Precious Moments

It was just over a month ago that my 5-year-old daughter’s Purim play took place on a Tuesday. Tuesday, in my world, is production day. That means from when I get in that morning until I go home, usually very late that evening, I am reading and editing pages, finalizing story lists, determining the paper’s… Read More

Real Freedom Fighters

At our Seders we will recite, “We were slaves of Pharoah in Egypt,” and we will repeat the words “slaves” and “slavery” many times. Yes, we’ll talk about slavery, but how many of us have done anything about it? One hundred and fifty years ago this July 1 at Gettysburg, Jewish soldiers of the 82nd… Read More

A Happier Birthday

Last Thursday, I celebrated my 26th birthday, and it got me thinking: I’m certainly in a different place in my professional life than I was this time last year. On March 21 — last year — I had reached a point where I wasn’t even sure if I wanted to be a journalist anymore.

Chag Sameach!

Maayan Jaffe It’s almost Pesach. I have to admit that I am excited. I know I’m among the minority of the Jewish people, but I like eating unleavened bread and cookies made out of ground almonds and potato starch. I especially like freshly ground horseradish. But more than that, I love the Passover Seder.

Useless Avi

Eli was a tall, bright and athletic 12 year old. He threw the football like a pro, and he caught passes better than anyone else. Sam, who was shy, played an OK game. His throws didn’t spiral, and he tripped a lot during practice. So when Sam was placed on Eli’s after-school football team, Eli… Read More

Legislative Update From The BJC

Our legislative session is off to a good start, as Gov. Martin O’Malley has generously provided funding to the greater Baltimore Jewish community for many of The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore’s  programs and agencies that support our shared vision of a better Maryland. This year, we are pursuing funding for the Hillel Center… Read More

Reform Not What Is Needed

I would be remiss if I didn’t make some comments about Del. Jon Cardin’s grandiose claim to be someone who wants to bring about campaign reform to our political process (“The Year of Campaign Reform,” Jan. 11). What Mr. Cardin didn’t tell you is the amount of contribution money he and his associates, Sen. Bobby… Read More

CHAI Weatherization Programs

… In all the articles about CHAI, as well as the accomplishments of past Executive Director Ken Gelula (“Life of CHAI, Dec. 28), nothing was mentioned about the Weatherization Program that CHAI has been offering for the past three years. In today’s world, it is so important not only to save money where possible, but… Read More

No Pork In Relief Bill

Joseph DuPont (“Pork In The Bill,” Your Say …, Jan. 11) blames “the defeat of the important Hurricane Sandy relief bill” on “selfish members of Congress” who loaded the bill with pork.  Here is the entire relief bill increasing the borrowing authority of FEMA to fund the National Flood Insurance Program, which Speaker Boehner initially… Read More

A Letter To The Government

Police are armed to protect the people. Without armed police there is no public protection. Why do all federal buildings have armed guards? Why are government employees protected by armed guards? Why do the Fortune 1000 companies have armed guards in their lobbies? Why are government officials protected by armed guards? Given perceived threats “you”… Read More