Branch: Dead Wrong!

As the media contact for Reform Baltimore County Animal Services, I find it necessary to set the record straight regarding your article “Group Protests Animal Shelter Conditions.” Director of the Baltimore County Department of Health Dr. Gregory Branch’s claim that “all animals are actively adopted” is just dead wrong. The truth is, the Baltmore County… Read More

A Team Effort

Maryland’s governor has extraordinary power, especially in formulating the state budget. That makes it crucial for the Jewish community to have an effective working relationship with the governor (“The Jewish Community and the Governor’s Office” May 23). Textbook aid to parochial school students was unchanged at $4.5 million for several years until I urged the… Read More

It’s Your Loss

As a BT congregant and admirer of both Rabbi Mitchell Wohlberg and Charles Krauthammer, I find both their positions concerning the State of Israel absolutely appropriate for discourse (Your Say, May 16). And that’s what it’s about letter-writer Richard B. Crystal — Israel! Would it bother you to attend services in other community synagogues, as… Read More

What To Do With a Jewish Racist?

If only Donald Sterling were as rare a phenomenon in the Jewish community as we would like to think. He merely spoke aloud (albeit in private, or so he thought) what many of us in the Baltimore community think and believe. Since our move here from California 18 years ago, I have never ceased to… Read More

Memo to JT: J Street Unworthy

Shame on the JT for questioning the integrity of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations and its democratic voting process (“Referendum on the Presidents’ Conference,” May 9). The Conference of Presidents has sent a clear message by refusing to accept J Street as a member. The message: J Street is unworthy of… Read More

For the ZOA, No Palestinian State

Issachar Friedman contends that the choice for Israel lies between “nuanced ‘land for peace” or the “hawkish territorialism and revanchist one-state” ZOA agenda (Your Say, April 24). The ZOA does not support a one-state agenda, as Friedman would know if he examined our website and publications. Rather, we presently oppose creating a Palestinian state, because… Read More

Wohlberg: Rabbi or Self-Serving Figurehead?

The last time (and it was the very last time) I attended services at Beth Tfiloh, I listened to Rabbi Mitchell Wohlberg’s “sermon” praising then presidential Republican candidate John McCain while denouncing Democratic candidate Barack Obama. Now I read that Beth Tfiloh recently hosted right-wing Fox News commentator Charles Krauthammer, warmly introduced by Rabbi Wohlberg… Read More

Presidents’ Conference ‘a Rickety Contraption’

The rejection of J Street’s application for membership in the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations is curious (“Not So Fast,” “What is the Presidents’ Conference?” May 9). Nevermind what some may consider J Street’s controversial Mideast positions or its separately incorporated political action committee, the rejection speaks worlds about the Presidents’ Conference… Read More

Bring Alan Home!

It breaks my heart to read about Alan Gross (World Briefs: “Alan Gross goes on hunger strike,” April 11). Alan and I go back to fifth grade at Campfield Elementary School, when his family first moved to Baltimore and he showed up in my class on the first day of school. We became instant friends… Read More

In Memory of Inge Weinberger

The [Yom HaShoah] commemoration in Baltimore (“Legacy of Loss,” April 18) included candle lighting in memory of our Holocaust survivor family members who died this past year, along with a candle for Ms. Inge Weinberger z”l, whose work with HIAS was a beacon of light to survivor family members when we came to the United… Read More