Megacycle

Rabbi Ari Solomont’s Cycle for Unity is in gear to revolutionize Jewish 
activism and philanthropy. 
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Rabbi Ari Solomont thinks a bike is a perfect vehicle for raising money earmarked to benefit good causes. The Hashmonaim, Israel, resident’s recently launched Cycle for Unity (cycleforunity.org) is in gear to revolutionize Jewish activism and philanthropy. He rolled out this initiative to get young adults and professionals excited about connecting to charities, both Jewish… Read More

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

Brussels Refuses To Register Baby Name Jerusalem

The city of Brussels refused to register the name of a locally born Israeli baby because Jerusalem does not appear on a list of approved names for children born in the country. Hagar and Alinadav Hyman, Israelis who have lived and worked in Brussels for the last three years, decided to name their first-born Alma… Read More

Palestinian Hacker Posts On Marc Zuckerberg’s Facebook Wall

A Palestinian hacker posted a message on Facebook founder Marc Zuckerberg’s wall to show there is a bug in the social network’s security settings. Khalil Shreateh of Hebron posted information about the bug on Zuckerberg’s wall late last week following unsuccessful attempts to report the bug to Facebook security. The bug allowed Shreateh to post… Read More

Israel Warns On High Holidays Travel

The Israeli government has advised Israelis and all Jews to avoid travel to several countries, including Egypt and Turkey, during the High Holidays, a popular time for leisure travel. An advisory from the Prime Minister Office’s counterterrorism bureau warned that terrorists and terror groups such as al-Qaida might try to attack Jewish and Israeli targets… Read More

Anti-Semitic Attacks In Belgium Highest Since 2009

The number of anti-Semitic attacks reported last year in Belgium reached its highest level since 2009, according to an annual report. Anti-racism volunteers registered 80 anti-Semitic incidents throughout Belgium in 2012, according to a report released this month by the Antisemitsm.Be watchdog group. The figure represents a 23 percent increase over 2011. The 80 attacks… Read More