Associated, Pearlstone Receive Awards

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The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore and the Pearlstone Center, an agency of The Associated, received awards last week for achievements in health and Jewish community.

The Associated was recognized by the state of Maryland as one of Maryland’s healthiest workplaces, receiving a Gold Level Wellness at Work Award from the state of Maryland.

The Wellness at Work Awards, sponsored by the Maryland Department of Health’s Healthiest Maryland Businesses initiative, is the state’s effort to support residents’ health by honoring organizations with successful wellness programs. Criteria are based on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Workplace Health Model, which evaluates applicants on their healthy policies and programs.

“At The Associated, we believe that the health of our employees is paramount to our mission,” said Lindsay Brown, chair of The Associated’s wellness subcommittee.

Associated wellness initiatives include courtesy fitness memberships to the JCC of Greater Baltimore for employees, wellness workshops with health specialists and an annual wellness expo that provides staff with flu shots, biometric screenings, vision and hearing tests at no cost.

In addition to The Associated, one of the organization’s agencies was recognized.

The Pearlstone Center was named on June 5 as one of North America’s top 50 innovative Jewish organizations in the 13th annual Slingshot Guide, a nonprofit that works to secure the future of Jewish life and engagement by highlighting Jewish nonprofits. Organizations included in the guide are evaluated for innovation, impact, leadership and effectiveness.

The guide called Pearlstone “the Swiss Army knife of the Jewish Outdoor, Food, Farming & Environmental Education movement.”

This is Pearlstone’s sixth time being included in the guide.

“Pearlstone is proud to be selected in this year’s guide,” said Jakir Manela, executive director at Pearlstone, “and thrilled to be part of the amazing community of the hundreds of innovative Jewish organizations included in the guide over the past 11 years who continue to create positive change in the Jewish community.”

Shoshana Goloskov is an intern at the Baltimore Jewish Times.

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