Har Sinai Elects DeMattos President

Har Sinai Congregation in Owings Mills elected Joseph DeMattos Jr. its new board president. DeMattos, who has more than 20 years of experience leading organizations, serves as president and CEO of the Health Facilities Association of Maryland (HFAM), the state’s largest and oldest post-acute and long-term care association. Har Sinai Congregation consists of close to 400 families and is the oldest continuously Reform congregation in the United States.

“I am thrilled to be elected president of Har Sinai, a vibrant Reform Jewish community of faith and social action,” DeMattos said. “We are proud of our incredible history and of our growing membership and
dynamic centers of Jewish education. I look forward to working with our board and the rest of our congregation to continue growing as a community and meeting the challenges of the modern era.”

Prior to joining HFAM, DeMattos was state director for AARP in Maryland and director of integration, state and national initiatives for AARP in Washington, D.C., as well as the interim national director of government relations and advocacy. DeMattos also held leadership positions for AARP in Texas and Hawaii. Previously, DeMattos was a senior account executive for Becker Communications and communications deputy for the governor’s office in Hawaii.

In addition, DeMattos is an adjunct professor of leadership in management of aging services at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. He serves on the Maryland Higher Education Commission and the Maryland Medicaid Advisory Council. He also sits on the board of the Baltimore Jewish Council. DeMattos was chair of the American Health Care Association Brand and Communications Committee and graduated from Leadership Maryland.

UMMC President and CEO Retires

Jeffrey A. Rivest, who has served as president and chief executive officer of the University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC) since 2004, retiried at the end of August 2015. UMMC is the flagship academic medical center of the University of Maryland Medical System (UMMS).

“On behalf of the UMMS and UMMC family, I want to thank Jeff for his outstanding contributions over the last 11 years,” said Robert A. Chrencik, president and CEO of UMMS. “Under Jeff’s leadership, the Medical Center has continued to see its profile rise as one of our nation’s best academic medical centers. I am very proud of the teamwork and dedication that, under Jeff’s guidance, has fostered UMMC’s delivery of world-class time sensitive critical care medicine. “

John Ashworth, currently the UMMS senior vice president for network development, will serve as the interim UMMC president and chief executive officer beginning Saturday, August 29th. Ashworth has previously served as UMMC president and chief executive officer, as well as director of the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center. A search committee for a permanent president and CEO will be formed with representation of both the UMMS and UMMC boards, as well as partners from the University of Maryland School of Medicine. Rivest will remain an advisor during the interim period.

Sarbanes Announces Grants to Community Colleges

Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) announced that Baltimore City Community College, Montgomery College/ Rockville, Community College of Baltimore County/Catonsville, Community College of Baltimore County, Howard Community College and University of Maryland/College Park will receive approximately $1.9 million in grants from the U.S. Department of Education’s (DOE) Student Support Services Program.

The grant initiative helps community colleges improve student services by supporting tutoring programs, student financial literacy counseling and financial aid application assistance, among many other resources. By improving student services, the DOE grant program assists community colleges in delivering the tools and information that students need to successfully complete their degrees.

“Community colleges provide thousands of students in Maryland with the education, skills and training to secure meaningful job opportunities,” said Congressman Sarbanes. “This grant will help local community colleges in Maryland provide information and services that our students need to succeed.”

Maller Named Financial Planner of the Year

Peter Maller, founder and president of Maller Wealth Advisors and registered representative of Lincoln Financial Advisors (LFA), was recently named LFA Planner of the Year for 2014. Maller has been named LFA Planner of the Year seven times in the last eight years.

The Planner of the Year recognition is awarded annually to the leading financial planners among thousands affiliated with LFA.

With more than 21 years of experience in financial services, Maller founded Maller Wealth Advisors. The firm, headquartered in Hunt Valley, is a wealth management firm providing investment strategies, financial planning, risk management services, business succession planning and employee benefits to business owners, accomplished professionals and high-net-worth individuals.

