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Long-term concerns remain 17 EXPANDED OPTIONS?

Maryland lawmaker seeks expansion of kosher wine choices 18 ‘DETOUR’ DAVE CELL-A-BRATES!

Hadassah’s Cell-A-Brate fundraiser honors local celebrity, as it raises funds and awareness for stem cell research 20 WIRED

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Levine On SNL Lead singer for Maroon 5 and coach on “The Voice,” Adam Levine, is scheduled to host “Saturday Night Live” on Jan. 26 with special musical guest Kendrick Lamar. Levine has appeared on SNL as a musical guest and recently appeared in “American Horror Story.”

Andrews In Love Host of Fox-TV’s college football studio show and contributor to “Good Morning America,” Erin Andrews, spent New Year’ s Eve with boyfriend Jarret Stoll, center for the Los Angeles Kings. Andrews, 34, reportedly partied the night away with Stoll and musician John Legend.


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Ashton Kutcher

“Two and a Half Men” star and boyfriend of actress Mila Kunis, Ashton Kutcher, is set to star in the upcoming Steve Jobs biopic, “jOBS.” Scheduled to premiere at the upcoming Sundance Film Festival, the Joshua Michale Stern-directed movie will be released nationwide in April and follows the life of Apple creator, Steve Jobs. “‘jOBS’ is certain to resonate with audiences, and we are thrilled to partner with Five Star Feature Films to bring this film to theaters,” said Open Road CEO Tom Ortenberg.

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Faye Resnick, who regularly appears on “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” with best friend Kyle Richards, claimed last week that she was being followed and threatened. Resnick, who wrote a book accusing O.J. Simpson of murdering her then-best friend Nicole Brown Simpson, told police that someone had snuck onto her property and put a threatening note on her car. While the police don’ t have a suspect, they are doing extra patrols near Resnick’s house. DT2 WENN Photos/Newscom

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Opening oughts Phil Jacobs

Stop The Free Fall I can’t get Newtown, Conn., out of my thoughts. It’s only been a little more than two weeks since Adam Lanza shot his way into Sandy Hook Elementary School and started killing children. e other day, I read another tragic story about the killing of a young girl. She wasn’t a soldier on the front lines in Afghanistan or in the war on terror, protecting our liberties. She wasn’t a police officer in a dangerous, gang-infested neighborhood. Aalyiah Boyer was killed standing in the front yard of her Elkton home watching New Year’s Eve fireworks. She was only 10. I believe in a person’s right to bear arms and in the Second Amendment. When a person takes a gun, walks outside and uses the excuse of July 4th or New Year’s Eve to discharge that weapon — pointed straight up in the air — how can they not know that the bullets won’t fall in the wrong place and hurt or kill someone? When will enough be enough? When will the humanity lobby be more important than fearful elected officials looking over their collective shoulders at the gun lobby? Do you really need to own the type of weapon Navy Seals used to kill Osama Bin Laden? What are you going to do, riddle a deer’s body with military firepower? Maybe we should also be able to own a tank or a heavy artillery piece. How about surface-to-air missiles? ere aren’t going to be nightly vigils held in Elkton for Aaliyah. CNN isn’t sending Anderson Cooper there. Nor is there continuing network coverage every time a child is shot by an errant bullet in America. Citizens die by gunfire watching a Batman movie, listening to their congresswoman speak outside a suburban grocery store and responding to a fire. Since a killer took the lives of innocents in an elementary

school classroom, who isn’t vulnerable? Shouldn’t we be able to walk safely on our streets, go to the movies or to school without this? ere’s something broken here, something immoral, something wrong. If the United States truly is the greatest country in the world, then why are there mass shootings? Why is it that the FBI recorded a record 2.78 million background checks for gun purchases in December? at’s a 49 percent increase from December 2011. Some gun stores ran out of inventory. Many times I’ve heard and read arguments from gun owners — after a mass shooting — about the protection of their rights and that gun control will take away those rights. Shouldn’t Aalyiah Boyer have the right to walk outside to celebrate New Year’s Eve? All sides in this gun mess are screaming so loudly at one another, nobody’s listening. About three years ago, a friend took me shooting at an indoor range for the first time. Before I even touched the gun, he spent the good part of an hour educating me on gun safety. I respected that I had a gun in my hand when he taught how to pick it up from the table and how to set it back down. FBI criminal background checks aren’t enough. Somewhere in the gun-purchasing process, a person needs to prove mental competency to qualify. Because now we’re a nation where the mass shooting of the century has become the mass shooting of the year or even of the month. We need to remember the name Aalyiah. Like the roots of her name, “aliyah, we need to ascend and stop this unconscionable free fall. JT Phil Jacobs is executive editor of Washington Jewish Week and Clipper City Media

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Questioning Mr. Hagel When it became known that former Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-Neb.) was President Barack Obama’s likely choice as the next secretary of defense, a skirmish broke out between supporters and detractors that was reminiscent of the recent, vitriolic presidential campaign. Now that the president has formally nominated Mr. Hagel, it is time to ignore the slogans and petty politics and to focus instead on whether Hagel is the right man for the job. We are now familiar with Mr. Hagel’s “unorthodoxy” when it comes to Israel — for example, his call for engagement with Hamas. And, of course, we have heard how he said that he chafed against the pressure of the proIsrael community, and once referred to it as the “Jewish lobby.” We know that he supported the Iraq War before he opposed it. And that he has a checkered record on Iran sanctions. And we are reminded that then Sen. Hagel opposed an openly gay nominee for ambassador to Luxembourg, calling him an “openly, aggressively gay” man. At the same time, Hagel is a former Republican senator


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and a decorated Vietnam War veteran, who would bring bipartisan and military credibility to the Department of Defense; that he is broadly aligned with the president’s defense policies, having served as co-chairman of Obama’s intelligence advisory board; and that he is brave enough to question perceived wisdom. Hagel is a complex man with a public background and history worthy of inquiry. But let’s not get caught up in things that aren’t important to the job. For example, in the run-up to Hagel’s confirmation hearings, let’s not forget that the secretary of defense does not set America’s defense policy. Rather, the secretary is charged with implementation of the president’s policies. Obama’s defense policy has been on display for the past four years. Whether you support it or oppose it, at least you know what it is. Certainly Hagel should be asked questions: Does he favor continuing the Iron Dome missile defense system? Will he work to strengthen security cooperation between

Israel and the Palestinian Authority? Will U.S. Navy ships continue to call at the Port of Haifa? In addition to those areas, let’s understand Hagel’s views on the civil war in Syria; the military ramifications of the evolving political situation in Egypt; American readiness to meet the nuclear challenge in Iran; and his views on China, Russia and al-Qaida. These are all fair areas of inquiry, and they should be pursued. What will not do is the spectacle of elected officials on the Senate’s Armed Services Committee using artificial issues as a substitute for meaningful inquiry. We all understand that the nomination of Chuck Hagel to be secretary of defense is a serious issue. We urge that he be questioned thoroughly, fairly and respectfully. If he is the right man for the job, vote to confirm. If he is not, vote against him. But we urge the Senate to question him and vote on his nomination on the merits, rather than based upon political expediency.

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BBYO’s Big Day There is a feeling you get when you realize you are a part of something bigger than yourself. every year, BBYO holds its international Convention (iC) over Presidents Day weekend. iC is a gathering of BBYO members from around the world and is known to shatter its own expectations year after year. held in a different city every year, iC is a massive event and is integral to BBYO’s continuous success. This year, iC is going to be held in our nation’s capital, Washington. and once again, iC is going to be bigger and better than ever.

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in past years, iC has been attended by 700 to 900 BBYO teens from north america and countries such as Bulgaria, Turkey, israel and Ukraine, among others. Because of BBYO’s incredible teen leaders and staff, iC 2013 will offer more opportunities for its attendees than ever before, as more than 2,200 BBYO members, staff, alumni and speakers will be in Washington to take part in this amazing convention. no matter how many times i hear that number, i am still blown away. is year’s iC is going

to be a groundbreaking experience for the entire organization and the Jewish community as a whole. a tradition at iC is the Day of service. is day is the pinnacle of BBYO’s commitment to tikkun olam, healing the world. On the Day of service, all participants will go into the D.C. community for various types of service arranged by BBYO’s teen leaders. e idea of several thousand BBYO members all doing community service and working toward a common goal is truly moving. e Day of service at iC 2013 is going to be a historical day for BBYO. another big highlight of the convention is our priority of globalization. in recent years, BBYO has focused heavily on involving more countries. Currently, BBYO has members in more than 24 countries. at iC, teens from Bulgaria, serbia, estonia, the United Kingdom, Turkey and dozens more will be representing their Jewish communities. is magnificent accomplishment is a testament to the efforts of BBYO leaders to globalize the organization, and it truly shows the strength of the global Jewish community. in addition, BBYO will be electing the next leaders to serve on its international boards. is is huge for the organization, as the leadership changes hands and the magic of the BBYO takes on a whole new look. BBYO’s international Convention is the driving force not only of the order itself, but also of the Jewish people. iC allows teens to experience Judaism in their own way, and afterward they return home excited about BBYO and Judaism. in this way, the international Convention is helping to engage Jewish teens and preserve the Jewish future. JT Ben Snyder is the president of Northern Region East: Baltimore AZA, the fraternity of BBYO.

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From is View Patti Neumann

Social Journey Social networking is simply a means of communicating in real time with others. If you don’t already know them, the main players in social media are Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest and Foursquare. Do you know how to use them? In my new JT social media/entertainment column, I will unveil insightful dos and don’ts, skills, tips and information to better use these social networking vehicles to manage your business and grow your customer base, no matter what industry you are in. The business world is changing, actually evolving, as you read this. Just yesterday Web 2.0 took over the push-pull technology of Web 1.0. Now our ever-connected society is

entering the next realm — Web 3.0, a space where all becomes integrated into everyday social life. Yes, “social” is the key word. Work was never really connected to the word social … until now. Here’s a little background on me. My business,, was born out of a newsletter on my AOL account. I used the email as a business tool, sending news to colleagues and friends on what was going on in the area. Now, in addition to my email blasts, with the help of social networking avenues, my business has blossomed into a regional online resource guide. I use the help of viral, free sharing tools like Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn, amont others. To get there, I had to embrace the “20-something” sites and learn how

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to create brand awareness and market my business. Now, it’s your turn. I’m still learning as I go. Adapting to change is crucial, as I figure out the latest and greatest things. I invite you to learn with me. In the upcoming weeks, we will get you up to speed on the nuances and differences between Facebook pages and friend accounts, on what Twitter is, on how LinkedIn can help you connect in the business world and on what Pinterest is. But heed my warning, which I will repeat, everything you say can and might be used against you in a court of law or public opinion. Take this to heart. is is a real mantra on the Internet. Think of what you choose to post on the Internet as a tattoo — be it a

Facebook update or a Twitter feed or a tip on Foursquare or a video on YouTube. It’s a permanent branded seal. What you post on the Internet is as difficult to erase as a tattoo on your skin. Your words might never, ever be erased, and they could even harm your career. But do not fear, I am here to help you with social strategies, tips and tricks. So connect with me, and get started. e world is your oyster (kosher, of course!), so let’s get cracking. JT See related article, “Wired,” on page 20. Patti Neumann is the Baltimore-based founder and CEO of the award-winning online food and wine guide and CITYPEEK Social Media Strategies. If you have specific social media questions, ideas or best practices, contact Patti at

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The 2012 presidential election is history, and yet the alarming nature of how the race was funded remains a mystery. More than $6 billion was spent during the last election cycle — more than $2 billion by the presidential candidates and their Super PACs alone — much of which was undisclosed and devoted to attack ads that made us all dive for the remote. For example, in the waning days of the campaign, each Ohioan was forced to watch more than 300 political ads each day. It is increasingly clear that special interests and the rich can purchase a louder voice in our national discourse than is afforded to either you or me, subverting an election process that should be based on transparency, equality and fairness. In 2011, I sponsored legislation that convened a commission of legislators, finance professionals, judges and learned appointees to study campaign finance law and recommend strategies for limiting the corrupting influence of money in politics. The commission completed its two-year report shortly before Christmas. I commend the commission and its chair, Bruce Marcus, Esq., on its thoughtful discourse, and now I will work tirelessly to put its legislative recommendations into action. e goal of the commission and my proposed campaign finance ref-orms is not to restrict political speech. In fact, I believe that encouraging a lively debate informed by a diverse variety of voices and opinions is the most important part of the political process. Rather, implementing the commission’s recommendations will bring sunshine to the political process and move campaign finance into a culture of disclosure and transparency.

Recommendations that are part of my legislation include closing the LLC loophole so that individuals cannot contribute beyond the stated limits; increasing the aggregate limit that individuals can contribute directly to discourage independent expenditures; and modernizing the dysfunctional slate transfer rules. Currently, loopholes exist to skirt contribution limits, disclosure of large contributions is limited at best, and the reporting system is archaic, cumbersome and wasteful. This legislation will address other important reforms as well. While only a constitutional amendment or the Supreme Court can reverse the misguided Citizens United decision, Maryland has the ability to be a leader in local campaign finance reform. Most importantly, we can greatly increase transparency in political contributions by requiring disclosure of the source of all major campaign donations. You have the right to know who’s trying to influence your vote and to hold accountable any individual or corporation for the political speech they advance. Conducting free and fair elections is the foundation on which our democracy exists, and voting is the most fundamental tool we have to hold our leaders accountable for the decisions they make. e vital reforms I am proposing ensure both a wide-ranging political debate and increased transparency and accountability among political contributors. I call on my colleagues in the legislature to help make Maryland a leader in campaign finance reform and support these common-sense reforms now. JT Del. Jon S. Cardin represents District 11 of Baltimore County.

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Baby Book Not New regarding “a time to Be Born” (Dec. 28), my son was born in 1975, and yes, he has a Jewish baby book. the book has pages for a bris, bar mitzvah, confirmation and wedding. it was compiled by sadie rose weilerstein and published by the National women’s league of the United synagogue of america. the first printing was 1964. if ms. Krupin had gone to a hebrew bookstore or called a synagogue gift shop, i am sure she would have found one. Janet Silverman Baltimore

Lamazal Tov regarding the Dec. 28 article “Birthrites,” for many years, i was a childbirth educator (lamaze method). i am an accredited lamaze instructor. many couples who came to classes in my home were Jewish, some more committed, some less. my home is a visibly Jewish home; many of the couples would ask me questions about Jewish rituals (brit milah), choosing a name, rituals for naming a girl, etc. an ob/gyn approached me about having a childbirth preparation program just within the Jewish community. i contacted Dr. arnold michael, z”l, to discuss the idea. he was enthusiastic and offered much support in developing the program. since i wanted this to be part of the Jewish community, i contacted then-Jewish Family services to provide a social worker to discuss the social/emotional changes that occur with the birth of a baby, especially a first baby;

the Greater Baltimore Jewish Community Center as a place to house this program; sinai hospital, which provided a nurse; various community rabbis to discuss rituals surrounding the birth of a baby; and a mohel to discuss brit milah. the childbirth training was taught by an accredited instructor from the Childbirth education association. the curriculum that was used was from los angeles, where a similar program was developed and used. Called “in the Beginning: a Jewish lamaze experience,”it proved to be quite successful, with the support of the Ben and esther rosenbloom Foundation. a first reunion was held at temple oheb shalom, where a havdalah service was held, with many babies crawling or toddling. it was beautiful. subsequently, the program was renamed “shalom Baby”[now lamazal tov]. Rena Rotenberg Baltimore

More Impressive Company i read with interest the article “impressive Company” (Dec. 28). however, the author made some factual errors. sen. Joseph lieberman is not the first orthodox Jew in Congress. Congressman hebert tenzer (N.Y.) was my congressman as a young man growing up in the five towns. he also served as president of Congregation Beth shalom and chair of the board of Governors of Yeshiva University. his stories of being orthodox and being in Congress and dealing with presidents were inspiring and motivating. also, while we all love tamir Goodman, Dave Kufeld, captain of the Yeshiva University maccabees, was draed by seattle and made it through trials. we were all very proud of him and his decision to pass on the pros because of Shabbos. Rabbi Mitchell Ackerson Baltimore

29-year-long legacy of Ken’s and Chai’s accomplishments.

NRA Remarks, Not Meaningful i was distressed to see the Jewish Times give prominence to a story describing the National rifle association’s position on the Newtown Conn., school massacre (“at last, Nra speaks out,” Dec. 28). the Nra is a trade association largely funded by the gun manufacturing industry and its sole mission is to sell more guns. You might as well check with the auto industry to explore auto safety issues or the pesticide chemical industry on ways to assure pure food production. the nation needs to take meaningful measures to make sure that the Newtown incident is not repeated. in this debate, the Nra is part of the problem, certainly not part of the solution. Jack Kinstlinger Pikesville

Thank You we want to thank the Jewish Times for its cover story about Ken Gelula and Chai (“life of Chai,” Dec. 21). on behalf of the entire Chai community — especially our clients and residents — we want to confirm that the story captured the essence of Ken Gelula, the man and the greatness of his accomplishments. his vision, and the endless hours he, his staff, and countless volunteers have dedicated to making that vision a reality, has ensured the stability of the Upper Park heights neighborhood. as two seasoned professionals in the field of affordable housing and community development, we can assure your readers that Ken would be a member of the hall of Fame in the field, if there was one. the community of Northwest Baltimore has been blessed to benefit from his service, and we applaud the Jewish Times for recognizing such. together, we pledge to move from strength to strength, building on the

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Women At The Western Wall For unknown reasons, articles on women at the western wall (“women at the western wall,” online only, Dec. 31) overlook a fact on the ground. e israeli supreme Court approved an arrangement whereby there are two sections of the western wall. e western wall Plaza follows minhag Jerusalem, which is orthodox, while robinson’s arch is specifically set aside for Conservative and reform services. e israeli supreme Court ruled that non-orthodox practices such as women wearing tefillin or wrapping themselves in men’s tallesios are unlawful at the western wall Plaza. Conservative and reform groups are free to develop robinson’s arch into a 24/7 western wall synagogue/temple for their supporters, but women at the wall prefer the media coverage they get by breaking the law at the western wall Plaza. the objection to a woman wearing a specifically male tallis is Deuteronomy 22.5: “a woman shall not wear what pertains to a man, and neither shall a man wear a women’s garments, for whosoever does so is an abomination to the lord your God.”throughout the Jewish world there are separate sites for traditional and progressive Jewish services and the western wall is no different. israel’s supreme Court has studied the matter and gave its ruling. Joseph Feld United Kingdom

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Corrections » In “JQ Baltimore Comes Out”(Dec. 12), the correct name of one of the interviewees is Danielle Feinstein and not Weinstein. She is from Virginia Beach, not Georgia. » In the article “Picture Perfect,” (iNSIDER, Dec. 12), Evan Uhlfelder’s name was printed incorrectly in one instance. In that same issue, in “Out & About,” Wendy Miller’s correct title is women’s division deputy chair, and Jennifer Berman’s correct title is hostess co-chair. The JT regrets these errors.

