The Shoe’s the Thing

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It’s no secret that many women — and even some men — have been known to lose their heads over gorgeous footwear. Ever wonder what it would be like to be married to a man who makes high-end shoes for a living? When she headlines The Associated Women’s Fall Event, “One Sole Can Make a… Read More

A Call to Help the Children

In this week’s parshah, Abram is put to the first test. He is told to leave his homeland and go to the “land which I will show you.” He packs up all of his possessions, including his wife, his cattle, his servants and slaves and his tents. He then leaves his homeland and goes to… Read More

Give Me a Sign

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Why are signs so important? Meta-phorical or physical, signs bring an abstract thought into concrete reality. A sign can be a benchmark of accomplishments and a metric for possibilities. We like signs because we like to show dedication to hard work and perseverance with something more eternal than ourselves.  We want to show that we… Read More

A Delicate Balance

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“The pursuit of truth,” concluded the recently departed Ben Bradlee, “changes your life.” The iconic former executive editor of The Washington Post, who passed away last week at the age of 93, made those comments to good friend Jim Lehrer of PBS as part of a reflection on a career that catapulted him to fame… Read More

Freundel Planned to Take More Female Towson Students on Tour

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A Towson University senior who is taking a class Rabbi Barry Freundel taught prior to his arrest said she and “a couple of other girls” were invited to tour his synagogue. “I had never planned on doing the mikvah, but going to the synagogue sounded like a cool experience,” Karen Berry, who is a student… Read More

Testing Your Knowledge

NewsUp founders Andrew Schuster (left) and Coleman Anderson.
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At a time when statistics say young people are less aware of current events than perhaps ever before, the founders of Baltimore-based NewsUp think they have the solution. Years ago, brothers Andrew and Jason Schuster, along with their friend Coleman Anderson, wanted to start a news outlet that millennials could relate to. Last month, they… Read More

A Real Dog Fight

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The American Civil Liberties Union of Maryland claims Baltimore County Animal Services (BCAS) has policies and practices that aim to undermine the shelter’s public accountability. In a statement, the ACLU raised concerns about the shelter, which is in Baldwin in northern Baltimore County, preventing volunteers and members of the public from documenting and speaking out… Read More

Party Hardy

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When it was time for his bar mitzvah, Zachary Stein, son of a successful Hollywood talent agent, was given a “Titanic”-themed bar mitzvah party. The affair, which cost a half-million dollars, featured a model of the Titanic with the words, “Mazel tov, Zachary” scrawled on the front of the ship. Among other wacky gimmicks, the… Read More

My Extravagant Bar Mitzvah Party

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It was 16-and-a-half years ago, but I can remember my bar mitzvah like it was yesterday. My brother and I played guitar on the concluding song to close out the service, we had an oneg afterward and then had a few hours until what I’m sure my friends considered the main event: the party. The… Read More

What Really Matters

As a nursing home rabbi/chaplain for more than 20 years, I sometimes am asked by a Jewish resident or family member:  What type of rabbi are you?”  My humorous response to the question is, “A Jewish Rabbi!” When a person is confronted with serious illness, especially for the first time, he or she may feel… Read More