Reflection on Taglit-Birthright Israel

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By: Jeanine Tishman Freshman at Towson University After an intensive ten days on Taglit-Birthright Israel, I was both sad that it was over and excited to begin my next adventure as a participant in the first Baltimore-Ashkelon Partnership Birthright Extension. I had been briefed prior to the trip on a major difference between Birthright and… Read More

JCC Migdal Celebrates Its Anniversary

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On February 2, the Migdal Jewish Community Center (JCC) of Odessa celebrated its twenty-second birthday! The program, planned by Migdal members, was held in one of Odessa’s concert halls; yet, the family atmosphere of the event made everybody feel warm and cozy. Migdal participants of all ages took part in the performance: babies danced with… Read More

Alternative Break in Kiryat Gat: Aryeh’s Story

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University of Maryland sophomore Aryeh Kalender from Fairfax, VA, blogged after spending a week in Israel on an Alternative Break trip with Maryland Hillel and Yahel. While there, students worked with the Ethiopian Israeli community to build community centers, gardens and more. Students stayed with Ethiopian host families as part of the experience. The Day… Read More

Transforming One Family

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While thousands of miles from home this past winter on the 2013 Associated Family Mission, Diane Orlinsky discovered the incredible warmth and cohesiveness of Baltimore’s Jewish community. Just as important, it reinforced her views that The Associated can be transformative for a family. Involvement with The Associated Diane Orlinsky’s involvement began several years ago, when… Read More

Metsuda In Odessa

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Metsuda is an annual training program for Jewish next-generation leaders, coordinated by the American Jewish Joint Distribution (JDC). Thirty-five activists of the Ukrainian Jewish community are accepted to the program each year. The age of the attendants ranges from 18-to-28. During the project, the selected participants partake in trainings on management, leadership, volunteerism, Jewish history… Read More

Chanukah in Odessa

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By: Marina Moldavanskaya, Baltimore-Odessa Partnership Coordinator Jewish people all around the world celebrate the bright holiday of Chanukah, and the Odessa Jewish community was no exception. The first day of Chanukah was marked by a big celebration in Odessa. Crowds gathered in the two synagogues – Chabad and Litvak –  while the traditional Chanukah candles… Read More

Beth El Women Attend Ethiopian Women’s Cooking Workshop in Ashkelon

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By: Nancy Gertner Note: Nancy Gertner traveled to Israel last month with a group of women from her synagogue, Beth El Congregation. She shares her insight from a day spent in Ashkelon, Baltimore’s sister city. There is little question that a highlight of any trip to Israel is its large and bountiful breakfast. This can… Read More

International Moishe Houses Gather In Odessa

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By: Marina Moldavanskaya Last week, Odessa was proud to host the international conference for Russian-speaking Moishe Houses. Yevgeniy Klig, the Director of Russian-speaking Jewish Programming shared, “The conference was comprised of the residents of all Russian-speaking Moishe Houses in the former Soviet Union and the United States. The purpose of the conference was to provide… Read More

Odessa Hosts 2013 Limmud Conference

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By: Marina Moldavanskaya For the third time, Odessa was proud to host this month’s Limmud Conference. Limmud is a celebration of Jewish education and relationship building through unique lectures, trainings, workshops, discussions, meetings, concerts, discos, night gatherings and more. This year, the Limmud Conference was dedicated to the connections between Odessa and Tel Aviv as… Read More