing for the coming winter. Although winter is always a challenging time in the region, the current situation in Ukraine is creating the need for increased preparations across the entire population. The Ukrainian government has stated that the gas supply this winter will… Read More

I am a Mother of a Combat Soldier

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By Amian Kelemer (as read at Baltimore’s Gathering for Solidarity on July 21, 2014) I am a lot of things. Daughter, sister, wife, mother. Teacher, colleague, friend… The one thing I am that has changed me at my core more than almost anything else is being a soldier mom. And once you are a soldier… Read More

Send in the Clowns

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By: Jill Max, Chair, The Associated’s Israel Engagement Center I hate the circus. The primary reason for these feelings stems from my childhood and my family’s requisite annual pilgrimage to Madison Square Garden to witness the “greatest show on Earth.” The smell of the menagerie was bad enough, but it was the clowns that really… Read More

Happy Hour

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By Jill Max, Chair, The Associated’s Israel Engagement Center Last night, I walked to the beautiful Tel Aviv port (don’t worry, there are plenty of places along the way to duck and cover) and had dinner with two Jewish Agency for Israel (JAFI) staff members and four young adults from Baltimore who are participating in… Read More

URGENT

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By Jill Max, Co-chair, The Associated’s Israel Engagement Center Tuli, my driver, greeted me with his handwritten sign and immediately launched into what I can only assume is his typical comedy routine. We walked to the van and he asked me if I spoke Hebrew. “I used to, but it’s been quite a long time,”… Read More

Returning To My Home Away From Home

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By: Heather Greenebaum I was thrilled to get more involved with the Baltimore-Ashkelon Partnership as part of my McDonogh High School senior project. Last summer, I traveled to Israel through the Diller Teen Fellows program and made many friendships in Ashkelon that continue to remain strong. I chose to return to Ashkelon for my project… Read More

Celebrating Yom Ha’atzmaut: A Split-Second of Culture

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   By Marisa Obuchowski Two years ago I embarked on a journey, a masa, to Israel for five months to live, explore and intern in Tel Aviv. I loved the time that I spent abroad learning the culture, engaging with the land and the people and connecting more deeply with my heritage. While in Israel,… Read More

Challenging Times in Odessa

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By: Marina Moldavanskaya  Baltimore-Odessa Partnership Coordinator Historically, April is a special month for Ukraine. Liberation Day, celebrated on April 10, marked the day Odessa was liberated from the Nazis in 1944. And although tense times are upon us, we make a point to celebrate this joyous day. As the global community knows, following the annexation of… Read More

Todah, Israel. You Surprised Me.

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By: Elizabeth Schuman Everyone asks me about the Heart to Heart mission to Israel. Was it incredible? Did you visit the Wall? How about Tel Aviv? Did you climb Masada? Wasn’t the food the best you’ve ever tasted? Well, yes. Jerusalem and the Wall are breathtaking, with history you can feel, see and touch. Tel… Read More