What We Need Is Healthy Communication

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Back-to-school season is firmly upon us, and with the sales on school supplies just recently ended, the big yellow buses have returned local streets to quagmires of morning and afternoon traffic. Many children are overjoyed at meeting friends they haven’t seen all summer, while quite a few parents are ecstatic that the little ones are… Read More

Three JCC Lifeguards Honored

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Earlier this summer, JCC lifeguards Andrew Minkin, Jalina Ray and Jennifer Siegel’s skills were put to the test. Fortunately, all three of the Red Cross-trained lifeguards passed with flying colors, saving the life of a young boy. When Ray spotted an 8-year-old swimmer, wearing a mask and snorkel, who seemed to be struggling in the… Read More

Is the GOP the pro-Israel party?

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A new Pew Research Center poll showing Republicans more sympathetic than Democrats to Israel has Republican Jewish activists crowing and their Democratic counterparts questioning whether the poll gives an accurate picture of support for Israel. “For years, public opinion polls have documented the large gap in support for Israel between Republicans and Democrats, with Republicans… Read More

‘Campaign of Retaliation’

Jay Jalisi surprised many when he won a Top 2 slot in June’s House of Delegates primary election. The District 10 general election candidate defeated three officially supported candidates, losing only to incumbent Del. Adrienne Jones when all votes were totaled. Three days after the election, on June 27, Jalisi, together with his Friends of Jay… Read More

Going It Alone

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Back in February, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry warned of the consequences facing Israel if the American-led peace talks between the Jewish state and its Palestinian neighbors fell apart. He alluded to the growing strength of the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement and worried that should peace fail, Israel would find itself isolated… Read More

Let’s Choose Our Words Wisely

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According to the biblical account, creation didn’t take place through fire or a divine wind. The world instead came into being through speech. As taught and amplified by the Jewish tradition in the thousands of years since that seminal event, words — even when limited to the constricted realm of human speech — have retained… Read More

Unity in Tragedy

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This column was supposed to begin on a positive note, seeing in the recent fundraising prowess of The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore a message that Jewish unity is alive and strong and can be marshaled to face the challenges of poverty and generational apathy. That all remains true, but Monday afternoon, the world… Read More

Business as Usual?

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While national Jewish leaders are predicting a rift in Jewish-Presbyterian relations following last week’s PCUSA General Assembly vote to divest from three American companies doing business with Israel, the situation likely will prove more affable in Baltimore. “We have a lot of very strong relationships with the local Presbyterian Church” said Chana Siff, associate director… Read More

Where’s the Civility?

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No sooner had the international condemnations of the kidnappings of three Israeli teenagers begun their slow trickle that the hand wringing by some in the Jewish community sought to assign blame anywhere than at the foot of the Palestinian government. The Palestinians are an occupied people, went one argument, so outbursts of violent activity are… Read More

A Lack of Human Respect

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As JT reporter Simone Ellin was putting the finishing touches on this week’s cover story — an examination of the battle to make the American college campus a safer one for its students — news broke of yet another school shooting, purportedly the 74th nationwide since 2012’s Sandy Hook massacre in Connecticut. This time, a… Read More