Opening Thoughts

BY Joshua Runyan
January 2, 2014

As the staff of the Baltimore Jewish Times furiously put the finishing touches on last week’s edition — the realities of a midweek civil holiday pushed up our printing deadlines — a bomb ripped apart a public bus in the Tel Aviv suburb of Bat Yam. We ran nothing about the attack that week; there CONTINUE »

BY Joshua Runyan
December 26, 2013

What does it mean to be Jewish? What is the nature of Jewish identity? I’ll leave the age-old question of “Who is a Jew?” to those more qualified than I to settle. I’m instead referring to the reality that whether you live in Towson, go to college at Johns Hopkins, hang out at either of CONTINUE »

BY Joshua Runyan
December 18, 2013

For the first time in eight years, I had to scrape snow and ice off the windshield of my car. I realize that you, dear readers, are probably snickering by this point. I mean, after all, you deal with this kind of thing every winter, year in and year out. And by all standards, what CONTINUE »

December 11, 2013

It is never easy to say goodbye. But that is what is happening. I have the unpleasant task of telling you that I am leaving the JT, and I am taking a job in Kansas City. This is a difficult conversation for me to have with you, not because things have gone badly; just the CONTINUE »

BY Maayan Jaffe
December 5, 2013

Oh, the sounds of coughs and sniffles. The scent of regurgitated dinners and sour milk. It’s winter. And winter always means colds and flus and stomach viruses — no matter how many times I use Lysol on the handles (and even on the crevices of the bath and showers), no matter how much antibacterial I CONTINUE »