One Brick at a Time

This past November, I had the privilege of attending the Jewish Federations of North America General Assembly (fondly referred to as the GA) in Washington, D.C. As someone not very religious, I found myself reflecting on what drove me to take three days away from my family and work to attend an event about which… Read More

Riding the Wave of Change

Amid the numerous studies and analyses regarding Jewish American life, a simple fact remains: Part-time Jewish education is the most popular vehicle for Jewish education in North America. Whenever and wherever parents choose Jewish education for their children, we have a communal responsibility to devote the necessary time and resources to deliver dynamic, effective learning… Read More

Acts of Complicity

When Alfred Dreyfus, an up-and-coming career soldier in the French army, was falsely accused of treason by passing on secrets to the Germans at the end of the 19th century, Emil Zola, then a well-established national French author, wrote his opinion on the entire sordid matter, denouncing the elites in the highest echelons of French… Read More

Hillel’s Reach

Connecting students to Israel in a positive way is at the heart of Hillel’s mission. Through travel, education, advocacy and personal relationships, Hillel helps students forge their bond with Israel and share it on college campuses. Because of its commitment to deepening Jewish identity in young adults, The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore commits… Read More

Finding the Right School for Your Child

If you would like to send your child to a different school next year, now’s the time to start researching your options. As Maryland commemorates Nat-ional School Choice Week (through Jan. 31) at 165 events across the state and nearly 11,000 events nationwide, many parents will begin evaluating educational opportunities that are available for their… Read More

Here for Everyone

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At the J, we engage thousands of people every day following the fundamental value of kol arevim zeh lazeh: all Jews are responsible for each other. We are here for everyone in our JCC community, no matter one’s religion or level of practice. Whether you visit the Rosenbloom JCC in Owings Mills, the Weinberg JCC… Read More

A Day of Anomalies

The Jan. 11 solidarity event in Paris was, for this viewer, a day full of anomalies and disappointments. First, there was the march of world leaders itself. There in the front row was Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu with, to his left, the president of Mali, French President François Hollande, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, the… Read More

France’s Wake-Up Call

The kosher supermarket was chosen deliberately. Men, women and children were shopping and preparing for Shabbat. Only two days before the attack, terrorists had left 10 of the best-known satirical journalists and cartoonists dead at Charlie Hebdo. Three French police officers were also struck down, one of them a Muslim. Each Islamist terrorist attack targeted… Read More

Popularizing Conservation Shopping

Have you heard that you can pop some serious tags with only $20 in your pocket? The hip-hop duo Macklemore & Ryan Lewis aren’t the only one who have capitalized on the increasing popular interest of thrift-store (also known as conservation) shopping. Although I’m not a fan of the lyrics, I do appreciate the reference…. Read More

The Saudi Situation

The official announcement that King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia had been taken into a Riyadh hospital “to undergo some medical checkups” suggests serious concern about the health of the 91-year-old monarch because he is assumed to have excellent medical facilities in his own palaces. Theoretically, his successor would be his half-brother, Crown Prince Salman, who… Read More