Everyday Miracles

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The Hebrew phrase nes gadol hayah sham, “a great miracle happened there,” is widely heard as Jews worldwide celebrate Chanukah. It punctuates every game of dreidel. The story of the great miracle — of one day’s worth of oil burning for eight days in the ancient Temple — is passed down from generation to generation…. Read More

Maryland, Israel Share Cyber Security Strengths

“In the cyber domain there are no sirens,” Prime Minister Netanyahu told Israel’s fourth annual international cyber security conference last month, according to the The Jerusalem Post. Case in point is “Operation Cleaver,” a suspected Iranian hacking cabal that has targeted 16 countries, including the U.S. and Israel for two years. U.S. security firm Cylance,… Read More

Israel’s Emerging Muslim-majority Ally

Beginning in the early 1990s, Turkey became the one Muslim-majority country that maintained a robust strategic relationship with Israel. The two countries developed strong trade ties. Israel helped update the Turkish air force, and Turkey allowed the Israeli air force to train in its airspace. There were major plans underway to further upgrade strategic ties…. Read More

Best Decision I Ever Made

What is BBYO? I probably hear this question at least two times every day from family, friends and teachers, Jewish and not. Here’s the simple answer: BBYO is a Jewish pluralistic youth movement for ninth- through 12-graders to have meaningful experiences and connect to their Judaism. However, if you asked me what BBYO is, that’s… Read More

Meeting the Jewish World’s New, Urgent Need

The rise in anti-Israel and anti-Semitic activities in academia begs for an effective strategy to address this new challenge. As Jewish teens arrive on college campuses, they are thrust into a vulnerable position: unprepared, uninformed, and unable to cope with hostility, antagonism and even worse against Israel and Jews. Furthermore, the problems in academia are… Read More

We’re Young, But We Get It

Two weeks ago, thousands of American Jewish leaders from across the country gathered outside Washington, D.C., for the Jewish Federations of North America’s General Assembly to discuss issues pertaining to Israel, Jewish continuity and campus life. One of the more engaging programs at the GA was a plenary panel featuring journalists I admire: Jeffrey Goldberg,… Read More

Understanding Conversion

With all of the talk about the technicalities of conversion and the alleged abuse of the system, the core of what conversion is and why the process seems so convoluted has been lost. For any intelligent discussion to take place, it is essential that this be clarified. What is conversion? On the one hand, the… Read More

Parenting in the iPhone Age

Parenting has never been for the faint of heart. It takes tremendous mental and physical energy, and there are few, if any, breaks. It seems that in recent times, however, the ante has been upped. With the ever-expanding reach of the Internet, the kinds of trouble our kids can get into has mushroomed as we… Read More

The Value of Community

Without any plans to become a leader in Howard County’s Jewish community — but after 8 years of living in this vibrant community — I have become president of the prominent Jewish preschool Bet Yeladim, involved in the county’s Jewish federation and a member of the youth committee in the county’s Conservative synagogue Beth Shalom…. Read More

How to Expand Shrinking Jewish Middle

Newly emerging evidence from the Pew Research Center’s 2013 Portrait of American Jewry points to enormous challenges facing federations, Jewish philanthropy and organized Jewish life, more generally. Virtually every Jewish institution is contending with a sharply diminishing base of people who give, join or even care. Though the Orthodox are expanding numerically, the number of… Read More