A Plaque of Honor

The wonderful obituary/tribute “Roy Hoffberger: Philanthropist, Art Patron, Proud Jew” (Aug. 12) recounts that he  always kept a plaque on his desk that read: “Further discussion is unnecessary. I have said all I want to hear.” The irony  reminded him daily of the importance of listening to others and to the wishes of the community… Read More

Their Color? Jewish

The JT’s “Jews Conflicted by Black Lives Matter Platform” (Aug. 12) comments on the challenges Jews of color face because of the anti-Israel agenda of the Black Live Matter movement. I don’t see a conflict. Whether Jews of color are born Jewish or have become Jewish by choice, they are Jews and their color is… Read More

A Celebration of B’nai Yisrael

Today, we read Parshat Va’etchanan. We see the beautiful words of the Shema that tells all of B’nai Yisrael that there is only one God. Earlier, when God commanded Moses to talk to the rock so it would give water again, Moses got angry. Instead of talking to the rock, he hit the rock with… Read More

My Summer of Social Justice, Judaism

This summer, I had the opportunity to participate in the  Religious Action Center of  Reform Judaism’s Machon  Kaplan summer study-internship program as part of a group of 30 college students from around the country. We came to Washington, D.C., in hopes of discovering more about social justice from a  political and Jewish perspective and were… Read More

Addressing Anti-Israel Sentiment on Campus

Anti-Israel movements have existed since the founding of the Jewish state, but over the past 10 years, Israel supporters have had to confront a more sophisticated anti-Israel movement than previously seen. In 2005, 170 Palestinian organizations came together for the boycott,  divestment and sanctions movement, one that sponsors the  economic, cultural and academic isolation of… Read More

Time for New Memories

To this day, one of the most popular stories published by the Baltimore Jewish Times is an article I greenlighted not soon after my arrival at the magazine almost three years ago. It concerned the closing of a women’s clothing retailer, and I didn’t think it would gain much traction. How wrong I was. As… Read More

Dems: Losing Jewish Vote?

In the excellent JT article “Convention Had Little to Say About Jewish Issues, Republicans Take Note” (Aug. 5), very important points were made. My grandparents’ generation ardently supported the Democratic Party, but it would not recognize it today. The Democrats have abandoned the white working poor and middle class. They have shifted their voter base… Read More

JCC’s Belly Flop

Speaking for many members of the JCC in Owings Mills, we watch daily how the downstairs pool, splash pad, playground and two gyms cannot be used while camp is in session (JCC Members Upset Over Pool Hours,” July 15). The board decided that the members could not use these parts of the JCC in Owings… Read More

What Exactly Do We Mourn?

The bleakest fast of the Hebrew calendar is on the ninth of Av, Tisha B’Av, commemorating the destruction of both Temples in Jerusalem (in 586 BCE, and 70 CE). We begin preparing ourselves to feel the enormity of the loss three weeks before, from the 17th of Tammuz, with a sunrise-to-sunset fast on the date… Read More

For Better or Worse

Zoning disputes are never easy, frequently pitting the interests of developers against residents, homeowners against environmentalists and municipalities against business owners. As you’ve read in past issues of the JT, they can even pit religious factions against each other, neighbors against neighbors. This week, we examine two surrounding important pieces of real estate in our… Read More