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Showtime in Howard County For the 21st consecutive year, Columbia Jewish Congregation will present its annual Jewish Film Series, which will open Jan. 19 with “The Little Traitor,” a 2007 film in Hebrew and English that centers on 12-year-old Proffy Liebowitz and his adventures in the months just prior to the formation of the Jewish state. The series continues with “Je T’aime, I Love You Terminal,” a romantic drama/comedy in Hebrew and English, on Feb. 9; “Steel Toes,” a 2006 Canadian film about racial hatred, on March 16; and “Nicky’s Family,” the story of Sir Nicholas Winton, who personally and by his own initiative, saved the lives of 669 children from Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia, on April 20. Series Committee Chair Tom Laufer said the congregation shows four films each year; each is associated with a Jewish theme and includes Jewish characters. Films are screened on Saturdays at 8 p.m. (doors open at 7:30) at the Meeting House in Oakland Mills and are open to the public. “We try to balance the series between drama, comedy and documentary and also show films from different countries,” said Laufer. “Members of the film series committee come in with suggestions for films, and then the committee reviews them and chooses what will be shown.” This year, the series will include films from Israel, Canada and the Czech Republic. Screenings are followed by refreshments and a discussion. “People like it because it is reasonably priced,” said Laufer. “Tickets for the entire series are $30, and for those who choose to pay for each film separately, tickets are $9.” For more information, visit — Simone Ellin

Gov. Martin O’Malley has named Stephen Neuman as his new director of public affairs. Neuman began his job as a top adviser to the governor in early January. The veteran Washington political operative, a lawyer, is expected to prove valuable to the state and also to Gov. O’Malley personally should the governor decide to run for president in 2016. Neuman last worked as a senior adviser to O’Malley’s federal political action committee, O’Say Can You See. When politicians start federal PACs, it is often viewed as being associated with a run for national office. O’Malley’s term as chairman of the Democratic Governors Association ended last year, but he is now its finance chair. Neuman was chief of staff for President Barack Obama’s North Carolina campaign in 2008. (Obama scored a major upset over Sen. John McCain and became the first Democrat since Jimmy Carter in 1976 to carry the state.) Neuman worked as a senior adviser to Gov. Bev Perdue of North Carolina, and his first job after college was as a special assistant to former Gov. Mel Carnahan of Missouri. In addition, Neuman served as a legislative assistant for Sens. Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.) and Jean Carnahan (D-Mo.). Neuman is a native of St. Louis, where he attended Jewish day school from kindergarten through fifth grade. He graduated from the University of Missouri with a B.A. in political science and earned his J.D. at Washington University in St. Louis. He lives with his older brother in Washington and has a younger brother who lives in Jerusalem and studies at a yeshiva. In addition to going to Israel for his bar mitzvah, Neuman participated in a summer program at Alexander Muss High School in the Israeli city of Hod Hasharon. He took courses in Jewish history and traveled throughout Israel on tiyulim. He said his Israel experience was “a powerful effort to instill a Jewish identity and connection to Israel.” In an interview with the JT last week, Neuman said, “I think one of the teachings in Jewish culture instilled in me by my family is the notion of tikkun olam.” He said it is his hope to help the governor improve Maryland’s economy and create jobs and pointed to the value and rewards of investment in education, which has been a priority for his new boss. When asked if he were chosen to help the governor in his potential run for the presidency, he matter-of-factly replied, “I’m not sure what the governor’s plans are other than trying to be the best governor he can be and serve the state of Maryland.” — Paul Foer


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THE NATION narrowly has avoided falling off the so-called fiscal cliff, at least for a brief time. Congress retained most tax cuts and cut some spending but continued to put off deeper cuts. e House of Representatives remains deeply divided and at odds with the president but still passed tax increases for the wealthiest Americans, a cornerstone of President Barack Obama’s campaign. Maryland Sen. Ben Cardin said that going off the fiscal cliff would have been “devastating” to Maryland and the nation and called the bill “a true compromise” that most importantly gave “permanent tax relief to middle-income families.” Congressman Elijah Cummings said, “This fiscal cliff deal was a necessity” that protects tax breaks for the middle class and extends unemployment benefits, and he called it “a balanced approach to debt reduction that makes additional demands of the wealthiest among us.” Cardin and Cummings were joined by all Maryland Democrats, while House Republicans Andy Harris and Roscoe Bartlett voted no. Harris said the bill was “business as usual in Washington and does nothing to deal with the real fiscal cliff — our $16.4 trillion deficit. In fact, it adds almost $4 trillion to the debt.” Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.), the only Jewish Republican in Congress, voted against the legislation. Congress voted to maintain tax cuts to all but the wealthiest Americans, continue unemployment and Medicare benefits and forestall across-the-board cuts in spending, otherwise known as sequestration. Congress did not act to raise the 16

impending debt ceiling or extend a Social Security tax break that will result in a reduction in take-home pay for most Americans. President Obama wants to continue reducing the deficit and pointed out that “the aging population and the rising cost of health care makes Medicare the biggest contributor to our deficit.” He cautioned that we “can’t continue to cut our way to prosperity” and stressed the need for a balanced approach through both revenue increases and spending cuts. Nearly everyone is left dissatisfied for one reason or another, even though no action would likely have made it worse for many Americans. While the Jewish Federations of North America ( JFNA) views the congressional action positively, Board of Trustees Chair Michael Siegal remarked, “We know the fiscal debate isn’t over, and as this fight continues, federations will continue to work with coalition partners to ensure utmost protections for those at risk.” In a Jan. 1 statement, the Jewish Council for Public Affairs expressed its frustration with the inability of government leaders to appropriately address our many budget and fiscal challenges. “It is a fitting end for the Congress, which has been notoriously unproductive,” said JCPA President Rabbi Steve Gutow. “As the details of the compromise continue to emerge, we remain concerned about the future of many important programs that support the most vulnerable and provide pathways to prosperity for millions of Americans, including WIC [Women, Infants and Children] and Head Start. We look at today’s bipartisan

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Sen. Ben Cardin called the fiscal cliff a “true compromise.”

Rep. Elijah Cummings called the deal one made out of “necessity.”

effort as not just a quick swerve to avoid the most severe effects of the fiscal cliff, but also as an opportunity for a new course.” B’nai B’rith, which also expressed reservations about the work le undone, including potential cuts to Medicare and Medicaid, was specific about its support in one area. “Ensuring seniors have access to doctors by stopping a cut in reimbursements to those who treat the elderly is a vital element of this bill,” said B’nai B’rith International President Allan J. Jacobs. “We certainly hoped Social Security would be le out because it is selffunded and doesn’t contribute to the deficit, but we have reason to be concerned about that as well,” said B’nai B’rith International Associate Executive Vice President Mark D. Olshan. Bend the Arc Jewish Action called the House bill “imperfect yet nonetheless one worth supporting. It included the first bipartisan agreement to raise taxes on the wealthiest Americans in 20 years and clearly established the principle that deficit reduction cannot and should not be achieved purely by cutting spending.” Director Hadar Susskind said his group will continue to advocate for and lobby lawmakers “to keep our communal and national responsibilities at the forefront of their thinking and to refrain from undercutting the social safety net, which plays such a crucial role in helping Americans

living in poverty and those struggling to stay out of poverty.” “We are pleased that Congress and the president were able to come together on the fiscal cliff,” said Cailey Locklair of the Baltimore Jewish Council. “However, we are concerned about the future of the charitable contribution deduction at both the federal and state levels, as this will not be the last time we hear this conversation.” Both Cummings and Cardin noted the important work ahead. “Outstanding issues like the deep spending cuts pending under sequestration — which have been delayed for only two months — require our immediate attention to prevent catastrophic impacts in Maryland and nationwide,” said Cummings. Cardin pointed to three major challenges in the weeks ahead: sequestration and across-the-board cuts; the need to extend the debt ceiling to pay for debts already incurred; and a temporary spending bill for appropriations for the remainder of the year. Cardin noted the crucial role that Maryland Sen. Barbara Mikulski will play as the new chair of the Appropriations Committee. Said Gutow: “Enactment of this legislation is a large step but only a single one in the process to place the United States on a more sustainable fiscal path.” JT Paul Foer is JT senior news reporter

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Expanded Options? Maryland lawmaker seeks expansion of kosher wine choices By Ron Snyder | Photo by Kirsten Beckermann A MontgoMery County lawmaker plans on proposing legislation during the general Assembly that would allow residents to purchase kosher wine from out-of-state stores and online retailers. Del. Sam Arora (D-19) said his bill would expand options to Marylanders two years after the state ended its longtime ban on direct-purchase wines; the 2011 legislation only applied to stores in Maryland or wineries in the country. those limitations, Arora said, can make it difficult for Jewish Marylanders who keep kosher to purchase the wine of their choosing. “We’re not talking about greatly expanding the direct-sale market,” Arora said. “We’re talking about allowing people to live out their faith.” Aurora said expanding the current law to include kosher wineries makes sense, as most such wines are made in France or Israel. Currently, he added, there are no kosher wineries in Maryland and only about 35 kosher wines available for purchase in the state. By

comparison there are about 200 kosher wineries in Israel, Aurora said. “We have a strong Jewish population in Maryland, and I’ve heard a lot of support for such legislation,” Aurora said. “It can be very difficult in many communities to find kosher wine, especially during holidays like Passover when you have families drinking four glasses a night.” Baltimore Jewish Council Director of government relations Cailey Locklair said her organization is strongly behind Arora’s efforts, and it plans on lobbying lawmakers to pass the bill. “is was something we had hoped would be addressed when the original legislation passed in 2011,” Locklair said. “We’re now hopeful that this oversight can be addressed in the upcoming session in Annapolis.” Several lawmakers supported a kosher winery amendment two years ago, but the proposal failed. Among those who backed the amendment were Baltimore County representatives Del. Jon Cardin (D-11) and

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Sen. Bobby Zirkin (D-11). Zirkin said he believes the best chances of the bill passing this time is for it to go through the House of Delegates first, where it can gain momentum before moving on to the Senate. “It’s a good idea and something store owners and residents in my district have approached me about,” Zirkin said. “It just makes sense.” Maryland Wineries Association executive Director Kevin Atticks said his organization would take no

specific stand on Arora’s proposed changes to the current law. At the same time, Atticks believes any expansion that allows for greater direct access for wine is a good thing. “our stance has always been to support consumer access to wine,” Atticks said. “this is a proposal by [Arora] where he is trying to get access to wine not available here. I see no reason not to support that.” JT Ron Snyder is a JT staff reporter


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‘Detour’ Dave Cell-A-Brates! Hadassah’s Cell-A-Brate fundraiser honors local celebrity, as it raises funds and awareness for stem cell research By Simone Ellin | Photo by David Stuck

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Today, Jan. 11, Sandler, WBAL’s longtime traffic reporter, turns 52. When he collapsed on a softball field in August 2009, it was not at all clear that he would live to see another birthday. “I was ‘clinically dead’ with no pulse and no respiration,” said Sandler. Thankfully, his softball team included a cardiologist and an ophthalmologist. His doctor teammates revived him, and after a series of surgeries and medical interventions, Sandler has been making a slow but successful recovery. On Saturday, Jan. 26, he will be honored at Hadassah of Greater Baltimore’s 7th Annual Cell-A-Brate event.

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Cell-A-Brate co-chair Michelle Ressin explained that Sandler was chosen as the honoree because this year’s event will focus on stem cell research and the hope it may offer to heart disease sufferers. In the past, Cell-A-Brate has highlighted the

potential of cell stem therapies and their use in the treatment of diseases including Parkinson’s, multiple sclerosis and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (Lou Gehrig’s disease). “The great thing about supporting stem cell research is that it has the potential to help so many — to treat so many different diseases,” said Ressin. Since its founding by Baltimoreborn Henrietta Szold 100 years ago, Hadassah has supported groundbreaking scientific research and advocated for medical advances in Israel and the United States. Hadassah has been a leader in promoting stem cell research as a potential cure for diseases such as ALS, Parkinson’s, multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, cancer, Alzheimer’s, diabetes and hundreds of other rare immune system and genetic diseases. In the United States, where political opposition has raised many obstacles to further research, Hadassah has been a strong voice in educating lawmakers and the public about the research’s potential to save lives. “As controversial as it is for some people in the United States, it is less controversial in Israel. Stem cell research can do so much good, and research done at Hadassah [Research Center for Human Embryonic Stem Cells] has come so far. We want to leave a better life for our children, and this can give them a better life,” said Cell-A-Brate co-chair Julie Bernstein Weinstein. “Hadassah Hospital helps everyone regardless of religion, race or background. It’s important to help

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“Detour” Dave Sandler” will be the special guest at this year’s Hadassah Cell-A-Brate event.

your own community, but you know, it takes a village. That’s what’s beautiful about Hadassah. You give to them, and they give to everybody,” Bernstein Weinstein added. “When people think about stem cell research, they usually associate it with other diseases; they don’t consider using the treatment for heart disease. And they aren’t always aware that there can be long-term effects to the heart from cancer treatments,” said Ressin. “So, we really want to educate people about that.” Sandler’s story serves as a great example of how stem cell treatments

might be used to help patients like him and others who suffer from heart disease. “When I was 20 and a student at University of Maryland, I started having pain in my chest — in my sternum area. A biopsy showed a tumor caused by Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. They had to do a procedure that’s no longer done to see if my lymph nodes were affected. They weren’t, so I didn’t need to have chemotherapy. But I did need radiation, and I had it in the spring of 1983,” Sandler recalled Aer 10 weeks, Sandler seemed to be in remission, although this wouldn’t

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be official until five years later. “I started working at WBAL in 1987. I had follow-up visits with a cardiologist and oncologist, but there was no indication of a problem for 30 years. Then, on Aug. 9, 2009, I was running around the bases, when I collapsed on the field,” recalled Sandler. As it turned out, four of his main arteries were more than 80 percent blocked. He had quadruple bypass surgery to replace the damaged arteries with arteries from elsewhere in his body. The damage, Sandler learned, was caused by the radiation treatments he had undergone years earlier. The radiation treatments also caused Sandler’s chest tissue to be compromised; he needed another procedure to close his chest. Sandler required several additional surgeries and extensive physical therapy. Today, he noted, there are no approved procedures that can restore his lost or

dysfunctional heart muscle tissue. However, Sandler said, there is clear evidence that stem cells may be able to replace damaged heart cells and restore cardiac function. In order to prevent another lifethreatening situation, Sandler had a pacemaker and a defibrillator implanted in his chest. These days, he said, his recovery is pretty much up to him. “The sky’s the limit. There are no restrictions. I’d say I’m at 75 percent right now. I have to go to the gym, eat well and get enough sleep. And I have follow-up doctors appointments every six months. I think I’ll get close to where I was before.” Sandler credits his wife, Jody, with helping him to recover. “She went to bat for me in every way, 24 hours a day. She’s superwoman.” JT Simone Ellin is JT senior features reporter


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National social media expert will hook up Baltimore’s Jewish organizations to the social media era By Maayan Jaffe Development at the Weinberg Center, Colton spoke with the JT. JT: Talk about what it means to change, to enter this era? Colton: The rate of change today — in society in general, not only with technology — is unprecedented. We’ve never experienced anything like it. … Fundamentally, the biggest challenge is to remain nimble. When you are on a moving boat, if you lock your knees you’ll lose your balance and fall. Those with ‘sea legs,’ a little bend in the knee and small constant adjustments in balance, aren’t phased. This is the sort of posture we need to adopt, individually and organizationally. Where do we adapt and where do we say, “No, we are going to be slow to adapt and change?” Jewish organizations are notoriously slow to change. For thousands of years this resistance to change to

TIPPING POINT LISA COLTON’S TOP THREE TIPS FOR GETTING COMFORTABLE WITH CHANGE Celebrate the small successes: Becoming a networked non-profit means culture change — internally and externally. That change happens in tiny increments and builds on each other. Listen: Learning from the people in your network will help you understand how they are organizing their time, life, attention and priorities and how you can align to work better with them. Use data to your benefit: With today’s tools for self-organization and measurement we have the potential to do more with less and measure our work more accurately and insightfully than ever before. If you’re not using data smartly, you’re wasting time and money.


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Lisa Colton will offer a glimpse into the world of social media later this month.

match society’s flavor of the day has served us really well. But if we resist change today, many organizations will drive themselves into the ground. We need to distinguish between the essential building blocks of Judaism and the assumptions and contemporary structures that we’ve come to accept as the status quo in the Jewish community. The membership structures of many synagogues are one example, where we assume it’s just the way it has to be, yet the model resonates with fewer people. Already

Where to Connect Top three social media platforms:

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Facebook has opened up a whole new world of jargon. It has co-opted ordinary English words and given them quite specific new meanings. Sentences still sound like English, but they make no sense. Fear not! Lisa Colton, founder and president of Darim Online, is coming to Baltimore. Darim’s mission, according to its website, is to advance the Jewish community by helping Jewish organizations align their work for success in the digital age. Colton, who has a bachelor’s degree from Stanford University and work experience that includes teaching and curriculum development, Jewish education and communal development and extensive experience in the design and publication of community-directed media, said she will address Jewish Baltimore’s need to get hooked up — literally. Ahead of her three late-January workshops, sponsored by the Darrell D. Friedman Institute for Professional

several congregations are experimenting … with different structures. So where’s the risk? The place where we pose the greatest risk to ourselves is where we “water down” Judaism for the sake of preserving the institutional structures. What do we need from our Jewish leaders during this time of change? To re-think how we calculate risk. … The risk of staying the same is greater than the risk of changing. While the

Lisa Colton recommends asking yourself these three questions to avoid “shiny object syndrome:” are my goals, and • What how do these tools help me achieve them? should I be • What experimenting with? are upcoming • What trends that I need to be planning for?

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unknown is scary, we need to be moving forward into new spaces. This doesn’t mean throwing time and money at every idea, but it does mean re-learning how we think about risk, planning, testing and refining our work. It also means admitting that we don’t have all the answers. … Get out of the Jewish world to see how nonprofits and other businesses are evolving in this connected age. …Learn together [or] … create a community of practice among several professionals across organizations that can learn and process together. Can social media replace in-person interactions? Social media can never replace in-person interactions. But it can augment them and enrich community profoundly. Broadly, social media can mature “acquaintances” into “warm friendships.” In our local communities, there are dozens of people whom we know but don’t really have much to connect around. The “ambient awareness” we might gain through Facebook, for example, helps me know that Susan’s mother just moved into a nursing home in Ohio, that her daughter is starring in the school play and that she’s seeking great ideas for her husband’s upcoming 40th birthday. All of a sudden our conversation before the adult education class or at the oneg has changed profoundly. Social media offers more points of contact more often, more opportunities for listening, and greater transparency. … [This translates to] opportunities for responsiveness, engagement and listening. … It’s like having a phone number or website — essential for running a business. What’s the difference between an invention and an innovation? An invention is a new thing — a widget or gadget that does something new or differently or more efficiently. An innovation is something that is

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truly new and impacts society in a more fundamental way. You say Facebook, Twitter and online video are the top social media platforms. Who is using these well? The organizations that are using social media well are deeply integrating their social media strategy and staffing into their organization. At Temple Israel of Memphis and Community Synagogue in Port Washington, N.Y., their rabbis are tweeting regularly — for professional learning, as well as congregational engagement and personal interest. Like with any other communication, employees should be trusted and empowered to use the available tools — phone, email, faceto-face — to do their work. It’s important that social media isn’t relegated to the marketing or IT person only. The person who is the “quarterback” of an organization’s social media work should be keenly aware of the listening as well as the talking functions of this tool and be coordinating with others regularly. Is this the same for for-profit businesses? Because we’re in such a time of change, there’s no one clear structure for who runs the social media voice in any organization. That said, the voice should be friendly, conversational, more casual than other types of professional communications, and, perhaps most importantly, known. Individuals are much more authentic and trustworthy than a logo and brand (even that of a local non-profit organization). If I’m being conversational with someone on Twitter, I want a sense of who that is. Joshua, who runs the social media at a day school, recently “came out” and shared who was behind the keyboard. People loved it. Many Twitter profiles include a mention of who tweets on behalf of the organization.

THREE WAYS TO CONNECT WITH LISA COLTON — LIVE! Working In a Networked World: Purposeful Social Media Use Wednesday, Jan. 23, 3 to 5 p.m. Synagogues as Connected Congregations: Leading and Engaging in a Networked Age Learn about networks, network weaving and their implications for synagogues and other Jewish organizations. For synagogue staff and lay leaders; organizational staff welcome

Thursday, Jan. 24, 9 to 11 a.m. Putting Your Best Foot Forward: How to Market Your School with Authenticity and Impact Through Social Media In a social network-empowered world, authentic marketing messages are key. Hearing from your friends and peers carries more trust and value than a glossy marketing brochure from the institution. Learn how to amplify the voices of your current families and alumni to impact prospective families and how to create marketing campaigns that will leverage networks to reach those families. For religious school and day-school marketing staff

Thursday, Jan. 24, Noon to 2 p.m. Strengthening and Leveraging Networks to Expand Your Audience The fundamentals of marketing are changing in today’s connected age. As people are inundated with messages, content and requests for their attention, you need new strategies to rise above the clutter and connect with your audience. Learn how to be strategic and goal-oriented in your social media work, how to manage responsibilities across your organization and how to mature your practice overall. For Associated and agency marketing staff

All session will take place in the Weinberg Park Heights JCC’s Community Room, 5700 Park Heights Ave., Baltimore; Snow date: Thursday, Feb. 7; same times and topics apply.

