A Strategy for Jewish Continuity and Survival

For decades, study after study tells us that the Jewish community’s biggest fear remains Jewish detachment and assimilation. We remain Jewish for three reasons: religion, strong affinity and/or strong feelings of historical connection. All three of these reasons, however, are not preventing our assimilation rate, shockingly, from growing higher and higher. Those Jews who are… Read More

Looking for the Seder Jew

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Since the release of the Pew Study of Jewish Americans last fall there has been ample discussion in the Jewish community about the vitality of the Jewish people. Despite all the scary statistics, however, the Pew Study also revealed some information that may give us a sense of where the good stuff is happening. According… Read More

Passover Provides Lessons on Leadership

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My oldest son,who is 8, recently joined with friends to lead a Rosh Chodesh service. Of course I was proud of them all, and they got me thinking about the new beginning that comes with the new moon and of the seminal Jewish new beginning we celebrate at Pesach. I also began thinking of the… Read More

More Jews in Pigtown

Ben Hyman is quoted as saying, “You’d be surprised. There are some pretty active Jews in Pigtown” (“The Fight for Pigtown,” March 28). Two of them are my friends, Bill Marker and his wife, Nan Tuckett. They have been active in their community and in Jewish congregational life for many years. Bill has served as… Read More

Fantasy vs. Reality

Ada Grodzinsky (Your Say, March 28) really should learn to read material closely and forego putting words into other people’s mouths. This she has done twice, with regard to both Baruch Shaw and Stanleigh Cohen, imputing value claims to what was a pure and simple recitation of accurate historical fact on both Shaw’s and Cohen’s… Read More

Synagogue Embraces Digital Age

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Over the last several years, the world has indeed changed with the power of social media and the Internet and all the revolutionary new ways of connecting people interactively. Synagogues today need to stay in tune with the times and learn how to connect congregants to the synagogue community and each other. Communication today focuses… Read More

Why I Love Being a Modern Orthodox Rabbi in Baltimore

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It was very kind of the JT to provide members of the Baltimore Board of Rabbis a forum to express their views freely. I had absolutely no guidelines for what I was to write about in this article. I thought, should I write a political article trying to convince readers to support my views on… Read More

Stop Ignoring Candidate!

I am complaining about the very incomplete coverage of Ralph Jaffe’s gubernatorial campaign and his ongoing movement as compared with that of his opponents, who have been able to exploit your readers and the wider public for years (“Candidates Game for Decriminalization,” Feb. 21). Are you aware that the Jaffe movement has thousands of students?… Read More

In Search of Contemporary Heroes

The Jewish community is threatened. Queen Esther not only is silent, but also opposes the activism of Morde-chai. The response of Mordechai is blunt: “If you persist in keeping silent at a time like this, relief and deliverance will come to the Jews from elsewhere, and you and your father’s house will perish.” A chastened… Read More

Finding Community in Howard County

In 1994, I moved to the Baltimore area to attend dental school. Aware of the large active Jewish community in Baltimore, I longed to become involved, but as a student I had limited free time. I promised myself that I would, when time allowed, make involvement in Jewish organizations a priority. It was not until… Read More