‘Religionization’ of Israel Is Troubling

Religionization! Religionization! To read the newspaper headlines in Israel, to view its documentary films and attend its expert panels with academics, a stranger might think that upon landing at Ben Gurion Airport, he or she will have  arrived at nothing less than a Hebrew-speaking version of Iran. According to those who fear for Israel’s Jewish… Read More

Why Infertility is a Jewish Issue

Growing up, I always dreamed of being a mom. Even as a kid I would brainstorm baby names, tell my dolls bedtime stories and swear that I would be a cool mom and let them eat cookies for breakfast, lunch and dinner. It all seemed easy enough — until it wasn’t. When my husband Matan… Read More

Democrats Must Be Held Accountable

The 2016 election cycle is of particular significance for the pro-Israel community. Aside from being a presidential year, it marks the first election since the signing of the Iran deal that has turned out to be a debacle of epic proportions and has only encouraged more terrorism. Voters in key races across the U.S. will… Read More

Bringing Hope, Relief

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I saw a rainbow last week. I got caught in one of those fierce summer storms, the kind where the air gets overheated and the skies open up with lightning, thunder and sheets of rain so you can’t see what’s right in front of you. I was driving as the storm ended when I saw… Read More

Howard County Federation Keeps Moving Forward

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When you look around Howard County, we do not seem like a community in need of philanthropy, in need of financial support. In reality, Howard County is no different than any other community in this country. From where I sit every day, I see people who need support … and the Jewish community turns to… Read More

In America, New Levels of Generosity

Perhaps helped with several mega-gifts, American donors in 2015 were more generous than ever, according to the 61st issue of “Giving USA,” the annual report on charitable activity in the United States. Total giving surpassed $373.3 billion, with several categories tracked by the report reflecting very significant increases in giving — both in real dollars… Read More

The JCC’s Slippery Slope

We must always give credit to the leadership and dedicated staff and volunteers of The  Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore and to its affiliated agencies. Baltimore has been extremely fortunate in building a solid Jewish infrastructure, and the Jewish community is known as one of great kindness. Every Jewish Baltimorean must support and volunteer… Read More

The Magic of the Cavaliers’ Unlikely Victory

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It happens so rarely that if you caught the moment, you caught a piece of eternity. That moment was Sunday night, June 19, when the final buzzer of Game 7 of the NBA finals was heard all around the country. And you caught the magic of that moment, before it dawned on anyone that Cleveland… Read More

UC Irvine Actually Safe Space for Jews

The Jewish students at the University of California-Irvine and our supporters took a strong stand this month, showing our campus community that we will not be intimidated or allow our vocal support for  Israel to be stifled. Last month, a pro-Israel event sponsored by the UC Irvine student organization, Students Supporting Israel (SSI), with support… Read More

The Greatest Threat to Palestinian Arab Youth

On May 19, The Hill, a Washington-based newspaper covering Congress, other governmental agencies and related activity, published a one-sided, anti-Israel op-ed entitled “Obama must act to protect Palestinian youth” by Brad Parker of Defense for Children International-Palestine. Parker claimed a special envoy for Palestinian children would “ensure that Palestinian children’s rights are not abused.” His… Read More