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November 9, 2012 Vol. 329 No. 2 Candle lighting 4:39 p.m. 7

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

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Glass Ceiling Cracked But Not Broken Har Sinai event explores women in the workforce


Cost Controls Key Cardin outlines ways to make Social Security, Medicare solvent for future generations


Teach Your Children

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Winehouse’s Wedding Woes

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The Amy Winehouse Foundation, charity of deceased pop star Amy Wine house, recently reported that two of the late singer’s dresses, including her wedding dress, have been stolen from her former home in London. The organization discovered the theft of the dress that Winehouse wore for her 2006 wedding in Miami to Blake Fielder-Civil and a newsprint cocktail dress worn during a British TV appearance during an inventory of her estate. The wedding dress was supposed to be auctioned off for the charity, which was established to help young people overcome addiction. The singer’s father, Mitch Winehouse, told the Evening Standard it was “sickening that someone would steal something with the knowledge of its sentimental value.”

Evan Rachel Wood Is Married It’s true! Evan Rachel Wood, whom you may recognize from “Across the Universe” and “True Blood,” said “I do” to Jamie Bell, star of “Billy Elliot” and “The Adventures of Tintin,” in a topsecret wedding this past Tuesday. Wood wore a Chantilly lace mermaid gown by Carolina Herrera in the small ceremony that was for close friends and family only.

Singer’s Sequel Film director Br yan Sing er officially has signed on to direct “X-Men: Days of Future Past,” which is set to hit theaters on July 18, 2014. Singer, who directed the first two X-Men movies, “X-Men” and “X2,” will work with producer Matthew Vaughn on the film that tells a story of time travel and a world where the X-Men are being hunted by giant robots.

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After reuniting on the set of “Wizards of Waverly Place,” actress Selena Gome z and co-star Greg g Sulkin were shown together in a photo. Gomez has been rumored to be spending a lot of time with Sulkin. Gregg, who was brought up Jewish in London, will play Mason in the hour-long reunion special, “The Wizards Return: Alex Versus Alex,” which is set to premiere in 2013. With tons of rumors flying that Gomez and longtime superstar beau Justin Beiber are on the outs, could Gregg be her new main man? It remains to be seen.

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Opening oughts David Snyder

Hold the Phone reporter, but I actually like being social. It’s fun talking to people, even individuals you’ve never met, because you never know what they might say. Sometimes, that’s my entertainment. But, how am I supposed to say “how’s it going?” to the fellow riding in the elevator with me when he’s opted to plug his earphones into his iPhone and seclude himself from the outside world.

We’ve stopped taking the time to simply enjoy each other’s company.


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e other day, I had a wonderful conversation with a woman as I waited in line at a 7-Eleven … that is until I realized she was on a Bluetooth and I was essentially talking to myself for 30 seconds. (This has happened to me a couple times now, and when you realize what’s happened there’s no dumber feeling in the world.) I’m not saying we can’t use our cell phones. Don’t throw your mobile out the window and plug in your old rotary telephone. I’m just saying we’ve got to find some balance. We can’t forget how to talk to people — especially the ones close to us — and listen to what they have to say. at takes me back to the family in the restaurant. Maybe I shouldn’t rush to judge them. I suppose it’s quite possible that all four were just texting each other. I wouldn’t be surprised. It’s the world we live in today. JT David Snyder is a JT staff reporter

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Women of the Wall

Million-Dollar Questions

Israeli police arresting Anat Hoffman after she said the Shema prayer at the Western Wall in Jerusalem.

Prayer For All The arrest at the Western Wall last month of Women of the Wall leader Anat Hoffman, and her reported mistreatment by police, has justifiably raised the concern of Jews around the world. Reports of what happened have sparked a reaction against the ultra-Orthodox administration of the holy site. And it has led to new efforts to transform the Kotel into a place that embraces a broader acceptance of varying approaches to Jewish prayer. The Women of the Wall hold a prayer service to mark each new month. In their service, the women wear kippot and tallitot (prayer shawls) — a practice that puts them at odds with the Kotel’s stewards. While there are those who suggest that Hoffman appears to be engaged in a deliberate effort to generate conflict at the Kotel and that her efforts are increasingly publicity oriented, her arrest and alleged mistreatment marked a new low in the group’s uneasy relations with the Kotel’s administrative authorities. Hoffman is also the executive director of the Reform movement’s Israel Religious Action Center, and her organization and Jewish Federations of North America have called for a police investigation. In response, the rabbi of the Western Wall, Shmuel Rabinowitz, commented that the Western Wall is neither Orthodox nor Reform — words that, on the surface, sound like a call for amity. But his overall message was not encouraging. Instead,


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Rabbi Rabinowitz extolled the “individual’s right to privacy” in prayer and said that achieving coexistence “demands that each one of us minimize the traditions in which we differ and focus on what is common and which unifies us.” That statement appears to say that non-Orthodox Jews must minimize the traditions in which they differ from the Orthodox administration and pray only in a manner that the Kotel bosses say is common to us. Last week, the board of governors of the Jewish Agency called on the Jewish Agency, the Israeli government and the Western Wall Heritage Foundation (the organization that oversees prayer at the Kotel) to “arrive at a satisfactory approach to the issue of prayer at the Western Wall.” We sincerely hope they will. But reaching a “satisfactory approach” will require the muscle of the Israeli government and the moral suasion of Jewish Agency head Natan Sharansky, who has been a vocal champion of Jewish peoplehood and inclusion. Whatever the solution, it does not have to be divisive. We are looking for unity. Achieving that result will require a solution that recognizes differences, tolerates alternative approaches to prayer and spirituality and does not impinge upon basic precepts of religious belief and practice. While perhaps complicated, it is a goal well worth pursuing.

These are tough times for nonprofits. This makes any self-inflicted injuries they commit all the more harmful. In September, the Forward reported that the Zionist Organization of America lost its taxexempt status in February, after failing to file the required IRS Form 990 for the years 2008-2011. The ZOA, a 115-year-old organization that occupies the hard right on the Israel advocacy spectrum, said the missed deadlines resulted from “a misunderstanding on the part of ZOA management and the group’s outside auditors.” That said, it’s hard to avoid concluding that the missed federal filings over several years was a major failure on the part of ZOA’s management and its national board. As with anything relating to ZOA, the buck stops with national President Morton Klein. For many, Klein and ZOA are one and the same. And it’s doubtful the ZOA would be as prominent as it is today without his tireless and combative presence. The national board seemed to recognize this when it voted overwhelmingly in support of Klein after the loss of tax-exempt status was made public. The reality is that the loss of its tax-exempt status is a blow to the ZOA, no matter how the organization downplays it. Now, donors must contribute to an outside account, which charges a fee. This could lead to a loss of support. And last month, ZOA canceled its annual fundraising dinner, raising further questions about the organization’s health. Klein’s compensation adds to these complications. He has been an assiduous fundraiser for the organization, but according to a Forward investigation, donations have dropped during the years the ZOA failed to file with the IRS. At the same time, records apparently show that Klein’s salary increased 38 percent. In 2008, for example, he is reported to have earned $1.2 million — including $360,000 in base compensation and a whopping $630,000 in retirement and other deferred compensation. Complete information regarding Klein’s compensation over the past four years is not publicly available — though it would have been included in the very IRS Form 990, which ZOA has failed to file. If the reported numbers are true, it appears that Morton Klein is the highest paid Jewish professional in North America. Given its other troubles, we wonder whether ZOA can afford it.

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roughout Jewish liturgy and tradition are examples of hospitality and the mitzvah of opening your home to a stranger. In Jewish Baltimore, the concept of being a welcoming community is central to who we are and to the work of e Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore. Baltimore is a community rooted in tradition, but it is also progressive and evolves and grows to meet the current needs of its members. The 2010 Greater Baltimore Jewish Community Study, coordinated by The Associated, revealed data that informs how The Associated and its agencies serve the changing needs of longtime Baltimoreans and their families and reach out to newcomers. The study revealed that doing things the way they have always been done will not work for future generations. While the Community Study findings reported that a significant number of Jewish households are somehow engaged with our organized Jewish community, nearly half of all respondents reported feeling that our Jewish organizations are “remote” and/or “not relevant,” including 80 percent of secular or non-denominational respondents. Additionally, only 14 percent of non-Orthodox 18- to 34-yearolds feel it is very important to be part of a Jewish community. is information taught us that we need to bring in and graciously welcome and embrace everyone from our community. We must widen the tent to welcome Jews from all walks of lives and from a variety of backgrounds. Using this information, e Associated’s planning department is working with our local agencies to reach out to Jews in Baltimore where they are. For families, for instance, the Louise D. and Morton J. Macks Center for Jewish Education has planned PJ Library on the Town events in conjunction with

area synagogues at popular venues like the Maryland Zoo and the Fire Museum. For young adults, many of whom live outside of the PikesvilleOwings Mills area in neighborhoods downtown and on the I-83 corridor, there are gatherings in Baltimore City through Charm City Tribe, a new initiative for informal, Jewish programming. Likewise, our community has made great efforts to reach out to those who are new to Baltimore. Shalom Baltimore, a program of e Associated, uses ambassadors to personally connect new members of our community to the resources they need to feel fully integrated and accepted into their new home. e Community Study revealed that 49 percent of our community is not originally from Baltimore and that we must do all we can to embrace those who are new to Jewish Baltimore. This weekend, Baltimore will be showcased as an outstanding Jewish community when the Jewish Federations of North America’s General Assembly (GA) returns to our city after 21 years. Thousands of Jewish professionals and volunteers will gather to examine the pressing issues in the Jewish world today and explore the steps needed to ensure a vibrant tomorrow for world Jewry. Hundreds of Baltimore volunteers will have the chance to demonstrate the way in which our community reaches out to newcomers and welcomes the stranger to our home. e shining example that our community will set as the host city of the GA reflects the way in which our community has functioned for generations and must continue to do for decades to come. We are a warm, inclusive community, and our communal tent is broad enough to cover us all. JT Linda A. Hurwitz is chair of community planning and allocations for The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore. She also serves as a co-chair of the Jewish Federations of North America General Assembly.

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From is View Abe Novick

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love with Hebrew all over again. So much so, I am now starting to dream in it. In my dreams I’m putting together letters, making words and speaking the ancient tongue. But along with shut-eye, within the chimerical illusion, come phantasms and nightmares. What drives this? as it turns out, I have been determined to improve my Hebrew, and I began an ulpan with Baltimore Hebrew Institute taught at Beth el over the summer. The morah, teacher, is wonderful! To buttress my studies, I also subscribe to an online Hebrew course and during my free time I love to absorb lessons via the Internet. On social media too, I have hundreds of “friends” and “likes,” many of

them news outlets that post in Hebrew. It has become a vital source of keeping up with all of the recent events occurring in and around Israel. Inherent in that, though, comes an amalgamation of sights and sounds — a conflation of images half real and half not that my subconscious is barely able to parse. layered on top of being a diehard news junkie, I am also an insomniac. I wake up every night in need of a news fix and get injected with posts across the political spectrum. Streaming, coursing through my brain, I then get bombarded with dire warnings of impending Middle east devastation. like a dybbuk, once I finally retire back to bed in the early morning hours, it infiltrates my dreams like a Dali painting. Michael Chabon recently wrote about

dreams for the New York Review of Books: “I hate dreams. Dreams are the Sea Monkeys of consciousness: in the back pages of sleep they promise us teeming submarine palaces but leave us, on waking, with a hermetic residue of freeze-dried dust. The wisdom of dreams is a fortune on paper that you can’t cash out, an oasis of shimmering water that turns, when you wake up, to a mouthful of sand.” Indeed, trying to figure them out can be like trying to find a comic strip image lifted with Silly Putty from the newspaper after it’s been mushed back into the glob of goo. Ironic that reading news via the Internet, is like a phantasmic toy replica operating in a parallel manner. and in “e History of last night’s Dream,” Rodger Kamenetz, who for

four years recorded more than 800 pages of dreams, says, “Before I could fully enter the realm of dreams, it seems, I had to unlearn the habit of interpretation.” He writes of the biblical Jacob, the dreamer, who upon waking from his dream says, “… How awesome is this place! is is no other but the house of God, and this is the gate of heaven” (Genesis 28:16-17). at gate of heaven, according to Kamenetz, is not the site but the dream. e dream is the gate of heaven. “at is,” he writes, “through dreams, if we learn to use them, we can pass from one world of consciousness to another.” My hunch is, by dreaming in Hebrew, I’m closer to unlocking it. JT Abe Novick, whose work is at, writes monthly for the BALTIMORE J EWISH TIMES.

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Do We Speak Out? rabbis Goldberger, hauer and hopfer (“Not on the lawn,” oct. 26) raised a particularly interesting subject about two major reform congregations posting political placards on their lawns that ran counter to traditional Jewish beliefs, namely the [Civil marriage Protection act], as one of many proposals to be voted on by the community in this year’s election. therein lies the dichotomy that we american Jews have to negotiate. Unlike in many other countries in the world, in america we have the right of free speech. Free speech means being able to speak on and address issues on anything and anyone (subject to slander laws) that fits into the constitutional right. and, on the other hand, we are free to practice our religious traditions in a way that maintains the authenticity and integrity of their roots. … within each one of those freedoms lies an inherent limitation. our freedom of speech is limited in matters that threaten national security or which defame others, and so on. and our ability to practice our religion is limited by in-built religious understandings not to speak in ways that contradict those traditions and values. when asked my opinion [about the lawn signs], i was at first perplexed why any religious institution would have any political signs posted anywhere on their property since rabbis are meant to be apolitical, and that would certainly include the real estate that symbolizes that rabbi’s political eruv.

on the other hand, these are local matters, and don’t religious leaders have an obligation to weigh in on such matters, … even if the issue goes against traditional authentic teaching? our liberty to free speech is thus curtailed to matters that don’t threaten anything or anyone. in religion, our right to speak may similarly be curtailed to matters that don’t threaten Judaism’s principal Biblical values. erein lays the dichotomy: Do we speak out on every matter, as americans, or do we restrict free speech when it runs counter to Jewish behavior? Rabbi Chaim Landau Baltimore

Disappointed i read with great disappointment the statement by orthodox rabbis in Baltimore opposing maryland’s proposal to legalize same-sex marriage. while i respect their right to believe as they do and cite passages from the torah, i am extremely worried about the idea of any religion using its teachings to influence the law of the land. this is a dangerous precedent, and, as a minority religion, Jews should be ever more mindful of it. i lived in Baltimore for eight years and now live in louisville, where a proposed merger among the Jewish, Catholic and public university hospitals would have put the doctrines of the Catholic Church, specifically with respect to reproductive issues, as the rules governing louisville’s only public hospital. the merger didn’t pass due to Kentucky’s governor who recognized the danger of imposing one religious values system upon everyone. what the orthodox rabbis propose in maryland is no different. one of the great things about america is not only our freedom of religion, but also our freedom from it. … Lisa Rothstein Goldberg Kentucky

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Joseph Feld’s insistence that “separate seating is Jewish law� (Letters, Oct. 19) falls short; Issachar Freedman in “A Question of Ethics� (Letters, Oct. 12) is correct. Freedman states that the canonical sources of Judaism are the written Torah, Bible, and the oral

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Torah, Mishna and Talmud. î‚Še issue of mechitza is discussed in neither, so it does not constitute “traditionâ€? in any authoritative sense. ‌ Allow me to oer a contemporary deďŹ nition: “A mechitza is a theological security barrier erected to enforce gender apartheid before God in formal public worship.â€? Judaism believes the soul is incorporeal. ‌ It is the soul, not the body with its gonads, that encounters God in prayer. So, how can the God of Israel be portrayed ‌ as sexist when it comes to prayer? Stanley Cohen Baltimore

Where’s Michael? In a recent letter to the editor, someone asked what happened to Michael Olesker’s column. ‌ A response was not printed to the question, and no explanation has appeared in the JT. ‌ What gives? Tzipora Sofare Baltimore

Editor’s note: Unfortunately, Michael Olesker is no longer writing for the JT.

