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Tirelessly devoted to veterans and living a full life
BY Melissa Gerr
December 5, 2013

It would be difficult to find a person who has done more for war veterans and Jewish war veterans in Baltimore than Chester Silverman. So much of his life has been devoted to serving the community with which, even at 94 (this month), he is still a very active part. Though his walls are decorated CONTINUE »

‘Cultural’ alternative to conversion is a bad idea
BY Harold Berman
December 5, 2013

The reputable car dealer’s advertisement in the local paper screams, “Brand New Mercedes — Only $500!” You get excited but think it sounds too good to be true. Upon closer inspection, it is. The car dealer is offering only the hubcaps of the Mercedes for $500. If you want the whole car, it will cost CONTINUE »

Conversion shouldn’t be the only path to joining the Jewish people
BY Steven M. Cohen and Rabbi Kerry Olitzky
December 5, 2013

Right now, there is just one way for someone who is not Jewish to become Jewish in a publicly recognized and officially authorized fashion: undergo religious conversion under the auspices of a rabbi. Whether the path to Jewish identification follows Orthodox, Conservative, Reform, Reconstructionist or other auspices, conversion is explicitly and entirely religious in nature. CONTINUE »

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Kfar Zoharim is resuscitating at-risk Orthodox youth
BY Maayan Jaffe
December 5, 2013

They are hiding in the darkness of midnight on Jerusalem’s streets. They are in the clubs, on the corners, smoking weed, drinking alcohol. Lost. Once upright, observant boys from good families. Lost. That is, until Rabbi Moshe Zeivald finds them and brings them to Kfar Zoharim in central Israel. The kfar (“village” in English) is CONTINUE »

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BY Maayan Jaffe
December 5, 2013

Over the last week, the skies of Jewish Baltimore have been aglow — not just from the chanukiot, but with fireworks and laser lights. Attendees at Beth Tfiloh’s Chanukah Fireworks Under the Stars on Nov. 27 enjoyed the color and excitement of the evening, despite some rain and the frigid temperature. Included in the evening CONTINUE »