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October 19, 2012 Vol. 328 No. 7 Candle lighting 6:04 p.m. 7

Opinion Opening oughts, Editorials, From is View, Your Say …

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Dealing With Dementia JHU study concludes patients fare better when they can stay at home


Picking Up The Tab

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With a utility rate spike in the forecast, BGE customers talk about their concerns




Celebrating the Vision Bikur Cholim to honor its founder — a visionary and innovator

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National & International News Strategically Sound Netanyahu’s call for early elections will help achieve social, economic and security goals


Stalling the ‘Startup Nation’ Drop in venture capital funding puts squeeze on Israel’s tech sector

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Ode To A Matriarch

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‘Jews On The Move’ Museum exhibit explores Jewish migration from city to suburbia


The Message Is Clear


A Journey of Good and Evil Ellen Cassedy’s new memoir explores Lithuanian Holocaust from all vantage points


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Perlman Is All Smiles Despite news of her split with longtime husband Danny DeVito, “Cheers” star Rhea Perlman was seen out and about in L.A. sans wedding ring, sporting a huge smile. It is still unclear why DeVito and Perlman, who were married for 30 years, are separating. Apparently, the split came as a shock to those close to the couple, including “Cheers” actor John Ratzenberger, who said he saw Perlman recently, and she never mentioned trouble in her marriage.

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Tom Hanks

Tom Hanks, Oscar-winning actor who you may recognize from “Forrest Gump” and “Sleepless in Seattle,” is set to make his Broadway debut in Nora Ephron’s “Lucky Guy.” Based on the controversial career of Mike McAlary, a New York writer who won a Pulitzer Prize before his death in 1998, Ephron completed “Lucky Guy” just before her death this past June. Previews for the show, which will go on at Broadhurst Theatre, begin March 1 of next year, with opening night scheduled for April 1.

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Lena Supports Obama Lena Dunham, creator of HBO’s hit series “Girls,” officially has endorsed Barack Obama in the upcoming presidential election. Dunham, whose mother is Jewish, announced her support for Obama and marriage equality via Twitter, saying, “I’m voting because I want to party at my sister’s future wedding #ForAll.”

Jonah Hill

Funnyman Jonah Hill, who has starred in comedies including “Superbad” and “21 Jump Street,” will appear in Quentin Tarantino’s latest film “Django Unchained.” Set for theaters this December, “Django Unchained” tells the story of a slave turned bounty hunter, who goes on a mission to rescue his wife from a Mississippi plantation owner. Appearing alongside Hill will be Jamie Foxx, Leonardo DiCaprio, Kerry Washington and Samuel L. Jackson.


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Opening oughts Ron Snyder

Out of Sight, Not Out of Mind — Anymore the day when Muslims, Jews, Christians and others could all coexist. Sadly, in the 11 years since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, I only see that divide widening. At the same time, the potential for a nuclear war seems as real as anytime during the Cold War, albeit radicals appear more willing to die for their cause and less willing to take the “mutually assured destruction” approach that held off nuclear war between the U.S. and the Soviet Union. With the presidential election just a few weeks away, most have made up their minds on who they view as the best commander in chief. I’m not going to use this column to advocate for one candidate or the other. I will ask you before going to the ballot box to examine where each candidate stands on working with Israel and how they would deal with enemies both foreign and domestic. Don’t get reeled in with the “gotcha” journalism being played out. Many in the media are more concerned about pointing out the candidates’ flaws, such as when former Gov. Mitt Romney spoke off the cuff at a fundraiser earlier this year or when President Barack Obama did much the same in front of a largely African-American audience in 2007, than examining their stances on the issues. In a digital age where their every word and movement is recorded and dissected through social media, cable news and talk radio, it’s easy to exploit any gaffe made by the candidates. On Nov. 6, when going to the ballot box, make sure your decision is based on substance, not style. The future of Israel could depend on it. JT Ron Snyder is a JT staff reporter rsnyder@jewishtimes.com


Healthcare and Politics by Dan Morhaim Saturday, October 20 at 2:00PM Dan Morhaim is the only physician in the 188-member Maryland General Assembly. First elected in 1994, Dan serves as Deputy Majority Leader in the House of Delegates. Board-certified in Emergency Medicine and Internal Medicine, he has over 30 years front line clinical experience and is on the faculty at the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health. His new book, “The Better End: Surviving (and Dying) on Your Own Terms in Today's Modern Medical World” (Hopkins University Press), has earned excellent reviews including endorsements from Maya Angelou and Dr. Ben Carson. Full information at www.thebetterend.com. Delegate Dr. Morhaim will share his perspective on health care, politics, policy and how citizens can impact the legislative process.

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There’s an old expression that says “out of sight, out of mind.” That is the approach many Americans take today when it comes to international news. The deaths of soldiers in Afghanistan and Iraq have been limited to just a few seconds on today’s newscasts, which seem to offer more time to the breakup of Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes and what Honey Boo Boo is doing this week. I was never one to be too concerned with overseas affairs — until now. Watching anti-American violence spread across the Middle East made me look at world affairs from a whole new perspective. The hatred and vitriol displayed with scores of people burning the American flag and yelling death to America was unnerving. Then, seeing the violence unleashed at the U.S. consulate in Libya, which led to the deaths of Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three others, left me with an even greater sense of uneasiness. With rising tensions between Israel and Iran and the threat of the latter gaining nuclear weapons, I began to wonder just when all of this will come to a head and what it means for the world I hope to leave for my children. These issues should be of utmost importance to the country, especially those in the Jewish community, with radical ideologues like Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad claiming Israel has no Middle East roots and should be “eliminated.” Yes, there are pressing issues at home like the economy and health care that need to be addressed. But, in today’s truly global economy, events overseas have a direct impact on situations at home. As a Jewish-American, I long for



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Yes To Maryland’s DREAM Act We are a nation of immigrants. Very few members of our community trace their American roots back more than two generations. Some, a lot less. But we all understand the value of a quality education. It’s how we strengthen our society, and build on the American dream. So, what is the DREAM Act? DREAM is the acronym for Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors. e federal act relates to citizenship issues. But the Maryland version, and the subject of the Question 4 referendum vote, is much more narrowly focused. e Maryland In-State Tuition Referendum asks voters to decide whether undocumented immigrants will be permitted to pay in-state or in-county tuition at Maryland colleges. at’s it. Will we allow undocumented, long-term Maryland residents whose families pay their taxes to attend college at preferred, in-state rates? Or should we charge them more?


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To qualify for in-state rates, the Maryland law requires students to have attended a Maryland high school for three years and to prove that their parents or they have filed taxes for the past three years. Initially, students who qualify would have to attend a community college. And, aer two years, the students would be permitted to transfer to a four-year university and pay in-state rates. The children of local long-term illegal residents face a number of challenges. But they have grown up in Maryland with our children — attending the same public schools, rooting for the same sports teams, visiting the same museums, amusement parks and fairs and struggling to achieve the American dream with the constant fear of deportation. Let’s give these young people a chance. Let’s encourage their efforts to attend college. Vote Yes on Question 4, and let’s share a piece of the American dream.

Marriage Equality Extends Founders’ Freedoms The granting of marriage rights to Maryland’s gay and lesbian couples under civil law is not a religious issue. It is about civil rights and progress. The Declaration of Independence begins with the lofty assertion that “All men are created equal.” We embrace that concept, even as we struggle to live up to it. And in the process, we seek to overcome bias and prejudice. What began as the founders’ notion of exclusive rights for white male landowners has slowly but deliberately expanded to the gift of equality for those from another race, ethnicity, gender or sexual orientation. Those same founders of our great country had the foresight to erect a wall of separation between church and state, thereby ensuring that government would not intrude on the free exercise of religion or establish religion in the realm of government. Thus, as long as government provides legal, secular recognition to committed and loving relationships, with inherent benefits and consequences, it should not discriminate against any sector of the population. To do so under the guise of religion would violate the separation of church and state, as it would limit the rights of certain citizens based upon the religious views of others. As a Jewish community committed to social justice and to an optimistic future for all citizens, we urge support for the right to civil marriage for all. We applaud the Maryland legislature for passing an initiative supporting marriage equality and Gov. Martin O’Malley for signing the initiative into law. It is now our turn to speak out clearly in favor of the effort. We urge a vote of “Yes” on Question 6 in Maryland.

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Golda Meir once explained that “not being beautiful was the true blessing. Not being beautiful forced me to develop my inner resources. e pretty girl has a handicap to overcome.” Barack Obama, who recently called himself “eye candy,” suffers from a handicap like Golda Meir’s “pretty girl.” Obama once stated that, “It’s very rare that I come to an event where I’m like the fih- or sixth-most interesting person.” Obama has a fatal flaw; he’s failed as president for the simple reason that he’s a narcissist. According to the Mayo Clinic, someone with narcissistic personality disorder has “… an inflated sense of their own importance and a deep need for admiration … and believe[s] that they’re superior to others” but underneath has “… a fragile selfesteem, vulnerable to the slightest criticism.” Considered through the lens of narcissism, Obama’s behavior becomes more understandable. Dr. Sandy Hotchkiss, author of “Why Is It Always About You?: e Seven Deadly Sins of Narcissism,” explains that narcissists oen feel an acute sense of shame and exhibit “magical thinking” and arrogance. Obama wrote two autobiographies by the age of 45. He presents a story of growing up without his father, living in Jakarta, studying at an elite Hawaiian prep school, and trying to understand himself in context of having a white mother and black father. Obama’s girlfriend in college, Genevieve Cook, says Obama “was deeply confused about his racial identity and felt like an imposter bec-ause he was so white.” Obama wrote that in college, “to avoid being mistaken for a sellout, I chose my friends carefully.

e more politically active black students. e foreign students. e Chicanos. e Marxist professors and structural feminists and punk-rock performance poets.” is strikes me as the same behavior as knowingly worshipping with a racist church leader for decades to enhance his credibility in the black community. Obama fits the narcissist profile of feeling shame acutely. How oen do people change their name (from Barry to Barack in this case)? It seems to me that the act of renaming yourself is rare. Hotchkiss additionally explains that narcissists “see themselves as perfect, using distortion and illusion known as magical thinking.” Obama claims his potential election could be seen as “the moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow, and our planet began to heal.” Similarly, Obama’s statement that “we are the change we’ve been waiting for” could be considered either magical thinking or one of self-infatuation. According to Hotchkiss, narcissists also exhibit the trait of arrogance. Obama is effusive in his criticism of others while painfully reticent to accept responsibility himself. A few highlights include the Cambridge police that “acted stupidly,” people from small towns “clinging to their guns and their religion,” “fat-cat bankers,” doctors that perform unneeded surgeries, anyone Republican, business owners who didn’t really “build it,” evil insurance, energy and hedge-fund executives and finally anyone un-American enough to disagree with him, including the Catholic Church. Maybe the secret of “No Drama Obama” is that with Obama it’s always a solo performance. JT Jon Parks is a local Jewish Republican and a member of the Republican Jewish Coalition. His views do not necessarily represent the views of the RJC or its members.

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From is View David A. Harris

President Obama — The Choice of Jewish Voters IN LESS THAN A month, Americans will go into voting booths and cast their ballots. ey will choose not only between two candidates, but also between two competing visions for America’s future. President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney represent opposing interests on most every major issue that we face. For the majority of Jewish voters the choice is a clear one. e Torah instructs us, “Justice, justice shall you pursue.” It is this, along with the Jewish value of tikkun olam, repairing the world, that drives the Jewish community to pursue policies that foster social justice. Striving for social justice is also a core Democratic value, and it is one of the reasons why most Jews have supported Democrats since the New Deal — to say nothing of the

74 percent of Jewish voters who supported President Obama in 2008 and the dramatic majority that very likely will support him again this November. In the past four years, President Obama passed the Affordable Care Act (“Obamacare”), which will increase the accessibility and effectiveness of health insurance for more than 20 million Americans. He ended the military’s discriminatory “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy, allowing LGBT service members to serve their country openly and proudly. His policies have helped to end gender discrimination — in the workplace through the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act and by health insurance companies through provisions in Obamacare. e president’s record on Israel has been just as strong. Contrary to what Republicans wrongly have claimed, President Obama is a fervent supporter of Israel — indeed, Israeli leaders boast

that the U.S.-Israel security relationship is stronger than ever. Since President Obama took office, he has restored Israel’s qualitative military edge and drastically increased military aid. It was the Obama Administration that fought the Palestinian unilateral declaration of independence at the United Nations and helped fund Israel’s Iron Dome — the advanced missile defense system that is protecting Israeli cities like Sderot from Hamas’ rockets. And Obama has been the global leader against a nucleararmed Iran through years of crippling international sanctions. is president is easily one of the most pro-Israel presidents the U.S. has ever had — and those seeking to discredit him and politicize the U.S.-Israel relationship do Israel no favors. On the other hand, one need not look too far to see why Mitt Romney is completely out of step with most Jewish

voters. He has demonstrated that his foreign policy agenda is incoherent at best and dangerous at worst. He and running mate Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) have asserted that they would cut or eliminate altogether the social safety net, Medicare, Obamacare and education programs. Romney, Ryan and the Republican Party also have made it abundantly clear that they are looking to turn back the clock on women’s rights and LGBT rights. Their vision is simply incompatible with the values and political beliefs of the vast majority of American Jews. For most Americans, the differences between President Obama and Mitt Romney are not small. But for Jewish voters who also weigh tikkun olam and social justice, the differences could not be greater. JT David A. Harris is National Jewish Democratic Council president and CEO.

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Your Say… e following letters reflect the opinions of our readers. e Baltimore Jewish times strives to run all letters to the editor, as space provides. e publication edits only for grammar and clarity. Please send your letters to editor@jewishtimes.com.

Separate Seating Is A Jewish Law i would like to reply to issachar Freedman’s comments on rabbi moshe Feinstein (“a Question of ethics,” oct. 12). rabbi Feinstein, as noted, was the generation’s halachic authority. on the question of separate seating in the synagogue, he ruled that the separation was a ‘halacha l’Moshe miSinai, a law going back to moses at sinai, with no reason given. Back in the 1960s, there were fullpage notices in the U.s. Jewish papers informing the Jewish public that it is better to stay home than to hear the shofar on rosh hashana in a shul with mixed seating. it was signed by rabbis moshe Feinstein, aharon Kotler, Yakov ruderman, Yakov Kamenetzki, Joseph soloveitchik, Joseph Breuer and other leading rabbis. separate seating is required for statutory services only, not for a public lecture. rebbeton Chana weinberg, for instance, attended the co-ed Forest Park high school, as did many other orthodox girls of her generation, including my late mother. regarding the simchas bais hashoevah on sukkot in the temple, it is spelled out in the mishna sukka 5.2 and the talmud sukka 51b that the women sat in a gallery above, while the sages sang and danced with flaming torches and the levites played music. in the description of the ird temple in the later chapters of ezekiel we learn there will be a women’s gallery there as well! Joseph Feld United Kingdom

Wake Up! Obama Is Bad For Israel in response to the letter by mark Jeffrey Koch (“i support obama,” sept. 21), obama feeds you a couple of crumbs, and you act like it is a 10course meal. this behavior shows your desperation ( Jewish habit) to be accepted and loved by the mainstream (in your mind). the Jews of Germany acted likewise, trying to convince themselves that hitler was not their enemy, that he didn’t mean half of what he said. again, that need to be accepted. Does the phrase “never again” mean anything to you? You need to break out of your obama trance. obama is no friend to israel or the Jews. the obama administration had no choice but to give aid to israel due to Congressional pressure. make no mistake, obama will make things worse for israel. israel is in dire trouble if obama gets in again. with friends like President obama, who needs enemies? Jen Thomas Baltimore

The Time Has Come in his sermon on erev rosh hashanah, our rabbi began our high holy Day observances by stating, ‘e day is short. e task is great. e time has come.” this brief statement resonated with me. why, i have been asking, would Jewish people vote for national republican candidates who embrace a platform that stands for many policies that most of us would find a bhorrent if applied to us? i am writing this letter to find the answer. the first issue many Jewish people refer to is israel. obama, they say, isn’t good for israel. why do they say this? have they heard or read his statements to the aiPaC Policy Conference in washington in may 2011? he said, “america’s commitment to israel’s security flows from a deeper place — and that’s the values

we share. as two people who struggled to win our freedom against overwhelming odds, we understand that preserving the security for which our forefathers — and foremothers — fought must be the work of every generation. as two vibrant democracies, we recognize that the liberties and freedoms we cherish must be constantly nurtured. and as the nation that recognized the state of israel moments aer its independence, we have a profound commitment to its survival as a strong, secure homeland for the Jewish people. i have been disheartened by the mean-spirited comments of people around me. in 2008, one family member said, “i can’t vote for obama because he is black, and he will bring african-americans into the white house.” that comment coming from a Jewish woman stunned me. isn’t that what they have said about us? During this election year, other family members said the following, “i don’t like obamacare” because if everyone gets health-care coverage, i’ll have a more difficult time getting appointments with doctors.” another said, “i have canceled my health insurance because my premiums are so high. the insurance company said they have to raise their premiums because they have to cover everyone. how is that helpful?” i referred that person to healthcare.gov to read the truth about the affordable health Care act, thinking how can a Jewish person not want health care for others? Jewish republicans say they are voting against the Democrats because of their pocketbooks. ey are protecting their businesses because obama and the Democrats are bad for business. ese Jewish republicans want to protect their wealth and their estates. most of us have worked hard and want to maintain for ourselves

and our families what we have accumulated. Yet, on Yom Kippur many Jewish congregations use the alternative torah reading, leviticus 19, for the aernoon service. … Verses 9 and 10 in leviticus command that we leave the edges of the fields and the gleanings of the harvest, as well as the leovers and fallen fruit of the vineyard, for the poor and the stranger. i liken this to those of us who have an abundance, or maybe just a little more than we actually need, paying higher taxes, wages, insurance premiums so that others less fortunate can live well also. this brings me to my core belief, which i hope every Jewish person would also embrace. when asked to sum up the torah, hillel replied, “what is hateful to you, do not do to your neighbor; that is the whole torah, while the rest is commentary thereon, go and learn it.” this precept is stated another way in leviticus, “love your neighbor as yourself; i am God.” if we believe this, how can we withhold the right for gay men and women to marry the ones they love, for women and their partners to choose whether they want to have children, how many children and under what conditions? would we want to be without a living wage or without food, shelter or health care if we could not find a way to support ourselves in a sustainable way? so, as election day draws near, i urge my fellow Jews to think about why they are voting for the the candidates they have chosen. my favorite quote, which has hung on my kitchen wall for many years, is as follows: “if i am not for myself, who is for me? if i am only for myself, what am i? and if not now, when?” is, too, was said by hillel. e time has come to think about how our Jewish values apply to the decisions we make. if not now, when? Sally A. Neustadt Baltimore

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The Baltimore Sun, The New York Times and NPR News Blog report that Iran’s Ahmadinejad could become a scapegoat for sanction woes. Merchants and men in the street have been rioting due to their currency losing 80 percent of its value in the past year and 25 percent in the past week. is is a result of the sanctions imposed by the Obama White House and our European allies. is is a far more effective way of reducing Iranian nuclear threats than the politically driven screams of the GOP leadership. Baltimore Jewish Republicans have a mindset to defeat Obama and Democrats whether all [options] [for solving the Iranian nuclear threat] have been considered intelligently. Bob Steinberg Baltimore

Why Romney Will Not Swing This State Mitt Romney’s failure to swoon voters is not any fault of his own. It is the failure of the Republican Party to embrace an ideology of classical liberalism in favor of partisan politicking for the sake of gaining power. As a result, I am unable to cast my vote for him and what his party represents. As an independent, however, I was not persuaded by President Obama’s rhetoric or record. Therefore, when I go to vote this year with all the other disillusioned 18 to 25 year olds, I will proudly be choosing a third-party candidate. Nathan Bullock Annapolis

Don’t Vote Like Your Parents Did I believe that most of us are influenced by our upbringing. I was born to Jewish parents. I believe I am the person I am today from the lessons I learned early in life and from my faith. e Jewish faith teaches responsibility, education and love of our fellow man. Although I have traveled to many other countries, I resided my


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whole life in the United States. I love this country and honor the men and women who throughout the years have given up so much to provide us with the lives we have today. The question is: Are we losing the security and freedom we have enjoyed? Since I was a child, my family voted Democrat. It seemed to be the party of the Jews in this country. The party of people who were concerned with their fellow man and believed it was important to reach out and support those who struggled. But at the same time, we strove for our own success by staying in school, working hard and putting off the immediate benefit for one in the future that would provide ourselves and our families with more security and a better life. I voted Democrat in 2000 for [Al] Gore because he was a Democrat, and I usually voted for the other candidates of the same party with few exceptions. That is until 2004, when I voted to keep George W. Bush in office. Say what you may about his presidency, but I believe history will show he provided great leadership in difficult times, especially in matters of national defense and terrorism. The 2008 election provided President Obama an opportunity to make

