Making a Commitment


The Hebrew month of Tishrei — October this year — is a time when we, as Jews, look at the world, from an inward and outward perspective. Beginning with Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, and concluding with Yom Kippur, we engage in soul-searching and inner  reflection on how we want to live our lives…. Read More

Strengthen Light in Maryland

Maryland’s residents have the right to know how government transacts business on their behalf. To help set this culture of openness, Maryland legislators created the Public Information Act in 1970, followed by the Open Meetings Act in 1977. There are two volunteer boards that provide an outlet for citizen complaints relating to these acts and… Read More

Of Love and Family

In September, I sat with my grandfather, David Gordon, as he recounted memories and lessons from his childhood. When I asked him, “What are the most valuable lessons that your parents have taught you?” he responded easily and without hesitation: “To love, to love people, to love your family and to take care of them.”… Read More

Republican Jews Remain Silent on Presidential Race

Jewish donors are overwhelmingly supporting former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton this election season. That comes as no surprise given that President Barack Obama and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney received 71 percent and 29 percent, respectively, of Jewish donations in 2012. However, according to FiveThirtyEight, only 5 percent of Jewish donations to the major-party… Read More

Shall We Really Pursue Justice in Baltimore in 5777?

After Baltimore’s uprising in 2015, many of us reflected, “What can I possibly do to make a difference?” In working with Jews United for Justice (JUFJ), Baltimore-area Jews channeled their drive for justice toward passage of a police reform bill that included many important changes. Local lawmakers, who came to play such a pivotal role… Read More

Sadly, More of the Same

Avi Weiss

The Orthodox Union has chosen a group of seven rabbis for the purpose of providing, according to the OU, “guidance regarding the ordination of women and related issues such as the broadest spectrum of professional roles within the shul that a woman can perform.” This initiative seems misguided. First, while the issue of women in… Read More

When Will the U.S. Stand with Terror Victims?

Terror victims and their advocates suffered a major setback Aug. 31, when a U.S. appeals court overturned a $655 million judgment that had been  obtained by Mark Sokolow and 10 other families against the Palestinian Authority and Palestine Liberation Organization. Families who had won a hard-fought courtroom victory 18 months earlier tasted the bitterness of… Read More

Today’s Deportation Talk Evokes Echoes of Hitler

Donald Trump’s proposal to use a national Deportation Force to evict 11 million illegal residents is an odious and  repugnant idea of draconian proportion. It will neither be “fair nor humane.” It will impact American values, interpersonal relations and America’s perception around the world. Sadly, Trump’s bombastic tone demonizing these illegals sounds not too different… Read More

Embracing the New Year


After a long, hot summer, I eagerly embrace the subtle change in season upon us now. The cool refreshing evenings, the shortened days, the crunch of leaves on the driveway reground me as autumn beckons. Since I grew up on the East Coast, for me, these sights and sounds are inextricably associated with the High… Read More

Join Our Discussion


On the surface, I may be an  unusual person to lead this year’s annual campaign for The  Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore. I have no formal religious education, I cannot read Hebrew, I am married to an Episcopalian, and I am not from Baltimore. I am however passionate about Jewish values and traditions, energized… Read More