How do you stay relevant when information is moving so quickly? Experts today are not only knowledgeable, but highly connected. If many other people trust this person, I’m more likely to as well. And if they are highly connected, they can source the answer from a strong, trusted network, even if they don’t know it themselves. For most people, a strong, trusted and responsive network is more valuable than having

a small number of on-call experts. For example, whereas someone might have called on a rabbi in the past for Jewish expertise, today that person might post the question on Facebook and within minutes have several highly valuable and relevant replies. If the rabbi is on Facebook, listening and responsive, all the better. JT Maayan Jaffe is JT managing editor


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FRESH INSTALLMENT At a gathering on Jan. 6 of some of the most well-known and well-respected Orthodox rabbis in Baltimore, Rabbi Sruli Motzen was installed as spiritual leader of Ner Tamid Greenspring Valley Synagogue. Rabbi Motzen was named the third permanent rabbi in a half century; he was formally elected into his position on June 20. The congregation — and many community leaders, including Rabbi Sheftl Neuberger, Rabbi Moshe Hauer and Rabbi Chaim Landau — praised the young rabbi during the event. Among Rabbi Motzen’s biggest fans is shul president Barry List. In a separate interview, List described Rabbi Motzen as easy to talk with and relate to. He said younger generations gravitate toward the rabbi and his programming and that the most-learned scholars respect him as a man of Torah. Rabbi Motzen graduated from Ner Israel Rabbinical College. Ner Tamid is a Modern Orthodox synagogue, one of the few in Baltimore. List said that over the past several years, the synagogue has been “treading water.” It had become an older synagogue, and with Rabbi Motzen, who took the position of interim rabbi one year ago, that is changing. “Suddenly, we are feeling a strong sense of revival, and we credit that to this young rabbi,” List said. “A lot of people are feeling very enthusiastic.” — Maayan Jaffe — Photos by David Stuck

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1. Rabbi Moshe Shur's band, “A Shur Thing,” performs during the dinner reception for the installation of his son-in-law, Rabbi Sruli Motzen. 2.Hundreds of people attend the installation ceremony.

4. From left: Rabbi Sruli Motzen is presented with a certificate from the governor by shul President Barry List. 5. Rebbetzin Hindy Motzen thanks the congregation for welcoming her and her family with open arms.

3. From left: Adam Plunka, Rabbi Moshe Shur, Dr. Stan Plunka and wife, Rhona Plunka take part in the event.


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Tzviel "BK" Blankchtein demonstrates one self-defense option for facing an armed assailant.

“Get out of the line of fire. Stay out of the line of fire.” ose simple yet critical directions were the resounding message from former IDF soldier Tzviel “BK” Blankchtein to local educators last Sunday aernoon during a seminar at the Greater Baltimore Medical Center. In light of the horrific tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., where 20 6- and 7-year-old students were gunned down in their classrooms, Blankchtein, the owner and lead instructor at Masada Tactical, a Pikesville-based company that specializes in selfdefense training, offered his expertise on the best practices to disarm an active shooter. “If somebody is standing in your face with a gun — like what happened in Connecticut to that one teacher, like what happened at Virginia Tech, like what’s happened in so many other places — you have a choice to make,” Blankchtein said. “Can I do something to defend myself and the students around me, or am I just going to be 24

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another victim? Hopefully, [you] leave today being a little more empowered.” Around 20 people, the majority of them school employees, watched, as Blankchtein and an assistant displayed potentially life-saving procedures for neutralizing an armed assailant at close range. e attendees then partnered up and practiced what they learned — using

the shooter reacts by pulling away. The next step is locking that arm underneath your armpit so that you now have control of the weapon with both hands. Blankchtein also presented whatwould-you-do-if scenarios. For instance, if you’re able to knock the gun out of your assailant’s hand, should you try

“We want them to become sheep dogs, protectors. We want them to become the ones who stand against the wolf and protect the people around them.” — Tzviel “BK” Blankchtein, owner, Masada Tactical

replica handguns — on each other. They were instructed to use the hand directly opposite the shooter’s (for example, if the shooter is righthanded, use your left hand) and forcefully grasp the attacker’s lower forearm. Blankchtein explained that by aiming for the wrist area, you have a greater margin for error in the event

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to grab the weapon or keep your focus on securing the attacker? The answer is the latter. You don’t know whether or not the gunman has more weapons. While explaining each self-defense movement, Blankchtein continued to repeat the message: “Get out of the line of fire. Stay out of the line of fire.”

“I don’t care how you accomplish that. As long as that muzzle doesn’t point at you, you’re safe,” Blankchtein said. “Anybody should be able to do it regardless of gender, size or physical skills. It should work for a 5-foot woman just as it should for a big burly man. … It’s all leverage, mechanics, physics and gross motor skills — skills that people can recall under stress.” Still, putting those skills into practice in the event of an emergency is another story. Blankchtein explained that it’s common for people with little or no training to freeze in the face of danger. Rina Goloskov doesn’t want to be one who freezes. Goloskov, a senior communications associate at an area day school, said that working in a school building gives her the responsibility of protecting children and colleagues as best she can. She understands that advanced preparation allows muscle memory to come into play in perilous circumstances. “If you’re not properly trained,

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Jen Miller (left) and Robin Chafitz learn how to disarm an attacker.

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your brain doesn’t have that habit established. It’s not automatic, and you panic, and you don’t know what to do,” Goloskov said. “The more you practice, the more your brain knows what to do in that kind of situation.” Blankchtein hopes that more teachers and administrators will follow suit. After opening his business in 2007, which works with law enforcement and security teams across the country, Blankchtein says he’s been contracted

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by schools that seek to proactively prepare their teachers. However, Sunday’s event was the first he’s offered to local educators and school support staff for free. He added that while many schools have evacuation and sheltering policies, few groom staff members to handle scenarios where a shooter is standing right in front of them. Sunday, he said, was a first step. “It’s not getting any better out

there. It’s always going to be a violent culture, and it’s getting worse,” Blankchtein said. “[School staffers] don’t have to be victims. If that moment comes and they have a choice to make … we want them to become sheep dogs, protectors. We want them to become the ones who stand against the wolf and protect the people around them.” JT David Snyder is a JT staff reporter

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IRANIAN JEW Precarious lives of pride … and fear

On Nov. 26, Toobah Nehdaran, 57, was murdered

in her home in the Jewish quarter of the city of Isfahan in Iran. e murder, according to a statement by the ad hoc Jewbareh Committee, took place against the backdrop of the victim’s previous complaint against the takeover of a section of her family residence by Islamic religious radicals for annexation to the neighboring Kareem Saaghi mosque. A report, which several days later ran in the Times of Israel, reported that several “thugs broke into the home, tied up her two sisters and repeatedly stabbed her to death.” e Times reported that Nehdaran was, as if in a ritual manner, “butchered,” her hands cut off. Weeks later, Daniel Mugrufta, 24, was murdered in Tehran. Unconfirmed reports indicated the murderers shot him and looted his property. The son of one of the wealthiest Jews in the capital city, according to Israel’s Ch. 2, some sources indicated Mugrufta was planning to flee Iran for America. Others indicated he was dating the daughter of a member of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard and was murdered because of this relationship. Iranian authorities contend both murders were the results of robberies. “No one knows exactly,” said Daniel Golfeiz, executive director of Baltimore’s Ohr Hamizrach Iranian congregation. And even if they do know, they are afraid to talk. “We are all hesitant. If they [the Iranian regime] would get a hold of certain statements — I just don’t want to mess up anyone’s life,” Golfeiz said. As with any authoritarian regime, the Iranian government controls the truth. You cannot Google the subject. You cannot easily speak with the Iranian police — this reporter tried several times. “If anyone wants to find out via Google or any other

resources, they [the Iranians] have managed to block it,” said Gil Davis of Sderot, Israel, who works closely with several top Israeli reporters, experts on Iran. “This is not the first time, and it won’t be the last time. … If a Jew should say a word against Iran, he is immediately executed.” Said Professor David Menashri, a senior research fellow at the Moshe Dayan Center for Middle Eastern and African Studies: “The consequences of statements here and there can be devastating.” It has happened before. In 1979, Habib Elghanian, Iran’s most prominent Jewish industrialist and philanthropist, was gunned down by the new Iranian regime for his alleged continued support of the overthrown Shah, Mohammad Reza Pahlavi. In 1999, 13 Jews living in the city of Shiraz were arrested on trumped-up charges of spying for Israel and were facing imminent execution. It was only in the final hour that the Iranian regime backed away from the espionage charges and the executions and that the Shiraz 13, as the Jews came to be known, were released. Since then, there have been roughly 13 other cases of Jews executed, likely for their religion, said Menashri, a number that can be considered low or high, depending on how one looks at it. “When you create a society in which blood is cheap, then spilling blood becomes a common thing to do,” said Rabbi Reuben Khaver, a prominent local Iranian Jew. “e Iranian constitution does not give the same value to the blood of a minority and the blood of a Muslim as far as punishment [for murder] goes. … If the minorities are a subclass [the punishments for hurting them so much less], you are encouraging — or at least not discouraging — taking away the minorities’ lives, money or other belongings.”

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THE GOLDEN AGE Still, Persian Jews are managing — “managing, but surely not a thriving community anymore,” said Farhad Kazemi, a retired professor of politics and Middle Eastern and Islamic studies at New York University. “Anymore” is the key word. ere was time when Jews enjoyed not only relative freedom, but also prosperity in Iran. e Persian Jewish community dates back more than 2,700 years (see “Ancient & Modern Collide”); it preceded the Iranian Muslim community by 1,000 years. Before the Iranian Revolution of 1979, Jews in Iran enjoyed a relatively free and prosperous life under Shah Pahlavi. While most of the Jews in neighboring Middle Eastern and Gulf countries fled — or were forced to flee — following the Jewish state’s founding in 1948, Iranian Jews stayed — and thrived. “Iranian Jews were probably the richest Jewish community in the world per capita,” said Menashri. “ey were well-educated and successful. With the Iranian revolution, everything changed. ey went from the height of their success and from being the elite of the country to feeling the fear of persecution.” When Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini took the reins in 1979, he ushered in an era — today’s era — characterized by conservative Islamic values, antiSemitic rhetoric and distrust of the West. Most Jews

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believed they no longer would be free to succeed professionally or to worship freely. A burgeoning Jewish population of well over 100,000 quickly shrunk to today’s 20,000 to 25,000 people; by some estimates there are as few as 9,000 Jews in Iran today. Most Iranian Jews emigrated via Europe to the United States (Los Angeles, Great Neck, N.Y., and also Baltimore) or Israel. The shrinking community in Iran made the Jews more introverted and isolated and with lesser economic resources and opportunities, said Farideh Farhi, an independent scholar and affiliate graduate faculty at the University of Hawai’i at Manoa. Still, she said, Jews in Iran continue to be a part of the fabric of Iranian civil society.

A PROTECTED SUBCLASS “ings are bad [in Iran], of course they are, for the Iranian Jewish community and other minorities. But you have to keep things in some perspective,” said Professor Ali Banuazizi of Boston College. In an email interview, Alireza Miryousefi, head of the press office for the Iranian mission to the United Nations, said “there is no anti-Semitism inside Iran historically, and the Iranian Jews are one of the biggest communities in the Middle East and enjoy their rights in light of Iran’s constitution.”

Miryousefi pointed to two articles in the constitution that make life for Jews in Iran possible. According to Article 13, “Zoroastrian, Jewish and Christian Iranians are … within the limits of the law, free to perform their religious rites and ceremonies, and to act according to their own canon in matters of personal affairs and religious education.” In accordance with Article 64, the Jews are entitled to one government representative. “Jews are not persecuted,” said Meir Litvak, director of the Center for Iranian Studies at Tel Aviv University. “They can live their lives, do their businesses, provided they keep quiet and behave themselves. … I don’t think they are on the verge of pogroms. … The Iranians are too smart. If they can show Jews can live under Muslim rule, the Jews won’t need a Jewish state.” eologically speaking, explained Nader Hashemi, assistant professor and director of the Center for Middle East Studies at the University of Denver, the Jews are considered “people of the Book” or “people of Divine revelation.” He said the Jews have more than a dozen synagogues operating freely in Tehran and several others in smaller cities like Shiraz and Isfahan. While they don’t enjoy “full and equal rights,” as Hashemi put it, they live well for a minority community under authoritarian rule.

ANCIENT & MODERN COLLIDE The rich Jewish history of Iran Today, Iran’s relationship with the Jewish state — and some say with the Jews — is explosive, or potentially so. It wasn’t always this way. Jews have been in Iran for more than 2,700 years, arriving before the destruction of the First Temple in 587 BCE and the resultant exile of the Jews from Judea to Babylon (modern-day Iraq). This actually predates the introduction of Islam. As a result of the defeat of the Babylonian empire in 537 BCE by Cyrus, the founder of the first Persian Dynasty, the captivity of the Jews in Babylon was ended. Many Jews returned to Jerusalem, but others chose to relocate from Babylon to the small Jewish community already based in the area of Iran known as Shushan. Cyrus gave the Jews in Shushan full rights. Cyrus was followed on the throne by his son, Darius,

who in turn was succeeded by Xerxes, who is thought to be the same person as King Ahashuerus of the Book of Esther. The story of Purim took place in the mid-300s BCE during the rule of the Persian-Median Empire and the Babylonian exile, after the destruction of the First Temple and before the building of the Second Temple. Ahashuerus and Esther are said to be the parents of another King Darius, who permitted Jews in Persia to return to Jerusalem, something Ahashuerus had prohibited. Many Jews in the Babylonian exile chose to stay where they had already set down roots and to build a community infrastructure that centuries later would produce the Babylonian Talmud. Today’s Persian Jews trace their lineage back to those communities. — Maayan Jaffe

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According to materials available online through the Iranian Jewish cultural authorities, the community has many synagogues, special schools, cultural complexes, youth, student and women’s centers, senior facilities, libraries and more. (A full picture of local offerings can be read at One U.S. Jewish communal professional, who asked he and his organization not be noted in this article, said Jewish life in Iran is richer than in many midwest American cities. “One can live a satisfying Jewish life in Tehran, probably more so than in some places like Iowa,” he noted.

JUDAISM VERSUS ZIONISM How is all this possible when Iranians are regularly spewing anti-Israel and anti-Semitic rhetoric, which is deeply embedded as state policy? Just last month, Iran was featured prominently on the Simon Wiesenthal Center’s list of Top 10 antiSemites of 2012. (See “Ultimate Top 10,” page 33.) “It has now been some 400 years that a horrendous Zionist clan has been ruling the major world affairs,” was a recent statement by Iran’s president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Iran’s First Vice President Mohamed Rahimi charged at a ceremony in Tehran marking International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking that the Talmud “teaches [the Jews] how to destroy non-Jews so as to protect an embryo in the womb of a Jewish mother.” As “evidence” of

WHO LIVES IN IRAN? Iranian religious demography Square Miles: 631,000 Total Population: 70 million Religions: Muslim, 98 percent Non-Muslim, 2 percent • Baha’is, 300,000 • Christians 300,000 • Zoroastrians, 35,000 • Jews, 20,000 Source: U.S. Department of State

Jewish control of international illegal drug trade, the vice president revealed there isn’t “a single addict among the Zionists.” Iran’s military chief of staff, Maj. Gen. Hassan Firouzabadi, noted last year, “e Iranian nation is standing for its cause ... the full annihilation of Israel.” Some, like Hashemi, would argue that it’s just rhetoric — rhetoric that scares but is not based in reality on the ground. “There is a general perception in the U.S. by Jews that the Iranian government represents a 1930s Nazi-style threat to world Jewry, that if Iran gets a nuclear bomb there is going to be another Holocaust,” said Hashemi. “But this flies in the face of the fact that in Iran, despite the anti-Israel and antiSemitic [sentiments] of the regime, the country has allowed a sizable Jewish community to remain free of persecution for the last 33 years. If Iran was really determined to exterminate the Jews, to get an atomic bomb and wipe out the State of Israel and then world Jewry, would it not begin with the Jews in its own backyard?” The Jews, too, try to believe they are immune — as long as they stand up against the State of Israel. “Many members of the Iranian Jewish community would draw that distinction [between Judaism and Zionism]. To be a Jew is not to be pro-Israel or [for] the present Israeli government,” said Banuazizi. “The Jews are telling the Iranian authorities they are not a threat or an enemy of the state. They are saying Iran is their country, their home.” They keep a low profile, said Davis. They don’t comment on politics. And that works — for now. Some authorities worry the situation could shift in an instant. Most of the clerics, said Kazemi, don’t distinguish between Zionism and Judaism. Even Ayatollah Khomeini, in some of his writings and speeches, fails to make a distinction. “I believe the people of the regime believe what they are saying. And it does not even matter [if they do], because when you have a leadership that is this cynical, what is to stop the people from believing?” said Litvak. “Can you seriously discount these inciting suggestions? Think of Rwanda. Think of Bosnia. In today’s world, incitement

against any group of people cannot be dismissed for the possibility that it will eventually turn out to be something very nasty.” The Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society in Vienna is a first stop for many Iranian Jewish refugees. While the organization could not provide this reporter with an immigrant to interview, a representative for the organization was able to supply the following, very recent anecdote: “B” is a 24-year-old Jewish refugee who fled Iran aer suffering discrimination and harassment because of her faith. She is currently being processed for resettlement to the United States. “B” has been called a “devil worshipper” because she is Jewish and was once held in a detention center for 10 hours for wearing a Star of David. But much of the discrimination she has suffered has centered on her attempts to pursue a college education. While she was taking the entrance exams for the free government universities in Iran, she was forced, as are all admitted Jewish applicants, to answer questions about Judaism. After the exam answers were printed in the local newspapers, “B” was certain she had answered nearly every question on the exam correctly. However, she was later informed that she had scored only 68 out of a possible 100. After talking with other Jewish friends, she discovered they had all received the same grade. Thus unable to attend the state schools, “B” had to pay to enroll in the private Islamic Azad University. In the mandatory religion classes, her professors always singled her out. One forced her to sit at the front of the classroom and explained that this was so he could “control her.” On the second day of class, this professor set a philosophical trap for “B” by commanding her to tell the class about the Jewish belief in the Messiah. After she began to speak, “the professor sat down next to me and began to laugh. He told the class, ‘Look at this Jew girl — she lies! Their rules are not correct.’ He told me to move away from the other students, and then he started. He said Jewish people are unclean, they believe in reincarnation, and they drink blood. The other students called me very bad names.” “B” was able to complete a Bachelor of Science degree but continued to suffer harassment in the school. “B” is traveling to the U.S. alone but will join family there. She is hoping to continue her studies in the U.S.


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What is accurate, the life of general peace and prosperity or the account provided by “B”? No one outside of Iran really knows. An individual in Baltimore may try to paint a darker picture of the situation in Iran so donors would have more pity on him, provide more assistance, explained one community leader on condition of anonymity. In contrast, someone with relatives still living in Iran would be more cautious, painting a rosy picture of the situation to appease the Iranian government.

