On Nov 23 at 7:30 p.m. in the Council Hearing Room (100 Maryland
I need to ask you to consider a call to action in support of the Jewish
community against Montgomery County's perfectly Democrat county council. In 1998 a man by the name of Dennis Berman bought a building in Aspen Hill (near Rockville) and personally renovated it to make it a pre-K through high school for Montgomery County's Jewish students.
From what I understand, the building had 5 previous contracts on it
but all of them fell through because the earlier buyers could not field the
costs to renovate the building. (It was an old high school that was
abandoned 14 years previous and had since become a hangout for gangs.
Graffiti and alcohol bottles were everywhere. Windows were smashed, walls
were broken through, and the roof of the auditorium had collapsed.
Nevertheless, the Berman family raised millions and gave millions to
renovate the school and make it a safe and viable place for education once
This removed a local gang problem and raised property values in
Aspen Hill considerably. This is the good news. The bad news is that Duchy Trachtenberg, in one of her last moves
before she was voted off of county council, was to move against the original
lease-to-purchase agreement approved by the county council when making this
deal. Which was good for Montgomery County in terms of revenue and crime
Now, because of this, the county council is calling a public forum
to hear from Montgomery County residents regarding this matter. The case
being considered is that the MC School Board is lobbying the MC County
Council to take the school back, as is, without payment for all the money
(10's of millions) that went into fixing the school or any other form of
compensation. This is an injustice that the Jewish community is suffering and
we're looking for our friends to attend the meeting and stand with
Montgomery County's Orthodox community.
The meeting will be held on Nov 23, 2010 at 7:30 p.m. in the Council
Hearing Room (100 Maryland Ave, Rockville). Busses are available to
transport participants from the Melvin J. Berman Academy to the county
council meeting. You can register here for the bus if you'd like to take advantage of
Thank you for your consideration!
PS. It is rare that I appeal to the larger Montgomery County community on
behalf of the Jewish community but this is an issue that is going to have
lasting impact on the Orthodox community and is an injustice in the county
that shouldn't be ignored.
SOURCE: Moshe Starkman