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Heartfelt Show of Kindness from ‘Heartbroken’ Adam Levine Maroon 5 singer Adam Levine has oﬀered to pay for the funeral for slain singer Christina Grimmie. Grimmie’s brother, Marcus, announced on June 13 in a post on his Facebook page that Levine — Grimmie’s coach on the sixth season of “e Voice” — had oﬀered to pay for the cost of the funeral and flying her body home from Orlando, Fla., where she was killed June 10 by a deranged fan while she was signing autographs following a concert. He also said a GoFundMe page set up to help defray the costs of the burial had reached $100,000. “I found out this morning that Adam Levine personally called my mother and said he will pay for the funeral and her plane flight, and I was blown away,” Marcus Grimmie wrote. “Now a friend just told me to look at the GoFundMe page and I see it is at 100K. Words cannot express ... literally, I have no words.” In a Twitter post Saturday, Levine, who is Jewish, said he and his wife were “absolutely devastated and heartbroken” at the news of Grimmie’s death.
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Grimmie, who lived in the Southern New Jersey town of Marlton, finished in third place on “e Voice,” the NBC reality singing competition. She had released two albums and remained popular with fans.
Fox Reporter Fired aer Slurring Jews, Mexicans Randy Wolfe
you,’ never said, ‘Can we pay you some money for it?’ It’s kind of a sore point with me.” Wolfe arranged a rock version of the Jewish hymn “Hineh Mah Tovu Umanaim” complete with Hebrew words, guitar solos and tempo changes. e song was featured on Spirit’s second album, “e Family at Plays Together,” in 1968. To celebrate the New Year in 1997, Wolfe and his 12-year-old son, Quinn, went swimming oﬀ the coast of Molokai, Hawaii. ey were caught up in a tidal wave, but Wolfe managed to push his son to safety before drowning. He was 45.
A Fox Sports sideline reporter has been fired for making racist and anti-Semitic comments on a live Facebook broadcast. In the broadcast on June 9 on Barstool Sports’ Facebook Live, Emily Austen, 27, said Jewish people are stingy and expressed surprise that a Mexican immigrant was a high school valedictorian because “I didn’t even know Mexicans were that smart.” She also made a stereotypical remark about ChineseAmericans. Citing an unnamed source with the Tampa Bay Rays, who Austen covers, Business Insider reported last Friday that Austen had been fired for the comments and will not appear on any future game broadcasts. Austen’s broadcast on June 9 included a rant about Jewish customers at an establishment where she worked in Boca Raton, Fla. “e way I used to talk to the Jews in Boca. … I just didn’t care,” she said. “ey would complain about everything.”
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In 1968, a new British band called Led Zeppelin was opening for the American psychedelic rock group Spirit on a U.S. tour. e headliner was fronted by a Jewish 17-year-old named Randy Wolfe, aka Randy California. Nearly 50 years later, a lawsuit filed on behalf of Wolfe, who died in 1997, alleges that Led Zeppelin stole the famous riﬀ used in “Stairway to Heaven” from Spirit’s song “Taurus.” e federal copyright trial began last week in Los Angeles, with Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page and singer Robert Plant appearing in court. “I’d say it was a rip-oﬀ,” Wolfe told Listener Magazine in 1997. “And those guys made millions of bucks on it and never said, ‘ank
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Could a massacre similar to thegunning down last week of 49 patrons of the Pulse nightclub in orlando, Fla., happen here in Baltimore? No matter how much we might wish for the better, the answer is frighteningly yes, God forbid. e fact is, the terrorism corollary of “Where there’s a will, there’s a way” means that so long as there are people willing to risk their life to claim that of another, we will never be able to eradicate the threat of violence from our society. But that’s not really what the debate over gun control playing out over the airwaves and on our social media accounts is really about. If it were, we would have long ago abandoned the idea that a prime duty of government is to provide for the safety of its citizens. Rational people on either side of the debate accept on the one hand that 100 percent safety is unachievable and on the other that any policy that reduces the risk of casualties from a mass shooting is inherently worthy of consideration. At the center of just such a conversation sits the state assault weapons ban authored in part by Attorney General Brian Frosh back when he was a member of the Maryland legislature. Facing an upcoming decision by a u.S. district Court, the ban, which survived an earlier legal challenge, was modeled on a federal ban that expired in 2004. While the National Rifle Association argues the Maryland law presents too great a restriction of Americans’ Second Amendment
rights to “keep and bear arms,” Frosh looks to data indicating that as soon as the federal ban expired, mass shootings precipitously increased. one of the best ways to keep militarystyle weapons such as the Sig Sauer MCX used in orlando out of the hands of terrorists, his allies argue, is to make their purchase illegal. As you’ll read in this week’s JT, the Jewish community, as it does on so many issues, has a nuanced view — meaning consensus beyond agreeing that people should be safe is hard to come by. Both the Baltimore Jewish Council and the Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Washington are in favor of assault weapons bans, and many rabbis, including Beth Am Synagogue’s daniel Cotzin Burg, are as well. But Edward Friedman, the editorin-chief of the NRA’s monthly Shooting Illustrated, happens to be orthodox, and Rabbi Ariel Sadwin, director of Agudath Israel of Maryland, notes that there is merit to both sides in the gun control debate. ere are “definitely plenty of people in the community who feel strongly about the need for protection,” he says. “At the same time, the availability of an assault weapon … is a real concern.” Clearly, we need to do more to prevent attacks such as the one last week. Equally clear is the constitutional right to own a gun. What that weapon may be and exactly who may own it are hopefully questions we’ll be able to sensibly and civilly answer in the weeks and months ahead. JT firstname.lastname@example.org
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Omar Mateen’s massacre of 49 patrons at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Fla., appears to have touched more pressure points than any of the other well-known mass shootings in the last two decades. ere is the hate crime of homophobia. Then there is Mateen’s pledge of allegiance to the so-called Islamic State in the heat of his attack, raising the specter of a MuslimAmerican’s “self-radicalization.” ere was his everyday violent and erratic behavior, suggesting that mental illness played a role. And there was his easy access to and use of a military-style weapon — unnecessary for ordinary self-defense, hunting or an aernoon on the shooting range. While each of the foregoing issues is a cause for serious concern, it is simplistic to argue, “e answer is gun control” or “If everyone in that bar was carrying a weapon, this never would have happened.” Moreover, this does not appear to be a case of overseas terrorism and the threat
of radical Islam. Mateen apparently got everything he needed right here at home, just like several other well-known domestic terrorists. Similarly, it’s just not right to blame the carnage on a diagnosis of mental illness and to say that the solution is to mandate treatment for the mentally ill — as the gun lobby does in its opposition to common-sense gun laws. at argument ignores the problem of military-style weapon availability and stigmatizes those who live with chronic psychological conditions. And it ignores the fact that the overwhelming number of people with mental illness don’t go around shooting people. e massacre at the Pulse nightclub has sobered a country drunk of the heady progress the LGBT community has made in terms of acceptance, inclusion and same-sex marriage. e Orlando tragedy reminds us that there remain many at the
