Indyk: Longtime Palestinian Supporter

Your Nov. 7 editorial (“The Mighty Dollar at Brookings”) raised legitimate questions about the influence of foreign governments that make significant donations to Washington think tanks, such as the $14.8 million grant by the government of Qatar to the Brookings Institution, of which Martin Indyk is director.   In the case of Indyk, however, there… Read More

JT Misses Mark on This On

The JT’s reporting on the Obama administration’s position on Israel is disappointing (What’s Next? Nov. 14). Vice President Joe Biden’s statements of support lack any substance when both the State Department’s spokeswoman and the president’s deputy national security advisor make statements that Israel failed in the Gaza operation to minimize civilian casualties. Yet, Chairman of… Read More

The Value of Community

Without any plans to become a leader in Howard County’s Jewish community — but after 8 years of living in this vibrant community — I have become president of the prominent Jewish preschool Bet Yeladim, involved in the county’s Jewish federation and a member of the youth committee in the county’s Conservative synagogue Beth Shalom…. Read More

How to Expand Shrinking Jewish Middle

Newly emerging evidence from the Pew Research Center’s 2013 Portrait of American Jewry points to enormous challenges facing federations, Jewish philanthropy and organized Jewish life, more generally. Virtually every Jewish institution is contending with a sharply diminishing base of people who give, join or even care. Though the Orthodox are expanding numerically, the number of… Read More

Wealth Versus Democracy

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In the world of politics and diplomacy, we are accustomed to understatement and a fair degree of obfuscation in much of the public discourse that unfolds around us. So when someone says what’s really on their mind, and does so in a direct and unvarnished fashion, it gets our attention. That is so particularly when… Read More

Let School System Do Its Homework

Montgomery County’s Board of Education was not being a Grinch when it removed the names of religious holidays from the school calendar and replaced them with secular names such as “winter break.” The board vote drew national attention and became an instant cause for extremists, hatemongers and conspiracy theorists. But with its vote, the board… Read More

Friday Night with Grandpa

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My paternal grandfather, Chaim Yitzchak Weinreb, was an old-school Jew, with roots in the region of eastern Poland known as Galicia. He had studied under renowned Talmudists back in the old country, and his fervent wish was to see his grandchildren grow up to be dedicated Talmud students. I was his oldest grandchild and discovered… Read More

A ‘General’ Concern

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Considering his audience at the Monday morning plenary session of the Jewish Federations of North America’s General Assembly at National Harbor, Vice President Joe Biden said all the right things. To standing ovations, he pledged the United States’ unwavering support of Israel and promised that Iran would never be permitted to obtain a nuclear weapon…. Read More

Working with Governor-Elect Hogan

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Maryland’s Republican governor-elect, Larry Hogan, sailed to his historic victory Nov. 4 on the tide of a poorly run campaign by his Democratic challenger, Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown, and fatigue after eight years of Democratic Gov. Martin O’Malley. Yet, little is known about Hogan, other than that he is pro-business, that he wants to cut… Read More

Can We Rise Above the Muck?

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So much has been written since last week’s revelation that an unnamed Obama administration official used a barnyard epithet to impugn the reputation and political ability of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that I will not add my own denunciation — however justified it might be — to the thousands of words already out there… Read More