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

Yad Vashem and Its (Orthodox) Jewish Problem

Since the opening of its state-of-the-art New Wing in 2005, Yad Vashem in Jerusalem has been deluged by well-deserved accolades from the millions of tourists and Israeli citizens who visit each year. And it is considered by many to be the gold standard against which all other Holocaust memorials are measured. Why, then, has a… Read More

My Federation Journey

In early 2000, I got a call from an old friend, Toby Knopf, who at the time was president of the Jewish Federation of Howard County, an organization to which I was an annual donor.  She told me that her treasurer had just resigned, and she asked me if I would consider filling in for… Read More

Hamas has to change

The Palestinian unity government that was sworn in Monday has been denounced in Jerusalem and met with an official wait-and-see in Washington. To soften the effect of his partnership with Hamas, President Mahmoud Abbas filled his cabinet with lawyers, businessmen and academics — none of whom proclaim to have direct connections to Abbas’ Fatah or… Read More

It sure isn’t art

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Everything in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict seems to have two narratives. Even in art. Even in Pittsburgh. That’s the lesson of the exhibit of Israeli, Palestinian and American artists, which was to have opened Sunday at Pittsburgh’s Mattress Factory museum but was canceled at the last minute. “Sites of Passage: Borders, Walls & Citizenship” was to… Read More