BDS Threat from America is Overrated

While the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement may be a popular cause on America’s college campuses, the movement has little future across the larger United States. Not only is criticizing Israel a political third rail, but sympathy for the Palestinians is a hard sell to Americans. To become a significant movement, BDS will have… Read More

A hope that Israel’s 10th president is a uniter-in-chief

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The role of the president of Israel is largely ceremonial. The most important constitutional role is holding consultations in forming a government and accepting a government’s resignation. But Israel’s presidency has also been shaped by the men who have served in that capacity. In the case of Likud Knesset member Reuven Rivlin, who was elected… Read More

Let’s bring the others home too

To free or not to free. “Every circumstance is different,” State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said in explaining why the U.S. trade of Taliban prisoners held in Guantanamo Bay for Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl does not necessarily mean that Washington will make trades for other Americans in enemy hands. The list of Americans held includes… Read More

A Lack of Human Respect

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As JT reporter Simone Ellin was putting the finishing touches on this week’s cover story — an examination of the battle to make the American college campus a safer one for its students — news broke of yet another school shooting, purportedly the 74th nationwide since 2012’s Sandy Hook massacre in Connecticut. This time, a… Read More

Returning To My Home Away From Home

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By: Heather Greenebaum I was thrilled to get more involved with the Baltimore-Ashkelon Partnership as part of my McDonogh High School senior project. Last summer, I traveled to Israel through the Diller Teen Fellows program and made many friendships in Ashkelon that continue to remain strong. I chose to return to Ashkelon for my project… Read More

Rabbis: Our Ambassadors to the World

This week’s biblical portion of Beha’alotecha contains an important insight into the necessary qualities and major functions of our rabbis. The week’s reading begins with the kindling of the menorah, the seven candlestick branches made of pure gold, each culminating in a golden flower with three branches emanating from either side of the central tree-like… Read More

NCJW, HadassahCooperation is Applauded

In the May 9 issue of the JT, Shari Eshet, director of NCJW’s Israel Office, reported the graduation of 13 Haredi women from a program that trains them as early childhood counselors (“Today’s Philanthropy Is More and More about Partnerships”). This project “originated at the NCJW’s Research Institute for Innovation in Education at Hebrew University… Read More

Full-Page Ad Hits the Mark

I want to comment and thank the members of the Conservative synagogues for the excellent full-page ad that they placed in the JT on May 23. The ad listed Conservative synagogues that opposed the Conference of Presidents of Major Jewish Organizations’ vote that would have allowed J Street into their organization. Their opposition and reasons… Read More

End Corruption: Join the Movement

The introduction in the “Gubernatorial Primer” (“The JT’s guide to the June primaries,” May 23) fell short with regard to the Jaffe movement to get rid of corruption in Maryland government. I would like to point out the glaring flaw: the omission of any information concerning the movement in the opening comments. Where was it… Read More

With Sincere Gratitude

We would like to express our heartfelt thanks and deep appreciation to our many friends at the JCC of Greater Baltimore and to the congregants of Beth Am, and especially to Rabbi Daniel Burg and Cantor Ira Greenstein, during our time of bereavement. With the passing of our beloved Harriet Rae (Obituaries, April 17), the… Read More