Oren’s Un-Diplomacy

Michael Oren’s op-eds haven’t been kind to President Obama.
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American-born oleh Michael Oren, author of the critically acclaimed “Six Days of War: June 1967 and the Making of the Modern Middle East,” removed his historian’s hat in 2009 when Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu appointed him ambassador to Washington. Upon returning to Israel in 2013, Oren donned a politician’s hat and was elected a… Read More

The Jewish Presence

Editorial Director

When JT reporter Marc Shapiro first told me about the presence of a rich Jewish history in Pocomoke, the so-called “friendliest city on the Eastern Shore” way down at the bottom of Maryland’s third of the Delmarva Peninsula, my first reaction was, “Whoever heard of Pocomoke, let alone of Jews making such a rural outpost… Read More

Proud to March

Thanks for covering the march on May 1 organized by the Baltimore United for Change of which Jews United for Justice (JUFJ) is a proud ally (“Protests and Peace,” May 8). JUFJ’s participation in the march was the largest progressive Jewish demonstration in Baltimore that we’ve experienced as longtime members of the Jewish and activist… Read More

A Mega-Million Gamble on BDS

Somewhere between $20 million and $50 million is reported to have been pledged at the recent Campus Maccabees Summit convened in Las Vegas by billionaire Sheldon Adelson to fight against the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement on college campuses. The exact size of the pledges is unknown, and precisely what transpired at the two-day… Read More

Better They Learn from Me Parshat Korach

Conflict resolution is one of the most important tasks in human relations at every level. Open up any newspaper, and you will read of schoolchildren bullying each other, of married couples in bitter conflict, of political parties enmeshed in verbal warfare and of nations at war. What are some of the strategies available to foster… Read More

Local Pols Need to Show Leadership

In their letter to the JT (“Gov’s Decision Slams Book Shut,” June 5), Delegates Hettleman, Morhaim, Rosenberg and Stein and Senator Zirkin — all Democrats — blame Republican Gov. Larry Hogan for the failure to increase textbook funding to nonpublic schools by $4 million as proposed by the General Assembly.  However, given their years of… Read More

Taking Stock

As The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore readies for our Annual Meeting, marking the completion of another fiscal year and Annual Campaign, it is the appropriate time to glimpse back on the months that have passed. Through the year, we have had to navigate times of both challenge and jubilation. It is hard to… Read More

What’s Wrong with This Picture?

Combining the June 12 JT’s “Triple Crown Jockey Sought Help from Higher Authority” (The Seen) with Rachmiel Gottlieb’s Your Say letter, “American Pharoah and Jewish Law,” yields an interesting question. As Gottlieb noted, the Fourth Commandment says that a Jew’s livestock, as is Ahmed Zagat’s horse, is to rest on the Sabbath. By competing in a Saturday race, the horse,… Read More

Embracing Your Jewish Identity

The cheer “Identity, identity, who am I? A BBG” has become prominent in every BBG’s life. (BBG is the girl’s division of BBYO.) Being Jewish isn’t just a phrase, it’s who you are. From May 15 to 17, more than 60 Jewish teens from BBYO Baltimore Council had the opportunity to go to this year’s… Read More

Spark that Ignites

Editorial Director

If you’ve been lucky enough to grow up in a family led by an artist, as I have, then you know that the power of art to transform acts not only on those who passively behold it, but perhaps more profoundly on those who create it. Such is the story of Baltimorean Arnold David Clapman,… Read More