Dreams Derailed As Amtrak resumes service, communities cope with loss

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With mandated Federal Railroad Administration safety measures and rail improvements in place, Amtrak’s busy Northeast Corridor reopened Monday, just shy of one week after a deadly train derailment north of Philadelphia’s 30th Street Station claimed eight lives and injured more than 200 people. Among the dead were two Jewish victims, Rachel Jacobs, 39, the CEO… Read More

Park Heights, Slade Avenue Mansion for Sale

The mansion at Park Heights and Slade avenues is now up for sale by Yaffe Real Estate for $1.35 million. (David Stuck)

The mansion at Park Heights and Slade avenues is once again on the market for $1.35 million. The property, which sits deep in the heart of Baltimore’s Jewish community, was initially purchased by the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community USA to be renovated and used as a mosque. Dr. Faheem Younus, president of the Baltimore chapter of… Read More

Art Teacher Wins iPad in Manischewitz Contest

A local art teacher won an iPad Air 2 Plus and a $500 Visa gift card for her entry into Manischewitz’s #MANIMACS contest. Glyndon resident Debra Rogers, who teaches art at Cromwell Valley Elementary School in Towson, made a sheep using chocolate almond macaroons, marshmallows and icing. “I thought my sheep was pretty darn cute,”… Read More

Comptroller Addresses BJC Luncheon

Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot addresses the Baltimore Jewish 
Council on May 14.
(Justin Katz)

Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot had a clear message for residents at the Baltimore Jewish Council’s Politically Connect luncheon on May 14. The biggest challenge facing Maryland? “Money is not the issue,” said Franchot. “The issue is management.” It was a line Franchot repeated several times through the course of the event, during which the Democrat… Read More

Weinberg Foundation Awards $400K in Post-Riot Grants

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

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