Department of Maryland Jewish War Veterans of the U.S.A.

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Department Newsletter

Jan 2021;  Feb 2021;  May 2021, Oct 2021

Nov 2020; Dec 2020

Contact email for more information

JWV Department of Maryland Events

Veterans Day Programs

Sunday November 7th

American Jewish Veterans Memorial at the Bender JCC, 6125 Montrose Road, Rockville, MD 20852; 2:30PM

Phone (301) 881-0100 for information

Thursday November 11th

Garrison Forest Veterans Cemetery, 11501 Garrison Forest Rd, Owings Mills, MD 21117; 11:00AM

Phone (410) 363-6090 for information


It's our 125th year. View the JWV Department of Maryland 125th Anniversary Event.

125th Anniversary video




The world is ‘remembering to forget’ the Holocaust’s tough lessons


Today marks the 81st anniversary of the date in 1945 when Soviet troops burst into the belly of the beast that was the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp, pinnacle of Nazi Germany’s “Final Solution of the Jewish Question” that introduced organized, industrialized mass-murder to the so-called civilized world. V-E Day would follow on May 8.

.............. (Read - "click on the link below - this rest of the interesting article from the Simon Wiesenthal Center publish on International Holocaust Remembrance Day 2021.)

The world is ‘remembering to forget’ the Holocaust’s tough lessons


JWV Department of Maryland responds to the COVID19 crisis:

The Officers of the JWV Department of Maryland highly encourage all members to contact their fellow members (or any veteran) during these times of social isolation.  It is important to ensure our fellow members are well and not in need.  If you find a member that is in need please contact your Department leadership at so we may assist.

As you can imagine - Department and most Post in-person activities are on hold at this time. However, Department & Post activities are happening virtually.  Contact your Post officers to ensure you are  part of these sessions.  If you do not know who your Post Officers are contact us at and we will guide you to your Post.

Veterans Affairs✔@DeptVetAffairs

If you are at higher risk for serious illness from COVID-19 because of your age or because you have a serious long-term health problem, it is extra important for you to take action to reduce your risk of getting sick with the disease. Learn more at .

Department of Maryland JWV of U.S.A Officers

Commander - COL Erwin Burtnick, USAR (Ret)
Sr. Vice Cdr - COL Charles Jay, USAR (Ret)
Jr. Vice Cdr - Michael Zippert
Judge Advocate - Vacant
Quartermaster - Charles Sandler

Adjutant - Col Andrew Wolkstein USANG (Ret)

National Executive Committee - Lt Col Sheldon Goldberg USAF (Ret)

Department Chaplain - Rabbi Chesky Tenenbaum 

Maryland Military Coalition (MMC) - the MMC was established to give Veterans and military members a more powerful voice in the Maryland General Assembly because when the military community comes together as one more can be accomplished. The Department of Maryland JWV is proud to be a founding member of this Coalition.


"Click" on this link to view MNC's 2020 Legislative Goals, Maryland General Assembly, 2020   

2019 10 27 JWV NC Harvey Weiner Visit Ma

Visit by National Commander Harvey Weiner & Chief of Staff Barry Lischinsky

October 27, 2019


Department of Maryland Jewish War Veterans of the U.S.A. at a Glance

Our Mission Statement

We, citizens of the United States of America, of the Jewish faith, who served in the Military of the United States of America, in order that we may be of greater service to our country and to one another, associate ourselves together for the following purposes:
To maintain true allegiance to the United States of America;
To foster and perpetuate true Americanism;
To combat whatever tends to impair the efficiency and permanency of our free institutions;
To uphold the fair name of the Jew and fight his or her battles wherever unjustly assailed; to encourage the doctrine of universal liberty, equal rights, and full justice to all men and women;
To combat the powers of bigotry and darkness wherever originating and whatever their target;
To preserve the spirit of comradeship by mutual helpfulness to comrades and their families;
To cooperate with and support existing educational institutions and establish educational institutions, and to foster the education of ex-servicemen and ex-servicewomen, and our members in the ideals and principles of Americanism;
To instill love of country and flag, and to promote sound minds and bodies in our members and our youth;
To preserve the memories and records of patriotic service performed by the men and women of our faith;
To honor their memory and shield from neglect the graves of our heroic dead.

