The Cost of a Dignified Burial Jewish funeral expenses can be steep, but must they be?

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The emotional cost of burying a loved one can be overwhelming. But when a price tag upward of $8,000 for Jewish funeral expenses — the regional average, according to National Funeral Directors Association statistics — is added to that cost, the suffering can be exacerbated. “People go into debt for funerals. They take out loans…. Read More

Medal of Honor President awards medal posthumously to Jewish WWI serviceman

President Barack Obama awards the Medal of Honor posthumously to Sgt. William Shemin as daughters Ida Shemin and Elsie Shemin-Roth proudly accept the honor. (Suzanne Pollak)

Three sisters looked on with a mixture of pride and tears, as their great-grandfather, Sgt. William Shemin, was awarded the Medal of Honor posthumously by President Barack Obama. “It’s unbelievable. It’s so exciting,” said Alice Philips-Roth of Missouri. Her sisters, Julie and Emily, said they didn’t know which was better — to watch as their… Read More

JT Honored with Rockower Awards

The Baltimore Jewish Times won several honors in the 2015 Rockower Awards competition held by the American Jewish Press Association. The JT’s editor-in-chief, Joshua Runyan, who also serves as editorial director of publisher Mid-Atlantic Media, won first place in single commentary for “Life-or-Death Struggle,” an installment of his popular “Opening Thoughts” column discussing the Jewish… Read More

Disaster Relief on the Way for Houston

Rabbi Joseph Radinsky, rabbi emeritus of United Orthodox Synagogues of Houston, was among those who had to be rescued from their homes by watercraft after Houston was hit with heavy flooding, May 26, 2015. (Robert Levy)

It has been more than 36 hours after massive flooding crippled parts of Texas and Oklahoma and Jewish organizations in Houston are beginning to evaluate the impact of the storm in order to determine which areas are in need of assistance. “It’s hard to get the big assessment because people are still letting us know… Read More

The Role of the Rabba New cohort of clergy tests Orthodox readiness for women rabbis

Melissa Scholten-Gutierrez is in Yeshivat Maharat’s 2018 class.
(Photos Uriel Heilman)

NEW YORK— When Yeshivat Maharat ordains six women next month, the New York institution will more than double the number of Orthodox clergywomen in the field. For the past couple of years, the clergywomen have been establishing themselves in Orthodox communities while serving as synagogue interns, delivering sermons, preparing bar and bat mitzvah students and… Read More

OU Advocates Outline Priorities Busing remains top issue at legislative breakfast

Attendees of the OU Advocacy’s recent legislative breakfast chat up Lt. Gov. Boyd Rutherford (left of center).
(Anthony Marill Photography)

Community advocates who gathered May 17 for the annual Orthodox Union Advocacy Center’s Maryland Legislative Breakfast to lay out their legislative priorities for the coming year pushed for funding for several programs. But busing for parochial school students remained the focus of the modern Orthodox community. “Our No. 1 priority is getting busing back up… Read More