Haley’s Comet Flies over AIPAC

The days of Israel bashing are over,” U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said to cheering thousands at the AIPAC Policy Conference last week. And amid the smiling faces of those celebrating her words, there were many who exhaled in relief. There clearly is a new sheriff guarding U.S. and Israel interests at… Read More

‘Mistakes Were Made’ Parshat Vaykira

We all know the scene. A public official, team leader or authority figure (even, gasp, a rabbi) stands in front of a room after some kind of scandal has been revealed and utters these words (usually with a sense of practiced earnestness), “Mistakes were made … .” While the phrase has a long history in… Read More

A Conundrum of Wages

Last week, Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh announced her decision to veto a bill that would raise the city’s minimum wage to $15 an hour. While the City Council practically had a veto-proof majority, one councilperson told the JT they would not go against the mayor but instead would uphold the veto, essentially killing the bill…. Read More

Dear Mr. Kushner … a Letter from the Other Side

I am not the obvious person to write a letter to you. We are different from each other in so many ways. You work for a Republican administration, and I am a life-long Democrat. Your family is from Belarus and Poland; mine is from Hungary and Czechoslovakia. Our visions and hopes for Israel are different… Read More

Bobby Zirkin Doesn’t Represent Our Values

I was a freshman at Pikesville High School when Bobby Zirkin was a senior and president of the Student Government Association — an early indicator of his political inclinations. A week before the year-end Spirit Week festivities, I was working with a classmate on a banner to represent our class when we got word that… Read More

The Bomb Threatener

We were as surprised as anyone else by the arrest of a suspect in the bomb threats against JCCs and other Jewish institutions in the United States and abroad, even as we counseled three weeks ago that “at least until we get a better idea of who did what, and why, we need to be… Read More

Wake Up and Say ‘Yes’

Could it really be that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu just rejected a proposal for further settlement construction that he was promoting less than a year ago? That seems the case if information from the Israeli media last week is correct. According to reports, Jason Greenblatt, President Trump’s adviser on international relations, asked Israel to… Read More

Unapologetically Jewish

The community was rocked by yet another round of bomb threats on March 14. Two days later, a swastika was found on a sign outside of the Jewish Museum of Maryland and B’nai Israel on Lloyd Street in Jonestown. As you’ll read in this week’s JT, Jewish Baltimore didn’t hide in fear or ignore the… Read More

JT Omits Jewish Agency

In the JT’s Feb. 17 cover story “Soldiering On,” there is no mention of the Jewish Agency, even though we are the only IDF-authorized agency in this space (wings.org.il  and jewish agency.org/young-aliyah/ program/1341). Same with the JT’s “Naale Gives Students an Elite (and Free) Israel Education” (March 10). This is the second time that articles… Read More