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

Local News 16

Taking A Stand BJC approves new statement regarding funding for parochial schools


New Beginning Cardin, Day School at Baltimore Hebrew announce closures; new school to launch in 2013

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A Century Of Progressivism

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There was another “Sandy” in the news last week: Sandi Firth of Leeds won the reality television show “Jewish Mum of the Year” on the BBC’s Ch. 4, beating out seven other Jewish moms from the United Kingdom and Ireland in categories such as organizing a bar mitzvah, helping the elderly and arranging blind dates.

Speaking Up About Sandy

Kimmel Asks: Hipster Or Haredi? Jimmy Kimmel brought his late night show “Jimmy Kimmel Live” to Brooklyn last week, and between dealing with the storm and hosting his idol David Letterman, he played a fun game for those who have experienced the wonderful world of Brooklyn facial hair: Does the extreme close-up beard belong to a typical Brooklyn hipster or a Hasidic Jew?

In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, Jewish celebrities took to Twitter to express their feelings about Frankenstorm. Larry King said, “I lived in Miami for 20 years, lived through many hurricanes — never ever seen anything like #Sandy this is a horror story #frankenstorm.” B.J. Novak, of NBC’s “The Office,” was more encouraging: “I know it’s tough now, New York, but picture yourself next summer, lying on a warm, calm beach, with nothing to remind you of Sandy.” Debra Messing was thankful: “Thanks for all the concerned tweets … Thank goodness we are all okay … Thinking of those who aren’t #sandy”. Bette Midler got political: “The gentleman who was going to address us about climate change is unable to attend due to CLIMATE CHANGE!!” Comedians were able to joke about things: Jerry Seinfeld, “Anyone in NYC named ‘Sandy’ going to be getting dirty looks for a while. #callmeSanford”; Seth Meyers, “Every time I go outside to see how bad #Sandy is I see someone confidently walking a tiny dog.” And NBA star Amar’e Stoudemire, who has Jewish roots in his family, used Instagram to show a photo of his Range Rover underwater.

The newly graduated rapper Drake took to the podium at the Jarvis Collegiate Institute in Toronto last week after finally receiving his high school diploma. In addition, Drizzy had a chance to speak to current students and encourage them to “follow through.” “It’s not necessarily about the books that you’ll read or the science or math equations that you’ll do, because you may end up taking a path in life where a lot of the things that you’ll learn you can’t necessarily fully apply,” he told the students.

“What this is about today, for all of you, is about the art of following through.” Drake, who dropped out of high school while filming “Degrassi: The Next Generation,” had dedicated five months to studying. Speaking of his diploma, he said at Jarvis, “I can honestly say that this piece of paper I’d like to dedicate to my mother because she’s a retired teacher and always wanted me to graduate. And I think I’ll sleep a little better tonight knowing that I found a way to follow through.”


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GOT A CALL the other day from a former colleague at e Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore. It seems that Sam Rosenfeld, a graduate of Beth Tfiloh Dahan Community School, recently volunteered in our sister city, Ashkelon. So? Hundreds of Baltimoreans volunteer in Ashkelon each year through the Stewart and Marlene Greenebaum Volunteer Center. It’s relevant because he learned about the Baltimore-Ashkelon Partnership through the Jewish Times. Rosenfeld wrote the following in a blog for the JT: “After graduating … in 2011, I went to Israel for a year to study in yeshiva, and I enjoyed it so much that I am still in Israel, spending another year. … [Over the] summer, in Baltimore, I read a letter to the editor in the Jewish Times that promoted the Baltimore-Ashkelon Partnership, so I decided to visit to check it out. A few emails later, I was set up to visit Ashkelon. …” That’s pretty cool — awesome, actually — because it validates why I come to work every day. Media has the power to build communities, inspire action and transform societies. An independent news outlet has the ability to enlighten the decision-making process with information and thus empower individuals to take control of their destinies. This can be via breaking news or by providing a platform for vetted commmunity submissions. In this case, Rosenfeld learned about a way that he could give back to the people of Israel and build a stronger connection to his hometown. While the young man may already have been pro-Israel — and from his writings, it seems that is the case — it also gave him a chance to meet with Israeli people and better

understand Israeli society. Once he leaves yeshiva for a college campus, those stories and that understanding will be an essential piece of his arsenal if he is struck by anti-Israel sentiment. Rosenfeld probably also has many friends, and it’s likely he shared the joy with them, at least via his social networks. Now, they, too, might make the choice of volunteering in Ashkelon — or of getting involved in the partnership in another way. Media outlets are facing profound disruption; voices outside the mainstream are gaining strength through new technology. There’s been a lot of chatter about traditional media being outdated. I think we need news delivered by trained reporters on platforms that are not a free-for-all. Social media is great for some aspects of communication and it’s definitely the future, but that doesn’t mean traditional methods should be thrown out the window. It doesn’t mean you can trade a trustworthy piece of copy for a 140-character Tweet. We still need good stories, not just something we’ve pinned on Pinterest, and good grammar, spelling and punctuation in a text-happy world. The Internet has made us all equal by giving everyone the same platform, and in many ways that’s good. But having a blog and a Twitter account does not a reporter make. A quack who makes a declarative statement based on his opinion is not a journalist. We need the media. I may be reading too much into the Rosenfeld story, and maybe he would have visited without the JT. But I’d like to believe he trusted the partnership was worth looking into because he saw it on our pages. And, I’m hoping you think so, too. JT Maayan Jaffe is JT managing editor

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Time For An Overture President Obama is not thought to be a particularly vindictive man, and U.S. policy is driven by national interests — not by how the president gets along with a particular world leader. Still, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has done himself and Israel no good by his dismissive behavior toward Obama and his open preference for presidential contender Mitt Romney. Given that Netanyahu is likely to be returned to office aer parliamentary elections in

President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama embrace Vice President Joe Biden and Jill Biden just after the election was called in their favor at the Fairmont Millennium Park in Chicago.

January, he should do what he can to start warming those “frosty relations” with the president that we are always hearing about. Many Israelis are clearly worried. “Bibi Gambled, We’ll Pay,” was the headline in Yedioth Ahronoth the day aer Obama’s victory. A weakened Netanyahu could watch as the U.S. opts for additional diplomatic measures in response to Iran’s nuclear development, delaying the possibility of an American

military strike that the Israeli leader clearly wants. With diminished clout in Washington, Netanyahu could find weaker support in opposing a Palestinian bid at the United Nations for upgraded “nonmember state” status. And should Obama decide that it’s time for an allout effort to restart Israel-Palestinian negotiations, pressure from the U.S. will again test Netanyahu’s avowed support for a two-state solution.

At the same time, a peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinians would establish a legacy for both men. So it’s possible that an uneasy peace in the Middle East could result from an uneasy peace between the two leaders. e U.S.-Israel relationship is clearly something that is too big to fail. So, we hope to see some movement from Netanyahu. Without an end to the frostiness, Israel is in for a long, cold winter.

these partisans at best lowered their credibility and, at worst, unnecessarily jeopardized ongoing, significant relationships between the U.S. and Israel by seeking to create or intensify inconsequential differences. The attacks and spin continued even after the vote count ended. That is most unfortunate. We encourage the gunners to back down, and we encourage the leaders and supporters of both organizations to review their actions of the past year and vow to do better.

What we should have gotten in this election process were understandable, partisan presentations of political and policy positions on issues of interest to the Jewish community — without the edge, without the rancor and without the shrillness. The next presidential election is four years away. The next congressional election is only two years away. We look forward to a better performance from RJC and NJDC than what we got this time.

Winners And Losers Millions were spent trying to sway the Jewish vote in last week’s presidential election, with the result being not much different from 2008: Jews supported President Obama by roughly 70 percent. Only African-Americans and Latinos gave the president a higher slice of their vote. In the process, the Jewish community was subject to a relentless, bellicose campaign for its heart and mind by the Republican Jewish Coalition and the National Jewish Democratic Council.


While each is an advocacy group for its political party and purports to speak on behalf of its Jewish constituency, their politics-as-blood sport approach did not serve the best interests of American Jews. Beginning with the NJDC’s misguided attack on Republican mega-donor Sheldon Adelson and continuing with the RJC’s total war offensive over the Democrats’ plank on Israel (only later was it learned that both parties had changed their positions since 2008),

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President Barack Obama was re-elected to a second term — and with the resounding support of the Jewish community. Since the New Deal, the Jewish community has stood with the Democratic Party, and this election was no exception. With this victory, it’s clearer than ever that the vast majority of American Jews stand behind President Obama. Republicans and their allies spent from $10 million to $15 million in an intense effort to peel Jewish voters away from the Democratic Party. They waged a smear campaign in key battleground states, distorting and lying about the president’s record on Israel in order to scare voters into supporting Mitt Romney. Unfortunately for them, it was not money well spent, as American Jews overwhelmingly voted for the president. The Republicans also put millions of dollars behind Jewish candidates who were roundly rejected at the ballot box, while three new Jewish Democrats — and one re-elected former Representative — will be entering the House of Representatives in January. For those keeping score at home, there will be a total of 31 Jewish Democrats in Congress serving alongside just one Jewish Republican. Following the election, Israeli leaders reaffirmed the strength of the U.S.-Israel relationship when they congratulated the president. Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu called the U.S.-Israel security relationship “rock solid” and “stronger than ever.” Indeed, Netanyahu told the president over the phone that his victory was a “a vote of confidence in your leadership.” Israel’s president, Shimon Peres, Defense Minister Ehud Barak and Ambassador to the United States Michael Oren offered the president their congratulations as well because

they know — as we do — the president will continue to support Israel’s security while working to halt Iran’s nuclear program.

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu called the U.S.-Israel security relationship “rock solid” and “stronger than ever.” As we made clear in our pre-election materials, a vote for President Obama was a vote for equality, protecting health care, Medicare and the social safety net, supporting Israel and stopping Iran. The majority of Jewish voters unequivocally declared their desire to continue moving forward under the leadership of President Obama and the Democratic Party. In the next four years, we can expect President Obama to continue pursuing the policies of social justice that have resonated with the Jewish community. He will continue to defend women, seniors and the LGBT community. He will continue to fight for the domestic issues of concern to Jewish Americans. He will continue to staunchly support Israel and work against Iran’s nuclear program. We’ve made tremendous progress in four years, but there’s more work to be done — and Jewish voters have overwhelmingly climbed on board. e next four years start now, and we look forward to continuing our country’s progress in the next term. JT David A. Harris is president and CEO of the National Jewish Democratic Council.

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Not A Total Loss Put the scissors back in the drawer. e steak knifes can go back in the cabinet as well. i can now safely write about the collective republican disappointment over the re-election of President obama. remember, although tuesday night was an absolutely clear electoral victory for Barack obama, almost 59 million people still voted against the president out of 121 million votes cast. at’s a lot of doubters, no matter what state they live in. so here’s a quick review of the rays of hope and the silver linings for those who are not in love with President obama’s policies. First, as far as the Jewish community is concerned, the message from conservatives has broken through. in

2008, 78 percent of Jews voted for obama. in 2012, obama’s vote was down to 69 percent of Jewish voters. î‚Šis is a signiďŹ cant decrease for obama over the previous election, and this result continues the trend of Jews increasingly voting for candidates of both political parties. Just 20 years ago, in the 1992 election, a mere 11 percent of Jews voted for George h.W. Bush in his campaign against Bill clinton and ross Perot. And that’s the republican politician that many Jews remember fondly today. second, i believe that the 2012 election will be considered more of a missed opportunity for republicans than a Waterloo event in our national political history. remember, the 2008 presidential election ended with pundits reciting the typical talk of a permanent “realignmentâ€? of the

electorate to one political party or the other. this notion disappeared after the 2010 midterm congressional election results, which President obama himself described as a “shellacking.â€? in 2010, republicans recovered control of the house of representatives and garnered a near record net gain of 65 seats. And don’t forget the statehouses. republicans had a net gain of one governorship this election, to take them to 30 statehouse winners now in oďŹƒce. With states being the engines of democracy, republicans can take solace in the hard work done by republican governors in a number of swing states, ones that obama carried by small margins this election. Do you think the residents of Wisconsin, Virginia, ohio and Florida were not a little bit inclined toward the status

quo from the improvements in their state economies contributed to by leadership of republican governors? e republicans have a robust list of talented, experienced and diverse political leaders now coming into their own. ese “young guns� will be winning elections for another generation or two. Lastly, i take some perverse pleasure in the following joke that speaks to the power of market forces to correct imbalances over time. that is, with obamacare about to be enacted, taxes going up, trillion-dollar deficits to fix, iran threatening to go nuclear, the unemployment rate rising and much more, can you imagine the mess obama is inheriting this time? JT Jon Parks is a local Jewish Republican and a member of the Republican Jewish Coalition. His views do not necessarily represent the views of the RJC or its members.

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Missing Sheldon sheldon Berman’s departure to olam habah, the world to come, leaves a tremendous void in our community. roughout the years, i had the privilege of being one of sheldon’s students. i especially owe him a debt of gratitude because sheldon was very instrumental in my becoming an observant Jew. it was during the last year and a half of his life that sheldon’s teaching really penetrated my mindset. what made sheldon effective as a teacher was his distinctive ability to apply the words of torah into everyday living. Never once during his illness did he complain to me about his condition. rather, he strived to turn his illness into a positive experience by dedicating the rest of his life to the teaching of torah. moreover, to his credit, he made teaching a two-way process whereby he shared his wealth of knowledge with his students [and] enjoyed learning from them as well. his love of and enthusiasm for learning has left an indelible mark on me. he understood that life is very complicated and no individual has all the answers. sheldon taught me not only how important life is, but also the importance of preparing and accepting one’s fate when it is time to return to Hashem. Ralph Jaffe Baltimore

Say ‘No’ To Money For Private Schools the comment of israel teitelbaum (“school Choice,” Nov. 2) is nothing more than an attempt to force the

federal and state governments to give monetary vouchers to finance private, and mostly religious, schools. is is a blatant attempt to crush the barrier between church and state. i don’t want a dollar of my taxes to finance Jewish, Christian, muslim or other religious institutions. … No one is being coerced to attend public schools, all you have to do is pay for private schools if you wish to forego the excellent education one can receive in maryland public schools. my children and i attended public schools and managed to attain graduate degrees from fine universities such as Johns hopkins. our grandchildren are doing the same. Bob Steinberg Baltimore

Talking Rubbish Baruch shaw (“Not on the lawn,” Nov. 2) is talking rubbish when he claims that “if New York City’s crackdown upon metzitza b’peh is seen as a violation of Jews’ religious freedom, then logically speaking, all the more so, polygamy and concubines, too.” i do not wish to get involved in the halachic aspects of metzitza b’peh on which i am not competent to express an opinion, but his comparison is completely without foundation. Polygamy and concubines were never considered compulsory by anyone, whereas it is a matter of dispute as to whether metzitza b’peh is obligatory or not. Martin Stern United Kingdom

What A Trip! the article on the old airport (“remembering Pikeville’s airport,” Nov. 2) was a real trip down memory lane. i remember that for $5 one could fly around the airport in a two-passenger, two-winged airplane. we couldn’t afford it, but our trips to the airport were fascinating, especially when we were 5 or 6 years old. Jack Luskin Baltimore

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Sukkah Tour Greatly Enjoyed Even though it has been several weeks now, I wanted to share with your readers an event that occurred during the holiday of Sukkot. On Oct. 7, a small group of neighborhood residents, mostly African-Americans, had the privilege of touring neighborhood sukkahs. We were invited into the sukkahs of four of our Jewish neighbors who spoke about their family experience of the holiday and allowed us a little taste of their celebration. This event was very special to my family in a number of ways. My 12year-old grandson was fascinated by seeing the sukkahs and learning about the Jewish people, and my 7year-old granddaughter was most impressed with the celebration goodies that she collected in bag to bring home. As a Mason, I learned about the similarities between us, our appreciation of God’s world and the importance of God’s gifts to improve upon the world. Although my wife and I have lived in the area for 35 years, this was our first experience in a sukkah and learning about the holiday. e idea of a sukkah tour emerged out of Community Conversations, a


group of Jewish and African-American residents working together to find a deeper level of understanding between the two groups. We know that the best way to heal the tensions and create a stronger community is to get to know one another, our similarities as well as our differences. We are so grateful to our hosts who opened up their sukkahs and their hearts to us. I hope that we can have a sukkah tour next year with more Jewish and African-American neighbors involved. Charles Stewart Baltimore

Honor Our Veterans An armistice ending the hostilities between Germany and the Allied Nations became effective on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918. Armistice Day, which was commemorated for the first time on Nov.11, 1919, became a legal holiday in 1938. Veteran service organizations urged Congress in 1954 to change the word “Armistice” to “Veterans,” transforming it from a day honoring World War I heroes to one honoring all American veterans — particularly living veterans. A grateful nation annually honors and

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recognizes more than 23.4 million living veterans, paying respect to all who have answered the call to military service. Veterans Day, observed on Nov. 12 this year, provides an opportunity for all Americans to thank those who have served our nation in the Armed Forces. Although our thoughts this year remain with those in distant war zones, we must also turn our attention to those veterans living among us, including many who recently returned from service and are facing the challenges of reintegrating into civilian life. … I encourage all Marylanders to do more to honor those heroes who have served our country. … If you know veterans, thank them for their service. A simple gesture of kindness can make a difference for someone struggling to make the transition from military to civilian life. If you know a veteran who’s not taking advantage of his/her VA health-care benefits or who is struggling to find a job, reassure him/her that help is available. … Call the VA Maryland Health Care System’s Enrollment Center at 1-800-463-6295, ext. 7324, or visit and click on “Become a Patient.” Dennis H. Smith Director VA Maryland Health Care System

Agent Orange Bills Must Be Passed With the elections over, the new Congress and Senate will have their first session in early 2013. They will be faced with many issues, some old, some new. It is time for the new Congress and Senate to put aside politics and become legislators. There are still two major bills in committee of interest to Vietnam veterans, House Bill HR-3612 and Senate Bill S. 1629. These bills are to restore VA benefits for Agent Orange exposure during the Vietnam War. The present Congress and Senate still have time to act upon these bills before January 2013. These bills must come out of committee and go to the floor of both houses. I ask the

American people to urge our legislators to act on these bills. The Vietnam veterans who are sick from Agent Orange dioxin exposure need these passed into law by our present legislators before the new legislators take office. With a new legislative assembly, we advocates for Vietnam veterans will have to start over again. This means a longer delay for veterans VA approval. Thousands of Vietnam veterans won’t be approved by the VA because they did not have boots on ground, even though they were awarded the Vietnam Service Medal. Many sailors, airmen and fleet Marines who served during that war are sick from exposure to the deadly herbicide. With the bills’ passage, these members of the Armed Forces will receive equality for VA benefits. John J. Bury U.S. Navy, retired, Vietnam veteran Media, Pa.

UNITY is the answer How many identifiable sects of Judaism are there? From hassidim to “black-hatters” to Modern Orthodox, Conservative, Reform and the unaffiliated … we are no longer a one-track religion. At the risk of extending an archaic stereotype, Jews disagree. On everything. And that’s not a bad thing. Diversity is important. So what do we need to change? … A completely neutral, yet pure answer: UNITY. We need to eliminate narrow-mindedness. Hatred and division caused the destruction of the Bais HaMikdash. And they are preventing the coming of the third. Can we change the cold reality in which we live? Absolutely! … Define yourself by what you are not by what you aren’t, and be confident in your relationship with God. Let’s all get along! David Atlas Baltimore

Anti-Turkish Propaganda Recently, the Troy City Council announced plans to erect an Armenian Heritage Memorial in the Riverfront

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expect Obama’s supporters among my colleagues to endorse my right to pursue these efforts, just as I endorse their right to support him. Rabbi Dr. Bernhard Rosenberg New Jersey

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Park area of the city. According to the Troy Record, the planned memorial in this New York state town named after the historic landmark in Turkey will be used to “honor victims of the Armenian genocide, as well as those of all genocides.” Yet, the claims of alleged “Armenian genocide” remain a subject of political and historical controversy. … Neither the U.S. government nor Congress recognizes “Armenian genocide.” … I join all Turkish- and Turkic-Americans, members of the Pax Turcica Institute, in calling upon the Troy City Council to reconsider its decision on erecting the monument unless it equally recognizes the Turkish suffering during World War I. I appeal to the diverse community of Troy, N.Y., to reject the attempts by some elected officials to serve as judges of history and to misuse public assets for antiTurkish propaganda. Ulku Ulgur Owings Mills

Left In The Dark President Obama has empowered our unions to feel so brazen it is as if they can play God. A utility crew from

Decatur, Ala., with documents was stopped by the International Brotherhood Of Electrical Workers of N.J., [which affected] much-needed repairs to New Jersey’s desperate citizens still left in the dark [by Hurricane Sandy]. Perhaps Gov. Christie should spend less time groveling over the opportunistic Obama and more time telling the unions that we need every possible qualified lineman working ASAP. Anyone who delays the return of electricity to our society is our enemy! Shame! Shame! Shame! Joseph DuPont Towanda, Pa.

