As a follow-up to Suzanne Pollak’s article, “Empowered” (May 5), it was great to relive Tsega Melaku’s amazing journey from Ethiopia to becoming a powerhouse within Israel’s Ethiopian-Jewish community.
This is a letter/article submitted to The Baltimore Sun, before Mel Pachino’s accident (“Pikesville Pharmacist Mel Pachino Struck By Car, In Critical Condition,” online only, May 5), but it is very relevant here, too. The recent accident involving jogger Dr. Ted Houck (and now bicyclist Mel Pachino) brings to the forefront safety while running and… Read More
I want to thank the Baltimore Jewish Times and Maayan Jaffe for the beautiful article about B’nai Israel Congregation and our recent revitalization (“‘Over The Wire,” April 26). I feel privileged to serve as the spiritual leader of such a unique and special community, especially at this time of exciting and unprecedented growth.
In response to the letter “No Need For Pride” (April 26), religion-sponsored schools have been trying to chip away at the wall of separation between state and religion for quite some time when it is to their financial benefit, claiming that it is possible to separate their religious and secular functions.
With regard to the proposal of electing a “moderate chief rabbi … to help move toward gradual change in policies and procedures” (“Anticipating A New Israeli Chief Rabbi,” May 5), Israel is subscribing to the concept of n’hiyeh k’chol hagoyim, let us be as all the other nations.
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… Read More
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… Read More
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.
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… Read More
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… Read More