Medal of Honor President awards medal posthumously to Jewish WWI serviceman

President Barack Obama awards the Medal of Honor posthumously to Sgt. William Shemin as daughters Ida Shemin and Elsie Shemin-Roth proudly accept the honor. (Suzanne Pollak)

Three sisters looked on with a mixture of pride and tears, as their great-grandfather, Sgt. William Shemin, was awarded the Medal of Honor posthumously by President Barack Obama. “It’s unbelievable. It’s so exciting,” said Alice Philips-Roth of Missouri. Her sisters, Julie and Emily, said they didn’t know which was better — to watch as their… Read More

Fitness Appeal Jewish women find strength, confidence on a pole


When Gabi Faye Levin graduated college, she wasn’t satisfied with her dance skills even though she minored in the subject. She did some research on local studios while living at home in Pikesville, and found pole dancing classes at Xpose Fitness. “I was like, ‘Hmm, why have I never considered this? I’m really good at… Read More

Dollars and Sense Local Hebrew schools feeling the pinch


Walk through any number of the area’s supplemental Jewish educational programs and it’ll be quickly clear that these aren’t your parents’ Hebrew schools. For them, or perhaps in your own Hebrew school experience, upward of six agonizing hours a week were devoted to rote memorization of prayers and traditions. As The Associated: Jewish Community Federation… Read More

Perfect Fit Peace Puzzle Project connects global Jewish family


Surrounded by pictures of Theodor Herzl and Israeli flags, a crowd of friends, parents and art lovers perused a decorated wall Sunday at the Jewish Museum of Maryland as part of the local installment of the Peace Puzzle Project. Created by New York-based artist Tim Kelly, the traveling group art exhibition asks people from all… Read More

In the Epicenter of Unrest Pikesville developer hopes to redevelop parts of West Baltimore


After the protests that turned violent with clashes between residents and police, looting and fires in the Penn North area as well as other parts of the city, Pikesville developer Carl Verstandig got a phone call from Burt Greenwood. The third-generation owner of Greenwood Towing in Penn North wanted to see if Verstandig would be… Read More

Dreams Derailed As Amtrak resumes service, communities cope with loss


With mandated Federal Railroad Administration safety measures and rail improvements in place, Amtrak’s busy Northeast Corridor reopened Monday, just shy of one week after a deadly train derailment north of Philadelphia’s 30th Street Station claimed eight lives and injured more than 200 people. Among the dead were two Jewish victims, Rachel Jacobs, 39, the CEO… Read More

The Debate on Policing Jewish organizations in position to help make change


WASHINGTON — From roundtable discussions to protests and prayers to candid talks with law enforcement officials, American Jewish communities are joining in the debate about community policing in the wake of several high-profile deaths of unarmed black men while in police custody. Officials were short on specifics, but several said that protests in Baltimore following… Read More