Talks Continue

Photo By Justin Tsucalas
Holocaust survivor Ruben Sztajer says, “It should be moved to where  it is more accessible to the Jewish community and to those who could best appreciate its value to others.”

Discussions are underway about moving Baltimore’s Holocaust Memorial from its current downtown location on Lombard Street adjacent to the now-closed Bard building, which is owned by Baltimore City Community College. But, said Dr. Arthur C. Abramson, executive director of the Baltimore Jewish Council, there are no specific plans. Abramson said there have been discussions with… Read More

‘Filler-Up’ — How is Your Communication?

Gas prices are on the rise again. Years ago, most gas stations were full service. For the uninitiated, this meant that a service-station att-endant would come out, wash the windows of your car, check the fluid levels and fill up your tank, after hearing “filler-up,” followed by either “regular” or “unleaded.” Enough with the awkward… Read More

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!

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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