On behalf of Friends of Yemin Orde, the youth and staff at Yemin Orde Youth Village and Village Way Educational Initiatives, we extend our deepest condolences to the family of Congressman Elijah Cummings.

Congressman Cummings was a compassionate and dedicated friend to Israel, and understood the importance of quality education in creating opportunities and a hopeful future for youth at risk.

Yemin Orde and Elijah Cummings Youth Program teens create lifelong friendships.
Yemin Orde and Elijah Cummings Youth Program teens create lifelong friendships.

In 1998, Congressman Cummings joined with Jewish and African-American leaders in Baltimore to create the Elijah Cummings Youth Program, a leadership development program that provides cultural understanding and builds relationships with teens from diverse backgrounds. Teen participants from Baltimore travel to Israel and stay at Yemin Orde Youth Village for one month. Together, the American and Israeli teens tour modern and historic sites in Israel, as well as forge close and long-lasting friendships.

The Elijah Cummings Youth Program has partnered with Yemin Orde Youth Village for 20 years.

“Friends of Yemin Orde and the entire Yemin Orde family mourns the passing of Congressman Cummings. He was a deeply caring leader, a man of faith and his work in social justice and advocacy reflected the important Jewish values of Tikkun Olam – repairing the world – and Tikkun Ha’Lev – repairing the heart,” said Karen Sallerson, Executive Director, Friends of Yemin Orde. “We are honored to have had Congressman Cummings among our community of ambassadors and we will continue his work to strengthen the partnership between Baltimore and Yemin Orde so that our next generation of leaders – our youth – value inclusiveness and tolerance and have hope for a bright future.”

Karen Sallerson, Friends of Yemin Orde, and Congressman Cummings discuss their partnership at a meeting in May 2019.
Karen Sallerson, Executive Director, Friends of Yemin Orde, and Congressman Elijah Cummings at a meeting in Baltimore, May 2019.

Friends of Yemin Orde extends its deepest condolences to all of the family, friends, and colleagues of Congressman Cummings.

May his memory be a blessing.

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