Conservative Judaism Needs a New Brand

We are living at a moment of great disruption. We all sense it. We all experience it. It impacts every aspect of our lives — education, economics, politics, social society. Judaism is not immune to these forces. The institutions we built to sustain and nurture Jewish life for the last 200 years are crumbling while… Read More

A Time for Moral Accounting

Part of the American Jewish World Service’s Chag v’Chesed series The Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashanah, is more than just a marker of the cycle of years and the passage of time. This annual “birthday” of the creation of the world is also an annual day of reckoning. The rabbis of the Talmud imagined God… Read More

People of the Book Isaac Bashevis Singer Told the Truth About Us

On Aug. 3, 2004, I was sitting in the expensive London garden of a rich Jewish friend from my father’s grad school, all too relaxed in her gorgeously lush English garden that overlooked one of the world’s loveliest public parks.  I’d spent myself broke three times that summer to engorge myself upon theater and concerts as… Read More

The Associated: Our Community’s Hub

People often ask why I am so committed to Jewish comm- unity. The reason is because of the positive impact the Baltimore Jewish community has had on my family and because of the great work of the community in providing vital services to those in need and in building Jewish life. I moved here from… Read More

Trump a Racist? No Way

Notwithstanding that Donald Trump has denounced racism, hatred, bigotry, Nazis, the KKK and white supremacists on numerous occasions, he is still considered a racist and/or a bigot and/or a Nazi by many on the left and even some on the right. So the question is, why? Here’s one reason: He hasn’t done the denouncing in… Read More

Barcelona Jewish Community Is Not Doomed

In the wake of the horrendous recent terrorist attack in my city, our chief rabbi declared that the Jewish community here is “doomed” and encouraged us to buy property in Israel. With all due respect to the rabbi, he is wrong. I am 34 years old and have lived in Barcelona since I was 4…. Read More

Being Zayde Embrace the Gift

No, you did not miss it. Yes, there’s still time, and maybe, just maybe, this is your year. “Really?” you might say. “Yes, really,” I would say. Each of us gets this gift each year if we only embrace it and make it important to us. Last month, I asked you to prepare for a… Read More

People of the Book The Xanadu of Kosher Food

Remember Miracle Market? The kosher supermarket that was open for just a few years in the ’90s? It was owned by the children of landsleit from my zaydie’s shtetl. My parents always remained friendly with them, and I vividly remember them joking around. My father once pitched them an idea for a advertising slogan: “Miracle… Read More

Charlottesville Echoes of Leo Frank

Mount Carmel Cemetery is located in the borough of Queens, N.Y. In Section 1 of the burial grounds rests the remains of Leo Frank, whose lynching at the hands of Southern white supremacists still resonates deeply within the conscience of American Jewry. In 1915, Frank was president of the Atlanta Chapter of B’nai B’rith and… Read More