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

We Don’t Get To Vote

The article, “Analysis: Global Jewish Shuk,” in the Nov. 15 issue presents a real conundrum. In the seeking of religious rights, there are those who wish to sit where they want, pray where they want and dress the way they want. In so doing, they trample on the rights of those who want to sit,… Read More

Must-See Exhibit

I just visited the National Archives in Washington, D.C. and saw an exhibit of Iraqi Jewish artifacts (“Who Owns Iraq’s Jewish Past?” Sept. 6). The backstory is that American soldiers in 2003, after the fall of Saddam Hussein’s regime, found a cache of Jewish religious and communal papers and books in one of the flooded… Read More

No Strife. No Confusion.

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I told my husband we were bringing latkes to my family’s Thanksgiving dinner last week. “Why? They’re not Jewish. Do they even know what latkes are?” he asked me. I grew up in an interfaith family. It is all I know. Though it sounds like a series of awkward adventures to other people, to me,… Read More

The Impact Of Israel

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Assimilation. Apathy.  Absorption. Last month, in the release of the Pew Research Center’s study of U.S. Jews, a bleak picture was painted of what the American Jewish community will look like by the end of this generation. On the other hand, there were highly optimistic numbers in certain pockets of our faith as well, with… Read More