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Volunteer Opportunities

IMPACT’s Latkes & Vodkas Party

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Thursday, December 13, 2012; 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Prepare Holiday Gift Baskets

Broom Corn Building | 1407 Fleet Street, Baltimore IMPACT’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 Services’ Holiday Toy Closet. Cost: $25 when you pre-pay online; $30 at the door $3 flat rate parking at 520 South Eden Street. For more information and to register, visit, email Marisa Danto at or call 410-369-9296.

December 19, 2012; 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. Weinberg Terrace | 1450 Bedford Avenue, Pikesville Adult volunteers are invited to work with the residents of Weinberg Terrace to prepare holiday gift baskets to be delivered to local police and fire departments. Volunteers may be asked to bring something to go into the baskets. For more information and to register, email Dayna Leder at or call 410-843-7491.

Maryland/Israel Development Center Annual Holiday Networking Event

Mitzvah Makers at Community Mitzvah Day

Featuring an exclusive screening of Israel Inside: How a Small Nation Makes a Big Difference Wednesday, December 19, 2012; 5:30 p.m.

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

THE ASSOCIATED | 101 West Mount Royal Avenue, Baltimore Free parking at the Cathedral Street garage; please bring in ticket for validation. Network with an energetic and vibrant group of people and help promote Maryland/Israel trade, investment and economic development. Israeli fare and wine reception. Dietary laws observed. Free for 2013 new or renewing members and one guest; 2012 members: $15; non-members: $25 For more information and to register, visit The Step Up For Israel campaign is available in Baltimore through the generosity of the Bearman Foundation and Leonard Attman.

Dragons and Dreidels Tuesday, December 25, 2012; 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Rosenbloom Owings Mills Jewish Community Center 3506 Gwynnbrook Avenue, Owings Mills Bring your family to volunteer and assemble winter care packages to be delivered to Hannah More Shelter in Reisterstown. Families and individuals needed to deliver the packages. For more information or to register, email Erica Bloom at or call 410-369-9302.

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Jewish Museum of Maryland | 15 Lloyd Street, Baltimore Ever wonder why so many Jews eat Chinese food on Christmas? Curious as to who General Tso really was? Get these and more questions answered during the Jewish Museum of Maryland’s annual Christmas Day chinese food extravaganza. Enjoy delicious kosher Chinese food, learn to play mahjong and make crafts. Cost: $5 members, $10 non-members, $10 member families, $18 non-member families For more information, visit

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Artistic Controversy Exhibit photo is covered following concerns


Voice Lessons SCALE is making sure everyone is heard


Race To The Top Cardin, Frosh consider run for attorney general

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Novel Idea Book club provides learning material sans reading


Seeds of Faith Youth come together for interfaith tree planting


On A Mission A talk with a former Israeli ambassador to Egypt

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Background & Analysis U.N. upgrades PLO status


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History: Ike Sapperstein A Baltimore Jewish gangster


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Rolling In The ‘Dough’nuts Baltimorean packs in 300 sufganiyot for charity


Maccabeats Chanukah-centric a cappella


Rapping With Matisyahu Iconic musician revs up for Chanukah tour


Chanukah Gifts Galore


Presence Of Presents Experts explain why we give gis on Chanukah


As Rebels Age … One less Chanukah party in Tel Aviv




Community Beshert, Milestones, Out & About, Obituaries


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Drake Is Off The Hook More than five months after Jewish-Canadian rapper Drake was involved in a brawl with rapper Chris Brown at a New York City nightclub, the case is finally closed. According to TMZ, law enforcement sources say there isn’t enough evidence to move forward with the case. The June 14 brawl at the WIP nightclub involved the entourages of both rappers, many flying bottles and even an injured NBA star, Tony Parker, who is suing the club for $20 million in damages. TMZ sources say “the surveillance video in the club was useless because it was so dark and blurry, and the interviews that were conducted by the NYPD were inconclusive.” Drake, however, is off the hook and is taking time to mourn the death of his grandmother, Evelyn Sher, who passed away on Nov. 22 at 82.

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Rudd’s Nasty Broadway Reviews Paul Rudd’s new Broadway show “Grace” received some pretty disgusting feedback during a performance, when an audience member in the balcony threw up on the crowd below. The audience member, reportedly drunk, “fell forward so that he was leaning/hanging over the balcony,” audience member Gabe Alfassy told New York magazine. “As people were trying to get him back up and into his seat, he threw up all over the people below him in the orchestra and then collapsed on the floor of the balcony. A group of about 20 formed around where he was, and

everyone in the theater was looking back at the commotion,” he said. During the incident, Rudd and fellow show stars Michael Shannon, Ed Asner and Kate Arrington were somewhat distracted but kept their composure. Rudd even laughed about it on the “Late Show with David Letterman” and shared the thoughts that went through his mind during the yucky incident: “Not my worst review;” “You’ve gotta be kidding me — right before my big vomiting scene?;” and “I’ll never complain about a cell phone ringing again.”

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ApaD’oh! Comedy filmmaker Judd Apatow revealed that he once had written an episode of “e Simpsons” for Conan O’Brien, who used to be a writer on the show. “Aer only five ‘Simpsons’ episodes aired, I sat down and tried to write one when I was in my early 20s,” Apatow said. “And what it was about was they went to see a hypnotism show, and at the hypnotism show they made Homer think he was the same age at Bart. And then the hypnotist had

a heart attack. So Homer and Bart became best friends, and they spent the rest of the show running away because Homer didn’t want responsibility and didn’t want to be brought back to his real age. So I basically copied that for every movie I’ve made since.” According to Apatow, the producers of “e Simpsons” called him recently to say that his episode was finally going to be produced for next year’s run. Judd Apatow


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Opening oughts Maayan Jaffe

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Making Miracles CHANUKAH falls at

the darkest, coldest time of the year, when we are longing for light and warmth. It is known as the “Festival of Lights.” Each night, we add a candle to the chanukiah, increasing the light in the world. It’s beautiful. What happens after Chanukah? We have to work harder to discover the sparks, the drops of radiant light in every Jewish person and in every living thing. The other night, at 10 o’clock, my to-do list was still a handful of items long. I had an interview to do and two articles to write. There were still dishes in the sink, a load of laundry to throw in, lunches to pack. And I had committed to some volunteer work. Just as I got on the phone with my interviewee, the baby woke up and started to cry. She was hungry. Torn between my job, my house, my volunteer work and now the baby, I dropped everything to nurse Shai Hadar – begrudgingly. But my unwillingness lasted less than a minute. Sitting down in the dark bedroom with her, I rubbed the soft down of her head and counted her tiny little fingers. I breathed in the scent that only a baby has. Warmth. And I marveled at how much she needs me; the milk she drinks was created for her, and it will go away when she no longer needs it. A miracle. We spend a lot of time on Chanukah talking about the miracle of the Maccabees and how a tiny Jewish nation defended itself against the Selucids. We also talk about the oil and how it lasted for eight days. We celebrate. We reflect. There are times in our lives when

we feel the tasks at hand are impossible. We look at our to-do lists, the starting line of a first marathon, the project that involves so many steps. We’re dealing with a family crisis, shaken by a community ailment. We don’t know where to start. At those times, we have a choice: Be like the Maccabees and dig deep within ourselves to find the strength to pummel through and accomplish the tasks at hand, or shut down, give up. We can believe the problems in the world are insurmountable, or we can do our own little part to help. On Chanukah, we light one candle on the first night and add one more for the next seven until there are eight (nine with the shamash) on the last night of the holiday. On the eighth night, the chanukiah is brilliant. But it takes igniting one flame and then another and still another until the candelabra envelopes the room in warmth and light. It’s just a spark that first night. We could ignore it. Or, we could build on it. On night nine, when the chanukiah is put away until next year, we drown in the darkness or we realize the lights in our family, friends, community and the world. I once read somewhere, “Pray as If everything depends on God, but act as if everything depends on you.” That’s Chanukah. It’s a prompt to find your inner Maccabee; don’t be afraid to light the fire or worry that you won’t be able to sustain it. God has handed us the match box, we just have to strike the match. We are in this world as God’s partners. If we take the first step, God will join us, and miracles can happen. JT

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Last week’s overwhelming vote by the United Nations to award nonmember observer state status to Palestine is fraught with problems. Most importantly, the move does nothing to enhance the prospects for achievement of a two-state solution. And, as Israel’s new settlement activity response to the Palestinian Authority’s political aggression shows, the familiar tit-for-tat approach in the region pulls the parties further apart, rather than closer toward peace. Israel and the United States are justifiably concerned that the PA’s insistence on taking the matter to a vote at the U.N. reflects abandonment by the PA of negotiation, in favor of political gestures and international threats. Quite clearly, the Palestinian move to achieve statehood through any approach other than direct negotiation with Israel breaks with the 1994 Oslo Accords. In addition, PA President Mohammed Abbas’ threat to use the PA’s new status to take Israel to the International Criminal Court for war crimes just heightens the tension. There are others, of course, who profess to see the opportunity for peacemaking in the wake of the U.N. vote. They point to Abbas’ reiteration of his support for a two-state solution during his speech to the General Assembly, and his claim that the new U.N. status would be the springboard that would allow the Palestinians to bypass the settlements issue and

return to peace talks with Israel. We don’t buy those arguments. But for now, let’s accept them. In fact, let’s put Mohammed Abbas to the test and see if he can deliver on his grand promises. In the run-up to the U.N. vote, President Obama and his team showed strong support for Israel by working to weaken the resolution. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice both spoke out forcefully against a unilateral declaration of statehood for Palestine, and sought to discourage the vote. Those requests were ignored. Nonetheless, the U.S. influence and leverage among the players remains significant. This presents an opportunity for the U.S. to make clear that it will insist that Abbas and his PA supporters abide by their promises and representations. They say they want to return to peace talks with Israel and pursue a two-state solution? Prove it. In forcing those issues, the U.S. can make clear that Palestinian double-speak will no longer be tolerated, and that as a “nonmember observer state” the PA has assumed full responsibility for its pronouncements and its deeds. Thus, we encourage the U.S. to continue with its long-standing efforts to bring Israel and the Palestinians together, without preconditions, with the aim of reaching a peace settlement and the creation of a Palestinian state with appropriate security guarantees

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If the goal is peace, Mohammed Abbas should be put to the test.

for Israel. And now, taking Abbas at his word about his motivations, the PA’s objectives and the consequences of the PA’s new-found U.N. status, it is time for the U.S. to adopt the constructive approach proposed by Sens. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and John Barrasso (R-Wy.) to cut foreign assistance to the Palestinians in the event the PA uses its new U.N. status to press charges against Israel in the U.N. court system, and to close the Washington office of the Palestine Liberation Organization if the Palestinians do not return to meaningful talks with Israel. The goal is peace. Both sides say they want to negotiate peace. So, why not hold both sides to their word and provide meaningful consequences if they fail to deliver on their promises? See related story, “Background & Analysis,” page 27.

When We Marched Twenty-five years ago this week, more than 200,000 American Jews descended on Washington’s Mall to deliver a message to the Soviet Union’s leader, Mikhail Gorbachev: “Let our people go.” Except at a trickle, the two million Soviet Jews were not permitted to emigrate, and those who requested to do so routinely lost their livelihoods. What’s more, Jews were not permitted to practice their religion, study Hebrew, identify with Israel or do anything to strengthen their Jewish identities. e USSR was much like a cage for the third largest Jewish population in the world. Coming just days before a disarmament summit between Gorbachev and President Ronald Reagan, the 8

Dec. 6, 1987, rally for Soviet Jewry took advantage of a propitious moment to focus superpower attention on the desire and right under international agreement for Soviet Jews to emigrate. Gorbachev was looking to reform the Soviet system and lower tensions with the United States. Among the speakers at the rally was Natan Sharansky, a world-renowned “refusenik” and Soviet Jewry hero who was released from Soviet prison and expelled from the country only the year before. “We won’t stop struggling until every Jew in the Soviet Union who wants to go to Israel in freedom will be able to do it,” he declared. Gorbachev was reportedly annoyed

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by the rally and by Reagan repeatedly raising the subject of Jewish emigration during their meetings. “What the American Jewish community did was to put the Soviet Jewry issue on the U.S. government’s human rights agenda. And the U.S. government, in turn, put it on the Soviet agenda,” then Assistant Secretary of State for Human Rights Richard Schier said. Last month, in a discussion with Sharansky at the Jewish Federations of North America’s General Assembly in Baltimore, Nobel Laureate Elie Wiesel said it was guilt that drove the Soviet Jewry movement, which started slowly in the 1960s and grew over the next 20 years. “There was a

feeling that American Jews did not do enough during the period of darkness [of the Holocaust]. Sons and daughters said, ‘We cannot be accused of not doing enough.’” So, they did something, and they did it quite well. The two noted that the struggle for Soviet Jewry is nearly forgotten now. One reason may be that, unlike the Holocaust, there is no residual guilt. After the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, some 1.5 million Jews left. And with the USSR’s demise, the idea of a captive Jewish population disappeared as well. But it is good to look back and to remember. And it’s OK to do so with a bit of pride.

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a choice, most of us would probably prefer to lead a life in which we encountered no unexpected turns and we could plan for every eventuality. Unfortunately, we do not always have that luxury and oen find ourselves coping with unforeseen situations. What worker who lost his or her job during the height of the economic crisis could have anticipated that the job search would drag on for months, perhaps even years? What family living in a home is adequately prepared for the threat of foreclosure when bills start piling up and the money coming in dwindles? Recently, who would have thought that communities in new York and new Jersey would be crippled by a hurricane in late October and that millions of people would be living without power or heat for several weeks? And, sadly, how can we ever plan for the daily rocket fire that plagued our brothers and sisters in israel for weeks leading up to the recent cease-fire. in Jewish Baltimore, e Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore plans for the foreseen needs of our community. e Annual Campaign raises the funds that support the vital programs and services provided by our system of local agencies and overseas partners. Professionals and their volunteer counterparts plan for the needs of the community based on sound data from our Greater Baltimore Jewish Community Study and by assessing communal priorities each year. But, our community also has the foresight to plan ahead for those unexpected emergencies and needs. When israelis were holed up in bomb shelters last month and there were immediate needs in our sister city, Ashkelon, we were able to step up right away and send help.

at is the beauty of our Associated system. With a centralized campaign that does not pit local agency against local agency for fundraising, we are able to provide a safety net to the whole community and respond with swiftness and compassion when needs arise. And we are able to do so without sacrificing the future strength of our community — we ensure the vibrancy of Jewish Baltimore for our children and grandchildren. We are now approaching the end of the calendar year and the start of Chanukah, which begins this weekend. it is a time of year when the miracles of our heritage are celebrated in our homes. One of the greatest miracles of our people is the way in which we care for each other and for our global Jewish family. in Baltimore, we witness that tenet in action through e Associated’s Annual Campaign. rough the end of December, we will have the opportunity to extend our support even further and make an even bigger impact on those in need. anks to a matching grant from MileOne Automotive, every new and increased gi will be matched dollarfor-dollar. Our ability to step up and respond to both daily needs and moments of crisis will be even greater because of this matching grant. i encourage everyone who can to support The Associated’s Annual Campaign. every individual who calls Baltimore home benefits from the strength of the Annual Campaign. Our whole community is stronger when the most vulnerable are uplifted and our children’s Jewish souls are nourished. To support e Associated’s Annual Campaign, visit donatenow. JT Howard E. Friedman is chair of the board of The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore.

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From is View Stuart Schoffman

Giving Thanks In the mIdst of Israel’s recent mini-war with Gaza, I boarded a plane at Ben-Gurion Airport, bound for Washington. months ago, my family and I planned to spend thanksgiving with friends in the Old Country, and now we were on our way. many American Israelis celebrate thanksgiving in our adopted country. In Jerusalem, we do both thursday and Friday, with different friends — like two seders in Baltimore versus just one (thank heaven) in the holy Land. By thanksgiving day, the fragile truce with hamas had begun. In Washington, we ate turkey and stuffing, took out guitars and sang old rock and roll and laughed a lot. I sing and laugh a lot in Jerusalem, too, but

this year in Washington, I was thankful to be an American Jew, a citizen who participates fully in a beloved national holiday, a nonsectarian ritual of giving thanks for the blessings of democracy and, in the minds of most Americans, of God. Frankly, I was thankful for the opportunity to experience Israel at a distance (or at least to imagine doing so). It was a restorative mechayeh not to have the never-ending situation crackling in my ears like an old blackand-white tV you can never turn off. true, I live in Jerusalem, not in sderot. But Israel is still Israel. We Israelis never escape the Jewish condition, the historical hypochondria and the stoic fatalism that American Jews dip into if and when they choose. I am thankful for the victory of Barack Obama, fearful for the future

of Israeli democracy. the president has never “thrown Israel under the bus” and never will. he stood fast by Israel, as we bombed Gaza for a solid week. But a new election looms, in which Israelis are poised to elect a Knesset even more right wing than today’s. this might mean, if certain politicians get their way, that the Jewish state will be constricting civil liberties, muzzling the press and professors, castrating the supreme Court, outlawing unpopular nGOs, delegitimizing Israeli Arabs, annexing hebron, bombing Iran. Possibly, as predicted by extremist moshe Feiglin, upon scoring a personal victory in the Likud primary: “We will build the temple on the temple mount and fulfill our purpose in this Land.” As I drove from Washington through maryland and West Virginia


to marietta, Ohio, I was thankful for an expansive freedom that Americans take for granted — to cross state lines without checkpoints. In marietta, visiting relatives, I enjoyed the pretty Christmas lights on stately old homes, and, like my fellow Americans, imagined Chanukah as the Jewish counterpart, a holiday of peace and light with latkes in lieu of ham. But the Israeli in me, a hostage of Jewish history, cannot forget that the maccabees were zealots who smote their foes, eschewed compromise and, after a couple of bumpy centuries, lost the Jewish state. If something analogous does not recur, my grandchildren will be truly thankful. JT Stuart Schoffman, a journalist and translator, is a Shalom Hartman Institute fellow.


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in Baltimore. I grew up with the sounds of Elvis Presley, Roy Orbison, the Everly Brothers, the Temptations and Fats Domino and the Driers. It was the rock-and-roll era for sure. All through Garrison Junior High and City College, we danced to these artists. Sock Hops were hosted by either a local synagogue or school. ere were jitterbug contests and dances like the stroll. We danced at junior proms, senior proms and anywhere we could meet to get the groove on. We even danced in our living rooms. And how about the Alan Freed Rock and Roll Show? With local radio station WCAO playing 1960s music, we had “makeout” parties. We made back-seat memories while listening to Johnny Mathis. Our dances were a method of expression, and the music gave a sense of meaning to our everyday lives. It was a release from the pressure of growing up. e beauty of oldies rock and roll is that it never lost its genre. I am now 66 years old, living in Florida with my wife, Gail, and still grooving to these sounds. As Bill Haley foretold, “Rock and roll is here to stay, it will never die.” We still go to rock-and-roll dances and concerts with these “oldie” groups, even though some do not have their original members. Father Time has paid its visit to many. ere are singing groups that have formed to carry on these tunes. One such popular oldies rock-and-roll group in my area is Brylcream, named aer the stuff we used in our hair to make it look shiny. is group was playing recently at a local venue called “e Stage.” Each night, different artists perform while people eat, drink and dance. ese performers give tribute to past and present singers and groups. Brylcream played to a sold-out show. I went with my wife and another couple, who also love to dance. While

on the dance floor, I was looking around at people mostly my age or older. I saw in their eyes what all of us want: to be young again. e sounds brought back all the memories of what used to be and what could have been. When there was a slow song, the dance floor was packed. Some people don’t like to dance to fast songs, but a slow dance everyone gets into. Men and women coming together to embrace as if this was the last dance they would share. Holding each other tight with eyes shut, feeling the love and memories, as if nothing mattered at that moment except to feel as one. Where did the time go? What happened to our youth? Swaying to that sound made us feel like we were teenagers again. It was as if time stood still.

