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THE ASSOCIATED Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore 5 I P V H I U G V M 1 M B O O J O H  * O O P W B U J W F 1 S P H S B N N J O H  % F D J T J W F " D U J P O  * O T Q J S J O H 1 I J M B O U I S P Q Z

Calendar of Events

Volunteer Opportunities

Community Film Screening of Refusenik

with Jewish Volunteer Connection

Sunday, January 6, 2013; 9:30 a.m.

Cooking Classes at Weinberg Village

Weinberg Park Heights JCC 5700 Park Heights Avenue, Baltimore Join the Baltimore-Odessa Partnership in a community-wide screening of Refusenik followed by a panel discussion with Baltimoreans who have intimate knowledge of the Soviet Jewry movement and Jewish life under the Soviet Union. Laura Bialis, as seen at the Baltimore General Assembly, chronicles the 30-year international movement to free Soviet Jews. Light refreshments will be served. This event is being offered free of charge, however space is limited. Register now at

Pumpkin Theatre presents Quest of the Ziz Bird January 26, 27, February 2, 3, 2013; 1:00 and 3:00 p.m. showtimes 8415 Bellona Lane, Baltimore Join PJ Library and the Macks Center for Jewish Education at Pumpkin Theater’s Quest of the Ziz Bird, a new play based on the book, “The Hardest Word,� by Jacqueline Jules. The Ziz is a giant bird depicted in Jewish literature. Watch as he comes alive through music and a life-sized puppet. For more information and to register, visit, email Lara Nicolson at or call 410-735-5015.

Zap! Pow! Bam! The Superhero: The Golden Age of Comic Books, 1938-1950

Sundays, January 6, 13, 27, 2013; 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. Weinberg Village 5 3420 Associated Way, Owings Mills High school students are invited to help lead cooking classes with residents at Weinberg Village (knowledge of cooking is not necessary). This project is coordinated and led by the Diller Baltimore Teen Fellows. Space is limited. For more information and to register, email Megan Goldsmith at or call 410-843-7477.

Bookworms at Fallstaff Elementary School Wednesdays, January 9, February 6, March 13, April 10, May 8, 2013; 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. Fallstaff Elementary School 3801 Fallstaff Road, Baltimore Adult volunteers can spend one morning each month reading to first grade students. Bring a new or gently-used book to read and donate to the class. Participate as often as you are available. For more information and to register, email Dayna Leder at or call 410-843-7491.

OPENING Sunday, January 27, 2013; 10:00 a.m. Jewish Museum of Maryland 15 Lloyd Street, Baltimore ZAP! POW! BAM!, an exhibition developed by Atlanta’s William Breman Jewish Heritage Museum, invites us to discover the genesis of cultural icons such as Superman, Batman, Captain Marvel, Wonder Woman, and Captain America. The exhibit features a drawing studio, the Batmobile and a comic book nook. Interactive stations allow children to dress up as Superheroes and transform themselves in a telephone booth. For more information, visit

Tech Happy Hour at Talara

IMPACT’s News, Nosh and Networking Thursday, January 17, 2013; 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Tydings and Rosenberg LLP 100 East Pratt Street, 26th Floor, Baltimore

Thursday, January 31, 2013; 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Talara 615 South President Street, Baltimore Talk tech, startups and have a beer. This is the place for the emerging technology community to relax and network. Meet with Jewish professionals in your field, schmooze over technological innovations, grow your business and your team. Cash bar and happy hour specials until 7:00 p.m. include $5 mojitos and cocktails, $4 wine, $3 beer and $5 special tapas. No registration required. For more information on THE ASSOCIATED Business & Professionals Group and our Tech Division, email Renee von Gonten at or call 410-369-9220.

Discover THE ASSOCIATED’s young adult division and the difference you can make in Jewish Baltimore. No cost to attend. Beer, wine and heavy hors d’oeuvres. Dietary laws observed. $6 parking in 100 East Pratt Street Garage. For more information and to register, email Marisa Danto at or call 410-369-9296.

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Briefs Seeing Red Pikesville resident pushes county to act on stop sign


BJC Readies for Legislature Annapolis session begins Jan. 9


Hip And Holy Park Heights program offers Jewish Baltimore a taste of Shabbat


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Jerusalem 5800 Old City plans for future


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Bethenny Frankel Splits From Husband

Rasagi Woes Earlier this month, Chassan Rasagi, a fan of the rap group Odd Future, jumped on stage during one of their shows in San Antonio. Rasagi, 17, suffered serious injuries including lacerations, scratches and burns aer the members of Odd Future allegedly attacked him. After filing a police report immediately following the incident, Rasagi has now lawyered up to sue the group and has started to receive threats and anti-Semitic messages from fans of Odd Future. Rasagi has gone so far as to save every message, as he fears he may be jumped or physically injured by fans of the group.


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Rumors have been circulating for months that entrepreneur Bethenny Frankel and husband Jason Hoppy were on the outs. On Dec. 23, the former “Real Housewives of New York City” and “Bethenny Ever After” star confirmed those rumors when she released a statement saying: “It brings me great sadness to say that Jason and I are separating. This was an extremely difficult decision that I, as a woman and a mother, have to accept as the best choice for our family. We have love and respect for one another and will continue to amicably co-parent our daughter, who is and will always remain our first priority. is is an immensely painful and heartbreaking time for us.” Frankel and Hoppy were married for nearly three years and have one child, Bryn, 2.

Klugman Dies at 90 On Dec. 24, Jack Klugman, famous for his portrayal of Oscar Madison in the 1970s hit television show “The Odd Couple,” died at the age of 90. Klugman, whose career spanned more than 70 years, also appeared in many films, including “12 Angry Men,” and had a second hit TV show, “Quincy ME,” which aired in the late 1970s and early 1980s. He is survived by two sons.

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It seems like Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis are getting serious, as the “Two and a Half Men” star recently took Kunis home to Iowa to spend Christmas with his family. Kutcher, who split up from Demi Moore a little over a year ago, just filed for divorce last week.

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Opening oughts Maayan Jaffe

Thanks, JCC Sometimes I forget what it is like to have total, unadulterated fun with my children. Between work, cleaning, packing lunches, exercising, volunteering and just plain life (paying bills, taking the car in to the shop, etc.) there is just so little time to enjoy what is truly most important: Shlomo, Netanya, Devarya and Shai. Until Christmas. Thanks to the Greater Baltimore Jewish Community Center. On the morning of Dec. 25, the Weinberg Park Heights JCC hosted Jewish Volunteer Connection’s Community Mitzvah Day. For a couple of hours, my oldest son and I made cards for soldiers, colored placemats for Meals and Wheels, decorated a mural for Art With a Heart, cut snowflakes out of construction paper for the victims of the Sandy Hook shootings, and even poured rice into balloons to make stress balls. We did more than a mitzvah that morning — we spent quality time together. I only took out my phone to take pictures of Shlomo and his work. Later in the afternoon, I took my 2-year-old and the baby to the Rosenbloom Owings Mills JCC’s Peace Love family-fun event. Wow! There were all sorts of things to do, from moon bounces and balloon characters to face-painting and necklacemaking. We planned only to stay an hour, but the two hours we spent there passed by like five minutes. I was relaxed. My children were enthralled. Devarya came home with a smileyface tattoo on one cheek and a psychedelic painted flower on the other. I know there were many other events going on around town, too, like a bookstore liquidation sale at Congregation

Shomrei Emunah and the Chinese on Christmas celebration at the Jewish Museum of Maryland, including the JT’s own food columnist, Ilene Spector. But I went to the JCC. It is also only at the JCC that in the course of a few hours I can see my neighbors and my colleagues, meet new parents (potential friends) and encounter grandparents and great-grandparents. e JCC creates a neighborhood of commonality for all Jews. And it’s just so much fun! Only at our JCCs can you find everything from a parenting center to a pottery studio, from an open gym to personal training. I have a soft spot for Eden Cafe’s vanilla frozen yogurt. I hope that my children will learn from me the importance of faith. I am confident my children will recognize the power of hard work and being diligent and determined. I pray my daughters will watch me and know that they can be whatever they want to be — and that what they want to be is for them to decide. However, I know that it will take many years before my children know these were values I tried to instill in them. What I know they will think about, and need to think about whenever they are challenged, are the moments we smiled together, laughed together, joked together and had plain old fun. Thanks, JCC. I’m not sure I’d ever spend the afternoon making glitter shakers if you didn’t provide the platform. I would certainly never allow the kids to jump up and down on my furniture. It is better they should do that on an inflatable, with other children like — and not so like — themselves, at our community center … and with me. JT Maayan Jaffe is JT managing editor

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Brian Schatz was sworn into the Senate by Vice President Joe Biden. His wife, Linda, looks on.

Schatz to the Senate Hawaii has just sent a Jew to the U.S. Senate. Brian Schatz has been appointed to complete the term of the late, much beloved and respected Daniel Inouye. Most major Jewish media outlets are reporting with pride Schatz’s Jewish bloodline and trying to figure out his place in the Senate’s minyan. We have just one question: So what? What’s with all this chest bumping and highfiving? Sure, Schatz is Jewish — and one can’t help but feel proud — but what does it all mean? Schatz follows one of the most pro-Jewish and pro-Israel senators. While it is certainly nice that Schatz is Jewish, our community should be way past the point where we celebrate that there are people born Jewish who are in leadership roles. What we should be asking ourselves, instead, is where Schatz stands on substantive issues. Does he have a sensitivity toward issues of concern to our community? And how strong is his commitment to maintaining and growing the American-Israel relationship? We all like to be associated with the meritorious and the successful, and we welcome Sen. Schatz and wish him well. But rather than lauding the senator for his Jewish heritage, we encourage him to keep it in mind in his new position.


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Jonathan Pollard’s supporters continue to argue that his life sentence is grossly unfair.

More Clarity on Pollard The U.S. government’s emphatic and uncompromising position on the secrecy of information relating to the case of Jonathan Pollard, and the alleged underlying reasons to justify the severity of his sentence, have been largely acceptable to those who view Pollard as a traitor. And that is the justification for the government’s insistence that information relating to the specific espionage activities in which Pollard, a former Navy analyst, was involved remain classified. But there are those who have questioned the need for the government’s secrecy — particularly since Pollard was convicted of passing U.S. intelligence information to Israel, not treason. Those Pollard advocates argue that although Pollard’s actions were unquestionably illegal, the mean sentence given to Americans who, like Pollard, spied for U.S. allies — South Korea, Greece, South Africa and Egypt, for example, — is two to four years, not a life sentence. The uncertainty in the Pollard case focuses upon a simple question: What did Pollard do that justifies him being locked away for life? Much of the government’s approach seems to follow the lead of then-Secretary of Defense Casper Weinberger, who wrote an influential memorandum to the judge just prior to Pollard’s sentencing. That document remains heavily redacted, even 25 years later. But in a supplemental memorandum that has been released, Weinberger’s argument was clear. He stated: “The punishment imposed should reflect the perfidy of the individual’s actions, the magnitude of the treason committed and the needs of national security.” So, according to then-Secretary Weinberger, Pollard’s offense was treason.

Last month, a 1987 CIA damage assessment on Pollard’s activity was declassified. It raises doubt over Weinberger’s judgment of Pollard’s “perfidy.” The assessment shows that Pollard never turned over information on U.S. military activities to Israeli intelligence, as was widely thought. It also indicates that Pollard cooperated fully with U.S. authorities in a debriefing after he and his then-wife were arrested at the gates of the Israeli embassy. Finally, the theory that Pollard was a sleeper Soviet agent, an un-exposed Aldrich Ames or Robert Hanssen, was quickly debunked. These disclosures raise the same question: What is it the Jonathan Pollard did to warrant a life sentence? Could it be that Pollard’s life sentencing was based upon a misunderstanding of the severity (or perfidy) of what Pollard had done? Days before the damage assessment was released by the National Security Archive of George Washington University, a bipartisan letter began circulating in Congress, urging President Obama to commute Pollard’s sentence to time served. Authored by Reps. Chris Smith (R-N.J.) and Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.) the letter also won the backing of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations. With the president about to begin his second term, Obama is free to act on the Pollard matter without fear of the political consequences that were present during the lengthy election campaign. The release of the CIA damage assessment offers a strong argument for commuting Pollard’s sentence and is consistent with the “time served” recommendations Obama has received from former members of the intelligence community and several political leaders. It also appears to be the right thing to do.

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e Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore launched its Baltimore-Ashkelon Partnership with our sister city in Israel, no one could have anticipated just how much this relationship would flourish. One of the hallmarks of this Partnership has been the strong connection formed person-to-person and the recognition of the similarities that link our two cities. In the years since its creation, the Partnership has witnessed 10,000 Baltimoreans traveling to Ashkelon to visit, volunteer and forge strong bonds with individuals and families there. Associated leadership, mission participants, young adults on Taglit-Birthright Israel, JCC Maccabi team members, teens, day-school students, synagogue members and those active with other local Jewish organizations have all spent time in the southern Israeli city. e foundation of the Partnership is the shared values of our two communities and the issues of mutual concern. e importance of volunteerism has been one area of interest in both cities, and we have seen the fruits of all of our labors pay off. In Ashkelon, interest in volunteering among teens has grown exponentially during the course of the Partnership. Seven years ago, 900 teens were volunteering in their city. Today, almost 6,000 teens give their time and talents to Ashkelon. e Stuart and Marlene Greenebaum Volunteer Center in Ashkelon enables both locals and visitors to connect in meaningful ways and serve the needs of the community.

Likewise, the issue of Jewish identity is one of great importance in both Baltimore and Ashkelon. rough the Partnership, people of all ages connect to each other and experience firsthand the reach and import of our global Jewish family. As we hear disturbing news about anti-Israel sentiments on college campuses and among young people, these personal encounters can help solidify a positive relationship between the next generation of Jews and Israel. The strong bond between our communities provides great comfort to our friends in Ashkelon during times of crisis in Israel. When rockets are launched from Gaza, hundreds of them land in Ashkelon, driving the citizens into bunkers and their homes, away from their daily routines. During these difficult times, our community lends support through social media, phone calls and emails to Ashkelon. Our counterparts in Ashkelon have expressed great appreciation for the love and concern they feel from their friends in Baltimore. For those who are involved with this sister city relationship, the conflict in Israel becomes very personal; the people under attack are our friends with whom we have spent time and shared Shabbat meals. We are seeing a new culture of involvement in Ashkelon, where the first cadre of lay leadership is now becoming active in the Partnership. Locally, we are also expanding Partnership programming so that all who want to be part of our relationship with Ashkelon can get involved. For a decade, the BaltimoreAshkelon Partnership has shown all of us the rich rewards that come from being part of a global Jewish family. To learn more, visit ba ltimore a shkelon .org. JT Jeffrey Blavatt and Nina Rosenzwog are cochairs of the Baltimore-Ashkelon Partnership.

