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SILVER SPRING – When Rocky Twyman of Rockville heard that Converted Heart CME Church of Silver Spring was celebrating its fifth anniversary, he knew what he had to do. The church, which assembles in the Silver Spring Civic Center on Fridays and Sundays, is known for caring about the less fortunate. Last year, church members […]

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TAKOMA PARK – Several hundred people of varying religions, races and ages gathered in the cold on Jan. 5 for a community vigil to “Stand up to Anti-Semitism.” While those gathered by the Takoma Park gazebo and all the way back onto the street had come to support victims of recent attacks against Jewish people […]

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POTOMAC – About 250 members of the Jewish community listened as federal, state and county politicians pledged to fight hate-based crimes and beef up security at religious institutions during the fourth annual Schmooze and Nosh Legislative Breakfast on Dec. 5. The two-hour event was held at Congregation Har Shalom in Potomac and sponsored by the […]

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SILVER SPRING – Halina Silber credits a German industrialist and member of the Nazi party for saving her life during the Holocaust. Oskar Schindler saved 1,200 Jews during the Holocaust, and Silber of Baltimore was one of them, she said during a moving speech at Young Israel Shomrai Emunah in the Kemp Mill section of […]

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CHEVY CHASE – Each of the 179 T-shirts hangs on a stake nailed to the ground at Temple Shalom in Chevy Chase. Every white shirt bears the name, age and date of a gun victim from the Washington, D.C. area killed during the past year. The synagogue’s social action project commemorated the first anniversary of […]

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By Elliott Davis Capital News Service ANNAPOLIS — Just in time for the Jewish high holidays of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, religious institutions across Maryland recently received grants toward security improvements, and a majority of the recipients are synagogues. The Maryland Emergency Management Agency announced last month $1.7 million in federal Non-Profit Security Grants, […]

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ROCKVILLE – The Twinbrook Baptist Church has been known for opening its doors to marginalized groups, standing ahead of its time to welcome people of color during segregation and becoming a home for the LGBTQ community, otherwise generally unaccepted in religious communities.  With declining membership in the past few years, the church is closing after […]

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By Suzanne Pollak    @SuzannePollak BETHESDA — A 40-year-old mother of three from El Salvador now resides in a Bethesda church, refusing to return to her native El Salvador although ordered to do so by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Rosa Gutierrez Lopez is the first undocumented immigrant to seek public sanctuary in the Washington, […]

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By Suzanne Pollak    @SuzannePollak CHEVY CHASE — Khizr Khan, the Gold Star parent who gave an impassioned speech at the 2016 Democratic convention denouncing then-presidential candidate Donald Trump for his proposed ban to keep Muslims from entering the United States, continues to urge Americans to speak out against hatred. Speaking Saturday at Temple Shalom […]

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By Suzanne Pollak    @SuzannePollak OLNEY — Members of a Silver Spring church that has flourished from the end of slavery through segregation, the Civil Rights movement, and still going strong today, celebrated its 150th anniversary with the debut of a book about its history. “History gives us purpose,” said Rev. Lionel Pointer Jr. of […]

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By Suzanne Pollak    @SuzannePollak POTOMAC — County Executive Marc Elrich told the state and local politicians and community leaders gathered last week at the Jewish Community Relations Council’s legislative brunch that transportation and education are his highest priorities. About 250 people ate omelets and lox and bagels at the third annual Schmooze and Nosh legislative […]

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By Suzanne Pollak    @SuzannePollak SILVER SPRING — A pastor who fled his Flower Branch apartment two years ago during a gas explosion that killed seven people only to turn around and head back into the flames to rescue his neighbors sits in federal prison awaiting possible deportation. Eddie Macario of Silver Spring, faces a […]

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SILVER SPRING — The Sanctuary, an affordable housing residence for seniors, opened Saturday, adding 75 mixed-income apartments to Montgomery County’s stock of 77,000 affordable units. “This County needs a lot more housing. This County needs a lot more affordable housing. This County needs a lot more senior housing, and we need a lot more affordable […]

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