Nights in the Sukkah

In America, Sukkot is a meteorologically challenged holiday, and our family experienced the whole panoply of challenges. From my wife’s native Omaha, Neb., with its bitter cold October nights to my native New York’s torrential rains to the oppressively hot Miami, where we lived for six years before making aliyah in 1997, Sukkot, though characterized… Read More

Ann Coulter, the Hateful Bigot

Conservative commentator Ann Coulter has a reputation for sharp words and jarring rhetoric. But she went too far in a Twitter post during the final minutes of last Wednesday’s Republican presidential debate. Following a number of references to Israel by debate participants, Coulter tweeted: “How many f—-ing Jews do these people think there are in… Read More

A Step Backward

Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn addresses a Trades Union Conference earlier this month. (Mary Turner/Getty Images)

Britain’s Labour party recently took a major step backward when it elected Jeremy Corbyn as its new leader. Corbyn threatens to take Labour from a modern center-left party to one that is far left, and that makes us and many others very nervous. There is good reason to be concerned. Corbyn has taken positions that… Read More

End of an Era Yeshiva University President Richard Joel to step down

Richard Joel, Yeshiva University's fourth president, said he will be leaving modern Orthodoxy's flagship institution by the time his contract expires in 2018.

NEW YORK — Richard Joel, the president of Yeshiva University, announced that he will step down by the end of his current term. Joel, 65, made the announcement last week in an email sent to Y.U. staff, students and alumni. His term is set to expire in 2018. “I am well into my 13th year… Read More

An Unconventional Tradition Arab Christian Israeli diplomat George Deek to address Beth Am

George Deek will speak at Beth Am Congregation on Yom Kippur, and he is also “very eager to learn” about Americans’ and Jewish Americans’ perception of Middle East events.

In what has become a highly anticipated afternoon of learning, lively exchange and contemplation open to congregants and the community, Beth Am Synagogue’s Yom Kippur afternoon programming this year features Arab Christian Israeli diplomat George Deek, who will share his unique take on current events in the Middle East; annual favorite Rheda Becker with her… Read More

Pikesville Native Finds Her Calling TaketheFight assists cancer patients in navigating the system

A cancer patient and her husband share a supportive moment with TaketheFight Chief Operating Officer Robyn Lessans (right).

College students interested in the health care professions have one more avenue in getting up-close experience, thanks to the work of a driven young woman from Pikesville. Robyn Lessans, a 2015 graduate of Wake Forest University, became  involved with a volunteer organization called TaketheFight two years ago when she was pursuing a philosophy major. TaketheFight… Read More

Shomrim Moves Headquarters to Pickwick East

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Shomrim of Baltimore moved to a new apartment last week that will serve as the group’s headquarters. The building housing the previous headquarters, located in the Green Acres apartments at 3607 Fallstaff Road, was condemned after a two-alarm fire in May. The new space at Pickwick East Apartments will be used for equipment storage, meetings… Read More

Best Deal Possible? How Naive

I found Jay Bernstein’s “Iran: No Deal Is Better than Bad Deal” (Sept. 4) to be a rational, balanced view, and his conclusion to be the correct. Building on Bernstein’s column, I want to raise my concerns regarding the motives of those Democratic leaders supporting the deal. I believe that most Democratic Party leaders believe… Read More

J Street Shows its True Colors

If anyone had any doubts as to where J Street stands with regard to the Israeli-Arab or Israeli-Palestinian Arab conflict, then the appointment of a Muslim advocate should dispel them (“Meet J Street U’s New Muslim President, Amna Farooqi,” Sept. 4).  Certainly, the presence of a Muslim leading a purported Jewish organization with an agenda… Read More