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changes that fit his ideology. But where did his belief system come from. He spent most of his youth outside the continental United States. Born to a Muslim father and atheist mother, he lived in places like Indonesia and Hawaii (where he spent years with Frank Marshall Davis, an avowed Communist, whom he called his mentor). According to the Los Angeles Times, ‘he felt the first stirrings of anger toward whites” while in high school. His parents, including his mother’s second husband, were anti-colonialists who blamed wealthier countries for stealing the riches of smaller nations such as Kenya, his father’s birth place. According to Barack Obama’s own book, it was his father’s dream to even the playing field. So what has happened since the 2008 election? Let’s forget the economy, the $5 trillion increase of the national debt that Obama said he was going to cut in half, the 8.1 percent of the population still unemployed (not including the great number of people under-employed or who have simply given up seeking employment). Let’s just concentrate on the president’s relationship with Israel. Since his election, he has not visited Israel. He has been to Turkey, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Indonesia and Afghanistan

(twice), during which times he announced his intension was to seek ‘ a new beginning between the U.S. and Muslims around the world.” The president courted the Jewish vote and brought in a great deal of money, only to ignore us … after the election. In 2008, while in Paris, French President Sarkozy said he could not stand Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu. President Obama responded with, ‘you’re sick of him? I have to work with him every day.” On one visit to the White House, the president refused to have a picture of him and the prime minister shaking hands. On another visit, he kept the prime minister waiting by taking a dinner break in the middle of a meeting. When the minister’s group asked for something to eat while waiting they were served nonkosher food, which went uneaten, according to Edward Klein’s “The Amateur” and other reports. More recently, he decided not to meet with the prime minister when he was in New York for the United Nations meeting of world leaders due to lack of time in his schedule but was able to find the time to appear, once more, on the TV show “The View.” In college, Obama joined several Marxist clubs, and while at Columbia


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he studied with a pro-Palestinian professor, Edward Said, and Israelbashing professor Rashid Khalidi. In 2004, Obama spoke against the barrier built to separate Israel and large settlements from the rest of the West Bank. This fence had stopped the wave of suicide bombers that took more than 1,000 lives in Israel. After moving to Chicago he joined the church of anti-Semitic preacher Jeremiah Wright, where he spent 20 years listening to fiery sermons about the United States. Obama said he doesn’t remember those sermons. Obama’s plan for peace in the Middle East is to force Israel from building settlements to stop the ‘Palestinian problem.” During Vice President Biden’s trip to Israel a permit was signed to build houses in East Jerusalem. Obama became enraged and had Hillary Clinton call Netanyahu and read him the riot act. For 45 minutes she did so and asked for the release of prisoners, easing the blockade of Gaza and more. Israel was told that refusal of these demands would conclude that the U.S. and Israel no longer shared the same interests. He also wanted Israel to return to the 1967 borders … while at the same time not asking the Palestinians to recognize the legitimacy of the State of Israel. Obama can’t even bring himself to call Jerusalem the capital of Israel. The Democrat platform at their recent convention left it off before being embarrassed into adding it [back in]. … It does seem that Obama is afraid to side with Israel on any issue for fear he will upset the Muslim countries. He believes that all we need to do is tell them we are sorry for any mistakes we have done in the past that may have given them any reason to hate us. If he tells them we are sorry, he believes they will now love us and become Democratic simply through the magic of his words. How is that working out for us so far? Recently, we have seen unrest in a great number of countries in the Middle East. Our ambassador and several

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others were killed on the anniversary of 9/11. The leaders of some of those countries were unable or unwilling to do much to protect our people. As Iran continues to build nuclear weapons to use against Israel and the U.S., the president decided that he will not draw a red line for Iran not to cross, and he has no time for Netanyahu. After all, he must keep campaigning and planning for his upcoming visit with the leader of the Muslim Brotherhood and his appearance, once again, on the Letterman show. In addition, part of the president’s $1 billion aid package with the new Islamist government of Egypt may go toward purchasing two attack submarines from Germany, which could threaten Israel’s offshore energy projects. It is not surprising that a recent poll in Israel showed more than 90 percent in favor of the Romney-Ryan ticket. The Jerusalem Post had recent articles calling Romney and Ryan true friends of Israel and encouraged the American voters to vote for them. Romney has been a friend of Netanyahu for many years and made clear in his recent visit that he supports and values Israel and the relationship the U.S. has had with them. Paul Ryan has written that the U.S. “has no better friend in the Middle East than the nation of Israel.” He has denounced Hamas and said that the U.S. “cannot advocate for a solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict that jeopardizes Israel’s safety or legitimizes terrorism.” Forget the old reasons … to automatically vote the way our parents did, and make a decision that will actually help this country and the nation of Israel. Les Belikoff Baltimore

Democratic Party Is Party of the People Boy, does Howard Hyman (“Not The Democratic Party of the Past,” Oct. 5) have things turned upside down.

He argues that today’s Democratic Party isn’t the same as it used to be. Well, I say the Democratic Party is absolutely the same as ever. It is still the party of the middle class and working people, the party that fights for civil rights, gay rights, women’s rights, and the poor, handicapped and oppressed, and for universal health care. It is the Republican Party that has allowed itself to be hijacked by the Tea Party, today’s equivalent of the Ku Klux Klan. It is the party that wants to turn Medicare into a voucher program and shred Medicaid and funds for education; it is the party that denies the scientific truth behind global warming and wants to make all abortions illegal, even in the event of rape and incest. It is the party whose principles are antithetical to Jewish values. Jack Kinstlinger Pikesville

How Will People of Faith Vote? President Obama has failed America with his domestic economic policies, massive debt, high unemployment, high energy prices, socialism with big government dependency and weakness; we cannot be a military power if we are not an economic super power. Obama has failed America and Israel with his flawed Middle East policies by eroding our support for Israel and showing lack of resolve to stop Iran from getting nuclear weapons, all of this as our people are killed and our embassies burn. Maybe people of faith can rationalize these failures, along with Obama’s radical mentors and associates, like Frank Marshall Davis and Jeremiah Wright, but will they ignore the moral component that all religions teach? Obama favors “unlimited” abortions and same-sex marriage, which are contrary to church doctrines. There is a contest with the Catholic Church about paying for birth control, which is seen as an attack on freedom of religion. At the

Democratic convention, delegates wanted to vote God and Jerusalem out of their platform. How will people of faith vote in the most important election in our history? “In God We Trust.” Joe Wible, Sr. Leonardtown, Md.

Compromise Will Lead Us Forward From the fall of 2008 through the winter of 2009, we witnessed unstable economic conditions that placed the country on the brink of economic collapse. Anyone who was not gravely concerned at the time was not paying close enough attention. In the face of much opposition, several key pieces of legislation — TARP, the stimulus package and the automotive bailout — stabilized our economy. This was done under the leadership of President Bush and President Obama. The idea that a turnaround of our economy in four years to anything close to what it was in 2007 is unrealistic. In reading the letters in the JT over the past few weeks, one would think that the country has fallen apart, spiraling out of control. There is much work to be done. If the opposition were to make as its goal the betterment of the American people and not the defeat in the upcomingelection of President Obama, this country could move forward quicker. We are all Americans; differing views help to make us a better place. Compromise is what will lead us forward. Howard S. Bernstein Baltimore

But He Is a Mormon In rebuttal to G. Schneider’s disingenuous quotations cherry-picked from non-Jews (“Mitt Romney for President,” Oct. 3), allow me to cite the following glatt kosher, biblical basis for President Obama: “Take heed lest you forget … when you have eaten and are full … and beware lest you say in your heart, my power and the might of my own hand have See Letters on page 16 jewishtimes.com


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Jack Is Incorrect Regarding Jack Kinstlinger incorrectly stating that “Romney’s party allowed itself to be hijacked by the Tea Party, today’s version of the Ku Klux Klan” (“Foolish Letters,” Oct. 12), would he rather have a man re-elected who’s wedding ring is inscribed in Arabic, “The only God is Allah” (see wnd.com). Alan Blank Baltimore County

Will The Real Romney Stand Up? It is strongly documented that Mitt Romney changes his public views on most major policies to please his audience of the day. On the quest for peace in the Middle East, specifically on peace negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians, it’s no different. One day in May he’s against any attempt to implement a peace process as advocated by all recent U.S. presidents. Four months later he has a completely different position. This is what he said in his foreign policy speech on Oct. 8: “I will recommit America to the goal of a democratic, prosperous Palestinian state living side-by-side in peace and security with the Jewish State of Israel.” Pretty straightforward, isn’t it? However, as the “secret” video recorded at Romney’s Florida fundraiser in May revealed, he told potential donors at a major GOP fundraiser that he was not in favor the peace process in the Middle East, and he would try to postpone action to bring the two sides together in any type of negotiations. These are Romney’s exact words: “So what you do is, you say, you move things along the best way you can. You hope for some degree of stability, but you recognize that this is going to remain an unsolved problem … and we kick the ball down the field and hope that ultimately, somehow, something will happen and resolve it.” Kick the ball down the field and

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hope? Is that what an American president, who is supposed to be a world leader, says and does to help Israel? I think not. ese contradictory policies should make us all wonder if this man has the ability to formulate a clear, consistent policy toward Israel and the Middle East. After all, Romney has already demonstrated that he reacts prematurely before the facts are known about a foreign crisis. During his last visit abroad, his “knee-jerk” comments a few hours after the Libya incident reflected his lack of foreign policy experience. He appears to be relying on the advice of the same neoconservatives who urged George W. Bush to carry out disastrous policies in Iraq and elsewhere in the region not long ago. No, my fellow Jewish-Americans, we cannot trust Romney when it comes to a Middle East peace solution. Who among us knows which advisers he will listen to the most and which course he will pursue? Uncertainty benefits neither the U.S. nor Israel. Marvin Hurwitz Baltimore

Obama Wants To Bring Down Capitalism Remember one thing: Barack Obama’s goal is to bring down capitalism and establish a new world order. Google “UN Agenda 21.” He intends on spending us over the financial cliff. He is going to hit you with a $3,000 tax increase on Jan. 1. He is trying to shut down the coal industry. Maryland gets over half of its electricity from coal; nationwide, 45 percent of the electricity comes from coal. ey have already closed 111 plants, and they have said they are going to close 240 of the 500 plants for possible mercury contamination. Said Adolf Hitler: “It is a quite special secret pleasure how the people around us fail to realize what is really happening to them.” Said Abraham Lincoln: “America

will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.” Vote for Mitt Romney! G. Schneider Ohio

Vote for Ken Timmerman I am writing to express my support for Ken Timmerman, who is running for Congress in the 8th District of Maryland. Although I am not a resident of his district, I believe he will be a credible addition to Congress. I am impressed with his position regarding his support for smaller government, coupled with a robust national defense. e dri toward massive government growth has placed a needless burden on the country and has had an adverse effect on building successful business enterprises. Ken has an unusual background as a war correspondent and investigative reporter. He has seen the effect of militant Islam firsthand and has been able to communicate his keen understanding of the dangers and risks in dealing with our enemies and the enemies of our friends. Ken is a friend of Israel, and his opponent, Chris Van Hollen Jr., is not. He favors a robust U.S.-Israel relationship, maintaining our commitment to Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and continuing our belief that Hamas is a terrorist organization. Ken’s platform recognizes the importance of protecting America and defending our Constitution. His position on the major issues facing us in government, jobs and the economy, freedom at home and defending our country from enemies from abroad, as well as domestic threats, are all embodied in his platform. He recognizes the importance of each of these issues and of dealing with them in a manner that, I believe, will correct some of the maladies of the last four years. Irwin Hockberg New York


gotten this wealth for me” (Deut. 8: 11-12, 17). Secondly, devout Mormons — and everyone acknowledges that Gov. Romney is a devout Mormon — affirm that “Jesus Christ … was slain by the Jews ...” (Book of Mormon 7:5) Presumably, this dogma is the pivotal consideration underlying the [movement’s decision to] posthumously baptize Jews, including … Holocaust victims. After all, who could be in more dire need of Christian charity in the form of Christian salvation than Jesus’ slayers? Also, there is an excellent reason Mormons only deal with the dead … Jews: Dead Jews can’t talk back. … This is called cowardice. Speaking of cowardice, has any JT reader ever heard of a Mormon war hero, let alone Medal of Honor winner? No, because Mormons avoid service in the U.S. military by receiving a religious exemption for their missionary work, as Gov. Romney did during the Vietnam War. Rescued by Raoul Wallenberg, Tom Lantos was the only Holocaust survivor to serve in the U.S. Congress. He has no Jewish progeny and therefore no living relative obligated to say kaddish, because his wife and children all converted to Mormonism. Presumably, as a family matter, they had him posthumously baptized, as well. Invoking Jewish philosopher Emil Fackenhein’s famous meme: The colossal tragedy of Rep. Lantos’ courageous life is that after fighting the Nazis and surviving the Holocaust, he would end up granting Adolf Hitler a posthumous victory by virtue of having his Jewish lineage come to an end. Unlike Gov. Romney, President Obama honors the memory of human rights activist Tom Lantos and does not view Jews as “Christ killers.”

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Seventeen members of Beth Tfiloh Dahan Community School’s National Merit Scholarship awardees pose outside the school. Twenty-two students received honors.

BT Students Recognized Nationally Beth Tfiloh Dahan Community School educators and students are giving themselves a pat on the back aer the school announced that approximately one-fourth of its senior class earned awards from the National Merit Scholarship Program. Four of its students — Noah Abramowitz, Paul Rosen, Elliott Stainman and Eli Tettelbach — were named National Merit Scholarship semifinalists by finishing in the top 1 percent of students who qualified by submitting their PSAT exam scores. They are eligible to continue competing for some 8,300 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $32 million that will be offered in the spring of 2013. An additional 18 seniors earned National Merit “commended student” honors by ranking in the top 5 percent of the 1.5 million students who applied nationwide. Beth Tfiloh’s senior class has about 90 students. “eir academic commitment is one that

we can all really hold up as models for our students,” the high school’s principal, Rabbi Aaron Frank, said. To become a finalist, the semifinalist and his/her high school must submit a detailed scholarship application that includes information about the student’s academic record, participation in school and community activities, demonstrated leadership abilities and honors and awards. At Baltimore County’s public schools, Franklin’s Rebekah Green and Pikesville’s Jay Chernak were named semifinalists. Beth Tfiloh’s commended students are Melissa Davis, Andrew Fein, Aaron Finglass, Jennifer Franklin, Micaela Gelman, Drew Gertner, Elliot Heller, Jordan Katz, Gil Lehmann, Abraham Leventhal, Joshua Lipsitz, Nathaniel Locke, William Mont, Ari Moses, Austin Rief, Allison Spector, Phillip Treisman and Tali Vogelstein. — David Snyder

Overcoming the physical ailments associated with a traumatic brain injury, stroke or other neurological disorder is just one aspect of recovery. Often, patients need to relearn many of their basic life skills, such as getting dressed, doing the laundry, taking a shower and using a phone. Dr. Scott E. Brown, chief of the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Sinai Hospital, said this process can be grueling and frustrating to patients. Sinai now has the ability to make this stressful time in a patient’s life much easier, thanks to the recent opening of its new Louis and Phyllis Friedman Neurological Rehabilitation Center. The 20-bed center, which cost $7 million, is located on the fifth floor of the hospital’s South Tower. It offers “a comprehensive, patientcentered approach to treatment, featuring the latest technology; a team of more than 40 doctors, nurses and therapists; and an emphasis on family-centered care,” according to a hospital statement. The center was built with the help of a $2 million grant from the state as well as a lead gift from Louis and Phyllis Friedman, Dr. Brown said. The center’s amenities include: • A nine-bed brain-injury unit with the highest number of certified brain-injury specialists in Maryland. • A gym filled with the most advanced technology to assist patients with their daily therapy. • A simulated community called “Greater Heights” that helps patients relearn everything from going grocery shopping to getting on a bus to using an ATM machine. • A fully equipped home transition apartment that allows patients to replicate life skills at home such as using the bathroom and turning on a lamp. • Private rooms that can be adjusted to a patient’s specific needs. “We have had the clinicians to offer top-quality care at the hospital for more than 25 years,” Dr. Brown said. “Now we have the ability to help the patient be more engaged in the process without ever having to leave the hospital until they’re ready to go home.” — Ron Snyder

Pikeville Volunteer Firefighter Posthumously Inducted into HOF William B. Levin, a member of the Pikesville Volunteer Fire Company for 24 years, was posthumously named to the Baltimore County Volunteer Firemen’s Association Hall of Fame. Levin, who died of cancer in May at the age of 65, joined the PVFC in August 1988 and served as an active member until the time of his death. Among the positions he held with the company were vice president and board member before being named an honorary board member in 2011. An active member at Temple Oheb Shalom, Levin also represented PVFC on the Pikesville Chamber of Commerce and was active in the company’s fundraising and community outreach efforts, which included fire-safety education and showcasing fire trucks at local

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schools. In addition, Levin was also a retired senior claims adjuster for the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation. “Bill was a dedicated volunteer for the community,” PVFC President Richard Berkowitz said in a statement. “He’s perhaps best known as the firefighter who would often respond to the station from his home for all calls, no matter how small and no matter how late at night the pager went off.” Berkowitz and Levin’s widow, Norma, were among those who accepted the Hall of Fame recognition on Levin’s behalf at the annual BCVFA Awards Banquet Sept 22. Levin is the 22nd member of the Pikesville Company to be elected to the Hall of Fame. — Ron Snyder

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Hannah Storch was among the founders of Jews for Judaism. This weekend, the organization will pay tribute to her as part of its 30th anniversary celebration.

Ode To A Matriarch Justin Tsucalas

Celebrating Hannah Storch and 30 years of keeping Jews Jewish By Maayan Jaffe

The community will come together on Oct. 21 to pay tribute to a team of people who have worked tirelessly, some of them for 30 years, with one goal: keeping Jews Jewish. There has been one who shines above the rest — who has given more, physically and emotionally, than any other. That person is Mrs. Hannah Storch. At Jews for Judaism’s 30th anniversary celebration, Mrs. Storch will be honored alongside her board colleagues as the founder and philanthropist who has kept the organization’s lifeblood 18

pumping. An 11 a.m. reception will take place at Beth Tfiloh Congregation. “She made it happen,” said Jews for Judaism Executive Director Ruth Guggenheim. “Hannah not only had the knowledge and the vision, but the wherewithal to start Jews for Judaism and the true commitment to the Jewish community that such an organization would be developed.” Mrs. Storch remembers the epiphany well. She recalled how in the early 80s Jewish leaders, she and her husband among them, caught wind of a growing missionary epidemic. Christians

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were targeting Jews for conversion through new and undercover tactics. “We got together, five of us, at my home, and we decided to organize a group, go out and do something,” said Mrs. Storch. “is was something really new. Most people knew little about these missionaries; the only ones familiar with it were those hurt by it. I felt we had to do something right away.” Mrs. Storch recalled that one of the five agreed to give a donation to launch Jews for Judaism. The team sent out a letter to the Baltimore Jewish community about the missionary

threat and the importance of having such an organization. Among the five at the meeting was Rabbi Motty Berger, who became Jews for Judaism’s first executive director. The urgency of the organization’s creation and the passion that Storch put forth was a mere drop in the bucket of the life of chesed, kindness, which she led — and still leads. During the 18 years that Hannah and her late husband, M. Leo Storch, were married, they were considered pillars of the Baltimore Jewish community. Mr. Storch founded the

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The organization does plan to bestow a special surprise honor at the event upon Mrs. Storch; the details could not be published in advance. Jews for Judaism also will pay tribute to the other board members who have worked for the cause. Those include Paysach Diskind, Molly Koch, Larry Levey, Marilyn Leavey Meyerson, Marlene Resnick, Howard Rosenbloom, Louis Schwartz, Aviva Weisbord and Andrew Wohlberg. JT

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30 Years of Community Service and Outreach Sunday, Oct. 21 at 11 a.m. Beth Tfiloh Congregation Sagner Auditorium Cost: $90 per guest Learn more at jewsforjudaismbaltimore.org or call 410-602-0276

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Dealing With Dementia

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The 2012 Presidential Election: A Debate and Discussion

JHU study concludes patients fare better when they can stay at home According to the Alzheimer’s Association, approximately 5.4 million Americans have some form of dementia, and payment for that care is estimated to be $200 billion this year alone. Johns Hopkins University and The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore have partnered to craft a study that addresses both of these pressing realities.

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— Dr. Deirdre Johnston, Johns Hopkins University researcher

With their MIND (Maximizing Independence) at Home study, researchers at JHU were able to conclude that pairing dementia patients with a personal care coordinator and a properly educated caregiver allowed those diagnosed with dementia to remain in their homes for a longer period of time.

