Freundel Planned to Take More Female Towson Students on Tour

Rabbi Barry Freundel (Courtesy Towson University)

A Towson University senior who is taking a class Rabbi Barry Freundel taught prior to his arrest said she and “a couple of other girls” were invited to tour his synagogue. “I had never planned on doing the mikvah, but going to the synagogue sounded like a cool experience,” Karen Berry, who is a student… Read More

Testing Your Knowledge

NewsUp founders Andrew Schuster (left) and Coleman Anderson.
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At a time when statistics say young people are less aware of current events than perhaps ever before, the founders of Baltimore-based NewsUp think they have the solution. Years ago, brothers Andrew and Jason Schuster, along with their friend Coleman Anderson, wanted to start a news outlet that millennials could relate to. Last month, they… Read More

A Real Dog Fight

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The American Civil Liberties Union of Maryland claims Baltimore County Animal Services (BCAS) has policies and practices that aim to undermine the shelter’s public accountability. In a statement, the ACLU raised concerns about the shelter, which is in Baldwin in northern Baltimore County, preventing volunteers and members of the public from documenting and speaking out… Read More

Party Hardy

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When it was time for his bar mitzvah, Zachary Stein, son of a successful Hollywood talent agent, was given a “Titanic”-themed bar mitzvah party. The affair, which cost a half-million dollars, featured a model of the Titanic with the words, “Mazel tov, Zachary” scrawled on the front of the ship. Among other wacky gimmicks, the… Read More

My Extravagant Bar Mitzvah Party

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It was 16-and-a-half years ago, but I can remember my bar mitzvah like it was yesterday. My brother and I played guitar on the concluding song to close out the service, we had an oneg afterward and then had a few hours until what I’m sure my friends considered the main event: the party. The… Read More

What Really Matters

As a nursing home rabbi/chaplain for more than 20 years, I sometimes am asked by a Jewish resident or family member:  What type of rabbi are you?”  My humorous response to the question is, “A Jewish Rabbi!” When a person is confronted with serious illness, especially for the first time, he or she may feel… Read More

A New Beginning

This Shabbat we read parshat Noah, and the haftorah is from the Book of Isaiah. In parshat Noah, God floods the earth because of the bad behavior of the people. He tells the prophet Noah to build an ark and fill it with a male and a female of every animal and bring them on… Read More

The Ultimate Fan

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Long before there were fan-related sports websites such as Bleacher Report, SB Nation, Rant Sports and Fansided, there was PressBox. For more than 31 years Baltimore sports fans have known and loved Stan “The Fan” Charles, a true Charm City icon. Charles was a local radio personality who also penned a weekly sports column for… Read More

Building on the Positive

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Jewish history is rich with stories of families making great sacrifices for the sake of their children’s education. In many communities, education was the last thing to go, even as the “Old Country” depredations of poverty and government- sponsored anti-Semitism robbed people of their livelihoods and homes. It was not unheard of for struggling parents… Read More

Firing Back

Hasan “Jay” Jalisi, a Democratic candidate for District 10 delegate, has responded to the petition filed earlier this month by a Republican challenger intent on removing him from the Nov. 4 ballot on the basis that he is not a resident of the district he seeks to represent. “I live in Owings Mills, within the… Read More