Bringing Light Into Lives

This week we read from Parshat Terumah. This parshah describes the construction of the tabernacle, which is the traveling place of worship for the Israelites during their travels in the desert. The word terumah means donation or gift. The Israelites were asked by Moshe to bring gifts for the mishkan, the tabernacle, which was the… Read More

On Relevance, Survival

Editor-in-Chief

In 2010, demographers working for The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore concluded that this area accounted for 93,400 Jewish persons, a 2 percent increase from the decade before, according to a similar communitywide study done in 1999. In 1985, the statistic stood at 91,700. These numbers are nothing new, of course, as the last… Read More

The Iranian Threat

The JT fears that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s planned address to Congress in March “has turned broad-based support of Israel into a partisan issue” (“The Fallout from Dermergate,” Feb. 6). In emphasizing partisanship, the JT seriously underestimates the urgency of the need to counter Iran’s imperialistic designs. There is much more to the Iranian… Read More

Too Late for Biden? Seriously?

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is fighting for the life of his country against the whim of a nuclear-armed Iran while President Barack Obama sulks because his feelings are hurt (“The Fallout from Dermergate,” Feb. 6). One is crying for his people. The other is crying for himself. Go figure! Meanwhile, the American Press, which… Read More

Honor Well Deserved

I was delighted to learn that Dr. Hannah Bor has been selected as the Peggy Meyerhoff Pearlstone Professor at Towson University (“Bor Named Pearlstone Professor,” Feb. 6). I had the pleasure of supervising Dr. Bor’s excellent dissertation at Baltimore Hebrew University on the role of religion in Israel-Diaspora relations — a topic as relevant today… Read More

Time to Reconsider Jewish Love Affair with Buildings

The halls of the Omaha Jewish Community Center are often empty, but not because there is no Jewish life here. Quite the contrary. On any given day, we have an impressive number of Jewish activities for a community of 5,500 Jews. So why the empty hallways? Because we have invested considerably more in our buildings… Read More

Extra! Extra! Hear All About It!

I took an intro to audiology class at the University of Maryland and fell in love with the subject matter. The course made me more compassionate toward my grandmother’s long-term hearing loss and improved our relationship. This sparked a passion to improve people’s hearing and better the quality of life for people with hearing loss…. Read More

All About Shmuley

What’s with Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, and why is he attacking Eric Fingerhut, the president of Hillel: The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life? We have watched with interest as Boteach has expanded his areas of influence and claimed expertise. He moved from serving as a Chabad rabbi at Oxford University to styling himself an expert on… Read More

Not Just ‘a Bunch of Folks in a Deli’

Flowers fill a street next to a synagogue in Copenhagen, where a Jewish guard was 
killed on Saturday.

Was last Saturday’s deadly attack outside a Copenhagen synagogue during a bat mitzvah celebration resulting in the murder of a Jewish guard an anti-Semitic act? The question must be raised in light of the similarity to last month’s terrorist attacks in Paris, where gunmen killed four at a kosher market and another 12 at the… Read More

Disgraceful Events

I have great concern for Beth Alexander and her twins (“Custody Battle in Vienna Generating International Uproar,” Jan. 27, online only). Husband Michael Schlesinger has not responded to letters from British Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis regarding the case, and it also concerns me that the Chabad rabbi in charge of the children’s kindergarten has not… Read More