Additionally, by staying in their homes, dementia patients and their families are able to neutralize the heavy costs associated with relying on primary care facilities like hospitals and nursing homes. The JHU researchers revealed the details of their findings last week during a news conference at the Park Heights Jewish Community Center. The JHU team, which consists of Dr. Kostas Lyketsos, Dr. Quincy Samus, Dr. Betty Black, Dr. Peter Rabins and Dr. Deirdre Johnston, learned that when a dementia patient’s daily routine was tracked and managed by a trained professional, the patient reported a decreased amount of unmet needs such as personal safety in the home, confusion with medication and the availability of meaningful activities. JHU and The Associated were connected by LeRoy Hoffberger, chairman of Hoffberger Family Philanthropies, about eight years ago. “What interested me was that nobody, no federation, that I was aware of, or any governmental entity … was really dealing with the problem of the anticipated huge rise in the number of people with Alzheimer’s disease as the Boomer generation reached 65,” Hoffberger said. On top of raising more than $2.25 million for the effort, Hoffberger alerted researchers at JHU — searching for a group of participants to use in their study and lacking any financial backing — that the Associated,

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through its 2010 Greater Baltimore Jewish Community Study, possessed information for thousands of individuals living in the community. “I said, ‘I think the information you’re looking for, I have,’” Hoerger recalled. Aer struggling to recruit potential participants, JHU was able to locate more than 300 individuals with mild, moderate or severe forms of dementia who were willing to partake in the study — set to the be first of its kind. “It is hard to find people with dementia in the community who are not looking to be found,” said Dr. Deirdre Johnston, one of the project’s lead researchers. “I think the reason that this was helpful is that The Associated is a trusted agency and a trusted body in

the community. When people got letters from The Associated, it meant something to them, and they felt that this was something important.” Of the 300-plus participants, 110 were directly connected with specially trained dementia care coordinators that worked out of Jewish Community Services and Levindale Hebrew Geriatric Center and Hospital. At the onset, the entire field of participants was given an in-home assessment; however, the group of patients who continued to work with their coordinators self-reported a greater increase in quality of life compared to those who (as part of the study’s control group) did not. The field of 110 was provided education about dementia and memory problems, as well as informal

The joint study by Johns Hopkins and The Associated gives a boost to dementia sufferers who want to stay in their homes.

counseling on problem solving and legal issues, such as wills and power of attorney. By the end of the 18-month trial period, those patients were found to be significantly less likely (30 percent versus 45.6 percent) to leave their homes or die than those in the control group. Johnston explained that the arrival of dementia can be a very devastating and insecure time and that remaining in one’s home can provide a very important form of comfort. “It’s hard for a person with dementia to adapt to being in a strange environment,” Johnston said. “When you think about it, a home that person has lived in for most of their lives … they have their own familiar objects around them, and so it sort of helps them retain their personhood. When you take them out of that environment it’s harder [for them] to retain their personhood. It’s harder to hold

on to any kind of sense of intactness as an individual.” While the study itself may have concluded, their work is hardly over. “There’s almost an explosion of people with dementia, it would seem, if you look at the numbers,” Johnston said. “And probably what we’re seeing is the tip of the iceberg because we’ve gotten better at diagnosing it.” Hoffberger said he hopes that JHU’s continued exploration will get state and federal agencies to take a harder look on what needs to be done about this alarming trend. “If we can show the government, who’s only interested in numbers, we have a program that will save bucks for providing care … we can keep people not only out [of hospitals] for this extended period of time, but with a better quality of life,” he said. JT David Snyder is a staff reporter dsnyder@jewishtimes.com



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Picking Up The Tab By David Snyder

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With a utility rate spike in the forecast, BGE customers talk about their concerns Tree removal crews worked around the clock gathering debris from June’s storm.

Gov. Martin O’Malley has authorized Maryland’s utility companies to bury an increased amount of power lines, and it appears BGE customers will stand to do the digging—in their pockets—to fund the costs. In response to three major weather events — including June’s damaging derecho — over the last two-plus years, a government task force pegged with determining solutions to strengthen Maryland’s underperforming electric distribution grid is suggesting utility companies make “accelerated investments” to ensure residents are less likely to lose their power for prolonged periods of time. e 131-page report, which awaits approval from the Public Service Commission (the state agency regulating utilities), calls for the power companies to devote an increased amount of capital to stashing power lines underground, ramping up treetrimming initiatives and bolstering the number of BGE employees working on the line. Enter the issue of rate recovery.


If the PSC puts the proposed plans into action, government officials say BGE customers can expect to see a $1 to $2 bump in their monthly bills. “If you’re accelerating the investments in the system, you are going to have an impact,” said BGE spokesman Rob Gould. “But there is a cost to realize those improvements.” After “snowmageddon” in the winter of 2010 and Hurricane Irene in the summer of 2011, Abigail Ross Hopper, the governor’s energy adviser, referred to the derecho as the “straw that broke the camel’s back” in terms of the motivating force behind assembling the task force. Hopper attended all eight of the task force’s meetings over the course of 60 days and learned that in the past, utility companies were set up to handle one major event over the course of five years — not three in a period of 30 months. As someone who endured for nearly a week without power, Hopper believes that residents ought to be willing to shell out what she called a

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modest amount of money in return for a hardened grid, raised standards and fewer long-term issues. “I don’t know that any of us ever welcome any increases in cost,” Hopper said. “But I know for myself, when I think about the cost of the outage, the entire refrigerator full of food for five people that I threw away, the night in the hotel that I spent and the gas that I put in my generator, I spent hundreds of dollars for that outrage. “If I compare that to a dollar or two a month over the course of however long, it will take a lot of months to equal the money I paid in that outage.” Hopper estimated that if the PSC gets the ball rolling soon, consumers will start to see changes in approximately two years. She hesitated to quantify an exact cost for consumers, explaining that the raised rates won’t be determined until the power companies assess precisely how much work needs to be done. A large portion of people in the Baltimore Jewish community say

improvements to BGE’s infrastructure have been needed for years. They aren’t worried about paying a couple extra bucks for better service but are skeptical that the rate spike will foster an enhanced service. “If it meant that they were going to rectify outages quicker, then yeah, I think anybody who wouldn’t pay that increase would be foolish,” Cheswolde resident Manny Topper said. “e problem is, the proof is in the pudding. Everybody’s been paying, what certainly a homeowner feels, is an exorbitant amount of money to BGE, and they don’t get that service at this point, so what’s to tell you that jacking my rate another dollar or two a month is going to get me that.” As a volunteer for Hatzalah Baltimore, a nonprofit organization that provides emergency medical assistance in the community, Topper has witnessed how prolonged outages can affect residents with daily health issues. He said individuals who are dependent on electrically powered apparatuses

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FREE HEALTH SEMINAR Orthodox Jews use as a way to permit the carrying of objects from one domain type to another. Dr. Bert Miller, who led the assembling of the 16-mile perimeter in the late 1970s, said demarcation of the eruv is largely based upon telephone lines — not electric lines — and thereare no plans for those wires to be shifted underground.

“I HOPE THAT SOMEBODY IS MAKING SURE THAT THIS INCREASED COST ISN’T GOING INTO AN INCREASED PROFIT.” — Dr. Marshall Plaut, who spent six days without power aer the derecho

Plaut suffered a similar predicament. Relying on a CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) machine to help him sleep, Plaut spent six nights away from home so he could plug in his device and simply get some rest. Like Topper, Plaut isn’t against a rate spike, he just wants to know where his money is going and pointed out that he feels BGE’s service has only gotten worse in the last 50 years. Plaut said he would like to be kept informed of what trees the utility company is cutting, where they are burying lines and how it decides which lines are stored underground. “Are they doing it because it’s easy or are they doing it because it’s really going to impact neighborhoods that are readily hit?” Plaut said. “I certainly think that something has to be done and the consumers are going to have to pay for it. I hope that somebody is making sure that this increased cost isn’t going into an increased profit.” One set of lines that won’t be affected are the wires that mark off the Baltimore eruv, a virtual enclosure that

One set of lines destined for dirt are those surrounding the home of Jonathon Jasie. Aer the derecho, Jasie was vexed that BGE had not addressed the constantly failing power lines bordering his Stevenson residence. “I can’t count on BGE,” Jasie told the JT in July. Now, Jasie is singing a different tune. He said that BGE already has dispatched workers to his neighborhood and that plans are in motion to relocate his power lines underground. “I would be more than happy to pay a couple of bucks a month to make sure I had power,” Jasie said. “We’ve kept these bills so falsely low for so long — it’s a regulated utility. They are told what they can and can’t raise. If the PSC says a dollar or two dollars [more] a month will keep the grid up and going in a much better fashion with much more consistency, then I’m in to paying all day long. Anybody who says no is just being shortsighted.” JT David Snyder is a JT staff reporter dsnyder@jewishtimes.com


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like oxygen machines are put in a dicey situation. Similarly, pharmacies are unable to fill patient’s prescriptions when the power goes out. “There’s no question that for anybody who has any type of medical issue, power outages create havoc for them,” Topper said. Without power for a full week in June, Stevenson resident Dr. Marshall



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The Message Is Clear Muslim congregation at Slade is all about ‘peace and love’

Knowledge is power. Ignorance leads to fear, fear to hate and hate to violence. This was the message of Dr. Agha Khan, one of the heads of the local Ahmadiyya Muslim community. Speaking at a Brotherhood event at Baltimore Hebrew Congregation on Sunday, Oct. 14, Dr. Khan brought a message of peace to a crowd of about 130. “We have no political agenda,” said Dr. Khan, who purchased Slade Mansion across from BHC last year and has moved his congregation of about 80 members into the building. “We believe that we practice the pure, true Islam — peace and love.” Dr. Khan is a Sinai neurosurgeon during the day. He has been working with people of all types for the past 20 years in that role, including many Jews. He said he doesn’t see a difference between his stature and that of the Jews in the neighborhood, he doesn’t feel odd or ashamed. That is why, he said, he did not think it was a big deal to buy the building. However, when word got out that he purchased Slade Mansion, numerous articles ran questioning the move. Some members of Baltimore Hebrew Congregation expressed unease. Khan

Baltimore Hebrew Congregation welcomed Dr. Agha Khan to its Brotherhood dinner last weekend. Dr. Khan, a member of the Ahmadiyya Muslim community, said he wants to “dispel any misunderstandings, questions and fears.”

said no one has anything to fear. Ahmadiyya Islam is one of Islam’s smallest sects. It is the only one that believes in the concept of separation of mosque and state, which is one of the reasons it does well in the U.S., where it has more than 50 mosques across the country. There are about 1,600 Ahmadiyya in America; 100 of them live in Baltimore. Dr. Khan’s mosque moved from its formed location on Garrison Avenue. In addition, it is one of the only modern-day sects that believe in the concept of subservient prophets. Ahmadiyya Muslims were founded in 1889 under the leadership of Mirza Ghulam Ahmad. According to Ahmadiyya tradition, he brought down the message that Muslims should purify their religion and return to the unadulterated message of the Koran. The message of peace does not bode well with most other Muslim sects. Ahmadiyya Islam is illegal in Pakistan, Indonesia and Saudi Arabia. If one outwardly admits he follows Ahmadiyya tradition, said Dr. Khan, he will be thrown in jail. Dr. Khan said he was unwilling to take a stance for or against Iranian nuclear proliferation. He said as an American he does not feel he has all the facts and is “not in a position to make a decision or a difference in that kind of struggle. I just hope and pray the people will live in peace.” On Israel? Again, he has no political agenda. He did note that the Ahmadiyya community has a mosque

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Andrew Hahn schmoozes at a cocktail reception ahead of Dr. Agha Khan’s talk.

in Haifa, Israel. Daniel A. Mayer, president of the BHC Brotherhood who chose to bring Dr. Khan to the dinner, said that while there are no exact plans for

more about our own faith, by learning about the beliefs of others.” Dr. Khan expressed similar sentiments in his speech. “I am looking forward to getting to

“We believe that we practice the pure, true Islam — peace and love.” — Dr. Agha Khan, Ahmadiyya Muslim community leader

future collaboration, he hopes that as neighbors the two congregations will get to know each other and to learn about each other’s beliefs and practices. “As a congregation, these interactions are our first with the Ahmadiyya Muslim community. Over the years, BHC has been involved in other interactions with Muslims, including speakers at our annual Sisterhood Interfaith Day in the spring,” said Mayer. “We all benefit from getting to know our neighbors. In our complex world, it is good to be aware of the views and beliefs of others. We learn

know you on a personal basis,” he told the crowd, “to answer any questions, dispel any misunderstandings, questions and fears.” And he hopes that his mosque and his people will have an impact on making peace not only between these two local communities, but also between Jews and Muslims in general. “We will [influence others] by example,” said Dr. Khan. “We live in peace, believe in peace and the good things that we can do.” JT Maayan Jaffe is JT managing editor mjaffe@jewishtimes.com


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CELEBRATING THE VISION Bikur Cholim to honor its founder — a visionary and innovator

There are many words that could be used to describe Rebbetzin Chana Weinberg. Some called her “gutsy.” Others called her an “innovator.” But, said her daughter, Dr. Aviva Weisbord, no one really knew all the faces of her mother. No one could really know the full reach of Chana Weinberg’s activity. Rebbetzin Weinberg, who passed away several months ago, will be honored on Oct. 28 by one of the many organizations she helped create — and run — for nearly 30 years. Bikur Cholim of Baltimore will pay tribute to her memory. This is the first formal tribute to the late rebbetzin. “My mother was [Bikur Cholim’s] driving force for close to 30 years. She took the organization and built it from a group of people visiting the sick in hospitals to a few hundred volunteers providing medical transportation, meals at home, financial assistance for medical issues, an apartment for out-of-town family to use when treatments continue for

weeks or even months, assistance caring for children at home when a parent is hospitalized and so much more,” said Weisbord in statement. Of Rebebtzin Weinberg’s work with Bikur Cholim, all of this is true. But her chesed, kindness, stemmed far beyond caring for the physically sick. She was instrumental in making the topic of domestic violence a priority among the local and national Jewish community. She was among the catalysts behind CHANA: Counseling, Helpline & Aid Network for Abused Women. Rebbetzin Weinberg opened a home for the developmentally disabled in conjunction with what was then Jewish Family Services. She found volunteers to visit that home on Shabbat to uplift the residents and asked students at the Ner Israel Rabbinical College, in whose neighborhood she lived and her husband worked, to stop by on Saturday nights to offer a melave malka, post-Shabbat party. e rebbetzin organized a network

for pregnant women with no family in the area so they had someone to call if they went into labor in the middle of the night. She started what Weisbord called the “Rent-A-Bubbie” program, locating empty-nest volunteers to model for new mothers how to set a routine, make school lunches and run a busy household. “My mother really believed in [Maimonides’ mantra] that if you give a man a fish, he has a meal. If you teach a man to fish, he can take care of himself,” Weisbord said. But more than all of the classes she ran and groups she started, Rebbetzin Weinberg was a community builder. She built up individuals — she built up neighborhoods and ultimately, all of Jewish Baltimore. Weisbord tells the following story: “My mother taught for many years at the Liberty Jewish Center’s Talmud Torah. One day, there was someone who came in with his son to do some repairs. She noticed how mean the man was to his son — maybe only

JEWISH TRADITION AND BIKUR CHOLIM The Talmud Nedarim 39b teaches us the importance of bikur cholim, visiting the sick, through a story: Rabbi Helbo once fell ill. Thereupon Rabbi Kahana went and proclaimed: “Rabbi Helbo is ill!” But none visited him. He rebuked them [the scholars], saying, “Did it not once happen that one of Rabbi Akiva’s disciples fell sick, and the Sages did not visit him? So Rabbi Akiva himself entered [the disciple’s house] to visit him, and because they swept and sprinkled the ground before him, he recovered. ‘My master,’ said the disciple, ‘you have revived me!’ Whereupon Rabbi Akiva went forth and lectured: ‘He who does not visit the sick is like a shedder of blood.’” Rabbi Akiva is teaching the importance of a visit and the fact that no one is too prominent to do what is needed, even menial tasks, and of the necessity of using the visit as


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an opportunity to assess those practical needs. The Babylonian Talmud Brakhot 5b tells another story: Rabbi Yochanan once fell ill and Rabbi Hanina went in to visit him. He (Hanina) said to him: “Are your sufferings welcome to you?” Rabbi Yochanan replied: “Neither they nor their reward.” He (Hanina) said to him: “Give me your hand.” He (Yochanan) gave him his hand and he raised him. Why could not R. Yochanan raise himself? They replied: “The prisoner cannot free himself from jail.” The story affirms the importance of reaching out and helping someone with their affliction. No matter how powerful or learned they may be, people need help as they deal with their illness. Source: The Rabbi Isaac N. Trainin Bikur Cholim Coordinating Council in New York, N.Y.

6 years old. She knew it would do nothing to give the man a lecture. Instead, she took the little boy into the bathroom and held him in front of the mirror. “‘What do you see?’ she asked him. He said, ‘I see a boy.’ “She said, ‘No. You see a wonderful boy, a capable boy — that is what you see.’ “She put him down and told him that every morning when he looks in the mirror he should say to himself, ‘I see a wonderful boy,’ and then it will come true.” Twenty-five years later, recounted Weisbord, a young man approached her mother. No one knew who he was. He said to Rebbetzin Weinberg, “I am the boy who looked in the mirror and thanks to you, I turned out OK.” Rochelle Goldberg, who is assisting with this year’s Bikur Cholim event, told about the first time she hosted Rabbi and Rebbetzin Weinberg at her home for Shabbat dinner. Her children were in awe and very nervous to have the renowned rabbinic couple. But Rebbetzin Weinberg walked in the door with a game prepared to play with the little children and put them all at ease. “They did not want to stop playing,” said Goldberg. “After she left, they wanted to know when we were inviting her again.” Goldberg recounted that the rebbetzin’s table was always full of guests. She had open-door policy, and many of her guests had their first Shabbat experiences at her table. She educated and unified the community — in her own home and even more so through Bikur Cholim. Volunteers recount that in their training Rebbetzin Weinberg always

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Rebbetzin Chana Weinberg stood for the Jewish mantra, “We are all responsible for one another.”

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hands and that it would live on and would thrive.” Feinstein said that the organization feels the loss of the rebbetzin, but that this is a pivotal time for Bikur Cholim. He said with younger volunteers at the organization’s helm, the group is seeing “a rebirth and new growth. is is an exciting time for us.” “Bikur Cholim is very much a community organization that is manned by community for community,” he said. Weisbord noted that her mother’s passing is still fresh, and it can be hard to reflect on her death. Nonetheless, taking herself and her pain out of the equation, she knows that Bikur Cholim’s honoring her mother is coming at the right time and by the right people. “Once time passes, people will not know or hear about how much she accomplished. And it is not only what she accomplished, but what she was. … She was incapable of seeing someone suffer and not doing something about it — of seeing a problem and not trying to solve it,” said Weisbord. “We are all responsible for one another,” Weisbord continued. “While it is a responsibility, it is a most fulfilling

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made sure to teach them not to ask too many questions of the patients, but simply to bring joy. “Mom never asked how Jewish someone was or if they enjoyed being Jewish. She simply got pleasure from the way every Jewish face lit up when she brought them the challah and grape juice,” said Weisbord. Rebbeztin Weinberg could have been a one-woman organization. Her husband strongly supported her desire to save the world — addressing needs as they came up. But the rebbetzin never worked alone. She valued her committees and made sure to involve a younger generation to take over when she could no longer carry on. Today, there are hundreds of young and older men and women volunteering through Bikur Cholim, people that the rebbetzin trained and those that are being trained by the people the rebbetzin mentored. Yaakov Feinstein is one of those new leaders. He serves as chairman of the board. “Rebbetzin Weinberg was very happy to be able to transition her work to the next generation,” said Feinstein. “She knew it was in good


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WordSMITHing By Maayan Jaffe

New. Modern. Current. Useful. These are all terms that could be used to describe what is sure to be an interactive hit at the 2012 General Assembly of the Jewish Federations of North America. “Six-Word Memoirs at the GA” featuring Larry Smith, founder and editor of SMITH Magazine, the online community obsessed with personal storytelling, and the SixWord Memoir project, is coming Nov. 12. Smith’s six-word sensation — and his seven resulting books, including “Oy! Only Six? Why Not More? Six-Word Memoirs on Jewish Life” — has created a groundswell; hundreds of thousands of people are trying to tell their stories in even less words than the average tweet. Some 400 women will have the

chance to try their hand at it during the Women’s Philanthropy Luncheon, sponsored by Associated Women, a department of e Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore. Smith isn’t shy about his unexpected triumph in the literary world. “Legend has it,” said Smith, “that Hemmingway was once challenged to write a story in only six words. His response? ‘For sale: baby shoes. Never worn.’ ... I thought it was a fun challenge.” Smith teemed with Twitter in November 2006 to test the idea. He put it out there, asking average people to write their stories, their personal memoirs, in six words or less. The result: 11,000 submissions in See WordSMITHing on page 30

Pictured above: Larry Smith is coming to Baltimore on Nov. 12 for the 2012 Women’s Philanthropy Luncheon at the Jewish Federations of North America General Assembly. Smith says he plans to create powerful dialogue through his Six-Word Memoir project.


