37 Years, 3 Major Themes

I’ve  been writing for the Baltimore Jewish Times since 1976. Over the years, my articles have had three major themes: the foolishness of Israeli settlement building in the West Bank outside of the environs of Jerusalem; the lack of consistency of U.S. policy in the Middle East, most particularly toward the Arab-Israeli conflict, an inconsistency… Read More

Just What The Doctor Ordered

Being Jewish and a medical professional is an ancient tradition. This year we welcome the reactivation of the Doctors Division of the Jewish Federation of Howard County, the Maimonides Society. With just under 18,000 Jewish residents in 7,500 households, Howard County is consistently recognized as a wonderful place to live, boasting excellent schools, religious and… Read More

A Game Of Violence

A spate of assaults largely in the Northeast over the last month has led to the popular notion that U.S. cities are experiencing a growing trend of attacks by youths playing the “knockout game.” The perpetrator plays this violent and potentially deadly game just for kicks, attempting to knock a victim unconscious with one blow… Read More

Shalom, Not Lehitraot

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It is never easy to say goodbye. But that is what is happening. I have the unpleasant task of telling you that I am leaving the JT, and I am taking a job in Kansas City. This is a difficult conversation for me to have with you, not because things have gone badly; just the… Read More

Chanukah in Odessa

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By: Marina Moldavanskaya, Baltimore-Odessa Partnership Coordinator Jewish people all around the world celebrate the bright holiday of Chanukah, and the Odessa Jewish community was no exception. The first day of Chanukah was marked by a big celebration in Odessa. Crowds gathered in the two synagogues – Chabad and Litvak –  while the traditional Chanukah candles… Read More

Don’t Jeopardize Progress

The success of U.S.-Iran negotiating efforts demonstrates that when our nations commit to serious diplomacy, historic progress is possible (“Analysis: A Closer Look At The P5+ 1-Iranian Agreement,” Nov. 29). The United States and Iran are in reach of a deal to guard against a nuclear-armed Iran and a devastating war. Congress should not sabotage… Read More

Historic

The nuclear deal brokered by the United States and Iran in Geneva is historic. Just as the agreement to peacefully disarm Syria of its chemical weapons demonstrated, diplomacy makes the world a safer place. Now comes the hard part: U.S. diplomats are working to secure a final agreement to prevent war and a nuclear-armed Iran…. Read More

Anti-Semitism Is Alive And Well

Congratulations to Maayan Jaffe on her editorial on anti-Semitism (“Anti-Semitism is Alive And Well,” Nov. 22). Growing up in 21208 or 21209, or even 21217, or upper Park Heights or lower Park Heights or Forest Park can be very blinding and narrow. And suddenly the real world hits one when it is time to go… Read More

Omitted

In your article about organizations that help those in need (“A Helping Hand,” Nov. 25), you seem to have ignored those organizations that help the Jewish community such as Ahavas Yisroel Charity Fund and Gevuras Yarden, among others. Hillel Eli Markowitz Baltimore

Still Going …

I am writing in reference to two items in Nov. 15 issue. One is a letter written to the editor by Michael Rodels in which he states that he ordered something from Attman’s and was told he could not eat it there and that they would not give him a refund. The second item is… Read More