Dignity for All

Editor-in-Chief

Maybe it’s in our DNA as Americans or maybe it’s in our spiritual fiber as Jews, but we have a special place in our heart for dreamers. For the biblical Joseph, dreaming was a way by which he saw the world as it should be. And for the 64 percent of Americans who today own… Read More

How to Answer Strange Questions

When strangers come to your synagogue, how should they be treated? At least one congregation in the Miami area has put that question to the test, and it turns out that the answer isn’t so simple. According to reports, two women wearing hijabs and identifying themselves as Muslim twice visited a North Miami Beach synagogue…. Read More

Unhappy Readers

We find your new changes in the JT very unpleasant and disappointing. We could live with your changing the paper stock, but the letters are too small in the articles. A lot of your readers are seniors. We cannot read it with just our glasses; we now need a giant magnifying glass. If you cannot… Read More

For This Jew, No Mourning Scalia

As a proud American Jew, I do not mourn the passing of Supreme Court Associate Justice Antonin Scalia  (“Large Shoes to Fill,” Feb. 18). Contra Sen. Ted Cruz’s Facebook posting, Justice Scalia was anything but “an unrelenting defender of religious liberty.”  His contempt and disdain for our Jewish faith is a matter of public record…. Read More

What Is Disability Inclusion?

February is Disability Awareness and Inclusion Month. Which prompts the question: What is disability inclusion? Is it not “inclusion” when a program is organized for people with disabilities around the time of the Jewish holidays so they can learn about their heritage. But it is “inclusion” when a mitzvah program is developed in which teens… Read More

Grow with Farm Camp

Thank you so much for highlighting Pearlstone Center’s Family Farm Camp in the JT’s Feb. 12 Insider story, “A True Vacation,” As the board president and a Family Camp participant, I can attest to the transformative power of the program. I would encourage interested families to sign up for this year’s Family Farm Camp, which… Read More

Jewish Disability Awareness

As we approach the midpoint of Jewish Disabilities Awareness Month, Jewish Community Services applauds the JT for highlighting the often overlooked value that people with disabilities bring to employers and businesses (“The Ability to Succeed,” Feb. 5). In addition to the various programs noted in Justin Katz’s article, we would like your readers to know… Read More

Puzzled

It appears you’re not running crossword puzzles. Admittedly, for the last year the puzzles have been a lot tougher, but I did enjoy them. I’d like to see them run again.

Climate Change Is a Jewish Racial Justice Issue

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February marks Black History Month, an opportunity to learn about and share African-American history and consider how we, as a Jewish and an American community, can continue pursuing racial justice in the coming year. We also read Parshat Mishpatim, which expounds on the earliest Jewish laws, including how and when to set both Israelite and… Read More

Connecting Our Jewish Teens

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Last week, hundreds of community leaders, philanthropists, teen professionals and teens converged in Baltimore for the Summit on Jewish Teens to discuss how to engage the next generation. The ideas they generated were dynamic, the teens were passionate, and the opportunities to be innovative were encouraging. It was amazing to see such energy and creativity… Read More