fringes of society who see violence as an eﬀective means of opposing social or cultural progress. Add to that the reported FBI statistics that LGBT people are more likely to be targets of hate crimes than any other group — more than African-Americans and more than members of the Jewish community — and we know we have a problem. Still, we don’t yet know why Mateen did what he did, and it is dishonest to pretend we do. But if all we do in this complex case is blame it on “all of the above” and wash our hands, then there is no chance for the kind of dialogue that is necessary to put a tragedy like this into perspective. No matter where one comes out on the underlying questions regarding the “why” of Mateen’s actions, we are le with the perplexing and chilling question: What can a society do to prevent people with strong beliefs and haunting demons from taking lives because of them? JT
Economic Support for Terrorism? Does foreign aid to the Palestinian Authority contribute to terrorism? An independent study in the United Kingdom suggests that it indirectly does, pointing to the P.A.’s much criticized policy of paying the salaries of people on the government payroll while they are serving time for terrorism. e pro-Israel community has been making just such an accusation for years. e recent report by the Overseas Development Institute adds a crucial voice to the analysis. According to the study, the evaluation of a $224 million grant by the U.K.’s Department for International Development (DFID) to pay for the expansion of the Palestinian civil government workforce “suggests that people who know their families will still receive their salary and that they will have a job waiting for them aer time in jail have less reason to avoid committing a violent act.” One big caveat is that much of that 13-year period covered by the report does not 8
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include the five-year period of the DFID grant. Nonetheless, two members of Parliament criticized the aid. Sir Eric Pickles, a Conservative lawmaker, said: “British taxpayers will be shocked to learn that we are helping to fund an equal opportunity employment policy for convicted terrorists.” And MP Joan Ryan, who chairs Labour Friends of Israel, called for an independent inquiry to make sure tax revenue is spent on building peace rather than “ending up in the pockets of convicted terrorists.” e British government is now investigating the issue. But the prospect of an increase in international criticism of P.A. practices raises the question of what the international community can do. e ODI study noted that “in the absence of donor support, a prospective collapse of the Palestinian economy would create acute adjustment costs, with an associated risk of an escalation in violence.” Put a diﬀerent way: You think it’s bad now? Imagine how
bad things would be without the P.A. at’s actually a serious issue. Even with all of its problems, the P.A. is an internationally sanctioned body that cooperates with Israel on security measures, and it is the Palestinian address that Israel deals with in negotiations large and small. But while those functions are important, they cannot excuse encouragement and sanctioning of terror. Rather, the international community should vigorously insist that President Mahmoud Abbas make good on his public promises to stop salary payments to terrorists. A peace breakthrough may not be in the cards at this time. But it should be possible to raise the economic consequence of committing an act of terror, and it is not unreasonable to demand that the P.A. do its part to help achieve that result. is is another instance where actions speak louder than words. JT
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UC Irvine Actually Safe Space for Jews The Jewish sTudenTs at the university of California-irvine and our supporters took a strong stand this month, showing our campus community that we will not be intimidated or allow our vocal support for israel to be stifled. Last month, a pro-israel event sponsored by the uC irvine student organization, students supporting israel (ssi), with support from hillel, was targeted by anti-israel protestors on the uCi campus. A dozen students had gathered in a classroom to watch the Jerusalem u film, “Beneath the helmet.” e program was meant to inform young people how their contemporaries in israel prepare physically, mentally and emotionally for the awesome task of protecting their country. A screaming mob disrupted the screening, tried to force their way into the room and chased one student into hiding aer she had been caught outside when the protestors arrived. Our students and staﬀ had to be protected by campus police. how ironic that at a sight intended for learning, anti-israel students tried to shut learning down. rough bullying masquerading as social justice, they sought to make a statement that engagement with israel will be met with harassment and intimidation. e incident made news. it scared some people. And it made people question whether pro-israel students can safely hold events on their own campus. ree weeks later, the campus and broader communities made
a statement of a diﬀerent kind. More than 400 students, alumni and Jewish community members gathered for a rescreening of “Beneath the helmet” at the uCi student Center, on an evening that will be remembered as truly special. idF Cmdr. eden Adler, featured in the film, attended the event and shared his personal story with the audience. we were joined by colleagues and friends from many other organizations who partnered with us on this event, including Chabad of uCi, standwithus, hasbara Fellowships and the secure Community network of Jewish Federations of north America. while the first screening was met with hostility, the rescreening, nearly 40 times bigger, was peaceful and celebratory. Our messages that night were clear. e community and the university will not allow our students’ right to engage with israel on campus to be curtailed. Freedom of speech and assembly, and the rights to inquire and learn, are fundamental values of uCi that belong not to only some students, but to everyone. Most important, our students stated forthrightly that despite the egregious incident of May 18, they feel safe at uCi. ey implored audience members to send their children and grandchildren to uCi in order to grow and strengthen the community of students connected to israel. JT
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The Greatest Threat to Palestinian Arab Youth On May 19, e Hill, a Washington-based newspaper covering Congress, other governmental agencies and related activity, published a one-sided, anti-Israel op-ed entitled “Obama must act to protect Palestinian youth” by Brad Parker of Defense for Children International-Palestine. Parker claimed a special envoy for Palestinian children would “ensure that Palestinian children’s rights are not abused.” His commentary obscured the greatest threat to Palestinian arab youths: manipulative Palestinian leaders promoting anti-Jewish incitement. Parker claimed “recent violence” is due to “hopelessness” Palestinian youth feel over Israel’s “violent military occupation.” He omitted the fact that
the overwhelming majority of Palestinian-Israeli violence since September 2015 has consisted of arabs attacking Israelis, including children, with rocks, vehicles, knives and guns. Hamas, the U.S.-designated terrorist group ruling the Gaza Strip and whose charter calls for the destruction of Israel and genocide of Jews, disagrees with Parker’s assessment. Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh said as much in a speech at a rally on Jan. 19: “is intifada is not the result of despair. is intifada is a jihad, a holy war fought by the Palestinian people against the Zionist occupation,” meaning Israel, which unilaterally withdrew from Gaza in 2005. Excusing Palestinian anti-
Jewish violence as the result of “despair” over the lack of a Palestinian state, Parker omitted that Palestinian leaders have consistently rejected U.S. and Israeli offers of a “two-state solution.” Instead, the P.a. and Hamas have continued anti-Jewish incitement — frequently encouraging children to perpetrate violent acts. Palestinian children’s TV shows teach “there is no Israel” and Jews are the “most evil among creations, wretched pigs.” In its March report entitled “Educating the next Generation,” the Mideast Freedom Forum, a German-based think tank, found that Palestinian school textbooks “consistently portray Jews in a strongly negative manner,” deny the existence of
