Opening Thoughts

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 »

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 »