Now that the issue of Question 6 has been resolved, it is important to note from a Jewish perspective this issue is far more nuanced and complex than has been portrayed and does not necessarily divide so cleanly along denominational lines as it may appear — certainly not for these Orthodox rabbis. Most importantly, it is critical that we, as Orthodox leaders send the message that we welcome, embrace and see the Godliness in each and every human being, rich or poor, aďŹƒliated or unaďŹƒliated, single or married, man or woman, straight or gay. If you would like to read another Orthodox approach to LGBT issues, please take a look at the Statement of Principles that was signed by over 200 Orthodox rabbis and leaders, from the U.S.A., Canada and Israel in 2010. It was covered then by the Jewish Times and can be found at http://statementofprinci Rabbi Elan Adler Rabbi Aaron Frank Rabbi Chaim Landau Rabbi Etan Mintz Rabbi Chai Posner Rabbi Yerachmiel Shapiro Rabbi Mitchell Wohlberg Rabbi Alan Yuter

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News Briefs Pikesville Hilton To Transition To DoubleTree Brand

— Ron Snyder

Dr. Ricardo Feldman has helped develop more effective therapies for Gaucher disease.

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The Pikesville Hilton has been known for decades as a prime location for bar mitzvahs, weddings and travelers to the Baltimore region. Soon, the longtime hotel will be receiving a facelift, as its parent company converts it from a Hilton to a member of its DoubleTree brand. As part of the transition, Hilton is investing $1 million into renovation, which should be completed by the end of the year. However, company officials said the hotel will come online as a DoubleTree in early December. “All aspects of the hotel — from the lobby to the rooms — will be improved upon in some way,” said Maggie Giddens, director of global public relations of DoubleTree by Hilton. Giddens said the renovations at the Pikesville hotel, located at 1726 Reisterstown Road, right off of I-695, are part of a national trend by the company. She added that Hilton is transitioning its hotels located in more suburban areas into DoubleTrees, while the Hilton brand will be centralized in its city and “leisure destination” locations. Giddens said Hilton has transitioned similar hotels to the DoubleTree brand in Deerfield Beach, Fla., and Houston in recent months. As for the Pikesville hotel, Giddens said among the changes will be a renovated lobby, and refrigerators and microwaves will now be located in all of its 171 rooms. So far this year, Hilton has opened 39 new DoubleTree locations and now has 310 such hotels worldwide. Giddens said the DoubleTree brand, which can be found in 23 countries, is the fastest growing in the Hilton portfolio. Giddens added that the Pikesville hotel will remain a member of the Hilton family and that it accepts all Hilton Honors points and related promotions. “DoubleTree by Hilton is one of our company’s upscale brands, and people can expect the same high quality of service as they have received for years,” Giddens said.

Hope for Gaucher Sufferers e most prevalent of the lipid storage diseases, Gaucher disease, affects one in 1,000 Ashkenazi Jews compared to one in 50,000 in the general population. One in 18 Ashkenazis are carriers of the gene mutation that causes the hereditary disease. Now, scientists at the University of Maryland School of Medicine have made a discovery that could help develop more effective therapies for Gaucher, Parkinson’s and other diseases. In order to pass on the recessive genetic disorder to their offspring, both parents must be carriers of the gene mutation. Those who are carriers are at an increased risk for Parkinson’s disease. Dr. Ricardo Feldman, associate professor of microbiology and immunology at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, is senior author of the study, which was awarded $1.7 million in grants from the Maryland Stem Cell Research Fund. It was published in the

journal “e Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences” on Oct. 15. Dr. Feldman said that his team has “created a model for all three types of Gaucher disease and used stem cell-based tests to evaluate the effectiveness of therapies.” Based on a new technology developed by Shinja Yamanaka, this year’s recipient of the Nobel Prize in Medicine or Physiology, Dr. Feldman and his team used skin cells from Gaucher patients and converted them to their embryonic state. ese embryonic cells were then differentiated to form the white blood cells known as macrophages and neuronal cells that were needed for their research into Gaucher disease. Dr. Feldman said the research team feels confident the new model will enable scientists to test drugs more quickly, accurately and safely, bringing them closer to developing new treatments for Gaucher sufferers. — Simone Ellin

Pearlstone Named Among Most Innovative The Pearlstone Center has been named one of the nation’s 50 most innovative Jewish nonprofits in Slingshot ’12-’13, a resource guide for Jewish innovation. The Pearlstone Center was selected for this list because of its unique approach to outdoor environmental education through its community-oriented farm. “Pearlstone is an incredibly unique Jewish organization; there are virtually no other organizations like us in the country with such a compelling synergy of top-notch hospitality, dynamic Jewish education, sustainable agriculture and powerful community building,” said Executive Director Jakir Manela. Slingshot organizations grapple with concerns in Jewish life such as identity, community, social justice and tradition, each with different missions, perspectives and strategies. The Slingshot resource guide is distributed to 7,500 funders, foundation professionals and organizational leaders annually, in addition to tens of thousands

of online downloads. Readers use Slingshot to identify the most inspiring and trail-blazing organizations, projects, and programs in the North American Jewish community today. Since its inception, the publication has highlighted 173 innovative Jewish organizations in North America. Slingshot organizations are selected from among hundreds of nominees based on their strength in four areas: innovation, impact, leadership and organizational efficiency. The Pearlstone Center was chosen for the second time this year by an independent panel of 48 foundation professionals from across North America. According to Julie Finkelstein, program director of Slingshot, “Slingshot is a celebration of those Jewish organizations and projects successfully breathing new energy into Jewish life. The guide highlights ... organizations and innovative projects ... making an impact by meeting the changing needs of today’s Jewish community. This year, we received more applications than ever before.”

“Whether an individual or group comes to Pearlstone for an immersive retreat … or a program on the farm, their experience ignites a passion and a personal transformation,” said Ilene Vogelstein, Pearlstone board president in a statement. “It may be one of the few places where the diversity of our community comes together ... in harmony.” Manela said he wants to thank his “amazing staff, the committed Pearlstone family, passionate board, and The Associated for its critical support.” He said he hopes being in Slingshot two years in a row will enhance the center’s visibility and increase its support locally and nationally. Slingshot ‘12-’13 was released on November 2, 2012. The community will meet on May 6th in New York City at the annual Slingshot Day, where over 250 not-for-profit leaders, foundation professionals, and funders of all ages will engage in candid conversations about philanthropy and innovation in the Jewish community. — Maayan Jaffe


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Glass Ceiling Cracked Har Sinai event explores women in the workforce

On Sunday morning, Oct. 21, about 100 members of Har Sinai’s Brotherhood and Sisterhood gathered for their annual joint event. On hand to greet guests were Har Sinai’s Sisterhood copresidents Fran Bernstein, Marcia Klein and Eileen Cohen and Brotherhood President Kolman Kodeck and First Vice President Ken Bell. Participants listened with interest to the panel discussion, “Women Breaking the Glass Ceiling,” moderated by Joe DeMattos, president of the Health Facilities Association of Maryland and a board officer for Har Sinai Congregation. Seventh- and eighth-grade students from the synagogue’s religious school also attended the discussion. The panelists, each with a unique career profile were: Dr. Roni Dinkes, a doctor of audiology and director of audiology at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center; Katherine Ensman, manager of Architectural and Design Services for the Washington D.C. Area at Conestoga Tile; Barbara Schlaff, attorney at Venable, LLP; Marilyn Carp, president of AEGON Special Markets Group; and Jennifer Utz, acting battalion chief for the Baltimore County Fire Department. The idea for the event’s discussion came from Kodeck. 16

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“I come from a strong woman, and I’m married to a strong woman,” he said. “I dedicated my first year as president to my mother and my wife, the two most important women in my life. My mother Pearl raised seven children and went to work for an accountant. She was the motivator for all of us to go to college. My wife, who I met 12 years ago, works as an administrator for the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.” Fire Capt. Utz discussed the importance of taking personal accountability for her work and decisions. “We must earn the public’s trust by being top-notch. No one makes choices for me, and every choice I make determines the lives of each individual I command. Can I send these people home to their families at night? Or do I have to tell their families that something went wrong?” she said. Utz said she is currently the only female fire captain. She encouraged young women interested in entering a traditionally male field to gain confidence, to expect challenges and to keep trying. “I tried to get into the fire department for seven years, but I didn’t give up,” she said. All the panelists acknowledged that women have made progress in their

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But Not Broken quest for equality in the workplace. Yet, they also pointed out that women are still paid only 77 cents on the dollar to men’s wages for the same jobs. Resumes from women, one panelist noted, are more likely to be chosen from among a pile of resumes, but once the gender of a candidate is known, a man is more likely to be hired. When she graduated from law school in 1974, Barbara Schlaff recalls that women were only 5 percent of the class. Now, she said, “Women are 51 percent. There’s no problem getting into law school. … But it’s still a problem moving up.” Schlaff advised perspective women attorneys to find an area of law they love, especially if it’s an area that’s not popular with other lawyers. “When I first started working at a firm, a massive law about employee benefits had just passed. ey said, ‘Let the new girl do the work on that.’” Schlaff ended up developing a specialty in employment law. Marilyn Carp stressed the importance of having mentors as a young professional. “Sometimes, getting feedback from a mentor helps to get you over the hump. Take advantage of the lessons others have learned and can share with you,” she said. Echoing fellow panelists in other

fields, Carp said that in the insurance industry, moving up the career ladder is still challenging for women. “You have to promote yourself, and you have to ask for opportunities to show your talents,” she said. “I think I’m still trying to break the glass ceiling,” said Dinkes. “It’s a real boys club. Sometimes I feel as if I’m in the mafia. I’ve applied to move from assistant to associate, and I am being met with enormous resistance. They’ll all go golfing, and I know business is being done. Meanwhile, I’m sitting doing work with the patients. But I love what I do. I love helping people.” For Ensman, who works with contractors and construction workers as well as design and architecture professionals, overcoming gender stereotypes has been especially difficult. “First, I have to break through any sexual tension and make the hard hats feel comfortable with me,” she said. “But even with the professionals, the Italian tile manufacturers, for example, won’t answer my calls and emails. I am still amazed. They don’t expect women to have command of my industry. So, I’m ‘honey,’ I’m ‘sweetie,’ but that’s what pays my check.” JT Simone Ellin is a JT staff reporter

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The key to ensuring the long-term future of Medicare is to bring the overall costs of health care under control, Sen. Ben Cardin told a group of senior citizens last week. e Pikesville Democrat, 69, spoke Nov. 2 at the Pikesville Senior Center and at the Atrium Village in Owings Mills, where he outlined keys of protecting Medicare and Social Security as a “guaranteed benefit.” he also addressed the looming “fiscal cliff ” of the federal budget, which he said poses a serious threat to the nation’s economic recovery. “We have to decide how to deal with our fiscal problems,” Cardin said. “We’ve let too much go. Once the election is over, Democrats and Republicans have to come together and get things done for the good of the country.”


Cardin said for Medicare to be viable for future generations, the high costs of the program needs to be addressed. Ways to accomplish that goal, Cardin continued, include

making health care more efficient and making preventative health screenings more readily available so that seniors, when possible, receive care prior to needing expensive tests and treatments. Many of those steps toward making health care more cost-effective, Cardin said, are found in the Affordable Care Act, which was passed in 2010 and upheld in a 5-4 ruling by the Supreme Court earlier this year. “I’m fighting for the reforms that reduce health-care costs, to reduce the number of readmissions to hospitals, to reduce hospital infection rates,” Cardin said. “I also want to stop reimbursing based upon [medical test] volume but rather reimburse based upon care. If we do that, we save money.” Cardin said keeping Social Security solvent is important not only for seniors, but also for the overall strength of the economy. he added that he supports wealthier Americans paying Social Security taxes on a greater portion of their income and opposes attempts at privatizing the program as the government seeks ways to extend the life of the program, which was established in 1935. “Thank God the proponents of Social Security succeeded in the 1930s,” Cardin said. “It is the only guaranteed lifetime, inflation-proof annuity. you cannot outlive Social Security. I have met many people who thought they were well off because they had savings they thought would

Sen. Ben Cardin says Medicare has to stay. Ron Snyder


Cardin outlines ways to make Social Security, Medicare solvent for future generations

last their lifetime. They just didn’t expect to live to their 90s, and they ran out of money. Social Security was there for them when they needed it.” Many of the residents at Atrium Village who sat and listened intently to Cardin, expressed agreement with the senator. “Ben Cardin is very wise on issues important to seniors,” Atrium Village resident Gerald Altman said. “he wants to look for a solution rather than get involved in partisan rhetoric. At the same time, I’d like him to work on even more solutions for Medicare, including finding ways to negotiate better prices with the drug manufacturers when it comes to prescription drug plans.”

Gert Levitan said she liked that Cardin supported her stance of having the ability to purchase cheaper drugs from places like Canada. But, she added, for anything substantial to be accomplished in Washington, members of both major political parties need to work together to negotiate solutions that include the best ideas from both sides of the aisle. “My sons believe Medicare and Social Security will be there for them but aren’t convinced it will be there for their children,” she said. “There’s been a lot of progress in recent years, but there’s still much more that needs to be fixed.” JT Ron Snyder is a JT staff reporter


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Teach Your Children Israeli schools offer multicultural education for children of every religious tradition

FOR MANY OF US, the dream of peace between Jews and Arabs in the Middle East may seem like the impossible dream. But what if the answer was simple? So simple that even a kindergartner could figure it out? At Hand in Hand: Center for JewishArab Education in Israel, peace seems like a plausible aspiration. Established in 1998 by Lee Gordon, a Jew, and Amin Khalaf, an Arab, Hand in Hand schools are based upon the premise that given a safe respectful environment and a common purpose, Jews and Arabs can build peaceful communities. e schools, which are part of Israel’s public school system, are bilingual and multicultural, and educate Arab and Jewish children together. e schools are fully accredited and funded partly through the Israeli Ministry of Education with support through government, foundation and individual donations. Children at Hand in Hand learn each other’s languages and cultures and openly, yet peacefully, confront the conflicts that divide their country. Last month, a group of Jewish Baltimoreans were invited to the Roland Park home of Dr. Emile Bendit, a member of the board of directors for American Friends of Hand in Hand. ere, they were treated to presentations by two Hand in Hand graduates, Lana Daraghmeh, a 19-year-old Arab Israeli, and Tamar Borman, an 18-yearold Jewish Israeli. Daraghmeh and Borman were hosted in Baltimore by Jewish communal leader and ACHARAI Executive Director Debs Weinberg.. Guests also heard from Rebecca Bardach, the school’s director of strategy and development and a Hand in Hand parent. Gordon, who now lives and works 18

out of Oregon, where he builds international support for the organization, was also present. Gordon was traveling around the United States with Bardach and the students to share their vision for the schools and how the system can contribute to future Midesast peace. Borman has been attending Hand in Hand since kindergarten. “I have an older brother, and there wasn’t a school like Hand in Hand when he started school. He went to an all-Jewish school, and my parents were unhappy with it. ... They saw a flier for a new school that was starting, and they looked into it. My first day, I didn’t know anyone. Two Arab girls approached me, and I was happy because I made friends. My friends who go to an all-Jewish school, most of their opinions are based on what they see on the news. I try to tell them, this group [Arabs] has many different people. There is no reason for people to be so afraid of each other. When they tell me peace can’t work, I say, ‘It’s been working for me for the last 12 years.’” Daraghmeh joined Hand in Hand in the ninth grade. Prior to that, she was sent to an Arab school, where she was extremely unhappy. She knew about Hand in Hand early on, but when she suggested it to her parents they were “extremely against it. ey told me, ‘Don’t even think about it,’” she said. So Daraghmeh started skipping school, and eventually she was expelled. Aer an unsuccessful trial at another Arab school, Daraghmeh’s mother was finally ready to try Hand in Hand. “Aer about six months, my family began to get used to it. ey had the wrong idea about Jews, but once they met my friends and their families, all that changed. I learned how to accept all

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An unlikely friendship: Jewish Tamar Borman and Arab Lana Daraghmeh are members of Hand in Hand’s second graduating class.

people, how to communicate and how to listen. Now, my two other sisters and my cousin go there,” Daraghmeh said. Raised in California, where she attended Jewish day schools and Camp Moshava in Baltimore, Bardach has spent her professional life working with refugee populations, resettlement and Diaspora-homeland partnerships. Aer Bardach and her husband made aliyah and their children were born, they chose to educate them at Hand in Hand. Bardach said she had become increasingly concerned about the “rightward trend” taking place in Israel. “About a year ago, I looked around and saw there was more hateful rhetoric against Arabs, refugees and women. And I thought, I can sit and worry, talk or debate, or I can figure out what I can do about it,” she said. Bardach chose to become involved with growing the school. “For 13 years, this school has been bringing kids, parents and teachers together,” said Bardach. “They’ve figured out a model where they teach both languages, both histories; they have a calendar where all holidays are observed. Differences are explored, and there is honest but respectful debate.” While Bardach stressed that students at Hand in Hand schools do more than coexist; they are friends and part of a shared community. She also emphasized their experiences do not result in a dilution of their own religious and cultural identities and ethnic pride. Currently, there are Hand in Hand

schools in Jerusalem (the flagship school), Galilee, Wadi Ara and Haifa. More than 900 students and their families are served by the schools. In 2013, there are plans to open another location in Tel Aviv. With a $1 million grant, Hand in Hand hopes to build three additional schools in the next three years. “Each student at the school is connected to a household of [on average] three other people. That means 4,000 to 5,000 people are already being affected by the school on a daily basis. In five or six years, 20,000 people could be affected, said Bardach. “We can point to this and show it can work. There is an alternative, and we can figure out how to make it happen,” she said. e unanswered question: What will happen to Hand in Hand students aer they graduate? Will they maintain the friendships and alliances they have built in adulthood? Daraghmeh and Borman are members of the school’s second graduating class, so it is too soon to tell. Next month, Borman will enter the Israeli army, and Daraghmeh will have some time to reflect on her next steps. “We can only hope that Hand in Hand will have a ripple effect over time,” said Bendit. “There’s a ripple effect occurring right now in this room. We’ve all been impacted by Lana and Tamar’s stories.” For additional information, visit JT Simone Ellin is a JT staff reporter


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★★ VETERANS DAY 2012 ★★

Frank Bressler says that some days during World War II he didn’t know if he was going to live or die.