Our dances were a method of expression, and the music gave a sense of meaning to our everyday lives. When they sang the last song of the evening, “Goodnight My Love,” we didn’t want it to end. e words “pleasant dreams and sleep tight my love, and may all your tomorrows be sunny and bright and bring you closer to me” said it all. Don’t we all need something to hold on to? Music has a way of making things right. It will be our last dance one day, but until then, let’s keep rocking and rolling. JT Jerry Solomon is a Florida-based freelance writer, formerly of Baltimore.

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Missing Froelicher Sr. regarding the article, “on its Centennial, Park school Gets sentimental” (Nov. 16), the role of hans Froelicher sr., a co-founder of the school, is hardly mentioned. he was a disciple of John Dewey [an american educator who was influential in the progressive movement of the early 20th century] and a significant intellect in education. Bernard Raynor Baltimore

Park School Article, Excellent i extend my congratulations to simone ellin for a wonderful piece of writing regarding the Park school’s founding, history and relevance today. as the Park school archivist, i have the honor and great pleasure of physically encountering Park’s history each day through original documents, photographs, news reporting, and firstperson accounts. at the same time, as a Park parent, i have the gratification of experiencing the history as it is borne out through a legacy of remarkable teaching and learning that is distinctive to Park. Baltimore is indeed a fortunate community to be home to an institution like Park that has thrived for now 100 years. and all of us at the Park school of today are fortunate to be associated with a place with such a dynamic genesis, insightful leaders, visionary and time-tested pedagogical tenets, active and supportive families, lifelong learners as faculty, and interested, engaged and accomplished students. an earlier letter to the editor had noted some errors in reporting (the

school was never located on liberty road, for example), but as an archivist whose professional role is concerned with the preservation of, and eliciting knowledge from, primary sources, i must affirm that the article’s nuanced and rich telling of the Park story was quite an accomplishment ó especially in such a compact space. there are many stories to tell from Park’s history, and i did not envy the writer’s job in having to choose among them! anks to the Jewish Times for featuring Park’s story and dely handling so many important details and themes. Michelle Feller-Kopman Archivist, The Park School of Baltimore

Anti-Adelson omitted in the discussion of “winners and losers” ( Jt editorial, Nov. 16) was mention of the true beneficiary of the slimy antics of the 2012 presidential campaign: anti-semites. and the reason for this is one person: mr. sheldon adelson. the Chinese casino mogul is an anti-semite’s delight, because his campaign behavior gave the lie to the truth about the “Protocols of the elders of Zion.” the Protocols purports to depict a plot by Jews, operating behind the scenes as puppet masters, to control the world, which, in the 2lst century, means america. the Protocols fiction became reality in adelson’s all-consuming financial effort to defeat Barack obama. … where adelson differed from the Protocols’ scenario is that he was front and center in his involvement, not operating behind the scenes. media coverage of adelson’s opencheckbook attempt to buy the election must have made Pat Buchanan, David Duke, etc. kvell. Steve Weissman Baltimore

Kudos, Baltimore! Kudos to all Baltimoreans who were instrumental in the success of the General assembly held in our convention center Nov. 11-13. as the co-chairs and lead professionals for the 2012 Ga (and as proud members of the Baltimore Jewish community), we thank you. we heard time and again about our warm and informative volunteer ambassadors, wearing their bright red Under armour t-shirts, and the “flash mob” of Baltimore hons in beehive hairdos, leopard attire and wild and wonderful accessories at our host-community celebration at the National aquarium. You represented our community as panelists and participants, discussing topics of vital interest at the 40 breakout sessions and attending the transformative, lifechanging plenaries. Your efforts were noticed and impactful. Future Gas will try to emulate Baltimore’s exceptional participation, unbounded enthusiasm and flawless execution. Professionals and lay people alike left our city and the Ga feeling inspired, educated and part of a collaborative and empowering federated system. all felt that we are in this together as one people with one cause. all went home motivated to enhance our mission and holy work [and] raving about the commitment and contagious positive attitude of the associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore and each of its community members. For all that we accomplished as a community from the past years of planning and preparation to the three beautiful days at the conference, we applaud, appreciate and acknowledge your time and contribution. Linda and Steven Hurwitz and Genine and Josh Fidler, GA co-chairs Michelle Gordon, Chief of Staff, The Associated Susan Sherr Seitz, Associate VP, GA, Jewish Federations of North America

Silence Is Dangerous the great 19th-century spanish philosopher George santayana once stated, “ose who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” is profound idea, stated almost two centuries ago, is remarkably applicable to the world today. By examining the atrocities that have occurred over the last few decades, it becomes apparent that today, more than ever, people may not have learned the dangers of remaining silent. today, the world faces a threat greater than any other threat that has occurred throughout history. Nuclear iran has the potential to revolutionize the balance of power not only in the middle east, but also throughout the entire world. the theocratic regime in iran that is funding terrorist groups such as hezbollah and hamas, and dictating over the iranian people, is far from quiet about their plans to “turn iran in to a nation which can export nuclear technology, as per ahmadinejad. according to an august 2012 report done by the international atomic energy agency, iran has had a “sizable” jump in its stockpile of uranium enriched to 20 percent, a level that can be converted relatively easily to the more highly enriched See Your Say … on page 14


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uranium needed for weapons. The report says Iran has 255 pounds of enriched uranium at 20 percent, which is up from the 159 pounds that was found just this past May. As the clock ticks and time continues to pass, the Iranian regime becomes increasingly closer to obtaining nuclear weapons capability, and the world grows even closer to the potential of repeating the past. When Hitler rose to power in 1933, the world considered his excessive hate speech and extreme threats unrealistic and simply took it as a form of rhetoric without the possibility of implementation. Unfortunately, the world was wrong. It was not until 11 million innocent people were murdered that the world woke up and started to take his threats more seriously. The lessons we learn from our past must guide us for our future. ‌ Dictators in Iran are not only spewing hate speech and expressing their desire to wipe democracies off the map, they are acting upon their beliefs. ‌ We must not let that happen again. Melissa Sacks Baltimore

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‌ Hamas is a radical Islamist militant group whose charter calls for the destruction and dismantling of the State of Israel. Hamas strong-armed Fatah to wrest control of the Gaza Strip in 2006, and it has maintained an iron grip on the coastal enclave ever since. Hamas leaders have been emboldened by the upsurge of Islamism with the morphing “Arab Springâ€? throughout Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, Syria and surrounding territories. With the Muslim Brotherhood gaining traction in Egypt, the Hamastan of Gaza is now flexing its muscle. ‌ The emasculated U.S., under the leadership of Barack Obama, is seen as incapable, unwilling and unlikely to interfere militarily in any conflict

in the Middle East. Obama failed to act appropriately to the murder of four Americans, including the ambassador to Libya, in Benghazi. That U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice decried the atrocity as a spontaneous outrage to an anti-Islam video is a shocking indictment of a twisted world view and a growing slant toward pro-Muslim bias from within the White House. ‌ The will of the Jewish people to defend the homeland will never cease. What the Arabs have failed to understand is that 5,000 years of persecution has not dented the Jewish will to prevail. Israel is the hope, not only of the Jews, but of humanity itself. It is the story of triumph against overwhelming odds, adversity and genocide. Israel truly is the bastion of life. Brett Chatz Florida

Global Warming It is hard not to think of the [most recent] ice age, when the New Jersey shoreline was around 100 miles off our current Hurricane Sandy-ravaged coast. It’s hard not to think of a possible 160-foot tsunami hitting that same coast should [a volcano at] La Palma in the Canary Islands, off of Spain, erupt and collapse [the island] into the sea. Anyone seeing rain-fall calculations based upon tree cores going back 1,000 years, or who have studied civilizations that have disappeared due to weather extremes, should know that the world is not a friendly place. The fact that a meteorite or a solar flare has not extinguished all life on our plant is a miracle. ‌ Has anyone thought about how much less carbon dioxide we generate during a “warmâ€? winter? Slightly increased temperatures could provide greater acreage to grow food; that would be a good thing. Joseph DuPont New Jersey

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PJ To HOCO Jewish children in Howard County will have a new resource available to them: PJ Library books and music. The Howard County Federation and the Harold Grinspoon Foundation announced earlier this month that the program ‘s free, age-appropriate Jewish-content books will be available to children 6 months old through 6 years old after the first of the year. Those who opt in for PJ Library get a book or music CD in the mail each month. The program has been running in the Greater Baltimore area for nearly a decade. Nationally, more than 100,000 books are mailed each month to children in more than 175 communities. “The Howard County Federation is thrilled to be offering PJ Library to our young families, and they are excited to start receiving these books. In a

Lubavitch Chanukah Parade small community such as ours, where there is no formal JCC, providing ways to engage families in something like PJ Library is essential to enriching Jewish life,” said Michelle Ostroff, the federation’s executive director. “By having a book come into the home and programs in public spaces, both affiliated and unaffiliated, intermarried couples and Jewish couples can find a way to participate in the Jewish community in a way that is comfortable for everyone.” For more information about the HOCO program, visit or call Michelle Goldberg at 410-730-4976, ext. 118. Baltimoreans who have not yet registered their children can do so through the Macks Center for Jewish Education,

— Maayan Jaffe

The streets of Upper Park Heights are going to turn into a parade of lights Sunday afternoon, Dec. 9. That’s when more than 80 cars with menorahs on their roofs will parade along Park Heights, turning right onto Clarks Lane and then right onto Cross Country Boulevard en route to McKeldin Square adjacent to the Inner Harbor. Sponsored by Chabad Lubavitch of Downtown Baltimore, the third annual parade will begin at 3 p.m. from Cheder Chabad (the former Beth Jacob Synagogue), 5713 Park Heights Ave. The parade of cars is expected to pass McKeldin Square at 4:15 p.m. At 5 p.m., following speeches and entertainment, the lighting of Baltimore’s 30-foot-high menorah will take place. Mayor Stephanie RawlingsBlake is expected to be on hand to light the shamash. Other state, city

and community leaders also will be present. Ironically, the menorah will be bordered by Light Street on two sides of the block. The menorah was dedicated by Howard Brown in honor of his daughter, Esther Ann. “The whole objective of Chanukah is to publicize the miracle,” said Rabbi Shmuel Kaplan, Chabad-Lubavitch director for the State of Maryland. “There is no better way to do this than in the center of downtown. The lighting of the menorah symbolizes the freedom we have to be able to observe our religion as we want. One of the highest values in this country is freedom of religion.” — Phil Jacobs See related Chanukah stories beginning on page 38.

BT Hosts Weiner Tourney Brownstein, Beth Tfiloh’s youth director and director of co-curricular programs. “Many of them will wind up on the same college campuses and maybe in the same gap-year programs, and it’ll be someone who’s a familiar face.” Athletes are being hosted by Beth Tfiloh families, and Brownstein said that staff never has trouble finding schools willing to participate. In fact, several schools reach out to Beth Tfiloh, asking to be a part of the event. This year’s tournament is comprised of Maimonides School, Abraham Joshua Heschel School, Rae Kushner Yeshiva High School, Hebrew Academy of Nassau County and Tanenbaum Community Hebrew Academy of Toronto’s Kimel Campus and Wallenberg Campus. “It’s a great experience for the kids,”

Beth Tfiloh's 26th annual Weiner Tournament features four days of hoops action from seven Jewish day schools.

said Richard Kirsch, athletic director at Rae Kushner, which last participated four years ago. “To meet other kids from other schools, it’s a feeling


Beth Tfiloh Dahan Community School is in the ‘throws’ of the 26th annual Florence & Joseph Weiner Memorial Basketball Tournament, which tipped off on Wednesday, Dec. 5. Six Jewish day schools from New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts and Canada are participating with Beth Tfiloh in the four-day event, which will culminate with the boys’ and girls’ championship games the following Saturday evening. In addition to competing on the court, players from each school will spend time together off it. Non-basketball events include a charity bowling tournament, an improv comedy show and a Chanukah candle lighting, with a performance by Beth Tfiloh’s a cappella group. “It really is an opportunity for kids from Jewish day schools to get … to know each other,” said Cherie

of unity and coming together, [and kids] enjoying themselves and having a good spiritual experience as well.” — David Snyder


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‘Less Hamas, More Hummus’ A new campaign to set the record straight about Hamas incitement will be available to colleges across the country this spring. “Less Hamas, More Hummus” is being launched by the Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting (CAMERA) in America in cooperation with the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI). Aviva Slomich, director of student programming for CAMERA, said the program is based on a successful model run by a CAMERA student fellow at Claremont College (Calif.). “She created an event that drew on Hamas’ own materials. It illustrated for previously uninformed or poorly informed students the brainwashing efforts

used by [Hamas] to incite anti-Jewish, anti-Israel hatred,” Slomich said. “By promoting the so-called ‘martyrdom’ attacks against Israel, these efforts amount to manipulation and potentially deadly abuse of children and women.” When Claremont fellow Ellie Rudee presented her program to other Israel fellows over the summer, interest caught on. CAMERA and MEMRI worked together to make it accessible to CAMERA fellows and other interested student activists across the country. The name and the marketing materials, said Slomich, are a big draw. In Baltimore, CAMERA fellow Eli Eisenberg, a senior at the University of Maryland, Baltimore

Limmud Is Coming To Baltimore

Live. Learn. Limmud. A grassroots, volunteer-driven day of learning is coming to Baltimore this spring. The second annual Limmud Baltimore will take place on April 21 at Johns Hopkins University. The event’s co-chairs are Richard Goldman of Baltimore and Sherri Vishner of the Washington area. Other key planners are Baltimore’s Gail Lipsitz and Hannah Heller. Goldman said Limmud, which was founded in England in the 1980s and is funded in Baltimore through a grant from the Blaustein Philanthropic Group, is unique because it is run solely by volunteers. “The people behind this, and in front of this, are us,” said Goldman. “All the choices as to what is going to happen, when or how, are in our hands.” The daylong event, which begins at 8:30 a.m., offers an “open and accepting” program, according to Goldman. Jews of all types and stripes, ages and affiliations will take part. Last year, 150 people participated. This year, they are expecting as many as 300. “People are judged by what they say and do,


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not by their degrees or titles,” Goldman said. “It is a level playing field with a wide range of views expressed.” The teachers are also volunteers. And, they offer classes and usually take some, too. “Every learner is in part a teacher, and every teacher is also a learner,” said Goldman. According to its International website, Limmud is “an ambitious and passionate organization with a global reputation for creating events with a lively approach to Jewish learning. … [Limmud] is committed to harnessing the energy of people from right across the Jewish community … and from across the world.” Since its inception, more than 30,000 people in 26 countries have engaged with the program. Goldman described the program as diverse, respectful and engaging, and he encouraged the community to join in the experience. Parents can bring their children; babysitting and “Little Limmud” for children ages 3 and older will be available. Limmud is looking for additional volunteers, teachers and, of course, students. For more information, visit — Maayan Jaffe

Johns Hopkins Hillel Wins Prestigious Award

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Limmud volunteers Gail Lipsitz (left), Dick Goldman and Hannah Heller

County, said he is considering bringing the campaign to campus. MEMRI will provide a compilation of footage emphasizing Hamas’ efforts to incite hate through children’s television shows, popular soap operas, political leaders’ speeches and mosque sermons. CAMERA will sponsor an expert to lead questionand-answer sessions with students and discuss the film clips they watch. “Incitement in Arab media is probably the crux of the problem of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict,” said Slomich. “There cannot be a way toward piece if incitement continues.” — Maayan Jaffe

The Hillel chapter at Johns Hopkins University was one of two chapters nationwide to be honored with a Philip H. and Susan Rudd Cohen Campus of Excellence award from the national Hillel organization. Five students nationally also were recognized as Student Exemplar of Excellence winners (Aaron Czinn of the University of Maryland was one). The awards were given out last month at the annual Jewish Federations of North America General Assembly. The Campus of Excellence awards are given annually to one campus with a large Jewish population (this year, Penn State) and one with a small population, Hopkins. “Hopkins Hillel is honored to receive this year’s Philip H. Cohen and Susan Rudd Cohen Campus of Excellence award,” said Joshua J. Reiter, president of the board of Hopkins Hillel, in a statement. “We know Hillels across the country and around the world are doing extraordinary work, and we have always believed our students and staff are some of the best. We are pleased that they have been recognized for their achievements with this award.” According to a news release, Hopkins Hillel’s dedication to student engagement and Jewish learning was a key to its selection. Executive Director Rabbi Debbie Pine said her chapter trains student interns to help them engage with many of the school’s diverse group of approximately 600 Jewish students in hopes of better understanding what they need for a positive Jewish experience on campus. “When students get out there and engage with others, it makes a difference,” Rabbi Pine said. “They can relate to students the best and help us provide programs that can reach the largest segment of our Jewish community.” — Ron Snyder

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CONTROVERSY JCC covers up exhibit photo following community concern By Ron Snyder | Photography by David Stuck

An attempt to educate the public on the role of Jews aiding those in Bosnia during the siege of Sarajevo nearly 20 years ago has turned into a source of controversy. e exhibit, set up in the lobby of the Weinberg Park Heights JCC by the Macks Center for Jewish Education, offers historical facts and photos of the history of Jews in the former Yugoslavian republic. Among those visuals is a photo of a teenage couple sunbathing in 1988 at a summer camp. The photo, which shows a female wearing a two-piece bathing suit, offended some members of the JCC, who requested that it be removed. The JCC covered the photo with a black cloth. “It’s a balancing act in trying to work with all segments of the Jewish community,” said JCC President Louis “Buddy” Sapolsky. “We’re trying not to offend anyone, but at the same time we don’t want to censor

art. The belief was that covering up this one photo would not negatively impact the exhibit as a whole.” Not everyone shares that sentiment. Autumn Sadovnik, CJE’s director of professional development, said she believes the goal of the exhibit is to accurately display how Bosnian Jews lived prior to the war. She added that the exhibit has been displayed across the country in cities with similar diverse Jewish populations with no one ever complaining about the photo. e exhibit was created by Centropa, a Vienna and Budapest-based nonprofit that uses advanced technologies to preserve and disseminate Jewish memories coming from Central and Eastern Europe, the former Soviet Union, the Balkans and the Baltics. “It was not CJE’s preference to censor the photo,” Sadovnik said. “There didn’t appear to be too many complaints about the photo. It just

A controversial photo in a Macks Center for Jewish Education display was covered up after members of the Park Heights JCC complained.

appears that those who did complain were very vocal about it.” Sadovnik said the CJE, which also is located in the Park Heights JCC, was aware there may be an issue with the photo when they planned the exhibit, which has been in the lobby since Nov. 16. She said the CJE tried to be sensitive and predict concerns and therefore positioned the photo in the center of the exhibit, facing a back wall so that it would not be readily seen by visitors, as they entered through the front doors. Following complaints by members, CJE and JCC officials went back and forth on other potential options, including replacing the photos, something Centropa said was not possible. “We want to display an accurate portrayal of Jewish history, not one that is censored,” Sadovnik said. CJE Executive Vice President Larry Ziffer said covering the photo was a workable compromise. The

black cloth can be lifted by those who choose to look at the photo. “This is an outstanding exhibit and historically accurate,” Ziffer said. “We want to be able to educate the Jewish community. At the same time, we understand we have a diverse group of individuals within the community, and we want to ensure that we can be there for every segment of Jews in Baltimore.” Ziffer said the cover was taken off of the photo last Sunday as part of the CJE’s “Survival in Sarajevo” community presentation, which included a lecture about Balkan Sephardic Jewish history, a short film and a viewing of the Survival in Sarajevo exhibit. “Our goal is to ensure we don’t take away from the integrity of the exhibit from the artist’s eyes while understanding concerns of the community,” Ziffer said. JT Ron Snyder is a JT staff reporter


