A Sense of Proportion

“I find it difficult to visit Germany. I’m uncomfortable with the sound of the language, the police uniforms, the large industrial buildings. When I was first invited to participate as a golfer in this summer’s Jewish Olympics, the Maccabiah Games in Berlin, I declined.  Then I learned that the Opening Ceremonies for the Games would… Read More

Discovering Selflessness in a ‘Selfish Gap-Year’

I had looked forward to my year in seminary with great anticipation. Everyone I encountered informed me that my “gap year” would consist of one life-altering experience after another and that I had to make the most of every opportunity. But I was a little anxious about my ability to truly maximize the year. After… Read More

Powerful Lessons Well Learned

Debra S. Weinberg

Benjamin Franklin famously stated, “Tell me and I forget, teach me and I remember, involve me and I will learn.” Franklin’s wise observation certainly supports the truism that experience is the best teacher. Rolling up your sleeves and immersing yourself with all senses engaged can have a much more profound impact than merely hearing or… Read More

It’s Time to Stop Demonizing Michael Oren

Michael Oren is my friend. During his nearly five years as Israel’s ambassador to the United States, we’d speak on an almost daily basis. Often those phone calls would come at 3 or 4 a.m., Washington time, and Oren, enduring another sleepless night, would share his fears about how the Obama administration was compromising Israel’s… Read More

Actions Always Speak Louder Than Words

In the very midst of negotiations with Western powers, Iran has stepped up its involvement in regional proxy wars, overtly supporting the Houthi rebels in Yemen. It is attempting to open a new terror front in the Golan Heights. It continues to bolster Bashar al-Assad’s regime, spending what some experts estimate to be up to… Read More

Fitness and Family

We all know the health benefits of being active, but life is hectic with work, child care/family responsibilities and a bunch of other demands on our time. Rather than looking at family obligations as an obstacle to exercise, I view it as an opportunity. By exercising with their children, parents not only teach them how… Read More

We Must Do Better

In the aftermath of the Freddie Gray riots, some have chided black Baltimoreans for participating, for supposedly labelling themselves as victims and for justifying the economic malaise that affect their people. I take issue with that characterization. Since 2012, I have participated in dialogue between African-American and Jewish members of Northwest Neighbors Connecting, sponsored by… Read More

This Is Not the Charleston I Know

The unspeakable murder of nine accomplished, beloved and respected African-American Charlestonians of faith in their own church last week hit our city like an earthquake. These murders occurred in my neighborhood, across the street from Buist Academy, the public magnet school my daughter and son attended with their white, black and Hispanic classmates. This is… Read More

Net-zero means surplus for nonprofits

Nonprofits have a responsibility to their donor base: to use a donor’s money efficiently and to accomplish effectively the mission of the organization. And if organizations feel they have the right to continue to ask for voluntary donations, donors have the right to ask how their money is being used. Donors should care if their… Read More

Taking Stock

As The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore readies for our Annual Meeting, marking the completion of another fiscal year and Annual Campaign, it is the appropriate time to glimpse back on the months that have passed. Through the year, we have had to navigate times of both challenge and jubilation. It is hard to… Read More