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Myers-JDC-Brookdale Institute

The Myers-JDC-Brookdale Institute is a Jerusalem-based applied research institute on social policy and human services, serving Israel, the Jewish world, the international community. The Institute’s mission is to identify and study key social issues, contribute to shaping policy, designing programs and improving services for individuals and communities. In 1974, the JDC-Brookdale Institute of Gerontology was established with a grant from the Brookdale Foundation as a partnership between the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee and the Government of Israel; the Institute's original focus was on addressing the challenges of an aging society in Israel. Over time, this mandate expanded to include a broad range of social challenges facing Israel, including children and youth at risk, integration of immigrants and other minorities, integrating people with disabilities, employment of disadvantaged populations, improving the quality of the social service sector. In 2004, the Cleveland-based David and Inez Myers Foundation joined the partnership with a $15 million endowment gift.

In recognition the Institute was renamed the Myers-JDC-Brookdale Institute. Today, MJB includes 4 research groups, divided into 8 research teams: Families Group. In 2017, Prof. Michael Hartal was named Executive Director, replacing Prof. Jack Habib, with MJB since its founding; the Institute's multi-disciplinary approach is reflected in the diversity of the 120+ research and support staff, who have backgrounds in anthropology, education, health, public policy, social work, sociology and more. MJB’s Governance Committee includes representatives from the Israeli Government (ministries of Finance; as a partnership between the government and the philanthropic sector, MJB seeks to "promote the application and impact of the research while ensuring academic independence and objectivity."At the core of the Institute's work are evaluations of national social initiatives, both in their development phase and the national dissemination phase. In the 1990s, the mass immigration of Ethiopian Jews in Israel created a need for an new social policy and service infrastructure to promote their integration into Israeli society.

The Institute evaluated a number of the national initiatives, such as the Ethiopian National Project and PACT, which were established as partnerships between the government and Jewish philanthropic sources. In the 1990s, the institute began conducting the National Consumer Health Survey, a bi-annual national satisfaction survey of Israel's national health insurance system; the findings are cited by the four national health care plans in their competition for new members. The National Program for Children and Youth at Risk was developed with the professional input of MJB researchers in the mid-2000s, the Institute has remained involved in the program's expansion. A number of national initiatives to address the challenges of aging society have been developed and evaluated by the Institute, including Israel's first National Strategy for Dementia and other Alzheimer's in 2013, programs to promote employment among seniors. A 2019 study on patient-centered care measured the implementation of this approach in fertility clinics, helped to raise national awareness of the active role that patients can take in their own medical care.

The Institute promotes international exchange among researchers and policy makers. It is a co-sponsor of the Israel Journal of Health Policy Research. MJB is responsible for the Israel country report to the European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies. Myers-JDC-Brookdale Institute

Cardinal Gibbons School (Baltimore, Maryland)

The Cardinal Gibbons School referred to as Cardinal Gibbons, CG, most as Gibbons, was a Roman Catholic high school and middle school for boys in Baltimore, Maryland, USA. A private institution for grades 6–12, Gibbons drew its enrollment from the neighborhoods of southwest Baltimore City and the counties surrounding the Baltimore metropolitan area, with some as far away as Harford County, Carroll County, Frederick County. Named in honor of James Cardinal Gibbons, said to be Baltimore's most distinguished Catholic churchman, the school was established in 1962 by the Archdiocese of Baltimore. Gibbons occupied the former site of the St. Mary's Industrial School, a reform school for boys and the Alma Mater of baseball great George Herman "Babe" Ruth. Following extensive renovations of the old St. Mary's campus in the early 1960s, the Cardinal Gibbons School opened; the school grew to its peak enrollment of just over 1,000 students in the mid-1970s. In 1988, the school expanded its academic programs with the addition of a middle school.

The middle school program ceased operation following the 2009 academic school year. The school closed after the end of the 2009–2010 school year due to declining enrollment and financial problems in the Archdiocese, Organizations were established to make attempts to reopen the school, but the school did not reopen; the grounds are not used for academics, although local schools and sport programs have made use of the athletic facilities. In 2012, neighboring St. Agnes Hospital purchased the old Gibbons property with plans to incorporate the old campus into its growing medical facilities, named the Gibbons Commons. Gibbons was a college preparatory middle and high school, with core curriculum courses in literature, religious studies, laboratory science, social sciences and history, fine arts, physical education and foreign language. Gibbons offered a variety of Advanced Placement courses, including joint courses with neighboring all-girls high school Seton Keough to the south. Gibbons offered dual enrollment courses in conjunction with the Community College of Baltimore County.

All students at Gibbons were held to academic integrity through the use of an honor code. There was a long-standing rivalry between Cardinal Gibbons and nearby high school Mount Saint Joseph in the Irvington neighborhood of southwest Baltimore. Due to their close proximity and frequent meetings in playoffs and tournaments in basketball, the rivalry intensified as the Gibbons' basketball program established itself as a championship program in the 1970s; the rivalry grew to include other academics as well. Saint Mary's Industrial School for Boys was opened in Baltimore City in 1866 by the Archdiocese of Baltimore; the school served as both an orphanage and boarding school for boys, teaching them life and labor skills. At the time, Archbishop Martin Spalding pointed out the need for such a school, enlisted the aid of the Xaverian Brothers to assist in running the school for the Archdiocese; as attendance at the school grew, the large original granite Victorian building was constructed and in use by 1868.

In 1874, the school continued to enroll more young boys. The curriculum included academic classes, religious education, sports periods, work in industrial areas. Courses included basket-making, bottle-covering, gardening and farming. In 1902, a young boy named George Herman Ruth known as "the Babe," was enrolled at St. Mary's by his parents, he learnt the game of baseball at St. Mary's under the tutelage of Brother Matthias and became one of St. Mary's most notable alumni. In 1919, a fire destroyed much of the old Victorian-styled campus. Alumnus Babe Ruth, who at the time was playing for the New York Yankees, asked to take the St. Mary's School band along on "road trips" to several major league ballparks around the Northeast, in an attempt to raise money to replace the main school building; the numbers of pupils and orphans requiring the services of the industrial school declined. St. Mary's became known as "the House that built Ruth." Although much of the original St. Mary's campus was demolished, one building remained from the original construction during the 1866-1868 period and another from the reconstruction after the 1919 fire.

Both buildings were utilized by the Cardinal Gibbons School. The athletic field that Babe learned to play baseball on was utilized by the Cardinal Gibbons baseball teams from 1962 until closing, affectionately called "Babe Ruth Field". Cardinal Gibbons High School opened in September 1962. On the corner of Wilkens and Caton Avenues, where the large old Victorian-styled stone walls of the old Industrial School once stood, another Catholic institution was founded and constructed to succeed St. Mary's Industrial School. In 1959 Archbishop Francis Keough chose the ground of the vacant St. Mary's buildings for a new diocesan high school campus, with ample room for athletic fields and religious community housing. A considerable construction and renovation project ensued, utilizing buildings from the original and rebuilt St. Mary's campuses, along with new buildings for the school. Archbishop Keough contacted the Marianists, who had taught at several local grammar schools in the diocese. Brother Matthew Betz, S.

M. was appointed the first principal of the new school. In September 1962, the school was operating with a working faculty of nine, including a secretary, 150 freshmen. On September 8, 1963, Archbishop Lawrence Cardinal Shehan presided over the sealing of the main building's cornerstone and the dedication of the new school to former ninth Archbishop of Baltimore James Cardinal Gibbons, said to be Baltimore's and Am