A NUCLEAR IRAN The situation for Jews in Iran is, of course, compounded by the high global tension and fear of Iranian nuclear proliferation. e persistent question: What, if anything, should the U.S. or Israel do to stop Iran from obtaining a nuclear bomb — or even nuclear capability? First of all, as sanctions continue to take effect, all Iranian citizens are affected, including the Jews. And there is no clear indication that the sanctions are working. “I am in the camp that argues that sanctions harm the population of Iran more than those with political and economic power,” said Farhi. “I think the Iranian Jews, like the rest of the middle- and lower-class Iranians, are being harmed by the restrictions on economic opportunity.” If Israel strikes Iran, Iranian-American Jews say they will fear for the safety of their family in Israel, in America, and even more so, in Iran. But even talk of an attack has its consequences on the indigenous population. “Iran and Israel are locked into this incredible conflict,” explained Banuazizi, noting that Iran is now also in a state of war with the West. “Every day we hear about the attacks — bomb, bomb, bomb Iran. [Israeli President Binyamin] Netanyahu is at the forefront,” Banuazizi said. “e Iranians are suffering from this situation,” noted Kazemi, “and the Israelis are fully aware of that.” He said that he believes Iran does not want a nuclear bomb in order to attack Israel but rather “as an element in the power balance. … The possibility of Iran using [the bomb] is extremely

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LIGHT OF THE EAST Checking in with Ohr Hamizrach It was four years ago this March that a three-story, 20,000-square-foot building modeled after the magnificent Persian palaces of ancient Iran, was dedicated. The building, located on the corner of Fallstaff Road and Park Heights Avenue, at 6813 Park Heights Ave., is known as Ohr Hamizrach Sephardic Center. The shul is named for Rabbi Herman N. Neuberger, who is credited by many Iranian Jews in Baltimore and around the country for being instrumental in the exodus of hundreds of young Persian Jewish men from the Islamic and fervently anti-Zionist republic. It’s a $3 million facility — equipped with a 250-seat sanctuary, a 150-seat women’s balcony, a social hall, a senior center, classrooms, an office and a bais medrash — and today, it is even stronger than was hoped, said Daniel Golfeiz, who serves as shul executive director. On any given weekday, as many as 50 people can be learning in the bais medrash, Golfeiz said. There is always hot tea in the urn — “you give a Persian tea and he is very happy” — and the hall is regularly rented for area bar and bat mitzvoth and the like. On the High Holidays, the synagogue is packed. Some 400 people will throng to the shul from as far away as Silver Spring. But the physical structure is not what makes Ohr Hamizrach a gem of the Park Heights corridor, explained Golfeiz. Rather, it is the light emanating from the people who use it. On one hand, the shul was built out of necessity; the small houses in which the people had been praying beforehand were bursting at their seams. On the other hand, “we wanted to improve the selfesteem of our kids, give them a sense of belonging,” said Golfeiz. “Our members feel better.” The facility serves a dual role of being both a place of prayer and a place of learning and programming. There are get-togethers for the elderly who only speak Farsi. There is Shabbat programming for the youth to help them better understand their Iranian heritage. Ohr Hamizrach has played host to Persian music concerts and communitywide Shabbat meals, bringing the Iranian Jews together to celebrate their heritage and each other. But the clergy and staff want — need — to be doing more, Rabbi Golfeiz explained. “We have the mortgage, so we can’t do what we need to do, we can’t really be there for the children and the elderly like we should. We are trying

Daniel Golfeiz (left) and Rabbi Rouben Arieh say Ohr Hamizrach's success has improved the self-esteem of the local Iranian Jewish community.

to get there,” he said. Golfeiz explained that they can right now only run programs that pay for themselves because there are no extra funds. He fundraises outside Baltimore and from local, wealthy Persian entrepreneurs, but it is just enough to handle the overhead. “Iranians are quite amazing people,” said Dean Lawrence Katz, who was instrumental in securing the seed funding that made Ohr Hamizrach possible. “Iranians are very entrepreneurial and energetic, not lazy people by any stretch of the imagination. They have butcher shops and cleaning shops and restaurants. The next generation is going into professions. They are going to make it. It takes time, of course, but there is no doubt they will become givers as opposed to takers.” In the interim, Golfeiz says they are looking for help. Some of the elderly don’t speak English, and he wants to do more for them in their old age. In addition, he wants to continue to boost the pride and prestige of Ohr Hamizrach so that wealthy, successful Persian Jews from Great Neck, N.Y., and Los Angeles will see Baltimore as an alternative place to raise their families. “Baltimore never did for the Persians what it did for the Russians,” said Golfeiz. “This is the community’s chance to help.” — Maayan Jaffe Ohr Hamizrach will host its annual dinner honoring Mr. and Mrs. David Cohen on Feb. 10 at 7:30 p.m. in the center’s social hall. Couvert is $200 per person. For more information or to make a reservation or donation, call 410-358-0661 or email

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remote.” But, he said, if Israel attacks Iran someone will pay the price — and it will likely be the Jews in Iran. The Iranian government will have to do something to respond if it is attacked. So why don’t the Jews leave now — just get out before it is too late? e answer for most is simple: ey don’t want to. On paper, said Mark Hetfield, president & CEO (interim) of HIAS, there are no governmental barriers to immigration. There were efforts over the last five years to try to convince Persian Jews to leave Iran — mostly in the form of pressure from

family members and friends in the U.S. and Israel. However, those efforts were considered a failure, for they did not create much movement. The Jews wanted to stay. The number of Jews leaving Iran has diminished in the last four years. In fiscal year (FY) 2009, 136 Persian Jews emigrated. That number dropped to 89 in FY 10, to 37 in FY 11 and to 26 in FY 12, according to HIAS reports. Hetfield said he believes the decrease in emigration is a combination of desire and red tape. It can take up to two years to leave Iran through Vienna,

SPICE & SPIRIT Mayer Niknava has been in the United States for 25 years. He married an Ashkenazi woman. Still, every Friday night, his house is filled with traditional Persian aromas. He said he still dreams of the tastes of Iran. Turmeric is the main spice used in Persian food, Niknava, who lives off Seven Mile Lane, said. Turmeric is a yellow powder with a very distinct aroma and taste. Recently, it became popular in the news when researchers discovered a connection between turmeric and the prevention of breast cancer. Today, scientists are trying to determine if they can use it to treat the disease. Religious or not, said Niknava, all Persian Jews sit together for a traditional Friday night meal. The centerpiece is ghormeh sabzi. “The main [part of the] dish is white, basmati rice. … The second is some type of stew made out of different vegetables, mainly herbs and meat and beans. It is all cooked together,” he said, noting the most popular herbs are mint, cilantro, dill, tarragon, basil and leek. “If one Friday night I don’t make it,” said Niknava, “the kids complain.” Rosewater is also an important part of the Persian diet. Niknava said the flavorful liquid is mixed with sugar and used in all types of pastries. The most well known is khame, a sandwich made from two slices of cake filled in the middle with a cream of milk fat, sugar and rosewater. “Until this day, if you mention khame, everyone melts. It’s like, ‘Wow!’” he said. In the summer, Iranians drink a lot of juice made from a combination of water, ice and homemade syrups. The most popular is one made from quince,

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Mayer Niknava still dreams of the tastes and aromas of authentic Persian foods.

a yellow fruit shaped like an apple. It has a dry texture for a fruit but is highly aromatic. Persians slice the quince and cook it with sugar and water. The pulp becomes a jam, which can be spread on breads for breakfast or snacks. The liquid part is preserved as syrup, until the summer, when it is mixed with water, poured over ice and enjoyed. Other syrups are made from peppermint and citrus blossoms. Niknava said another popular drink is a carrot smoothie. “They juice fresh carrots, put in two scoops of ice cream and mix it all around,” he said. “It is very common and very delicious.” — Maayan Jaffe

he said, as immigrants need a specific visa from the Austrian government to enter the country. “This creates some lag time,” he said. In addition, once an immigrant arrives in Vienna, he or she must apply for refugee status in order to enter the U.S. with the assistance he or she needs to be successfully absorbed. Refugee status enables the person to receive rent assistance, food, furniture, language courses and job referrals, among other benefits. One has to prove he or she deserves this status. Refugees often rely on the Lautenberg Amendment, which dictates that persecuted religious minorities fleeing Iran and the former Soviet Union be immediately seen as refugees. e legislation expires each year at the end of September and must be reinstated in order for HIAS to process applications. is oen takes up to six months. “is should be a no-brainer,” said Hetfield. “Who wants to keep Iranian minorities locked up in Iran?” However, he noted, HIAS can take no applications through Vienna while Vienna waits to see if the U.S. will again pass the legislation; the Viennese government does not want refugees hulled up in its country. Hetfield said he thinks this fear of getting turned down plays a key role in the decrease in Jewish applicants. And it may be. Still, the Baltimore Jewish community would like to see Persian Jewish families put back together. Golfeiz said putting politics aside, he thinks family members need one another, and he wants Persian families to reunite in Baltimore. “Each family is missing someone,” he said. He and Ohr Hamizrach Rabbi Rouben Arieh said, “We need to get them out.” Rabbi Arieh did not discount the connection of Persian Jews to the land of Iran, but he said, as Jews, we are trained to start over. In Baltimore, he noted, 150 Iranian families — 700 people — are making it in this new and vibrant Iranian Jewish community. “Jews run from one place to another, and we start making it again,” Rabbi Arieh said. “This is Jewish history. We can go on. Look at our shul, we are a community within a community. This building alone shows we can go on.” JT Maayan Jaffe is JT managing editor —

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ULTIMATE TOP 10 Wiesenthal Center releases list of worst anti-Semitic slurs of 2012 By Maayan Jaffe t may be two week since Jan. 1, but the mouthpieces that topped the Simon Wiesenthal Center’s list of top 10 anti-Semites of 2012 are still spewing hatred. The list, which was put out for the third year this past Dec. 27, provides a snapshot of anti-Semitism in the mainstream of government, organizations, media and culture, explained Rabbi Abraham Cooper, the center’s associate dean. Rabbi Cooper said a team of more than 400,000 researchers cull the list in a multi-lingual, international effort. Why? “Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has said that anti-Semitism has the ability to morph. Just when you think you have it beaten, it shows up in another form and different venues,” said Rabbi Cooper. “Exposing the anti-Semitism is part of a larger strategy to motivate those in position of power to do something about it. … We will be at this for a long time to come.” So, without further ado, let’s look at the list of that which unifies both far right and far le better than anything else: Jew hating. Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood tops the list with a quote from Mohammed Badie, the Muslim Brotherhood’s supreme guide. During a recent talk, he spewed the notion that the “e Jews … have spread corruption on earth.” He recommended “holy Jihad” in order to annihilate them. His colleague, Futouh Abd Al-Nabi Mansour, during


an October sermon, called on the Muslim god to “destroy the Jews and their supporters.” Mansour was heard chanting, “Oh Allah, disperse [the Jews] and rend them asunder. Oh Allah, demonstrate your might and greatness upon them.” Interestingly, according to the Middle East Media Research Institute, Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi watched that very sermon and was heard uttering “Amin” (amen) to every fiery statement. “Egypt is asking the U.S., EU and the World Bank for $12 billion in aid,” noted Rabbi Cooper. “We have to try to link aid to Morsi to the basic issue of protecting religious minorities and not allowing government modalities to become mouthpieces of hate.” Next on the list: the Iranian Regime and its repeated calls for “the full annihilation of Israel.” (See: e 21stCentury Iranian Jew,” page 28.) No. 3: Brazilian cartoonist Carlos Latuff. Many people believe political cartoons have a greater negative stereotype upon Jews than lengthy diatribes. During Operation Pillar of Defense, this cartoonist slandered the Jewish state in a piece depicting Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu ringing a Gaza baby out for money instead of doing what any world leader would have done under the circumstances — protected his people from Hamas rocket fire. At No. 4, was an unlikely culprit. Anti-Semitic European soccer fans

Mohammed Badie tops the list of 2012 anti-Semites.

made the list for rhetoric at a game against Tottenham Hotspur, based in a traditional Jewish section of London. West Ham United fans during a game chanted, “Adolf Hitler’s coming for you” and “You’re getting gassed in the morning.” The message even came with hissing noises meant to replicate the sound of a gas chamber. In the middle, at No. 5, are Ukraine’s anti-Semitic authorities, one that called actress Mila Kunis a “dirty Jewess.” Next on the list at No. 6 was Greece’s Golden Dawn party leader and Holocaust denier of the first degree, Nikolaos Michaloliakos. He recently told an interviewer that six million Jews were not murdered in the Shoah. He denied there were gas chambers or ovens in the Nazi camps and has a penchant for giving the Nazi salute. A close No. 7 went to the far right Hungarian Jobbik party. The party’s Martin Gyongyosi called on the Hungarian parliament to “assess how many people there are of Jewish origin” in Hungary “who represent a certain national security risk” to the country. Norway’s Trond Ali Linstadt, a convert to Islam, was listed at number eight. He warns web readers to “beware of the Jews” and the “influence they have in newspaper, in other media, and in many political organs.” No. 9 is a new voice and an influential German media personality, Jakob Augstein. The owner and editor of

Der Freitag Weekly, Augstein accused Netanyahu of exploiting the “Jewish lobby” in the United States and Germany’s Nazi past to “keep the world on a leash.” While he admitted that Israel is “threatened by Islamic fundamentalists in its neighborhood,” it equated the “ultra-Orthodox Hareidim” as “cut from the same cloth” as those fundamentalist opponents. Last on the list was none other than long-term favorite Louis Farrakhan. I n October, he came out with “In Washington, right next to the Holocaust museum, is the Federal Reserve, where they print the money.” He asks, “Is that an accident?” Rabbi Cooper said there were many others that could have made the 2012 list. e Wiesenthal center, he said, gave serious consideration to a number of anti-Semites in France, “but the Hollande government has deported some and is actively involved in countering the threats.” He said there were also other figures, including a leading Mui in Lebanon, which could have been number 11. Rabbi Cooper called on the people — and the people’s media — to take action. He said, “The media has a large role in calling out the hate, including anti-Semitism, when it threatens to infect the mainstream society.” JT Maayan Jaffe is JT managing editor


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Chavez &The Jews A Sorry Tale

Like one of those telenovelas that are so popular on Latin American television stations, the slow yet inexorable deterioration of Venezuela’s president, Hugo Chavez, has been soaked in drama and cloying sentimentality. For almost two years, Chavez has been fighting cancer. And for most of that time, he has been claiming — falsely — to have been cured. But less than two months after winning a fourth term in last October’s election, Chavez was spirited back to Cuba, where Fidel Castro’s doctors have been treating him. Chavez’s vice president and designated successor, Nicolas Maduro, is urging the Venezuelan people to pray for Chavez’s recovery. Maduro knows, though, that the end is nigh, and that Venezuela consequently stands on the cusp of a political crisis. Chavez was not expected to make in person his presidential inauguration on Jan. 10. While at the time of this writing he is still alive, there is a constitutional requirement for elections within 30 days if he passes away. However, infighting in the Chavez camp, as well as an understandable reluctance on the part of the country’s opposition to fight an election campaign that will be dominated by Chavez’s legacy, doesn’t bode well for elections in the near term. The current situation affords the opportunity for a critical reassessment of the Chavez era. In his 14 years in power, Chavez turned Venezuela into the Latin American hub of a global network of anti34

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American, authoritarian rogue states. There is scarcely a fellow dictator he didn’t befriend. Some, like the Iraqi tyrant Saddam Hussein, are no longer with us. Others — among them Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Belarussian President Alexander Lukashenko, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe — remain, sadly, alive and in power. The closest relationship of all is that forged with the Castro brothers in Cuba, Fidel and Raul, whose ailing economy is kept afloat by heavily subsidized oil from Venezuela, which is Latin America’s biggest producer. With allies like these, it should come as no surprise that Chavez became an arch-foe of the State of Israel. In one of the last foreign policy statements he made before returning to hospital in Cuba in December, Chavez denounced what he called the “savage” Israeli attack on Gaza. In 2009, on the previous occasion that Israel responded militarily to Hamas rocket attacks from Gaza, Chavez told the French newspaper Le Figaro that the Israel had launched a “genocide” against the Palestinians. “The question is not whether the Israelis want to exterminate the Palestinians. They’re doing it openly,” he said. Such incendiary statements won Chavez the admiration of the Arab street. In 2006, during the conflict between Israel and Hezbollah in Lebanon, the Arab satellite network Al Jazeera praised Chavez for beating Arab


By Ben Cohen

In his 14 years in power, Hugo Chavez turned Venezuela into the Latin American hub of anti-American rogue states.

leaders to the punch when he became the first head of state to condemn Israel’s actions. Similar gasps of admiration greeted his decision to expel the Israeli ambassador to Caracas in 2009. In attacking Israel, though, Chavez inadvertently undermined the arguments of those who say that antiZionism is one thing, anti-Semitism something else entirely. In many ways, Chavez’s attitude to Israel mirrored that of the Soviet Union. Just as the USSR marked its own Jews out as a fifth column during its decadeslong propaganda campaign against Zionism, so did Chavez. Before Chavez came to power in 1999, there were 30,000 Jews in Venezuela. Now, the community has dwindled to just less than 9,000. Having experienced virtually no antiSemitism in their history, the Chavez years ushered in a set of new and frightening experiences for Venezuela’s

Jews, from cartoons in the press that could have been lied from the notorious Nazi newspaper, Der Sturmer, to the vandalism of the main synagogue in Caracas in 2009. As a depressing summary by Tel Aviv University’s Kantor Center for the Study of AntiSemitism noted last September, “Recent years have witnessed a rise in anti-Semitic manifestations, including vandalism, media attacks, caricatures and physical attacks on Venezuelan Jewish institutions.” Members of the Venezuelan opposition that I’ve spoken to over the last year have all remarked on the virulence of Chavez’s anti-Semitism. In 2012, Israel was temporarily displaced by the emergence of a domestic Jewish target, in the form of the rival presidential candidate to Chavez, the youthful and energetic Henrique Capriles. While Capriles is a practicing Catholic, his mother’s family, the

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Radonskis, arrived in Venezuela a�er surviving the Holocaust in Poland. Other members of the family perished in the Nazi concentration camps. In their attacks on Capriles, Chavez and his press lackeys referred to him with an array of derogatory terms — “gringo,� “bourgeois,� “imperialist� and, above all, “Zionist.� Moreover, there was no doubt that by “Zionist,� the regime meant “Jew.� Perhaps the ugliest headline during the election campaign appeared in a muckraking magazine, Kikiriki, which read, “We are ——ed if the Jews Come to Power.� Why, then, did anti-Semitism become such a potent force in a country that eschewed it for so long? Some analysts, like Daniel Duquenal, the author of a vibrant dissident blog,


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privileged, was entitled “The Jewish Problem.â€? As Chavez’s acolytes ready themselves to preserve his system after his death, there are few reasons to believe that antagonism toward Jews will disappear. Nicolas Maduro is an Orthodox Chavista who, as foreign minister, enthusiastically pushed for even closer relations with Israel’s enemies. Maduro’s main rival, National Assembly President Diosdado Cabello, is viewed as less ideologically motivated, yet he, too, is unlikely to mend fences with Israel and the U.S. Moreover, even aî†?er he is buried, Chavez’s ďŹ gure will loom large in the political life of Venezuela. Should Henrique Capriles challenge Chavez’s successor, it is probable, according to

“Chavez will probably be remembered as the one who made Venezuelan Jews feel that for the first time they were not welcome in their own country.�

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In a joint venture with Google, the Israel Antiquities Authority launched the Leon Levy Online Library, a free online digitized virtual library featuring the Dead Sea Scrolls. The launch comes some 11 years after the completion of the publication of the Dead Sea Scrolls, initiated by the IAA, and 65 years after the first scrolls were unearthed in the Caves of Qumran. The library contains more than 5,000 scans of sections of the scrolls, exhibited in optimal resolution; the library also contains the oldest existing copies of the Hebrew Bible. For the first time, anyone can have full access to these scrolls, which were, until now, almost inaccessible. The documentation process took two years and included the usage of advanced software initially developed for NASA’s use. See them at — Tazpit News Agency

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Goes West Baltimore gem finds new home By Simone Ellin | Photos by David Stuck

On the day after he earned his Master of Fine A fresh, new Everyman Theatre, says Vincent M. Lancisi, has added to the vibrancy of the city’s Westside neighborhood.

