Freundel Sentenced to 6.5 Years Rabbi taken into custody after hearing

Rabbi Barry Freundel was sentenced this afternoon to 6.5 years in prison for his gross violation of trust and abuse of power, D.C. Superior Court Judge Geoffrey Alprin ruled. Freundel, formerly of Kesher Israel in Washington, D.C., received a sentence of 45 days each for 52 counts of misdemeanor voyeurism. The sentences are to run consecutively. Freundel, who… Read More

Anti-Semitic, Racist Flier Condemned ‘Israel lobby’ accused of financing Van Hollen campaign

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An apparent anti-Semitic and racist flier that featured manipulated images of two African-American county executives was distributed Monday evening at a Prince George’s County budget hearing. The flier, titled “From Baltimore to Jerusalem It’s the Same Game,” invokes several anti-Semitic tropes denigrating U.S. Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-District 8), who is not Jewish, and U.S…. Read More

Peaceful protests turn to rioting and widespread looting

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After a weekend of peaceful protests with some isolated violence, Baltimore fell victim to rioting on Monday that saw looting and car fires and masked youths throwing rocks at firefighters and police and clashing with other civilians. “It’s just heartbreaking,” City Councilwoman Rochelle “Rikki” Spector, who represents Northwest Baltimore, said of the widespread damage. “I… Read More

Jewish Marylander held by al-Qaida killed in U.S. operation

A United States government counterterrorism operation in January resulted in the accidental death of two hostages held by al-Qaida, including Warren Weinstein of Rockville. Weinstein, 73, had been held by al-Qaida in Pakistan since 2011. Also killed was Giovanni Lo Porto, an Italian national who had been held since 2012. Weinstein was a former official… Read More

Delegate Consents to Protective Order

Freshman Del. Hasan “Jay” Jalisi (D-District 10) agreed to a restraining order on Monday barring him from contact with his daughter for one year. “He took fierce exception to the allegations,” Jalisi’s lawyer, former Montgomery County Del. Luiz Simmons told the court on March 9. Nevertheless, Jalisi agreed to not contact his daughter or enter… Read More

Order of Protection Against BalCo Delegate Extended

Baltimore County Del. Hasan “Jay” Jalisi (D-District 10) failed to appear in Baltimore County District Court Monday morning to address a protective order brought against him by his teenage daughter, resulting in a one-week extension of a temporary order granted Feb. 24. Jalisi “pushed open my bedroom door and demanded I agree with him in an argument… Read More

Ruppersberger Out

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Although the Democrats no longer hold the majority in the House of Representatives, one Jewish Democrat’s clout is rising. Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) is now the ranking member — the top Democrat — of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and a member of the so-called “Gang of Eight.” As a member of the… Read More

BREAKING NEWS: Jewish Cartoonist Among Parisian Dead

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An attack on the Paris headquarters of a French satirical magazine has left at least 12 people dead, including the Jewish caricaturist Georges Wolinski. Two of the reported fatalities in Wednesday’s attack were police officers, according to the French daily newspaper Le Monde. Ten others were wounded, five of them seriously. Details of the attack… Read More

Statement from Gross on Return Home from Cuba

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Upon returning home from five years of imprisonment in Cuba, Alan Gross had the following to say: “Chag Sameach.  What a blessing to be a citizen of the United States of America.  Thank you President Obama for everything you have done today. I want to acknowledge the extraordinary and determined efforts of my wife of… 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