A Jewish Place

Editorial Director

I’ve never been to Vermont, but after reading correspondent Liz Spikol’s tale of Jewish life in the Green Mountain State, I’ve added a trip there to my bucket list. Liz, who spent almost a week in the state, begins her story with a quote from Susan Leff, executive director of Jewish Communities of Vermont, a… Read More

Focus on the Future

Editorial Director

You don’t need to go far to find troubling news about American synagogues, whether it’s their decreasing memberships, decreasing attendance or financial instability. This time last year, for instance, sociologist Steven M. Cohen was bemoaning the contraction of the entire Conservative movement. He wrote that over an almost quarter of a century, the number of… Read More

We Need to Listen

Editorial Director

My friends, I think it’s time we all had a heart-to-heart. Like you all, I saw the results late into the early morning last Wednesday. I was floored by the magnitude of the outcome of the presidential contest, which essentially indicted an entire industry of media analysts and political prognosticators as professional navel-gazers. I internalized… Read More

Thank God, the Election Is Over

Editorial Director

Among all of the presidential elections I’ve covered as a journalist, I’ve long considered the historic showdown between Al Gore and George W. Bush as the election to end all elections. I was assigned to report on the final days of the Gore campaign from its election night headquarters in Nashville, Tenn. Every single print… Read More

Getting Out the Vote

Editorial Director

It’s a safe bet that come Tuesday night, Maryland and its 10 electoral votes will be found to have gone to Hillary Clinton, the Democrat, in the 2016 presidential election. Despite electing a Republican governor two years ago, our state is still reliably blue. So much so that Republicans in Cecil and Harford counties to… Read More

Time to Unite

Editorial Director

In its second year, coming soon after the national debate over the Iran nuclear deal drove wedges into the American and global Jewish communities, the Baltimore Shabbat Project brought thousands of women to the Maryland State Fairgrounds last October to bake challah. Organizers of the initiative, which is affiliated with the South Africa-based International Shabbos… Read More

Good for Democracy

Editorial Director

With practically all the attention surrounding the 2016 elections going to the two presidential candidates and their contest’s seemingly improbable race to the bottom, you’d be forgiven for thinking that theirs was the only matchup that mattered. But the JT hasn’t forgotten that while the race to the White House is unquestionably important, there are… Read More

Common Ground

Editorial Director

Sukkot is my favorite holiday, and let me tell you, it couldn’t come at a better time. That’s odd for an admitted political junkie to say, I know, but after the revelations late last week in the presidential race — for those in the know, they were the vilest to date — I’ll be enjoying… Read More

Peres Was More Than Just Another Dreamer

Editorial Director

In “Like Dreamers,” the 2013 history of post-Six Day War Israel, author Yossi Klein Halevy traces the journeys of seven of the elite paratroopers who in 1967 liberated the Western Wall and the rest of the Old City of Jerusalem, using their stories to encapsulate the diversity of opinions that developed during the Jewish state’s… Read More

A Matter of Faith

Editorial Director

Some have the custom of making predictions for the coming Jewish year in the days before Rosh Hashanah. But I am no prognosticator and will not presume to have the requisite wisdom or guts to hitch my reputation to the probability of future events. So on the eve of 5777, I will not make any… Read More