Right Man for the Job

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After being vacant for nearly a year, the role of America’s top representative for religious freedom in the world will soon likely be occupied by a leader well known to the Washington, D.C. Jewish community. President Barack Obama on July 28 announced that he is nominating Rabbi David Saperstein, director and chief counsel of the… Read More

Looking to the Past for Our Future

Editorial Director

You need only look at the prime-time television commercials to realize that genealogy is a big business — a $1.6 billion one, in fact, according to a 2012 report on “Good Morning America.” With Ancestry.com’s sepia-toned spots pulling at heartstrings across the country, it seems that more and more people are seeking out their links… Read More

‘An Effort of Love’

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Two pallets of medical and surgical supplies woth a total of about $10,000 are on their way to the Barzilai University Medical Center in Baltimore’s sister city of Ashkelon, Israel, donated by Sinai Hospital of Baltimore to assist in treating patients during wartime. Barzilai is located just a few miles from the Gaza border, explained… Read More

Fond Farewell to Frankle

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It only takes five minutes with Rick Frankle to know that he is a mensch. And Frankle has spent the better part of three decades at Camp Airy, teaching boys and younger men to become menschen too. Frankle, 57, who has served as the camp’s director since 2002, will retire at the end of this… Read More

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

‘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