Grounding a Billboard

The Israel Action Center this month  focused attention on a topic we wrote about here two years ago. The Reform movement-affiliated organization tried unsuccessfully to post a billboard in the waiting area of Newark Liberty International Airport that read: “Ladies, please take your seat … and keep it!” At issue was the recurrence of Haredi… Read More

Preparing the People for Peace

When President Juan Manuel Santos of Colombia won the Nobel Peace Prize on Oct. 7, his country had just narrowly voted to reject the peace treaty he had negotiated to end a half-century of civil war with the Marxist FARC guerilla movement. On the surface, it seemed like the Nobel Prize Committee was somewhat out… Read More

Making a Commitment

The Hebrew month of Tishrei — October this year — is a time when we, as Jews, look at the world, from an inward and outward perspective. Beginning with Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, and concluding with Yom Kippur, we engage in soul-searching and inner  reflection on how we want to live our lives…. Read More

More on J Street

I did not read the JT’s Sept. 16 editorial “J Street Crosses the Line,” but I do have remarks on Dr. Robert O. Freedman’s Sept. 30 letter on the subject. Contrary to what much of the media reports, little if any construction is in expansion of settlements. It is additional construction within already existing settlements…. Read More

Strengthen Light in Maryland

Maryland’s residents have the right to know how government transacts business on their behalf. To help set this culture of openness, Maryland legislators created the Public Information Act in 1970, followed by the Open Meetings Act in 1977. There are two volunteer boards that provide an outlet for citizen complaints relating to these acts and… Read More

Milsten: Dedicated, Honest

We were saddened to learn of the passing of Barbara Pash Milsten (“Barbara Milsten: Baltimore’s Best,” Oct. 7). We knew Barbara as a dedicated journalist. She was always  interested in getting the facts straight and reporting the news in an unbiased and honest way. She was tough at times but always fair. Barbara was a… Read More

Good for Democracy

With practically all the attention surrounding the 2016 elections going to the two presidential candidates and their contest’s seemingly improbable race to the bottom, you’d be forgiven for thinking that theirs was the only matchup that mattered. But the JT hasn’t forgotten that while the race to the White House is unquestionably important, there are… Read More

Of Love and Family

In September, I sat with my grandfather, David Gordon, as he recounted memories and lessons from his childhood. When I asked him, “What are the most valuable lessons that your parents have taught you?” he responded easily and without hesitation: “To love, to love people, to love your family and to take care of them.”… Read More

Republican Jews Remain Silent on Presidential Race

Jewish donors are overwhelmingly supporting former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton this election season. That comes as no surprise given that President Barack Obama and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney received 71 percent and 29 percent, respectively, of Jewish donations in 2012. However, according to FiveThirtyEight, only 5 percent of Jewish donations to the major-party… Read More

With Friends Like This

Anyone who would like to know what a tell-it-like-it-is, shoot-from-the-hip president is like can look to the Philippines and its leader, Rodrigo Duterte. A 71-year-old populist, Duterte fought drugs while he was mayor of Davao by allegedly ordering death-squad killings. When he took office as president in June he promised more of the same. Since… Read More