A new interactive website has just launched for the Baltimore Jewish community, but it takes interactions outside of Baltimore and across the ocean to our sister city in Israel, Ashkelon. The new website, www.baltimoreashkelon.org, will go live to the public on September 19, 2011, at what THE ASSOCIATED: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore is calling a “virtual community launch party.” At the event, they say,more than 100 people will celebrate the site’s launch with Israeli hors d’oeuvres, networking, music and prizes.
The site was built using Q-Markets, an Israeli company with offices in Maryland. The innovative technology enables forums, blogs, photo and video sharing, voting/ranking, commenting and more all in one website.
The site is the next step in the Baltimore-Ashkelon Partnership, which was founded by THE ASSOCIATED with the Jewish Agency for Israel in 2003. Over the last year, more than 1,000 individuals travelled from Baltimore to Ashkelon to visit the city and volunteer. This summer, Baltimore sent hundreds of youth to Ashkelon as part of the JCC Maccabi Games and ArtsFest and the Diller Teen Fellows program. Baltimore and Ashkelon have been sister cities since 2003.
The launch party will take place at the Weinberg Park Heights Jewish Community Center, located at 5700 Park Heights Avenue.
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