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Oy! Only Six? Why Not More? Larry Smith is your average American Jew. He was raised Reform in South Jersey. He said his mom wanted to provide the family with a culturally Jewish experience, but many Friday nights turned into pizza dinners. However, as a young adult, Smith got involved with Reboot. Founded in 2002, Reboot engages and inspires young Jewishly unconnected cultural creatives, innovators and thought-leaders, who, through their candid and introspective conversations and creativity, generate projects that impact both the Jewish and non-Jewish worlds. Smith’s project: “Oy! Only Six? Why Not More? Six-Word Memoirs on Jewish Life.” The Jewish book of six-word memoirs has become wildly popular, capturing the complexity, humor, conflict and passion about the Jewish experience today: • “Prostate hurts from all the grief,” Gary Sgteyngart • “I am the Messiah … so are YoU,” Amichai Lau-Lavie • “Born with big nose, pursued comedy,” Borowitz bit.ly/onlysix To buy the book:b

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just one month. “I did not know how deep people would get,” he said. “They just started coming with this amazing stuff.” For example? • “Anything’s possible with an extension cord,” Billy Sir. • “Danced in fields of infinite possibility,” Deepak Chopra. • “Wasn’t noticed, so I painted trains,” Mare 139. • “Found true love aer nine months,” Jody Smith. • “I still make coffee for two,” Zak Nelson. “You can tell a story in six words, and they can still be very meaningful,” said Smith. However, the excitement comes not solely from the six words — those are powerful, of course — but from the fact that behind each six-word memoir is a back story, a history, and the sixword memoir serves as a catalyst for dialogue. “It’s all about getting the conversation going,” he said. That is what Smith, a new-age Jewish storyteller, will do at the GA. He’ll get the room talking and give the women a powerful tool to take

home with them to get their communities discussing, too. “We Jews, we do like to talk,” said Smith with a chuckle. That is what Associated Women President Ellen A. Macks is banking on. She is leading the committee who chose Smith and that is planning the luncheon. She told the Jewish Times the committee was in search of a program that would be interactive, participatory, meaningful and relevant. Smith’s slam, as he likes to call it, has been proven to be all those things. “Larry has worked with a variety of groups — professional organizations, trade organizations, the heads of various companies. He helps them get down to who they are, what they are doing and what defines them. I think we need that in the Jewish community,” said Macks. “We need it because we have no choice not to work together as Jews today. It helps us to have a way to talk to each other about why Judaism is still relevant today.” Macks will be among a handful of women who will share their own personal six-word memoirs that day. All of the attendees will have a chance to write their memoir.

“We are going to have this group of hundreds of women from around the country and Israel in one room — that is inherently a powerful thing,� she said. “For all of us to hear this and think about it together will be so unifying.� Macks does plan to use the skills she hopes to learn in her role as head of Associated Women. She said she anticipates the exercise helping her find her own inner motivation and a means to communicate that motivation to the people she works with. Last year, Associated Women raised $7.1 million for the annual campaign; nationally, Jewish women’s philanthropy raised $170 million. Smith said he is confident he can deliver. “Things will happen on Nov. 12 at that lunch, and even more will happen afterward — some I won’t even know about,� said Smith. “Amazing things will happen.� As the GA gets closer, you will be able to learn about other unique opportunities on our website, jewishtimes.com/ countdown-GA. To register for the GA, go to generalassembly.org/registration. JT

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Strategically Sound Netanyahu’s call for early elections will help achieve his social, economic and security goals

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu called for early elections on Oct. 9, and the Israeli Cabinet on Sunday and then the Knesset on Monday set Jan. 22 as the date for national elections for the 19th Knesset. Netanyahu cited his coalition’s inability to agree on the country’s next two-year budget as the catalyst behind his decision to ask for elections before their time; elections were supposed to be held in October 2013. However, it does not appear that a round of elections will result in a new prime minister for the State of Israel. In fact, according to all of the recent polls, Netanyahu looks like he not only will win the head Knesset seat once again, but also may end up with a bigger coalition than he currently has. A survey in the Israeli daily Maariv predicted Netanyahu’s Likud party taking 29 of the Knesset’s 120 seats. The party currently has 27. Another Israeli daily, Haaretz, said the next coalition government, led by Netanyau’s right-of-center Likud party and comprising mostly religious and nationalist parties, could command 68 seats, up from today’s 66. “Netanyahu will absolutely get re-elected,” said Art Abramson, executive director of the Baltimore Jewish Council. Moreover, Netanyahu is the first-ever Israeli leader to pass a two-year budget (this past term), according to Matthew RJ Brodsky, director of policy at the Jewish Policy Center. The United States has gone three years without having passed a budget. So the question that people are asking is, why? Why did the prime minister really feel the need to call for early elections — and then why did he push so hard to secure his Jan. 22 poll date?

Social Issues Avi Melamed, an independent strategic intelligence analyst and former Israeli senior official on

Arab affairs, said he believes Netanyahu’s decision could have to do with social issues. Currently, the coalition is comprised of parties further to the right and heavily religious. Netanyahu, explained Gil Hoffman, chief political correspondent and analyst for The Jerusalem Post, would like to be seen as centrist. There are two new political leaders that could offer Netanyahu the ability to move forward on important social issues, and those include Yair Lapid, son of the late secular politician Yosef “Tommy” Lapid, and Shelly Yachimovich, the new Labor party leader. Lapid, a journalist turned politician, is young and has no experience and is not considered competition for Netanyahu. However, his new centrist secular party, “Yesh Atid” (There is a Future), was met with much hype by young Israelis, and it likely will take some seats in the next election. Labor and Yesh Atid will try to steer the election more toward social and economic issues, playing to the economic liberalism advocated by Israelis in the mass socioeconomic protests of summer 2011. “I expect [Lapid and Yachimovich] will get considerable support,” said Melamed. “And I think Netanyahu is looking for that. He wants to create a friendlier environment that will allow him to move forward initiatives related to social and economic issues.” Melamed said he thinks Netanyahu will work to bring Yesh Atid and Labor into his new coalition in January.

The Economy Another hot button and timely issue is the Israeli economy. Netanyahu can campaign on the fact that he was among the few leaders across the world who managed to keep his country from plummeting deep into the economic recession that rocked the U.S. beginning in 2007. However, there are signs pointing to an imminent economic collapse in the

European Union, which would affect the Israeli economy. Netanyahu said that without a responsible budget, Israel could hit a devastating financial crisis like the ones in Europe. “If the EU slides into a recession, that will have an impact on Israel’s economy, too,” explained Brodsky. “It would become more of an issue if the elections were put off [until October].”

Iran But the main issue, the one that all analysts believe feeds strongest into Netanyahu’s decision to push the elections up, is Iran. “With Netanyahu, whenever you wonder why he does something, there are always three answers: Iran, Iran, Iran,” quipped Hoffman. Though the reality isn’t funny, Netanyahu, when speaking at the U.N. last month, brought a diagram to help him demonstrate where Iran is with regard to its nuclear proliferation. He took the pressure off the U.S. election, explained Abramson, by stating that Israel would only attack Iran when absolutely necessary. en, Netanyahu said, that time would be somewhere between spring and summer. “It’s interesting,” said Hoffman. “There is only one month that goes from spring to summer and that is called June. What’s in June? The Iranian election. … Things will come to a head in June with the election in Iran. What is the goal in everything Netanyahu does? Preventing war and keeping the world safe. People may not realize it, but it’s the truth.” So, for Netanyahu, said Hoffman, it was important to get the elections out of the way in the winter, before the spring begins, so he can deal with his political opponents in Israel and then be able to devote his full attention to dealing with Israel’s real enemies. He will need American support. See Strategically Sound on page 34



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Gil Hoffman (left), chief political correspondent and analyst for The Jerusalem Post, says Netanyahu’s call for early election has to do with three things: Iran, Iran and Iran.

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Abramson noted that Netanyahu is a “master strategist,” and he believes he chose Jan. 22 because of its close proximity — one day after the U.S. inauguration — to the American election.

“No one should assume a Romney victory is going to be a blank check for Israel.” — Baltimore Jewish Council’s Art Abramson

“He can set himself for dealing with the U.S.,” said Abramson. But Abramson conjectured that while polls are showing Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney to be more ready to take action against Iran, Abramson thinks this may not play out if Romney takes office. He said either U.S. candidate — President Barack Obama or Romney — will move on Iran with caution. 34

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“A re-elected Obama will be very cautious, but he will move when necessary. I think his word is his word, and he will move when conditions are right in terms of American and Israeli interests,” said Abramson. “I think we are going to see an elected Romney to be a cautious Romney. … No one should assume a Romney victory is going to be a blank check for Israel.” But other analysts do not necessarily agree with Abramson. Brodsky noted that the current Israeli government is not getting the sense from the Obama administration that “the U.S. has Israel’s back,” and he said that the countries cannot agree on what red-line threshold Iran can pass. “That needs to be ironed out pretty quickly, and I am not sure that it has been … when the two leaders did not meet in September,” said Brodsky. He believes Netanyahu and Romney see more eye-to-eye on what that red line should be. Obama, Brodsky explained, said Iran cannot have a nuclear weapon. Romney has said Iran should not be allowed to have nuclear capability. “Capability is key. … If Iran has a lot of weaponsgrade uranium, it can make a nuclear weapon quickly and secretly. It really depends where the red

line is drawn,” said Brodsky. Hoffman said Netanyahu pushed for Jan. 22 — as opposed to even one week later, Jan. 29 — because he wanted to get in before the new U.S. administration really does. Assuming Obama wins, he said, Hillary Clinton might leave and some of the other key players may be shifted as well. Obama could choose to rebuild the State Department, symbolic of a new start. “Why do we not assume Romney [wins] and that this strategy is not for Romney?” asked Hoffman. “It doesn’t make sense to prepare for that. In Israel, we hope for the best and prepare for the worst. We don’t prepare for Romney winning,” he said. Nonetheless, just like in America, said Brodsky, anything can happen overnight in a U.S. election, the same is true in Israel. “So much can happen between now and then,” said Brodsky. Noted Israeli Meretz party member Uri Zaki in a separate interview: “What is true in October 2012 may not be in January 2013.” JT Maayan Jaffe is JT managing editor — mjaffe@jewishtimes.com

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Dan Frumkin of the Israeli biomedical startup Nucleix works with DNA in the lab of Rad BioMed, a startup accelerator in Tel Aviv.

Stalling the ‘Startup Nation’ By Ben Sales

Drop in venture capital funding puts squeeze on Israel’s tech sector TEL AVIV — The Facebook page of PlayArt Labs, an Israeli gaming startup, looks more like the homepage of an art museum than the profile of an emerging technology company. It features an article about Johannes Vermeer’s “Girl with a Pearl Earring,” an animation of Vincent van Gogh’s “Starry Night” and a link to a Twitter feed, FrescoJesus, about a century-old Spanish fresco. The goal of the startup is to integrate art and cultural education into iPad games — to create “some added value from playing,” according to Adir Wanono, who launched PlayArt Labs 10 months ago. But now Wanono, 34, who successfully funded another startup two years ago, has encountered an unfamiliar obstacle. After eight months of working with barely any money, he has had trouble securing necessary funding from investors who like his idea but are


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hesitant to invest. He has secured $55,000 in investments from family and friends, but with four people working at the company, even that shoestring budget will run out in six months, Wanono estimates. He says the market in Israel has become tougher since his last startup. “People say, ‘Go to the market, gain traction, and we’ll invest,’ but this lowers the chances of most startups to succeed,” Wanono said. “We need money now to maximize our chances to succeed. Without money now, we won’t be able to maximize the benefit from a good launch.” PlayArt Labs is far from alone in encountering this problem. Recently, Israel’s famously booming startup scene has seen funding from large venture capital firms decline. That means there’s less money available than there used to be for startups — a key engine of the Israeli economy — to get off

the ground. This drop in funding has come as Israel’s technology sector, which includes startups and larger established companies, has experienced dramatic layoffs. According to an August article in Haaretz, 16,000 of Israel’s 80,000 tech workers have lost their jobs. Government funding of the tech sector also has dropped 40 percent over the past decade to $400 million in 2011. While the number of new startups has not declined from previous years, industry investors and entrepreneurs say that venture capital firms have been less willing to take risks on those companies as they seek to expand. “The entire venture capital model is broken,” said Yesha Sivan, president of the Israel Internet Association. “It used to be that a fund would get $100 million, it would invest in 10 companies, and

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it would get two or three big winners that would make 10 times more on their money. Today, the return on VCs is relatively lower, so people are looking for other avenues.” Into that void have stepped individual “angel” investors as well as several dozen companies called startup accelerators or incubators that provide funding, space, equipment and professional guidance to startups.

“The question is how much time the founders are ready to sacrifice with minimal salaries.” — Roni Einav, founder of New Dimension Soware

One such accelerator is Tel Aviv-based Rad BioMed, which focuses on biomedical startups. At the end of its central hallway, above a smooth beige table surrounded by beakers, microscopes and computers, Dan Frumkin holds a test tube in his latex gloves. Frumkin, 40, hopes to improve diagnoses of bladder cancer by analyzing DNA. He is the vice president for biochemistry of Nucleix, a startup focusing on DNA analysis that he co-founded four years ago. Nucleix rents space from Rad BioMed, though it does not receive funding from the lab. “It’s cheaper and easier” to work at Rad BioMed’s offices, Frumkin said. “Instead of creating a laboratory, we entered an existing one. It helps that we have a little in common with other companies.” Incubators and accelerators have less money to invest than venture capital firms — typically in the hundreds of thousands rather than the millions. But Yoav Chelouche, managing partner of Israel’s Aviv Venture Capital, says “the cost of building a new company is dramatically lower than it’s been” in the past. “You don’t need to buy soware and an operating

system,” he said. “You can use a lot of open source code,” programs that are available for free on the Internet. According to Chelouche’s research, venture capital firms in Israel provided about $3 billion of funding to startups in Israel from 2008 to 2012 versus $3.6 billion from 2004 to 2008 and $6.5 billion from 1999 to 2004. He also found, however, that Israel is on track to see about 600 new companies created in 2012, a similar number to 1999 and 2000. Chelouche says this could be a positive development for Israel’s tech sector, as it will create “a situation where companies have to do more with less, which is not necessarily a bad thing — being more frugal.” But another investor, Roni Einav, the founder of New Dimension Soware, which he sold for a record $675 million in 1999, says that companies may hit a roadblock as they seek to expand overseas. “If the company is successful in developing and having the first three, four or five customers in Israel, they can try to go abroad, but then they need more money,” he said. The drop in funding actually could help people like Wanono, however, as they will own a greater percentage of their own companies and thus make larger profits should they sell their companies or go public on the stock market, Einav said. “e question is how much time the founders are ready to sacrifice with minimal salaries, or whether they successfully convince the employees to work with reasonable salaries for a year or two,” he said. “If you’re an entrepreneur and you’re not ready to sacrifice a part of your salary, it’s like you have a dream but you want someone else to finance it.” Einav also noted that the percentage of venture capital funding of Israeli companies from the United States is growing, which he says is “good because the biggest challenge is to cross the ocean, so an American investor will give credibility to the company.” While some areas of the startup industry are hot targets for investment, like biomedical companies, Sivan says it’s harder now than in previous years to get major investments as a startup. Still, he has confidence that no matter how the industry changes, startups will always be an attractive career option for enterprising Israelis. “is will always be something people do,” he said. “People like to create things, to take a chance.” JT

For The First Time In Israel: An Inventions and Patents Competition On Oct. 25, an inventions and patents competition will be held by Nufar Ltd., owner of the Israeli patents website. The best invention in Israel for the year 2012 will be chosen. The competition will be held at the law firm of Galilee-Perl. Advocate Liat Galilee-Perl specializes in intellectual property rights and assists inventors in submitting patent applications. She has played an instrumental role in organizing the competition and in recruiting investors and venture capitalists to participate. The contest will take the inventors through several rounds, each time eliminating three out of 10 inventions. At the end of the process, a panel of judges, which includes top names in law, accounting and marketing, will determine the winner. Before and after the competition, investors will have a chance to meet with the inventors and sign development agreements. Israel Solodoch, CEO of Nufar Ltd, said the competition is meant to connect Israeli inventors with investors from around the world. Inventors often waste valuable time and resources in the search for the right investor and that can hinder his or her product reaching the marketing. The competition is a first attempt to assist inventors in this obstacle. Among the inventions one will see at the competition: • A new technology allowing the production of biodiesel fuel from used industrial oils and oils found in sewage traps • A standing computer workstation • A home-use flour package that comes with a sieve in its base, for easy and convenient sieving, to prevent insects and flour clumps • A solution to the problem of dog droppings on municipal pavements around the world • An invention to improve the quantity of energy that can be produced from the sun using solar panels • A water-saving mechanism that saves 80 percent of domestic water consumption • A Smartphone application that can save children from drowning in swimming pools and in the ocean • A Smartphone application that allows you to find the parking space closest to where you want to be even in the most crowded towns in the world Investors can also view Israeli early-stage inventions at nufar.co.il/page142.asp. Any inventor or investor interested in participating in the 2012 patents and inventions competition should call Nufar at +972-8-935-8135 or email nufarmail @gmail.com. — Maayan Jaffe

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JEWS IN THE NFL Nine football players shatter stereotypes

By Ron Snyder

Mitchell Schwartz is in his rookie season with the Cleveland Browns.

Photos of Mitchell Schwartz courtesy of John Reid III/ Cleveland Browns

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The late Ravens owner Art Modell once joked when asked about potential Jewish NFL dra picks, “We don’t play, we own.” Modell’s joke, while there is some merit to it, is not completely true. ere are currently nine players on NFL rosters — compared to eight team owners and out of 1,696 players — who consider themselves Jewish. Each week, these athletes take to the field balancing the sport with their Jewish values and the knowledge that there are some Jewish children who see them as role models. Who are these players? People like offensive linemen Mitchell and Geoff Schwartz. When the Cleveland Browns selected Mitchell in the second round of last April’s NFL dra, the Schwartz brothers became the first Jewish siblings to play in the league together since Ralph and Arnold Horween in 1923. “at’s definitely something that’s really cool,” Mitchell Schwartz said. “I didn’t know that until it was pointed out to me. … It’s pretty special and I’m just fortunate to be in that situation.” e Schwartz siblings said they grew up in a strong Conservative Jewish household in Southern California. Both attended Hebrew school, had a bar mitzvah and attended services at Adat Shalom. ey acknowledge that Judaism shaped who they are on and off the field, as they took different paths to reach the NFL. Geoff Schwartz, 26, joined the Minnesota Vikings in 2012 aer spending his first four seasons with the Carolina Panthers. e 6-foot-6, 331-pounder entered the NFL as a seventh-round pick in 2008 out of the University of Oregon. “Judaism has been a big influence on my life,” Geoff Schwartz said. “It laid the foundation for our values, work ethic and morals. I’m getting married soon with a Jewish wedding and expect my faith to remain a big part of my life.” Mitchell Schwartz, 23, joined the Browns this season with much higher expectations. e 6-foot-5, 320-pounder was one of six rookies to be inserted into the starting lineup for Cleveland, which is coming off a 4-12 campaign. e younger Schwartz said he and Geoff were really competitive growing up, which helped push him later in life. Mitchell Schwartz went on to play college football at the University of California before entering the NFL. “We played a lot of sports,” Mitchell Schwartz said. “Obviously, we have a three-year age gap so he beat up on me quite a bit, but I tried to take some victories as they came. It seemed like whenever I would get an advantage we would switch up the game or whatever [jokingly]. I don’t know if that was purposeful on his part.”

Taylor Mays plays as a safety for the Cincinnati Bengals.

‘THE JEWISH HAMMER’ For many of the Chicago Bears’ Jewish fans, offensive lineman Gabe Carimi’s arrival was more than 60 years in the making. It was in 1950 that Hall of Fame quarterback Sid Luckman took his final snaps under center for the Bears. Carimi, a 6-foot-7, 316pound right tackle, is a starter along Chicago’s offensive line aer missing all but two games following a knee injury during his rookie year in 2011. Carimi has been active in Jewish life since his childhood in Madison, Wis. His involvement included attending services at Temple Beth-El, a reform synagogue in the Badger State. He also volunteered at his Hebrew school and helped build a home for Habitat for Humanity for his bar mitzvah project. Carimi then moved on to the University of Wisconsin, where he won the 2010 Outland Trophy as the nation’s top interior lineman, was selected an All-America and named the Big Ten Offensive Lineman of the Year as a senior. He was called the “Jewish Hammer” in college in part because the nickname the “Hebrew Hammer” was already taken by professional baseball player Ryan Braun of the Milwaukee Brewers.


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Photos of Mitchell Schwartz courtesy of John Reid III/ Cleveland Browns

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San Diego Chargers' defensive tackle Antonio Garay used his faith to get him through an injury that almost cost him his career.

Photos of Antonio Garay courtesy of San Diego Chargers

Name: Gabe Carimi Team: Chicago Bears Pos: Offensive Lineman Height/Weight: 6-7, 316 pounds Notes: A first-round pick in 2011, Carimi, 24, has established himself as a starter after suffering a season-ending knee injury two games into his rookie campaign. As a freshman at Wisconsin in 2007 fasted on Yom Kippur until an hour before a game against the rival Iowa.

Since being draed, Carimi has been welcomed by Chicago’s Jewish community, who still speak fondly of Jewish athletes of the past like Luckman and baseball players Steve Stone and Ken Holtzman of the Cubs. e Bears actually have two Jews starting for them in 2012, as punter Adam Podlesh, who played college football at the University of Maryland, is also on the roster. “I’m not a Jewish football player, I’m a football player who happens to be Jewish,” Carimi said. “But I know there are Jewish athletes that do consider me a role model. I used to look up to [fellow Jewish offensive linemen] like Matt Bernstein, who played at Wisconsin, and Harris Barton, who played in the NFL for the 49ers, so I can understand where they are coming from. It’s cool to see there are a few more Jewish players in the league now.”