“e new building is magnificent.” — Vincent M. Lancisi, founding artistic director

Arts degree from Catholic University in 1988, Vincent M. Lancisi moved to Baltimore to start Everyman eatre. “I knew I wanted to start a small regional theater with a company of actors who lived in the community. I feel that actors shouldn’t have to go to L.A. or New York to make a living,” said Lancisi. A native of Boston, Lancisi, the company’s founding artistic director, chose Baltimore because he said there was a niche that needed to be filled here. “ere were two touring houses, the Mechanic and the Lyric, and there was Centerstage — a major professional regional theater. ere was a vibrant amateur theater scene with lots of neighborhood theaters — including the Vagabond — America’s oldest continuous small theater — but there was no small professional theater,” Lancisi recalled. “We started from scratch, in all different spaces. We were vagabonds ourselves.” In 1994, Everyman settled into a permanent space, in an old storefront on North Charles Street. e theater had 170 seats; it was small and intimate with low ceilings and architectural columns. “For a venue never meant to be a theater, it has served us well,” said Lancisi. “For 18 years we put on plays, plied our trade, practiced our cra, and our audiences grew. Now, we have nearly 5,000 subscribers, [who] are fiercely loyal; they grew with us.” About six years ago, said Lancisi,

Everyman’s audiences had increased to the extent that the company and its leadership had to consider a new space. Perhaps it was beshert, or as Lancisi puts it, “kismet,” that the Bank of America sold Everyman the historic Town Theatre on West Fayette Street for $1. Longtime Everyman board member Gina Hirschhorn, senior vice president of Global Commercial Banking for the bank, and her husband, Dan Hirschhorn, chairman and president of ATAPCO, chaired the theater’s capital campaign, helping raise more than $18 million to restore the old building. Despite the recession, she said, “the community rallied to support Everyman.” The new Everyman Theatre space has a long, colorful and somewhat Jewish history. Originally called the Empire when it opened in 1910, the theater hosted vaudeville performances, Yiddish theater, boxing and bingo parties. In the course of renovating the old Empire’s facade, builders discovered the Empire’s initial “E,” which was old and faded. “We restored it and now the “E” stands for Everyman,” said Lancisi. From 1914 to 1937, the theater was the Palace, a venue for burlesque shows. In response to public outcry about its shows’ indecency, the theater was torn down and converted into a parking garage. In 1946, the parking garage re-opened as a 1,550-seat movie house called the Town eatre. Its first screening? “It’s a Wonderful Life” starring Jimmy Stewart and

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a wider variety of plays and design options than ever before. For example, said Dr. Robbins, “We have always wanted to do ‘Romeo and Juliet’ but we had no room for a balcony.â€? Small musicals, said the board president, are also now feasible. “It’s so much better for the crew and production sta. î‚Šey’re just chomping at the bit to start exploring their talents.â€? Dr. Robbins reminded Everyman supporters that although the capital campaign has met its goals, fundraising continues. Ticket sales, he said, only cover a portion of a theater’s expenses. “e rest has to come from other places. About 12 percent of Everyman’s budget goes to educational programs. î‚Šis is a relatively unknown facet of Everyman and one of the best-kept secrets in town. To see how kids respond to our programs is wonderful. î‚Šis is not the end, it’s the beginning,â€? he said. From a professional standpoint, Gina Hirschhorn said she is proud that her employer, Bank of America, has continued to support the community and the arts. “Both for its performances and their educational outreach, Everyman

is so important to the fabric of the community,� she said. She, Lancisi and Dr. Robbins are all proud of what the theater will bring to Baltimore’s Westside neighborhood. “The Hippodrome paved the way, and Lexington Market has been revamped; the University of Maryland has students here doing all sorts of things, there are restaurants, the Bromo Seltzer Arts Tower and a plethora of art groups. People don’t realize what a vibrant community this is,� said Lancisi. Everyman will celebrate the opening of its new home with a variety of special events Friday, Jan. 18 to Sunday, Jan. 20, 2013. Its inaugural production, a Baltimore premiere, will be “August: Osage County,� a Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning comic-tragedy by Tracy Letts. “It’s brilliant, funny and wild, one of the best plays of the last 20 years,� said Lancisi. “He’s like Tennessee Williams on steroids.� For details about opening weekend events, visit JT

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directed by Frank Capra, who both attended the Baltimore premier on Christmas Day 1946. By 1990, the Town Theatre, which had fallen into disrepair, closed, just as Everyman Theatre opened on Charles Street. “e new building is magniďŹ cent. î‚Še architects did a great job. To be in a building custom made for us — it’s a joy to come to work,â€? said Lancisi. “We are very excited and proud,â€? said Everyman Board President Dr. E. Lee Robbins. “It’s been a labor of love for so many. It’s tremendous to see it come to a close and to celebrate.â€? The new theater will have seating for 250, up from 175, although Lancisi stressed that Everyman will retain its intimate ambiance. Adhering to environmentally responsible building practices (LEED Silver standards and ADA compliant), the facility has room for rehearsal space, costume storage, set building, classrooms and oďŹƒce space and will enable the company to expand upon onsite education and community engagement programs. Additionally, with its new stateof-the-art technological features, higher ceilings and clear sightlines, Everyman will be able to choose from

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The Socializer: every gym has at least one. is person hangs around all the different areas of the gym, only they’re never actually working out — unless they count repeatedly opening their mouths as cardio. to them, the fitness center functions as a high school

reunion, where it’s all about catching up or talking about pressing matters, like, the weather. not only do the socializers not do an ounce of liing or running, they impede your workout. The Singer: i support bringing your iPod/Pad/Phone and listening to music if it helps you get in the zone. the minute you start actually performing the vocals to whatever you’re listening to is when you’ve officially crossed the line. maybe it’s accidental and you don’t realize you’re doing it — i don’t care. no part of me wants to hear “eye of the tiger” sung three octaves too high when i’m running next to you on the elliptical. The Model: is exists in two forms. For men, it’s the guy who literally spends 5 to 10 minutes flexing his biceps in the gym mirror, completely oblivious to anything going on around him. For women, it’s the person who spends more time getting ready for her workout with color-coordinated, name-brand outfits and extensive make-up application than she does actually in the gym itself. People, it’s not a beauty contest. go in, get your work done, get on with your day. The Unassuming Waterfall: most gyms are essentially rainforests. it’s hot, it’s sticky, it’s uncomfortable, and you are going to sweat. there’s no avoiding it. however, compounding this environmental reality is the person who drips all over the place and doesn’t wipe down a single machine or mat. Paper towels and anti-bacterial sprays are available, so please, please, make use of them. there’s nothing worse than lying down to stretch only to find that you’re sitting in a small puddle of someone else’s bodily juices. JT David Snyder is a JT staff reporter

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BIG ON PERSPECTIVE Matthew Jeffers admits that being unable to fall back to sleep early some mornings, he has instead contemplated his prospective plans for the day, only to let them all eventually fall by the wayside. We’ve all been there. However, a few weeks ago, Jeffers, a senior at Towson University, was awake at 6:30 a.m. and restless. The acting major had certain ideas pulsating through his head, and he knew he could not fall back asleep until he expressed them. His beloved Ravens were a few days removed from losing their third consecutive game. Fans were growing irritated, the local media was becoming confrontational, and players and coaches were visibly frustrated.

headquarters, sitting across the office desk of head coach John Harbaugh. Later, he stood in surreal amazement as all 53 Ravens players waited in line for the opportunity to meet him and shake his hand. What in the world did Jeffers write? Jeffers saw the Ravens facing adversity and wanted to share his life’s challenges with the team. Diagnosed as a child with an uncommon form of dwarfism — he is 4 feet, 2 inches tall, although his limbs are proportionate to his body — Jeffers told how he has undergone more than 20 surgeries, some routine, others life threatening. Doctors performed a tracheotomy to repair a closed airway when he was 5 months old, and he’s endured multiple summers in a hip spica cast — an

“It just opened my eyes. Everyone was upset about losing and felt down, but there are a lot of worse things going on out there. People are struggling through some serious things and still going about their lives and maintaining a positive attitude and getting better from it.” — Sean Considine, Ravens safety

Seeking to offer much-needed perspective, Jeffers rolled out of bed and logged on to the Ravens’ official website and clicked the “Contact Us” link to send an email to the team. Clearly, his viewpoint was appreciated. Less than two weeks aer writing his 504-word note, Jeffers found himself inside the Ravens’ Owings Mills

excruciatingly limiting apparatus. Although Jeffers has been surgery free since 2003, his mother, Marcie, was diagnosed with a stage 4 brain tumor in February 2011, a battle she continues to wage, thanks to a positive approach. “So, you tell me, is life fair?” Jeffers wrote in the email. “When you give every ounce you have, and all you

Matthew Jeffers and his father, Michael, were treated to a day at the Ravens’ Owings Mills facility, which included a visit with head coach John Harbaugh.

have to show for it is a loss in overtime, is that fair? When families in Newtown, Conn., go into their child’s room but have no child to kiss goodnight, is that fair? We live in a painful world, no doubt about it. But let me tell you this: The ONLY disability in life is a bad attitude. A positive attitude is the most powerful combatant to life’s misfortune.” Jeffers anticipated that maybe a secretary would read his message and send back a “thank you.” Instead, his email made it to Pam Lund, the executive assistant of Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti. Lund forwarded the message to Harbaugh, who passed Jeffers’ words to each and every Ravens player and responded directly to Jeffers. “[His email] was really moving and just so spot-on and to the point for anybody, whether you’re playing football or just in life,” said Harbaugh, who cracked a wide smile when asked about Jeffers during a press conference before the team’s upcoming playoff game against the Indianapolis Colts. “He was talking about attitude and

how you approach adversity in life. It really resonated in me and with our coaches and with our players. Our guys were excited to meet him when he came up last week. Great guy, great talent, just a real good person.” After being contacted personally by Harbaugh, Jeffers figured that would be the end of it. “I appreciated John’s response and thought that was it.” Jeffers said. “And then, the next day, that’s when Kevin Byrne contacted me and the whole thing started.” Byrne, the Ravens’ senior vice president of public and community relations, invited Jeffers and his father, Michael, to the complex on Dec. 28. ere, Jeffers said, the Ravens “treated me like a celebrity.” He thought he was going to get a quick handshake from the coach. Instead, he sat down with him for a lengthy conversation, met the entire team and went on a tour of the spacious facility. Several players and coaches told Jeffers how his message touched them emotionally. at accomplishment, See Big On Prespective on page 42


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Jeffers said, is something he’s still trying to wrap his head around, but it’s a feeling he will never forget. “ese guys are so famous ‌ and to have little old me have an impact, it feels very weird. î‚Šat’s the only thing I can say,â€? said Jeers, a Beth TďŹ loh Dahan Community School graduate. When Harbaugh sent out his mass email to the team with Jeffers’ message, Ravens safety Sean Considine was sitting on his couch watching football. Upon reading it, he immediately wrote back to Harbaugh, thanking him for sharing it. “It just opened my eyes. Everyone was upset about losing and felt down, but there are a lot worse things going on out there,â€? Considine said. “People are struggling through some serious things and still going about their lives and maintaining a positive attitude and getting better from it. I think it was a great message for us because we could do the same thing.â€? After reading Jeffers’ words and regrouping the following week, the team dismantled the New York Giants, 33-14, to earn a playo berth. Jeffers explained that because the Ravens have experienced so much success and played at such a high level in recent years, it was understandable for them to respond poorly to a losing streak. After defeating the Colts last weekend, he said it’s clear the team is in a good place heading into this Saturday’s playoff game against the Denver Broncos. “It’s all about perspective,â€? Jeffers said. “You come across a roadblock and forget what it feels like to have your feet in the mud. You forget what it feels like to have an obstacle in front of you instead of an open road. It’s not always about going down that open road that brings out the most enriching things in life. It’s about the hurdles that you have to overcome, and when you overcome them, that’s when true glory presents itself.â€? JT David Snyder is a JT staff reporter

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Red Feather for boys and girls turning four years old before 6/17/13 and for five-year-olds not yet attending Kindergarten Session I: June 17 to July 5; Session II: July 8 to July 26

American Immersion at McDonogh for boys and girls 10 to 17 Session 1: June 16 to June 29; Session 2: June 30 to July 13; Session 3: July 14 to July 27

Red Eagle for boys and girls ages 5 to 8 entering first grade and up in fall 2013 Session I: June 17 to July 5; Session II: July 8 to July 26

Robotics with iCamp™ for boys and girls ages 8 to 13 Weekly: June 17 to July 26

Senior Camp for boys and girls ages 9 to 12 Session I: June 17 to July 5; Session II: July 8 to July 26 Outdoor Adventure Camp for boys and girls ages 10 to 15 Session I: June 17 to July 5; Session II: July 8 to July 26 All Sports Camp for boys and girls ages 8 to 13 Session I: June 17 to July 5; Session II: July 8 to July 26 Teen Camp for boys and girls ages 13 to 15 Session I: June 17 to July 5; Session II: July 8 to July 26 Counselor-In-Training Program for boys and girls ages 14 to 16 Session I: June 17 to July 5; Session II: July 8 to July 26 Fun on the Run Camp for boys and girls ages 11 to 14 Session I: July 8 to July 12; Session II: July 15 to July 19 Ultimate Watersports for boys and girls ages 9 to 16 Weekly: June 17 to July 26

ARTS PROGRAMS Young Actors Theatre for boys and girls ages 10 to 16 June 24 to July 23 Young Actors Theatre: Behind the Scenes for boys and girls ages 14 to 18 June 17 to July 23 Young Filmmakers Camp for boys and girls ages 10 to 14 Session I: June 17 to July 5; Session II: July 8 to July 26 Visual Arts Camp for boys and girls ages 9 to 13 June 17 to July 5 Circus Camp Stars! for boys and girls ages 7 to 15 Session I: June 24 to June 28; Session II: July 1 to July 5; Session III: July 8 to July 12 McDonogh Rock Shop for boys and girls ages 9 to 15 Session I: July 1 to July 12; Session II: July 15 to July 26 Advanced Art Techniques: Drawing for boys and girls ages 9 to 14 July 15 to July 19 Advanced Art Techniques: Painting for boys and girls ages 9 to 14 July 22 to July 26

Technology with iCamp™ for boys and girls ages 8 to 13 Weekly: June 17 to July 26 Video Game Design with iCamp™ for boys and girls ages 10 to 14 Weekly: June 17 to July 26 McDonogh Chess Camp for boys and girls ages 5 to 14 Session I: June 17 to June 21; Session II: June 24 to June 28; Session III: July 1 to July 5

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McDonogh Lacrosse Academy: Advanced Skills Camp for boys ages 9 to 14 June 17 to June 21

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Matt Stover Kicking Camp for boys ages 8 to 18 June 23

Striker Camp for girls ages 10 to 16 July 15 to July 19

Mighty Mites Novice Wrestling Camp for boys ages 5 to 8 June 24 to June 28 | 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Maryland Future Champs Wrestling for boys ages 7 to 17 June 24 to June 28 McDonogh Elite Baseball “Boot” Camp for boys ages 11 to 15 June 24 to June 28 McDonogh Football Camp for boys ages 6 to 14 Session I: July 1 to July 5; Session II: July 22 to July 26 McDonogh Baseball School: Pitching and Catching Camp for boys ages 11 to 15 July 1 to July 5

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B’MORE HEALTHY We’ve all heard that increased screen time correlates with childhood obesity. Now, researchers have gone a step further in drawing a connection between the boob tube and our children’s health. According to a soon-to-be-released study in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, children with televisions in their rooms are more likely to suffer from obesity and related health problems such as type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease. It is widely recommended that children watch no more than two hours per day of TV, yet most children watch more than five hours per day. The study did not differentiate between TV viewing and time spent on other electronic devices. With regard to that fact, researchers wrote: “Considering that children ages 8 to18 years spend more than 71⁄2 hours consuming media each day, of which only 59 percent is TV viewing, the shift from TV to mobile devices, laptops and iPads suggests an even more pervasive effect of media use on children’s lives beyond the TV screen.” In other words, the connection between obesity and bedroom TVs may be even stronger than the study’s numbers suggest. — Simone Ellin

The perpetual “crisis” in American education is an opportunity to explore our values as Jews and as Americans. I am loathe to use the term “crisis,” because contrary to what many Americans know to be true, the education received by most students hasn’t declined since the mythic glory days of American schooling. What exists are “problems [that] aren’t new, and they have more to do with deeply bred inequities (reflecting those of society more generally) and a failure to engage students as active learners and meaning makers,” according to noted author Elfie Kohn. Education in a Jewish context is an imperative. It insists that process of engagement with learning is at least as important as the content gained. We strive with the text, bringing the perspectives of history and ancestors to debate with our own insights and creativity. Education is not a utilitarian exercise but meant to shape an individual to become something more — one who is upright and ethical. Samson Raphael Hirsch considered the education process to be a “continuous exercise in moral education,” for it should train the student to be

a constructive member of the larger society. Compare this to the purpose of education according to the newly enacted nationwide Common Core State Standards Initiative. The standards are designed to be robust and relevant to the real world, reflecting the knowledge and skills that our young people need for success in college and careers. With American students fully prepared for the future, our communities will be best positioned to compete successfully in the global economy. Nobody denies that students should have the skills “relevant to the real world.” College and career are good things, so, too, is being a quality member of the team, able to “successfully compete in the global economy.” But where is the sentence about producing a good citizen, one knowledgeable about the workings of our representative democracy, a citizen who cares about others in the community, an individual who gives not by just being a cog in machine, but who acts for justice? Teaching our children, wherever they go to school, to be menschen should be priority No. 1. — Jonathan Willis

ON BOOKSHELVES When it came time to plan her 4-year-old son Eli’s birthday party, Stephanie Safran looked to one of his favorite places — the Irvine Nature Center in Owings Mills. “We had visited Irvine several times and always had a great experience,” said Safran, a Baltimore City resident. “Eli was excited to take people there.” Birthday celebrants at Irvine have a choice of 20 different themes for their parties. Eli chose dinosaurs. Parties are two hours long and include one hour of leader-directed activities that take place inside and outside the center. At Eli’s party, the children learned about reptiles, went outdoors for a dinosaur egg hunt and met the center’s baby animals. “These 4- and 5-year-old



kids were mesmerized to meet the animals,” said Safran. “It was amazing what they learned. The group leader, Miss Rose, was very engaging and really knew how to work with young children.” “Irvine is really well organized, and they have this down pat,” she added. Although parties at Irvine are

Choices abound at Irvine’s birthday parties.

somewhat costly ($225 for Irvine members; $275 for nonmembers) Safran said she and her husband, Terry McBride, didn’t mind spending the money since they knew it was going to a non-profit organization. For more information, visit — Simone Ellin

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I FEEL LIKE a total cliché. I am well aware that deciding where and at what age to send one’s child to preschool is a common source of concern for new mommies. In comparison to the fierce competition associated with private school admissions, one would think selecting a preschool would be less fraught with anxiety. Nonetheless, despite my efforts to keep my neurotic thoughts in check, I find myself lacing up my gladiator sandals, ready to do battle against my worst enemy, myself. I can’t shake the notion that preschool forms the educational foundation of a child. By lending my signature to the wrong application I’m ensuring my son will never live up to his academic potential. Due to my negligence, at age 40 he’ll be camped out in the our dank basement playing video games 24 hours a day, hitting pause only to accept dinner trays left on the upstairs landing. With new childhood development research having concluded that children as young as 18 months flourish in the classroom, part of me feels compelled to enroll him in preschool immediately. Simultaneously, I fret that sending him to school five days a week will overwhelm and exhaust him, creating a negative association with academics and a lifetime of resentment toward me that only years of deep Freudian analysis could unravel. To help me wade through the murky waters of preschool applications, I’ve sought the council of seasoned veterans, which I know full well, is a terrible idea. More opinions mean more on which to obsess. My inquiries began straightforwardly. One friend has always raved

about her children’s preschool. My husband and I attended an open house and were equally impressed, eagerly gulping down the Kool-Aid dispensed by the passionate head mistress. With the benefit of time to gain perspective, we spent months agonizing on what age our little guy should start the program, how many days of the week and whether he should do a half or full day. Finally, we came to a decision and sent in the application. We waited and waited to hear from the admissions office. Time is not an ally when it comes to the preschool debate, or in my case, any debate. Recently, I attended a dinner party during which the hostess inquired where I intended to send my son to preschool. Upon my mention of the school, she quickly offered that her daughter had attended the same school and gave the program a less-than-stellar recommendation. Crestfallen, my fighting spirit was rekindled by our hostess’ recommendation of another preschool, which her grandchildren currently attend. After returning home and conducting extensive research, I discovered there was an upcoming open house for the school, for which I promptly signed up. After speaking with others, the school has come strongly recommended. An added bonus — it offers fewer programs from which to choose! Alas, I still have a month until the scheduled school visit, of which no good can come. I’m already concerned that my son’s application will arrive too late to be accepted and irked at the knowledge that at least two spots are currently filled, leaving only six open, of which one is most certainly intended for my future M.D.✧

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DAD’S DIARY By Aaron Shiller

Registration Reminder I JUST IGNORED my third reminder to register my kids for school next year. I really love seeing my kids enjoying their winter vacation, so I hate to think about school right now. I have three kids in elementary and middle school, and when registration comes around, it’s a natural time to consider where they are going to school. I always measure the childhood I am giving my children to the one that I had. The school that I went to left a lot to be desired. The school I went to cared more about how many mishnayos I could memorize than how I developed as a student. And there was of course the milk-drinking races that Rabbi Fishman would oversee; they would make me vomit. That was certainly a strange thing to have in the curriculum. So when my wife and I measure a school, there are lots of things to consider: the school’s philosophy, the teacher-student ratio and the technology that the school offers, to name a few. But what really resonates with us is our

children’s’ attitude toward the school. Thankfully, every school morning when my kids walk out the door they are happy and looking forward to seeing their friends and teachers. Every evening I check in with my kids about their day in school. My son, not overflowing with information, will report on a good day, “School was fine.” Most days I get the meager “it was OK.” It’s hard to really know how he feels about his school, but recently, when I visited for a parentteacher conference, his teachers glowed about his behavior and work ethic. They knew details about his personality that showed a genuine relationship had been cultivated. His teachers knew about our family activities and goings-on. Indeed, he has a secret world at school, which he does not always share with me, and that’s fine, because that is how I know he loves his school. My oldest daughter is a charmer, and it’s a good thing, because learning does not come easy for her. She is a pedal-to-the-medal effort-giver, yet effort does not always yield right answers. True, she oc-

casionally gets frustrated, but what drives her to continue to strive for success is the attitude of her teachers. They celebrate her successes, which are always hard earned. She routinely spends much more time on her homework and projects than other kids. I am proud of her when I see her rise to all her challenges like a champ. Unlike my son, she is forthcoming with her feelings about school and teachers, and she truly feels encouraged and that she’s a vital part of the class. I know she loves her teachers because she tells me so. My baby is a rules follower. There is a good chance that she was switched at birth. Now that she is reading well, she won’t let me park in a no-parking zone for even a library book dropoff. She’s not afraid to fight me on it, either. This girl bounces to school, but she really does bounce everywhere she goes. She loves her school and her teachers. The next time the registration reminder comes around, I guess it would be better not to ignore it. ✧

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Shalom Shlichim After his best friend told Orel Habrie, 22, about working at a summer camp in the United States, he became intrigued. “He said, ‘It was the best thing I ever did in my life,’” says Habrie. “He said, ‘You must do it.’” Then Habrie hosted some Americans on a Birthright trip in Israel for five days and realized there was a cultural difference between Jews from different countries. “I knew I wanted to see what I could bring to camp in America,” says Habrie, who spent last summer as a counselor at Camp Airy in Thurmont. Habrie secured his position at


Camp Airy through the Jewish Agency for Israel’s Summer Shlichim Program, which enables young Israelis to spend their summers at Jewish overnight and day camps in North America. According to Ariella Feldman, director of shlichut initiatives for The Jewish Agency for Israel, about 1,000 Israelis were placed last summer at 190 not-for-profit North American camps. The program has placed Israelis in camps all over the world for more than 40 years. “It’s part of the Jewish Agency’s mission to inspire, connect and empower Judaism around the world and to build stronger Jewish

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communities and connections to Israel,” Feldman says. “Israel becomes very real — a face, a person, a life story. It becomes much more real than learning in Hebrew school or something they heard on the news.” The largest number of placements occur in North America where Israelis serve in a variety of specialty areas like music, arts and sports, as well as work as general counselors. The Israelis receive a small stipend in addition to expenses like airline tickets and medical insurance. In Maryland, Israelis work at Camps Airy and Louise, Capital Camps, Beth Tfiloh Camp,

the JCC and Camp Milldale. The program’s main goal, Feldman says, is to connect Israeli workers with campers and staff, enabling all to learn from each other and establish bonds. At Airy, Habrie taught the youngest campers Israeli games and talked to them about the Dead Sea and the Western Wall. Older campers learned about the kidnapped soldier, Gilad Shalit, and the campers wrote letters to his mother. In addition, Habrie created a display about products invented in Israel that he presented during Israel Day, which was planned by the 21 Israeli staff

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members working at Airy and Louise for the summer. “It adds an incredible flavor to camp,” says David Mitnick, program director for Camp Milldale, which also hosted an Israel Day to expose campers to Israeli culture. “We’re a Jewish camp, and one of the greatest things to impart to our campers is a love of Israel.” Many of the Israelis have already finished their military service and are older than 22. This brings a level of maturity to camp, as well as a connection to someone who can share interesting life experiences with the campers. The JCC and Camp Milldale had a group of shlichim in 2011. Those in the nature program taught campers to make pita bread on an open fire.

