15 Seconds to Safety

The Bomb Shelter Museum, created by Artists 4 Israel, was in Baltimore for one week at the Greenspring Shopping Center. (Photos Marc Shapiro)

The Bomb Shelter Museum, created by Artists 4 Israel, was in Baltimore for one week at the Greenspring Shopping Center. (Photos Marc Shapiro)

The sound of children singing can be heard when walking into the dark 10-by-8-by-10 room. Their voices are quickly drowned out by sirens and chaos, as translations show that their song is about hiding from rockets in a bomb shelter.

“Hurry, hurry, hurry to a safe area. My heart is beating boom, boom, boom, boom, boom,” the children on the video sing in Hebrew.

The short video was being played on a loop inside the Bomb Shelter Museum, which was stationed on the sidewalk of the Greenspring Shopping Center from July 30 through August 4.

“It’s difficult for me to watch, especially watching the children,” Bernie Kozlovsky said of the video. “You only have 15 seconds to actually seek shelter.”

The one-room museum, which has trash and other items on the floor much like a shelter in Israel would, was created by Artists 4 Israel, and Baltimore Zionist District (BZD) paid to have it in town for the week. According to Israeli estimates, more than 3,000 rockets have been fired from the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip since the beginning of the month-long Operation Protective Edge, which entered a new phase Tuesday with the adoption of a 72-hour cease-fire.

“The most important thing is to educate people,” said Berly

Hershkovitz, a BZD board member. “If it weren’t for the Iron Dome [anti-missile defense system] and these shelters, people would be dying.”

The museum was originally built to showcase the situation in Sderot, a city in the Negev that sits one mile from Gaza, which has been subject to rocket attacks since the early 2000s. When Operation Protective Edge started, it took on a larger symbolic role.

080814_bzd-bombshelter2BZD officials said more than 300 people visited the museum on the first day, and the following day it saw constant traffic from Jews and non-Jews alike.

“It reinforces their awareness to support Israel,” BZD president Leora Pushett said. “Some people have been very emotionally moved.”

Shoshana Zaslow said that while the video was horrifying and sad, it’s an essential reminder of the situation in Israel.

“I’d rather be aware of what’s going on,” she said. “We live our life, we’re doing whatever we want [in the U.S.], so to stop and think for a minute
is nice.”

For Donald Berman, the museum hit home because it was tangible.

“I think it’s a great idea to help people understand what people in Israel are going through,” he said. “Everything’s a little abstract, so this helps bring it down to reality.”

To keep up with the realities, Zaslow and Kozlovsky both have apps on their smartphones that send red alerts in real time, including locations, when a rocket is heading for Israel.

“I reminds me of what’s going on there,” Kozlovsky said. “I have relatives, I have friends.”

BZD is getting calls from other cities interested is having the museum, which was previously in Washington, D.C., and New York City.

“We, as Jews living in America … we feel empty not being able to do anything,” he said. “It makes us feel like we’re doing something for our brothers and sisters in Israel.”


Beth El Wins Early Childhood Education Accreditation

(David Stuck)

(David Stuck)

Beth El Congregation’s Pauline Mash School for Early Childhood Education is now accredited by the Maryland State Department of Education, making the school, which serves children from birth through age 5, the first and only Jewish early childhood program in the state to enjoy such accreditation, according to the Pikesville synagogue.

Mandy Barish, Maryland accreditation project specialist at Beth El, explained that the distinction signifies that the program exceeds state licensing requirements for child care and early childhood centers.

Ilene Vogelstein, director of early childhood programs at Beth El, said the accreditation is the culmination of an 18-month process that included a self-study and program-improvement plan that was a joint effort between staff and parents.

“Through the years, our children have learned tremendously, been nurtured and given skills that will serve them in the years to come,” said parent Dori Chait, whose family has been members of the Beth El early childhood community since 2009. “I know the Beth El staff cares for my children as if they were their own, and that’s pretty amazing.”

Eyal Bor, the congregation’s director of education, called the achievement “a testament to the professionalism and dedication of our teachers.”

“Becoming the first and currently only Jewish early childhood program that is accredited makes us all proud,” he said. “People will realize their children and grandchildren’s place will be at Beth El forever.”


Interfaith Call to Action Goes Out on Behalf of Migrant Children



More than 100 people from several faiths assembled at the Christ Lutheran Church in Federal Hill and walked along the harbor, stopping at a central plaza for a brief service titled Welcoming the Stranger in Our Midst. It was a call to action by the leaders of Maryland’s faith communities to offer prayers on behalf of the tens of thousands of unaccompanied migrant children entering the U.S., some of whom are being fostered by families in Maryland.

Bishop Wolfgang D. Herz-Lane welcomed the group by thanking them for gathering “on behalf of immigrant children and people of all faiths” in order to give “visibility to this important issue.” A passage from Deuteronomy was read commanding, “You shall also love the stranger, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt.” There was a short reading from the Quran and verses from Matthew that both spoke of caring for strangers and orphans and generally offering assistance to those in need.

“As we read today at the rally, we’re commanded to take care of the stranger because we ourselves were strangers in the land of Egypt,” said Rabbi Nina Beth Cardin, who was in attendance. “During World War II, we had the Kindertransport, and there were people who took our children in, who were unaccompanied minors, who had to leave places of horror, and people took them in and loved them. Isn’t that what we have to do for these kids who have no hope and who live in violence? So it’s very much a Jewish issue.”

At the close of the service, Herz-Lane put a call out for families to take in more of the children, especially those who speak Spanish.

“No matter the religion, we look to one God and pray,” he said, “because people of faith are people of action.”