World War II veteran relives the gore and glory of his days on the front lines By David Snyder

During World War II, more than 2,000 American combat medics were killed between the Allies’ invasion of Normandy in June 1944 (D-Day) and Nazi Germany’s surrender in May 1945 (VE Day). Every day since, Frank Bressler wakes up grateful that he was fortunate enough to make it home. Bressler, 89, served two years in the Army during World War II, including more than four months on the front lines in Europe. For five of those weeks, he was surrounded on all sides by the enemy during the Battle of the Bulge on German soil. In that span, he relied on his training and instincts to care for troops suffering from grave gunshot wounds to severe cases of frostbite. Throughout, Bressler feared for his life, but that, he says, was only a secondary concern. “When a medic gets called, you go,” Bressler said. “No medic ever thought about himself. Your job was to service anyone who needed your help, regardless of who it was.” He claims, “I’m not a hero. I’m only one guy out of many, many, many. I happened to survive.” The American government, however, would 20

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Frank-ly Speaking disagree with Bressler’s sentiment. Since returning to the U.S., Bressler has earned the Bronze Star, a Combat Medic Badge and a European Ribbon with three battle stars. Most recently, in September, he received the Chevalier of the French Legion of Honor — France’s highest award. But, more significant and expressive than any badge or honor are the tales Bressler has carried with him since leaving the European eater a little more than 67 years ago. With a memory so crisp it’s impressive, his stories are powerful and detailed; no prose could outdo the accounts Bressler delivers in his own words.

Life as a Medic After being inducted into the Army, each soldier was given a series of tests to determine qualifications in the field of battle. Selected to be a medical soldier, Bressler learned practical applications and procedures from trained physicians.

We were taught that the medic is a primary person because what you do in the first few minutes decides whether a person lives or dies. The person either goes into shock or he bleeds to death. Before

On getting his honor from the French: “They waited 67 years. Why? In five more years we’d all be dead. Most of the guys are dead anyhow.” On an Army helmet: “The Army helmet was the utility. We used that for our head, we used it to sit on, shave from, wash in, to wash things in. That helmet, you practically lived through that.” On generals: “Gen. [Dwight D.] Eisenhower hated Gen. [Bernard] Montgomery because he was an ornery good-for-nothing.” On defeating the Germans: “Germany had superior weapons, they had better guns, they had the 88[mm]. They were prepared for war. We came in new, unprepared, with rifles, and we didn’t have the modern weapons they had. … By superior force, we did overcome them.”

he gets to the aid station, you’ve got to save his life and stabilize him. That’s what you’re trained to do. You are constantly thinking ‘what would I do if.’ … All I had was a small kit, morphine, stuff for diarrhea, compresses, syringes to give morphine. It was a basic, basic thing. We did not wear, and I would not wear, the band with the red cross or the white hat because they killed the medic first. You always kill the medic

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Irene Bressler, Frank’s wife of 64 years, says there have been several nights during which she’s woken her husband from wretched nightmares. “He’s never gotten it out of his system,” she said. “It’s still buried in his mind.” Many veterans return from war only to stash away the horrible imagery of the battlefield. Frank, said Irene, has always been an exception. “Most guys don’t talk about it all,” Irene said. “Frank has talked about it our entire married life. He’s shared pictures with me of his buddies [from the war]. He’s always shared everything with me, all his experiences.” While the stories may get repetitious at times — “I think she turns her ears off,” Frank said jokingly — Irene has been there every step of the way. Frank, meanwhile, is always returning the favor. Perhaps, in an odd twist, his experience as a combat medic also trained him for a successful marriage. “He is always ready to help anyone


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in need,” Irene said. “And, of course, he’s that way with me. He’s the first person there if I need anything.” The Bresslers met at a B’nai B’rith Chanukah party in 1948, less than two years after Frank was discharged. They’re the proud parents of three daughters and two grandchildren. While Frank helped run Bressler’s Cleaners for 35 years before retiring to become very involved in both the Jewish and general communities, for Irene, his military background is always a source of pride. She brought up his award bestowed by the French government as an example. “I’m very proud of him,” Irene said. “That day was something I’ll never forget. It was a very wonderful honorable day, and I was quite proud of him.” Said Frank, “She’s the most wonderful girl. The sweetest, kindest, nicest. Jewish values to the core. We’ve had a wonderful life, and I’m lucky to have found her.” — David Snyder

first because it demoralizes the troops. They knew who I was, but I would not wear the red arm band because the Germans would seek me out. You didn’t want to become obvious.

Defending Yourself In basic training, Bressler learned how to fire every weapon. Medics, however, were not provided with guns.

Now in Iraq and Iran things have changed. Today, the medics are armed. The first thing they do is save themselves. The second thing is they try to kill the enemy, and the third thing is they go and take care of the wounded. If they take care of the wounded [first] they are both going to die. Today, it has been revised so the medic has a right to defend himself. We didn’t have that option. We weren’t given a weapon. What happened is, each of us, if we got hold of a weapon, we had one. One of the first men that got killed, his name was Sergeant Kleis. He went up to a crossroads and when he got there the Germans shot and killed him. Someone said to me, “Hey medic, you want this rifle?” And I said, “You’re damn right.” I carried it the rest of the war.

Frank and Irene Bressler have shared a beautiful life together for 64 years.

Battling Frostbite Of the 80,000 service men killed, captured or wounded during the Battle of the Bulge, 12,000 suffered from frostbite.

It was the coldest winter in about 50 years. Temperatures went down to about 10 [degrees] below zero. When the American troops captured Paris, Gen. [Dwight D.] Eisenhower, Gen. [Bernard] Montgomery and Winston Churchill thought the war would be over by Christmas. at was early in the year. ey made the biggest mistake, because by the time Christmas came, we went into Germany with the same summer clothes that we were wearing. We had no winter clothes. The Germans had outfits with the “insulated stuff ” and hats. ey were covered, they had long coats; they were so equipped. We lost 12,000 men, and most of my casualties were from frozen feet and frozen hands turned purple. Where we were, you couldn’t have any fires. You couldn’t have smoke because they’d send artillery in. They’d bomb us if they saw smoke. So it was cold. You just covered [the soldiers] and left the frozen skin open, took their shoes off to evacuate them. I never saw them again. Most of them had


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their feet amputated and couldn’t walk or live a regular life.

A Life-Changing Moment As they overcame the enemy, Bressler’s division had orders to advance farther into Germany. To do so, engineers were instructed to clear minefields, which were originally planted to keep the Germans from coming through.

My first call for casualties came when I had two men wounded. In those days, the medic didn’t respond and ask questions; if a soldier got wounded you went. It happened to be a minefield, and one of the men probed, hit the pin, and it blew him to pieces. The guy next to him was hit by a rock, and he was gushing blood. He died, and I put “KIA” [killed in action] on his toe. The other one, I could never find enough pieces left. That changed my life. Here I am, a young kid, going into combat for the first time, running in not knowing the minefield, not knowing what happened. … From then on, I was a different person. Today, I cannot tolerate … seeing anyone get harmed. … is is a result of what happened in that incident. See In His Own Words on page 22



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‘I Waited to Die’ Bressler brought up several different occasions where he expected to be killed. In this instance, his unit had orders to cross an explosive-rigged bridge in the German town of Remagen.

ese engineers had orders to take the bridge. ese guys crawled underneath the bridge and, with their bayonets, started cutting the wires. At the farther end, an explosion rocked the bridge and blew a hole 30-feet wide so you couldn’t get on the bridge. My

division had artillery and an infantry combat team. We were the first ones to come into Remagen to cover the historical crossing of this bridge. We fired 3,000 rounds over the [Rhine River]. e engineers came, patched up the thing and the Germans brought in Stuka [dive] bombers. ey fired long-range artillery railroad guns at the bridge, but unbeknownst to us, one day we were standing there and I could hear loud [booms] and didn’t know what it was. Hitler had ordered 11 V-2, 40-foot rockets at that bridge. I went up there and stood with a fellow, and while we were standing up there we looked up and heard another one coming over. I waited to die. I stood there waiting to be blown to pieces. One guy started to run and somebody said, “It’s no use to run, you don’t know which way to go!” I waited to die. Bressler made it. is Veterans Day (observed Nov. 12), we remember the hundreds of thousands who will never get to tell their stories. JT David Snyder is a JT staff reporter —

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HEROES Honoring, helping Jewish servicemen on Veterans Day and beyond By Ron Snyder


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Joe Kashnow lost a leg in the recent Iraq war.

the men and women of the Armed Forces this Monday on Veterans Day, Joe Kashnow, who lives with the effects of war every day, is keenly aware of how much of a difference a few seconds can make. On Sept. 13, 2003, the Pikesville native was a specialist in the Army on a routine supply mission in Iraq when his convoy was attacked. His Humvee struck a buried IED (improvised explosive device), which blasted through the bottom of his vehicle. Had the blast occurred a few seconds earlier, the shrapnel would have gone through the windshield; a few seconds later, and the explosion would have ripped through the side door. Both instances likely would have killed him. Instead, Kashnow’s right leg was severely damaged. Despite multiple surgeries and intense medical care at Walter Reed Medical Center in Washington, Kashnow lost his leg in 2005. But instead of being bitter about his military experience, Kashnow has become an advocate for Jewish soldiers. He has also managed to maintain his identity as an Orthodox Jew while fighting on the front lines in the Middle East. “I know how lucky I am,” Kashnow says. “Medical care has gotten so much better. I’m not sure I wouldn’t have bled to death in the field as recently as

the first Gulf War. I’ve tried to let others know there are options available to them even if they become amputees.” Serving in the military was a lifelong dream for Kashnow, 34. He enlisted in the Army in 2002, following in the footsteps of his grandfather and father, who served during World War II and in Vietnam, respectively. Dealing with the rigors of war was just one challenge Kashnow faced while on active duty. The youngest of three boys, he forged his religious identity during his adolescence when his parents divorced and his father remarried an Orthodox woman. When he arrived in Iraq, Kashnow discovered that his Kosher MREs (meals ready eat) were stolen, and it took more than a month for replacements to arrive. He found ways to improvise, which included using raisins to make grape juice for kiddush and studying the Torah during down time. “It’s obviously more difficult to be observant when you’re in a combat zone compared to [the struggle of ] getting in and out of Seven Mile Market,” Kashnow says. “But that experience also helps you gain a deeper appreciation for faith, and it helped shape who I am today.” Since returning to the United States, Kashnow, who is married with two children, ran a nonprofit for a See True Jewish Heroes on page 24


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few years to help Jewish soldiers. In the years since, he has served as a mentor for a half-dozen wounded soldiers — mostly amputees. Kashnow recently was involved in the filming of a documentary, “Comedy Warriors,” which details how five soldiers severely injured in Iraq or Afghanistan use comedy to help with their recovery. “Getting injured opened up more doors than I would have had otherwise,” says Kashnow, who works for the United States Mint in Washington. “I’m trying to send an inspirational message that I believe will reach many more injured veterans as they return home.”

Helping Jewish Veterans Getting Jewish veterans — who represent just 4,000 of the 490,000 active-duty Army soldiers — the help they need when returning home is not always easy, says Erwin Burtnick, commander of the Maryland chapter of Jewish War Veterans of the United States of America. Burtnick says today’s veterans deal with a host of issues unique to their generation. “A lot of veterans coming home today just wouldn’t have [made it] in previous wars,” Burtnick says. “On top of the physical injuries, there are the mental problems veterans face after seeing the destructive nature of war … and many of their fellow soldiers killed in action. Post-traumatic stress disorder is real, and we want to ensure those who need help get it.” Jewish War Veterans has applauded the decision of the Department of Veterans Affairs to hire an additional 1,900 mental-health professionals, bringing its total nationally to 29,500. Sheldon Ohren, national commander of the Jewish War Veterans, said his organization is constantly reaching out to younger veterans to ensure they know what benefits and programs are available to them after they leave military service. “We have a lot of members who 24

know what these veterans have been through, and we want nothing more than to get them help after all they have done to protect our freedoms,” Ohren said. But reaching out to today’s veterans is not always easy. Unlike in previous eras, when veterans returned home and got involved in the Jewish War Veterans, the American Legion or the Veterans of Foreign Wars, younger veterans aren’t as interested in joining groups. “People today just don’t believe they have the time to join a veterans’ organization,” Burtnick says. “They usually think of those groups as only a bunch of older World War II and Korean War veterans that they can’t relate to.” Burtnick says changing that stereotype is something Jewish War Veterans is trying to combat. Among the steps the organization has taken include handing out kiddush cups to graduates of the service academies and speaking with veterans at local colleges. “We want the younger veterans to know that we are there for them,” Burnick says. “We know what they have been through [and] know what help is available, and being Jewish helps us relate to them on a completely different level as well.”

Never Forget the Fallen Through September, there have been 50 Jewish U.S. servicemen killed in Iraq and Afghanistan, according to the Jewish War Veterans. This includes two from Maryland: Staff Sgt. James M. Malachowski and Airman 1st Class Matthew Seidler. Malachowski, 25, of Westminster, was killed in March 2011 by an IED in Marjah, Afghanistan. Seidler, 24, also of Westminster, died Jan. 5, 2012 of injuries sustained from an improvised explosive attack in Shir Ghazi in the Helmand Province of southern Afghanistan. “Once he decided he wanted to go

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Joe Kashnow. with son Moshe, says he tries to send an inspirational message to other veterans.

