The Final Divorce?

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THE HAGUE, Netherlands — Loading a newly released video of a beheading in Syria on his smartphone, Nabil Abuznaid, the Palestinians’ ambassador here, shakes his head in disbelief. “Look at those animals,” he said, referring to the fighters from the ISIS jihadist group who carried out the decapitation. “Do you think Israelis are immune from… Read More

Prominent Rabbi, Towson Professor Arrested

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Rabbi Barry Freundel of Kesher Israel Congregation in Georgetown was arrested Tuesday morning at his home in the 3000 block of O Street N.W. by Washington D.C. Metro Police. Freundel, 62, was charged with voyeurism, according to Officer Hugh Carew, a spokesman for the Metropolitan Police Department. Freundel, who was suspended without pay from the… Read More

Heating Up

-The Republican candidate for District 10 delegate filed a motion last week to have one of the three Democratic candidates, Hasan “Jay” Jalisi, removed from the Nov. 4 general election ballot over residency concerns. The move follows months of speculation over Jalisi’s address. His candidacy filings report an address on Reisterstown Road in Owings Mills,… Read More

Protective Order

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What’s the cure for the recent ills of the United States Secret Service? American officials might consider taking some advice from their Israeli counterparts at the Shin Bet security agency. White House security breaches have sent the Secret Service scrambling to restructure itself in order to prevent similar or more serious mistakes in the future…. Read More

RCS Offers Course on Love

Women looking to explore love and marriage from a Jewish perspective will have a new resource beginning this December.   The Rosh Chodesh Society, the Chabad-Lubavitch movement’s Rohr Jewish Learning Institute women’s division, will kick off SoulMates, a seven-session course that begins Dec. 14 and runs through April 2015. Pulling from different Jewish sources, the… Read More

AVAM Mosaic Nears Completion

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  The American Visionary Art Museum exterior mosaic is nearing completion, with the western wall facing Federal Hill now adorned with a rendering of the aurora borealis. The LeRoy E. Hoffberger Shining Youth/Shining Walls program was started in 2001 to be built by at-risk youth. “It’s a living social justice and physical beauty project,” said… Read More

The Jewish Vote

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On Tuesday, Nov. 4, Marylanders will head to the voting booths to decide who will be the state’s next chief executive. While the Baltimore Jewish community is generally concerned about many of the same issues as others in the state, there are some areas Jewish locals are following closely. Judging by interviews and anecdotal evidence,… Read More

Referendum Stalemate

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All electronic and paper ballots from a Sept. 30 referendum vote in Ramapo, N.Y., were impounded and then ultimately nullified last week by the state’s Supreme Court on allegations of election fraud. Town lawyer Michael Klein has appealed the ruling. The referendum, which would have reconfigured voting districts from citywide to a ward system and… Read More

Conversations in a Sukkah

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Community Conversations, an organization that works to improve communication and understanding between the Orthodox Jewish population and the African-American population in the Glen, Falstaff, Cheswolde, Cross Country and Mount Washington communities, took 20 fourth-graders from Cross Country Elementary School through the neighborhood this week to gain an appreciation for the holiday of Sukkot. The Sukkah… Read More

Schwartz Appointed to JA Board

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Junior Achievement of Central Maryland has appointed Lisa Schwartz to a three-year term on its board of directors. As M&T Bank’s business banking regional manager for Greater Baltimore, Schwartz leads the lending and servicing team that supports the branch network in Baltimore, Harford and Cecil counties. She also is responsible for the loan and deposit… Read More