Boycott Earns American Studies Association an ‘F’

The great center of American Jewish opinion has weighed in on the American Studies Association’s Dec. 16 vote to boycott Israeli universities and has found it to be a hostile, hypocritical and offensive decision. We agree. What unites center-right and center-left against the resolution — which incorrectly claims that there is “no effective or substantive… Read More

Ignorant Or Ignoring?

I’m a member of the community here, and I was shocked and dismayed by your editorial, “An Alternative To Peace?” (Dec. 13). … Whining about all the bad things that will happen to Israel if it doesn’t make a comprehensive peace is the same lame argument from J Street, to which I would bet you… Read More

BBYO: The Jewish Youth Organization for You

Post bar or bat mitzvah, many Jewish teens and their parents struggle to keep the fires of Jewish life burning — fires that were sparked at b’nai mitzvah. Through community events and synagogue outreach, teens can continue their involvement in the Jewish community; however, many Jewish teens never find an environment in Judaism that fits… Read More

Shocked

Earlier this month, I attended the funeral of a close friend, Irv Chait, at the Garrison Veterans Cemetery. I was shocked to find that Jewish veterans are buried in a segregated location in the cemetery. If it is right that they serve, fight and die with all other veterans, it should certainly be acceptable that… Read More

We Need Help

I am writing to you because I have been aware of Elsa Newman’s story for a long time (“Judaism Behind Bars,” Oct. 25).  I am involved with Mothers of Lost Children and have been actively seeking justice for Elsa and the other mothers who have lost custody of children they are trying to protect. I… Read More

Magic In Morocco … This May

I read with great interest Mayan Jaffe’s piece, “Magic In Morocco” (Dec. 6). Although going to Israel is a great way to learn about Moroccan Jewish culture, since almost a million Israelis are of Moroccan descent, there is no better way to learn than to go to the source. It is for that reason that… Read More

Are Jews From India?

I am about to publish my new book, “From Neanderthal to Moses: The World Before Religion, War & Inequality.” This brief history of humanity looks at our origins from the beginning and follows a cognitive development course of history. In other words, it begins by asking the question, “How do we learn?” Not how do… Read More

Inspiring Community

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At this time of year, fundraisers are extra busy encouraging people to make their contributions before Dec. 31. It adds an additional layer of hustle and bustle to a role that is already somewhat challenging. But, when you are a fundraiser — either as a professional or a volunteer — and you believe very deeply… Read More

Keeping Kosher Competitive

Competition is a good thing, right? That question always comes up when the subject being discussed is competing kosher businesses in what is often a small market. And that question is going to be asked quite a bit in Baltimore with the news that Seasons, a New York-based kosher supermarket chain, plans to open in… Read More

Lingering Questions For The Reform Movement

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At the Reform movement’s biennial gathering in San Diego last week, Rabbi Rick Jacobs, president of the Union of Reform Judaism (URJ), came out swinging. In his keynote address to some 5,000 participants, he called for his movement to offer a welcome to the unaffiliated so inclusive that he termed it “audacious hospitality.” Reform must… Read More