A Promise to Protect Us

Even though he led the Jewish people through great adversity, Moshe, a man so righteous that he spoke mouth to mouth with G-d, never set foot in Israel. What sin could be so great as to not permit such a holy leader like Moshe to enter Eretz Yisroel? This week’s parshah provides commentaries with potential… Read More

Israel’s Economic Impact On T he U.S.

Earlier this week I attended the annual Israel-America Chamber of Commerce (AMCHAM) dinner in Tel Aviv. The honorary chairman of the AMCHAM is U.S. ambassador to Israel Daniel Shapiro.  In his remarks, he mentioned that the very first free-trade agreement that the U.S. signed with any country was the United States-Israel Free Trade Agreement in… Read More

More Kudos for Everyman

This is wonderful (“Have You Heard? New play at Everyman Theatre more accessible than ever,” June 20). As an accessibility consultant and occupational therapist for over 25 years, I have worked with many businesses to create greater accessibility for inclusion of people with disabilities as well as to support compliance with the Americans with Disabilities… Read More

Asheville Festival Has Tie to Baltimore

I enjoyed reading the article about Jewish food festivals in unexpected places (“Culinary Delights,” June 20, 2014). Upon Googling the events I learned that this year’s Asheville, N.C., festival has yet to take place. I was surprised that was not mentioned in the article.  I was also surprised that the Baltimore connection to Asheville was… Read More

Where Are We Going With Iraq?

With their good cop/bad cop approach to foreign policy, it is hard to know exactly how far President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry will go in order to achieve the administration’s frequently conflicting goals of a peaceful world and a United States detached from it. Up until now, we haven’t seen much… Read More

With friends like these …

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What’s with the Presbyterians? On the one hand, the Presbyterian Church (USA) claims to love its “Jewish sisters and brothers” and believes in interfaith dialogue; and its member churches frequently partner with Jewish organizations to combat such societal ills as hunger and homelessness. On the other hand, the church has now become the poster child… Read More

From Strength To Strength

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Two years ago, when I became chair of the board of The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore, my first official act was to invite the guests at our annual meeting to roll up their sleeves and get involved with the many hands-on projects at a volunteer expo that followed the annual meeting. It was… Read More

Bravo, Everyman!

Everyman Theatre should be applauded (“Have You Heard? New play at Everyman Theatre more accessible than ever,” June 20). This addition not only allows my deaf teenage grandchild to partake of theater, but it is also helpful to the elderly who are hearing deficient. Too bad all local theaters do not have this system. The… Read More

No Vacation from Bigotry, Hate

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In the current economy, the concept of a vacation, especially for the working poor among us, is something of a luxury. And even among those for whom a vacation is a given, financial realities have made “staycations” a common feature of American life. That’s why it’s great to live in a place like Baltimore, where… Read More

The Importance Of A Visual Sign

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There’s a small scar on my left index finger where the digit meets the hand. There since early childhood, it serves as a reminder of the time I decided to slice a frozen bagel by myself with a sharp knife. A little more force, a slip here or there, and I would have been one… Read More