Fostering Community: An Important Jewish Value

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In my article on nonprofit Believe in Music (“Bringing Music To The Needy,” Aug. 2), Rabbi Steven Schwartz of Beth El Congregation said that a lot of Jews in my generation don’t necessarily realize that what they do is rooted in Jewish values. While he was referring to Kenny Liner “worrying about the disenfranchised,” it… Read More

The Ad Has Been Removed

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About a month ago, the Baltimore Jewish Times published an ad recruiting a managing editor. That ad has been taken down. I’m staying — at least for now. But I also moved to Kansas … on Wednesday. A few months back (if even that long), my husband and I determined that the best thing for… Read More

Why Can’t We Talk About It?

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This week’s cover story is principally about mental illness and suicide. But the real story is one of communication — or rather missed communication. Despite the fact that mental illness can strike anyone regardless of age, economic status or religion, those with the disease are often stigmatized. No one wants to talk about their experience…. Read More

Word Of The Day

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On a recent Saturday afternoon, I was taking a dip at my community pool when a neighbor struck up a conversation. The conversation ended when he used a Yiddish racial slur that made my stomach turn. I wish I could say this was the first time I had heard a neighbor or an acquaintance say… Read More

That’s Scary

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  A colleague of mine shot a link to me the other day to an article by The Daily Currant. The title: “Paula Deen Blames ‘The Jews’ For Firing.” I must admit my brow furrowed. I proceeded to read the piece, which explained that Deen was a guest of morning host Dave Garver on Atlanta… Read More

Tragedy To Joy

We are now in the period known as the Three Weeks or Bein ha-Metzarim, a period of mourning commemorating the destruction of the first and second Temples. The Three Weeks and then Tisha B’Av (the Ninth of the Hebrew month of Av) mark the loss of our Jewish spiritual center. The loss is not just… Read More

Thanks For The Memories

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In many ways, the past year has represented a homecoming for me. It was a year ago that I joined the staff of the Baltimore Jewish Times as a reporter. The move allowed me to return to my roots. I grew up in Pikesville, went to Milbrook Elementary School, Pikesville Middle School and Pikesville High… Read More

Why I Give

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In this week’s cover story, we celebrate the 10-year anniversary of Marc B. Terrill as president of The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore. For those who know Marc, he is certainly worth the salute. But it’s not just about Marc; it’s about what he stands for in his role as president of The Associated…. Read More

A Tough Skin

Fourteen years ago, when I was a staff reporter at the Johnson County (Kansas) Business Times, I remember my then-editor, Rebeeca Shelton, delivering to me a piece of advice: “Develop a thick skin.” The advice was provided after I received an angry voicemail from a company, irate that it did not make one of our top lists…. Read More

Show Up!

Israel65. Celebrate! is the largest and greatest celebration of Israel in Baltimore. It is organized by volunteers from across the community and by professionals from more than two-dozen organizations. Be there!