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Vice President, M. Leo Storch Management Corp.

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Veteran Owned Baltimore Companies Now Hiring

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As the economy swings back into shape Baltimore is no exception. Businessmen like Frank Storch can enjoy the turnaround as more and more businesses are putting out “workers needed” signs, and ads in the classifieds.

Of special interest to many are companies which are owned by war veterans. The following is just a short summary of veteran-owned companies in and around Baltimore that are hiring now:

•    A-G Associates Inc.: They are looking for a research associate, junior analyst and a senior consultant.
•    JTS Construction: In need of supervisors.
•    Vision Technologies: Seeking a marketing manager, an electronics technician-level 2, a corporate recruiter

Frank Storch is a Baltimore businessman and founder of the Chesed Fund, a community charitable organization.

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June 1st, 2014 at 8:18 am

Frank Storch: Honoring Today’s Young Heroes

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Frank Storch Head of Project Ezra and the Chesed Fund

Founder and head of Project Ezra and the Chesed Fund Frank Storch discussed the establishment of an Outstanding Youth Award for Exceptional Service. The award will recognize service in health and safety in the Baltimore Jewish Community. All young people from the greater Baltimore Jewish community are urged to take part. For more than ten years the Chesed Fund and Project Ezra have recognized youth in the community who have gone beyond the usual to help others, or in some cases even saved lives.

Frank Storch explains the new initiative in the following way:

“Project Ezra and the Chesed Fund are revamping the awards program. Each month there will be a new winner. Our new program will include children who have exhibited extraordinary dedication during trying circumstances. Honorees and winners will receive their awards at an end-of-the-year recognition ceremony. Their stories will be told in local media — the Baltimore Jewish Times is one of the media sponsors — and in an inspirational book of wonderful deeds.  Awardees and their families will receive a Shabbos candy platter, and their classmates will be included with a class party.”

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March 23rd, 2014 at 7:51 am

Frank Storch Working Hard Keeping Schools Safe

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Guidebook Available On-line and in Hard Copy

Making gathering places for children, adults and families as safe as possible is one of the primary goals in the life of Frank Storch. That is why, immediately after the tragic events of December 2012 when 26 teachers and children were murdered in Newtown, Connecticut, Storch got to work on the easy-to-use safety booklet, Keep Your School Safe.

Frank Storch’s Keep Your School Safe is a 44-page downloadable guidebook to creating a school or other public building which is secure. The book features checklists and security protocols which guide school officials in assessing the relative safety of the school they are responsible for. If the checklists show that the school can improve, there is guidance on the changes which are needed to upgrade to a more secure environment.

With the help of the Baltimore-based Project Ezra, founded by Frank Storch, and the Chesed Fund, which Storch created with his wife Danielle Sarah, he was able to distribute 9,000 booklets to Jewish schools and community centers across the country. Storch also had an additional 1,000 pamphlets mailed to Jewish summer camps. The guidebook can also be downloaded here.

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January 21st, 2014 at 7:12 am

Frank Storch is Getting the Word Out: Keep Your School Safe

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Free Guidebook by Frank Storch Helps Keep Schools Safe

There is no question that parents, school administrators, teachers and other community leaders are concerned with the safety of the children and others who spend time in community institutions. But until now it has been a daunting task to know what steps to take to insure safety and security. Now, with the publication of the comprehensive handbook, Keep Your School Safe, community leaders have a step by step guide to achieving the kind of school security every child deserves.

Written by Frank Storch, security consultant and coordinator for the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) in Northern Park Heights, Baltimore, the guide is now on its way to thousands of schools in the Jewish community, including Orthodox, Conservative, Reform and community schools. Copies will also be sent to camps, synagogues and other Jewish institutions across North America. There is even a handbook being prepared now suitable for the general public at large.

The guidebook is endorsed by a number of security-focused organizations including The Secure Community Network (the National Homeland Security Initiative of the Jewish Federations of North America and the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish organizations) and SWAT members.

Frank Storch, with the backing of Project Ezra and the Chesed Fund of Baltimore are behind this important initiative to “keep our schools safe.” Hopefully together we can prevent such horrific events as the senseless murders of 26 young students, their teachers and other staff, that occurred last December in Newtown, Connecticut- the event that spurred Frank Storch into finally writing this critical guidebook.

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June 12th, 2013 at 12:36 pm

Frank Storch Helps Bring Life Saving AED to Synagogues in Baltimore

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Frank Storch Helped Bring AED to the Baltimore Community

As the overseer of the Chesed Fund and Project Ezra in Baltimore, Frank Storch is able to help his community in many ways, including ways that can save lives. One example is the installation and maintenance of the Automated External Defibrillator, which can be used by a layman who has been trained to save the life of someone experiencing a sudden cardiac arrest. Without the AED on hand and easily accessible, most people who have SCA will not make it to the hospital alive.

