Security Sweep

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Washington, D.C.-area mikvahs are grappling with security concerns in the aftermath of Rabbi Barry Freundel’s highly publicized arrest on voyeurism charges. Freundel is accused of setting up a hidden camera in the shower room of the National Capital Mikvah in order to spy on women who changed there before taking the ritual plunge. There are… Read More

Hoffberger Takes Stock

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It’s nearly impossible to talk about Baltimore history without talking about the Hoffberger family. Natives and transplants alike are aware of the family’s historic ties to the Orioles and the National Brewing Company, former producers of Natty Boh, Charm City’s beloved hometown beer. The Hoffberger name graces buildings on college campuses, hospitals, synagogues and museums… Read More

Unlikely Mix

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The Bible Players, also known as Andrew Davies and Aaron Friedman, love Jewish teachings for their rich stories, interpretations and values. They also love comedy and understand its effectiveness as a method of engagement, and they bring that surprising combination to their performances. “It all started on a rainy day,” when they worked at Camp… Read More

Firing Back

Hasan “Jay” Jalisi, a Democratic candidate for District 10 delegate, has responded to the petition filed earlier this month by a Republican challenger intent on removing him from the Nov. 4 ballot on the basis that he is not a resident of the district he seeks to represent. “I live in Owings Mills, within the… Read More

Missing Baltimore County Teen Found Alive and Well

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Rachel Elizabeth Morrison, 16, who was reported missing on Sunday, Oct. 19, was located alive and well the following night. The Timonium resident was staying with a family outside of Westminster in Carroll County, according to Baltimore County Police. The father was watching TV on Monday evening when he saw a news report about Rachel,… Read More

Investigators in Freundel Case Seeking Photos

The Metropolitan Police Department is asking anyone who used the National Capital Mikvah in Georgetown to submit his or her photo to the department as part of the ongoing investigation into Rabbi Barry Freundel, who was charged Tuesday with voyeurism. Freundel is accused of making secret video recordings of at least six women in the… Read More

Freundel, facing six voyeurism charges, ordered to stay away from synagogue, converts

Rabbi Barry Freundel, mobbed by reporters as he is leaving D.C. Superior Court after his arraignment on six voyeurism charges on Oct. 15. (Photo by Dmitriy Shapiro)

Shuffling into Superior Court Magistrate Judge William Nooter’s courtroom late Wednesday in ankle chains and handcuffs, a black kippah atop his head and a grave, pensive expression on his face, Rabbi Barry Freundel entered a plea of not guilty to six charges of voyeurism. The rabbi’s wife, Sharon, and a young woman who appeared to… Read More

A Bookworm’s Delight

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The Jewish Community Center of Greater Baltimore is inviting readers young and old to come face-to-face with their favorite authors at its Oct. 26 Jewish Literary Festival and Local Author Fair at The Gordon Center for Performing Arts in Owings Mills. The one-day event starts at 1 p.m. and showcases three-to-five-minute TED-style talks with selected… Read More

Painting the Holocaust

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Two panels, 125 drawings and endless stories to tell. Using small pen and ink, pencil and watercolor paint, acclaimed artist and illustrator Nancy Patz carefully brought artifacts of the Holocaust to life. They are on display through Dec. 4 at the Goucher College Library. “The Artifacts Drawings” showcases artifacts from Holocaust museums in Washington, D.C.,… Read More

‘Glue That Holds Us Together’

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Put down your cell phones and grab a prayer book, because the Shabbos Project is coming to Baltimore. From sundown to nightfall on Oct. 24-25, the project is encouraging locals to join Jews around the world and keep Shabbat for one weekend. Starting in South Africa in October 2013, the Shabbos Project introduced many Jews… Read More