“A lot of veterans coming home today just wouldn’t have made it in previous wars.” —Erwin Burtnick, Maryland Chapter, Jewish War Veterans of the United States

into the Air Force, that’s all he wanted to do,” said Marc Seidler, Matthew’s father. “He didn’t just want to be in the Air Force, he [wanted] to be a member of its explosive ordinance disposal squadron. He wanted to ensure the safety of others.” While the pain is still great for Marc Seidler, it has been lessened somewhat by the outpouring of support from neighbors, friends and Matthew’s fellow airmen. “It’s a struggle because losing a child leaves you with a hole that can never be refilled,” he said. “A lot of people come up to me and say they don’t know what to say, and I’m OK with that. Unless you’ve lost a child, you really can’t understand.” Rabbi Yerachmiel Shapiro of Moses

Montefiore Ashne Emunah Hebrew Congregation oversaw Seidler’s memorial service, which attracted more than 500 people. Rabbi Shapiro called Seidler’s death “heartbreaking” and said the serviceman will always hold a special place in his heart. “I look at my own children and think of Matthew,” Rabbi Shapiro said. “They play in such a carefree manner, and that is something children in other parts of the world are not afforded. “They can play freely because of the sacrifices of heroes like Matthew. I always remember what was told to me about why he joined the Air Force. He said, ‘I didn’t do it for me. I did it for you.’” JT Ron Snyder is a JT staff reporter

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M ega- ch alle nge s and op por tu ni tie s facing the North American Jewish community require a mega-response. For American Jewry, the megaevent at which this response is most hashed out is the Jewish Federations of North America General Assembly. This Sunday, Nov. 11, the 2012 GA kicks off, a town hall meeting, political convention and cousins club rolled into one. And this year, for the first time in more than two decades — since 1991 — it all takes place in Baltimore. e bulk of the three-day event will be held at the Baltimore Convention Center, with scattered sessions at the Hyatt Regency Baltimore Hotel. More than 3,000 delegates representing every federation in the United States and Canada are expected to attend the GA, which features a whirlwind of hundreds of workshops, forums, discussions, regional and special interest group meetings and speeches — including one by Romanian-born Jewish-American


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writer, professor, political activist, Nobel Laureate and Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel. At once a business meeting, educational institute, debating forum and emotional high point for many of its participants, the GA deals with the issues of the day. It is meant to revitalize volunteer and professional federation leaders so they may return home armed with new ideas and a renewed sense of common purpose. A lot has changed since the last time Baltimore hosted the convention. We now have wireless Internet and iPads. We use social media, and Israel has been coined the “Start-up Nation.” But a lot has also stayed the same. More than one might think. “Times and technologies change,” said Michelle Gordon, chief of staff for e Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore. “But moving toward the goals of what the community needs is always the same priority.” “e more things change, the more they remain

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the same,” said Darrell Friedman, interim CEO for the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee. Friedman served as president of e Associated for 17 years, including during the 1991 GA. In 1991, the 60th GA, the theme was “Be Strong, Be Strong and Let’s Strengthen One Another.” The major topics of discussion during the convention were the rise in intermarriage, the seeming dichotomy between Jewish identity and Jewish involvement, a lack of loyalty to Israel among the younger generation and upset at decreasing levels of Jewish literacy. The Jewish world was focused on Operation Exodus. And there was also a fear that older generations would be unable to communicate with the youth of the day, as technologies and modes of communication shifted. “We need to find new technologies to motivate people to be a part of the system,” Martin S. Kraar, then executive vice president of the Council of Jewish Federations (a predecessor to JFNA), told the

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IDEAS TOUR JT in an interview. “We cannot afford to sit around worrying any longer.”

A Big Tent Fast forward to 2012. e program sessions are designed along four tracks representing significant and relevant themes in today’s federation community: Tzedakah, caring for the most vulnerable; Kehillah, developing leadership and community; B’Yachad, strengthening Jewish identity and global peoplehood; and Arevut, supporting Israel’s civil society. e themes of 1991 are all wrapped into the focuses of 2012. Take intermarriage. The national level of intermarriage has hit a plateau at roughly 47 percent, according to the last National Jewish Population Study of the federations. In Baltimore, the rate has increased only incrementally. In 2000, 17 percent of Jewish Baltimoreans reported they were intermarried compared to 20 percent in 2010, according to Greater Baltimore Jewish Community Study. Nonetheless, there will be several sessions dealing with intermarriage at the 2012 GA. Why? Explained Jerry Silverman, JFNA president and chief executive officer, the Jewish community needs to better learn how to create a wide Jewish tent that is accessible to everyone. At this GA Silverman said leaders will ask, “How do we create a warm and welcoming environment, a big tent, to invite those families in who have one Jewish parent or are intermarried? We need to invite them in to see the beauty and inspiration of Jewish life.” “As a community and as a federation, we cannot afford to turn anyone away from our community,” Michael Hoffman, chief planning and strategy officer for The Associated, said. And it is not just the intermarried families. It is

anyone who doesn’t fit the mold of cookie-cutter Judaism. The 2010 Baltimore community study showed that 46 percent of Jews in the area find the community’s Jewish organizations to be remote and not relevant. “That is a rallying cry for us to create a Jewish communal life that is embracing, relevant, warm and welcoming,” Hoffman said. And there is potential, he explained. Seventyfour percent of the Baltimore Jewish population said being Jewish is important to them; there is a tremendous sense of Jewish pride here. Our success, he said, will be based on our ability “to innovate and incubate new approaches to Jewish life.” Noted Silverman, “Affiliation has changed. … Synagogues, JCCs, they are still vital to the future of the American Jewish community. But you have different engagement opportunities, too. I can feel affiliated because I go to Moishe House or have Shabbat dinner with a group of friends. … It is camp reunions, going to hear a speaker. at is also affiliation today. ere are many portals of entry, and we need to make sure we are supportive of them.” Hoffman, Silverman and Associated President Marc B. Terrill cited examples of preliminary successes that can serve as examples for the future. On a national level, Silverman said we can look to Generosity, the New York Federation’s premier society for community-involved, socially conscious young professionals in their 20s and 30s, or TribeFest, JFNA’s entertaining, interactive and educational celebration that draws more than 1,500 Jewish young adults ages 22-45 from across North America to Las Vegas for a meaningful, fun, and top-quality convention. Hoffman pointed to Baltimore’s PJ on the Town, bringing Jewish programming to the cultural and social spaces that Baltimore’s young families know and love; Charm City Tribe, targeting interested but under-connected younger adults

Speakers to listen for at the 2012 General Assembly Ben Cardin, U.S. senator, Maryland Edon, performer, “America’s Got Talent” Jane Eisner, editor-in-chief, Forward Ruth Andrew Ellenson, writer, “The Modern Jewish Girl’s Guide to Guilt” David Gergen, senior political analyst, CNN Dr. Daniel Gordis, senior vice president and the Koret Distinguished Fellow, Shalem Center Rabbi Rick Jacobs, president, Union for Reform Judaism Hilary Leila Krieger, Washington bureau chief, The Jerusalem Post Ambassador Gideon Meir, director general for public diplomacy, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, State of Israel Martin J. O’Malley, governor, State of Maryland Dr. Michael B. Oren, State of Israel, ambassador to the United States Gary Rosenblatt, editor and publisher, The Jewish Week Jonathan Sarna, Joseph H. & Belle R. Braun Professor of American Jewish History, Brandeis University Ira Shapiro, author, “The Last Great Senate” Larry Smith, founder and editor, SMITH Magazine Jill Smokler, owner, “Scary Mommy” Nadav Tamir, policy adviser to the president of the State of Israel, Office of the President of the State of Israel Gil Troy, professor of history, McGill University Bari Weiss, news and politics editor, Tablet Magazine Elie Wiesel, Nobel Peace Prize winner, 1986 Full schedule online


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with a combination of Jewish learning and social encounters; and some of the new initiatives being carried out by Jewish Museum of Maryland. Terrill used Kayam Farm as a model. “Ten years ago, if you would have told me we would be investing in a farm that teaches the Jewish value of sustainability and the earth, I would have thought you were crazy. Today, Kayam Farm is a magnet for young families,” he said. Terrill noted the importance of viewing these types of engagement programs as portals for future involvement. He said, “We need to provide meaningful Jewish experiences for all who seek them. And we need to understand that if you are exposed to transformational content you are not stuck in one realm for a lifetime.”

New Operations Operation Exodus and the support of Russian immigrants in Israel and the U.S. were key issues at the General Assembly in 1991. At that time, according to media reports, e

Carollee Getz, who served as one of the lead professional planners in ‘91, said that at the time Baltimore had a reputation for getting things done that don’t happen in other places. She says that it still does.

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Associated had a $20 million annual campaign and managed to raise another $20 million to support Jewish-Russian stabilization. Today, said Rebecca Caspi, senior vice president, Israel and Overseas and director general of JFNA Israel, the Jewish community continues to respond to the needs of Jews around the world, though the largest portion of overseas dollars is still being used to assist the elderly in the former Soviet Union and to help revitalize Jewish life there. Caspi said that donations to overseas as a whole have slightly lessened in the last decade, as communities are faced with greater needs at home. Nonetheless, an average of 30 percent (as compared to 43 percent) of local federations’ annual campaigns still goes to overseas causes. In times of crisis the Jewish people respond. “Between 1991 and today, there have been two enormous emergency campaigns — each of which raised $360 million, the second Intifada and the second Lebanon War. Another $10 million was raised to assist Israel during Operation Cast Lead,” said Caspi. Several sessions at this GA will be devoted to Global Planning Table dialogues, a new Jewish Federations of North America initiative in which global Jewish challenges as well as the opportunities to strengthen and build the Jewish people are discussed, studied and understood. The Global Planning Table is currently examining how the federations’ collective activities and allocations overseas can have the most meaningful impact. “I would say we are even more networked today than ever in the past, and because of our ability to be present on the ground through the Jewish Agency for Israel and JDC, we are able to adapt to the needs of a certain community,” said Caspi. “I believe that just as in the past, our collective commitment to caring for the poorest Jewish people on earth is something we cannot walk away from. I am confident we will continue to struggle to complete that task.”

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the Jewish world is focused on Iranian nuclear proliferation and the existential threat it poses to the Jewish homeland. There will be several sessions on that security threat at the GA. Above all, however, dialogue around Israel will focus on a growing campaign of boycotts, divestment and sanctions against Israel, and at the unique balance between social change and democracy in Israel while maintaining the country’s sovereignty as a Jewish state. On the dais, GA attendees will hear from Israeli Ambassador to the United States Michael Oren, Labor Party leader Shelly Yachimovich and Soviet refusenik and prisoner, Israeli politician, human rights activist and author Natan Sharansky. In 1991, the fear was that “loyalty to Israel is less assured, as a new generation lacking direct emotional ties to the founding of the Jewish state and the Holocaust gradually becomes the majority,” reported the JT. In 2012, said Caspi, “Many people, at least the people I meet, are really deeply connected to Israel. Those who know the country well are often deeply challenged by it, yet are quite amazed by Israeli achievements.” Caspi said that while for a period there was growing concern over a disengaged younger population, in most cases that worry has been calmed. TaglitBirthright Israel has brought nearly 350,000 young


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adults to Israel. MASA is bringing in the range of 10,000 young adults to Israel for longer, immersive experiences. Since the economic downturn, many young Jews are coming to Israel to get work experience to climb the first rungs on the career ladder when it is so difficult to do that in America. The challenge now is less about connection to Israel and more about building pride in Israel. Terrill said the community is fed a diet about Israel as defined by the conflict. If left unattended, “we could run the risk of having diminished advocacy for Israel based on lack of familiarity with the country. … [Young adults] need to be given the proper contact to evaluate what Israel is all about.” In Baltimore, said Hoffman, this translates to personalizing — and not politicizing — Israel. “We want our community members to connect with the people of Israel, not just the State of Israel. That is why we launched the BaltimoreAshkelon Partnership 10 years ago. … That is why almost 10,000 people have participated in various exchanges within the partnership, ranging from our teens to professionals, to economic trade missions, to families, young adults, baby boomers and to volunteer trips.” ButHoffmansaidheisnotreadytolettheguarddown. “If we have had success … we cannot become complacent,” he said. “I would hope that in 10 years we see an uptick in attachment to Israel — but we’ll only be able to do that if we maintain a disciplined and focused approach.” Editor’s note: In Baltimore, 46 percent of Jewish people say they are emotionally attached to Israel as compared to 28 percent nationally, including almost 40 percent of non-Orthodox 35 to 60 year olds.


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“I care a lot about marketing, so I marketed it all over the place,” recalled Barbara Himmelrich, who served as chair of the GA in 1991. She and her team of 1,200 volunteers raised money to print multipage programs, mail invitations and purchase bags and stuff them with hundreds of pages of promotional materials. In 2012, there is still a robust marketing strategy that surrounds the GA, but like everything else in life, it has gone “e.” “Then, we had no Internet or any way of contacting people except by snail mail,” said Carollee Getz, who served as one of the lead professional planners in ‘91. “The amount we spent on mail and postage, the amount of paper we used was just incredible. Today, you send everyone an email and it’s done.” In fact, this year’s GA is “green” — or at least greener than in years past. JFNA worked to reduce the carbon footprint of its largest national gathering of the year by making an app to reduce the amount of paper printed for schedules and handouts and offering people to create their own online schedule through the GA website,, so attendees only have to print what interests them and not the entire schedule. At the GA, all handouts and paper goods (plates, cups, etc.) will be made of compostable paper. Bags and other giveaways — when possible — will be eco-friendly. And, JFNA will utilize the Baltimore Convention Center’s strong recycling program. New technologies don’t only affect the federation’s carbon footprint. They also impact the way it

If you are wondering what the Jewish Federations of North America is, you are probably not alone. The federation alphabet soup has changed a lot over the years, though its core mission has remained the same. A brief history: In 1999, the federations’ consulting organization, the Council of Jewish Federations (CJF) merged with the federations’ fundraising arm, the United Jewish Appeal (UJA). This merger, creating greater efficiency and impact, was named the United Jewish Communities (UJC). In 2008, UJC started looking into how its constituents perceived and understood its work across the country. Then it launched extensive research, including focus groups and a national survey, about the branding of Jewish federations — individually and the umbrella organization. The data showed there was a gap in wider awareness of federations and their mission. That was partly because many federations had different logos and branding. To better connect with a highly mobile population and to engage new and especially younger donors, UJC determined to create a stronger, more consistent brand. In 2009, UJC presented a new name — and logo: The Jewish Federations of North American (JFNA). Today, this reflects the naming structure of three-quarters of federations worldwide — The Jewish Federation of fill in the blank. As of 2012, more than 100 of 155 federations have adopted the bold, inviting and optimistic logo, with many now also using the newly developed tagline, “The Strength of a People. The Power of Community.” — Maayan Jaffe


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handles the rest of its business. The theme for this year’s GA is “Where the Community Downloads/Uploads/ Shares,” and several of the convention’s sessions will focus on a world that is moving ever faster and on how we connect both in person and also on Facebook, Twitter and the rest of the World Wide Web. “We are always working to figure out ways we can use social media so we can maximize the connection with the end user,” said Terrill. Sessions such as “B’more Schmooze for Social Media/Innovation” and “Social Explosion: An Interactive Lab Experiment” will help to make that possible for federations across the country. But Terrill cautioned that we have to be careful not to define community by what is happening in a virtual way. “We need to get people out from behind the screens and into different venues to celebrate community together,” he said. And it’s possible — even with the ever-growing popularity of virtual friends, likes and pokes. “I am a big believer that if you really have a great vision and real clarity to your mission, and you have strategies to bring your mission to life, commitment [to the cause] comes,” said Silverman. “I have no question people will come away from the GA inspired, challenged and alive,” said Caspi. “The GA is the place for you to listen and to be heard, to help shape our communal agenda.” You can follow the GA on Twitter (hash tag #JFNAGA), but it won’t be the same. Said Caspi: “You have to do one thing: You’ve got to show up. When you do, you will be very glad you did.” JT Maayan Jaffe is JT managing editor

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Rabbi Rick Jacobs will serve as the scholar-in-residence at the JFNA 2012 General Assembly. Rabbi Jacobs was recently named the fourth president of the Union for Reform Judaism and previously served as spiritual leader at Westchester Reform Temple in Scarsdale, N.Y. During his 20-year tenure at WRT, he reshaped communal worship, transformed the congregation into a community of learners and strengthened WRT’s commitment to social justice and inclusion. “We are thrilled to have Rabbi Rick Jacobs as our scholar-in-residence at the GA,” said GA co-chair Josh Fidler in a statement. “Rabbi Jacobs is known for bold thinking and big ideas as well as concrete action in support of humanitarian values. We look forward to his insight and spiritual leadership throughout the GA.”

The Baltimore Jewish Times caught up with Rabbi Jacobs: JT: Talk about an issue or issues that ail the modern Jewish world. Rabbi Jacobs: There are many au-

thentic ways to practice Judaism, and ritual and learning are part of it. But so is social justice, chesed work and tikkun olam. … There are some people who get too busy with ritual and forget to do that [other] work. And there are people who are so busy with tikkun olam that they don’t do any ritual. They must interconnect in productive ways. When they don’t, there is a big disconnect. Historically, Jews were brought together by their ‘victimhood.’ Is that not the case anymore?

