Opening Thoughts: Phil Jacobs

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BY Phil Jacobs
September 11, 2013

In March 1981, 52 Americans held hostage by Iran returned home via Andrews Air Force Base. I stood on a street in Prince George’s County, covering the event. Every tree, every pole had a yellow ribbon tied around it. At the time, I was working for the Prince George’s Journal, based in College Park. My CONTINUE »

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July 18, 2013

I don’t usually freeze at the presence of greatness, coming instead from the “each person puts their pants on one leg at a time” mindset. I have fumbled the ball more than my share of times. There was the Governor’s Cup Race at Ocean Downs Race Track in Ocean City when I introduced myself to CONTINUE »

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BY Phil Jacobs
June 27, 2013

“Street Torah.” Rabbi Sidney Schwarz taught my Beth Israel Congregation and Judaic Academy teens a different way of experiencing Judaism. The lesson occurred when I took a group of Beth Israel students and students from the former Judaic Academy of Baltimore to Washington, D.C., more than 10 years ago to participate in Panim: The Jewish CONTINUE »

May 13, 2013

Last month, at Congregation Ahavath Torah in Englewood, N.J., a panel discussion brought together a Reform rabbi, an Orthodox rabbi and a Conservative rabbi. The clergy exchanged ideas in front of more than 250 people. Among the rabbis was Shmuel Goldin, spiritual leader of the Orthodox shul hosting the evening. Goldin is also the president CONTINUE »

BY Phil Jacobs
January 11, 2013

I can’t get Newtown, Conn., out of my thoughts. It’s only been a little more than two weeks since Adam Lanza shot his way into Sandy Hook Elementary School and started killing children. The other day, I read another tragic story about the killing of a young girl. She wasn’t a soldier on the front CONTINUE »