Israel and are awash with antiSemitic stereotypes. In an article professing to advocate on behalf of Palestinian children, Parker failed to acknowledge the use of Palestinian children as human shields by groups like Hamas. If Parker wants to “ensure that Palestinian children’s rights are not abused” he should speak to Palestinian leaders. But it’s doubtful he would find a willing reception. It’s unfortunate that e Hill, forgoing fact-checking, chose to give Parker’s unsubstantiated screed a platform. JT
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Your Say … Question Oﬀ Target Before the JT publishes a poll question it should do some research to see if the question is even relevant. Anyone who responded “yes” to the June 17 question, “Do you believe that either federal or state oﬃcials should ban the sale of assault weapons?” clearly is not versed on the facts of this issue. To begin with, assault weapons, most accurately defined as weapons with high-capacity magazines and the capability to fire multiple bullets with one pull of the trigger, have been banned for civilian use on the federal level for many decades with very few exceptions. That federal ban carries over to the state level as well. In October 2013, the state of Maryland passed the Firearms Safety Act of 2013 that also banned the sale of semiautomatic rifles if they were cosmetically similar to the already-banned assault rifles by having a folding stock or a flash suppressor. In addition, the sale and purchase of a magazine with a capacity of more than 10 rounds became illegal in Maryland. is law was successfully challenged in court, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit said that the ban on semiautomatic weapons and
high-capacity magazines should be subject to strict scrutiny, not intermediate scrutiny, because they “are in common use by lawabiding citizens.” The court acknowledged that the state has a right to limit the use of or ban citizen possession, sale or transfer of “dangerous and unusual” weapons (such as hand grenades), but the weapons and ammunition barred by the 2013 law did not fall under that provision. e fact is that there is no meaningful diﬀerence between a legally sold/purchased civilian AR-15 and a hunting rifle. In
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Of Modesty, Handshakes With regard to the comment if the JT’s June 17 editorial “Of Swiss Handshakes, Restricted Swimming,” comment that “many
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motor skills [sitting around] playing video games and watching TV, and with the program I’m running, I’m trying to change the culture of what’s going on. I really wanted to institute a new program that’s not out there. All these schools in Baltimore County are starting to lose their gym programs, and even if they have them, they’re oen not teaching kids about physical education. What’s behind the B-more KIDSTRONG concept? I had great and talented coaches and mentors, especially my dad. And I wanted to give the knowledge they gave me to the kids out there. To pass on all that’s inspiring, motivating — all the developmental approaches they’ve given to me, like how to be a well-rounded good individual. How does physical activity accomplish this? With a soccer ball or anything, it’s about the eﬀort you put into it, it’s about establishing goals. I’ll give [kids] a skill, but they can establish the goals — short term, like getting just through a class, and long term, like learning to juggle a soccer ball. ey’re going to be working as a team, and they’re going to be working with other people their entire lives. So it’s important for them to learn how to share, love and care for other people when they’re young. What are the classes like? A typical class is first they get
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to hang out with each other, socialize. From there we’ll start with a warm-up game, and then we’ll go over a skill or strength for the day. We’ll learn a new movement. But it’s about really learning the movement first, learning what your body is doing and why it’s doing it. en we do a workout — four minutes to 30 minutes, it’s always changing — and finish with a cool-down game or a stretch. ere are diﬀerent ways of learning and I use tell-showtell-go. So it’s visual, auditory, kinesthetic, linguistic — I’m hitting every style of learning so that everybody has the same foundation to learn from.
Nobody is going to be le behind. Everybody is treated fairly. Why do you love about your work? I get to wake up every day with a smile on my face knowing that I’m giving these kids a bright future. I can be having the worst day, but when I go to work, the kids are coming at you wholeheartedly. ey don’t care what happened five minutes ago; they’re there in the moment. e best thing in the world is, honestly, what they give to me, and that’s happiness. I love watching them learn. at’s the best part. JT firstname.lastname@example.org
To Pikesville native Ben Sigelman, 25, a soccer ball isn’t just a piece of sports equipment to kick around on a field, it’s representative of the personal development — physical, intellectual and creative — that’s possible for a young person to attain and integrate into all areas of his or her life. Sigelman is deeply committed to passing on the knowledge and care he received from coaches and mentors to the young people he works with and show them why confidence, dedication and motivation cultivated through sports is so worthwhile. He gained experience as a counselor for five years at the McDonogh All Sports Camp and also at Lil’ Kickers soccer for kids. en, aer completing his associate’s degree in business administration about two-anda-half years ago, he started B-more KIDSTRONG — where his clients might range from 18 months to 18 years — teaching physical literacy. He oﬀers his programs to schools as well and just finished up a session at Beth Tfiloh Dahan Community School’s elementary school. JT caught up with Sigelman in between classes at Bare Hills Racquet and Fitness Club in the Nevermore CrossFit box, where he teaches one-hour classes aer school (or aer camp during the summer) for kids.
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County Opens Final Owings Mills Boulevard Extension Baltimore County oﬃcially opened the final extension of Owings Mills Boulevard on ursday, June 16, completing the long-awaited connection between Owings Mills and the Liberty Road corridor. In his speech at the ribboncutting ceremony, Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz said, “If you think about it, life is really about connections — your family, your friends, your faith community, your job. I like to think of this final phase of Owings Mills Boulevard as being like the LinkedIn of roads.” is new section of the roadway is 1.2 miles, connecting Winands Road to Liberty Road (Route 26) at Live Oak Road. e significance of this connection is not lost on the local community. By joining existing portions of Owings Mills Boulevard to Liberty Road, the full 3.8-mile road now serves as a direct connector from Reisterstown Road to Liberty Road. “In addition to the important economic benefits of linking these two business and residential
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n a world with constant warnings about bizarre health risks such as the Zika virus and Ebola, some of the most common and dangerous ailments can be overlooked. One such ailment is kidney disease, the ninth-leading cause of death in the United States. More people die from kidney disease than from breast cancer, prostate cancer or leukemia. Nearly 50 percent of Americans will develop kidney disease in their life, a statistic that is increasing as diabetes and high blood pressure become more prevalent health issues as well. e National Kidney Foundation of Maryland (NKF-MD) has been actively advocating kidney health since 1955, oﬃcially joining the National Kidney Foundation in 1964. According to its mission statement, the NKF-MD “is dedicated to preventing kidney and urinary tract diseases, improving the health and well-being of individuals and families affected by these diseases, and increasing the availability of all organs for transplantation.” On June 25, the National Kidney Foundation of Maryland will be putting on its seventh annual Rappel for Kidney Health event at the Hyatt Regency in Baltimore from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Unique to Baltimore, the event is an opportunity for members
Participants in June 25’s Rappel for Kidney Health will rappel from the top of the 15-story Hyatt Regency roof down to the pool deck.
