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Editor’s Choice: A Victim’s Story, Jacob Pressman at 94

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Between Victim And Perpetrator
By Maayan Jaffe

Some 23 years after Rebecca Pastor was raped in her Baltimore apartment, she has named her alleged rapist and turned to the police. What many people don’t realize is there is no statute of limitation for rape in Maryland.

Read the full story at the Jewish Times

Rabbi Jacob Pressman Turns 94: A Community Treasure
By Michael Berenbaum

For decades now, as Rabbi Jacob (Jack) Pressman celebrated a milestone birthday, there was a gala show and dinner starring Rabbi Jack and his myriad show-biz friends to manifest and celebrate the many talents and achievements of this extraordinary man. Five years ago, Temple Beth Am celebrated his 90th birthday when he turned 89, just in case.

“At my age you don’t buy green bananas,” the rabbi said, quoting his mentor, the late Rabbi Simon Greenberg. But the celebration week will be a quiet one, as Rabbi Jack and Marjorie Pressman’s son, Joel, is gravely ill,as all who read the Jewish Journal this past month learned — gravely, but bravely, ill, still celebrating the glories of life, family and friendship, students and colleagues, the majesty of nature, the joy of song, the gift of love.

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