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following my aliyah in 1988, I would oî&#x2020;?en write and lecture about how great Israel was in terms of Jewish identity. I loved living in a country, went my standard shtick, where the hilton didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have a Christmas tree. What I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t realize, in my idealism, was that one big reason for the absence of Christmas trees in hotels was that the Chief rabbinate had threatened to strip kashrut certiďŹ cation from establishments where one was found. î&#x201A;&#x160;e rationale, as expressed recently by an oďŹ&#x192;cial spokesman for the rabbinate: â&#x20AC;&#x153;According to Jewish law, Jews may not be in a place where idol worship is taking place.â&#x20AC;? Idolatry means different things to different people, and considering

current controversies surrounding the Western Wall, the spokesmanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s statement did not lack for unconscious irony. nor did prime Minister Binyamin netanyahuâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Christmas message, proclaimed to the world on Youtube: â&#x20AC;&#x153;I want to wish you all the merriest of holidays. ... today, Christian communities throughout the Middle east are in danger,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;this is, of course, not true in Israel. here, [the] ... Christian community participates fully in the life of our country.â&#x20AC;? î&#x201A;&#x160;ese ďŹ ne words are construable, should one be so inclined, as an implicit echo of the Crusader mentality: Islam is a menace to Christianity and must be staunchly challenged. It is safer for Christians to entrust their holy places to the Jews. In december 1998, I attended the

marvelous Limmud conference in england, held at the University of nottingham. In the historic town, I visited Ye olde trip to Jerusalem, a pub claiming to be the oldest in the country, dating from 1189 C.e. Why the unusual name, I disingenuously asked the bartender. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s from the holy Wars,â&#x20AC;? he replied, and sold me a useful brochure, which explained that when King richard the Lionheart, the storied sovereign of robin hood, ascended to the throne in 1189, he â&#x20AC;&#x153;answered the call to crusade against the Saracens who occupied the holy Land of Christian religion . . . î&#x201A;&#x160;e knights and men at arms who answered his call stopped oďŹ&#x20AC; for welcome refreshments at the Inn.â&#x20AC;? I took the brochure home to Jerusalem. What the brochure omitted to

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Are Jews A Scapegoat? it was bound to happen: scapegoating Jewry for the Newtown massacre. however, post-holocaust, such an accusation cannot be made outright but only through coded language. on Dec. 21, National rifle association executive Vice President wayne laPierre (“at last, Nra speaks out,” Dec. 28) singled out the corporate media and violent video games and films [as the cause of ] the sandy hook elementary school rampage. translation: media, which none other than communications mogul rupert murdoch has characterized as the “Jewish-owned press.” Violent video games: these are, of course, produced by hollywood … the deluxe cover term for alleged Jewish manipulation and domination of white Christian america. For laPierre, hollywood functions as a “callous, corrupt and corrupting shadow industry that sells and sows violence against its own people.” Proof of this “shadow” conspiracy, according to the anti-semitic (and now, apparently Nra) mindset lies in american Jews’ overwhelming support for gun control: what better way to facilitate a Jewish takeover than by disarming gentile adversaries? the Nra is closely aligned with the republican party, which these days is dominated by conservative Christians who embrace the gun culture. according to [some] rabbis, “silence is concurrence.” therefore … unlike the overwhelming majority of Jewish groups that support various


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gun-control measures, the republican Jewish Coalition has thus far remained silent on the matter, tacitly supporting the Nra position. Steve Weissman Baltimore

A Pleasure To Read i truly loved the way you portrayed the [Bais Yaakov] exhibit (“Bais Yaakov exhibit week Gives every Child a Chance to shine,” Dec. 21), its history and what goes on at the school. it is a wonderful time when i see my students [in the learning center for students with learning disabilities] come out of their shells and join in with the rest of the girls, discovering latent abilities and talents that they never knew they had. i have always maintained that each and every student of mine has a special gift, and they often find it during exhibit years and during production years, as well. thank you so much for such a beautiful article that illustrates the exhibit and the involvement of the wonderful Bais Yaakov girls. it was a pleasure to read. Miriam Warnick Baltimore

Thank You i want to thank the Jewish Times for the cover story about Chai and my career. it goes without saying that Chai’s success is the result of the many organizations and individuals we partner with. i want to express my gratitude to the hundreds of individuals and organizations that i have worked with over nearly 30 years and the support and encouragement i have received from so many. our impact can be seen in the hundreds of families who have moved to the Northwest neighborhoods, built institutions and have become involved as volunteers in collaborative community activities. Nearly 30 years can go by very quickly when you have the opportunity to help your community and work on as

many meaningful projects as i have. while i have made the personal decision that it is time to move on, many exciting challenges remain for Chai and the neighborhoods we serve. But, i am confident that under the professional leadership of new executive Director mitch Posner, Chai will continue to be a vital partner, helping to enhance the quality of life of the people and neighborhoods of Northwest Baltimore. Ken Gelula Former Executive Director CHAI

New Israel Fund’s Sokatch Is Misinformed Daniel sokatch (“im tirtzu Brings a lie to america,” Dec. 21) either misunderstands or belittles the security problems facing israel. israel is on “the losing end of world opinion” more due to the growth of hostile arab/muslim third-world economic and political influence than by its actions in Gaza and the west Bank. mr. sokatch makes the problem “45 years of occupation” not the 65-year (or even 100-year) warfare arabs have conducted against israel and the Zionist movement. the groups supported by the New israel Fund are not bearers of “challenging truths” but of unpopular (and to me, wrong) opinions attacking israel when it is vulnerable. israelis are not “directed by members of the governing coalition” to oppose those whose work contributed to the Goldstone report criticisms. they used their eyes, ears and brains to determine what was happening. apparently mr. sokatch never

heard of the old Golda meir joke about being the prime minister of three million prime ministers. israelis are not easily “directed” and to claim otherwise is laughable. Finally, mr. sokatch lectures israelis to “remember” where the “Jewish homeland’s strength lies.” i suggest mr. sokatch remember the “founding values” of those Zionists who successfully established that homeland. among other things, israel was to be a place where the Jewish people could be “normalized” after years of exile. i believe it has been a smashing success in that regard. like most normal people, israelis want to defend themselves and their country from attack. e notion that “universal human rights become imbedded in the conscience” of israel is a good idea, as are many others (fighting global warming and eliminating poverty and illiteracy). ey will all be much easier to work toward, once israelis can realistically believe their neighbors are not actively trying to conquer and kill them. Jerry Levin Baltimore

A Better Plan? rosellen Fleishman (“artistic Controversy,” letters, Dec. 21) damns the “Ultra orthodox marginalized fanatics” for requiring that pictures of semi-nude people be covered up at a [macks Center for Jewish education] exhibit [hosted by the Jewish Community Center. i wonder if she knows that those so-called fanatics have spent thousands of hours studying a plan of how to conduct their lives in a healthy, wholesome, oen scientifically correct manner.

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A Friendly Space We welcomed the article “JQ Baltimore Comes Out” by Simone Ellin (Dec. 14) with its expressions of “support, education and inclusiveness.” In response to requests from the community, the Mitchell David Teen Center, the Jewish Community Center and BBYO have come together to create “Open Doors,” a safe and friendly space for LGBTQA teens. Programs are held the second Tuesday evening of each month and feature a variety of activities based on the interest of the participants. For more information about Open Doors, please note that the correct contact information for Sara Feldman is or 410-581-9388. e Mitchell David Teen Center is a program of JCS. Joan Grayson Cohen, LCSW-C, Esq. Senior Manager, Access Services and Teen Outreach Jewish Community Services

Sandy Hook Victims Will Be Remembered The recent demonic event in Newtown, Conn., where 20 children and seven adults were murdered, has surely effected a good majority of our citizens. Dec. 14, 2012 will — and should — be remembered by us. The families of those who died will forever be traumatized. There were many heroes that day, and I include those who tried to stop the perpetrator of this most heinous crime.

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To the families, siblings and friends we can just offer our condolences. Norman Solow Baltimore

A Poem For Sandy Hook e mothers drove their children to school that day Before they le, “have a good day” they all did say Not knowing what the day would have in store Having faith everything would be OK for sure. e good Lord did give and 20 souls he took From a small public school named Sandy Hook. We still don’t know why they had to die e mothers, fathers, siblings cry and cry Right before the Christmas holiday season Gis under the tree, there must be a reason Angels don’t need gis, they have their wings We must keep our faith and let it bring Solace knowing they suffer no more here No one can hurt them there are no more tears eir souls have returned to heaven, their home is day in December no one is alone. e families share their loss with the world e children share their souls with the Lord. Robin Hirsch Maryland


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She berates the 1990s when a miniscule few did not own up to their mistakes. I don’t recall any mass shoot-ups on college campuses, in first-grade classes or in movie theaters in those years. Could it be that possibly her so-called fanatics know something that she doesn’t know? The plan that the Ultra Orthodox are trying to teach and to follow was written by God, and it is called the Torah. Has Ms. Fleishman got a better plan upon which we should base our lives?



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Spain, which recently announced it would offer citizenship to Sephardic Jews who could prove their Spanish ancestry, is also rediscovering its rich Jewish past — a past long ignored. After expelling its long-established Jewish community more than 500 years ago, it is not only inviting the Sephardic Jews’ descendants back, but also making it easy to learn about their ancestors. One such sign of this is the Red de Juderías de España, the Network of Jewish neighborhoods, a non-profit association founded in 1995 that highlights the Jewish architectural, historical, artistic and cultural heritage of 24 Spanish cities, from Avila to Tudela. That city was the home of noted world traveler Benjamin of Tudela who wrote of his far-flung visits in the 12th century that may have taken him as far as China and India. The project, called Caminos de Sefarad (Spain’s Jewish Streets), allows users from around the world to visit and tour the cities of Spain’s Jewish past on the Web. It was unveiled Dec. 19 at the Centro Sefarad-Israel in Madrid. Caminos uses Google Maps technology so viewers can click on a landmark to reveal historical information about each site, and it enables a 360-degree view of the different locations, thanks to Google’s streetview technology. An intuitive search panel presents Jewish heritage sites by category, type, geographic zone and date. In total, 523 sites, 910 dates and 1,667 pictures are displayed. Learn more at 12/celebrating-recovery-of-spains-jewish.html . — Paul Foer

Kiddush cups and 2,000 pieces of jewelry, among other items. The event was put together by Baltimorean Marla Lewis, a local marketing and sales professional. Lewis assisted the Jewish Bookstore of Greater Washington in the end of December in packing up its contents, transporting them from Silver Spring to Baltimore and then marketing the sale. She said several hundred people from the community attended. Lewis said she was unaware of plans for another, similar venue to the Jewish bookstore in Silver Spring; Youlus and his family had attempted to sell the store for several months, including four sales that fell through in the final hour. Unfortunately, said Lewis, Youlus’ parents, in their 80s, are simply too old to run the operation. — Maayan Jaffe See an expanded version of this article online at Click on “Local News.”

Rabbi Menachem Youlus spun a web of lies that landed him in prison. On Dec. 25, his Silver Spring store was liquidated.

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Several thousands of dollars worth of merchandise were sold at unbelievabley low prices this past Christmas Day. The goods were the hundreds of final, must-go Judaica pieces of the Jewish Bookstore of Greater Washington, which was owned by the parents of and operated by Rabbi Menachem Youlus. Youlus admitted earlier this year, and was convicted in Manhattan Federal Court, of spinning a web of lies that ensnared synagogues and donors — including a billionaire philanthropist. Youlus created a bogus charity built on fictional tales of rescuing Holocaust-era Torahs, sold forgeries and pocketed the dough. He was sentenced in October to just over four years in prison, a term that he recently started to serve, leaving the bookstore without anyone to run it. The Dec. 25 sale, which ran from 8 a.m. to midnight at Congregation Shomrei Emunah, included some 50 chanukiot, 50 Seder plates, 200

Water Main Repairs for Greengate Pikesville’s Art Putzel knew his neighborhood had an issue with unreliable water mains. But Putzel, who has lived in the Greengate community for 25 years, didn’t realize the extent of the problem until the neighborhood experienced two water main breaks over a six-week span this past November and December. Putzel, along with other Greengate residents, reached out to the Baltimore County Department of Public Works for help. There have been 10 water main breaks in the community — seven along Sugarcone Road, two on Shefflin Court and one on


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Pheasant Cross Drive — since 2001. Department of Public Works spokesman David Fidler said based on the number of water main breaks in the area, the county is moving forward with developing a plan to make the proper repairs. This includes spending approximately one year conducting surveys and doing design work to understand the full scope of the problem. Construction is tentatively set to begin sometime in 2014. “This stretch of road continues to be of concern, which is why we have scheduled the area for a replacement project,” Fidler said. “Completely fixing

the problem takes time, but the project is in the pipeline and will be addressed.” Putzel, a board member and past president of the Pikesville Greenspring Community Coalition, said he was impressed with how quickly the county responded. “I figured they would just move forward with a study,” Putzel said. “These water main breaks just seem to be getting worse, and I’m glad the county agrees with us that something needs to be done to rectify the situation.” — Ron Snyder

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Mike Lombardi lobbied Baltimore County for a stop sign, and officials responded. A sign is going up soon.


RED Pikesville resident pushes county to act on stop sign By Ron Snyder | Photo by David Stuck

Mike LoMbardi says he is not the kind of person who complains publicly. but that changed a little more than a month ago. Lombardi, a Pikesville resident, was driving home with his 6-year-old son when another driver, who was speeding, raced through an intersection and narrowly avoided what could have been a devastating collision with Lombardi’s car. The problem, Lombardi said, is that there is no stop sign at the intersection of Clarington and Pebble brooke roads in The Parke at Mount Washington community. “That intersection is right by my house in an area where there are young kids and pedestrians walking

all the time,” Lombardi said. “Speeding has been a constant problem. We even had an incident recently where a car was speeding, lost control and crashed into a neighbor’s lamp post. Something has to be done.” and something will be done, according to officials at the baltimore County department of Public Works, who informed Lombardi late last month that work crews soon will install a stop sign at the intersection. The county became aware of the problem when it received a copy of an email Lombardi sent to community residents that outlined his concerns and urged drivers to proceed with caution while driving on the neighborhood roads.

“Unfortunately this isn’t the first time this has happened,” Lombardi wrote in his Nov. 30 email. “it is a regular occurrence, as i’m sure many of you have experienced. Until we can get a stop sign installed, for the safety of all neighbors and our guests, please slow down, if not stop, and use common sense when turning le from Clarington onto Pebble brooke.” Lombardi said he received strong support from many of the approximately 100 families in the community. “i just wanted to keep the neighborhood safe for my kids,” Lombardi said. “You would think drivers, especially those who lived in the community, would be more cognizant of speeding and how to proceed at an intersection. i was just amazed there wasn’t a stop sign there already.” department of Public Works spokesman david Fidler said the county confirmed with Lombardi on dec. 17 plans to install a stop sign. Fidler added that the road was initially constructed by the community’s developer and then turned over to the county. “it was likely just an oversight,” Fidler said. “The community reached out to us, and we hope the sign will solve the problem. being there for the

community is why we’re here.” John denick is Lombardi’s neighbor and a past president of the Pikesville Greenspring Community Coalition. He called Lombardi’s effort to solve this problem “inspirational.”

“Until we can get a stop sign installed, for the safety of all neighbors and our guests, please slow down.” — Mike Lombardi, resident, e Parke at Mount Washington

“it doesn’t sound like a big problem, but it can become one when you’re dealing with the safety of children,” denick said. “Mike saw there was a problem … and the issue was resolved quickly. That’s how it is supposed to work.” Ron Snyder is a JT staff reporter


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BJC Readies for Legislature Annapolis session begins Jan. 9 The Maryland General Assembly begins on Wednesday, Jan. 9. That’s the 90-day period when our state representatives from Allegheny to Worcester counties, and, of course, Baltimore County and City, gather to dialogue about important issues for the state’s residents. Of course, they also pass the next year’s budget. The Baltimore Jewish Council is ready for the 2013 session. Among some of the items on its radar are funding for an expansion of the University of Maryland’s Hillel Center for Social Justice, the Sinai Hospital Medical Home Extender Program and the Domestic Violence Prevention Program (DOVE) at Northwest Hospital. Despite a cramped and outdated building, the number of students served by the Hillel Center has increased by 150 percent in the last decade. BJC, working with Federation of Greater Washington, with the support of the University of Maryland, will be asking Gov. Martin O’Malley to request $1 million per year in the state’s capital budget for fiscal years (FY) 14 and 15 for

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construction and renovation. Del. Samuel I. Rosenberg (D-Baltimore City), vice chair of the Ways and Means Committee said, “It will enhance Jewish life on the campus, and that is an important public policy goal.” Rosenberg has met with O’Malley to show his support. He noted that “it’s an integral part of the campus environment.” BJC will be asking for state support of the Sinai Hospital Medical Home Extender Program in the amount of $250,000 per year for FY14 and 15, and $75,000 per year for the next two fiscal years for the Elder Abuse Center. BJC will also request $225,000 for FY14 for the new Supportive Community Network. “This will go to help senior citizens in Northwest Baltimore to develop a grassroots mutual support network to help seniors age in place.” said Lane Levine, a Baltimore native and community network director for CHAI: Comprehensive Housing Assistance Inc. “This means [seniors] can live and remain in their home

communities as opposed to being compelled to move into assisted living facilities or to leave the city to live with another caregiver.” The Maryland-Israel Development Center, a non-profit economic development organization, is on BJC’s agenda. This partnership between The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore, the Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development and the Israeli Ministry of Trade will be seeking $275,000 for FY14. BJC will also work to maintain funding levels for other statewide programs such as Jewish Community

Services, the Jewish Museum of Maryland and CHAI. Because the Building Opportunities for All Students and Teachers (BOAST) Act failed last year, the BJC is seeking a different means to secure funding for non-public schools. This year, the BJC will ask the government to put more money in the budget for ancillary services in private and parochial schools. BJC will also attempt to again secure a passage for a newer version of the BOAST bill, which Rosenberg said is “an appropriate way to assist charitable contributions to both religious schools as well as public schools.”