Still Worried About Obama, Israel Israel is facing growing uncertainty. This has been exacerbated by the reelection of President Obama. His policies toward Israel cannot be construed as positive. … This is evidenced by his refusal to travel to Israel since he became president … in 2008. He visited Sderot in 2008 prior to the election to curry favor with U.S. Jews, but since his inauguration, he has not stepped foot in Israel.

However, he has visited Turkey, Egypt and several other Arab countries, where his true affiliation rests. As Jews, we have to guard against these types of snake oil salesmen. Chicago-style politicking may well have a place in U.S. politics, but as Jews we must remain ever vigilant and guard against the policies of the Obama administration. The next four years are going to prove telling to Americans, to Israel and indeed to the world. Brett Chatz Calif.

Obama Is Dangerous I, who opposed President Obama because I consider him dangerous to virtually everything I hold dear, understand that his rabbinic supporters see things differently. I do not consider Obama’s supporters to be “evil.” I think they are wrong. I hope my fears will be proven groundless, but like most observers in Israel, I sadly do not think this will be the case. My opposition to Obama’s policies and programs, and my efforts to defeat them, will not abate. Given freedom of speech in this great democracy, I

Once again, Maryland has met the challenge of extreme weather, enduring Hurricane Sandy’s high winds and heavy rain and the resulting damage. On behalf of everyone at BGE, I want to thank our customers for preparing their families, homes and businesses for this storm and for their patience, as we responded to power outages and repaired damage across eight Maryland counties and Baltimore City. Recovering from natural disasters is a community effort. We greatly appreciate the close coordination with emergency responders, state and local governments and local media for helping to keep everyone safe and well informed. In the days and weeks ahead, we will conduct inspections in order to ensure the integrity and overall reliability of the electric system. Among other things, we will address trees damaged by this destructive weather system that could cause future outages. Maintenance of our grid will be ongoing, and we continue with our plans to invest approximately $3 billion in our system over the next five years. We also continue to innovate, adding more smart meters to the system on a daily basis, a technology that we were able to test during this storm and that we believe will make future restoration efforts more efficient. anks again to all of our customers for demonstrating preparedness and an understanding of the effort necessary to recover from major weather events. You make us proud to serve you and to do the difficult but necessary work of preparing for challenges ahead. Jeannette M. Mills Vice President, Customer Operations & Chief Customer Officer Baltimore Gas and Electric Company


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BJC approves new statement regarding funding for parochial schools By Maayan Jaffe The Baltimore Jewish Council, an agency of e Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore, last week approved a new policy statement in support of public funding for private and parochial schools. Adopted on Nov. 8, the statement recognizes a need for the schools to receive state funding for ancillary services and instruction, provided that such funding is entirely nonsectarian. The vote on the statement passed 16-3, with six abstentions. According to Yehuda Neuberger, BJC assistant treasurer, the policy statement focuses heavily on the role government should play in funding and ensuring the availability of auxiliary services such as school nurses, guidance counseling, testing and academic intervention for all students, as well as psychological, remedial, visual, speech, hearing and similar services for children with special needs. New to the statement is a piece about the funding of technology, software and energy infrastructure. The statement differs from the Maryland Education Credit, which did not pass in the legislature after the council lobbied for it last year. The new statement is looking for the governor to assign funding for the private and parochial schools from his general budget. The council also passed two other policy statements. One, a revision of a statement passed in 2001, updated the council policy on capital punishment. The new statement, said Rabbi Ron Shulman, council president, is more inline with state law that capital punishment be available in the state’s arsenal but that it only be utilized in rare and difficult circumstances. The wording of that statement was

composed by four area rabbis, Rabbi Shulman with Rabbis Moshe Hauer, Avraham Reisner and Steven Schwartz. The council also approved a new environmental policy, which states its desire to protect and preserve the environment, as a Jewish value. Aleeza Oshry, manager of The Associated’s sustainability initiative, explained the statement only promotes the council’s desire to support sustainability but does not reference any specific legislation at this time. A full listing of BJC’s policy statements can be found on the organization’s website, JT

Also Heard At The Council At last week’s meeting, other speakers included Harford County Executive David R. Craig, new Baltimore County Public Schools Superintendent S. Dallas Dance and head of the Baltimore County Education Foundation Deborah Phelps. Craig spoke about his community’s successes and then said he is considering a run for Maryland governor. Dance, who started in his current role this past July, explained that he is working on a blueprint for progress, a 10-year plan for Baltimore County schools. He noted that this plan focuses on the following areas: • The academic program • College/vocational training • School safety • Communications/marketing • Efficiency Said Dance: “Three’s a lot of good going on.”

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From left: David Prashker, Gerri Chizeck and Allan T. Hirsh, III were the brains behind what will be a new community school in Baltimore come July.

New Beginning An announcement this week will mean the end of an era in Jewish Baltimore and the start of a new, innovative experiment. This past Wednesday, Nov. 14, at a meeting of parents, students and a handful of community leaders, the heads of the Shoshana S. Cardin School and the Day School at Baltimore Hebrew announced they will be closing their doors at the end of the school year. On July 1, 2013, a new school, The Independent Jewish Academy of Baltimore, will open in its stead. “This is not a merger or a bailout,” said Gerri Chizeck, head of the Day School. “This is a new vision, a new school.” “The Academy,” as they would like it to be know, will be a coeducational college preparatory school for grades K through 12. Like its predecessor, the Cardin School, it will transcend denominational affiliations and be open to all of the diverse segments of

the Jewish community. According to David Prashker, who was hired earlier this year to direct the Cardin School, in its infancy the school be affiliated with RAVSAK: The Community Day School Network and the National Academy of Independent Schools. Within the first several years, the school aims to apply for and achieve accreditation through the Association of Maryland Independent Schools. The high school will continue to operate out of the Cardin facilities at Temple Oheb Shalom; the elementary will stay at Baltimore Hebrew Congregation. Prashker will keep the title “head of school,” Chizeck will assume the title of director of the elementary division, and Cardin’s Leslie Smith Rosen will take on the role of principal for grades 9-12. The decision to open a new school came as both institutions were undergoing strategic planning processes and looking at options for growth

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and greater fiscal stability; they decided to work together. The current plan has been in the works since September. Howard Rosenbloom, chair of the board of the Cardin School, said that Cardin has the image of being “Conservadox” and he feels that the schools merging with the Day School will enable it to move beyond that. He also said he learned during conversations that parents prefer to enroll in a K-12 program, rather than one that is either K-6 or 9-12. Likewise, Rosenbloom noted, from a donor perspective, the Academy will not be able to approach donors from the entire progressive, liberal community. “It’s easier to sell,” he said. Prashker said the vision is not one of his own but is a communal idea. “We went to The Associated: [ Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore] and the CJE [Macks Center for Jewish Education] and they

said, “this is what you need. … Both [organizations’ leaders] said Baltimore needs a successful pluralistic option,” he said. roughout the process, Prashker added, the team was in close conversation with Associated leaders, including President Marc B. Terrill, Executive Vice President of Resource Development Abe Wasserberger, Chief Financial Officer Mark Smolarz and Chief Planning and Strategy Officer Michael Hoffman. He also named CJE Executive Vice President Lawrence Ziffer and Day School Liaison Ruthy Wolman as important to the process. Hoffman described his organization’s role as “consultative.” “is has included use of staff expertise in serving as a facilitator for strategic planning, providing consultative services to integrate the business and operational functions of the school, consultation on creating a marketing and communications plan, consultation on the creation of a resource See New Beginning on page 18


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development plan and consultation on the integration of governance structures,” he said. “In addition, Harry Bloom at the Yeshiva University’s Institute for University-School Partnership also has been providing the new school’s leadership with some consultative advice.” Hoffman was clear that The Associated was not involved in the decision-making process. “e decision to form a new school was an independent decision,” he said.

runs the risk of losing supplemental funding from The Associated and the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg-Associated Day School Initiative matching grant, the latter which provides funds for scholarships to area day schools; funding has to be applied for and according to the initiative by-laws can only be given to schools that have been in existence for a minimum of three years. However, there have been other precedents in which a new school has

his past and contends that while he did resign, his work was taken out of context by a vengeful parent. Of the handful of poems cited as inappropriate in 2008, one was written about the devaluation of language and another, which contained violent sentiments like, “The first act of killing is the hardest … the second remarkably straightforward,” was excerpted from a novel about Jewish resistance in Nazi Germany, Prashker explained.

Challenges Ahead Ziffer said the Academy’s model is based on successes outside of Baltimore. Some schools that are similar include the Leo Baeck Day School in Toronto, the Gann Academy and Jewish Community Day School in Boston, Mass., the Anne and Max Tanenbaum Community Hebrew Academy of Toronto and the Pardes Jewish Day School in Phoenix, Ariz. However, in Baltimore, the need for a pluralistic school “has not been demonstrated. It is an intuitive idea.” “They believe that if they provide people with the right product, more families might consider Jewish day school, which would be good for the Jewish community,” said Ziffer. “But I think a lot of work still needs to be done, which includes effective market research, to understand what it is that will convince parents to send their children to a new school.” e new school officials are assuming that the 100 students currently enrolled at Cardin and the Day School will continue with the Academy, though having just made the announcement there are currently no commitments. Their goal is to increase enrollment to 150 to 200 students within three years, a challenge when nearly all area non-Orthodox day schools are suffering from stagnant or decreased enrollment, largely due to the economic times and waning affiliation. In addition, since the school is being coined a new institution, it 18

“I think a lot of work still needs to be done, which includes effective market research, to understand what it is that will convince parents to send their children to a new school.” —Rabbi Lawrence Ziffer, Center for Jewish Education

requested support as a successor school — the Ohr Chadash Academy of Baltimore, which opened after the demise of Yeshiva Rambam — and did receive funds. “The Independent Academy will be given the opportunity to request sustained support,” said Hoffman. There is also another unrelated challenge that could arise as the school begins its marketing campaign. Prashker is plagued with a past that led him to resign from a former position as director of the Leo Baeck Day School in 2008. Google “David Prashker” and articles about his sexual, and at times violent, poetry are among the first items that come up. The poems, which contain the F-word and sexual imagery, were posted on his public website. Prashker, however, is open about

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“This just follows me around. … I’m tired from this story,” Prashker told the JT. He said he is proud of his writings. At the time, Prashker resigned because parents felt that his decision to put sensitive material on a public website, given his role, showed questionable judgment. Prashker said the Cardin board was aware of these allegations when they hired him. Rosenbloom substantiated that notion. “I am not offended by the poems. … I think whoever was at Leo Baeck was absurd [to force his resignation], but thank goodness — because otherwise David would not have been available,” said Rosenbloom Rosenbloom noted that he recognizes some parents might “foolishly say they don’t want their kids to go to

the school,” but he is the man the parents, teachers, students and the board wanted the most. “ere was no second,” Rosenbloom said. Prashker said he uses the incident as a teachable moment for his students, as a wakeup call for students and other professionals not to put anything you would not want seen on the Internet as it could come back to bite you. The poem using the F-word has been removed from his website. Ziffer, who admitted he was concerned when he first learned of Prashker’s past, said he consulted with Rosenbloom who told him the board did its research and felt confident in its decision to hire Prashker. Rosenbloom, Ziffer recalled, said, “We believe it was a misunderstanding and we feel comfortable.” Ziffer said that it is an important Jewish principle to give the benefit of the doubt and not to be judgmental.

The Future is Bright The Academy heads are optimistic. Chizeck called the Academy’s educational vision “powerful” and said the school will be using methodologies to “bring us into the 21st century.” Prashker called his technique out-ofthe-box, imaginative and innovative. Both Chizeck and Prashker said their defining principal will be the infusion of Judaism into the entire curriculum, but in a trans-denominational way. The Academy’s mission calls for “integration of Judaic and general studies, encourages critical thinking and a high standard of academic excellence.” It’s about learning and participating in all aspects of Jewish tradition,” said Allan T. Hirsh, III, who chaired the task force that led to the Academy. Noted Terrill in a statement: “I congratulate the leadership for their wisdom in cementing the future of this important educational institution.” JT Maayan Jaffe is JT managing editor

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Honoring A Legacy At ACHARAI event, Shoshana S. Cardin termed trailblazer, determined By Maayan Jaffe

Monday night to honor and celebrate Shoshana S. Cardin, 85, a woman who has for at least the last six decades been a leader — not only in position, but also in action. At the ACHARAI reception held at Kettle Hill, Cardin, the organization’s founder, was described as a visionary and a trailblazer, a woman who proved women can lead, a woman who has been — and is — respected by all of her colleagues. Cardin, who was too ill to make it to her event, still had a strong presence that evening. Via Skype, she talked with guests and delivered short remarks. “I am very proud of what we have accomplished for our community and our people,” Cardin said, thanking everyone for turning out on her behalf.

“Shoshana has served the Jewish people in an important and incredible way.” — Marc B. Terrill, e Associated

Marc B. Terrill, president of e Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore, talked about Cardin’s resume, which he described as “full of incredible accomplishments.” As early as 1960, Cardin became president of the Maryland Federation

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of Jewish Women’s Organization. In 1967, she served as a delegate to Maryland’s Constitutional Convention, and in 1968, she was invited to join Maryland’s Commission for Women, which she chaired from 1974 to 1979. Cardin served as commissioner of Maryland’s Commission on Human Relations from 1979 to 1982 and as chair of Maryland’s State Employment and Training Council from 1979 to 1983. In 1984 she became the first woman elected president of the Council of Jewish Federations, the predecessor to The Jewish Federations of North America. From 1988 to 1992, Cardin served as chairwoman of the National Conference on Soviet Jewry. In December 1990, she was elected to head the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations and was awarded the Justice Louis D. Brandeis Award by the National Zionist Organization of America. In 1994, Cardin became chairwoman of the United Israel Appeal; Hadassah honored her with its Henrietta Szold Humanitarian Award that same year.

But, said Terrill, it is not the list of accomplishments that makes Cardin stand out. It is her resolve, he said, and her determination. “Shoshana has served the Jewish people in an important and incredible way,” he said. Then, looking into the iPad from which she was witnessing the reception, Terrill told the honoree, “You have made all of us better people.” Kathy Manning, outgoing chair of the board of the Jewish Federations of North America, described Cardin as “elegant” and “eloquent.” She referenced the way Cardin as a young matriarch led the 1987 March on Washington for Soviet Jewry and how she was teaching an important and lasting legacy, In a video testament, leaders from around the country and the world praised Cardin. Natan Sharansky, a former Soviet refusenik and chairman of the Jewish Agency for Israel, said Cardin has taught everyone that “a leader is someone who has to know how to fight without compromise.” ACHARAI Executive Director

Debs Weinberg called Cardin a role model and a mentor. Darrell Friedman, interim CEO for the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, said Cardin’s footprint on Baltimore is “incredible.” “We’ve needed you in the past, we need you today — your being is essential,” he said, “locally, nationally and internationally.” e event was chaired by Deborah Adler and Laurie Weitz. Cardin founded ACHARAI, an independent, communitywide leadership development program created to cultivate and nurture the highest caliber of our community’s volunteer leadership, in response to a need discovered through the 1999 Greater Baltimore Jewish Community Study. Said Cardin about ACHARAI at the event: “Jewish leadership comes with responsibility. … [I want our leaders] to call upon our heritage, teachings, code of values when they speak.” For more information about ACHARAI, visit JT Maayan Jaffe is JT managing editor


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last Sunday for the Jewish Federations of North America General Assembly. e event theme, “Where the Jewish community uploads/downloads/shares,” focused on just that — sharing information and best practices. e GA represented 155 Jewish federations across North America (400 network communities). Annually, the system raises more than $1 billion for social welfare projects, education and Jewish identity building. A basement-level marketplace hustled and bustled for three days in the spacious Baltimore Convention Center, the main hub of the GA. e booths represented many well-known organizations and causes — Birthright, Magen David Adom, Haaretz — but others were sometimes peculiar and oen surprising, offering services, products and do-gooder causes. Above ground, the GA was host to a number of famous personalities, including a special plenary session with Elie Wiesel and Natan Sharansky, considered two of the Jewish world’s greatest living heroes. ey came together to mark the 25th anniversary of the historic March on Washington for Soviet Jewry. Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, via video, told the audience he has confidence in President Barack Obama and that the two leaders could or would work together to advance peace and security in the Middle East. Netanyahu reiterated the danger of Iranian nuclear proliferation and the need to forge a realistic path toward peace with the Palestinians. He said he looks forward to continued U.S.-Israeli partnership. “For over six decades, the partnership between the U.S. and Israel has helped make Israel the strong and vibrant democracy it is today,” Netanyahu said. e GA offered dozens of sessions ranging in topic from social issues to how to fund raise to how best to reach out to the unengaged. Sessions on Israel and other Jewish communities overseas also topped the agenda, with several sessions committed to how best to allocate federation money abroad. On the first evening, Nov. 11, the first-ever index on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender inclusion within 20

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Panelists discuss the problems of engagement during Monday’s “Connected or Disconnected: Who is the New Millennial Jew?”

Jewish organizations in North America was released. e report was presented at a special reception hosted by Keshet, the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation, the Morningstar Foundation and Stuart Kurlander.

Engendering Engagement A hot topic was how to keep the next generation engaged. Speaking to a group from the University of Maryland on Sunday evening, Federation President and CEO Jerry Silverman was confronted by one student who said, “You’re asking the wrong question [about how to include young people], because we’re sitting in the audience and you’re talking about us like we’re not even there, and what we need to be is part of the solution. We need to be at the table.” Silverman told the next day that he believes the more the federation system can do to create dialogue about engagement, involvement, sharing, educating and learning together, the quicker there will be a solution and the engagement question “will go away.” In Monday’s “Connected or Disconnected: Who is the New Millennial Jew?” a panel discussion focused on problems and solutions for engagement on campus. Speaker Evan Gildenblatt, who described himself as the first-ever “openly Jewish” student body president at Kent State University, explained that of the 23,000 undergrads at his Ohio university, only about 1,000 are Jewish and he doesn’t feel much of a Jewish presence. “I think a lot of them are in hiding because I never see them,” Gildenblatt said. “We have amazing facilities, but the interesting thing is we seem to have issues engaging the younger students and keeping them engaged.” Seated in the crowd, Sammie Marks empathized with Gildenblatt’s frustration.

Marks, a junior at Universsity of Iowa and co-president of the school’s Hillel, said that retaining interest from her fellow Jewish peers is a constant challenge. Of the approximately 600 U of I students who identified themselves as Jewish on their entrance applications, Marks estimates that only 100 to 200 have set foot in Hillel. “It’s not because they are not interested in us. It’s because they are just genuinely not interested in Hillel or Jewish life on campus,” she said. Marks explained that she and others at U of I have been forced to get “creative” with their recruitment methods. ey employ a “buddy system” where each board member has at least two students they routinely call to provide information about upcoming activities and events. Marks said they specifically focus on targeting freshmen and sophomores with hopes of building a core group of underclassmen to continue the effort in the future. In a session run by ELI Talks (ELI = engagement, literacy, identity), Sam Glassenberg, CEO of Funtactix, cited JDate as one of the most successful attempts at ensuring Jews stay engaged — and stay Jewish. He said the JDate model was successful because it wasn’t started to solve a problem but to fill a consumer need. He said, “I used to think that young Jews need free — free food, free trips. JDate flipped the model around.” So how can other Jewish problems be tackled using the JDate model? Glassenberg had a ready answer for how to get young Jews excited about Jewish education: video games. He even screened a sample video game featuring scenes from Jewish history.

Fostering Inclusiveness Improving accessibility and inclusivity for interfaith couples and families was also a key topic this GA, and

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many presented it as among the most important ways of ensuring the future of the U.S. Jewish community. During a session entitled, “Engaging Interfaith Families: Strategies for Increased Community Involvement,” Rabbi Kerry M. Olitzky, executive director of the Jewish Outreach Institute, said he believes through increased participation and deeper Jewish engagement there can be a more vibrant and meaningful community. is, he added, should be done through casting the widest net possible through “big-tent Judaism.” “Some people look at the issue of interfaith marriage as a problem or a challenge. We see it as a one of missed opportunities,” Rabbi Olitzky said. “is is a Jewish community that allows for the positions of people I don’t agree with. It allows for a community in which everybody is welcomed and feels embraced no matter what your specific subgroup might be.” “We oen hear there is a fear of not belonging, a sense of exclusion those [interfaith families] feel,” said Eva Stern, director of training at the Jewish Outreach Institute. “So when we think not just about promoting our programs, but also communicating a sense of belonging in our Jewish community, it is essential we take into account those fears, assumptions and perceptions.” InterfaithFamily is one organization that is trying to take such an approach. Edmund Case, the chief executive officer of the Massachusetts-based group, said what is needed in a community to engage interfaith families with Judaism is a web platform, training for institutions and programs for interfaith families. Case added that for such an approach to be successful, it would be ideal for an independent organization to be devoted exclusively to this agenda. “Too oen there are examples of people hired to start programs in various communities at the JCCs and federations and they are not there anymore,” Case said. “ey are not there anymore because for some reason it doesn’t get priority or there are competing priorities or there are financial pressures.” As part of its approach, InterfaithFamily has begun to develop grassroots efforts in specific communities to engage interfaith families and to find ways of expanding the role of Judaism in their lives. is includes setting up offices in Chicago, Philadelphia and San Francisco. Said Rabbi Ari Moffic, director of InterfaithFamily/ Chicago: “I think your interest and passion for supporting interfaith couples and families is essential, and that when families get a taste of meaningful, relevant ... Judaism it adds meaning ... and order to their lives.”

