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

Betting on Baltimore

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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… Read More

‘Man Up!’

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After a 20-year-long battle with depression, anxiety, low self-esteem and shame about being overweight, a fateful encounter with a large plate of chicken wings finally convinced fourth-generation Baltimorean Andrew Walen that he was suffering from an eating disorder. It happened one night that February 2004, when Walen, who was especially stressed, tired and irritable, joined… Read More

A Sukkah of Joy

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Forty years ago, Ruth and Sy Hefter built a one-of-a-kind sukkah. Four decades later, their temporary holiday hut has lived in three states, survived two major hurricanes and now resides in Baltimore. “My sukkah is inspired from a sukkah at the Jewish Museum in Jerusalem,” said Sy Hefter. “In that sukkah, all the walls were… Read More

JCC Goes Orange

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The Owings Mills JCC’s Early Childhood Education Center threw its support behind the Orioles on Wednesday, Oct. 1. The school’s approximately 270 students, some dressed in Orioles garb and sporting face paint, gathered in the JCC’s lobby to cheer, dance and rally for their hometown team, as it entered the playoffs. Ilene Meister, director of… Read More

Still Going Strong at 90

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As it turns 90 next month, the Owings Mills-based Central Scholarship Bureau is celebrating the more than 7,000 underprivileged students statewide who have pursued higher education because of its largesse. Originally founded as a solely Jewish organization, today CSB distributes more than $1 million of financial aid annually, offering interest-free loans and scholarships of up… 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

Dutch Student Suspended Following Threats Against Jews

THE HAGUE, Netherlands — A Dutch high school student was suspended after posting a video in which he said he belonged to ISIS and wanted to decapitate Jews. The De Spindel High School in Hengelo, a city in eastern Netherlands, suspended the 14-year-old student, who, according to the De Telegraaf newspaper, is a Muslim boy… 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

Hellfire Missiles on Their Way to Israel

WASHINGTON — The United States has resumed delivery of Hellfire missiles to Israel. “The first shipment has been delivered to Israel and the second shipment will be delivered early in October,” Cmdr. Elissa Smith, a Pentagon spokeswoman, said on Monday. The interruption of delivery of the weapons during Israel’s conflict with Hamas in the Gaza… Read More