The Jewish Future

Joshua Runyan - Editorial Director

A few weeks back, the Conservative movement’s Rabbinical Assembly made headlines for officially disaffiliating retired Philadelphia-area Rabbi Seymour Rosenbloom for presiding over an interfaith marriage and indicating that, should the opportunity arise, he had every intention to do so in the future. The affair reignited the long-simmering debate in the Jewish community as to how… Read More

A Brighter Baltimore

Joshua Runyan - Editorial Director

Poverty. Jobs. Crime. Health care. These are not merely national concerns, nor are they strictly Maryland problems. They are Baltimore’s challenges. That much is clear in a city and region that has long struggled to make up for the loss of manufacturing decades ago, all while the core of residents who didn’t leave ages in… Read More

Getting It Right

Joshua Runyan - Editorial Director

Rising like a Phoenix out of the ashes on the west side of Reisterstown Road in Owings Mills, the $140 million Foundry Row project has transformed what once was industrial land into a premier retail and gastronomic center. Anchored by Wegmans, the development, which celebrated its grand opening last month, seems to have sparked some… Read More

Lighting the Season

Joshua Runyan - Editorial Director

One of the neat things about living in Israel was that for most of the country, Dec. 25 was just another day. Aside from the news coverage surrounding festivities in the Christian parts of Jerusalem’s Old City, we all went about our business. If it was Chanukah, we put our menorahs in our windows or… Read More

A ‘Big’ Celebration

Joshua Runyan - Editorial Director

Growing up as an only child, for some of the time raised by a single mother, I long harbored a fantasy of what life would be like with a sibling. That’s why today — especially in the midst of the chaos of a house with eight children — I can take a deep breath and… Read More

Model for Us All

Joshua Runyan - Editorial Director

In an era where it is commonplace to distrust government, the notion of the professional legislator is far from positive. Congress enjoys near-historic low approval levels, while the president-elect speaks openly about imposing, though the president has no power to do so, term limits on Capitol Hill. Rare, it seems, is that politician who cares… Read More

A Jewish Place

Joshua Runyan - 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

Joshua Runyan - 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

Joshua Runyan

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