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

URGENT

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

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

   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

Todah, Israel. You Surprised Me.

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

Reflection on Taglit-Birthright Israel

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

Alternative Break in Kiryat Gat: Aryeh’s Story

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

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

A Piece Of Peace?

While U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry returned from his Middle East trip last week with an optimistic message following his latest attempt to foster progress in Israeli-Palestinian peace talks and the presentation of a security proposal to both sides, Israelis and Palestinians aren’t sharing his positive outlook. From Dec. 4 to 6, Kerry was… Read More

With Security Plan Pitched, U.S. Optimism On Peace Talks Not Shared By Israelis And Palestinians

While U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry returned from his Middle East trip last week with an optimistic message, following his latest attempt to foster progress in Israel-Palestinian peace talks and the presentation of a security proposal to both sides, Israelis and Palestinians aren’t sharing his positive outlook. From Dec. 4 to 6, Kerry accompanied… Read More