In Howard County, a Federation that Cares

In 1976, my husband and I moved to Howard County. I was 24 years old, had been married for four years and had just purchased a home. I was called by a representative to pledge money for the Jewish Federation of Howard County. Our first pledge was for $50. I can remember this because at… Read More

A Lurking Identity Crisis Beneath Pollard Debate

I often imagine a day perhaps in the not-too-distant future: A prisoner is released, but I don’t see Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas jumping with joy. Quite to the contrary, I don’t see the nation of Israel — American Jews included — feeling like it is being stabbed in its ever-growing and ever-paining wound. And perhaps… Read More

American Jewry must reclaim Hebrew

A key component that unifies a people or nation is a common language. The Jewish people are no exception; the Hebrew language is an essential element of what constitutes the Jewish nation. Hebrew often is the only common language in the room — the lingua franca — when Jews from different parts of the globe… Read More

With Grace

Nearly 20 years ago, a small group of women from The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore gathered together to talk about what many considered an unthinkable problem: domestic violence in the Jewish community. Sadly, there were neighbors, friends and relatives in Baltimore who were struggling with this issue and felt that they had nowhere… Read More

A Strategy for Jewish Continuity and Survival

For decades, study after study tells us that the Jewish community’s biggest fear remains Jewish detachment and assimilation. We remain Jewish for three reasons: religion, strong affinity and/or strong feelings of historical connection. All three of these reasons, however, are not preventing our assimilation rate, shockingly, from growing higher and higher. Those Jews who are… Read More

Looking for the Seder Jew

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Since the release of the Pew Study of Jewish Americans last fall there has been ample discussion in the Jewish community about the vitality of the Jewish people. Despite all the scary statistics, however, the Pew Study also revealed some information that may give us a sense of where the good stuff is happening. According… Read More

Passover Provides Lessons on Leadership

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My oldest son,who is 8, recently joined with friends to lead a Rosh Chodesh service. Of course I was proud of them all, and they got me thinking about the new beginning that comes with the new moon and of the seminal Jewish new beginning we celebrate at Pesach. I also began thinking of the… Read More

More Jews in Pigtown

Ben Hyman is quoted as saying, “You’d be surprised. There are some pretty active Jews in Pigtown” (“The Fight for Pigtown,” March 28). Two of them are my friends, Bill Marker and his wife, Nan Tuckett. They have been active in their community and in Jewish congregational life for many years. Bill has served as… Read More

Fantasy vs. Reality

Ada Grodzinsky (Your Say, March 28) really should learn to read material closely and forego putting words into other people’s mouths. This she has done twice, with regard to both Baruch Shaw and Stanleigh Cohen, imputing value claims to what was a pure and simple recitation of accurate historical fact on both Shaw’s and Cohen’s… Read More

Synagogue Embraces Digital Age

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Over the last several years, the world has indeed changed with the power of social media and the Internet and all the revolutionary new ways of connecting people interactively. Synagogues today need to stay in tune with the times and learn how to connect congregants to the synagogue community and each other. Communication today focuses… Read More