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Executive Director’s Letter October 30, 2018

“Do not despair of our present difficulties but believe always in the promise and greatness of America, because nothing is inevitable here.” John McCain

Those of us at GBCA are heartbroken by the recent, hateful murders in Kentucky and Pittsburgh. We stand with the Jewish, African American, and other communities that have been recently targeted, and with the families of those who tragically lost their lives.

Tonight, the Jewish Community Center of Greater Baltimore in partnership with Jewish Community Services (JCS) is offering a series of support sessions that will cover questions like: How do we cope with our anxiety and sadness? How do we talk to our children about what has happened? How do we explain antisemitism and hatred that we ourselves cannot fathom?

Sessions for parents - Guidance on talking with your children about the event, hate, and anti-Semitism:
8:30-9:30am, Weinberg Park Heights JCC – Straus Auditorium
7:00-8:00pm, Rosenbloom Owings Mills JCC – Morstein Performa

Sessions for adults who would like to process their reactions and feelings about the Pittsburgh tragedy:
5:30-6:30pm, Weinberg Park Heights JCC – Straus Auditorium
5:30-6:30pm, Rosenbloom Owings Mills JCC - Morstein Performa

Given the conditions under which we now live, it is more important than ever for all of us to express ourselves at the polls next Tuesday, November 6, to stand firm with our neighbors, and to fight racism and anti-Semitism at every possible turn.

While at the polls, we encourage you to vote FOR General Election Bond Issues A-D, which will help build a stronger Baltimore for everyone. Every two years, the City of Baltimore must get permission from voters through a ballot referendum to issue General Obligation Bonds (GO Bonds). GO Bonds are borrowed funds that are used for capital projects, including affordable housing and neighborhood revitalization; school renovations and improvements; economic development; improvements to City parks, recreation centers; and key institutions and cultural attractions. For example, GO Bonds for The Walters Art Museum will improve historic buildings and critical mechanical equipment to better serve the public and City-owned collections. City bond funds will leverage additional private funding.

Wishing you peace,


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