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On the surface, I may be an  unusual person to lead this year’s annual campaign for The  Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore. I have no formal religious education, I cannot read Hebrew, I am married to an Episcopalian, and I am not from Baltimore. I am however passionate about Jewish values and traditions, energized… Read More

Congregational Collaboration in the New Year

Here’s a thought to take to High Holiday services next month: Collaboration  between congregations can be a good thing. In an article in eJewish Philanthropy, Larry Glickman, the director of network engagement and collaboration for the Union for Reform Judaism, questioned the spirit of competition in the synagogue world. People go “shul shopping” and ultimately… Read More

Understanding the U.S.-Israel MOU

It’s being billed as historic — the largest-ever U.S. military aid package. The Memorandum of Understanding, which was signed Sept. 14 and will go into effect in 2018, will provide Israel with $3.8 billion in aid a year for 10 years. The increase in aid from the previous MOU’s annual $3.1 billion sends important messages:… Read More

Don’t Look Back! Parshat Ki Tavo

One of the most beautiful and popular verses in Torah is found in this week’s parshah, Ki Tavo. In the midst of showering the People of Israel with blessings, G-d declares, “You will blessed when you come, and blessed when you go.” Rashi illuminates the meaning of the blessing to each individual: “May your departure… Read More

A Jewish Home

I’m not the first to say it and this is not the first time I’ve alluded to this fact: The Jewish world in the United States is a scary one for those of us who have been taught that the surest determinate of Jewish survivability is identification with a synagogue or other communal institution. According… Read More

Baltimore Jazz Alliance Bops into First-Ever Festival

Those who fear there’s been a dismal downbeat in the Baltimore jazz scene have something to swing about. The Baltimore Jazz Alliance is tuning up for its family-friendly and free jazz festival, which takes the stage on Oct. 1 at Druid Hill Park. The BJA Jazz Festival is ostensibly the first local musical showcase focusing… Read More

Jewish Pride on Campus Is Under Siege

More than 300,000 Jewish  college students have arrived on American campuses — and what they experience there is likely not only to broaden their minds and uproot long-held assumptions, but shake their Jewish selves to the core. They will contend with powerful faculty and student voices accusing them of complicity  in a regime of privilege… Read More

The External War, the Internal War Parshat Ki Teitzei

This week’s Torah portion is called Ki Teitzei — meaning literally, “When you go out.” It is a reference to violence and war. “When you take the field, [literally, “When you go out,”] against your enemies, and the Eternal your God delivers them into your power and you take some of them captive …” (Deuteronomy… Read More

What Did We Really Learn from Rio?

Four weeks on, as memories begin to fade, is there anything that really and truly inspired us for all the hours we devoted to the incredible actors of the Rio Olympics, as they fulfilled the world’s best of human achievement to a universal  audience? We learned that Simone Biles can fly through the air with… Read More

The Troubles in Susiya

Susiya, located in Area C, is not simply an internal matter (“The Susiya Shuffle,” Aug. 19). Whether one calls it occupied, disputed or liberated territory, Israel has never made it part of Israel. Furthermore, we in the Jewish community have always been the first to say that the  international community must be involved in “internal… Read More