Mission: The mission of the baltimore jewish council is to foster cooperation and understanding within the jewish community; build relationships and mutual understanding with ethnic, racial, and religious groups across maryland; advocate at all levels of government for social justice and public resources on issues of concern to the jewish community; and through education and action, promote strong support for israel and the jewish people at home and throughout the world.
Programs: Government relations program: - the council weighed in on over 100 pieces of legislation at the state level and secured over $2. 5 million in funding for associated agencies and programs. - at the federal level, the bjc, in concert with other national organizations, worked to secure funding and took positions on issues that impacted the greater jewish community of maryland such as increasing and helping to secure the department of homeland security's $13 million nonprofit security grant program. - coordinated our annapolis advocacy day with 150 people in attendance.
israel advocacy:through the baltimore israel coalition the council staffs we;- planned and hosted a 4 part series title, "israel, gaza and protective edge: four perspectives" attended by a total of approximately 300 people. - planned and hosted over 100 participants, including students, college professors, prominent lay leaders, professionals, etc. , for a conference on attempts to delegitimize israel at the owings mills jcc. - hosted a film screening of "beneath the helmet: from high school to the home front" with a panel of community members who served in the idf and one of the soldiers featured in the film. - planned and hosted an event featuring amal elsana-alhjooj, an israeli bedouin woman, which was attended by over 200 people.
community relations:- planned and coordinated the blews high school program to bridge build between jewish and african american students at beth tfiloh and western tech schools. - planned and facilitated numerous meetings with faith and political leaders from the jewish and african american communities to discuss local issues and create collaborative solutions. - planned and facilitated numerous interfaith dialogue and trialogue meetings to discuss faith, current events, build bridges and common interests between faith leaders from the three abrahamic religions. - planned and facilitated the metropolitan issues commission meetings featuring a panel of diverse local professionals who present on current baltimore issues such as poverty, housing and unemployment. - planned and facilitated interethnic meetings and events such as the baltimore immigration summit with a variety of community partners.
1. Holocaust remembrance: -kristallnacht event had approximately 275 people in attendance. -yom hashoah event had approximately 600 people in attendance. -the teacher training program had : seven one-day workshops and one, three-day workshop, which included a trip to the u. S. Holocaust memorial museum in washington, d. C. The total number of teachers attending workshops this year was 207. -survivor testimony was heard by 8,460 people (6,071 students and 2,391 adults) at 81 locations including schools, churches, government organizationas and synagogues. -lessons of the shoah, the high school interfaith program was attended by 75 students and 15 teachers. The 2014 program was a one-day program, hosted by the john carroll schoolall hrc programs were co-sponsored by the jewish museum of maryland. 2. Security for the jewish community. 3. Domestic affairs/outreach/synagogue social action. 4. Interethnic (hispanic, muslim, greek) relationships.