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By Frank D. Roylance and Frank D. Roylance,Sun reporter | April 19, 2008
As he prepared to preside over his last Passover services at Beth El synagogue in Pikesville, Rabbi Mark Loeb allowed himself to consider the opportunities and the responsibilities that come with freedom - his own and the human family's. "Most people think the story is the Haggadah, where we say God gets the people out of bondage. We celebrate it, and happy days are here again. That's not it," Loeb said, referring to Passover. "Liberation from bondage only takes you away from oppression, but it doesn't liberate your soul to dream about how to live your life."
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By Rona Marech and Rona Marech,Sun Reporter | March 31, 2008
Rabbi Elizabeth Bolton was always vexed by the notion that despite the country's traditional separation of church and state, Maryland gave her - a religious leader - the power to change people's legal status by signing their marriage licenses. At the same time, the Reconstructionist rabbi from Baltimore was troubled by the state's laws prohibiting same-sex marriage. Finally, after contending with her conflicted feelings for years, she decided she had had enough: She told couples she would happily conduct religious wedding ceremonies, but to find someone else to sign their civil documents.
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October 26, 2007
Ensemble to perform at interfaith center The Prometheus Chamber Ensemble will perform at Owen Brown Interfaith Center at 8 p.m. Nov. 3. Tickets are $20; $10 for youths to age 18. Proceeds will benefit the mission and outreach programs of Christ United Methodist Church, an interfaith center congregation. The ensemble will perform during worship services Sunday at the interfaith center. Services begin at 10 a.m. Information: the Rev. Marilyn Newhouse, 410-381-6329 or www.gbgm-umc.org/christcolumbia.
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September 3, 2007
JUDAH NADICH, 95 Military chaplain Rabbi Judah Nadich, a military chaplain who advised Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower on Jewish affairs after the discovery of Nazi concentration camps in the last months of World War II, died of a heart attack at his Manhattan home Aug. 26. Rabbi Nadich was an early supporter of the civil rights movement and as an advocate of equality for women in Jewish religious ceremony, including their ordination as rabbis. Born in Baltimore, Rabbi Nadich was the eldest of four children of Russian immigrants.
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By Liz F. Kay and Liz F. Kay,Sun reporter | April 2, 2007
When Methodist clergy and congregations around Baltimore have questions about Jesus' Jewish heritage, they can turn to their conference rabbi. The Baltimore-Washington Conference of the United Methodist Church appointed Rabbi Joshua Martin Siegel last year to help put the Jewish roots of the Protestant faith in context through Bible study and demonstration. The Jewish observance of Passover begins at sundown tonight.
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By Liz F. Kay and Liz F. Kay,SUN REPORTER | February 20, 2007
It wasn't until the sixth grade that Michael Durst decided he wanted to become a bar mitzvah, but his parents didn't belong to a synagogue. These days, that's not a problem. The Fallston family hired a freelance tutor who taught the 12-year-old his Torah passage and officiated at the ceremony marking Michael's journey into Jewish adulthood, held in the hall of a Methodist church. Bar mitzvah ceremonies like Michael's - without years of Hebrew school, without a congregational membership, without a traditional sense of Jewish community - worry some area rabbis so much that they're rethinking their congregations' approach to the rite of passage.
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