Opioid Forum Offers Information, Hope, Narcan Know-How

Dozens of people stood in line inside the Edward A. Myerberg Center’s Frosburg Room Wednesday evening to receive training from Baltimore City health officials in how to prevent opioid overdoses. The hands-on overdose response training came at the end of a community forum, Confronting the Opioid Epidemic, and included instruction in administering Narcan (naloxone) nasal… Read More

Conversations on Addiction The Jewish Community Responds

It’s no secret that the Baltimore area has been hard hit by the horrific rise in overdose deaths. For the past six years, drug- and alcohol-related deaths have climbed in Maryland, with an all-time high of 2,089 deaths in 2016, a 66 percent spike from 2015. Heroin, prescription opioids and nonpharmaceutical fentanyl were to blame… Read More

‘A Sacred Mission’ For 125 Years Sol Levinson & Bros. celebrates another milestone in serving the Baltimore Jewish community

Through 125 years, 12 family members in five generations, five locations and thousands of funerals, Sol Levinson & Bros. has carried on its important, if macabre, legacy — death. As one of the few — and for much of its existence the only — Jewish funeral home in the area, Sol Levinson has become an… Read More

Jewish Community Services No Longer in Howard County

Jewish Community Services (JCS), an agency of The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore, is no longer functioning in Howard County, according to a letter by Jewish Federation of Howard County (JFHC) president Beth Millstein. The letter, sent out on Thursday, stated the JFHC board determined the expenditure of funds for services was not justified… Read More

JCS Announces New President, Examines Addiction at Annual Meeting

Jewish Community Services held its ninth annual meeting, Empowering Youth to Strengthen our Community, to welcome its new board president, Allison J. Magat, on June 13 at Beth Tfiloh Congregation in Pikesville. The evening also featured a powerful program, The Face of Addiction, facilitated by JCS’ manager of prevention education, Howard Reznick. During the program,… Read More

JCS Partners with Hopkins on Innovative Dementia Study

More than 10 years ago, the late philanthropist LeRoy E. Hoffberger sought to improve the lives of people living at home with dementia and the lives of their caregivers. Together, Hoffberger and Dr. Constantine Lyketsos, director of Johns Hopkins Memory and Alzheimer’s Treatment Center, brainstormed on what became the MIND at Home: Memory Care Coordination… Read More

Seders for Seniors

Post retirement, it is important for people to stay engaged with activities and organizations. Even those who are unable to live independently still want to celebrate milestones and holidays, including Passover. And with Passover fast approaching, area senior living facilities with Jewish populations are preparing for the holiday. Sherrie Polsky, director of community life at… Read More

At The Associated, Inclusion Is a Top Priority

In the nearly 10 years since February was designated Jewish Disability Awareness and Inclusion Month (JDAIM), The Associated has made progress in raising awareness and fostering inclusion of people with disabilities. In order for individuals with special needs to flourish, we must continuously learn about best practices and adapt our services accordingly. This month, the… Read More

Mitzvahs Abound in Baltimore

Hundreds of volunteers took part in Jewish Volunteer Connection’s Mitzvah Day on Dec. 25, with some activities the previous evening. With volunteer activities at both the Park Heights and Owings Mills JCCs, participants helped assemble 2,000 winter care packages that other volunteers delivered to various service sites throughout the Baltimore area. There were opportunities to… Read More

100 Years, 100 (Thousand) Stories Jewish Big Brother Big Sister Program celebrates its centennial

Do the math and there is a glimpse into the impact of the Jewish Big Brother Big Sister Program in Baltimore — tens of thousands of lives (perhaps even more) meaningfully, personally changed over 100 years. But this isn’t a numbers story. It’s a human one. From the forging of lifelong friendships to the inspiring… Read More