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tend a five-day training seminar in Israel, where North American camp staff is invited to participate. The training introduces American Jewish culture to the Israelis, and they learn specifics about their jobs, children, camping and how to bring Israel to children in an exciting way. Mitnick participated in the training in Israel, as did Rick Frankle, director of Camp Airy, after previously screening applicants by phone and leaving the training to the agency. “As we increased the number of Israeli staff, we thought it was important to be part of the training process,” says Frankle. “It gave us a better idea of who they were and showed them what to expect when they

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“That’s an experience that wouldn’t normally happen,” says Mitnick. “Campers went home with a physical taste of Israel.” Potential schlichim undergo extensive screening and training prior to their visit. About 6,000 candidates each year are screened, and those accepted are matched with individual camps and undergo interviews with camp directors by phone or in Israel. Once selections are completed, they at-

got here.” The training program also enabled American camp staff to explain specifics about their individual camps, since all operate differently. The Israelis arrive in America in May and June and spend about 10 weeks working at camp. They communicate home by phone and computer. Those in day camps live with host families and develop lasting relationships with the families, as well as the campers.

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Feldman cites stories of families traveling to Israel years later to visit the shlichim they hosted, and one Israeli staffer was walked down the aisle to her groom by her mother and her host mother. Most workers are part of the program for one year, but some choose to return for a second or third summer.

Worthy Pursuit Tal Yeshurun spent two summers at Camp Airy and may return next year. Initially, Yeshurun received an email from the Jewish agency gauging interest from everyone on his kibbutz. “I hopped on the first chance I could,” says Yeshurun, 23. “I was always interested in the States, always felt connected here. I really like the culture.” Yeshurun, who plays soccer in Israel, served as a general counselor and also worked in the athletics department at Airy. It gave him a chance to “be a kid again” and have fun with the campers. He aimed to “affect kids” and led by

example, picking up trash and being considerate to everyone. He remembers the camp counselors from his youth and wants to make an impact on the kids he serves. “If I touched one kid, it will be worth it,” he says. “The more people I can touch and affect, the better it is. I try to implement principles that I find are very important. It will help them in their lives.” After his first summer, Yeshurun spent much of the year traveling the United States and South America. This past year, he’s also traveled extensively. “I missed camp all along,” he says. “Everywhere I went, I saw amazing places, but in the back of my mind, I was always thinking about camp and the people I met and the traditions. “It’s moving to see 7- to 18-yearolds singing together, crossing arms. That’s why I came back — the people I met here, the campers and counselors and traditions of camp — such long-lasting traditions will stay here and stay with me forever.” ✧

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Jeff Kagan is ASSOCIATED. Are You? events at the Visionary Art Museum, Center Stage, Silo Point and Red Star bar. Q. Tell me about some of the events you’ve held. A. We had an evening with Katie O’Malley (the Governor’s wife). We met at a museum a couple blocks from the Governor’s Mansion and afterwards we were provided a tour of the Mansion.

Family: Married to Ellie Occupation: Attorney Children: Shayna, 9; Jenny, 7; Dara, 4 Current Volunteer Projects: Co-chair of Baltimore Jewish Council’s (BJC) Government Relations Commission and sits on the BJC Board Q. How did you first become involved in THE ASSOCIATED? A. I first became involved with THE ASSOCIATED when my wife and I moved to Baltimore almost nine years ago. I joined a Leadership Development Program of the BJC, which is the political arm of THE ASSOCIATED. They are a wonderful advocate for political issues in the community. I gravitated toward politics. Initially, I co-chaired Politically Connect. Q. What is Politically Connect? A. It’s an exciting opportunity for young adults to meet and mingle with prominent elected officials and national political experts and learn about and participate in the political process. The events are small and intimate, and you get a chance to have some good face time with the officials and politicians who attend. You learn how the political process works. We try to make events fun as well and hold them in exciting venues. For example, we held

We’ve had several events with Congressman John Sarbanes and Maryland Attorney General Doug Gansler. During a previous mayoral election, we held an event at Center Stage and had a question and answer discussion with the candidates. Q. What are some of BJC’s priorities this year? A. We are working with the Federation of Greater Washington in hopes of getting funding from the Maryland General Assembly to renovate the Hillel Center for Social Justice. The center serves all faiths, cultures and ethnicities and engages them in social justice work, dialogue and leadership development. We would also like to see money placed in the operating budget for the Maryland Medical Home Extender program and bring more primary care resources into the community for the underinsured and uninsured. In addition, we’d like to build an Elder Abuse Center in Baltimore. We’d also like to see funding for a domestic violence prevention program and day school initiatives, as well as additional funds for MIDC (Maryland/Israel Development Center, an agency of THE ASSOCIATED). MIDC not only promotes Israeli businesses, but simultaneously brings job growth to Maryland. Q. Community Advocacy Day is another great way for young adults to get involved. A. When I first went to Advocacy Day three or four years ago, I was impressed with the importance of the day. This year it will be held February 26 from 3:00 to 8:00 p.m.,

and it is a chance for individuals to meet legislators face to face and help influence how they vote on issues of importance to the Jewish community. As a group, we can show them how we come together over issues of community concern. I also think that it is important for legislators to hear the incredible things THE ASSOCIATED system does. This year we will meet with legislators in smaller groups than in previous years. There will also be a reception. Q. Why should young people get involved? A. Getting involved in politics is a way in which you can follow issues that you are passionate about. It’s also a chance to let your elected officials know how you feel. I have been to Annapolis and I will say that elected officials are generally happy to receive and speak with their individual constituents. However, getting involved with a group that is advocacyoriented, like the BJC, is probably the ideal way to accomplish those goals. First, from the BJC, one can learn comprehensive and insider information because the organization is submerged in Annapolis. Second, the voice of many is stronger than the voice of just one and therefore the BJC is a powerful force in Annapolis. Q. What do you do in your spare time? A. I spend time with my wife and three girls, ages 9, 7 and 4. There is no substitute for that. I also enjoy playing ice hockey in local ice hockey leagues. On the spiritual side of things, I study in a Chavurah with Rabbi Silber of Suburban Orthodox Congregation each morning. It’s a nice start to the day.

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Volunteer Opportunities Listed below is a sampling of current volunteer opportunities through Jewish Volunteer Connection (JVC) and at other ASSOCIATED agencies. Bookworms at Milbrook Elementary School Wednesdays, January, 9, February 13, March 27, April 17, May 8, June 5, 2013 9:30 – 10:15 a.m. Milbrook Elementary School 4300 Crest Heights Road, Baltimore Adult volunteers are invited to spend the morning reading to first or second grade students. Bring a new or gently-used book to read and donate to the class. Participate as often as you are available. Volunteers will need to attend a brief orientation session before reading to the students. For more information, email Sherry Billig at or call 410-363-1066. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service Monday, January 21, 2013 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. The 6th Branch 1500 Bethel Street, Baltimore Jewish Volunteer Connection is looking for volunteers to assist with the revitalization of the Oliver neighborhood. Enjoy a day of community fun and action in keeping with the spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. For more information and to register, email or call 410-843-7490. Stuff Purim Bags with Care Thursday, February 7, 2013 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. or 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. Ronald McDonald House 635 West Lexington Street, Baltimore Bring sunshine to families and children, undergoing medical treatment, who are staying at the Ronald McDonald House. From 5:00 to 5:30 p.m., young adults should bring a dinner dish to prepare in the kitchen. At 6:00, they will serve dinner and visit with the residents. From 7:00 to 8:00 p.m., volunteers will give parents a break, running an activities hour featuring crafts projects, board games and other fun projects. Volunteers can sign up for each opportunity separately or stay the whole evening. For more information and to

register, email Rebecca Weinstock at or call 410-843-7566. Prepare and Serve Meals to the Homeless Sunday, February 24, 2013 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. My Sister’s Place Washington, DC Adult volunteers can provide, prepare and serve meals to clients of My Sister’s Place. Volunteers are asked to attend a planning meeting in January. For more information and to register, email Dayna Leder at or call 410-843-7491. Advocacy Day Tuesday, February 26, 2013 4:30 p.m. Meetings with Legislators 6:15 p.m. Reception featuring Executive Branch speakers Various House and Senate Office Buildings Join the Baltimore Jewish Council and advocate for issues that matter to our Jewish community. Meet with legislators and enjoy a reception held at St. John’s College in the Francis Scott Key Auditorium. Light fare provided. Dietary laws observed. For more information, visit Be a Link to Our Community Jewish Community Services (JCS) needs volunteers for monthly group visits to Jewish prisoners in Maryland facilities. Volunteers engage with inmates in Jewish learning and discussion about topics related to Jewish observance, holidays, ethics and history. Day and evening visits are provided. For more information, visit volunteer or call 410-466-9200. Israel 65 – Join a Planning Committee Are you passionate about Israel and want to help plan the community-wide celebration of Israel’s 65th birthday? The Baltimore Israel Coalition’s June 2, 2013 event will include activities, food, an enticing speaker, an Israel

exhibit, volunteer projects, entertainment and lots more. It will be a day where people of all ages and all backgrounds come together to celebrate Israel. For more information and to join a committee, email Teen Service Opportunities January – June 2013 Are you looking to fulfill community service requirements? Do you like participating in service projects with your friends? Teen service projects planned by the Diller Baltimore Teen Fellows are available through June 2013. For more information, visit, email Megan Goldsmith at or call 410-843-7477. Need On-call Volunteers Leading up to Hurricane Sandy, Jewish Volunteer Connection (JVC) took proactive steps to mobilize a team of volunteers to help with recovery efforts. Over 60 individuals volunteered to serve on an emergency response team to help with post-storm recovery efforts. Our city of Baltimore was spared the brunt of Sandy’s force, but with the knowledge that we may not be so lucky in the future, JVC is forming a group of “oncall” volunteers who are ready to help in the face of natural disasters or other emergency situations. For more information, email Tutors Needed at Area Elementary Schools Jewish Volunteer Connection (JVC) is looking for volunteers to tutor at Fallstaff Elementary School, Cross Country Elementary School and Northwestern High School. Tutors will provide individuals or small groups of students with extra attention in the area of math, reading or writing at the school of their choice. Volunteers are asked to commit at least one hour per week for the length of the school year. For more information, email Adam Craig at or call 410-843-7576.

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Farm Camp Offers Environmentally Sustainable Summer By Elizabeth Levy Malis

Hello Mother. Hello Father. Here I am at Eden Village Camp. So goes the start of a typical letter written home from sleep-away camp. But Eden Village, located in Putnam Valley, N.Y., approximately an hour north of New York City, is no typical overnight camp. It exists in an all-organic environment. “We don’t just preach going green, we live it. We are it. It’s what we are doing,” says Vivian Stadlin, who founded the camp with her husband, Yoni Stadlin. Picture the setting: a working, organic farm that hosts summer 54

camp. “It’s the only Jewish farm camp,” says Stadlin. “The heart center of the camp is organic food from our big organic farm.” Although it offers many elements of a traditional camp, food is not one of them. “There’s no bug juice or standard camp fare here,” says Stadlin. “We don’t buy premade food. Our camp food comes from our organic farm or local organic farms. All-organic food is a major piece of living out our values.” Such values embrace a holistic view. Eden Village Camp offers a

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nature-based, earth-friendly, environmentally conscious, sustainable-living summer experience for boys and girls entering third to 11th grade. Here, campers can harvest, thresh, winnow and grind wheat to bake challah for Sabbath. They make fresh homegrown pesto from a bike-powered blender and homemade pita from a clay oven. Culinary arts, beekeeping, caring for sheep and working with wool, pickling and preserving and maintaining a compost pile make up summer memories.

“It’s a new kind of summer camp [but] also very ancient in other ways. We are learning from the earth,” says Stadlin. “We focus on grass-roots, do-it-yourself activities.” Campers make hats and water bottles with wool from the sheep at the farm. Children tap nature to build shelters and forts during overnight hikes. They learn to make proper fires during campouts. They carve spoons from wood. Budding musicians can take guitar or drum lessons. “Campers milk goats and collect eggs from our chickens,” says

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just and spiritually connected world.” Eden Village Camp opened in 2010. During its inaugural summer, 134 “pioneer” campers signed on. In 2011, enrollment nearly doubled with 250 campers. Last summer, 300 campers attended. Eliyahu Kheel, 15, of Baltimore, has attended Eden Village Camp since it began. “He was the first camper signed up, even though the camp had yet to open,” says his mother, Treine Kheel. “At 12, he went for his first summer there for four weeks, then eight weeks ever since. It’s good for him. He comes home feeling enormous joy, love and acceptance. He has [experienced] enormous growth.” Kheel recalls a typical move-in day. “When we arrived, everyone greeted us with solar-baked, wholesome, organic cookies and a big smile,” she says. Kheel credits the Stadlins for setting the tone. “Yoni and Vivian are the most loving, openhearted people,” she says. “They have a loving energy, and they hire staff like that. The counselors are so gifted with kids. The values that are taught include empathy, compassion and a sensitivity to earth, animals and to each other.”

Eden Village Camp offers a variety of creative arts-based activities.

Stadlin describes summers at Eden Village Camp as “extraordinary.” Building upon its inaugural season, the camp has added new activities including horseback riding, archery, sailboating, a “sheepto-shawl” program and pottery making. Its wilderness program has tripled its staff. “Our herbalism program was such a hit that we expanded it,” she adds. “These kids feel like Harry Potter making potions and lip balms.” In 2011, Eden Village Camp received accolades as a standardbearer, when “Slingshot,” a resource guide for Jewish innovation, named it as one of the 50 most innovative Jewish organizations in North America. However, you don’t have to be a kid to reap the rewards of programs at Eden Village’s 248-acre farm, which is located adjacent to the Appalachian Trail. It remains more than a summer camp. As a year-round working farm, it offers both adult and family programs that take place beyond the summer camp season. Still, Eden Village remains dedicated to “the power of young people to create change in themselves and in the world.” ✧

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Celebrating Trees and Sustaining Our Environment As we stare out our windows at the cold winter sky, the leafless trees and brown lawns, it’s hard to imagine that we could be celebrating Tu B’Shevat, sometimes known as “Birthday of the Trees.” After all, the flowering buds, bright green leaves and warm shoots sprouting out of a soft ground, seem so foreign when one looks at the barren landscape. But, in Israel, the holiday of Tu B’Shevat comes during the rainy season, a time of year vital to the country’s agricultural season. So, how do we bring the holiday to life in Baltimore during the winter season?

A Little History “Tu B’Shevat is a holiday that has undergone multiple stages of transformation in the 2,000 years that it has been in existence,” says Morris Panitz, Program Director of The Pearlstone Center, located in Reisterstown. The Pearlstone Center features a retreat, programming and an organic farm. In the beginning, it was a tithing holiday, a tax date for the fruit of the trees. Individuals were responsible for counting the fruit of their trees and paying a tax. After the Second Temple was destroyed and people moved into the Diaspora, the holiday was mostly dormant until about the 16th century, Panitz explains. Around that time, a small group of Kabbalists in Tzfat revived the mystical elements of Tu B’shevat and the first T ’B’Shevat Seders were held. When the Zionist movement took hold and Jews began to return to Israel, Tu B’Shevat became associated with planting trees in Israel, as well as environmental stewardship of the land. In the last 40 years, the holiday has captured the attention of American Jews, who are thinking about the environment and sustainability from a local and global perspective.

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Teaching Our Children Tu B’Shevat is the best opportunity in the Jewish calendar to have a thoughtful and meaningful conversation about how Jewish values inform practices in terms of land stewardship, food purchasing, waste and consumption, says Panitz. Focusing on these themes, one can hold a Tu B’Shevat Seder and talk about some sustainability themes, such as where our food comes from, healthy eating and the concept of food justice. We can explore how eating healthy can often be more expensive and how we can think of it in terms of tzedakah. Amian Frost Kelemer, Associate Executive Vice President of the Macks Center for Jewish Education, adds that you can make the Tu B’Shevat Seder a chef’s challenge. “Can your family create and cook a menu that includes all of the “seven species” of Israel? They are: wheat, barley, figs, grapes, pomegranates, olives and dates and are mentioned in the Torah,” she says. Plant a garden and relate it to Jewish themes and values. Perhaps, begin planning a spring garden filled with foods eaten on Jewish celebrations, such as parsley for Passover, and begin your garden indoors. Or, think about your values and food. Do you want to focus on eating organic? Then, plant your own strawberries, since the strawberries we purchase often are sprayed with pesticides. Kelemer also adds that you can plant handmade paper. Find instructions online

to make recycled paper and embed marigold seeds. After you use the paper for notes or projects, plant what you have sowed in your spring / summer garden. Finally, play a categories game with the family, using tree-centered themes. Categories may include nuts, uses for wood and types of trees. Go around the circle, until someone is stumped.

Read A Book Check out the wealth of books that highlight Tu B’Shevat and its themes. “King Solomon and The Bee” by Dalia Hardof Renberg is January’s PJ Library selection. Another great book is “Something Different” by Rachael Konigsberg and the children of Gan Harmony in Israel. It tells the story of a Tu B’Shevat tree that is different than the other trees. It is available at the CJE Library at 5708 Park Heights Avenue.

The Family Tree Another way to think about Tu B’Shevat is to think in terms of the family tree. Working off the theme of the tree, we can begin to explore our own family tree – its roots, trunks and branches. Do a little research and share your family history.

When thinking about trees, sign up for Pearlstone’s fifth annual Beit Midrash Shabbaton, February 15 to 17. During this weekend, families will celebrate Shabbat and learn about Judaism and the environment. The theme is the

Jewish calendar. For information, email or call 410-429-4400, ext. 246. Rochelle Eisenberg is Public Relations Manager at THE ASSOCIATED: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore.

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Josh Miller’s peers from Beth Tfiloh High School’s class of 2006 won’t be surprised to learn that the L.A. transplant is now planning his first short film. After all, the Pikesville native directed a movie about all of them during their senior year. Miller said he misses Baltimore and his old schoolmates. “My class was unusual because there were no cliques,” he said. “We were all friends, and we still stay in touch.” Recently, iNSIDER caught up with Miller to find out what he’s been up to since high school.

