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Jewish Heroes in Uniform Honored in Baltimore

Jewish Heroes in Uniform Honored in Baltimore

Chabad rabbi receives Governor’s Citation at inaugural awards dinner

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At the inaugural Jewish Uniformed Service Association of Maryland (JUSA) Law Enforcement and Military Appreciation Awards Dinner honoring Jewish police, fire and military members are, from left: Baltimore Police Deputy Commissioner Darryl Desousa, Rabbi Chesky Tenenbaum, Baltimore Police Department Chief Melissa Hyatt, Baltimore Police Deputy Commissioner Dean Palmere and Baltimore Police Detective Jeremy Silbert.
At the inaugural Jewish Uniformed Service Association of Maryland (JUSA) Law Enforcement and Military Appreciation Awards Dinner honoring Jewish police, fire and military members are, from left: Baltimore Police Deputy Commissioner Darryl Desousa, Rabbi Chesky Tenenbaum, Baltimore Police Department Chief Melissa Hyatt, Baltimore Police Deputy Commissioner Dean Palmere and Baltimore Police Detective Jeremy Silbert.

It was a night that honored heroes—the brave men and women who face calamity as part of their roster of work duties.

More than 120 people attended the inaugural Jewish Uniformed Service Association of Maryland (JUSA) Law Enforcement and Military Appreciation Awards Dinner honoring police, fire and military members at the Fifth Regiment Armory in Baltimore. It was hosted by Chabad-Lubavitch Rabbi Chesky Tenenbaum, who serves as chaplain for different law-enforcement agencies, including holding the rank of major in the Maryland Defense Force. Tenenbaum founded JUSA in 2012 and serves as its director.

The event, taking place just two weeks before Veteran’s Day on Nov. 11, honored Jewish members in uniform. First, Col. Erwin A. Burtnick, commander of the Jewish War Veterans of Maryland and president of the Fort George G. Meade Chapter of the Military Order of the World Wars, was presented with the Military Community Service Award.

Tenenbaum, left, with Maryland State Police superintendent Col. William Pallozzi
Tenenbaum, left, with Maryland State Police superintendent Col. William Pallozzi

Next came recognition for the late Reisterstown Volunteer Fire Company firefighter Gene Meir Kirchner, killed in the line of duty in 2013 and honored with the Firefighter Memorial Valor Award. The late Baltimore City Police Officer Ira Neil Weiner, who was shot and killed in the line of duty in West Baltimore in 1992, was honored with the Police Officer Memorial Valor Award.

Family members received the tributes in front of an emotional crowd.

“To be ready to put your life on the line every day, sacrificing for others—that’s one of the greatest mitzvahs someone can do,” says Tenenbaum.

Among the attendees were law-enforcement representatives, military members and public officials, including Maryland Lt. Gov. Boyd Rutherford and Maryland State Police superintendent Col. William Pallozzi. Also present were Baltimore City Council member Isaac “Yitzy” Schleifer; Baltimore County Councilwoman Vicki Almond; and Betsy Gardner, representing Baltimore City Council President Bernard C. “Jack” Young. Chabad Rabbi Col. Jacob Goldstein (Ret.), who served as a chaplain in the U.S. Army for nearly 40 years, participated as well.

For his work, Rutherford presented Tenenbaum with the Governor’s Citation.

JUSA provides current and retired firefighters, Jewish military, law enforcement and public-safety officers in the state of Maryland with spiritual support and counseling, educational and holiday programs. It is an affiliate of Chabad of Maryland.

Maryland Lt. Gov. Boyd Rutherford, right, hands Tenenbaum the Governor’s Citation.
Maryland Lt. Gov. Boyd Rutherford, right, hands Tenenbaum the Governor’s Citation.
The event started with the Maryland State Police Honor Guard presenting the colors.
The event started with the Maryland State Police Honor Guard presenting the colors.
More than 120 people attended the dinner honoring those in uniform.
More than 120 people attended the dinner honoring those in uniform.


By Chabad.org Staff
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