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

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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

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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

Jewish Pride on Campus Is Under Siege

More than 300,000 Jewish  college students have arrived on American campuses — and what they experience there is likely not only to broaden their minds and uproot long-held assumptions, but shake their Jewish selves to the core. They will contend with powerful faculty and student voices accusing them of complicity  in a regime of privilege… Read More

What Did We Really Learn from Rio?

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Four weeks on, as memories begin to fade, is there anything that really and truly inspired us for all the hours we devoted to the incredible actors of the Rio Olympics, as they fulfilled the world’s best of human achievement to a universal  audience? We learned that Simone Biles can fly through the air with… Read More

Modern-Day Spanish Jewry

In July, my wife, Roberta, and I led a group from Beth Am on an 11-day Mission to Spain, organized by the Conservative Cantors Assembly. Forty cantors from North America went, bringing 300 congregants with us (no other Baltimore groups went). I was personally interested in the mission’s goals: to learn the history of Jews… Read More

The ‘Altruistic Evil’ of Social Justice for Palestinians

As yet another indication that the university campus has  become “an island of repression in a sea of freedom,” last March a pro-Israel group, Hasbara Fellowships Canada, was barred from participating in a Social Justice Week event organized by the Student Association of Durham College and University of Ontario Institute of Technology. The stated reason… Read More

Never Like a Child

“You know old people are just like children,” said the professional athletics director who works with all ages. As someone in the former category, I felt a chill go down my spine and a rush of adrenaline course upwards. How could I convey to this woman that even though older people may have diminished abilities,… Read More

The Movement for Black Lives Platform Gives Us Hope, Not Fear

On Tisha B’Av, 10 friends, Jewish residents of Baltimore City, met to discuss the recently published Movement for Black Lives (M4BL) policy platform. On the day we mourn the destruction of our Temple, the exile of the shekhinah (divine presence), the ruthlessness of empire and the dispersal of our people into centuries of diaspora, we… Read More