Accept All People

After reading the article about the young adults who came to and will continue to come to terms with who they are and how G-d chose to make them, we are all aware that religiously observant Jews have specific challenges if they are not on the binary system of gender and sexuality within our Orthodox… Read More

A Show of Courage

Unlike Dr. Alan Kelman, whose July 1 letter “JT Story Troubling” criticized the JT’s “Orlando Shooting Brings UMD Students Out of the Closet” (June 24), I want to commend both the reporting and the courage of the young adults profiled in the article. I was appalled at the condescending and disrespectful tone of Kelman’s letter…. Read More

In America, New Levels of Generosity

Perhaps helped with several mega-gifts, American donors in 2015 were more generous than ever, according to the 61st issue of “Giving USA,” the annual report on charitable activity in the United States. Total giving surpassed $373.3 billion, with several categories tracked by the report reflecting very significant increases in giving — both in real dollars… Read More

The Importance of the Past Parshat Korach

Chadeish yameinu k’kedem, “Renew our days as of old” (Lamentations 5:21). Perhaps not as dramatic as “Return with us now to those thrilling days of yesteryear” (from the opening sequence of “The Lone Ranger”), but the sentiment is the same. Simply put, the past was better than the present. It’s a common theme for the… Read More

The JCC’s Slippery Slope

We must always give credit to the leadership and dedicated staff and volunteers of The  Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore and to its affiliated agencies. Baltimore has been extremely fortunate in building a solid Jewish infrastructure, and the Jewish community is known as one of great kindness. Every Jewish Baltimorean must support and volunteer… Read More

A Shining Light

This has certainly been a summer of transition for Jewish Baltimore, with departures of top officials at community institutions and area nonprofits. Earlier this month, the JT profiled Art Abramson, who stepped down in May after almost 26 years leading the Baltimore Jewish Council as its executive director. Two weeks later, we featured a cover… Read More

Shame on JCC

Unlike the indifference on the part of Adam Hariri, a Park Heights member, regarding the Rosenbloom JCC’s decision to open its doors on Saturday mornings (“JCC’s Shabbat Decision Causes Concern,” June 17), I care! After reading Rabbi Moshe Hauer’s column, “Shabbos at the JCC: Crossing the Line” (also June 17), I understand the rabbi’s feelings… Read More

JT Story Troubling

Shame on you and your staff for publishing “Shooting Brings UMD Students Out of the Closet” (June 24). Was it not tragic and hurtful enough to feel and share the pain of the victims and their families in Orlando, Fla.? Was it not tragic enough that Facebook spreads the vilest gossip to anyone who goes… Read More

The Magic of the Cavaliers’ Unlikely Victory

It happens so rarely that if you caught the moment, you caught a piece of eternity. That moment was Sunday night, June 19, when the final buzzer of Game 7 of the NBA finals was heard all around the country. And you caught the magic of that moment, before it dawned on anyone that Cleveland… Read More