GWU’s Swastika? Not

Things are actually worse at George Washington University than the JT’s article (“Hate Crime or Not?” April 10) indicates because the object in question is not a swastika, but rather an Indian religious symbol that could be mistaken for a swastika. It’s as if a student were thrown off campus for posting a Jewish six-pointed… Read More

Obama’s Blind Eye

J Street pushes back by making demands on Israel and giving Palestinian leadership a forum to talk but strangely ignores making demands on the Palestinians. They are providing cover for President Barack Obama to escalate his feud with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (“A Troubling ‘Reassessment’ with Israel,” April 3). All of Israel’s supporters, including those… Read More

One Movement, One Community

BBYO is a huge part of my life, just like it is for thousands of Jewish teens worldwide. And when I say worldwide, I mean it. BBYO touches the hearts of people across more than 30 countries. From Bulgaria to Argentina and Georgia to China, BBYO impacts so many people daily. Although I may live… Read More

Advocating for Israel in the American Media

When was the last time anyone in the American Jewish community heard or saw a creative, impacting short message about the many unique Israeli accomplishments geared to the American public as opposed to our own Jewish community again? Israeli accomplishments are most creative and numerous — prosthetic legs for our wounded American vets, advancements in… Read More

Choosing to Remember and Act

It must have been a shock to walk by Shaare Torah Congregation in Gaithersburg last Tuesday morning and see the outer walls covered by spray-painted swastikas and other offensive graffiti. But as violated as the building appeared, there were no broken windows and the inside was untouched. By the end of the day the walls… Read More

A Real Palestinian Tragedy

Under constant siege, the Yarmouk Palestinian refugee camp is still home to 18,000 residents.
(YOUSSEF BADAWI/EPA/Newscom)

The news of the Yarmouk Palestinian refugee camp — like almost all news out of Syria — is grim. The camp, on the southern edge of Damascus, is under siege by both the Islamic State, which began decapitating Palestinians as soon as it took over this month, and the Syrian government, which is attacking the… Read More

Four Crucial Years

Editorial Director

According to one storyline, the American Jewish community is losing the battle for the hearts and minds of college students. There’s plenty of evidence to support that conclusion, of course, what with the surge of resolutions supporting the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel garnering votes among student groups. There’s also historically low… Read More

Imagine That!

There was a time when I would only go out of my way to listen to speakers who were older and more experienced than I. Recently, however, I have changed my preferences and have begun to seek out speakers, rabbis and teachers who are young and relatively inexperienced. I find their ideas fresh and often… Read More

Save SNAP!

Every afternoon after work, my husband delivers leftover fruit and bagels from his company to homeless individuals who congregate near Health Care for the Homeless in downtown Baltimore. He’s earned the affectionate nickname “Bagel Guy.” His tzedakah, however much appreciated by these men and women, is a drop in a deep bucket of poverty and… Read More

Thanks for JVP Coverage

Thank you for your article about the JVP national members’ meeting (“Jewish Voice for Peace Converges in Baltimore,” March 20). I thought it was a well-done article, describing what happened there and the opinions of those who attended. I appreciate seeing unbiased coverage of an organization that is not necessarily popular among your readers.