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By Jacques Kelly and Jacques Kelly,SUN STAFF | October 19, 2002
Rabbi Seymour L. Essrog, a national figure in Conservative Judaism and the leader of a Reisterstown congregation, died yesterday at his Ruxton home. He was 68. He had been undergoing chemotherapy since cancer was diagnosed two weeks ago. The rabbi of the Adat Chaim Congregation on Cockeys Mill Road in Reisterstown, he played a role in international religious circles as president and officer of The Rabbinical Assembly, a 1,500-member worldwide organization that is the interpretive body on Jewish law and standards for Conservative Jews.
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By Jasmine Jernberg and Jasmine Jernberg,Sun reporter | August 17, 2008
Two area Jewish congregations that are facing declining or aging populations will officially become one today, and are celebrating the merger with the dedication and consecration of their Torah scrolls. With the 11 a.m ceremony, Kol Ami of Annapolis and Nevey Shalom of Bowie will become Kol Shalom at the former Kol Ami site at 1909 Hidden Meadow Lane. Rabbi Philip Pohl and his new Kol Shalom congregation will be joined in the celebration by Rabbi Ari Goldstein from Temple Beth Shalom in Arnold and members of the Seaboard Region of the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism.
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By John Rivera and John Rivera,SUN STAFF | December 17, 1998
Imagine a rabbi offering a prayer specifically composed to ease the jitters that come with sending your kid off to camp, or praying for the parents and safety of a teen-ager who's just been licensed to drive.Such are the suggestions of a new rabbi's manual for Conservative Judaism's 750 congregations in North America and elsewhere that includes dozens of new rites, including a "grieving ritual" for a couple after an abortion.Last revived more than three decades ago -- before women rabbis and cantors were ordained and families began confronting a new generation of issues the new manual was issued by the Rabbinical Assembly of Conservative Judaism in response to a plethora of life events.
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By Liz F. Kay and Liz F. Kay,Sun reporter | December 4, 2006
Leaders of Conservative Judaism will consider interpretations of Jewish law tomorrow that could render homosexual acts acceptable. If approved, the decision would open the door for the ordination of gay men and lesbians and recognition of same-sex relationships within America's second-largest branch of Judaism.
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By John Rivera and John Rivera,SUN STAFF | August 16, 2000
When Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman accepts the Democratic Party's nomination for vice president tonight, it will raise questions for a public unfamiliar with Judaism: Not only is Lieberman a Jew, but he is an Orthodox Jew. But what does that mean? Will his activities be severely limited on the Sabbath? What other restrictions does his faith impose, and will they stand in the way of his potential vice presidential duties? And how are the Orthodox different from the rest of the Jewish world? Lieberman is a member of a people that traces its lineage back not just generations, but millennia.
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August 19, 1991
Dr. Gerson D. Cohen, 66, chancellor emeritus of the Jewish Theological Seminary, who in 1985 ordained the first female rabbi in Conservative Judaism, died Friday in New York. He was chancellor of the seminary, the intellectual center of Conservative Judaism, for 14 years until his retirement for health reasons in 1986. Holding earlier to the traditional Jewish view that women could not serve as rabbis, he set up a commission to study the issue and and later ruled that women could be ordained if they assumed the same obligations as men.
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By John Rivera and John Rivera,SUN STAFF | April 25, 1999
Launching a five-day meeting in Baltimore today, the world's Conservative rabbis will debate the future of a movement that is struggling to maintain its link to tradition while engaging the modern world.Conservative Judaism lives in the tension-filled theological center, a position it has staked between the liberalism of the Reform movement and the traditionalism of the Orthodox."We try to weave a philosophy and practice that's faithful to Jewish law, at the same time trying to make the necessary interpretations for contemporary times," said Rabbi Seymour Essrog, president of the Rabbinical Assembly, the body representing 1,400 Conservative rabbis that is holding its 99th annual convention at the Inner Harbor Sheraton Hotel through Thursday.
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By Jasmine Jernberg and Jasmine Jernberg,Sun reporter | August 17, 2008
Two area Jewish congregations that are facing declining or aging populations will officially become one today, and are celebrating the merger with the dedication and consecration of their Torah scrolls. With the 11 a.m ceremony, Kol Ami of Annapolis and Nevey Shalom of Bowie will become Kol Shalom at the former Kol Ami site at 1909 Hidden Meadow Lane. Rabbi Philip Pohl and his new Kol Shalom congregation will be joined in the celebration by Rabbi Ari Goldstein from Temple Beth Shalom in Arnold and members of the Seaboard Region of the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism.
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By Kathy Curtis and Kathy Curtis,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | January 15, 1997
THE SISTERHOOD of Beth Shalom Congregation will hold special Shabbat services in honor of the Women's League for Conservative Judaism -- an organization of individual sisterhoods in the Conservative movement -- at 8 p.m. Friday and 9: 30 a.m. Saturday at the synagogue, 8070 Harriet Tubman Lane.Sisterhood members will join their president, Jane Goldberg, in conducting Shabbat services.Having a woman lead services in a Conservative synagogue is no longer unusual, Goldberg says.She is a member of Kolot B'Kedushah, a national group of Conservative women judged qualified to lead services.
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By Liz F. Kay and Liz F. Kay,Sun reporter | December 4, 2006
Leaders of Conservative Judaism will consider interpretations of Jewish law tomorrow that could render homosexual acts acceptable. If approved, the decision would open the door for the ordination of gay men and lesbians and recognition of same-sex relationships within America's second-largest branch of Judaism.
