President Obama Is Abdicating Responsibility On Syria

With more than 80,000 people killed and more than a million Syrian refugees having fled to neighboring Jordan, Turkey and Iraq, the United States appears to be standing idly by, hoping that an international conference, co-sponsored with Russia, will solve the problem. This is an idle hope. The longer the U.S. waits to take action,… 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

A Group Effort

Anyone who has served in the leadership of a Jewish organization will immediately recognize the claim of Korach and his group of rebels that begins this week’s Torah portion: “They combined against Moses and Aaron and said to them, ‘You have gone too far! For all the community are holy, every one of them, and… Read More

When Public Prayer Crosses The Line

It is a longstanding American custom to begin public meetings with a prayer. For some participants, the ritual serves as a reminder of the solemn work about to be undertaken. Others do so because their faith teaches that prayer can affect outcomes. And still others may find it a disturbing formality for a number of… Read More

Leading When Things Go Wrong

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Much of the current controversy surrounding the 15-year, $57 million fraud against the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany is focused on the responsibility of the organization’s leadership, which apparently didn’t discover or stop the theft even after receiving allegations about it.

One Word: Identity

Our community is undoubtedly blessed by the various opportunities available to teens, young adults and families. Many of these opportunities focus on Israel. Whether it be through travel, lectures or leadership roles, there is no question: In Baltimore, if you want to be connected to Israel, there is an opportunity that can suit both your… Read More

Beginning’s End

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My grandmother called me one rainy evening asking for help changing a light bulb. I was only 14, so I brokered a ride from my friend Chris. My grandmother’s house was a mile down the road, but the rain was torrential. This was long before her Alzheimer’s left her confused about which family members were… Read More

Health at Home

There is a common misunderstanding by many that home care and home health are the same. The difference is that home care is a nonmedical service that provides assistance with activities of daily living, and home health is a medical service providing treatment and care at home for illnesses and injuries. The options for care… 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!

Agree To Disagree

I am happy that Issachar Friedmann took the time to reply to my letter on halachic issues in Eretz Israel. Regarding women dressing as men [Deut. 22:5], there are many interpretations, including the prohibition on women being combat soldiers bearing arms. The plain meaning, however, is that women should not dress as men and this… Read More