High Praise for Sol Levinson

I am writing to add wonderful information about the article on the Levinson family that appeared in your Aug. 22 issue (“Family owned and proud of it”). I am a board member of the Hebrew Burial and Social Service Society of Maryland. Our function is to give to the area’s poor Jews a proper Jewish… Read More

Letter Writer Misses the Point

Robert Frey’s Aug. 15 letter “Use Diplomacy Not Bombs,”  while obviously sincere and heartfelt, is also hopelessly naive and misleading. True, the U.S.- led efforts to destroy Syria’s chemical weapons have been successful but by most reports haven’t accounted for all of Assad’s arsenal and has been described by some Middle East experts as a… Read More

Proud of BZD’s Efforts

Israel has been incurring the wrath of an inordinate amount of detractors for protecting and defending herself and her citizens in the face of neighbors who act on plans for her eradication. We at the Baltimore Zionist District recently introduced our community to a unique resource created to counter this sentiment — the Bomb Shelter… Read More

Community Colleges Make a Difference

It was with great interest that I read the Baltimore Jewish Times’ Aug. 15 iNSIDER article “Community Colleges: Worth a Second Look.” After all, I won first prize, a $25 savings bond, by writing an essay, “Why a Junior College Should Be Established in Baltimore,” in June 1946. I was 18 years old, and having… Read More

Taking Control, One Step at a Time

Imagine you must leave your home and fear for your life. You are thrust into living in a 10-foot-by-10-foot room shared with three strangers. How would you manage your space and possessions? I was recently asked to consider lending my expertise as a professional organizer specializing in closet design to improve the closet system at… Read More

A Tradition of Giving

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This summer, Jews around the world followed the fighting in Israel closely and sought every opportunity they could to help those in Israel whose daily lives were turned upside down by a constant barrage of rockets. At the same time, we watched in horror, as Jews in cities around the globe found themselves facing a… Read More

Back to School with BDS

The just-begun school year on college campuses is threatening an invigorated effort in support of the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement. From academic bodies to student groups, agitation is reportedly building — ostensibly in support of the Palestinian cause — to brand Israel as an apartheid state, a colonial power and genocidal. The BDS… Read More

The Day After Gaza

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has faced much criticism for the way he conducted the war. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

If the open-ended cease-fire with Hamas is holding when you are reading these words, Israelis will be in the midst of evaluating their country’s 50-day war in Gaza in an effort to determine what went right, what went wrong and what comes next. Unlike Hamas, which declared victory after leader Khaled Mashaal came out of… Read More

We Are What We Remember

The last paragraph of Ki Tetze is the maftir reading in non-Reform congregations on the Shabbat before Purim. Its opening word, zachor, remember, names that Shabbat. “Remember what Amalek did to you on your journey after you left Egypt — how, undeterred by fear of God, he surprised you on the march, when you were… Read More

Remember the Service of Years Ago

Two centuries ago, the European world awaited what would become of the curious American experiment that had popped up on the other side of the Atlantic. Just 38 years prior, delegates from each of the 13 colonies from Georgia to Massachusetts declared their independence from King George III and five years after that defeated his… Read More