My Journey From Israel To Howard County

It was a Wednesday morning and my whole life was packed into a few boxes and two suitcases. I took a last look at my home in Israel, a few last pictures,  gave kisses and hugs to my loved ones, and I was on my way to the airport to start a journey of a… Read More

Our Soldiers And Our Community

Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (FIDF) has just completed its fifth year in Baltimore. We are proud of our accomplishments, one of which is becoming part of our Jewish community’s fabric. And one sure way to be part of our fabric is to be an active member of our Baltimore Israel Coalition. As most… Read More

The Silent Killer

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What is colorless, odorless and extremely dangerous?  The answer is carbon monoxide, a poisonous gas that is also known as the silent killer.  Carbon monoxide is produced by appliances that burn gas, wood, petroleum and other fuels.  When carbon monoxide seeps out in an unventilated room, the outcome can be fatal.  In Baltimore City, there… Read More

Seeking Hebrew School Dropouts

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Nice community rabbi seeking Hebrew school dropout, religious about the Ravens. When I learned that I would have the opportunity to write a column for the JT, I promised some close friends (bubbies and mamas) that I would use one piece to help them help me in the search for my beshert. It has not… Read More

Bike For Change

This summer, I rode my bicycle from Seattle, Wash., to Washington, D.C. The nine-week, 3,402-mile journey was coordinated by Hazon, a Jewish environmental advocacy organization and the largest faith-based environmental organization in North America. During the school year, I am deeply involved with Maryland Hillel’s social justice community as a leader and fellow and wanted… Read More

Celebration Of A 100-Year Legacy

The voice of the Conservative movement and the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism was heard loud and clear at its Centennial convention celebration in Baltimore this past week. I heard the voices that spoke of positive Jewish identity, that link valued traditions of our collective past to our present actions in personal and communal life…. Read More

A Diplomatic Revolution In The Middle East?

The rapid development of events in the Middle East over the last several months has persuaded some observers that a diplomatic revolution is under way. For the first time in many years, serious negotiations are taking place between Israel and the Palestinian Authority that could bring about a peace settlement. In addition, a process is… Read More

Have The Teacher’s Back

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My children had only nine days of school in September. On one of those days, my first-grader came home and recounted an incident: “Mommy, I took off my kippah clips at school today because they were hurting me and making my head feel like it was bleeding. When I went to the potty, my kippah… Read More

Jewish Community: From D.C. to Tel Aviv

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Imagine the Gaylord National Hotel in Washington, D.C., filled to the brim with Jewish teens from across the world, united under a single flag. Some of you may already have imagined this when the annual BBYO International Convention was held in Washington this past February. I went into the hotel with almost no connections from… Read More

Who Is Going To Care For Our Senior Loved Ones?

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The United States is recognized as the provider of the most sophisticated health care in the world at an annual estimated cost of more than $1.7 trillion. But while spending significantly more money on health care than any other leading industrialized nation, the U.S. also retains a significantly larger population of unserved or underserved citizens…. Read More