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

Shabbos at the JCC: Crossing the Line

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Last week, the board of the JCC voted overwhelmingly to open the Owings Mills JCC for the full day on Shabbos, expanding on the afternoon opening that was initiated seven years ago. This is a troubling  decision. During the broad communal debate over the initial Shabbos opening of the JCC, many asserted that it would… Read More

We Are One Community

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We often hear that Baltimore is a special community. But it is when I travel to other Jewish communities that I am truly reminded about the incredible community we’ve built in  Baltimore. One of the secrets to our success is that we have worked hard to engage all parts of our community. So many times,… Read More

Shavuot, Sex, Teens

OMER, Israel — As Jews, we tend to pride ourselves on our tradition’s values and how we pass them on to future generations. But if you were to start a conversation today with a teenager, would you be ready to articulate Jewish values  related to dating and sexuality? Several such values can be gleaned straight from… Read More

Kosovo: Fertile Ground for Religious Pluralism

Kosovo is a “newborn” country, a majority Muslim state that fought for its independence from Serbia only eight years ago. Yet, it has erected a Holocaust memorial outside its parliament, elected a female president, held pride parades in support of LGBTQ rights and supported the building of a major Catholic cathedral in its capital city… Read More

Heed Brandeis’ Call To Be Better Jews

One hundred years ago, the great jurist Louis D. Brandeis was appointed to the Supreme Court of the United States. Brandeis was the first Jew to serve on that court. Brandeis was a non-observant Jew, even a non-religious one. And yet, he became the leader of American Zionism. He came to understand the centrality of… Read More

Survivors’ Welfare Is Everyone’s Responsibility

They survived unimaginable horrors yet went on to live productive lives, despite the haunting memories, the profound loss and physical scars from years of deprivation. Now many Holocaust survivors need our assistance so they may live their twilight years with dignity in their homes and communities. Most Holocaust survivors are in their 80s and 90s,… Read More