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

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JWV representatives at the Feb 4, 2022
Dignified Burial Ceremony for Unaccompanied Veterans at Garrison Forest Veterans cemetery, Owings Mills, MD. This burial ceremony was for unaccompanied veterans who honorably served our nation.
Dept. Jr. Vice Cdr Mike Zippert, Dept. Sr. Vice Cdr Charley Jay, Post 167 Cdr Chuck Sandler, Fmr Ft. Meade Post Cdr and Post 167 member Ed Rothstein & Dept Cdr Erwin Burtnick

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Kemp Mill Veterans Day Dining Out
Kemp Mill (Maryland) Synagogue
November 10, 2022

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                                                                   Department of Maryland/Post 167                                                                                     Kemp Mill Post 360

                                                                        Forest Veterans Cemetery                                                                                                  Silver Spring, MD                                                     

                      Owin                                     Owings Mills, MD - May 29, 2023                                                                                             May 28, 2023



Jews in the US Military

What does it mean to be a Jew in the United States military? Phil Lieberman, an Orthodox rabbi, professor of Jewish Studies at Vanderbilt, and a decorated, active-duty military chaplain, talks with Yehuda Kurtzer about how success as a Jewish navy chaplain is not always measured by the size of community but in educating others about Jewish life. Ronit Stahl, author and associate professor at UC Berkeley, frames the larger historical context of Jews in the armed services normalizing Judaism as an American religion.

Jews in the US Military


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

125th Anniversary video

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Department of Maryland JWV of U.S.A Officers

Commander - COL Erwin Burtnick, USA (Ret)
Sr. Vice Cdr - COL Charles Jay, USA (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.

News from JWV around the Nation

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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

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Food & Fellowship with fellow veterans

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JWV Department of Maryland Post Listing

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 - newsletter
Post 692 - LT Harold Greenberg-Albert Lerner Post, Rockville MD 20850 - newsletter
Post 888 - Paul D. Savanuck/Shaarei Zion Post, 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 is pleased to announce that starting April 2022 we will return to in-person meetings (with a virtual option).  We will usually meet the third Sunday of the month (9:30am) at the VFW Post # 521 (214 S Tollgate Rd, Owings Mills, MD 21117). However, due to holidays, etc. that date may change.  Therefore, if you are not on our email list (& would like to be) or have meeting questions, please do not hesitate to contact Post Commander Stanley Fishman.

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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.

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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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