Unfortunately, there are large blocks in

history when we have been powerless and lived at the whim of the societies where we were presiding. In the modern period and with State of Israel, we do not need to … see ourselves as victims. … ere still are places where we are challenged and oppressed, but we are living in a moment of Jewish history where we are shapers of our destiny. In North America, for example, there is still some anti-Semitism, but the dominant reality is that we are in a position of freedom, and we live in a multicultural, pluralistic environmental, and we can be assertive of our Jewish commitments. at is a new phenomenon and remarkable opportunity.


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What topics will you address at the GA?

people, … and the need to balance tikkun olam with a sense of responsibility for Jewish peoplehood. I will ask the question, “Is tikkun olam a universal concept or also a way to heal and repair our own community?” Tikkun olam is a primary and powerful tool for Jewish engagement. I will also address the theme of b’yachad and the idea that we are part of b’yachad and the idea that we are part of something larger that our movements, preferences and practices. … The fact that we don’t all think, pray and practice in the same way does not have to be a liability but a strength. JT

I will talk to the proliferation of tikkun olam projects throughout the world, particularly among young

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★ Election 2012 Results & Analysis ★

Hundreds of Reisterstown residents waited in line outside The Chatsworth School to vote on Tuesday.

AT THE POLLS At Northwestern High School in Baltimore City, the lines moved quickly on election morning. With some voters arriving at the station by 6:30 a.m. —despite its opening at 7 a.m. — it took an average of 10 to 15 minutes for voters to make it to the booth. Howard Cardin stood outside the polls, canvassing for his brother Benjamin Cardin, running for a sixth term in the Senate. Cardin was accompanied by less than a handful of other canvassers. Cardin said people were “excited” and there was a “large turnout.” While it was crowded at the school, the polling station was quiet and the atmosphere somewhat subdued. Voter turnout appeared a mix — Jews and African-Americans and people of all ages; there were even some children who accompanied their parents. One voter, a Republican from Upper Park Heights who requested her name not be used, said she was at the polls out of “a sense of responsibility.” She said she planned to stay up on Tuesday evening to hear the results. Jeffrey Orkin came out to vote with his wife Deborah and their two small children. The Baltimore resident said he, too, feels strongly that it’s his civic duty to vote. “I’ve never missed an election, and I’ve never seen a turnout like this,” he said.

Voting was smoother and quieter than it was four years ago Staff Report

“With so many posters and TV ads airing all over the place, I guess it’s hard not to know it is the election today.” Rabbi Lionel Chiswell said he believes the large turnout was due mainly to the many questions on the ballot, especially the ones pertaining to marriage equality and expanded gambling. Chiswell said he came out to vote against the Civil Marriage Protection Act and for expanded gambling. “Question 6 has been a big issue within the Orthodox community,” said Rabbi Chiswell, noting the rabbis called for the Jewish community to vote against the act. “But I believe the gambling bill could be good for the state, as it will bring jobs to the area, even if I don’t believe all the money will go to education, as they promise.” Over at Woodholme Elementary School in Pikesville, lines moved smoothly, but polls were busy. While some voters seemed energetic, others, like Cookie Grober, said she didn’t feel the same level of energy in the voting lines as she’s experienced in past years. “I was the only one thinking out loud. Nobody talked at all. They weren’t excited at all that they were getting in there and changing what’s going to happen in the next four years,” she said.

Ellen Eisenstadt of Pikesville cast her vote for President Barack Obama. Eisenstadt said that Gov. Mitt Romney just doesn’t speak to her. “I don’t agree with a lot of the things Mitt Romney stands for. I don’t like his religious stance, and I believe Obama will be more helpful to the Jews.” Sandy Gurwitz cast a similar ballot. “My friends are all Republicans,” said Gurwitz with a chuckle. “They’ll all hate me for voting for Obama, but I just feel he cares about people. All my friends are rich, and I think they’re voting for Romney because they’re worried about protecting their money. I can’t think like that. Now that I’m 65, I care about things like Medicare more than I ever did before.” “Trust” is the reason David Rochlin said he could not cast his ballot for Romney. “I don’t trust Romney. He can’t pay for what he’s talking about. He wants to lower this and lower that. … Where’s the money coming from?” Fortuna Hoffman, however, was among Romney’s supporters. “I like his foreign policy, and I think he’s good for Israel. He’s a businessman, and he knows what he’s doing.” Marsha Zaba expressed similar sentiments. “Romney,” Zaba said firmly. “I detest

Obama and what he’s done to this country. He’s a socialist. I have a 2-year-old grandson, and I want to make sure he’s got the kind of country that I grew up in.” Zaba said she voted against the DREAM Act, the Civil Marriage Protection Act and against bringing more gambling to Maryland. Over at Pikesville Middle School, lines wrapped around two hallways as voters waited 30 minutes or more to cast their ballots in the school’s cafeteria. Among those voters was Elizabeth Brown, who stood in line with her 2-year-old son, Ari. “This is the longest I’ve ever had to wait at this polling site,” Brown said. “I came out to vote for the ballot issues, as I know the results for president in Maryland will all but certainly go to President Obama. Despite the long lines, it’s great to see so many people taking the time to vote.” Norma Levitt, 85, said she waited more than 45 minutes to vote. She said a polling place like Pikesville Middle brings out a diverse, middle-class voting bloc that is very passionate about the issues. For her, the hottest question was expanded gambling. “It’s good for Maryland and it is better the money stays here than going to nearby states,” she said. JT

How Did The People Vote? For President Obama — 49% (versus 53 percent in 2008)

Jewish Voting Priorities: Economy — 53% Health care — 32%

Money Spent on Electioneering: National Jewish Democratic Council — Upwards of $1 million*

The Jewish Vote How Did Jews Vote? For President Barack Obama — 69-70% (versus 78 percent in 2008) For Gov. Mitt Romney — 30% (versus 20 percent for John McCain in 2008)

Republican Jewish Coalition — $6.5 million Note: Margin of error is plus or minus 3-6 percent. Sources: Media consortium; JTA Wire Service; and Jim Gerstein, a pollster affiliated with J Street *Did not reveal exact amount


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★ Election 2012 ★

The Winner Is … M&T Bank Stadium had the feel of New Year’s Eve on Tuesday night. There were hugs and cheering a little after 11 o’clock, as most of the state’s top Democrats, along with hundreds of their supporters, celebrated the re-election of President Barack Obama, who won a second term by capturing 303 electoral votes to Republican challenger Gov. Mitt Romney’s 206. The commander-in-chief’s victory cemented a nearly perfect evening for the state’s Democrats, who also were happy with Sen. Ben Cardin’s easy victory in his race. Seven of Maryland’s eight congressional races also were won by Democrats. John Hild, a longtime Democrat from Towson, said he is convinced the economy will continue its turnaround and unemployment will go down in Obama’s second term in the White House. “We need eight years with this president,” Hild said. “You can’t turn things around in four years when the economy is so down. It will take a long time. I’m retired from the National Guard, and I can tell you, when both wars end, our economy will look a lot better.” Hild’s excitement over Obama’s win was tempered throughout much of the evening, and voters expected a tight race with most polls going into Election Day showing Obama and Romney in a statistical dead heat. “In an election this close, every vote counts,” Thomas Maronick Jr. told the JT at the Democratic gathering. “Mitt Romney has had traction because of the economy, but Maryland is a strong Democratic state.” But as the night progressed, Democrats started to feel more excited, as most of the key “battleground” states, including Wisconsin and Pennsylvania, voted in the president’s favor. Obama was declared the winner in Maryland almost immediately after the polls closed at 8 p.m. The president won the state with more than 60 percent of the vote.


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“When politicians want to make something happen, they come to Maryland,” Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said. “This day will change history for our country.” “It’s a good night for Maryland and for our country because we’re a democracy. Now we have to come together as a country. We have to create jobs for the middle class, solve our fiscal challenges and work with the president on foreign policy issues. Bipartisanship has to be there,” said Congressman C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger. The mood was much more low-key at the BWI Westin hotel, where many of Maryland’s top Republicans gathered in support of senatorial candidate Dan Bongino and Rep. Andy Harris (R-1). After watching Bongino concede his race and Harris declare victory in his, many watched the presidential returns come in on a big-screen TV, hoping Romney would salvage the evening for the state’s GOP. However, once Fox News declared Obama the victor, most of the crowd left. This included Chaim and Leslie Klein. The Pikesville couple said they came out in support of Romney because they don’t believe Obama is a friend to Israel and don’t like how the president relates to Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu. “[Romney] and the Republican Party have made an effort to try and court the Jewish vote,” Leslie Klein said. “I feel like they have tried to present themselves as friends to Israel. They care about my opinion. I don’t get the sense that Obama cares one way or the other about Israel.” Also in the crowd at the Westin was Harford County Executive David Craig, who is considered a potential Republican gubernatorial candidate in Maryland in 2014. He said voters came out like he’s never seen before, hoping to make a statement about the economic struggles many in the country still face.

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U.S. President Barack Obama won the election last Tuesday. According to polls, he took 69-70 percent of the Jewish vote.

Craig added that the presidential election proves the United States is a country divided in many ways. “There’s a lot of difference of opinions by voters over how to move the country forward,” Craig said. “But we see that every four years during the presidential election. There are very few times when the race is not a contest.” David Kahn of Mt. Washington, however, said he would not see Obama’s victory as a total loss for the Republicans — at least in Maryland. “We did a good job reaching out to people who have never been connected before. … This is the start of a [Republican] network [in Maryland] that’s really going to work going forward,” Kahn said. National Jewish reaction to the re-election of President Obama started coming in just minutes after the election was called. Obama’s victory, along with the

Senate remaining in the hands of Democrats and the House of Representatives staying Republican, means more of the same, said William Daroff, who directs the Washington office of the Jewish Federations of North America. “What’s amazing from a political point of view is that it’s hundreds of millions of dollars being spent, and it’s still the status quo,” he said. The advantage, Daroff said, is that the sides get back to work, and right away. Jewish federations and other Jewish social welfare organizations have said their immediate focus will be the “fiscal cliff” — the effort to head off sequestration, the congressional mandate to slash the budget across the board at the start of 2013. Jewish leaders said with Obama in office they are hopeful. As president with a veto-wielding mandate of four more years, he has the leverage

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Barack Obama gets a second term as president

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Voter Turnout From Americans In Israel Increases By More Than 400 Percent Exit polls demonstrate Americans in Israel heavily favored Romney

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iVoteIsrael, the leading organization facilitating the ability of Americans in Israel to vote in the U.S. elections, completed a campaign to make voting from Israel more accessible to as many Americans in Israel as possible. More than 80,000 Americans living in the Jewish state submitted their ballots to their local county board of elections in any of the 49 states in which voters were registered. “This represents an unprecedented increase in voter participation from the 20,000 or so who voted in 2008,” said Elie Pieprz, national director of iVoteIsrael. Internationally, American expatriots typically have a

to head off deep cuts to programs that his top officials have said remain essential, including food assistance to the poor and medical entitlements for the poor and elderly. More broadly, four more years of “Obamacare” means the health-care reforms that Obama and a Democratic Congress passed in 2010 will be more difficult to repeal for future GOP administrations. By 2016, American voters will have habituated to mandates guaranteeing health insurance for all, including for pre-existing conditions and coverage of children by their parents until they reach the age of 26. On these issues — entitlement programs and federal assistance for the poor — Obama and Senate Democrats have the backing of an array of Jewish groups, led by the Jewish Council for Public Affairs, the community’s public policy umbrella. Additionally, Jewish advocacy organizations will look to Obama to appoint to the Supreme Court justices likely to uphold the protections favored by much of the Jewish community, including abortion rights, women’s equal-pay guarantees and gay marriage gains in the states. The exception will be the Orthodox groups, which generally align with conservative Christians on social issues. The potential for domestic tension between some Jewish groups and the new Obama administration — and its Democratic allies who continue to lead the Senate — lies in the Democrats’ plans to let lapse some of the tax cuts passed by the George W. Bush administration. Senate Democrats in recent years have pressed organized Jewish groups to advocate for raising revenue through

5-percent turnout rate. If those trends continue, the American vote from Israel will represent 20-25 percent of the total expat community from around the world, further solidifying the unique nature of the relationship between the U.S. and Israel, which is not limited to the diplomatic and strategic levels but includes the grassroots and electoral level. “is connection between countries demonstrates the breadth of the unique relationship between the two countries, and iVoteIsrael is proud to have played a role in illustrating this connection to the public,” commented Pieprz. On Monday, iVoteIsrael unveiled the first authoritative

tax increases. The major social welfare policy umbrella, the Jewish Federations of North America, has resisted this in part because tax hikes are controversial among a substantial portion of the federations’ donor base. Daroff said that Jewish federations would continue to push for keeping the tax deduction rate for charitable giving at 35 percent and resist Obama administration proposals to cut it to 28 percent. Obama’s most vexing first-term foreign policy issue — how to deal with Iran — has gained some breathing room in recent weeks with the Obama administration and Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu arriving at an agreement that Iran will not be poised to manufacture a nuclear weapon until the spring at the earliest. Without intimations by Israel that it might strike before then, Obama has a window to see if the tightened international and U.S. sanctions introduced during his administration will goad the Iranians into making their nuclear program more transparent. Iran’s government insists its nuclear program is peaceful but has resisted probative U.N. inspections. David Makovsky, a senior analyst with the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, said he expected a quick return to talks with Iran, which could lead to bold new proposals, setting some of the bottom lines that have been eagerly sought by Israel. “I would predict there will be much more of a focus on bottom lines, there will be some sort of an American offer — after consultations with Israel,” Makovsky said. JT JTA Wire Service contributed to this article.

exit polls. The poll surveyed 1,572 voters and found that 85 percent of Americans living in Israel voted for Romney; 14 percent voted for Obama. With regard to congressional elections, 62 percent voted for GOP candidates; 28 percent voted Democratic. In addition, 61 percent of voters cited the desire for Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and peace negotiations as among their most motivating factors for voting this year. JT — Maayan Jaffe

take seven of eight NO CONTEST Democrats Maryland congressional races As expected, seven of Maryland’s eight incumbent congressmen cruised to easy victories Tuesday night. Among the winners were all of the current congressional representatives from the Baltimore area, including Rep. C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger (D-2), who defeated state Sen. Nancy Jacobs after garnering 181,191 votes, 65 percent, of the total casted. The second district includes parts of Baltimore, Harford, Howard and Anne Arundel counties. “It’s a good night for Maryland and for our country because we’re a democracy,” Ruppersberger said. “Now we have to come together as a country. We have to create jobs for the middle class, solve our fiscal challenges and work with the president on foreign policy issues. Bipartisanship has to be there. We have to come together and we will. When things get tough, the American people stand up and do what’s right.” In the 3rd Congressional District, Democratic Rep. John Sarbanes won after he captured more than 193,000 votes, 67 percent, to beat Republican newcomer Eric Knowles. His district includes portions of Baltimore City along with Baltimore, Anne Arundel and Howard counties. “Maryland has made a strong showing,” Sarbanes said. “We all thought the election might settle things, but Congress may end up being status quo.” Also winning Tuesday night was Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-7), who won his rematch with Howard County businessman Frank Mirabile in a race in which the incumbent finished with about 75

percent of the votes cast in his favor. The district includes half of Baltimore City along with parts of Baltimore and Howard counties. The one bright spot for the Republicans was Rep. Andy Harris (D-1), who won with nearly 70 percent of the vote in a district that includes parts of Baltimore, Harford and Anne Arundel counties along with the Eastern Shore. Harris’ road to victory was made easier when Democrat Wendy Rosen stepped down from the race last month on allegations she voted in both Florida and Maryland during the last election. Harris believes his re-election, which helped the House of Representatives stay under GOP control, will provide a balance to counteract President Barack Obama in his second term. “We’re going to challenge big spending and higher taxes,” Harris said. “We’re going to fight to create jobs and help businesses create jobs.” The only congressman to lose his seat was Republican Rep. Roscoe Bartlett, who lost to Democrat John Delaney in the revamped 6th District, which stretches from Western Maryland to Delaney’s base in Montgomery County. Delaney secured about 59 percent of the votes in ousting the 86-yearold Bartlett, who was first elected to Congress in 1992. Other winners in the state’s congressional races were Rep. Donna Edwards (D-4), Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-5) and Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-8). JT — Ron Snyder


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Confident Cardin Celebrates Emotional Victory U.S. Sen. Ben Cardin greeted Shady Grove Metro Stop commuters in Rockville at 6 a.m. to begin his election day. By the end of the day in a packed M&T Bank Stadium party room, he reached his destination, a second term. Flanked by what resembled a state all-star political cast, including Gov. Martin O’Malley, U.S. Sen. Barbara Mikulski, Baltimore Mayor Stephanie RawlingsBlake, three re-elected members of the House and other state and local elected officials, Cardin thanked his family and his supporters with Marvin Gaye’s “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” blaring in the background. “Wow,” he said to the high-spirited audience. “I am so happy to see all of you here, my friends. From day one, our goal was to re-elect President Barack Obama. I’m proud that Maryland is making history again in its support of the president.” Cardin, 69, who was running against Republican challenger Dan Bongino and Independent Rob Sobhani from

Montgomery County, also received rousing applause when he announced the Congressional win of fellow Democrat John Delaney over incumbent Roscoe Bartlett. He also credited Republican challenger Dan Bongino for running a clean, respectable race. People at the Cardin event were quick to point to the millions of dollars spent by challenger Sobhani. “It’s been a very exciting night,” said State Sen. Brian Frosch (D-16, Montgomery County), who was on hand for the celebration. “Ben Cardin is a great senator. And he deserved to win by a large number. He’s a real cleanup hitter. And I think the night is only going to get better.” Gov. O’Malley thanked the crowd and Maryland voters for “returning our friend Ben to the U.S. Senate.” Cardin has never taken an opponent for granted. He has always worked hard to gain his constituents’ votes. He was quoted last election by the JT as saying that he will never take an opponent lightly.

