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BY Maayan Jaffe
December 5, 2013

Columbia Jewish Congregation will have a more-meaningful-than-usual Shabbat this week. For the sixth year, the shul will participate in Human Rights Shabbat, a program created by the international organization T’ruah. Services will begin at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 6 at The Meeting House (5885 Robert Oliver Place, Columbia). According to the executive director of CONTINUE »

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Skepticism on Truman vindicated 50 years after Zionist leader Abba Silver’s death
BY Rafael Medoff
December 5, 2013

At the 50th anniversary of the death of American Zionist leader Abba Hillel Silver, newly-discovered documents appear to confirm his skeptical view of the Truman administration’s position on Jewish statehood. Silver, a dynamic rabbi and Zionist orator from Cleveland, passed away Nov. 30, 1963. During the 1940s, he spearheaded a nationwide campaign of rallies, petitions CONTINUE »

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Tirelessly devoted to veterans and living a full life
BY Melissa Gerr
December 5, 2013

It would be difficult to find a person who has done more for war veterans and Jewish war veterans in Baltimore than Chester Silverman. So much of his life has been devoted to serving the community with which, even at 94 (this month), he is still a very active part. Though his walls are decorated CONTINUE »

‘Cultural’ alternative to conversion is a bad idea
BY Harold Berman
December 5, 2013

The reputable car dealer’s advertisement in the local paper screams, “Brand New Mercedes — Only $500!” You get excited but think it sounds too good to be true. Upon closer inspection, it is. The car dealer is offering only the hubcaps of the Mercedes for $500. If you want the whole car, it will cost CONTINUE »

Conversion shouldn’t be the only path to joining the Jewish people
BY Steven M. Cohen and Rabbi Kerry Olitzky
December 5, 2013

Right now, there is just one way for someone who is not Jewish to become Jewish in a publicly recognized and officially authorized fashion: undergo religious conversion under the auspices of a rabbi. Whether the path to Jewish identification follows Orthodox, Conservative, Reform, Reconstructionist or other auspices, conversion is explicitly and entirely religious in nature. CONTINUE »