of the community to raise awareness and money for kidney health and get screened. Since its inception, the Rappel for Kidney Health event has raised more than $676,000. Rappel for Kidney Health will be providing entertainment throughout the day, including face-painting, a DJ, carnival games and various raﬄes. Additionally, the event will oﬀer free screenings to promote kidney health, which entail blood pressure, sugar and creatinine readings. e biggest draw and fundraiser of
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the event is rappelling. Each year, participants form teams to raise money for kidney health. Each team tries to attain a goal of $1,000, which, when achieved, earns the team’s participants the right to rappel from the top of a building. is year, participants will be making their way from the 15-story roof of the Hyatt Regency to the deck of the pool below, where friends, family and guests will cheer on those making the descent. Every year, members of Baltimore’s Jewish community
participate in the event. One such denizen is Jordan Levine, who has been actively working to raise awareness for kidney health since having his personal life aﬀected. “I hadn’t even given kidneys a second thought until my son was born with only one,” said Levine, a board member of NKF-MD. He was further influenced when his brother was in a serious car accident and experienced renal failure. Since then, both of Jordan’s relatives have stabilized and are in good
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health. ese days, it is their turn to watch Jordan put himself in “danger.” However, Levine notes that the members of Over the Edge, the rappel company that helps put on this special event, “do a tremendous job of making you feel comfortable.” is is the second year that he will be rappelling. Between this year and last year, Levine’s team alone has raised nearly $4,000. Another Baltimore resident who will be participating is former District 11 delegate Jon Cardin, who found out about Rappel for Kidney Health through a family friend, Amy Greten. e catalyst for Greten’s involvement with Rappel comes from a family history of polycystic kidney disease, which necessitated her having a liver/kidney transplant.
A thrill-seeker himself, Cardin is attending Rappel for Kidney Health both to support Greten and to rappel himself if he raises enough funds. He recounts that by rappelling to support friends and family aﬀected by kidney disease “not only did [Amy] raise a lot of money, but she overcame a fear of heights as well.” Cardin supports a variety of nonprofits, having participated in the Special Olympics’ Polar Bear Plunge 16 times in addition to fundraising and attending events for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, the American Heart Association and the American Diabetes Association. To raise further money for kidney disease, this year’s Rappel for Kidney Health event will feature the second annual Toss Your Boss Challenge, in which
“I HADN’T EVEN GIVEN KIDNEYS A SECOND THOUGHT UNTIL MY SON WAS BORN WITH ONLY ONE.” — Jordan Levine
employees from local businesses raise money to send their bosses over the edge. NKF-MD oﬃcer Jenny Trostel assures that this year’s event is guaranteed to be “the coolest thing around.” JT
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new program oﬀered at Har Sinai Congregation has attracted a loyal following among community members interested in continuing their education. e program is called SPICE, which stands for “Social Interaction, Personal Growth, Intellectual Development, Cultural Stimulation and Educational Enrichment,” and it targets older adults who are interested in taking courses on a variety of topics. e synagogue hosted three programs in its first semester, which ran from March through May. e eight-week “Great American Music: Broadway Musicals” explored music from Broadway, much of which was created by Jewish composers. e two sessions of “Famous Jews Who Changed the World” focused on the works of Albert Einstein and Sigmund Freud. e programs concluded with the four-week “Muslims, Christians and Jews: Perceptions and (Mis)Understandings,” a series of discussions facilitated by scholars from the Institute for Islamic, Christian and Jewish Studies. Joseph DeMattos, president of Har Sinai, called the program the “brainchild” of some very involved members who reached out to synagogue staﬀ to get the program oﬀ the ground. “What really excites me as Har Sinai president about SPICE is that it was organic, that the idea originated with
members,” he said. Har Sinai’s Rabbi Emeritus Floyd Herman, a former Jewish Chautauqua lecturer at Loyola University and a teacher of multiple “lifelong learning” programs at local colleges, says the program helps address the lack of these programs in the suburban area around Har Sinai in Owings Mills. Herman, who led the “Famous Jews Who Changed the World Sessions,” said one of the strengths of the program has been finding facilitators with a record of success in these programs. “We want to grow it and continue. We have the facilities, we can find the people to do the teaching, and it’s a good use of our building, it’s a good use of our time, and it’s an opportunity for people to learn and also to see what Har Sinai is all about,” he said. Har Sinai administrators who helped run the courses said some courses had regular attendances of 30 to 40 people, and the largest attendance they saw was around 60 participants. Jo-Ellen Unger, Har Sinai’s director of congregational learning, said that the administration realized that apart from regular services and religious school, the fact that Har Sinai does not run a preschool or day school meant that the building sat empty for most of the week. “We thought how wonderful it would be, first of all to have
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people in the building, to have energy and excitement in the building and to provide for our members and members of the larger community,” she said. Unger said the feedback from members was overwhelmingly positive, with each program building its own loyal following. Synagogue members have already been reaching out to get information about the courses that will be offered in the summer and fall, she said. Barry Berman, a Har Sinai member of 38 years, attended all three programs in SPICE’s first semester and was enamored with the program. “It was all memorable, the music program was incredible,” he said. Berman said the programs brought him into the synagogue at times he would usually be away; he felt a greater engagement with the Har Sinai community. “It’s been a great experience … you walk in, write your check, pay for lunch or you bring your lunch, and you’re good to go,” Berman said, citing the program’s low cost and accessibility and engaging facilitators. When asked if he
would be coming back to SPICE, he said “Absolutely, I have already signed up for the next program.” In July, Susan Weis-Bolen of Susan’s Kitchen Vegetarian Cooking School will lead three sessions on juicing, soup making and vegetarian cooking. In August, Har Sinai will host “Reel Judaism,” which will be four separate showings of films with Judaic themes. e fall semester begins in September with a series on the Supreme Court taught by Loyola University professor and Supreme Court Historical Society trustee Jim O’Hara. In October, a series on the upcoming presidential election will begin, hosted by political commentator Barry Rascovar. e last program in the fall, beginning in November, will be “Bible Stories You Never Learned in Sunday School,” a take on lesser-known stories of the Bible. JT For more information about the SPICE program, contact Jo-Ellen Unger at 410-654-9393 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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BRINGS UMD STUDENTS OUT OF THE CLOSET By Eliana Block
Chaim Kalish was celebrating the Shavuot holiday when Omar Mateen shot and killed 49 patrons at Pulse, a gay nightclub in Orlando, Fla. It took the 24-year-old student at the University of Maryland at College Park only 15 minutes aer the holiday ended to post a defiant response on Facebook: “I have a very BIG announcement to make. It is not an easy one. … I am transgender. I go by the name Isabella Maxine with She/Her pronouns.” About an hour later, it was Zev Shields’ turn: “Aer the tragedy of this past week in Florida, I’ve decided to oﬃcially, publicly come out,” wrote the 20year-old Maryland student and a friend of Kalish. “I am a proud, stalwart, openly bisexual person. In an ideal world, none of this should be a secret, a source of fear or shame. However, due to the hatred of some, it isn’t this way.” 20
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“lengthy” email. “My stomach was trying to escape my body because I didn’t know how they would respond,” he recalled, repositioning his ponytail and sipping from a cup of cold-brewed coﬀee. “I got incredibly lucky to have the family that I have.” Shields said his parents were nervous about his grandparents finding out and about people from his hometown of Baltimore, a community that he noted “had changed a lot to be less tolerant of the middle ground.” Bloch, who grew up in the heavily Orthodox Kemp Mill neighborhood in Silver Spring, was nervous about being socially ostracized aer coming out.
