Jewish Disability Awareness

As we approach the midpoint of Jewish Disabilities Awareness Month, Jewish Community Services applauds the JT for highlighting the often overlooked value that people with disabilities bring to employers and businesses (“The Ability to Succeed,” Feb. 5). In addition to the various programs noted in Justin Katz’s article, we would like your readers to know… Read More

Puzzled

It appears you’re not running crossword puzzles. Admittedly, for the last year the puzzles have been a lot tougher, but I did enjoy them. I’d like to see them run again.

Climate Change Is a Jewish Racial Justice Issue

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February marks Black History Month, an opportunity to learn about and share African-American history and consider how we, as a Jewish and an American community, can continue pursuing racial justice in the coming year. We also read Parshat Mishpatim, which expounds on the earliest Jewish laws, including how and when to set both Israelite and… Read More

Connecting Our Jewish Teens

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Last week, hundreds of community leaders, philanthropists, teen professionals and teens converged in Baltimore for the Summit on Jewish Teens to discuss how to engage the next generation. The ideas they generated were dynamic, the teens were passionate, and the opportunities to be innovative were encouraging. It was amazing to see such energy and creativity… Read More

Modulate the Outrage

It is well known that Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas is soliciting and receiving support from evangelical Christians. And if it turns out that some of them are blinkered and offensive, it shouldn’t be a surprise. Every group has its crazies. Cruz is being supported by Kansas evangelical Pastor Mike Bickle, who… Read More

Large Shoes to Fill

This year’ s presidential primaries have been intense. There is, of course, a lot at stake. And while some may have hoped that the shouting, finger pointing and recriminations might abate as the field of contestants narrows, the sudden passing last Saturday of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia changed all that. Scalia, an iconic figure… Read More

The Lowly High Priest Parshat Tetzaveh

I’ve always been amazed at the complexity of the Hebrew language. One of the most profound examples is the word ga’avah, which can be translated as pride — something we all wish to possess, something we’re taught is an important sought-after trait; but ga’avah can just as easily be translated as arrogance, a repugnant trait,… Read More

Change at the JT

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To death and taxes we can add one other certainty of life — change. It’s a constant force, and for those of us unlucky enough to remain stagnant, want of it can prod us to action. But if change is a given, it needn’t be feared. We needn’t be apprehensive when we appreciate it but… Read More

Kudos to Devorah!

The JT’s “The Ability to Succeed” (Feb. 5) highlighted Devorah Lieberman. Her family were congregants of the Young Israel of North Bellmore, where my late parents were founders. From the moment Devorah was born, her parents mainstreamed her and treated her the same as their other daughters. She was a curious and charming young child… Read More

Kotel Compromise: Israelis Need American Jews

The relationship between Israel and American Jews is a complicated mix of good news and bad news, and last week’s government compromise on the Western Wall, or Kotel, is a case in point: It’s a step forward in providing access for non-Orthodox Jews but may also reinforce the reality that the main plaza doesn’t welcome… Read More