Fighting An Existential Threat While GA attendees were in some rooms grappling with the threat of losing a generation, others were examining how to preserve the Jewish state in the here and now.

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Many sessions touched on the growing threat of Iranian nuclear proliferation. In his remarks at the opening plenary session, David Richmond Gergen, an American political commentator and former presidential adviser, said he expects the Iran issue to “explode” and that the chance for a military conflict is upward of 50 percent.” “e sanctions are getting tougher and tougher, and they [Iran] keep pushing forward,” Gergen said. He noted that if Netanyahu does come to the U.S. for a green light, there would be tremendous angst among those in the Obama administration; Israel wants to draw the line at the time that Iran develops nuclear capability while the U.S. wants to wait until Iran has a bomb. But, said Gergen, “Iran with a bomb could mean annihilation for Israel. is is one of the toughest problems we’ve ever seen.” e topic was again explored in a Monday aernoon session moderated by the Honorable Irwin Cotler, a member of the Parliament of Canada. During that panel, Ambassador Barukh Binah, deputy head of mission for the Embassy of Israel, Shoshana Bryen, senior director of the Jewish Policy Center, and Ambassador Stuart E. Eizenstat, a partner with Covington & Burling LLP, debated whether the best next steps were to attack. While Eizenstat argued that the best policy is to wait on the sanctions and trust in the sanctions, Bryen felt strongly the other way. She told the audience that sanctions have never worked and made it clear that the sanctions we have today are “punishment sanctions” and not meant to deter Iran. at already has not worked. Bryen said it was OK to be patient to a point, but she feels that if we wait too long, it will be too late. “Sanctions fall on the people, not the government,” she said. “Saddam [Hussein] never collapsed with sanctions.”

Ending With Optimism But even as the conference was wrought with discussions of challenges and how to maximize opportunities, former Jewish Federation of Greater Washington President Susie Gelman put the finishing touches on this year’s GA by extending an invitation to the 2013 event in Jerusalem; next year will mark the State of Israel’s 65th birthday. At that final session, the audience heard the words of Michael Oren, Israel’s ambassador to the U.S. Oren told the audience that he had the “best job in the world,” representing Israel. Even with the constant security conflict it faces, he said Israel is one of the world’s happiest, healthiest and best-educated nations. He made the audience laugh when he told them that last year when he spoke to the GA, Israel was exporting wine to France. is year, he said that his country was sending caviar and snow-making equipment to Russian ski resorts.

Heard At e GA “We fish where the fish are.” Reisha Goldman, Federation of Greater New York

“To be in this big place with so many Jews wanting to learn and discuss — it’s a good time.” Emily Shoyer, Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School

“We haven’t pushed the boundaries yet.” Bill Robinson, Jewish Education Project

“I think strategic planning needs to be thrown out.” Ellen Kagen Waghelstein, Rockville-based leadership consultant

“We are the ones who have the attitude, the walk and the ‘Yes we can!’” Jerry Silverman, Jewish Federations of North America

“I’m going to try to inoculate you: You are going to be a sucker in Israel.” Anat Hoffman, Women at the Wall

Oren said Jews in Israel and North America are living in a “golden age.” But he asked the audience if we were really “celebrating together” or were we a divided people? He talked of how, in a meeting, Israel’s First Prime Minister, David Ben-Gurion made an agreement with Baltimore philanthropist Jacob Blaustein. BenGurion promised to reduce the aliyah demand on American Jews. Blaustein, a past president of the American Jewish Committee, promised to help the new nation build for the future. Oren warned the two communities to not speak “past each other” and to instead “talk with each other.” He asked that both communities clarify before they criticize. “We can be a transformative generation,” said Oren. “We can usher in a genuine golden age (of the IsraeliAmerican Jewish experience). is is our time and our test. e fate of our people is in our hands.”


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Perceptions and Realities David Stuck

GA session examines Israel’s democracy in the headlines

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Woman of Valor: Jacqueline K. Levine, a member of the executive committee of the Jewish Federation of MetroWest, N.J., says she’s a “fulfilled and fortunate woman.” She’s been to 48 consecutive General Assemblies, but she’s also been arrested and jailed — twice. Both times, she was standing up for what she believed in. “I have always fought against injustice,” she said.

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Safekeeping: While GA attendees sat in on seminars and networked throughout the marketplace, a separate group of men and women blended into the background. ICS Protective Services has safeguarded the GA since 2001. ICS brought in 75 trained and armed officers to this year’s event. “Historically, there have been a lot of threats against the Jewish community,” said Carl B. Williams, ICS CEO and director of field operations. “We always have a contingency plan if there’s something that takes place, whether it’s an imminent threat against someone or an active shooter that may be on the property.”

The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore learned this week that Baltimore was one of six communities out of 175 across North America to be selected for PJ Library’s PJ Promise endowment campaign. The endowment will ensure the sustainability of Baltimore’s PJ Library program. “Baltimore’s program is among the oldest in North America," said PJ Library Director Marcie Grinspoon. “This community knows how to attract diverse audiences of the Jewish community through events like PJ on the Town [and with events at] the Jewish Museum of Maryland, synagogues, libraries and other community sites. It is a leading example of how to engage communities with young children."

Without a constitution or a bill of rights in a country in which residents come from 100 nations and speak 70 languages, Israel will continue to struggle as a democratic state. But the three speakers at the General Assembly’s 90-minute discussion “Israel’s Democracy in the Headlines: Perceptions and Realities” believe that through equal opportunities for education and employment, Israel will reach its potential as a democratic society while helping to bring about a reduction in its constant state of war. Israel is a country of almost eight million people, of which about three-quarters are Jewish. But that is changing, and the percent of non-Jews living in Israel will one day soon become the majority, said speaker Arye Carmon, president of the Israel Democracy Institute. Broken down further, Jews are divided into ultra-Orthodox, religious or secular, he said. These varying groups are educated in different schools, from ultra-Orthodox to state-religious to state-run. Add that to the Arab schools, and all the diversity and differing levels translate to tension, he said. The political fragmentation that results widens the social divide between Jews and Arabs, rich and poor, newcomers and veterans, religious and secular and those involved in the center of Israeli life and those living on the periphery, he said. The result, Carmon noted, is a government of multiparties, none having a majority, and a society that fights over where women can sit on a public bus and whether or not to require loyalty oaths of its citizens. “This threat to democracy comes from a divided and insecure society,” Carmon said. It should be for Israelis to decide their identity, not for others to discuss whether Israel is a democratic Jewish state or a Jewish state, he stressed. “We are building a democracy on sand. The challenges are there. The hopes, believe it or not, are there. But there are lots of challenges.” One large challenge is building a country with the Arabs who live there, the speakers said. For that to happen, Arab children need to be educated with the same high standards experienced by Israeli Jews, said speaker Dalia Fadila, provost at Al-Quasemi Academic College of Education. While she struggles to bring real education to her school, whose students are mostly young women, Fadila must deal with the reality that Arab

students continually score worse than students educated in third-world countries. “There are two systems of education. One is definitely first world, and the other is fourth world, not even third world,” she said. Only about 9 percent of Arabs living in Israel go to college. And of that number, only 30 percent are educated in Israeli-run universities. If Israel is not ready for a totally shared society, at least create a healthy society, where doors are open to all, Fadila said. Many of the Arabs who do go to college choose teaching as a profession, and there is a glut of teachers. Yet, the Israeli educational system is desperate for more teachers, she said. Arabs cannot compete for those jobs due to the poor education they receive, she said.

“We are building a democracy on sand.” — Arye Carmon, president of the Israel Democracy Institute

“There is a need on a practical level now to invest in our education in the State of Israel,” she stressed. “Education is the only way to a positive healthy society. For me, education is the key.” If Israel is not ready for a totally shared society, at least create a healthy society, where doors are open to all, Fadila said. “Arabs are still confused [as to] what they are, where they stand,” she said. “They choose to be blind. They choose not to decide. That way, no decisions are made.” While the Arabs make up about 20 percent of the population, they think of themselves as the majority. They count the people of Jordan and Saudi Arabia with them, she said. But while the Arabs cling to an “illusion of majority,” the Israelis struggle as a minority, concerned with threats and fears from throughout the entire region, Fadila said. The consequence is what she referred to as “mutual blindness.” Fellow speaker Rabbi Naali Rothenberg, senior research fellow at Van Leer Jerusalem Institute,

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agreed that the way things currently are in Israel, “we have a minority that can never identify totally with the state, with the flag.” These minority citizens need to know Israel is a democracy, where they are true participants. “I don’t like us to be Jewish, that this is the Jewish section and this is the Arab section. e language should be Jewish democratic,” he said, adding that “it never says in the Bible” that there will be no Jews on the land. “We didn’t go 40 years in the desert just to have our state by ourselves. It’s not a state for Jews only,” Rothenberg said. He envisions an Israel that during Super Sunday, a major fundraising campaign by the Jewish federations, money is collected and given out to all people living there. If Israelis truly felt like the majority in the country, then they would take responsibility for minority rights, he suggested. “There is no responsibility if you don’t feel you are the majority.” “I am a citizen of a sovereign state in which at least 20 percent of us are Arabs,” Rothenberg said. The speakers often pointed to how words can change things. Just the word Arab is problematic as there are Christian Arabs and Moslem Arabs. The word settlers also is too broad. Stereotypes create fear, anti-Semitism and conflict, the speakers agreed. “Fear is the biggest enemy of freedom,” Carmon said. When questioned how this balanced society will affect Israel’s security, Rothenberg said democratization will create the necessary balance. “There is no need for a balance. We need a total democratization of society,” he said, stressing that he was speaking as a rabbi, an educator and a former paratrooper who has watched his three sons and two daughters serve in the Israeli military. In an interview following her talk, Fadila admitted to “not getting a lot of support frankly” in her Arab community. “I am actually fighting for everything I do.” While she acknowledged having to constantly prove herself, Fadila isn’t stopping. “I feel like there is a fire inside of me that I can’t stop from burning.” Following his talk, Rothenberg described himself as realistic but not necessarily optimistic. “It’s a question of what you stand for. I don’t stay home.” — Suzanne Pollak

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Elie Wiesel (left) and Natan Sharansky mourn a generation to whom the March on Washington is unknown.

Historic Dialogue Remembers Periods of Darkness, Light GA hosts Elie Wiesel, Natan Sharansky “My first visit to the Soviet Union changed my life,” said Elie Wiesel, Jewish-American writer, professor, political activist, Nobel Laureate and Holocaust survivor in a historic dialogue to commemorate the 1987 March on Washington for Soviet Jewry. Speaking about his trip as a Haaretz reporter in 1965, a trip that later yielded the landmark book, “The Jews of Silence,” Wiesel said, “I didn’t know that when I came back, I would consider myself their messenger.” On the stage on the second day of the Jewish Federations of North America’s General Assembly, Wiesel dialogued about the plight of Russian Jewry and the Jewish world’s response with Chairman of the Jewish Agency Natan Sharansky. Sharansky, who was a prisoner in the former Soviet Union, described the atmosphere in that country at that time. He said everyone suffered, but Jews suffered not only from persecution, but also because they were forced to relinquish their Jewish identity. In the early years, the American Jewish community was indifferent to the plight of Russian Jews, but that changed in the late 1960s and 1970s. More young Jews became interested in the cause. Wiesel said this was because they felt guilty. “There was a feeling that American Jews did not do enough during the period of darkness [of the Holocaust]. The young didn’t want to feel the guilt of their parents and grandparents,” Wiesel said. “Sons and daughters said, ‘We cannot be accused of not doing enough.’” Said Sharansky: “People told themselves, ‘Our

lives have meaning. Now we are part of the Jewish struggle.’” Both recalled that with the young people came housewives, too, going on clandestine missions to help Jews in need. Both reminisced about the March on Washington, a march that Sharansky attended just one year after his release from a Soviet prison. Some 200,000 Jews turned out to protest the visit of Soviet Premier Mikhail Gorbachev to Washington and to demand the release of Soviet Jewry. Sharansky said with a chuckle that many believed the march could not be a success. He said some worried there was not enough committed American leadership. They worried about rain, about transportation. But the people came. “There was a sea of people,” said Sharansky. “It was so inspiring.” The leaders bemoaned the fact that the young people today do not remember the plight of the Soviet Jews or the triumph of the March on Washington. “People don’t know about it today,” said Sharansky, “and that is a tragedy.” “When you say March on Washington, what comes to mind for most is the black community. But for me, it is our march. That march gave you the feeling that you are not alone — that we are an entire people,” said Wiesel. Added Sharansky: “We [Jews] can have thousands of opinions and organizations, but when we feel like a family, we can change the world.” — Maayan Jaffe

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NCSY youth participated in the GA this year.

Youth Movement Local students excited about GA experience Mackenzie Chyatte had to argue with her mother to have off from school Monday. The 17-year-old senior at Beth Tfiloh Dahan Community School said she didn’t want to miss out on what she called a “once-in-a-lifetime opportunity” to attend the Jewish Federations of North America General Assembly in Baltimore. Chyatte was one in a group of students from the Baltimore area to attend the GA. The students represented NCSY. “The Jewish community is much more than just our small cluster here,” Chyatte said. “There are Jews from all over the country here; it’s important to remember we’re all one community.” Rabbi Rocky Caine, assistant regional director of the Atlantic Seaboard NCSY, said he brought the students along because they are young leaders in their Jewish communities. He added he hopes the students will use the experience to meet with Jewish leaders of today, as they seek to become leaders of the future. “These are teens who step up to the plate in their clubs and their after-school programming,” Rabbi Caine said. “When an opportunity comes, they seize it. Getting kids to sign up for this was one of the easiest things I ever did. They want to have these experiences. They want to be part of the Jewish community, be active members of the Jewish community, and they don’t want to miss out on being at a place with 3,500 other Jewish leaders.” The students, who came from Owings Mills High School, Pikesville High School, McDonogh School and Beth Tfiloh, each had their own GA goals. For some, it was networking; for others, it was hearing famed author Elie Wiesel speak; some just wanted to expand their Jewish experience. “This experience is pretty cool as a Jewish youth,” said Ryan Simon, a senior at Owings Mills. “To see Jews from all over the country gather together is pretty impressive.” Sarah Miller, 17, a senior at Pikesville High School, said getting a chance to hear Wiesel, a Nobel Prizewinning author who described his life as a Holocaust survivor in his renowned book “Night,” made attending the GA an opportunity she couldn’t turn down. “I just love [Wiesel’s] work,” she said. “I had to jump at this opportunity when it was presented to me.” — David Snyder and Ron Snyder

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Israel’s Haredi community today GA conference-goers who hadn’t read their programs might have been surprised when they arrived at Monday’s workshop, “Women, Work and Tradition: Israel’s Haredi Community Today,” to find Dr. Ruth Westheimer (yes, the sex therapist) as the main presenter. As it turns out, Dr. Westheimer has been active with the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee for the past 20 years and has been especially involved in efforts to help Haredi women gain the tools necessary to enter Israel’s work force. Dr. Westheimer was joined by Jane Eisner, editorin-chief of the Forward, and Amir Shaviv, assistant executive vice president for special operations of the JDC. e speakers shared their findings on the crisis of unemployment and non-employment in the Haredi community and provided information about a new initiative that is helping to improve the situation. Eisner opened by presenting the framework within which the crisis of unemployment (or more accurately, non-employment) exists. In Haredi culture, men are expected to spend all of their time studying the Torah. Since employment will interfere with that pursuit, traditionally, men who choose to work are less respected and even shunned in their communities. Large Haredi families subsist on government subsidies, and statistics show these subsidies are insufficient to support them. The problem of non-employment among Haredim is critical, not only for the families involved, but also for the Israeli government, which no longer can afford to support this growing population, Eisener explained. e Haredi population, which numbers from 650,000 to 800,000, is the fastest-growing population in Israel, making up 10 percent of the country’s Jewish population. Haredi children make up 20 percent of children in the public schools. Studies show that by 2059, one-third of Israel’s population will be Haredi. Currently, approximately 60 percent are non-employed or unemployed, and 55 percent live below the poverty line, said Eisner. Employment rates among Haredi men are almost identical to non-Haredi Israeli men who dropped out of school before the fifth grade. Haredi men who choose to work do not possess the necessary skills, because their formal education has not included any secular learning. Despite their significant childcare responsibilities — on average Haredi families have seven children — Haredi women are permitted to work outside of their homes. Unfortunately, they are trained to be

teachers, and there are not enough teaching positions available. ey possess no other work-related skills. But now, through programs such as JDC’s Tevet program, the subject of Dr. Westheimer’s new documentary, she believes there is hope. The program provides training in financial analysis, computers and interior decorating. Its main consumers are women, and the program, said Dr. Westheimer, works because it allows women to train and work in environments where their religious needs are met. For example, training for men and women are separate, and accommodations for kosher food preparation and prayer are available. Schedules are flexible enabling women to deal with childcare responsibilities. According to Dr. Westheimer, 90 percent of program graduates go on to work in secular companies, where they reportedly are highly valued employees. Being employed, stressed Dr. Westheimer, improves not only a family’s financial situation, but also ultimately its general well-being. — Simone Ellin

Secular Women Making Strides In Israel, there is another sect of women that is feeling the crunch — not so much economically, but socially. Led by Anat Hoffman, leader of Women of the Wall, a group that has been organizing monthly prayer services at the Kotel, some religious but non-Orthodox women are vying for equal rights in prayer. In a Tuesday session put on with the support of the Joseph and Harvey Meyerhoff Family Charitable Funds, Hoffman was met with a warm welcome. She came to speak about the need for greater religious pluralism in Israel. However, she didn’t do a lot of Haredi bashing. Instead, Hoffman told the audience there are “50 shades of black.” “Most ultra-Orthodox can tolerate a group of women praying once a month at the Kotel,” she said. Like Hoffman, Rabbi Uri Ayalon, CEO of the propluralism Hatnua Yerushalmit, believes the growing ultra-Orthodox population in Jerusalem is not forcing a liberal retreat from the city. His organization bought space for 140 outdoor ads depicting female activists to prove there would not be a backlash from ultra-Orthodox Jews for displaying pictures of women. “Only four were damaged,” he said. “What’s happening in Jerusalem is not being done by the ultraOrthodox, but by what we think they will say and do.” — David Holzel

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GREENING TOGETHER “GREEN SHEEP” is the creative term that Joelle Novey assigns to individuals who want to take initiative and tackle the world’s changing climate but simply don’t have a forum to share their ideas and put them into practice. Novey, the director for Interfaith Power and Light’s Maryland and Greater Washington region, says that the organization strives to ensure that, regardless of religion, everyone who wants to make a difference has an outlet to do so. at will be the message when IPL kicks off its Baltimore-based operations at a launch party, Saturday, Nov. 17, at Notre Dame of Maryland University. “What IPL does, has always done, and will be doing in Baltimore is inviting the green sheep to flock together, giving a space where the people who care deeply about responding to climate change in their faith communities can find each other, encourage each other and form a community together,” said Novey, a Baltimore native who grew up attending Chizuk Amuno Congregation. Founded in 1998, IPL, a national organization with programs set up in 37 states, has served the D.C. area and nearby Maryland and Virginia suburbs for a number of years. Starting this year, it will formally found a project specific to Maryland, which will initially focus on Baltimore and other communities in the central portion of the state. e crux of IPL’s campaign is the idea

of using religious venues, from synagogues to churches to mosques, to foster community-driven programs that emphasize various methods of going green. Novey explained that, for many, climate change is a tricky, and even frightening, subject to talk about. It calls into question the way we eat, how we travel and what kind of world we are leaving behind for future generations. Addressing those issues in a venue where people feel comfortable, she said, is paramount. “I believe that talking about climate change in people’s religious communities is the best place in the world to talk about it,” Novey said. “It’s a place where people come to mourn, to celebrate, to think about living in a more holy way and what it

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Joelle Novey says that talking about climate change in religious communities is the best place to talk about it.

to both educate and advocate for a strong response to climate change. For example, inviting environmental experts to speak in front of your congregation, Novey said, is an effective

“It’s a challenge, but also a blessing, of the climate change problem, that we really can’t solve it unless we all work together.” — Joelle Novey

means to be a good person and do right by our neighbors. Synagogues are a place where we come to think about solving problems.” IPL encourages faith communities

way of getting individuals to start thinking about the issue. e organization also pushes people to recommend hands-on greening programs for both their religious

venue and their home. IPL works with RetroFit Baltimore to hold energy workshops and help attendees understand where their electric comes from and what they are using and wasting. Overall, the strongest message from IPL — and the reason behind it being interfaith — is that the only way to truly confront climate change is by coming together as a community, regardless of where one worships. “It’s a challenge, but also a blessing, of the climate change problem that we really can’t solve it unless we all work together,” Novey said. “People see that there is a common humanity, a common concern to conserve the world that we all share. at’s the blessing of this work. We end up learning how to work together and talk to each other across the lines that might have divided us the in the past.” JT David Snyder is a JT staff reporter


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Sara J. Bloomfield says that the Holocaust “speaks urgently to some of the most pressing isues of our day.”

