Opening Thoughts

BY Maayan Jaffe
November 26, 2013

Twenty-four hours in Jewish Baltimore. The staff at the JT decided last week to take a day — one day — to drive around Jewish Baltimore and meet the Jews of Charm City. I was assigned the 1 a.m. to 6 a.m. shift, and it’s amazing the light you can find in the darkness. I CONTINUE »

BY Maayan Jaffe
November 20, 2013

The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore says it is “inspiring Jewish community.” Believe me, it is. I recently returned from the General Assembly of the Jewish Federations of North America. The plenaries, which boasted some of the top Israeli officials, were packed. The dialogues — unique and interesting — were well executed. But the CONTINUE »

BY Maayan Jaffe
November 14, 2013

Anti-Semitism is real. I am tired of pretending that it isn’t. Maybe because I wrote last week about Kristallnacht and recounted the chilling history of Nazi Germany. Maybe because this week I investigated Greek anti-Semitism and the way anti-Jewish sentiment is strikingly ingrained in the Greek community. Maybe that is why this topic seems powerful CONTINUE »

BY Simone Ellin
November 6, 2013

“Where does Matt go to school?” It’s a question I’m asked frequently. When I try to answer, I generally have, as Ricky Ricardo would say, a lot of “splainin’” to do. Here’s how a typical conversation goes. Other person: “Where does Matt go to school?” Me: Matt, goes to a school called CONTINUE »

BY Maayan Jaffe
October 30, 2013

Violence doesn’t stop as a result of laws, it stops when people are less violent. How was Danvers High math teacher Colleen Ritzer killed last week? With a box cutter the suspect, 14-year-old Philip Chism, had brought into his Massachusetts school. Last Monday, a 12-year-old shot dead a teacher at Sparks Middle School in Nevada CONTINUE »