Navy Midshipmen Killed in Derailment Was Dedicated Jew, Student Justin Zemser had his eyes on being a Navy SEAL

Justin Zemser pictured on June 27, 2013, at the United State Naval Academy, days after graduating from high school.

Richard Zemser, the uncle of United States Naval Academy midshipman Justin Zemser, couldn’t say enough good things about his nephew. “He did more things in his young 20 years than anybody can imagine,” his uncle said Thursday afternoon. He was taking a break from writing what he would say the next day at Justin’s funeral…. Read More

Bumpy Road Ahead Can Netanyahu make new, narrow coalition work?

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin 
Netanyahu, shown in the Knesset on May 4, managed to form a ruling coalition just 90 minutes before the deadline. 
(Miriam Alster/Flash90)

TEL AVIV — Seven weeks after he won re-election, Benjamin Netanyahu finally secured a fourth term as prime minister. With 90 minutes to go until a midnight deadline to form a governing coalition, Netanyahu concluded an agreement May 6 with the religious, pro-settler Jewish Home party that gives him the narrowest of parliamentary majorities —… Read More

Jewish Midshipman and Tech CEO Confirmed Dead Despite carnage, commuters not deterred

Rachel Jacobs, with her husband and child.
Photo credit: JTA

A New York-bound Amtrak train originating in Washington, D.C. derailed Tuesday night in Philadelphia, killing at least eight and injuring more than 200 people, Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter said. Northeast Regional Train 188 was traveling at 106 mph as it entered the sharp curve, where the speed limit is 50 mph, according to the National Transportation Safety… Read More

County Budget Includes $4M for Pikesville High Property, income tax rates stagnant, funding allocated for new elementary schools

Kevin Kamentez (File)

Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz’s proposed Fiscal Year 2016 budget includes $4 million to help fill a funding gap in the renovations at Pikesville High School as well as money for a new elementary school that will help alieve overcrowding in the Northwest corridor. The $1.96 billion operation budget, a 4.7 percent increase over last… Read More

Komen Maryland Announces Grant Recipients

Susan G. Komen Maryland awarded more than $1 million to 17 grant programs in Maryland for the 2016 fiscal year, with priority given to programs that provide screening and diagnostic services as well as survivor support. An additional $460,000 will go to support peer-reviewed scientific research funded by Susan G. Komen. Komen grant programs support… Read More

Applefeld Reappointed ABA Insurance Coverage Co-Chair

David B. Applefeld, litigation section chair of Adelberg, Rudow, Dorf & Hendler, LLC, has been reappointed for a third term as co-chair of the Construction Subcommittee of the American Bar Association’s Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee. Applefeld, who also is a member of the ABA’s Tort and Insurance Practice Section (product, general liability and construction law… Read More

Humane Society Director Named to Mayor’s Commissio

Jen Swanson, executive director of the Baltimore Humane Society, has been appointed to Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake’s Anti-Animal Abuse Advisory Commission. The Commission’s goal is to eliminate animal abuse and neglect and make Baltimore a city where residents and animals are treated with dignity and respect. Swanson became executive director of Baltimore Humane Society, a private,… Read More

URJ Partners with Behrman House

The Union for Reform Judaism (URJ) announced new partnerships with Behrman House Publishing and the Central Conference of American Rabbis (CCAR) to provide long-cherished and innovative publications to the Reform Movement and beyond. Under the guidelines of a new strategic plan, the URJ, which published a variety of materials including Torah commentaries, religious school curricula,… Read More

Glory Days In L.A.’s Koreatown, Wilshire Boulevard Temple bets big on the past for its future

Steve Leder, senior rabbi at the Wilshire Boulevard Temple, saw 
opportunity in the synagogue's 
deteriorating landscape.

LOS ANGELES — The time has long since passed when the Wilshire Boulevard Temple’s address on its namesake boulevard was considered glamorous. Now the surrounding blocks are the clamorous heart of Koreatown, with all its urban grit: traffic snarls, hulking office buildings, electronics shops, dentists, and banks with signs in Korean and some in Spanish…. Read More

Umami Not Closing

More than a month after the restaurant put up signs saying it would be closing, Umami Bistro remains open. And it will stay open, according to an employee of the restaurant and the developer who operates the shopping center Umami Bistro has called home for several years. A woman who answered the phone at the… Read More