A Journey of Remembrance At 20 years, Holocaust Museum’s importance continues to grow is year, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum marks 20 years of inspiring our nation about the history of the Holocaust and the dangerous behaviors that led to it. To mark its 20th anniversary, the Museum will hold a historic gathering of Holocaust survivors and World War II veterans in Washington this April. A four-city tour beginning in December will lead up to the event and demonstrate the continuing relevance of the Holocaust in the 21st century. Until April — and for those who don’t make the event in the spring — the museum is offering 20 actions that people can take to help promote


Holocaust education and remembrance and to work to prevent future genocides (see As the museum prepares to launch its programming, the Baltimore Jewish Times caught up with museum director Sara J. Bloomfield to talk about USHMM’s newest projects and initiatives. Bloomfield, who serves as an adviser to museums around the world and is a member of the International Auschwitz Council and on the board of the International Council of Museums/USA, told the JT that USHMM, with close to two million visitors per year, is just as relevant today as it was 20 years ago when it opened.

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By Maayan Jaffe

JT: Most organizations celebrate on the 10th and 25th. Why the 20th?

BLOOMFIELD: For us, the 20th is really important because it marks the beginning of the moment of intergenerational transfer. Over the next coming years, we will be losing more of the eyewitness generation. We want to use the moment to honor survivors, salute World War II veterans and send a message to young people about the importance of carrying on the [messages of the] survivors to new generations ahead. As an institution, we are asking the question, “What will the Holocaust mean in the 21st century?” We want to ensure it is not just another important

part of history, but that it really becomes the pivotal event in human history that continues to teach us very important lessons about humanity. Is this a change? Is the museum evolving?

I have been here 26 years; I came in the years the museum was being created. Our goal in those early years was to build a building. Now, our goal is to build a global [Internet] enterprise. … In those days, we weren’t even imagining going out to states. And now, in some ways, we are in all 50 states. I think the other big change is that [with technology] the world has become a more exciting but also a

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more dangerous place. Issues of hate and genocide and anti-Semitism are very much present today. In some ways, we are more meaningful now in the 21st century than we were in the 20th. [e Holocaust] speaks so profoundly and urgently to some of the most pressing issues of our own day. Wh at role do y ou t h ink th e muse um h as play ed in t he n at io n’s H olo cau st educ ation?

We see our responsibility as being a leader in the field of Holocaust education. … We feel it is our responsibility to encourage Holocaust education, set standards for Holocaust education and to provide materials that can be used in any kind of classroom setting — a seventh-grade literature class or an 11th-grade history class. We have materials that are flexible and can be adjusted to all sorts of classroom settings. We also publish guidelines for teachers — standards for things we think are indications of best practices, based on years of our own experiences learning things that work and things that don’t work.

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Can young people still connect?

We obviously work with survivors a lot and introduce younger people to survivors and World War II veterans. at is what brings the history alive. … We have intensive programs with the D.C. school system and in Maryland and Virginia. is show that the subject matter continues to be very powerful and relevant for these young people. You can also look at the Holocaust in popular culture; the Holocaust continues to be a focus of movies and books. Anne Frank is still

— is that authenticity. When the survivors are gone, it will be our collections that will bring an authentic take on history. e artifacts are what people find so meaningful — the shoes and the suitcases and the railroad car. We have another decade or so to collect all of this evidence. is will help us tell the story with power and authenticity when the survivors are gone. e objects in our collections will be the sole authentic witnesses of the Holocaust.


H ow do you get t he mat erials t o t he teachers?

We identify master teachers around the country. ese are teachers who have a commitment to the profession of education and Holocaust education, specifically. We invest in these teachers. … We have a group of master teachers from around country that serve as leaders in their own states and school systems and serve as supports and mentors in the field. is is our way of ensuring quality Holocaust education throughout the country. Do people still want to learn about the Holocaust?

ere is still enormous interest from teachers and students on the high school and college levels. Our concern is how to respond to that interest with really quality education.

incredibly popular. I think the reason is that it touches on such profound issues about human nature, our propensity for issues of hatred or abusive power. As more and more survivors are dying, in what unique ways will the museum fifilll that void?

We have a lot of testimonies, but nothing is like the chance to meet a real survivor. We have 90 survivors who volunteer for the museum and sit in the museum and talk to kids, and we know we won’t be able to do that forever. e big question for us is how we maximize opportunities with the survivors while we have them. We do know that part of what the survivors bring — and we can never replicate it

Are there any other new initiatives?

e biggest initiative for our future is building what I call this global digital educational platform that will give us the chance to bring Holocaust awareness and understanding to a worldwide audience — anyone, anywhere, anytime. We have a website in 14 different languages and really want to expand on using digital media in a multilingual way to bring the history of the Holocaust to populations all over the world — countries in the Islamic world, of course, but also to places like Europe. It is really important that in the lands where the Holocaust happened they continue to see the Holocaust as an important part of their identity. And then, we

also want it for parts of the world that are growing in influence, like China, Brazil and Russia. Who are your main t arget audiences?

e Holocaust was the failure of [Germany’s] leadership and citizenship. So, our two most important target audiences are leaders and young people. … We also do a lot of leadership training programs for the military, judiciary, law enforcement, FBI and clergy. We have been training Baltimore City police since 1999. In these programs, these professionals look at how their own profession behaved during the Holocaust and in the 1930s leading up to the Holocaust, which leads to important discussions among these professionals about their own moral obligations today. S till, not ev eryon e believes in t he H olocaust. H ow do we re spond t o t he d eni er s ?

e world’s leading expert on Holocaust denial, Deborah E. Lipstadt, is a member of our board. However, deniers are not people that are interested in a discussion about history. Holocaust denial is just another form of anti-Semitism. You can’t have a rational debate with a hater. … We don’t deal with deniers directly; we don’t dignify them. We don’t want to give them a platform. Our big concern is the people they might influence, and the best response to that is effective Holocaust education. And w hat about t hose w ho say Jew s didn’t fifig ght back hard enough?

It is very easy to condemn people in hindsight. No one understood in the 1930s. e Nazis came to power in 1933 and started [the mass] genocide in 1941. No one could have predicated what was going to happen. It was such an unprecedented event. It would have been unrealistic for people to grasp what was about to happen. So when you look at Jews in See Journey on page 28


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Germany, you have to remember that they had been well assimilated and treated far better in Germany than in countries like Poland or Russia, where there was a lot of violence against Jews, or even France with the Dreyfus affair. If you looked at Europe at the beginning of the 20th century, you would not have singled out Germany as the place to have mass violence against the Jews. Also, we can’t assume people had communications like we have today. Reports came back, sure, and people found them unbelievable — as would be natural. Some people understood what was happening, but they made the choice to stay with their families rather than leave and risk fighting in partisan units.

I think to make judgments that condemn Jews who didn’t fully understand or respond is not to look at history carefully. ere was a lot Jewish resistance; we have two exhibitions on that in the museum. We are in 2012. Across the world, we know there are other holocausts going on. How can the U.S. Holocaust Museum play a role in stopping those genocides?

When Eli Wiesel created the vision for this museum, he did feel it was very important the museum prevent future genocide. He wanted to try to do for other victims and potential victims what was not done for the Jews in the 1930s. His vision was if we can save lives in the future that would be the most powerful memorial to the

Jews who died in Europe. We do have a genocide prevention program, and our job is to raise awareness. We don’t advocate for any particular policy, but we do want to raise awareness. For example, we raised awareness about Darfur; we were one of the first institutions to call it genocide and then the U.S. government agreed with that assessment. At the museum, we point out that as horrific an unprecedented as the Holocaust was, aer 1945 we have experienced Bosnia, Rwanda and Darfur. Final sentiments. What do Jewish Times readers need to know?

e most important thing, and the reason why I think this museum so belongs on the National Mall in

Washington, is that it is this global organization really speaking to all of humanity. We focus on not just that the Holocaust happened, but on why it happened. Surely it was preventable, and in encouraging people to think about that, we try to remind them that it happened in one of the most advanced regions of the world. e people of Germany were highly educated, very sophisticated, led by a democratic constitution with rule of law and freedom of expression — all of the things we think in a democracy will protect us from our darker side as human beings. e Holocaust reminds us that today, in any society, the unthinkable is always thinkable. JT Maayan Jaffe is JT managing editor

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Ravaged Israelis want return to normal life

Photos Daniel Hagbi, Sderot Media Center

By Anav Silverman

A Negev kibbutz shows the effects of a rocket blast.

It was a daunting,

dismal weekend for Israel’s south, particularly for Israelis living in communities bordering the Hamascontrolled Gaza Strip. Along with the rain, more than 100 Gaza rockets struck the south, wounding four Israelis and sending countless others into shock and trauma, while damaging homes, businesses and vehicles. Beginning last Saturday night and continuing into Monday morning, Gaza rockets have been pounding Israel’s south with the Iron Dome system intercepting those headed toward Ashdod, Ashkelon and Beer Sheva. On Monday morning, three Netivot houses were hit by a Gaza rocket explosion, which left 10 people in shock and which resulted in heavy damage. “I stood in my family’s bomb shelter on our kibbutz during a siren warning

and watched these two people try to run to shelter just as a rocket landed nearby,” said Shir Hermesh, of Sunday’s rocket attacks. “ey didn’t take cover in time and were wounded by rocket shrapnel.” By Tuesday morning, more than 55 rockets had landed in or around residential communities located in the northwestern part of the Negev, including the Eshkol Regional Council, Sha’ar HaNegev Regional Council and Sderot. Eshkol, made up of 13,500 people living in 32 communities, has been one of the hardest hit areas of the region. They suffered power outages on late Sunday afternoon when a rocket struck a power line. “We are prepared for days like today — for this kind of heavy rocket fire — because we have no choice,” said Nikki Levy, the security chief of the Eshkol Regional Council. Levy

Debris from rocket explosions litter the streets in Israel’s south.

has been a security officer in the region for five and a half years. He explains that the Eshkol Regional Council is one of the best prepared in the region. “Each of the 32 communities within the Eshkol region has an emergency team that includes a social worker who is ready to respond to any situation — be it a rocket hit or someone suffering from shock. The emergency teams also address residents’ concerns and make sure that the security instructions from the IDF and the council are carried out. We have daily meetings updating one another on what is taking place,” Levy said.

One of the most important priorities of the Eshkol Regional Council is ensuring the safety of children during rocket escalations. Because Palestinian terrorists time their rocket fire during the early morning hours to strike Israeli schoolchildren traveling on open roads to school, the decision to keep school open or closed in the southern district of Israel is critical. “Today [Tuesday], we have been forced to cancel school due to the Sunday morning rockets,” said Ronit Minaker, spokeswoman for the Eshkol Regional Council. “Although the high school is newly built and completely sheltered from rocket attacks, our concern is transportation safety — the See Rocket-Ravaged on page 30


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kids are most vulnerable on the open roads, and the rockets can strike anywhere. We can’t risk the chance of a rocket striking a school bus or bus stop with children in the vicinity.” The Eshkol Regional High School was built in 2009, right after Operation Cast Lead, when more than 500 rockets were fired at Israel within a three-week period. The school’s concrete walls are 16 inches thick, and the glass windows are shatter-proof, which allows the school’s 900 students to learn even during warning sirens and rocket fire. Surprisingly, one of the quieter areas in Eshkol today was the resilience center, which is part of the social and welfare services branch of the Eshkol Regional Council. The Eshkol Resilience Center provides firsthand trauma treatment to shock victims and therapy treatments thereaer. Every resident of the Eshkol Regional Council has a right to mental health treatment in light of the security situation. e center also offers community resilience treatments against anxiety and trauma resulting from rocket attacks. “Today, it is quiet, because most of the patients have canceled appointments due to the rocket fire,” said Tamar Orbach-Avni, director of the social and welfare services. “Many of our patients who are parents have to remain home with their kids. at means they have also missed work. “is is a violent disruption in daily routine. e fact that the kids aren’t attending school today is not a ‘fun day’ for anyone. It means that both the kids and their parents are home, trying to deal with all the stress and fear that accumulates during a rocket escalation.” Not too far away in Sderot, however, a rocket attack near a school left several teachers in shock, according to Sderot Media Center Director Noam Bedein. “One of the teachers had to be carried to the teachers’ lounge” Bedein said. “The adults were more affected than the children during the rocket attack.”

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Israel Launches Operation Pillar Of Defense To Uproot Hamas-Led Terror Responding to months of rocket barrages by Hamas-led terror groups targeting more than a million Israeli civilians, the IDF on Wednesday launched a widespread campaign targeting military infrastructure and operatives in the Gaza Strip. The campaign has been identified by Israeli military officials as “Operation Pillar Of Defense,” and began with a pin-point strike targeting Ahmed Jabari, the commander of Hamas’ military wing and a terrorist linked to hundreds of terror operations over a span of decades. Jabari was Hamas’ “chief of staff,” and was second-in-command of the Iranian proxy’s al-Qassam Brigades. His history of terrorism stretches back to the early 1980s. In 1982 he was arrested and spent 13 years in jail for terror activities, and after his release he rose through the ranks of Hamas. He was in charge of Hamas’ military operations during the Second Intifada, the widespread suicide bombing campaign targeting Israeli civilians in the early 2000s, and oversaw the kidnapping of Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit in 2006. “The purpose of this operation was to severely impair the command and control chain of the Hamas leadership, as well as its terrorist infrastructure,” the statement said. “This was a surgical operation in cooperation with the Israeli Security Agency that was implemented on the basis of concrete intelligence and using advanced capabilities.” Hamas’ armed wing, the Izz al-Dinn Al-Qassam Brigades, reportedly said in a statement following the attack, “The occupation has opened the gates of hell on itself.” Also reportedly killed by early Israeli attacks was Raed Al Attar, Jabari’s second-in-command, raising speculation that Israel is deliberately seeking to degrade Hamas’ military leadership. Hamas commanders routinely go underground during major hostilities with Israel, including historically utilizing medical facilities. The targeting of Jabari and Al Attar was done at the beginning of what the IDF is identifying as a widespread campaign. The IDF operation begins months after Hamas signaled a potential strategic shift in its targeting of Israeli civilians and its military posture, prompting analysis that the group was deliberately trying to trigger forceful responses by the Israelis. Hundreds of rockets and mortars have been fired at Israeli civilians in the last week by Hamas-led Palestinian terrorist groups, drawing explicit condemnation from the highest levels of the international community and raising to nearly 900 the number of rockets and mortars fired from Gaza into Israel in 2012. Israeli officials emphasized last week that the escalation risked responses from Israel up to and including the resumption of targeted killings of Hamas leaders. In addition to escalating the amount of rocket and mortar fire into Israel, Gazabased Palestinian groups have recently begun deploying advanced weaponry against Israelis. In recent weeks, Palestinian groups have used guided anti-tank missiles against an Israeli jeep, injuring four Israeli soldiers, two critically, and a shoulder-mounted anti-aircraft weapon against an Israeli helicopter in October. Early reports indicate that in addition to targeting Hamas’ senior military leadership, Israel is specifically seeking to degrade Hamas’ stockpiles of these and other advanced weapons. Media outlets are reporting that the Israeli Air Force struck a suspected stockpile of advanced Fajr 5 missiles smuggled into the Gaza Strip from Iran. The weapon’s use in 2006 by Hezbollah, Iran’s Lebanese proxy, had constituted a major escalation during that year’s Lebanon II war with Israel. Hamas has responded to the targeting of its terror facilities and operatives by launching missiles into Israeli civilian areas, including already five missiles into the Israeli city of Ashkelon. — The Israel Project with JTA Wire Service Editor’s Note: Information as of Nov. 14. For more:

For Haim Yellin, head of the Eshkol Regional Council, the rocket situation is taking its toll. “At the end of the day, it is the council which is responsible for the lives of the residents here — no one else,” he said. “We do everything in our power to ensure that all our residents, includ-

ing the children and the elderly, remain safe. … We’ve learned how to act effectively during these emergency security situations, but our residents are feeling the need to return to normal life now more than ever.” JT Anav Silverman writes for Tazpit News Agency.

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Aliyah … To Berlin? Baltimoreans making a film about why so many Israelis are moving to ‘Hitler’s headquarters’ By Phil Jacobs

When Zachary Johnston moved to Berlin in 2008, he phoned his friend Ira Gewanter in Baltimore to share something shocking about his new city: “There are a lot of Jews here, particularly Israelis.” As Gewanter and Johnston, who had met in a screenwriting graduate program, took a deeper look at Jewish life re-emerging in Berlin, they were convinced that there was an important story to tell. ey learned that Berlin has the fastest-growing Jewish population in Europe. e approximately 22,500 Israelis now outnumber the city’s British and American expats. ere are Israeli-run cafes and cultural centers. Hebrew is spoken on the streets. This is due in part to Germany’s Jewish Right of Return. Part of the post-war German Constitution passed in 1949, this law extends citizenship to descendants of German citizens deported or murdered during the Holocaust. The law echoes Israel’s Right of Return, granting citizenship to all Jews based on whether they

would have been subject to persecution under the Nuremberg Laws. Gewanter, a Baltimore Jewish Times advertising consultant, laughs at the unavoidable irony of Israeli immigration to Berlin. “If the past three years working [at the JT] has taught me anything, it’s that the facts of Jewish life are often stranger than fiction,” he said. A Beth Tfiloh graduate, Gewanter, 29, remembers his senior trip to visit concentration camps before journeying to Israel. At the time, Israel was experiencing the Second Intifada. “I couldn’t avoid the awareness that my presence was unacceptable to families that lived only miles away. Knowing that a stranger was willing to die to kill me was incomprehensible. It’s an issue much larger than the Arab-Israeli conflict — it’s a universal problem of how to rebuild after terrible things happen,” he said. e role of heritage in identity has always been at the forefront for Johnston, 32. Raised on and off the Skokomish Native American Reservation in

Washington State, Johnston says that he resonates “with people who succeed in maintaining their culture which others tried to deny.” e son of a German mother and Native American father, Johnston says he always felt like an outsider. is dissonance was amplified at the age of 18, when Johnston came home with his first tribal tattoo. “I imagine most moms wouldn’t be thrilled with their kid getting a tattoo,” he said, “but my mom’s disapproval was completely unexpected. To make a long story short, she worried that I may have rendered myself unfit for Jewish burial.” Johnston smiled. “at’s when I learned my mother’s ancestors were German Jews, who had converted to Lutheranism to pass as ‘average Germans.’ I don’t identify as Jewish, but it totally informs who I am. I owe a lot to people who know how to persevere against all odds, and I’m always proud of that,” he said. After much correspondence between Baltimore and Berlin, Johnston

and Gewanter decided to make a documentary exploring the recent surge in Israeli immigration to Germany. e next step was assembling a team for the project. Gewanter invited DeDe JacobsKomisar,* a fellow Baltimorean and Israeli citizen with experience in fundraising and arts administration. Jacobs-Komisar, 29, found the premise intriguing. “In my religious Zionist education, making aliyah to Israel is the dream and ultimate destiny of every Jew,” she said. “So I really wanted to understand the Israelis who seem to give up this dream by going back to the place that was Hitler’s headquarters. ey’re obviously not ignorant of history. So what’s going on?” Johnston next grabbed his camera and started interviewing Israelis in Berlin. Nirit Bialer, 34, grew up in Raanana and has been in Berlin since 2006. She founded HaBayit (e House), a Berlin hub for Israelis that hosts cultural events presenting Israeli culture See Aliyah… To Berlin on page 32


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to the German public. Elinor Lewy, 27, grew up in Jerusalem and has lived in Berlin since 2007. î‚Še daughter of Israeli diplomats, she also spent time in the city as a child. “After the army, I felt like I needed a change, Berlin seemed right. I like the quiet and the comfort,â€? she said. Yet Lewy acknowledges the challenges of living in Berlin as a Jew. “You’re confronted with thoughts and feelings you will have in no other place in the world. I have experienced anti-Semitism, mostly in subtext, but also more bluntly,â€? she said. “Of course, you reect on the atrocity that happened here not so long ago, it’s inevitable. But it doesn’t rule my life.â€? She said anti-Semitism is “alive and kicking,â€? and feels uncomfortable around Germans who are anti-Zionist. “One is allowed to criticize Israel, but delegitimizing Israel as a country is awful, and it’s become a trend,â€? she said. Asked if she’s experienced any negative reactions from Israelis back home to her move, Bialer said, “Is a Jew living any other place in the Diaspora any better? ... Israelis are just another normal group of people, wanting to live where things are happening. Foreigners have made Berlin what it is today. î‚Še infrastructure is German, but the character is international.â€? Bialer says that living in Berlin has strengthened her identity as a Jew and an Israeli. She feels very connected to

Israel and plans to vote in the January elections. For Lewy, living in Berlin has made her “much more aware of myself as a cultural Jew.â€? Both see the Israeli “aliyahâ€? to Berlin as positive, and both hope that the community continues to thrive. Lewy also is hands-on with the ďŹ lm, working on production with Johnston. Right now, the team is raising startup funds to begin the project. “We hope people check out the Kickstarter pitch and partner with us,â€? said Gewanter. “We think the ďŹ lm will resonate with people everywhere. It’s about the universal questions of identity, reconciliation and maybe even hope.â€? JT *In full disclosure, Jacobs-Komisar is the author’s daughter.

