Bring Alan Home!

It breaks my heart to read about Alan Gross (World Briefs: “Alan Gross goes on hunger strike,” April 11). Alan and I go back to fifth grade at Campfield Elementary School, when his family first moved to Baltimore and he showed up in my class on the first day of school. We became instant friends… Read More

In Memory of Inge Weinberger

The [Yom HaShoah] commemoration in Baltimore (“Legacy of Loss,” April 18) included candle lighting in memory of our Holocaust survivor family members who died this past year, along with a candle for Ms. Inge Weinberger z”l, whose work with HIAS was a beacon of light to survivor family members when we came to the United… Read More

When Nothing is Sacred, Moral Decline Runs Rampant

Item: The Rialto, Calif., Unified School District asks its 2,000 eighth-grade students (ages 12 to 13) to “research the Holocaust and write an argumentative essay, based on cited textual evidence, in which the students are to explain whether or not they believe this was an actual event in history or merely a political scheme created… Read More

Prefund Benefits? ‘Outrageous’

I’m glad the May 2 editorial “The Postal Service’s easy button” finally got around to mentioning the 2006 Congressional mandate to prefund 75 years’ worth of future retiree health benefits within 10 years. Prior to that outrageous misuse of Congressional power, the Postal Service was debt free and profitable. Indeed, that single factor is responsible… Read More

Jacobs Needs a History Lesson

[Americans for Peace and Tolerance president] Dr. Charles Jacobs (“Not So Fast,” May 9) peevishly accuses J Street of breaking  a long-standing agreement that Americans “who do not live there [in Israel] or have … children on the front lines do not have the right to use … American power to circumvent Israeli democracy and… Read More

The Holocaust Story:‘Our Responsibility’

A “thank you” to Simone Ellin and the Baltimore Jewish Times for the thoughtful “Legacy of Loss” (April 18) cover story. We agree that members of the younger generation must learn and share the stories of Holocaust survivors. For the past decade, we have had the privilege of teaching a Oral History of Holocaust Survivors… Read More

Relying on the sensitivity of others

As a minority in every land but one, many Jews and Jewish groups expressed discomfort with or outright condemnation of last week’s Supreme Court ruling to allow sectarian prayers at local government-sponsored town hall meetings. The fact that Jews comprised three of the four justices in the minority in Town of Greece v. Galloway was… Read More

Turning Tradition Upside Down

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It takes a special someone to challenge the status quo, to fight against accepted norms and to succeed in the process. Perhaps that’s why there’s so few really great politicians, the committed public servants whose contributions to society are justly rewarded at the ballot box. Maybe that’s why we honor the Bill Gateses and Steve… Read More

Staples, USPS Deal: Return to Sender

I like reading the Baltimore Jewish Times on issues that pertain to the Jewish community and Israel, but I wanted to put a cancellation stamp on your editorial, “The Postal Service’s easy button” (May 2). If you had done your homework you would know that the Postal Service’s no-bid sweetheart deal with Staples is bad… Read More

Bringing openness to JNF

American Jews have historical, idealistic views of Zionist institutions. And the Jewish National Fund is no exception. For many, JNF conjures up the warm images of placing coins in blue pushkes, planting trees in Israel and generally making the land of Israel bloom. It is this image that has sustained support of the organization for… Read More