In America, New Levels of Generosity

Perhaps helped with several mega-gifts, American donors in 2015 were more generous than ever, according to the 61st issue of “Giving USA,” the annual report on charitable activity in the United States. Total giving surpassed $373.3 billion, with several categories tracked by the report reflecting very significant increases in giving — both in real dollars… Read More

The Importance of the Past Parshat Korach

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Chadeish yameinu k’kedem, “Renew our days as of old” (Lamentations 5:21). Perhaps not as dramatic as “Return with us now to those thrilling days of yesteryear” (from the opening sequence of “The Lone Ranger”), but the sentiment is the same. Simply put, the past was better than the present. It’s a common theme for the… Read More

The JCC’s Slippery Slope

We must always give credit to the leadership and dedicated staff and volunteers of The  Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore and to its affiliated agencies. Baltimore has been extremely fortunate in building a solid Jewish infrastructure, and the Jewish community is known as one of great kindness. Every Jewish Baltimorean must support and volunteer… Read More

A Shining Light

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This has certainly been a summer of transition for Jewish Baltimore, with departures of top officials at community institutions and area nonprofits. Earlier this month, the JT profiled Art Abramson, who stepped down in May after almost 26 years leading the Baltimore Jewish Council as its executive director. Two weeks later, we featured a cover… Read More

Shame on JCC

Unlike the indifference on the part of Adam Hariri, a Park Heights member, regarding the Rosenbloom JCC’s decision to open its doors on Saturday mornings (“JCC’s Shabbat Decision Causes Concern,” June 17), I care! After reading Rabbi Moshe Hauer’s column, “Shabbos at the JCC: Crossing the Line” (also June 17), I understand the rabbi’s feelings… Read More

JT Story Troubling

Shame on you and your staff for publishing “Shooting Brings UMD Students Out of the Closet” (June 24). Was it not tragic and hurtful enough to feel and share the pain of the victims and their families in Orlando, Fla.? Was it not tragic enough that Facebook spreads the vilest gossip to anyone who goes… Read More

The Magic of the Cavaliers’ Unlikely Victory

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It happens so rarely that if you caught the moment, you caught a piece of eternity. That moment was Sunday night, June 19, when the final buzzer of Game 7 of the NBA finals was heard all around the country. And you caught the magic of that moment, before it dawned on anyone that Cleveland… Read More

No Easy Answers in Orlando Bloodbath

Omar Mateen’s massacre of 49 patrons at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Fla., appears to have touched more pressure points than any of the other well-known mass shootings in the last two decades. There is the hate crime of homophobia. Then there is Mateen’s pledge of allegiance to the so-called Islamic State in the heat… Read More

UC Irvine Actually Safe Space for Jews

The Jewish students at the University of California-Irvine and our supporters took a strong stand this month, showing our campus community that we will not be intimidated or allow our vocal support for  Israel to be stifled. Last month, a pro-Israel event sponsored by the UC Irvine student organization, Students Supporting Israel (SSI), with support… Read More