Keith Ellison’s Views

When Keith Ellison threw his hat into the ring to seek the chairmanship of the Democratic Party, he challenged long-held thinking about the type of person who could lead a major American political party. Ellison is both African-American and Muslim, two personal attributes that make him unique as a leading figure in American politics today… Read More

Model for Us All

In an era where it is commonplace to distrust government, the notion of the professional legislator is far from positive. Congress enjoys near-historic low approval levels, while the president-elect speaks openly about imposing, though the president has no power to do so, term limits on Capitol Hill. Rare, it seems, is that politician who cares… Read More

Glaring Omission

I could not help but be drawn to the Jewish Times’ Nov. 25 story, “A Labor of Love,” on Beth Israel Congregation celebrating 60 years of growth and development. The piece did mention that it was started by 10 Jewish families and was  located in Randallstown prior to its current location. My family and I… Read More

Strange Bedfellows

At first, I could not figure it out. Morton Klein, national president of the Zionist Organization of America, defends  the appointment of Stephen Bannon to a top White House position (“Bannon and Breitbart: Friends of Israel,” Nov. 25)? This is surreal, and for Jews, civil libertarians and others, scary. Bannon, according to The New York… Read More

Love Thy Neighbor

Thank you for the thoughtful article by Daniel Nozick (“Love, Acceptance: Our Neighborly Pledge,” Nov. 25) about “V’Ahavta L’Reicha Kamocha,” presented in memory of H. Allan Lipsitz by the Rabbi Mark G. Loeb Center for Lifelong Learning at Beth El Congregation. The article captured the substance and spirit of learning together with four outstanding rabbis,… Read More

Rockefeller BDS and Campus Anti-Semitism

The New Israel Fund (NIF) recently received a grant to “research and report on anti-Semitism on U.S. campuses.” On the surface, this appears to be a welcome development — a progressive group being mobilized to confront a major social malady plaguing institutions of higher education. Beneath the surface of the September grant, however, are vested… Read More

Meaningful Giving

Lately my mind has been awash with thoughts pushing and pulling in all directions, motivated by my love of family (immediate and communal), my connection to Israel and the Jewish people and the needs of my new business. The connectedness of those things most important to me adds meaning to my life and inspires me… Read More

ADL Seizes the Center

It’s not often that a Jewish organization  revises its position on a public matter. Most groups are beholden to an ideological slice of donors and members and are frozen on a single track. Yet, the groups that take nuanced and thoughtful positions are the ones that generally win the respect of the wider community. So… Read More

House Support for Israel

It is rare to get the warring political factions in Washington to agree on anything. But last week, in a unanimous vote, the House of Representatives sent a clear message to President Barack Obama that he should oppose any U.N. Security Council resolution that seeks to impose on the parties a  solution to the Israeli-Palestinian… Read More

Monumental Portion about Monuments Parshat Vayetzei

Our Torah portion, Vayetzei, tells of Jacob’s journey into exile and, not coincidentally, the first instance of a monument, matzevah, to God in Jewish history. Until this point, the great biblical personalities have erected altars to God: Noah when he exited from the ark, Abraham when he first came to Israel, Isaac when he dedicated… Read More