FAITH THROUGH ADVERSITY No one would have blamed Antonio Garay had he gotten depressed or angry following a gruesome on-the-field injury a little less than five years ago. It was on Dec. 6, 2007, that Garay, then a defensive tackle with the Bears, had his leg broken and his ankle shattered in what was deemed an illegal chop block by then-Washington Redskins offensive tackle Chris Samuels. e injury nearly cost Garay his NFL career, yet he leaned on his faith and heritage to get him through those difficult times. “e Jewish people have overcome so much through the centuries and dealt with so much adversity,” Garay said. “Understanding that past, including the Holocaust, helped keep me grounded and place everything in perspective.” 40

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Leaning on his faith helped the 6-foot-4, 320-pound nose tackle battle back from injuries. e San Diego Chargers signed him off the New York Jets’ practice squad late in 2009, and he made the most of the opportunity. During the following two seasons, Garay had a combined 108 tackles and eight sacks while not missing a game. Garay, 32, was raised Jewish, although his father’s side is mostly Catholic. Garay said his mother stressed the importance of being Jewish to him and his siblings at a young age. But he was also raised to respect diversity. “My mother was a major influence on my life, and she always stressed the importance of the religion and the customs, especially on the holidays,” Garay said. “At the same time, we learned about both sides of our heritage as my dad’s side is very diverse with relatives coming from Puerto Rico, Jamaica and Costa Rica among other places. But first and foremost, I consider myself a Jew.” Garay said his biggest regret is not having a bar mitzvah, and he hasn’t ruled that out. He also has plans of visiting Israel, where he had envisioned possibly wrestling for the country. Garay finished fourth in the NCAA championships as a sophomore while at Boston College. “My sister did a Birthright trip not too long ago, and it was a powerful experience for her,” Garay said. “I hope to do the same one day myself.”

BALANCING FAITH AND FOOTBALL Unlike Major League Baseball, which has a 162-game schedule, opportunities to take the field for the NFL are limited.

Name: Greg Camarillo Team: New Orleans Saints Pos: Wide Receiver Height/Weight: 6-0, 200 pounds Notes: Camarillo, 30, was an undrafted free agent before signing with the San Diego Chargers out of Stanford in 2005. He has 142 catches for 1,686 yards and two touchdowns in a career that also includes stints with the MinnesotaVikings and the Miami Dolphins. Camarillo grew up Jewish although his paternal side is Catholic. Name: Brian de la Puente Team: New Orleans Saints Pos: Offensive Lineman Height/Weight: 6-2, 308 pounds Notes: De la Puente, 27, is the starting center for the Saints after entering the NFL as an undrafted free agent with the San Francisco 49ers in 2008. He is Jewish on his mother’s side. Name: Antonio Garay Team: San Diego Chargers Pos: Defensive Tackle Height/Weight: 6-4, 320 pounds Notes: Garay, 32, suffered a careerthreatening leg injury following an illegal “chop block” while playing in 2007. Garay’s mother is Jewish and his father is Catholic. Name: Erik Lorig Team: Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Pos: Fullback/Tight End Height/Weight: 6-4, 270 pounds Notes: Lorig, 25, was selected in the seventh round of the 2010 draft out of Stanford. He had six catches for 53 yards while appearing in all 16 games (seven starts) in 2011. Lorig is of German Jewish descent on his father’s side and of Scandinavian descent on his mother’s side.

Ron Snyder is a JT staff reporter rsnyder@jewishtimes.com

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Alan Freedman said Jewish players in the NFL go a long way toward validating that Jews can succeed in all areas of life, including contact sports. Freedman, the director of the National Jewish Sports Hall of Fame in New York, said despite the stereotypes that are out there, Jewish athletes have a proud sports history, including in the NFL, which he said his organization has worked to promote while also developing a dialogue about prejudice among all groups. “‘Jews in sports’ is thought by many, including Jews, to be an oxymoron,” said Freedman. “In



Name: Mitchell Schwartz Team: Cleveland Browns Pos: Offensive Lineman Height/Weight: 6-5, 320 pounds Notes: Schwartz, 22, is a rookie who was selected in the second round out of California. He signed a four-year, $5.17 million contract with the Browns earlier this year. Along with older brother Geoff, the Schwartz family provides the NFL with its first set of sJewish iblings in the league at the same time since Ralph and Arnold Horween in 1923. — Ron Snyder Headshots courtesy of the NFL

showing the fallacy of that assumption, the Hall of Fame causes us to question the many stereotypes about diverse groups that we carry in our minds.” e Hall of Fame also serves to help Jewish kids find athletic role models. e Jewish players in the NFL interviewed for this article said they understand that young Jewish athletes look at them as role models. “If kids look up to me, I think that’s great,” Mitchell Schwartz said. “I try to live my life in a good way. I try to do the right things and stay out of trouble. If there are kids looking up to me, I think I set a good example for them, but I don’t necessarily put that out there as one of my goals.” Garay echoed similar sentiments: “I understand I am considered a role model for other Jewish athletes and without question try to live my life accordingly.” JT


Name: Geoff Schwartz Team: Minnesota Vikings Pos: Offensive Lineman Height/Weight: 6-6, 331 pounds Notes: Schwartz, 26, signed with the Vikings in the offseason after spending his first four years in the NFL with the Carolina Panthers. Schwartz, a 2008 seventh-round pick out of Oregon, missed all of last season with a hip injury, after starting all 16 games in 2010.

With just a 16-game regular season, the importance of each game is magnified, and missing even one contest could mean the difference between a team playing in the postseason or packing its bags for the winter. at level of importance weighs heavily on the minds of NFL players; something not lost on Jewish competitors who have contemplated what they would do should a game fall on Rosh Hashanah or Yom Kippur. Should they play on the holiest of days? Should they fast and consider playing on Yom Kippur? ose questioned say there is no easy answer. Gabe Carimi actually checked aer he was draed to see if Yom Kippur fell on a Sunday during the next decade. It doesn’t, he said, but with the NFL now playing games on Monday and ursday, Carimi knows he may have to make that decision at some point in his career. If he does, Carimi said, he has his own history to look back on. When he was a freshman at Wisconsin, Yom Kippur fell on a Saturday and Carimi fasted right until an hour before a game against Iowa. As a senior, he began his fast earlier to ensure he would be prepared to play in a game against Arizona. “If it came down to it, I would work out a way to fast, but would be ready with an IV to help keep me hydrated,” Carimi said. “Fasting is something that is important to me, but in the NFL you also have your teammates and your organization counting on you.” e Schwartz brothers said they respect the decisions of people like Carimi to fast. Also, growing up in Southern California, they know the story well of Hall of Fame pitcher Sandy Koufax’s decision not to play in Game 1 of the 1965 World Series between his Los Angeles Dodgers and the Minnesota Twins because it fell on Yom Kippur. But, as difficult as it may be, the Schwartzes said they likely would play on the holiday. “In this sport, it’s a little different,” said Mitchell Schwartz. “You only have so few opportunities per year to actually get out there and play, so it’s a little bit different than baseball.”


Name: Adam Podlesh Team: Chicago Bears Pos: Punter Height/Weight: 5-11, 200 pounds Notes: Podlesh, 29. is in his second season with the Bears after setting a franchise single-season record in net punting average (40.4) in 2011. He came to Chicago after spending four seasons in Jacksonville (2007-10). He played his college football for the University of Maryland.

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Name: Taylor Mays Team: Cincinnati Bengals Pos: Safety Height/Weight: 6-3, 230 pounds Notes: Mays, 24, joined the Bengals in 2011 after being traded by the San Francisco 49ers. Selected in the second round of the 2010 NFL draft out of USC, Mays was recently inducted into the Southern California Jewish Sports Hall of Fame. Mays’ mother is Jewish and credits his football-themed bar mitzvah as one reason he turned to the gridiron.

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‘JEWS ON THE MOVE’ Northwest Baltimore County is known as the center of the world for much of the town’s Jewish population. But why is that, and what led Jews to flock in droves to suburban communities like Pikesville, upper Park Heights and Randallstown following World War II? That is the question students at Johns Hopkins University and the Jewish Museum of Maryland attempt to answer with the opening of a new exhibit called “Jews on the Move: Baltimore and the Suburban Exodus, 1945-1968,” which opened Wednesday at Johns Hopkins’ Hodson Hall. Created through a partnership between the Jewish Museum of Maryland and Johns Hopkins, the exhibit explores the postwar relocation of Baltimore’s Jewish community from the city to the northwest suburbs of Baltimore County. Undergraduate students at Hopkins worked on the exhibit with museum staff last spring as part of a classroom project that was made possible in part by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. “e exhibit is really taking a double 42

local approach to what was a national movement,” said Rachel Cylus, program manager at the Jewish Museum of Maryland. “Aer World War II, there was a big move from the cities to the suburbs. This exhibit shows how the Jewish community in Baltimore reacted to the shift.” Cylus said the exhibit, which will travel throughout the Baltimore area before returning to the museum in the spring, examines the issue from many different lenses, including that of developers, real estate professionals, synagogues and actual families that laid the foundation for the Jewish community in Northwest Baltimore County. “The exhibit really goes into great detail to explore the suburbanization of Jewish Baltimore,” Cylus said. “We’ll have photos, interviews, newspaper clippings, advertisements and more that paint the picture of what life was like during those years.” Dr. Elizabeth Rodini, director of the program in museums and society at Johns Hopkins, said exploring the migration of Baltimore Jews to the suburbs provided her students — who

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came from diverse socioeconomic and religious backgrounds — a unique perspective on what was a national issue at the time. e experience also offered students the chance to garner real-life experience in how to curate a museum exhibit. “The Jewish Museum of Maryland could not have been more helpful,” Dr. Rodini said. “They really helped the students gain a full understanding of the Jewish community at the time. It was rewarding to see people from so many backgrounds work together on a project like this.” Deborah Weiner,research historian and family history coordinator at the museum, said the exhibit will help the current-day Jewish community understand where they came from and how they got where they are today. “We really tried to capture every aspect of life during those years,” Weiner said. “is exhibit will definitely bring back a lot of memories to those from the Baby Boom generation.” Jewish Museum of Maryland Director Marvin Pinkert said the exhibit truly


Museum exhibit explores Jewish migration from city to suburbia By Ron Snyder A new exhibit, “Jews on the Move,” opened this week at Johns Hopkins’ Hodson Hall.

captures the history of the community’s shi to the suburbs. “As a newcomer to Baltimore, I am just beginning to understand the context of the complex, vibrant Jewish community I have joined,” Pinkert said in a statement. “I think the social history this exhibit captures is something that nearly everyone can relate to. The students at Johns Hopkins really got engaged in this, and I hope that this is just the beginning of long careers in the museum field.” “Jews on the Move” will be exhibited at Hodson Hall on the Homewood Campus until Dec. 17. e museum staff is encouraging people to visit the exhibit’s website, jewsonthemove.org to share their family’s suburban experience and to see the the traveling exhibit’s schedule for the next few months.JT Ron Snyder is a JT staff reporter rsnyder@jewishtimes.com

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Hardly a day goes by when the Baltimore Jewish Times does not receive a news release about — or review copy of — a new memoir about the Holocaust. Many of the memoirs are outstanding, and each story is unique, inspiring and incredible. Yet sometimes, reading about this dark period in our history can really take its toll. So when “We are Here, Memories of the Lithuanian Holocaust,” a new memoir by journalist and translator Ellen Cassedy, showed up in the JT’s editorial mailbox, in advance of the author’s talk at the Enoch Pratt Library on Oct. 24, reporters in the newsroom weren’t fighting over the assignment. We should have been. “We Are Here” is fascinating, deeply thought provoking and emotionally challenging. Cassedy’s memoir about her 2004 journey to Lithuania, where she studied Yiddish and discovered both her personal heritage and the heritage of an entire country, forces us to grapple with some of life’s most difficult questions about human nature and good and evil. Cassedy, a 2012 winner of the Yiddish Book Center’s Translation Prize, was born to a Jewish mother of Lithuanian descent and a father of English, Irish and Bavarian descent. She spent part of her childhood in Baltimore, where her spiritual practice took place at the Baltimore Ethical Culture Society. Cassedy married Jeff Blum, son of Baltimore’s renowned Lois Blum Feinblatt, a noted

philanthropist, community activist and Johns Hopkins Hospital sex therapist, and the couple has two grown children. They reside in Takoma Park, Md. Growing up with parents from different religious traditions, Cassedy lacked a formal Jewish education, yet she derived comfort and felt a strong connection to her Jewish roots through her mother’s Yiddishisms. “When my mother was alive, I could count on her to keep hold of the past,” wrote Cassedy. “But after she died, all those who’d gone before seemed to be slipping out of reach. I found myself missing the sound of Yiddish, the Jewish mame-loshn, or mother tongue, that she had sprinkled into conversation like a spice. … Once my mother was gone, I felt bereft — of her, and of the homey sounds that had once resounded in Jewish kitchens, lanes, meeting halls and market squares on both sides of the Atlantic.” Eventually, Cassedy’s loss led her to the study of Yiddish and in 2004 on a life-changing trip to Vilnius University in Lithuania to take part in an intensive summer course in Yiddish language. While in Lithuania, once known as the “Jerusalem of the North,” she also sought to deepen her connection to her ancestral heritage. Prior to leaving for her trip, Cassedy experienced two pivotal events that would dramatically change the course of her journey and her interpretation of the Holocaust

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lenging work of helping fellow Lithuanians to come to terms with a past that included anti-Semitism, torture, fear and trauma. Cassedy learned about the country’s rich pre-Holocaust culture and the significant contributions of the Jewish community. She was struck by how Lithuania, a country once noted for its religious tolerance “exploded with intolerance” with the impact of the Nazi and Soviet invasions. At the end of World War II, Cassedy wrote, fewer than 10 percent of Lithuania’s 240,000 Jews were alive. As she talked with Lithuanians about their memories, beliefs and reflections of the Holocaust, Cassedy was astounded and sometimes furious to discover how little they seemed to know about the persecution of the Jews, and how their views of the Holocaust could be so different than her own. Also mystifying for Cassedy was her sense that so many memories of the atrocities that took place in Lithuania seemed to have been buried alongside the Jewish corpses in the forests, where so many were executed. Instead, many Lithuanians saw themselves as victims of the Soviet Union, no less persecuted that their Jewish neighbors. The picture of the period that emerged from her interactions with Lithuanians was far more nuanced than Cassedy had believed. “I went to Lithuania wanting to judge,” Cassedy said. “But the more I looked into it, the more I realized it is more important to understand than to judge.” “I was forced to rethink my assumptions about victims and bystanders.” In a sense, Cassedy said, “We are all bystanders. And it’s not enough to say that everyone who didn’t save Jews were uncaring. I gained so much by opening my eyes a little bit and trying to understand the context in which everything occurred. Too often people sit on one side and study the Holocaust and another side studying

the Soviet occupations. It is better for us to study together. It was so much more complicated than I ever imagined.” Since her trip to Lithuania and the publication of her memoir, Cassedy has tried to follow developments in the country’s struggle to come to grips with its history. “I feel a responsibility to help a post-Holocaust country [Lithuania] to build a more tolerant future in what’s often hostile terrain. It’s really crucial to ask, what can we do to stand up today to prevent future Holocausts?” Cassedy plans to return to Lithuania in February 2013, when “We Are Here” will be published in Lithuanian. “There’s been a lot of water under the bridge since I was last there, some good, some not good. I’m looking forward to seeing what’s happened,” she said. Although the task of helping Lithuanian Jews and non-Jews come to grips with their history is monumental, Cassedy is hopeful. “I met really extraordinary people there. The Jews who live in Lithuania are doing something so important. Now, Jews and non-Jews speak up,” said Cassedy. “People around the world should also speak up. A lot of American Jews feel, ‘I wouldn’t want to touch that place’ — the hurt of what happened there is so deep. But I gained so much by putting myself there and staying with those painful feelings. I am not the same person who began my journey or finished my book. It changed my life. It changed my ability to look at all sides of an issue. And it’s given me an appreciation of how people can reach out across cultural boundaries.” Ellen Cassedy will discuss “We Are Here” in the Poe Room at the Enoch Pratt Central Library, 400 Cathedral St. in Baltimore on Wed. Oct. 24 at 7 p.m. For additional information, visit prattlibrary.org. JT Simone Ellin is a JT staff reporter sellin@jewishtimes.com

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Federal Hill Ghost Tour: Learn about legends and mysteries as part of this one-hour guided tour. 6 p.m. and 8:30 p.m., 801 S. Charles St., Baltimore. Cost: $15 adults; $10 children 12 and under. Contact: innkeeper@scarborough fairbandb.com.

GefifillteFest: The Jewish Museum of Maryland presents a day of cooking, eating and storytelling. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., 15 Lloyd St., Baltimore. Contact: Rachel Cylus at 410-732-6400 or rcylus@jewishmuseummd.org.

Vint age Poster Show: Travel back in time and view more than 500 posters available for purchase. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., 1848 Reisterstown Road, Pikesville. Contact: renaissancefinearts.com.

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Presidential Election Debate and Discussion: Debate will feature Maryland State Attorney General Doug Gansler for President Barack Obama and former Maryland Gov. Robert Ehrlich for Gov. Mitt Romney. 7:30 to 9 p.m., Chizuk Amuno Congregation, 8100 Stevenson Road, Pikesville. Contact: Jasmine Estes at 410-542-4850 or jestes@baltjc.org.

Teen Movie Night: Spend the evening at the Owings Mills JCC, eating pizza and watching a movie. Members only. 7:30 p.m., 3506 Gwynnbrook Ave., Owings Mills. Contact: Brad Kerxton at 410-5593547 or bkerxton@jcc.org.

Jewish Women in the Arts: Join CHANA for its inaugural speaker series, presenting “Jewish Women in the Arts.” Featured speaker is WBAL-TV journalist Deborah Weiner. Address available after RSVP. Contact: Ellen Fox at 410234-0030 or efox@associated.org.

Towson Univ ersity Art Exh ibit: Faculty display examples of their recent work utilizing a broad range of media. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Towson University, 8000 York Road, Towson.

Friday 19 Interviewing for Success: Learn how to interview to be the best. 9:30 a.m. to noon, Jewish Community Services Building, 5750 Park Heights Ave. Preregistration is required. Contact: 410-4669200 or info@jcsbaltimore.org.


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Disney On Ice: Disney on Ice presents “Rockin’ Ever After,” which runs through Oct. 28. 7 p.m., 1st Mariner Arena, 201 W. Baltimore St., Baltimore. Contact: baltimore arena.com.

Cantors’ Concert: Beth El presents Cantors Gideon Zelermyer and Thom King. 7 p.m., 8101 Park Heights Ave., Baltimore. Cost: $10 in advance for members; $15 for non-members; $18 at the door. Contact: 410-484-0411 or yvonne@bethelbalto.com.

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Business Comment Elliot D. Lasson

Much of today ’s communication is impersonal, digital and 140 characters or less. however, being able to communicate verbally in real time is still an important skill, especially when one is engaged in a job search. I am a big proponent of everyone having an “elevator speech.” contrary to the label, it need not be expressed in an actual elevator. this “sales pitch” could equally take place at a party or at a shabbat “kiddush.” there are two main contexts for an elevator speech. the first is for networking, when introduced to someone new who might be a helpful connection. an effective elevator speech will plant a seed in the memory of the person to whom you are introduced. the second is during a job interview, in the event that you are asked “tell me about yourself.” Either way, some variation of the elevator speech should be in your back pocket at all times. an elevator speech is a “business card plus,” and the trick is to make it smooth and concise, preferably 30-45 seconds. Remember, it is not an autobiography, and try to avoid tMI (too much information). If you are unemployed, your elevator speech might result in specific inquiries about your situation. so, be prepared for what might be predictable follow-up questions. the contemporary version of what was previously known as “between jobs” is “in transition.” In today’s job market, identifying yourself as being in transition has less of a negative stigma than being unemployed. The following is a structure of what I recommend to clients: • handshake, greeting and name, and eye contact (initially and throughout).

• Identify yourself professionally, even if you brand yourself as a recent graduate or student. do not start with your entire life story or those things you think you can do or would be good at. Positive examples: litigator, financial analyst, professional accountant, Jewish educator. • List a few occupationally relevant expertise items including skills, tools/ systems or experience. Positive examples: Quickbooks, Peopleso, grant writing, mobile app development. • Briefly mention significant educational degrees and certifications. Positive examples: master’s in public administration from university of Baltimore, cPa, a-plus certification. • conclude with what type of role you are interested in, including specific job titles or industry sectors. Positive examples: financial analyst, construction estimator, office manager, social media specialist. Some words to the wise: • avoid clichés such as hard worker, multitasker, communication skills, out-of-the-box, etc.; instead, focus on what you have done, your accomplishments and portable skills that you might offer an organization. • Be honest, concise and focus on your positive (and quantitative) achievements. It is not good form to bad mouth previous organizations for which you have worked and supervisors with whom you clashed. • If relevant, touch upon some of the volunteer activities in which you have been involved, which convey an upbeat affect while between jobs. • try out your elevator speech in front of relatives and professionals in your field of expertise. Practice, refine and rehearse so that your elevator speech reaches the top floor. JT Elliot D. Lasson, Ph.D., is executive director of Joblink of Maryland Inc.



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BRIEFS 27 Gordon Feinblatt Lawyers Join Exclusive List

Applefeld Named Director of Development

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Gordon Feinblatt LLC has announced that 27 of the firm’s lawyers were selected for “e Best Lawyers in America 2013”. Since it was first published in 1983, “Best Lawyers” has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. “Best Lawyers” is based on an exhaustive peer-review survey in which more than 36,000 leading attorneys cast almost 4.4 million votes on the legal abilities of other lawyers in their practice areas. e Gordon Feinblatt lawyers are Timothy D. A. Chriss, Lawrence D. Coppel, Marjorie A. Corwin, Elliott Cowan, William M. Davidow Jr., D. Robert Enten, David H. Fishman, Steven M. Gevarter, Herbert Goldman, Lawrence S. Greenwald, Lowell G. Herman, Ned T. Himmelrich, Martha Lessman Katz, Robert C. Kellner, Edward J. Levin, Matthew P. Mellin, Searle E. Mitnick, Brian L. Moffet, John R. Paliga, Abba David Poliakoff, Michael C. Powell, Barry F. Rosen, Peter B. Rosenwald II, Sheila K. Sachs, William D. Shaughnessy Jr., Jerrold A. rope and Carla Stone Witzel. In addition to these lawyers, Irving E. Walker of Cole, Schots, Meisel Forman & Leonard, P.A. was also honored.

