Are Jews A Scapegoat?

It was bound to happen: scapegoating Jewry for the Newtown massacre. However, post-Holocaust, such an accusation cannot be made outright but only through coded language. On Dec. 21, National Rifle Association Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre (“At Last, NRA Speaks Out,” Dec. 28) singled out the corporate media and violent video games and films [as… Read More

Holy Wars

In the period following my aliyah in 1988, I would often write and lecture about how great Israel was in terms of Jewish identity. I loved living in a country, went my standard shtick, where the Hilton didn’t have a Christmas tree. What I didn’t realize, in my idealism, was that one big reason for… Read More

Proud Partners

Ten years ago, when The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore launched its Baltimore-Ashkelon Partnership with our sister city in Israel, no one could have anticipated just how much this relationship would flourish. One of the hallmarks of this Partnership has been the strong connection formed person-to-person and the recognition of the similarities that link our… Read More

More Clarity on Pollard

The U.S. government’s emphatic and uncompromising position on the secrecy of information relating to the case of Jonathan Pollard, and the alleged underlying reasons to justify the severity of his sentence, have been largely acceptable to those who view Pollard as a traitor.  And that is the justification for the government’s insistence that information relating… Read More

Schatz to the Senate

Hawaii has just sent a Jew to the U.S. Senate. Brian Schatz has been appointed to complete the term of the late, much beloved and respected Daniel Inouye. Most major Jewish media outlets are reporting with pride Schatz’s Jewish bloodline and trying to figure out his place in the Senate’s minyan. We have just one… Read More

Thanks, JCC

Sometimes I forget what it is like to have total, unadulterated fun with my children. Between work, cleaning, packing lunches, exercising, volunteering and  just plain life (paying bills, taking the car in to the shop, etc.) there is just so little time to enjoy what is truly most important: Shlomo, Netanya, Devarya and Shai. Until… Read More

Yet To Be

It was simple and easy in the beginning. I was born Jewish. Since our wedding, however, my wife and I have affiliated with and been active in congregations that are Reform, Conservative, Reconstructionist and Modern Orthodox. Ultimately, we found none of them met our needs. We did, however, manage to continue our 36-year commitment to… Read More

Off The Wall

End of the year or a new beginning? That is the question many of us will ask ourselves next week when the clock strikes midnight and the year 2013 commences. In the past, like many in American society, I would make New Year’s resolutions. “This year, I am going to spend more time with family.”… Read More

Mort Klein: Time To Go

To say that “[Mort] Klein and the ZOA are one and the same” (“Million-DollarQuestions,”Nov. 9) is like saying that Cal Ripken played a lot of baseball—a vast understatement. In the fashion of Middle Eastern tyrants, Klein ran the ZOA the way Yasser Arafat ran the PLO; Hosni Mubarak dominated Egypt; and the al-Assad family controls… Read More

Bravo, JT!

Bravo on the Nov. 9 editorial “Million-Dollar Questions.” Newcomers to this area should be aware that in Baltimore,Mort Klein’s name ismud, and has been for decades, since his ballot-stuffing coup ousted Baltimorean Jim Schiller from the role of ZOA president. Once he assumed that office, Klein then sidestepped the ZOA bylaws’ term limits for that… Read More