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Maryland Jewish attorney represents anti-Semitic vandal

WASHINGTON — From murderers to sex offenders, some of the least desirable citizens of Maryland’s Montgomery County have walked through the doors of attorney Barry Helfand’s office.

But it took a quiet teenager to make Helfand question his responsibility as a lawyer.

Sitting in Helfand’s Rockville office this spring, 18-year-old Sebastian Espinoza-Carranza detailed how he, along with three juveniles, had spray-painted swastikas, “KKK” and other graffiti on the Shaare Torah Congregation in Gaithersburg, a suburb of Washington, DC.


Obama allocates $12 million for Holocaust survivors

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration has awarded $12 million for assistance to Holocaust survivors. The allocation from the Department of Health and Human Services to the Jewish Federations of North America, to be disbursed over five years, is part of an initiative launched in late 2013 by Vice President Joe Biden to address the needs of survivors in the US, a quarter of whom live below the poverty line.

Ban on intermarried rabbis lifted

Ban on intermarried rabbis liftedWYNCOTE, Penn — The Reconstructionist Rabbinical College (RRC) has revoked its “Non-Jewish Partner” policy, which previously stated: “The RRC does not ordinarily admit or graduate as a rabbi a student married to, or in a committed relationship with, a non-Jew.” After an extended process, RRC faculty voted on September 21, 2015, to remove the barrier barring otherwise qualified candidates from applying to become rabbis. Simultaneously, RRC will cease the practice of disallowing curren...

Pro-Israel grassroots campus group soars

Pro-Israel grassroots campus group soarsACTIVISM. NOT re-activism. Education. Preparation. These are just a few of the mantras a new pro-Israel organization uses to encourage participation. Fast-growing Students Supporting Israel (SSI) was founded in 2012 at the University of Minnesota. Today, it has 43 chapters across four countries. Last month, SSI held its first-ever national conference, which was attended by 50 pro-Israel leaders from 28 college campuses.

Jury recommends death for Kansas City JCC shooter

KANSAS CITY — A jury has recommended the death penalty for the white supremacist who killed three people outside two Jewish facilities in a Kansas City suburb. Frazier Glenn Miller, a former Ku Klux Klan grand dragon also known as Frazier Glenn Cross, was found guilty of capital murder on Aug. 31. The jury debated on Tuesday, Sept. 8, for 90 minutes, including eating lunch, before deciding on the death sentence, the Kansas City Star reported. It could have chosen life in prison without parol...

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