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iNSIDER: Can you fill us in on what’s been happening since you graduated from Beth Tfiloh? Josh: I went to Syracuse University but then transferred to the University of Southern California. It must have been a big adjustment for your family to have you on the West Coast. Yes. When I first applied to college, that wasn’t an option. But once they saw that I only wanted to study film, they realized it was inevitable. That’s where the film industry is, so they came to terms with it. What have you worked on? Mainly music videos and commercials. I started out directing and doing cinematography on rap videos for people like YG and Mann. Tell us about the new film? It’s about a girl who’s in an institution and needs to break out. A guy who works at the hospital is trying to help her, but he’s really in it for the adventure. So far, we’ve been casting, location scouting and budgeting. It will be under 25 minutes because we want to enter it in film festivals under the short-film category, and there are strict time limits. When did you first know you wanted to make films? My mother always says it started when I was very young, but I remember being afraid of movies when I was little. I used to run out. It’s funny [because] a lot of the other film majors I’ve met say they were like that, too. Maybe people like us are more deeply affected by films. What are your favorite films of the past year? I really liked “Moonrise Kingdom.” And I saw “The Dark Knight Rises” three times.

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Vaeira the story of the 10 plagues unfolds. is story always intrigues me, not just because it demonstrates the power of our creator, but because the response from the egyptians and the Pharaoh seems incredibly odd. I would think that if a clear message came from heaven it would be heeded. at was not the case here. e people of egypt had ample opportunities to respond to what was impacting their daily activities, such as having their water turned into blood. one such response could have been to stop their avodah zara, idol worship. however, since that was part of their ideology, this change posed a challenge. More likely, what the egyptians could have done was protest to the Pharaoh, who refused to submit to Moshe and aharon’s request to let the Jewish nation leave, even at his own expense. a leader has the responsibility and obligation to ensure that his or her people’s needs are met. While the people were suffering, there was silence in the royal court. e Jewish approach to leadership is drastically different Moshe primarily had to wear two hats: one as the messenger of our creator and one as the messenger for the nation of Israel. Moshe never put his own interests first. is notion is amplified when he ultimately divorces tzipora so that he can devote all of his time and energy to leadership. Moshe was constantly concerned with what he could do to carry out the divine will and what he could do to enhance the quality of life for his nation. even when people turned against Moshe, he still fought for them. is is in stark contrast to the Pharaoh, who was primarily concerned with maintaining his own power. is obligation of being concerned

those in leadership positions, but rather it applies to every Jew. from a historical perspective, one can infer that when the Jewish people unite, there is a higher probability of good fortune for everyone. however, the inverse is true as well. e classic paradigm is the second Bais Hamikdash was destroyed primarily because baseless hatred of one Jew toward another Jew. our sages teach us that there never will be another person like Moshe, who was beyond selfless in his leadership and unification of the Jewish nation. e modern-day question for us is this: how much should we concern ourselves with the needs of others? e torah teaches us to love our neighbors like ourselves. But at the same time, the torah commands each person to be involved in mitzvoth. When it comes to the commandment of charity, there is a minimum amount, as well as a maximum amount, that people are allowed to give, ensuring that one takes care of others while also making sure that it does not come at his of her own expense. how do we strike the appropriate balance? or more explicitly, when does the torah want us to be more involved in individual acts (for example, learning torah) as opposed to being more involved in ensuring that the needs and obligations of others are met? I believe that this is a deep question that requires a thorough analysis and discussion. come learn with me at limmud Baltimore so we can discuss this question further. JT Justin Myrowitz is employed by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services as a health policy analyst. He earned a master’s degree in public policy from UMBC and a master’s in Jewish Communal Service from Baltimore Hebrew Institute at Towson University. Justin will be teaching — and learning — at this year’s Limmud Baltimore on April 21 at Johns Hopkins University. Learn more at

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SWEET LIFE While walking to Baskin-Robbins on their first date, Bezalel Bacon and Sarah Marvin passed a coffee shop. They saw a man using an iPad with a pen he held in his mouth. After purchasing their ice cream, they saw the same man seated in a wheelchair on a street corner. He asked the young couple for help. Sarah held the ice cream cups, and Bezalel pushed the wheelchair four blocks to the man’s apartment. Bezalel was more than happy to perform the mitzvah, and Sarah took notice. “I was impressed he was so thoughtful and kind,” says Sarah, now 21. “It was really sweet of him.” Sarah and Bezalel met during a movie screening that February at Stern College, where Sarah expects to earn an English literature degree in May. Bezalel, 24, graduated from Yeshiva University and is pursuing a doctorate degree in biochemistry from Stony Brook University. He is teaching, too. Sarah, president of the non-fiction book club, selected a movie about the first open-heart

surgery, which appealed to Bezalel. They became friends and saw each other at Shabbatons and other events. After their ice-cream date, they stayed in touch online. Their relationship became official after Sarah returned home for Pesach and missed Bezalel. She told her parents, Jonathan and Chana Rochel Marvin, about him. Ironically, Sarah knew of Bezalel’s father, Josh Bacon, who taught psychology at Stern. Bezalel met the Marvins that spring. That summer, Bezalel visited Sarah in Baltimore several times, and the Marvins found a place for him to stay for Shabbos. When Sarah later visited New York, she met Josh and Rena Bacon. Although they didn’t talk marriage, both thought about it. That fall, the relationship grew more serious. They saw each other nightly and discussed the future and ultimately marriage. They targeted the following summer after Bezalel completed his degree.

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Kenny and Stacey (nee Foster) proudly announce the birth of their daughter, Olivia Drew, on June 24, 2012. Overjoyed grandparents are Gail and Jerry Solomon of Bonita Springs, Fla., and Gail and Gary Foster of Taneytown, Md. Aunt Lindsy Solomon, Aunt Katelyn Foster and Cousin Levi Solomon are thrilled to welcome Olivia, as well. Olivia is named in loving memory of her great-grandmother, Sarah Eisenberg. Her Hebrew name is Sarah.



Aaron and Merav (nee Kushner) are happy to announce the birth of their daughter, Nataniella Ava, born on Dec. 8, 2012. Her Jewish name, Nataniella Frieda, means “gift from God” and is also in loving memory of her great-great-aunt, Frieda Gottleib. Proud grandparents are Nancy and Michael Benson of Mount Washington and Rachel and Howard Kushner of Monsey, N.Y.

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Theodore and Jocelyn (nee Needel) are happy to announce the birth of their son, Ryan Avery, on Jan. 6, 2012. Ryan’s Hebrew name is Reuven Efron in loving memory of his maternal great-grandmother, Frances Knopf, and great-great-aunt, Ruth Lipton. Excited big brother is Ethan Michael, and proud grandparents are Fred and Robyn Needel of Reisterstown, Rena Casser of Livingston, N.J., and Jerry and Jill Casser of Roseland, N.J.



Bryan and Lisa (nee Harris) are happy to announce the birth of their daughter, Margo Ilana, on Jan. 21, 2012. She is named in loving memory of her maternal great-great grandmother, Mary Wagner, and maternal greatgrandmother, Ida Harris. Her Hebrew name, Batya Yaffa, honors her maternal great-grandmother, Bernice Cohen, and maternal great-great-aunt, Josephine Friedman. Excited big brother is Noah Miles. Proud grandparents are Esther and Fred Harris and Karen and Ron Schultz. Thrilled great-grandmother is Mollie Bornstein.

Snyder — Blumberg Sharon and Barry Snyder and Michael Blumberg happily announce the engagement of their children, Brooke Snyder and Howard Blumberg. Brooke graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park with a bachelor’s degree in business and earned her M.B.A. at Loyola University Maryland. She is director of marketing and communications at a local independent school in Baltimore City. Howard graduated cum laude from

Towson University with a degree in communications. He is the executive director of federal programs for a government contractor in Columbia. Brooke is the granddaughter of Stanley Hoffman and the late Minnie Hoffman and Marvin Snyder and the late Shirley Snyder. Howard is the son of the late Myrna Blumberg. He is the grandson of the late Abe and Ruth Glassband and the late David and Eva Blumberg. A November 2013 wedding is planned.

Send submissions of births, engagements, weddings and anniversaries via email to or mail to Simone Ellin, BJT, 11459 Cronhill Drive, Suite A, Owings Mills, MD 21117. Please send a stamped, self-addressed envelope for returning photos. Items will be selected and edited at the discretion of the editors.


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A Family Man First Harold M. Barr announced news of Hitler’s death, worked as a nuclear scientist By Ron Snyder Harold N. Barr lived a full and eventful life. The Baltimore resident held more than a dozen patents through his work in nuclear fuel. As an Army radio operator at the end of World War II, he announced to troops in Germany that Hitler was dead. But through it all, family members said, Barr wanted to be known as a husband, father and grandfather. Today, that is how relatives are remembering Barr, who died at his home of natural causes on Dec. 22. He was 91. “My dad had opportunities in his life to become an executive, but he was never interested in that because it would take away from his work and his family,” said his son, Richard Barr, of West Orange, N.J.

“[Harold] fought to live. He wanted to be there for his sons and his grandchildren.” — Wife Barbara Barr

Barr was born on March 4, 1921 in New Haven, Conn., and grew up in Brooklyn, N.Y. He earned a ceramic engineer degree from Alfred University in Alfred, N.Y. Barr then joined the Army in 1942 and completed basic training at Camp Boardwalk in Atlantic City, N.J. Barr served as a radio operator with the 1,282nd Engineer Combat Battalion in Europe and the Philippines. He

was stationed atop a schoolhouse in Friedrichsthal, Germany when he received and then retransmitted the message, “Hitler ist Gestorben,” or in English, “Hitler is dead.” “It was a historic announcement, but it wasn’t done over a broadcast radio transmission,” Richard Barr said. “It was meant for the command structure, and the message was sent out through a network.” Following the war, Barr met Barbara Weiner while skating in Brooklyn, and they were married in a blizzard on Dec. 19, 1948. “I told my friends, after we met, that he was the man I was going to marry,” Barbara Barr said. Shortly thereafter, the couple moved to Oak Ridge, Tenn., where Harold Barr worked on classified nuclear energy projects at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory. He would later pursue a career in nuclear science at Martin Marietta Materials, Inc. and Hittman Associates Inc., earning numerous patents and designing an innovative nuclear battery for pacemakers. “It was amazing work at the time, when the lifespan of a pacemaker battery was two years,” Richard Barr said. “He wanted to find the most efficient source for a pacemaker battery.” Aside from his work, Barr was an avid photographer and traveler. He also enjoyed learning about technology, which included learning how to use an iPad that his grandchildren gave him for his 90th birthday. In addition, he was a rabid sports fan, who grew up rooting for the Brooklyn Dodgers and later the Orioles, Colts and Ravens. Barr also battled back from health

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problems later in life to ensure he was able to attend the weddings of his three sons and the bínai mitzvah of his grandchildren, which included the bat mitzvah of his granddaughter, Laura, last year. “[Harold] fought to live,” Barbara Barr said. “He wanted to be there for his sons and his grandchildren. He was sharp-minded and had a determination to live life to the fullest. He may have been 91, but his mind and body were not that old until the end.” JT

Along with his wife and son, Barr is survived by two other sons, Alan of Philadelphia, and Fred, of Lower Merion, Pa., grandchildren Nathan, Amy, Julia, Laura, Erin, Jennie and Amy and great-grandchildren Maggie, Avery, Grace and Madelyn. Contributions in his memory may be sent to Johns Hopkins Pancreatic Research, c/o Dr. Cameron, 401 N. Broadway, Baltimore, MD 21231 or the charity of your choice. Ron Snyder is a JT staff reporter


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A Short Life Lived To Its Fullest Cara G. Becker, 21, remembered for her volunteering spirit By Ron Snyder


abnormality. That, her father said, led to a brain trauma, from which it took a year to recover. eric Becker said Cara credited doctors from the Johns Hopkins kimmel Cancer Center, who had treated her, and the Owings Mills Volunteer Fire Department for saving her life. as a show of her appreciation, Cara organized fundraisers. She eventually got the manager at a Best Buy to donate a flat-screen TV, which she raffled off and then donated the proceeds to the fire department. “we offered our children the opportunity to volunteer in lieu of Sunday school,” eric Becker said. “all three of our children took us up on that offer, and Cara just lived for helping others.” Cara Becker graduated from Oldfields School in 2009 and attended Stevenson University before transferring to Towson University, where she studied marketing and communications. It was at Towson that she met her boyfriend, adam klein, a senior psychology major, who spent countless nights with her at the hospital, including the night she died. “Cara was a special, special person,” said klein, 21, of Pikesville. “everyone in her life was important to her. even when she was in the hospital, she was trying to find ways to see what she could do for some of the kids in the pediatric cancer wing.” One way Cara kept positive during her illness was her work on developing a gluten-free Cheez-It-like cracker. She developed the idea last summer, and her parents assisted her in the process. ey were speaking with companies in Chicago about her proposal when she

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Cara Gwen BeCker never let life’s struggles get her down. Instead, they actually motivated her to help others. whether it was making sandwiches for the homeless outside her Towson apartment or collecting money for the red Cross the day after Sept. 11, Becker had a pull toward volunteering unmatched by most, according to those that knew her best. Becker even organized several blood drives after being diagnosed with leukemia in august. The Towson University student completed 70 days of chemotherapy during that time, but fell ill before passing away on Dec. 31. She was 21. “Cara was always someone who had the needs of others in her heart,” her father, eric D. Becker, founder and senior managing partner at Sterling Partners of Baltimore, said. “She could relate to people who had struggles and always worked to help [them] overcome them.” eric Becker said his daughter’s desire to help others came at an early age aer she learned she was dyslexic. at challenge, he said, instilled in her compassion to reach out to others who needed assistance. “Being challenged started within her an empathy for others. She would always say she related to and wanted to help the underdog,” Becker said in a eulogy he gave during her funeral services on new Year’s Day. is was apparent in 2008 aer Cara had what appeared to be a routine outpatient tonsillectomy. while convalescing at home, Becker developed hyponatremia, a common electrolyte

got sick and was diagnosed with acute promyelocytic leukemia. “It was great to see the smile on her face whenever the company sent her samples of the product to try,” said her brother, Greg Becker, 24. “It really kept her spirits up.” Greg Becker said the cracker, Cara’s Cheesbombs, is still in the development phase. But, he added, when they get it to market, they plan on using a portion of the proceeds for karma for Cara, a foundation she recently established. “It was Cara’s desire to use the cracker to help others,” Greg Becker said. “we want to follow through with her dream.” Doug Becker, Cara’s uncle, echoed his family’s sentiments on Cara’s spirit of volunteerism. But, he added, there was much more to her that made her special. She loved the outdoors, music, writing and even playing with her puppy, Happy. “Cara was just a really cool person,” Doug Becker said. “She was the ‘arbiter of cool’ in the family. She was the one I’d turn to when picking out clothes or shoes for my young kids. She just had a way of connecting with people, especially children.” Lauren Brown, 23, of Owings Mills was one of Cara’s closest friends. Brown called her “the most amazing person I’ve ever met.” “There was never a friend in Cara’s

life who didn’t feel loved by her,” Brown said. “I’m pregnant, and even when she was sick in the hospital she was concerned about me.” eric Brown said he didn’t realize the full impact Cara had on people until her funeral, which was attended by more than 2,000 people at Baltimore Hebrew Congregation. Many more, he said, watched the services streamed over the Internet, as travel on the holiday proved difficult. “Seeing so many people come out to show their love for Cara was unbelievable,” he said. “It has really helped us deal with the healing process. It just showed us what type of person Cara was. we had complete strangers come up and tell us how Cara had touched their lives. It was such a wonderful tribute to her life.” JT Along with her father, brother and uncle, Cara Becker is survived by her mother, Jill, another brother, Jake, also of Pikesville; her paternal grandparents, Gordon Becker of Towson and Rita Becker of Baltimore; her maternal grandparents, Dr. Larry and Alma Becker of Pikesville; and many aunts, uncles and cousins. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Karma for Cara, c/o Baltimore Community Foundation, 2 East Read St., Baltimore, MD 21202. Ron Snyder is a JT staff reporter

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Obituaries | Community ANFLICK — On January 2, 2013, MARTIN; beloved husband of Betty Anflick (nee Hamburger); loving father of Charlie (Adina) Anflick and David (Michelle) Anflick; devoted brother of Marian (late William) Gurland, also survived by his many loving grandchildren. Interment at Har Zion Tifereth Israel Cemetery, Rosedale. Please omit flowers. n d n o s.

BOXER — On January 7, 2013, BEN; beloved husband of the late Renee Boxer (nee Nisenbaum); devoted father of Harry (Denise) Boxer, Dr. Diana Boxer ( Joseph Cook) and Sherri (Dr. Kenneth) Bell; loving grandfather of Taylor Boxer, Rylee Boxer, Dr. Marin (Ricardo) Xavier, Brooke Feldman (Brad Cannell), Alyson Rubin and Mallory Rubin; dear step-grandfather of Alexander Cook, Zachary Cook, Robyn (Matthew) Dickson and Marisa ( Jeffrey) Jackson; loving great-grandfather of Gabriel Xavier; dear step- greatgrandfather of Haden Turnage and Isabelle Dickson; also survived by loving caregiver Darjan Sanodze. Interment at Har Sinai Cemetery, Garrison Forest Road. Please omit flowers. Contributions in his memory may be sent to Har Sinai Congregation, 2905 Walnut Ave., Owings Mills, MD 21117. CAPLAN — On January 6, 2013, BELLE (nee Blechman); beloved wife of the late Milton Caplan; devoted mother of Wynn Cookie Berkowitz and Lisa Mervis Lipton; dear mother-in-law of Simon Berkowitz and Dr. Marc Lipton; devoted sister of Claire Jacobs and the late Mac Blechman, Anne Blechman, Faye Racusin and Michael Parrish; loving grandmother of Ellen (Howard) Hare, Tammy (Brandon) Weiner and Shara Mervis (Scott) Alpert; cherished great-grandmother of Marissa and Makayla Hare, Victoria Weiner and Sophie, Benjamin and Aidan Alpert. Interment at Anshe Emunah Aitz Chaim Cemetery, 3901 Washington Blvd. Please omit flowers.