By Phil Jacobs

Myrna Cardin, the senator’s wife, told the JT that “we have worked on this campaign for two years. We’ve done everything we could do, and tonight is a very emotional, happy night. Ben wouldn’t have done anything different, and I’m so happy.” “It’s been hard work,” Cardin told the JT on election day afternoon. “From what people have been saying, I feel comfortable in my own re-election.” Cardin said that his re-election team started its strategic planning in January of 2011. “We got some curveballs along the way,” he said referring to the money Sobhani spent on campaign ads across the state. “But I’m feeling confident.” Cardin returns to the Senate for his second term. He was first elected junior senator for Maryland in November 2006, defeating Republican challenger Michael S. Steele, 54 percent to 44 percent. Steele was the state’s lieutenant governor to then-Gov. Robert Ehrlich. Cardin became the third consecutive

Sen. Ben Cardin accepts his win with a speech at M&T Bank Stadium where Democrats convened on election night.

3rd Congressional District representative to reach the U.S. Senate following Paul Sarbanes and Mikulski. In the Senate, Cardin has held seats on the Finance, Budget, Environment and Public Works, Small Business and Entrepreneurship and Foreign Relations commissions. He has won every election he’s registered for dating back to his entrance into the state House of Delegates in 1967. He stayed in the House from 1967 to 1986, including a stint as House Speaker. He then ran for Mikulski’s third district seat in 1986 and was re-elected nine times before succeeding Sarbanes in the Senate. Cardin’s father, Meyer, served in the Maryland House of Delegates from 1935 to 1937 and later sat on the Supreme Bench of Baltimore City from 1961 to 1977. The Cardin family has been a longtime member of Beth Tfiloh Congregation in Pikesville. JT

HISTORIC NIGHT Maryland voters approve same-sex marriage, DREAM Act and expanded gambling

Sandy and Mike Miguelez (left) and Jennifer and Dan Liberatore eagerly eagerly watch the TV to see which candidate will win. The atmosphere was subdued at the BWI Westin, where the Republicans gathered.


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Guy Alon, Sophie Neiman, Rose Alon (left), Sean Simon and Daniel Neiman, support Ben Cardin and the Baltimore Democratic Party at M&T Bank Stadium.

It was a historic night in Maryland, as the state joined Maine to become the seventh and eighth in the country to officially legalize same-sex marriage. More than 1.2 million Marylanders voted in favor of marriage equality to about 1.1 million against the measure. The referendum in favor of same-sex marriage made Maryland and Maine the first in the country to approve such legislation at the ballot box. “With this vote, Marylanders rose up and declared that that every family deserves to be treated equally under the law,” said Carrie Evans, executive director of Equality Maryland in a statement. “Voters from every corner of the state, from every political persuasion, every race and every religion voted for marriage equality.” Same-sex marriage has been a big issue within the Jewish community, as more than 80 percent are in favor of it, according to at least one recent poll. “Over these past few weeks, Marylanders joined together to affirm that for a free and diverse people of many faiths — a people committed to religious freedom — the way forward is always found through greater respect for the equal rights and human dignity of all,” said Gov. Martin O’Malley in a statement late Tuesday night. The DREAM Act, which offers in-state tuition to the children of many illegal immigrants in the state, was also overwhelmingly approved. Nearly 60 percent voted in favor of the measure.

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TEAM-work Israel-U.S. collaborations making medical history The Technion American Medical School (TEAMS) is now collaborating with top U.S. universities such as Johns Hopkins University and the University of Michigan, providing excellent opportunities for the transfer of medical knowledge, “TEAM”work and collaboration. Ties between the Technion in Haifa and the United States have never been stronger. Established at the turn of the century, the collaboration between Johns Hopkins University and the Technion already has proved fruitful in the fields of cancer, cardiology and tissue-engineering research. Founded in 1876, Johns Hopkins University pioneered the concept of the modern American research 40

university and is renowned as one of the top learning institutions in the world for science and medicine. The Technion, founded in 1912, is Israel’s oldest university, and according to the book “Start-up Nation,” it produces graduates with the skills and education behind the protection of the State of Israel. Nestled on the shores of the Mediterranean, the Technion has built a reputation for being Israel’s premier institute for science and technology and for producing groundbreaking research across the sciences and medicine. e medical school is home to three Nobel Prize winners and has contributed to countless medical breakthroughs from revolutionary pharmaceuticals

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The American Technion Society on Oct. 29 announced a new fundraising campaign, “Innovation for a Better World.” The campaign will take six years to complete and is expected to bring in a half-billion dollars. According to a release, the campaign is meant to support the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology in its quest to build academic excellence and create a smarter, healthier and safer world. Nearly $240 million of the fundraising goal already has been raised during the campaign’s three-year “quiet” phase. “Technion brainpower is responsible for much of the growth and development of the State of Israel, and ATS supporters, through their support of the Technion, have had a direct impact on the country’s leadership in science and technology,” said incoming ATS President Scott Leemaster. The Technion’s transformation from a little-known university in Haifa to a worldclass center of global science and technology research is well documented, and the American Technion Society has played a key part in its growth and achievements. The generosity of ATS donors has literally changed the face of the Technion campus and helped make possible recent achievements, including the university’s third Nobel Prize winner in seven years and the selection last year of a Technion-Cornell University partnership to transform New York City into a leading global technology center. “Funding in our priority areas is critical if the Technion is to continue to lead by innovation,” said Technion President Peretz Lavie, noting that the Technion has identified recruiting and retaining topnotch faculty, attracting students who excel, oncampus housing and investment in interdisciplinary research and in new state-of-the-art facilities as its major thrusts. “The Technion continues to view our contributions to Israel’s economy and security as important priorities, and in addition we are ready to share our expertise to help people advance all over the world,” Lavie said. JT

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Keeping Their Fingers on the Pulse For Prof. Ofer Binah, who is one of the key researchers participating in the collaboration, working with Johns Hopkins University has enabled a welcome transfer of both universitiesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; specialist skills. î&#x201A;&#x160;e Technion is at the forefront of stem cell research, having developed the ďŹ rst human heart tissue in the laboratory, and Johns Hopkins leads the way in the various technologies involved in extraction, monitoring and implantation of stem cells. Together, the two universities are working on a project involving stem cells and repairing cardiac damage following heart attacks. Both universities are working with the latest Nobel Prize-winning research involving IPS stem cells (adult cells that are reprogrammed and transformed to be used as stem cells). The team at Johns Hopkins induces a heart attack and extracts cells from See TEAM-work on page 42


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the animal subject, and the team at the Technion reprograms and develops the cells to be eventually reimplanted into the animal. The process is a long and complicated one, but combining some of the world’s top scientists in the stem cell field has allowed a stem cell “dream team” to be created. The strong connection between Johns Hopkins University and the Technion has added benefits for medical students of both schools. Prof. Andrew Levy, having received his medical degree from JHU, now directs the Technion American Medical School program, and Dr. Lior Gepstein, who is a key collaborator on cardiac research with JHU, directs the physiology course for the TEAMS program. The results of the Technion-JHU collaboration directly impact students, enriching their knowledge and allowing them to participate in the research taking place in both countries. Fourth-year TEAMS student Monty Mazer from Canada took part in the JHU-Technion clinical exchange program. He commented that “learning from some of the best clinical teachers in the world and experiencing a new way of clinical problem-solving was an extremely beneficial addition to my already fantastic Technion experience.” For American and Canadian students who come and study in Israel at the Technion American Medical School, experiencing Israeli research and medicine does not come at the expense of their exposure to American research and medicine. The Technion is constantly building on its growing international reputation as one of the leading producers of groundbreaking medical research worldwide. Johns Hopkins University is just one of a growing number of top universities that has joined forces with the Technion and the Technion American Medical School. JT

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Sheldon Low Performs: Kid-friendly Jewish rocker sings. 6:30 p.m., Owings Mills JCC, 3506 Gwynnbrook Ave., Owings Mills. Cost: $10 for adults, $7 for children (under 2 free), $30 for families. Tickets available at the door. Contact: 410-559-3510.

Hear Herb Silverman: Author discusses his book, “Candidate Without a Prayer: An Autobiography of a Jewish Atheist in the Bible Belt.” 3 p.m., 3 Milford Mill Road, Pikesville. Free.

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at Gettysburg College. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think that we could call [Einsteinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s science] Jewish physics in the sense of being Judaic physics, but it is clearly the physics of an outsider. It is somebody who could look at the same problems that everyone else was looking at and suddenly make this little turn, and you see itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not only in Einsteinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s work, but in a lot of the work of that time.â&#x20AC;? Gimbel said that his fascination with Einstein derived from the fact that he is such a renowned figure among Jewish people. He joked that normally whenever a celebrity is mentioned during a conversation itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s only a matter of moments before someone interjects to proudly say that the person is Jewish. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The one person you never need to do that with,â&#x20AC;? he said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;is Einstein.â&#x20AC;? After settling on the concept of his book, which he dedicated to his grandparents, Gimbel embarked on meticulous research that delved into religious books, historical articles and works of art, or as Gimbel put it, â&#x20AC;&#x153;everything from theories in physics to [Richard] Wagnerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s operas.â&#x20AC;? More often than not, he also found himself immersed in Einsteinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s own papers and letters. While Gimbel dedicated more than two years to researching and writing the book, it remained in a state of literary limbo for several months. Publishers were afraid to get behind something that, he explained, seemed to be more incendiary or dangerous than it really is. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The thesis isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t really that provocative,â&#x20AC;? Gimbel said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;but any

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association with this clearly absurd Nazi claim seemed to worry people.” Three months after its release, “Einstein’s Jewish Science” was featured on the front page of The New York Times’ book review section. “After that, things just went bananas,” Gimbel said. While he didn’t initially anticipate

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such an overwhelming response to his work, Gimbel already has made several appearances and hosted Q&A sessions. He has events scheduled at Jewish Community Centers in Dallas, Detroit and Greenwich, Conn., as well as Leeds University in England, the University of Alabama and St. John’s University. “The book covers a lot of territory, and it’s written in a very striking and interesting way,” said Dr. Peter Achinstein, director of the Johns Hopkins Center for History and Philosophy of Science and a former professor of Gimbel’s. “Steve Gimbel is a renaissance man. He knows a lot about a lot of different things. He is a terrific speaker. I think [the speech at Hopkins] is going to be a terrific event.” JT

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five rabbis and eight popular musicians will come together Saturday, Nov. 17, to help 1,000 Jews who are still displaced and unable to earn a living after being displaced from their homes in Gush Katif, Israel. The event theme: Gratitude. “We are grateful to HaShem [God], grateful to have enough success ourselves to help someone else out, and we are grateful to each other, to be working together,” said Avraham Rosenblum of Upper Park Heights, the brainchild behind the event and former member of the Diaspora Yeshiva Band. The event, the fourth annual JobKatif Benefit concert, is one of the only times during the year when synagogues of variant Orthodox perspectives — Chasidic, yeshivish and Modern Orthodox — can come together and send out a message to the people, a message, according to Rabbi Shmuel Silber, of the importance of víahavta líreyacha kamocha, of selfless devotion to a fellow Jew. JobKatif was started by Rabbi

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“We are grateful to each other, to be working together.” — Avraham Rosenblum

Oz, almost immediately after the expulsion of thousands of Jews from their homes in Gush Katif. The residents of Gush Katif were predominantly farmers, and they needed to be retrained in order to re-enter the workforce and live successful lives. Many of them were traumatized by the expulsion, adding an additional challenge. The miracle of JobKatif is not that it gets jobs for people — though that it does — but that it treats the entire person. Rabbi Rimon recognized that without helping the person’s mind and soul first, he or she would

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not succeed in business. On average, about 50 percent of new businesses fail after three years. For JobKatif, that’s only about 10 percent. JobKatif has returned 2,300 people to the work force and has helped launch 230 new businesses. The organization has offered 531 professional retraining courses and helped 1,250 families receive professional advice and counseling. There are still 1,000 former residents of Gush Katif who are unemployed or under-employed. Mike Lowenstein serves as concert chairman. He said the event, supported by Rabbi Silber of Suburban Orthodox Congregation, Rabbi Binyamin Marwick of Congregation Shomrei Emunah, Rabbi Menachem Goldberger of Tiferes Yisroel and Rabbi Moshe Hauer of Bnai Jacob Shaarei Zion, is about brotherhood, empowerment and gratitude — the “closeness we feel for our brothers and sisters in Israel” and the notion that financial donations from Baltimore are able to get people back on their feet. The first year, the concert raised $21,000. Last year, it raised $42,000, matched three to one by the Israeli

government for a total of $168,000. This year, the Israeli government has agreed to match gifts again. If someone donates $100, that is equivalent to $400 for JobKatif. Lowenstein said he expects between 480 and 500 people to attend the concert this year; last year, 400 people came. “We cannot be bystanders when we see the difficulties of others,” said Rabbi Silber. “We must find a concrete way to help, assist and somehow ameliorate the pain of another.” JT

JobKatif Benefit Concert Music and the Message of Gratitude Saturday, Nov. 17 at 8:30 p.m. Beth Tfiloh Mintzes Theatre 3300 Old Court Road Tickets and sponsor information: 410-409-8967 or

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Brownie Pops (Pareve/Non-dairy) margarine, for greasing 16 ounces bittersweet chocolate, divided 1/ cup canola oil 3 1 cup sugar 1/ cup soy milk 4 2 large eggs 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract 1/ teaspoon salt 4 1 /2 teaspoon baking powder 1 /4 cup pareve unsweetened cocoa 1 cup all-purpose flour 1/ to 1⁄2 cup finely ground nuts, 4 coconut, sprinkles or colored sugar 48 lollipop sticks

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. line an 8-inch-square baking pan with foil, allowing some to extend over the sides. Grease with margarine. Break 6 ounces chocolate into small pieces and melt. add the oil and sugar and whisk well. add soy milk, eggs and vanilla and whisk again. add salt, baking powder and cocoa, and mix. Mix in the flour. Pour into pan and spread. Bake 30

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minutes or until the top looks dry. let cool 30 minutes. Freeze 1 hour. Melt remaining chocolate. remove brownie from freezer, peeling off foil. trim sides, cutting into 1-1/2-inch shapes and small squares. Place a stick in each square and dip into the chocolate, covering well, allowing the excess to drip off. Sprinkle with desired décor. Place standing up to set. Serve on a platter or stand them up in a cup, bowl or small vase filled with sugar. Stores in refrigerator five days or freezes for three months.

