How To Speak for the President Former White House press secretary Ari Fleischer on identity politics, the Middle East and Jewish-American pride

Former White House press secretary Ari Fleischer is proud to be a Jew. While giving the address at The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore’s Keynote Event on Thursday, Dec. 8 to a packed room in the lavish Hyatt Regency Baltimore Inner Harbor ballroom, Fleischer declared that he’s also proud to be an American. He… Read More

Send in the Clowns

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

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

International Moishe Houses Gather In Odessa

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

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

A Letter to Israel

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… Read More

Meet Marina

By Marina Moldavanskaya Baltimore-Odessa Partnership Coordinator Sometimes one decision can completely change your life. My mother was invited to her cousin’s wedding but decided not to attend simply because she had nothing to wear. Her uncle convinced her to come because he wanted to introduce her to a “nice Jewish guy” – my father. This is… Read More

My Journey To Israel

By Danielle Gelber A Jewish day school attendee since age three, I always knew about Israel. I learned about the history, the language and the culture, but still the notion of a Jewish homeland remained foreign. When I was in 10th grade, I applied to the Diller Teen Fellows Program, one of the teen leadership… Read More

Summer Camp In Odessa

By Marina Moldavanskaya The Jewish Agency for Israel (JAFI) youth summer camp “City of Roads and Masters” took place in Odessa from July 5-12. An amazing world of Jewish life was created by the JAFI madrichim (counselors). Children of different ages gathered to make their first steps into the Jewish world. On the first day… Read More