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!

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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

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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

Jury Out on Hagel

Local leaders question Sen. Chuck Hagel’s views, but are yet to discount him as defense secretary.  
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Jewish groups nationally are div-ided while others are taking a wait-and-see attitude regarding the nomination of former Nebraska Sen. Chuck Hagel for defense secretary. Local leaders appear to reflect a guarded approach yet question Hagel’s views on Iran. “Obviously the Jewish community has some concerns,” said Baltimore Jewish Coalition Executive Director Dr. Arthur Abramson. “I… Read More

Against The Wall

Men pray at the 
Western Wall, Judaism's holiest site and the center of an escalating battle over women's prayer restrictions.

He brought unprecedented attention to the plight of Soviet Jewry. He stood up to the KGB. He survived nine years in Siberia. He served in Israel’s fractious government. Now, Natan Sharansky is facing his next challenge: finding a solution to the growing battle over women’s prayer restrictions at the Western Wall, Judaism’s holiest site. In… Read More

Israel’s Mega Storm — The Numbers

The Jordan Valley flooded, making it impossible 
to commute.
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Last week’s storm in Israel was a record-breaker on many accounts. Many areas in the country received between 8 and 12 inches of rain, an amount that occurs on average every 10 to 15 years. • Rainfall in the north: 80% – 95% of the total annual average rainfall; 180% – 230% of the average… 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