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

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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

Gourmet and Kosher: It Can Happen

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In honor of this year’s dedicated volunteers — Henry and Fran Reitberger and Dr. Michael and Ora Noorani — and in celebration of delicious kosher food available locally, Ner Tamid is hosting “an evening of culinary delights,” The New Taste of Kosher Baltimore, on Monday May 30 at 7 p.m. The menu creations come from… Read More

BT Students Place First, Second in National Bible Contest

Caleb Gitlitz came in first place in the English division. (Photos provided)

Two seventh-graders from Beth Tfiloh Dahan Community School took top honors at Chidon Ha-Tanach, the U.S. National Bible Contest for Jewish Youth. Caleb Gitlitz and Ryan Joseph came in first and second place, respectively, in the English division at the contest. Gitlitz will compete in the international competition in Israel next year. The contest, in… Read More

Modern-Day Moses Dr. Bessie Moses opened Baltimore’s first birth control clinic and shaped a movement

Dr. Bessie Moses opened the first birth control clinic in Baltimore almost 90 years ago, which later became Planned Parenthood of Maryland. (Planned Parenthood Collection, University of Baltimore Langsdale Library Special Collections)

In 1926, 46 years before the right to contraception would be federally recognized for all (both married and unmarried) and 90 years before Maryland would pass the most comprehensive contraception coverage expansion in the country, Dr. Bessie Moses — the Baltimore Jewish doctor who would become a birth control pioneer — was quietly incorporating Baltimore’s… Read More