Ramallah: A Happening Place

As someone who recently visited Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat’s grave, I was both amazed and sad that a rabbi would be “virtually lynched” because he considered visiting the site in Ramallah (“A Rabbi Is ‘Lynched,’” Sept. 9).  Visiting someone’s grave does not imply complete agreement with what they did or stood for.  A major reason… Read More

Repair the World Relaunches in Baltimore

Diana Goldsmith and Josh Sherman are asking the Jewish community to be involved in social issues. (photo by Daniel Nozick)

Repair the World has been a national Jewish voice for service and volunteerism since its  inception in 2009. The organization, which has been in  Baltimore since 2013, recently came off a hiatus to relaunch as a partner organization of The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore. Heading this effort are two local Jewish millennials, Diana… Read More

A Most Jewish Conversation

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What could possibly be Jewish about the story of four Italian-American crooners, some of them hoods, achieving stardom in the days before the British Invasion? As it turns out, quite a bit. “Aside from possibly speaking another language or believing that Jesus is the savior, do I feel something in common with the Italians? Of… Read More

Bring on the Judges

In order to maintain public confidence in the legal system of a diverse country, those who uphold and enforce the laws must be from equally diverse backgrounds. Before the Civil War, when sectional differences were acute, the Supreme Court was composed of justices who were chosen, in part, to maintain a regional balance. More recently,… Read More

J Street Crosses the Line

Should American groups that support those living in the West Bank lose their tax-exempt status because the support fosters the entrenchment of Israeli settlements and is contrary to formal American policy? Is it even American policy to oppose the settlements? The self-described “pro-Israel, pro-peace” group J Street says it is and has encouraged the U.S…. Read More

The Jewish ‘Jersey Boys’ Writers of the Baltimore-bound smash hit talk about the musical’s Jewish-Italian connection

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If there’s one thing that our Italian cousins and we Jews share, it’s a needling sense of conscience. We’re each compelled by our own personal and shrill Jiminy Cricket forever prodding us to spill the beans. About ourselves, about our worldview, our foibles, what we wish we were and, inevitably, what we wish were not…. Read More

5 Feel-Good Stories from Israel That Will Echo into the Jewish New Year

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The Jewish state has nearly made it through another Jewish year and, as always, there was plenty to kvetch about in 5776. But Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, is a time to take stock and celebrate. Before the shofar blowing begins, here are five Israeli stories from the past year worth trumpeting. Expect them… Read More

You Should Know … Joseph Levin-Manning

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Joseph Levin-Manning, 26, is not your average Jewish boy. Adopted into a non-Jewish family at a young age, he did not even know that he had Jewish roots until he  decided to investigate. As a “gay Jewish man of color,” Levin-Manning got into community engagement and service because he was in a unique position to… Read More

To Lose Weight, Ravens’ Suggs Cuts Back on Gefilte Fish

Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs has sacked his favorite Jewish food in favor of a healthier diet. (Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

As he prepares for his 14th NFL season, Ravens outside linebacker Terrell Suggs insists he is in perhaps in the finest physical shape of his career thanks to a healthier diet. Suggs, 33, is known as a large, menacing force on the field, wreaking havoc against opposing team’s offenses and altering games with his stellar… Read More