Meet Brett and Julie

“Young people have the capacity and ability and desire to do more, to really help out the community on a larger scale. They just don’t realize it,” says Brett Cohen.

Brett first got involved with The Associated’s young adult division, but quickly felt the broad impact of his engagement and giving. Brett participated in Young Leadership Council and was President of UMBC Hillel. Today, Brett is co-chair of the Baltimore-Odessa Partnership and feels that he is giving back and enabling some of the oldest Jewish communities in Baltimore and the former Soviet Union to thrive once more.

“No other organization has the ability to touch so many people at the same time. All the agencies, with their many moving parts, working under one umbrella and fundraising arm, make our community incredibly efficient. Julie and I know that our money is doing more good here than anywhere else.”

With the birth of their son, the Cohens have started a Philanthropic Fund at The Associated. “We see this as a way to pass on the value of tzedakah to our son, Benjamin. Making a great impact is easy here. It only takes a little to do so much for those in need. And now, with a Philanthropic Fund, we can begin to build our legacy in the Jewish community.”


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