The filmmakers have created a pitch at, a fundraising site for creative projects. They hope to raise $15,000 by the Nov. 28 deadline, funds that will cover initial research and travel. The way Kickstarter works is that the project must receive the full amount of pledges by its deadline or it does not receive any of the pledged funds. So the clock is ticking. For more information and to help support the film, see projects/bde-fifillms/aliyah-le-berlin.

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FEATURES 6 Ode To The Family

Thanksgiving Fest When change collides with tradition …


12 Chanukah Gift Mini-Preview Ideas for a thoughtful Chanukah

18 Acting, Auditions, Casting Calls Local actress is on the verge of making it big

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Reisterstown’s Lauren Thomas puts her dream in motion

15 Justin Tsucalas

Editor Simone Ellin Art Director Lindsey Bridwell Production Manager Erin Clare Production Ebony Brown, Heidi Traband, Andrew Perlin Cover Photo


Inside Scoop Parenting Fashion Fixations Where Are They Now?

Dear Reader By the time you read this you will know who won the election. Perhaps you’ll be relieved, by chance you’ll be devastated, or maybe you won’t have strong feelings either way. Sometimes I wish I were not so invested in politics, but for me, it seems impossible to be neutral about the candidates and their positions. About two weeks before the election, my daughter confronted me about my knee-jerk political reactions. “You are always so biased. You never listen to the other Party’s ideas,” she said. “Sometimes I get the feeling you’d agree with anything your side says and would disagree with anything the other side says, regardless of the issue.”

Well! When did she become such a know-it-all? I took a deep breath, and then I told the truth. “You’re right,” I said. “I’m glad you think for yourself. I’m proud of you. But you’re not becoming on of those ____________, are you? I think it’s safe to say, that even “political junkies” like me will be relieved that this turbulent and frequently ugly political cycle is at an end. Now, we can put our attention and energy toward things that are personal instead of political. We can look forward to festive times with family and friends, and take time to be grateful for the blessings in our lives. This month in iNSIDER, we see what can happen when Thanksgiving traditions are turned on their heads.

We also visit with two young Baltimore natives, Lauren Thomas and Jenny Anne Hochberg, who were making their marks in significant and unique ways. Tired of the same old Chanukah gift ideas? This year’s Chanukah shopping preview offers some slightly out-of-the-mainstream suggestions. Laurie Legum explores motherhood in her Mommy Musings column, and in this month’s Fashion Fixations section – it’s all about dressing up our kids for the holidays. Hoping all your days are festive.

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Inside Scoop On Bookshelves

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The Scientists: A Family Romance By Marco Roth, 2012 Hard cover, 196 pages

Dining with Karen Sirota Weinstein Karen Sirota Weinstein, a 1987 graduate of the Park School, is a stay-at-home mom and active volunteer who is currently co-chairing the Park School’s fall Centennial Auction, which raises funds for the school’s Financial Assistance Endowment Fund. She, her husband Marc and children Daniel and Julie live in Stevenson. Her family is a huge fan of Karen’s Overnight Caramel French Toast, perfect for the cool days ahead. “I got this recipe from a friend. I love making this dish because it’s very easy, and it’s absolutely delicious,” she says. The beloved Caramel French Toast is such a favorite often it has been served for special occasions, including both of her children’s first birthday parties. — Laurie Legum

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Although he is only in his 30s, in his new memoir, Michael Roth deals with weighty and emotionally challenging topics. As the only son of a doctor and a classical musician who grew up in the privileged world of prep school, the arts and Central Park West, Roth’s childhood was less than idyllic. At age 14, Roth learned that his father was dying of AIDS. Roth was told that his father had contracted the virus from an accident with an infected needle and was sworn to secrecy about the nature of his father’s illness. Forced to endure the loss of his father and unable to share the truth about his father’s ailment, Roth suffers tremendously. A compelling read. — Simone Ellin

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Parenting Laurie Legum

Mommy Musings: A Lot to Swallow happened. Despite my best efforts to contain my baby in a hermetically sealed bubble, he’s caught his first cold. Even worse, I think he may have caught it from me. I managed to fend off an office mate’s unrelenting cold for a few weeks, constantly washing and Purelling my hands. However, the spastic, virus spewing coughs of Typhoid Mary finally took a toll on my immune system. At first I convinced myself that I was suffering from allergies. But just in case, I tried to stay away from the little guy until my symptoms abated. However, four days later he woke up with a runny nose. Though I hoped he too was suffering from allergic rhinitis, his symptoms got progressively worse, including a fever.

In the course of a few days I bought three different types of digital thermometers, certain that a least one would quickly and accurately take his temperature. No luck. None of the assortment of oral syringes seemed to efficiently deliver the proper dosage of goopy, cherryflavored acetaminophen into his mouth, though apparently enough was consumed to cause an allergic reaction. Each morning I hoped to find him slightly less congested, only to find him a bit worse than the previous day. Judging by the fact that Typhoid Mary is hacking away as I type, it’s safe to say we have a few weeks to go before we’re literally in the clear. Hopefully, now that I have my baby’s first bout with a pathogen partially under my belt, I’ll handle the subsequent barrage of inevitable future illnesses with greater ease and sanity. Somehow, though, I doubt it. ✧


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ODE TO THE FAMILY THANKSGIVING FEST When change collides with tradition … Written By Simone Ellin

Thanksgiving: It’s an American tradition. Even for the most “alternative” among us, when we imagine the holiday, a familiar picture springs to mind. Usually, it looks something like this: There we are, sitting around a beautifully decorated long table with 25 of our relatives, eating, drinking and laughing. Everyone is wearing rust and burgundy sweaters. A fire is roaring in the fireplace; outside gleeful children romp in the acres of orange and yellow leaves, the football game is on TV. No one is arguing, nothing is burnt, no one is overly drunk, and nothing is forgotten in the oven. Despite the fact that Thanksgiving doesn’t usually resemble the picture in our imagination, the idealized image remains. We like this familiar scene and see no reason to alter it. But we also know that change is a fact of life; we are changing all the time, and so is our world. So what happens when change impacts one of our most enduring traditions? It’s been 20 years since I joined the Ellin family and attended my first Ellin Thanksgiving dinner, but my mother-in-law Carole (don’t mean to butterball her up, but she’s the best mother-in-law in Baltimore) has hosted the annual celebration for as long as my husband can remember. Usually, she has about 20 to 30 people for the holiday. We all look forward to the scrumptious food, and it’s a great opportunity to see those family members who live out of town. About five years ago, my husband decided it was time for a change. While he had no complaints about the menu or the company, Robert wanted to add wine to the Thanksgiving experience. But when he arrived at his mother’s home with several bottles, Carole was less than thrilled. “No wine,” she said. “It makes people stay too long.” And then, “No one wants wine.” Robert believed he knew better. He walked into the living room, where hungry relatives were awaiting the annual feast. “Does anyone want wine?” he asked. Before he could take a breath, 16 hands shot up. Sighs of relief could be heard around the room. Another year, my husband developed a fascination for turkey fryers. Wouldn’t it be great, he said, if we could have fried turkey this Thanksgiving? “Your

mother will never go for it,” I said. “It will make her really nervous if you bring this up,” I warned. But I should have known better. Robert is my mother-in-law’s youngest and her only son. He could suggest we hold Thanksgiving dinner on a blanket in the back yard, in the pouring rain, and she would consider it a valid suggestion. Besides, he had already devised a plan about how he would present the outrageous idea. We would have two turkeys, one for the traditionalists made by Carole and one for the “poultry-curious” that he himself would make in the fryer outside on the patio. Robert’s suggestion was accepted with little resistance. But that wasn’t the end of the turkey-fryer saga. About a month before Thanksgiving, Robert purchased the fryer. He wanted to have a trial run before the holiday, so he decided to serve chicken prepared in the fryer to friends who were visiting. When I went to unwrap and season the chicken, I found that it was spoiled. Fowl. So I sent my husband to Trader Joe’s, where he picked up another one. Time was a’fleeting. We would have to eat late. Robert heated up the fryer and proceeded to fry a chicken in peanut oil. Minutes before our guests were scheduled to arrive, I suddenly remembered — one of our guests was deathly allergic to peanuts. He would not be able to eat a chicken fried in peanut oil. So it was back to Trader Joe’s to purchase more chicken, which we grilled on the barbeque. We ate the fried chicken the next day, and guess what? Robert didn’t like it. He returned the fryer, and much to Carole’s relief, the Ellin turkey tradition was left in tact. No feathers were ruffled in the process … In recent years, some of us “kids” have endured the trauma of graduating from the kids table. Talk about massacring a good tradition! What could be more disruptive than being forced to contend with the fact that change happens in such a harsh manner? Now we have wine at Thanksgiving dinner. Some of us have moved on from the kids table. We don’t have fried turkey, and we don’t have beer at Thanksgiving, but maybe your family does. We thought the following piece by Chavie Lieber, which first appeared in JTA, might be of interest. Happy Thanksgiving, and excuse the shameless punning. 7

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A MEMBER OF THE TRIBE EMBIBES NEW YORK (JTA) — As he weaves in and out of traffic in New York City on a Friday afternoon, David Itzkowitz has two things on his mind: Shabbat and beer. Beer, because Itzkowitz, 26, is a co-founder of Lost Tribes, a beverage company that makes microbrews derived from ancient recipes held dear by Jewish cultures from exotic parts of the world. And Shabbat, because Itzkowitz, an observant Jew, still has a few deliveries left to make before sundown. “It’s all about the pale ale,” Itzkowitz tells JTA by phone on his way to a delivery in the Bronx. “You need a balance of the perfect amount of hop with a little malt. It needs to tickle your taste buds and have a little buzz, too.” The idea behind Lost Tribes, which is less than a year old, was born in 2009, when three of the company’s five founders ventured to Israel to learn more about the country’s budding microbrewery industry and come up with ideas for their own beer. They spent a lot of time with Jews that some say hail from the 10 lost tribes of Israel — Ethiopian Jews, said by some to be descendants of the Tribe of Dan, and Indian Jews, said by some to be from the Tribe of Menashe. “We were exploring, looking to find new recipes, and Jews from all these interesting places kept approaching us about their family recipes,” Itzkowitz said. “They were worried that these ancient recipes, which are thousands of years old, would be lost, since nobody was selling them on a commercial scale and their kids didn’t know them.” The three collected recipes, took notes and, upon their return stateside, began working with a brew master to test the recipes and develop the beers for commercial sale. By early this year the group — Itzkowitz, Allan Farago, Ari Smith, Andrew Septimus and Rabbi Harry Rozenberg, five Jewish childhood friends all under age 31 — began selling the beer commercially. Lost Tribes now sells to 75 locations in New York, mostly bars and supermarkets but

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also by special delivery. The company hopes to go national in the coming months. According to the company’s website, “2,700 years ago, 10 of the 12 tribes were sent into exile, eventually settling across Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia. Legend has it that one day the tribes will return home bearing gifts from their lands. We’ve discovered that each tribe holds a unique brew recipe — we believe that their brews were the gifts they were meant to bring home.” Lost Tribes sells three beer lines: a pale ale they call Shikra, an Aramaic word for alcoholic beverage; Tej, an Ethiopian-adapted recipe of honey and herbs that is kosher for Passover; and a lowcalorie option called Light. The beers are made in the Finger Lakes region of upstate New York, and the company’s warehouse is in Queens. The company says it donates a fixed amount of profits to Israeli groups that work with Jews from the ethnic minorities said to be from the lost tribes. One of the company’s next projects — aside from developing more craft brews — is to launch a social media website called iTribe, where people from around the world can digitally connect and learn about ancient traditions by sharing photos, literature and recipes. After Lost Tribe’s website went live in 2011, people from around the world wrote in claiming to be part of a lost tribe and offering up their own family recipes, the founders said. “We got an email last week from someone in Japan who said he was part of a lost tribe and has an incredible Japanese whiskey recipe for us,” Itzkowitz said. “We’ve also heard from Lemba, people from South Africa with a Jewish claim, who have their own brew recipe.” Rozenberg adds, “We’re hoping to get to a point where we have an entire set of these ancient beer options.” It’s not surprising that so many of these cultures have their own beer recipe, Rozenberg said. After all, nearly every culture has its own alcoholic traditions, though carbonated beer of the

By Chavie Lieber

sort imbibed today did not emerge until the 16th or 17th century. Even the Talmud speaks of beer, Rozenberg notes, pointing to a passage in Tractate Pesachim in which Rav Papa, a famous sage, makes beer from dates. “We adapted our Shikra line of beer after him — it’s a pale ale made with organic dates from Israel,” Itzkowitz said. Lost Tribes is in the process of developing several new beverages, including Zuting, a rice and yeast-based wine; Chibuku, a heavy beer of Zimbabwean origins; and their own version of sake. Farago, the inhouse beer connoisseur, attributes much of the company’s success to New York’s downtown tech scene, Silicon Alley, where the brewer has partnered to do corporate parties with companies such as Vimeo, Buzzfeed and College Humor. Lost Tribes also runs Tumblr’s monthly beer-pong tournaments. Forbes magazine listed Lost Tribes as one of the new cool beers to try. “The response has been so great, and the reorder requests from the bars have been overwhelming,” Farago said. “People love our backstory. It’s great to see how many people care about our attempts to resurrect ancient brews.” ✧

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Justin Kallam is ASSOCIATED. Are You? Q. How did you get involved with Mitzvah Day? A. My wife and I wanted to do something around the holidays. She had heard of Mitzvah Day and we decided to volunteer at Hannah More [Shelter] because we liked their mission. I’ve been doing this for the past eight years.

Family: Married to Laura. The couple is expecting their first child in December. Graduated from: Franklin High School and the University of Maryland, College Park Volunteers: For the past seven years has been a Member of the Board of Mitzvah Day, a program of Jewish Volunteer Connection (JVC).

Q. Tell me about the experience. A. Most of the volunteers and paid staff are off on Christmas day. We brought the meals – dinner some years, lunch on others. We would heat up the food. I bring turkey, someone else brings cranberry sauce, and another family has the pumpkin pie. We heat up the food and then serve it to the residents. Sometimes there would be as few as 15 people around the table; other times there would be up to 45.

Q. What do you get out of volunteering? A. Some people are born with certain advantages, while other people aren’t. I think we have a responsibility, an obligation to try and help others. And, it’s amazing how much fun and rewarding it can be. Q. On another note, with Chanukah coming, what are your favorite holiday memories? A. As a kid, we used to visit my father’s father in Harrisburg, PA for a few nights. I’d get to see tons of family that I only saw once a year. Q. Having a baby is very exciting. If you had one piece of advice to give your newborn, what would it be? A. One piece of advice I’d give my daughter is to always have a positive attitude when dealing with people.

During the afternoon, I often go outside and play soccer with the kids. My wife has done arts and crafts with some of them. The kids love us. Q. Anything else? A. The adults and parents sit with you and tell stories. There’s a lot of hope among everyone [despite their circumstances]. Everybody is so appreciative. Q. Have you volunteered in other capacities? A. In the past, I worked in soup kitchens and I used to volunteer at the [Rosenbloom] Owings Mills JCC after school program and at the JCC camp there. I volunteered for two years at the TNT program and was CIT counselor at Camp Milldale.

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Volunteer Opportunities Listed below is a sampling of current volunteer opportunities through Jewish Volunteer Connection (JVC) and at other ASSOCIATED agencies. CHAI Good Neighbor Day Sunday, November 18, 2012 9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. or 1:00 – 4:30 p.m. or all day Public Safety Training Facility (for check-in) 3500 West Northern Parkway, Baltimore Come join us for a fun day of community giving in the Cheswolde, Cross Country, Fallstaff, Glen and Mt.Washington neighborhoods of Northwest Baltimore City. Work together on projects to help seniors and adults with disabilities prepare their homes for winter as well as strengthen and beautify our neighborhoods. In partnership with the neighborhood associations of Cheswolde, Cross Country, Fallstaff, Glen and Mt. Washington. For more information and to register, visit, email Chedva Rose at or call 410-500-5325. JCS Toy Drive Drop Off Day Sunday, November 18, 2012 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Jewish Community Services’ Owings Mills office 3506 Gwynnbrook Avenue, Owings Mills Bring your donations of new toys and school supplies to Jewish Community Services’ Owings Mills office. These gifts are distributed to families JCS is helping, who may not otherwise be able to bring the warmth of the holidays to their children. All donated items must be new and unwrapped. Gift cards with values of $10 or less (such as Target, Walmart and Toys R Us) are also welcome. Then, stay and visit the JCC’s Chanukah Unique Boutique. JCS also welcomes donations for the Toy Drive throughout the year. You may bring donations to either JCS location -- at the Owings Mills JCC or at 5750 Park Heights Avenue in Baltimore during regular business hours. For more information, visit or call 410-466-9200.

Mitzvah Makers Sunday, November 18, 2012 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. Public Safety Training Facility 3500 W. Northern Parkway, Baltimore Families are invited to assemble and deliver emergency preparedness kits to homebound clients of CHAI (Comprehensive Housing Assistance, Inc.) on Good Neighbor Day, a community-wide day of service. For more information and to register, email Erica Bloom at or call 410-369-9302. Do you know about GIVING TUESDAY? Tuesday, November 27, 2012 We have a day for giving thanks. We have two for getting deals. This year, help launch Giving Tuesday, the giving season’s opening day. GIVE more, GIVE better, GIVE smarter this holiday season! Give to Jewish Baltimore at Learn more about hands-on giving through Jewish Volunteer Connection at Community Mitzvah Day 2012 Tuesday, December 25, 2012 Weinberg Park Heights JCC 5700 Park Heights Avenue, Baltimore Rosenbloom Owings Mills JCC 3506 Gwynnbrook Avenue, Owings Mills Help in soup kitchens and homeless shelters, visit the elderly, assemble winter care packages, deliver meals and more. Registration opens November 19, 2012 for all Mitzvah projects. Learn more at http://jvcbaltimore. org/jvc-programs/community-mitzvah-day. Calling all Knitters! Join fellow volunteers in knitting or crocheting scarves and hats for Baltimore’s less fortunate. They will be included in winter care packages to be distributed to local homeless shelters and soup kitchens as part of Jewish

Volunteer Connection’s Community Mitzvah Day on December 25, 2012. For more information, visit calling-all-knitters-and-crocheters. Volunteer Drivers Needed in the Owings Mills Area The Mitzvah Mobility program of Jewish Community Services needs volunteers to drive and escort clients to medical appointments in the Pikesville and Owings Mills areas. This vital service helps older adults maintain their health and independence. Hours are flexible and mileage reimbursement is available. For more information, visit volunteer or call 410-466-9200. Volunteer for CHANA Counseling, Helpline & Aid Network for Abused Women (CHANA) is looking for volunteers to work on the helpline, advocate for victims, write newsletter articles, deliver kosher groceries to women and/or their children in a safe house and transport clientele to and from appointments. For more information, email Ellen Fox at or call 410-843-7495. Computer Tutor for Seniors Many Weinberg Senior Living residents are interested in learning the technology skills that will give them access to information, family and friends. Using the computers in the Weinberg Building, you can provide oneon-one assistance to a resident at a mutually agreeable time. To register, email Cindy Zonies at or call 410-363-8655. Shalom Baltimore Volunteer Connect newcomers with people, organizations and opportunities in the Baltimore Jewish community by welcoming them in person and delivering gifts and information. Learn more at To sign up, email or call 410-843-7490.

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Ideas for a Thoughtful Chanukah

How is it that no one consulted us when they decided to schedule Chanukah so early this year? With our November issue being released on Nov. 16 and our December issue scheduled for Dec. 14, there’s no place for Chanukah coverage. Therefore, we present this very early, somewhat out-of-the-mainstream Chanukah gift preview.