Zeta Beta Tau Honors Dogoloff

Former Phi Sigma Delta Fraternity executive director Lee I. Dogoloff received the Zeta Beta Tau Fraternity’s Man of Distinction Award at 2014 International Convention and Leadership School in Washington, D.C. Dogoloff joined the Epsilon Chapter of Phi Alpha Fraternity at the University of Maryland, College Park as a freshman in the fall of 1957. Two years later, Phi Alpha merged with Phi Sigma Delta Fraternity. Dogoloff held chapter leadership positions including vice president as an undergraduate.

Upon graduation in 1963, he became alumni adviser for his chapter and later was asked to join the National Executive Council of Phi Sigma Delta. He became executive director of Phi Sigma Delta in 1967 and served in that position through the 1969 merger with ZBT, a process with which he was deeply involved.

In the decades since, Dogoloff has become an expert in drug abuse issues and policy setting at the local, state and federal levels of government. He currently maintains a clinical practice specializing in the treatment of drug, alcohol and general mental health problems and holds an advanced clinical practice license in both Maryland and Delaware.

Rabbi Moskowitz Joins N.Y. Temple

Baltimore-native Rabbi Susie Heneson Moskowitz has been named senior rabbi of Temple Beth Torah in Melville, Long Island, succeeding Rabbi Marc Gellman, who was the congregation’s senior rabbi for the past 33 years. Rabbi Moskowitz is the third senior rabbi of the 550-family Reform Congregation since it was founded in 1969. For the past 18 years Rabbi Moskowitz has been a part of Temple Beth Torah’s clergy team, serving first as rabbi educator and then as associate rabbi.

“Rabbi Moskowitz has made so many contributions to Temple Beth Torah over the years, from growing our religious school to starting Mishpacha University, a learning experience for families. She has increased membership through her creative programming and social and community service events. Her compassion, innovation, leadership and creativity made her the perfect choice for our new senior rabbi,” said Sandy Berland, Temple Beth Torah president.

Prior to coming to Temple Beth Torah, Moskowitz was family educator at the Reconstructionist Synagogue of the North Shore, where she implemented one of the first UJA-Federation Continuity grants. She also served as assistant rabbi at Temple Beth El of Great Neck following her ordination from the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Cincinnati in 1991.

Center Club Launches Campaign

The Center Club, Baltimore’s premier private business dining club, announced the launch of a new membership campaign — Connect at the Club.

The new membership campaign coincides with changes and updates to The Center Club’s menu and bar offerings, decor and activities.

“There’s never been a better time to join The Center Club,” Kevin Bonner, general manager of the club, said. “With the changes and additions to our dining and bar menus, updated programs, and new Intraclubs, there is truly something for everyone to enjoy.”

JWI Awarded Jewish Social Change Grant

Jewish Women International, the world’s leading progressive Jewish women’s organization, is set to bring its award-winning Safe Smart Dating program to additional college campuses, thanks to a $50,000 grant from the Jewish Social Change Matching Fund. Safe Smart Dating, an innovative workshop created in partnership with Sigma Delta Tau and Zeta Beta Tau, helps college students define, identify and prevent dating abuse and sexual violence on campus.

Understanding that Jewish organizations have played a role in some of the most significant social change, seven foundations, the Jacob and Hilda Blaustein Foundation, the Morton K. and Jane Blaustein Foundation, the Nathan Cummings Foundation, the Naomi & Nehemiah Cohen Foundation, the Dorot Foundation, the Walter & Elise Haas Fund and the Righteous Persons Foundation, in partnership with the Jewish Funders Network, created this matching fund to encourage and support work that addresses the root problem of injustice and help move toward change using a uniquely Jewish perspective.

Safe Smart Dating is the first national program on dating abuse and sexual assault for the Greek community on college campuses. It was piloted last year with SDT and ZBT chapters at the University of Pennsylvania, George Washington University and Purdue University.

Schline Named MacKenzie Partner

MacKenzie Commercial Real Estate Services, LLC announced that Donald K. Schline has been named partner and is now a senior vice president/principal of the company.

As the leader of MacKenzie’s investment sales team, Schline specializes in the acquisition and disposition of office, industrial, retail and multifamily assets in the Mid-Atlantic region. Under his direction, the team has advised clients on investment strategies in excess $850 million.

State Police Name Forensics Lab Director

Maryland State Police Superintendent Colonel Marcus L. Brown announced a veteran forensic scientist with a broad range of expertise including DNA technology has been appointed as the new crime laboratory director.

Daniel E. Katz has been appointed director of the Maryland State Police Forensic Sciences Division. He has worked in the Forensic Sciences Division since May 2007. Since January 2014, he has served as acting director of the Forensic Sciences Division, following the retirement of its former director, Teresa Long. The State Police Forensic Science Laboratory conducts a full-range of scientific and forensic analyses. The lab not only analyzes evidence from Maryland State Police cases, but also provides services for any requesting police department in the state.

Williams Celebrates 20 Years

Williams Asset Management, one of Maryland’s premier wealth management firms for both individual investors and organizations, celebrates its 20th anniversary this year.

“Since starting my firm in 1994, my goal was to build a comprehensive wealth management firm that wasn’t necessarily the biggest, but instead earned a quality reputation for being responsive, dedicated and results-oriented. We take great pride in knowing that as fiduciaries, we are putting our client’s interests first,” said company president and founder Gary S. Williams. “The combination of committed and talented staff and loyal clientele has helped create a successful firm that humbles me.”

Williams Asset Management is an award-winning, privately owned investment advisory services and wealth management firm. It provides independent and objective advice to a wide array of affluent individuals and families.