Rabbi Yom Tov Glaser Inspires and Entertains During Visit to Baltimore

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On Sunday evening, April 22, over 500 participants from the Baltimore community gathered to hear Rabbi Yom Tov Glaser, a senior Rabbi at Aish HaTorah Jerusalem and an international lecturer, present his talk “The Possible You” at the 46th Annual M. Leo Storch Memorial Lecture. The event, held at Bais Yaakov High School’s M. Leo Storch auditorium, was the capstone of Rabbi Glaser’s four-day visit to Baltimore, which included visits to local schools and a festive Shabbaton with over 250 people at the Storch family home.

A Learning Opportunity for All

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In the past six weeks, DC Councilmember Trayon White Sr. (D-Ward 8) has been called out for claiming that “the Rothschilds” manipulate the weather; ducking out early from a subsequent tour of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum; and making a $500 donation from city funds to the Nation of Islam, an organization known for its anti-Semitic rhetoric.

Adat Reyim to Launch Parent Education Program on Cultivating Compassion

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This fall, Congregation Adat Reyim of Springfield, Virginia, will launch a new parent education program, “Cultivating Compassion in Our Kids and Ourselves.” Funded by a $50,000 grant from the Greater Good Science Center of UC Berkeley (part of a larger grant made to the Center by the John Templeton Foundation), the program aims to introduce parents to a uniquely Jewish perspective on raising compassionate children, and to explore how it closely parallels the newest research in neuroscience about the foundations of ethical behavior.

Birthday Wishes From Azerbaijan

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On Wednesday, April 18, evangelical Christian and Congressional leaders hosted a breakfast to honor the Republic of Azerbaijan for its longstanding support of Israel. The Foundation for Ethnic Understanding’s President Rabbi Marc Schneier, Northwood Church’s Founding Pastor Bob Roberts Jr., and Eagles’ Wings Founder and Executive Director Bishop Robert Stearns hosted the event on Capitol Hill.

At Congregation Beth Tfiloh, A Deep-Dive Into Israel’s Future

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Two well-known Jewish figures in the field of journalism today — Editor in Chief Jeffrey Goldberg of The Atlantic and New York Times columnist Bret Stephens — were a model of intelligent civil discussion across the political aisle at this year’s Dahan Lecture at Beth Tfiloh Congregation in Baltimore. Their conversation before the packed synagogue on April 17, featuring U.S. Sen. Ben Cardin (D – Md.) as moderator, covered the U.S.-Israel relationship; the recent U.S. missile strike on Syria and Iran’s role in the region’s unrest; and the future of Israel as a democratic Jewish state.

Montgomery County Officials: No Evidence of Cancer Cluster in White Oak

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David Allan Cohen, 64, passed away in December 2017 following a 19-month battle with a glioblastoma multiforme (GBM), a rare and aggressive brain cancer. A resident of the White Oak neighborhood in Silver Spring, Maryland, Cohen was diagnosed the day after the burial of his neighbor, Fred Mailman, who had died from the same type of cancer.

UPDATED: Freundel Release Date Remains in 2020

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UPDATE 4.27.18: The DC Department of Corrections has confirmed that the notification sent to members of the community with an early release date for Barry Freundel was sent in error, and they are investigating how that happened.

Freundel's lawyer confirmed to the Washington Post that the notification did not reflect any actual change in his sentence.


UPDATE 4.26.18: The following message was received at 1:40 p.m. April 26:

"This notification is from the District of Columbia Department of Corrections.

The offender for whom you registered, BERNARD FREUNDEL, with the DCDC number 346271, is scheduled for release from the Correctional Treatment Facility on 8/21/2020." 

Information as to whether the Aug. 21, 2018 release date sent in notifications to members of the community by the DOC on April 25 was a typographical error or reflected some sort of change in Freundel's sentence will be shared as soon as it is available.


Barry Freundel, former rabbi of Kesher Israel in Washington, D.C., was sentenced to six and a half years in prison in 2015 after pleading guilty to 52 counts of voyeurism. As of the time of this paper going to print on April 26, there is an as-yet unconfirmed report that Freundel will be released early, in August 2018.

A Look at Israel’s Relationship with Africa South of the Sahara

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Long before the State of Israel was established, the father of modern Zionism, Theodor Herzl, recognized parallels between the black and the Jewish experience. “Once I have witnessed the redemption of the Jews, my people,” Herzel wrote in 1902, “I wish also to assist in the redemption of the Africans.”