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THE GIFT OF GIVING FEELS SO GOOD Planning on giving your daughter (or son) a doll for Chanukah? While you’re at it, give her the thrill of sending a doll to a child living in a refugee camp. Visit The Hunger Site’s Greater Good online store for a good selection of children’s fair trade gifts. For $20, you can send fair trade dolls to two children living on the Indo-Burma and Thai-Burma border while also supporting local artisans who make the dolls. t h e h u n g e r s i t e. g r e a t e r g o od . c o m / st o r e.


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Ever thought of decorating your child’s room for Chanukah? Not only is it a great opportunity to spend time with your child, but it also increases the value and improves the appearance of your home, and it’s a gift that will last for years to come. Engaging your child in a decorating project provides a multitude of teachable moments, and involving your child in a project that touches on areas such as economics, art and design, organization, and compromise can be a great learning experience. One simple and relatively inexpensive home-decorating project to consider is a paint-by-numbers wall mural. “Elephant on the Wall,” a company started by Patti Newton, a former designer for Disney Imagineering, provides materials and directions for a goof-proof wall mural. Choose from a diverse selection of themes that will appeal to children with all sorts of interests. Elep ha nt son th ewall .co m.

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For the trend setter in the family, bag the department stores. Instead, try one-on-a kind handbags in recycled leather, fabric and accessories designed, sewn and finished by Ulric Joseph from CHILLIBIBBI, a wearable art company he founded. On sale at MICA’s holiday gift market Dec. 5-8 m i c a . e d u.




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NEW PET, ANYONE? Want to give a gift that will teach your child about tikkun olam but won’t leave him empty-handed at Chanukah time? Consider “adopting” an animal from an endangered species from the National Wildlife Federation. Your child will receive a certificate of adoption, a stuffed toy, a screen saver and, depending upon the amount of your donation, a blanket or backpack. nw f. or g. Or keep it local by adopting an animal from the Maryland Zoo. For $67 your child will receive an adoption certificate, a photo of their adopted animal, a fun facts sheet, a plush toy and two tickets to the annual Adopter’s Recognition Day (held each spring). mar y lan dzoo. or g/ su ppo rt - th e-zo o/ ad opt - an -a nima l/. ✧

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ACTING, AUDITIONS, CASTING CALLS Local actress is on the verge of making it big Written By David Snyder

larly attending Broadway musicals and singing in local theater projects may not make you the most popular kid in elementary school. Jenny Anne Hochberg can attest to that. But, all of those childhood experiences have added up and are really paying off. At 22, Hochberg, a graduate of Franklin High School and a senior at Towson University, has appeared in several Paramount Pictures films and recently nabbed a speaking part on NBC’s “Parks and Recreation.” Never lacking on emotion, Hochberg said she savors the opportunities that acting provides her to release her inner feelings in front of an audience. She said her career has been brewing since birth.

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birthday one year, and I became obsessed with it. … I started talking to a woman who was making a documentary about the composer of “Hair,” and she told me she was a casting agent and she could help me join the Screen Actors Guild, and [she] gave me a couple opportunities to work small parts in big film productions for Paramount. Through that, I was able to get my SAG card.


JT: What got you into theater and acting at a young age? Hochberg: On the day I was born, there was a What does having that card entail? woman who came and did a recording for my parents and described all the things that she saw for me in my future. Everything she said was true. She said things like: “She’s going to have a really big sweet tooth,” which I do. “She’s going to become successful and well known in something with the arts.” So far, that’s happened. Then my mom and my dad always brought me to see shows as a kid. They took me to see “Disney on Ice” and raised me with a musical background. My dad would show me all the Rodgers and Hammerstein musicals and Charlie Chaplin and the Marx Brothers. While most kids were growing up watching “Ninja Turtles”, I was growing up watching black-and-white silent films.

It means that you’re considered more professional. You are given rates, and you are generally treated with a lot more respect than if you’re non-union. … You get to go to screening events, you get to meet other actors. Casting agents don’t have to worry about giving you a waiver. They know you’re ready to go and ready to work.

How did you break into film?

Yeah, but somehow every time I’ve done background work, I’ve always been bumped up to an actual part. I did a Harrison Ford movie [“Paranoia”] over the summer. Originally, it was background,

I’ve always loved musicals. I used to go up to New York at the end of every summer and see a Broadway show with my mom. We saw “Hair” for my

What was your first role for Paramount? It was called “Not Fade Away” by writer/director David Chase (“The Sopranos”). They are just finishing [the editing]. It’s a ‘70s rock-and-roll movie. I played a teen concert groupie in one of the main scenes.

So the roles you’ve had so far have been background or extra?

but they bumped me up to an actual character.

What have you always loved about performing? Most people would say it’s playing the different characters, but I think it’s just being there and performing, and it’s the feeling that you just can’t describe. It’s going through these emotions, and it’s this feeling that you’ve worked so hard at something and you’re so proud of it, and now people get to watch the work that you’ve put into it.

How did you get the role on “Parks and Recreation?” That’s a popular TV show. They were looking for 5-feet-8, brown-haired girls. I submitted my head shot and resume. I got a call a week later asking to come in for an audition. I was like, of course I’ll be there. … I read somewhere that the actors who concentrate in the audition waiting room, who focus more on their scene and less so on socializing with other actors, are more likely to get the part. So the moment I got my script I was constantly thinking about the characters and doing the scene until I went into that room. … I didn’t think it was the best audition that I had given. I thought, “Oh well, it was a learning experience.” A week later, I was still seeing postings for the same auditions, and I thought for sure I didn’t get a part. Then they called me … and told me I landed one of the parts on the show. 15



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How many people were trying out for the part? Over 200.

But you weren’t friendly in the waiting room? I was just focused on the scene. I saw lots of actresses socializing, and none of them booked the part.

We joked around a little bit. Amy, in between takes, would help me with some of my lines.

What genre do you prefer? I really enjoy anything. I’m open to everything. I do like comedy. … Drama is like a release or therapy, so I enjoy that as well.

What are your strengths as an actor?



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I would say definitely emotion and memorizing lines. I’m open to working with different people, and I’m able to learn off of them for a scene.

Do a lot of actors struggle with memorizing lines? So many people do struggle with memorizing lines. I find it very useful with tests and passing tests because you look over a paper a couple times and then you can pass your test pretty easily. I’ve worked with bigtime actors who do not know their lines at all.

Do you think, given that you’re just starting, that you’ve set yourself up for the future.

One of my scenes did make it [into the episode], and it made Jay Leno, which I thought was pretty cool. I had been watching them do promos and press all week hoping to see some clip of it, and they showed the main scene I was in. [Actress Amy Poeller] is frustrated because she’s a small country mouse coming to a big city, and her boyfriend [actor Adam Scott] is working with all these beautiful, tall young women, so [the scene] is after she’s met a couple of them. She leaves the room very upset and he’s trying to calm her down, and I interfere in their moment and tell him he has a call to talk to a reporter.

I definitely think so. I was working on this show in Philly. It’s a pretty big NBC-TV [pilot], and I think it’s going to hopefully take off. It’s a new show called “Do No Harm” about a doctor who has split-personality disorder. … I’m a split-personality support-group member. So every time they show him there in an episode, I’m always there next to him. I think eventually, hopefully, this might build into bigger things.

Did you get to talk to the celebrities offstage?

Are you taking a full load of classes?

I did talk to them briefly. Adam Scott was wonderful, he was so friendly.

Last semester I took 21 credits while going to New York for filming. It was

How often are you away from home? At least once or twice a week during school.

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Jenny Anne Hochberg is hoping her NBC-TV pilot takes off.

eight or nine classes. I was attempting to graduate early so I could be working full time.

just background work. What I’m doing is going to lead to bigger things. I just have this gut feeling.

That must have been rigorous. There was no time to eat between back-to-back-to-back classes and then filming. I passed with As and Bs, but “very exhausting� would be an understatement.

Is it tough to keep relationships with friends when you’re constantly on the go? It’s hard to see them because they know me, and they know that I never know when I have to work and I never know who’s going to call me and for what job. I’ve built friendships, but it’s definitely shown me who’s my real friend and who’s just an acquaintance.

What are your ultimate career goals? I just want to be successful. ‌ It would be nice to book a recurring character on a series or more speaking parts. I would love to say a Tony Award or an Oscar, but that’s not something I’m expecting any time soon. When I get higher and higher then maybe the Oscar, maybe.

What makes the work worth it? Everything I’m doing is going to pay off eventually somehow, even if it’s

Have there been any disappointments? I was a victim of bullying growing up in elementary school and high school. I would always be the theater kid who loved Broadway. I’ve gone through some hard things at Towson as well. Everything I’ve been through has made me a stronger person. I used to be such a sensitive kid. Now, I can use all that I’ve been through for acting.

When you were bullied as a kid, was it because you just had different interests? I think people thought I was really strange because I was so unique and creative. I was one of those kids with a different personality. Girls can be really jealous, and guys can be jerks. And ‌ some people I go to school with, there’s some jealousy there. With the “Parks and Recâ€? thing, they thought it was really cool, then after, it was like, “big deal.â€?

I suppose acting can get competitive at times? There is a lot of drama, but it teaches you how to have thick skin and to deal with things like that, because in the real world it’s probably going to be just as hard. ✧

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Schedule Your Holidays Around These FIVE Community Activities November and December are always a hectic time of year, albeit a fun and festive period. First, there’s Thanksgiving, then Chanukah and then winter break culminating in a New Year. As we run around prepping for the holidays, we also look forward to getting together with family and friends. During this holiday season, take some time to check out some of these activities planned by agencies of THE ASSOCIATED: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore. You’ll have some fun, eat some good food and maybe even learn a thing or two: like why American Jews have an affinity toward Chinese food.

Exercise and Shop What could be a better combination than a day of exercising and shopping? Kick off the holiday season with a Zumba Party at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Baltimore and get in shape before piling on those anticipated pounds from the upcoming Thanksgiving feast and Chanukah dinners. After all who can resist those crispy latkes and sufganiyot (jelly donuts)? After the Zumba Party, stop by the JCC’s Chanukah Unique Boutique and take care of your holiday shopping. Choose from jewelry, apparel, Judaica, art and pottery, to name a few of the items available for purchase. The Chanukah Unique Boutique and Zumba Party will be held on November 18 at The Rosenbloom Owings Mills JCC. Zumba Party runs from 9:00 –11:00 a.m. The JCC’s Chanukah Unique Boutique is open from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. For information, contact Lynn at

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A Hands-On Holiday A Chinese Party In preparation for Chanukah, which begins on December 9 this year, the JCC is hosting several Hands-On Holiday events. Introduce the youngest members of your family to the spirit of the holiday with Chanukah melodies and holiday crafts. Enjoy special circle time with your toddler and preschoolers while singing Chanukah songs, creating Chanukah-themed art projects and enjoying a Chanukah snack. The program is designed for families with children up to five-years-old. Chanukah Hands-on Holiday programs will be held December 2, 10:00 a.m. at the Rosenbloom Owings Mills JCC (410-559-3524 or for more information); December 5, 11:00 a.m. at the Southeast Anchor branch of the Enoch Pratt Library (Kim Jacobsohn at; December 5, 12:00 p.m. at the Roland Park Library (Lauren at and December 12, at the Light Street Library (10:15 a.m. for babies and 11:15 a.m. for walkers.)

Diner & Donuts Attend a free screening of local writer/ director Barry Levinson’s classic Baltimore film, Diner, in the Hodson Hall Auditorium at Johns Hopkins University’s Homewood Campus. Then enjoy donuts in celebration of Chanukah. Be sure to check out the exhibit: Jews on the Move: Baltimore and the Suburban Exodus, 1945 – 1968. Diner & Donuts will be held Sunday, December 9, 7:00 p.m. at Hodson Hall on the JHU Homewood Campus. The exhibit can be viewed in Hodson Hall until December 17.

Ask many American Jews where they expect to spend Christmas Day and invariably a majority will mention a Chinese restaurant. There’s something about Chinese food and December 25 – and for that matter Chinese food and Jews — that strikes a chord with many of us. This year, the Jewish Museum of Maryland has developed a Chinesethemed program for Christmas Day, “Dreidels and Dragons,” that explores the Chinese food phenomenon. In addition to enjoying Kosher Chinese food, visitors can learn about the connection between the Jews and Chinese food during a presentation by Jennifer 8. Lee, author of “The Fortune Cookie Chronicles.” Included on The New York Times bestseller list, “The Fortune Cookie Chronicles” features a section on our Christmas food tradition. In addition to Chinese food, “Dragons and Dreidels” will include Chinese-themed crafts and a chance to learn how to play mah jong.

At the Weinberg Park Heights JCC, families can put together winter care packages which will be distributed to individuals in homeless shelters in Baltimore City and County. They can visit clients with special needs at the Jewish Community Service’s Assisted Living Communities and schmooze with these residents at a pizza and Karaoke party. There are a number of other projects including delivering packages for Meals on Wheels and serving meals at the Weinberg Park Assisted Living community and Hannah More Shelter. Go to and click on Community Mitzvah Day.

Looking for a great Chanukah gift that will last an entire year? Why not join PJ Library this year and receive a free Jewish-inspired book or CD once a month. Sign up at Rochelle Eisenberg is Public Relations Manager at THE ASSOCIATED: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore.

The event runs 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on December 25 and Lee will speak at noon. Admission is $5 for members, $10 for nonmembers or $10 for member families, $18 for non-member families.

Do A Mitzvah Once again, Baltimoreans can roll up their sleeves and brighten the lives of those less fortunate during JVC’s Community Mitzvah Day on December 25. This program of THE ASSOCIATED: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore is a wonderful way for individuals to help out the community.

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Mozambikes helps locals “reach water sources more easily.”

Reisterstown’s Lauren Thomas puts her dream in motion

When she graduated from the University of North Carolina’s Kenan-Flag Business School in 2004, Lauren Thomas, 30, a Reisterstown native, secured a job as an investment banker with Bank of America Securities in New York City. After several years, Thomas, who grew up attending Baltimore Hebrew Congregation, felt something was missing. While she liked

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finance, she realized she wanted to explore other languages, cultures and markets. In 2008, Thomas enrolled in an M.B.A. program at the University of Navarra’s IESE Business School in Barcelona. Speaking to the Baltimore Jewish Times from Mozambique, Africa, Thomas said, “This is not exactly where I thought I would be four years ago, but it’s exactly

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where I want to be now.” In the summer before Thomas was scheduled to begin her M.B.A. program, she traveled to Mozambique for an internship. Her charge: to write business plans and build financial plans for the country’s mango and banana farmers. When her internship ended, Thomas returned to Barcelona to start business school. Initially, her goal was

to become an investor in South and Latin America. But her plans changed when she fell in love with Mozambique and the idea she and her future business partner had brainstormed during a 2009 road trip across the country. Along the way, Thomas and her partner, Rui Mesquita, were struck by the lack of efficient transportation sources, especially in Mozambique’s

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professional goals. In 2010, after graduating with an M.A. from IESE, Thomas joined Mesquita in Mozambique to pursue their dream. Eighty percent of the country’s economy is based on informal agriculture, Thomas explained. Having bikes enables people to carry more products, travel greater distances and reach water sources more easily. “This translates directly into selling more products per day.� Additionally, said Thomas, bicycles enable people to access health clinics, where they can receive preventive services and receive treatment for diseases. “Thousands die from completely treatable diseases in Mozambique because they can’t get to clinics. “There are two channels by which we sell the bikes. The companies and organizations pay to have their logos printed on the bikes, and with the revenues we receive for the branding, we are able to sell bikes cheaply. Or some companies and organizations prefer to buy the bikes in large quantities and give them directly to their employees.� With either channel, bikes get

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Lauren Thomas gave up a career in finance for what she calls her “passion project.”

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ness has become. It started as an idea, and then we began to think, ‘This could really have an impact!’ It’s great to have the market confirming this.” Thomas’ parents, Randy and Sharon, and her brother, Bradley, live in Owings Mills, and she only visits about twice a year. Her sister, Elissa, lives in Seattle. “When I first moved to Spain, they thought, “Oh, Lauren’s off on one of her adventures. Then I didn’t come back and moved to Africa. Now, they understand the magnitude of what we’re doing, and I think they’re very proud.” Care to donate a bicycle to someone in Mozambique? Donations can be made through and will provide bicycles to Mozambicans who earn below the national minimum wage. Recipients will use donated bicycles to help their families, children and communities. ✧

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P.J. Pearlstone expects that his classmates from Park School’s Class of 1993 might be surprised to learn he soon will celebrate his 14th wedding anniversary. He and wife Karen, a 1993 Pikesville High School graduate, met while in high school. When they graduated, P.J. and Karen left Pikesville for different colleges — P.J. went to the University of Arizona and Karen to the University of Hartford. Before long though, both recognized their relationship was heading in a serious direction. If they wanted it to move forward, they would need to be together. After completing their freshman years, P.J. and Karen transferred to the University of Maryland. Today, they have two children, Zach, 10 and Jordan, 6. The boys both attend Beth Tfiloh Dahan Community School, and the family makes its home in Pikesville’s Quarry Lake neighborhood.

Are you noticing any shifts now that the economy has begun to stabilize somewhat? Yes. I think people are beginning to see the light at the end of the tunnel. Things seem to be moving in the right direction, and many seem to be feeling more positive in terms of their longtime view. Some people are still shell shocked, though. And some are worse off than they were before. How do you like to spend your time when you’re not working? When I’m not spending time with my family, I’m volunteering with nonprofit organizations. I am on the board of The Associated, the Pearlstone Center, the JCC and Sinai Hospital. I also serve on the Investment Committees at Sinai and The Associated. I’m really committed to giving back to the community. ✧

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The Quick Visual Test — The resume should be clean and aligned, without any obvious mistakes in spelling, punctuation, grammar or spacing. Proofread. en have someone else do the same. Letterhead — At the top, there should be a “letterhead” that will include name, credential (if relevant), address, email and phone number(s). Serious job seekers should monitor voice mail and email a few times a day. Outgoing voicemail greetings should be personalized. Don’t rely on the default recording. Summary or Profile — is is recommended when you send out a resume broadly. In a few phrases, this will summarize background and experience and also include what you are looking for. Avoid cliches like “multitasker” and “good communication skills,” as 99 percent of job seekers say that. Work Experience — Each job should have the name of the organization, your job title and dates of employment. Below that, each statement should begin with an action verb and then describe what you did, answering questions such as for whom, with what and how much.

Education/Training — (for current students and recent college grads, this section should precede “Work Experience”) — Record the name of the college from which you earned a degree or took classes. Current students should include projected graduation date. Include majors and minors. For those with industry certifications (e.g., MCSE, CPA), licenses or continuing education, those elements go here.

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Jay L. Lenrow of Adelberg, Rudow, Dorf & Hendler, LLC was appointed to a four-year term on the Johns Hopkins University board of trustees, the governing body for the university. Lenrow has deep ties to Johns Hopkins University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree and attended its School of Advanced International Studies. He currently serves on the board of advisers for both the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center and Johns Hopkins Hillel, and he is JHU’s alumni council vice president and an executive board member.

The Maryland Network Against Domestic Violence presented its 2012 Community Award to attorney Larry J. Feldman at its 2012 annual meeting and awards luncheon. e MNADV has been working since 1980 to eliminate domestic violence in Maryland through education, training and advocacy. Feldman was honored for providing pro bono legal services to battered women and for his work in training other attorneys in this area of the law. Feldman is a 15-year volunteer attorney and 10-year board member of CHANA, the Jewish Response to Domestic Violence. He also has volunteered for the House of Ruth.

Dr. Milner Honored Dr. Stephen Milner, director of the Johns Hopkins Burn Center, was recently recognized by the James R. Jordan Foundation International for the medical care and education he provided to burn patients and medical professionals in Kenya. Dr. Milner was honored at the Diamonds for Africa Gala in New York. Other honorees included New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Ida Odinga, wife of Kenyan Prime Minister Raila Odinga. Dr. Milner first became involved with the people of Kenya in 2009 aer an explosion le more than 100 people dead and dozens severely injured. e James R. Jordan Foundation contacted the Johns Hopkins Burn Center shortly aer the fire and asked Dr. Milner and other burn center staff to assist Kenyatta National Hospital with the care of burn patients. While in Kenya, the team provided hands-on nursing and surgical care and worked with its staff to ensure better outcomes for patients. “During my short time there, I became close with the Kenyan physicians, and I continue to collaborate with them on the care and treatment of burn patients,” said Dr. Milner.


Mercy Ranks High For Women’s Health Mercy Medical Center has received the Women’s Choice Award from WomenCertified, distinguishing it as one of America’s best hospitals for patient experience. e Women’s Choice Award is the only national award that focuses on female patient satisfaction using scores derived from the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Health Care Providers and Systems database. “e Women’s Choice Award is based on criteria that examine female patient satisfaction, what women say they want from a hospital. is includes quality communication with doctors, how well nurses and support staff respond to patient needs, cleanliness, etc. is award reflects the long tradition of the Sisters of Mercy and the efforts of everyone at Mercy Medical Center to best serve our patients,” said omas R. Mullen, president and CEO of Mercy Medical Center.

