Peres Was More Than Just Another Dreamer

In “Like Dreamers,” the 2013 history of post-Six Day War Israel, author Yossi Klein Halevy traces the journeys of seven of the elite paratroopers who in 1967 liberated the Western Wall and the rest of the Old City of Jerusalem, using their stories to encapsulate the diversity of opinions that developed during the Jewish state’s… Read More

A Matter of Faith

Some have the custom of making predictions for the coming Jewish year in the days before Rosh Hashanah. But I am no prognosticator and will not presume to have the requisite wisdom or guts to hitch my reputation to the probability of future events. So on the eve of 5777, I will not make any… Read More

A Jewish Home

I’m not the first to say it and this is not the first time I’ve alluded to this fact: The Jewish world in the United States is a scary one for those of us who have been taught that the surest determinate of Jewish survivability is identification with a synagogue or other communal institution. According… Read More

A Most Jewish Conversation

What could possibly be Jewish about the story of four Italian-American crooners, some of them hoods, achieving stardom in the days before the British Invasion? As it turns out, quite a bit. “Aside from possibly speaking another language or believing that Jesus is the savior, do I feel something in common with the Italians? Of… Read More

‘Time’ for School

Only one thing compares with the glee of children streaming out of hallways the end of each school year — the heady delight of parents knowing that their children will be someone else’s problem at the beginning of the school year. Now don’t think that I’m a heartless or inattentive father. I truly cherish the… Read More

Challenges, Rewards

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

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

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

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

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