Bonnie London’s Shabbat Caesar Salad Dressing (Pareve /Non-dairy) 1 fresh clove garlic, finely mashed, chopped or grated juice of 1 lemon

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The winter holidays present new challenges for those eating dairy-free, lactose-free, gluten-free, nut-free — but not “taste-free!” More companies are paying attention to these new demands. As you search your grocery’s frozen and dairy food sections, you will be amazed by the new “free” products. Paula Shoyer, trained in French cooking, shares her love of pareve, dairy-free dessert recipes in her new book, “The Kosher Baker.” It’s filled with classic and unique creations — including Passover, gluten-free and no-sugar-added desserts with enticing photos. Don’t be put off by some long instructions: Shoyer guides you step by step for delicious results. I recently tried her wonderful brownie pops and wanted to share the recipe with you. Who doesn’t like brownies? And you can be creative with your own shapes and decor. JT

olive oil, adding salt and pepper carefully to taste. You can add some grated Parmesan cheese if you want it to be “dairy.” 4-6 servings.

Easy Cheesecake (Pareve /Non-dairy) 2 16-ounce containers soy cream cheese (Tofutti brand) 12 ounces Tofutti sour cream (non-dairy) 2 beaten eggs 1 tablespoon lemon juice 1 teaspoon vanilla 3 /4 cup sugar 1 9-inch graham cracker pie crust, homemade or store bought cinnamon for garnish, optional

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place the cream cheese, sour cream, lemon juice, vanilla, sugar and eggs in a saucepan. Stir constantly over low heat for about 5 minutes. Mixture should get thick and “gloppy.” Pour into the prepared crust and bake for 30 minutes. remove from oven and sprinkle with some cinnamon, if desired. let chill in the refrigerator until cold. Serve with any topping of your choice. 8-10 servings, depending on size of servings. Ilene Spector is a local freelance writer.


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tiPS & trickS Try substituting Tofutti cream cheese and sour cream in your favorite cheesecake recipe ... you won’t believe the fabulous non-dairy results. Have some different salad greens on hand for after turkey day. Make a salad with cooked turkey “shreds,” and add any of the following: edamame, cooked quinoa, pasta, pumpkin seeds and figs, and place a poached egg on top of each serving. Fry fresh sage leaves in hot brown butter or vegetable oil. Drain and sprinkle with sea salt (keeps for two days in a plastic container). Use as poultry garnish or crushed on/in stuffing topped on squash halves or for enhancing roasted or mashed potatoes.

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instead of white bread, white rice and white pasta. 4. You should drink water. Happy brains are hydrated brains. In addition to increasing mental and physical performance, drinking water can remove toxins and keep skin healthy. To estimate the amount of water that you should drink daily, divide your weight in half and aim for that number of ounces per day. 5. You should not eat meat, sweets and white carbohydrates. If you must have meat, select grass-fed animals. 6. You should move. Exercise — even the slightest amount — increases brain function because it provides increased oxygen.


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7. You should breathe — deeply. More air equals more oxygen equals more brain power. 8. You should be confused, puzzled and teased. Solving word or Sudoku puzzles or math equations daily will stimulate, promulgate and perpetuate the connectivity of the neurons in your brain. 9. You should rest. It is important to balance activity with quiet time. 10. You should not complain. Happy brains are free from stress. Sometimes, gematria (numerology) hints at interesting connections and lessons. e Hebrew word for “remembered,” zachar, has the numerical value of 227. Two other words that equal 227 are bracha, blessing, and va-yegebru, they will prevail. Sticking to these 10 suggestions will bring many healthful blessings and help us prevail in the struggle to preserve our memories — until 120! JT

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I moved to Baltimore a couple of years ago, I went out for lunch with a new friend. She asked how I was doing. answering honestly, I remember sharing with her that although I was feeling good about our choice to come to Baltimore, I felt exhausted from the major transition my family had been experiencing. She listened. We finished our meal and went our separate ways for the afternoon. Not even an hour later, I checked my email and found a virtual gift card for a massage from this new friend. It was an act of kindness that meant so very much to me at that moment in my life. In this week’s torah portion, we see abraham send his servant on a journey to find a wife for Isaac. famously, when the servant arrives at the well in the city of Nahor, he offers a prayer that God help him identify the right woman: “o lord, God of my master abraham, grant me good fortune this day, and deal graciously with my master abraham ... let the maiden to whom I say, ‘Please, lower your jar that I may drink,í and who replies, ‘Drink, and I will also water your camels’— let her be the one whom you have decreed for your servant Isaac ...” (Genesis 24: 12-14). I don’t think that this prayer is simply a way for the servant to ask for God to send a wife for Isaac that he can identify. In a real way, the servant asks God not just for any woman, but for a woman who has a certain characteristic — and he asks that this woman be the right one. In other words, the servant identifies the sort of woman he believes would be a good match for Isaac and asks for

God to agree with him. and what is his prevailing value? Kindness. e servant is looking for a woman who notices that he and his camels are thirsty and offers to help them. What is kindness? It is something that must be lived in everyday acts, large and small. It can be offered to the people closest to us in our lives and to strangers. Kindness requires us to go beyond ourselves, to be generous. the servant did not ask for someone who is intelligent or hard

What is kindness? It is something that must be lived in everyday acts, large and small. working or beautiful. he asks for someone who is kind. If you were to identify a single characteristic that you believe is more important than any other, what would you choose? the talmud seems to agree with the servant in this week’s parsha when it says: “the highest wisdom is kindness” (Berachot 17a). likewise, rabbi abraham Joshua heschel said, “When I was young, I used to admire intelligent people; as I grow older, I admire kind people.” Kindness is not an idea. It is an act. It takes practice. It can grow. and it makes a real difference in our lives and the lives of those around us. JT Rabbi Miriam Cotzin Burg is a local educator.

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Hoffman — Lean Sherri Linkoff Hoffman and Benjamin Hoffman and Selma and Gerald Lean are pleased to announce the engagement of their children, Melissa Hoffman and Andrew Lean. Melissa

and Andrew have been “sweethearts” since 2002. Melissa graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park with a degree in psychology. Recently, she earned her master’s in clinical psychology at George Washington University and she is currently pursuing her doctorate there. Andrew graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park with a bachelor’s degree in journalism. He works for a private incentive sales firm. Melissa is the granddaughter of Clara and Bernard Linkoff and Stanley Hoffman and the late Minnie Hoffman. Andrew is the grandson of the late Rose and Abram Rozga and the late Sylvia and Gilbert Lean. A May 2014 wedding is planned.

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Dr. Bernard Kapiloff, surgeon and longtime newspaper publisher, dies at 95 DR . BERNARD KAPILOFF worked hard throughout his life in hopes of being successful and wealthy. But, according to his wife Lynn, Kapiloff didn’t want the money for himself. He made money to help people — and the more he made, the more people he helped. “You always had to look for the check book whenever Bernie heard a sad story,” said Lynn Kapiloff, who was married to him for more than 51 years. “Because chances were he was going to write a check or find some way to help that person in need. It’s just who he was.” Dr. Kapiloff, a retired plastic surgeon, former dentist, noted philanthropist and longtime newspaper publisher, died Oct. 10 at his Baltimore home following complications from a stroke. He was 95. Some of Dr. Kapiloff ’s greatest accomplishments came as a civil rights activist, especially in the 1960s after he and older brother Leonard purchased The Montgomery County Sentinel in 1961. The paper took on the cause of African-American brothers James and John Giles and their friend Joseph Johnson, who that year were convicted of and ultimately sentenced to death for the rape of a 16-year-old white girl. Often called Maryland’s “To Kill a Mockingbird” case, The Sentinel’s investigation found that the three were wrongly convicted. The U.S. Supreme Court overturned the convictions in 1967. 54

Dr. Kapiloff remained active with the newspaper, including writing editorials, until he suffered a stroke this past April. “Very few publishers have the mindset that Bernie had,” said Brian J. Karem, managing editor of The Sentinel. “He let us follow a story down whatever road the facts would lead. He wasn’t worried about any slant so as long as the facts were correct and the readers could make a judgment for themselves. He had the respect and admiration of so many who knew him, and he will be missed.” Dr. Kapiloff also was an unabashed supporter of Israel and other Jewish charitable causes; he even flew an Israeli flag in his front yard. Among the causes he supported most: The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore; the Chesed Fund; and the Maryland Council of the Jewish National Fund, for which he served as president. His willingness to be outwardly Jewish and committed to Jewish causes led Kapiloff to be the target of several anti-Semitic attacks, especially between 1977 and 1980 when his

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family endured a half-dozen fire bombings. Despite FBI investigations, those bombings went unsolved, said Lynn Kapiloff. “Dealing with those attacks was the bravest thing I have ever seen,” said noted Baltimore cardiologist and philanthropist Dr. Morton Mower, a friend for 51 years who worked with Kapiloff at the Jewish National Fund and in other philanthropic endeavors. “It was a dangerous time, but until the end he remained a steadfast supporter of civil rights and Israel. He started me on the path to help as many people as I could in my life,” said Mower.

His Other Profession Dr. Kapiloff was born on Sept. 23, 1917 in New York City. He graduated from City College and then received a dental degree from the University of Maryland School of Dentistry. Ultimately, he earned an M.D. from Howard University in 1945. He practiced dentistry to put himself through medical school, Lynn Kapiloff said. His noteworthy medical career

included serving as chief plastic surgeon at Sinai Hospital. He also taught surgical classes, first from 1950 to 1972 at Howard and then later at Johns Hopkins University. Additionally, Dr. Kapiloff was a founding member of the Health Cost Review Commission and served on the Maryland Services Cost Review Commission from 1971 to 1977. Dr. Mower said Dr. Kapiloff influenced his life from the time they met, when Dr. Mower was a resident at Sinai in 1961. Dr. Mower was amazed at how Dr. Kapiloff used his dentistry background to assist with his plastic surgery work, ensuring that corrective surgical procedures did not negatively impact a patient’s teeth or jawbone. “If you do right by people, things will always work out in the end — that was the approach my father took in life,” Mark Kapiloff said. “My father instilled in me the importance of helping those who couldn’t help themselves. He just worked to make the world a better place.” Frank Storch can attest to that. Storch, vice president at M. Leo

Storch Management Corp., founded the Chesed Fund, a nonprofit that has helped thousands in the community. Storch said that Dr. Kapiloff was generous not only with his donations, but also with â&#x20AC;&#x153;sagely advice.â&#x20AC;? According to Storch, Dr. KapiloďŹ&#x20AC; paid tuition for needy students and helped teens get their GEDs, oî&#x2020;?en becoming a father ďŹ gure to them. One boy in particular is now a well-established banker and owes his success to Dr. KapiloďŹ&#x20AC;. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He cared deeply about the Jewish people and the State of Israel,â&#x20AC;? Storch said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Baltimore community has lost a tremendous asset, and may all his good deeds bring an aliyah for his neshoma. Sen. Ben Cardin is also among those who were influenced by KapiloffĂ­s life. Friends for more than 40 years, Cardin said Dr. Kapiloff sought ways to bring people together â&#x20AC;&#x201D; regardless of their political stance â&#x20AC;&#x201D; to help with the greater good. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Bernie Kapiloff was one of a kind, and I was lucky enough to know him for many years and to consider him a friend,â&#x20AC;? Cardin said in a statement. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He was always committed to the publicâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s right to know, and, as publisher of î&#x192;Ťe Sentinel, he worked hard to make sure readers were informed about what was happening in their communities and what it meant to them. He leaves a legacy of dedication to good reporting and a commitment to the community.â&#x20AC;? In addition to his wife and son, Dr. Kapiloff is survived by another son, Michael Kapiloff of Miami; a daughter, Miriam Kapiloff of Baltimore; and two granddaughters. In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be sent to Jewish National Fund Parsons Water Fund, 42 East 69th St., New York, NY 10021. JT Ron Snyder is a JT staff reporter


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Remembering an R&B Legend Shirley Reingold penned the classic, ‘It’s Too Soon to Know’ Can the birth of rock and roll really be traced to a Jewish woman from Baltimore? For many music historians, the answer is “yes,” and the woman they credit for changing the face of American music is Shirley Reingold. Reingold, who made a name for herself in the late 1940s and early 1950s as a songwriter and manager of the R&B group, e Orioles, died of heart disease Oct. 10 in Aventura, Fla. She was 89. Known professionally as Deborah Chessler, the Forest Park High graduate, spent her early years in Baltimore writing songs and trying to sell them to whoever might be interested. The course of her career changed around 1947, when a friend asked her to listen to a group called The Vibranaires over the phone. Reingold loved the sound and agreed to manage the band — later renamed The Orioles. The group earned a recording deal with the It’s A Natural record label — a subsidiary of Jubilee Records — and was soon on its way to national stardom, music historian Charlie Horner said. This included an appearance on the “Arthur Godfrey’s Talent Scouts” radio program in New York. The group lost to blind pianist George Shearing and returned to Baltimore upset over their performance. But, unbeknownst to them, Arthur Godfrey received thousands of protest letters and phone calls, which led the group to an appearance on Godfrey’s daytime radio program,” Horner said. “‘Arthur Godfrey’s Talent Scouts’ was the ‘American Idol’ of its time,” 56

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said Horner, a retired Philadelphia DJ who maintains the site, “For them to get that type of feedback was a big deal and helped set their path for the future.” The Orioles’ biggest break came in 1948 when it recorded “It’s Too Soon to Know.”

“The idea of a Jewish white girl touring with an African-American band was very unique for the time.” — Paul Reingold, husband of the late Deborah Chessler

The song, written by Reingold, became an instant hit and reached No. 1 on the national R&B charts in November 1948. The song was also one of the first R&B songs to cross over to the mainstream market, where it peaked at No. 13 on the pop charts. In a 2009 interview with Horner for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, Reingold said her motivation for the song came aer a young man she barely knew expressed his love for her in New York. Caught off guard by the admission, Reingold returned to her hotel and she soon began to write down lyrics — on toilet paper — aer she told her mother, “It’s too soon, it’s too

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soon to know” if she loved him, too. Reingold, who had no formal music training, eventually left her home on Eutaw Place and hit the road with The Orioles. The group, Reingold and her mother, Irene Chessler, toured the country, headlining shows in New York at the Apollo Theater and Carnegie Hall. “Deborah Chessler was the guiding force behind The Orioles,” Horner said. “The Orioles were a national group after that, which led to a lot of groups trying to imitate their unique sound. The Orioles couldn’t go anywhere without being mobbed by fans. They were as big as they got during that time.” The Orioles even toured and had success in the Deep South at a time when racism and anti-Semitism was still very prevalent. “The idea of a Jewish white girl touring with an African-American band was very unique for the time,” said Paul Reingold, her husband of 48 years. “That never deterred her though. She really enjoyed those years.” Mr. Reingold said after six years on the road, his wife tired from the hectic schedule and decided to move on from the group. In the decades that followed, she took on several jobs before eventually moving to the Miami area.

