Science Vs. Sci-Fi

Abe Novick

On a recent Sunday afternoon, I was able to hear Adam Riess speak at Bolton Street Synagogue. Riess is the 2011 Nobel Laureate in Physics for providing evidence that the expansion of the universe is accelerating. During his presentation, which was extremely well-documented with facts and empirical data and at the same time understandable for… Read More

Connecting With Israel

Marc B. Terrill

Countless poems and songs expound upon the emotional connection many Jews have to Israel. It is a bond forged through centuries of tradition, decades of modern history and time spent with the people in the land of Israel. To ensure that future generations care for our Jewish homeland, we must plant the seeds of love… Read More

Step Back

Harsh words in the Israeli Knesset and fisticuffs at the Western Wall have come to define the growing alienation of secular and ultra-Orthodox (haredi) Jews in Israel and of the political struggle under way regarding haredi participation in the national political and economic life of the country.  For many non-haredi Israelis, the ultra-Orthodox are seen… Read More

Step Back

Harsh words in the Israeli Knesset and fisticuffs at the Western Wall have come to define the growing alienation of secular and ultra-Orthodox (haredi) Jews in Israel and of the political struggle under way regarding haredi participation in the national political and economic life of the country.  For many non-haredi Israelis, the ultra-Orthodox are seen… Read More

Feeling Like A Sandwich?

Last week was a perfect image of the diversity of Jewish Baltimore. In a four-day span, I attended (one I simply wrote about) four different programs that brought people from all pockets of the community together. A strong community is built on the combined experience, skills, talents, perspectives and capabilities of variant individuals. It includes… Read More

Legislative Session Coming To A Close

In lieu of this week’s Opening Thoughts by a JT editor or reporter, Baltimore Jewish Council’s Cailey Locklair provides a legisl As the 2013 legislative session comes to a close, we are pleased to report the progress we made for our community this year. We believe all of our items will remain in the budget… Read More

I Had Mazal

As a child of Holocaust survivors and a first-generation American, I never had a problem accepting my Jewish identity. I spoke Yiddish with my family, went to Hebrew School and in September 1963 celebrated my bar mitzvah. In November, President John F. Kennedy was assassinated. I mourned his death by putting on a yarmulke while I… Read More

Political Posturing Not Welcome

When a “movement” has more media appearances than members, do we notice something amiss? When a group claiming to favor prayer calls for dismantling a place of worship, do we smell smoke? And when leaders of an organization demand “Ahavat Yisrael” and then express outright rev-ulsion for all who oppose their agenda, do we finally… Read More

Being There For Our Children

Rabbi Moshe Hauer

Engaged parents make all the difference in the life of a child.  The nature of contemporary society has made engaged parenting all the more challenging, as the increasing demands on our time and attention distract us from focusing on our children, and as the ubiquitous connectivity to various media distract our children from paying much… Read More

Keeping Your School Safe

School safety. These are two words that have especially been on our minds for the past four months.  The tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn., was a sudden wakeup call for us all. It reminded us of our vulnerability. I, for one, have always been a proponent of safety.  Over the years, I have… Read More