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The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore recognizes its obligation to help Jews in need in Baltimore, Israel and around the world.

The Associated, working in conjunction with its primary overseas service providers, the Jewish Agency for Israel (JAFI) and the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) allocates roughly one-third of its Annual Campaign budget to Israel and Overseas initiatives.

These dollars facilitate much-needed social services, provide rescue and relief for Jews in distress, ensure quality educational programming, help Jews move to Israel (aliyah), enable personal connections between community members and promote Israel programing here in our own community.

In Baltimore, we are dependent upon a cadre of dedicated volunteers to provide oversight, leadership, and guidance to our expanding Israel and Overseas agenda. Multiple opportunities are available for community involvement and you are encouraged to be a part of the Israel and Overseas people-to-people connection building and allocation processes.

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Meet THE ASSOCIATED's new Baltimore-Odessa Partnership Co-chairs

One of Eastern Europe’s hidden gems is Baltimore’s sister city, Odessa, says Brett Cohen, the new Baltimore-Odessa Partnership co-chair. Working with Andrew Razumovsky, the team says they plan to bring the vibrancy of Odessa culture and Jewish life to Baltimore – and vice versa.

Razumovsky, whose grandfather was born in Odessa, first visited our sister city in 1977. He said a lot has changed since then. What was then a small, dying community is today a dynamic Jewish hub. “You see the young generation in Odessa growing into real community leaders,” he says.

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Meet Jason & Beth

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Meet THE ASSOCIATED's new Israel & Overseas Co-chairs

Jason Blavatt and Beth Goldsmith have served in many roles with THE ASSOCIATED: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore and one thing is for sure - they are both passionate about Israel and our overseas partners. This year, as co-chairs of the Israel & Overseas Committee, their primary focus is to connect the Jewish community in Baltimore with Jews in Israel and around the world. They believe that only through people-to-people connects that we truly understand our commonalities.

THE ASSOCIATED caught up with Jason and Beth to ask them a few questions.

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Israel & the U.S.


Three area companies receive millions for innovation - Foundation to help Israeli, Md., D.C. techies
Maryland high-tech investors, lawyers and entrepreneurs attend a recent Maryland/Israel Development Center event to learn about the potential for binational collaboration.

Earlier this month at a meeting held in Washington, D.C., the Board of Governors of the Israel-U.S. Binational Industrial Research and Development (BIRD) Foundation, approved $8.1 million of funding for nine new projects between Israeli and American companies. Ariadne in Rockville and Sitel/MedStar Health in D.C. are among the recipients.

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