Conservative Rabbi Comes Out to Congregants

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In a poignant letter to his congregants, Gil Steinlauf, senior rabbi at Adas Israel Congregation in Washington, D.C., announced Monday that he is gay and that he and his wife of 20 years, Rabbi Batya Steinlauf, are divorcing. While members of the congregation are still digesting the news, many have already expressed their support. “I… Read More

Renovations Coming to Merriweather

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Two words come up in conversation consistently when discussing concert amphitheater Merriweather Post Pavilion: unique and iconic. Nestled in the woods of Columbia, Merriweather is considered the Holy Grail of Maryland concert venues by fans, artists and agents alike. It’s large enough to host acts such as Jack White, Jack Johnson, The Flaming Lips and… Read More

Eureka!

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Ever wonder where great ideas — truly inspired ideas that transport and transform the people who have them and their worlds — come from? Great ideas and the unusual visionaries who dream them up are the subject of a new exhibition that opened Oct. 4 at the American Visionary Art Museum. Described by AVAM’s founder… Read More

A Happy Holiday

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Sukkot celebrates the joy of the late summer harvest and is often thought of as the Jewish Thanksgiving. However, at this holiday, where we eat is as meaningful as what we eat. Through the sukkahs we simulate the experience of the Exodus from Egypt. Traveling to the Promised Land for 40 years through the desert,… Read More

First, We Must Perfect Ourselves

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This magnificent three-week festival period — Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Sukkot — may be viewed and experienced in two dimensions simultaneously: the universalist, nationalist dimension and the particularistic, individual family dimension. Rosh Hashanah is the day on which the world was born, when the sigh-sob truah sound of the shofar cries out against the tragedies… Read More

‘Man Up!’

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After a 20-year-long battle with depression, anxiety, low self-esteem and shame about being overweight, a fateful encounter with a large plate of chicken wings finally convinced fourth-generation Baltimorean Andrew Walen that he was suffering from an eating disorder. It happened one night that February 2004, when Walen, who was especially stressed, tired and irritable, joined… Read More

Still Going Strong at 90

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As it turns 90 next month, the Owings Mills-based Central Scholarship Bureau is celebrating the more than 7,000 underprivileged students statewide who have pursued higher education because of its largesse. Originally founded as a solely Jewish organization, today CSB distributes more than $1 million of financial aid annually, offering interest-free loans and scholarships of up… Read More

Ramapo Election Materials Nullified

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After impounding all election materials from a controversial referendum vote held in the heavily populated Jewish community of Ramapo, N.Y., last week because of a last minute lawsuit alleged potential election fraud, New York State Supreme Court Justice Margaret Garvey nullified the election materials Tuesday, ordering that a completely new election be held. Her court… Read More

Ice Cold But Red Hot

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Baltimore just got a lot cooler. The Snow Queen is coming to town. “Disney on Ice: Frozen,” an adaptation of  the highest-grossing animated movie of all time, will be at Royal Farms Arena from Oct. 29 to Nov. 2. Among those most excited to bring the Academy Award-winning retelling of the Hans Christian Anderson’s “The… Read More

A Life Wonderfully Lived

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Known for her many sayings, Ida Goldberg, who passed away Saturday, Sept. 27 at the age of 104, lived by the motto, “Old age is not for sissies.” Born in Sosnowiec, Poland on Dec. 12, 1909 to Aaron and Sophia Noonberg, her family left Eastern Europe for America when Ida was only 3 years old…. Read More