America’s Democracy: Is It in Jeopardy?

Political power transitions are always shocks to the system. Our country’s democratic form of governance is both stable and unstable simultaneously. Stable, because the institutions that run the country don’t flip back and forth as often as our elected leaders. Unstable, because those in power can be easily displaced, and they have been at a… Read More

The Right Choice

Standing side by side with Jewish leaders from Baltimore and Montgomery counties, Gov. Larry Hogan signed an executive order last month prohibiting all state agencies from entering into contracts or conducting official state business with companies engaged in a boycott of Israel. Hogan is right to oppose discrimination in all its forms, including one that… Read More

Giving Thanks

As the 2018 women’s campaign chair for The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore, I have the privilege of having meaningful Jewish conversations with many members of our community. I hear the reasons why they support the local agencies serving needs in Baltimore; and I learn why our work in Israel, the former Soviet Union… Read More

People of the Book What Imagination Can Do for Jews

Places like Pikesville are where creativity goes to die. Pikesville is a place where the most temperamentally conservative people, born lower-middle class, found an upper middle class living by doing exactly what their parents and teachers ordered them to do to the letter of the crossed t and dotted i. The average Pikesville resident did… Read More

Giving PTSD the Jewish Treatment

A recent study from the Department of Veterans’ Administration found that the daily number of American veterans who commit suicide has decreased from 22 to 20 a day — a small improvement but a step in the right direction. The leading cause of veteran suicide is Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, in which you have intense… Read More

Being Zayde Veterans: A Special Breed

Throughout history the world has depended on fighting men, and increasingly fighting women, to stand up to authority and threats to personal safety and to defend cultures. Many have died for both good reasons and bad, but the injured (psychologically and physically) have carried the experience of veterans to an extreme. The quiet among us… Read More

Each of Us Can Reduce Political Polarization

There are numerous theories as to why our political environment is so polarized and dysfunctional: radical politicians elected in gerrymandered districts; the role of money in politics; angry economically marginalized voters; and the pervasive use of negative campaigning. All are contributing factors to the abysmal state of American politics. There are also various and sundry… Read More

People of the Book Happy 97th, Bubbie

In 1920, Tirtza Katz, née Gordon, was pregnant with her only child, Malkeh, when she escaped on what might have been the last train out of Russia with her husband, Abraham, before the border closed irrevocably for 70 years. Malkeh was born in Danzig and in a few months would be in America and named… Read More

What’s So Jewish About Swim Lessons?

This past summer was my first summer with a child. As a Jewish education professional, I have dedicated my life to learning and to hoping to inspire others to learn in all sorts of different ways. But I have found as a new mother that there is so much I can learn about myself through… Read More

The Bond of One People

Not long ago I arrived to the U.S. to serve as a shlichah (Israeli emissary) at the Jewish Federation of Howard County. On the flight from Israel, I noticed volunteers from IsraAID, an Israeli humanitarian aid organization that responds to crises around the world. They were on their way to Houston. At first thought, it… Read More