Lamenting Change

I write to echo Judy Chernak’s comments in “Your Say” of March 11. As I have counted the dwindling number of pages with each edition of the Jewish Times since the change in management and leadership, I wondered what else could be and would be done to diminish the quality and reputation of what was… Read More

Senator Support

I could not agree more with the Jewish Times’ endorsement of Chris Van Hollen to replace the retiring Barbara Mikulski as our next U.S. Senator. In her many years in the Senate, Mikulski had a very pro-Israel voting record. In contrast, Donna Edwards, who is running against Van Hollen, does not have a favorable voting… Read More

Shul Memories

As an avid reader of the Jewish Times and as someone who enjoys all references to those Jewish institutions that were so much a part of my youth in Baltimore and were so meaningful, I thoroughly enjoyed the “Past Presence” series (March 11 and March 18). I was a bit disappointed that I saw no… Read More

The Open Curtain Parshat Tzav; Leviticus 6:1-8:36

Rabbi Tzvi Hersh Weinreb

One day we were to study page 55 in the tractate Zevachim. This tome deals with laws pertaining to the ritual sacrifices in the Holy Temple. The biblical basis of these laws is found in this week’s Torah portion, Parshat Tzav (Leviticus 6:1-8:36). There, we learn about a variety of voluntary sacrifices that individuals can… Read More

Jewish Buildings? Really?

In reference to “Past Presence” (March 11), I find amusing the German Reform temples’ choice of “Americanized”  architecture due to the assimilationist values of these  congregations. It seems that yes, they were Jewish buildings, but you’d have to look hard to prove it. The only building to display the Star of David so prominently was… Read More

Republican Jews: Beware of Trump

As Donald Trump continues to call for banning all Muslims and walling off Mexicans from entering our country (“Trump’s Reality Candidacy,” March 11), I am reminded of a memorial I saw at the Immigration Museum in Halifax, Nova Scotia. It was called the “Wheel of Conscience” by Daniel Libeskind and commemorated the refusal of a… Read More

Where Was BJC?

The Maryland Senate voted on March 17 to remove references to the Confederacy from Maryland’s official state song.  No thanks to the Baltimore Jewish Council (“It’s Not ‘My Maryland,’ Your Say, March 4).

Series Didn’t Mention Chizuk Amuno Congregation

While I enjoyed reading the two-part series on Baltimore’s Jewish architecture (March 11 and March 18), a glaring omission was Chizuk Amuno Congregation and the ultra-modern design of its building on Stevenson Road. Completed in the late 1950s, the original building was  designed by noted New York architect Daniel Schwartzman, who served on the board… Read More

Meyer and Ayers Designed Bnos Yisrael

In “Baltimore’s Jewish Architecture Testament to Character, Conviction, Mobility of Its  People” (March 18), the photo of Bnos Yisroel, formerly Har Sinai Congregation, credits Erich Mendelsohn as its architect. Mendelsohn died in 1953, and the building was dedicated in 1959. This building was in actuality a copy of Mendelsohn’s Park Synagogue in Cleveland, which was … Read More

‘More Torah for More Jews in More Places’

When I think about the bright future I believe is ahead for the Conservative movement, I often frame it through a phrase that Rabbi Julie Schonfeld of the Rabbinical Assembly uses often in her conversations with colleagues. Our goal is to spread “More Torah to More Jews in More places.” Those places include synagogues and… Read More