Not So Accurate

Your article on Attman’s Deli was very interesting (“It All Started With A Deli,” Oct. 25). I wish I could share your enthusiasm. Last April 9, when my order came, I was told by the cashier that under no circumstances could I eat there; when I asked for my money back, I was approached very… Read More

Keep Investigating

Thank you for “Judaism Behind Bars” (Oct. 25). Please do some further investigative reporting for your readers about the terrible miscarriage of justice in Elsa Newman’s continuing incarceration. I am a Quaker and have been following this case and Elsa’s unjust conviction for years. Please use the power of the press to speak the truth…. Read More

In Times Of Crisis

Thank you for publishing the important article about the often-neglected story of Jews who are incarcerated in U.S. prisons (“Judaism Behind Bars,” Oct. 25). If I may add to the conversation, I wish to highlight a major issue that seems to have been overlooked in the article. The issue of proselytizing in the prison setting… Read More

Reason To Celebrate

Your article “Family-Owned Business Celebrates 45 Years” (Oct. 25) is welcome during an era when shoppers seek traditional proprietors. Last summer, I wanted to add sleeves to a sleeveless dress so I enrolled in a sewing class at the Maryland Academy of Couture Arts. The instructor, talented designer Ella Pritsker, encouraged students to browse for… Read More

Why I Choose To Be A Soldier Instead Of A Student

It was like something out of a comedy sketch. I stood at the front of the classroom, nervous, and launched into the Hebrew-language presentation I had prepared for that day’s lesson. I say launched, but really it was closer to a sputtering. A stammering verbal “balagan” riddled with grammatical mistakes and laced with “Baltimorese” undertones…. Read More

CLTC Is The Place For Me

Who would have thought that the best summer of my life could have taken place in Mukwonago, Wisconsin?  CLTC (Chapter Leadership Training Conference) is one of BBYO’s summer program opportunities, where I spent 12 amazing days learning about how to become a Jewish leader in my chapter and in my Jewish community as a whole…. Read More

Iran Sanctions Revisited

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Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu spoke out forcefully against a nuclear agreement with Iran three times on Sunday — at the Sunday Israeli Cabinet meeting, on CBS News’ “Face the Nation” and at the General Assembly of the Jewish Federations of North America, which was meeting in Jerusalem. “What is being proposed now is a deal… Read More

Anti-Semitism Is Alive And Well

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Anti-Semitism is real. I am tired of pretending that it isn’t. Maybe because I wrote last week about Kristallnacht and recounted the chilling history of Nazi Germany. Maybe because this week I investigated Greek anti-Semitism and the way anti-Jewish sentiment is strikingly ingrained in the Greek community. Maybe that is why this topic seems powerful… Read More

Taking Responsibility

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The iconic comic strip “Family Circus” has told the story of the Keane family (two exasperated parents with four exasperating children) for the last 53 years. My favorite character has always been the invisible, gremlin-like character named “Not Me.” Whenever anything is broken or messy, the child confronted with the question,”Who did this?” is likely… Read More

Analysis: The Global Jewish Shuk

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It was a shuk — a marketplace — of ideas. Attendees heard new and familiar voices. There was an abundance of give and take. At the 2013 General Assembly of the Jewish Federations of North America, which ran from Nov. 10 to Nov. 12 in Jerusalem, participants had the opportunity to immerse themselves in the… Read More