Fitness and Family

We all know the health benefits of being active, but life is hectic with work, child care/family responsibilities and a bunch of other demands on our time. Rather than looking at family obligations as an obstacle to exercise, I view it as an opportunity. By exercising with their children, parents not only teach them how… Read More

We Must Do Better

In the aftermath of the Freddie Gray riots, some have chided black Baltimoreans for participating, for supposedly labelling themselves as victims and for justifying the economic malaise that affect their people. I take issue with that characterization. Since 2012, I have participated in dialogue between African-American and Jewish members of Northwest Neighbors Connecting, sponsored by… Read More

This Is Not the Charleston I Know

The unspeakable murder of nine accomplished, beloved and respected African-American Charlestonians of faith in their own church last week hit our city like an earthquake. These murders occurred in my neighborhood, across the street from Buist Academy, the public magnet school my daughter and son attended with their white, black and Hispanic classmates. This is… Read More

Net-zero means surplus for nonprofits

Nonprofits have a responsibility to their donor base: to use a donor’s money efficiently and to accomplish effectively the mission of the organization. And if organizations feel they have the right to continue to ask for voluntary donations, donors have the right to ask how their money is being used. Donors should care if their… Read More

Taking Stock

As The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore readies for our Annual Meeting, marking the completion of another fiscal year and Annual Campaign, it is the appropriate time to glimpse back on the months that have passed. Through the year, we have had to navigate times of both challenge and jubilation. It is hard to… Read More

Embracing Your Jewish Identity

The cheer “Identity, identity, who am I? A BBG” has become prominent in every BBG’s life. (BBG is the girl’s division of BBYO.) Being Jewish isn’t just a phrase, it’s who you are. From May 15 to 17, more than 60 Jewish teens from BBYO Baltimore Council had the opportunity to go to this year’s… Read More

Open Letter to Tom Brady, Master of the Inflated Lie

Dear Tom: I came to the United States after a childhood spent in hero-worshipping British soccer players. Whether from Liverpool, Chelsea, Manchester United or Arsenal, these teams contained individuals who were nothing less than divinely inspired in their extraordinary athletic abilities, heroic gamesmanship and the adulation they inspired because of the stratospheric standards of play… Read More

A Bar Mitzvah That Makes Us All Proud

Throughout my career I have attended well over 2,000 b’nai mitzvah, all of them are special and unique. Yet, every so often one Shabbat morning stands out from the others and I know that the Beth El community is celebrating a significant Jewish success. For the last 10 years, Beth El Congregation has committed itself… Read More

Whatever It Takes To Reduce Crime

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Let me begin by stating, unequivocally, that this is not meant as a criticism of either our city administration, the City Council, the Baltimore Police Department, the State’s Attorney’s office or the good people of our great city. To be sure, none of us is perfect, but then none of us is to blame either…. Read More

A Miracle in Baltimore?

Is it a miracle that the beautiful building of Shaarei Tfiloh Congregation, just 150 feet from where rioters tossed rocks at police and two blocks from stores that were devastated at the Mondawmin Mall during the recent Baltimore riots wasn’t damaged? My father, Dr. Nathan Drazin, became the first rabbi of Shaarei Tfiloh in 1933…. Read More