Twice Born Parshat Nitzavim

We have lately become accustomed to reading accounts of clergymen, teachers and rabbis who take advantage, in very ugly ways, of the young people who are in their charge. Whenever I read these accounts, I think back to when I was a young boy and to some of the rabbis and teachers that I experienced…. Read More

Adapt and Move On

Editorial Director

Pay as you go. Do it yourself. Steady as she goes. Take a look around and you’ll likely see a challenging world out there for your neighborhood synagogues, and the above options are only some of the new models “old” institutions are trying in order to keep up with the times. Even in the Orthodox… Read More

Support Iran Deal and Help Wage Peace

Waging diplomacy, in concert with other major powers, has resulted in an agreement to dramatically shrink Iran’s nuclear program and to give unprecedented, detailed access to international inspectors. I am thrilled that Sen. Barbara Mikulski has joined those senators who have announced their support in favor of the Iran diplomacy! Unfortunately, Sen. Ben  Cardin failed… Read More

Iran Deal Is About U.S. Interests

Those who are opposed to the Iran deal may be making a mistake by making it about Israel (“Iran: No Deal Is Better Than Bad Deal,” Sept.4). If the deal prevents Iran from getting nuclear weapons, it is good for both the U.S. and Israel. If the deal lets Iran gets nuclear weapons, it is… Read More

Mikulski Letdown

I was appalled and disappointed that Sen. Barbara Mikulski not only voted to approve the Iran deal (last Tuesday, Sept. 2) but gave the president the necessary 34th vote to enforce it. As a five-time voter for her in her senatorial campaigns, I had assumed that she would listen to her constituents rather than as… Read More

Heed Begin’s Words From 30 Years Ago

With the looming drama surrounding the Iran nuke deal (“Iran: No Deal Is Better Than Bad Deal” and ‘Were Not Giving Away Anything,’ Sept. 4), I strongly believe as the main source of Jewish press in Baltimore, you should be required to print a speech given by Menachem Begin in May 1981. The short speech… Read More

Let’s Not Repeat the Europe of 1940

Susie Gelman is a part owner of Mid-Atlantic Media, publisher of the Baltimore Jewish Times.

The images of Syrian refugees attempting to flee the unrelenting efforts by the Assad government to murder its own people in a civil war that has gone on for more than four years, resulting in one of the largest population upheavals since World War II, are searing, unforgettable and heartbreaking. Eleven million Syrians (half of… Read More

Refugees And The (Young) Jewish Problem

Neil Rubin, Ph.D., is a former senior editor of the Baltimore Jewish Times and an area educator.

By now the haunting vision of the dead 3-year-old Syrian boy — Aylan Kurdi — on a Turkish beach is iconic. It is a horrifyingly painful representation of the plight of the world’s latest wave of refugees, but one in a year with more forced expatriates than any point since World War II’s bloody end…. Read More

Supporting the Deal Is Our Best Tool in Stopping Iran

We all owe Sen. Ben Cardin a debt of thanks for ensuring that the P5+1 nuclear weapons agreement President Barrack Obama negotiated with Iran will receive 60 days of careful examination by our elected representatives. Now, with just a couple weeks to go before Congress must vote on the agreement, Cardin, the senior member of… Read More

Paying to Pray? No: Supporting as Part of Belonging

We’ve all heard this story, and some of us have lived it: A Jewish individual or couple, new in town or newly seeking to reconnect with the Jewish community, walks into a worship space just before the start time of a High Holy Days service and starts to enter the sanctuary, only to be stopped… Read More