The Silence Is Deafening

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On June 3, Secretary of State John Kerry made an imp-ortant and impassioned speech to the American Jewish Committee Global Forum. His speech did not receive the media attention it deserved, neither in the general media nor in the Jewish media. Why the silence? Secretary Kerry made a strong call for American Jews to actively… Read More

Regional Chapter of the Year

I am president of the Beth Israel chapter of United Synagogue Youth, which recently was named Seaboard USY’s 2013 Chapter of the Year. As much as my ego would love for me to take credit for this, it really has been a work in progress at Beth Israel for the past six years. Many people… Read More

Powerful Partnerships

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On many occasions throughout June, I had the privilege of representing The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore at annual meetings for a number of local agencies within our system. As chair of the board of The Associated, I brought messages of praise and support for the agencies that deliver the critical programs and services… Read More

Origins Of Worldly Reparation

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Tikkun Olam is the hallmark of Jewish social action.  Generally translated as “repairing the world,” it is often cited as the reason for engagement in social inequities and environmental issues. It ties Jewish tradition to modern dilemmas that many feel are significant and worldly concerns that require our involvement. Searching for a better understanding of… Read More

Having A Senior Moment

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You may find yourself asking these questions: Why did I go into the kitchen? Where did I leave my keys? Did I schedule that dentist appointment? The feelings associated with these thoughts, while fleeting, can be troubling. As we age, we begin to think that these “senior moments” mean something more than just temporary forgetfulness… Read More

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