The General Assembly’s New Website Marylanders now have a new and improved website to keep track of upcoming legislative activities, contact their senator or delegate, review schedules and agendas for committee hearings and more. It’s a reworked General Assembly website. Front and center are two search bars that find a bill by either its number or a “broad subject area.” Anyone who


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wants to have a say in how laws are made and how money is spent will find the site helpful. However, Baltimore Jewish Council’s Cailey Locklair reminds readers that nothing beats personal contact with a legislator or testimony before a committee in Annapolis. The new site URL is:

Advocacy Day Save the date for 2013 Advocacy Day in Annapolis Tuesday, Feb. 26 Details will be available at or

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Baltimore Jewish Council will take to the State Capitol (shown here) beginning Jan. 9.

The Federal Outlook Jewish issues to watch in 2013 Fiscal Cliff Bend the Arc, a liberal group, is fighting against renewing tax cuts for incomes above $250,000. But some other Jewish groups may sit out this issue, not wanting to irk wealthy donors. Meanwhile, the Jewish federations are pushing back against Obama’s proposals that would reduce tax deductions for charitable donations from high earners, which charities worry could cause philanthropic giving to drop. Israel Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s slew of recent West Bank and eastern Jerusalem building announcements — in retaliation for the Palestinians’ successful bid for statehood recognition in the U.N. General Assembly — has earned a rebuke from the Obama administration. Netanyahu, who likely will win Israeli elections on Jan. 22, may feel domestic political pressure to accelerate building in the West Bank and eastern Jerusalem. The Palestinian Authority has announced its intention to call for a renewal of negotiations with the precondition that Netanyahu freeze building in settlements and eastern Jerusalem. If that does not happen, Palestinian leaders say they will use their new U.N.-conferred status to seek war crimes charges against Israelis and suspend the security cooperation that has left the West Bank relatively quiet. The collapse of Israeli-Palestinian defense cooperation — seen as a signature U.S. policy achievement over successive administrations — could force President Obama into crisis-management mode. And then there is Egypt and Syria, of course.

“We don’t have the budget problems in terms of either cutting service or increasing taxes that we’ve had in the recent past.” — Del. Sandy Rosenberg

This is actually the eighth year this bill will be introduced in some form, according to Cailey Locklair, BJC director of government relations. “It was renamed last year and re-introduced with changes to make it more palatable.” Following events at Sandy Hook Elementary School, gun control will factor in to the BJC’s 2013 agenda. Dr. Art Abramson, BJC executive director, told the JT that the BJC’s primary focus will be reinstitution of an assault weapons ban. Locklair, approaching her second session with BJC and seventh working professionally on state legislative issues, said this will be one of the first

sessions in a while in which she does not anticipate any huge or overwhelming issues looming, “other than the fiscal cliff, of course,” she noted. Rosenberg agreed. “We don’t have the budget problems in terms of either cutting service or increasing taxes that we’ve had in the recent past,” he said. “The fiscal outlook has improved, so there won’t be that focus on balancing the budget. We will have one, and we won’t do it with gimmicks because we’ll preserve our AAA rating from Wall Street.” JT

Paul Foer is JT senior news reporter

Iran The United States may lift some sanctions, including one that bans the sale of parts for civilian aircraft, and allow Iran to enrich uranium to civilian-use levels, up to 5 percent, in exchange for Iran agreeing to a much more intrusive inspections regimen by the International Atomic Energy Commission. A letter backed by the American Israel Public Affairs Committee urging Obama to enhance existing sanctions and insist on no uranium enrichment has garnered the signatures of 73 senators. This could be a source of tension between the Obama administration and Congress, and the debate over Israeli or U.S. military action could heat up again. Supreme Court The Supreme Court will be weighing the constitutionality of the federal Defense of Marriage Act, and liberal Jewish groups plan to join amicus briefs supporting same-sex marriage, while at least one Orthodox group, Agudath Israel of America, has indicated it will be filing on the other side. Race-based affirmative action in public university admissions may align Jewish groups. The Supreme Court already has heard arguments in the case, and its ruling is pending. Liberal Jewish groups also are considering joining a defense of the 1965 Voting Rights Act, which requires states once afflicted by Jim Crow to pre-clear district changes with Washington. Stephen Breyer, 74, and Ruth Bader Ginsburg, 79, have suggested they’re interested in leaving. Ginsburg and Breyer, like the most recent appointee, Elena Kagan, are Jewish. Cabinet Nominations Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.), Obama’s pick to succeed Hillary Clinton as secretary of state, will have an easier run than will former Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-Neb.), a possible nominee for defense secretary who has been criticized for his skepticism about the efficacy of Iran sanctions, his reference to “the Jewish lobby” and his calls for a degree of engagement with Hamas and Hezbollah. This, too, may split Jewish groups. Jack Lew, Obama’s chief of staff, may be nominated as Timothy Geithner’s successor as Treasury Department secretary. The above was excerpted from and based upon an article by Ron Kampeas of the JTA Wire Service.


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Hip And Holy The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore and the Greater Baltimore Jewish Community Center made a decision to open the Rosenbloom Owings Mills JCC on Shabbat. At the apex of the decision-making process, more than 1,000 Orthodox Jews rallied on the lawn of Northwestern High School, calling on the organized community to keep sacred the holy Sabbath and not to open the building. A small group of Orthodox leaders are continuing the fight — not with loud voices, microphones or public displays of dismay, but quietly, in a small shul on Park Heights Avenue. They call themselves “Hip and Holy.” “A number of us got together and said we need to continue that campaign,” said Rabbi Yisroel Roll, who is spearheading the initiative. “The issue of closing the JCC on Shabbos is just one thing. We feel there is a lack of experience by the non-observant community of what Shabbat is. This is not because they are anti-religious, it is not because they are opposed to Shabbos, it is merely because ... they have not had the exposure to connect to what Shabbos really is.” Rabbi Roll, who is working with Rabbi Yaakov Novograd, is on a mission. The goal: to give those outside of Jewish Baltimore’s Orthodox community a taste of Shabbat — “a real Shabbos” — as he put it. The Hip and Holy program is three-fold. First, Rabbis Roll and Novograd offer a Shabbat morning service for those interested in exploring Judaism on a deeper level. The class, which runs from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at Congregation Tiferes Yisroel, requires no Hebrew proficiency and 18

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offers a laid-back open forum for participants to explore the meaning of life, spirituality and how to connect to a higher power. Following the service, attendees are invited to community members’ homes for Shabbat lunch. In addition, another Hip and Holy element, is Friday night dinner invitations — again, to the homes of Orthodox community members. Finally, Rabbis Roll and Novograd will arrange for those interested to learn one-on-one with a member of the Orthodox community. “is is experiential kiruv,” said Rabbi Roll. “But you can’t even call it kiruv. It is really about bridging the gap.” “To be hip is what most people want, to be informed, up to date, aware and alert,” said Rabbi Novograd. “Real Judaism is traditional, but it is also ‘with it.’” David and Helaine Sawilowsky have been participating in the program almost since its inception in late December 2011. The couple said they were on a spiritual journey, and Hip and Holy has offered them an opportunity to see “the beauty of Orthodox Judaism,” said David Sawilowsky. Rabbi Roll stresses that Shabbat offers a time to reflect. “HaShem rested on the seventh day, and we, as the Jewish people, should rest, too,” David Sawilowsky said. “We should spend Shabbos thinking about our lives and the things we did over the past week and that we would like to do better going forward — how we can improve ourselves as Jews, as people.” The Sawilowskys attend the service with their two children, ages 10 and 11, who, they said, get a lot out of it, too. Both David and Helaine describe Rabbi Roll as warm and kind and said

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Park Heights program offers Jewish Baltimore a taste of Shabbat By Maayan Jaffe | Photo By David stuck

they are impressed by his insight and how attuned he is to individual participants. “The beauty is, whatever level you are on, this is a place to feel comfortable and ask questions,” said Helaine Sawilowsky. “We are beginning to see the effect of Torah learning, and it is a priceless thing.” Said Rabbi Novograd: “Shabbat is not just a day off, it is a golden opportunity to come closer to a deeper appreciation of Judaism and all that it stands for.” The JCC and The Associated have not yet been contacted by Rabbi Roll about his hopes or plans. However, the rabbi said he would be interested and willing to talk with organizational leaders. Barak Hermann, the JCC presidentelect, told the JT that he understands the JCC’s opening on Saturday to be a

Rabbis Yisroel Roll (right) and Yaakov Novograd say they are teaching the non-Orthodox community about the importance of Shabbat — one person at a time.

“wonderful entry point for people. “It [being open] has been extremely successful in Owings Mills,” he said. Hermann noted that at this time there is no expectation to change the policy, but as a community leader he is committed to ensuring the JCC will build bridges. “We will respond to everyone within the Jewish community,” he said, “from the Orthodox to the marginally engaged.” JT For more information, visit or contact Rabbi Roll at Maayan Jaffe is JT managing editor

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THE ESSENTIAL NOAM ZION: INSIGHTS ON ISRAEL, TZEDAKAH AND TIKKUN OLAM JAN. 11 - 13 FULL SCHEDULE: FRIDAY, JAN. 11 8 p.m.: Text study and presentation with Noam Zion, “A Tale of Two Cities: Jerusalem and Washington, D.C., Capitals that Unite or Divide Us?”


SATURDAY, JAN. 12 9:30 a.m.: Sanctuary service with Noam Zion as guest speaker 1 p.m.: A pre-publication presentation by Noam Zion on his new trilogy on “Jewish Giving in Comparative Perspectives: The Guide for the Perplexed Giver” SUNDAY, JAN. 13 11 a.m.: Special Noam Zion programming for Jewish Discovery Lab parents, “Tikkun Olam — A New Terminology for Social and Economic Reform”

Noam Zion will talk about the similarities between Washington and Jerusalem at a days-long stay at Beth Am Synagogue.

For more information contact 410-523-2446 or email

INSIGHTS ON ISRAEL, TZEDAKAH AND TIKKUN OLAM Israeli author and scholar Noam Zion will offer a weekend of study Jan. 11-13 at Beth Am Synagogue. Zion, 64, will present perspectives on Israel, Jewish culture and the values of Torah. Zion, who has taught in both the United States and Israel for decades for the Shalom Hartman Institute for Advanced Jewish Studies, among other institutions, recently spoke with e Jewish Times to preview what he plans to speak about next week. JT: What do Washington and Jerusalem have in common? Zion: The notion on how you pull a

diverse group of people together. It’s an ongoing issue [threatening the] unity of the Jewish people and the unity of the American people. The capitals become the symbol of that attempt at unity, as both countries

deal with cultural differences along with differences in policy. Can these diverse voices solve their respective countries’ economic and political problems?

I’m not necessarily concerned about how you solve economic or military problems. The issue for me is just getting diverse groups together to discuss them. In Israel, military issues like Iran tend to unite the country while religious issues tend to tear the country apart. ... You can have your own individual dreams yet still be a family. The key is how do you unite and find room for unity while leaving room for live-and-letlive between divergent groups. How does democracy factor in?

Democracy is central for Israel and America. It’s amazing that those

Israeli scholar Noam Zion to speak at Beth Am Synagogue By Ron Snyder democracies continue to thrive despite all of the differences between [political and religious groups]. Democracy can’t be taken for granted. Washington and Jerusalem are places to educate the younger generation and identify with the ideals of the Founding Fathers. Both cities are not just about uniting people, but how to spread the message of freedom, peace and hope. How does charitable giving differ between Jews, Christians and other cultures?

Giving among Jews is … a question of ‘What does it tell me about my identity?’ and ‘How do those choices reflect my values?’ … Christian charity … means love. The highest form of Christian love is to give totally selflessly with the standard ideal being Mother Theresa. … Then there is the

Greek notion of giving: philanthropy. There, you’re not giving to the poor but to your own city, especially to cultural areas such as the symphony or the opera house. In that case, you’re giving back to the community as a whole. How do you define tikkun olam, and how does it differ from tzedakah?

Tzedakah is offering help to the poor, while tikkun olam is the process of undoing social injustices. Tikkun plam is a special kind of tzedakah in which we have to halt injustices by changing the law, by lobbying and/or by taking political action. The key element of tikkun olam always has to do with the government and working to halt abusive policies. JT Ron Snyder is a JT staff reporter


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Old City plans for future By Maayan Jaffe

ECONOMICS AND PROSPERITY double to approximately 1.6 billion by speak to everyone. That is the message of about a dozen city planners in Jerusalem, who are working together to transform the city landscape by the year 2050. They call the project Jerusalem 5800 for the Hebrew year that roughly translates to 2050. According to Jerusalem 5800 Director Ziva Glanz, the project was founded about two years ago as a private initiative to enhance the present and future city of Jerusalem and the lives of its residents. rough proper urban planning, the team plans to uncover Jerusalem’s innate potential as a true world city and a tourist destination. “It is the first plan to include projected statistics and proposals up to the year 2050, making it the only long-term plan and the largest collection of plans ever compiled for the city,” said Glanz. The crux of the initiative lies with the notion that tourism to the Middle East will increase tenfold in the coming years, and Jerusalem must be poised to accept those visitors. “Tourism trends show … that as baby boomers age … tourism numbers are growing. ey also show that … tourism trends are leading toward emerging markets with a strong focus on areas of spiritual and cultural tourism,” Glanz explained. “e Middle East in general is set to be one of the fastest-growing markets. … Jerusalem is very much at the religious and cultural center.” e United Nations World Tourism Organization forecasts the number of tourists who travel internationally will 20

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2020; Jerusalem 5800 projects 12 million tourists in Israel by 2050. (For current tourism statistics, see related box, “Who Is Visiting Israel.”) Glanz said tourists currently don’t like to stay in the Holy City. e roads are congested, and there are minimal mid-level accommodations available. is robs the city of low-hanging resources that Jerusalem 5800 hopes to capture, improving the 38 percent poverty level in the city by adding jobs specifically geared toward trained but unskilled (or without a degree) labor. First on the improvement platform: Jerusalem transportation. “Access to the Old City will need to be through an underground ‘metro,’” Glanz contended during a recent interview with the JT. She said many make the uniformed assumption that this metro would harm important antiquities and holy burial grounds. is, she said, is not the case. “Due to the topography and hilly nature of Jerusalem, the bedrock level of Jerusalem is often only a dozen meters below today’s street level. ... With a simple elevator shaft, you can reach the bedrock level and create … a subway system,” she said. is new system will work off the assumption — like New York City — that the suburbs are essential for a thriving urban hub. Jerusalem 5800 planners are working with the surrounding city councils. One idea recently posed was to create the “Gates of Jerusalem;” physical gates over highways would mark the entrance into Jerusalem from suburbs like Mevaseret Zion, Ramot, Maale Adumim and

Plans are underway to build a cross-state light rail and a Jerusalem underground metro.

Gush Etzion. Other transportation enhancements include new, high-quality routes from all national airports and seaports, such as a national high-speed light rail, extensive networks of buses and other public transportation, the additional of numerous highways, the expansion of existing roads and an express “super highway” that transverses the country from north to south. A highlight: a second international airport. According to the team’s studies, Israel’s only current international airport, Ben Gurion, is expected to exceed capacity within the next five years. Jerusalem 5800 is proposing an airport in the Horkania Valley between Jerusalem and the Dead Sea. A full proposal already has been submitted to the Israeli government and is currently being reviewed. The airport would enable service for up to 30 million passengers per year. Glanz noted there are also plans to increase the number of hotel rooms

from the current 9,300 to 63,000. To offset the city’s carbon footprint, the Jerusalem 5800 plan suggests ecological construction methods to enable denser building and rooop gardens and parks. A main ring of parks, green corridors and paths, incorporating remnants of the city’s biblical heritage — excavations, ancient agricultural farms, historic roads, temples, gravesites — would surround and be distributed throughout the city.

