Getting It Right

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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