A Strategy for Jewish Continuity and Survival

For decades, study after study tells us that the Jewish community’s biggest fear remains Jewish detachment and assimilation. We remain Jewish for three reasons: religion, strong affinity and/or strong feelings of historical connection. All three of these reasons, however, are not preventing our assimilation rate, shockingly, from growing higher and higher. Those Jews who are… Read More

Fox News Reports the Truth

Saul Edelman’s snide comment about Fox News in his April 4 letter (“Fantasy vs. Reality”) cannot go without challenge. I am a retired media executive, highly qualified to comment. Maybe the Jewish Times is not the best forum for the following remarks, but the JT opened the door by not editing out Edelman’s outrageous statement… Read More

Kansas Gunman Unfortunately Nothing New

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Any doubts as to the danger of anti-Semitism in the United States were unfortunately put to rest this week when a gunman’s bullets — smack dab in the middle of middle America — claimed the lives of three people at Jewish institutions in Overland Park, Kan. We now know that the 73-year-old man from Aurora,… Read More

Freedom Doesn’t End With Exodus

I recently participated in an evening of learning at a local Lutheran church where a local imam and I were asked to discuss the ways our respective faiths were most often misunderstood. This church and their pastor sought to spend time during Lent learning about other faiths in order to help strengthen their own faith…. Read More

Beware of the King

Omitted in the JT’s April 4 editorial (“A Spectacle for King Sheldon”) was consideration of the true beneficiary of the unsavory competition among GOP presidential hopefuls for Sheldon Adelson’s largesse: anti-Semites. The casino mogul is an anti-Semite’s delight, because his political campaign behavior gives the lie to the truth about “The Protocols of the Elders… Read More

Giving Our Children a Chance

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Every now and then, events and timing conspire to offer opportunities for reflection. Looking back at what transpired on the world stage the past week and a half, it’s hard not to wonder: How, when, why did things get so bad? The collapse of the so-called “peace talks” between the Israelis and the Palestinians was… Read More

Our Commitment to Israel

The JT has covered the American Studies Association (ASA) academic boycott of Israel and the local response. We agree that it’s important that JT readers be kept fully informed on this issue. That’s why we are pleased to report that the Maryland General Assembly took action to address this. We voted for the budget that… Read More

The collapsed talks

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The recriminations and told-you-so’s that followed the apparent breakdown in Israeli-Palestinian negotiations last week are well- founded. Each side pointed to the other in an effort to cast blame. At least with respect to the particular accusations made, each side was right: The Palestinians acted contrary to agreed protocol by signing 15 U.N. treaties, as… Read More

Looking for the Seder Jew

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Since the release of the Pew Study of Jewish Americans last fall there has been ample discussion in the Jewish community about the vitality of the Jewish people. Despite all the scary statistics, however, the Pew Study also revealed some information that may give us a sense of where the good stuff is happening. According… Read More

Newspaper ownership consolidation

News this week that the Jerusalem Post would buy the troubled Hebrew daily Maariv for $1.5 million comes on the heels of word that American Jewish billionaire Sheldon Adelson will purchase the Israeli weekly Makor Rishon and NRG website for nearly $5 million. Adelson, a casino mogul, high-profile political contributor and prolific philanthropist, also owns… Read More