Playtime For Entrepreneurship

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During Chanukah, I asked my 5-year-old how many candles we needed for two chanukiot on the fourth night. While he calculated, my 3-year-old daughter told me she would get the box of candles. I watched, mouth agape, as she walked to the china cabinet, nimbly operated the child lock, reached over my great-grandmother’s pink antique… Read More

Discovering The Joy Of Hillel

A little over three years ago, I was going through the exciting and stressful process of applying to colleges; there were many factors involved, but a strong Hillel was not one of them, although I had grown up as part of a Reform Jewish Community. Certainly, I wanted a place to go for services during… Read More

Food Stamp Challenge

At a recent meeting sponsored by the Baltimore Jewish Council, I became aware of what is known as the Food Stamp Challenge. The purpose of the challenge is to raise awareness of — and support for — anti-poverty advocacy by requiring participants to live for a week on the budget of a food stamp recipient:… Read More

Israel’s ‘Super’ Half-Minute

Last year, it was the most watched television event in U.S. history with almost 111 million viewers. And in 2013, Israel will be represented. The Olympics? Nope. Hint: It’s the American version of the ancient spectacles at the Roman Coliseum. Yes, it’s the Super Bowl, and late in the fourth quarter of this year’s broadcast,… Read More

God Of Guns

A month after the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School, two haunting images are seared into my mind. The first is the smiling countenance of 6-year old Noah Pozner, the youngest of the 20 children to die in the shooting. Noah was hit 11 times and buried in a blue tallit that he will never… Read More

The Year Of Campaign Finance Reform

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The 2012 presidential election is history, and yet the alarming nature of how the race was funded remains a mystery. More than $6 billion was spent during the last election cycle — more than $2 billion by the presidential candidates and their Super PACs alone — much of which was undisclosed and devoted to attack… Read More

Social Journey

Patti Neumann

Social networking is simply a means of communicating in real time with others. If you don’t already know them, the main players in social media are Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest and Foursquare. Do you know how to use them? In my new JT social media/entertainment column, I will unveil ins-ightful dos and don’ts, skills, tips… Read More

BBYO’s Big Day

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There is a feeling you get when you realize you are a part of something bigger than yourself. Every year, BBYO holds its International Convention (IC) over Presidents Day weekend. IC is a gathering of BBYO members from around the world and is known to shatter its own expectations year after year. Held in a… Read More

Holy Wars

In the period following my aliyah in 1988, I would often write and lecture about how great Israel was in terms of Jewish identity. I loved living in a country, went my standard shtick, where the Hilton didn’t have a Christmas tree. What I didn’t realize, in my idealism, was that one big reason for… Read More

Proud Partners

Ten years ago, when The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore launched its Baltimore-Ashkelon Partnership with our sister city in Israel, no one could have anticipated just how much this relationship would flourish. One of the hallmarks of this Partnership has been the strong connection formed person-to-person and the recognition of the similarities that link our… Read More