“They think it’s peer pressure, that it’s a phase. But being a man was a phase. Being a man was peer pressure to me.”
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“My biggest fear was that I would lose a lot of my friends. I didn’t see that happen — not at all,” he said. e junior aerospace engineering student thought he might be bisexual when he was in 12th grade aer private discussions with friends. “I’ve always felt the attraction [to guys and girls], but I thought it was a normal feeling for straight people to have,” Bloch said, his voice unable to hide the thrill of going public. Kalish said she still has work to do with her family. “My family is really not happy about things. ey’ve
always seen me as an impulsive person,” she said, eyeing her bright blue nail polish. “ey think it’s peer pressure, that it’s a phase. But being a man was a phase. Being a man was peer pressure to me.” Part of the “180,” Kalish said, is that until November 2015 she was “very Orthodox and a [politically] staunch conservative.” e turning point came aer a heated argument with a friend in which Kalish criticized the idea of a person’s preferred pronouns. Her hurt friend approached her aerward. “I think it was just the way he approached me and I started to think, ‘Why am I so opposed to this? Why am I so closed to this?’” Kalish said. “I was stuck in a religious structure I didn’t really like.” e visual arts major said she hasn’t found a way to merge her Jewish and trans identities. She gave up celebrating Shabbat and keeping kosher within two months of starting hormone therapy. Bloch identifies as modern Orthodox, Shields as a “lazy modern Orthodox.” ey said they’ve been overwhelmed by the support they’ve received since coming out and joining Hamsa, Maryland Hillel’s LGBTQ and Allies student group. “We are all about student Jewish journeys, and we’re 100 percent supportive for students to come together and have an outlet to meet other students who are LGBT and allies,” said Maiya Chard-Yaron, Maryland Hillel assistant director. Kalish still worries about the first time she walks into Hillel wearing a skirt but knows that eventually she’ll stop caring. JT
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Aer contacting his friend Shields for a final boost of courage, 19-year old Josh Bloch posted his announcement moments later: “In light of the events in Orlando on Saturday night, I’ve decided that it’s time for me to publicly come out of the closet. … I’m bisexual.” e three friends had been putting oﬀ coming out. But in a little more than an hour, they had chosen the same way to show their solidarity and outrage aer the mass shooting in Orlando. “e goal of the shooting was to make us afraid, and we’re showing it didn’t work,” Bloch said in an interview later in the week. “It should make me more scared,” Kalish said. “But if I stayed in the closet, the religious zealots or the terrorists win. But I’ve been walking around like this,” she said, pointing to her multicolored necklace, Billabong purse and deep V-neck top, “and I still have to be careful.” “Once [Kalish] came out, it was a lot easier to come out,” Shields said. “It felt more like standing in arms [everyone coming out at once] than a trend.” Why had they waited until then to come out? Each had a reason. “I pushed it oﬀ at the request of my parents,” Shields said, “because there is the side of my family that is a whole lot less supportive.” Shields, a 20-year-old Silver Spring, Md., resident, realized he was bisexual when he was 15. He waited until the fall of 2014, just before he started the Israel Experience at Bar-Ilan University, to tell his parents in what he described as a
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WITH THE COST of college tuition rising faster than the rate of inflation, Shlomo Lifshitz says he knows the solution: study abroad. Specifically, study using the services of Lifshitz’s Lirom Global Education, founded to encourage study in Israel. “More and more people cannot aﬀord to pay the cost of tuition, which I think is ridiculous,” says Lifshitz, a longtime education and tourism marketer. “As a result, people are graduating with $100,000 in student loans, and what do you become — a line cook at Burger King or a waiter at Cheesecake Factory.” Lifshitz says Americans should study in Israel, which his company can facilitate “at much cheaper rates than most
U.S. universities.” “Israeli university presidents don’t go home with a paycheck of over a million dollars like in the States,” Lifshitz says when asked if tuition costs are cheaper in Israel. Before founding Lirom, Lifshitz ran Oranim Educational Initiatives, which sent tens of thousands of young people to Israel on guided tours and assisted with Taglit Birthright. Lirom oﬀers academic gapyear programs, some of which oﬀer 10 credits toward a bachelor’s degree, as well as summer programs in such areas as conflict resolution, archaeology, first-responder training and marine biology. Some 304,000 U.S. students studied abroad during the 201314 academic year, according to
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Nearly 50 years aer Israel gained control of the West Bank in the Six Day War, a nonpartisan movement of former Israeli senior security oﬃcials has joined with two American organizations to warn against the continuing presence of Israeli forces on land that Palestinians claim for a future state. “e status quo is an illusion, because the situation is getting worse every day,” said Susie Gelman, chair of the board of the Israel Policy Forum, quoting Amnon Reshef, founder of Commanders for Israel’s Security. Israel Policy Forum, which promotes a two-state solution to the Israel-Palestinian conflict, is advancing two plans developed by Reshef’s CIS and the Center for a New American Security, a Washington, D.C.-based think tank that aims to address the concerns of both Israelis and Palestinians. “Israelis need security, Palestinians need hope. ere are steps that can be taken now that can provide both,” said Gelman. (Gelman is a member of the ownership group of Mid-Atlantic Media, which publishes the Baltimore Jewish Times.) e CIS plan, called Security First, oﬀers actions Israel can take in the short term to ensure its security in the absence of negotiations with the Palestinians. It recommends that Israel complete its security barrier around the West Bank and stop construction of Jewish settlements outside the barrier. e CNAS plan, Advancing the Dialogue: A Security System for the Two-State Solution, focuses on how Israel can withdraw from the West Bank without repeating
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the mistakes it made in its unilateral withdrawal from Gaza in 2005. “Too oen you hear from Israelis that if [they] walk out of the West Bank, it’ll just become Gaza. at’s sort of the shutdown [of the debate],” said Ilan Goldenberg, director of the Middle East security program at CNAS. “We’re saying it doesn’t have to be that way.” Goldenberg’s plan includes elements that the Gaza pullout lacked: a regional and border security system, an internal Palestinian security system and a drawn-out Israeli redeployment. e redeployment would be monitored by a panel including American, Israeli and Palestinian representatives. He added that while Palestinians will not accept Israel taking unilateral action, a secondary deal can exist in which the United States would diplomatically support certain unilateral Israeli moves. However, the plan’s goal is to create enough layers of security that unilateral action would never become necessary. Michael Koplow, policy director for IPF, emphasized the plans do not require a change in Israel’s government nor do they attempt to back any opposition political leaders. “e current government has said it supports two states, and we take the prime minster at his word on that,” said Koplow. “We think that the CIS and CNAS plans can be implemented with any government, le or right.” But the dynamics between governments do matter, Goldenberg said. He believes Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas both support the idea of
a two-state solution, but their versions of what it looks like don’t necessarily overlap enough to see it through. “More than anything, you’re asking two risk-averse politicians who don’t trust or like each other to take this huge career and life risk, and they’re just not going to do it together,” said Goldenberg. “e dynamics do need to change.”
