The Heat’s On

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LOS ANGELES — Devorah Brous’ San Fernando Valley home is shaded by green trees, studded with 19 fruit trees and patrolled by a pair of affable chickens that strut around the backyard. But at the moment, she is eager to show a visitor her dying lawn. Comparing the withering grass with a thriving orange tree… Read More

Security Sweep

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Washington, D.C.-area mikvahs are grappling with security concerns in the aftermath of Rabbi Barry Freundel’s highly publicized arrest on voyeurism charges. Freundel is accused of setting up a hidden camera in the shower room of the National Capital Mikvah in order to spy on women who changed there before taking the ritual plunge. There are… Read More

Investigators in Freundel Case Seeking Photos

The Metropolitan Police Department is asking anyone who used the National Capital Mikvah in Georgetown to submit his or her photo to the department as part of the ongoing investigation into Rabbi Barry Freundel, who was charged Tuesday with voyeurism. Freundel is accused of making secret video recordings of at least six women in the… Read More

Freundel, facing six voyeurism charges, ordered to stay away from synagogue, converts

Rabbi Barry Freundel, mobbed by reporters as he is leaving D.C. Superior Court after his arraignment on six voyeurism charges on Oct. 15. (Photo by Dmitriy Shapiro)

Shuffling into Superior Court Magistrate Judge William Nooter’s courtroom late Wednesday in ankle chains and handcuffs, a black kippah atop his head and a grave, pensive expression on his face, Rabbi Barry Freundel entered a plea of not guilty to six charges of voyeurism. The rabbi’s wife, Sharon, and a young woman who appeared to… Read More

Prominent Rabbi, Towson Professor Arrested

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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… Read More

Referendum Stalemate

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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… Read More

A Matter of Concern

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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… Read More

Conservative Rabbi Comes Out to Congregants

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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… 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

U.S. Disagrees with Netanyahu Over U.N. Rights Council Label

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration does not concur with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s characterization of the United Nations Human Rights Council as a “terrorist rights council.” “We would not agree with that,” Jen Psaki, the State Department spokeswoman, told reporters when asked about what Netanyahu said in his address to the U.N. General Assembly…. Read More