Beth El Women Attend Ethiopian Women’s Cooking Workshop in Ashkelon

Ethiopian Cooking Class

By: Nancy Gertner Note: Nancy Gertner traveled to Israel last month with a group of women from her synagogue, Beth El Congregation. She shares her insight from a day spent in Ashkelon, Baltimore’s sister city. There is little question that a highlight of any trip to Israel is its large and bountiful breakfast. This can… Read More

Learning From Dreams

The name of this week’s Torah portion is Vayeshev, which is in the Book of Genesis. It is a continuation of the story of Joseph. In Vayeshev, Joseph is now in Egypt. Sadly, at this point in the story, Joseph is in prison, where he encounters two new prisoners. One is Pharaoh’s cup bearer and… Read More

Worried For Funerals

I am writing to express my deep concern about the $1.4 billion merger of the largest and second-largest funeral services companies in the U.S., Service Corporation International (SCI) and Stewart Enterprises, Inc. If this merger takes place, some of my constituents in the Washington, D.C. area could see an overwhelming increase in standard funeral costs…. Read More

Nice Work!

My family was the subject of a recent article in the Baltimore Jewish Times (“Seriously?” Oct. 10). Amy Landsman did a story about hosting a vegan bar mitzvah. I wanted to let the JT know that we think she did a great job both in researching and telling our story. I’ve been interviewed before by… Read More

Send Stamps

Thank you for sharing the story of the Six Million Stamp Project by students at Mount Hebron High School, who are trying to comprehend the Holocaust and the meaning of six million deaths (“Stamping Out Intolerance,” Nov. 1). My synagogue, Moses Montefiore Anshe Emunah, is collecting used postage stamps for them to aid in their… Read More

Miscarriage of Justice

I want to thank the JT for publishing Marc Shapiro’s thoughtful article on Elsa Newman (“Judaism Behind Bars,” Oct. 25) and her travails as an incarcerated Jew behind bars in the Maryland Correctional Institution for Women. Elsa had exemplified the laudable values of the Judeo-Christian teachings in her work over her 11-year incarceration, helping hundreds… Read More

Show, Don’t Tell

We all wonder why people either buy or don’t buy from us. You must understand your buyers’ psychology. In order for someone to make a purchase they must have the following three issues satisfied: > They must feel like they know you. > They must feel like they can trust you. > They must like… Read More

Twitter 101

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In light of the recent Initial Public Offering (IPO) a few weeks ago and many email requests to teach Twitter to individuals, here is a 101 tutorial on Twitter and how to tweet. Hopefully, you will see how its real-time strength works for businesses and creates opportunities to get messages out to the world. You… Read More

Thanksgivukkah And The Knaidel

Many of us celebrated Arvind Mahankali’s victory at the national spelling bee last May. Why? Arvind is not a MOT (Member of the Tribe). We celebrated because he won by spelling knaidel, those fluffy floaters we relish on Passover and Shabbat. Putting aside the proper spelling of knaidel, the fact that it appears in the… Read More

The Passion Of George W. Bush

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Was George W. Bush acting on his own born-again Christianity when he agreed to speak last week at the Dallas fundraiser for the Messianic Jewish Bible Institute? Or was this just one of the former president’s many speaking appearances, albeit to a group dedicated to the conversion of Jews to Christianity in order to advance… Read More