No Friend of Israel

Ben Cardin (File photo)

Sen. Benjamin Cardin’s Aug. 26 column in the JT, “Why Tim Kaine Is Good for Israel, Jewish Values,” was the ultimate in chutzpah. Cardin, who voted against the Iran agreement, was supporting Sen. Kaine as being a friend of Israel when, in fact, Kaine helped forge the agreement with Iran.  That the Iran agreement is… Read More

Perfect Choice

Justin Levy (Photo by Daniel Nozick)

In its Aug. 12 edition, the JT featured an article on Justin Levy as a person “You Should Know.” Subsequent to reading this commentary I knew that I had to write and compliment you on your selection. Justin and I met a few years ago, and right from the beginning I knew that his firm… Read More

CJE: Beyond Birth

What a joy it was for me to read the JT’s “CJE Offering New Opportunities for Young Families’ (Aug. 12). As the founding and first director of the CJE Early Childhood Department and as the originator of the prepared childbirth program, then called “In the Beginning: A Jewish Lamaze Experience,” it was  always a goal… Read More

A Plaque of Honor

The wonderful obituary/tribute “Roy Hoffberger: Philanthropist, Art Patron, Proud Jew” (Aug. 12) recounts that he  always kept a plaque on his desk that read: “Further discussion is unnecessary. I have said all I want to hear.” The irony  reminded him daily of the importance of listening to others and to the wishes of the community… Read More

Their Color? Jewish

The JT’s “Jews Conflicted by Black Lives Matter Platform” (Aug. 12) comments on the challenges Jews of color face because of the anti-Israel agenda of the Black Live Matter movement. I don’t see a conflict. Whether Jews of color are born Jewish or have become Jewish by choice, they are Jews and their color is… Read More

Dems: Losing Jewish Vote?

In the excellent JT article “Convention Had Little to Say About Jewish Issues, Republicans Take Note” (Aug. 5), very important points were made. My grandparents’ generation ardently supported the Democratic Party, but it would not recognize it today. The Democrats have abandoned the white working poor and middle class. They have shifted their voter base… Read More

JCC’s Belly Flop

Speaking for many members of the JCC in Owings Mills, we watch daily how the downstairs pool, splash pad, playground and two gyms cannot be used while camp is in session (JCC Members Upset Over Pool Hours,” July 15). The board decided that the members could not use these parts of the JCC in Owings… Read More

Sanders’ Values Are Israeli Values

“A Fly (Donkey?) on the Wall: Behind the Scenes at the DNC” (July 29) quotes Adrian Shanker as describing Bernie Sanders’ “vision as grounded in values that are very Jewish to begin with.” Sanders’ hashkafa is that of democratic socialism: the ideology of the Founding Fathers of the State of Israel. (Not to be confused with… Read More

Force Was Justified

In the Baltimore Jewish Times  articles on the Democratic  National Convention, one briefly mentioned the demonstration in support of the Palestinians outside the convention center (“Sanders Supporters Showed Up in Droves to Protest DNC,” July 29). Prior to the Convention, some leaders in the Democratic Party had wanted to insert into the Democratic National Platform… Read More

Kauffman Column Was Ad, Not Op-Ed

Why was the Brad Kauffman piece (“Democrats Must Be Held Accountable,” July 15) run as an opinion piece rather than as a Kathy Szeliga political ad, which it clearly was? Like rabbis in the pulpit, an op-ed in a Jewish communal setting should offer analyses of policy and issues, rather than serve as a venue for partisan stump speeches…. Read More