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Growing number come from intermarriages
BY Julie Wiener
November 21, 2013

When Eric Woodward started rabbinical school at the Conservative movement’s Jewish Theological Seminary, he assumed he would be the only student who grew up celebrating Christmas along with Chanukah. But midway through his training, when Woodward started a discussion group for students of interfaith families, more than 20 people showed up. Not all were children CONTINUE »

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Conservative synagogues wrestle with intermarriage
BY Uriel Heilman
November 21, 2013

To an outsider, the battles might seem to be over trifles — in some cases, just a few feet. Where may a non-Jewish parent stand in the synagogue during his child’s bar mitzvah? Can a non-Jew open the holy ark? Should non-Jewish synagogue members have voting rights? Such questions have been pushed to the fore CONTINUE »

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The Chanukah story lights the way to ideas of energy conservation and sustainability
BY Melissa Gerr
November 21, 2013

A beautiful thing about many Jewish laws is that they are open to interpretation. Evolving analysis helps transform a seemingly obsolete idea into a concept that is relevant and applicable to contemporary issues. Bal tashchit is one of those laws. Its original form commands to “not destroy with wanton abandon” (particularly geared to war time), CONTINUE »

Parents who send their children to private schools attended a meeting Tuesday night to discuss funding options. (Photo by Heather Norris)
BY Heather Norris
November 20, 2013

State officials from across the Baltimore area didn’t hold back when they met with constituents Wednesday night at Talmudical Academy to discuss funding for parochial schools. “This is probably not happening this year,” said State Sen. Bobby Zirkin (D-11), noting, along with Del. Adrienne Jones (D-10), that the combination of budget constrictions and a big CONTINUE »

Nearly 1,000 people turned out for the Weinberg Foundation annual event. (Photo by David Stuck)
Grants include recent additional $4 million in aid to Claims Conference
BY Maayan Jaffe
November 19, 2013

The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation Tuesday evening celebrated a year of giving at its annual community gathering. At the event, which was held at Beth El Congregation and welcomed 1,000 people, the foundation announced it had distributed $106 million in grants this past year. The grants were made to nonprofits serving low-income and vulnerable CONTINUE »