Impossible? It seems more like fantasy than reality, Glanz admitted, since no longterm city plan for Jerusalem has been put forth and carried out since 1959. The most recent attempt, the Safdie Plan, was initiated by the Israel Land Administration and the Jerusalem Development Authority during the term of Ehud Olmert as mayor of Jerusalem. It called for the construction of 20,000 housing units on undeveloped land to the west of the city. Environmentalists mobilized to have

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Jerusalem 5800 Director Ziva Glanz says the Jerusalem of 2050 will look very different from the Jerusalem of today. The future of Jerusalem transportation: By 5800 CE, planners hope to have new, easier-to-travel streets from the suburbs to the city of Jerusalem.

the Safdie Plan scrapped, and it was suspended by Mayor Uri Lupolianski in 2007. Glanz does not see Jerusalem 5800 dying so easily. Jerusalem 5800 has a team of the best city planners in all areas, including transportation, economics,

environment, antiquities and conservation. It is in active communication with all government agencies, as well. “We work in conjunction with every relevant municipal and government office, but we are not bound by the internal process and therefore have been able to accomplish in three

years what it would take a governmental authority … upward of 10 years to accomplish,” Glanz said. Furthermore, she explained, unlike previous plans, Jerusalem 5800 is divided into a number of independent projects, each of which may be proposed and adopted on its own merits.

Who Is Visiting Israel? Some 3.5 million people will have visited Israel during 2012 by year’s end. The number represents a 4 percent increase over last year, according to Israel’s Ministry of Tourism. As in previous years, the United States is the largest single source country for incoming tourism with about 610,000 visitors, representing 18 percent of all tourism to the country and a drop of 4 percent from 2011. Tourism from Russia was second with 590,000 visitors, 20 percent more than 2011, the ministry said. Tourism decreased during Israel’s Operation Pillar of Defense last month. Of the 3.5 million visitors for 2012, 70 percent arrived by air, an increase of 1 percent compared to 2011. About 12 percent came through the land borders, an increase of 6 percent. Another 18 percent were one-day visitors, an increase of 15 percent. Of those, 235,000 came on cruise ships, a similar number to 2012. Revenue from incoming tourism in 2012, including the income of the Israeli aviation companies from inbound tourism, is about $4.6 billion, an increase of 8 percent. Revenue from domestic tourism in 2012 totals about $2.7 billion, or 3 percent more than in 2011, and another $2.2 billion in revenue from outbound tourism — similar to 2011. Total revenue from tourism in 2012 is estimated at about $ 9.6 billion, 4 percent more than in 2011. Some 58 percent of incoming tourism was Christian tourism and 23 percent Jewish tourism. In addition, 62 percent of tourists were first-time visitors. Some 20 percent said they were visiting friends or relatives, and 12 percent came for businesses or to attend conventions.

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If it all goes through, it will cost approximately $300 million in private investment per year, $7.5 billion over the course of 40 years just to complete the hotel rooms. But this is not a deterrent. e team contends that these improvements will result in net growth of the Jerusalem and Israeli economy from $178 million to $1.65 billion, 3.3 percent of the country’s gross domestic product. The plan has the backing of Kevin Bermeister, a leading philanthropist and technological innovator. In fact, it’s his brainchild. From Sydney, Australia, Bermeister is the founder of Brilliant Digital Entertainment Inc., as well as one of the founding investors in Skype. Said Bermeister of his plan: “This will produce a higher quality of life for the city’s residents and serve as a pillar to build lasting peace for the entire region.” JT

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Israel-EU Tension The view from Europe This month, some of Israel’s strongest friends in Europe — Britain, France and Germany — summoned their ambassadors to protest the Jewish state’s construction decisions. As a result, then-Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman said that European governments are willing to abandon Israel in a similar fashion to the way they gave up Czechoslovakia to the Nazis before World War II. Gabriel Goldberg, director of youth services for the Umbrella Organizations of the Jewish Communities of the North-Rhine Region in Germany, disagrees with Lieberman’s actual comparison but said, “e frustration that lies behind his statement is absolutely understandable.” At the European Union (EU), officials seem to have had a singular focus of late — and it isn’t their continent’s ongoing economic crisis. e EU’s 27 foreign ministers first condemned Israel’s construction plans in the E1 area between Jerusalem and Maale Adumim. More recently, EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Catherine Ashton called construction plans in the southern Jerusalem neighborhood of Givat Hamatos and the Ultra-Orthodox northern Jerusalem neighborhood of Ramat Shlomo “extremely troubling.” Britain, France, Germany and Portugal — the EU’s four U.N. Security Council members — asked the Israeli government to rescind its recent construction approvals. EU criticism of Israel hasn’t been limited to building. On its website, the EU insisted that Israel process its tax transfer to the Palestinians because of “contractual obligations.” But 14 of 27 EU countries — by voting in favor of “Palestine” as a non-member observer 22

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state at the U.N. — effectively approved the Palestinians’ violation of their contractual obligation under the Oslo Accords to reach a final status agreement with Israel only through direct negotiations. Not all has been sour in recent Israel-EU relations. In October, when the EU bolstered its economic sanctions against Iran, Lieberman — the same man who made the Holocaust analogy — sent a letter to Ashton thanking her for the EU’s “resolute and important step, worthy of significant appreciation, especially as it has been taken in a difficult economic period [for Europe].” On Dec. 22, those strengthened sanctions officially became EU law. Yet the EU has defied calls from both the U.S. and Israel to officially designate Hezbollah as a terrorist organization and has drawn criticism from Israel for underemphasizing Hamas’ calls for the Jewish state’s destruction (a condemnation of Hamas was clause No. 9 of 10 points published by the EU within its succession of condemnations of Israel for E1 construction on Dec. 10). What do European Jews think of the EU’s heavy focus on Israel? What are the reasons behind that focus, and what are its implications for Israel’s relationships with European nations? reports on the Jewish perspective from Germany, Britain and France.

GERMANY Gabriel Goldberg, 34, who, as the son of Soviet dissidents moved to Israel, has family living in the Jewish state, said that among many in German society, “the common sense is

that Israel is the aggressive entity in the world.” He added that it’s “in style to have an opinion about the Middle East conflict without any facts.” One reason for this, according to Goldberg, involves a projection of German guilt over the Holocaust onto Israeli Jews. Many Germans mistakenly believe that the Israeli Jews are “doing no better than what the Nazis have done” with the Palestinians, Goldberg said. Stephan J. Kramer, secretary general of the Central Council of Jews in Germany, does not believe that the EU is anti-Israel, nor is Germany. “We know that Chancellor Angela Merkel has a very positive attitude toward the State of Israel, although she has disagreements with the acting Premier Binyamin Netanyahu,” he told in an email. Kramer, however, is concerned with the danger of European appeasement of the Palestinians. Many EU members “favored or refrained from opposing the Palestinians’ [U.N.] upgrade because they wanted to convey the message of supporting the general idea of Palestinian statehood,” according to Kramer. Germany abstained from the vote. Still, Kramer would not go as far as Avigdor Lieberman’s Holocaust analogy when it comes to current relations between Israel and Europe, writing, “I would draw too many parallels between 1938 and 2012.” He explained that Israel today has Germany — which is rumored to supply the Jewish state with submarines — as an ally. Israel also has one of the strongest armies in the world, he noted. “The Czechoslovakian government of 1938 would have loved to be in such a situation,” Kramer wrote. Another indication that the broader Israel-Europe relationship is positive,

according to Kramer, is that Israel participates in Europe’s scientific programs and contributes technology to European companies. “A few years ago, then-minister of economy in Germany, Rainer Br¸derle, said that using Israeli innovations could raise German economic growth,” he said. Goldberg said the EU’s top political priority today should not be Israel, but the European economic crisis. “I don’t think anti-Semitism is rising because of the economic crisis, but it’s buried inside the souls of people and it comes out when they have other problems,” Goldberg said. “[The thinking in Europe is] if you have many problems and you don’t know how to solve them, take the easy way out and condemn Israel.”

BRITAIN British Jewry in general “tends to avoid talking about” the issue of Israeli construction, according to Sam Westrop, director of the Londonbased Institute for Middle Eastern Democracy. “Perhaps this is because they feel it really is a flaw within Israeli policy or perhaps it is because they just don’t know what to think about it,” Westrop said. “Whether or not this is a wise course of action, I am not quite sure.” Westrop believes that the EU’s “obsession” with Israeli construction results from two factors. Firstly, he noted the “great deal of people who feel they must apportion blame equally in the Arab-Israeli conflict,” people who “despair at Israel’s approach while strongly condemning Hamas rocket fire.” Secondly, Westrop cited individuals who “genuinely believe” Israeli construction “prevents peace.”

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â&#x20AC;&#x153;We just have to look at Abu Mazenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s rejection of Israelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s peace gestures following the oďŹ&#x20AC;er of a settlement freeze (for 10 months starting in November 2009) to realize that this just is not true,â&#x20AC;? he wrote in an email. But Dr. Toby Greene, head of research at the Britain Israel Communications & Research Centre (BICOM), wrote in an email that it is â&#x20AC;&#x153;reasonable for the EU to press both sides not to take unilateral actions that prejudge the outcome of negotiations, meaning the Palestinians should refrain from trying to impose their version of a solution through U.N. resolutions, and Israel should refrain from trying to impose theirs via building in new areas of the territory under dispute.â&#x20AC;? The 14 EU countries voting in favor of upgraded Palestinian U.N. status indicates to Westrop a decline in support for Israel among EU members that resulted from â&#x20AC;&#x153;the efficacy of the anti-Israel network in Europe.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;The groups that comprise this network have always pursued both ground-up and top-down policy,â&#x20AC;? Westrop wrote. â&#x20AC;&#x153;In other words, they work both at the grassroots level and in national and European politics. Anti-Israel sentiment is legitimized by groups that can claim both the support of leading politicians and the thousands of grassroots activists at their command.â&#x20AC;? Westrop criticized Ashton â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the

EUâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s foreign policy chief â&#x20AC;&#x201D; for â&#x20AC;&#x153;condemning plans for Israel to build Givat Hamatos, which she wrongly claims would cut the geographic continuity between Jerusalem and Bethlehemâ&#x20AC;? while at the same time ignoring â&#x20AC;&#x153;plans to build better housing for Arabs in Beit Safafa.â&#x20AC;? Until â&#x20AC;&#x153;EU money stops funding anti-Israel and pro-terror propaganda groups, people like Ashton should not be dictating to others at all,â&#x20AC;? Westrop added. Greene, however, noted that the EU â&#x20AC;&#x153;has also been consistently calling for the Palestinians to get back to the table without preconditions.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;It is important to note that Britain demanded a Palestinian commitment to re-enter negotiations without preconditions as a condition for voting yes, and the Palestinians refused to provide it,â&#x20AC;? Greene wrote. Furthermore, when condemning Israelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s construction plans in E1 on Dec. 10, the EU also said it â&#x20AC;&#x153;finds inflammatory statements by Hamas leaders that deny Israelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s right to exist unacceptable.â&#x20AC;?

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At a time when France has a number of other domestic and international issues already on its plate, some might attribute its tough line on Israel to newly elected Socialist president François Hollande. Writing in Haaretz just before the French presidential election in May 2012, Richard Prasquier, president of the representative Council of French Jewish Institutions, was highly skeptical of Hollandeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s leî&#x2020;?-wing coalition. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The main question that arises for the Jewish community, if François Hollande becomes the president of France, is the influence that might be exerted by those Socialist leaders who have negative views toward Israelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s policies,â&#x20AC;? he wrote. Hollande enjoys the support of the majority of French people on the issue of Palestinian statehood. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Public opinion has been quite supportive [of the Palestinian U.N. vote],â&#x20AC;? Simone Rodan-Benzaquen, director of the American Jewish Committeeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Paris office, said. France, which has Europeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s largest Jewish community, has also garnered signiďŹ cant attention over the past year for a rise in anti-Semitism, especially aî&#x2020;?er last Marchâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Islamist terrorist attack on a Jewish school in Toulouse that leî&#x2020;? a rabbi and three children dead. But despite the growing tensions between France and Israel, the recent spurt of anti-Semitism appears unrelated, according to Rodan-Benzaquen. Instead, many attribute the rise of French anti-Semitism directly to the growing radical Islamic presence in the country, which has Europeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s largest Muslim population. â&#x20AC;&#x153;What is worrying now, since the murders in Toulouse, [is that] there has been an increase in anti-Semitic attacks unrelated to the Middle East events,â&#x20AC;? Rodan-Benzaquen said. JT

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#Hashing It Out Israeli PM conducts Twitter diplomacy By Anav Silverman with Arabic tweets Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu is now tweeting in Arabic on a new Twitter account opened in mid-December. The development caught the attention of the Saudi Internet news service, Al Arabiya, which reported this week that Netanyahu’s Twitter account has drawn new followers from Iraq, Egypt and Lebanon, currently numbering 671 followers. “The aim of this account is to deepen the dialogue with you,” said one of the first tweets by the Israeli prime minister in Arabic on Dec. 14, which later was followed by “Greetings from Jerusalem” and seasonal wishes from the Holy Land for those celebrating Christmas. The Israeli prime minister’s office originally joined Twitter, in addition to YouTube and Facebook, in August 2010 with the conviction that “social media channels today are vital to Israeli public relations, government transparency and keeping the public informed,” according to a statement

by the prime minister’s bureau. In general, Middle East leaders are increasingly utilizing Twitter to engage people and one another, according to a study, called Twiplomacy conducted by the global public relations consultancy Burson-Marsteller in August of this year ( According to the Twiplomacy study, “Twitter has become a new way to communicate with world leaders and a way for these leaders to communicate with each other.” e study found that nearly twothirds of world leaders have accounts on Twitter, with 45 percent of those accounts personally managed by world leaders. e Burson-Marsteller study assessed 264 Twitter accounts belonging to leaders from 125 countries, which combined have nearly 52 million followers. In the Middle East and North Africa, 21 regional leaders have Twitter accounts. One of the most active accounts in the Middle East belongs to Jordan’s

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(March 2007), is the most followed world leader with more than 17 million followers and has the fifth most popular account, sandwiched between pop stars Rihanna and Britney Spears. The second most followed leader is Venezuela’s President Hugo Chavez with more than three million followers. Created in 2006, Twitter is an online social networking service and microblogging service that allows people to send and read text-based messages of up to 140 characters, called tweets. JT Anav Silverman writes for Tazpit News Agency.


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ENTERING THE FOLD How Jewish Baltimore is embracing interfaith families By Ron Snyder

Alix Coughlin has stressed the importance of a Jewish upbringing to her three young boys. Her two older children attend a Jewish preschool, the family attends services at Beth El Congregation and celebrates the Jewish holidays with her parents and extended family. Coughlin maintains a strong Jewish connection for her family, in spite of being married to a Catholic. Coughlin, who grew up in Pikesville, said she made it clear early in her relationship with husband Mike that if they married and had children, the kids would be raised Jewish. Nonetheless, she admitted she was concerned as to whether or not being an interfaith family would work long-term. “Growing up in Pikesville, everyone married someone from Baltimore, and [that someone was] usually Jewish,” said Coughlin, 35, whose boys are ages 5, 3 and 1. “My grandmother was more upset than my parents when I married outside of the faith but now she adores Mike and obviously loves her great-grandchildren. She is pleased we [are raising] the kids Jewish.”

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One of Coughlin’s biggest concerns was whether or not her interfaith family would be welcome within Baltimore’s Jewish community, a fear substantiated by many interfaith families in the area, according to the 2010 Greater Baltimore Jewish Community Study. That study concluded that intermarried households in the greater Baltimore area feel especially disengaged from the Jewish community. For example: • 30 percent of interfaith families in 2010 — compared to 62 percent in 1999 — raise their children solely Jewish • 14 percent of intermarried couples belong to a synagogue — compared to 72 percent of Jewish couples • 2 percent of children to the age of 4 from interfaith families attend a Jewish preschool — compared to 64 percent of children from Jewish households. Interfaith families’ sense of disengagement could possibly be reflective of their minority status. In Baltimore, according to the study, many fewer Jews marry out of the faith: Just 20 percent of Baltimore’s married Jews have a non-Jewish spouse, compared to 48 percent nationally.

