Dr. Glantz presents at Mercaz Dahan Center

Dr. Jerry Glantz presented at the Mercaz Dahan Center Lunch Bunch.
Dr. Jerry Glantz presented at the Mercaz Dahan Center Lunch Bunch. (Submitted Photo , Carroll County Times)

Mercaz Dahan Center for Jewish Life and Learning held their monthly lunch bunch get-together at Beth Tfiloh Synagogue. There was a larger crowd than usual this week. Everyone was privileged to enjoy the beautiful chassidic music of an outstanding cantor, composer and interpreter, the legendary, very highly respected late Cantor Leib Glantz, 1898-1974 of blessed memory. This music was presented by his very proud son Dr. Jerry Glantz, via taped recording. Dr. Glantz was visiting from California.

Hazzan Manny Perlman of Chizuk Amuno Congregation and Hazzan Avraham Albrecht of Beth Tfiloh Congregation had the honor of introducing Cantor Glantz's son to the guests.

Prior to Dr. Jerry Glantz discussing his beloved dad's voice, his singing and music, the large group of 150 lunch bunch attendees enjoyed five cantors Hazzan Manny Perlman, Hazzan Avraham Albrecht, Cantor Melvin Luterman, Cantor Robbie Solomon of Baltimore Hebrew Congregation and Cantor Ralph Schlossberg, formerly from Baltimore, as they delighted everyone with a harmonizing song. An added bonus, Hazzan Perlman played the piano and composed a lovely song for everyone's enjoyment.

It was a wonderful emotional heartfelt afternoon as Dr. Glantz projected multiple times his famous father's magnificent cantors voice via recording. His dad's unique singing transcended many from earth to heaven. Cantor Leib Glantz' emotional penetrating singing touched deep feelings of many attending this special lunch. The meeting lasted overtime as everyone was in awe and appreciation of Cantor Glantz. The depth and his chassidic penetrating singing transcended the religious emotional feelings many women and men this day sincerely felt. Cantor Glantz, an old time Cantor of yesteryear, was ahead of his time in continuing to give people this emotional deep sensitive religious feeling.

At the conclusion of this interesting meeting, many people purchased the book his son, Dr. Glantz, wrote about his famous father titled, "The Man Who Spoke To God" with 54 essays interjected with comments from people, from all over the world, reflecting what Cantor Glantz voice personally meant to them individually.

A prophecy Cantor Glantz told his son prior to his death in 1964, "I am before my time in transcending my voice when I sing." Now, 50 years from his original prophecy, his voice appreciated then, is again appreciated in this century. It has been 49 years since his death in 1964.

Mercaz is a multi-faceted opportunity for adults to enhance and continue camaraderie with multiple opportunities for varied learning and sharing programs.

There are weekly, monthly and advanced learning classes, special programs and lectures.

Sandy Vogel has been the dedicated director Mercaz for over 13 years, Debbie Leibowitz, is her very helpful assistant. Gargantuan thanks.

For more info regarding Mercaz, call Sandy at 410-413-2321.

2nd Annual Taste of Pikesville

A fun(d) raising project sponsored by the Pikesville Chamber of Commerce was held at Double Tree by Hilton Hotel located in Pikesville, the spacious and convenient venue for many food and drink vendors making available for our community to taste a variety of tasty specialty foods/drinks offered by different vendors. And, a mega success it was.

Vendor participants included Desert Café, Mari Luna Mexican Grill, Island Quizine, McDonald's of Slade Ave., Vernisage, First Watch Restaurant, Gourmet Again, Brooklyn Water Bagels, Suburban House, Restaurant, Ruth's Chris Steakhouse, Corner Bakery, Cosi.

Also Simply Elegant Catering, Double Tree by Hilton Hotel, North Oaks Retirement Community, Southern Distribution, Boordy Wines, Union Craft Brewery, Sloop Betty Vodka, MARB LLC, Miller's Deli, Charm City Cupcakes, Ledo's Pizza, The Flying Avocado, The Fresh Market and Sam's Club.

Listing only a few among the very large crowd of revelers at this Taste of Pikesville fun event were Phyllis and Michael Berliner, Adele and Howard Kass, Marsha and Art Kalisch, Ruth and Frank Blatt, Bonnie Heneson, Estelle Roll, Delegate Dana Stein, Councilwoman Vicki Almond with Joel Beller, her campaign manager. Plus others too numerable to list due to space limitations. Everyone had a great time.

A portion of the ticket sales benefit Meals on Wheels of Central Maryland.

Mega thanks all. Your participation was greatly appreciated and enjoyed by everyone.

Mega thanks also to the many generous sponsors, your involvement was also very sincerely appreciated.

Steven Cohen is President of the Pikesville Chamber of Commerce. Jessica Normington, Executive Director, Ayme Lederman, office assistant.


Farmers Market

Another project of the Pikesville Chamber is their Farmer's Market, open now every Tuesday through October 29, from 2-6 p.m. located at Pomona Square, 1700 Reisterstown Road.

There are a dozen vendors selling a variety fresh produce, plants also Phil's Dills gourmet pickles, Hardy's BBQ food truck, gourmet breads, kosher lamb as well as jewelry and Beads by Bettina.

Pikesville 5KWalk/Run

Also, another Pikesville Chamber project, scheduled July 14, for walkers and runners is their annual "Miles That Matter," the "Pikesville 5kWalk/Run" at Festival of Woodholme, located at 1829 Reisterstown Road, Pikesville, beginning at 8 a.m.

Proceeds benefit the Ulman Cancer Fund and the Pikesville Chamber of Commerce.

To sign up you can register on line at http://www.pikes


Volunteers are also needed. If you or any member of your organization would like to volunteer, please call the Chamber office in the morning at 410-484-2337 or on line address listed above.