Advocacy Day

Temple Emanuel students Aaron Israel, Sara Abramson, Morgan Caplan and Rachel Yarsky talk with Del. Jon Cardin. (Photo by Justin Tsucalas)

As an employee with Jewish Community Services, Joan Cohen said she often sees firsthand the struggles facing the community. Cohen wants to ensure that those most in need can receive help and that those with the power to take action are aware of the help that is needed. That desire was in part what motivated… Read More

Life-and-Death Issue

Rabbi Seth Bernstein signs a 
letter calling for the end of capital punisment in Maryland. The letter was then circulated through the Maryland General Assembly.

Rabbi Seth Bernstein said his understanding of Jewish law is that the preservation of human life takes precedent above all else. The Howard County Board of Rabbis president believes this is true even for murderers. That is why Bernstein is among a growing list of religious leaders supporting Maryland officials in repealing the death penalty…. Read More

Slamming on the Breaks

Jay Bernstein has rallied together more than a dozen organizations to take a stand against auto manufacturers doing business in Iran. (Photo by Justin Tsucalas)

Nissan, Volkswagon, Audi, Mercedes, Mazda and Peugeot continue to do business with Iran, the world’s most prominent state sponsor of terror and a country that is pursuing an illegal nuclear weapons program. The Baltimore Zionist District and United Against a Nuclear Iran have joined forces with more than a dozen other organizations — Jewish and… Read More

Attention on Deck!


Let’s pretend this is JDate for a minute. Now, meet Josh Sherwin. Josh is a 31-year-old lieutenant stationed at the Naval Academy in Annapolis. You’d be safe with this nice Jewish officer and gentleman even if he had not earned a black belt from the Marine Corps Martial Arts Program. He served three tours in… Read More

Leasing Center Opens for Metro Centre Apartment Complex

Progress at the Metro Centre transit-oriented development in Owings Mills is continuing at a steady pace. This includes the announcement last week that the leasing center for its luxury apartment component is now open. The apartment complex, Metro Crossing, will include 232 units in its first phase and is expected to be delivered in March… Read More

Urgent And Imperative


Vincent “Vinny” DeMarco likes to tell the story of his upbringing in an Italian-Jewish neighborhood in New Jersey, where he gained entrance into an AZA function by saying he was Vinny DeMarcowitz. But when he recounted this recently while talking about gun-violence prevention at Bowie’s Temple Solel, he did not need to “Judaicize” his Italian… Read More

Legislative Update

O’Malley Releases Budget: With his blue tie loosened and shirt sleeves rolled up, Gov. Martin O’Malley told the news media last week that his proposed nearly $37.3 billion budget, 4 percent higher than the previous one, is a “jobs budget” that will support 43,000 jobs in school construction, roads, bridges and more because “there is… Read More

Eyes Wide Open

Rabbi Aaron Frank equates 
Judaism to a rubber band; it can be pulled in many different directions. 
Photos by David Stuck and Justin Tsucalas

A quaint and unassuming house across from Pikesville High School has a sign in front of it. “Netivot Shalom” it reads, “Paths of Peace.” The shul, which started as a breakaway minyan from one area synagogue, is now a vibrant and blossoming institution for men and women in the Pikesville area — men and women… Read More

Tying Up Loose Ends

Phil Lehman helped his father, Merrill, connect with Marlin Levin (inset).
Photo by David Stuck

On a spring day last year, Phil Lehman visited his father and mother’s Clarks Lane apartment to assist in a task that many children perform for their senior parents — throwing stuff away. He disposed of reams of papers that day, but one document in particular caught his eye. After reading it, he made sure… Read More

Mission Possible

Andrew Razumovsky co-chairs the Baltimore-Odessa Partnership with Brett Cohen.

A more than 20-year relationship is changing. Or strengthening may be a better word. The Baltimore-Odessa Partnership, the first such sister city relationship for any American city with a city in the former Soviet Union, is making strides to connect on more and deeper levels. It all started last spring, when a group of hand-selected… Read More