Azerbaijan: Good for the Jews?

The true story of Jewish Azerbaijan past and present has Hollywood written all over it. Two ancient cultures meet on the same land. One is Muslim and one is Jewish. But here is the twist: The land is overflowing with natural riches, from fruits to “black gold” (oil), and the cultures work and live harmoniously…. Read More

A Marked Difference

It’s interesting to note the difference in the way Jews and Arabs react during times of extreme passion and during extraordinary conditions. (“Collective Anguish,” July 4). When the case is the murder of a young Arab in revenge for the murder of three young Jews, the reaction of Jews is denunciation from the right and… Read More

A Different View

There are two ways one can view the vote by the Presbyterian Church to support divestment from businesses that profit off of Israeli policies (“With friends like these …” June 27). The typical response is to see anti-Semites under every rock, in every pew, behind every tree. After all, the Jewish people are the Chosen… Read More

A Shared Sense of Survival

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You don’t need to live in Israel to be the target of anti-Jewish hatred. You could be attending a rally in Los Angeles or praying in a Paris synagogue. Of course, you wouldn’t know this solely by reading the region’s daily newspapers. Both The Baltimore Sun and The Washington Post in fact contained not a… Read More

Send in the Clowns

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By: Jill Max, Chair, The Associated’s Israel Engagement Center I hate the circus. The primary reason for these feelings stems from my childhood and my family’s requisite annual pilgrimage to Madison Square Garden to witness the “greatest show on Earth.” The smell of the menagerie was bad enough, but it was the clowns that really… Read More

Happy Hour

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By Jill Max, Chair, The Associated’s Israel Engagement Center Last night, I walked to the beautiful Tel Aviv port (don’t worry, there are plenty of places along the way to duck and cover) and had dinner with two Jewish Agency for Israel (JAFI) staff members and four young adults from Baltimore who are participating in… Read More

URGENT

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By Jill Max, Co-chair, The Associated’s Israel Engagement Center Tuli, my driver, greeted me with his handwritten sign and immediately launched into what I can only assume is his typical comedy routine. We walked to the van and he asked me if I spoke Hebrew. “I used to, but it’s been quite a long time,”… Read More

The Wisdom of the Kurds

Some 30 million Kurds live in an area that includes parts of Iran, Iraq, Syria and Turkey. A non-Arab Sunni people, the Kurds have the distinction of being the world’s largest stateless minority. But that may be changing. The massive shifts occurring in the Middle East and the practiced moderation of Iraq’s Kurds have produced… Read More

Let’s Choose Our Words Wisely

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According to the biblical account, creation didn’t take place through fire or a divine wind. The world instead came into being through speech. As taught and amplified by the Jewish tradition in the thousands of years since that seminal event, words — even when limited to the constricted realm of human speech — have retained… Read More