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VOICE LESSONS SCALE is making sure everyone is heard By Simone Ellin • Photography by Justin Tsucalas

ore than one million Americans have it; 25 to 40 percent of all stroke survivors are affected by it; it is more prevalent than Parkinson’s disease, cerebral palsy and muscular dystrophy. But most people have never heard of aphasia. Those who are familiar with the term often misunderstand the condition. Dr. Argye Beth Hillis, deputy director of neurology at Johns Hopkins Hospital, defined aphasia as an impairment of speech and language caused by damage to the brain. Most commonly, said Dr. Hillis, aphasia occurs after a stroke. The condition makes it difficult for individuals to express themselves and sometimes to understand words and language. These speech and language deficits are not an indication of an intelligence deficit, and recovery can take place throughout the lifespan of the affected individual. Most people with aphasia experience difficulty reading and writing. Although not all those with aphasia are physically affected, many also have weakness or paralysis of their right leg and arm, according to the National Aphasia Association. Judi Snyder* of Pikesville was once one of the many Americans who had never heard of aphasia. That is, until her husband, Howard, was affected. It was Wednesday, June 3, 1999. Judi, then 39, and a mother of three, received a call from the foreman at E.J. Snyder Inc., the plumbing, heating and air-conditioning company that Howard owned, telling her to get to the hospital right away. Howard, who was 47 and “the picture of health,” was diagnosed with a



blood disorder that caused a clot in his carotid artery. At first, Howard was still able to walk and use his arm, but in the emergency room, he was already manifesting signs of aphasia. “He spent a night in the intensive care unit, and they were hopeful he would be OK. But by Saturday, the clot had moved to his brain. It was so swollen that they needed to induce a coma. … He was there for three weeks. I was in a daze; it was like a bad dream,” Judi remembered. After his hospitalization, Howard was moved to the Mt. Pleasant Rehabilitation facility, where he received treatment and therapy for another six weeks. “Then came the scariest news,” recalled Judi, “Your husband is ready to come home.” At the time, the Snyder children were 12, 9 and 4. In addition to caring for the three kids and trying to keep their lives as normal as possible, Judi had to make the family home comfortable and accessible for Howard and his new lifestyle. In an instant, the Snyders’ lives were transformed forever. Aer Howard came home from rehab, he tried many different therapies, even going to Los Angeles to meet with a speech therapist. But something was missing. He needed a resource that didn’t exist in Baltimore. At rehab, Judi explained, Howard started to form relationships with other stroke survivors. “One of his friends was Lou Hyatt, another man with aphasia. I became friendly with Lou’s wife, Barbara, and I started talking to her about this vision I had. My vision was that there could be a place where Lou, Howard

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Judi and Howard Snyder along with Barry Steelman (right) work on plans for the upcoming SCALE event.

and others with aphasia could go to socialize.” “When people get aphasia, their circle of friends shrink. A lot of people are uncomfortable around them,” said Barry Steelman, who with wife, Sheila, has been a close friend of the Snyders for many years. “You have to have patience. Most people don’t take the time to communicate.” Barbara recommended Judi contact Denise McCall, who at that time was working on five-year research grant through the National Institutes of Health on the use of technology on individuals with aphasia. “We got together and talked, and within a few hours we had SCALE (the Edwin and Shirley Snyder Center for Aphasia Life Enhancement) planned out. I was thinking social, and Denise was thinking therapy and treatment,” said Judi. “The only problem was we had no money.” So Judi turned to Howard’s brother and sister-in-law, Andy and Cherie Snyder, and Andy’s business partner. Marty Gross, and his wife, Jane. “They were as passionate as we were, and they were instrumental in funding the first five years of the program,” said Judi. SCALE received 501c3 [nonprofit] status in 2008. McCall is now SCALE’s program director and co-executive director. Lisa Thornburg is SCALE’S other co-executive

director, as well as the organization’s operations director. Judi acts as the center’s service coordinator. The center began in a Towson church. Today, it has a permanent home at 5910 York Road, which was renovated to accommodate the members and staff. The Steelmans learned about SCALE when the organization was in the planning stages. They attended a parlor meeting, where they received information about aphasia and the plans for the new center. At the meeting, Howard surprised friends and family, when he got up and spoke to the attendees. Howard was able to address the guests at the parlor meeting with the help of a new technology called VAST, created by Speak in Motion. VAST works by providing speechimpaired individuals with a recording of their own words, played simultaneously with a videotaped image of the lip movements necessary to produce those words. When Howard, now a spokesman for the company, or another person with aphasia, hears his words spoken, while viewing the mouth movements on an IPOD touch or other electronic device, he is able to articulate those words. “I hadn’t seen him speak a full sentence in nine years. There wasn’t a dry eye in the house,” Barry Steelman recalled. “When I saw Howard speak, I said, ‘What can I do to help?’ I was

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Jewish Community Services and the Jewish Community Center are offering totally on board.” Technologies like VAST don’t only allow people like Howard to make speeches like the one he made at that parlor meeting — and will make at SCALE’s fundraiser on Dec. 10 at Beth El Congregation — they also enable them to communicate about “the little things those of us without aphasia take for granted, such as ordering a cup of coffee,” Judi said. SCALE is now open five days a week and offers a variety of social, educational and therapeutic activities. Its staff includes speech language pathologists, a therapeutic recreational specialist, a yoga therapist, an art teacher and a multimedia instructor. At SCALE, staff and volunteers utilize the life participation approach, which encourages re-engagement in life activities post-stroke. SCALE is “member-driven,” and participants choose classes that correspond to their interests. Classes and activities offered include science, media, music, art, current events and travel, as well as communication strategies, a green house and a book club. Members also receive group and individual speech and language therapies, where they can practice their communication skills with trained communication partners among others with aphasia who understand their challenges. SCALE also provides support, resources and assistance to friends and family members so that they gain the skills necessary for optimal communication with their loved ones. SCALE is the only aphasia center in Maryland and the Washington, D.C. area, and it’s one of only nine free-standing (not hospital- or university-affiliated) community treatment centers in the country. Its membership is growing. Currently, SCALE has members from ages 39 to 92, who have suffered strokes from as recently as a year ago and to 29 years ago. Stroke survivors

with aphasia are welcome at any point in their recovery process as long as they are capable of making productive use of the activities at the center. “The healing never ends. It’s a lifetime process. It may get slower than it is right after the stroke, and the progress depends upon the severity of the aphasia, but there is no medical evidence that the brain cannot continue to heal,” stressed Judi. Dr. Hillis, now a member of SCALE’s advisory board, confirmed Judi’s stance. “Many people recover from aphasia over the course of many years. It can take a short time or a long time, and differences in recovery are really variable. People shouldn’t give up. They should still have hope.” JT SCALE’s services are available on a sliding scale, and limited numbers of scholarships are available. SCALE cannot be reimbursed by insurance companies. The organization welcomes donations; funds raised by ticket sales to next week’s event will go toward scholarships.

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RACE TO THE TOP Cardin, Frosh consider run for attorney general



understanding of the legal system, thanks to his years as an attorney, and he understands the inner workings of state government, thanks to his years in the legislature. He’s committed to public service and would make a great attorney general.” Cardin’s announcement comes a little more than a month aer Sen. Brian Frosh (D-16) launched his own exploratory committee. Frosh, 66, has represented Montgomery County in the state legislature since 1987, including being a member of the senate since 1995. Also an attorney, Frosh is the chairman of the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee, the panel that handles key legal issues. Frosh said, if elected, he would work to continue to find more effective ways to support laws dealing with the environment, consumer protection, juvenile services and senior abuse. “I view the job of attorney general to be demanding, challenging and exciting,” Frosh said. “I believe the three decades I have spent as an attorney, combined with my time chairing the Judicial Proceedings Committee, give me the ideal experience necessary for the job. I’ve spent a lot of time going across the state to gauge what qualities people are looking for and what they want to see out of the office.” In a news release, Frosh highlighted several members of his exploratory committee, including Congressman Chris Van Hollen, Montgomery County Executive Isaiah “Ike” Leggett, Prince George’s County Executive

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Rushern Baker, former Govs. Parris Glendening and Harry Hughes and former Maryland Attorney General Stephen Sachs. “Brian’s compassion, independence and integrity have been apparent to us in Montgomery County for many years,” Leggett said in a statement. “He has been the state leader on protecting our environment and ensuring that we have a fair and impartial judiciary that protects the rights of all Marylanders. I am pleased to offer my wholehearted support to him in the race for attorney general.” Despite the moves by Cardin and Frosh, the race likely is to be very fluid over the next few months. A factor in whether either candidate decides officially to declare his candidacy will depend on whether current Attorney General Doug Gansler announces his intention to run for governor rather than a third term as AG. Many Maryland analysts say they expect the former. Gansler, a Democrat who ran unopposed in 2010, is just one of many Maryland politicians rumored to be running to replace Gov. Martin O’Malley, when his second term ends. Other potential gubernatorial candidates on the democratic side include Howard County Executive Ken Ulman, Comptroller Peter Franchot and Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown. Gansler told the Jewish Times recently that he has not made a final decision but continues to explore all options while concentrating on his current job. “Timing is everything for a decision

Del. Jon S. Cardin is mulling a run for AG.


ith the 2012 elections now history, the race for office in 2014 is quickly getting into gear. That became apparent last week when Del. Jon S. Cardin (D-11) ended months of speculation by officially launching his exploratory committee, letting Maryland know he is mulling whether to run for attorney general. Cardin, a 42-year-old Baltimore County resident who was first elected to the House of Delegates in 2002, has held several political fundraisers across the state over the past year. A career lawyer, Cardin has advocated for campaign-finance reform and statutes to reduce cyber bullying and improve health care in Maryland. The nephew of Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Cardin is a member of the House Ways and Means Committee. “I’ve been going around the state speaking with business leaders, political leaders and citizens from all over Maryland, listening to what they want in an attorney general,” Cardin said. “I was encouraged by what I heard from people who share my vision of the office. That includes helping make the state of Maryland safer for people, businesses and the community at large.” Del. Dana Stein (D-11) has served alongside Cardin for a decade and has pledged his support. “Jon is hard working, smart and very consumer oriented, all of which are key traits when running for attorney general,” Stein said. “Jon has an

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race. In the meantime, Cardin said he is preparing for the upcoming 90-day General Assembly session before making a final decision. Keith Scott, president and CEO of the Baltimore County Chamber of Commerce, said a primary race between Cardin and Frosh could go a long way toward solidifying the state’s political power center: Cardin’s base is in the Baltimoremetro area; Frosh’s is in the Washington suburbs. “There seems to have been a shift in Annapolis in recent years, as the population in the Washington suburbs has grown,� Scott said. “It will be interesting to see how [the attorney general] race impacts not only state politics, but also local races. People sitting on the sidelines may decide to run for the legislature, where openings could soon exist.� JT Ron Snyder is a JT staff reporter

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Novel Idea North Oaks book club provides learning material sans reading By David Snyder Photograhy by Justin Tsucalas

AROUND TWO YEARS AGO, North Oaks resident Bernice Freiberg approached program coordinator Betty Jontiff with a suggestion. Freiberg sought an activity for those who enjoyed reading books but were no longer able to because their eyesight was beginning to fail. Talking to her fellow residents, she knew a demand was there. Freiberg and Jontiff created a monthly event where authors come to the Pikesville retirement community to share their material in the form of a presentation. “She wanted to do this new-age book club, where people could hear different authors talk about their book, but they wouldn’t have to read it,” Jontiff said of Freiberg, who passed away Nov. 13. Last Wednesday, North Oaks hosted its first book-club event without Freiberg. More than two-dozen residents gathered to hear author Marvin W. Barrash speak about “U.S.S. Cyclops,” his 794-page book detailing the story of the Navy collier that mysteriously sank in what is now known as the Bermuda Triangle in March of 1918, killing all 309 men on board — including Barrash’s great uncle. At the time of its disappearance, it was en route to Baltimore from Barbados. The cargo ship, which hauled mainly coal to other naval vessels and onshore facilities, has never been found. Experts have speculated about causes for its demise for almost a century. eories include an attack from German U-boats, the effects of violent weather and the manganese ore (more volatile than coal) it was carrying at the time. Barrash surmises that, given its history of rolling and that there was no trace of its disappearance, Cyclops capsized at night and plunged so quickly that no one on board could make any distress calls via radio. Citing newspaper and general public reaction, he compared the tragic event — in a media sense — to 9/11. “When she disappeared, that’s when she became a rock star,” said Barrash, who spent 13 years researching and writing the book. “The ship touched a lot of lives. It was not just a maritime loss. It was a loss for a lot of families.” Barrash, whose day job is with the Department of Defense, explained the history of the boat and its eventual misfortune visually using a PowerPoint slideshow projected on a large screen. The presentation as a whole clearly struck a chord for 22

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North Oaks residents listen to Marvin W. Barrash’s discussion of the tragic sinking the USS Cyclops, the subject of his 2010 book.

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About The Cylcops To this day, the disappearance of the USS Cyclops is the largest non-combat naval loss in the history of the United States. Here are some interesting facts about the boat: • Launched May 7, 1910 • 542 feet long • Capable of traveling up to 14.6 knots (16.8 mph) • Could hold up to 5,000 cubic feet of coal • Home to more than 1,600 men over eight years • Had only one captain in its history: Lt. Cmdr. George W. Worley

North Oaks residents, who were discussing the matter as they left the building’s main assembly room. “Something happened. It rolled. It went down. Whether it was from a [German] submarine, we don’t know,” Bernice Jagoda said. “I think it’s probably in the deepest part of the ocean, and maybe one of these days one of the companies diving for ships might find it.” Resident Roma Cohen enjoyed taking in the presentation as well. She was aware of the tragedies of the RMS Titanic and the RMS Lusitania but not the USS Cyclops. “I’ve never heard anything about this. This was really something new,” Cohen said. “They do lots of wonderful things here [at North Oaks], lots of things that keep us thinking. They need that for people here.” JT David Snyder is a JT staff reporter —

In his book, Barrash highlights three events that could have foreshadowed the USS Cyclops’ misfortune. 1. When the USS Cyclops first launched, her descent into the Delaware River came to a halt and she required assistance before proceeding any further. It was always regarded as a bad omen should any accident happen or if the ship refused to move during a launching. 2. On May 8, 1910, the Washington Times ran a short article on the launching of the ship. About two columns away, the Times printed a review of the fictional novel “The Isle of Dead Ships.” The book is about a multitude of ships sinking in the Sargasso Sea, a body of water that exists in what is now referred to as the Bermuda Triangle. 3. It was common for navy vessels to have animal mascots. The USS Cyclops had a dog, aptly named, Cyclops. While docked in Halifax, Nova Scotia, on December 24, 1917, the dog disembarked and then refused to get back aboard. Cylclops (the ship) sank about three months later.

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Youth of three religions come together to reforest Meadowood Regional Park By Maayan Jaffe ow many Jewish, Muslim and Catholic children does it take to plant three trees? Nine, if they work together, which is exactly what they did last month at an interfaith tree planting, held from 2 to 4 p.m. at Meadowood Regional Park, located at Falls and Greenspring Valley roads. e event was organized by Ted Chaskelson, a Jewish member of the local United Religions Initiative cooperation circle. Chaskelson of Reisterstown, a member of Moses Montefiore Anshe Emunah, got the idea for the planting from a URI programming email. He said he was intrigued, so he contacted the Maryland Forest Service, which in turn reached out to the Baltimore County Department of Recreation and Parks. Once the logistics were settled, he set out in search of planters. “I was able to obtain participation by three Jewish children by going to two synagogues, Moses Montefiore and Beth El,” explained Chaskelson. “I readily obtained the cooperation of Rabbi Yerachmiel Shapiro and Rabbi Steven Schwartz.” Next, Chaskelson talked with Dr.


Agha S. Khan, the Muslim head of the Ahmadiyya mosque, located on Slade Avenue. Finally, he spoke with a URI colleague from St. Vincent de Paul of Baltimore. Both eagerly supported the endeavor. Ultimately, on Nov. 11, Muslims Atya Noor, 12, Hussein Amar, 10, and Sarmud Jamil, 12, Catholics Tom Potts, 11, Emily Potts, 15, and Nick Hershfeld, 12, and Jews Liam Sperr, 15, Joseph Abramovitz, 13, and Cameron Sandbank, 15, participated. The youth were divided into three groups of three to plant one tree per group. Cameron said it was challenging — the ground was very rocky. But the children succeeded, and they said they learned a lot in the process. Emily called it a “very rewarding experience.” “I loved the initial idea of helping with reforestation, but it was really great to meet and work with kids from other faiths,” Emily said. “It reinforced in my mind that despite our individual beliefs and traditions, we’re still just kids and very alike in many ways.” See Seeds Of Faith on page 24

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Sarmud echoed Emily’s sentiments. He said, “I think I learned that we are all good people, and we just have different beliefs.” Cameron said the whole concept “intrigued me.” And he noted that for him it reiterated the strong belief that the world “does not have to be a terrible place.”

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Cameron said he hoped the tree planting would serve as a starting point to future activities. Chaskelson was very proud. The event, he noted, represented both the cooperation of humanity with nature: “We are working with nature to make sure that we are replenishing the trees that are lost.” And it also served as “a living education for the children who participated.” Chaskelson said the event took the world one step closer to cooperation and cohesion. “By conducting this event, we were lighting a candle in a room that is getting very dark,” said Chaskelson. “We want to get as many people as possible to see the light of this little candle.” JT Maayan Jaffe is JT managing editor

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Former Israeli ambassador to Egypt will speak next weekend in Columbia


It became worse and worse.

By Maayan Jaffe

Walk us through the highlight s of y our career. How did y ou get to w here y ou are today ?

COHEN: I was born in Tunisia. I left when I was 5, with my parents, and immigrated to Israel. I grew up like a normal Israeli. I come from a more traditional family; I was a yeshiva bachur. I left the religious world and became more academic and secular, and after the army I went to the Hebrew University to study. I have a degree in international relations and political science. I have been an Israeli diplomat all over the world. What ultimately drew you to Tunisia?

My main expertise and focus is on the Arab world. And because of my family being from Tunisia and my upbringing, it was easier for me [than some others] to go deeper into the Arab world and to work with the Arabs. That’s how I found myself as the first Israeli ambassador to Tunisia. I was 40 years old.

It was like going full circle. When my family le Tunisia, we were running away. When I went back as an ambassador, I was very welcome — at least in the beginning. Explain.

The Oslo agreement started in ‘93, and in ‘95 Tunisia and Israel agreed to have relations. I arrived at the beginning of 1996. My official title was not ambassador, but I was more the head of the Israeli mission. … I opened the Israeli interest bureau.

I s there an ambassador t here now?

I was replaced by another Israeli ambassador for less then one year. When the second intifada started, the [Tunisian government] asked all Israeli representatives to leave; the Arab League had made a decision in 2000 to freeze any relations with Israel and to ask all countries with diplomatic missions to withdraw them and send the Israelis back home. Since then, we have nothing with Tunis. Are all the Jews gone, t oo?

But things ch anged?