Middle Grades Partnership has named Katie Applefeld to the newly created post of director of development. MGP, an initiative of the Baltimore Community Foundation, brings together independent and public schools to provide learning opportunities for Baltimore City public middle schools and enhance teaching quality. In her most recent position, Applefeld served as development director for the Collegebound Foundation. In previous positions she worked for Friends of the Family and the Kennedy Krieger Institute.

Meghann Schwartz has joined the Jewish Federation of Howard County as coordinator of campaign and community outreach. Schwartz formerly was the manager of marketing and circulation at Washington Jewish Week.

Epstein Becker Green announced its new labor blog, “Management Memo: Management’s Inside Guide to Labor Relations.” Featuring posts by attorneys from its nationally ranked labor and employment practice, the blog will discuss legal issues, such as union organizing, collective bargaining and negotiations and administration of collective bargaining agreements.

Catering by Weiss Hires New Chef Alan Weiss, president of Catering By Alan Weiss, has announced the addition of master chef Menashe Shabtai to his company’s team. Shabtai’s culinary expertise and talent is well known in both Israel and Baltimore. This is Shabtai’s second tenure with Alan Weiss.

Junior Achievement Names Golloub Rebecca Golloub has joined Junior Achievement of Central Maryland as capstone program manager. In addition to managing all day-to-day activities of JA’s facility-based elementary capstone program, JA BizTown, Golloub develops and manages all program curriculum changes, implements school, teacher and volunteer trainings and supports JA’s middle and high school capstone program training. She also collaborates with education and outreach team members to ensure successful implementation of JA programs and acts as liaison between JA BizTown community partners and JA’s fundraising team.

Rosen Honored as a Most Admired CEO Gordon Feinblatt LLC announced that Barry F. Rosen, chairman and CEO of Gordon Feinblatt, has been honored by e Daily Record as a recipient of the 2012 Maryland’s Most Admired CEOs Award. e Daily Record created the award to recognize some of the most notably talented CEOs leading the state’s for-profit, public and nonprofit companies. Rosen and the other winners were honored at an awards ceremony hosted by e Daily Record on Sept.13 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Baltimore.

Levy Joins Hodes Law Firm Jayme Levy, who has served as an attorney for an organization advocating on behalf of the disabled, has joined the law firm of Michael Hodes LLC as an associate in its Towson office. A resident of Guilford, Levy is a graduate of the University of Baltimore School of Law. She has clerked for Baltimore County Circuit Court Judge Robert S. Cahill Jr. and has served as an associate in the law firm of Dakman & Heyman. She also has performed legal services for Health Management Associates Disability Advocates.


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Five Adelberg, Rudow, Dorf & Hendler Members Selected Adelberg, Rudow, Dorf & Hendler LLC has announced that five of its members are listed in “Super Lawyers Business Edition 2012.” “Super Lawyers Business Edition” is an annual resource that serves as the go-to guide for general counsel and executives in charge of making legal hiring decisions. The magazine recently was distributed to

40,000 presidents and CEOs of Fortune 1000 companies and in-house counsel. The ARD&H members listed are David B. Applefeld, Thomas D. Kohn, Jerald B. Lurie, Andrew Radding and David B. Rudow, who also had the distinction of being ranked among the Top 100 attorneys in Maryland.

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Budding Entrepreneur Wins $1,000 Contest Isaac Schleifer won the University of Baltimore’s Pitch Across Maryland contest, receiving a $1,000 award. A senior in the school’s business administration program, Schleifer pitched “Raffle Ready,” a service and software package designed for nonprofits that want to hold grass-roots fundraisers such as raffles. The tool would automate the process of creating, promoting and managing a raffle fundraiser. There were five other finalists who received seed funding donated by Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Attman: Benjamin Bell, Kimberly Brownlie, Austin Cohen, Jacob Goldberg and Matt Taylor.

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The law firm of Gordon Feinblatt LLC announced that Jonas A. Jacobson was honored by the Land Development Council of the Home Builders Association of Maryland with a 2012 Award of Excellence as Consultant of the Year. e Awards of Excellence recognize outstanding contributions by companies and individuals to the land development industry. Aer nearly a decade leading key Mary-land state and local environmental agencies, Jacobson is now counsel in Gordon Feinblatt’s Environmental & Energy and Government Relations Practice Groups. JT



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Josh Goldberg (left) and Vadim Polikov are two of the founders of Astrum Solar

SUNNY SIDE UP Justin Tsucalas

Pikesville High grads see bright future in solar industry By David Snyder

The folks at Astrum Solar, a residential solar energy provider in Annapolis Junction, knew they had to get it right the first time. And, at least according to sales and growth statistics, Vadim Polikov and Josh Goldberg, both 31, have done so. When introducing a relatively new technology, said Goldberg, “If you do it right, everyone buys it. If you have a new product line and you do it wrong, nobody buys it. It’s like when the new iPhone comes out.” The company, formed in 2007, was ranked by Inc. magazine as the No. 2 fastest-growing private company in America. Astrum produced revenue of $26.9 million in 2011, a 23,577 percent increase dating to 2008. In less than five years, it has put solar panels on roofs in 11 east coast states and the District of Columbia.


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It’s an especially brilliant tale for Polikov, who serves as the company’s president and CEO, given his beginnings. Facing religious persecution and workforce discrimination, Polikov’s parents emigrated from the Soviet Union in 1987. He was 6 at the time. After settling in the United States, the Polikovs gave this message to their children: “Take full advantage of the freedoms and resources that are available to you because we worked hard to win this for you.” Throughout Polikov’s years at Pikesville High and even after, he held this message close to his heart. He wanted to give back to the country that helped him and his family by doing something to support environmental sustainability. That desire, coupled with the decreasing costs in solar technology, turned him on to the idea of providing

SUN STATS Service Areas: • Connecticut • Delaware • Maryland • Massachusetts • Michigan • New Jersey • New York • Ohio • Pennsylvania • Virginia • Washington, D.C. • West Virginia Number of Employees: 170 (from eight in 2007) Number of Homes Serviced: Astrum Solar has installed solar systems on thousands of homes throughout the Northeast, including about 500 in Maryland (more than 100 in Baltimore County)

Three-Year Company Growth Percentage: 23,577 percent Average Customer Savings Over a 20-Year Period: Around $40,000 Equivalent Environmental Benefit Over 30 Years: • 3,030 trees planted • 22 cars taken off the road for a year • 0.6 railcars of coal not burned • 41 tons of waste recycled rather than land filled • 1.6 tanker trucks of gasoline not burned Potential for Home Value Increase: $20 for every $1 reduction in annual energy savings, according to the Appraisal Journal

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residents with an affordable and practical way to shrink their electric bill while reducing their carbon footprint. His good friend, Goldberg, also a Pikesville High graduate, was interested in doing the same. Today, Goldberg is the company’s vice president of policy and business development. How does solar energy work? The process is relatively straightforward. Installed solar panels and inverters capture sunlight and convert the solar energy into alternating current, the type of energy used to power regular household functions. The house stays connected to the standard central power grid — the one that all BGE users are on. During the day, the solar energy produced is tracked and utilized by

the home. If the solar customer’s panels produce more energy than he/she uses, that excess energy is then sent back out to the grid and the customer’s meter spins backward. At night, or on a cloudy day, when the panels are not producing as much power, customers receive power from the grid and their meter rolls forward. “You use your grid as your personal electricity bank. You deposit electricity during the day and you withdraw it at night. The meter keeps track of the balance,” Polikov explained. “What our customers really like, especially if they lease the system from us, they do absolutely no work, they now have their power from an environmentally friendly source and they are paying less than

For Vadim Polikov and Josh Goldberg, starting Astrum Solar was more than just about being business savvy. Goldberg jumped at the opportunity to work with someone he had known and been friendly with since middle school. Polikov and Goldberg attended confirmation classes together at Baltimore Hebrew Congregation and were teammates on the Pikesville High School wrestling squad. Combining with Polikov’s college roommate Ben Davis, Astrum’s vice president of operations, the duo says the management team’s familiarity and conviction in one another have made for an ideal relationship. “I think that when you’re picking co-founders for a business, the ability to trust and work together well is incredibly important,” Polikov said. “There are so many highs and lows, and you have to be able to ride through the lows with people that you trust and you care about and you actually have a good time spending most of your waking hours with.” In fact, many members of Polikov’s team are also pictured in the Pikesville High yearbook. These staff members include: Sandy Roskes, vice president of sales; Noah Jacobs, Maryland director of operations; and Adam Seff, team leader. Said Polikov: “It is pretty fun to have the ability to grow the company with people you grew up with.” JT

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what they were paying to BGE. “I think the biggest problem that we continue to face is the misconception by the general public that solar is expensive. That might have been true 20 years — or even 10 years — ago,” said Polikov. “We still spend a lot of our time convincing consumers this isn’t too good to be true.” The executives at Astrum attribute a large part of their exponential success to the thorough amount of infrastructure building they conducted prior to launching in 2007. Polikov said an immense amount of time was spent polishing Astrum’s informational and interactive website and hammering out its information technology systems, as well as hiring a management team capable of scaling with the business as it expands. In less than five years, Astrum’s employee base has grown from eight to 170. “The intention was always to create a national company, even though we were starting in Maryland,” Polikov said. “We were ready for that kind of growth.” JT David Snyder is a staff reporter dsnyder@jewishtimes.com

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e Jewish View Rabbi Daniel Cotzin Burg Parashat Noach 5773


week , Felix Baumgartner,

Austrian BAse jumper and dare-devil extraordinaire, made history by jumping from a stratospheric balloon 120,000 feet (24 miles) high. it was an incredible feat of human will power, stamina and daring — Baumgartner broke records held by Joe kittinger for more than 50 years. e jump also marked the culmination of Red Bull stratos, a mission devised by the energy drink manufacturer and Baumgartner aer decades of collaboration and sponsorship. Baumgartner, who said “the whole world is watching,” as he le the platform at the edge of space, was at least partially right. Millions across the world tuned in to watch. without commenting on the possible factors that inspired him to attempt this feat, the jump is a good reminder of how voyeuristic we humans can be. Grave risk to human life has always been a spectator sport. what made this week’s event different from most modern-day spectacles is that it was entirely real. An action film, television show or video game is simulated, but in Baumgartner’s case, the achievement and commensurate danger was palpable and existential. Parashat Noach is the Torah’s first action story. it’s also the Bible’s first apocalyptic tale, replete with a largerthan-life protagonist, a compelling back story and a promise (aer the carnage) of redemption and restoration. it’s interesting, also, that more than any other, this is the story we share with small children. what child does not know/love the story of Noah’s ark? My wife, who manages the PJ Library program in Baltimore, could tell you exactly how many Noah-based children’s books they ship. suffice it to say,

it’s a lot. is is partially because of the animals, of course, but i believe that there is something more fundamental going on here, something related to the reason fairy tales are so “grim” and the strange parental instinct to sing terrifying lullabies about cradles falling from trees. Part of being a parent is to prepare children for the precariousness of life while affirming its sanctity. Perhaps this is why our parsha, aer the flood, contains the prohibition against consuming blood: “every creature that lives shall be yours to eat. … You must not, however, eat flesh with its life-blood in it. But for your own life-blood i will require a reckoning” (Gen. 9:3-5). Two things are worth noticing here. First, according to Rashi, these verses speak to our prohibition against suicide. second (and fundamentally related to the first), humanity’s new permission to eat meat comes with a cautionary footnote: remember the living creatures from which our food comes. Parashat Noach is, at its core, a polemic against wanton disregard for life — human or otherwise. if, aer so much death and destruction we choose to eat meat, we must remember its source and never take life for granted. Time will tell whether Baumgartner’s achievement was one that will further scientific aims and inspire humanity to reach for the stars — or whether it was a well-orchestrated (and superbly marketed) publicity stunt, a snuff film with a happy ending. Torah, though, reminds us that while there are things that are worth substantial risk to our safety, life is a precious and extraordinary gi. JT Rabbi Daniel Cotzin Burg is the spiritual leader of Beth Am Synagogue.

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Jewish Federations of North Americaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s General Assembly, the largest annual Jewish philanthropic conference, is coming to Baltimore!

1. ATTEND â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Discounted rates are available for the full conference and for one-day only. 2.VOLUNTEER â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Show our guests why Baltimore is called â&#x20AC;&#x153;Charm City.â&#x20AC;? Three-hour shifts available. 3. TELL YOUR STORY â&#x20AC;&#x201C; With ASSOCIATED Women for the annual National Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Philanthropy Luncheon, on Monday, November 12 at 12:30 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency Baltimore. Event is open to all women; $75 to attend.

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Five days into her January 2009 Birthright trip, Melissa Hinds met Dor Flayshman. Dor was an Israeli soldier assigned to accompany the group. The only escort with a good grasp of English, Dor found it easy to chat â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and joke â&#x20AC;&#x201D; with Melissa. They enjoyed each otherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s company and even shared a kiss at a dance club on their second day together. After Melissaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s return to Owings Mills, they chatted daily via Facebook and Skype. On a whim, Melissa found inexpensive airline tickets and booked a return trip to see Dor. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I wanted to see if there was a relationship to pursue,â&#x20AC;? she said. Melissa departed two months later, initially telling her parents, Pennie and Steve Hinds, she was visiting a friend in Texas. Dor planned a romantic week of bed-and-breakfast stays and picnics. They expressed their feelings of love for each other. Melissa returned again that summer, and from then on, they were never

apart for longer than four months. Aî&#x2020;?er her second visit, Melissa enrolled in a 10-month masterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s program in Tel Aviv. î&#x201A;&#x160;ey saw each other every other weekend before Melissa returned home in August 2010. Dor attempted to secure a visitorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s visa but was denied. Then, they applied for a fiance visa. Aî&#x2020;?er another four months, Melissa arranged to make aliyah and did so in February 2011. She remained in Israel but, with spotty Hebrew, failed to find a job. As they worked to gather all of the necessary documents for Dorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fiance visa, fire destroyed Dorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s motherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s home and in it were the visa papers. It took months to obtain replacement copies of crucial documents. Although they became engaged out of necessity that spring, Dor decided to make it official in July. He took Melissa to the site of their first picnic together. In the north hills, with cheese and wine, he knelt down and looked into her eyes. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I know we are technically engaged, but I know for certain I want to

spend the rest of my life with you,â&#x20AC;? he told her, while sliding a beautiful ring on her finger. The visa was granted that October, and they left for the United States in November. They married at the Towson courthouse in December 2011. But it was important for Dor, 23, who now works for Camden Body & Fender in Reisterstown, and Melissa to have a Jewish ceremony, which happened on Sept. 22, 2012. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We werenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t married in our minds,â&#x20AC;? said Melissa, 30, a manager of Trader Joeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s in Columbia. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I wanted the dress and reception and everything, not just the courthouse.â&#x20AC;? Rabbi Elissa Sachs-Kohen officiated at the Linganore Winecellars in Mt. Airy. Just before the ceremony began, a rainstorm gave way to a breathtaking rainbow, which the couple believes was from Melissaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s grandfather, who had passed away a month earlier. JT Linda L. Esterson is a freelance writer in Owings Mills. For â&#x20AC;&#x153;Beshert,â&#x20AC;? call 410-902-2305 or email Linda.Esterson@verizon.net.

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Special Anniversary



Out & About

OidiCk e family of Evelyn and Sol Oidick, who will celebrate their 70th anniversary on Oct. 22, 2012, wishes them mazel tov. Sol, a retired men’s clothing manufacturer, helped many Baltimore men look their best. Evelyn is a devoted volunteer in local charities, especially at

her beloved Miriam Lodge. Both are avid bridge players, enjoy dining out and love being with their children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. A family celebration is planned for November.


Harbouring in the Hut: The Harbour School over Sukkot hosted Rabbi Yitzchok Dinovitzer, (right) associate regional director of NCSY, at the school’s sukkah. The sukkah had been erected with the help of the Green family, whose child attends the school. Rabbi Dinovitzer spoke about the theme of Sukkot and stressed that happiness is not a result of our material goods but comes from inside. He showed the students the lulav and etrog. Harbour lower school students decorated the sukkah. The Harbour School is a non-public school for students ages 6-21 who have been diagnosed as having learning disabilities, high-functioning autism, Asperger’s syndrome or other disabilities.

Community Notices

Abramoff — Zaytsev Job-Search Workshops for Teens


Sandy and david Abramoff announce the marriage of their son, Jeffrey, to Serafima Zaytsev, daughter of Olga and Nikolay Zaytsev of Atlanta. The wedding took place on Oct. 15, 2011 at the Georgian Terrace Hotel in Atlanta. The maid of honor was the bride’s sister, Christina Zaytsev. Bridesmaids were Hayley Mix, Stacy Ho and Julia Abramoff, sister of the groom. e best man was Matt Levine. Groomsmen were Eric duchon, david Luck and Matthew Curry. Rabbi Victoria Armour-Hileman officiated. Following their honeymoon in Costa Rica, the couple has been residing in Philadelphia as Jeffrey completes his M.B.A. at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Send submissions of births, engagements, weddings, anniversaries and deaths via e-mail to sellin@jewishtimes.com or mail to Simone Ellin, BJT, 11459 Cronhill Drive, Suite A, Owings Mills, MD 21117. Please send a stamped, self-addressed envelope for returning photos. Items will be selected and edited at the discretion of the editors.


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Jewish Community Services offers “Keys to a Successful Job Search,” a program specifically for teens ages 14-19. Professional career coaches from JCS will teach workshops focusing on such topics as how to write an effective resume and cover letter, how to network and how to interview. Workshops will be offered at various dates and times beginning on Oct. 25 and continuing through March 2013. The programs will take place at the Jewish Community Services’ office (5750 Park Heights Ave.), the JCS at the Owings Mills JCC and the Mitchell David Teen Center. Teens can choose locations, dates and times convenient for them. The program is made possible by a grant from the Grandchildren of Harvey M. and Lyn P. Meyerhoff Philanthropic Fund. The workshops are free, but preregistration is required. For more information and to register, contact Deborah Weksberg at 410-843-7437 or dweksberg@jcsbaltimore.org.

JCS Adds Social Skills Groups Jewish Community Services is offering a social skills group for middle-schoolaged boys who are experiencing challenges with relationships; a concurrent group for parents also is being offered. The groups will meet for eight Monday evenings, beginning on Nov. 5 from 7:15 to 8:15 at the JCS office at the Owings Mills JCC (3506 Gwynnbrook Ave.). The boys will learn how to improve relationships with peers, discover ways to manage negative emotions and practice social skills in a safe group setting. Parents will gain strategies for helping their child improve social skills and receive feedback and suggestions about their child’s strengths and areas for growth. They also will benefit from support and encouragement from other parents and professional facilitators. Preregistration is required. For more information, call JCS at 410-466-9200.

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Sunday, October 21, 2012; 10:00 a.m. â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 5:00 p.m. Jewish Museum of Maryland 15 Lloyd Street, Baltimore Something fishy is going on with the Jewish Museum of Maryland! Join us as we dive into new, longer hours of operation with our first GefilteFest competition. Cheer on your favorite local or out-of-town chef as they compete for the honor of being crowned Baltimoreâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Gefilte Maven. Make â&#x20AC;&#x153;spice artâ&#x20AC;? with Old Bay Seasoning, read fish tales and watch fish films. Crafts, music and cooking for the whole family. For more information and to reserve your space, visit www.jewishmuseummd.org/events, email rcylus@jewishmuseummd.org or call 410-732-6400, ext. 215.

The Baltimore Jewish Council and THE ASSOCIATED present

Prepare Emergency Kits for the Homebound at CHAIâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Good Neighbor Day Sunday, November 18, 2012; 2:00 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 4:00 p.m. Public Safety Training Facility 3500 W. Northern Pkwy, Baltimore (across the street from the Weinberg Park Heights JCC) Assemble and deliver emergency preparedness kits to homebound clients of Comprehensive Housing Assistance, Inc., (CHAI) on Good Neighbor Day, a community-wide day of service. For more information and to register, contact Chedva Rose at crose@chaibaltimore.org or 410-500-5325.

The 2012 Presidential Election: A Debate and Discussion Tuesday, October 23, 2012; 7:30 p.m.

Community Mitzvah Day 2012

Chizuk Amuno Congregation 8100 Stevenson Road, Baltimore Maryland Attorney General, Douglas Gansler, representing President Barack Obama, will debate and discuss issues with Former Maryland Governor, Robert L. Ehrlich, Jr., representing Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney. Admission is free and open to the public, but reservations are preferred. For more information and to reserve your space, email bjcrsvp@baltjc.org or call 410-542-4850.

Tuesday, December 25, 2012; 10:30 a.m.

