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D.C. leader accused of installing hidden recording device
BY Suzanne Pollak and Dmitriy Shapiro
October 16, 2014

Rabbi Barry Freundel of Kesher Israel Congregation in Georgetown was arrested Tuesday morning at his home in the 3000 block of O Street N.W. by Washington D.C. Metro Police. Freundel, 62, was charged with voyeurism, according to Officer Hugh Carew, a spokesman for the Metropolitan Police Department. Freundel, who was suspended without pay from the CONTINUE »

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Court appeal for N.Y. election may stall vote for months, years
BY Melissa Gerr
October 16, 2014

All electronic and paper ballots from a Sept. 30 referendum vote in Ramapo, N.Y., were impounded and then ultimately nullified last week by the state’s Supreme Court on allegations of election fraud. Town lawyer Michael Klein has appealed the ruling. The referendum, which would have reconfigured voting districts from citywide to a ward system and CONTINUE »

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Congress to Kerry: Don’t let Iran cheat the IAEA
BY Dmitriy Shapiro
October 9, 2014

Hundreds of members of Congress sent a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry last weed expressing concern over Iran’s “refusal to fully cooperate” with the International Atomic Energy Agency’s continuing investigation into Iran’s dismantlement of its nuclear program as required by the  P5+1 framework agreement. The letter, signed by 352 members of the House CONTINUE »

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Leader of influential Adas Israel Congregation in Washington, D.C., is dissolving marriage of 20 years
BY Suzanne Pollak
October 9, 2014

In a poignant letter to his congregants, Gil Steinlauf, senior rabbi at Adas Israel Congregation in Washington, D.C., announced Monday that he is gay and that he and his wife of 20 years, Rabbi Batya Steinlauf, are divorcing. While members of the congregation are still digesting the news, many have already expressed their support. “I CONTINUE »