DFI Keeps the Ball Rolling

Marc Shapiro in his insightful Feb. 20 cover story, “Congregational Evolution,” highlighted The Associated’s efforts in working with three pilot congregations, thanks to a grant from the Kolker-Saxon-Hallock Family Foundation. This grant has allowed us to select, through an application process, three additional congregations, Beth Israel, Beth El and Chizuk Amuno, to work on engaging… Read More

Obama Has Done His Fair Share

I am mystified by the JT’s editorial, “Obama’s Word About Israel” (Jan. 30), in which you stated, “It may well be that, unlike his recent predecessors, [President Barack] Obama will not attempt to make an Israeli-Palestinian accord his legacy.” On his second day in office, Obama appointed former senator George Mitchell, who had brokered the… Read More

Owings Mills, Reisterstown Schools Also Need CHAI

I read with interest Melissa Apter’s article, “New Coalition Aims to Strengthen Pikesville Schools” (Jan. 30). Although I applaud CHAI for entering into this partnership, I cannot help but wonder why it has not done the same in the Owings Mills and Reisterstown areas. The Owings Mills area is the home of several vibrant Jewish… Read More

The Iranian Threat

The JT fears that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s planned address to Congress in March “has turned broad-based support of Israel into a partisan issue” (“The Fallout from Dermergate,” Feb. 6). In emphasizing partisanship, the JT seriously underestimates the urgency of the need to counter Iran’s imperialistic designs. There is much more to the Iranian… Read More

Too Late for Biden? Seriously?

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is fighting for the life of his country against the whim of a nuclear-armed Iran while President Barack Obama sulks because his feelings are hurt (“The Fallout from Dermergate,” Feb. 6). One is crying for his people. The other is crying for himself. Go figure! Meanwhile, the American Press, which… Read More

Honor Well Deserved

I was delighted to learn that Dr. Hannah Bor has been selected as the Peggy Meyerhoff Pearlstone Professor at Towson University (“Bor Named Pearlstone Professor,” Feb. 6). I had the pleasure of supervising Dr. Bor’s excellent dissertation at Baltimore Hebrew University on the role of religion in Israel-Diaspora relations — a topic as relevant today… Read More

Disgraceful Events

I have great concern for Beth Alexander and her twins (“Custody Battle in Vienna Generating International Uproar,” Jan. 27, online only). Husband Michael Schlesinger has not responded to letters from British Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis regarding the case, and it also concerns me that the Chabad rabbi in charge of the children’s kindergarten has not… Read More

Magical Peace? Not Hardly

I am amazed how those who espouse the Labor Party and leftist view (“Call to Labor Party,” Your Say, Jan. 30) seem to think that a unilateral withdrawal from Yehuda and Shomron will lead to a magical peace with the Palestinians. It was the unilateral withdrawal from Gaza (aka Sharon’s Folly) that had led to… Read More

Orthodox Inclusion

I take strong exception to the JT’s article about children with special needs (“From Awareness to Inclusion,” Feb. 6). For many years, the Orthodox day schools in Baltimore have accommodated blind children, students with profound hearing loss, kids with Down syndrome, boys and girls on the autism spectrum and children with all types of learning… Read More

Egyptian President’s Courageous Words

Upon a world marred by Islamic turmoil, terror and violence (“Nous Sommes Charlie: Jewish community reacts to Paris attacks,” Jan. 16), a gift of inestimable value has been bestowed. On Dec. 28, in a speech directed at Islamic religious scholars and clerics, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi said, “It is inconceivable that the ideology we… Read More