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By Jacques Kelly and Jacques Kelly,SUN STAFF | October 19, 2002
Rabbi Seymour L. Essrog, a national figure in Conservative Judaism and the leader of a Reisterstown congregation, died yesterday at his Ruxton home. He was 68. He had been undergoing chemotherapy since cancer was diagnosed two weeks ago. The rabbi of the Adat Chaim Congregation on Cockeys Mill Road in Reisterstown, he played a role in international religious circles as president and officer of The Rabbinical Assembly, a 1,500-member worldwide organization that is the interpretive body on Jewish law and standards for Conservative Jews.
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By John Rivera and John Rivera,SUN STAFF | August 16, 2000
When Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman accepts the Democratic Party's nomination for vice president tonight, it will raise questions for a public unfamiliar with Judaism: Not only is Lieberman a Jew, but he is an Orthodox Jew. But what does that mean? Will his activities be severely limited on the Sabbath? What other restrictions does his faith impose, and will they stand in the way of his potential vice presidential duties? And how are the Orthodox different from the rest of the Jewish world? Lieberman is a member of a people that traces its lineage back not just generations, but millennia.
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By John Rivera and John Rivera,SUN STAFF | April 25, 1999
Launching a five-day meeting in Baltimore today, the world's Conservative rabbis will debate the future of a movement that is struggling to maintain its link to tradition while engaging the modern world.Conservative Judaism lives in the tension-filled theological center, a position it has staked between the liberalism of the Reform movement and the traditionalism of the Orthodox."We try to weave a philosophy and practice that's faithful to Jewish law, at the same time trying to make the necessary interpretations for contemporary times," said Rabbi Seymour Essrog, president of the Rabbinical Assembly, the body representing 1,400 Conservative rabbis that is holding its 99th annual convention at the Inner Harbor Sheraton Hotel through Thursday.
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By John Rivera and John Rivera,SUN STAFF | December 17, 1998
Imagine a rabbi offering a prayer specifically composed to ease the jitters that come with sending your kid off to camp, or praying for the parents and safety of a teen-ager who's just been licensed to drive.Such are the suggestions of a new rabbi's manual for Conservative Judaism's 750 congregations in North America and elsewhere that includes dozens of new rites, including a "grieving ritual" for a couple after an abortion.Last revived more than three decades ago -- before women rabbis and cantors were ordained and families began confronting a new generation of issues the new manual was issued by the Rabbinical Assembly of Conservative Judaism in response to a plethora of life events.
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By Sara Engram | April 6, 1997
ONCE AGAIN the world witnessed the dangers of errant religious authority, as Marshall Herff Applewhite persuaded a band of followers that a higher level of being was preferable to this earthly vale of tears.But while the mass suicide of cult members is disturbing, the effects of the event are about as far removed from most Americans' lives as the spaceship that Heaven's Gate members believed was waiting for them once they shed their earthly containers.Not so with some less dramatic but more difficult questions of religious law and authority.
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By Kathy Curtis and Kathy Curtis,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | January 15, 1997
THE SISTERHOOD of Beth Shalom Congregation will hold special Shabbat services in honor of the Women's League for Conservative Judaism -- an organization of individual sisterhoods in the Conservative movement -- at 8 p.m. Friday and 9: 30 a.m. Saturday at the synagogue, 8070 Harriet Tubman Lane.Sisterhood members will join their president, Jane Goldberg, in conducting Shabbat services.Having a woman lead services in a Conservative synagogue is no longer unusual, Goldberg says.She is a member of Kolot B'Kedushah, a national group of Conservative women judged qualified to lead services.
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By Sara Engram | April 6, 1997
ONCE AGAIN the world witnessed the dangers of errant religious authority, as Marshall Herff Applewhite persuaded a band of followers that a higher level of being was preferable to this earthly vale of tears.But while the mass suicide of cult members is disturbing, the effects of the event are about as far removed from most Americans' lives as the spaceship that Heaven's Gate members believed was waiting for them once they shed their earthly containers.Not so with some less dramatic but more difficult questions of religious law and authority.
NEWS
May 13, 2005
"Jerusalem: The Disputed Holy City - What Christians, Jews and Muslims say about the world's most contested property" will be the focus of a panel discussion at 3:30 p.m. May 22 at Congregation Kol Ami in Annapolis. The event, which will feature religious leaders from all three faiths, is free and open to the public. The panel will be made up of Imam Mohammad Bashar Arafat of the Islamic Affairs Council of Maryland in Baltimore; the Rev. Elizabeth D. McLean of Woods Memorial Presbyterian Church in Severna Park; and Rabbi Charni Flame Selch of Congregation Kol Ami. The panel will be moderated by Ira Rifkin, a Kol Ami congregant and a Washington correspondent for The Jerusalem Report and columnist for the Baltimore Jewish Times.
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August 19, 1991
Dr. Gerson D. Cohen, 66, chancellor emeritus of the Jewish Theological Seminary, who in 1985 ordained the first female rabbi in Conservative Judaism, died Friday in New York. He was chancellor of the seminary, the intellectual center of Conservative Judaism, for 14 years until his retirement for health reasons in 1986. Holding earlier to the traditional Jewish view that women could not serve as rabbis, he set up a commission to study the issue and and later ruled that women could be ordained if they assumed the same obligations as men.
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