Synagogue to Press Charges

A California synagogue is expected to file criminal charges against its former executive director, Eric Levine, a Bethesda resident who most recently worked for Adas Israel Congregation in the District, for allegedly stealing almost $400,000 over a five-year period. “We anticipate that criminal charges are going to be filed,” said Sonia Israel, president of Congregation… Read More

Not a Passing Hobby

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The U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments March 25 on two prominent cases that could have far-reaching effects on Jewish-owned businesses and their employees. Both challenge the legality of an Affordable Care Act mandate requiring firms with more than 50 employees to provide contraception coverage as part of their insurance policies. Jewish organizations have… Read More

Eyes on Ukraine

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The increasing political and economic unrest in Ukraine has prompted The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore to launch the Ukraine Assistance Fund in order to provide urgent funds needed for the care and security for more than 300,000 Jews in Ukraine. According to The Associated, Ukraine is home to some of the world’s poorest… Read More

Costuming a City

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Thanks to one young Baltimore man, Purim was a little brighter for needy kids in Ashkelon this year. Mazlow Cohen, 20, organized a costume drive earlier this year that sent used and unwanted costumes to Baltimore’s sister city last month. The college student, who splits time between Towson University and the Community College of Baltimore… Read More

Victory at Sea

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An Israel Defense Forces captain serving on the vessel that intercepted an Iranian ship two weeks ago told a rapt audience at the Jewish Community Center in Rockville how the missiles, grenades and ammunition destined for Gaza were captured. “This time, the intelligence was very, very accurate. We knew months before,” said the captain, who… Read More

Jewish Cinema Grabs Spotlight

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The William and Irene Weinberg Family’s Baltimore Jewish Film Festival kicks off March 20, marking the event’s 26th year. The festival will showcase works from national and international filmmakers depicting Jewish themes. The festival, which runs through April 10, will feature works that range in length from just 10 minutes to more than two hours,… Read More

Paul Charts a Conservative Way

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In striking a more libertarian tone than in previous years, the annual Conservative Political Action Conference might be taking the constituency represented by American Conservative Union down a path that is alienating to some in the Jewish community. According to some observers, the conference’s apparent toning down this year of foreign policy concerns certainly played… Read More

Pick Your Filling

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Prepare to get your celebration mode in gear, it’s time for Purim! Head to your nearest synagogue, crank up your groggers, and get ready to drown out the name of Haman while cheering on Esther and Mordechai. As a prerequisite to any and all Purim celebrations (and seudahs), it’s time to dig out your favorite… Read More

True Joy Needn’t Be Hard to Come By

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You don’t need to be a political scientist to recognize that what passes for social discourse nowadays is anything but social. The severity of the invective and the frequency with which it appears can be observed in the corridors of power, can be read in the newspapers — particularly among the letters to the editor… Read More

Chag HaSemikhah

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On March 23 Yeshiva University in New York City will ordain its largest-ever rabbinic class, conferring on 205 graduates — nine of them with ties to Maryland — from the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary the title of rabbi. According to the university’s communications department, between 75 and 80 percent of its rabbinical program graduates… Read More