The Debate on Policing Jewish organizations in position to help make change

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WASHINGTON — From roundtable discussions to protests and prayers to candid talks with law enforcement officials, American Jewish communities are joining in the debate about community policing in the wake of several high-profile deaths of unarmed black men while in police custody. Officials were short on specifics, but several said that protests in Baltimore following… Read More

Jewish Midshipman Dead, Tech CEO Missing in Amtrak Derailment

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

One Jewish midshipman was killed and a the CEO of Philadelphia tech company is missing after an Amtrak train derailed Tuesday night. Midshipman Justin Zesmer, from Far Rockaway, N.Y., was one of the seven people killed when Amtrak Northwest Regional train 188 derailed, according to reports. Another 200 were injured. Rachel Jacobs, the CEO of… Read More

Amtrak train from Washington derails, Jewish passenger missing

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 seven and injuring more than 200 people, Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter said. Among the missing is Rachel Jacobs, 39, a Jewish executive from Manhattan. She was recently hired CEO of Philadelphia-based online education startup ApprenNet. Jacobs lives with her… Read More

Seasons Preparing for Baltimore Store Demolition work is underway for a new kosher market

Contractors demolish the inside of the former Office Depot at 1628 Reisterstown Road to make way for the new Seasons kosher market. (Photos by Marc Shapiro)

New York-based kosher grocer Seasons is preparing to open its first store outside of its home state. Contractors are at work demolishing the interior of the building at 1628 Reisterstown Road in Pikesville, the former site of an Office Depot. Seasons officials have not said when the store will open. It will join four others… Read More

Thanks But No Thanks

Malik Shabazz, of Black Lawyers for Justice, leads protesters through Baltimore. Many community leaders questioned his motives and presence in the city. (NOAH SCIALOM/EPA/Newscom)

Attorney Malik Shabazz, founder and president of Black Lawyers for Justice (BLFJ) in Washington, D.C., planned rallies in Baltimore amid many locally organized events during the days following the death of Freddie Gray. One BLFJ event erupted in violence, as crowds dispersed at the end of a march on April 25; Shabazz was heckled to… Read More

Religious Action Center Welcomes New Leader Washington confab highlights Reform movement’s activism

Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom Rabbi David Saperstein (left), Union for Reform Judaism President Rabbi Rick Jacobs (center) and Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism Director Rabbi Jonah Pesner. (Photo Pat Jarrett)

Though the Reform movement’s social action arm has a new leader, the goals of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism remain the same. Close to 400 clergy and Reform movement activists packed the DoubleTree hotel in Arlington, Va., April 26 during the RAC’s three-day Consultation on Conscience to thank Rabbi David Saperstein for his… Read More

JT Wins Top Honors

The Baltimore Jewish Times took top honors at the MDDC Press Association’s Editorial Awards luncheon held May 1 at the BWI Westin hotel in Linthicum. Beating out such titles as The Washington Post and The Baltimore Sun, the JT’s editor-in-chief, Joshua Runyan, along with digital media editor Melissa Gerr and copy editor Michael Marlow won… Read More