Navy Midshipmen Killed in Derailment Was Dedicated Jew, Student Justin Zemser had his eyes on being a Navy SEAL

Justin Zemser pictured on June 27, 2013, at the United State Naval Academy, days after graduating from high school.

Richard Zemser, the uncle of United States Naval Academy midshipman Justin Zemser, couldn’t say enough good things about his nephew. “He did more things in his young 20 years than anybody can imagine,” his uncle said Thursday afternoon. He was taking a break from writing what he would say the next day at Justin’s funeral…. Read More

Jewish Midshipman and Tech CEO Confirmed Dead Despite carnage, commuters not deterred

Rachel Jacobs, with her husband and child.
Photo credit: JTA

A New York-bound Amtrak train originating in Washington, D.C. derailed Tuesday night in Philadelphia, killing at least eight and injuring more than 200 people, Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter said. Northeast Regional Train 188 was traveling at 106 mph as it entered the sharp curve, where the speed limit is 50 mph, according to the National Transportation Safety… Read More

County Budget Includes $4M for Pikesville High Property, income tax rates stagnant, funding allocated for new elementary schools

Kevin Kamentez (File)

Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz’s proposed Fiscal Year 2016 budget includes $4 million to help fill a funding gap in the renovations at Pikesville High School as well as money for a new elementary school that will help alieve overcrowding in the Northwest corridor. The $1.96 billion operation budget, a 4.7 percent increase over last… Read More

Umami Not Closing

More than a month after the restaurant put up signs saying it would be closing, Umami Bistro remains open. And it will stay open, according to an employee of the restaurant and the developer who operates the shopping center Umami Bistro has called home for several years. A woman who answered the phone at the… Read More

Increased Inclusion at Area Synagogues

Two local congregations have taken new steps to make Shabbat more accessible to individuals on the autism spectrum. The Kolker Room of Beth El Congregation was filled with the sounds of children singing prayers and playing musical instruments at the May 2 Shabbat service led by Rabbi Faith Cantor and accompanied by Josh Bender on… Read More

BT Dahan Community School Earns Green Certification

Students at Beth Tfiloh celebrated Tu B'shvat while incorporating environmental issues into the meal.
(Photo provided by Beth Tfiloh)

Beth Tfiloh Dahan Community School has announced its certification as a 2015 Maryland Green School by the Maryland Association of Environmental and Outdoor Education. “We are gratified to see the results of the incredible work that went into making this happen,” BT’s director of education, Zipora Schorr, said. Founded in 1999, the Maryland Green Schools… Read More

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

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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

Jewish Midshipman Dead, Tech CEO Missing in Amtrak Derailment

Rachel Jacobs, with her husband and child.
Photo credit: JTA

One Jewish midshipman was killed and a the CEO of Philadelphia tech company is missing after an Amtrak train derailed Tuesday night. Midshipman Justin Zesmer, from Far Rockaway, N.Y., was one of the seven people killed when Amtrak Northwest Regional train 188 derailed, according to reports. Another 200 were injured. Rachel Jacobs, the CEO of… Read More