Nowhere to Hide: Why Kids With ADHD & LD Hate School and What We Can Do About It

Weinberg Park Heights JCC 5700 Park Heights Avenue, Baltimore Rosenbloom Owings Mills JCC 3506 Gwynnbrook Avenue, Owings Mills Bring your family to volunteer and assemble winter care packages to be delivered to Hannah More Shelter in Reisterstown. Families and individuals needed to deliver the packages. For more information and to register, contact Dayna Leder at dleder@associated.org or 410-843-7491.

Sunday, October 28, 2012; 9:30 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 11:30 a.m.

Join PJ on the Town at The Fire Museum of Maryland Sunday, November 18, 2012; 2:00 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 4:00 p.m. The Fire Museum of Maryland 1301 York Road, Lutherville Gathering the Sparks: working together to help our world. Participate in fun activities for the whole family while in the company of a REAL firefighter. Cost: $1 for one-year-olds, $2 for two-year-olds, $3 for three-year-olds, $4 for four-year-olds, $5 for children ages five through 12 and $10 for ages 13 and up (including adults). Co-sponsored by Congregation Beit Tikvah. For more information, contact Lara Nicolson at the Louise D. & Morton J. Macks Center for Jewish Education at lnicolson@cjebaltimore.org or 410-735-5000.

CHANA Speaker Series Featured speaker: Deborah Weiner, WBAL Anchor

Thursday, October 25, 2012 7:00 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 9:00 p.m. Baltimore Hebrew Congregation 7401 Park Heights Avenue, Baltimore

Please join CHANA (Counseling, Helpline and Aid Network for Abused Women) for the final event in our three part speaker series featuring Jewish women in the Baltimore arts world. Cost: $36 Dessert reception. Dietary laws observed. For more information, contact Ellen Fox at efox@associated.org or 410-234-0030. Register now at www.associated.org/CHANAspeakerseries2012.


Weinberg Park Heights Jewish Community Center 5700 Park Heights Avenue, Baltimore Dr. Jerome Schultz, author of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Nowhere to Hide: Why Kids With ADHD & LD Hate School and What We Can Do About It,â&#x20AC;? will talk about how the stress of ADHD and LD can negatively impact learning and behavior. With over 30 years of experience in neuropsychology and education, Dr. Schultz of Harvard Medical School presents practical strategies that effectively reduce this stress and give children a better home and school life. Space is limited. Register now at www.shemeshbaltimore.org, email rsvp@shemeshbaltimore.org or call 410-843-7588.

Find us online at: If you need help, we can help you. If you can help, please do. Learn more at www.associated.org/getinvolved.


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Remembering Sen. Arlen Specter Longtime Pennsylvania legislator dies from cancer at 82 During his 30 years in the clubby confines of the U.S. Senate, Arlen Specter never lost his acerbic prosecutorial zeal, friends and associates say. The insistent questions, the commitment to independence that made the longtime Pennsylvania senator a critical player in recent U.S. history, ultimately did in his career. In his 2010 bid for a sixth term, Specter lost the support of both Democrats and Republicans. Specter, who had been the longestserving U.S. senator from his state, died Sunday of complications from nonHodgkin’s lymphoma. He was 82. His iconoclasm was his brand, from the outset of his career, when he made a name for himself as the young Philadelphia assistant district attorney on the Warren Commission who first postulated that a single bullet hit both President John F. Kennedy and Texas Gov. John Connally. And he wore his independence as a badge of honor: e pro-choice Republican who helped fell Robert Bork’s nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court, and then ensured Clarence omas’ ascension by leading what many liberal groups saw as the smearing of Anita Hill, a one-time aide to Thomas who had accused the former head of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission of sexually harassing her. The pro-Israel stalwart who enjoyed his one-on-ones with some of the Middle East’s most 60

bloodstained tyrants. Running for district attorney in Philadelphia in 1965, he left the Democratic Party, but returned in 2009, frustrated with what he said was the Republican Party’s lurch rightward. Specter the Democrat helped pass President Obama’s health care reforms. “He would tell me, ‘Every morning I wake up I look in the mirror and I see the toughest guy in politics,’” recalled Morton Klein, the president of the Zionist Organization of America who first lobbied and then befriended Specter.

Former U.S. Senator Arlen Specter will be remembered as a politician with zeal.

“He saw a little of Israel in himself as the only Jew in his class in Russell,” he said. Although his sisters were Orthodox

“HE WAS A TOUGH JEW.” — Longtime aide David Brog

Specter, who represented Pennsylvania in the Senate from 1981 to 2011, was shaped by his childhood as the only Jewish kid in his class in a small Midwestern town, Russell, Kan., said David Brog, a longtime aide to Specter who eventually rose to be his chief of staff. “He was a tough Jew,” Brog said. Specter’s upbringing — helping out his father, a peddler and scrap metal business owner, when he was barely beyond toddler age — was a factor in his pro-Israel leadership, Brog said.

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Jewish, Specter himself was not outwardly religious, though he had a strong sense of Jewish identity. Brog noted that on his visits to the Jewish state, Specter would make a point of visiting the grave of his father, who came to the United States from what is now Ukraine, and who wished to be buried in Israel. B’nai B’rith International issued a statement that said Specter “proved himself a true and unwavering friend of Israel and was also among those in the Senate who led on the issue of

Soviet Jewry.” The Israeli Embassy in Washington called Specter “an unswerving defender of the Jewish State and a stalwart advocate of peace.” Yet Specter also courted the region’s tyrants, including Iraq’s Saddam Hussein and the Assads in Syria. He longed for a role brokering peace between Israel and Syria, even after his departure from the Senate. “He visited these tyrants and he was convinced that he could convince them to moderate their policies,” Klein said. “And as we know, he never did.” The Jewish affiliates of both parties issued statements commemorating Specter’s career. Each emphasized different aspects of his career — the National Jewish Democratic Council called him a “crucial voice of moderation” and the Republican Jewish Coalition said he was a “staunch supporter of Israel.” JT Ron Kampeas writes for the JTA Wire Service. JT staff reporter Ron Snyder contributed to this report.

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MEYERS — The unveiling honoring Ruth Meyers, wife of the late Macy Meyers, mother of Sonya (Larry) Davis, Joe (Marcie) Meyers and Yaakov (Lynn) Meyers, will be held Sunday, Oct. 28 at 1 p.m. at Lubawitz Nusach Ari Cemetery (Ner Tamid), 6300 Hamilton Ave., Rosedale. For more information, call Sonya Davis at 314-862-3750.

Obituaries BANK — On October 15, 2012, MARIYA BORISOVNA (nee Katz); beloved wife of the late Abram I. Bank; cherished mother of Boris (Irina) Bank; loving grandmother of Dmitriy and Arteom Bank. Interment at Baltimore Hebrew Cemetery, Berrymans Lane. BRAZIER — On October 14, 2012, LINDA (nee Stein); beloved wife of James Brazier; devoted mother of Harrison Brazier; dear sister of Sandy Stein and Dr. Richard (Claudia) Stein; loving aunt of Joelle Soliven. Interment is private. Please omit flowers. Contributions in her memory may be sent to the American Heart Association, 415 N. Charles St., Baltimore, MD 21201. BERMANSKI — On October 10, 2012, ABRAHAM D.; beloved husband of Barbara Bermanski (nee Berman); beloved father of Carrie (Michael) Bishop and Dana (Howard) Farbman; loving grandfather of Emily (Ross) Taylor, Julie Farbman, Jenna Bishop, Annie Farbman and Molly Bishop. Interment at Baltimore Hebrew Cemetery, Berrymans Lane. Please omit flowers.

COHEN — On September 25, 2012, GRACE REIN; Grace is survived by her daughters, Susan Kraut of Washington, D.C. and Marjorie (William) Schlosberg of Overland Park, Kan., grandchildren Peter Kraut (Sadie), Elizabeth Kotek (Elliot), Linda Szmulewitz (Russell), David Schlosberg (Deborah) and two great-grandchildren Verdit and Benny Szmulewitz. Interment at Old Mt. Carmel Cemetery, Queens, N.Y. The family suggests contributions to the Jewish Social Services Agency ( JSSA) Hospice, 6123 Montrose Road, Rockville, MD 20852; Congregation Beth Shalom, 14200 Lamar, Overland Park, KS 66223; Adas Israel Congregation, 2850 Quebec St. NW Washington D.C. 20008; or Chizuk Amuno Congregation, 8100 Stevenson Road, Baltimore, MD 21208. COHEN — On October 13, 2012, RUTHIE (nee Glick); beloved wife of Lester Cohen; cherished mother of Edward (Janine) Holofcener and Richard Holofcener; cherished mother-in-law of Ann Fink; adored grandmother of Adam, Ashley, Sydney and Gabrielle Holofcener. Interment at Baltimore See Obituaries on page 62

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Hebrew Cemetery, Berrymans Lane. Please omit flowers. Contributions in her memory may be sent to the H. Gabriel and Gertrude Marcus Glick Fund, c/o Jewish Community Services, 5750 Park Heights Ave., Baltimore, MD 21215. FORT — On October 13, 2012, LOUIS H.; beloved husband of the late Helen Fort (nee Herskovic); loving father of Joan (Peter) Burdette, Stephen Fort and the late Dr. Alvin Fort; devoted brother of the late Gizi Jacobs; cherished grandfather of Jeffrey Burdette, Caitlin Burdette and Adam (Marci) Fort; loving greatgrandfather of Noah Fort. Interment at Beth El Memorial Park, Randallstown. Please omit flowers. FRANZ — On October 15, 2012, PHYLLIS “GIGI” (nee Moran); beloved wife of the late Robert E. Franz; loving mother of Scott (Linda) Franz, Keith (Denise) Franz and the late Jeffrey Brian Franz; devoted sister of the late Marvin “Bud” Moran; cherished grandmother of Kevin (Randi) Franz, Seth, Kara, Molly, Ethan and Jenna Franz. Also survived by many loving nieces and nephews. Interment at Oheb Shalom Memorial Park, Berrymans Lane. Please omit flowers. FRIEDMAN — On October 6, 2012, RUTH F. (nee Mazur); loving wife of the late former Pennsylvania Attorney General Edward Friedman. She had been married to the late Henry Cohen and the late Dr. Louis E. Wice, both of Baltimore. Surviving are her daughter Eileen Rogosin, son Irvin Cohen, daughter-in-law Joan Willen Cohen, sister Judith Marcus, brother-in law Philip Marcus, sister-in-law Sylvia Mazur, grandsons Dr. Thomas Henry Cohen, Mitchell Jacques Cohen and Jonathan Wolfe and great-granddaughter Jenna Bailey Cohen. She was the sister of the late Marian Scheinker, Mildred Marcus, Bernard Mazur and Irving Mazur. Brothers62

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in-law were the late Dr. Paul Scheinker and Michael Marcus, sisterin-law the late Harriet Mazur and grandson the late Howard Wolfe. Interment at Adath Yeshurun Cemetery, 6700 Bowleys Lane. Please omit flowers. Contributions in her memory may be sent to Temple Ohev Sholom, 2345 North Front St., Harrisburg, PA 17110. EPSTEIN — On October 5, 2012, ELLIOTT R.; beloved husband of the late Arlene Epstein (nee Horowitz); loving father of Jane (Stephen) Oliner and Ken Epstein; devoted brother of the late Sidney Epstein, Marcus Epstein, Irvin Epstein and Selma Migdall; loving grandfather of Tracey, Becca and Aimee Epstein. Interment at Beth Jacob Cemetery, Finksburg, Md. Please omit flowers. Contributions in his memory may be sent to Beth Tfiloh Congregation, 3300 Old Court Road, Baltimore, MD 21208. GOLDBERG — On October 5, 2012, LEON; beloved husband of Jean Goldberg (nee Hubbard); loving father of the late Jody Goldberg and Paul Ensor Goldberg; devoted brother of the late Sidney Goldberg, Rhoda Zubatkin and Morris Goldberg; cherished grandfather of Lauren (Greg) Jordan, Sarah (Nicholas) Meeker, Danielle Goldberg and Casey Goldberg; loving great-grandfather of Mason Jordan. Interment at Maryland Veterans Cemetery, Garrison Forest Road. Please omit flowers. Contributions in his memory may be sent to the Alzheimer’s Association 1850 York Road, Suite D, Timonium, MD 21093. HACK — On October 14, 2012, CLAIRE M. (nee Lauman); beloved wife of Joel Hack; devoted mother of Wendy (Dr. Robert Rung) Mutter and William “Bill” Mutter; loving grandmother of Daniel Jacinto. Interment at Druid Ridge Cemetery, Pikesville. Please omit flowers. Contributions in her memory may be sent

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to the Joseph Lipavsky Scholarship Fund, c/o Beth El Congregation, 8101 Park Heights Ave., Baltimore, MD 21208. HOLNIKER — On October 14, 2012, STEPHEN D.; beloved husband of Carolanne Holniker (nee Korczynski); cherished father of Eric Holniker, Zachary Holniker, Laura, Susie and Timothy Bracken and Joseph; dear son of Kenneth and the late M. Peggy Holniker; devoted brother of Scott (Lisa) Holniker; loving brother-in-law of Ada (Michael) Martin. Also survived by many loving cousins, friends, granddogs and nature’s best. Interment at Beth Tfiloh Cemetery, 5800 Windsor Mill Road. Please omit flowers. Contributions in his memory may be sent to the American Heart Association, 415 N. Charles St., Baltimore, MD 21201 or Carroll Hospice, 292 Stoner Ave., Westminster, MD 21157. JUDELSON — On October 13, 2012, EDITH (nee Temkin); beloved wife of the late Perry Joel Judelson; devoted mother of Michael Judelson, Lynne (Stanley) Haas and Sandra ( Jack) Borowsky; cherished sister of Helen (Max) Gruber and the late Milton Temkin and Lazar Temkin; adored grandmother of Eric (Chofit) Haas, Lisa (Daniel) Glassman, Heidi Peck and Jamie Peck; loving great-grandmother of Tehila, Shira, Moriah, Yehuda and Rinat Haas. Interment at Beth Tfiloh Cemetery, 5800 Windsor Mill Road. Please omit flowers. Contributions in her memory may be sent to Beth Tfiloh Congregation, 3300 Old Court Road, Baltimore, MD 21208 or Ahavas Yisrael, c/o Janine Chapman, 2723 Woodcourt Road, Baltimore, MD 21209. KAPILOFF — On October 10, 2012, DR. BERNARD “BERNIE”; beloved husband of Lynn Kapiloff (nee Gerstenfeld); loving father of Miriam “Mimi” Kapiloff, Mark Saul Kapiloff and Dr. Michael Seth ( Judy

Rosensweig Kapiloff ) Kapiloff; devoted grandfather of Rebecca Elise Kapiloff and Hannah Rose Kapiloff. Interment at Arlington Cemetery, Chizuk Amuno Congregation, N. Rogers Avenue. Please omit flowers. Contributions in his memory may be sent to Jewish National Fund Parsons Water Fund, 42 E. 69th St., New York, NY 10021. In mourning at 5307 N. Charles St., Baltimore, MD 21210. LAPIN — On October 9, 2012, SYLVIA (nee Saiontz); beloved wife of Albert Lapin; loving mother of Dennis Siegel; dear grandmother of Jason ( Jennifer) Siegel; adored greatgrandmother of Chase Siegel. Also survived by many loving nieces and nephews. Interment at Anshe Emunah Aitz Chaim Cemetery, 3901 Washington Blvd. Please omit flowers. Contributions in her memory may be sent to Moses Montefiore Anshe Emunah, 7000 Rockland Hills Drive, Baltimore, MD 21209. MOSS — On October 12, 2012, MARIE (nee Wade); beloved wife of the late Bernard Moss and the late Bernard Abrams; cherished mother of Richard (DiAnne) Abrams and Gerald (late Bea) Moss; adored sister of Robert Wade and the late Helen Logan; devoted grandmother of Spencer Abrams and Trevor Abrams. Interment at Baltimore Hebrew Cemetery, Berrymans Lane. Please omit flowers. PERLOW — On October 13, 2012, ALBERT; beloved husband of the late Barbara “Bobbie” Perlow (nee Penn); cherished father of Bonnie, Howard (Anne Louise), Ira J. (Carol Jean) and Jeffrey (Cindy) Perlow; dear brother of the late Jerome Perlow and Sylvia Fepelstein (late Milton); adored brother-in-law of Royce Perlow, A. Samuel (Beverly) Penn and Lewis (Mitzi) Penn; devoted grandfather of David (Huppit) Miller, Jennifer ( Jeremy) Glovitch and Robyn, Daniel, Josh, Becky, Michael, Seth and Hannah Perlow; loving great-grandfather of Gefen,

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PLATT — On October 6, 2012, GEORGE; beloved husband of Phyllis Platt (nee Diamond); cherished father of Dara (Kevin) O’Malley and Melissa (Harry) Campbell; adored brother of Ann Siegel, David Platt and the late William, Irvin, Morton and Mildred Platt; also survived by five loving grandsons. Interment at Columbia Memorial Park, Columbia, Md. Please omit flowers. Contributions in his memory may be sent to the National Kidney Foundation, 30 E. 33rd St., New York, NY 10016. PETERSON — On October 11, 2012, MORRIS “MARTY” JACK; beloved husband of the late Myra Wilma Peterson (nee Patz); devoted companion of Ramona Guth; loving father of Susan (Mitchell) Burken, Gayle Emmer and Richard (Pamela) Peterson; devoted brother of the late Mary Wolf and Nettie Peterbursky; cherished grandfather of Joshua (Regina) Emmer, Andrew Emmer, Hynda Renee’ Peterson, Amy Elizabeth (David) Levitt, Rebecca Erin Peterson, Matt Ezra Peterson and the late Bryan M. Burken. Interment at Baltimore Hebrew Cemetery, Berrymans Lane. Please omit flowers. ROSEN — On October 5, 2012, RONALD; beloved husband of the late Shirley Rosen (nee Cohen); cherished father of the late Susan Feit and Steven Rosen; devoted brother of the late Eddie Rosen; loving grandfather of Greg (Pam) Feit and Brandy Feit; beloved greatgrandfather of Madeline Feit and Sarah Feit. Interment at Beth El Memorial Park, Randallstown.

RUDDIE — On October 5, 2012, GLADYS SHERMAN (nee Luntz), World War II veteran; beloved wife of Israel Ruddie and the late Sidney Sherman; cherished mother of Richard (Anne) Sherman and David (Barbara) Sherman; adored stepmother of Dawna (Larry) Sandler and the late Tyler Ruddie and Myles Ruddie; dear stepmother-in-law of Bonnie (Larry) Caplan and Lynn Ruddie; devoted sister of the late Lester Luntz and Rosalie Lappen; loving grandmother of Sydney Sherman, Jaime (Tim) Reilly, Elliott, Erika, Mellissa and Richardt Ruddie, and Ian, Elysse and Sam Sandler. Interment at Beth El Memorial Park, Randallstown. Please omit flowers. Contributions in her memory may be sent to the Seasons Hospice Foundation, 6934 Aviation Blvd., Suite N-R, Glen Burnie, MD 21061 or the Alzheimer’s Association, 1850 York Road, Suite D, Timonium, MD 21093. RYND — On October 12, 2012, SELMA (nee Boritzer); beloved wife of Richard Rynd; devoted mother of Marcy Ashpes, Sonia Schaftel and Alan Rynd; loving sister of Joseph ( Joanna) Boritzer; dear sister-in-law of Sylvia Francus; cherished grandmother of Samara Brooke Ashpes and Arielle Nicole Ashpes. Also survived by many loving nieces and nephews. Interment at Beth Tfiloh Cemetery, 5800 Windsor Mill Road. Please omit flowers. Contributions in her memory may be sent to Beth Tfiloh Congregation, 3300 Old Court Road, Baltimore, MD 21208. SAFRANEK — On October 7, 2012, TILLIE (nee Yellin); beloved wife of the late Alfred B. Safranek; beloved mother of Barry (Gail) Safranek and Marc (Helen) Safranek; loving grandmother of Ruth Winsker, Beth Safranek and Jessica (Aaron) Moss; loving great-grandmother of Riley and Aaron Winsker. Interment at Oheb Shalom Memorial Park, Berrymans Lane. Please omit flowers.

