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

Legislative Update From The BJC

Our legislative session is off to a good start, as Gov. Martin O’Malley has generously provided funding to the greater Baltimore Jewish community for many of The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore’s  programs and agencies that support our shared vision of a better Maryland. This year, we are pursuing funding for the Hillel Center… Read More

No Pork In Relief Bill

Joseph DuPont (“Pork In The Bill,” Your Say …, Jan. 11) blames “the defeat of the important Hurricane Sandy relief bill” on “selfish members of Congress” who loaded the bill with pork.  Here is the entire relief bill increasing the borrowing authority of FEMA to fund the National Flood Insurance Program, which Speaker Boehner initially… Read More

A Letter To The Government

Police are armed to protect the people. Without armed police there is no public protection. Why do all federal buildings have armed guards? Why are government employees protected by armed guards? Why do the Fortune 1000 companies have armed guards in their lobbies? Why are government officials protected by armed guards? Given perceived threats “you”… Read More

‘You Need Help’ Helpful

Mental illness must be unstigmatized. There are gaping invisible black holes between minutes, hours, days, months and sometimes years of indecision on whether or not to seek help. The fear of being permanently labeled or mislabeled by health professionals has tragically deterred adults and parents with children in debilitating pain from seeking treatment. The Jewish… Read More

Hagel Appointment A Disappointment

Chuck Hagel’s record as far as Israel and the American Jewish community indicates that his selection will be a disaster for our relations with the Jewish state. Even more important is what this tells us about the innate feelings of our now lame-duck president.   His appointment of Chuck Hagel tells the entire story, and those… Read More