Black Lives Matter, and So Does Israel

Americans of goodwill have rightly been concerned by violence, much of it by police, against unarmed black men, from the shooting of Trayvon Martin to the rough ride given to Freddie Gray. Jews are no  exception in their reactions. The relative helplessness of segments of the black community in the face of powerful  authority stirs… Read More

Peace Now Leader Wants End to P.A.

A veteran leader of the Peace Now movement is apparently calling on Israel to overthrow the Palestinian Authority. It may seem hard to believe, but that’s the plain meaning of an op-ed in the July 29 edition of New York Jewish Week by Martin I. Bresler, a former chairman — and current board member —… Read More

Prelude to a Pogrom

Very recently filmmaker Ami Horowitz documented how Portland State University students reacted when being asked to pledge money to purchase explosives to bomb  Israeli schools, hospitals and synagogues. Far from recoiling in shock and horror or immediately placing calls to Homeland Security, the students reacted in a different way: They happily signed on, many of… Read More

The Spectacle of the Battling New York Mayors

Political attack dogs, like their furry namesake, come in many breeds. But even in the same breed, no two attack dogs are exactly the same. And so it was with two former Republican mayors of New York City, who treated viewers of  the Republican and Democratic national conventions to wildly different displays. Rudy Giuliani’s full-throated,… Read More

Salute to Sinai

Editorial Director

It’s not in every city where the local “Jewish” hospital remains a crucial component of the Jewish community. But Baltimore, as we all know so well, is not like most cities. As you’ll read in this week’s JT, Sinai Hospital turns 150, a milestone celebration of a history that saw a facility rise from the… Read More

Sanders’ Values Are Israeli Values

“A Fly (Donkey?) on the Wall: Behind the Scenes at the DNC” (July 29) quotes Adrian Shanker as describing Bernie Sanders’ “vision as grounded in values that are very Jewish to begin with.” Sanders’ hashkafa is that of democratic socialism: the ideology of the Founding Fathers of the State of Israel. (Not to be confused with… Read More

Five Things People with Disabilities Wish You Knew

Eighteen years ago, my best friend gave birth to a baby boy with Down syndrome. I was already very familiar with people who have disabilities, but I had no idea what to say to my friend who had just given birth to a child with severe disabilities. A week later I sat down with a… Read More

Pope Francis Must Insist Auschwitz Church Be Moved

Last week, Pope Francis made a pilgrimage to Poland, visiting Auschwitz — the notorious death camp in Poland where 1.1 million Jews were murdered during the Holocaust. Auschwitz is comprised of two camps: Auschwitz I and Auschwitz II, also called Birkenau. Birkenau is the actual “theater of death,” where the vast majority of Jews were… Read More

Zika Advances while Congress Dawdles

The mosquito that carries the Zika virus, which can cause severe birth defects in  fetuses, has emerged in the mainland United States. More than a dozen new “homegrown” cases of the virus have been reported since last Friday, and Health officials have warned pregnant women not to visit a Miami, Fla. neighborhood where the recent… Read More

Force Was Justified

In the Baltimore Jewish Times  articles on the Democratic  National Convention, one briefly mentioned the demonstration in support of the Palestinians outside the convention center (“Sanders Supporters Showed Up in Droves to Protest DNC,” July 29). Prior to the Convention, some leaders in the Democratic Party had wanted to insert into the Democratic National Platform… Read More