DATNOFF — On December 31, 2012, ROSE (nee Hyatt); beloved wife of the late Simon Datnoff; devoted mother of Karen (Dr. Ronald) Ginsberg and Dr. Howard (Fresca) Datnoff; dearest sister of Dr. Irvin Hyatt and the late David Hyatt; cherished grandmother of Michael (Dr. Cara S.) Ginsberg, Ellen Ginsberg (Dr. Raphael) Simon and Guiliana, Samantha and Arielle Datnoff; beloved great-grandmother of Samuel Joseph Simon. Interment at Oheb Shalom Memorial Park, Berrymans Lane. Please omit flowers. Contributions in her memory may be sent to Temple Oheb Shalom, 7310 Park Heights Ave., Baltimore, MD 21208 or Northwest Hospital Contributions, c/o LifeBridge Health, Dept. of Development, 2401 W. Belvedere Ave., Baltimore, MD 21215. GREENBERG — On January 6, 2013, DAVID A.; beloved husband of the late Patricia C. Greenberg (nee Simonds); devoted father of Susan (Marshall) Smith and Marsha Greenberg; loving brother of Shirley (Mickey) Addis and the late Gertrude Cohen-Steinhorn; cherished grandfather of Ayme (Andrew) Lederman and Randi Smith; adored great-grandfather of Sarah and Haley Lederman. Interment at Beth El Memorial Park, Randallstown. Please omit flowers. Contributions in his memory may be sent to the Save-AHeart Foundation, P.O. Box 724, Owings Mills, MD 21117. KARLIN — On January 6, 2013, JOSEPH; beloved husband of Sylvia Karlin (nee Gindes); beloved father of Robin Karlin; devoted brother of the late Harry Carlin, Mildred Jacobs, Pauline Glaser and Lee Kasinof. Interment at Shaarei Zion Cemetery, Rosedale. Please omit flowers. LEV — On January 3, 2013, RUTH (nee Adler); beloved wife of the late Martin F. Lev; cherished mother of Judy (Dr. Richard) Schlossberg, Shel-

ley Lev Wiseman (David) Kelly, Ceil (Ronald) West and Gail (Andrew) Quartner; devoted sister of the late Marston Adler; loving sister-in-law of Doris Adler; cherished grandmother of Stephani (Mark) Renbaum, Dr. Robert (Dr. Deborah) Schlossberg, Rachael ( John) Colasante and Charles L. Wiseman; adoring greatgrandmother of David and Sarah Renbaum, Carter Schlossberg and Luci Ruth Colasante; devoted aunt of Alan (Priscilla) Adler, Carol (Harry) Sommer, Rochelle (Mark) Effron and their families; loving great-aunt of Monica (Ryan) Porter, Wendy West and William, Melissa and Jeremy Quartner; beloved greatgreat-aunt of Zackary Martin Porter and Joshua West Porter. Interment at Baltimore Hebrew Cemetery, Berrymans Lane. Please omit flowers. Contributions in her memory may be sent to the Adler Lev Scholarship Fund, Beth El Congregation, 8101 Park Heights Ave., Baltimore, MD 21208 or the charity of your choice. LEVINSON — On January 2, 2013, CONSTANCE JOY; beloved wife of the late Dr. Isadore Levinson; cherished mother of Dr. Stephen (Barbara) Levinson and Gary Levinson; adored grandmother of Randi (Darby) Leigh and Kimberly (Mary Sirico) Levinson; dear great-grandmother of Rayna Leigh, Ariza Leigh and Alexander Levinson. Interment at Anshe Emunah Aitz Chaim Cemetery, 3901 Washington Blvd. Please omit flowers. LICHTENBERG — On January 2, 2013, CHARLOTTE ANNE (nee Silberstein); beloved wife of Dr. Joseph D. Lichtenberg; devoted mother of Ann (Henry) Shofer, Amy Lichtenberg, Dr. Maryland Pao ( Dr. Steven Holland) and Dr. William Pao (Victoria Chu Pao); cherished grandmother of Katie, Andrew and Lexy Shofer, Jenny, Madeline and Lizzy Holland and Lucas and Allison Pao. Interment at Oheb Shalom Memorial

Park, Berrymans Lane. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Learning Ally (recording for the blind and dyslexic), 1-866-732358, or to e Phillips Collection, 1-202-387-2151, LONDON — On January 5, 2013, ROSALIE (nee Silberschlag); beloved wife of the late Melvin London; cherished mother of Leslie London, Gail (Carlton) Stem and Jay (Robin) London; devoted sister of Thelma (late Stanley) Kruger and the late Herbert Silberschlag; loving grandmother of Jennifer Mitter, John Stem, Michael London and Danielle London. Also survived by two loving great-grandchildren. Interment at Mogan Abraham Cemetery, Rosedale. Please omit flowers. MAINEN — On December 30, 2012, ADELE (nee Schoen); beloved wife of the late Maurice Mainen; loving mother of Carl (Ellen) Mainen and Judy (Ira) Anslow; dear grandmother of Matthew Mainen and Allison Mainen. Interment at Maryland Veterans Cemetery, Garrison Forest Road. Contributions in her memory may be sent to the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance, 901 E. St., NW, Suite 405, Washington, DC 20004. MISHKIN — On January 6, 2013, FAY (nee Shoham); cherished mother of Dr. Fran Markowitz, Dr. Bernard (Gail) Markowitz and Dr. Jay (Susan) Markowitz; sister of Rabbi Sydney Shoham, Jacob Shoham and the late Rabbi Gilbert Shoham; loving grandmother of Caroline, Jonathan, Sarah, Elissa and Alexandra Markowitz. Interment at Bnai Israel Cemetery, 3701 Southern Ave. Please omit flowers. PINSKY — On December 30, 2012, DAVID LOUIS; beloved son of the late Bernard Philip and Katie (nee Gurson) Pinsky; cherished father of Brian P. Pinsky and the late Jason M. See Obituaries on page 74


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Pinsky; devoted brother of the late Larry I. Pinsky and Roslyn Pinsky; adored grandfather of Dylan, Kara and Kobe Pinsky; special cousin of Miriam (Steve) Dubin, Sidney, Alfred, Rona, Ben, Alvin, Oscar and Joanie Kramer, Mere Schwartz, Harvey Rapkin, Leslie Goldman, Norman Faber, George Faber and the late Gertrude Feinstein Faber, Seigmund Faber, Harry S. Kramer and Sam Kramer. Interment at Beth Tfiloh Cemetery, 5800 Windsor Mill Road. Please omit flowers. Contributions in his memory may be sent to the Jewish Council for the Aging, 12320 Parklawn Drive, Rockville, MD 20852 or the Winands Road Synagogue, 8701 Winands Road, Randallstown, MD 21133. PLOTKIN — On January 2, 2013, IRVING STANLEY; beloved husband of Marsha L. Plotkin (nee Koman); beloved father of Dr. Larry (Carla) Plotkin and Dr. Jeffrey (Lisa) Plotkin; devoted brother of Barry Plotkin, Iris (Larry) Rosenthal and Esther Plotkin; loving grandfather of Zachary, Alex and Lindsay Plotkin and Philip and Patrick Hagar. Interment at Beth Tfiloh Cemetery, 5800 Windsor Mill Road. Please omit flowers. RIEF — On January 3, 2013, NORMA T. (nee Taron); beloved

wife of the late William Simon Rief; cherished mother of Sheryl Rief and Marshall ( Joanne) Rief; devoted grandmother of Erika and Austin Rief. Interment at Beth El Memorial Park, Randallstown. Please omit flowers. Contributions in her memory may be sent to Beth El Congregation, 8101 Park Heights Ave., Baltimore, MD 21208. ROSENBERG — On January 6, 2013, GENEVIEVE (nee Rydzewski); cherished step-mother of Mary Louise Bloom; dear sister of Leonard Rydzewski. Interment at Rodfe Zedek Cemetery, 6700 Bowleys Lane. Please omit flowers. SCHUSTER — On January 3, 2013, SALLY (nee Levitt); beloved wife of the late Nathan Schuster; devoted mother of Eileen (William) Lipsky; dear sister of the late Melvin Levitt, Elsie Pappas, Charles Levitt and Rose Moss; loving grandmother of Larry (Barbara) Lipsky and Richard (Lisa) Lipsky; loving great-grandmother of Sam and Madison Lipsky and Jack Lipsky. Interment at Beth Tfiloh Cemetery, 5800 Windsor Mill Road. Please omit flowers. SOLOW — On January 5, 2013, RUTH DORIS (nee Hankin), 96; beloved wife of the late Dr. Max Solow; loving mother of Bonnie

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TACHAU — On January 6, 2013, PAULA (nee Kuhn); beloved wife of the late Frank Tachau; cherished mother of Carla Tachau Lawrence, Daniel (Efrat) Tachau, Ellen (David) Koronet, Joel Tachau (Stephanie Raphel) and Jeremy Tachau; devoted sister of the late James S. Kuhn; adored sister-in-law of Anne Kuhn; cherished aunt of Beth Kuhn and Julie Kuhn; beloved grandmother of 15 and great-grandmother of 11. Interment at Baltimore Hebrew Cemetery, Berrymans Lane. Please omit flowers. Contributions in her memory may be sent to Temple Emanuel, 909 Berrymans Lane, Reisterstown, MD 21136 or the charity of your choice. WALPERT — On January 4, 2013, MELVIN I.; beloved husband of the late Beatrice Walpert (nee Kirshner); devoted father of Ronald (Rita) Walpert, Dr. Barry (Sherrie) Walpert and Shelley (Elliott) Fineman; loving

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MR. BOB’S ANTIQUES. Buying now. Antique furniture through 1950ís. $Silver-jewelrylamps-clocks-watches-complete estates. 410-371-3675

CNA/MED-TECH available for day-shifts. Own transportation with great references! 443-473-0319

Mr. Klean Grout will make your dirty, moldy or mildewed grout and damaged tile like new. Services include tile removal & replacement, staining, cleaning & sealing. Call us 1-855-77 KLEAN (55326)

1950’S, 60’S, 70’S, Modern. Furniture, art, lighting, etc. Robert 410-960-8622

APPLIANCE REPAIR APPLIANCE DOCTOR -Repairs all major home appliances. Shlomo Roshgadol 410-358-2707.


CERTIFIED C.N.A. will care for your loved ones. Reliable transportation, excellent references. 443-891-9510. PART-TIME HOUSEKEEPER/ COMPANION CAREGIVER. Mature with references available. 410-701-8487

SCRUB-A-DUB CLEANING, Inc. 20yrs of quality service. Bonded/ Insured. 410-667-8714.

CAREGIVER/COMPANION: Many years experience w/my parents. Pikesville/North Baltimore area. Michael,410-970-1193

EXPERIENCED CLEANER: No job too small. 10 yrs local experience. 443-253-5270.


MAJESTY CLEANING SERVICE: Residential & Commercial Cleaning. Bonded and Insured. 443-405-4055 REAL NICE & CLEAN: 10 years Residential/Commercial experience. Bonded/Insured. Free Estimates! 410-388-0460 IMPRESSIVE RESIDENTIAL CLEANING: Pikesville, Owings Mills etc. References. Saturday availability.410-622-9192

COMPUTER SERVICES COMPUTER SERVICES. Virus-removal, repairing, networking, installing, upgrading. Reasonable rates. Microsoft certified. Quick response. Jeff 410-484-2975 MY PC MEDIC: Mild mannered corporate IT manager by day & Pikesville’s super computer mentsch by night! Why wait in line for a geek? House-calls on evenings or weekends. Our solutions will fit your budget! *See our ad in the Service Directory. 410-929-9985.



ABBA MOVING LLC. Full service. Local/Long Distance. Insured. Free estimates. 410-281-6066

2 ADJACENT CHIZUK AMUNO LOTS. Price negotiable. Best price! 410-467-7270

FURNITURE ARISTA CUSTOM FURNITURE: Make your design a reality! Serving the Baltimore area for over 22 years. Call Gus: 410-371-1589SEE OUT AD IN SERVICE DIRECTORY


ARTIST HOME IMPROVEMENT painting interior/exterior, Powerwashing, drywall repair, carpentry work. License#19441. 410-282-1579

GOLDEN DAYS HOME CARE LLC. Companion care and errand services. Licensed, bonded & insured. See our ad in the Service Directory! 410-679-0942 DEPENDABLE HEALTH-CARE AIDE/ COMPANION. 20 years experience. Excellent professional references. 410-323-3892

CRIS JACOBS FROM THE BRIDGE teaches all styles/skill levels.410-608-1324.



RYAN HOME CARE. We are here because we care. 443-207-2648

INDIVIDUALIZED ACADEMIC SUPPORT— Mild/Moderate Disabilities: MD State Certified Generic Special Education, grades 1-8. Ephraim, JHU M.S.410-746-9396





MARC ELECTRIC MASTER ELECTRICIAN LICENSED in Baltimore City, Baltimore County & Carroll County. Master Electrician in Baltimore City & County. Decorative lighting, house, power and repairs. Marc Balotin. 410-922-7081. SEE MY AD IN THE SERVICE DIRECTORY.


IRV’S HANDYMAN SERVICE No job too small. Free estimates, prompt service. MHIC# 77548. 410-486-7454 HANDYMAN- FOR THOSE little jobs the big guys won’t do! David 410-239-7455. MR. ODD JOB. No job is too odd. Specializing in nuisance, small jobs around the home. 443-243-4860 HANDYMAN—IF I CANíT FIX IT, ITíS NOT BROKEN! FREE ESTIMATES.410-833-8107 PIKESVILLE HANDYMAN & REMODELING: Specializing in small-to-medium projects. Ariel Goodman. 410-350-6564. MHIC# 102281, Licensed & Insured


PRIVATE DUTY/COMPANION DAY SHIFTS. 7-yrs experience w/transportation. Excellent local-references. 410-900-5393

LIONEL’S HAULING. YARD/ basement/ garage cleaning. Reasonable rates. 410-484-8614/ 443-604-4002

SEASONED COMPANION CAREGIVER available as needed.Bonded/Drives/own vehicle. Excellent local references.443-985-9636

PROMPT HAULING. Estate clean-outs, apartments, basements, and attics. Gary 443-564-8487

COURTNEY CARES NURSING SERVICES: RN CNA & COMPANION CARE Enabling you to stay in your home! Accepting 24/7 patient referrals. 410-366-0797 State of MD, DHMH License # R3039

HAUL AWAY: Prompt professional affordable. Residential/ commercial. Insured/ bonded. Free estimates. SEE OUR AD IN THE SERVICE DIRECTORY. 410-526-6000

COMPANION SEEKING LIVE-IN WORK. 22 years experience. Local references. 443-956-2125


MR. BOB’S ANTIQUES. Buying now. Antique furniture through 1950ís. $Silver-jewelry-lampsclocks-watches-complete estates. 410-371-3675

GROUNDSCAPE INC. For all your lawn and landscaping needs. Winter yard cleanup, snow-removal etc. 410-415-LAWN/ MHIC#126283

SIMCHA’S MOVING LLC. Residential and commercial. Please call 410-358-7636, 866-764-MOVE(6683)

PAINTING & WALLCOVERING INTERIOR/ EXTERIOR Painting, Wallpapering, Wall paper removal, decorative moldings. Free estimates. MHIC #44233. Call Yaakov. 410-484-8350. SEE MY AD IN THE SERVICE DIRECTORY. THE PAINT MAN INC. Interior/ exterior.Dry wall, power washing, wallpaper removal. Free estimates. 410-710-8245. FINE INTERIOR PAINTING Decorator colors, paper hanging and removal. Graduate of Maryland Institute of Art. Free Estimates. MHIC #26124 Bert Katz 410-356-4722 FINKLER’S PAINTING QUALITY WORK since 1988. Call Yury Finkler. 410-653-8676 FELIKS LEYBENGRUB. BEST of Baltimore 2004. 410-916-2083 MHIC # 49059

PRESSURE WASHING SPARKLY CLEAN PRESSURE WASHING: Fully Insured Hot-Water Pressure Washing. Commercial & Residential. We bring our own water. 410-977-9165

TRANSPORTATION EXPERIENCED MATURE WOMAN seeks position as companion/personal assistant. Excellent References. Has own transportation 443-271-4616. DRIVER-LICENSED TAXI OWNER: 20 years-experience. Professional,dependable, courteous. Airports, trains, buses, events, courier service. Credit card accepted. Sam Bach. 410-302-0057.

WINDOW TREATMENTS DISCOUNT DRAPERIES Rods, Verticals, Mini- blinds. Drapery cleaning, restringing, repair, installation. Norman Goldschmitt 410-358-1651 BEST PRICES on custom blinds, upholstery, draperies. Installation, repairs, drapery cleaning.410-526-2744


amazing WHAT PEOPLE ARE LOOKING FOR T Selling? Buyers are flocking to the JT’s Amazing Marketplace.

FRIENDS, FAMILY OR BUSINESS MEETUPS IN/OUT OF TOWN? LET US BRING YOU TOGETHER! ANYWHERE/ANYTIME. CALL DON SHEIN! 410-274-3620 NEED A RIDE? Airports, Doctor’s Appointments & more. I’ll even feed the cat! Call Blumie Blumberg. 410-615-0029

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$1,975,000 KAREN HUBBLE BISBEE 443-838-0438

$2,245,000 KEENE BARROLL 443-824-4178

$395,000 TOMMY ROBERTS 410-804-7128








$229,990 ELLENE PELOVITZ 410-218-7160



$125,000 KEN ROCHE 443-310-6729

$475,000 KEN ROCHE 443-310-6729








$229,900 ILENE BECKER 410-404-5745




TJULIE STROHMAN - 443-398-0378 STERLING LEPPO - 410-977-5848






$259,000 AL NOBLIN 410-627-9104









$219,900 JEANNE WACHTER 410-978-1183

$159,900 RUTH MAIER 410-925-1299

$125,997 NEIL KLOTZMAN 410-591-7653

Monday, February 25th to Friday, March 8th – 9am to 4pm Maryland Pre-licensing class at CBRB Greenspring Office – 10751 Falls Rd, Lutherville Presented by the CBRB School of Real Estate – Cost: $190 For more information, or to register, please visit © 2012 Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC. Coldwell Banker is a registered trademark licensed to Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC. An Equal Opportunity Company. Equal Housing Opportunity. Owned And Operated By NRT LLC.



Spacious contemporary home perfectly situated on 3.5+ private acres in Greenspring Valley w/4 bedrooms, 4 full and 3 half baths. Master bedroom suite w/adjacent sitting room/office & master bath addition has incredible his and her bathrooms, & a dramatic 2nd floor overlook, wood floors, stacked stone fireplace in first floor den, attached 2 car garage off laundry/ mudroom and a walkout finished lower level family room make this home an extraordinary place to live and entertain!




New Listing Pavilion In The Park Fantastic Large 3 Bedroom, plus 2 1/2 baths Condo with beautiful upgrades, wonderful built-ins plus two deeded inside parking spaces & two storage units. Third bedroom currently used as library/office. Many beautiful extras throughout. Walkout to huge patio. Full service building. This is a VERY SPECIAL property.

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Stevenson Crossing GarageTownhouse

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Beautifully Appointed Garage Townhome with Gorgeous Private Gated Courtyard. Spacious LR & DR with Atrium. Stunning Remodeled Eat–InKitchen.Wood Floors. Designer Built–Ins. 2 FPLs. Large MBR Suite. Fully Finished Lower LVL. 2 Trex Decks. Backs to open space. pool/tennis/playground

Sprawling 4BR 3BA contemporary rancher made for relaxed living & entertaining. Open floor plan bathed in sunlight. LR/DR has wall of glass leading to patio overlooking gorgeous grounds. Beamed ceilings, Lg Kit., MBR Suite w/dressing Rm. Addition possible in-law suite. 2 car garage.



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505 TRISTAM COURT | $499,900 Harriett Wasserman 410-458-5300








WALNUT AVE | 214,900 Harriett Wasserman 410-458-5300







WOODHOLME ESTATES | $359,900 Terry Reamer 443-570-7672




REISTERSTOWN | $649,900 Harriett Wasserman 410-458-5300

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

HARBORVIEW | $639,000 Anne Hoke 410-935-0915

THE WOODLANDS| $164,900 Harriett Wasserman 410-458-5300


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3408 TERRAPIN ROAD| $329,000 Nancy Sacks 410-653-4146








3015 SUSANNE COURT | $669,900 Diane Baklor 410-303-7700



VILLAGES AT WOODHOLME | $377,500 Renee Reamer 443-744-9610

QUARRY LAKE BLUFFS | $352,852 Nancy Sacks 410-653-4146





Slade Avenue - $59,900 3BR 2BA, NEW LI ST I NG, Nancy Sacks

Quarry Lake Bluffs | $325,000 or $2,750/mo Marni Sacks 410-375-9700

GREENE TREE |$298,000 Kathleen House 410-236-5919

GREY ROCK VILLAS | $319,900 Diane Baklor 410-303-7700

STEVENSON VILLAGE - $99,900 1BR 1BA, Harriett Wasserman 410-458-5300



LYONSWOOD SOUTH | $251,000 Randi Sopher 410-299-7222




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


OWINGS CHOICE | $229,900

MCDONOGH | $229,900

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




THE TOWERS - $89,900 2BR 2BA R e duc e d




Harriett Wasserman 410-458-5300


COURTHAVEN/PIKESVILLE - $85,000 ANNEN WOODS | $225,000 Harriett Wasserman 410-458-5300

Nancy Sacks 410-653-4146


WYNANS WOODS | $225,000

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410-653-SOLD(7653) Marc Goldstein Broker, ABR, CRS, GRI


Anna Yashnyk

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Realtor, ABR, CDPE Certified Distressed Property Expert

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Aaron Pearlman

Marina Shwartz

Realtor, ABR, GRI





STEVENSON $419,900 (WOO) 4BR/2.5BA Contemporary w/eat-in kit, 1st fl FR, big LR & DR, 2 car garage.


VLGS OF WINTERSET $357,000 (AVA) 4BR/3.5BA Colonial w/eat-in kit, 1st fl FR, MBR w/garden ba. Fin'd LL w/jac ba. Backs to trees.

ASPEN RUN $265,000 (SHA)

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

3BR/2BA Split Foyer w/eat-in kit, sep DR, 1st fl FR. Custom baths, fin'd LL. Landscaped corner lot.


SUBURBIA $229,900 (BRA)

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

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




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.


ASPEN MILL $254,900 (SIL)


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.

SUBURBIA $219,900 (EMP)



4BR/2BASplitFoyerw/eat-inkit,sepDR,fin'dLL w/FP. Deck and corner lot..

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




3BR/2/2BA Townhouse w/eat-int kit, sep DR, sunken LR.MBRsuite,fin'dwalkoutLL.

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

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





3BR garage Townhome w/granite kit, new carpet, fresh paint. Fin'd LL & backs to trees..

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

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

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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?

3003 Northbrook Rd. Under $275,000

The Towers #102 C 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


W Four level Pickwick split rarely CK available with a very large PI 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.




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.



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



One bedroom, one bath spacious corner condo on the 4th floor has an eat in kitchen with large window, master bedroom with huge walk in closet, separate laundry room and covered balcony off the living room. Full service building with elegant lobby and doorman .


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!



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.


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