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

Connecting Our Jewish Teens

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Last week, hundreds of community leaders, philanthropists, teen professionals and teens converged in Baltimore for the Summit on Jewish Teens to discuss how to engage the next generation. The ideas they generated were dynamic, the teens were passionate, and the opportunities to be innovative were encouraging. It was amazing to see such energy and creativity… Read More

Kotel Compromise: Israelis Need American Jews

The relationship between Israel and American Jews is a complicated mix of good news and bad news, and last week’s government compromise on the Western Wall, or Kotel, is a case in point: It’s a step forward in providing access for non-Orthodox Jews but may also reinforce the reality that the main plaza doesn’t welcome… Read More

We Are All God’s Children

During President Barack Obama’s historic address at the Islamic Society of Baltimore, he said, “At a time when others are trying to divide us along lines of religion or sect, we have to reaffirm that most fundamental of truths: We are all God’s children. We’re all born equal, with inherent dignity.” The idea that we… Read More