“We think that the plans can be implemented with any government, left or right.”
— Michael Koplow, Israel Policy Forum
at, coupled with the strained relationship between Netanyahu and President Barack Obama, only adds to the challenge. e unfavorable political realities, Gelman said, have caused some to question why Israel Policy Forum is promoting the two-state solution. “I think anyone who cares about Israel has to do everything possible to preserve Israel’s future as a Jewish, democratic and secure state,” said Gelman. “If you accept the premise that the two-state solution is the only solution, then we all have to do everything we can, despite the current political realities, to oﬀer a diﬀerent way forward.” JT firstname.lastname@example.org
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greater Baltimore and Washington regions are refusing to stay silent more than one week aer the largest mass shooting in recent history. Whether or not Congress passes legislation this week restricting known terrorists from purchasing guns, the prevailing view among most Jews is that some form of restriction on gun purchases is in order when it comes to preventing tragedies such as the June 12 massacre in an Orlando, Fla., nightclub that le 50 dead, including the gunman. Maryland currently has a state assault weapons ban in eﬀect, but it is undergoing its second legal challenge
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in district court. Meanwhile, the Orlando attack has led many to call for the reinstatement of the 1994 Federal Assault Weapons Ban that prevented the manufacture and sale of semiautomatic weapons for civilian use. e ban expired in 2004, and while there have been attempts to reinstate it, none have been successful. e Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Washington in 2011 put out a policy statement calling for the reinstatement of this law following a rise in the number of mass shootings, said executive director Ron Halber. “ere was no reason why the man who committed that act of terror in Orlando should have been able to get his hands on [an assault weapon]” he said, referring to
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Gun violence spurs call for state, federal action
“Now is not the time to roll back any reasonable gun restrictions that are already in place.”
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— BJC executive director Howard Libit
killer Omar Mateen’s purchase of the Sig Sauer MCX assault weapon two weeks prior to the shooting (Mateen also used a handgun that he had purchased at the time). “ere is no reason at all that people on the terrorist list should have access to weaponry. at’s just illogical. I don’t know how anybody can defend that position.” Halber said he detects frustration among members of the public who are desperate for action in the wake of the Orlando shooting and the many tragedies that preceded it. He emphasized that the JCRC is not calling for an outright ban on firearms for the use of protection or hunting, but the elimination of “military-grade” weapons from the public’s possession is a rational step. Like the JCRC, the Baltimore Jewish Council also supports banning semiautomatic weapons. Executive director Howard Libit said the BJC has a history of supporting gun control legislation, including during the 2013 legislative session when the organization supported several new laws that were
proposed aer the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Conn., that took the lives of 20 children. “We certainly think that now is not the time to roll back any of the reasonable gun restrictions that are already in place in Maryland. at would be going the wrong direction,” he said. “And we’re paying close attention to what’s happening in Congress right now and certainly salute the eﬀorts that a number of senators have made, including ours, to try and push for some greater federal steps.” In addition to the Jewish advocacy arenas of both cities, rabbis are also speaking out. e rabbinic community as a whole has not taken one formal position on gun control, and it may be because, as Agudath Israel of Maryland director Rabbi Ariel Sadwin said, assault weapons haven’t been widely discussed in terms of Halachah. “To say there is a position within the community here and even broader, Agudath Israel of America, I don’t
believe they’ve had too many statements on gun control because it’s not like we are against all guns,” he said. Sadwin said like with many hot-button issues, the Orthodox community oen can see merit to both sides in the gun control debate. “[ere are] definitely plenty of people in the community who feel strongly about the need for protection especially in a period of time that the Jewish community has seen continued safety issues, and
there are definitely people in the community who feel there should be added protections and stuﬀ like that,” he said. “So it’s hard to go and take a position, as some in politics will say, to completely overhaul gun control. At the same time, the availability of an assault weapon, the likes of which can go carry out a disaster like happened in Orlando, is a real concern.” But Rabbi Daniel Cotzin Burg of Beth Am Synagogue, who serves on the board of jewishtimes.com
“[There are] definitely plenty of people in the community who feel strongly about the need for protection.”
and gun ownership in this country that when something tragic like this terrorist attack in Orlando occurs, we’re so conditioned as Americans to say, ‘Well, that has nothing to do with guns.’ But, of course, it has everything to do with guns,” Cotzin said. “Tel Aviv just had a shooting — a terrorist attack — a week and a half ago, and what was surprising about that attack was it was done with guns. Most of the terrorist attacks in Israel have been done with knives because in Israel it’s hard to get guns.” When Adas Israel Congregation Associate Rabbi Aaron Alexander arrived in Washington last year, one of his mandates was to better engage the congregation’s social action committee. He did so by first asking congregants what issues were most important to them, one of which was gun control. “When the consequences are life or death we have an obligation to fight as hard as we can for policies that preserve life and dignity,” he said. “We’re going to have a voice, and our voice is not just going
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to be to scream or yell or pray. Our voice is going to be to change tragedies that happen in this country every day.” Alexander is not yet sure what Adas Israel’s on-the-ground efforts will be, but he has experience in community organizing from a previous role in Los Angeles, where he served on the clergy caucus of LA Voice PICO — an interfaith advocacy group. “We’re in the midst of training our leadership to be eﬀective organizers,” he said. “ere are a lot of people out in the world who want to do something and we have learned that groups are eﬀective when they are part of something bigger.” Alexander said it was “shocking” that Congress took
no action related to gun legislation aer the Sandy Hook shootings. He called last week’s 15-hour filibuster by Senate Democrats on gun control a “God-inspired act.” “Sometimes, we get so bogged down in the intricacies of the Second Amendment, we’re no longer able to see beyond the forest to the bigger picture.” Alexander acknowledged that the Torah does provide a case for owning a gun by spelling out a right to self-defense, but he said in today’s world the most wellintentioned gun owners can cause devastating side eﬀects simply by being enablers. “If you think about domestic violence and suicide, a gun in the home raises the possibility
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Jews United for Justice, believes Halachah can be interpreted to be against assault weapons. “Halachah exists to guide us in how we’re to live our lives as Jews and how societies should be ordered,” he said. “We are to do just about everything we can in order to preserve life and save lives, so weapons that exist whose purpose is solely to take lives — that we know in the hands of civilians are much more likely to take innocent lives than they are to protect innocent lives — I think Halachah would frown on assault weapons in nonmilitary personal hands.” He said that the United States’ obsession with gun ownership, as well as increasing xenophobic, racist, homophobic and misogynistic rhetoric, is a “dangerous and deadly cocktail.” “One of the great tragedies of the current perspective that some Americans have on gun ownership is that instead of using, in moderation, weapons that are designed for sport, for hunting or even perhaps for protection, we have so fetishized weapon ownership
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— Rabbi Ariel Sadwin, director, Agudath Israel of Maryland
“The reason we banned [assault weapons] in Maryland is because they’re totally unnecessary or ill-suited for anything other than the police the military. The idea that you need to be able to fire off 15 shots really fast for hunting is crazy. It’s not necessary. It’s not sportsmanlike.”
