What A Day!

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As a Zionist, I am a natural dreamer. Early Zionists dreamt of a homeland for the Jewish people, who were spread out all over the world. Truly a dream come true and one of which we should all be proud. For many years, I have been active in various local, national and international organizations. My… Read More

One More Life Changed

I grew up in Owings Mills and my parents sent me to Hebrew school. Before each session came the complaint: “Why do I have to do this if I don’t want to?” My parents would respond: “You’ll understand when you’re older.” Against my will, I worked toward my bar mitzvah, signaling the completion of my… Read More

Summer Bike Safety

Summer is here. Bicyclists once again are riding on our streets. From small banana-seat 10-inchers with training wheels to 10-speed racing bikes, we see them all. How many cyclists wear protective helmets and reflective gear? I did my own research and found that, thank God, most riders are wearing helmets. Inevitably, though, a few children… Read More

Note By Note

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Perhaps one of the most important rules of outreach is to meet them where they are. The journey along which one learns and integrates values and practices of tradition into their life requires a multitude of incremental steps and should start with something familiar. I want to share a snapshot of one journey over the… Read More

All In The Family

For religious schools, it’s time to clean out desks and cabinets, send home projects and paperwork and wrap up a year of Jewish learning. Parents are satisfied their children have learned alef-bet and answers to big questions such as “why be Jewish?” Teachers are pleased with their students but happy to get their Sunday mornings… Read More

Tigers For Israel

Coming from a strong Jewish Israeli background, I came to Towson University wanting to explore what else is out there. It wasn’t until Yom Ha’atzmaut my freshman year that I decided to take part in Jewish life on campus. My passion for Israel made me want to take part in planning the Yom Ha’atzmaut event… Read More

Are Synagogues Passé?

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Let’s continue the conversation about the nature of community and the future of the synagogue, some of which has already found its way onto the pages of the Baltimore Jewish Times. The organized Jewish community faces an increasingly challenging landscape: Congregations are “graying” along with the Jewish community; affiliation rates are in a downward spiral;… Read More

President Obama Is Abdicating Responsibility On Syria

With more than 80,000 people killed and more than a million Syrian refugees having fled to neighboring Jordan, Turkey and Iraq, the United States appears to be standing idly by, hoping that an international conference, co-sponsored with Russia, will solve the problem. This is an idle hope. The longer the U.S. waits to take action,… Read More

One Word: Identity

Our community is undoubtedly blessed by the various opportunities available to teens, young adults and families. Many of these opportunities focus on Israel. Whether it be through travel, lectures or leadership roles, there is no question: In Baltimore, if you want to be connected to Israel, there is an opportunity that can suit both your… Read More

Beginning’s End

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My grandmother called me one rainy evening asking for help changing a light bulb. I was only 14, so I brokered a ride from my friend Chris. My grandmother’s house was a mile down the road, but the rain was torrential. This was long before her Alzheimer’s left her confused about which family members were… Read More