Senseless Tragedy

Editorial Director

At the time that 13-year-old Hallel Yaffa Ariel was senselessly stabbed to death last week as she slept in her Kiryat Arba home, my own 13-year-old daughter was enjoying a sleepaway camp popular among Baltimore girls. Maybe that’s why I, a former oleh who hasn’t lived in Israel since 2011, seem to be more affected… Read More

A Shining Light

Editorial Director

This has certainly been a summer of transition for Jewish Baltimore, with departures of top officials at community institutions and area nonprofits. Earlier this month, the JT profiled Art Abramson, who stepped down in May after almost 26 years leading the Baltimore Jewish Council as its executive director. Two weeks later, we featured a cover… Read More

A Real Concern

Editorial Director

Could a massacre similar to the gunning down last week of 49 patrons of the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Fla., happen here in Baltimore? No matter how much we might wish for the better, the answer is frighteningly yes, God forbid. The fact is, the terrorism corollary of “Where there’s a will, there’s a way”… Read More

An American Interest

Editorial Director

Check your Facebook page or your Twitter feed and you’d be forgiven for thinking that the fate of Israel and of the wider Jewish world hinges on the outcome of the U.S. presidential election this November. The messages, while discordant — presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump (or presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton or longshot candidate… Read More

Hello Jewish Times

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This is Marc Shapiro. You probably already know me, having seen my byline in the paper or having met me out in the community. I’ve been at the Baltimore Jewish Times for almost three years, coming in as a staff writer and working as senior reporter for the past year and a half. I’m happy… Read More

Voice of Reason

Editorial Director

It’s hard enough sometimes for individual human beings to be consistent with their speech, making it seem as if some of us really are of two minds. Extend that reality to an entire community and it would seem as if it would be nearly impossible for all of us to speak with one voice. For… Read More

Power of Choice

Editorial Director

We may take it for granted — the growing battles in state capitals throughout the American South and Midwest to limit reproductive choice, notwithstanding — that women today, in ideal, law and practice, are masters of their own destiny. As one is poised to  become the first of her gender to stand atop a major… Read More

True Friends

Editorial Director

According to many, the United States, perhaps Israel’s best friend in the world, is justified by virtue of its friendship when it publicly calls the Jewish state to account for its civilian presence and military activities in Judea and Samaria, areas presumed to be a part of a future Palestinian state. Serious reflection, however, will… Read More

Inspiring Women

Editorial Director

It’s been 14 years since the unprecedented election of four women to the U.S. Senate led reporters and the public to dub 1992 the Year of the Woman, but here in Baltimore — even without the presence of presumptive nominee Hillary Clinton at the top of the Democratic ticket — an equal claim could be… Read More

Embracing Coexistence

Editorial Director

Religious freedom is a bedrock principle of American life, so much so that we frequently defer to houses of worship and other religious institutions, granting them exceptions from taxes and many workplace regulations. The freedom to worship as one pleases, enshrined in the First Amendment, is intimately linked with the freedoms of speech and of… Read More