It Helps to Have Friends

Anyone who’s ever seen a American Magen David Adom ambulance speed down an Israeli street in an emergency has likely marveled at seeing his or her hometown — or the names emblazoned as donors on the side of the white and ride-modified Chevrolet — and been infused with a sense of pride. There goes a… Read More

Communal Commitment

One need only look at the images coming out of southeast Texas last week to realize there’s little Houston, the state’s largest city, could have done to mitigate the death and destruction wrought by day after day of rain producing the largest-ever flooding in the Lone Star State’s history. There’s little the state itself, for… Read More

Staying on the Rails

The day after the seven cars of Amtrak’s Northeast Regional Train 188 spilled off the tracks in Philadelphia, NPR’s “Morning Edition” introduced a segment on the disaster by noting that where the train derailed, as well as such cities as Washington, D.C., and our own Baltimore, are all really just suburbs of New York. That… Read More

Education’s Big Payoff

For many a business, brick and mortar can be downright dirty words. Why invest money in physical infrastructure, argue today’s crop of digitally enhanced consultants, when funds can better be spent on improving efficiencies, boosting productivity and bringing business into the decentralized world of the 21st century? In a sense, they’re right, even in such… Read More

Baltimore’s Message

It being May Day, my wife and I jokingly referred to such names as Ilya, Leon and Karl as we made our way to Sinai Hospital last Friday morning for the impending birth of the newest member of our family. We, of course, had our suspicions — proven correct in the end — that we… Read More

Finding Our Way Back

It took about a week for Freddie Gray to succumb to his injuries, about the time it took for his hometown of Baltimore to descend from high-minded protest to outright looting, destruction and violence. By Monday night, when this column was written, the Inner Harbor area downtown was practically deserted, the National Guard had been… Read More

A-Plus for Israel

All too often, the news coming out of the Holy Land isn’t good. If it isn’t war, it seems, it’s terrorism. And if it isn’t a stunning military victory on the part of the Jewish state, it’s an ill-timed government decision being decried by the international community as undermining the potential for peace with the… Read More

Opening Our Eyes

With the Supreme Court due to take up the hotly contested issue of marriage equality later this month, reactions to the phenomenon of same-sex unions have ranged from the thoughtful — National Public Radio’s “Morning Edition” began a series on the topic this week by engaging rank-and-file North Dakotans in conversation — to the strange… Read More

Four Crucial Years

According to one storyline, the American Jewish community is losing the battle for the hearts and minds of college students. There’s plenty of evidence to support that conclusion, of course, what with the surge of resolutions supporting the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel garnering votes among student groups. There’s also historically low… Read More

Safety … and Faith

As negotiators from the United States and five other world nations tried to hammer out a nuclear agreement with Iran, Jewish community members here gathered at the Park Heights JCC to tackle what is probably a more pressing issue: fire safety. The message delivered by Dr. Eli Matt Goldstein, founder and president of a fire… Read More