Trump’s AIPAC Speech Brings Respect Within

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There was a great deal of buzz and discussion at this year’s annual AIPAC conference about what to do when Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump showed up. The controversy centered on whether it was right to invite him or not in light of all the insidious comments and disparaging remarks about minorities he has made…. Read More

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Last year, I was honored to be accepted as a Schusterman Fellow through the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation. This international leadership development program is  designed for individuals who are committed to growing their  capacity to exercise leadership in the Jewish sector. The foundation invests significant  resources in their fellows with the goal of… Read More

A Pinterest Passover Prepares No Memories

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My family has a Passover recipe folder. Whoever is hosting the Seder is the keeper of the folder. Last year, when I was talking to a friend about our Seders and asked how she would be preparing her menu, she said, ìI’m just going on Pinterest. You can search ëPassover’ and get tons of recipes.î… Read More

Stand Up for Police Reform

When my great-uncle was a child in 1910s Poland, not yet bar mitzvah age, a police officer spit at him in the street and called him a dirty Jew. That story makes me angry and reminds me that the anti-Semitism our people faced was not casual or personal, but a constant threat of violence. Today,… Read More

A House Divided Against Itself …

A Jewish day school education combined with my participation in a “Labor-Zionist” youth movement has afforded me an interesting perspective. Attending the AIPAC Policy Conference with Beth Tfiloh, knowing that some of my fellow youth movement members stood outside campaigning to “#DumpAIPAC,” left me struggling to define my place between these two worlds. I support… Read More

‘More Torah for More Jews in More Places’

When I think about the bright future I believe is ahead for the Conservative movement, I often frame it through a phrase that Rabbi Julie Schonfeld of the Rabbinical Assembly uses often in her conversations with colleagues. Our goal is to spread “More Torah to More Jews in More places.” Those places include synagogues and… Read More

Mob Mentality Fuels Vassar’s Israel Climate

At many colleges and universities today, Jewish students are often pitted against students of color when it comes to  Israel. In my three years at Vassar College, I have been told — by a Jewish student leader, no less — that supporting Israel is tantamount to supporting oppression. I have watched Jewish friends bullied into… Read More

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