Hillel for All

As August draws to a close, universities across the country will welcome a new class of incoming freshmen to their campuses. For the next four years, these teens will master academic and social skills that will help them become productive members of our communities. At the same time, the next four years are a pivotal… Read More

Getting Connected

Last Friday, I tagged along with one of our photographers to a barbecue at Beth Am Synagogue Rabbi Daniel Cotzin Burg’s house, where we got some of the photos you’ll see in this week’s paper, including the cover photo. It was a Shabbat gathering for BAYITT, Beth Am’s 20s and 30s group, which davened after… Read More

A Response to Roger Waters

Musician Roger Waters is known for his elaborate stage shows and for his contributions to the rock group Pink Floyd. Unfortunately, he has also made a name for himself as a vocal supporter of the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement and a relentless critic of Israel. In fact, he is known for applying not-so-subtle… Read More

This Is Our America

The white supremacists who marched in Charlottesville last weekend were at once a pathetic group of notorious hate-mongers, while at the same time, a frightening gathering of like-minded anti-Semites and racial bigots. They showed no restraint in spewing their venom, as they shouted “Jew will not replace us!” and chanted “The goyim know!” They carried… Read More

‘Send the Bill to God’

The JT’s captivating article “The Ship That Launched a Nation” (July 28) was fascinating. I would like to add some personal information that occurred during the effort to retrofit the ship. Much building material was needed to accomplish this task. One day, my beloved father, Benjamin Kolker, was sitting at his desk at the Maryland… Read More

Protecting Immigrants at a Time of Persecution

Five years ago, the U.S government began implementation of President Barack Obama’s 2012 executive order deferring deportation for U.S. residents without papers who were brought here by their parents as children. The order came about after the proposed Dream Act, which would have given legal status to those same immigrant children, failed to pass Congress…. Read More

Bad Legislation

The ACLU is not wrong, and it should keep doing what it has always done to protect our civil and constitutional rights (“When Passions Run High,” Aug. 4). Congress, on the other hand, is wrong to trade our rights for favor with special interest lobbyists. The anti- boycott legislation is just another attempt to bludgeon… Read More

Honoring the Geneva Conventions

In the Army, I was trained to honor the Geneva Conventions. I expect my government to do the same. Israel and the United States signed the Geneva Conventions, and in the fourth Geneva Convention, article 49 says a it’s illegal to transfer civilian population onto military-occupied territory. It’s very clear, Israeli squatters are in violation… Read More

Credit to Gruber

Let’s give credit to the extraordinary Ruth Gruber, who as foreign correspondent for the New York Herald Tribune raised awareness of the journey of the refugee ship Exodus 1947, the plight of its passengers and its American crew and the violent British response (“The Ship That Luanched a Nation,” July 28). Her real-time articles changed… Read More