True Repentance

We have seen many examples this year of confession, vows and promises made in public.  Sports figures, politicians, entertainers. Anthony Weiner, Bob Filner, Paula Deen and Ryan Braun — just a few among the many who come to mind for their acknowledgments of wrongdoing this past year. The majority fall short from the perspective of… Read More

Unlikely Allies

“Azerbaijan is a friend of the Jewish people, of the Israeli people and of the American people,” said Elin Suleymanov, the Republic of Azerbaijan’s ambassador to the United States. “This is not just a coincidence. It is a conscious decision by the government of Azerbaijan and the people of Azerbaijan.” That was the message that… Read More

Mixed Identity

A bold headline proclaims that young Jews are more likely than their parents’ generation to go to Jewish day schools and camps and yet are less connected to Israel and Judaism. But is that really the case? In a poll of 1,874 Jews conducted by Laszlo Strategies on behalf of Jerusalem U, 45 percent of… Read More

Understanding And Intuition

As a girl in Seattle, Anne Bush evinced little interest in the Holocaust, even though her father, Harry, was a survivor whose mother, sister and brother-in-law had been murdered. But as a mother in Baltimore, by then known as Chana Staiman, she gradually was drawn to the period, spurred in part by her elder son,… Read More

Changing With The Times

“I ate my meals there.” That phrase, or some version of it, is usually the first thing that comes to mind when past generations of University of Maryland students conjure up memories of their experiences at the school’s Hillel. Still, eating kosher food is not all Hillel provided. For decades, the Jewish campus hub has… Read More

An Excellent Jewish Education

When you walk into Bnos Yisroel there is a sign that reads, “Teaching students, not subjects.” And that message says it all. According to Rabbi Chaim Amster, director of development, since the all-girls school was founded in 2000 it purposely kept itself on the sidelines, growing “very quickly but quietly.” As the school prepares to… Read More

Worth Its Salt

One of the most common stops on a first tour of Israel is the Dead Sea, in Hebrew Yam HaMelach. It’s the place where visitors can change into their bathing suits, saunter to the water’s edge and float — literally unable to immerse in the water due to its high concentration of salt. After the… Read More

Anti-Semitic Attacks In Belgium Highest Since 2009

The number of anti-Semitic attacks reported last year in Belgium reached its highest level since 2009, according to an annual report. Anti-racism volunteers registered 80 anti-Semitic incidents throughout Belgium in 2012, according to a report released this month by the Antisemitsm.Be watchdog group. The figure represents a 23 percent increase over 2011. The 80 attacks… Read More