Rabbi Olitzky believes the key to bringing more interfaith families into the fold is through “big-tent Judaism.” is, he said, entails including — whether or not you agree or accept — all types of Jews. “Jewish continuity is only possible through an affirmation of its diversity,” Rabbi Olitzky said. “In order for outreach to be effective it has to be strategic, systemic and systematic. It can’t be done through an ad hoc way of looking at programs. It’s not about program fixes. It’s about changing the culture of our institutions and changing the culture of our communities.”

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Eva Stern, director of training at the Jewish Outreach Institute, said the key to improving relations with interfaith families is being proactive and reaching out to them, as opposed to passively waiting for them to come into Jewish institutions. She said this often translates to meeting people where they are, like at department stores, restaurants, libraries and skating rinks, where families congregate. In those locations, programs can be developed to serve as low-barrier entry points for interfaith families.

That does not make the issue less relevant. How to reach out to interfaith families is a matter of debate — in Baltimore and within the national Jewish community. Rabbi Kerry M. Olitzky, executive director of the Jewish Outreach Institute, said interfaith marriage is one of the biggest issues facing Jews in North America, and how we respond to the issue “will, in fact, determine the future landscape of the Jewish community.”

Just 20 percent of Baltimore’s married Jews have a non-Jewish spouse, compared to 48 percent nationally. —2010 Greater Baltimore Jewish Community Study

“One of the things we’ve seen is that utilizing secular spaces as one of the first portals of entry can more than double the percentages of interfaith families that come to these programs. That’s because there is a fear of stepping into the walls of Jewish communities despite all the efforts we make in creating a welcoming community,” Stern said. “[Interfaith families’] primary interests are not in Jewish communal engagement.” Stern noted that it is not just about having a presence, but offering something meaningful through one’s presence. Michael Hoffman, chief planning and strategy officer for The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore, said many of Baltimore’s interfaith families are not active in Jewish life because they live in areas like Roland Park, Guilford and Towson, where Jewish organizations have a limited presence. Hoffman added that the Associated is exploring ways of expanding its reach into non-traditional Jewish communities in the Baltimore area, not just for interfaith families, but for Jews overall. “It’s harder to be Jewish in communities where Jewish institutions aren’t close by,” Hoffman said. “Many Jews [49 percent according to the Communtiy Study] find Jewish organizations to be remote or non-relevant to their needs. … We have to continue to find ways to ensure Jews, including those in interfaith families, don’t feel pushed away. Also, with schedules being stretched so far for many families today, many people won’t be engaged in Jewish life if it’s not easy to do.” Rabbi Benjamin Sharff of Har Sinai Congregation said the goal of his synagogue is to encourage Jewish life for anyone seeking to enrich him or

Percent of Non-Orthodox People in Jewish Baltimore Who Are Intermarried Ages 18-34: 42% Ages 35-49: 34% Ages 50-64: 32% Ages 65+:

13% Source: 2010 Greater Baltimore Jewish Community Study


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herself through faith. He said many interfaith families don’t feel a connection to Jewish life, and he hopes to change that. At his synagogue, interfaith couples are welcome, and the rabbi will marry them. However, he will not co-officiate a wedding with clergy of a different faith. “Part of my job is to encourage living a Jewish life, not to push people away,” he said. Jessica Normington believes there are plenty of avenues in Baltimore for interfaith families to feel welcomed — as long as they know where to look. Normington, the executive director of the Pikesville Chamber of Commerce, raises her two young children Jewish; husband Scott is Protestant. The Normingtons are members of Baltimore Hebrew Congregation and of the Greater Baltimore Jewish Community Center. She said they have never felt isolated. “ere are some interfaith families that just don’t realize everything that is out there today wasn’t available many years ago,” Normington said. “People move around much more today, and interfaith families are more common and accepted now.” Normington has lived in Baltimore all of her life, and her family has been involved with a number of community initiatives. This made it easier, she said, for her to know where to turn. Ivy Ammann agrees. The Reisterstown mother said the only challenge she and her husband, Chris, confronted as an interfaith couple was finding someone to marry them. Since then, they have raised their children, 4 and 2 months, as Jewish.

“Jewish continuity is only possible through an affirmation of its diversity.” — Rabbi Kerry M. Olitzky

The Ammanns gather for weekly Shabbat dinners. Their oldest daughter is enrolled at preschool at Beth Tifiloh Dahan Community School. The Ammanns believe their children have been completely embraced by the Jewish community. “We worked out everything on how to raise the kids even before we got married,” said Ivy Ammann, who attends services at Beth Israel Congregation. She noted there were plenty of resources available for interfaith families interested in raising Jewish children. 28

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Alix and Mike Coughlin are raising their children Jewish even though Mike is Catholic.

Edmund Case, chief operating officer of InterfaithFamily, has built his job around connecting interfaith families with the Jewish resources available to them. Through the Massachusetts-based organization, he works to support interfaith couples exploring Jewish life and inclusive Jewish communities. Case said InterfaithFamily offers programs, resources, training and access to clergy for interfaith families across the country. “Too often there are examples of people hired to start programs in various communities at the JCCs and federations, and they are not there anymore,” Case said. “For some reason, those programs aren’t a priority, or there are competing priorities, or there are financial pressures.”

Defining Jew But not all resources really are available to interfaith families, and that is because for some segments of the community, children of nonJewish mothers are not considered Jewish — no matter how they are raised. Conservative and Orthodox synagogues only recognize matrilineal descent, as per traditional halacha or Jewish law; the Central Conference of American Rabbis, the principal organization of Reform rabbis in North America, recognizes patrilineal descent and has done so since 1983. Rabbi Steven Schwartz of Beth El Congregation said his Conservative synagogue adheres to the Biblical directive. At the same time, he said he could see the Conservative Movement eventually following the lead of the Reform Movement,

defining a Jew as someone born either to a Jewish mother or father. “[Changing the definition] won’t be for a while,” Rabbi Schwartz said. “I do believe the Conservative Movement should at least begin a conversation about this issue.” Rabbi Schwartz said his congregation tries to be welcoming of interfaith families, including allowing the non-Jewish spouse to stand with the Jewish spouse and their son or daughter at the aron kodesh during the child’s bar or bat mitzvah. Children born to non-Jewish mothers have the option of going through a formal conversion prior to their bar or bat mitzvah. “We have to be sensitive to how closed our community can feel to someone who has not grown up in [the faith], and we have to let interfaith families know that they have a place in the Jewish community — and not only a place, but that they are wanted, [that] we need them and appreciate them.” Rabbi John Franken of the unaffiliated Bolton Street Synagogue said the determination of who is Jewish should be based on more than just the mother’s bloodline. His Bolton Hill congregation prides itself on being inclusive to anyone who identifies as being Jewish. “I believe that our approach has allowed many people to practice Judaism than would not have otherwise,” Rabbi Franken said. “Many of these people would have been left spiritually homeless or isolated religiously. … Our approach to who is considered a Jew … is more rigid in many aspects than the halachic approach. We base Judaism on identity rather than on biology.”

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SherriJoyce King (center) and Hussein Amin have raised daughters Sara (right) and Maggie to respect both their Jewish and their Muslim heritages.

Chris and Ivy Ammann said they have found the resources they need to be an interfaith family in Baltimore.

Andrew and Danya Young can appreciate Bolton Street’s philosophy. Andrew is Jewish, and Danya is not. e Youngs have raised their three children Jewish, despite Danya’s background and never thought to do otherwise. “Our children are Jewish and I have never felt stronger toward Judaism than since we joined Bolton Street,” Andrew Young said. At the same time, Young is aware not everyone shares his viewpoint. is was apparent about a year ago, he said, when his youngest daughter learned about Israel in her secular elementary school. “The teacher told the class that if the mother is not Jewish, then the children aren’t considered Jewish,” Andrew Young said. “That left my daughter upset and me angry. She has since gotten over it, but it [reminded me] there are still differing views on who is considered Jewish.”

Two-Way Street Sam Snyder said being Jewish is not just about religion, “it’s a way of life.” The Jewish 57-year-old

retired Baltimore County paramedic has been married for 26 years to his wife, Mary, a Methodist. Together, the couple has raised their son, Jeremy, 25, to appreciate both sides of his heritage. e family keeps kosher on Passover, hosts meals on the High Holidays and tries to follow the key traditions of the Jewish faith. ey also offer opportunities for Jeremy to connect with Christian practices. “Before we got married, we spoke with clergy of different faiths, and all of them said to pick one faith for our children,” Snyder said. “But we have made a conscious effort to have Jeremy respect the principles of both religions and let him make up his mind about which path to take religiously. We believe he is a well-rounded person because of that.” Snyder said despite his wife not being Jewish, she has gone out of her way to embrace his faith’s customs and traditions. From learning how to prepare kosher dishes to understanding the meaning of the holidays, that effort, he said, gained the respect of his immediate family, many of whom are Orthodox. “As much as my parents were upset that I married

outside the faith, they considered Mary the daughter they never had, in part because of the respect she showed to Judaism,” said Snyder, who used to attend Ner Tamid Congregation with his family. Today he does not have a specific synagogue affiliation. Focusing of religious commonalities is something that has worked in Sara Amin’s family for almost 40 years. Amin, 29, a marketing account executive at The Associated, has a Jewish mother and a Muslim father. That family makeup offers Amin a unique perspective. While Judaism is based on the mother’s religion, Islam is based on the father’s lineage. Growing up in Montgomery County, Amin said she leaned more toward Judaism but was taught about her Muslim heritage, especially when her family took trips to visit her father’s family in Egypt. “I understand the Jewish people have had many struggles through the years and have concerns over losing the identity of people who intermarry,” Amin said. “Still, it’s important that children of intermarried families know where they came from” — both sides. Amin’s parents, SherriJoyce King and Hussein Amin, agree. “We never felt pressured to push our children one way or the other,” Hussein Amin said. “We focused on morality, good character and charity — all principles important in both faiths.” JT

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Watch “To the Arctic” at the Science Center, Jan. 4.

WORTH THE SCHLEP Community calendar for Jan. 4 to Jan. 11



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To the Arctic 3D, I MAX The story of a mother polar bear and her twin cubs in the Arctic wilderness. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Maryland Science Center, 601 Light St., Baltimore. Cost: $10 to $20.95.

Brian Ganz Performs: Pianist offers a free mini-recital of Chopin. 2 p.m., JCC of Greater Washington, 6125 Montrose Road, Rockville. Contact 301348-3779 or

“Refusenik” Community Screening: Film chronicles the movement to free Soviet Jews. 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., Weinberg Park Heights JCC, 5700 Park Heights Ave. Contact Stephanie Hague at

Job Search Network: Learn about current job-search and recruiting trends. 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Rosenbloom Owings Mills JCC, 3506 Gwynnbrook Ave. Contact Ronnie Green at 410-843-7433 or

Installation of Rabbi Sruli Motzen: Ner Tamid Congregation welcomes its new rabbi. 5 p.m., Ner Tamid Greenspring Valley Synagogue, 6214 Pimlico Road, Baltimore.

Introduction to Judaism: Learn the basics from all denominations. 7:30 p.m., Baltimore Hebrew Congregation, 7401 Park Heights Ave. Contact Michael Meyerstein at 443-478-3454 or

Graham Colton Pe rforms: Original and folk music. 7 p.m., Beth Am Synagogue, 2501 Eutaw Place, Baltimore. Contact 410-484-9110 or

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Int ernet Job-Search St rategies: Learn effective techniques to negotiate salary, benefits and promotions. 9:30 a.m., Jewish Community Services Building, 5750 Park Heights Ave. Contact 410-466-9200 or

Jewish National Fund Performance: Features “Israeli Idol” winner Hagit Yaso. 5:45 p.m., Chizuk Amuno Congregation, 8100 Stevenson Road. Cost varies. Contact Stuart Diamant-Cohen at 410-486-3317 or

Baby Boosters Story Time: Stories for newborns to 23 months. 10:30 a.m., Reisterstown Library, 21 Cockeys Mill Road.

I nsights on Israel, Tzedakah and Ti kkun Olam: Israeli author and scholar Dr. Noam Zion offers perspectives on Israel, Jewish culture and the values of the Torah. 6 to 8 p.m., Beth Am Synagogue, 2501 Eutaw Place, Baltimore. Cost for Shabbat Dinner: $19 for adults; $12 for children ages 6 to 12; free for children 5 and under; $62 maximum per household. Contact 410-523-2446 or

“The Moutaintop:” Broadway hit premiers in Baltimore. Centerstage, 700 N. Calvert St., Baltimore. Cost: Starts at $15. Contact 410-332-0033 or visit center

Resume Writing Strategy: Learn the latest techniques. 10 to 11:30 a.m., Rosenbloom Owings Mills JCC, 3506 Gwynnbrook Ave. Contact 410-466-9200 or

Effective Cover L etters: Learn the dos and don’ts of this important resume feature. 1 to 2:30 p.m., Rosenbloom Owings Mills JCC, 3506 Gwynnbrook Ave. Contact 410-466-9200 or

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Black and white photograph of unidentified girls outside holding hands in a ring Can you identify anyone in this photo? Contact Jobi Zink, 410-732-6400, ext. 226 or To see more of the Jewish Museum’s extensive collection and find out who has been identified in past photos, visit

For The Soldiers’ Parents

Man On The Street

Shira Saull: To start learning more Torah and work on myself.

Justin Tsucalas

What’s your New Year’s resolution?

A new program has popped up in Jewish Baltimore that will serve as a support not only for Baltimoreans who choose to join the Israel Defense Forces, but also their parents. The Parents of Lone Soldiers Chavura was founded last year by Greenspring-area resident Adam Edelman and wife Phran after their son, Aaron, joined the IDF. “I saw so people doing so much for lone soldiers, but there was nothing for their parents — to get together, talking about

goodreads Israel:The Will To Prevail by Danny Danon Palgrave Macmillan, 2012, 221 pages

Sanjay Seunarine: To get a new girlfriend, someone nice.

Melvin Handwerger: Not to lose my temper.

how they are handling things … to help them feel like they are part of their kid’s experience,” said Edelman. The parents’ group held a Chanukah party, works closely with the Friends of the IDF and is considering a visit to the Israeli Embassy. There are about 15 Baltimore-raised soldiers in the IDF now. Do you want to get involved or do you know someone who should be? Email

With steadfast determination and no apologies, author Danny Danon, deputy speaker of the Knesset, chairman of World Likud and chair of the Knesset Committee for Immigration, discusses Israel’s need to defend herself in spite of world opinion and pressure from the United States government. Danon provides a detailed history of the State of Israel, as he elaborates on the founding of the state in 1948, the 1956 Suez crisis, the Six Day War, the Yom Kippur War and the Israeli strike on Iraq’s nuclear reactor. e author feels strongly that appeasing the leaders

of the Palestine Liberation Organization only makes Israel weaker and threatens her survival. He points out that a two-state solution is impractical as the Palestinian nation is run by terrorist organizations whose leaders will not be satisfied until the nation of Israel is wiped off the map. He proposes a three-state solution, where a regional agreement with Jordan, Egypt and Israel would give Palestinians land and other rights across these areas but not land to form their own state. At the end of the book, there are appendices covering the general provisions of the Oslo Accords, e Council of the League of Nations, the U.N. Security Council’s Resolution 242 and Biblical connections to Israel and Jerusalem. is book is powerful, moving and educational. — Hannah M. Heller


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Arts &Life |

Ahavas Yisrael

Rivka Malka Perlman will speak at this year’s Ahavas Yisrael event.

