‘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

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