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Baltimore Fishbowl: Impact of the Jewish Connection Network’s Community Connector Program

March 8, 2024

In the heart of community-building efforts lies the Jewish Connection Network’s Community Program, serving as a beacon for individuals seeking a deep connection to their Jewish heritage.

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Baltimore Jewish Times: PJ Library Program Educates New Jewish Parents

January 5, 2024

Whether it’s your first or your fourth, having a baby can be a difficult experience. Having community support and others you can talk to while preparing to be a parent is crucial, and PJ Library is aiming to provide that community with its upcoming Jewish Baby University program.

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Baltimore Jewish Times: Mitzvah Month Events Encourage Good Deeds for the Holidays

December 11, 2023

With a new name comes big changes at the Macks Jewish Connection Network, formerly known as the Macks Center for Jewish Connections. One of those key changes comes just in time for the holiday season, as the organization has expanded its annual Mitzvah Day into a full Mitzvah Month.

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WMAR News: Macks Jewish Connection Network aims to feed thousands with casserole challenge

November 28, 2023

Baked ziti, tacos, Thanksgiving leftovers, casseroles from the creative to the classic were stacked by the hundreds on Tuesday to feed those in need. There were enough dishes donated to hold a city-wide potluck as the Macks Jewish Connection Network held their annual casserole challenge.

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Baltimore Jewish Times: Macks Center Rebrands as Jewish Connection Network, Providing Opportunities to Connect

November 21, 2023

The Macks Jewish Connection Network, also known as The Network, is the new name and brand of the Macks Center for Jewish Connections, an agency of The Associated: Jewish Federation of Baltimore.

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Baltimore Jewish Times: Making Judaism Accessible With Rachel Turniansky

July 24, 2023

When Rachel Turniansky was growing up in New York City, she attended a disability-inclusive school where she befriended several deaf students. She learned sign language while she was still in elementary school because she wanted to communicate better with them.

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Baltimore Fishbowl: Get to Know the Leaders Changing Jewish Engagement in Baltimore

May 25, 2023

An educator, a librarian and a Jewish communal professional. What do they have in common? All three recently took up the reins of The Associated’s three newest agencies, with a goal of boosting Jewish engagement.

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Baltimore Jewish Life: Reuniting the Jewish Deafblind Community: A Story of Resilience and Connection

April 25, 2023

The Macks Center for Jewish Connections, an agency of Baltimore’s Associated Jewish Federation, along with Yachad, a division of the Orthodox Union, and an anonymous sponsor collaborated to bring this community back together this Sunday. Thirty Deafblind individuals, SSPs (Support Service Providers, also known as Co-navigators) and interpreters will gather to reconnect over lunch and activities.

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Baltimore Fishbowl: Meet Brenda Footer – a Natural Relationship Builder for Jewish Baltimore

March 31, 2023

Curious about the role of a Community Connector in Jewish life and education? We sat down with Brenda Footer, a professional in the field, to learn more about her vision, the program and its potential for growth.

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Baltimore Jewish Times: Joining Together on MLK Day of Service to Bridge Differences, Battle Homelessness and Need

January 18, 2023

Those associated with the Jewish Volunteer Connection during its MLK Day of Service were able to participate in several different activities based on providing communal aid, such as preparing meals for the hungry and homeless; planting trees and cleaning up local parks; and creating care packages for those in need. 

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JMORE: Jewish Volunteer Connection to Host Annual ‘Community Mitzvah Day’

December 15, 2022

Now in its 17th year, Jewish Volunteer Connection’s annual “Community Mitzvah Day” event on Saturday night, Dec. 24, and Sunday, Dec. 25, will provide service project opportunities to help an estimated 4,000 residents of the greater Baltimore metropolitan area.

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The Associated: MDSNAP Connects Students with Disabilities to Resources They Need

November 28, 2022

When a family has a child that requires educational resources, whether due to a learning disability or something else, they may not know where to begin. It can feel overwhelming not having someone on your side advocating for your child. That is where MDSNAP, Maryland Special Needs Advocacy Project, steps in. 

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WMAR 2 News: Hosting ‘Casserole Challenge’ to donate meals to families in need

November 28, 2022

While some may still be enjoying the leftovers from Thanksgiving, that’s not the case for many. To change that, the Jewish Volunteer Connection is hosting their annual Casserole Challenge where Baltimore residents made and donated frozen meals to pass out to families who may be struggling to get a dinner after the holiday.

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The Associated: Associated Announces New Initiatives to Strengthen Jewish Journeys

May 5, 2022

Beginning July 1, The Associated will launch three new organizations – the Macks Center for Jewish Connections, Jewish Educational Services (JES) and the New Jewish Library – all dedicated to expanding and enhancing our Jewish education and engagement agenda.

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Philadelphia Jewish Exponent: Engaging Jewish Baltimore with Addie Lewis Klein

July 21, 2022 

Although Addie Lewis Klein has held her Judaism and connection to the Jewish community very close to her heart all her life, you might be surprised to find out she grew up in Little Rock, Arkansas. Not a town you’d peg as a hotbed of Jewish life. 

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