My period in Tunisia reflects the ups and downs of Israel’s relationship with the Arab world. When I started, the Tunisians felt that the Oslo Accords would be fulfilled … and that a Palestinian state would be born in the coming months or years. The attitude at the beginning toward the Israeli delegation was quite friendly, open and welcoming. My first meeting with the minister of foreign affairs in Tunisia was very warm and very cordial and respectful. When I first I arrived at my home I found a beautiful bouquet of flowers, delivered by the prime minister. … These were the days of hope. … But by the time I le, in 2000, the Tunisians felt there was no advancement as expected. … So they gradually changed their attitude toward the Israeli delegation. We felt not desired anymore. There were no responses to our requests. … We could not have any more high-level meetings or even contacts. … There were no more invitations to dinners, receptions. It was pretty clear they wanted the Israeli politicians to know they were unhappy with what was going on.

There are still Jews in Tunisia, about 1,700 to 1,800 people — mostly in the capital and other major areas. … They are keeping the community alive. They have a synagogue. Are t hey O K since the Arab Sprin g?

There is tension in the street and always a fear [the situation] will turn against them. There have been declarations coming from some radical movements against the Jews, but those declarations are sporadic. The head of the Jewish community there received assurance from the new regime that it will do its utmost to keep the Jewish community secure. That’s different. Would you say the country is not anti-Jewish but anti-Israeli?

Even in this new era, the regime distinguishes between Israelis and the Jewish people. In Tunisia, the Jewish community lives normally, and it receives protection from the government. Even after the regime became more Islamist, the Jewish community was not affected. The regime looks at Israel as a political entity, and this new regime is much more against Israel than the previous one. Now, the

Shalom Cohen, former ambassador to Egypt, says the Egypt-Israeli peace will hold.

attitude against Israel is not only political but religious. The Islamist attitude is worsening. … We are making efforts to renew dialogue, but I understand these efforts are really not successful. Would you describe Tunisia as pro-Palestinian or anti-I srae li?

The previous regime was pro-Palestinian but not anti-Israel. As long as the Israelis were trying to solve the Palestinian conflict, they were open to us. But in Tunisia, after the Arab spring, they are even more pro-Palestinian, and their attitude toward Israel is anti, too. Even if we solved the Palestinian problem and there was an agreement between the Palestinians and Israel, it is hard to imagine that Tunisia would open up [to Israel] and want to have an embassy, etc. That would take much more than it did in 1996. Le t’s t alk abou t Egypt. What do yo u expect from Egy ptian President Morsi?

The new regime in Egypt is working on two tracks. On the one side, its political activities are signaling to the Western world (specifically America) that it can be trusted and it can be worked with, that it is not very radical. They are trying to convince the president [Barack Obama] that this is a modern and open regime. … This is because Egypt needs U.S. assistance. It needs a lot of money. Egypt See On A Mission on page 26



has dedicated his life to Israel — sometimes almost literally. A distinguished member of Israel’s Foreign Ministry and a specialist in the Arab world, Cohen was chairman of the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs delegation to Tunisia from 1996 to 2000 and Israel’s ambassador to Egypt from 2005 to 2010. He also served in Congo (Zaire), Canada and Belgium. Today, Cohen is the Baye diplomatin-residence at e Washington Institute. He will speak on Israel and the Arab world at Beth Shalom Congregation’s Friday night services on Dec. 14. Ahead of his talk, the JT asked the ambassador about his experiences.

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is in the midst of a huge economic crisis. It needs $15 billion tomorrow to give food and services to the Egyptians, otherwise the country will go bankrupt. On the other hand, [Muslim Brotherhood leaders] would like to distinguish themselves from the secular regime and authoritarian regime of [Hosni] Mubarak. They will do their utmost to signal that they are different, that they come from a religious party and that they have a different set of ideas and [a different] agenda. … These two lines contradict each other. They have to figure out how to close that gap.

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I think it is in the interest of Egypt to keep the peace with Israel, even though we hear from time to time some voices coming from radical parties and even from members of the Muslim Brotherhood calling to review the peace process. But I think the Egyptian government understands the importance of the peace between the two countries. … It is strategic, and it brings only positive things to both countries. … The question, of course, is not just keeping it,

but what kind of peace it is. I would not be surprised if this new regime has no dialogue with Israel, even though there is a peace. How connected is the Egyptian stree t with t he Palest inian stree t?

The Palestinian issue is very central in and important to Egyptian society; it has been like that from the very beginning. What can America do?

Look, the Arab world is moving from one era to another . This is a time of dramatic and important change for them. The region is entering a period of political and economic unrest. It will affect Israel, of course, on various levels. … There are many dangers that did not exist in the past, and the threat today is greater, so Israel needs the support, assistance and cooperation of American Jews. At same time, American Jews can have positive political [effects] in Israel by helping us to advance toward more democracy, more liberalism, more openness and cooperation — Western values. What’s next for you?

I am still a member of [the Israeli] Ministry of Foreign Affairs. I will go back to Israel next January, and I will continue to work there while I wait for my next assignment. I hope to be in a place where I can contribute the maximum amount to the State of Israel. JT

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Background & Analysis U.N. upgrades Palestinian status to nonmember observer state

oughly one week from the United Nations General Assembly decision to upgrade the Palestine Liberation Organization to nonmember observer state status, the U.S. government appears to be in wait-and-see mode. While a series of congressional amendments were passed last week, and several U.S. lawmakers and leaders came out strongly against Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas’ decision to appeal to the U.N. for this upgraded status, no consequences have yet to take effect. e Nov. 29 vote for the upgrade in status, which passed with 138 in favor and nine against in the 193-seat General Assembly (there were 41 abstentions) and took place on the same day that in 1947 the U.N. approved the partition plan granting the Jewish people and the Arabs each a state, was met with loud dissention from officials across the country. U.S. Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.) called the vote “a distraction from efforts to reignite negotiations between the Israelis and the Palestinians.” In a statement, he termed the “political posturing” by the Palestinians as “counterproductive.” “The U.N. recognition applies to land that is historically Jewish and that Israel won in a defensive war. This recognition is outrageous, as this land was never part of a Palestinian state as one never existed. The Arabs rejected a U.N.-supported Palestinian state in 1947 and subsequently attacked the Jewish people, who were trying to form the State of Israel in May 1948. The Palestinian Arabs have attacked Israel, both militarily and politically, ever since, and they have refused to recognize Israel to this day. This


resolution was the continuation of a political attack on Israel,” said the National Council of Young Israel in a statement. e council used this decision to further reiterate its feelings that the U.N. is a biased international body. “is decision further solidifies the view of the Jewish world that the U.N. is a biased institution against Israel and the Jewish people,” read the statement. The Israel Project echoed similar sentiments, when it termed the U.N. “a body well known to be hostile to Israel and which is dominated by nondemocratic states.” “This cynical move by the UNGA enables the U.N. to be exploited to serve the political ends of the Palestinian people,” said Ronald S. Lauder, president of the World Jewish Congress in a statement. But more importantly than the upset at the U.N. voting yes was the furor — and sadness — at Abbas’ move, which, it was pointed out by multiple parties, constitutes a violation of a decade and a half of Palestinian diplomatic commitments to avoid unilateral steps that would prejudice negotiations with Israel. “By taking unilateral steps at the U.N. … the PA broke with the historic Oslo Accords reached with Israel in 1994,” said Jewish Federations of North America’s chair of the board of trustees Michael Siegal, calling on the PA to return to the negotiating table. Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said the Palestinian move “doesn’t advance peace, it pushes it backwards.” He then announced that Israel would build 3,000 new homes in areas directly east of Jerusalem. He also announced that Israel will withhold a little more

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than $100 million in tax revenue that it has collected on behalf of the PA. Funds will be turned over to Israeli energy companies to pay down Palestinian debts. The U.S. spoke out strongly about these Israeli decisions.

Peace Not Palestinian Interest? But it appears sitting around the table may not be what the Palestinians want. Just after the vote, high-ranking Palestinian officials boasted that the resolution will mark the formal end of the decades-old Palestinian peace process with Israel. On the Palestinian Broadcasting Corporation radio station, which represents the official voice of the Palestinian Authority, the following was aired directly following the U.N.’s decision: “Today, the whole world recognizes the criminality of the occupation, the existence of a Palestinian State — everyone except the United States, which has prevented Palestinian aspirations in the past. … Today is a proud day to be a Palestinian, and we must be united. Today, we take the first step toward ending the occupation and reclaiming our homeland, from Gaza to Nablus, Jerusalem, Haifa, Afula, all of Palestine. … We will use our new-found recognition to hold the occupation accountable for its crimes against humanity in the past two weeks. … We are all one Palestine, and now, more than ever, we must be united because this is the beginning of the end of the occupation.” The above was translated and published by the Israel Resource Review. Abbas’ speech also hinted at an unwillingness to talk. Baltimore Jewish

Council Executive Director Dr. Art Abramson told the JT that as Israeli author and historian Abba Eban once said, “The Palestinians never miss an opportunity to miss an opportunity.” “Instead of using their ‘victory’ as a catalyst to negotiations with Israel, they landed another venomous verbal attack upon her,” said Abramson, referring to Abbas’ speech that called the climate in Israel “racist” and the people of Israel “extremists.” Joshua Weintraub, co-chair of the Baltimore Israel Coalition felt similarly. He condoned the U.N. decision and said Abbas, through his words at the U.N., proved that the Palestinian Authority is not a partner for peace. Wrote the Rabbinical Council of America and the Orthodox Union in a statement: “The world saw the Palestinians’ president deliver a speech that was filled with hatred and venom against Israel. A man who truly wants peace does not speak this way.” Congress, ahead of the vote, frequently has warned the PLO that there would be consequences for its relationship with the U.S. if it refuses to demonstrate commitment to peace with Israel. Congress has specifically linked continued aid and the operation of the PLO office in Washington to the Palestinians not seeking statehood status at the U.N. Congress and President Obama are now faced with decisions on how to handle those proclamations. Last week, just before the U.N. decision, a slate of Republican senators led by Sen. John Barrasso (Wy.) introduced amendments to the National Defense Authorization Act that would cut assistance to the Palestinans immediately and shut down the PLO See Background & Analysis on page 28


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office in Washington. e NDAA does not otherwise address the Palestinians, but the act is the most immediate vehicle for passage of legislation, as both Houses of Congress are frantically trying to pass major budget bills to head off the so-called fiscal cliff. “Obama has sent aid over to the Palestinians [despite] congressional recommendations,” said Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.) in a special session last week entitled “Israel’s Right to Defend Itself,” held by the House Committee on Foreign Affairs. “We’ve sent $2 billion [to the Palestinians] over the last two years, and it did not serve as inducement for the Palestinians to act responsibly, pursue sustained negotiations with Israelis or abandon their unilateral statehood scheme at the U.N. Our own economic situation is in dire straits.” Ros-Lehtinen asked whether the U.S. should help the Palestinian economy while the Palestinians continue to undermine the peace process. The congresswoman also called on the U.S. to halt funding to any other U.N. body that uses the General Assembly resolution as an excuse to grant membership to a nonexistent Palestinian state. “U.S. law is clear,” she said. “U.N. agencies that grant membership to a Palestinian state lose their U.S. funding. If the administration again seeks to gut

U.S. law and keep funding those reckless U.N. agencies, Congress’ response must be simple: ‘No.’” In addition, Barrasso joined a separate Palestinianspendinginitiative,andonelikelier to pass, spearheaded by Sens. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.). atamendmenttotheNDAAwouldcut assistancetothePalestiniansonlyiftheyuse their new U.N. status to bring charges against Israel. e new amendment would shut down the PLO office in Washington only in the case that the Palestinians have notenteredinto“meaningfulnegotiations” with Israel. A lawmaker on the House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee was reported as stating that the House was likely to initiate a similar wait-andsee bill. e lawmaker characterized it as a bid to see if the Palestinians would make good on suggestions that they were not in a hurry to bring charges at the International Criminal Court, and that a successful show at the United Nations could create the conditions necessary to bring the Palestinians back to talks.

Status Is Still No State Numerous lawmakers, including U.S. Ambassador Susan E. Rice, have noted that nothing has really changed with regard to the status of a Palestinian state. Said Rice on Nov. 29, “Today’s

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The Baltimore Israel Coalition is urging people to express appreciation to the eight countries that stood with Israel against the Palestinian move to circumvent peace negotiations through a unilateral declaration of independence at the United Nations. The contact information for the U.N. missions of all eight countries appears below.

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vote should not be misconstrued by any as constituting eligibility for U.N. membership. It does not. is resolution does not establish that Palestine is a state.� Nonmember observer status, explained House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer in a statement, put the Palestinian people no closer to achieving statehood and “may in fact set back this goal.� The Palestinian government has been the greatest obstacle for the

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Palestinian people in achieving a state; the majority of the international arena is committed to a two-state solution. But there are certain preconditions, and Palestine has none of the attributes of statehood enumerated by international law. The PA has failed to achieve economic stability. It has failed to establish sovereignty over the territory it declares as Palestinian, with different Fatah and Hamas factions in control over the West Bank

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and Gaza Strip. It has failed to stem terrorist activity. “A group of people that wants to be a state need to start acting like a state,” said Brian Sacks, president of the Baltimore Zionist District. “The Palestinians instead invest in terror, hatred and incitement.”

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In addition, the PA needs to commit to halt its relationship with Hamas. Instead, it touts that connection. Abbas, for example, instead of condemning the Gaza rocket fire, congratulated Hamas for its efforts to murder Israeli civilians and offered condolences to Hamas martyrs. On the day of the U.N. vote, it may have felt like a victory for the Palestinians. However, said Rice, the day after, “the grand pronouncement will fade, and the Palestinian people will wake up … and find that little about their lives has changed, save that the prospects of a durable peace have only receded. … Long after the speeches have been forgotten, it is the Palestinians and the Israelis who must still talk to each other — and listen to each other — and find a way to live side by side in the land they share.” JT

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“THERE ARE, I think, almost 3,000 Americans in foreign jails. Almost all of them are in there for doing something.” at is the assessment given to by Rep. Bob Turner (R-N.Y.), a leading advocate for the freedom of 53-year-old Brooklyn flooring contractor Jacob Ostreicher — who, according to his supporters, is wrongly imprisoned in Bolivia and therefore falls outside the “almost 3,000 Americans” cited by Turner. Ostreicher’s matter is one of three high-profile cases of American Jews overseas who remain either controversially imprisoned or held hostage. What does the future hold for Ostreicher, Cuban prisoner Alan Gross and Pakistani hostage Warren Weinstein?

Alan Gross

Alan Gross is imprisoned in Cuba. His sentencing is controversial.


In early October, lawyers for the 63-year-old Gross — a U.S. Agency for International Development contractor imprisoned in Cuba since December 2009 for trying to bring that country’s Jewish community

Internet access — announced that a doctor who reviewed Gross’ medical records found a tumor in his right shoulder that may be cancerous. The tumor is a “potentially life-threatening medical problem that has not been adequately evaluated to modern medical standards” by Cuban doctors, according to Dr. Alan A. Cohen. Since that revelation, Cuba has been “surprisingly quiet in response, and I say surprisingly, because typically they tend to be very aggressive at responding to claims about Alan’s situation, and I think the detailed nature of Dr. Cohen’s assessment has flummoxed them, and they’re not quite sure how they can respond,” Gross lawyer Jared Genser said. Gross, who lived in Potomac, received a 15-year prison sentence even though he was working with “peaceful, nondissident, Jewish groups” in Cuba, according to the U.S. Cuba convicted him of “crimes against the state.” In August, Gross’ lawyers filed a petition asking the United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention to conclude that Cuba has violated Article 19 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights — a treaty that guarantees freedom of expression and the rights to receive and disseminate information freely through any media of choice — by imprisoning Gross. Cuba “didn’t point to anything [Gross] did beyond provide publicly available computer equipment to Jewish communities down in Cuba, and that falls squarely within the protections for Article 19 of the ICCPR,” Genser said, making his ongoing detention “a flagrant violation of Cuba’s obligations of international law.” Cuba has 60 days to respond to the U.N. petition. Gross’ team is expecting the U.N. arbitrary detention

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working group to hear the case in mid-November and then to issue an opinion in mid-December. The group’s opinions are not binding under international law, and there is no enforcement provision that could compel Cuba to comply, but Genser said a ruling in Gross’ favor could still be a significant step. “Having an independent and impartial group in the United Nations saying that he’s been held in violation of international law provides a very strong political and public-relations tool to put pressure on the government of Cuba to resolve the case,” Genser said. On Capitol Hill, the push for Gross’ freedom received broad bipartisan support in September with 44 senators signing a letter to Cuban President Raul Castro asking for Gross’ release. “Forty-four senators on one letter going to one foreign leader does not happen very often, and most importantly, a number of key members of Congress who have really been focused on trying to engage with the government of Cuba and advance an opening of the relationship have publicly said that until Alan Gross’ case is resolved, they’re not going to be prepared to press for [a] further opening,” Genser said. That being said, ultimately it needs to be “President Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton who are going to resolve this case.”

was denied bail. Congressman Turner — who represents the section of Brooklyn where Ostreicher lived — explained in a phone interview that according to Bolivian law, “you have to be charged within an 18-month period.” Turner and U.S. Rep. Chris Smith (R-N.J.) are among the consistent advocates for Ostreicher’s cause. The problem, according to Turner, lies within the U.S. state department — whose involvement, he said, was limited by virtue of being “bound by their own rules.” Despite the “preponderance of evidence” showing Ostreicher’s innocence, Turner said that state department officials have “their own bureaucratic procedures” and “don’t want to get out of their comfort zone.” “They respect Bolivian law even when the Bolivians are not following it,” Turner said. “I think this is a time for outrage and not following bureaucratic procedures. It’s as simple as that.” At the very least, Turner believes Clinton “has to send a letter to [the Provided

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What does the future hold for Jews jailed, held hostage overseas?

Jacob Ostreicher Ostreicher traveled to Bolivia in December 2010 to oversee rice production and was arrested in June 2011 on suspicion of money laundering and criminal organization. No formal charges have ever been brought against him. On Aug. 31 this year, Ostreicher

Jacob Ostreicher has yet to be sentenced.

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Vigil Marks Gross’ Third Year As Hostage in Cuba By Phil Jacobs

On a cool, drizzly Sunday evening in Washington, traffic on 16th Street slowed to a crawl, as an overflow crowd spilled from the sidewalk in front of the building that houses the Cuban Interests Section. Darkness had set in, but the lights beaming down on a podium and the presence of police to control traffic and to keep a watchful eye on the vigil signified that something special was happening. More than 300 people came, some holding signs, others kindling candles to sing “We Shall Overcome” in both Hebrew and English. They were there to mark the third anniversary of Alan Gross’ incarceration by the Cuban government. “He is frail, he has lost over 105 pounds, and he suffers from chronic pain and still does not know whether or not he has cancer,” said Gross’ wife, Judy. She last saw her husband in September. Judy Gross called it a “living nightmare” and told the crowd that “too many things have happened regarding his health since he’s been gone.” “We really, really need him home,” she said. Gross was jailed in December 2009 after attempting to distribute electronic equipment, such as laptops, to the small Jewish community in Havana. At the time, he was living in Potomac, but he has roots in Baltimore, where he graduated from Milford Mill High School in 1967. At the time of his arrest, Gross was working for Bethesda-based Development Alternatives, Inc., subcontracting for the U.S. Agency for International Development. His wife has filed a federal lawsuit against DAI and the U.S. government, claiming that her husband was not trained for his work in Cuba. The suit is asking for $60 million in damages. The focus on Sunday evening, however, was a plea to the Obama administration to send the highest-level envoy to Havana to negotiate his release. Maryland Congressman Chris Van Hollen, one of the event’s speakers, has supported the effort to free Gross from the beginning and said that both the White House and the Castro regime need to step up their efforts. The vigil was sponsored by the Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Washington. Ron Halber, its executive director, said, “It was well attended, [and it] adds to the attention paid to Alan’s case. For many people, this is a simple fundamental issue of justice. Alan is being held hostage, and people don’t seem to see movement to free this American. For our government, it’s like leaving a soldier behind in battle.”


