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For many American Jews, Hebrew prayers are challenging to follow.
The art and essence of tefila
BY Maayan Jaffe
August 22, 2013

According to the Talmud (Rosh Hashanah 18a), the period between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, the 10 days of penitence, is the time period when God is considered to be both “found” and “close.” And it’s not uncommon for Jews to feel during the month of Elul and then the High Holiday period an itch CONTINUE »

Meet Joe DeMattos
BY Rachel Finkelstein
August 22, 2013

When Joe DeMattos came to Maryland, his plan was to “finish what he came for” and then return to Hawaii. Now, more than a decade later, DeMattos is still here, married to a Baltimorean and the proud father of two boys DeMattos, 53, is president of the Health Facilities Association of Maryland (HFAM), the largest CONTINUE »

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While members of the Baltimore Jewish Cultural Chavurah are practicing Jews, they don’t practice religion
BY Simone Ellin
August 22, 2013

Elise Saltzberg is a fourth-generation Secular Jew with a capital S. “A secular Jew with a small s is often translated to mean unaffiliated and uninvolved,” explained Saltzberg, 56, of Pikesville, a founding member of the Baltimore Jewish Cultural Chavurah, a Secular Humanistic congregation founded by Rabbi Judith Seid about 15 years ago. “Growing up, CONTINUE »

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Howard County’s Temple Isaiah is taking its family service outdoors
BY Amy Landsman
August 22, 2013

Temple Isaiah in Fulton is moving its popular Rosh Hashanah family service outdoors this year to Centennial Park in Ellicott City. Last year, the Howard County congregation’s afternoon open-to-the-public family service at the temple drew close to 200 people. Now, the congregation is trying its hand at what’s called “Public Space Judaism.” “It’s really meant CONTINUE »

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Local rabbis talk Rosh Hashanah sermons
BY David Snyder
August 22, 2013

It’s a daunting process, but it’s one that Beth Israel Congregation Rabbi Jay R. Goldstein inevitably faces every year. With the High Holidays right around the corner, Rabbi Goldstein, usually in the days leading up to Labor Day weekend, will park himself at his desk, spread out all of the various materials — in the CONTINUE »