Dear Readers,

Small businesses are the core of the Jewish community. They are the heart and soul of our community.

As immigrants to this land, we arrived in the thriving port city of Baltimore and embraced the American Dream. We started delicatessens, rag companies, jewelry stores, marketplaces and other kinds of shops and businesses.

For many Jewish families, small businesses were the eventual path to suburban homes and college degrees for the children. America was the land where dreams could come true.

Some of the small businesses became big businesses. These successes led to economic prosperity and political influence. Jewish philanthropy led to hospitals, universities, cultural centers and communal organizations.

Jewish affluence supported the creation of the State of Israel in 1948 and the politicians in the United States on both sides of the aisle who championed this cause in the aftermath of the Holocaust.

Today, we proudly publish JBiz, our first annual entrepreneurs and business issue. We have several goals with this endeavor. First, we want to recognize the area’s successful Jewish entrepreneurs, as well as celebrate the past. The second is to promote the Baltimore metropolitan area’s Jewish-owned businesses, both within the community and outside as well.

On June 13 at 5 p.m., we will hold our first annual Jmore Jewish Entrepreneur Networking Event at the historic Mount Washington Mill Dye House. We invite everyone, Jews and non-Jews, to learn how to do business for and with our community.

This will be a great learning and networking opportunity for everyone. Don’t miss it!

Best Wishes,

Scott Rifkin MD