Synagogue Equals Community Parshat Pekudei

This shabbat we read Parshat Pekudei, and the Haftarah is from the Book of Kings. The connection between the Torah and Haftarah portion is the building of the tabernacle and the first temple. The tabernacle was built in the desert by Bezalel, and the first Temple was built in Jerusalem by King Solomon. We may… Read More

Stay Alert!

The JT’s Feb. 26 editorial “How to Answer Strange Questions” when strangers come to your synagogue was very informative. In the course of questioning, one of the hijab-wearing women, who identified as Muslim, pulled out a Quran. I agree with the JT: “There is no crime in carrying a holy book, but the logistical nature… Read More

Feel Falls Short

One can understand the need for economy, but the Jewish Times now looks like a cheap pulp magazine. It feels cheap, and photos don’t show up well. It is distinctly not a pleasure to read. Not only is the JT half the size it used to be, but now it is totally unappealing. I wonder… Read More

Where’s the Passion?

I applaud the yeoman efforts of those dedicated to “The Power of Engagement” (Feb 10), but much more is needed than rearranging deck chairs if the USS Judaism is to avoid memory-lane dry dock and be turned around and headed in the right direction. After investing in an adolescent and young adult project aimed at… Read More

Hadassah: Accomplishments to ‘Cell-A-Brate’

I feel so fortunate to step into the role of president of Hadassah Greater Baltimore at such a momentous time.  Just recently, the 20 ultra-modern operating rooms in Hadassah Hospital’s Sarah Wetsman Davison Hospital Tower opened in Israel. These aren’t ordinary operating rooms, and this is no ordinary hospital. The unit is located four floors… Read More

Pushing Harder on Disability Inclusion

In her victory speech after the Nevada primaries, Democratic hopeful Hillary Clinton said itís time to invest in marginalized communities by “ensuring that people with disabilities have the same opportunities to work and fully participate in our society.” That may seem like the standard campaign rhetoric of a serious presidential candidate, but what many people… Read More

The Perils of Social Media

An email exchange between the head of a pro-Israel organization and a “Voice of America” producer that appeared to degrade an Israeli-Palestinian journalist is a reminder, even now, that what you put into social media never goes away. The exchange between former AIPAC official Josh Block, now CEO and president of The Israel Project, and… Read More

Trump’s Reality Candidacy

With mounting vehemence and desperation, Republican and conservative politicians and pundits are denouncing Donald Trump and his appeal to what is characterized as the lowest instincts of the American electorate. From Mitt Romney (“Donald Trump is a phony, a fraud”) to columnists George Will (“Trump is a presidential aspirant who would flunk an eighth-grade civics… Read More

With Eye to Past

Editorial Director

Location, location, location. It’s the secret to so many real estate transactions, the explanation to why a two-bedroom ranch in Silicon Valley can sell for $1 million, but a five-bedroom center-hall colonial can go for $500,000 in Pikesville. Go farther down Park Heights Avenue, and that same large house might be had for $200,000 or… Read More

Time to Plug Out Parshat Vayakhel

EFRAT, Israel — Why can’t I go on Facebook on Shabbat or text my friend? I understand that it is forbidden for me to get involved in a physical action such as bricklaying or even working an eight-hour day in the office, but what kind of work is involved in a simple text to a… Read More