Climate Change Is a Jewish Racial Justice Issue

February marks Black History Month, an opportunity to learn about and share African-American history and consider how we, as a Jewish and an American community, can continue pursuing racial justice in the coming year. We also read Parshat Mishpatim, which expounds on the earliest Jewish laws, including how and when to set both Israelite and… Read More

Connecting Our Jewish Teens

Last week, hundreds of community leaders, philanthropists, teen professionals and teens converged in Baltimore for the Summit on Jewish Teens to discuss how to engage the next generation. The ideas they generated were dynamic, the teens were passionate, and the opportunities to be innovative were encouraging. It was amazing to see such energy and creativity… Read More

Kotel Compromise: Israelis Need American Jews

The relationship between Israel and American Jews is a complicated mix of good news and bad news, and last week’s government compromise on the Western Wall, or Kotel, is a case in point: It’s a step forward in providing access for non-Orthodox Jews but may also reinforce the reality that the main plaza doesn’t welcome… Read More

We Are All God’s Children

During President Barack Obama’s historic address at the Islamic Society of Baltimore, he said, “At a time when others are trying to divide us along lines of religion or sect, we have to reaffirm that most fundamental of truths: We are all God’s children. We’re all born equal, with inherent dignity.” The idea that we… Read More

Eugene Borowitz Defined Dilemma of the Modern Jew

In “Ethics of the  Fathers,” the rabbis teach that we must grant respect and honor to an individual who teaches us even the smallest bit of knowledge. For those of us who were the students of Rabbi Eugene Borowitz, who died last week at the age of 91, the obligation is increased a thousandfold because… Read More

Nearly 1 Million Jews Erased From History

In an act more reminiscent of magician Harry Houdini than a major U.S. newspaper, The Washington Post omitted nearly 1 million Jewish refugees from Arab lands in a chart “A visual guide to 75 years of major refugee crises around the world” (Dec. 21, 2015). The online infographic, claiming to provide a “brief guide to… Read More

It’s the Jewish Thing to Do

As I’m writing this, my family is running around the three floors of a house that is not ours. We traveled up I-95 before the dreaded Snowzilla hit in advance of last weekend to attend a friend’s son’s bar mitzvah on Sunday. The blizzard made sure that the party was pushed off, and here we… Read More

My Son Is Majoring in Musical Theater

It is winter, which means my high school senior is in the thick of the college application process. Like the hundreds of thousands of other American mothers in my shoes, most conversations I find myself having with family, friends and even new acquaintances inevitably turn to questions of where, and for what, my son is… Read More

Expectedly, European Liberal Left Blames Victims

Recent incidents have highlighted the dangerously failed European left-wing politics that has draped itself in the false cloak of morality and judgment. Israel has been hit by more than 1,000 terror attacks perpetrated by Palestinian Arabs in a four-month period. With knifing, car ramming, fire bombing, rock throwing and occasional shooting attacks, about 30 Israelis… Read More

The Need of Appreciation for One Another

As we look back on the tumultuous year for our city, I am reminded of the inspired leadership of Martin Luther King Jr. This was a man of action who brought hope and healing to our country and whose values of truth, justice and compassion brought about the civil rights conversation so important at that… Read More