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”This is a human nightmare,” he continued. “Alan is in an 8x10 cell with two other people. He didn’t ask for these roommates.” The Department of State also weighed in. “Mr. Gross is a 63-year-old husband, father and dedicated professional with a long history of providing assistance and support to underserved communities in more than 50 countries,” wrote Mark C. Toner, deputy spokesman. “Since his arrest, Mr. Gross has lost more than 100 pounds and suffers from severe degenerative arthritis that affects his mobility and other health problems. His family is anxious to evaluate whether he is receiving appropriate medical treatment, something that can best be determined by having a doctor of his own choosing examine him. We continue to ask the Cuban government to grant Alan Gross’ request to travel to the United States to visit his 90-yearold mother, Evelyn, who is gravely ill. This is a humanitarian issue. The Cuban government should release Alan Gross and return him to his family, where he belongs.” Judy Gross told the crowd that the vigil will send a signal to the U.S. government to make her husband’s release a top priority. She also said it is the duty of the government to bring him home. Mrs. Gross added that she feels like the U.S. has left her husband to die in Cuba. “President Obama, bring this man home,” she implored. Rev. Clark Lobenstein, of the Interfaith Conference of Metropolitan Washington, said, “On behalf of the Christian community, we stand here in solidarity. We are all one.” When the speeches began to wind down, the audience joined in singing, “Give Peace a Chance.” Joe Sandler, president of the JCRC, said, “Alan Gross is our neighbor. He is one of us.” Sandler urged all those in attendance to use their best efforts and not stop “until Alan Gross steps onto American soil.” Halber added, “He’s a pawn, a hostage and a bargaining chip. We question where the humanity is in Cuba. The U.S. government has to do more and has to make this a top priority. It is time to bring this to an end.” Added Judy Gross, “I have to feel confident, I don’t have any other way I can feel. Alan is not a spy. He was on a humanitarian mission.” JT

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Bolivians] that she has reviewed [Ostreicher’s] case personally” and that she has concluded Ostreicher’s incarceration is unjust on both Bolivian legal and humanitarian grounds. is June, Congressman Smith attended a hearing with Ostreicher during which a Bolivian judge passed the matter on to a higher court — a move “likely guaranteeing more months of delay,” according to the New Jersey legislator. “Jacob has been cooperative, patient to the extreme,” Smith said in a statement. “There is no evidence offered against him. e rule of law must prevail in Bolivia. Innocent people must have a path to justice.”

Warren Weinstein Weinstein’s case differs from those of Gross and Ostreicher in that he is a hostage, rather than a prisoner. A 71-yearold aid worker from Rockville he has been held captive by al-Qaeda since August 2011 after being abducted from his home in Lahore, Pakistan. According to police reports at the time, eight to 10 men approached Weinstein’s house on a ploy, tied up Weinstein’s three guards, and took him away. At the time of his capture, Weinstein had been working in Pakistan for several years as a director of J.E. Austin Associates, a U.S.-based development contractor that advises different Pakistani business and government sectors. A number of videos have been released since Weinstein’s capture. Late last year, the leader of al-Qaeda, Ayman al-Zawahri, said in a video statement that Weinstein would be released if the U.S. stopped airstrikes in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Somalia and Yemen. Al-Zawahri also demanded the release of all al-Qaeda and Taliban suspects around the world. is May, Weinstein appeared in another video in which he said he would be killed unless Obama agreed to al-Qaeda’s demands. e White House has refused to negotiate with al-Qaeda. Finally this September, Weinstein’s captors released a third video in which Weinstein is seen looking exhausted while wearing a plain white T-shirt in front of a

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including a heart condition, severe asthma and high blood pressure, and she fears that his health “will deteriorate if he is not allowed to see the doctors and specialists that have helped keep him alive in recent years.” Elaine Weinstein also noted that it remains unclear why Islamic extremists captured her husband. “Warren loves Pakistan and lived there for eight years so he could dedicate his time and energy to working with the people,” Elaine said. “I don’t understand why he was taken.” JT Jacob Kamaras and Sean Savage write for



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Goodbye, Joe For a newcomer, it was difficult to focus on the food at the recent event in honor of retiring Sen. Joseph Lieberman and his wife, Hadassah. Every person entering Ambassador Michael Oren’s stately residence was a political star. ere was former Vice President Dick Cheney schmoozing near the front door with Ambassador Oren. Former GOP presidential candidate Sen. John McCain walked in and shook hands with almost everyone. Sen. and Mrs. Lieberman greeted all the guests, as Israel Defense Minister Ehud Barak, stately in appearance, held his own court of listeners and Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta worked the room. ere was White House Chief of Staff Jack Lew having a word with House Majority Leader Eric Cantor. Ambassador Dennis Ross was there. Other congressmen and senators filled the busy tent. Oren’s words honored the Liebermans. He compared Joseph to the Biblical Yosef. And Hadassah to Queen Esther, whose Hebrew name was Hadassah.

“JOE, YOU ARE IRREPLACEABLE.” — Israel Ambassador to the U.S., Dr. Michael Oren

“Like Yosef, Joe is comfortable with people in power,” said Oren. “He understands the intricacies of the Middle East. And he can hobnob with pharaohs with the moral integrity of a Yosef. He’s modest and understanding.” “Joe Lieberman,” he said, “led the fight for homeland security. If there’s any issue with security, he’s been there. … Joe, you are irreplaceable.” Oren reminded guests that in the Purim story, Hadassah, or Esther, knew her way around power as well, as she saved the Jewish people. Israel’s Barak told Lieberman, “You have the inner compass that shows you the way. You are who you are, and you have the courage enough to leave behind the party politics and remain true to your inner beliefs.” Lew said to the Liebermans, “You leave with the


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Dignitaries gathered last week to honor retiring Sen. Joseph Lieberman (third from right).

crown of a good name.” But when it came to speeches, the main meal was skipped in favor of dessert for those who witnessed what transpired once McCain, Lieberman’s long-time friend, stepped up to the podium. McCain announced that he was converting to Judaism. He figured he had been around Lieberman’s Orthodox beliefs so long, that it would be a fit. en the Arizona senator pulled the rhetorical table cloth from under the china and sterling silver. I’ve had for so many years to put up with the (expletive deleted), he said. “I might as well convert.” McCain talked about Shabbat elevators saying, “Pushing all of those buttons ñ and nothing.” On kosher food, he said, “Why in every (expletive deleted) kosher menu do we have to have salmon,” he said. “I’d like to have a round of applause tonight because we don’t have salmon.” McCain then talked about a plane trip he was on with Lieberman. When McCain awoke he saw Lieberman davening with his tallit on. “I hear this mumbling and I look and there’s this guy wearing a shawl” he said, “I thought maybe I’d died.” Meanwhile, the audience was responding, practically holding their sides while they laughed. “I had to put up with this all these years,” he said, telling why maybe now he’d convert to Judaism. A thankful Lieberman came to the podium and couldn’t resist a zinger of his own, “Today, we gained John McCain. Your entry to the covenant was a lot less painful than mine,” Lieberman said in jest. When Oren presented Lieberman with the gi of a Bible, Lieberman said, “I’ve already read it.” Oren came back with, “But this is a signed copy.” All kidding aside, Lieberman told the audience that

he felt grateful. “I feel grateful to the voters of Connecticut,” he said. “And I feel grateful for having an opportunity that might not happen in other countries.” He then spoke a bit of world politics. Just a couple of hours prior to the dinner, the U.N. General Assembly had given the Palestinians observer status as a state instead of an entity. Oren told the JT in the reception area prior to the dinner that he thought the vote “sad” and that he was disappointed in the Palestinians for seeking a unilateral way toward statehood. Lieberman told the politicians in the tent that the U.S. and Israel have so many shared values, including a shared belief in the Bible and the shared belief of civil values. But he added that both countries are the targets of Islamic extremists who threaten them by challenging civilized values. Lieberman said the U.S. is Israel’s most vital ally. “And Israel is important to the U.S.,” he added. “Israel is the front line for us.” He thanked those in the room several times over. He called his experience in Washington “remarkable.” He talked of the fall of the Berlin Wall, the spread of freedom in Central Europe and what he described as “the advancement of rights and freedom.” With a fiscal cliff hanger happening on Capitol Hill, many of the elected officials in the audience had to return to their chambers. Judging from the smiles and continued laughter in the tent, the guests were satiated, not from the chocolate mouse terrine but rather from John McCain’s roast — and Lieberman’s toast. JT Phil Jacobs is JT executive editor —


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Community calendar for Dec. 7 to Dec. 14

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Sh abbat Sing-Along: Bring your preschooler out for singing fun. 9:45 a.m., Beth Tfiloh Dahan Community School, 3300 Old Court Road, Pikesville.

2012 Poinsettia Tour: Tour Beth Am Synagogue, the Prince Hall Grand Lodge and historic homes in the Reservoir and Bolton Hill neighborhoods. Noon to 5 p.m., 2501 Madison Ave., Baltimore. Cost: $20.

On the Middle East: Dr. Mitchell Bard speaks on current relations between Israel and the United States. 10 a.m., Temple Beth Shalom, 1461 Baltimore-Annapolis Blvd., Arnold. Free. Contact 410757-0552 or or visit

Israeli Diversity and the 2013 Knesset Elections: Enjoy a lunch discussion with Geoffrey Levin. Noon, Jewish Community Services Building, 5750 Park Heights Ave., Baltimore. Contact Chana Siff at 410-542-4850 or

C CB C Ch amber Singer s: This select choral ensemble presents diverse music of the holiday season. 12:20 p.m., CCBC Essex Recital Hall, 7201 Rossville Blvd., Rosedale. Free.

Jewish Legal Services Clinic: Free legal information, advice and referral services are available for Jews with limited income. 7 to 8:30 p.m., Jewish Community Services Building, 5750 Park Heights Ave., Baltimore. Contact 410-466-9200 or info@

Chanukah Dance Party: Charm City Klezmer performs upbeat music. 8 p.m., Creative Alliance, 3134 Eastern Ave., Baltimore. Cost: $16 for members; $11 for nonmembers.

Chanukah Sing-Along: The Jewish Federation of Howard County celebrates the holiday. 2 to 3 p.m., 5885 Robert Oliver Place, Columbia. Free.

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F r i e nd s o f t he I D F M i d a t l a nt i c Gala: Olympic gymnast Aly Raisman is the guest speaker. 6 p.m., Beth Tfiloh, 3300 Old Court Road, Pikesville. Cost: Starts at $100. Contact Charlie Levine at 410486-0004 or

Teen Chanu kah Party: Celebrate Chanukah with games, pizza and latkes. 6:30 to 9 p.m., Rosenbloom Owings Mills JCC, 3506 Gwynnbrook Ave. Contact Brad Kerxton at

“The 39 Steps” on Stage: The Beth Tfiloh Community Theatre. 7 p.m., H. Morton Rosen Arts Center, 3300 Old Court Road, Pikesville. Cost: $12; $7 students/seniors.

Chanukah Celebration: Jewish singles celebrate Chanukah with music, food, presents and a midnight concert. 4 to 11:30 p.m., Etz Chaim Center, 3702 Fords Lane, Baltimore.

Rob Le vit H oliday S how : Musician Rob Levit and others perform an assortment of holiday music. 7:30 p.m., Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, 801 Chase St., Annapolis. Cost: $15.

I M PACT’s Latkes & Vodkas Party: Jump into the Chanukah season with young adults from around Jewish Baltimore. 7 to 9 p.m., Broom Corn Building, 1407 Fleet St., Baltimore. Cost: $25 online; $30 at the door. Contact Marisa Danto at 410-369-9296 or mdanto@

International Guitar Night: Music from around the world is celebrated. 8 p.m., Rosenbloom Owings Mills JCC, 3506 Gwynnbrook Ave. Cost: $21 in advance; $24 at the door. Contact or visit

Weekly Fun Run: Join other runners and walkers; all levels are welcome. 6 p.m., Fleet Feet Sports, 1809 Reisterstown Road, Pikesville. Free.

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IKE SAPPERSTEIN A Baltimore Jewish gangster


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lay on the cold cobblestones near the intersection of East Fayette and Washington streets that April night in 1922. But that’s not surprising for someone who had just been thrown from a moving car. The accused? A well-known deviant to the law: Isaac “Ike” Sapperstein. Simply put, Sapperstein was a tough guy, and in Baltimore, Jewish gangsters were hardly in abundance during the 1920s and 1930s, especially compared with New York, Brooklyn, Philadelphia, Detroit and Newark, N.J. But Sapperstein was constantly getting press. And while he is relatively unknown today, in his time he was associated with all variances of criminal activity. Born in East Baltimore in 1901 to Sol and Ida Sapperstein, Ike Sapperstein began his criminal career early. At 13, he was caught stealing penknives (valued at $6) from Stewart’s department store. Accomplice Harry Handleman, only 10, stole half that amount, and both were sent to the Maryland School for Boys for three months. Sapperstein (who had two brothers, Charles and Bernard, and a sister, Beatrice) had been boxing under the name of Kid Wendell, when, on that fateful night in 1922, he and his friends picked up a group of girls at a dance. After driving through Druid Hill Park to Eutaw Place, Sapperstein refused to take Egan, 19, home, although he had dropped off the others. On her deathbed, Egan, who had suffered multiple injuries, told her mother that Sapperstein was making unwanted advances and shoved her from the car when she refused. In January 1923, Sapperstein was convicted of second-degree murder, for which he received five years in the city penitentiary. Barely three weeks after the Egan incident, Sapperstein was arrested in a car at Broadway and Monument streets with five guns and ammo; he also was charged with driving with a suspended license. He was sentenced to six months in jail, as was passenger Philip Falasco. Jack Hart, another passenger and a noted gangster, escaped. In 1929, Sapperstein was involved in a bizarre incident that occurred on April 8, when he was shot and wounded by Benny Franklin, a boxing promoter and the manager of the Olympia Pleasure Club at the Congress Hotel on

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Franklin Street. Even with a lack of witnesses, it was Sapperstein who was charged with assault. Franklin, it seems, had been blamed for Sapperstein’s arrest in connection with a $14,000 robbery of the Farmers and Merchants National Bank in Westminster earlier that week. Sapperstein, along with Ernest Myers and Thomas Phillips, had been arrested but released after bank employees failed to identify them as the bandits. During their subsequent argument, Sapperstein reached into his hip pocket and Franklin took a pistol from a cabinet and fired shots in self-defense. Sapperstein took off and was arrested at Maryland General Hospital with a wound in his right arm. In court, Sapperstein stated that he was a tailor by trade, that he did not know who shot him and that he and Franklin had no argument and no bad feelings between them. Sapperstein then denied the shooting took place at the Olympia Club and said he was walking on Franklin Street when a bullet hit him. “If Franklin shot me, as they say he did, it’s a surprise to me”, Sapperstein said. “We’ve always been friends — that is, as far as I’m concerned.” When asked what he would say if Franklin admitted the shooting, he answered, “Well, we were talking about different things just before I was shot, but I don’t believe he shot me.” Franklin testified that it happened in his office at the club, and Sapperstein had come into his place that morning in a very ugly mood. “Because of his words and actions, I think I was justified in shooting him,” Franklin explained. “He appeared to have been drinking and persisted in arguing with me. He seemed to think he had been abused because he was taken by the police in the Westminster holdup and said he thought the cause centered in the Olympia Club. “During the argument, Sapperstein kept his hand in his right hip pocket, and I edged over to where I had a gun in the cabinet. When he made a motion as if to draw a pistol, I fired two shots at him.” Sapperstein was asked if he wanted to prosecute but said that he still didn’t believe Franklin shot him, and the charge was dropped. Franklin also declined to prosecute. A running pistol battle in April 1932 was the result of a rum-bootlegging feud. Pete Tetso Jr., 21, and two friends were walking in the 1000 block of Greenmount Avenue, when Sapperstein and Tom McKewin, who lived on the block, called them over. When the three approached, McKewin attempted to strike Tetso. e three ran to the

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and was so elated that he had waved the money over his head. The reality was, Sapperstein was a big gambler and regularly bet the horses. He denied being a bookmaker but was convicted of running a dice game in 1945. His acquaintances included nationally known gambling figures The Kefauver Senate Crime Investigating Committee in 1951 reported that night clubs and taverns had been the seats of operation for Baltimore’s big-time gambling. Samuel Aaronson, a front, borrowed money from


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Sapperstein to set up the Blue Mirror, a Charles Street club, for Sapperstein’s gambling operations. As he got older, Sapperstein seemed to stay out of trouble and could be found in the mid-1950s playing golf at Bonnie View Country Club. He died on Feb. 27, 1968 with shiva held at Belvedere Towers. Was Ike Sapperstein a hit man? A killer of many? Not likely. However, he was a compulsive gambler who made a good bit of dough and packed heat in case there was trouble. He lived with danger, and that made him a tough Jew in Baltimore — one who provided sensational copy for the newspapers. JT

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Two years later, Sapperstein took shots at two men who rang his doorbell on Boarman Avenue. When his wife, Rose, opened the door and did not recognize them, Sapperstein casually took his revolver from the dining-room table and put it in his bathrobe pocket. When he came to the door, one man grabbed for his hand, and Sapperstein fired two shots, wounding one of the men in his left hand. Police speculated it may have been a shakedown, and no charges were filed. Sapperstein explained that he had been followed from Pimlico Race Course, and the two planned to rob him since he saw a hidden gun. Sapperstein had won $800 at the track




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Ike Sapperstein casually took his revolver from the dining-room table and put it in his bathrobe pocket. When Sapperstein came to the door, one man grabbed for his hand, and Sapperstein fired two shots.

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rear alley of Tetso’s home on Forrest Street with Sapperstein in hot pursuit, firing a pistol. Tetso turned to shoot, and Sapperstein, hiding behind a pole, shot Tetso in the foot before escaping. In 1939, Sapperstein was arrested for running an illegal lottery on Riggs Avenue with John Harcum, an African-American. Arrested after a police pursuit, Sapperstein denied anything, but Harcum told police he was employed by Sapperstein to solicit lottery business and also as a pickup man for five locations that were running numbers.