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Massing Of the Colors

Ft. Meade, MD 

May 19, 2019

Collecting funds at the

Ft. Meade, MD Commissary for the Baltimore VA Hospital

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Massing of the Colors

Fort Meade, MD

May 19, 2019

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2019 Department of Maryland

JWV - Annual Meeting

Maryland Department of Veterans Affairs

Food & Fellowship with fellow veterans

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs


Maryland JWV Posts

  • Post 167 - Maryland Free State Post, Owings Mills MD 21117

  • Post 360 - Kemp Mill Post, Silver Spring MD 20902

  • Post 380 - Commodore Levy Post, Annapolis MD 21401 

  • Post 567 - Krieger-Loube Post, Silver Spring MD 20906

  • Post 692- LT Harold Greenberg-Albert Lerner Post, Rockville MD 20850

  • Post 888 - Paul D. Savanuck/Shaarei Zion Post 888 Baltimore MD 21215

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Wall of Honor and Remembrance Walk Program American Jewish Veterans Memorial

Located at Bender JCC of Greater Washington, 6125 Montrose Road
Rockville, MD 20852

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Maryland Free State Post 167

Maryland Free State Post 167 usually meets at the Owings Mills VFW Post 521 the third Monday night of each month (7:15 pm) - 214 S Tollgate Rd, Owings Mills, MD 21117 March through October and at Milk & Honey Bistro - 1777 Reisterstown Rd #120, Pikesville, MD 21208 (10:00 am) usually third Sunday of each month November through February.

Upcoming meetings (ALL meetings virtual - ALL meetings start at 1000 - East Coast (US) time) - contact us at if you are NOT getting the virtual contact information:

Sunday January 16, 2021

February 2021 - No meeting

Sunday March 14, 2021

Sunday April 11, 2021

Sunday May 16, 2021

Sunday June 20, 2021

Sunday July 18, 2021

August 2021 - No meeting

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Why be a member of Jewish War Veteran Post 167 – Owings Mills Maryland?

  1. You get the opportunity to make an impact by being part of something greater than yourself. Post 167 JWV is active in our community as well as the state & national stage, developing and advancing veteran policies and laws that improve services and benefits for service members, veterans, their families and survivors receive.

  2. Post 167 provides an opportunity for you to have a leadership position at the local level and, if interest can lead to state, and national levels.  This give our members the opportunity to be actively involved in the veteran advocacy process at all levels.

  3. It’s where your “battle” buddies hang out. At its heart Post 167 is a veteran alumni network. This is the place where those who wore the uniform can come together and enjoy one of the things they enjoyed most about serving – each other’s company.

  4. Post 167 is built around bringing together individuals with a common background in a place where they can share camaraderie and develop relationships.

  5. Social opportunities include regular local meetings, national conventions, annual Hanukkah parties, community service projects, etc.


LT Harold Greenberg-Albert Lerner Post 692

Rockville MD 20852

Post 692 meets the first Sunday of every month (except on Jewish holidays) at ring House, 1801 E. Jefferson St., Rockville MD 20852, at 10:30am

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By Lt Col USAF (ret) Sheldon Goldberg, Post 692
On 27 May, 2018 Post 692 held its second annual Memorial Day program at the American-Jewish Veterans Memorial on the grounds of the Bender Jewish Community Center in Rockville,Maryland. Approximately 50 friends and members of the local Jewish Community attended the program. Among the honored guests were Mr. Robert Finn, Maryland’s Assistant Secretary of Veterans Affairs who presented acting Post Commander Walter Gold with a Proclamation from the Governor of Maryland, Larry Hogan. Also present was Mr. Randy Stone, Vice Chair of the Montgomery County Commission on Veterans, Colonel Erwin Burtnick, Commander, Department of Maryland, JWV, and Chief Scott Goldstein, Chief of the Montgomery County Volunteer Fire Department representing County Executive Isiah Leggett.
Rabbi Moishe Kavka gave the invocation and Rabbi Paul Levenson, a WW II Army chaplain, sang El Moleh at the conclusion. Lt Col. Sheldon Goldberg, (USAF, Ret) Docent/Historian at the National Museum of American Jewish Military History was the keynote speaker. Vocalist Kassie Sandacz, president of Voices of Vets opened the program with the National Anthem and ended it with God Bless America.
Following the outdoor program, the video True Honor, the story of Jewish Medal of Honor recipients was screened for those in attendance. The screening was preceded by a short history of the Medal of Honor and afterward, Col. Goldberg provided a brief description of the actions of several of the early Jewish Medal of Honor recipients that did not appear in the video.

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