For Love of Community

This past winter, in the midst of the bomb threats to JCCs across the country, I witnessed something incredible. I was in a meeting at the JCC with Jewish Volunteer Connection when we learned of a bomb threat to the JCC next door and heard we needed to evacuate. As we left the building, I… Read More

People of the Book The Unwinding - A History of the Distant Present

The world is 7 billion stories waiting to be told. America is perhaps the only nation conceived on the principle that individual stories are worth telling, but in this era of foreclosure, it’s the nation most likely to walk back its promise to tell them. No matter what America ever aspired to be, we’ve never come… Read More

An Open Tent

While I was covering the JCC Biennial in Baltimore last year, I heard a story that I felt was truly emblematic of what community means. Looking to capture the contributions of Baltimore’s Jewish leaders at the Biennial, I sat in on a session in which JCC of Greater Baltimore CEO Barak Hermann and Rabbi Jessy… Read More

More Meat

Regarding the JT’s May 19 cover story, “Kosher Evolution,” you now can add to the list Atara Foods, which is bringing to the community Atara brand meat under the Star-K and Tender brand meat. The latter is hindquarter Beit Yosef beef under Mekor Ben Haim supervision.

The Case for a Smaller City Council

Baltimore City faces an understaffed police force, an underfunded public school system and an underpopulated city that is at its lowest in 100 years. The oversized and expensive Baltimore City Council is always brainstorming to find solutions to its never-ending problem of the city’s budget shortfall in revenue. On Nov. 6, 2018, Baltimore City voters… Read More

Culinary Evolution

In recent years, Baltimore has become a not-so-secret culinary destination. Neighborhoods such as Remington, Hampden, Fells Point and Canton have become foodie hot spots with restaurants spanning international flavors. In 2015, Zagat named Baltimore the United States’ No. 2 food city. So it’s only natural that the kosher food scene would mirror what’s happening in… Read More

Recipes for Disunity

For decades, haredi-Orthodox authorities have sought to tighten their control over Israel’s already strict interpretation of personal status questions, such as who may marry and whose conversions are kosher in the eyes of the state. The latest attempt comes from the Sephardic haredi party Shas, which last week submitted a bill to the Knesset that… Read More