BJC Readies for Legislature

Baltimore Jewish Council will take to the State Capitol (shown here) beginning Jan. 9.

The Maryland General Assembly begins on Wednesday, Jan. 9. That’s the 90-day period when our state representatives from Allegheny to Worcester counties, and, of course, Baltimore County and City, gather to dialogue about important issues for the state’s residents. Of course, they also pass the next year’s budget. The Baltimore Jewish Council is ready for… Read More

Seeing Red

Mike Lombardi lobbied Baltimore County for a stop sign, and officials responded. A sign is going up soon.

Mike Lombardi says he is not the kind of person who complains publicly. But that changed a little more than a month ago. Lombardi, a Pikesville resident, was driving home with his 6-year-old son when another driver, who was speeding, raced through an intersection and narrowly avoided what could have been a devastating collision with… Read More

Water Main Repairs for Greengate

Pikesville’s Art Putzel knew his neighborhood had an issue with unreliable water mains. But Putzel, who has lived in the Greengate community for 25 years, didn’t realize the extent of the problem until the neighborhood experienced two water main breaks over a six-week span this past November and December. Putzel, along with other Greengate residents,… Read More

Liquidation

Rabbi Menachem Youlus spun a web of lies that landed him in prison. On Dec. 25, his Silver Spring store was liquidated. (Kirsten Beckerman)

Several thousands of dollars worth of merchandise were sold at unbelievabley low prices this past Christmas Day. The goods were the hundreds of final, must-go Judaica pieces of the Jewish Bookstore of Greater Washington, which was owned by the parents of and operated by Rabbi Menachem Youlus. Youlus admitted earlier this year, and was convicted… Read More

For Spanish Inquisitors

Spain, which recently announced it would offer citizenship to Sephardic Jews who could prove their Spanish ancestry, is also rediscovering its rich Jewish past — a past long ignored. After expelling its long-established Jewish community more than 500 years ago, it is not only inviting the Sephardic Jews’ descendants back, but also making it easy… Read More

Spiritual Guidance

What kind of reaction does the heinous murder of 20 school children require? How do we make peace with what happened last Friday and how do we move on? Area rabbis addressed these questions and others in sermons last Shabbat. The following are excerpts from their talks: Rabbi Dana Saroken Beth El Congregation As rabbis,… Read More

Massacre

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Funerals for the 20 6- and 7-year-old victims of the Newtown, Conn., shooting took place this week, beginning on Monday with the burial of Noah Pozner. Pozner, the youngest and only reported Jewish victim of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings, was gunned down alongside his classmates and six school employees last Friday, when Adam… Read More

Taking A Stand

The Baltimore Jewish Council, an agency of The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore, last week approved a new policy statement in support of public funding for private and parochial schools. Adopted on Nov. 8, the statement recognizes a need for the schools to receive state funding for ancillary services and instruction, provided that such… Read More

Ode To A Matriarch

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The community will come together on Oct. 21 to pay tribute to a team of people who have worked tirelessly, some of them for 30 years, with one goal: keeping Jews Jewish. There has been one who shines above the rest — who has given more, physically and emotionally, than any other. That person is… Read More

Does Your Elevator Reach the Top?

Much of today’s communication is impersonal, digital and 140 characters or less. however, being able to communicate verbally in real time is still an important skill, especially when one is engaged in a job search. I am a big proponent of everyone having an “elevator speech.” contrary to the label, it need not be expressed… Read More