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WELL OILED Latke taste test proves greasy but ... mmm, mmm good! By Maayan Jaffe Photography by David Stuck

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Rankings JEWS EAT POTATOES IN EVERYTHING. There’s cholent, potato kugel and potato knishes. ere’s even tzimmes. However, the absolute most perfect use of potatoes, better even than French fries, is to turn them into potato pancakes — latkes, which have crunchy mahogany edges, crispy golden midsections and tender, rich, meaty interiors. Hash browns on steroids. When it comes to latkes, the best recipes are always those that started with great- (or greatgreat-) bubbie in the Old Country. But today, with our busy lives and microwaves, it’s easier to get latkes to go. The JT editorial staff decided to do just that. Late last month, our team went on a hunt for the tastiest latke at four local kosher eateries: Accents Grill on the Atrium, Carmel’s, Knish Shop and Tov Pizza. The winning latke: Accents Grill. “The latkes at Accents Grill are spectacular,” said Patrice Williams, editorial intern. “They are large, filling and tasty.” Second place: Tov Pizza. “e texture was pleasantly crispy, but oily,” said Simone Ellin, staff reporter. “e customer service was really good.” Carmel’s and Knish Shop were tied for third place. “The Carmel’s latke was hands down the most original of the bunch,” said David Snyder, staff reporter. “Rather than a crunchy disc, it was light and fluffy — almost resembling the texture of a coddie. However, when it came to sheer taste, the Carmel’s version tasted more like a hockey puck than a potato pancake.” “I loved the smell, and the texture was what I hoped for in a latke,” said staff reporter Ron Snyder on Knish Shop’s latkes. “But it lost some points for being too greasy. I want to taste the potato, not the oil.” Larry Franks of Accents Grill on Smith Avenue said he started making latkes about eight years ago, when the establishment opened. Today, he sells 2,000 to 3,000 latkes in three sizes throughout the Chanukah season. Franks was not asked to reveal his recipe, but he noted that he “made it up,” using his potato kugel recipe as a base. He added certain spices and other ingredients until he found one that works. The true secret of his latke success, however, is the way he shreds his potatoes. “Most people in Baltimore use a grinder, a vertical

cutting machine. You throw in the potatoes, and it just minces them. That gives [the latke] more of a mashed potato texture,” Franks explained. “If you shred the potatoes, it is aesthetically more pleasing — it gives it almost a braided look. It also gives the latke a firmer texture, so you are biting into something more substantial.” Franks allocates two full-time staff to latke duty. One of them, Orby Marquez, spends three to four days making nothing else all day long. “She’s never complained,” said Franks. This year, Franks rolled out a new kind of latke: sweet potato. He said he tried them out at a recent Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore event to rave reviews. “We had really great reports on it,” he said, noting they will now be available throughout the Chanukah holiday. Franks’ tip for latke makers: “Use your imagination. If you have a favorite ingredient, throw it in there.”

1st Place - Accents Grill

“Applesauce and sour cream on the side made them all the more delicious.” — Simone Ellin on Accents’ latkes

Tov’s Good, Too e second choice was not far behind the first, and that was the potato pancake at Tov Pizza on Reisterstown Road. Owner Ronnie Rosenbluth said the store has been frying them up for 27 years, but “like everything else, the recipe evolved over time.” Rosenbluth said Tov’s sells as many as 3,000 latkes over the eight-day period, and all of his staff gets in on the action. “Different people take care of different parts of the job. Some people peel, some grind, some fry — everyone chips in,” he said. Rosenbluth said what puts his latkes toward the top are that they are homemade and handmade: “We form them and put them into the frying pan on premise.” He said that for every four or five latkes he makes to sell, one is tossed aside for taste-testing or giveaways. “If it is not large enough or thick enough [we don’t sell it],” he said. “We have to have some quality control, and presentation is important, too.” This really is a labor of love for Rosenbluth, who has burned himself more than once while popping the potatoes into the pan. He said the oil splashes when you are working close and quickly. Rosenbluth’s tip: “Preheat the frying pan and the oil. Be careful!” JT

2nd Place - Tov Pizza

“I never expected to find such a great latke in a pizza shop.” — Ron Snyder on Tov Pizza’s latkes

3rd Place - Carmel’s

3rd Place - Knish Shop


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The History of the Latke Most Jewish children are raised on the basic Chanukah story. Chanukah is the Festival of Lights and the time of year when Jews all over the world celebrate and consider the miracle. What was the miracle? e Hashmonaim found a small amount of oil that lasted eight days and nights to burn the Temple’s menorah. As a result, on Chanukah, we eat oily foods like latkes and sufganiyot (doughnuts). But that is not the whole story. e JT spoke with historian Josh Gurewitsch, Jewish history teacher and Israel curriculum coordinator at Beth Tfiloh Dahan Community School, to learn a little bit more. Where does the tradition to eat oily foods on Chanukah come from? If we are looking at this from a historical perspective, then there is no history of the nes shemen (oil miracle). It does not exist in the historical records. It is a Mishnaic, Talmudic story. It does not appear in any of the other sources.

A Side Of Bubbly Finding the perfect wine to pop open this Chanukah involves making the correct pairing with all the fried festive fare on offer. Latkes, doughnuts and even fried apple fritters will be served in Jewish homes up and down and around the country, and cracking open a bottle of bubbly is the perfect accompaniment. The acidity and effervescent nature of sparkling wine cleanses the palate following heavy, oily foods and leaves you ready to take another bite. The delicate floral notes of the suggested wines complement, without overpowering, the delicious flavors found in all of your Chanukah treats.


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So why do people learn this today? e most prevalent theory is that the rabbis of the Talmud were dealing with a very different time period than the one in which the story of Chanukah took place. From a historical perspective, the story of Chanukah centers on a revolt, a military victory. e rabbis of the Talmud were living under Roman rule, the vast majority post the destruction of the Temple. … e worry was that the Chanukah story might set a bad example. e rabbis did not want kids to look at Yehuda HaMaccabee [as a hero] and try to revolt. … e rabbis tried to eliminate the militaristic points of Chanukah. So the oil? at miracle shows up in Talmud as one of the things rabbis spoke about rather than speaking about the military miracle. … But, for me, the issue of whether or not you can link the Chanukah story historicity to the miracle of the oil is irrelevant. It is part of the tradition, part of the fun. at kad shemen brings us the fried foods that we eat. And, there is a lesson to be learned from it.

Sparkling wine to accompany your sizzling latkes Yarden Blanc de Blanc

Gilgal Brut

Golan Moscato

Approximate Price: $35

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Approximate price: $13

The Yarden Blanc de Blanc is a superbly elegant wine made strictly according to the traditional champagne method; the grapes are whole-cluster pressed, and the wine is aged for a minimum of five years with the requisite traditional yeast added. It is said to be Israel’s finest sparkling wine and has won awards from wine critics across the globe. With a delicate balance of tropical fruit, floral and citrus flavors, the Yarden Blanc de Blanc is a very special wine with which to toast the festive season.

The Gilgal Brut is another sparkling wine with a touch of class. It also is produced with strict adherence to the traditional method employed when making champagne, including the pressing of whole clusters of grapes and a secondary fermentation in the bottle. The Gilgal Brut is aged for a year and provides excellent value for the money. It goes down easy and has delicious notes of apple and orange blossom. It is a great wine to pop open for the first night of Chanukah. That being said, its light flavors leave you wanting to pop open a bottle on all eight nights of the festival.

The Golan Moscato is an aromatic and sweet wine with low alcohol content, making it ideal for a family celebration. It is a refreshing change from the sickly sweet moscato varieties that grace the kosher aisles, as it cuts the right balance between sweet and crisp notes. This wine undergoes a very cold fermentation, which is stopped early, allowing some of the bubbles produced naturally to be retained in the wine. It has a gentle sparkle and a wonderful freshness. * All wines can be purchased in local wine shops — Anna Harwood

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Lesson? You have to have faith. You do what you can, like the Maccabim did. ey cleaned everything up and found that one flask of pure olive oil. ey did what they could and made the best of it. When you make the best of it, from a faith perspective, God will do the rest. You put in the effort, and God takes care of the details. When did Jews start eating the latkes we know today? Latke just means pancake. As far as I can remember, the earliest pancakes Jews ate [on Chanukah] were not potato pancakes but were fried cheese and flour.


A Holiday Twist


With more than six million books in print, Mollie Katzen is listed by The New York Times as one of the best-selling cookbook authors of all time and has been named by Health magazine as one of ”The Five Women Who Changed the Way We Eat.” In her words, here are some Katzen’s ideas for how to freshen up your Chanukah table without intruding on your latke loyalties. How about switching the toppings? You can always have the usual applesauce and sour cream on hand, but consider adding some intrigue and savory twists — in addition to sneaking in vegetables, herbs, nuts and olive oil — to the options on the menu. Add some lentil soup and a green salad, and your Chanukah celebration will be colorful and compelling.

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Why cheese? Dairy foods, the cheese and the frying, make you drowsy. is comes from the story of Judith, in one of the books of Apocrypha. She sneaks out of Jerusalem while it is under siege by the Assyrians* and entices the Assyrian general to eat dairy foods she’s prepared. He falls asleep and she chops his head off. at is where the tradition of eating dairy and fried foods originated.

potatoes gained popularity in Central and Eastern Europe, and that is likely when potato latkes started. … Jews in Rome still eat cheese pancakes on Chanukah.

Originally it was actually dairy pancakes? You don’t get potatoes into Europe until the Spanish bring them at the end of the 16th century. It is in the end of the 1700s and the beginning of the 1800s that

*Note: Assyria is the geographic identifier for the “bad people” in the Chanukah story. Greek is the cultural identifier. e Seleucid Empire was a Greek-Macedonian state. e revolt against the Selucids is the first revolt in recorded history about purely religious eedom. — Maayan Jaffe

So, what’s so great about the latke? e latke can be eaten as a side dish or as a meal. It can be eaten hot, cold, spicy or sweet. ere is very little you can do to ruin a latke. at is what I love about it.

Spice Up Chanukah With New Latke Toppings Chimichurri

Red Pepper-Walnut Paste

Chipotle Cream

Chimichurri is the “national sauce” of Argentina, and it is also common in Honduras and other Latin American countries. It’s a complex green paste, similar to a pesto but containing a greater variety of herbs and a tart taste from the presence of vinegar. Chimichurri is normally served with roasted or grilled meat or fish, but it’s also delicious on cooked potatoes and vegetables, pasta, grains and sandwiches. It’s also a terrific dab of flavor for latkes — either directly on top or as a green dollop on the sour cream. This keeps for a week or two if stored in a tightly lidded container in the refrigerator. Just use as needed, as you would any condiment.

Based on the Middle Eastern sauce called muhammar, this delicious paste is simultaneously pungent, slightly hot and sweet. I make it often and keep it around for many uses: as a topping for pilafs and other cooked grains; for spreading on pizza, toast, crackers and sandwiches; and as a dip for cooked or raw vegetables. I also love it on latkes. This keeps well for at least a week if stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator. In fact, the flavors deepen over time. For a California twist, you can use almonds in place of the walnuts.

Chipotle chillies are smoked dried jalapenos. They most commonly come in cans, packed in a vinegar preparation called adobo sauce. A little bit of canned chipotles-in-adobo goes a very long way, both in terms of its heat and its powerful smoky essence. In this sauce, sour cream and/or yogurt create a soothing, luxurious vehicle for the chipotle flavor. Serve this wherever it seems appropriate — on any egg dish, with beans, rice and cornmeal preparations, or drizzled onto soups — or on latkes.

2 heaping cups lightly toasted walnuts 2 to 3 medium cloves garlic 12-ounce jar roasted red peppers, drained 1 tablespoon cider vinegar 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice 1 ⁄4 teaspoon ground cumin 1 teaspoon honey or agave nectar 1 teaspoon salt (or to taste) black pepper and cayenne to taste

1 cup sour cream or yogurt (or a combination) 1 ⁄2 to 1 teaspoon canned chipotle chillies, finely minced

1 cup (packed) minced cilantro 1 ⁄4 cup (packed) minced parsley 1 ⁄4 cup minced scallions 1 tablespoon minced fresh oregano (or 1 teaspoon dried oregano) 1 teaspoon minced or crushed garlic big pinch of cayenne 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar 1 ⁄4 teaspoon salt 6 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil Place the cilantro, parsley, scallions and oregano in a food processor and mince very finely. Add the garlic, cayenne, vinegar and salt, and process to a paste, with the food processor running until everything is fully incorporated. Drizzle in the oil at the very end. Transfer to a tightly lidded container and refrigerate until use.

Yield: About 2/3 cup Preparation time: 10 minutes

Place the walnuts and garlic cloves in a food processor and pulse until they are finely ground but not yet a paste. Cut the peppers into chunks and add them to the food processor, along with the vinegar, lemon juice, cumin and honey. Process to a fairly smooth paste, then transfer to a bowl, and season with salt, pepper and cayenne. Cover tightly and store in the refrigerator. Yield: 3 to 4 cups Preparation time: 10 minutes (after the peppers are roasted)

Place the sour cream and/or yogurt in a small bowl and whisk until smooth. Whisk in 1⁄2 teaspoon minced chipotles, and let it sit for about 10 minutes so the flavor can develop. Taste to see if it needs more chipotle paste and adjust, as desired. Store in a tightly covered container in the refrigerator. Bring to room temperature before serving. Yield: 1 cup Preparation time: 5 minutes —

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Baltimore native packs in 300 sufganiyot — for charity By Maayan Jaffe

Elie Klein is a skinny guy from Baltimore. At the recent Jewish Federations of North America General Assembly, he was in-role as a marketing professional for Finn Partners Israel, shaking hands and working the crowd. He had a lot of energy. But then again, it was only days after the launch of his third annual Dough for Donuts campaign. By Dec. 16, Klein, 32, who now lives in Beit Shemesh, Israel, will have eaten 125 sufganiyot (traditional Chanukah doughnuts) and raised $18,000 for charities around the world. It all started in 2009, when Klein 42

and a few of his neighbors made a gentlemen’s bet on who could eat the most sufganiyot between Rosh Chodesh Kislev (the start of the Hebrew month of Kislev) and the end of Chanukah. e young men updated their Twitter and Facebook statuses to brag and “keep score.” “I lost miserably,” said Klein, “but vowed to claim the top spot the next year.” In 2010, the bet was on again. Klein joked with his wife, Baltimore native Leezy Leibtag, that since he was eating so many sufganiyot anyway, perhaps someone should sponsor him. He made

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Elie Klein will have eaten 125 sufganiyot and raised $18,000 for charities by Dec. 16.

that same mocking suggestion a few days later on Facebook. “My wife’s cousin saw the comment and met the challenge, pledging $10 per sufganiya to the charity of my choice,” recalled Klein. “Moments later, a neighbor of mine decided to join in on the fun and pledged 10 shekels per sufganiya to another charity.” Klein updated his status to let his friends know that he had an “altruistic” reason for savoring the oily doughy doughnuts. He thanked his sponsors. “Moments later, another neighbor sent me a message and let me know that he had named my new initiative

and created a Facebook event for it. The ‘Dough for Donuts’ campaign was born, and the pledges started rolling in,” said Klein. “Every time I updated my Facebook status and the event page with the names of new donors and the per-sufganiya amounts pledged, I received several more pledges.” The first year, Klein ate 70 doughnuts and raised around $9,000 for 44 charitable causes around the world. In 2011, he consumed 105, raising $13,000 for 83 causes. By the end of this year, a year Klein is considering to be his grand finale, he will have


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Maccabeats By Simone Ellin


Jewish music group’s a cappella is Chanukah-centric

The Maccabeats, Yeshiva University’s a cappella group, has made a name for itself since its founding in 2007. Comprised of 14 young men who are students or graduates of the university, the Maccabeats released their first album, “Voices in the Heights,” in March 2010. In November of that year, the group hit the big time, when its video “Candlelight,” a spoof on the hit song “Dynamite” by Taio Cruz, went viral on YouTube. Since then, the Maccabeats have released a second album, “Out of the Box” (March 2012), and many more music videos. Just in time for Chanukah 2012, the Baltimore Jewish Times spoke with one of the group’s members, Joshua Jay, to learn more about the Maccabeats. JT: How did the band origin ate?


In the fall of 2007, current member Michael Greenberg decided Yeshiva University should have an a cappella group, as so many other colleges around the country do. He sent out some emails asking if anyone would be interested in trying out, and a week or two later, the all-new YU a cappella group had formed. There was tremendous interest?

That year, we were a small group of students who mostly just sang around campus and at a few school events. Very gradually, we got more popular, and as the first of us graduated, we decided to move on from being an undergraduate-only group, although we’ve always maintained our connection

The members range in age from 22 to 26, and most are from the New York/New Jersey area, although there are a few “out-of-towners.”

getting back to New York in time for school or work on Monday. It is also not uncommon for the married guys to travel without their wives if they will only be away for a day or so. All in all, it requires some real effort for the group to keep functioning, but the Maccabeats love what they do, so it’s worth it.

Is there any diversity among the group? Are you all Orthodox?

We un de rst an d M ay im Bialik is a big fan. How has it been working wit h her?

The Maccabeats all identify as Orthodox. Most, or perhaps all, would identify as Modern Orthodox, and the group’s commitment to Torah u’madda [Torah and science], which is YU’s slogan and refers to the integration of secular and traditional wisdom, is an important part of the Maccabeats’ identity and mission. However, the Maccabeats have worked with and performed for Jews of all affiliations, as well as for non-Jews.

How do you man age touring?

The group first noticed that Mayim was a fan when she posted “Candlelight” on her Facebook page. Since then, she has been very vocal about her support for the group and has helped a great deal in promoting us that way. She has even come to several of our concerts. Working with Mayim has been a great experience, and she played an integral role in making the Miracle Match Campaign [to benefit the Gift of Life Bone Marrow Foundation] so successful. She appeared in our “Miracle” video, which was released in conjunction with the campaign, and she did a lot to publicize it beyond what the group could have done on its own. She shares so many of the same Jewish values as the group, and hopefully it will continue to be a mutually beneficial relationship.

Finding the time to tour can be difficult, and the group often travels over the weekend to sing on Shabbat and/or put on a Sunday concert,

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to YU. Our viral video, “Candlelight,” … brought us to levels of success that we never anticipated. So how old are all of you?

Do you guys play music full t ime, or do you have oth er “gigs” as we ll?

We all have commitments outside of the group. Some of the guys have fulltime jobs, while others are in medical school, law school or other graduate programs.

Judy Greenberg Miracle Match Campaign, named in memory of Michael’s mother. The goal of the campaign is to raise money for Gift of Life, which facilitates lifesaving transplants for people with deadly illnesses. Entering Gift of Life’s registry is as easy as getting your cheek swabbed. If you are found to be a match, you can donate and literally save a life. Contrary to popular belief, most of these donations do not require any surgery, as a stem cell donation is usually sufficient. Each cheek swab kit costs $54 to process, and we found out that Gift of Life had many kits just waiting to be sent to the lab and added to the registry, but it lacked the funds to send them all. All of the money raised through Miracle Match goes directly toward processing those kits. To date, we have raised around $100,000. Do you have any plans to come to B altimore?

We’ve performed in the Baltimore area a few times so far. As of now, we don’t have any upcoming shows in Baltimore, but if anyone would like to bring us in, we’d love to come back! JT

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Rapping With Matisyahu By Simone Ellin


Iconic musician revs up for Chanukah tour

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Matisyahu’s latest hit is “Happy Hanukkah.”

It’s Chanukah season, and once again it’s time for Matisyahu’s annual Festival of Light Tour. This year, the famous Jewish musical icon, who burst onto the music and pop culture scene in 2006 with his unique blend of Chasidic and reggae songs and performances, is mixing it up by starting his tour on the first night of Chanukah

with a special acoustic concert in San Francisco. Also new for Chanukah, Matisyahu, 33, has released a new track, “Happy Hanukkah,” and all proceeds from downloads through the end of Chanukah will go to Hurricane Sandy relief. Matisyahu will be at the 9:30 Club in Washington on Dec. 13 for a full-band concert, and then he’ll play

an acoustic show at Rams Head Live in Annapolis on Feb. 19. Recently, the Baltimore Jewish Times spoke with Matisyahu to learn about the “Happy Hanukkah” track, last summer’s album, “Spark Seeker,” his film debut in “e Possession” (a horror film, where Matisyahu plays a Jewish exorcist), his new, secular look and the evolution of his Jewish practice.

JT: What’s new for this Chanukah?

M ATISYAHU: This year’s Chanukah tour will be half acoustic and half full-band. Some people, who know me for my music with a full band, will see a new side of me. It’s just me, two guitars and a cello. I’ll be performing songs off the new record I put out See Rapping With Matisyahu on page 46

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last summer. I also released a new single called “Happy Hanukkah.” The song was released last week, and all proceeds are being donated to Hurricane Sandy relief until the end of Chanukah. What made you decide to donat e the proc eeds t o Hurricane S andy relief?

