Weinberg Foundation Awards $400K in Post-Riot Grants

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The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation awarded $400,000 in emergency grants to 10 Baltimore-area nonprofits following the riots that took place after the death of Freddie Gray last month. The foundation, which provides $100 million in annual grants to nonprofits that serve low-income and vulnerable people in the United States and Israel, awarded the money… Read More

Freundel Sentenced to 6.5 Years Rabbi taken into custody after hearing

Rabbi Barry Freundel was sentenced this afternoon to 6.5 years in prison for his gross violation of trust and abuse of power, D.C. Superior Court Judge Geoffrey Alprin ruled. Freundel, formerly of Kesher Israel in Washington, D.C., received a sentence of 45 days each for 52 counts of misdemeanor voyeurism. The sentences are to run consecutively. Freundel, who… Read More

Countering the Immorality of BDS

Alan Dershowitz: “[The BDS movement] is an attempt to persuade the current generation of college students that Israel is a major human rights violator and doesn’t deserve [their] support.”
(Melissa Gerr)

Harvard Professor Alan Dershowitz, in dialogue with attorney Alyza D. Lewin, commenced the daylong event Academic Freedom at Risk: the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Movement Against Israel at University of Baltimore School of Law, hosted by Scholars for Peace in the Middle East and the American Association of Jewish Lawyers and Jurists. About 200 people,… Read More

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

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