Into The Community

One thousand residents of Northwest Baltimore came to Cross Country Elementary School to provide their input on how to spend a projected $750,000 in slots revenue in Fiscal Year 2015  (“Take Note: NW Baltimore makes voice heard at community planning forum,” Oct. 25). State law requires that a certain percentage of the proceeds from slots… Read More

I Know

I am among many who cheer your paper’s courage for writing so favorably about Elsa Newman (“Judaism Behind Bars,” Oct. 25). I’m a former Maryland child protective services worker. I met Elsa before the crime [conspiracy to murder] and was one of at least 13 who reported child sexual abuse [alleged against Elsa’s husband]. I’ve… Read More

Remarkable

Thank you for your article describing the plight of observant Jews in prison (“Judaism Behind Bars,” Oct. 25). I have known Elsa Newman for 12 years and have been amazed at her remarkable resilience and her commitment to Jewish values in the most trying of circumstances. There are many observers of her case, like myself,… Read More

Engaging Volunteers

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In today’s busy, fast-paced world, in which our schedules are filled with obligations to both career and family, free time truly is a luxury. When members of our community make the choice to use their free time to give back to the community in which they live and work, they want to know that the… Read More

How Can I Not?

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I believe we are all more the same than different. We try to be good parents, children, siblings and friends. We strive to live by good values. We want to provide for our families. We want to see our children reach their own goals and define their own paths. We want to laugh, and we… Read More

Proud To Pilot

Baltimore’s tight-knit, engaged Jewish community  presents an ideal setting for  national organizations to run test projects or pilot programs.  Two such recent efforts give us cause for pride and a challenge for the future. First, Repair the World, is  Jewish-sponsored “AmeriCorps,” whose goal is to “enable more Jews to volunteer more frequently and more meaningfully.” … Read More

Nasser’s Heir?

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Will Egypt’s military strong man, Defense Minister Gen. Abdel Fatah al-Sisi, become the country’s next president? And will the Egyptian leader he most closely resembles be Gamal Abdel Nasser, the army officer who established an aggressive, nationalist military-backed regime that sought to establish Egypt’s pre-eminence in the Arab world? There are good reasons to think… Read More

You Call That School?

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“Where does Matt [my 14-year-old son] go to school?” It’s a question I’m asked frequently. When I try to answer, I generally have, as Ricky Ricardo would say, a lot of “splainin’” to do. Here’s how a typical conversation goes. Other person: “Where does Matt go to school?” Me: Matt, goes to a school called… Read More

Human Value

It’s human nature to value everything. Being limited by space and time means that we have options, and inevitably we choose that which we value the most. Sometimes it truly is more valuable, and sometimes we allow ourselves to be fooled into thinking it is more valuable. Having come to America in my 30s allowed… Read More

Rebecca’s Greatness

This week’s parsha, toldot, focuses on the continuance of the Abrahamic line through the birth of Jacob and Esau. After a long period of childlessness, Isaac and Rebecca entreat God, and He grants Rebecca the capability to conceive. Rebecca endures a difficult pregnancy as, according to God, “Two nations are in [her] womb.” While Jacob… Read More