It was a very bad situation, and I’m from New York. I thought it would be a nice thing to do. I was actually in New York at my parent’s house when they lost power.

How would you describe your new album?

I don’t like to describe my music. Some people are music writers, and I let them do that. I don’t have a great vocabulary when it comes to describing music. I have so much respect for music, and there are so many subtleties, I don’t like to lump it into any one category. It’s called “Spark Seeker,” and it was made in L.A. and Israel. Part of it was recorded with Israeli musicians and has a Middle Eastern feel; it’s a fusion.

You got a lot of attention recently when you changed your look from Chassidic to more secular. Does the change reflfle ect an evolution in your religious practice?

It does. It has evolved, but like music I don’t like to use words to describe my religious practice. I’ve always had my own twist on religion — and everything else. Every day is different. Some days there is more Jewish inspiration, some days I am more inspired by something else. To really explain, we have to go way back.

Can we do th at?

Yes. I became inspired by Judaism when I was 20 years old. I was going to the New School in Manhattan, and then I became really religious. I moved to Crown Heights [in Brooklyn], started wearing a yarmulke, grew a beard, and I started identifying as a Jew to the outside world. I liked showing that side of myself. My whole life before that — I didn’t grow up religious — I was unsure of who I was and I didn’t see Judaism as relevant to my life. At a certain point,

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It was fun. î&#x201A;&#x160;e other actors were great. JeďŹ&#x20AC; Morgan took me under his wing. î&#x201A;&#x160;e director, Sam Raimi was great, very artistic, and he believed in me. It was shot in Vancouver. Acting is fun. ... Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just like music; youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re trying to be authentic. î&#x201A;&#x160;ereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also a lot of waiting around, and you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get to see the ďŹ nished product right away.

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Tell us about your family?

I have three boys, Laivy, 8, Shalom, 7, and Menachem Mendel, 2, and I got married eight years ago. î&#x201A;&#x160;e boys attend a Jewish home school started by the son of a rabbi in Crown Heights. He was the mohel for all three of my boys. His son started this home school in L.A. î&#x201A;&#x160;e boys are from diďŹ&#x20AC;erent backgrounds, but most are somewhat religious. Are there any musicians who are especially inflflu uential for you at this point?

There was a time when I would become enamored with one band, and that one bandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s music fed my soul. Today, when I listen to something, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m influenced, but it doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t make me want to play or listen only to that one style of music. JT For more information about Matisyahu, visit To hear â&#x20AC;&#x153;Happy Hanukkah,â&#x20AC;? visit youtube/psbcyo0qxxQ.

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Presence of Presents

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Historians mark the late 19th century to early 20th century as the time when gift giving became a Chanukah tradition.


istory tells us that aer the Maccabees defeated King Antiochus’ army, a great celebration ensued. e Temple in Jerusalem was liberated and restored, and men and women alike sang songs and made sacrifices. It was indeed a joyous affair. However, at no point during this festive occasion did individuals present each other with gifts. There was no shiny wrapping paper or glittery bows. There wasn’t even a neighborhood Hallmark store. So, when did gi giving become so emblematic of Chanukah? And why? Historians say there are a number of reasons. And no, it’s not just the proximity of the Christmas holiday. Although, that certainly played a role. In the United States during the late 19th century, Chanukah was rapidly losing its luster — particularly in the eyes of Conservative and Reform Jewish immigrants. Sandwiched between the High Holidays in the fall and Purim and Passover in the spring,

the holiday was in decline and rapidly losing its appeal in favor of Christmas. “Jewish leaders were always saying they were trying to revive Chanukah, but they weren’t getting very far,” said Deborah Weiner, a research historian at the Jewish Museum of Maryland. “They would try to get people to light Chanukah candles and tell the story of the Maccabees, but I think the power of the Christmas celebration was overwhelming. It was difficult for them to make much headway.” Weiner explained that by the time World War I ended, Chanukah was amid a complete revival. Yiddish press outlets were starting to describe the Christmas holiday, and by the 1920s newspapers began carrying ads for Chanukah gifts. That decade, which ushered in a new era of consumerism throughout the country, also coincided with what was becoming a more well-off Jewish population, Weiner said. Foreign

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“In a sense, there was an attempt to make kids living post-Holocaust happy that they were Jewish and not feel that they were losing out.” — Dr. Valerie aler, Towson University

immigrants had established themselves financially and possessed the disposable income necessary for gi giving. “All these things came together at the right time,” Weiner said. “You had upwardly mobile Jewish immigrants and their children, and you had marketers in this new consumer society starting to heavily market to the Jewish community and promote the idea of giving gifts at Chanukah.” The holiday never completely merged into Christmas because as buying presents became common practice, Jewish educators implored Jewish parents to reinforce the story of the Maccabees. Children’s books on the story of Chanukah were published, and

tales of their revolt accompanied gi ads in the newspapers. “These kinds of stories legitimized the gift giving that started to go on,” Weiner said. Chanukah was placed at the forefront, especially in the homes of loosely observant Jews, and the trend continued to strengthen, most notably after World War II. Following the Holocaust, Jewish psychiatrists and rabbis began promoting giving presents to help bolster Jewish pride and ward off any dejection about not being able to celebrate Christmas. “In a sense, there was an attempt to make kids living post-Holocaust happy that they were Jewish and not

feel that they were losing out,” said Dr. Valerie aler, assistant professor in the department of family studies and community development at Towson University. “at’s consistently a problem with Jewish children today. ey oen feel they are in the minority and they are missing out on some great celebrations that others are able to celebrate.” Har Sinai’s Rabbi Benjamin Sharff has an additional theory. He points out that too often our culture today focuses on the miracle of the oil lasting for eight days and not on the fact that the holiday stands for a Jewish fight for religious freedom. “By not placing that emphasis, already it then becomes easier to sell it

in sort of a more child-oriented kind of way. Once you sell it as a child-oriented kind of holiday, it’s immediately tied into Christmas, so for a long time we were in this effort to make Chanukah feel like Christmas,” Rabbi Sharff said. “I think it’s a response to Christmas really just taking over. It’s trying to help our kids have some sort of religious identity. But, to define it against, or in light of, Christmas celebrations — which in a lot of ways lost its religious identity — I think has done a disservice to both Christians and Jews.” JT David Snyder is a JT staff reporter

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As Rebels Age … One less Chanukah party in Tel Aviv By Zev Golan the candles of our Chanukah, the Chanukah of the Hebrew kingdom, in a free Zion.” Stern was captured by British police in a rooftop apartment in south Tel Aviv and shot to death. The veterans have held their Chanukah gatherings in this hideout, now an Israeli museum. They were joined every year by Stern’s son, Yair, now 70. He was always the youngest “veteran” in the room. Though he was 6 years old when the British left and Israel was established, he paid the price of being his father’s son. During the War of Independence, an Israeli army unit drove past his house on its way to battle. The commander jumped out of a jeep and ran to Yair, who was playing in the yard. “We have an army and a state thanks to your father,” he said, then drove off. “If I hadn’t heard that, I don’t know how I would have turned out,” Yair said recently. He became a sports reporter and ultimately the director of Israel Television. Now retired, he promotes the memory of his father and the 127 Lehi members killed by the British or in the 1948 war with the Arabs. Over the years the number of fighters attending the party dropped and the number of grandchildren rose. One regular is Hanna Armoni, now 87. In the 1940s she brought food to the underground’s prison escapees and blew up bridges. Her husband, Haim, helped blow up some British oil refineries and was one of 19 Lehi fighters sentenced to death for the deed. Hanna took out a newspaper ad to inform Haim that he had become a father, but he was killed trying to escape from Acco prison before meeting his daughter. The daughter attended last year’s party with her children. “Lehi was violent,” Hanna says, “but in all the years of our war with the British, Lehi never targeted a woman

Jewish prisoners mark Chanukah with an olivewood chanukia sent from prison to the underground commander Abraham Stern.

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They are in their 80s and 90s now, but when the British ruled Eretz Israel they were teenagers or maybe in their 20s. Their faces were on “wanted” posters; those who were caught went to prison or were exiled to Africa. They are the remnants of the most feared Jewish militia that fought the British — Lehi, commonly known as the Stern Gang. Every Chanukah they met in Tel Aviv, lit Chanukah candles, shared some doughnuts and watched their numbers dwindle. They chose to meet on Chanukah because it commemorates the victory of the few against the many. They, too, began as a group of a few dozen extremists in 1940, and even in 1948, when they all joined the Israeli army, they numbered less than a thousand. Since 1932 Abraham Stern, their future leader, had been writing songs about “anonymous soldiers” who would “live underground” while fighting to liberate the homeland. By 1941 his followers were killing officials of the British regime who had promised to make the Holy Land a Jewish home but more or less reneged, and they were bombing the British offices that were preventing Jewish immigration. By then Stern was on the run, and many of his men were in jail. His imprisoned troops craed an olivewood Chanukah lamp and smuggled it to him with a note: “To our days’ Hasmonean, from his soldiers in captivity.” Chanukah was a special time for the fighters. Stern wrote, “We are a handful of freedom fighters, possessed with a crazy desire for sovereignty and, according to our detractors, of little strength. But this is not so. The little strength is much greater than it appears. Like the Hasmoneans’ oil, the fire of zealousness and heroism burns in the temple of our hearts, a divine flame. The day is coming soon when we will use this flame to light

The remnants of the Stern Gang celebrate Chanukah. Shown here, Lehi veteran Tuvia Henzion, 92, lights candles with Hanna Armoni, 87. Behind the chanukia is a photo of Abraham Stern.

or child. Our targets were British police, soldiers and government officials.” Tuvia Henzion, 92, was a synagogue choirboy who had studied auto mechanics. He fought with British Col. Orde Wingate’s raiders before joining Stern’s militia. When Stern was killed, Henzion reorganized some of the fighters into secret cells of three or four members; Lehi kept this structure for the rest of its war. One of the young people he drafted into Lehi was Armoni. In recent years, the two organized the Chanukah parties. Stern himself liked parties. When he died he was hated by the British and almost all of Palestinian Jewry, which did not understand his insistence on throwing the British out of the homeland, especially during a world war. Today, Stern has been honored by the

Knesset and has streets and even a town named for him. His followers, once “the few against the many,” are today the consensus in Israel. But every year, fewer of the original “few” meet on Chanukah, because fewer survive. This year they decided not to spend the time and money on invitations and refreshments. Instead, they appealed for contributions and have hired someone to put their literature online and revamp an old website. They haven’t given up hope and plan on having a party next year. Perhaps Judah Maccabee’s troops gathered on Chanukah to celebrate their victory, too, until none of them were left, and history was left with their stories. JT Zev Golan is an Israeli historian. His latest book is “Stern: The Man and His Gang.”


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I come from a family of planners. We spend a lot of time talking about our plans. Which is why a particular family tradition stands out in my memories of childhood. Once in a very long while my parents would surprise us with a “Forced Family Fun Day.” There were only two rules: First, everyone had to participate; second, no advance planning could be involved. It had to be spontaneous. We acted immediately. The adventures made for great stories later, but they were never things we would have done had we spent even a little time researching and planning. This week, we read the beginning of the story of Joseph. Jacob sends Joseph to check on his brothers, and when he finds them, they decide to kill him. We read, “They saw him from afar and before he came close to them they conspired to kill him. They said to one another, “Here comes that dreamer! Come now, let us kill him and throw him into one of the pits, and we can say a savage beast devoured him. We shall see what comes of his dreams!” (Genesis 37:18-20). That, of course, is not what happens. Joseph’s brothers sell him into slavery, he is brought down to egypt, and the story of our people’s slavery to pharaoh and eventual exodus from egypt is set in motion. Why did the brothers decide not to kill Joseph? reuben steps up and says, “Shed no blood! Cast him into that pit out in the wilderness, but do not touch him yourselves” — intending to save him from them and restore him to his father (Genesis 37:22). In that moment, reuben saves Joseph from death. However, when reuben disappears from the story for a few moments, the brothers sell Joseph to the midianite traders.

When reuben returns, he is shocked and dismayed that Joseph is gone. Where did reuben go for the critical four verses of the Torah when Joseph is actually sold by his brothers? Why did rebuen not speak up from the beginning, saying to his brothers that killing Joseph was a bad idea? Why delay saving Joseph? We must give reuben credit for preventing fratricide, but imagine how the story of our people might have been different had reuben had more than good intentions, had he acted differently in that moment instead of planning to return later.

By waiting until later to do the right thing, Reuben shows us that “soon” or “later” can too easily become “never.” Famously, Hillel taught, “... if not now, when?” (pirkei avot 1:14). There are a million reasons why we delay things that matter to us, and, to be sure, sometimes delay can be a good thing — instant gratification is not a Jewish idea. But procrastination also is not a Jewish idea. reuben reminds us that there can be a disastrous gap between good intentions and worthy actions. The rabbis teach that we should “run to do even a small mitzvah” (pirkei avot 4:2). By waiting until later to do the right thing, reuben shows us that “soon” or “later” can too easily become “never.” JT Rabbi Miriam Cotzin Burg is the director of Jewish Life at Capital Camps and Retreat Center.

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Bound To Happen Chances were that Paula Rubin and Harold Fink eventually would meet. Paula knew of Harold through a girlfriend and even clipped a newspaper photo of him in the service. Harold, on the other hand, had noticed a picture of Paula while at this mutual friendâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s home at the urging of his parents. Ironically, Paula had accompanied her friend to Haroldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s brotherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s bar mitzvah, as well. But they didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t meet there either. They connected in February 1946 at a Young Menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Hebrew Association dance on Monument Street. After being introduced before they went inside, a quick-thinking Paula paid her 25-cent admission and then rubbed the stamp on Haroldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hand, gaining him entry. He was impressed. They spent the evening dancing and talking. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He was handsome, with blond hair and blue eyes,â&#x20AC;? recalls Paula, now 85. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He was very pleasant, quiet and nice. We got along.â&#x20AC;? Harold was equally affected. â&#x20AC;&#x153;She had a beautiful smile and dimples,â&#x20AC;? he remembers. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I really fell for her.â&#x20AC;? î&#x201A;&#x160;ey started dating, which required Harold to take a streetcar from Pimlico to North Avenue, where Paula

lived. And together they would take another streetcar downtown to the Hippodrome for the movies. It was worth the eďŹ&#x20AC;ort, and they spent many a night at the movies or shows downtown or at the Club Charles, the Chanticleer or the 21 Club. Sixteen months later, they decided to marry. Harold gave Paula a ring in her living room while her parents, Israel and Yetta Rubin, worked at their shoe store downstairs. The Rubins met Clara and Max Fink for the ďŹ rst time at the engagement party. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You just know,â&#x20AC;? says Harold, 88, of their mutual decision. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We loved each other, and she was the right person to marry.â&#x20AC;? They wed at Shaarei Tfiloh on Auchentoroly Terrace on June 15, 1947 with Rabbi Nathan Drazin officiating. About 150 friends and family members attended. After a week in the Catskills, they returned home to start their life together. Their first child, Alan, was born in 1949, and Gary followed in 1951. Harold managed furniture stores until retiring in 1990, and Paula opened an art school in Randallstown, which Gary took over in the mid-1970s.

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Community | Milestones Engagements


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Scott and Jamie (nee David) are happy to announce the birth of their son, Shane Edison, on March 20, 2012. Shane Edison is named in loving memory of his maternal great-grandmother, Sarah newman, and his fraternal aunt, Ellen kaufman. Shane’s hebrew name is chaim Yitzhak in loving memory of his maternal great-uncle, herbert newman, and his fraternal great-grandmother, Florence Becker. Proud grandparents are irene and Joseph David and ita and allan Fogel. aunt leslie, Uncle neal and his cousins Jack and Max lichter and Uncle Gal and his cousin Eli kaufman are thrilled to welcome Shane Edison, as well. 56

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hoRElick Jeremy and amanda (nee Ruben) proudly announce the birth of their son, Benjamin David, on nov. 9, 2012. Benjamin, whose name contains the letters j-e-a-n, is named in loving memory of his great-grandmother Jean Weinstein of Baltimore. his middle name, David, is in loving memory of his greatgrandfathers, David Weinstein of Baltimore and David Ruben of Boca Raton, Fla. Benjamin’s hebrew name is Binyamin David. Proud grandparents are Phyllis and Phil horelick of Delray Beach, Fla., laura and Mark Ruben of Boca Raton, Fla., and Dee Dee and Stuart Bark of Scottsdale, ariz. happy great-grandparents include Dorothy Gilman of Delray Beach, Fla., and Elaine Ruben of Boca Raton, Fla.


henry and Phyllis lewkowicz happily announce the engagement of their daughter, Rachel ilene lewkowicz, to Matthew lawrence cohen, son of al and Renee cohen of Marlboro, n.J. Rachel graduated from Penn State University with a degree in human development and family studies, and she now is the pediatric healthcare services coordinator for the local chapter of the Muscular Dystrophy association. Matt graduated from Syracuse University with degrees in finance and accounting. Matt is a vice president in the healthcare Banking Group at M&T Bank. Rachel is the granddaughter of Shirley Fudman and the late Joseph Fudman and Miriam lewkowicz and the late abram lewkowicz. Matt is the grandson of the late Bina and harry Wolbrom and the late Rhoda and Marty cohen. a September 2013 wedding is planned.

Pachino Michael and nina (nee Swartz) proudly announce the birth of their daughter, Maddie Rose, on March 8, 2012. overjoyed grandparents are Marlene and Joe Pachino of Pikesville and Shelly and Maurice Swartz of Philadelphia. Maddie is named in loving memory of her great-grandfather Max, great-grandmother anna, greatgrandfather Dan, great-grandmother irene, great-aunt Esther, great-grandmother Ruth and great-grandfather William. Maddie’s hebrew name is aviva Zeporah. Send submissions of births, engagements, weddings and anniversaries via email to or mail to Simone Ellin, BJT, 11459 Cronhill Drive, Suite A, Owings Mills, MD 21117. Please send a stamped, selfaddressed envelope for returning photos. Items will be selected and edited at the discretion of the editors.



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Community | Out & About

Knitting For CHANA: Hadassah volunteers donated 40 blankets to CHANA: Counseling, Helpline & Aid Network for Abused Women earlier this week. The knitters, seniors living locally and as far away as Florida, presented the blankets to CHANA at Atrium Village Assisted Living on Dec. 3. In past years, Hadassah knitters have gifted blankets to Jewish Recovery Houses, Fisher House Foundation and the Women’s Housing Coalition. From left: Lauren Shivitz, CHANA director of domestic violence; Cindy Neuman, Hadassh representative and project coordinator; and Gert Levitan, Atrium Village resident.

For the Children: Party City recently awarded the Baltimore Child Abuse Center with $85,000 raised from an in-store promotion and their own match. From left: Party City staffer Jennifer Noparstak, BCAC Director of Development Adam Rosenberg, BCAC Executive Director Michael Sachs, and Party City owner Jennifer Sachs.

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School Success: Baltimore County Public Schools Superintendent Dr. S. Dallas Dance and Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz (not pictured) joined with Woodholme Elementary School Principal Maralee Clark in leading county and state dignitaries in a celebration of the school’s designation as a National Blue Ribbon School. The special assembly and celebration acknowledged the school’s academic success that led to the designation in September. The National Blue \Ribbon Schools program honors public and private schools that are either academically superior or that demonstrate dramatic gains in student achievement.

