Standing Up for the Hungry

I’ve been in BBYO since I was in the eighth grade and have attended the Northern Region East’s Regional Convention, which brings teens together from Baltimore, Northern Virginia and Washington, D.C., for five years. This year’s regional convention was by far my favorite. The major distinction from years past was our day of service. In… Read More

Washington JCC draws a red line

The story of David Harris-Gershon goes a bit of the way toward answering the perennial question of whether a tree makes a sound if it falls in the forest and no one is there to hear it. In 2012, Harris-Gershon, a Pittsburgh Jewish day school teacher, “came out” about his support of the boycott, divestment… Read More

JCC Migdal Celebrates Its Anniversary

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On February 2, the Migdal Jewish Community Center (JCC) of Odessa celebrated its twenty-second birthday! The program, planned by Migdal members, was held in one of Odessa’s concert halls; yet, the family atmosphere of the event made everybody feel warm and cozy. Migdal participants of all ages took part in the performance: babies danced with… Read More

Man Makes the Clothes

There are 54 portions in the Torah. It would stand to reason that if any topic were to dominate any of these parshahs, that topic would be of excessive interest and import to the Jewish people and the world at large. That’s why many are shocked when they realize that this week’s portion is dedicated… Read More

Be Aware of Differences

In reference to the article regarding the new mosque on Park Heights Avenue (“Coming Together,” Jan. 31), I think it is great that we welcome them. Ultimately, it is not our business who our neighbors are as long as we treat each other with respect. We should be aware that the Ahmadi group, the sect… Read More

No More Tears

I applaud Hannah Heller’s recent letter to the editor (“Stores Are Replaceable!” Jan. 31) regarding the article concerning the closing of Loehmann’s. As Robert Alan Zimmerman, better known as Bob Dylan, once sang, “Now’s not the time for your tears.” Gary Kenneth Bass Baltimore

Bureaucrat an Unfair Judge

In reference to Itamar Tubul, who acts as judge, jury and executioner on who can marry in Israel (“Israeli Bureaucrat Decides Who Can Marry in the Jewish State,” Jan. 17), my question is, Who died and made him G-d to decide who can be married? I am sure that there are letters people are bringing… Read More

Harmony Not the Issue

I don’t believe I am intolerant, nor those Orthodox women who do not wear tefillin (“Searching for Harmony,” Jan. 31). It is a painful subject that should not be dealt with in a flippant manner. If only harmony was the issue, and if only you had dealt with it seriously. Rabbi Yitzchok Lowenbraun National Director,… Read More

Labels Are for Jackets

I enjoyed your article on the question of internal divisions in the movements and not judging a book by its cover (“Searching for Harmony,” Jan. 31). As I was hosting the first-ever AIPAC event in Howard County, Rabbi Morris Zimbalist — a JTS-ordained rabbi working for AIPAC — and I stood with my very close… Read More

Clarification Needed

Addressing the quote from Anat Bar-Cohen’s Jan. 15 testimony before the Senate Special Committee on Aging that stated that the Jewish Social Service Agency in the Washington metropolitan area “has experienced a 15 percent budget cut for each of the past four years from the Claims Conference and other sources” (“Budget Cuts Impede Survivor Services,”… Read More