Painting by Numbers: 32B, 34C, 36D

Betsy Rascoe (left), who modeled to support a friend, asked artist Sandie Heiss for something “whimsical, happy.” (Toby Tabachnick)

At first, most were shy that afternoon last September, modestly folding their arms over their bare breasts. But it wasn’t long before the 23 women who volunteered to have their chests painted to raise awareness and funds for breast cancer abandoned their inhibitions and joined together in what many described as an “empowering” experience. Organized… Read More

Anthony Weiner Lets It All Hang Out in New Documentary

Anthony Weiner's surprising and scandal-ridden New York City mayoral campaign is the subject of a new documentary film. The campaign was designed to be redemptive but instead was plagued by another sexting scandal. (Photos Courtesy of Sundance Selects)

It’s just before Rosh Hashanah in 2013, and New York City’s mayoral campaign is heating up. Disgraced former congressman Anthony Weiner, who in a surprise move had thrown his hat in the ring a few months earlier, is doing one of those obligatory photo ops at a Jewish bakery in Brooklyn. All is going well…. Read More

Suggs Appointed to Middle East Commission

Madeline Suggs, director of public affairs at the Baltimore Jewish Council, was recently appointed co-chair of the Governor’s Commission on Middle Eastern American Affairs. The post, to one of several state ethnic committees, serves as second-in-command to the chair, Mehtap Sendur, a small-business owner on the Eastern Shore. “It was a surprise, a very pleasant… Read More

Modern Orthodox Dating Gets a Close-Up in New Web Series

Leah Gottfried in a scene from the first episode of "Soon By You," a Web series she created and directs. (Dignity Entertainment)

NEW YORK — “There’s no such thing as a bad date — there’s just a funny story,” said Jessica Schechter, a 28-year-old modern Orthodox woman who teaches acting in New York City and lives on  Manhattan’s Upper West Side. There’s the guy who took her to the action figure section of a Toys “R” Us… Read More

Sense of Siege in Kiryas Joel Amid FBI Raids, Scrutiny of Yeshivas

Kiryas Joel in Orange County, New York has been the subject of two FBI raids in two months, lending to a sense of siege in the insular community. (Uriel Heilman)

NEW YORK — Even before FBI investigators descended last month on the Satmar Chasidic village of Kiryas Joel, there was a growing sense in this insular community that it and its unique way of life were under attack. Two months earlier, the FBI had been in the village investigating alleged fraud of a government program,… Read More

Pro-Israel Heavyweights Press for Two States

Alan Solow, pictured here with President Barack Obama at the White House in 2011, is part of a reinvigorated effort among  Washington decision-makers to advocate for a two-state solution. (Pete Souza/White House)

WASHINGTON — In a rare and sharp split with Israeli government policy, a group of Jewish community leaders want to get a proposal for a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict on the next president’s desk. Two complementary U.S. and Israeli working papers to be launched next week propose immediate actions Israel can take to… Read More

‘Seeds of Love’

Shirley J. Shafran (Jerri to all who know and love her) has relinquished the reins as  Congregation Kneseth Israel’s  pre-school director. Jerri is known for her laughter and giving hugs. She is as beloved by her staff as she is by the children. Her caring, friendship and boundless love for the children is evident by… Read More

New Playground Fosters Common Ground for Community


About a year ago, it was determined that the playground structures that serve Chizuk Amuno Congregation and its surrounding schools were rotting and beyond repair, and it was time for an overhaul. The obvious next step was to purchase new equipment and have it installed — as was­ declared during a Chizuk Amuno executive board… Read More