Opening Thoughts

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 »

BY Maayan Jaffe
October 23, 2013

Last week, I had the privilege of attending the Technion’s annual event, which honored outgoing president Beth Perlman and celebrated incoming president John Davison. And while Beth and John are both very impressive people, most impressive is the organization they serve, the American Technion Society. In each speech, some of the incredible work being done CONTINUE »