Pushing To Be Un-“Stuck”

Mazel Tov to Simone Ellin for her thorough and touching article “New Documentary Shines Spotlight on Flawed International Adoption System” (May 31). This is a crucial time for children languishing in orphanages worldwide. Ministry to the orphan is a tenet in Christian scripture and in the practice of most churches. We are taught to care… Read More

Note By Note

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Perhaps one of the most important rules of outreach is to meet them where they are. The journey along which one learns and integrates values and practices of tradition into their life requires a multitude of incremental steps and should start with something familiar. I want to share a snapshot of one journey over the… Read More

All In The Family

For religious schools, it’s time to clean out desks and cabinets, send home projects and paperwork and wrap up a year of Jewish learning. Parents are satisfied their children have learned alef-bet and answers to big questions such as “why be Jewish?” Teachers are pleased with their students but happy to get their Sunday mornings… Read More

Tigers For Israel

Coming from a strong Jewish Israeli background, I came to Towson University wanting to explore what else is out there. It wasn’t until Yom Ha’atzmaut my freshman year that I decided to take part in Jewish life on campus. My passion for Israel made me want to take part in planning the Yom Ha’atzmaut event… Read More

What Peacekeepers Are — And Are Not

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On June 6, when the Syrian army retook the Kuneitra crossing on the Golan Heights from anti-government rebels, it crossed into the demilitarized zone that has separated Syrian and Israeli forces since 1974. When that happened, Israel threatened to strike Syrian tanks, according to a leaked U.N. document. In response, Syria promised to fire solely… 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

The Unclear Message In The Telephone Data

Reaction to revelations that the U.S. government is secretly collecting data from an estimated three billion phone calls a day as well as from nine major U.S. Internet providers has been of two general varieties. One has been a shrug, that the same information has long been gathered by Internet companies to enrich their coffers… Read More

The Search For Truth In The Argentina-Iran Commission

On May 29, Argentine special prosecutor Alberto Nisman accused Iran of infiltrating South America and setting up sleeper cells, similar to the one that carried out the deadly attack on the AMIA Jewish center in Buenos Aires in 1994. Iran’s foreign ministry rejected Nisman’s accusation with the dismissive statement that “due to the prosecutor’s background… Read More

Frank Lautenber

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Last week, Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.) was honored by Hillel at its annual dinner in New York City. He was cited for a lifetime of work on behalf of the Jewish people, both inside the Senate and in the broader community. The five-term senator was too ill to attend the celebration. So his wife, Bonnie,… Read More

Are Synagogues Passé?

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Let’s continue the conversation about the nature of community and the future of the synagogue, some of which has already found its way onto the pages of the Baltimore Jewish Times. The organized Jewish community faces an increasingly challenging landscape: Congregations are “graying” along with the Jewish community; affiliation rates are in a downward spiral;… Read More