Currently Funded Projects

We prioritize programs that address challenges and opportunities in Israel and around the world. Beyond addressing urgent needs, priority also is given to programs that connect Baltimore to Jewish communities abroad. We are where global philanthropy, volunteerism and shared commitment to Jewish peoplehood come together to make a difference.

Through committees of lay and professional leadership, we are dedicated to providing a vibrant Jewish future in Israel and around the world. Multiple opportunities are available for community involvement – to be part of the critical allocation process – and to build relationships with peers overseas.

 

AMEN

Ashkelon Municipality
AMEN mobilizes and manages teen volunteers to address the specific needs of the city. AMEN began in Ashkelon in 2005 with 900 teen volunteers. Today, more than 6,300 teen volunteers are involved, which is approximately 60 percent of all teens in the city. AMEN continually launches new initiatives, with a special focus on youth at risk. The program cooperates with many organizations and is a model for volunteer programs all over Israel. The AMEN program in Ashkelon is a springboard for a better future, creating civically-engaged citizens.
$100,000

Congregation Emanu El

World Union for Progressive Judaism
The World Union for Progressive Judaism will expand the activities of the Emanu-El Progressive Jewish Congregation in Odessa. In addition to continuing its extensive array of religious and educational programming, this allocation will enable the World Union’s youth movement, Netzer, to operate a summer camp in Odessa, and to send young people from Odessa to youth counselor training seminars.
$50,000

Jerusalem Pre-Army Community Involvement Program

The Jerusalem Foundation
The Jerusalem Pre-Army Community Involvement Program draws high school graduates from around the country following high school and their conscription into the Israel Defense Forces. The program brings them to the Kiryat HaYovel neighborhood of Jerusalem and engages them in community volunteerism, cultivating their vision and leadership while working to improve the community and the lives of socioeconomically disadvantaged residents.
$50,000 (Year three of three)

La’ad Holocaust Survivors Assistance

The Jewish Agency for Israel (JAFI)
La’ad (‘forever’ in Hebrew) was created in 2008 to address the needs of the most vulnerable – many of whom are Holocaust survivors. These challenges are addressed by training young volunteers to befriend these vulnerable adults, gain an understanding of their needs and eligibilities, and provide them with guidance so they may access appropriate benefits. Along with in-person visits, La’ad operates a call center, through which volunteers advise callers on eligibility and procedures. Finally, those survivors whom volunteers identify as being in acute financial need, are eligible for emergency cash grants. La’ad trains 2,000 young volunteers who reach as many as 40,000 survivors through home visits and the call center each year.
$15,000

Partnership for Children

The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC)
JDC’s Partnership for Children program in Ukraine provides the region’s needy Jewish children with critical assistance, ensuring they have the food and medicine they need to live healthy lives. The partnership also provides destitute children and their families with warm clothing and heating, urgent home repairs and school supplies. In complement to these relief services, Partnership for Children provides a number of services to ensure the well-being and healthy development of children with special needs. These programs include efforts to integrate them into the wider Jewish community. By helping these children today, the partnership is not only saving Jewish children from a life of poverty and despair, it also is bolstering the Jewish communities of Ukraine by providing all its members with a chance to live a dignified, Jewish life.
$65,000

Scholastic Assistance

Ethiopian National Project (ENP)
ENP is the leading provider of Scholastic Assistance to Ethiopian-Israeli youth in Ashkelon and in 19 other communities throughout Israel. ENP is preparing to deliver its time-tested SPACE program to 115 elementary school and 244 middle school students in eight Ashkelon schools. Through supplementary hours of educational support to small groups of students, ENP will strengthen children’s academic achievements. The after-school program provides supplementary hours in small groups to strengthen students’ academic achievements, and consists of preparatory lessons for the bagrut tests to strengthen students’ proficiency in subjects crucial to success in the tests.
$100,000

Serving Ashkelon’s Youth in Out-of-home Care

Orr Shalom
Orr Shalom runs a cluster of three therapeutic group homes in Ashkelon, which provide a supportive and therapeutic family environment for 25 children, ages six to 18 who have been removed from their biological families due to severe physical, sexual and emotional abuse and/or neglect. Orr Shalom provides the critical basket of services, which enables severely abused and neglected Israeli children in Ashkelon to become productive citizens who are able to build a better and more secure future to move them out of welfare and into independence.
$30,000

Strengthening Jewish Identity: FSU Summer Camps

The Jewish Agency for Israel (JAFI)
Only 15 percent of the Jewish population in the FSU has had an opportunity to be exposed to their Jewish roots and culture. One of the key programs that introduced young Jews across the FSU to their heritage is JAFI’s network of summer and winter camps. Campers share an intense and transformative seven-day experience, during which they learn Hebrew, study the rich heritage of their people, celebrate Shabbat together, make Jewish friends from other communities in their region and forge strong relationships.
$115,000

Supported Housing in Ashkelon

The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC)
The Supported Housing program provides the means necessary for young adults with disabilities to live autonomously and independently within the community with the necessary support services. Through Supported Housing, these young adults are given the tools and mentorship to transition to independent living in accessible housing, to find a place of employment, are empowered to develop relationships with significant others and maintain a normative lifestyle in the long term, as well as to navigate the complicated system of services for people with disabilities.
$50,000

Maryland/Israel Trendlines Fund

Maryland/Israel Development Center (MIDC)
The MIDC formed a fund to invest in Israeli high-tech startup companies in partnership with the Trendlines Group of Israel, the MIDC’s longtime Israel representative. The Maryland/Israel Trendlines Fund was established to help early-stage Israeli companies grow and create jobs, as well as to provide investors with an opportunity to realize substantial long-term capital appreciation. The Fund represents a unique opportunity for The Associated to pioneer a new initiative to help build Israel’s high-tech economy.
$20,000 (Year four of five)

Tzion-Israel Education

Baltimore Hebrew Institute at Towson University (BHI)
BHI will offer the Tzion-Israel curriculum, an adult education program that aims to address the issue of the deficit in both individual and communal knowledge of Zionism and Israel. It does this in two ways. First, it works with partners like communities and universities to locate different cohorts like lay leaders, communal professionals and other adult learners. Second, it employs academic methodology to challenge people, critically and intellectually, to think about the questions as well as the answers related to Zionism and Israel, drawing upon the history, texts and ideas of these subjects.
$24,800 (Year two of two)

Wings of Krembo-Ashkelon

Wings of Krembo is a youth movement for children and young adults with special needs in Israel. The Ashkelon branch follows the Wings of Krembo model: activities are run once a week for three hours, led by the youth counselors who are teenagers from the Ashkelon area. The branch is run by a team of veteran volunteers who oversee logistics and coordinate all activities. Group activities include games, arts and crafts and music. Wings of Krembo sessions provide much-needed respite for the parents of children with special needs, giving them an opportunity to care for other members of the family. Ashkelon branch members also have the opportunity to take part in Krembo Wings summer camp in August.
$25,200

Youth Futures Maale Yosef

The Jewish Agency for Israel (JAFI)
Youth Futures is JAFI’s flagship, community-based initiative that reaches at-risk children and their families in Israel’s most at-risk communities. Youth Futures succeeds based on a highly effective staffing model, in which children and families work with mentors who tailor the program for each child’s needs. For children and families struggling in the Northern Galilee’s peripheral community of Maale Yosef, Youth Futures intervenes and offers new ways to create social cohesion and build on capabilities by promoting personal development, improvement at school, family involvement and community engagement.
$50,000

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