Our French Connection

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As I rushed into our local kosher market to pick up the remaining items I needed for Shabbat, my thoughts turned to Sophie and Sandy who were among the Jews held at gunpoint in the Hyper Cacher kosher market in Paris on Jan. 9. I could not help but think about the connections made and… Read More

Time to Reconsider Jewish Love Affair with Buildings

The halls of the Omaha Jewish Community Center are often empty, but not because there is no Jewish life here. Quite the contrary. On any given day, we have an impressive number of Jewish activities for a community of 5,500 Jews. So why the empty hallways? Because we have invested considerably more in our buildings… Read More

Extra! Extra! Hear All About It!

I took an intro to audiology class at the University of Maryland and fell in love with the subject matter. The course made me more compassionate toward my grandmother’s long-term hearing loss and improved our relationship. This sparked a passion to improve people’s hearing and better the quality of life for people with hearing loss…. Read More

CUFI, Not J Street

I certainly prefer a pro-Israel organization such as CUFI, although Christian, for the most part to the so-called Jewish organizations that spout support for Israel but then release a barrage of anti-Israel propaganda against the Jewish state (“The Other Pro-Israel Lobby,” Feb. 3, online only). Christians United for Israel has been steadfast in supporting Israel… Read More

Say ‘No!’ to Offshore Drilling

The recent Interior Department proposal to allow offshore oil and gas drilling along the East Coast is simply absurd. Waves of drilling could likely precede waves of oil lapping at the shores of our beloved beaches and storied seaports, imperiling fish, wildlife, local economies and treasured ways of life. The potential rewards for Maryland and… Read More

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