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Dedicated Alumni: For more than four decades, a handful of graduates (and one teacher) from the now-defunct Louisa May Alcott Elementary School #59 have taken the idea of a “reunion” to the next level. Despite the school’s closing in 1971, the committee has arranged four massive get-togethers — the first held in 1979 — to connect with old friends and reminisce about what life was like growing up in Northwest Baltimore near Park Circle. “They miss the lifestyle that we had. It was free and easy, and it was just a wonderful neighborhood. We stayed out at night, and parents wouldn’t worry about us because they knew we were safe. It’s something you don’t see today,” said Albert “Avi” Harris. Here, the team stuffs hundreds of envelopes to fellow alumni. The 2013 reunion is set for May 5 at Martin’s Valley Mansion in Hunt Valley.


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Community | Obituaries BERGER — On November 30 2012, NECHOMA (nee Elergant); beloved wife of the late Ire Berger; cherished mother of Morris (Hanna) Berger and Clara Berger; dear sister of Leah Derera and Genia Gloger; devoted grandmother of Lenard “Lenny” (Lynn) Berger, Caryn (Ari) Blum, Barak Sanford (Ariana Kelly), Oren Hamami and Tomer Hamami; dear great-grandmother of Chaya, Asher, Reuven and Dovid Blum and Maeve and Leo Sanford. Also survived by many loving nieces and nephews. Interment at Beth Jacob Cemetery, Finksburg, Md. Please omit flowers. Contributions in her memory may be sent to ORT America, 75 Maiden Lane, 10th Floor, New York, NY 10038 or Beth Tfiloh Dahan Community School, 3300 Old Court Road, Baltimore, MD 21208 or American Friends of Magen David Adom 352 Seventh Ave., New York, NY 10001 or Bais Yaakov School For Girls of Baltimore or Talmudical Academy of Baltimore. COHEN — On November 30, 2012, JAY G.; loving father of Edie Kushner, Ann (Richard) Posner and Brandy Cohen; devoted brother of the late Millard Cohen, Albert Cohen, Isabel Goldstein and Walter Cohen Jr.; loving grandfather of five and great-grandfather of five. Interment at Oheb Shalom Memorial Park, Berrymans Lane. Please omit flowers. Contributions in his memory may be sent to the Alzheimer’s Association, 1850 York Road, Suite D, Timonium, MD 21093. COOPER — On December 3, 2012, DOROTHY (nee Misler); beloved wife of the late Isidor C. Cooper; loving mother of Roberta (Dr. Robert) Kodeck and Maxine (Aaron) Kadish; devoted sister of Eva Misler and the late Bernard Misler; cherished grandmother of Craig, Darren, Robert (Beth), Kevin and Brandon Kadish, Stacey (Avi) Mizrachi and Stephanie Kodeck (fiance, Aaron Alquist); adored great-grandmother of Alexandra, Andrew, Benjamin and Louisiana Kadish, Courtney, Matthew and Joshua Mizrachi and Ezra Alquist. Interment at Anshe Emunah Aitz Chaim 58

Cemetery, 3901 Washington Blvd. Please omit flowers. GOTTLIEB — On November 29, 2012, HELEN (nee Lendzin); beloved wife of the late Jacob Gottlieb; beloved mother of Frances L. (Martin) Lessans; devoted sister of the late Jacob and Zerach Lendzin; loving grandmother of Dr. Kenneth (Pam) Lessans and Stephanie (Keith) Adler; loving greatgrandmother of Aidan and Charlotte Adler and Max and Sabrina Lessans. Interment at Rudomer Verein Cemetery, Rosedale. Please omit flowers. GOTTLIEB — On November 29, 2012, MELVIN; beloved husband of Rochelle Gottlieb (nee Polonetsky); cherished father of Elisse (Richard) Moldwin, Abbie (Marty) Young and Matthew (Diana) Gottlieb; devoted grandfather of Toviah, Zachary and Asher Moldwin and Halley, Leanne and Joshua Young. Interment at King David Memorial Gardens, Falls Church, Va. Please omit flowers. Contributions in his memory may be sent to the National Federation of the Blind, 200 E. Wells St., at Jernigan Place, Baltimore, MD 21230. GREENBERG — On November 30, 2012, BERNICE (nee Levitt); beloved wife of the late Herbert Greenberg; beloved mother of Maggi G. Gaines; devoted sister of Morton ( Julie) Levitt and Ann Joy (late Charles M.) Newton; loving grandmother of Emily (David) Gaines Demsky and Peter (Sarah) Gaines; loving greatgrandmother of Bennett and Lucy Demsky and Mattea and Beatrice Gaines; also survived by many loving cousins; lovingly cared for by Ms. Fay Myers during her many years of illness. Please omit flowers. Contributions in her memory may be sent to the National Aquarium, Baltimore, 501 E. Pratt St., Baltimore, MD 21202 or Beth Am Synagogue, 2501 Eutaw Place, Baltimore, MD 21217. GUTMAN — On November 26, 2012, ARTHUR J.; cherished husband of the late Mary Louise “Wheezie” Gutman (nee Fleischmann); beloved

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step-father of Marcy A. (Michael) Sparrow and Philip E. (Beryl) Sachs; cherished brother of the late Marion D. Gutman; adored brother-in-law of Betty (late Dr. Edward) Lewison; devoted uncle of Edward (Ned) Lewison; good friends of Calman (Buddy) Zamoiski and Sidney Weiman. Interment at Oheb Shalom Congregation Cemetery, O’Donnell Street. Please omit flowers. Contributions in his memory may be sent to the Mary Louise Gutman Fund, c/o Walters Art Museum, 600 N. Charles St., Baltimore, MD 21201.

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HIRSCH — On November 27, 2012, ALBERT; cherished husband of the late Anita Hirsch “Hunsie” (nee Tucker); beloved father of Sydney Chernock and Lisa (Douglas) Kolodny-Hirsch; beloved son of the late Louis and Helen Hirsch (nee Citron); dear brother of the late Margaret Roth; adored grandfather of Ryan (Trish) Chernock and Keith (Ofelia) Chernock; devoted greatgrandfather of Caroline Chernock, and Micah Chernock. Please omit flowers. Contributions in his memory may be sent to the Alzheimer’s Association, 1850 York Road, Suite D, Timonium, MD 21093.

LIPTZ — On, December 3, 2012, ANNETTE (nee Kanselbaum); cherished mother of Charlese (Joel) Farkas and Charles (Beth Creeger) Liptz; grandmother of Emily (Robert) Richman, Sara and Abbey Farkas and Daniel and Rachel Liptz; sister of the late Arnold and Robert Kanselbaum; loving sister-in-law of Ruth Zinamon Kanselbaum; loving aunt to all of her nieces and nephews. e family extends its gratitude to her caregiver Darlene Berry and Sivitz Hospice nurse Kathy Jones and aide Patty Snyder. Interment at Adath Jeshurun Cemetery, Hampton Township, Pa. Contributions may be made to Sivitz Jewish Hospice, 200 JHF Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15217 or e Kurt & Erna Weiler Memorial Scholarship Fund at Krieger Schechter Day School, 8100 Stevenson Road, Pikesville, MD 21208.

HOFFMAN — On November 28, 2012, SHIRLEY (nee Rubin); beloved wife of the late Irvin I. Hoffman; devoted mother of Nancy (David) Goldberg, Jody (David) Sandler and Alisa (Steven) Ostrow; loving sister of the late Lou (Sylvia) Rubin, Milton (Edith) Rubin, Alfred (Charlotte) Rubin, Florence (Sam) Goldstein and Helen (Ruby) Mager; adored grandmother of Brian Goldberg, Justin Goldberg, Alix Sandler, Brooks Sandler and Madison Ostrow. Also survived by several loving nieces, nephews and her best friend Elaine Fried. Interment at Oheb Shalom Memorial Park, Berrymans Lane. Please omit flowers. Contributions in her memory may be sent to Mildred Mindell Cancer Fund, c/o Marian Shuman, 17 Branchwood Court, Baltimore, MD 21208 or Covenant Guild Inc., c/o Ellen Gottfried, 7 Par-ree

LEMENEV — On November 27, 2012, MOISEY; beloved husband of the late Nekhama Lemeneva (nee Waisberg); devoted father of Alexander (Mela) Lemenev, Roman (Margarita) Lemenev and Fyedor (Alla) Lemenev; dear brother of Raisa (late Gregory) Highet; also survived by five loving grandchildren and two loving greatgrandchildren. Interment at Arlington Cemetery, Chizuk Amuno Congregation, North Rogers Avenue. Please omit flowers.

MALAMENT — On November 28, 2012, BRONISLAVA; beloved wife of Vladimir Malament; devoted mother of the late Larisa Grigorev; loving mother-in-law of Eugene Grigorev; adored grandmother of Irina Jaeger ( Jonathan Gross); cherished greatgrandmother of Laura Jaeger. Interment at Har Sinai Cemetery, Garrison Forest Road. OCHRACH — On November 29, 2012, BARRY; beloved husband of Amanda Konradi; devoted father of Tirza and Emmett Ochrach; dear brother of Merle (Stephen) Schwartz and Edward Ochrach; loving son of Jerry (late Esther) Ochrach-Konradi;

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RIEGELHAUPT — On November 29, 2012, KALMAN; devoted brother of the late Norbert Riegelhaupt. Survived by loving family and friends. Interment at Chevra Ahavas Chesed Cemetery, Randallstown. Please omit flowers. Contributions in his memory may be sent to the charity of your choice. ROYFER — On November 29, 2012, ISAAK; beloved husband of Esther Royfer (nee Kagan); cherished son of Sonya Royfer (nee Rubinchik) and the late Samuel Isaakovich Royfer; devoted father of Yelena Royfer, Allison Marie Grunberg and Michelle Royfer; loving brother of Riesa Kuznetsove; adored grandfather of Alexander Royfer and Joshua Michael Grunberg. Interment at Baltimore Hebrew Cemetery, Berrymans Lane. Please omit flowers. Contributions in his memory may be sent to the American Brain Tumor Association, 8550 W. Bryn Mawr Ave., Suite 550, Chicago, IL 60631. SCHNUR — On November 25, 2012, ESTELLE (nee Abrams); beloved wife of the late Harold (Heshy) Schnur; devoted mother of Barbara (Sol) Mussey, Jerome Schnur, Francine (Bruce) Berenson and Gary (Ida) Schnur; dear grandmother of Seth Mussey and Jennifer Berenson. Interment at Mount Ararat, Farmingdale, N.Y. Contributions in her memory may be sent to the Alzheimer’s Association. SHEMER — On December 3, 2012, LOUIS; beloved husband of Adele Shemer (nee Greenspun); devoted father of Robert (Shelley) Shemer; adored brother of the late Daniel, William and Morris Shemer, Dina Goren and Lillian Cohen; cherished grandfather of Lyle (Eva) Shemer and

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Brooke Shemer; dear great-grandfather of Dane Shemer. Please omit flowers. Contributions in his memory may be sent to Beth El Congregation, 8101 Park Heights Ave., Baltimore, MD 21208. SIEGEL — On November 29, 2012, DOROTHY (nee Geller); beloved wife of the late Dr. Herbert Siegel; loving mother of Lisa Hadley, John Siegel and Kathy Siegel; cherished sister of Dr. Sam Geller and Sylvia Levine; devoted grandmother of Dylan Ford, Allen Ford, Jessica Dymond, Alexa Siegel, Mikayla Siegel and Jordana Siegel. Also survived by many nieces, nephews, cousins and dear friends. Interment at Arlington Cemetery, Chizuk Amuno Congregation, North Rogers Avenue. Please omit flowers. SIEGEL — On November 21, 2012, MURRAY, of Viera, Fla., formerly of Middletown, Md., and Richmond, Va.; beloved husband of Judith Siegel (nee Salsbury); loving father of Lisa (Paul) Machlin, Sheri (Daniel) Siegel-Cohn and Harry (Gayle) Siegel; dear brother of Joan (Barry) Shalov and Bart (Nina) Siegel; Also survived by eight loving grandchildren. Interment in Richmond, Va. Contributions in his memory may be sent to Temple Israel of Brevard, 7350 Lake Andrew Drive, Melbourne, FL 32940 or Beth El Congregation, 8101 Park Heights Ave., Pikesville, MD 21208. SIMON — On December 2, 2012, RUBIN “RUBY”; beloved husband of the late Evelyn Simon (nee Sklar); devoted father of Barry ( Jackie) Simon and Marsha (Zel) Gerstein; loving brother of Sidney Simon and the late Betty Cannon and Elsie Schocket; cherished grandfather of Allyson Simon and Michelle Simon and Scott, Shane and Keith Gerstein. Interment at Forband Cemetery, Rosedale. 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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MR. BOB’S ANTIQUES. Buying now. Antique furniture through 1950ís. $Silver-jewelry-lampsclocks-watches-complete estates. 410-371-3675

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LANDSCAPING GROUNDSCAPE INC. For all your lawn and landscaping needs. Fall cleanup, planting, mulching etc. 410-415-LAWN/ MHIC#126283 RonSco: Fall leaf/gutter cleaning, aeration, brush removal, landscape cleanup. 410-833-2211

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HANDYMAN ARTIST HOME IMPROVEMENT painting interior/exterior, Powerwashing, drywall repair, carpentry work. License#19441. 410-282-1579 IRV’S HANDYMAN SERVICE No job too small. Free estimates, prompt service. MHIC#77548. 410-486-7454

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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

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



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

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Live in One of Baltimore County’s Finest Visit our large spacious model.

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• 1, 2 & 3 Bedrooms • Large, Spacious Rooms • Washer & Dryer in Each Apt. • Trash Pickup at Your Door • Olympic-Sized Swimming Pool • Excellent Maintenance Service


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STEVENSON V I L L A G E 3BR, 2BA featuring electric stove with Sabbath-setting, granite counters, eat-in kitchen w/updated kitchen-cabinets, 2 Large walk-in closets, porch, carpeting & hardwood floors throughout. Also includes pool access, 2 reserved electric-gate parking spaces.

Shown by appointment. 410-591-0194


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


NOT ALL COUNTRY CLUBS ARE CREATED EQUAL Overlooking the Garrison Forest School paddocks, spacious 4BR 3 ½ bath home with heated pool and hot tub. Fenced yard, 1 ½ acres. $3850/month.




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


Today, competition for homes in Boca Raton is intense. So why is it possible to purchase a 1,200 sq.ft. condo for under $15,000 or a 3/2 home in for under $100,000 in prestigious country clubs. These country clubs have exceptional facilities, renovated clubhouses, enviable golf courses and great dining choices. But, these are also 35 year old country clubs in transition. Owners purchased while they were in their 50’s and 60’s, are now well into their 80’s. They no longer use the club amenities and either return up north to stay with their children or move into assisted living. What does this mean for potential Buyers? Well, you can get an amazing deal. As these country clubs transition to younger buyers over the next 5 – 8 years, homes will be renovated and the communities revitalized. Member equity is very low and will probably remain at current levels for many years to come. On the downside, there may be special assessments to consider for renovations to existing facilities and the building of new ones that better meet the needs of a younger community. How does this compare with newer country clubs? Well, here, the real estate is considerably more expensive, membership fees are significantly higher and there is far less inventory of homes. But, homes will require very little renovation or maintenance, common area facilities are new and continually improving. Most importantly, association reserves tend to be high with an unlikely chance of any assessments in the near future.

I advise my clients to consider these factors when buying: Do you know people in the community? Does the community have amenities important to you? Membership costs – choose from mandatory or seasonal membership communities. Do you need a large home with space for your family and friends to visit? Do you need a condo with lock up and go convenience? For Buyers from Baltimore, it’s important to work with a professional who has intimate knowledge of the country clubs in the area and can guide you in the right direction. 66

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Tali Wolder is a licensed Florida Realtor who assists Baltimorians purchasing homes in Palm Beach County. Ph: 561-866-9372 • Email:

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$125,997 NEIL KLOTZMAN 410-591-7653

$59,900 LARRY ENNELS 410-262-9497

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Have a Happy and Healthy Chanukah! from your friends at COLDWELL BANKER RESIDENTIAL BROKERAGE Greenspring - 10751 Falls Rd. Suite 265

2010 Coldwell Banker ™ is a registered trademark licensed to Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC. An equal opportunity company. Equal housing opportunity owned and operated by NRT LLC.


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May You and Your Family Have a

Happy & Healthy Chanukah! from your friends at

MARGOLIS, SPIGEL & TEAM 410-583-5700

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Happy Chanukah LIBBY BERMAN The Name You Know and Trust 410-583-5700 CELL: 410-978-4920 •


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

With JennYou Can Buy • Sell • Relocate • Invest

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Wishing my friends, family and clients a Happy and Healthy Chanukah! Ellene Pelovitz GRI, ABR MULTI MILLION AGENT 410.218.7160 • 410.363.9150 68

Wishing you and yours good health, happiness and blessings throughout the holiday season and into the new year. Have a Happy Hanukkah and a Joyous New Year!

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Happy & Healthy Chanukah and a prosperous 2013!

Whether you’re buyin’ or sellin’ Call Robert Ellin 443.255.8130 | O: 410.235.4100

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Happy Hanukkah

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STEVENSON $429,900 (WOO)


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ASPEN MILL $254,900 (SIL)


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VILLAGE AT WOODHOLME $290,000 (MEA) 3BRgarageTownhousew/graniteeat-inkit,SSappls. 1stflMBRw/gardenbath,hdwds,sunroom&more!

SUBURBIA $219,900 (EMP)

NEW TOWN $200,000 (OLI)

Renovated 3-4BR Townhouse w/eat-in kit, 3BR/2.5BA garage Townhome w/eat-in kit, sunroom add'n. MBA w/soaking tub. Walkout LL. cathedral ceilings, fin'd walkout LL & more!

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



OAKHURST $189,900 (PER)

NORTH POINT $174,900 (OLD)

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

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

3BR brick Townhouse w/newer roof, windows, hdwds. Fin'd walkout bsmt. Freshly painted.

4BRCapeCodw/newwindows,newerHVAC&roof. Hdwdflrs,hugeLL,detached garage & more!

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




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

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NORTHWOOD $142,500 (KIN)

Stunning 2BR 1st fl Condo w/granite kit, upgraded Remodeled 3BR Townhouse w/granite kit, ceramic bath, hdwd flrs. Fin'd walkout LL, new roof! baths, hdwd flrs, new HVAC. Private setting.

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

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


O "This Old House" has 6 bedrooms 3 baths and dates back to the 1700's. It was originally a country Inn. Sitting on 1.79 acre in a rural neighborhood of Jarrettsville. Big wood stove, log walls, beamed ceilings and a patio that runs the width of the back of the house. Price reflects the "AS IS" condition. Please call me for more details.



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Bright spacious one bedroom and den 8th floor Coop near the elevator. Wide windows bathe the space with light. Tree top views from all rooms. Updated eat kitchen, 3 walk in closets. Move in condition. Full service with doorman and receptionist. Monthly fee includes, heat, air conditioning and taxes. Cash only contracts.

Under $40,000

Eleven Slade

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

Under $75,000

Seven Slade

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

Under $140,000

One Slade


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!

Custom built Waterfront home in Baltimore County! $500,000




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


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



12325 Falls Road could be the perfect place! This large one level home with easy access, lots of open space, a huge kitchen and glass doors to the spacious deck, would make an ideal home for someone who needed handicapped accessibility or an assisted living facility. Main road with lots of parking. Heated in ground pool. Perfect for summer therapy and relaxation.The lower level has a full bath and door to the outside...perfect for staff or live-in caregiver. Priced under $500,000

3003 Northbrook Rd. Under $275,000 W CK PI

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


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



$3,000 3704 Charles St N #903 Michael Yerman 410-583-0400

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$259,900 8838 Margate Ct #4 Dolly Rosoff 443-255-9810

$1,195,000 1 Garrison Forest Rd Linda Corbin 443-540-5432

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