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— Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh
that someone will do harm to themselves or others,” he said. “If the gun is not in the home, there is a much better chance someone will survive either their lowest moment of depression or someone close to them.” It is not directly from the Torah that the argument for gun ownership comes, but rather the history of persecution that Jews have faced, explained Edward Friedman, editor-in-chief of the NRA’s monthly magazine Shooting Illustrated. “Part of what made me a believer in the Second Amendment was what the Jewish
people have gone through and the fact that we were, until the creation of the State of Israel, actually until the creation of the United States, never able to protect ourselves,” he told Washington Jewish Week last year. “In the U.S. it is individually, and in Israel it’s more collectively … there are people out there who spew violent hatred toward Jews and all too oen put that into action.” e right to owning a handgun in the home has been upheld several times by the Supreme Court, including in the 2008 decision District of Columbia v. Heller, in which the court
determined 5-4 that banning the registration of handguns or requiring the use of trigger locks to store them in the home violated the Second Amendment. e late justice Antonin Scalia wrote the majority opinion. Nathan Lewin, a Washington attorney who has worked on a number of Supreme Court cases and knew Scalia, said he thinks there are limits on the latitude that the Heller decision gives gun owners. “Beyond [handguns] I think courts have construed that as meaning that the legislature has the authority to go and regulate other forms of purchases, other forms of guns and ammunition,” he said. Lewin said he thinks measures such as background checks and an assault weapons ban would be permitted under
the Constitution. While these measures may stand the test of the law, there may not be the political will to enact them, Lewin said, while noting the influence of the National Rifle Association on the political sphere. “Although I’m not generally sympathetic to a lot of things the Obama Administration supports, I think legislation in this area is desirable,” he said, while noting that he thinks the larger issue is “Islamic terrorism.” Maryland is currently fighting its own legal battle to uphold an assault weapons ban that took eﬀect on Oct. 1, 2013. e law, which was based on the Federal Assault Weapons Ban, outlawed 45 diﬀerent weapons including the AR-15, which is similar to the weapon Mateen used. Gun owners who purchased the banned jewishtimes.com
“This is a no-brainer ... You have somebody on a terror watch list, they shouldn’t have firearms.”
Attorney General Brian Frosh said he thinks the ban will withstand this latest court challenge aer other circuit courts upheld similar laws in the states of New York and Connecticut. “It’s not that diﬃcult,” he said. “ere are clear definitions as to what an assault weapon is in the law. If somebody brings us a case where you’ve got an AR-15 that’s sold in a store who’s not buying it for police purposes or military purposes, it’s a violation. … e reason we banned them in Maryland is because they’re totally unnecessary or ill-suited for anything other than the police, the military. e idea
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of the original policy and said he does not see how the Second Amendment would include assault rifles since they are not used for hunting and there is “no rational basis” for their use. He regrets not including a mental health component at the time, which, he said, is “very hard to legislate.” “You want to people to seek mental health counseling and so forth without limits, but at the same time you want to keep guns out of the hands of people who have the capacity to do harm. So how you define that prohibition is very challenging but important to do,” he said. Zirkin also co-sponsored a bill last year that would have barred gun sales from suspected terrorists — something he thinks is seriously lacking at the federal level. “You look at Washington and their failure to do even the most simple of things is embarrassing,” he said. “is is a no-brainer of an issue in my opinion. You have somebody
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weapons prior to this date were permitted to keep them. ere is no estimate as to how many people this includes. e ban faced its first legal challenge from the pro-gun community in 2014 and was upheld by U.S. District Court Judge Catherine C. Blake. But in February, they appealed the decision to the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which ruled by a 2-1 vote among three judges that the case should be reheard in the same lower court under the “strict scrutiny” standard, meaning that the ban must “further a compelling governmental interest” in order for it to trump the Second Amendment.
that you need to be able to fire oﬀ 15 shots really fast for hunting is crazy. It’s not necessary. It’s not sportsmanlike.” Frosh said anyone carrying a banned weapon into Maryland from another state is subject to the same penalties as someone who obtained one illegally in state, which include a $5,000 fine and a prison sentence of three years or less for the first oﬀense. e penalties increase for subsequent oﬀenses and for criminals who use the illegally obtained weapon in carrying out the act. Frosh said the country at large remains in danger due to the lack of a renewal of the federal ban, and that has to do with politicians being “more responsive to the NRA than to the citizens.” “I think that in Maryland we’ve made ourselves safer by having an assault weapons ban, but until our neighbors do the same, everybody’s in peril,” he said. State Sen. Bobby Zirkin (DDistrict 11) was a co-sponsor
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— State Sen. Bobby Zirkin
on a terror watch list, they shouldn’t have firearms.” e bill did not pass Maryland last year, but he expects it to come up again in the 2017 General Assembly session. Adding to the problem, Zirkin said, is the lack of communication from the FBI to state and local police about who is on the watch list. He said it is “self-evident” that all police oﬃcers should have access to the list. “I believe we will pass a bill, but again, unless the federal government does it, it doesn’t protect us,” he said. “It’s nothing more than a statement from the state.” However, Del. Sandy Rosenberg (D-District 41) believes passing a bill in Maryland would be more than a statement. “It has the potential to make a difference in Maryland because it would make it more diﬃcult for someone who is on that list who is a suspected terrorist to purchase a gun in this state,” he said. “Passing the law here could create momentum to do so in other states and hopefully eventually to do
so at the federal level, where it would be most eﬀective. And that’s the role that states oen play.” He also thinks the state’s assault weapons ban will stand. “Justice Scalia’s opinion makes it clear when he said — when he struck down the D.C. law — that the Second Amendment right is not an absolute right,” Rosenberg said. “at’s the case with all the other Bill of Rights protections. ese are not absolute rights. When we worked on this bill, as the legislature considered the bill, we were very aware of that — that we can impose reasonable restrictions — and I hope and think that the bill will be ultimately upheld by the courts.” Montgomery County Sheriﬀ Darren Popkin said he too thinks the ban is in the public’s interest. Popkin, an Olney resident who attends Washington Hebrew Congregation and has served in law enforcement for more than 30 years, said the community he is in charge of is generally very safe. But over the years it has seen its share of gun violence, including a
series of shootings near Westfield Montgomery Mall earlier this year. Popkin’s tactical team was also called into action during the sniper attacks of 2002 that le 17 people dead including six in Montgomery County. “For anybody to think that an active shooter situation could not happen in our backyard is being naive,” he said.
