DFI Keeps the Ball Rolling

Marc Shapiro in his insightful Feb. 20 cover story, “Congregational Evolution,” highlighted The Associated’s efforts in working with three pilot congregations, thanks to a grant from the Kolker-Saxon-Hallock Family Foundation. This grant has allowed us to select, through an application process, three additional congregations, Beth Israel, Beth El and Chizuk Amuno, to work on engaging… Read More

Obama Has Done His Fair Share

I am mystified by the JT’s editorial, “Obama’s Word About Israel” (Jan. 30), in which you stated, “It may well be that, unlike his recent predecessors, [President Barack] Obama will not attempt to make an Israeli-Palestinian accord his legacy.” On his second day in office, Obama appointed former senator George Mitchell, who had brokered the… Read More

Owings Mills, Reisterstown Schools Also Need CHAI

I read with interest Melissa Apter’s article, “New Coalition Aims to Strengthen Pikesville Schools” (Jan. 30). Although I applaud CHAI for entering into this partnership, I cannot help but wonder why it has not done the same in the Owings Mills and Reisterstown areas. The Owings Mills area is the home of several vibrant Jewish… Read More

Our Legacy, for Better or for Worse

Sustaining evolution or submitting to extinction? This isn’t a line for tree-hugging environmentalists.  This is about you.  And me.  And whether we have a vested interest in our learning and our future or if we are resigned to acquiesce to the fate of our complacency and greed. The advantage to being human is that we… Read More

Our French Connection

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As I rushed into our local kosher market to pick up the remaining items I needed for Shabbat, my thoughts turned to Sophie and Sandy who were among the Jews held at gunpoint in the Hyper Cacher kosher market in Paris on Jan. 9. I could not help but think about the connections made and… Read More

Answers, Please, on the Mideast

We know a lot more now than we did in 2001, when Congress authorized President George W. Bush to go to war against al-Qaeda in the highly charged aftermath of the Sept. 11 terror attacks. Since then and a later 2002 resolution to authorize the Iraq war, we’ve seen executive powers used well (the 2006… Read More

Icon Makes Political Statement

Eli Wiesel has joined the Netanyahu debate with full-page newspaper ads.
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Elie Wiesel has taken out full-page ads in The Washington Post and The New York Times in support of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s plan to address both houses of Congress. In the ads, the Nobel laureate says he will attend Netanyahu’s appearance “on the catastrophic danger of a nuclear Iran.” He then asks President… Read More

Speak Out to Make U.S. More Inclusive for Disabled

A quarter-century ago, the Americans with Disabilities Act became the law of the land. That’s 25 years of progress, of advances that have improved the lives of people with disabilities beyond what was previously possible. The Jewish community has joined in those efforts and sought to bring accessibility and awareness to the forefront. This February… Read More

Bringing Light Into Lives Parshat Terumah

This week we read from Parshat Terumah. This parshah describes the construction of the tabernacle, which is the traveling place of worship for the Israelites during their travels in the desert. The word terumah means donation or gift. The Israelites were asked by Moshe to bring gifts for the mishkan, the tabernacle, which was the… Read More

On Relevance, Survival

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In 2010, demographers working for The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore concluded that this area accounted for 93,400 Jewish persons, a 2 percent increase from the decade before, according to a similar communitywide study done in 1999. In 1985, the statistic stood at 91,700. These numbers are nothing new, of course, as the last… Read More