Baltimore Community Unites in Havdalah Program to Inspire Unity During Challenging Times

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The Associated, in collaboration with the JCC, hosted a Havdalah program with the aim of strengthening community bonds and fostering unity in these trying times. The event was marked by its meaningful and uplifting atmosphere, attracting attendees from all walks of our community. 

The program commenced with welcoming remarks by Linda Hurwitz, Event Co-chair.  Rabbi Shmuel Silber, Rav of Suburban Orthodox Toras Chaim, delivered words of chizuk, setting the tone for the evening.  JCC Chief Arts Officer Sara Shalva provided valuable insights on the events in Israel.  Rabbi Andrew Busch of Baltimore Hebrew Congregation shared highlights from the Associated Mission to Israel. The musical component of the evening’s program began with a moving Carlebach Havdalah and featured inspiring songs led by the talented Acoustic Soul’s Moishe Abramson, Eli Cohen, Zevi Daniel, and Matt Schoenfeld.  Linda S. Elman, Chair of the Associated’s Jewish Life Lead Team and Event Co-Chair closed the evening with thanks to Barak Hermann, Chief Executive Officer of the JCC and to The Gordon Center staff for partnering with The Associated for this event.  She also thanked the Tribe Transformed Task Force members, drawn from our entire community, who developed the concept for this program and will be continuing to plan future programs.  She concluded with stirring remarks stemming from her family’s trip to Israel including October 7th.

Taking place on the eve of the 3-month anniversary of the heartbreaking attacks, this gathering allowed our community to come together, draw strength from one another, and demonstrate the strength of a unified Jewish nation.

The Associated is proud to continue the momentum that was started this evening with programs on the 7th of every month. A special program is being planned with The Jewish Connection Network on Wednesday, February 7th from 7:00-9:00pm at the DoubleTree in Pikesville.

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