She thought she left the music business behind but was rediscovered by music historians in the early 1990s. Rolling Stone even ran an article on her in 1993 entitled, “Is this the woman who invented rock and roll?” In the years that followed, Reingold appeared as an extra in several movies. She also helped induct The Orioles into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1995. “My mother considered herself a has-been, but that wasn’t the case,” said her daughter, Wendy Reingold. “I definitely don’t believe the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame considers her a has-been.” While “It’s Too Soon to Know” was first recorded 64 years ago, its legacy will last for years to come. The song has been re-recorded more than two dozen times by many other wellknown artists, including Pat Boone, Ella Fitzgerald, Etta James, Tony Bennett and, most recently, Glenn Frey, who included his version of the classic on his album “After Hours,” which came out this year. “Thanks to YouTube and other sites on the Internet, my mother’s legacy will extend to future generations, and that is very exciting,” Wendy Reingold said. JT Ron Snyder is a JT staff reporter

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ALPERT — On October 30, 2012, ELAINE (nee Cohen); beloved wife of the late Morris Alpert; loving mother of Benjamin ( Jil) Alpert, Jody (Michael) Stein and Gary Alpert; devoted sister of the late Lloyd Cohen; cherished grandmother of Jamie and Alli Settler, Nicole and Matt Stein and Max and Dan Alpert. Interment at Moses Montefiore Woodmoor Hebrew Cemetery, Washington Boulevard. Please omit flowers. Contributions in her memory may be sent to Covenant Guild Inc., c/o Ellen Gottfried, 7 ParThree Way, Baltimore, MD 21209. BLOCK — On November 4, 2012, FLORENCE (nee Sichel); beloved wife of the late Bernard Block; loving mother of Dr. Larry (Irene) Block; dear sister of Stanley Sichel and the late Philip Sichel; cherished grandmother of Traci, Michael and Dawn Block; dear great-grandmother of eight. Interment at Baltimore Hebrew Cemetery, Berrymans Lane. Please omit flowers. Contributions in her memory may be sent to the Jewish National Fund, 2 Reservoir Circle, Suite 203, Baltimore, MD 21208. DAVITZ — On October 27, 2012 LEONARD; cherished husband of 68 years to Thelma Davitz (nee Rosenthal); beloved father of Jerry Davitz and Barbara Meltzer; beloved brother of Edith Blum and the late Ida Schiff and Belle Golden; adored grandfather of Ben and Danny Meltzer, Alison Wayne and Jennifer Brand; loving great-grandfather of Jake, Ethan and Owen Wayne and

Talia and Minna Brand. Also survived by 10 loving nieces and nephews. Contributions may be made to the Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 E. Capitol St., SE Washington, DC 20003. FOX — On November 3, 2012, HEDY (nee Pfeffer); beloved wife of Dr. Roy Fox; beloved mother of Arny (Stacey) Fox and the late Monika Dolton; loving grandmother of Alexis Shortt, Tammy Fox (Matt Royer), Michael (Martha) Manning, Steven Manning, David Manning, Crista (Dell) Sutton, Lisa (Bobby Handorff ), Joseph (Kathy) Manning and Monika (Matt) Dunning; also survived by 10 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. Interment at Baltimore Hebrew Cemetery, Berrymans Lane. Please omit flowers. FRANK — On November 4, 2012, SYLVIA E. (nee Edelberg); beloved wife of the late Isidore B. C. Frank; loving mother of Glenna (Leonard) Ross; dear sister of the late Irene M. Zuch and Irvin M. Edelberg; cherished grandmother of Sarah (Yoav) Elan and Ari Ross; dear great-grandmother of Devorah Elan, Chaim Binyaman, Yitzchak Elan, Tovah Elan, Menachem Elan and Rivkah Elan. Interment at Beth Tfiloh Cemetery, 5800 Windsor Mill Road. Please omit flowers. KAHN — On November 4, 2012, BLOSSOM (nee Rossman); beloved wife of the late Bernard Kahn; devoted mother of Susan (Neal) Serotte, Harriet Keppel, Herman Kahn, Amy Kahn ( John) Berndt and Robert Kahn; dear sister of Alan ( Jean) Rossman; loving grandmother of Elizabeth and David Serotte, Jessica and Michelle Kahn, A.J. Berndt and Richard and Steven Kahn; loving great-grandmother of Elliott Conti; also survived by other loving family and dear friends. Interment at Beth David, Elmont, N.Y. Please omit See Obituaries on page 58

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El Memorial Park, Randallstown. Please omit flowers. Contributions in his memory may be sent to Moses Montefiore Anshe Emunah, 7000 Rockland Hills Drive, Baltimore, MD 21209. PERELMAN — SARRA; beloved wife of late Zelman Dukstanskiy; mother of Simon Dukstansky(Irina Rubo); loving grandmother of Alex Rubo; loving great-grandmother of Gregory Rubo. Interment at Baltimore Hebrew Cemetery, Berrymans Lane. Please omit flowers. SAGEL — On November 2, 2012, ARLENE (nee Rosensweig); beloved wife of Daniel Sagel; cherished mother of Linda Mizrahi (Allan Varady) and Martin Sagel; devoted sister of William Rosensweig and the late Joseph “Joe” and Lennert Rosensweig; loving grandmother of Todd Mizrahi (Lisa Kaas), Adam Mizrahi, Jennifer Sagel and Jason (Stacie) Sagel; adored great-grandmother of Cole Sagel. Interment at Baltimore Hebrew Cemetery, Berrymans Lane. Please omit flowers. Contributions in her memory may be sent to the Johns Hopkins Vasculitis Center at Bayview Medical Center, 5501 Hopkins Bayview Circle, JHAAC, Room 1B-1A, Baltimore, MD 21224 or the Johns Hopkins Burn Center, c/o the Burn Unit, 4940 Eastern Ave., Baltimore, MD 21224. SAMUEL — On October 30, 2012, HERMAN; beloved husband of the late Rebecca Samuel (nee Jackson); cherished father of Ann Lovelace and Richard (Sonia) Samuel; dear brother of the late Ruth Cooper; loving PopPop of Hahna Ruth Samuel and Koby Micah Samuel; loving companion of Iris Barron. Interment at Maryland Veterans Cemetery, Garrison Forest Road. Please omit flowers. Contributions in his memory may be sent to the Masonic Homes Endowment Fund, 304 International Circle, Cockeysville, MD 21030.

SCHERR — On November 1, 2012, FRANK; beloved husband of Irene Scherr (nee Schaffer); beloved father of Stephen and Linda Scherr and Mona Beth and Herb Arenberg; devoted brother of Mary Tamres, Harry and Shirley Scherr and predeceased by six other loving siblings; loving Zaidy of Jeffrey and Emily Arenberg, Evan Arenberg, Sharon and Scott Paley and Sam and Nancy Friedman; cherished Big Zaidy of Aviva Arenberg, Mira and Shoshana Paley and Eliya and Brock Friedman; also survived by many loving nieces and nephews. Interment at Anshe Neisen Cemetery, Rosedale. Please omit flowers. SCHWARTZ — On November 3, 2012, SHIRLEE (nee Dregant); beloved wife of the late Sol Schwartz; loving mother of Susan S.(Howard) Levinson and Barry H.(Sheryl) Schwartz; devoted sister of the late Beverly Dopkin; cherished grandmother of Jeffrey B. Levinson, Nancy D. (Rob) Neff, Robert W. Schwartz, Lauren C. Schwartz and Rachel M. Schwartz; loving great-grandmother of Sylvie R. Neff and Adam S. Neff. Interment at Har Sinai Cemetery, Garrison Forest Road. Please omit flowers. Contributions in her memory may be sent to the charity of your choice. SHUSTER — On October 30, 2012, JUDITH CLARA (nee Mandell); beloved wife of the late Sidney Shuster; loving mother of Steven (Bess) Shuster and Frank (Nancy) Shuster; devoted sister of Harold R. (late Shirley) Mandell; cherished grandmother of Adam (Lauren) Shuster, Cheryl, David and Lauren Shuster; adored great-grandmother of Donovan Shuster. Interment at Swinicher Woliner Benevolent Society, 6700 Bowleys Lane. Please omit flowers. Contributions in her memory may be sent to the Alzheimer’s Association 1850 York Road, Suite D, Timonium, MD 21093.


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Obituaries SILVERMAN — On October 29, 2012, SUSANN DOROTHY (nee Naiditch); beloved wife of the late Sylvan L. Silverman; devoted mother of Dr. Barry Silverman (Dr. Kathleen Stratton), Lorraine Silverman, Dr. Robin (Dr. Harold) Tucker and Judy Silverman ( J. Andrew Patten); dear sister of the late Louis Naiditch and Freda Miller; loving grandmother of Dana (Trey) Carr, Joshua (Kelly) Silverman, Adam (Andrea) Tucker, Jeremy (Laurie) Tucker, Eric (Melissa) Tucker, Eli ( Julie) Patten and Alexander, Zachary and Matthew Patten; loving great-grandmother of Cady Rose and Grayson Carr, Aidan and Riley Silverman, Maxwell and Jared Tucker and Abigail and Samuel Tucker. Interment at Bnai Israel Cemetery, 3701 Southern Ave. Please omit flowers. Contributions in her memory may be sent to Gilchrist Hospice Care, 11311 McCormick Road, Suite 350, Hunt Valley, MD 21031. SOBER — On November 1, 2012, IRVIN; beloved husband of the late Helen Sober (nee Horvat); cherished father of Dr. Ted (Ann) Sober, Anton Sober, Dennis (Paula) Sober and Cynthia (William) Bralove; dear brother of the late Julius and Melvin Sober; loving grandfather of Dr. Jason (Tracy) Sober, Evan (Andrea) Sober, Ross ( Jennifer) Sober, Alisa Bralove (Rich) Scherr, Daniel (Eloise) Bralove, Matthew (Wendy) Bralove, David Sober, Michael Sober and the late Allison Sober; adored great-grandfather of Griffin, Logan, Tyler and Gabriel

Sober and Ian Bralove. Interment at Beth Tfiloh Cemetery, 5800 Windsor Mill Road. Please omit flowers. Contributions in his memory may be sent to the Alzheimer’s Association, 1850 York Road, Suite D, Timonium, MD 21093. OSTROW — On November 1, 2012, MARK; beloved son of Beverly Lasov and the late Morton Myer Ostrow; adored stepson of Sue Ostrow; devoted brother of Gail (Bronson) Schalizki and Beth Elgort; cherished uncle of Alex Hayes, Morgan and Zach Schalizki and Mason Elgort. Interment at Maryland Veterans Cemetery, Garrison Forest Road. Please omit flowers. Contributions in his memory may be sent to the American Cancer Society, 8219 Town Center Drive, Baltimore, MD 21236. QUITT — On October 30, 2012, SHERRY LEE; beloved sister of Arnold Quitt; devoted daughter of the late Albert and Eva Quitt; adored aunt of Adriane Hudon; loving great-aunt of Amanda and Christopher Hudon. Also survived by many other loving family and dear friends. Interment at Hebrew Young Men’s Cemetery, 5800 Windsor Mill Road. Please omit flowers. Contributions in her memory may be sent to VNA Hospice, 1110 35th Lane, Vero Beach, FL 32960.



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Monthly Walk-In Legal Clinic at JCS Jewish Legal Services, a program of Jewish Community Services, offers legal information, advice and referral services for Jewish individuals with limited income. A walk-in legal clinic is held on the second Monday of each month from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at JCS, 5750 Park Heights Ave. Volunteer community lawyers offer advice on a variety of legal issues, including consumer/bankruptcy, landlord/tenant, family and employment. Jewish Legal Services also is seeking lawyers to volunteer at the monthly clinic. For more information, call 410-843-7305 or visit


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LEGAL NOTICES Alfred J. Szczerbicki, Esq. 29 Allegheny avenue, Suite 500 Towson, Maryland 21204

Francis X. Borgerding, Jr., Esq. 409 Washington Avenue, Suite 600 Towson, MD 21204

In The Orphans’ Court For (Or) Before The Register Of Wills For Baltimore County, Maryland

In The Orphans’ Court For (Or) Before The Register Of Wills For Baltimore County, Maryland

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

Estate of (170397) Paul Robert Gasser

In the Estate of (170551) Antoinette R. Miceli

In the Estate of (170618) James J. O’Connor Jr.

Notice of Judicial Probate To all Persons Interested in the above estate: You are hereby notified that a petition has been filed by ALFRED J. SZCZERBICKI, ESQ f judicial probate and for the appointment of a personal representative. A hearing will be held at Orphans’ Court, Fifth Floor, 401 Bosley Avenue, County Courts Building, Towson, Maryland 21204 on November 29, 2012 at 10:30 a.m. This hearing may be transferred or postponed to a subsequent time. Further information may be obtained by reviewing the estate file in the office of the Register of Wills.

Notice of Judicial Probate To all Persons Interested in the above estate: You are hereby notified that a petition has been filed by FRANCIS X. BORGERDING, JR., ESQ. for judicial probate and for the appointment of a personal representative. A hearing will be held at Orphans’ Court, Fifth Floor, 401 Bosley Avenue, County Courts Building, Towson, Maryland 21204 on December 10, 2012 at 11:15 a.m. This hearing may be transferred or postponed to a subsequent time. Further information may be obtained by reviewing the estate file in the office of the Register of Wills.

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

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

Notice is given that CHRISTINA MURPHY, 5 Harmony Mill Court, Baltimore, Maryland 21228, was on October 16, 2012 appointed Personal Representative of the estate of Paul Robert Gasser who died on September 25, 2012, with a will. Further information can be obtained by reviewing the estate file in the office of the Register of Wills or by contacting the personal representative or the attorney. All persons having any objection to the appointment (or to the probate of the decedent’s will) shall file their objections with the Register of Wills on or before the 16th day of April 2013. Any person having a claim against the decedent must present the claim to the undersigned personal representative or file it with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned on or before the earlier of the following dates: (1) Six months from the date of the decedent’s death, except if the decedent died before October 1, 1992, nine months from the date of the decedent’s death; or (2) Two months after the personal representative mails or otherwise delivers to the creditor a copy of this published notice or other written notice, notifying the creditor that the claims will be barred unless the creditor presents the claim within two months from the mailing or other delivery of the notice. A claim not presented or filed on or before that date, or any extension provided by law, is unenforceable thereafter. Claim forms may be obtained from the Register of Wills.



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410.583.5700 812 QUEENS PARK DRIVE $464,900 EN OP

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THE RISTEAU (23OL) $290,000

SCOTTS HILL (10FL) $192,500

STEVENSON (34BI) $349,900

GREENS AT SMITH (39IR) $245,000



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CHESWOLDE (60WO) $239,900








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GREY ROCK VILLAS (11OL) $319,900



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WOODRIDGE (2WO) $759,000

VELVET VALLEY (16VE) $795,900

QUARRY LAKE (71TR) $309,900






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ROCKLAND (25ST) $549,000



TOWERS CND, 2BR, 2BA, 4 av. fr. $91K, Naomi, 410- 358-1850 2 BEDROOMS , 2 BATHS, 2HBA $259,000

FALLS GABLE CND, 2BR, 2BA, $149,900, Linda S. (410)375-6532


ROSLYN STA THS, 4BR, 2BA, $200K,Tom S. (443)622-7673

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BROOKSTONE CND, 2BR, 2BA, $165,500, Kristina J. (410)404-4104

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

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


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$2,500,000 DIANE DONOHUE 410-236-0027

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

$669,900 LORRE BASS 410-446-5599

$399,999 KEN ROCHE 443-310-6729

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5BR/3.5BA Contemp w/eat-in kit, sep DR, MBR suite, vaulted ceilings, fin'd LL. In-ground pool.

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RUXTON For more info TEXT “196264” to 79564 For more info TEXT “227260” to 79564 For more info TEXT “879083” to 79564

For more details and price call 1-888-773-1152 Ext. 74

$264,900 8838 Margate Ct #4 Dolly Rosoff 443-255-9810

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

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

NEW CONSTRUCTION The Campbell Kellar Team (410) 236-1339

INNER HARBOR For more info TEXT “93585” to 79564

REISTERSTOWN For more info TEXT “2099” to 79564


$799,000 10 Lee St E #901 Cynthia Conklin 443-629-0152

$739,000 19 Mansel Dr Michael Yerman 410-583-0400

$699,000 234 E. Montgomery St Cynthia Conklin 443-629-0152




3414midÀ For more info TEXT “926433” to 79564


$649,000 3414 MidÀeld Rd Alan Klatsky 410-356-4700

THE RISTEAU For more info TEXT “876740” to 79564 For more info TEXT “7384” to 79564 For more info TEXT “456713” to 79564 For more info TEXT “162885” to 79564

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

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

$379,900 12 Oak Hill Ct Marc Witman 410-583-0400

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




CROSS KEYS For more info TEXT “66730” to 79564 For more info TEXT “298317” to 79564 For more info TEXT “145045” to 79564 For more info TEXT “846678” to 79564

$319,900 7902 Brynmor Ct #103 Marc Witman 410-583-0400

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

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

$110,000 2 Cross Keys Rd #2E Thomas Slaughter 443-632-0722




CROSS KEYS For more info TEXT “737144” to 79564 For more info TEXT “850963” to 79564 For more info TEXT “833887” to 79564 For more info TEXT “943213” to 79564

$595,000 2601 Old Court Rd Michael Yerman 410-583-0400

$279,900 208 Cherry Valley Rd Janette Little 410-456-7455

$575,000 2414 Velvet Valley Way Terry O. Stafford 410-937-4118

$449,500 14 Roland Mews #R214 Bonnie Markell 443-831-3790


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$499,900 10810 Longacre Rd Rebecca Perlow 410-916-2888 For more info TEXT “951489” to 79564

$449,900 5 Shadow Ct Rebecca Perlow 410-916-2888

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