A Proper Memorial in Its Proper Place

As managing editor, I get a lot of story pitches. It’s my job to figure out which ones to pursue for the publication and which just aren’t the right fit. I’ve found that some of the best pitches — which have turned into some of the best stories — come from community members who are… Read More

Heart of Humanity Parshat Devarim

Just prior to the conclusion of the 1978 Camp David Accords, Jimmy Carter submitted a letter for Prime Minister Menachem Begin that caused the Israeli leader to promptly return it to the leader of the free world unsigned. “But I did not ask you to give up Jerusalem,” said the astonished American president. “I only… Read More

‘It Cannot Be Allowed’

There are metal detectors outside the holiest site in Islam, the Grand Mosque in Mecca. That is because it was attacked and captured by a group of Shia terrorists in 1979, which resulted in a large-scale battle. The terrorists were sent by Iran. As a sensible security measure, the Saudis installed the metal detectors to prevent… Read More

Never Again!

The JT’s “A New Beginning” (June 23), which described the Rosewood-Stevenson University plan, is of great interest to our constituency of children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD). The sale of the Rosewood Center property reopens questions about the dark history of segregation and fairness to people with I/DD. Designed with good intentions,… Read More

Explaining Trump

The rabbinic principle is shetikah ka-hoda’ah: Silence is concurrence. Why has the JT fallen down on the job, by not reporting President Donald J. Trump’s latest snub of worldwide Jewry? The AP story was “Trump Speech Takes Place …” at Polish uprising monument, but, unlike all former presidents and vice presidents visiting Warsaw since 1969,… Read More

People of the Book The New Jewish Elite

When you grow up in 1990s Pikesville, you know a lot of overachievers, and you became too comfortable in their company. You begin to wonder how you came from a place where so many people seemed marked from birth for the super-class, and if you’re not one of them, bitterness can grow within you like… Read More

‘Uncle Sol’

It can’t be an easy job, working in a funeral home. Your clients are generally distraught, having just lost a loved one. It’s a difficult but absolutely essential job, especially in the Baltimore Jewish community. As you’ll read in this week’s cover story by Hannah Monicken, the staff at Sol Levinson & Bros. shoulders this… Read More

A Daughters’ Share Parshat Matot-Masei

What can we do to transmit a love of the Land of Israel to the next generation? The Book of Numbers, by concluding with the case involving the five daughters of Tzelofhad, touches on this very issue. These women — Machla, Noa, Hogla, Milca and Tirza — moved all the way up the judicial and… Read More

Our Push to Enhance Jewish Life in Baltimore

In my role as CEO of the JCC of Greater Baltimore, I believe that one of the critical roles of our organization is to provide relevant Jewish engagement for the Greater Jewish community. As with other Jewish communities nationwide, Baltimore is seeing growing rates of intermarriage and decreases in JCC and synagogue participation among its… Read More