A Carnival of Candidates

Written by Kol HaBirah Staff on . Posted in Community News

On May 16, voters from State Districts 11, 40, 41, and 43, and Baltimore County Council District 2 had the opportunity to meet with political candidates in the upcoming primary elections in an informal setting and learn about their policy positions.

Responses to Iran Deal Pullout Divided

Written by Rachel Kohn on . Posted in Community News

On May 8, President Donald Trump announced the U.S. withdrawal from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), known commonly as the Iran deal. From the American Jewish establishment to Congress to policy analysts, responses to this news appear to hinge on what people think is better for the U.S. and Israel:

A Great Day for Good Deeds

Written by Suzanne Pollak on . Posted in Community News

8,000 volunteers participated in Jewish Federation of Greater Washington programs on Good Deeds Day.

Stuffing goodie bags for veterans, the sick, and the homeless; painting pictures to be sent to Israeli victims of terror; repairing houses and collecting clothes, books, toiletries, and toys for those in need. This is just a sampling of the 150 projects undertaken throughout the Greater Washington area for the Seventh Annual Sara and Samuel J. Lessans Good Deeds Day on Sunday, April 29, organized by the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington.

Fighting BRCA by Collecting Bras

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When my grandmother was diagnosed with cancer three years ago, science got personal. I resolved to learn everything I could, scanning headlines for medical breakthroughs, taking summer genetics courses, searching for anything that might help her.

Athletic Prowess and Jewish Values on Display at Mini and Junior Maccabi Games

Written by Kami Troy on . Posted in Community News

On Sunday, May 6, the first-ever combined Mid-Atlantic Mini and Junior Maccabi Games drew 750 young athletes, 150 coaches, and 200 volunteers from 19 Jewish Community Centers (JCCs) to the Rosenbloom Owings Mills JCC in Baltimore. The event marked the 20th anniversary of the Junior Maccabi Games and drew 2,000 spectators, according to JCC staff.

Sunflower Bakery Celebrates Graduates From Its Pastry Arts and Employment Training Programs

Written by Daphna Raskas on . Posted in Community News

On Sunday April 29, Sunflower Bakery celebrated the graduation of 15 students from the Sunflower Bakery Pastry Arts and Café Sunflower Employment Training Programs, and honored Laurie Wexler with the Sunflower Bakery Leadership Award, Dottie Bennett with the Community Vision Award, Jason Salamon with the Trusted Advisor Award, and Sarah Dwyer with the Employer Partner award.

The Associated Earns Top Recognition From Charity Watchdog for Fifth Consecutive Year

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The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore has once again achieved the highest possible ranking by Charity Navigator, an independent organization that evaluates institutional philanthropy throughout the United States. This is the fifth year in a row that The Associated has earned the top distinction — an achievement matched by less than 10 percent of charities in the nation, according to The Associated’s vice president of marketing, Rochelle Eisenberg.