Wanted: Moral Leaders

I believe what we are seeing in society today is the horrible devaluing of human beings by people in positions of perceived power and others who are jumping on the bandwagon instead of standing up to injustice (“A Lack of Human Respect,” June 13). We need good, moral people to stand up and not be… Read More

The World Cup, Auschwitz and the future

My father and I will watch every game that the United States plays in the World Cup, starting this past Monday when the American team defeated Ghana. We live on opposite sides of the world — he is in Florida and I am in Australia — but today’s video technology will allow us to cheer… Read More

Running a Trail of Restoration

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The contamination of our freshwater supply is a critical issue for the health of our environment and population. Although the recent stormwater fees are creating a greater focus, there is great need for proactive community involvement to create the changes that are needed for these vital improvements. Three years ago, Rabbi Nina Beth Cardin called… Read More

Building Walls, Not Tearing Them Down

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I am a liberal Jew and a Reform rabbi, and I love Israel. I have traveled to Israel. I lived in Israel, and I lead trips to Israel such as the one this coming December. I even married the daughter of Israelis. So when I express concern for Eretz Yisrael, it is coming from a… Read More

BDS Threat from America is Overrated

While the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement may be a popular cause on America’s college campuses, the movement has little future across the larger United States. Not only is criticizing Israel a political third rail, but sympathy for the Palestinians is a hard sell to Americans. To become a significant movement, BDS will have… Read More

Yad Vashem and Its (Orthodox) Jewish Problem

Since the opening of its state-of-the-art New Wing in 2005, Yad Vashem in Jerusalem has been deluged by well-deserved accolades from the millions of tourists and Israeli citizens who visit each year. And it is considered by many to be the gold standard against which all other Holocaust memorials are measured. Why, then, has a… Read More

My Federation Journey

In early 2000, I got a call from an old friend, Toby Knopf, who at the time was president of the Jewish Federation of Howard County, an organization to which I was an annual donor.  She told me that her treasurer had just resigned, and she asked me if I would consider filling in for… Read More

My Personal Response to Israel’s 66th birthday

I am not normally supportive of new Jewish/Israeli-based organizations, as we seem to have more than our share. Yet, the time has come for a new effort that will restore the greatness and vitality of the Zionist movement. The time for change is here. Israel and the Jewish people are under attack from the outside… Read More

A Firsthand Experience of the March of the Living

The March of the Living is a two-week educational trip in which teens and adults from all over the world travel from Poland to Israel to learn about the Holocaust and beyond. Participants visit concentration camps, tour cities in Poland and Israel and listen to stories about the Holocaust. The March of the Living proves… Read More

Better Together

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Last weekend, all eyes were on Pimlico Race Track for the 139th running of the Preakness Stakes.  While spectators and news cameras focused on California Chrome winning the second leg of the Triple Crown, they missed the story of renewal and renaissance happening a short distance from the track. The surrounding communities represent the rich… Read More