Prior to opening Maller Wealth Advisors, he provided wealth management services through Heritage Financial Consultants, where we was founding partner and served as managing partner. Maller is a qualified member of the Million Dollar Round Table (MDRT), an international, independent association of life insurance and financial services professionals, and has achieved “Top of the Table” status, ranking him in the top 5 percent within MDRT.

Myerberg Awarded for Women’s Programs

The Edward A. Myerberg Center has received a second year of funding from the Jewish Women’s Giving Foundation of Baltimore, a program of
The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore, the center’s executive director, David Golaner,announced. The $19,400 grant supports a part-time social worker to coordinate services for women age 55 and over in the Happiest Home program at Weinberg Woods, a rent-
subsidized independent living building.

“Because over 70 percent of the residents of Weinberg Woods have incomes of $10,000 or lower, and over 80 percent have incomes of $16,000 or lower, they cannot afford assisted living,” said Jennifer Mendelsohn Millman, program director for Jewish Women’s Giving Foundation.

Located in northwest Baltimore, the Edward A. Myerberg Center provides over 150 enriching programs each year for 1,200 adults ages 55 and over, including classes in painting, sculpture, current events, technology and fitness. The Center’s social services programs include health screenings, an on-site social worker, and monthly programs to help older adults avoid social and physical isolation. The Center’s Eating Together program
is the largest in Baltimore City and serves 11,000 meals each year to seniors.

Bonnie Heneson Communications Awarded

Bonnie Heneson Communications (BHC), a full-service marketing communications firm, received gold and bronze Aster Awards and a Superior Award recognizing publications the agency created for Howard County General Hospital.

Wellness Matters, a community magazine BHC writes and designs that is distributed to more than 200,000 residents of Howard County and
surrounding areas, was recognized with two of the three awards. The publication earned the Bronze Aster Award. The Aster Awards program recognizes health care marketing professionals across the nation. Competition criteria include creativity, layout and design, functionality,
message effectiveness, production quality and overall appeal.

Wellness Matters was also recognized with the Superior Award from the Mid-Atlantic Society of Healthcare Strategy and Market Development. The industry organization recognizes work in health care marketing and public relations throughout Maryland and Virginia.

BHC also produces Howard County General Hospital’s physicians’ directory, which was recognized with the gold Aster Award.

“We work hard as a team to assemble creative, professional and informative pieces for Howard County General Hospital, and we’re thrilled to be recognized by such reputable organizations,” said Kyri Jacobs, executive vice

Komen Maryland Awarded

Komen Maryland’s Regional Breast Health Consortia Program received the 2015 Exemplary Collaboration Award from the statewide Maryland Cancer Collaborative.

The Komen Maryland Regional Consortia Program brings together concerned breast care professionals, advocates and community leaders in regions throughout the Affiliate service area to network and discuss information and services focused on breast cancer prevention, education, outreach, screening, treatment and survivorship. There are four regional consortia, with the first established in 2008 on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. The Eastern Shore Consortium has over 92 members representing over 38 organizations. A Southern Maryland Consortium was launched in FY14 with over 61 members representing over 17 organizations, the Western Maryland Consortium and Baltimore Consortium were launched in FY15 and both have grown to over 18 members representing over 11 organizations each in their inaugural meetings.

“We are so honored to be recipients of the 2015 Exemplary Collaboration Award from the Statewide Maryland Cancer Collaborative,” says Phyllis Gray, Komen board vice president, Oncology Service Line MedStar Health, Baltimore Region. “This award represents Komen Maryland’s commitment to bringing together concerned breast cancer professionals, advocates and community leaders throughout Maryland.”

JMM Wins National Award

The American Association for State and Local History (AASLH) recently honored the Jewish Museum of Maryland (JMM), Maryland Historical
Society and Minotaur Mazes with a Leadership in History Award for its original exhibit, The A-Mazing Mendes Cohen.

