Why the Presbyterian Divestment Vote Matters

The recent decision by the Presbyterian Church (USA) is hurtful on real-world terms and gets in the way of what most Israelis and Paletinians want: two secure states. Most Israelis support the formal establishment  of Palestine, as do most American Jews. The Palestinian Authority has actively stated that the movement  for boycott, divestment and sanctions… Read More

Israel’s Economic Impact On T he U.S.

Earlier this week I attended the annual Israel-America Chamber of Commerce (AMCHAM) dinner in Tel Aviv. The honorary chairman of the AMCHAM is U.S. ambassador to Israel Daniel Shapiro.  In his remarks, he mentioned that the very first free-trade agreement that the U.S. signed with any country was the United States-Israel Free Trade Agreement in… Read More

From Strength To Strength

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Two years ago, when I became chair of the board of The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore, my first official act was to invite the guests at our annual meeting to roll up their sleeves and get involved with the many hands-on projects at a volunteer expo that followed the annual meeting. It was… Read More

Great Memories

I saw the very good article about the Tulkoff family (“It Don’t Mean a Thing If It Ain’t Got That Sting,” June 6). Marty Tulkoff, of the famous horseradish business, and I were friends in the 1950s. I even met my wife though Marty, and I took a photo of our guys’ group back then…. Read More

Wanted: Moral Leaders

I believe what we are seeing in society today is the horrible devaluing of human beings by people in positions of perceived power and others who are jumping on the bandwagon instead of standing up to injustice (“A Lack of Human Respect,” June 13). We need good, moral people to stand up and not be… Read More

The World Cup, Auschwitz and the future

My father and I will watch every game that the United States plays in the World Cup, starting this past Monday when the American team defeated Ghana. We live on opposite sides of the world — he is in Florida and I am in Australia — but today’s video technology will allow us to cheer… Read More

Running a Trail of Restoration

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The contamination of our freshwater supply is a critical issue for the health of our environment and population. Although the recent stormwater fees are creating a greater focus, there is great need for proactive community involvement to create the changes that are needed for these vital improvements. Three years ago, Rabbi Nina Beth Cardin called… Read More

Building Walls, Not Tearing Them Down

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I am a liberal Jew and a Reform rabbi, and I love Israel. I have traveled to Israel. I lived in Israel, and I lead trips to Israel such as the one this coming December. I even married the daughter of Israelis. So when I express concern for Eretz Yisrael, it is coming from a… Read More

BDS Threat from America is Overrated

While the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement may be a popular cause on America’s college campuses, the movement has little future across the larger United States. Not only is criticizing Israel a political third rail, but sympathy for the Palestinians is a hard sell to Americans. To become a significant movement, BDS will have… Read More

Yad Vashem and Its (Orthodox) Jewish Problem

Since the opening of its state-of-the-art New Wing in 2005, Yad Vashem in Jerusalem has been deluged by well-deserved accolades from the millions of tourists and Israeli citizens who visit each year. And it is considered by many to be the gold standard against which all other Holocaust memorials are measured. Why, then, has a… Read More