Challenges, Rewards

Joshua Runyan - Editorial Director

I remember  my first Nefesh B’Nefesh flight like it was yesterday. My wife and I and packed up all of our belongings a few days before, sending them off on a steel container. We sat in the back of the plane — along with all the other families with young children — and left New… Read More

Wages Vs. Need

Joshua Runyan - Editorial Director

Two-and-a-half years ago, we published a cover story highlighting the effort across Maryland to raise the state minimum wage to $10.10 per hour. Two months later, activists claimed success when the General Assembly instituted the new law, phasing in annual minimum wage increases to achieve $10.10 by 2018. Now, some lawmakers in Baltimore’s City Council… Read More

Time for New Memories

Joshua Runyan - Editorial Director

To this day, one of the most popular stories published by the Baltimore Jewish Times is an article I greenlighted not soon after my arrival at the magazine almost three years ago. It concerned the closing of a women’s clothing retailer, and I didn’t think it would gain much traction. How wrong I was. As… Read More

For Better or Worse

Joshua Runyan - Editorial Director

Zoning disputes are never easy, frequently pitting the interests of developers against residents, homeowners against environmentalists and municipalities against business owners. As you’ve read in past issues of the JT, they can even pit religious factions against each other, neighbors against neighbors. This week, we examine two surrounding important pieces of real estate in our… Read More

Salute to Sinai

Editorial Director

It’s not in every city where the local “Jewish” hospital remains a crucial component of the Jewish community. But Baltimore, as we all know so well, is not like most cities. As you’ll read in this week’s JT, Sinai Hospital turns 150, a milestone celebration of a history that saw a facility rise from the… Read More

The Link That Binds

Joshua Runyan - Editorial Director

The periodic table, that catalogue of the physical world’s building blocks, arranged to reveal the hidden connections between seemingly unrelated matter. It’s both the bane — or wonder — of high school chemistry and the instrument through which many observable phenomena can be explained. This bedrock of science is at the same time a work… Read More

BDS: Faltering?

Joshua Runyan - Editorial Director

Days before the start of its convention in Cleveland next week, the Republican Party made headlines, especially in the Jewish world, when a subcommittee formally proposed platform language that identifies the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel as inherently anti-Semitic. The proposed addendum does other things, including de-emphasizing a two-state solution to the… Read More

Senseless Tragedy

Joshua Runyan - 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

Joshua Runyan - 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

Joshua Runyan - 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