Get Your Facts Straight

The BJT’s editorial board is  entitled to its opinions (“J Street Crosses the Line,” Sept. 15), but readers would be better served if it grounded them in facts. First, J Street is indisputably a part of the “big tent of the Jewish community.” We are members of the Baltimore Jewish Council and are welcomed regularly… Read More

Embracing the New Year

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After a long, hot summer, I eagerly embrace the subtle change in season upon us now. The cool refreshing evenings, the shortened days, the crunch of leaves on the driveway reground me as autumn beckons. Since I grew up on the East Coast, for me, these sights and sounds are inextricably associated with the High… Read More

Join Our Discussion

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On the surface, I may be an  unusual person to lead this year’s annual campaign for The  Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore. I have no formal religious education, I cannot read Hebrew, I am married to an Episcopalian, and I am not from Baltimore. I am however passionate about Jewish values and traditions, energized… Read More

Congregational Collaboration in the New Year

Here’s a thought to take to High Holiday services next month: Collaboration  between congregations can be a good thing. In an article in eJewish Philanthropy, Larry Glickman, the director of network engagement and collaboration for the Union for Reform Judaism, questioned the spirit of competition in the synagogue world. People go “shul shopping” and ultimately… Read More

Understanding the U.S.-Israel MOU

It’s being billed as historic — the largest-ever U.S. military aid package. The Memorandum of Understanding, which was signed Sept. 14 and will go into effect in 2018, will provide Israel with $3.8 billion in aid a year for 10 years. The increase in aid from the previous MOU’s annual $3.1 billion sends important messages:… Read More

Don’t Look Back! Parshat Ki Tavo

One of the most beautiful and popular verses in Torah is found in this week’s parshah, Ki Tavo. In the midst of showering the People of Israel with blessings, G-d declares, “You will blessed when you come, and blessed when you go.” Rashi illuminates the meaning of the blessing to each individual: “May your departure… Read More

6 New Kids Books for the Jewish New Year

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Get ready: 5777 is  arriving soon. And a new Jewish year means a fresh crop of topnotch Jewish books for kids. This year, not one but two new Rosh Hashanah books are penned by Eric A. Kimmel, the master storyteller whose popular award-winning children’s classics include “Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins” and “Simon and the… Read More

The Troubles in Susiya

Susiya, located in Area C, is not simply an internal matter (“The Susiya Shuffle,” Aug. 19). Whether one calls it occupied, disputed or liberated territory, Israel has never made it part of Israel. Furthermore, we in the Jewish community have always been the first to say that the  international community must be involved in “internal… Read More

Good Job, Governor!

I do not understand people who go after Gov. Larry Hogan for his  executive order to begin the school year after Labor Day (“Classroom Conundrm,” Sept. 9). Yes, it is an executive order, but in this particular instance, the majority of voters and residents in this state really want the school year to begin after… Read More

You Should Know … Mandee Heinl

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Mandee Heinl was always  interested in politics. As a senior at Pikesville High School in 2007, she interned for Del. Jon Cardin after hearing him speak to her Hebrew school class at Temple Oheb Shalom. Eventually, the 26-year-old would go on to graduate from the University of Baltimore with a master’s degree in public administration… Read More