Associated Overseas Blog

December 6, 2013

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 CONTINUE »

November 21, 2013

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 CONTINUE »

November 19, 2013

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 CONTINUE »

October 16, 2013

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 CONTINUE »

October 8, 2013

By Elizabeth Schuman Dear Israel, Everything I know about you, I know secondhand. I know that you are a country swirling with vibrant colors and cultures, where spirituality rubs elbows with technology. I know that you are country filled with passion, a sabra mentality of tough encasing soft. I know your history, born from the CONTINUE »