Navigating Through The Holidays Many Jews are taking time off into next month to contemplate, repent and celebrate

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Last Sunday marked the beginning of Rosh Hashanah and the start of the High Holidays. But in broader terms, it marked the beginning of an annual three-week period lasting through Simchat Torah that is virtually consumed by Jewish holidays. In Baltimore, this equates to a steady stream of Jews who will temporarily withdraw from daily… Read More

Shabbat Shared Around the World Strengthening community through mitzvot

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In preparation for a Shabbat shared among more than a million Jews worldwide, the Baltimore Shabbat Project, which has partnered with the International Shabbos Project, will host its second Great Challah Bake on Oct. 22 at the Maryland State Fairgrounds. The impetus for the International Shabbos Project came from an idea Rabbi Warren Goldstein, chief… Read More

‘Let My People Go’ Exhibit commemorates 25th anniversary of Russian exodus, captures struggle and success of former Soviet Union Jews

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After years of agitation and demonstrations, the gates of the Soviet Union finally opened to oppressed Jewish citizens 25 years ago, setting in motion Operation Exodus, a flood of emigration to Israel and the United States unseen since the Russian Revolution. “Let My People Go,” a photo exhibit that captures the politics, protests and immigrant… Read More

A Moral and Legal Obligation Private schools stand up for vaccinations By Daniel Schere

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Private and religious schools in Maryland will no longer be required to admit unvaccinated students as a result of a new interpretation of a state law granting religious exemptions on such occasions. In a letter dated Aug. 7 from the attorney general’s office to state Dels. Samuel “Sandy” Rosenberg (D-District 41) and Shelly Hettleman (D-District… Read More

Done Deal 41 senators back Iran agreement

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The nuclear agreement with Iran will likely survive the Senate, as President Barack Obama on Tuesday garnered the final votes he needed to block a vote on a resolution of disapproval. In quick succession, three Democratic senators — Ron Wyden (Ore.), Richard Blumenthal (Conn.), both Jewish, and Gary Peters (Mich.) — announced they would vote… Read More

At What Cost? As times change, synagogues rethink traditional membership dues

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As Jews around the world prepare to usher in a new year with the celebration of Rosh Hashanah, more synagogues around the country are reconsidering whether  mandatory dues should be treated like 5775: left in the past. The traditional model for membership has synagogues dictate to their members how much money they should contribute each… Read More

Something for Everybody For area rabbis, a High Holiday sermon that resonates is the ultimate goal

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Next to writing a dissertation, crafting an effective High Holiday sermon may seem like one of the more monumental achievements for any writer. But talk to rabbis from congregations of all sorts in Baltimore and it becomes apparent that they have it down to a science. Rabbi Benjamin Sharff of Har Sinai Congregation uses a… Read More

‘We’re Not Giving Away Anything’ Obama takes Iran pitch directly to Jewish community

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In an address to American Jews on Aug. 28, President Barack Obama insisted that the agreement negotiated between world powers and Iran blocks the Islamic Republic from developing nuclear weapons without limiting the United States’ options in case of violations. “This deal blocks every way, every pathway Iran might take to obtain a nuclear weapon,”… Read More

Owings Mills Chabad Dedicates New Torah Celebration attracts hundreds; Torah dedicated to rabbi’s late father

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There’s no party like a Chabad-Lubavitch Torah dedication party. People marched and danced in the streets, music was played, flags were waved, tiki torches were lit and a festive meal was enjoyed to mark the occasion. Hundreds came out to the Chabad of Owings Mills on Sunday, Aug. 30, for the Grand Torah Dedication. The… Read More