A Labor of Love, Survival

Holocaust survivor Israel Gruzin, 84, feels blessed that his woodworking skills have provided a valued service to the community.
Photo by David Stuck

Lithuania native Israel Gruzin stood silently, grimly watching his cabinet-making shop engulfed in flames. It was his first very own business since immigrating to Baltimore in 1955. The year was 1976, and the Pikesville Lumber Yard — adjacent to Gruzin’s workshop — had caught fire. There was nothing he could do as his projects, materials… Read More

Missing Etan Savir

Etan Savir was an 
esteemed teacher, 
father and friend of the community.
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On Sunday, July 21, the world lost an esteemed teacher, father and friend of the community, as Etan Savir of Silver Spring and formerly of Baltimore passed away. He was 51. Born in New York on Oct. 10, 1961 to David and Elizabeth Savir, Savir graduated summa cum laude from Princeton University in 1983 and… Read More

What’s “NEXT?”

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Earlier this month, NEXT: A Division of Birthright Israel Foundation launched its High Holidays Initiative as a continuing commitment for connecting young Jewish adults both nationally and locally with the Jewish community. With a newly enhanced interactive map, it is now easier than ever to locate upcoming High Holiday services and events. “Birthrighters wanted to… Read More

Police Investigating Levindale Homicide

Baltimore City police are investigating the death of an 86-year-old in his Levindale apartment in July as a homicide. Ernest Curtis was found dead in his apartment at The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Place, at 2500 W. Belvedere Ave., on July 30 after officers responded for a reported sick case, according to a police news… Read More

Politics-Free Prayer

Rabbi Greenspoon

Rabbi David Greenspoon, formerly of Adat Chaim Synagogue, will be running a new independent service in Reisterstown this High Holiday season. Rabbi Greenspoon told the JT that his decision to go solo stemmed from interested former congregants and from not wanting to “go through the process of finding some High Holiday rabbinical position that would… Read More

Levindale Death Being Investigated as Homicide

Baltimore City police are investigating the death of an 86-year-old found dead in his Levindale apartment in July as a homicide. Ernest Curtis, 86, was found dead in his apartment at The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Place, at 2500 W. Belvedere Avenue, on Tuesday, July 30, after officers responded for a reported sick case, according… Read More

From Ice Cream To Prayer

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The campers and staff members at Capital Camps have spent the summer thinking, learning and putting together a prayer book to be used at the camp next summer. Led by Rabbi Miriam Burg, director of Jewish life, the project was put together in response to the camp’s need for a new siddur, as the one… Read More

What An Experience!

Greater Baltimore JCC Maccabi Experience Director Paul Lurie has been involved with the Games for 18 years. Still, Lurie dubbed this summer’s event, held from Aug. 4 through Aug. 9 in Orange County, Calif., as “one of the most amazing weeks of Maccabi” he has ever experienced. “The size of our delegation, the quality of… Read More

O’Malley Hints At Presidential Bid

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Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley may run for president in 2016, according to recent comments he made. “By the end of this year, I think we’re on course to have a body of work that lays the framework of a candidacy for 2016,” he told reporters at the National Governors Association meeting earlier this month, as… Read More

Chesapeake Urology Offering Cutting-Edge Prostate Exams

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For the first 20-plus years of Dr. Richard M. Levin’s career as a urologist, he conducted prostate biopsies the very same way, using an ultrasound, which creates a two-dimensional image, to check for traces of cancer. That technology was the best the field had to offer, but it came with one major shortcoming. “It didn’t… Read More