Heed Brandeis’ Call To Be Better Jews

One hundred years ago, the great jurist Louis D. Brandeis was appointed to the Supreme Court of the United States. Brandeis was the first Jew to serve on that court. Brandeis was a non-observant Jew, even a non-religious one. And yet, he became the leader of American Zionism. He came to understand the centrality of… Read More

Survivors’ Welfare Is Everyone’s Responsibility

They survived unimaginable horrors yet went on to live productive lives, despite the haunting memories, the profound loss and physical scars from years of deprivation. Now many Holocaust survivors need our assistance so they may live their twilight years with dignity in their homes and communities. Most Holocaust survivors are in their 80s and 90s,… Read More

Will Supreme Court Make Children Unsafe?

Should all children’s playgrounds be made as safe as possible or should some be denied safety improvements because of bigotry? This question is at the core of a case before the U.S. Supreme Court this year. We at the Orthodox Union argued to the justices that they must strike down an antiquated anti-religious amendment to… Read More

The Associated: Always There When You Need Us


Throughout this past year, as campaign chairs, we saw firsthand how Associated funds are used to benefit our community. But nothing was as powerful as the words and thank you’s from individuals whose lives we changed. For almost 100 years, The Associated has been part of the fabric of our community, assisting Jewish Baltimore through… Read More

Inclusion of All Jews is Halachic Imperative

We in the religiously observant Jewish community hold onto fundamental teachings and standards of behavior that dictate what should be the ideal application of the system of life that is taught by and exemplified in Halachah, the Jewish laws that instruct and informs our lives daily. However, we often live in the reality that falls… Read More

Israeli Lives Matter

Within hours after the recent terrorist attacks in Brussels, landmarks around the globe — including the Eiffel Tower, Brandenburg Gate, Trevi Fountain and the World Trade Center — were bathed in lights showing the red, yellow and black of the Belgian flag — much as the French flag appeared after the Paris attacks last November…. Read More

Jewish Teenagers Want to Engage, Just Ask Them

NEW YORK — Welcoming teens into Jewish life is both one of the most important and seemingly challenging endeavors of the Jewish community. The rapid decline in teen engagement in Jewish life post-b’nai mitzvah is well documented and depressing. It’s also an entirely reversible trend, but only if the Jewish community approaches teen engagement in… Read More

How a United Community Can Still Work Miracles

Passover is a time for family, for tradition and for festive celebration. It’s also a time to fix a paradox. While we read the haggadah earlier this week, we reflected on our past travails and miraculous redemption as a Jewish people. But if we look only at the past we risk overlooking the incredible ways… Read More

‘Traditional’ Women Not Immune to Rape

Rabbi Steven Pruzansky, the spiritual leader of Congregation Bnai Yeshurun in Teaneck, N..J., is no stranger to controversy. His statements have been condemned by the Orthodox Union, the Rabbinical Council of America and the Anti-Defamation League. As a former judge on the Beth Din of America, he has held some of the most prominent positions… Read More