Popkin said at the very least, there should be some additional background review of gun purchasers. “No fly, no buy,” he said. “If you are being looked at as a person for potential violence, there should be some restriction for purchasing a firearm.” JT email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org
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“We can impose reasonable restrictions. I think [Maryland’s] bill will be ultimately upheld.” — Del. Sandy Rosenberg
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The Jewish Museum of Maryland hosts a lecture and workshop with the All American Synagogue that teaches participants the basic steps of creating a Torah scroll, inspecting a Torah, mezuzah and Teﬁllin and how to write in a Torah font. 1 p.m. 15 Lloyd St., Baltimore. Visit jewishmuseummd.org.
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Wednesday 29 JPW Happy Hour
The Associated’s Jewish Professional Women group hosts a happy hour for career-minded women to network, socialize and learn from one another. 5:30 p.m. Hyatt Place Baltimore Inner Harbor, 511 S. Central Ave. Visit associated.org.
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Baltimore Hebrew Congregation hosts a service for families with newborns to pre-kindergartenaged children, featuring music, a story and tzedakah. 6:30 p.m. 7401 Park Heights Ave., Baltimore. Visit baltimorehebrew.org.
DIY Torah Study
Beth Am Synagogue hosts DIY Torah study. Free. 8:45 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. 2501 Eutaw Place, Baltimore. Visit bethambaltimore.org.
The BSO performs Tchaikovsky’s “1812 Overture” and Sousa’s “Stars and Stripes Forever” with dazzling ﬁreworks. Gates open at 5 p.m. Performance at 8 p.m. $9-$18. Oregon Ridge Park, 13401 Beaver Dam Road, Cockeysville. Visit bit.ly/28JcHrm.
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The National Aquarium hosts an Independence Day celebration on Pier 3 featuring kids’ activities, music, a great view of Baltimore’s ﬁreworks and food and drinks. 6:30 p.m. 501 E. Pratt St., Baltimore. Call 410-659-4230.
Wednesday 6 >> Watermelon Wednesdays
Beth El Congregation hosts children’s activities and watermelon at Patterson Park. Free. 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. 27 S. Patterson Ave., Baltimore. Visit bethelbalto.com.
Summer Nights on Park Heights
Clergy and educators from Baltimore Hebrew Congregation host current event discussions in BHC’s courtyard with snacks and cocktails. 6:30 p.m. 7401 Park Heights Ave., Baltimore. Visit baltimorehebrew.org.
Rosh Chodesh Storytime
The Macks Center for Jewish Education hosts story time for kids ages 3 to 6. Includes a kosher, nut-free snack. 10 a.m. 5708 Park Heights Ave., Baltimore. Visit cjebaltimore.org.
Baltimore Hebrew Congregation clergy lead a free Shabbat service in Bethany Beach. Services begin at 7 p.m. Come early and bring dinner or purchase food from Rosenfeld’s Jewish Deli. South Inlet Day Area, Delaware Seashore State Park, 27099 Coastal Highway. Visit baltimorehebrew.org.
Saturday 9 Tot Shabbat
Beth El Congregation hosts an interactive service for kids up to 5 years old and their families featuring song, prayer, puppets and Torah stories. 11:15 a.m. Visit bethelbalto.com.
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A Second Chance
I was In a total fog during my first year in high school. I entered a strange school, much larger than the one I had attended previously, and was not given the benefit of any orientation to the new environment. I struggled academically and socially. But I knew one thing: I liked to write, and I sought to learn how to do so. I learned that there was a special track in the English department for those who were interested in writing. I was turned down, but I persisted and made it my business to arrange for an interview with Joe Brown, the instructor for the journalism class. I will never forget Mr. Brown because he was impressed by my perseverance and gave me a second chance, explaining that many freshmen oen become overwhelmed by the novelty of their new environment and don’t always excel to their full potential. To this day, every time I put a pencil to paper or fingers to a computer keyboard, I think of Joe Brown. Parshat Beha’alotcha, we read of a group of people who, like me, were unable to fulfill their responsibilities the first time around. In their case, it was the mitzvah of bringing the Passover oﬀering on the 14th day of the month of nisan, which they failed to do. For them, it was not the strangeness of a new school that prevented them from doing the mitzvah properly. Rather it was because “they were unclean, having
come into contact with a dead body, so that they could not keep the Passover on that day” (num. 9:6). “Unclean though we are by reason of a corpse, why must we be debarred from presenting the Lord’s oﬀering at its set time with the rest of the Israelites?” (num. 9:7) ey persisted and insisted upon having the same benefits of the rest of the people. e Lord gave them a second chance. He told Moses that, forevermore in the history of the Jewish people, when individuals are faced with circumstances that prevent them from bringing the Passover oﬀering in its proper time, “they shall oﬀer it in the second month.” God, in His infinite mercy, gave a second chance, a kind of a do-over session, to a group of people who could have easily given up, but who did not want to be le out and therefore persevered in their search for a spiritual privilege. ere is so much to be learned from this story. although we cannot play God, we can certainly emulate Him and give others a second chance. we need not strictly enforce all of our rules but can recognize that there are circumstances in the lives of men that prevent them from doing the right thing the first time around and who therefore require a little "slack.” JT
Rabbi Tzvi Hersh Weinreb is executive vice president emeritus of the Orthodox Union.
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The Community Page FELLOWSHIP: Jews United for Justice’s Baltimore Jeremiah Fellows include (from left) Amanda Kushner, Sara Zisow-McClean, Lizzy Solovey, Gregory Friedman, Micah Brosbe, Rachel Kassman, Sam Novey, Gabriel Pickus, Lisa Firnberg, Gracie Greenberg, Elad Firnberg, Adina Potter Yoe and Ellen Brown. The participants took part in an eight-month program in which they learned about Baltimore through the lens of Judaism and justice; studied Jewish texts, traditions and history; and developed organizing and activism skills.
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POOL PARTY: The Goldﬁsh Swim School opened its newest location in Owings Mills on Cronridge Drive. Reisterstown-Owings Mills-Glyndon Chamber of Commerce board chair Bob Frank (second from left) welcomed the swim school on Wednesday, June 15. From left: owner Michael Solarz, Frank, vice president of operations Sean Flanigan and general manager Zachary Healy.
ROCK AT THE QUARRY: The Brisket Brothers performed its mix of “home-cooked, well-seasoned blues, jazz, rock oldies and klezmer” at the Baltimore Jewish American Festival at Quarry Lake on June 19. The band includes frontman and guitarist the “Rockin’ Rabbi” Avraham Rosenblum and conga player Arnie Clapman.
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