Outside the Tent

Although I’ve been a member of a secular Jewish organization in Baltimore for almost 20 years, I’m not religious, and I’m critical of many Israeli policies. I didn’t seem to fit in the mainstream. Last fall, I decided to dip my toe into a mainstream Jewish activity and attended “New Frontiers in Confronting the New… Read More

Pew’s Portrait of Israel

The 2013 Pew Research Center’s “Portrait of Jewish Americans” touched off discussions, head scratching and soul searching about where American Jewry was headed. Even those who saw no revelations in the findings attested to the report as a particularly clear snapshot of Jewish reality. Pew’s serious reputation as a research center, plus its status as… Read More

Chris Van Hollen for U.S. Senate

In the years since Democrat Chris Van Hollen won Maryland’s 8th District U.S. House seat in 2003, he has risen to leadership roles on Capitol Hill and within his party. He was once reportedly being groomed to be the next Democratic Speaker of the House should the party  regain the majority. Now, Van Hollen, 57,… Read More

All In for B’more

It’s a cruel twist of fate that those consigned — for whatever reason — to poverty pay a penalty on such things as household goods. It’s a phenomenon most recently tracked by professor Yesim Orhun at the University of Michigan, who documented that those who are poor pay on average 5.9 percent more per sheet… Read More

Synagogue Equals Community Parshat Pekudei

This shabbat we read Parshat Pekudei, and the Haftarah is from the Book of Kings. The connection between the Torah and Haftarah portion is the building of the tabernacle and the first temple. The tabernacle was built in the desert by Bezalel, and the first Temple was built in Jerusalem by King Solomon. We may… Read More

Stay Alert!

The JT’s Feb. 26 editorial “How to Answer Strange Questions” when strangers come to your synagogue was very informative. In the course of questioning, one of the hijab-wearing women, who identified as Muslim, pulled out a Quran. I agree with the JT: “There is no crime in carrying a holy book, but the logistical nature… Read More

Feel Falls Short

One can understand the need for economy, but the Jewish Times now looks like a cheap pulp magazine. It feels cheap, and photos don’t show up well. It is distinctly not a pleasure to read. Not only is the JT half the size it used to be, but now it is totally unappealing. I wonder… Read More

Where’s the Passion?

I applaud the yeoman efforts of those dedicated to “The Power of Engagement” (Feb 10), but much more is needed than rearranging deck chairs if the USS Judaism is to avoid memory-lane dry dock and be turned around and headed in the right direction. After investing in an adolescent and young adult project aimed at… Read More

Hadassah: Accomplishments to ‘Cell-A-Brate’

I feel so fortunate to step into the role of president of Hadassah Greater Baltimore at such a momentous time.  Just recently, the 20 ultra-modern operating rooms in Hadassah Hospital’s Sarah Wetsman Davison Hospital Tower opened in Israel. These aren’t ordinary operating rooms, and this is no ordinary hospital. The unit is located four floors… Read More

Pushing Harder on Disability Inclusion

In her victory speech after the Nevada primaries, Democratic hopeful Hillary Clinton said itís time to invest in marginalized communities by “ensuring that people with disabilities have the same opportunities to work and fully participate in our society.” That may seem like the standard campaign rhetoric of a serious presidential candidate, but what many people… Read More