Opening Thoughts

BY Maayan Jaffe
August 21, 2013

On Aug. 28, citizens from across this country will converge upon our nation’s capital to commemorate and celebrate the 50th anniversary of 1963’s historic March On Washington. Admittedly, I am too young to remember the march, or even to have been there. From what I read and hear from older colleagues and friends, it was CONTINUE »

BY Marc Shapiro
August 15, 2013

In my article on nonprofit Believe in Music (“Bringing Music To The Needy,” Aug. 2), Rabbi Steven Schwartz of Beth El Congregation said that a lot of Jews in my generation don’t necessarily realize that what they do is rooted in Jewish values. While he was referring to Kenny Liner “worrying about the disenfranchised,” it CONTINUE »

BY Maayan Jaffe
August 7, 2013

About a month ago, the Baltimore Jewish Times published an ad recruiting a managing editor. That ad has been taken down. I’m staying — at least for now. But I also moved to Kansas … on Wednesday. A few months back (if even that long), my husband and I determined that the best thing for CONTINUE »

BY Maayan Jaffe
July 31, 2013

This week’s cover story is principally about mental illness and suicide. But the real story is one of communication — or rather missed communication. Despite the fact that mental illness can strike anyone regardless of age, economic status or religion, those with the disease are often stigmatized. No one wants to talk about their experience. CONTINUE »

July 24, 2013

On a recent Saturday afternoon, I was taking a dip at my community pool when a neighbor struck up a conversation. The conversation ended when he used a Yiddish racial slur that made my stomach turn. I wish I could say this was the first time I had heard a neighbor or an acquaintance say CONTINUE »