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In 2010,The Associated completed the Greater Baltimore Jewish Community Study.

The data presented a fusion of challenges and opportunities. A team of qualified Jewish lay leaders and communal professionals, led by The Associated's community planning committees, delved into the findings to reveal a handful of innovative yet practical recommendations.

We turn to you, the leaders of our community, to help us guarantee that our agencies and programs remain able to offer cutting-edge services to meet the growing needs. Through The Associated, you have the privilege of investing today in innovative and inspiring programs and services that will ensure a strong and vibrant Jewish Baltimore tomorrow.
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OUR NEWEST PRIORITIES:

Initiating grassroots, community-building opportunities for YOUNG ADULTS

Supporting a community of progressive JEWISH LEARNING

Establishing immersive experiences for FAMILIES WITH YOUNG CHILDREN

Ensuring our SENIORS age with dignity and independence

Reaching out and involving NEWCOMERS in the organized Jewish community

Promoting awareness and appreciation for PEOPLE WITH DIFFERENT ABILITIES
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Grassroots, intimate Jewish experiences
Neighborhood-based programming
Peer engagement
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Supportive, older-adult communities
Confidence building
Early intervention
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Immersive, informal Jewish learning
Jewish identity building
Israel connection
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The Community Innovation Fund:
What Your Money Could Buy
A first sampling of state-of-the-art initiatives to enrich Baltimore Jewish community programming
$250,000
Yes fund










YES Fund for Social Entrepreneurship to incubate initiatives that foster innovation and creativity in community building.
$250,000










PJ Library on Wheels, an ice cream truck that visits neighborhoods and popular venues where families gather. Along with ice cream, the truck will ‘serve’ creative programming that relates to Jewish themes found in PJ library books.
$150,000
dowtown educator










Dynamic Downtown Community Educator to target “under-connected” constituencies including Jewish singles, couples and parents of young children with a combination of informal Jewish learning and social encounters in both public and private settings.
$80,000
limmud









LimmudBaltimore to engage Jews from across the Jewish spectrum by offering Jewish culture, conversation, learning and teaching from a variety of perspectives in a neutral space that foster respectful, shared interactions and experiences.
$70,000
shalombaltimore









Shalom Baltimore, Too! to redefine what it means to be a newcomer by offering high-touch, low-barrier opportunities for unaffiliated Jews to learn more about Jewish Baltimore.
$60,000
birthright









Beyond Birthright to cultivate and mentor a corps of alumni who will help to plan alumni programs including social outings, Shabbat dinners, Israel-oriented events and informal Jewish education opportunities, and connect alumni with existing Jewish communal resources.
$50,000
cje










Center for Jewish Family Engagement to provide projects and programs in connection with other communal organizations to meet Jews where they are – in their homes and neighborhoods – and provide them with new creative ways to view their connection to the larger Jewish community.
$40,000
moishe house










Moishe House to provide meaningful Jewish experiences to young adults in their 20s.

 

And so much more!!

THE FACTS

Baltimore has 3,900 Jewish seniors over the age of 85, an increase of 166 percent since 1999; 18 percent of Jewish seniors living alone are below 150 percent of Federal poverty levels

Some 3,400 households sought assistance for a physical or developmental disability in the last 10 years; 21 percent of families with children sought help for a child with a learning disability in the last decade

Forty-six percent of households feel Baltimore Jewish organizations are remote and not relevant

Only 14 percent of non-Orthodox 18-34-year-olds feel it is important to be part of a Jewish community; 54 percent say being Jewish is very important

Forty-seven percent of Jewish Baltimoreans were born outside the area; two-thirds of non-Orthodox Jewish newcomers do not feel connected to the community

Only 21 percent of non-Orthodox 18-34-year-olds feel very emotionally connected to Israel; 69 percent of those who traveled to Israel report feeling a strong attachment to the Jewish state


* Source: 2010 Greater Baltimore Jewish Community Study