School Daze

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Lauren & Matthew Mittleman First Date: June 2008, Artful Gourmet Bistro Wedding Date: June 14, 2014 Venue: Woodholme Country Club Residence: Owings Mills Favorite Activity: Walking their Golden Retriever/Border Collie mix, Chloe Lauren Shapiro and Matthew Mittleman were schoolmates. They played at the JCC preschool and attended Franklin Middle School together. They even summered together… Read More

The Importance of Free Will

This Shabbat we read from Parshat Vayera, which tells the story of Sodom and Gomorrah. God destroyed these two towns filled with malicious people because they were so evil, God could not help them find the path of goodness. Many times in the Torah, one must delve very deep into the text, looking at every… Read More

­Profile in Conscience

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It is not necessary for every new movie about World War II — and there are a surprising number each year — to reference the Holocaust. Even so, many moviegoers consider the calamities inextricably linked, as do most filmmakers. Contemporary audiences have the benefit of hindsight, and as Jews we are particularly attuned to the… Read More

Hurtful Words

Obama Administration officials attempted to distance themselves from administration officials’ insults aimed at Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu after those comments set off a firestorm of criticism from lawmakers, organizations and pundits. In an article written by journalist Jeffrey Goldberg for The Atlantic, anonymous administration officials used choice words to denounce Netanyahu for what the… Read More

Jerusalem Light Rail Under Attack

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JERUSALEM — When the Jerusalem Light Rail was inaugurated three years ago, it was hailed as a unifying symbol of the capital’s renewal, a municipal service that would seamlessly bring together the city’s diverse neighborhoods. No more. It has become the symbol of a city under attack. On July 2, 17-year-old Jerusalemite Mohammed Abu Khdeir… Read More

Jews By Choice

For one Baltimore woman, the high cost of Washington, D.C., rent spared her a conversion experience with now-infamous Rabbi Barry Freundel, who was arrested last month on charges of voyeurism. “He made it clear he was the best person to convert with, and really the only option in the entire Maryland- D.C.-Virginia area,” said Adina,… Read More

Right in Our Backyard

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Nearly 3,000 participants from 124 communities, including 1,000 first-time attendees, will gather at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center at the National Harbor in Prince George’s County beginning Sunday to discuss today’s pressing Jewish issues, including rising anti-Semitism in Europe, Jewish life on college campuses, Jewish education in North America and the ongoing conflict… Read More

Out of the Loop

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In 2012, when Rita Kaufman Grindle’s now 17-year-old daughter Maura wanted to join her North America Federation of Temple Youth (NFTY) group on an Eisen-drath Israel Experience (EIE) program, Grindle sought financial assistance from The Associated: Jewish Federation of Baltimore as well as the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington. The Annapolis resident and member of… Read More

Small but Strong: Jews in Western Maryland

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With its claim of being the oldest continually operating synagogue in Maryland and the only one in the city of Cumberland, B’er Chayim Temple, thanks to the perseverance of its small but dedicated community and generous funding from the Sara (Feldstein) Ridgway and John Ridgway Trust, is celebrating its 150-year-old structure’s much-needed facelift with a… Read More

Down to the Wire

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In less than one week, Marylanders will pick a new top executive for the first time in almost a decade. Both Democratic candidate Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown and Republican candidate Larry Hogan have spent the past month making their final push to for the Nov. 4 election. Although Maryland is historically a blue state, predictions… Read More