Developing a Business Network Helps Community

Next month, businesses around Maryland will gather together for Strictly Business, a Jewish Community Services’ inaugural program that celebrates workforce development. This networking and awards breakfast, featuring keynote speakers Robert L. Caret, chancellor of the University System of Maryland, and R. Michael Gill, Maryland’s secretary  of commerce, will honor  employers who have worked hard to… Read More

Outside the Tent

Although I’ve been a member of a secular Jewish organization in Baltimore for almost 20 years, I’m not religious, and I’m critical of many Israeli policies. I didn’t seem to fit in the mainstream. Last fall, I decided to dip my toe into a mainstream Jewish activity and attended “New Frontiers in Confronting the New… Read More

Stay Alert!

The JT’s Feb. 26 editorial “How to Answer Strange Questions” when strangers come to your synagogue was very informative. In the course of questioning, one of the hijab-wearing women, who identified as Muslim, pulled out a Quran. I agree with the JT: “There is no crime in carrying a holy book, but the logistical nature… Read More

Feel Falls Short

One can understand the need for economy, but the Jewish Times now looks like a cheap pulp magazine. It feels cheap, and photos don’t show up well. It is distinctly not a pleasure to read. Not only is the JT half the size it used to be, but now it is totally unappealing. I wonder… Read More

Where’s the Passion?

I applaud the yeoman efforts of those dedicated to “The Power of Engagement” (Feb 10), but much more is needed than rearranging deck chairs if the USS Judaism is to avoid memory-lane dry dock and be turned around and headed in the right direction. After investing in an adolescent and young adult project aimed at… Read More

Hadassah: Accomplishments to ‘Cell-A-Brate’

I feel so fortunate to step into the role of president of Hadassah Greater Baltimore at such a momentous time.  Just recently, the 20 ultra-modern operating rooms in Hadassah Hospital’s Sarah Wetsman Davison Hospital Tower opened in Israel. These aren’t ordinary operating rooms, and this is no ordinary hospital. The unit is located four floors… Read More

Pushing Harder on Disability Inclusion

In her victory speech after the Nevada primaries, Democratic hopeful Hillary Clinton said itís time to invest in marginalized communities by “ensuring that people with disabilities have the same opportunities to work and fully participate in our society.” That may seem like the standard campaign rhetoric of a serious presidential candidate, but what many people… Read More

Connecting with Israel Up Close and Personal

In Israel, I had no immediate family, no meaningful experience of the culture, society or language, a small social network and barely a professional network. Very few jobs in  Israel would provide me the same salary as what I was making in New York, and moving to Israel would mean starting largely from scratch. And… Read More

Bipartisan Voices Behind Restitution Efforts

Last year in Washington, D.C., we marked the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II. We celebrated the 25th anniversary of German reunification. We awarded the Monuments Men — made famous by Hollywood — with the Congressional Gold Medal. As the children of immigrants and members of the House  Foreign Affairs Committee, we… Read More

Climate Change Is a Jewish Racial Justice Issue

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February marks Black History Month, an opportunity to learn about and share African-American history and consider how we, as a Jewish and an American community, can continue pursuing racial justice in the coming year. We also read Parshat Mishpatim, which expounds on the earliest Jewish laws, including how and when to set both Israelite and… Read More