The Museum was selected as a 2015 Award of Merit winner by the Leadership in History awards committee. Considered the most prestigious recognition for achievement in the preservation and interpretation of state and local history, this national award is presented for excellence in history programs, projects and people. JMM joins the Maryland Historical Society as the only 2015 award recipients in Maryland. There were a total of 60 recipients from 31 states.

“We are honored to be recognized for this distinguished award,” said Marvin Pinkert, JMM executive director. “As a centerpiece of Jewish Baltimore history, the JMM works diligently to document, communicate and share the varied stories that define our
community’s history.” Together, our leadership and professional team are dedicated to preserving Jewish Baltimore’s history so that we can continue to learn from the many people who came before us.”

Presentation of the awards will be made at a special banquet during the 2015 AASLH Annual Meeting in Louisville, Kentucky, on Friday, Sept. 18. The banquet is supported by a generous contribution from the History Channel. A full listing of recipients can be found at about.aaslh.org/awards.

Pearlstone Moves Kosher Certification to Orthodox Union

The Pearlstone Center announced that it moved its kosher certification from Star-K to the Orthodox Union, effective Aug. 3.

“The move was made to enable Pearlstone to better fulfill its mission and serve its guests in providing the highest level of kashrut balanced with the flexibility to provide exciting and cutting-edge new services,” a news release said.

The Orthodox Union is the world’s largest and self-proclaimed most widely recognized kosher certification agency and certifies close to 1 million products in more than 8,000 plants in 80 countries.

Star-K, which is based in Baltimore, has provided kosher supervision for more than 50 years under the guidance of Rabbi Moshe Heinemann. The company expanded internationally in the 1970s.

The new partnership with OU allows Pearlstone to serve freshly made farm-to-table food from produce grown on-site as well as a large array of kosher sustainable or organic products and ingredients from other providers.

Pearlstone, which has a retreat center and sustainable farm and hosts various Jewish programs in Reisterstown, will continue to be able to provide Cholov Yisroel food services, a type of kosher certification of dairy products, but will now also be able to provide non-Cholov Yisroel products. Passover at Pearlstone will continue to be fully Cholov Yisroel.

“Pearlstone has great respect for Star-K and its work. This was a thoughtful, careful business decision the board made based on the best interests of Pearlstone and its guests,” Jakir Manela, executive director of Pearlstone, said in a news release. “Pearlstone always has and always will do everything we can to serve all parts of the Jewish community. We are excited to partner with the OU and look forward to continuing our superior standard of kosher food service. This is just one of many enhancements we’ve made across our facility and throughout our services in the past year.”

Rabbi Menachem Genack, CEO of the Orthodox Union Kosher Division, said the OU is excited to partner with Pearlstone, whose work and food highlights the connection between people and the land.

“This will be an exciting partnership that will enable all members of the Jewish community to enjoy a one-of-a-kind kosher dining experience that is acceptable to all,” he said in the release.

Susan G. Komen Maryland Honored

Susan G. Komen Maryland’s Regional Breast Health Consortia Program
received the 2015 Exemplary Collaboration Award from the statewide Maryland Cancer Collaborative. Present to receive the award on behalf of the entire Komen Maryland team were Kelly Kesler, community health director, Lori Yates, community health manager, and Komen board member Phyllis Gray.

The program brings together concerned breast care professionals, advocates and community leaders in regions throughout the affiliate service area to network and discuss information and services focused on breast cancer prevention, education, outreach, screening, treatment and survivorship. There are four regional consortia, with the first established in 2008 on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. The Eastern Shore Consortium has over 92 members representing over 38 organizations. A Southern Maryland Consortium was launched in fiscal year 2014 with over 61 members representing over 17 organizations, the Western Maryland Consortium and Baltimore Consortium were launched in FY15, and both have grown to over 18 members representing over 11 organizations each in their inaugural meetings.