BBYO and AIPAC: Leading the Next Generation

Being only 5 feet tall is pretty overwhelming when you walk around and are constantly being towered over. Often, you’re not heard or listened to because you are just so short. But standing in a room of more than 14,000 pro-Israel activists is beyond overwhelming. It is stunning, mind-boggling and absolutely amazing that I am… Read More

Sustaining Spring Showers: Dayenu

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I’m sure that few will lament the bitter cold winter leaving us as we enter spring  and, with it, the resurgence of life. March definitely has come in like a lion but hopefully will leave like a lamb, giving way to the more mild showers of April. Rain enables the rebirth of vegetation after winter… Read More

Does it Fit Our Democracy?

Freedom is every American citizen’s fundamental right. The most important part of an individual’s freedom is to be able to walk safely and freely on the streets of his or her own town. Back in the Soviet Union, the dictatorship took away the freedom, and sometimes lives, of its citizens. For those like myself who… Read More

Family Narrative

I recently came across an interesting article by Bruce Feiler in The New York Times that referenced a study by Emory University psychologist Marshall P. Duke. What he found, among other things, was that the more children know about their family’s history, the more they feel a sense of control over their lives and the… Read More

Birthright Change Not a Panacea

While changing Birthright Israel’s eligibility requirements to include young adults who previously participated on a teen Israel experience appears to be a worthy addition to the ubiquitous free trip program, it is, in fact, a mirage and a misstep. The change has the appearance of bringing more young people to Israel, but because the experience… Read More

My Involvement in Jewish Life on Campus

Having grown up at a Reform Jewish summer camp and in the Reform movement’s youth group NFTY, I knew Jewish life was something I wanted to hold onto in college. I attended the first Shabbat dinner of my freshman year, where I met peers who have become my close friends, and was motivated to apply… Read More

A Lesson in Communal Relations

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Please indulge me as I reveal a not so well-kept secret that I don’t mind professing to the world, or at least to this small corner of the global Jewish community: I love my family. I love my wife, Suzy. I love my kids. And in our particular home, we dispense a lot of love…. Read More

When We Are God’s Witnesses

I am writing this on a bitterly cold day. It was 3 degrees when I left for the gym before sunup, and now, at noontime, it is not noticeably warmer. I cannot stop thinking about those who do not have a warm, comfortable home as their refuge in this kind of adverse weather. Homeless shelters… Read More

You Want Their Parents to Hear You’re a Rabbi

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I often get asked how I find people in my work. Who are these young adult Jews we know to be roaming the secular gathering spaces of Baltimore but aren’t showing up in shul? It’s surprisingly easy to identify unaffiliated Jews here in Baltimore. That said, there definitely are certain tactics I rely on to… Read More

Investing in Our Community

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In every community, people expect certain rights as well as obligations. In civil societies, people expect good government and public schools, well-maintained highways and parks and responsive police and fire departments. Citizens’ obligations include being good and law abiding and, of course, paying taxes in order to support the services provided by government. In the… Read More