American, Israeli Jewry Challenge Chief Rabbinate

Rabbi David 
Ellenson

A growing number of American Jews are challenging Israel’s chief rabbinate on issues of pluralistic religious freedom. With the Orthodox rabbinate’s strict rules governing matters of marriage, divorce, burials and conversions, American Jewish leaders, along with Israeli partners, are working to spur world Jewry to demand change, citing national security concerns in Israel, religious rights… Read More

Magnified

Dalia Rabin and Aaron David Miller (center) were the guests in a panel 
discussion that was moderated by New York Times deputy national editor Ethan Bronner.

“It’s serious” was the simple, yet striking response of Dalia Rabin, daughter of the late Israeli prime minister, when asked about the West becoming more critical of Israel during a wide-ranging panel discussion that covered relations between Israel and the United States. The chair of the Yitzhak Rabin Center, the national institute dedicated to the… Read More

Hands-On Help

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It’s not the typical Israel tour itinerary that entices visitors with an opportunity to power wash desert sand from armored personnel carriers, sleep on thin-mattress army bunk beds or dine on military food with Israel Defense Forces officers-in-training. But for a group of Baltimoreans who signed on for a Volunteers for Israel (VFI) trip, their… Read More

United Stand

At least four protests took place in Baltimore on Tuesday, Nov. 25, the day following the grand jury announcement, including those at Morgan State University, the University of Baltimore School of Law, McKeldin Square and Baltimore City Hall.

Throughout the past four months, between officiating bar mitzvahs and weddings and leading her congregation, Rabbi Susan Talve, of  St. Louis’ Central Reform Congregation, has been traveling north to Ferguson, Mo., to join the protests. “There was moral outrage,” Talve said of the nights immediately following last week’s announcement that charges would not be brought… Read More

Lexington Lady Bows Out

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“Lexington Lady! More than a woman to me. It’s the look that you wear that shows on your face you’re a Lexington Lady. Lexington Lady,” crooned the singer in the Lexington Lady jingle that ran for years on Baltimore radio and television stations. But now the iconic plus-size women’s clothing and accessory shop on Reisterstown… Read More

Downtown Tribe

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Jewish life is experiencing a renaissance downtown, and the Jewish establishments uptown are taking notice in a big way, investing in programming and renting spaces to cater to the lives of this new breed of city pioneers, culminating in the opening of a Jewish preschool. According to the 2010 Greater Baltimore Jewish Community Study conducted… Read More

Rabbis Unite!

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Ask just about any shliach at the recent conference of Chabad-Lubavitch rabbis about what they get out of spending five days with their fellow rabbis and he will say “recharging the batteries.” “The shluchim conference is like the Rosh Hashanah of our outreach,” Rabbi Nochum Katsenelenbogen, director of Chabad of Owings Mills, said, using the… Read More

Step Right Up!

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At first glimpse, it looked like a Lego toy, but the robot demonstrated at last week’s Showcase of Maryland-Israel Business in Silver Spring was the same one that swept the Gaza tunnels for explosives during this summer’s war between Israel and Hamas. And like so many of Israel’s hi-tech and national security inventions, this robot… Read More

Horror in Har Nof

Israeli police and rescue workers remove the body of one of the four victims. One witness said, “This is one of the most shocking scenes ... people just bled out.” (Photos Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

Robin Kahn and her husband, Simon, have lived in the Jerusalem suburban neighborhood of Har Nof for more than 22 years. This past Tuesday, their morning began like any other with Simon leaving at 7 o’clock for early morning prayer services at his synagogue. Normalcy ended soon thereafter. “He called me, which is strange because… Read More

Commission Passes Marijuana Regulations

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The state of Maryland is one step closer to implementing a medical cannabis program, but some estimate that patients won’t be able to legally acquire the medicine until mid-2016 at the earliest. The Natalie M. LaPrade Medical Marijuana Commission unanimously adopted its proposed regulations at a meeting on Thursday, Nov. 13. The regulations, which run… Read More