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Butler Named To Director’s Post Maryland Department of Human Resources Secretary Ted Dallas and Howard County Executive Ken Ulman have announced the appointment of Karen S. Butler as director of the Howard County Department of Social Services. Butler has a strong background in the human service arena and is currently the director of social services in Charles County.

Junior Achievement Names New SVP Kim Fabian has joined Junior Achievement of Central Maryland as senior vice president. Along with creating and implementing strategic plans, Fabian serves as JA’s internal leader for daily operations. “It is a privilege to be selected for this role, which will support Junior

Achievement of Central Maryland’s mission to help young people strengthen their financial and business skills,” Fabian said. “is is a tremendous opportunity to broaden the organization’s recognition and expand its reach in our community.”

JA Names Manager Mandy Snyder has joined Junior Achievement of Central Maryland as manager of strategic partnerships. Along with developing and executing the annual operating campaign, Snyder is responsible for securing financial support for JA. “[JA] allows me to continue my passion for working with nonprofits while incorporating my interest and knowledge of the business industry,” Snyder said.

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Hopkins Safety Team Honored ECRI Institute, an independent nonprofit that conducts research about and assesses best practices in patient safety and quality, has given the Health Devices Achievement Award for 2012 to Johns Hopkins Hospital and its team of nurses, physicians and engineers. ECRI labeled clinical alarms the top health technology hazard of the year. The Hopkins team succeeded in significantly reducing the number of distracting, noncritical bedside alarms in some of the hospital’s noisiest areas.

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Adelberg, Rudow, Dorf & Hendler, LLC has announced that 14 of its attorneys made Washington and Baltimore’s Top Rated Lawyers 2012 Edition.e ARD&H attorneys are Leslie J. Polt, Jerald B. Lurie, David B. Rudow, Oren D. Saltzman, Walter R. Stone, Andrew Radding, Carol Ghinger Cooper, Paul A. Dorf (who died on July 5), Michael G. Hendler, F. Kirk Kolodner, Marc B. Noren, Jay L. Lenrow, S. Leonard Rottman (now retired) and Yale M. Ginsburg.

Stein Gets New Appointment Del. Dana Stein has been appointed co-chair of the Maryland Financial Education and Capability Commission. e commission will make recommendations on improving the financial literacy of Marylanders.

New Board Member Bello Machre has announced the election of its newest board member, Karyn Tolan. Bello Machre officials said Tolan’s dedication and commitment in working to benefit individuals with developmental disabilities will be a tremendous asset. Tolan, principal at Comprehensive Developmental Services, has been providing clinical and consultative services to Bello Machre for more than 20 years.

BCPS Teachers Honored Four Baltimore County Public Schools teachers received 2012 Simon A. McNeely Awards in Physical Education, and four others were recognized as Emerging Leaders at the Maryland Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance Awards Banquet. e McNeely Award winners are Jennifer Melnick, BCPS Office of Physical Education; Robin Sherman, Cromwell

Valley Elementary Regional Magnet School; Lori Brewer, George Washington Carver Center for Arts and Technology; and Bob Russell, Cockeysville Middle School. e Emerging Leader honorees are Steve Ey, Pleasant Plains Elementary School; Diana Six, Dumbarton Middle School; Michael Silverman, Milford Mill Academy; and Sonia Synkowski, Patapsco High School & Center for the Arts.

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How about a discount to eat at your favorite restaurant? There is a group of guys in Baltimore working to give you a shot at these prizes and countless other rewards. All you have to do is read the news. NewsUp, a mobile application currently in the testing stage, is a media game that gives news consumption an added twist by awarding users points for reading and sharing news and answering trivia questions about what


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they’ve read. Its developers say the game serves a dual purpose. Yes, the reward factor is employed to make the news-gathering experience more enjoyable and gratifying, but by adding trivia questions, developers say the app will increase reading comprehension and help

thwart news illiteracy. “is is how we make news awesome,” NewsUp CEO Andrew Schuster said. “It’s such an enjoyable experience because it takes something that’s traditionally monotonous — the act of reading — and it makes it a lot more fun. “It’s something that I think news

creators have been trying to get to for a long time, but we’re really leading the charge on creating an entire game experience around news and doing it in a mobile environment. It’s the next level of news.” All in their 20s, the NewsUp team also consists of VP of Community

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their software technology among a small group of users and working out any kinks before the product is released. Schuster said the app is projected to go to market by early 2013 and will not cost anything for the consumer. The company will earn its profit from advertisers who can market their deals and discounts on the website. Both the content users read and the rewards they receive are customizable because the soware utilizes a relevancy engine to assess each user’s personal preferences. Essentially, the application tracks what the individual is reading and delivers similar news items in the future. At the same time, however, NewsUp will employ an editorial team that curates subject matter and dispenses the day’s top stories. “You’re going to get the news you want but also the news that we believe you need,” Schuster said. “If you like Miley Cyrus, you’re going to get Miley Cyrus, but we’re also going to make sure the news about Syria gets in there if that’s not something you’re already interested in.” Schuster, a digital sales specialist for the Baltimore Sun, pointed out that with an excess of media outlets, news consumption is as widespread as it’s ever been. Retaining information, however, is another story. He referenced a recent Pew study that reported three out of five young adults say they keep up with the news. But only one of those same five knew that Pakistan and Afghanistan shared a common border. On top of capturing the highly coveted 18-34, young adult demographic, Schuster said that he also anticipates NewsUp making its way into a classroom setting. He said that educators have already contacted him with interest in the idea. He envisions

a concept where various classrooms in a school compete with one another to see which can answer more trivia questions correctly. Regardless if it’s used by kids or adults, Chris Brandenburg, who mentored the NewsUp team as a part of Accelerate Baltimore — a threemonth incubator program that helps startup companies maximize their potential — views the competitive ingredient in NewsUp as element that’s been proven to succeed. “I think if you can challenge your friends and hold over their heads that you’re smarter because you won the trivia, people will come back to do that over and over again,” said Brandenburg, chief technology officer at Millennial Media, a Baltimore-based mobile advertising network. “The algorithms will become better over time and make it more to the point where the questions are very relevant and very important to the message of the story. If you just read a story versus read a story because you’re going to be questioned on it, you read it in a different mindset.” Brandenburg also recognized the NewsUp team’s high level of passion and dedication. All work day jobs and commit time at night and on the weekends to enhancing their product, which they hope, down the line, becomes their full-time jobs. “is is what we want to do, and we’re dedicated and focused to reimagining the newspaper and rebuilding it for the mobile generation. It’s constantly on our minds,” Schuster said. “There’s no doubt about it. We’re here to make money. But No. 2 is to change the world in a positive way, by battling news illiteracy and helping people enjoy the act of reading.” JT David Snyder is a JT staff reporter


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A CENTURY OF PROGRESSIVISM On its centennial, The Park School gets sentimental By Simone Ellin

At a recent editorial meeting, a couple of the Baltimore Jewish Times’ younger reporters wanted to know why an article about The Park School’s centennial would be of particular interest to members of the Jewish community. While local historians and Jewish Baltimoreans of “a certain age” might shake their heads in disbelief, Park’s founders might have


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viewed their ignorance in a decidedly different light. In 1912, when a group of Baltimore’s most prominent citizens came together to organize what was then known as The Park University School, a letter of invitation to a planning meeting for the school’s opening was explicit in stating that the school was to be “nonsectarian.”


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A science class in 1953, when the school was located on Liberty Road.

The school, read the invitation, “is to be organized to meet a need in the educational system of this city, namely a strictly nonsectarian school, conducted according to the highest educational standards, properly situated, adequately equipped, and in the hands of trained educators in all grades. With regard to the need for such a school, it is only necessary to say that there is no nonsectarian private school in this city.” e letter of invitation, signed by Eli Oppenheim, Sigmund Kann, Louis H. Levin, Louis P. Hamburger, Eli Strouse, Eli Frank, Isaac A. Oppenheim, Jonas Hamburger and S.B. Sonneborn tactfully omitted the circumstances that led the signers to come together for the purpose of forming a new private school. Those circumstances, however, were significant. In 1900, after a nationwide search, James Van Sickle of Denver was hired as Baltimore’s superintendent of schools. Van Sickle was entrusted with the task of modernizing the failing public school system, and he set about instituting some of the progressive educational reforms that had achieved notoriety since the late 19th century. Many on the school board and in the community believed Van Sickle’s policies were having a positive affect. Yet in 1911, Baltimore’s mayor, James Preston, sought to remove Van Sickle in order to replace the superintendent with a conservative political ally. Preston removed school board members — and Van Sickle supporters — Dr. J.M.T. Finney, Dr. J.M.H. Rowland and Eli Frank and installed his own picks, creating the majority needed to oust Van Sickle. Board President Lawrason Riggs and board member Dr. Hans Froelicher resigned in protest.

Faced with a school system whose leadership and policies they could not support, Jewish parents looked to private schools to meet the educational needs of their children. But they found that most area schools would not admit Jews, and if they did, they had quotas that already had been met. Creating a new nonsectarian school based on progressive ideology was the only solution. The Park School opened on Sept. 30, 1912 in its first location on Auchentoroly Terrace, across from Druid Hill Park. In 1917, the school moved to Liberty Road, and in 1959, bursting at the seams, Park moved to its current location on Old Court Road. In 1954, The Park School became the first independent school to admit African-American students. Currently, the school is approximately 50 percent Jewish and has students of all ethnic and religious backgrounds. Dan Paradis has been Park’s head of school since 2008. Paradis came to Park from a K-12 school in the Washington, D.C., area, where he was a teacher and administrator for 16 years. Aware of Park’s excellent reputation, Paradis said it was his experience while visiting the school that really sold him on the position. “Park enjoys an excellent reputation as one of the leading progressive schools in the nation, so I was intrigued when I was invited to visit. But really, it was Park students — their enthusiasm for learning, their appreciation for their teachers and their investment in the school — that made me want to come to Park. Whether you’re speaking to students, teachers, parents or alumni, they all care so much about the school.”

Although the Progressive Education Association was founded in 1918, philosophies of progressive education were conceived much earlier. In the 19th century, philosophers including Johann Heinrich Pestalozzi, Frederick Frobel, Francis Wayland Parker and John Dewey were among progressive education’s pre-Park School proponents. The Progressive Education Association identified seven principles they viewed as essential to progressive educational environments. Park School was organized around these principles. They were: freedom to develop naturally; interest as the motive of all work; the teacher’s role as guide rather than taskmaster; evaluation of students’ progress in holistic rather than solely academic terms; greater attention to students’ physical health; cooperation between home and school life; and the role of progressive schools in leading educational movements. According to Park School archivist Michelle Feller-Kopman, while the creation of a nonsectarian, progressive school was revolutionary, Park’s founders already were engaged in a variety of progressive causes. at, Feller-Kopman said, made the project seem less daunting and more feasible. Park founding committee member Louis H. Levin, for example, was then executive director of the Federated Jewish Charities. He was working at the time to bring Baltimore’s Russian Jews and German Jews together to form a new entity known as the Associated Jewish Charities. Levin was married to Berthe Szold, sister of Henrietta Szold, the founder of Hadassah: The Women’s Zionist Organization of America, as well as a teacher and advocate for Baltimore’s immigrants. Levin’s wife, Berthe, was a civic leader and social activist in her own right, and she was the first woman to be appointed to the Baltimore City school board. Sadie Crockin, whose daughter was a student at Park in 1912, was the first head of the Baltimore Chapter of the League of Women Voters, as well as the founding president of the Baltimore chapter of Hadassah. Among other prominent students who attended the school were Baltimore Hebrew Congregation’s Rabbi Dr. Adolf Guttmacher’s sons, Manfred and Alan, who graduated with the Class of 1915. Manfred became a forensic psychiatrist and testified in the trial of Jack Ruby (murderer of President John F. Kennedy’s alleged assassin Lee Harvey Oswald); Alan became an obstetrician, president of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America and a leader in the International Planned Parenthood Federation in the 1960s and 1970s.



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Alexis Mogul chose Park for her twins, Amelia and Jonah, because the school instills “a lifelong love of learning.”

Today, Park remains committed to the progressive education of its founding principles. The population is diverse, and three- or four-generation families mix with Baltimore newcomers on Park’s expansive 100-acre campus. In the 21st century, Park draws families from elsewhere in the United States, and many alumni stay in Baltimore or return to the city when their children reach school age, just so they can attend Park.

From Generation to Generation Helen Greif graduated from e Park School in 1933, and Greif ’s daughters Suzanne Wolf Applefeld (class of 1954) and Carol Wolf Weis (class of 1957) also attended the school. But it didn’t stop there. Suzanne Wolf Applefeld’s daughter (and Greif ’s granddaughter), Anne Applefeld Katz, is also an alumna, and it’s no accident that she and her husband, Kenny Katz (both class of 1977), and their sons Andrew, a Park senior, and Alex, a Park graduate, live across the street from their alma mater. “Park is a magical place,” she said with a smile. And when it was time for their sons to start school, the Katzes didn’t look anywhere else. “Park feels comfortable and familiar; I couldn’t imagine a better place to send them,” she said. “Park teaches one to think and advocate for oneself and to believe that anything is possible. There is total respect for the individual, lots of affirmation and empowerment.” 42

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Marnie Wetzler (class of 1957), pictured with her son Tom (class of 1984), is proud of the opportunities Park is giving her grandsons (from left) Alex, Matthew and Zach.

Weis remembers her years at Park fondly. “It was fun — good friends, small classes and wonderful teachers. I remember taking art appreciation, and when I was lucky enough to go with my mother to Europe, I could walk into a museum and know about the artists and styles. To have that sort of background was special,” she said. Weis’ children, Elizabeth Parks (class of 1984) and Jon Parks (class of 1986), and her nephew, Alex Applefeld (class of 1981), also attended the school. Weis’ grandchildren, Zach, Aiden and Lily, and grandniece, Daisy, and grandnephew, Charlie, are Park students. For Jon Parks, the fact that his three children represent his family’s fourth generation at Park is meaningful. “It really gives perspective on the great arc of time. I feel a deep connection and sense of community there. It’s a wonderful learning environment. My wish would be that everyone could have a Park education,” he said. Although Park does offer financial aid, tuition is still not affordable to many families. Feller-Kopman stresses that the school’s founders were intent on offering free tuition for children whose families could not afford a Park education. “Park’s founders envisioned creating the most inclusive educational environment possible. It’s one of the things of which I’m proudest,” said Paradis. “In 1912, it was about religious diversity. Over the

years that definition continued to broaden.” How does Park make the school accessible to as many students as it can? “When I came to Park in 2008, we were experiencing an economic crisis. Our community rallied, and major philanthropists in Baltimore came forward — many of them were Jewish families,” Paradis said. “While maintaining our community and trying to make sure everyone could stay at the school, we were also thinking about all of the ways that we could help families with the costs of things like books, trips [and] uniforms that would enable students to have the full ‘Park experience.’ We thought of every way we could bridge that gap.” is coming weekend, the school will celebrate its centennial with its traditional auction. More than 500 people will join in support of the financial aid program and teacher salaries. For Marni Friedman Wetzler (class of 1957) and granddaughter of one of Park’s founders, Eli Frank, it was essential that her children and grandchildren understand how fortunate they were to attend the Park School. Wetzler sent her children, Tom and Andrew, to Mount Washington Elementary School in the lower grades. “I think public school is a great experience. If you can support your community school, you should,” said Wetzler. But when her boys completed elementary school,


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Park students show their pride. The school is celebrating its centennial this year.

Wetzler and her husband, Phil, were uncomfortable with their area’s middle and high schools. It was then that Andrew and Tom became third-generation Park students. Now, Tom’s children attend the school. “I made a point of showing my grandchildren what a public school looks like,” said Wetzler. “I took them to an inner-city school and said to them, ‘Do you know what this is?’ They had no idea. ‘Look, there’s no greenery around. Where do you think they play basketball?’ I think some of that sunk in,” she said. “Park’s founders wanted a school where all kids could have opportunities.” For students who don’t have the opportunity to attend Park, the school has found alternative ways to share aspects of its educational model with public schools and educators. One of these is known as the Middle Grades Partnership (MGP). Park founded the MGP, and it is run by Beth Casey, a former Park administrator. The program partners schools such as Park with Baltimore City middle schools. “Every summer,” explained Paradis, “kids from city schools come to campus and have an intense math and language arts course. It prepares them to go to the best public high schools — Poly, City, Western — putting them on a college track. A group of Park teachers work with our partner school, Afya Public Charter School, to teach and create curriculum together. Programs like this not only support kids who will never come to Park but also connect teachers.” Last summer, he added, “we hosted a group called Center for Inspired Teachers. We held workshops that promoted excellence in teaching for students

throughout greater Baltimore.” Since 2000, Park has had a strong partnership with Habitat for Humanity of the Chesapeake. In a 10-year period, members of the school community built and financed the construction of 12 new homes. In 2010, Park founded the Build-A-Block program in which Park students are partnered with local public and independent school students to sponsor and build homes together with Habitat for Humanity. “It’s been an incredible learning experience and also a lesson about how there’s strength in numbers. We can do so much when we work together,” said Paradis.

Newcomers Welcome While Park boasts an impressive number of multigenerational families, newcomers also feel welcome at the school. Alexis and Dr. Douglas Mogul, native New Yorkers, moved from San Francisco to Baltimore City several years ago. “When my twins started in kindergarten, there were very few families who were new to Park. But everyone was very warm and welcoming. Now, we are fully entrenched in the community.” The Moguls both had grown up attending public schools, so their decision to send their twins, Amelia and Jonah, to a private school was “a huge choice” for them. Once they determined it was the best choice, they quickly narrowed their search. “We knew we wanted a coed school, and we wanted one with a liberal arts feel. Both Doug and I went to liberal arts colleges, and we felt our educations really shaped us and made us well-rounded people,” said Alexis Mogul. The thing that really sold the Moguls on Park,

they said, was something one of Doug Mogul’s colleagues told them. “He had three children. One went to Park, one went to another independent school and one to a Jewish day school, but he said he wished he had sent all three to Park because his kid who went there loved going to school every day,” said Alexis Mogul. “That was what we wanted for our children. We wanted to give them every opportunity and to instill a lifelong love of learning.”

“PARK IS A MAGICAL PLACE.” — Anne Applefeld Katz

“When I think of our centennial, I start with a profound sense of gratitude to Park’s founders and leaders,” said Paradis. “They were risk takers and remarkable visionaries. Progressive education was a bold new direction for the country. Park’s spirit of innovation is a big part of the school and its founding. e fact that we’re always growing and learning is part of our DNA here. … But the philosophy of progressive education that was part of Park’s mission in 1912. That has not changed.” JT Simone Ellin is a JT staff reporter —


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For a Thanksgiving Seder, It’s All About the ‘Hodu’

LOS ANGELES — Sitting down to the well-set table every November, even though it is filled with family and food, I always feel that something is missing — a Jewish connection to the Thanksgiving story. A dinner without the drama of the Exodus, like the Passover seder, leaves me just with the turkey to send my spirits soaring. It’s not that I need another haggadah — I already know why this night is different: The stuffing isn’t made of matzah meal. But what about borrowing the idea of the seder’s four cups of wine — the Tu b’Shvat seder

journal of the Pilgrims, Bradford made comparative references between the Pilgrims’ voyage and the Israelites’ Exodus. Later in life, according to Stephen O’Neill, the curator of Pilgrim Hall Museum in Plymouth, Mass., Bradford “taught himself Hebrew,” even writing a book of Hebrew exercises. According to Bradford’s journal, the Mayflower Pilgrims gave thanks upon their landing: “Being thus arrived in a good harbor and brought safe to land, they fell upon their knees & blessed ye God of heaven, who had brought them over ye vast &


does this as well — to help organize the evening in a Jewish way? Liking the idea of repeating an action four times but wanting a change from raising a glass, I played thematically with four feathers, four fall leaves, even sticking four olives — so American, yet a fruit of Israel, too — on my fingers. For inspiration I turned to William Bradford, a passenger on the Mayflower and later the governor of Plymouth colony, who as it turned out was a figure who could bridge the gap between Puritan and Jewish narratives. In “Of Plymouth Plantation,” his

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furious ocean,” reads the text. “Let them therefore praise ye Lord, because he is good,” wrote Bradford, quoting from Psalm 107, which in Hebrew begins with the word “hodu,” “give thanks.” Here was my repeating element. Saying hodu, or thanks, four times in my Thanksgiving seder would work, and in a fortuitous Hebrew play on words, hodu also happens to mean “turkey.” First hodu: Begin your Thanksgiving seder with a blessing over a glass of wine or juice. Though historians think the Pilgrims probably drank

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water at the first Thanksgiving, they were not teetotalers — they later produced a hard cider, even a watered-down version for children. Then say a Shehecheyanu. During their first year in the New World, slightly more than half of the Mayflower’s 102 passengers survived. Sitting together around the table and saying this blessing — especially in a year when nature has made it painfully clear how fragile life can be — reminds us that God grants us life, sustains us and enables us to reach this day. Since the first Thanksgiving followed the corn harvest, the hamotzi blessing is in order. Break some bread — at this seder you don’t even need to dip it once. Say a hodu for a cornucopia of blessings. Second hodu: In 1621, Edward Winslow wrote a letter to a friend in England describing the first Thanksgiving meal shared by the Pilgrims with the Indians: “Our governor sent four men on fowling, that so we might after a special manner rejoice together after we had gathered the fruit of our labors.” Adding to the menu, we find in Winslow’s account that to help feed the assemblage, including 90 from the Wampanoag tribe and “their greatest king Massasoit,” the Native Americans “went out and killed five deer.” At your table, ever thankful that someone else has done the “fowling,” and that you haven’t hit a deer with your car, somebody should hold up the turkey (or tofurky) platter and thank the “greatest” cook. To add a sense of family tradition to

the meal, also hold up the other dishes, acknowledging what the guest households — the tribes — have contributed to the meal. One should ask, “from whom was the recipe passed down?” For tables with children in elementary school, it’s also a good time for show and tell. One should ask, from what did you make that lovely centerpiece? Go ahead and kvell. Say a hodu of recognition and dig in to your Thanksgiving meal. Third hodu: Before dessert, talk about the perilous journey of the Pilgrims toward religious freedom from England to Holland and finally to Plymouth. Each person at the table can introduce the story of their own family about coming to America; one should tell of the going out. Say a hodu of freedom and feel free to indulge in pie. Fourth hodu: Last year, having a guitar-playing guest at our anksgiving dinner really gave us a chance to sing out our feelings. Aer dessert we sang old American favorites like “Turkey in the Straw” and “If I Had a Hammer.” This year, I want to add a passage from “Birkat hamazon,” the grace aer meals that begins with the words “Kakatuv, V’achalta vësavata,” “And you shall eat and have enough, and then you shall thank the Lord your God for the good land He gave you.” Say a final hodu: As a guest, for the hospitality of your hosts. As a host, for the opportunity to bring together your family and friends. Then pray you can get up from the table. JT Edmon J. Rodman writes for the JTA Wire Service.


