Respect Our Needs, Values

The JT’s article regarding adding Eid as a school holiday (“Muslims Look to Jewish  Example in Campaigning for School Days Off,” Sept. 9) put me off but not for the obvious reason. Certainly, school boards must evaluate how to accommodate their schedules in districts where Muslim observers, whether students or teachers, comprise a large proportion… Read More

Focus on the Music, Art

Joshua Runyan’s Sept. 16 Opening Thoughts, “A Most Jewish Conversation,” inspired me to write this. As time goes on, I find that the less I know about my musical and other artistic heroes, the more I can enjoy the music/art that they have given to the world. No musician/artist could ever possibly live up to… Read More

A Real Bargain

There are grounds to criticize President Barack Obama on his dealings with Israel, but last week’s 10-year military  assistance package is not at the top of the list. Indeed, this may be a good deal for both sides. The U.S. is estimated to have spent  upward of $85 billion on overseas military forces in 2014… Read More

Get Your Facts Straight

The BJT’s editorial board is  entitled to its opinions (“J Street Crosses the Line,” Sept. 15), but readers would be better served if it grounded them in facts. First, J Street is indisputably a part of the “big tent of the Jewish community.” We are members of the Baltimore Jewish Council and are welcomed regularly… Read More

The Troubles in Susiya

Susiya, located in Area C, is not simply an internal matter (“The Susiya Shuffle,” Aug. 19). Whether one calls it occupied, disputed or liberated territory, Israel has never made it part of Israel. Furthermore, we in the Jewish community have always been the first to say that the  international community must be involved in “internal… Read More

Good Job, Governor!

I do not understand people who go after Gov. Larry Hogan for his  executive order to begin the school year after Labor Day (“Classroom Conundrm,” Sept. 9). Yes, it is an executive order, but in this particular instance, the majority of voters and residents in this state really want the school year to begin after… Read More

Ramallah: A Happening Place

As someone who recently visited Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat’s grave, I was both amazed and sad that a rabbi would be “virtually lynched” because he considered visiting the site in Ramallah (“A Rabbi Is ‘Lynched,’” Sept. 9).  Visiting someone’s grave does not imply complete agreement with what they did or stood for.  A major reason… Read More

An Insult to Jews

I realize American blacks are often subject to racial abuse and stereotyping, as we Jews have often been.  But that does not excuse the vicious name-calling directed at Israel in the Black Lives Matter platform (“Black Lives Platform Gives Hope, Not Fear,” Sept. 2). Its claim that Israel (with U.S. support) is committing “genocide …… Read More

Take Time to Listen

Being an Israeli should be a privilege not an excuse. Thirty-seven years ago when I made aliya from England at the wonderful age of 22, I was full of hope. Now less, much less. I have no intention of  bemoaning what we’ve lost or failed to achieve. I’m not going to cry over the spilled… Read More

JT Drops the Ball, Part II

Racism? Elitism? Lazy journalism? Why are the white male business owners identified by name in the photo captions of “Wage Dispute” (Aug. 26) while the black and brown men and women who work for them are identified only as “employees”?