Determined not to let speech impediment define him, Ben Goldstein has turned the tables
BY Allie Freedman
October 9, 2014

Despite all of his accomplishments, Ben Goldstein of Baltimore still finds it difficult to order a cup of coffee. Since early childhood, Goldstein, 24, has had a stutter. Despite his speech impediment, he spent a year in Israel teaching English, graduated with almost a 4.0 grade point average from college and received a full scholarship CONTINUE »

Giant Ukraine JCC provides shelter from the storm — in style
BY Cnaan Liphshiz/JTA
October 9, 2014

DNEPROPETROVSK, Ukraine — Five months into the war that turned him into a refugee in his own country, Jacob Virin has already attended 20 Jewish weddings — including those of his son and two other relatives — at the $100 million JCC of Dnepropetrovsk. Towering over the skyline of this industrial metropolis, the 22-story Menorah CONTINUE »

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 »

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 »

Casino revenue travels as far north as Park Heights
BY Heather Norris
October 9, 2014

Many of the more than 25,000 Baltimoreans who live in the area of Northwest Baltimore north of Northern Parkway but within city limits are relatively immune to the traffic, crime and poverty linked to the Pimlico Race Course, but they benefit from their proximity to the track nonetheless. The five neighborhoods north of Pimlico are CONTINUE »