What Did We Really Learn from Rio?

Four weeks on, as memories begin to fade, is there anything that really and truly inspired us for all the hours we devoted to the incredible actors of the Rio Olympics, as they fulfilled the world’s best of human achievement to a universal  audience? We learned that Simone Biles can fly through the air with… Read More

Modern-Day Spanish Jewry

In July, my wife, Roberta, and I led a group from Beth Am on an 11-day Mission to Spain, organized by the Conservative Cantors Assembly. Forty cantors from North America went, bringing 300 congregants with us (no other Baltimore groups went). I was personally interested in the mission’s goals: to learn the history of Jews… Read More

The ‘Altruistic Evil’ of Social Justice for Palestinians

As yet another indication that the university campus has  become “an island of repression in a sea of freedom,” last March a pro-Israel group, Hasbara Fellowships Canada, was barred from participating in a Social Justice Week event organized by the Student Association of Durham College and University of Ontario Institute of Technology. The stated reason… Read More

Never Like a Child

“You know old people are just like children,” said the professional athletics director who works with all ages. As someone in the former category, I felt a chill go down my spine and a rush of adrenaline course upwards. How could I convey to this woman that even though older people may have diminished abilities,… Read More

The Movement for Black Lives Platform Gives Us Hope, Not Fear

On Tisha B’Av, 10 friends, Jewish residents of Baltimore City, met to discuss the recently published Movement for Black Lives (M4BL) policy platform. On the day we mourn the destruction of our Temple, the exile of the shekhinah (divine presence), the ruthlessness of empire and the dispersal of our people into centuries of diaspora, we… Read More

Mike Pence, Trump’s VP Pick, Supports Traditional Jewish Values

With the presidential race heating up, a number of progressive Jewish commentators have portrayed the Republicans’ vice presidential candidate, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, as a conservative extremist opposed to Jewish beliefs and values. As officers of the only statewide, grassroots Jewish and Israel advocacy organization in Indiana — who also have had the privilege of… Read More

Why Tim Kaine Is Good for Israel, Jewish Values

American Jewish voters have naturally voted for Democratic candidates because it has meant voting to support strong social justice and a strong U.S.-Israel relationship. Hillary Clinton and her vice presidential choice, Sen. Tim Kaine of Virginia, will continue Democratic action on economic and educational opportunities, retirement security and quality, affordable health care and especially Israel’s… Read More

My Summer of Social Justice, Judaism

This summer, I had the opportunity to participate in the  Religious Action Center of  Reform Judaism’s Machon  Kaplan summer study-internship program as part of a group of 30 college students from around the country. We came to Washington, D.C., in hopes of discovering more about social justice from a  political and Jewish perspective and were… Read More

Addressing Anti-Israel Sentiment on Campus

Anti-Israel movements have existed since the founding of the Jewish state, but over the past 10 years, Israel supporters have had to confront a more sophisticated anti-Israel movement than previously seen. In 2005, 170 Palestinian organizations came together for the boycott,  divestment and sanctions movement, one that sponsors the  economic, cultural and academic isolation of… Read More

Peace Now Leader Wants End to P.A.

A veteran leader of the Peace Now movement is apparently calling on Israel to overthrow the Palestinian Authority. It may seem hard to believe, but that’s the plain meaning of an op-ed in the July 29 edition of New York Jewish Week by Martin I. Bresler, a former chairman — and current board member —… Read More