Opinion

May 17, 2013

In the Jewish imagination, the 1911 Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire in New York City is a kind of slavery-in-Egypt story: We all were there. One hundred forty-six workers — most were Jewish and Italian immigrant women bet-ween 14 and 43 years old — died in the fire because the managers had locked them in. The CONTINUE »

May 17, 2013

With the announcement last week that the 22-year old Day School at Baltimore Hebrew will close at the end of the school year and not be replaced by the Independent Jewish Academy of Baltimore, as had been planned, it is time for a sober assessment of the demand for day school education in our community.CONTINUE »

May 17, 2013

Stephen Hawking isn’t the first big name to ann-ounce he is boycotting Israel. And he won’t be the last. But as one of the world’s most famous and revered scientists, his decision to withdraw from speaking at a prestigious academic conference in Israel next month is a bigger blow than the posturing of a rock CONTINUE »

May 17, 2013

Harsh words in the Israeli Knesset and fisticuffs at the Western Wall have come to define the growing alienation of secular and ultra-Orthodox (haredi) Jews in Israel and of the political struggle under way regarding haredi participation in the national political and economic life of the country.  For many non-haredi Israelis, the ultra-Orthodox are seen CONTINUE »

May 17, 2013

Last week was a perfect image of the diversity of Jewish Baltimore. In a four-day span, I attended (one I simply wrote about) four different programs that brought people from all pockets of the community together. A strong community is built on the combined experience, skills, talents, perspectives and capabilities of variant individuals. It includes CONTINUE »