Previously Funded Projects


Ashkelon Municipality
AMEN mobilizes and manages teen volunteers in answer to the specific needs of the city, and has been operating in Ashkelon since 2005. To date, more than 6,000 teen volunteers have been involved, which comprises 56 percent of all teens in the city. The program will expand the number of teens who volunteer in the city, train them and train the organizations who absorb volunteers and activate teen volunteers. AMEN also has partnerships with various organizations in Ashkelon to make the best use of resources and to effectively manage teen volunteers in conjunction with the Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum Volunteer Center.
Allocated: $92,000

The Jerusalem Pre-Army Community Involvement Program

The Jerusalem Foundation
The Jerusalem Pre-Army Community Involvement Program draws recent high school graduates from around the country for a year before 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 disadvantaged residents.
Allocated: $50,000 (Year two of three)


Birthright Israel Foundation
NEXTConnect: Baltimore is a multifaceted and flexible service that connects Taglit-Birthright Israel participants with the Jewish community awaiting them upon their return to Baltimore. Working in partnership with Beyond Birthright, a program of The Associated, NEXTConnect will capitalize on the excitement of newly-returned Birthright Israel participants by presenting them relevant, low-barrier opportunities within the Baltimore Jewish community. NEXTConnect raises awareness of local Jewish activities and incentivizes participation in those activities.
Allocated: $18,000 (Year two of two)

Strengthening Jewish Identity: FSU Summer Camps

Jewish Agency for Israel (JAFI)
Only 15 percent of the Jewish population in the Former Soviet Union (FSU) has had an opportunity to be exposed to their Jewish roots and culture. One of the key programs that introduces 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.
Allocated: $150,000

Partnership for Children

American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC)
JDC’s Partnership for Children 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, the Partnership provides a number of services to ensure the well-being and healthy development of children, many of whom have 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.Allocated: $70,000


American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC)
Merhav, a program that offers at-risk children comprehensive support within a long school-day framework, has been successfully implemented in Ashkelon since 2004. The children who benefit from the program — often from broken homes, poverty-stricken households or immigrant families — are given emotional, academic and social assistance, and monitored closely to ensure their progress. The school setting, once a place of frustration and failure, then becomes the key to success and growth for children at risk. The program began in five new schools in Ashkelon in 2010, providing an additional 1,200 students with the opportunity to succeed academically, emotionally and socially.
Allocated: $60,000

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.
Allocated: $20,000 (Year three of five)

Odessa Progressive Synagogue

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 congregation to establish one-to-one contacts with members of the Baltimore Jewish community. The allocation enables 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.
Allocated: $50,000 (Year three of three)

TALI Education Fund

Schechter Institute
The TALI Education Fund (TEF) at the Schechter Institute of Jewish Studies provides pluralistic Jewish education in Israeli secular public schools. The goal is to strengthen the connection of pupils from non-Orthodox families to their Jewish heritage, nurturing a tolerant and informed Jewish identity in Israel. TEF is the oldest, the largest and the most experienced organization in Israel in the field of Jewish education in public schools, and is the only body recognized and mandated by the Israeli Ministry of Education. The TALI School Network includes 184 schools and preschools around Israel, including five schools and five preschools in Ashkelon. Services to these schools provided by TEF include teacher training, pedagogical counseling, educational resources, and informal educational programs for children and their parents and, in some cases, a TALI school rabbi.
Allocated: $24,700

Parents and Children Together (PACT)

American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC)
Born into a community with widespread adult illiteracy and a childrearing culture that is radically different than in Israel, Ethiopian-Israeli children face significant educational gaps between themselves and their veteran Israeli peers. PACT in Ashkelon aims to close these gaps during the crucial early years through a range of education, welfare and health programs for children up to age six and their parents. PACT reaches out to every Ethiopian-Israeli child and provides a wide range of interventions to advance, strengthen and guide parents, with the understanding that parents are the central figures in their children’s development. PACT also trains educational professionals to better understand the Ethiopian-Israeli community’s unique customs, equipping them to work more effectively with their young students and their parents.
Allocated: $150,000

Scholastic Assistance

Ethiopian National Project (ENP)
ENP’s Scholastic Assistance Program will increase the number of students who successfully pass their matriculation exams and improve their level of achievement in these exams. Through scholastic assistance and youth outreach, ENP also seeks to reduce dropout rates. Additionally, ENP addresses social needs and personal development, including self-esteem and leadership skills, while devoting attention to the social difficulties impinging on their progress in school. ENP strengthens the connection between the students and their heritage and integrates their culture into their daily lives. ENP also involves and strengthens parents, enabling them to provide their children with an additional source of support.
Allocated: $100,000 (Year three of three)

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 would like to request Baltimore’s assistance to provide the critical basket of services, which will enable severely abused and neglected Israeli children in Ashkelon to become productive people who are able to build a better and more secure future.
Allocated: $40,000 (Year three of three)

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. The program works with partners like communities and universities to locate different cohorts (lay leaders, communal professionals and other adult learners) as well as employs academic methodology to challenge people critically and intellectually to think about the questions and answers related to Zionism and Israel, while drawing upon the history, texts and ideas of these subjects.
Allocated: $24,800 (Year one of two)

Youth Futures Maale Yosef

Jewish Agency for Israel (JAFI)
Youth Futures is the Jewish Agency’s flagship, community-based initiative that reaches at-risk children and their families in Israel’s most vulnerable communities. Youth Futures succeeds based on a highly effective staffing model where 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.
Allocated: $50,000

La’ad Holocaust Survivors Assistance

Jewish Agency for Israel (JAFI)
La’ad (‘forever’ in English) was created by the Jewish Agency in 2008 to address the needs of the elderly population – many of whom are Holocaust survivors. These challenges were 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 where 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.
Allocated: $10,500

Completing the Journey

Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA)
Around 8,000 Jews lived in Ethiopia when JFNA launched the Completing the Journey program in April 2011. Longing to be reunited with their families now living in Israel, Israel’s government made a historic decision to begin airlifting the remaining Falash Mura home to Israel. As of March 2013, approximately 2,000 eligible Falash Mura remain and JFNA expects the last of these to be flown to Israel before December 2013. This grant will enable the Federation system to continue the efforts to bring the final group of Ethiopian immigrants to their Jewish homeland.
Allocated: $20,000

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