Along with Frank Storch, Dr. Elimelech Goldstein helped get the AED project underway. And now, ten years later, he is still involved. Dr. Goldstein explained that he volunteered with Project Ezra in 2003. He taught CPR at Baltimore schools and synagogues, widening the reach of life-saving help in the community. The group discussed what more they could do to help save lives, and thought about AED, but the cost seemed prohibitive. Then one day an AED unit for only $1,000 became available.

“We called a meeting together at Suburban Orthodox [Congregation Toras Chaim] for basically every synagogue and Jewish school in the state. We had a pretty full room and we offered the program to everyone. There were not a whole lot of people who turned it down,” recalled Dr. Goldstein.

In the first several months 14 AEDs were installed around Baltimore, said the former overseer of Project Ezra. Now there are 70 AEDs in more than 50 locations in the Baltimore Jewish community, and several lives have indeed been saved.

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June 6th, 2013 at 10:04 am

Saving Lives is What the AED Program is All About

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Having an AED close by can save lives

Having an AED close by can save lives

Celebrating ten years since the launch of the life-saving Automatic External Defibrillator Program in Baltimore, Frank Storch was on hand to address the gathering of over 120 participants.

“Thousands of lives each year would be saved if more defibrillators were placed throughout the country. We, as the Jewish nation, value life tremendously. The Automated External Defibrillator (AED) Program shows achdus, unity, and our commitment to help all Jewish people, regardless of their affiliations,” Frank Storch commented.

Also on hand was one of the people who most benefited from having an AED immediately available. Steven Silverman spoke about how his life was saved by the AED that had been installed in his synagogue. He thanked those that instituted the program, as well as the people who knew how to use it.

“Project Ezra and Beth El saved my life along with the people who worked on me that morning (when he had suffered an SCA- Sudden Cardiac Arrest.) It is common nature not to dwell on those events on a daily basis, life gets in the way. But the program on Monday night refocused everyone’s attention on the need to make sure that proper training of personnel and maintenance of the equipment is given the highest priority,” Mr. Silverman said.

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May 19th, 2013 at 9:33 am

Frank Storch Enlisted Help of Maryland Attorney General

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When organizing the relief effort in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, Frank Storch approached Maryland’s Attorney General Doug Gansler, for help.

“In order to persuade stores to sell them tremendous amounts of expensive emergency supplies, Storch called upon the help of Maryland Attorney General, Doug Gansler, who was aware of the previous good works of The Chesed Fund and Hatzalah. Ultimately, they made it happen and equipment was loaded onto a number of huge trucks, rented specifically by Storch and The Chesed Fund to transport the large generators and other emergency paraphernalia into desolate areas.”

For more information about Frank Storch and his Chesed Fund go to: Baltimore’s Chesed Fund.

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February 11th, 2013 at 9:59 am

Baltimore Says ‘Thanks’ to Frank Storch

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Baltimore recently showed its appreciation to Frank Storch and his efforts through his Chesed Fund to make sure residents were well- prepared for the onslaught of Hurricane Sandy, which did her damage at the end of October last year.

People in Baltimore were made aware of the availability of flashlights, lanterns, a huge assortment of batteries and lots of other emergency tools through the efforts of the internet magazine BaltimoreJewishLife.com and through a community phone tree. These essential items which helped many families get through the storm safely and with less anxiety were made available through the generous donation of Frank Storch and his Chesed Fund.

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January 23rd, 2013 at 11:04 am

The Chesed Fund Helps in an Eclectic Way

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Not your ordinary helping foundation, the Chesed Fund Limited, founded by Danielle and Frank Storch, offers a wide variety of “off-the-beaten-path” type of aid which can make all the difference.

For instance, the Chesed Fund can supply a last-moment traveler with an E-Z pass quick as a cricket. Do you feel more secure traveling with a GPS unit, a cell phone, or would maps of major cities make you feel at ease? Have a child studying in Israel? The Chesed Fund can help you find a family ready to warmly welcome him or her for holidays or Shabbatot while he/she is so far away from home.

The Chesed Fund fills a need that other organizations don’t have the resources to fill. This organization is dedicated to the memory of Mordechai and Rebecca Kapiloff and Rabbi Norman and Louise Gerstenfeld, hoping to make Baltimore life a bit more fulfilling, convenient, and united.

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January 15th, 2013 at 8:41 am

Baltimore Jewish Organizations and Hurricane Sandy

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Neighborhoods across the East Coast are still struggling with the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. Baltimore, however, was prepared for recovery even before the storm hit.

The Jewish Star explains that organizations like the Chesed Fund, CERT, Shomrim, and Hatzalah took significant parts in keeping the Baltimore community safe and as comfortable as possible.

The article writes:

“Upon learning of the imminent ‘Superstorm,’ Frank Storch, founder of The Chesed Fund and co-founder of NPH CERT, returned from a trip to Israel early in order to set emergency plans in motion. As soon as his plane landed Sunday evening, October 28th, he hit the ground running to purchase supplies for Baltimore residents. He spent the night standing watch over his community. When the storm largely passed over Baltimore on Monday and Tuesday, Storch worked together with Hatzalah, Shomrim and other business leaders to bring relief to communities up north.”

 

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December 2nd, 2012 at 9:11 am