Event promises to teach Jewish women how to love themselves, care for others By Maayan Jaffe | Photo David Stuck

What does it mean to love a JeW ? What does it mean to love oneself?


these are questions that close to 500 women will learn to answer later this month at the third annual ahavas Yisrael Chabura Project event. it will take place Jan. 13 from 7 to 9:30 p.m. and focus on “ahavas Yisrael starts at home: the art of self-Care.” “loving a fellow Jew means loving yourself,” said Rivka malka Perlman, who will be the event’s keynote speaker. “sometimes you have to go inside yourself, be taking care of yourself, to be a good person.” as such, the event, which, according to danielle sarah storch, the brains


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behind the affair, draws women from across the Jewish spectrum — women with their hair covered, women in pants — will teach participants how to more properly care for themselves. Women will learn proper breath-ing techniques from a certified yoga instructor. ere will be opportunities to stretch — and to fill up emotionally and spiritually, too. in addition, participants will watch two short, inspiring films on the topic of ahavas Yisrael, meet with local practitioners and self-care experts, enjoy light refreshments and receive a package of free prizes and other giveaways, including a handout with tips from nutritionists, massage therapists, chiropractors, financial planners and

even event planners. all items will be geared toward helping Jewish Baltimore’s women care for themselves physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually. “Because women are so strong, we are vulnerable,” said Perlman. “We are capable, technically, of handling everything that is not good for us. how do we stay balanced? God never asked us to do everything.” Perlman, a mother of eight and the director of the WoW program for the etz Chaim Center for Jewish living and learning, said she does not believe that women truly can do everything, but rather that they are constantly trying to prove they are worthy — “We have a lot of quiet

“If I am having a fight with my neighbor, or my sister, or one of the people I work with … there is an inconsistency in the Jewish global soul.” — Mindi Meira Blaxberg

competitiveness.” in her life, she said, she has recognized that there is always a price to pay for pushing too hard. Perlman tries to pay attention

to “where does Hashem want my efforts now” and to pull back when she needs to. How does she practice Ahavas Yisrael, Jewish unity? “I supercharge my interactions,” she said. “We all have the capacity to fill each other’s reservoirs, even in just a quick meeting. I give 100 percent to whoever I am with. I put on a giant smile — for the person at the cash register, the mailman every time he drops off my mail. When we have Shabbos guests, we make signs for our guests so they know we are expecting them and we are excited for them,” said Perlman. “I go on the presumption that we are all kind of needy and we need each other to li each other up.”

Jewish Unity And that is really the message of Jan. 13 — through women improving themselves, they can improve the world. The Jewish Women’s Project for Ahavas Yisrael (AY Project) exists to create a worldwide awareness among Jewish women of their obligation to love and respect every Jew by reinforcing the knowledge that all Jews are connected and responsible for one another. “This is a way to heal our community — Jewishly,” said Mindi Meira Blaxberg, who serves on the event committee and hosts one of 20 AY Project groups in the Baltimore area. These groups meet weekly for 20 minutes and follow pre-written lessons and materials that focus on the laws governing Jewish obligations in interpersonal relationships. Blaxberg explained that there is a Jewish idea that all Jews are connected, that there is one soul divided into fractions — individuals. “If I am having a fight with my neighbor, or my sister, or one of the people I work with … there is an inconsistency in the Jewish global soul,” she said. Blaxberg explained that many


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women focus on differences among them, when they should be focusing on what brings them together. rough the 20-minute AY Project groups, women of all types come together. “People are raised in different ways and may have different beliefs about how to serve God,” she said. “When we come together [we learn] none of us are apathetic about religion, we just have different interpretations.” Blaxberg said that she has witnessed when personal things come out in these sessions, the walls come down, and “there is love that flows between us.” Storch said she has seen with her own eyes how this can make a real difference. “What can we do? There are women who say, ‘ I want to be part of the solution.’ The solution is Jewish unity,” said Storch. “To stop all of these hurricanes, the nuclear threats, the missiles, the hurting, we have to get together. A Jewish people reunited will have God’s protection and blessing.” JT

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Jewish Short Stories with Gail Lipsitz …, January 7, February 4, March 4, May 6, 7:00 p.m., Agus Library Agus Academy: Exploring Prayer with the Beth El Rabbis… Monday evenings at 8:00 p.m., Agus Lbrary 92nd Street Y – live simulcast from New York to Beth El on January 29 at 8 p.m. (An Evening with Al Gore), February 24 at 8:15 p.m. (Israel National Security), April 14 at 8:15p.m. (Science and Religion), Offit Auditorium SAVE THE DATE!! Joshua Nelson Sings Kosher Gospel!!... Special weekend January 18 and 19- Fun, exciting Joshua Nelson Concert, Saturday, January 19, 7:00 p.m. – advance ticket sales $18 adult members, $20 non-members, $10 children 16 and younger. Night of performance, all adult tickets $25, children 16 and younger $15, Rubin Sanctuary Let’s Experience a Tu B’Shevat Seder – January 26 immediately following the Shabbat morning services approximately 12:15 p.m. – Offit Auditorium Baltimore Hebrew Institute- Ulpan Hebrew classes at Beth El – session 2 begins February 6 – April 17, 7:00 p.m., classes held in school wing Yours, Mine and Ours: A Jewish/Christian Conversation with Dr. Rosann Catalano and the Beth El Rabbis – session 2 begins February 20 - May 29 on Wednesday mornings, 9-10:30 a.m., Agus Library American Jews During the Civil War with Dr. Valerie Thaler– March 19 at 7:00 p.m. , Agus Library


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GOT CULTURE? JCC expands its arts program with new, innovative director By Simone Ellin | Photo by David Stuck RANDI BENESCH’S ENTHUSIASM IS CONTAGIOUS.

The JCC’s new managing director of arts and culture has big plans for strengthening and expanding the institution’s presence as a leading venue for the area. With a resume that includes experience as a performer, arts administrator, program director and development professional, combined with a love for the Jewish community and strong relationships with regional arts organizations, Benesch seems ideally suited for her new role.

“We want to build a network of local Jewish artists who will start to consider the JCC as one of their artistic homes.” — Randi Benesch, JCC’s managing director of arts and culture

Benesch, 35, grew up in Owings Mills, attended Franklin High School and frequented the JCC, where she participated in many of its arts programs. Benesch attended Washington University in St. Louis, where she studied theater. e university was affiliated with the Edison eater, and Benesch worked there gaining experience in the management aspects of the performing arts. It was her stint at the Edison 34

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eater that convinced her to become an arts administrator. From there, Benesch interned for the St. Louis Symphony and the Lincoln Center Summer Festival. Her first job was in the artistic programming department of the Kennedy Center in Washington. Later, Benesch became program manager for the Columbia Festival for the Arts in Howard County. At the Columbia Festival, Benesch researched artists and negotiated contracts. She gained community engagement experience, working with local groups to offer residencies, master classes, panel discussions and workshops with the artists. Deciding she needed fundraising experience, Benesch joined Centerstage in Baltimore, where she oversaw development events and individual giving campaigns. After seven years, Benesch was ready for a new challenge and set out to start her own consulting business. But her plans changed when she learned of the JCC’s new mission to expand and revitalize its arts and culture programming. “This job would unite two of my passions,” she said. “The JCC has always been committed to arts and culture, and we’ve had great people working on it in the past,” said Phil Miller of the JCC. “But about two-and-a-half years ago, we started to wonder if there was more we could be doing in this area. We had a year-long strategic planning process, and we held town hall meetings and focus groups all over Baltimore.” It revealed that there was room for growth in the JCC’s arts programming and also that there needed to be one person to head up the whole endeavor, said Miller.

Randi Benesch is stepping up the arts and culture experience at the JCC.

“We had wonderful Nancy Goldberg, and we thought she would be that person, but then she decided to retire. When we found out, we kind of gulped; so we started a nationwide search, and right here in Baltimore we found Randi,” he said. “Randi had fantastic experience for the position. We were looking for someone with a love and passion for the arts who knew how to manage a department and to engage donors. She’s also a wonderful human being with great people skills and warmth. She’s been here since July, and we’re very excited about what she’s already done and what will be happening in the next several years.” Prior to Benesch’s arrival, arts and culture programs were part of the

Gordon Center and included the Jewish Film Festival, CineFest, Hazamir (a Jewish teen choir), the Jewish Theater Workshop, arts classes for members of all ages and, of course, performances at the Gordon Center. Additionally, the JCC housed art galleries at both of its sites, performances at its black box theater, Milldale’s arts camp and the Maccabi ArtsFest. Benesch said she plans to nurture and grow these existing programs. The Gordon Center, she said, will continue to be the “backbone” of the JCC’s arts and culture programs. “My vision for the Gordon Center is to present local, national and international productions. It’s a wonderful venue for dance, music, theater and comedy, and I also want to give the

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Harmony is our passion. community opportunities to use the space. We want to build a network of local Jewish artists, who will start to consider the JCC as one of their artistic homes,â&#x20AC;? she said. A key element of Beneschâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s plan is creating partnerships with other community organizations â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Jewish and secular. â&#x20AC;&#x153;To me, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a no-brainer,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;People in the Jewish community are some of the biggest supporters of the arts in Baltimore. It only makes sense that we should continue to strengthen Jewish life here.â&#x20AC;? Partnering with other arts organizations is a â&#x20AC;&#x153;win-winâ&#x20AC;? proposition, she said. î&#x201A;&#x160;is year, during the High Holidays, the JCC partnered with Music Director Marin Alsop of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and chazan Emanuel Perlman of Chizuk Amuno Congregation to present concerts and related programming about Leonard Bernstein and his composition â&#x20AC;&#x153;Kaddish.â&#x20AC;? Likewise, the JCC will be partnering with Centerstage on Jan. 28, when the company presents â&#x20AC;&#x153;Five Decades of Playsâ&#x20AC;? at the Gordon Center. What some may not realize is that Centerstage was born out of the JCC 50 years ago. Benesch said she is in talks about collaboration between the JCC and the Creative Alliance, and events already are planned with Maryland Public Television and The Stoop, a Baltimore storytelling series. Although she and her family â&#x20AC;&#x201D; husband Adam (a friend from childhood) and children Jacob, 7, and Mollie, 4 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; live in Ellicott City, their families live in Owings Mills, only a couple of miles from the JCC. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been know to pop into my office,â&#x20AC;? said Benesch with a smile. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It really feels like coming home. This is my neighborhood.â&#x20AC;? JT Simone Ellin is JT senior features reporter

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Babe Ruth in 1921

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BABE RUTH AND THE HOLOCAUST Why would this month’s history column be about a German-Catholic athlete? Here’s our pitch. It’s a Baltimore baseball story of sorts, but while Jews love baseball, not everyone knows there is a single, but meaningful, Jewish connection to Baltimore’s baseball icon George Herman “Babe” Ruth. The particular incident, described in the following article by Rafael Medoff, occurred a bit more than 70 years ago, on Dec. 22, 1942, when the Nazis’ “Final Solution” was at its height in Europe. Babe Ruth was born in a Pigtown row house at 216 Emory St. in 1895. His father, George, was a saloon owner and lightning-rod salesman of German descent. His mother, Kate, of German-Irish descent, was often ill. 216 Emory St. is now the Babe Ruth Birthplace Museum and is just a few blocks from Oriole Park at Camden Yards. But in the early years of the past century, the young Babe Ruth was often in trouble, as he roamed the streets of the Ridgely’s Delight neighborhood. He was sent to St. Mary’s Industrial School for Boys, a reformatory and orphanage, where he lived under the custody of the Catholic missionaries who ran the school. The site of St. Mary’s is occupied by the former Cardinal Gibbons School. It was there that Brother Matthias Boutlier introduced Ruth to baseball, and the rest, of course, is history. One could say that this “Ruth” played “Boaz-ball,” and like the Biblical Ruth, who converted to Judaism, perhaps Babe, too, understood Jewish principles, took them to heart and acted to promote the well-being of others. — Paul Foer See Babe Ruth on page 38

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By Dr. Rafael Medoff

Babe Ruth is remembered for his home runs on the field and his hot-dog binges and other peccadilloes off the field. But as the American public is about to discover, there was another Babe Ruth — one who went to bat for women and minorities, including the Jews of Europe during the Holocaust. Throughout the spring and summer of 1942, Allied leaders received a steady stream of reports about the Germans massacring tens of thousands of Jewish civilians. Information reaching the Roosevelt administration in August revealed that the killings were not random atrocities, but part of a Nazi plan to systematically annihilate all of Europe’s Jews. In late November, the Department of State publicly verified this news, and, on Dec. 17, the U.S. and British governments and their allies issued a declaration acknowledging and condemning the mass murder. But aside from that Allied statement, the Roosevelt administration had no intention of doing anything in response to the killings. There was no serious consideration of opening America’s doors — or the doors of British-ruled Palestine — to Jewish refugees. There was no discussion of taking any steps to rescue the Jews. As quickly as the mass murder had been revealed, it began to fade from the public eye. Dorothy ompson was determined to keep that from happening. And Babe Ruth would help her. Thompson (1893-1961) was the first American journalist to be expelled from Nazi Germany. She was once described by Time magazine as one of the two most influential women in the United States, second only to Eleanor Roosevelt. In the autumn of 1942, ompson contacted the World Jewish Congress with a novel idea: mobilizing German-Americans to speak out against the Nazi persecution of the Jews. As a journalist, ompson understood the manbites-dog news value of German-Americans protesting against Germany — especially in view of the well-publicized pro-Nazi sentiment in some segments of the German-American community. Just a few years earlier, more than 20,000 supporters of


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SEVENTY YEARS AGO on Dec. 22, the names of 50 German-Americans appeared on a full-page advertisement in The New York Times and nine other daily newspapers to raise their voices “in denunciation of the Hitler policy of cold-blooded extermination of the Jews of Europe.” The most prominent signatory was George Herman “Babe” Ruth.

From left: George Sisler, Babe Ruth and Ty Cobb pose for the camera.

the German American Bund had filled Madison Square Garden for a pro-Hitler rally. The World Jewish Congress agreed to foot the bill for publishing Thompson’s anti-Nazi statement as a newspaper advertisement. She drafted the text and set about recruiting signatories. Seventy years ago on Dec. 22, the “Christmas Declaration by men and women of German ancestry” appeared as a full-page ad in The New York Times and nine other major daily newspapers. “[W]e Americans of German descent raise our voices in denunciation of the Hitler policy of coldblooded extermination of the Jews of Europe and against the barbarities committed by the Nazis against all other innocent peoples under their sway,” the declaration began. “These horrors ... are, in particular, a challenge to those who, like us, are descendants of the Germany that once stood in the foremost ranks of civilization.” The ad went on to “utterly repudiate every thought and deed of Hitler and his Nazis,” and urged the people of Germany “to overthrow a regime which is the infamy of German history.” The names of 50 prominent German-Americans appeared on the advertisement. There were several notable academics, such as Princeton University dean Christian Gauss and University of Maine president Arthur Mauck. Leading Protestant theologian Reinhold Niebuhr, news correspondent William Shirer and orchestra conductor Walter Damrosch appeared on the ad. So did Freda Kirchwey, editor of the political news weekly The Nation, and Oswald Heck, speaker of the New York State Assembly. But the signatory who was by far the best known to the American public was George Herman “Babe” Ruth.