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observed my fatherís yahrzeit. it’s hard to believe it’s been eight years since his passing. My kids — who never knew my dad; my oldest is named for him — are old enough now to understand the notion of an azkarah, a day of memorial, and asked if there was anything they could do to cheer me up. we talked about him for a bit and then spent a while looking through old picture albums. i would point to one picture of Zayde, then another and tell tales about his carefree manner, his adventurous spirit and his ears that stuck straight out from the sides of his head. Between the stories of Jacob acquiring his brother’s birthright and, later, stealing esau’s blessing, we encounter a curious passage: “isaac dug anew the wells which had been dug in the days of his father Abraham and which the Philistines had stopped up aer Abraham’s death” (Bereshit 26:18). several commentators observe the ways in which this is an apt metaphor for memory and tradition. we encounter the “wells” of our parents and grandparents, our ancestors. To claim Judaism is an act of reclamation; most of what we know of Torah and the Jewish world view has been learned already by countless others who came before us. One 20th-century thinker points out, though, a distinction between isaac and his son, Jacob. Rabbi samuel Jacob Rubinstein notes that, unlike his father and grandfather, Jacob is never described digging wells. “The reason,” suggests Rubinstein, “is that after Abraham and isaac had dug their wells and found pure water, their descendant was already able to

draw water directly from the spring” (She’erit Menachem). Rabbi Rubinstein, a hasid and student of the kotzker Rebbe, is keenly aware of dynastic inheritance. But he overlooks a critical point: isaac doesn’t just dig wells like his father before him; he excavates them, retrieving the “living waters” that have been hidden from him. Discovery is a virtue, the revelation of the old as if it is new in each generation. But excavation also has a cost: each time we re-dig a well, it loses some of its shape, its structural integrity. when secrets and truths are found and lost and found again, the Judaism we inherit runs the risk of being somehow diminished because it is divorced from the insights of yesteryear. Perhaps this is the secret of the wells. Abraham, the first Jew, digs the first wells. isaac unearths these same wells. he has to do so because they have been stopped up ñ by Philistines (read: external forces who wish to do our people harm) or, perhaps, by familial discontinuity. whatever the case, the wells of isaac seem to persist until the next generation so that Jacob need not excavate. he drinks “directly from the spring.” Our generation in admonished to avoid the Philistine tendencies, through insolence or indolence, to allow the wells to be plugged up once again. To remember is a beautiful thing, but we cannot recount that which we do not know, and we cannot expect each generation to be isaacworthy. in this day and age, there is a very real possibility that certain wells will simply disappear for good. JT Rabbi Daniel Cotzin Burg is spiritual leader at Beth Am Synagogue.

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

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Volunteer Opportunities

PJ on the Town at The Fire Museum of Maryland

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Pomegranate Society Event True Stories from the Field: A Young Womanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Fight for Human Rights Wednesday, November 28, 2012; 6:00 p.m. Learn about the compelling work of Brooke Goldstein, a New York City-based human rights attorney, author and award-winning filmmaker, and her efforts on behalf of children around the globe. This event recognizes our Pomegranate Society members who contribute $1,800-$5,999 to the Annual Campaign. Every increased gift will be matched dollar-for-dollar by the MileOne Automotive Challenge Grant until 12/31/2012. $20 to attend. Register now at For more information, contact Pamela Martin at or 410-369-9201.

THE ASSOCIATED Keynote Event Featuring veteran broadcaster and award-winning journalist Campbell Brown Thursday, December 6, 2012; 7:00 p.m. Chizuk Amuno Congregation 8100 Stevenson Road, Baltimore Join THE ASSOCIATED at a very special evening recognizing our generous donors of $1,000 or more to the Annual Campaign. A Top Gifts Recognition Dinner will precede the event at 5:30 p.m. which recognizes donors who have contributed $10,000 or more to the Annual Campaign. A special invitation is extended to Ben-Gurion Society members, young adults, 22-45, who contribute $1,000 or more to the Annual Campaign. $25 event only. $50 dinner and event. Register now at For more information, contact Carla B. Carlest-Lee at or 410-369-9243.

IMPACTâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Latkes & Vodkas Party Thursday, December 13, 2012; 7:00 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 9:00 p.m. Broom Corn Building 1407 Fleet Street, Baltimore IMPACTâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Latkes & Vodkas Party is the place to be for Jewish young adults in Baltimore! Enjoy Chanukah fare and an open bar while meeting and socializing with other young adults. Dietary laws observed. Bring a new and unwrapped toy, game, book or gift card and brighten a child's day. Items collected at the door will be donated to Jewish Community Servicesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Holiday Toy Closet. Cost: $25 when you pre-pay online; $30 at the door. $3 flat rate parking at 520 South Eden Street. Register now at For more information, contact Marisa Danto at or call 410-369-9296.

CHAI Good Neighbor Day Sunday, November 18, 2012; 9:00 a.m. â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 12:30 p.m. or 1:00 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 4:30 p.m. or all day Public Safety Training Facility (for check-in) 3500 West Northern Parkway, Baltimore Come join us for a fun day of community giving in the Cheswolde, Cross Country, Fallstaff, Glen and Mt.Washington neighborhoods of Northwest Baltimore City. Work together on projects to help seniors and adults with disabilities prepare their homes for winter as well as to strengthen and beautify our neighborhoods. In partnership with the neighborhood associations of Cheswolde, Cross Country, Fallstaff, Glen and Mt. Washington. For more information, contact Chedva Rose at or 410-500-5325. Register now>>

Volunteer at Weinberg Park for an Afternoon Activity Sunday, November 18, 2012; 10:30 a.m. â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 12:00 p.m. Weinberg Park Assisted Living 5833 Park Heights Avenue, Baltimore High school students are invited to play board games and socialize with residents at Weinberg Park Assisted Living. This project is coordinated and run by the Diller Baltimore Teen Fellows. Space is limited. For more information, email Megan Goldsmith at or call 410-843-7477.

Do you know about GIVING TUESDAY? We have a day for giving thanks. We have two for getting deals. This year help launch Giving Tuesday, the giving seasonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s opening day, November 27, 2012. WHAT WILL YOUR CONTRIBUTION BE? DONATE. VOLUNTEER. GET INVOLVED.


The Fire Museum of Maryland 1301 York Road, Lutherville Join PJ Library, the Macks Center for Jewish Education and Congregation Beit Tikvah to connect with families and take part in special activities while in the company of a REAL firefighter. Cost: $1 for one-year-olds, $2 for two-year-olds, $3 for three-year-olds, $4 for four-year-olds, $5 for children five to 12 and $10 for adults. For more information and to register, visit or contact Lara Nicolson at or 410-735-5000.

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During the dash for shelter, Rachel, a native of Reisterstown, tearfully called her mother, Marcie Weinberg, to share the exciting news. î&#x201A;&#x160;eir pairing was not without challenges, either. Arranged through a mutual friend, they were expected to meet at a Federal Hill bar in the summer of 2009. Jason struck up a conversation with a girl there, thinking she was Rachel. When Rachel arrived, she saw him with the other girl. î&#x201A;&#x160;ey never spoke that night. Jason and the other girl began dating, but he soon became disinterested. When he called Rachel, she let him make it up to her, but their first date was unsuccessful, and it was their last for a while. A few months later, Jason tried again, and their date to a tapas restaurant downtown went better. That date led to Jason cooking dinner for Rachel, and the rest is history. â&#x20AC;&#x153;On the second first date, I knew she would be the one I would marry,â&#x20AC;? says Jason, also 27, dining-room manager for Woodholme Country Club. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I could see us raising a family

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together and growing old together.â&#x20AC;? î&#x201A;&#x160;ey are on their way to making Jasonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s dream come true aî&#x2020;?er professing their love during nuptials on Oct. 13, 2012 at the Valley Mansion in Hunt Valley. Beth El Congregationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Rabbi Steven Schwartz oďŹ&#x192;ciated at the traditional ceremony. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Even though Jason already knew how I felt, it was nice for him to hear and nice for everyone else to hear,â&#x20AC;? says Rachel, who teaches emotionally disturbed children at the Forbush School. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the most generous, heartfelt person Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve ever met. I know he will always take care of me.â&#x20AC;? JT Linda L. Esterson is a freelance writer in Owings Mills. For â&#x20AC;&#x153;Beshert,â&#x20AC;? call 410-902-2305 or email

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BLUM — On November 6, 2012, ADELE (nee Marcus); beloved wife of the late Jesse Blum; beloved mother of Ellen (Billy) Smith, David Blum (Terry Rubin), Michael (Sherry) Blum and Evan (Rachel) Blum; devoted sister of Florine Landau, Myra Coplan and Sarita Jones; loving grandmother of Matthew (Erin) Smith, Scott (Lindsey) Smith, Erik Blum, Sarah Blum, Shaun Blum and Valerie (Adam) Chambers; dear great-grandmother of Nathan and Leyton Smith. Interment at Anshe Emunah Aitz Chaim Cemetery, 3901 Washington Blvd. Please omit flowers.

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BRESCHKIN — On November 6, 2012, DR. JOSHUA; beloved brother of the late Robert (elma) Breschkin, Neysa ( Jules) Lafferman and Rena (Ben) Coppel; loving uncle of Myra (William) Fox, Marilyn (Michael)




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Gilbert, Diane (Saul) Schweber and Alan ( Jenny) Breschkin. Also survived by many loving great- and great-greatnieces and nephews. Please omit flowers. Contributions in his memory may be sent to Beth Tfiloh Congregation, 3300 Old Court Road, Baltimore, MD 21208 or the Mildred Mindell Cancer Fund, c/o Leda Hoff, 40 Stirrup Court, Baltimore, MD 21208. GERBER — On November 5, 2012, MARY (nee Deitchman); beloved wife of Solomon I. Gerber; loving mother of Melvin (late Karen) Gerber, Arlene (Phillip) Miller and Marilyn (Michael) Krinsky; devoted sister of Florence (Sidney) Simon, Doris (Harry) Citron and the late Sara Solomon; cherished grandmother of Edward (Oliva) Gerber, Shari Silbert, Jill (Dean) Katz, Randi (Marty) Sonenshine, Jeffrey (Kim) Gerber and Jaimi (Keith) Hall; also survived by nine loving great-grandchildren. Interment at Workmen Circle Cemetery, German Hill Road. Please omit flowers. Contributions in her memory may be sent to Beth Israel Congregation, 600 Camden Ave., Salisbury, MD 21804 or the charity of your choice. GILDEN — On November 9, 2012, SHIRLEY (nee Schreibman); beloved wife of the late Wilbur Gilden; devoted mother of Michael (Colleen) Gilden and Beverly (Morris “Chip”) Weinman; dear sister of the late Gloria Stolberg; loving grandmother of Brad Surosky (Amy Miller), Adam Gilden, Stacy Gilden, Dennis (Amanda) Weinman, Kenneth Weinman, Diana Stoltz, Angie Barlow and Jay Jackson; also survived by nine great-grandchildren. Interment at Baltimore Hebrew Cemetery, Berrymans Lane. HAMERMESH — On November 10, 2012, LISA (nee Stzern); beloved wife of the late Jack Hamermesh; devoted mother of Cecile Hamermesh

and Esther (Manny) Rechthand; loving grandmother of Peggy (Alan) Lazerow, Rachel (Moshe) Goldberg, Ariella Rechthand and Moshe (Dina) Rechthand; loving great-grandmother of Jake Lazerow and Ayelet, Nava and Penny Goldberg. Interment at Chevra Ahavas Chesed Cemetery, Randallstown. Please omit flowers. Contributions in her memory may be sent to the U.S. Holocaust Museum, 100 Raoul Wallenberg Place, SW Washington, DC 20024. HENDERSON — On November 12, 2012, ANNE (nee Cohen); beloved wife of the late Edward Henderson; cherished mother of Joel (Carolyn) Henderson, Gary Henderson and Donna Allnutt; dear sister of the late Harry, Max and Louis Cohen, Lillian Abrams and Elizabeth Reicher; adored grandmother of Demra Henderson, David (Paige) Henderson, Micah (Tuvalu) FaustAllnutt, Yari (Candace) Allnutt, Jason (Gabrielle) Allnutt and Marisia, Arik and Bruce Moreno; also survived by eight loving greatgrandchildren. Interment at B’nai 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 or the charity of your choice. LEVINA — On November 9, 2012, RAYA (nee Lifshitz); beloved wife of the late Osher Levin; devoted mother of Zohar (Nelya) Levin and Naum (Irina) Levin; cherished sister of the late Bronya Kraverskaya; also survived by four loving grandchildren and five loving great-grandchildren. Interment at Arlington Cemetery, Chizuk Amuno Congregation, North Rogers Avenue. Please omit flowers. ROGERS — On November 9, 2012, ESTHER (nee Weisberg ); beloved wife of the late Albert Rogers; cherished mother of Lynda ( Jerry)

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RUDICH — On November 11, 2012, JEROME I.; beloved husband of the late Miriam Rudich (nee Shapiro); loving father of Ronald (Patti) Rudich and Barbara (Dr. Edward) Morris; cherished brother of Shana (late Fuzzy) Feldman; dear brother-in-law of Louise ( Jerome) Sollins and Lillian (late Harry) Shapiro; adored grandfather of Phillip ( Jill) Rudich, Sandy Rudich, David Rudich, Justin (Melanie) Flax, Kimberly (Scott) Gibbons, Jacqueline Morris and Benjamin Morris; loving great-grandfather of Marisa and Kyle Rudich, Kayla Breaux-Flax and Tyler and Ryan Gibbons. Interment at Beth El Memorial Park, Randallstown. Please omit flowers. Contributions in his memory may be sent to Gilchrist Hospice Care, 11311 McCormick Road, Suite 350, Hunt Valley, MD 21031. SERY — On November 7, 2012, MICHAEL; beloved husband of the late Galina Sery (nee Shuets); cherished father of Igor (Victoria) Sery; loving grandfather of Henry (Lisa) Sery and Evan Sery. Interment at Baltimore Hebrew Cemetery, Berrymans Lane. SCHWARTZ — On November 7, 2012, HERMAN I. ( JUNIOR); beloved husband of Judith E. Schwartz (nee Levin); devoted father of Dr. Steven (Lisa) Schwartz, Sol (Ilene) Schwartz and Cynthia Schwartz; cherished brother of Eu-

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nice (Herman) Haimovitz; devoted brother-in-law of Marcia (late Ted) Miliman; adored grandfather of Josh, Jake and Brett Schwartz, Kate Lagna, Dori Schwartz and Evan Schwartz; also survived by many loving nieces nephews, great-nieces and greatnephews. Interment at Baltimore Hebrew Cemetery, Berrymans Lane. Please omit flowers. STIEKMAN — On November 8, 2012, ANDREW MICHAEL; beloved father of Rachel Stiekman; cherished son of Robert and Barbara Stiekman (nee Spector); adored brother of Margery Diener and Stephen Stiekman; beloved grandfather of Hayden; devoted nephew of Paul and Joyce Spector and Estelle and the late Marvin Stiekman; also survived by loving nieces and nephews. Interment at Hebrew Friendship Cemetery, 3600 E. Baltimore St. Please omit flowers. Contributions in his memory may be sent to the charity of your choice. VAYNBLAT — On November 6, 2012, IRINA; beloved wife of the late Leonid M. Vaynblat; beloved mother of Maya (Vladimir) Roberman; devoted sister of Emily Leyderman; loving grandmother of Dr. Dmitriy Roberman and Sergey (Shannon) Roberman; loving great-grandmother of Connor Isaac Roberman. Please omit flowers. Contributions in her memory may be sent to the charity of your choice. YANKELOFF — On November 11, 2012, JULIUS; beloved husband of the late Lillian Yankeloff (nee Zager); dear friend of Sara and John Krivenko. Funeral services at Beth El Memorial Park, Randallstown. Please omit flowers. The Baltimore Jewish Times updates obituaries regularly on its website, To submit an obituary, contact David Snyder at or 410-902-2314.

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

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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 Janurary 8, 2013 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.

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


IRV’S HANDYMAN SERVICE No job too small. Free estimates, prompt service. MHIC#77548. 410-486-7454

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COMPANION/ AIDE desires work Mon thru Fri. References/ Transportation. 443-200-3380


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HOUSEKEEPER WANTED: 5 days per week. Cleaning, laundry & light pressing. Pikesville area. Own transportation required.410-653-2648

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ARTIST HOME IMPROVEMENT painting interior/exterior, Powerwashing, drywall repair, carpentry work. License#19441. 410-282-1579 INTERIOR/ EXTERIOR Painting, Wallpapering, Wall paper removal, decorative moldings. Free estimates. MHIC #44233. Call Yaakov. 410-484-8350. SEE MY AD IN THE SERVICE DIRECTORY. THE PAINT MAN INC. Interior/ exterior. Dry wall, power washing, wallpaper removal. Free estimates. 410-710-8245. FINE INTERIOR PAINTING Decorator colors, paper hanging and removal. Graduate of Maryland Institute of Art. Free Estimates. MHIC #26124 Bert Katz 410-356-4722 FELIKS LEYBENGRUB. BEST of Baltimore 2004. 410-916-2083 MHIC # 49059

PET SERVICES TEACH YOUR DOG TO “STAY” WHILE YOU ARE AWAY! Boarding/Training during the Holidays. Limited-space! 410-857-0555

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

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

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AVALON EAST | $499,900 Harriett Wasserman 410-458-5300





QUARRY LAKE BLUFFS | $339,900 Terry Reamer 443-570-7672

ANNEN WOODS | $225,000 Harriett Wasserman 410-458-5300

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

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

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





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SUMMIT CHASE| $324,900 Nancy Sacks 410-653-4146

Ina Leboe 443-540-3974 GREENSPRING | $299,900 Harriett Wasserman 410-458-5300

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

BEDFORD COMMONS - $96,900, 2BR 1BA, Harriett Wasserman 410-458-5300


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

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

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


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



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


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R Eleven Slade OO FL P Under $40,000 H -O 8T CO Bright spacious one bedroom and den 8th floor Co-op near the elevator. Wide windows bathe the space with light. Tree top views from all rooms. Updated eat kitchen, 3 walk in closets. Move in condition. Full service with doorman and receptionist. Monthly fee includes, heat, air conditioning and taxes. Cash only contracts.

All stone semi with front and rear porch- level back yard and a one–car garage. Large rooms throughout. Separate dining room, fireplace in spacious living room. Eat–in kitchen. 3 Bedrooms and two full baths upstairs. Finished lower level paneled recreation room with fireplace, full bath and an abundant amount of storage. All new windows and doors.


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



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