Opinion

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BY Rabbi David Greenspoon
June 7, 2013

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; CONTINUE »

BY Dr. Robert O. Freedman
June 7, 2013

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, CONTINUE »

BY Maayan Jaffe
June 7, 2013

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. CONTINUE »

BY Rabbi Craig Axler
June 6, 2013

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 CONTINUE »

May 31, 2013

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 CONTINUE »