Ruth, at that time held the records for the most home runs in a season (60) and the most home runs in a career (714), as well as numerous other batting records. Having excelled as a pitcher before switching to the outfield and gaining fame as a hitter, the amazingly versatile Ruth even held the pitching record for the most shutouts in a season by a lehander. Not surprisingly, Ruth was one of the first players elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame. By participating in this German-American protest against the Holocaust, Ruth used his powerful name to help attract public attention to the Jews’ plight. Timing is everything, and the timing of Ruth’s protest was crucial: Precisely at the moment when U.S. officials were hoping to brush the Jewish refugee problem aside, Babe Ruth helped keep it front and center. In an era when professional athletes rarely lent their names to political causes, and when most Americans — including the Roosevelt administration — took little interest in the mass murder of Europe’s Jews, Babe Ruth raised his voice in protest. Ruth’s action is even more memorable when contrasted with the kind of behavior that often lands athletes on the front pages these days. Filmmaker Byron Hunter and Ruth’s granddaughter, Linda Ruth Tosetti, have collaborated on a soon-to-be-released documentary, “Universal Babe.” Those who are accustomed to thinking of Ruth’s off-the-field activities in terms of binges and carousing will be pleasantly surprised to learn from the film of the slugger’s noble efforts on behalf of women’s baseball, the Negro Baseball Leagues and the Jews of Hitler Europe. JT Dr. Rafael Medoff is founding director of The David S. Wyman Institute for Holocaust Studies, in Washington D.C. This article was originally published by


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Step Back I remember writing my essay for Haverford College on New Year’s Day. I don’t remember writing the essays for the other schools, but I remember, very clearly, sitting on my bedroom floor with my back pressed against the footboard of my bed and writing about New Year’s. I don’t remember exactly what I wrote, but I would guess my essay was filled with all the hopes and dreams for the future, as one would imagine an ambitious 17-year-old would write as she sat on her bedroom floor dreaming about college. I do remember the final line, “Happy New Year.” In my mind, the line was read in a dramatic whisper. (A very dramatic whisper, as said by a 17-year-old girl who considered herself very dramatic and inspiring.) I smile when I think of that girl. She comes to mind often now, as I begin the college search with my daughter. She’s a high school junior and not yet in the essay-writing stage. But that hasn’t stopped me from frequently suggesting possible essay topics for her. And, I truly think I’m being helpful. More than that, I truly think I’m awesome because I’m merely suggesting topics and structure and not actually writing the essay for her as rumors have it that other parents do. But earlier this week, I accompanied my daughter on a tour of a local university. After explaining the differences between all of the various schools and programs offered by the university, the admissions officer took some time to give the kids application tips. Take a challenging curriculum, let us know that you really want to go to our school, and finally, as great as your parents are and as much as they should absolutely proofread your application, do not let

them tell you what to write for your essay. Wow. OK, not even suggestions? No. Not even suggestions, because, as the admissions officer wisely explained, the moment it becomes someone else’s topic is the moment the essay stops being authentic. I thought about that. My parents didn’t discuss my essays with me. And how would I have felt if I had told them my essay topic and they didn’t like it? When I think back on that essay, although I don’t remember exactly what I wrote, I remember it truly reflecting who I was at that moment. I realize now I need to let my daughter do the same. It’s so frightening though. If only I could be the one to write the essay — then I could make the school see my child the way I see her. But maybe that’s not the way they should see her. I don’t necessarily know everything about her anymore. I can’t say for certain that I know exactly what her dreams are or how she sees herself. My vision of her is filled with memories of her playing tea party and singing made-up songs. My vision is clouded with ideas of who I think she is when she’s at school or with her friends. But that’s not her. Only she can paint that portrait. As parents, we need to let our children tell their own story. At some point, we have to stop leading the way. At some point, we must step back and walk side-by-side with our children. And, if we’re very lucky, they’ll allow us to hold their hands as we walk. Happy New Year. JT

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‘Just In’ Time for Winter Justin Berk has gained a considerable

following during his more than a decade as a meteorologist in the Baltimore region. at following has grown in recent years, as Berk quickly learned how to reach out to an ever-expanding audience via social media. It was the desire to explore social- media opportunities more that eventually led Berk to walk away last January from WMAR-TV, where he had forecasted since 2003. “The face of media is changing,” Berk said. “Those in old media are now adjusting to how to best utilize new media at a time when people expect their news and weather instantaneously, many through their smartphones.” Berk said he spent the first part of last year working out a plan on how to move his career forward. is included working on the schematics for several smartphone apps. However, the idea he eventually moved forward with didn’t come from him; it came from his 6-year-old son, Brendan, who suggested a weather app designed specifically for kids. is led to the recent release of the Kid Weather App. “I had some idea of what I wanted to do with an app, but I realized that Brendan [was] onto something special,” Berk said. “I come from a family of educators, and it was important to me that I develop something that people could learn from. A weather app for kids, designed by kids — I think accomplished just that.” Berk said the app has something to offer children from toddlers to preteens. Along with weather for local communities, the app also features trivia, safety tips, temperature graphing and a Fahrenheit-to-Celsius calculator. ere are also several avatars


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people can choose, and users can “dress” them based on the weather. “Weather is something that interests people of all ages,” Berk said. “I’ve found more and more kids are getting their weather from some kind of mobile device anyway. is helps make it fun and educational at the same time. Science, technology, engineering and math [STEM] are such an integral part of a child’s education today. e app offers parents and even teachers a new interactive platform to engage children in those subjects.” e Kid Weather App became available for iPhone in November and for Android last month. Berk said he already has had several thousands of people pay $1.99 to download it. ose who have purchased it have come from across the country with several dozen more coming from as far away as Australia, despite the app not yet having international forecasting abilities. Gina Miller was one of the first to download it. e Woodbine mother of two, a 10-year-old daughter and 13-year-old son, said she first put it on her phone because her daughter would ask her every day what the weather would be during recess. “My kids love it,” Miller said. “is

Justin Berk and son Brandon developed an app that teaches kids about the weather.

app appeals to kids of all ages. It teaches them about weather in a practical, hands-on way that is age appropriate without ‘dumbing down.’” Sherri Sibel omas also downloaded the app. e Sparks mother said her daughters, 9 and 12, had never taken an interest in the weather until now.

been an amazing learning experience. It is the centerpiece of his company, Just In Weather LLC, which also has Berk offering metrological consulting work for several businesses. Berk, a 1995 Cornell graduate, also continues to teach meteorology classes at Stevenson University.

“A weather app for kids, designed by kids — I think accomplished just that.” — Justin Berk

“It’s truly an exciting application for children of all ages,” Sibel omas said. Berk said Miller and Sibel Thomas learned of the app, like most who have purchased it, via social media. Most of Berk’s marketing is done on Facebook, where he has more than 23,000 followers. More than half of those started to follow Berk after he left WMAR. “is huge following really opened my eyes to the impact of social media,” Berk said. “I get instant feedback on everything from the weather forecast to what people do and don’t like about the app. e key moving forward is learning how to best leverage that audience.” Berk said developing the app has

“e response has been tremendous,” Berk said. “What has made this even more special is that I got to go on this journey with my son.” Berk added that the lesson he taught Brendan through this process went far beyond the weather. “Getting this app off the ground was not an easy process,” Berk said. “We had to adjust along the way and had to hold off including certain features on the app. There were also issues ensuring it worked for both iPhone and Android devices. All of these delays taught Brendan the value of patience and that hard work does pay off in the end.” JT Ron Snyder is a JT staff reporter


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e Jewish View Dick Goldman


Yet To Be It was sImple and easy in the beginning. I was born Jewish. since our wedding, however, my wife and I have affiliated with and been active in congregations that are Reform, Conservative, Reconstructionist and modern Orthodox. Ultimately, we found none of them met our needs. we did, however, manage to continue our 36-year commitment to the Baltimore Chavurah, which has members from all of them. my children attended schools and camps sponsored by three of these movements, as well as the JCC, and added Habonim for good measure. I have been, at various times, a firm believer in God, an indecisive agnostic and an adamant atheist, sometimes all of these at once. I even studied with Chabad. so who is this God, and what is this religion with which I wrestle? I’m not the only one with a confused identity. while out tending his non-Jewish father-in-law’s flocks, moses the egyptian, as told to us in Shemot, came upon a bush that was in flames but not being consumed. He heard a disembodied voice saying, “moses, moses,” and his truncated response quickly followed: “Here I am.” Not much imagination there. But in trying to authenticate the source of his subsequent conversation, he asks the name of the God with whom he is speaking. this is in preparation for (re)identifying himself as an Israelite and establishing credibility with his people. the answer was “ehyeh-asherehyeh,” “I will be what I will be.” to define something means to put limits or boundaries around it, which effectively separates it from things that are not it. a Reform Jew is not a Conservative Jew or an Orthodox Jew or any other kind of a modified Jew, but I am none of those or all of those. moses was born a Hebrew, raised as an egyptian, married to a midianite and soon to become a


leader of the Israelites. all of this at the behest of God, who hasn’t quite decided on his or her own identity and is looking forward to an unspecified future where this will be determined. It’s unclear how that will happen, though our ancestors have dedicated volumes to the subject. I suspect that this has substantially more to do with us than God.

To define something means to put limits or boundaries around it, which effectively separates it from things that are not it. we live in a complex world with a multiple of identities and a myriad of options available. these shape our lives and influence the choices we make and the paths we follow. like others, I have struggled with the role that Judaism should play in my life. Do I embrace it or reject it? will it be a pervasive force or a more tenuous one? are there values inherent in that identity worth preserving and passing on to our children? Is there a God, and if so, what does that mean? If not, does it matter? God is quoted as saying, “I will be what I will be.” this could make God like art, where beauty — or in this case, meaning — is in the eyes of the beholder. to freeze an idea by limiting it with an adjective destroys its essence. we are all Jews — period. Our diversity is our greatest strength, and it is as a community that is constantly questioning and learning that we best define ourselves. God is still yet to be. JT

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THE NICE JEWISH BOY In O ctObeR 2010, Jared lamb packed a suitcase for his girlfriend, Rachel boteach, after finding her favorite beach outfits on Facebook. he grabbed her passport and dressed his family dogs in bride and groom costumes. he made breakfast and awoke Rachel that morning at 5 o’clock. She groggily joined him downstairs, and with dr. Richard and Sharon lamb secretly looking on, he sat her in front of a video montage of their relationship and knelt down to ask her to marry him. after eating, they headed to the bahamas to celebrate. linda and david boteach were in on the surprise as well, as they had given Jared their approval. mutual friends introduced Rachel and Jared at the University of maryland in the fall of 2005, and she developed a “huge crush.” She made an effort to talk to him each time he visited her dorm and through aOl’s Instant messenger. “he was so cute,” says Rachel, now

25 and marketing manager for the family business, best dental Studio. “and he was a nice Jewish boy from Pikesville.” they joke today that Rachel “wore him down” and they became friends. It took a few months, but Jared started to “appreciate her presence.” “I realized she was really special,” says Jared, 26, an attorney for the Social Security administration. While home one weekend in april 2007, they went to the mcdonald’s in Reisterstown and joke today that it was their first date. Within a month, their relationship grew serious, and they professed their love. at summer, they spent their free time together, enjoying movies, dining out, visiting the national aquarium and reflecting on their similar upbringings and complete compatibility. their fate was sealed in January 2008, when both traveled to Germany for a semester abroad. Within two days, Rachel fell ill. Jared “stepped up to the plate” and figured out the bus system and got Rachel to

a doctor. “I had a terrible fever,” she recalls. “Jared totally took care of me. he was definitely husband material.” they planned to be there a month, but when Rachel called her doctor, she learned the German physician had prescribed medicine not legal in the U.S. her doctor advised her to return home immediately. aer five days, the couple was back in baltimore, but their future was set. “I knew I loved her, and I wanted to take care of her,” says Jared. aer a stressful summer of law school and grad school graduations, moving back to baltimore and starting new jobs, they married on Sept. 2, 2012 at the Peabody library with Rabbi Yerachmiel Shapiro of moses montefiore anshe emunah congregation officiating. “now we are just enjoying things,” says Jared. “We are enjoying being newlyweds.” JT

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Community | Obituaries ABRAMOWITZ — On December 27, 2012, SARAH (nee Cohen); beloved wife of the late Abraham Abramowitz; loving mother of Elaine (Harvey) Dossick and Marvin (Gail) Abramowitz; devoted sister of Rose Frank and the late Sadie Grossman and Bessie Baverman; loving grandmother of Kyle Dossick, Adam (Amanda) Abramowitz, Ashley Abramowitz and Melanie Abramowitz. Interment at Anshe Emunah Aitz Chaim Cemetery, 3901 Washington Blvd. Please omit flowers. Contributions in her memory may be sent to charity of your choice. AMERNICK — On December 26, 2012, LEON; beloved husband of the late Hortense “Horty” Amernick (nee Mervis); dear father of Roslyn (Allan) Kushner and Allan (Vicki) Amernick; cherished brother of Bernard Amernick and the late Ralph Amernick; loving grandfather of Suzanne (Michael) Podberesky, Steve (Penny) Amernick, Andrew (Rebecca) Amernick, Alex Amernick and the late Brian Hecht; also survived by loving great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Interment at Anshe Emunah Aitz Chaim Cemetery, 3901 Washington Blvd. Please omit flowers. Contributions in his memory may be sent to the Kosher Food Pantry, c/o Jewish Family Services, 5750 Park Heights Ave., Baltimore, MD 21215. BECKER — On December 30, 2012, CARA GWEN; beloved daughter of Jill and Eric Becker; loving granddaughter of Alma and Dr. Larry Becker, Rheda Becker and Robert Meyerhoff, Marsha and Gordon Becker and the late Gail and Gwen Becker; dear sister of Greg Becker and Jake Becker; adored niece of Erin and Doug Becker, Gary and Melissa Becker, Ira and Jill Miller, Andy and Sherri Cohen, Jenny Benscher, Jill Spector and Joel Cohn, Marcy Spector and Joe Ponczak, Jodi and Doug Greenstein and Jules and Karen Rosenberg; cherished cousin of Will, Grant, Gail, Amanda, Jack, Glen, Maris, Madison, Eli, Simone, Noah, Ben, Rose, E.J., Alex, Hannah, Harrison, Will, Grant, Danielle, Samantha, Carly and Casey; loving friend of Lauren Brown and Adam Klein. Interment at Baltimore

Hebrew Cemetery, Berrymans Lane. Please omit flowers. BENNETT — On December 25, 2012, HILDA C. of Newark, Del., (born in Baltimore), died peacefully at her home. Mrs. Bennett was predeceased by her beloved husband, Jim, daughter Blair and great-granddaughter Madeline Hodgdon. She is survived by her daughter, Nina, of Newark; her son, Brian, and daughter-in-law Bev of Boulder, Colo. She is also survived by grandsons, Benjamin (his wife Tiffany) and Timothy Hodgdon and their children. In lieu of flowers, kindly send donations in Hilda’s name to Friends of the Newark Library or the Newark Senior Center. CAPLAN — On December 25, 2012, LOIS G. (nee Simons); beloved wife of Ivan L. Caplan; devoted mother of Diana ( Jeremy) Jolles and Jordan (Stacey) Caplan; loving daughter of Charles and the late Minna Simons; loving sister of Scott Simons; cherished grandmother of Michaela and Madalyn Caplan. Interment at Beth Tfiloh Cemetery, 5800 Windsor Mill Road. Please omit flowers. Contributions in her memory may be made to Room To Read at general/LoisLibrary. COLLACK — On December 26, 2012, BERNARD; beloved husband of the late Anita Collack (nee Schwartz); beloved father of Randy (Carol) Collack, Sheri (Kevin) Merkel and Scott (Meredith) Collack; devoted brother of Sylvia (late Irving) Soifer and the late Arlene Leach; loving grandfather of Morgan, Aidan, Daniel, Joshua, Ashley and Nathan. Interment at Beth Tfiloh Cemetery, 5800 Windsor Mill Road. Please omit flowers. FISHEL — On December 28, 2012, BEVERLY G. (nee Gelfound); beloved wife of the late Mannes H. Fishel; loving mother of Gael T. Fishel; devoted sister of Rita Levin. Also survived by many loving nieces, nephews and dear friends. Interment at Bnai Israel Cemetery, 3701 Southern Ave. Please omit flowers. Contributions in her memory may be sent to the charity of your choice.

