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Join The Associated each month as we sit down and talk with members of our community.

Hear the personal stories of Jewish Baltimore - from CEO’s to The Bagels Boys to Summer Camp Sweethearts. We’ll laugh, reminisce and learn a thing or two about what it means to build a strong community.

Pull Up A Chair – You’ll feel like you’re sitting in the room with us.

Pull Up A Chair The Associated: Jewish Federation of Baltimore

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    • 4.9 • 16 Ratings

Join The Associated each month as we sit down and talk with members of our community.

Hear the personal stories of Jewish Baltimore - from CEO’s to The Bagels Boys to Summer Camp Sweethearts. We’ll laugh, reminisce and learn a thing or two about what it means to build a strong community.

Pull Up A Chair – You’ll feel like you’re sitting in the room with us.

    Linda Miller and Karen Singer: Providing a Fresh Start for Those in Need

    Linda Miller and Karen Singer: Providing a Fresh Start for Those in Need

    In this episode of Pull Up A Chair, we sit down with Linda Miller and her daughter Karen Singer. Back in the seventies and eighties, Linda volunteered with HIAS - Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society - to help the Soviet refugees settle in Baltimore. She and her family helped them rent apartments and start a new life. And to get a break from the city, they invited them to their farm in Pikesville.
    Linda's volunteer work complimented her job as a social worker in Baltimore city schools where she was instrumental in launching the Project Fresh Start program, designed to provide assistance to eligible homeless families. Project FRESH Start still exists today in some form with Catholic Charities.
    Linda kept busy working and volunteering - all while raising her family, together with her husband Howard, on a sheep farm in Pikesville.
    Listen to learn more about life on the farm.
     
     
     

    • 10 min
    Sam and Deborah Barsky: Finding Love at the JCC

    Sam and Deborah Barsky: Finding Love at the JCC

    In this episode, finding true love at the J! Yes, it's possible. Sam
    and Deborah are proof, but it took a few laps at the JCC pool to get there. Hear how these two met. Spoiler alert - Deborah's mom played a small role.

    • 9 min
    Michael Klein: Harford County Family Closes Holocaust Gap

    Michael Klein: Harford County Family Closes Holocaust Gap

    Is it possible to teach empathy? The Klein family believes so. The Ralph and Shirley Klein Foundation has been supporting a special Holocaust program at The John Carroll School in Bel Air, Maryland for nearly three decades. The Kleins were one of just a handful of Jewish families who made their home in Harford county in the 1960s. Michael Klein, the middle of three sons, shares stories of growing up there and his family’s commitment to closing the gap on holocaust education.

    • 9 min
    Jen Grossman: Mitzvah Maven

    Jen Grossman: Mitzvah Maven

    In this episode of Pull Up A Chair, we look at what connects us to community. For Baltimore transplant Jen Grossman, connection comes through service. Jen has been deeply involved in volunteering and served multiple years as chair of the Jewish Volunteer Connection, an agency of The Associated. But her arrival and Baltimore had a rocky start.
    “Volunteering really gave me a vehicle to meet people that were either in the same life stage as I was or had the same interests.”
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    jvcbaltimore.org/
     
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    • 9 min
    For Ira Malis and His Family, Giving is Investing

    For Ira Malis and His Family, Giving is Investing

    In this episode, we talk with Ira Malis and Abigail Malischostak, father and daughter. Ira is the current chairman of the investment management committee at The Associated. And Abigail is the partnerships manager at the Jewish Volunteer Connection.
    In 2003, Ira and his wife, Shelly, started a donor advised fund with The Associated. They felt this would be a great and meaningful way to involve their children and grandchildren in their family's tradition of charitable giving. For those who are unfamiliar with donor advised funds, they offer you a way to support your favorite causes while also taking advantage of certain tax benefits.

    • 7 min
    Forever Friends: Alyson Friedman and Elise Rubenstein

    Forever Friends: Alyson Friedman and Elise Rubenstein

    In this episode of Season 2 of Pull Up A Chair, we examine what it means to be a best friend.
    Baltimore native, Alyson Friedman and New Jersey transplant, Elise Rubenstein are dedicated to giving back to the community through many programs of The Associated. For nearly two decades, they've been dear friends, confidants and have shared adventures across the globe.
    But how did it all begin?
    Learn more about The Associated:
    associated.org/

    • 9 min

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