Perception Is Reality

The new report on anti-Semitism issued by the Vienna-based European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) paints an unsettling picture of the eight EU countries where 90 percent of the continent’s Jews live. Nevertheless, one must draw conclusions carefully. One caveat is that the 5,847 Jews polled in Belgium, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Sweden… Read More

Thank You, Jewish Baltimore

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The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore says it is “inspiring Jewish community.” Believe me, it is. I recently returned from the General Assembly of the Jewish Federations of North America. The plenaries, which boasted some of the top Israeli officials, were packed. The dialogues — unique and interesting — were well executed. But the… Read More

International Moishe Houses Gather In Odessa

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By: Marina Moldavanskaya Last week, Odessa was proud to host the international conference for Russian-speaking Moishe Houses. Yevgeniy Klig, the Director of Russian-speaking Jewish Programming shared, “The conference was comprised of the residents of all Russian-speaking Moishe Houses in the former Soviet Union and the United States. The purpose of the conference was to provide… Read More

Could Do Better

The Nov. 1 print edition carried a quarter-page ad on page 20 heralding a lecture at Beth Tfiloh Congregation by Rabbi Shlomo Riskin. In it, he was described as the chief rabbi of Efrat, Israel. Such is not only incorrect, but actually plays into the hands of the State of Israel’s political enemies. Efrat is… Read More

Not So Accurate

Your article on Attman’s Deli was very interesting (“It All Started With A Deli,” Oct. 25). I wish I could share your enthusiasm. Last April 9, when my order came, I was told by the cashier that under no circumstances could I eat there; when I asked for my money back, I was approached very… Read More

Keep Investigating

Thank you for “Judaism Behind Bars” (Oct. 25). Please do some further investigative reporting for your readers about the terrible miscarriage of justice in Elsa Newman’s continuing incarceration. I am a Quaker and have been following this case and Elsa’s unjust conviction for years. Please use the power of the press to speak the truth…. Read More

In Times Of Crisis

Thank you for publishing the important article about the often-neglected story of Jews who are incarcerated in U.S. prisons (“Judaism Behind Bars,” Oct. 25). If I may add to the conversation, I wish to highlight a major issue that seems to have been overlooked in the article. The issue of proselytizing in the prison setting… Read More

Reason To Celebrate

Your article “Family-Owned Business Celebrates 45 Years” (Oct. 25) is welcome during an era when shoppers seek traditional proprietors. Last summer, I wanted to add sleeves to a sleeveless dress so I enrolled in a sewing class at the Maryland Academy of Couture Arts. The instructor, talented designer Ella Pritsker, encouraged students to browse for… Read More

Why I Choose To Be A Soldier Instead Of A Student

It was like something out of a comedy sketch. I stood at the front of the classroom, nervous, and launched into the Hebrew-language presentation I had prepared for that day’s lesson. I say launched, but really it was closer to a sputtering. A stammering verbal “balagan” riddled with grammatical mistakes and laced with “Baltimorese” undertones…. Read More

CLTC Is The Place For Me

Who would have thought that the best summer of my life could have taken place in Mukwonago, Wisconsin?  CLTC (Chapter Leadership Training Conference) is one of BBYO’s summer program opportunities, where I spent 12 amazing days learning about how to become a Jewish leader in my chapter and in my Jewish community as a whole…. Read More