Living with the Land

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At Bet Yeladim’s new Jewish teaching garden — Gan Ellen in Columbia — preschool students learn Jewish values in a hands-on environment. “The best way to teach children is to get their hands dirty,” said Bet Yeladim’s executive director, Jodi Fishman. “By having an educational garden in our school, we are able to provide Jewish… Read More

Police Still Searching for Clues in Miami Rabbi Murder

Police have ramped up patrols in the Northeast Miami neighborhood where Rabbi Joseph Raksin was murdered last Saturday on his way to a local synagogue in the hopes of catching Raksin’s killer or killers. On Monday, hundreds attended the funeral in Miami for Raksin, an Orthodox rabbi from Brooklyn who was shot on his way… Read More

On the Attack

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Set back from a main street on one side and obscured by trees and shrubs on another, it’s easy to miss Torah V’Emunah, an Orthodox synagogue in a residential North Miami Beach neighborhood. “We don’t even have a sign in front of the synagogue,” said Miriam Bensinger, the rabbi’s wife. “People in the Jewish community… Read More

Begging for S’more

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My grandchildren reminded me that Aug. 10 is National S’mores Day. I couldn’t disappoint them, so we decided to have an August S’mores weekend. I prepared by looking up the history of this uniquely American treat. After all, it could be a “Jeopardy” question someday. The name for s’mores originated when people asked for “some… Read More

‘Campaign of Retaliation’

Jay Jalisi surprised many when he won a Top 2 slot in June’s House of Delegates primary election. The District 10 general election candidate defeated three officially supported candidates, losing only to incumbent Del. Adrienne Jones when all votes were totaled. Three days after the election, on June 27, Jalisi, together with his Friends of Jay… Read More

‘He Will Kill Himself’

Alan Gross, the contractor from Potomac currently imprisoned in Cuba since 2009, has taken a major turn for the worse, according to Jill Zuckman, a spokeswoman for the family. Gross, 65, “has said that he will kill himself if he is in prison much longer,” Zuckman said. During a permitted visit this past July between… Read More

Sharfstein Joins Hopkins School of Public Health

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Dr. Joshua Sharfstein, secretary of the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, will be stepping down from his current position and joining the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health as its new associated dean for public health practice and training. The move is effective Jan. 1, 2015. Sharfstein will also hold a faculty… Read More

End of a Long Commute

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Rabbi Jordan Hersh can finally have a rest from his twice-monthly commute from New York City to Frederick. After one year of leading services, teaching and counseling part time at Beth Sholom Congregation, he has been named the congregation’s full-time rabbi. Hersh, 32, had been working at the 150-member synagogue as a Gladstein Fellow, a… Read More

15 Seconds to Safety

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The sound of children singing can be heard when walking into the dark 10-by-8-by-10 room. Their voices are quickly drowned out by sirens and chaos, as translations show that their song is about hiding from rockets in a bomb shelter. “Hurry, hurry, hurry to a safe area. My heart is beating boom, boom, boom, boom,… Read More

A Coming-Out Celebration

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Actor, director and playwright Jeffrey Solomon happily acknowledges that the landscape for gays and lesbians in America has changed dramatically since 1998, when he first performed “Mother/SON,” a solo show about a Jewish mother’s journey from deep disappointment to full acceptance of her gay son’s sexual orientation in the early 1990s. The award-winning play, written… Read More