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Shabbat Candle Lighting: 7:31pm

Charm City Tribe in the Slingshot Guide

Charm City Tribe named one of America's top 50 innovative Jewish organizations! 

11th Annual Slingshot Guide Highlights the Best of the Thriving Jewish Nonprofit World

The J’s Charm City Tribe (CCT) has been named one of North America’s top innovative Jewish organizations in the 11th annual Slingshot Guide.  The Slingshot Guide is a go-to resource for volunteers, activists, and donors looking for new opportunities and projects that, through their innovative nature, ensure the Jewish community remains relevant and thriving. 

Selected from among hundreds of finalists reviewed by 93 professionals with expertise in grant-making and Jewish communal life, the Guide described Charm City Tribe as an innovative and engaging community “providing 20s and 30s young adults living in downtown Baltimore with new, creative ways of tapping into Jewish tradition and culture.” Funded by The Associated: Jewish Federation of Baltimore, CCT was launched by the JCC in 2012. Organizations included in this year’s Guide were evaluated on their innovative approach, the impact they have in their work, the leadership they have in their sector, and their effectiveness at achieving results. Charm City Tribe is proud to be among the 50 organizations honored for meeting those standards.

Next month, Charm City Tribe will play host for an incredible Passover event. On Sunday, April 24, 2016, from 6:00–10:00pm, join CCT as we celebrate a Community Seder & Afikomen After Party at the Area 405 Gallery at 405 E. Oliver St. 21202. Tickets $36. For more information please contact Ellie Brown at ehbrown@jcc.org or 410.559.3618.

Led by Rabbi Jessy Gross, a trained community organizer, CCT also offers monthly happy hours and alternative Jewish holiday celebrations to affinity groups created around such special interests as food, volunteering, and in-home Shabbat dinners.  CCT has a network of volunteer Connectors in there 20/30’s whose role is to create personal bonds with their peers. Their goal is to help Baltimore Millennials discover a slice of Jewish life that resonates within them and strengthens their Jewish identity in the process.

“CCT is proud to be selected in this year’s Slingshot Guide, and thrilled to be part of the amazing community of hundreds of innovative Jewish organizations included in the guide over the past 11 years who continue to create positive change in the Jewish community,” says Gross, whose Charm City Tribe was also cited for innovation in a recent Huffington Post review of “Pop-Up Judaism.” 

Stefanie Rhodes, Executive Director of Slingshot, which publishes the Guide each year, adds, “Slingshot’s work is to help Jews find, fund, and connect to meaningful, exciting experiences in Jewish life. After 11 years, the book remains relevant because it continues to highlight organizations doing exceptional work, serving as the trailblazers for what is possible and inspiring in all of us.”

Slingshot board chair Sarah Reuven concurred: “Innovation is a critical component of today’s Jewish community, and Slingshot is highlighting the work of organizations that strengthen Jewish life by making it more relevant to our generation. We are inspired by projects that help people connect with the Jewish community in ways that feel both fresh and honor our traditions.”

About Charm City Tribe

Charm City Tribe is a community effort for 20/30's living in downtown Baltimore looking to tap into Jewish culture and tradition in creative and meaningful ways. We are composed of young adults with all Jewish affiliations, including interfaith couples, Jews of color, LGBTQ folks, and beyond to embrace Jewish culture and tradition in meaningful and imaginative ways. By fostering relationships individually and building community collectively, we create opportunities to come together according to the rhythm of the Jewish holiday calendar. Learn more at jcc.org/charmcitytribe.