FREEDMAN — On December 24, 2012, DANIEL; beloved husband of Eileen Freedman (nee Smulson); devoted father of Stacey Freedman and Dawn (Glenn) Goldberg; dear brother of the late Sylvan, Melvin, Ephraim Freedman and Esther Leventhal; loving grandfather of Michael Freedman, Jamie Sherrill, Jared Goldberg and his fiancee Jessica Vollmer and Cameron and Tyler Goldberg. Interment at Har Sinai Cemetery, Garrison Forest Road. Please omit flowers. Contributions in his memory may be sent to the Foundation Fighting Blindness, 7168 Columbia Gateway Drive, Suite 100, Columbia, MD 21046. HYMAN — On December 26, 2012, ESTELLE (nee Datkyn); beloved wife of the late Henry Hyman; beloved mother of Alan B. (Sharon) Hyman and the late Dr. Daniel M. Hyman; loving grandmother of Cori Anscher and Marcie Sadofsky; loving great-grandmother of Tyler, Emma and Blake Anscher and Alex and Cole Sadofsky. Interment at New Montefiore Cemetery, Pinelawn, N.Y. Please omit flowers. KLAWANSKY — On December 26, 2012, HAROLD M.; loving husband of Roslyn Klawansky (nee Weinberg); cherished father of Susan Lee Klawansky and Myra K. ( Jeff ) Siegel; adored brother of Irene (Frank) Bressler and the late Mitchell Kay and Norman Klawansky; beloved grandfather of Eliza I. Siegel. Interment at Beth Jacob Cemetery, Finksburg, Md. Please omit flowers. Contributions in his memory may be sent to Levindale Hebrew Geriatric Center and Hospital, c/o LifeBridge Health Department of Development, 2401 W. Belvedere Ave., Baltimore, MD 21215 or the charity of your choice. KROUSS — On December 26, 2012, ARTHUR; beloved husband of Marcia Krouss (nee Weissman); devoted father of Jessica (Mitchell) Cornblatt, Evan Krouss and the late Lori Kodeck; dear brother of the late Stuart Krouss; loving grandfather of Leah and Tyler Cornblatt, Jared, Jordan and Eric Krouss and Jonathan and Hilary Kodeck. Interment at Mikro Kodesh Beth Israel Cemetery, 6700 Bowleys Lane. Omit flowers. Con-

tributions in his memory may be sent to Beth Israel Congregation, 3706 Crondall Lane, Owings Mills, MD 21117. MARCUS — On December 27, 2012, RUTH (nee Kitzes); beloved wife of Leonard Marcus; cherished mother of Erica Marcus; dear sister of the late David Kitzes. Please omit flowers. Contributions in her memory may be sent to Doctors Without Borders, 333 7th Ave., 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10001. RHODY — On December 27, 2012, ELAINE (nee Oberfeld); beloved wife of Donald Rhody; devoted mother of Alan Rhody (Leigh Anne Starling) and Darcy Lyn Vice; loving sister of the late Sonny Oberfeld. Interment at Baltimore Hebrew Cemetery, Berrymans Lane. Please omit flowers. Contributions in her memory may be sent to the Mildred Mindell Cancer Fund, c/o Marian Shuman, 17 Branchwood Court, Baltimore, MD 21208. SAFFRON — On December 25, 2012, JEROME ; beloved husband of Ida Saffron (nee Kipnes) and the late Helen Saffron (nee Tabb); devoted father of Shelley Saffron and Stephen (Linda) Saffron; dear stepfather of Bonnie Harrison and Stuart Greenberg; loving grandfather of Melissa McCarthy, Daniel Saffron and Jenna (Robert) Chaney; loving great-grandfather of Kyle and Jayden. Interment at Hebrew Young Men’s Cemetery, 5800 Windsor Mill Road. Please omit flowers. Contributions in his memory may be sent to the American Cancer Society, 8219 Town Center Drive, Baltimore, MD 21236. SCHERR — On December 28, 2012, DAVID JONATHAN; loving son of Kandy Scherr and Bruce Scherr; devoted brother of Samuel, Benjamin and Russell Scherr; loving grandson of Harry and the late Bobbe Lipsitz and the late Annette and Nathan Scherr; loving nephew of Randy (Margarite) Lipsitz, Marc Lipsitz, Terri (Richard) Jaffe and Barbara Jacobi; also survived by loving cousins, family and many dear friends. Interment at Arlington Cemetery, Chizuk Amuno Congregation, North Rogers Avenue. Please omit flowers.


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SCHONFELD — On December 26, 2012, GERALD “JERRY”; beloved husband of Annette Schonfeld (nee Smith); loving father of Stephen Schonfeld, Joseph (Lorri) Schonfeld and Karen (Chayim) Stern; devoted brother of the late Ruth (Sig) Elover; cherished “Pappy” of Ben Stern, Talia Stern, Erica (Nathan) Hyman, Torie Schonfeld, Adena Schonfeld and Zoe Schonfeld; loving great-grandfather of Akiva Hyman. Interment at Chevra Ahavas Chesed Cemetery, Randallstown. Omit flowers. Contributions in his memory may be sent to the charity of your choice. SILVERMAN — On December 26, 2012, GLORIA ELLEN; cherished daughter of Betty (nee Sherman) and the late Colman Silverman; devoted sister of Susan Silverman and Anita (Hal) Katzen; beloved aunt of Matthew and Donna Katzen. Interment at Bnai Israel Cemetery, 3701 Southern Ave. Please omit flowers. Contributions in her memory may be sent to the charity of your choice. WEINER — On December 29, 2012, DR. WILLIAM J.; beloved husband of Dr. Lisa M. Shulman. He was the loving patriarch of our extended family, which includes the Weiners (Monica Weiner, Miriam Weiner and Gregg Bellows and their sons Abel and Adam) and the Shulmans (Joshua and Esther Shulman and their daughters Emily and Julie, and Corey and Jenna Shulman and their son Micah). He was the brother of Barry and Merle Weiner and the brother-in-law of Linda Weiner, Art Goldberg, Mitchell Mink and Jackie and Michael Gilson. Please omit flowers. Contributions in his memory may be sent to the University of Maryland Baltimore Foundation Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders Center, 110 S. Paca St., Baltimore, MD 21201 or the University of Maryland Greenebaum Cancer Center, 22 S. Greene St., Baltimore, MD 21201.

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A Sixty Acre Rolling Estate Please accept our invitation to view our lovely garden apartments

All apartments feature generous living areas and spacious closets. 1BR/SOLARIUM STARTING AT


Penthouse. One Bedroom Condo. W/D. Balcony, skylight, indoor parking, pool, tennis, full security. At 695 & 83 $1,600/mo











• Heat and hot water included • Full eat-in kitchens •Washer and dryer in each unit •Walk-in closets • Cable/FIOS ready •Trash collection at your door • Large patios & balconies • Summer swimming pool membership

Rental office open 9-6, Monday-Friday & Saturday by appt.



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3BR, 2 BA carpeted ground-level unit,

ideal for senior citizens. Newly renovated throughout. Features new appliances, (Fridge, Washer/Dryer, Stove, Oven,

Dishwasher & Central Air). Living-room overlooks private area with pond. Also

includes private garage parking. Shown by appointment. 410-998-9167

Homesale YWGC Realty

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LONG & FOSTER Greenspring Valley – Lutherville

410.583.5700 VALLEY STREAM (25LI) $324,900

REISTERSTOWN (08QU) $699,900

ROCKLAND (25ST) $899,000

VELVET VALLEY (16VE) $749,000

PATTI SPIGEL 410-241-9797

MAUREEN FLYNN (410) 978-4466

VECKY STANKOVIC 443-421-2921

PATTI SPIGEL 410-241-9797

WOODRIDGE (2WO) $759,000

CAVES FOREST (25CA) $649,900


STEVENSON (06SC) $599,000

CAROLE OR LINDA 410-409-8110

LINDA OR CAROLE 410-375-6532

LARRY SNYDER 410-925-1575

LIBBY BERMAN 410-978-4920



NEW TOWN (47WA) $189,900

STEVENSON (34BI) $339,000

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MAUREEN FLYNN (410) 978-4466

LINDA OR CAROLE 410-375-6532

CAROLE OR LINDA 410-409-8110

LINDA OR CAROLE 410-375-6532

PALADIA WAY $1,350,000

QUARRY LAKE (73TR) $319,900

THE RISTEAU (23OL) $290,000


CAROLE OR LINDA 410-409-8110

LIBBY BERMAN 410-978-492

SHARON ZUCKERBROD (410) 599-5303

CHESWOLDE (60WO) $229,900

SCOTTS HILL (10FL) $175,000

STEVENSON (82MA) 469,000



LINDA OR CAROLE 410-375-6532




ANN OR MORT 410-905-1401





EILEEN BUMBA 410-790-1757

PATTI SPIGEL 410-241-9797

CAROLE OR LINDA 410-409-8110

THE TOWERS (30FA) $99,900



SUBURBIA THS,4BR,3.5BA,$199K,Diane S.410-440-1138 WYNDHAM CND,2BR,2BA,$144, 900,Irina B.410-868-4679 THE FALLS CND,2BR,2BA,$164,900,Ann N. 410-905-1401 BROOKSTONE CND,2BR,2BA,$165,500,Kristina J,410-404-4104 NEWTOWN THS,3BR,2BA,2HBA,$239,900,Patti S.410-241-9797 STEVENSON VLG CND,2BR,2BA,$125K,Carole G.410-409-8110

LINDA OR CAROLE 410-375-6532

SHARON ZUCKERBROD (410) 599-5303

CLUBHOUSE CND,2BR,2BA,$59,900 Patti S. 410-241-9797 FALLS GABLE CND,2BR,2BA,$164,900, Ann N. 410-905-1401


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Rebecca Conway

Dmitry Fayer

Marc Goldstein Broker, ABR, CRS, GRI







Anna Yashnyk

Gennady Fayer

Realtor, ABR, CDPE Certified Distressed Property Expert

Realtor, CDPE Certified Distressed Property Expert



STEVENSON $419,900 (WOO)


4BR/2.5BA Contemporary w/eat-in kit, 1st fl FR, big LR & DR, 2 car garage.

ASPEN RUN $265,000 (SHA) 3BR/2BA Split Foyer w/eat-in kit, sep DR, 1st fl FR. Custom baths, fin'd LL. Landscaped corner lot.

Ida Volkomich


Aaron Pearlman

Marina Shwartz

Realtor, ABR, GRI









4BR/2.5BA Colonial on 1.99 acres! Granite kit, MBR suite w/lux BA, 1st fl FR w/FP, hdwd flrs.

4BR/2.5BA Cape Cod on over 3 acres w/pool! Eat-in kit, 1st fl FR w/FP. MBR suite w/walkin. 2 car garage.

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

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


ASPEN MILL $254,900 (SIL)


SUBURBIA $229,900 (BRA)

3BR/3.5BA brick EOG w/eat-in kit, sep DR, MBR w/cath ceiling. Fin'd walkout LL.

Renovated 3-4BR Townhouse w/eat-in kit, cathedral ceilings, fin'd walkout LL & more!

4BR/3.5BAendTownhousew/eat-inkit,2-storyfoyer,wood floors.MBRsuite,fin'd walkoutLL.Deckoverlookstrees.

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



SUBURBIA $219,900 (EMP)

3BR/2BA renovated Farmhouse w/granite kit, huge DR, MBR suite, full attic, pool.

4BR/3.5BA Townhouse w/eat-in kit, MBR suite, cathedral ceilings, fin'd walkout LL.

OWINGS MILLS $209,900 (BRA) 4BR/2BASplitFoyerw/eat-inkit,sepDR,fin'dLL w/FP. Deck and corner lot..

FOREST GREEN $199,900 (FOR) 3BR/1.5BA Rancher w/many updates! Custom kit, hdwd flrs, vaulted ceilings, huge FR. Private yard.

GARRISON WOODS $179,900 (HIG) 3BR/2/@BA Townhouse w/eat-in kit, hdwd floors, fin'd walkout LL w/FP & half BA.


BELLE FARM ESTATES $164,900 (BON) 3BR/2BA Rancher w/granite eat-in kit, hdwd flrs, fin'd LL w/bath. Enclosed rear porch.


NORTHWOOD $142,500 (KIN)

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

Remodeled 3BR Townhouse w/granite kit, ceramic bath,hdwdflrs.Fin'dwalkoutLL,newroof!

GREENSPRING VALLEY $139,900 (SPR) Updated 2BR Colonial on 1/2 acre! Eat-in kit, 1st fl laundry. New carpet, freshly painted.

STEVENSON $2600 (BIR) 5BR/3BA Contemporary. Over 3500SF. Nice 1/2 acre property.

410-653-SOLD (7653) Office â&#x20AC;˘ 1-800-770-6404 Toll-Free









1930 JORDANS RETREAT RD. UNDER $450,000 Mini horse farm ... Idyllic 7 acres buffered by a forest of trees. Charming home with bright sunroom, central air, gas cooking granite kitchen! A bit of paradise to live and enjoy nature. 3 car garage, workshop. So much charm and so much beauty! Horses, people and pet friendly! When would you like a tour?






The Towers #102 C

3003 Northbrook Rd. Under $275,000 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.


Two bedrooms with full bath GE plus a powder room is a perHU fect 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


All stone semi with front and rear porch- level backyardandaone–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.



the right way


Margaret Rome author of Real Estate

Bright spacious one bedroom and den 8th floor Coop 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.

Under $40,000

Eleven Slade

Beautiful bright 5th floor condo close to elevator overlooks the pool. Spacious 2 bed 2 bath Updated custom white eat in kitchen with loads of cabinets, counters and drawers. 4 closets in master bedroom. Bosch washer and dryer. Balcony and pool. 2nd bedroom built in desk/storage is perfect for office or den. Elegant Move In !

Under $75,000

Seven Slade

Master bedroom with His and Hers Bathrooms and THREE walk in closets plus another closet for shoes. Modern decor with mirrors on the walls and ceilings. Lots of custom built -ins. Open plan with marble floors in foyer, dining room, living room and 2nd bedroom(now used as a den) Bright white eat in kitchen with pantry. Convenient laundry inside the unit. Garage parking and full service luxury!

Under $140,000

One Slade


Custom Built Waterfront Home. Panoramic River Views A home for living, for vacationing and for entertaining. 4-5 bedrooms (2 on main level with full accessible bath) Dock, decks, hot tub, sauna, casita/lanai. Move in ready!

6831 South River Under $500,000



17 Oak Hill Court Under $400,000 2 story contemporary on .42 acre. 4 BR 3 1/2 baths. 3 finished levels. gorgeous lot with park like views from the oversized deck. Gourmet granite, stainless, and ceramic kitchen. Stone fireplace in great room. Luxury Master with double vanities, separate jetted tub and stall shower.1st floor laundry. Mancave with wet bar, fridge and full bath. Sliders for easy outside access. This one is special.


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!



Large rancher with plenty of parking could be the perfect place. This large one level home with easy access, lots of open space, a huge kitchen and glass doors to the spacious deck, would make an ideal home for someone who needed handicapped accessibility or an assisted living facility. Main road with lots of parking. In ground pool. Perfect for summer therapy and relaxation.The lower level has a full bath and door to the outside...perfect for staff or live-in caregiver.



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VEVET VALLEY For more info TEXT “3378” to 79564 For more info TEXT “227260” to 79564 For more info TEXT “879083” to 79564 For more info TEXT “833887” to 79564

$1,199,900 2202A Ridge Rd Marc Witman 410-583-0400

$999,000 8 Chris Eliot Ct Michael Yerman 410-583-0400

$849,900 13 Valley Hi Ct Marc Witman 410-583-0400

$565,000 2414 Velvet Valley Way Terry Stafford (410) 937-4118

VELVET VALLEY For more info TEXT “876740” to 79564

$549,900 2419 Velvet Ridge Dr Marc Witman 410-583-0400

THE RISTEAU For more info TEXT “162885” to 79564

Wishing our clients,

MAYS CHAPEL For more info TEXT “7384” to 79564

customers & friends a Happy and Healthy

$469,500 625 Strandhill Ct Michael Yerman 410-583-0400

CAVES VALLEY For more info TEXT “257” to 79564


$325,000 2331 Old Court Rd #506 Michael Yerman 410-583-0400


$439,000 11014 Park Heights Ave Michael Yerman 410-583-0400

VALLEY HILLS For more info TEXT “298317” to 79564 For more info TEXT “825767” to 79564

$299,900 8516 Meadowsweet Rd #8516 Marc Witman 410-583-0400

$299,900 3106 Huntmaster Way Dolly Rosoff 443-255-9810


QUARRY LAKE For more info TEXT “975763” to 79564 For more info TEXT “145045” to 79564

$268,856 7300 Travertine Dr #305 Marc Witman 410-583-0400

$169,900 1 Smeton Pl #907 Bob Coursey 443-398-4934



Unit #103 $319,900 Unit #106 $349,900 For more info TEXT “363710” to 79564

7902 Brynmor Ct Marc Witman 410-583-0400

$499,900 10810 Longacre Rd Rebecca Perlow 410-916-2888

Baltimore Metro 410.583.0400

Federal Hill 410.727.0606

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