SCHIMMEL — On October 14, 2012, BLANCHE (nee Sakols); beloved wife of the late I. William Schimmel; loving mother of Bella (late Penrose) Desser and David (Barbara) Schimmel; dear sister of the late Jacob Sakols, Sidney Sakols and Dorothy Lipman; cherished grandmother of Suzanne (Shawn) Cooper, Jonathan Schimmel, Joanna (Leonard) Pratt, Edwin (Edye) Desser, Evelyn Desser (Deborah Goldfarb), William (Kate) Desser and Harriet (Roy) Shaham, loving great-grandmother of four. Interment at Anshe Emunah Aitz Chaim Cemetery, 3901 Washington Blvd. Please omit flowers. SHUMAN — On October 6, 2012, SONDRA ANN (nee Seidler); beloved wife of the late Barry Marvin Shuman; cherished mother of Lisa Shuman and Morton (Pam) Shuman; devoted sister of the late Harold Seidler; loving sister-in-law of Janet (Arnold) Mazor and the late David Mellits; adored grandmother of Hannah and Hailey Shuman. Interment at Baltimore Hebrew Cemetery, Berrymans Lane. Please omit flowers. Contributions in her memory may be sent to the American Heart Association, 415 N. Charles St., Baltimore, MD 21201 or the American Diabetes Association, PO Box 11454, Alexandria, VA, 22312. SYLVIA (nee Saiontz); beloved wife of Albert Lapin; loving mother of Dennis Siegel; dear grandmother of Jason ( Jennifer) Siegel; adored greatgrandmother of Chase Siegel. Also survived by many loving nieces and nephews. Interment at Anshe Emunah Aitz Chaim Cemetery, 3901 Washington Blvd. Please omit flowers. Contributions in her memory may be sent to Moses Montefiore Anshe Emunah, 7000 Rockland Hills Drive, Baltimore, MD 21209. WOLF — On October 10, 2012, SHIRLEY (nee Zipper); beloved wife of the late Irving Wolf; cherished and

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devoted mother of Ronald Wolf and Karen (Steve) Brown; beloved sister of Ruth (late Louis) Robbins and the late Norman Zipper; loving sister-inlaw of Margot Zipper; loving and adored grandma of Ilise (Mark) Helfman, Justin Wolf, Matthew Brown and Samuel Brown; cherished nana of Alexa Helfman. Also survived by many loving nieces and nephews. Interment at Agudas Achim Anshe Sfard Ahavas Shalom Cemetery, Rosedale. Please omit flowers. Contributions in her memory may be sent to the Myerberg Senior Center. Make checks to EAMSC, 3101 Fallstaff Road, Baltimore, MD 21209 or Haddassah of Greater Baltimore, 3723 Old Court Road, #205, Baltimore, MD 21208 or the Seasons Hospice Foundation, 6934 Aviation Blvd., Suite N-R, Glen Burnie, MD 21061.

WOOLMAN — On October 9, 2012, JOSEPH; cherished husband of the late Dorothy Woolman (nee Bernheim) and Elsie Woolman (nee Storch); beloved father of Marcia (Edwin, Esq.) Goldsmith, and the late Ina Feldman; loving father-in-law of Dr. Marvin Jack Feldman; dear brother of Bernard (Evelyn) Woolman and Berenice Woolman; devoted grandfather of Danielle Weiss, Esq., Stephanie Weiss, Dr. Darren ( Jennifer) Feldman, and Dr. Dorianne (Brian Shulman) Feldman. Interment at Beth El Memorial Park, Randallstown. Please omit flowers. —Compiled by David Snyder To help keep you continually informed, the BALTIMORE J EWISH TIMES is updating obituaries frequently on its website. Please visit jewishtimes.com/ Milestones/obituary.stm.

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Looking For Yiddish Translators A new crowd-sourcing project to find Yiddish speakers to help translate archive material has been launched by the Modern Records Centre at the University of Warwick (United Kingdom). The MRC is working with the Kheel Center at Cornell University to ask members of the Yiddish-speaking community in the United Kingdom and United States for help in translating more than 1,500 digitized pages of journals and newspapers from the late 19th century and early 20th century. The newspapers held at the MRC are from the East End of London and were written for Eastern European Yiddish-speaking immigrants. For more information, visit transcribe.lib.warwick.ac.uk/yt/index.php/Main_Page.

LifeBridge Launches New Center The Center for Memory & Behavioral Disorders at LifeBridge Health opened its doors on the campus of the Levindale Hebrew Geriatric Center and Hospital on Oct.2 to provide comprehensive initial evaluation services to people with dementia and behavioral disorders. The most unique aspect of the center is that a single visit in a single location offers comprehensive evaluation services provided by four specialists that would normally require numerous doctors appointments on different days at different offices. For more information, call 410-601-2400.

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Toy Drive On Tap Jewish Community Services will hold its Toy Drive Drop-off Day on Nov. 18 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Donations of new toys, school supplies and gift cards may be brought to Jewish Community Services’ office in Owings Mills (3506 Gwynnbrook Ave.). These donations are given to families who may not otherwise be able to bring the warmth of the holidays to their children. All donated items must be new and unwrapped. Gift cards with values of $10 or less (such as Target, Wal-Mart and Toys R Us) are also welcome.

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Notice is given that LYNDA SCHOENFELD, 37 Sima Road, Holland, Pennsylvania 18966, was on October 3, 2012 appointed Personal Representative of the estate of Carl Harris Robinson who died on September 7, 2012, with a will. Further information can be obtained by reviewing the estate file in the office of the Register of Wills or by contacting the personal representative or the attorney. All persons having any objection to the appointment (or to the probate of the decedent’s will) shall file their objections with the Register of Wills on or before the 3rd day of April 2013. Any person having a claim against the decedent must present the claim to the undersigned personal representative or file it with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned on or before the earlier of the following dates: (1) Six months from the date of the decedent’s death, except if the decedent died before October 1, 1992, nine months from the date of the decedent’s death; or (2) Two months after the personal representative mails or otherwise delivers to the creditor a copy of this published notice or other written notice, notifying the creditor that the claims will be barred unless the creditor presents the claim within two months from the mailing or other delivery of the notice. A claim not presented or filed on or before that date, or any extension provided by law, is unenforceable thereafter. Claim forms may be obtained from the Register of Wills.

Notice is given that BERNARD J. SACHS, 111 N. Charles Street, 7th Floor, Baltimore, Maryland 21201, was on September 24, 2012 appointed Personal Representative of the estate of Vada M. Johnston who died on July 4, 2000, with a will. Further information can be obtained by reviewing the estate file in the office of the Register of Wills or by contacting the personal representative or the attorney. All persons having any objection to the appointment (or to the probate of the decedent’s will) shall file their objections with the Register of Wills on or before the 24th day of March 2013. Any person having a claim against the decedent must present the claim to the undersigned personal representative or file it with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned on or before the earlier of the following dates: (1) Six months from the date of the decedent’s death, except if the decedent died before October 1, 1992, nine months from the date of the decedent’s death; or (2) Two months after the personal representative mails or otherwise delivers to the creditor a copy of this published notice or other written notice, notifying the creditor that the claims will be barred unless the creditor presents the claim within two months from the mailing or other delivery of the notice. A claim not presented or filed on or before that date, or any extension provided by law, is unenforceable thereafter. Claim forms may be obtained from the Register of Wills.

LYNDA SCHOENFELD Personal Representative GRACE G. CONNOLLY Register of Wills for Baltimore County, Courts Building 401 Bosley Avenue, Towson, Maryland 21204-4403.

BERNARD J. SACHS Personal Representative GRACE G. CONNOLLY Register of Wills for Baltimore County, Courts Building 401 Bosley Avenue, Towson, Maryland 21204-4403.

Notice of Appointment Notice to Creditors Notice to Unknown Heirs to all Persons Interested in the




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Notice is given that HARRY BURSTYN, 2283 Smith Avenue, Suite 118, Baltimore, Maryland 21208, was on August 27, 2012 appointed Personal Representative of the estate of Toba Burstyn who died on July 30, 2012, with a will. Further information can be obtained by reviewing the estate file in the office of the Register of Wills or by contacting the personal representative or the attorney. All persons having any objection to the appointment (or to the probate of the decedent’s will) shall file their objections with the Register of Wills on or before the 27th day of February 2013. Any person having a claim against the decedent must present the claim to the undersigned personal representative or file it with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned on or before the earlier of the following dates: (1) Six months from the date of the decedent’s death, except if the decedent died before October 1, 1992, nine months from the date of the decedent’s death; or (2) Two months after the personal representative mails or otherwise delivers to the creditor a copy of this published notice or other written notice, notifying the creditor that the claims will be barred unless the creditor presents the claim within two months from the mailing or other delivery of the notice. A claim not presented or filed on or before that date, or any extension provided by law, is unenforceable thereafter. Claim forms may be obtained from the Register of Wills.

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GRACE G. CONNOLLY Register of Wills for Baltimore County, Courts Building 401 Bosley Avenue, Towson, Maryland 21204-4403.

True Test Copy

Estate of (169753) Toba Burstyn

Notice of Judicial Probate To all Persons Interested in the above estate: You are hereby notified that a petition has been filed by FRANCIS X. BORGERDING JR., ESQ. for judicial probate and for the appointment of a personal representative. A hearing will be held at Orphans’ Court, Fifth Floor, 401 Bosley Avenue, County Courts Building, Towson, Maryland 21204 on November 19, 2012 at 9:30 a.m. This hearing may be transferred or postponed to a subsequent time. Further information may be obtained by reviewing the estate file in the office of the Register of Wills.

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Elliot N. Lewis 111 N. Charles Street, 7th Floor Baltimore, Maryland 21201

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In the Estate of (170302) Ethel Jane Coles

Bruce E. Kauffman, Esquire 406 W. Pennsylvania Avenue Towson, Maryland 21204

HARRY BURSTYN Personal Representative GRACE G. CONNOLLY Register of Wills for Baltimore County, Courts Building 401 Bosley Avenue, Towson, Maryland 21204-4403. 101212

Notice of Appointment Notice to Creditors Notice to Unknown Heirs to all Persons Interested in the

Estate of (170088) Madeline M Stup Notice is given that DONALD F STUP JR, 537 Woodside Road, Baltimore, Maryland 21208, was on October 5, 2012 appointed Personal Representative of the estate of Madeline M Stup who died on August 2, 2012, without a will. Further information can be obtained by reviewing the estate file in the office of the Register of Wills or by contacting the personal representative or the attorney. All persons having any objection to the appointment (or to the probate of the decedent’s will) shall file their objections with the Register of Wills on or before the 5th day of April 2013. Any person having a claim against the decedent must present the claim to the undersigned personal representative or file it with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned on or before the earlier of the following dates: (1) Six months from the date of the decedent’s death, except if the decedent died before October 1, 1992, nine months from the date of the decedent’s death; or (2) Two months after the personal representative mails or otherwise delivers to the creditor a copy of this published notice or other written notice, notifying the creditor that the claims will be barred unless the creditor presents the claim within two months from the mailing or other delivery of the notice. A claim not presented or filed on or before that date, or any extension provided by law, is unenforceable thereafter. Claim forms may be obtained from the Register of Wills. DONALD F STUP JR Personal Representative GRACE G. CONNOLLY Register of Wills for Baltimore County, Courts Building 401 Bosley Avenue, Towson, Maryland 21204-4403.


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Beautifully Renovated 3BR/2BA Brick Rancher with Garage. New Kitchen, Baths, Furnace,CAC, windows+more. $225,000. David


4BR/2.5BA Remodeled Townhome. Immediate Occupancy. $1650/mo. Cliff



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Short Sale! 2008 Renovation. 2BR/2BA Gorgeous Townhome. Owner Paid $265,000. A Steal at $99,900. David



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GREENGATE RANCHER 7125 Pheasant Cross Dr 3BR 2.5 BA with den and fireplace in family room. Totally updated-Move in condition. New windows and siding, Built-ins, flr to ceiling bay window in LR, separate office. Priced to sell at $399,900

OCT. 21ST 1-3PM


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NEWLY LISTED PIKESVILLE. Spacious 3 story, 5 bedroom 4.5 bath colonial with many updates. Remodeled living room w/hardwood floors & gas fireplace. 3 car garage & fenced yard. BEDFORD COMMONS. Attractive 2BR condo. Bright & sunny DR/sun rm leading to priv. enclosed patio. Realistically priced for immed. possession. Convenient Pikesville location. VILLAGE OF DEER PARK. Attractive 3-4BR, 2/2BA townhome. Large eat–in kitchen w/ fireplace and deck. Finished lower level w/ walkout. Priced to sell!

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STEVENSON $439,900 (WOO) 4BR/2.5BA Contemporary w/eat-in kit, 1st fl FR, big LR & DR, 2 car garage.

elebrating 25 years!


Dmitry Fayer

Rebecca Conway







Anna Yashnyk

Gennady Fayer

Realtor, ABR, CDPE Certified Distressed Property Expert

Realtor, CDPE Certified Distressed Property Expert



Updated 2BR/2BA on 1.48 lush acres! Granite kit, beaut 6' walk-in shower, hdwd flrs. Balcony w/stunning view. Agent/ Owner.


Ida Volkomich

Aaron Pearlman

Marina Shwartz

Realtor, ABR, GRI





SUBURBIA $235,000 (BRA)

3BRgarageTownhousew/graniteeat-inkit,SSappls. 1stflMBRw/gardenbath,hdwds,sunroom&more!

3BR/3.5BA Townhouse w/eat-in kit, MBR suite, hdwd flrs, fin'd walkout LL w/FP. Backs to trees.





NEW TOWN $225,000 (OLI)

3BR/1.5BA Rancher w/many updates! Custom kit, hdwd flrs, vaulted ceilings, huge FR. Private yard.

3BR/2.5BA garage Townhome w/eat-in kit, sunroom add'n. MBA w/soaking tub. Walkout LL.

CANTON $209,900 (HUD)

Updated 2BR Rowhome w/eat-in kit, sep DR, lrg 4BR/3BA Rancher w/eat-in kit, 1st fl FR, MBR suite BRs.Centralair,exposedbrick,2blksofftheSquare! w/masterbath.Fin'dwalkoutLL,hdwdfloors&more!

3BR/2/@BA Townhouse w/eat-in kit, hdwd floors, fin'd walkout LL w/FP & half BA.





SLADE AVE $150,000 (SLA)

FALLS GABLE $149,900 (TYL)

Brick Townhouse w/eat-in kit, 2 MBR suites, loft. Fin’d bsmt, deck, 2–car garage.

3BR/2BA Rancher w/granite eat-in kit, hdwd flrs, fin'd LL w/bath. Enclosed rear porch.

Updated 2BR Colonial on 1/2 acre! Eat-in kit, 1st fl laundry. New carpet, freshly painted.

Complete shop, ready to go, for beauty, nail or massage! Just under 1000SF. High visibility!

2BR/2BA mid-level Condo w/eat-in kit, sep DR, MBR suite, whirlpool tub, hdwd flrs.




2BR mid-lvl Condo w/updated kit & floors, fresh paint, fireplace, balcony & corner location!

Stunning 2BR 1st fl Condo w/granite kit, upgraded baths, hdwd flrs, new HVAC. Private setting.

ANNEN WOODS $125,000 (CAN)


2BR+Den top fl Condo w/eat-in kit, master suite, 2BR/1.5BA Townhouse w//remodeled kit, laundry in unit. Larger model. Balcony. Gated comm. sep DR, 1st fl powder rm, fin'd LL.

STEVENSON $2700 (BIR) 5BR/3BA Contemporary. Over 3500SF. Nice 1/2 acre property.

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LONG & FOSTER Greenspring Valley – Lutherville

410.583.5700 3218 SMITH AVE. $299,000

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2 DIAMOND CREST CT. $529,000

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3 JENNER CT. $414,900

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LIBBY BERMAN 410-978-4920

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GILI GUETER 410-258-0277

11 WESTSPRING WAY $574,900

1808 BY WOODS LN. $599,900

COURTHAVEN (47BY) $179,900


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CAROLE OR LINDA 410-409-8110

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WOODRIDGE (2WO) $759,000

GREENE TREE (12RI) $274,900

VELVET VALLEY (16VE) $795,900

QUARRY LAKE (73TR) $329,900








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PALADIA WAY $1,350,000








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BEN MAGLIANO 443-226-0380

APHY LIEBNO 410-409-8041

CAVES VALLEY (23CA) $618,000


REISTERSTOWN (11LO) $429,000

ROCKLAND (25ST) $549,000

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THE TOWERS (30FA) FROM $91,000

REISTERSTOWN (11BE) $299,000



ROLAND PARK CND, 2BR, 2BA, $109,900, Patti S.(410)241-9797




ES CR 5A 8 . 5

BROOKSTONE CND, 2BR, 2BA, $169,500, Kristina J. (410)404-4104


UPR PARK HTS CND, 3BR, 2.5BA, $225K, Linda S. (410)375-6532

CLAIRE SHUTT 410-804-1076

TIMBERGROVE CND, 2BR, 2BA, $120K, Jennifer J. (410)241-4331 MAYS CHAPEL CND, 2BR, 2BA, $275K, Kristina J. (410)404-4104


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ANN NEUMANN (410) 905-1401 SPACIOUS & BRIGHT – 2BR, 2 FULL AND 2 ½ BATHS. NEW PRICE $259,000



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Harriett Wasserman, CRS 410-458-5300 M 3P

















706 WILSON GREEN CT. | $570,000 Harriett Wasserman 410-458-5300

2800 STONE CLIFF DR #202| $339,000 Marni Sacks 410-375-9700

REGENCY PARK | $699,000 Harriett Wasserman 410-458-5300

WORTHINGTON CLUB ESTATES | $649,900 Harriett Wasserman 410-458-5300

WORTHINGTON VALLEY | $1,150,000 Harriett Wasserman 410-458-5300

HARBORVIEW | $765,000

THE WOODS | $639,900 Harriett Wasserman 410-458-5300

HUNT VALLEY | $624,000 Anne Hoke 410-935-0915

Anne Hoke 410-935-0915







CATONSVILLE | $575,000 Harriett Wasserman 410-458-5300

PARKE AT MT WASHINGTON | $620,000 Harriett Wasserman 410-458-5300

BELLCHASE COURT | $349,900 Harriett Wasserman 410-458-5300

GREENSPRING | $569,900 Harriett Wasserman 410-458-5300







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TOWSONGATE - REDUCED -$139,900, 1BR 1.5BA, Ina Leboe 443-540-3974 GREY ROCK VILLAS | $339,900 Diane Baklor 410-303-7700

WORTHINGTON GLEN | $324,900 Harriett Wasserman 410-458-5300

GREENSPRING | $299,900 Harriett Wasserman 410-458-5300

LUTHERVILLE/TIMONIUM - $269,900 2BR 2BA Harriett Wasserman 410-458-5300






2BR 1BA, Harriett Wasserman 410-458-5300

COURTHAVEN/PIKESVILLE - $85,000 2BR 2BA, David Pensak 410-908-2787 LYONSWOOD SOUTH | $285,000 Randi Sopher 410-299-7222

OLD COURT ESTATES | $269,900 Terry Reamer 443-570-7672

FIELDSTONE/STONEYBROOK RD | $269,900 Harriett Wasserman 410-458-5300

PAVILION IN THE PARK - $93,900, 2BR, 1.5BA. Harriett Wasserman 410-458-5300

THE TOWERS - $94,900 2BR 2BA



Harriett Wasserman 410-458-5300



11 SLADE - 1BR 1BA $31,500 Nancy Sacks 410-653-4146

STEVENSON VILLAGE - RENTAL $1,250/mo VILLAGE OF MILL RUN|$179,000 Nancy Sacks 410-653-4146

WYNANS WOODS | $225,000 Nancy Sacks 410-653-4146

Nancy Sacks 410-653-4146

IMPERIAL GARDENS/SYBIL RD| $154,900 Harriett Wasserman 410-458-5300

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Karen Wartzman

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TT Annen Woods townhome in SE move–in condition. Private location surrounded by lush landscaping. First floor family room with cathedral ceilings. Spacious living/dining room with two sets of new sliders to enclosed patio perfect for entertaining, relaxing and container gardening. Large bedrooms with master walk–in closet/dressing room, double vanities and separate shower. Ft Garrison School system in Gated community with tennis and pool. www.homerome.com


Unique solid masonry brick custom home on 3 acres buffered by Woodholme County Club. Gated secluded private retreat in Pikesville… convenient to everything. First floor master suite, open floor plan and a guest suite with kitchen. High ceilings and brick fireplace. Drive the golf cart home! www.homerome.com





Four level Pickwick split rarely available with a very large family room, with room for fourth bedroom. Beautiful level park–like backyard and patio. Large living room, formal dining room and eat–in kitchen with window over sink. Extra long and wide driveway for plenty of off street parking. Central air, gas heat. www.homerome.com


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H Two bedrooms with full bath plus a powder room is a perfect size. Very bright with oversized windows and double sliding doors to the very private enclosed first–floor patio with gated locked entrance. For photos go to www.homerome.com


Very special open floor plan with huge great room addition. Luxury master bedroom suite, soaking tub, sep shower, to skylit -walk-in closet room. Gleaming hardwood floors, cathedral ceilings, sliders to deck and fenced rear yard. Gourmet granite kitchen w stainless appliances. Four finished levels with an amazing amount of space! One car garage! Immaculate move in now. WOW! www.homerome.com


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R Eleven Slade OO FL P H -O Bright spacious one 8T CO bedroom and den 8th floor Co-op near the elevator. Wide windows bathe the space with light. Tree top views from all rooms. Updated eat kitchen, 3 walk in closets. Move in condition. Full service with doorman and receptionist. Monthly fee includes, heat, air conditioning and taxes. Cash only contracts.

All stone semi with front and rear porch- level back yard and a one–car garage. Large rooms throughout. Separate dining room, fireplace in spacious living room. Eat–in kitchen. 3 Bedrooms and two full baths upstairs. Finished lower level paneled recreation room with fireplace, full bath and an abundant amount of storage. All new windows and doors. Needs some TLC...so help me be beautiful again! www.homerome.com


Contemporary 3500' sprawling Rancher with sunroom and dressing room in the master bedroom suite. Luxury marble and glass brick master bath with walk in shower and jetted tub. Floor to ceiling Stacked stone fireplace divides the living and family rooms. Huge eat in kitchen with expanse of corian counters, center island and greenhouse window overlooking the large deck and in ground pool. Cathedral ceilings and skylights. Perfect home for entertaining with abundant parking. Please call for more details.




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