Seeking Hebrew School Dropouts

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Nice community rabbi seeking Hebrew school dropout, religious about the Ravens. When I learned that I would have the opportunity to write a column for the JT, I promised some close friends (bubbies and mamas) that I would use one piece to help them help me in the search for my beshert. It has not… Read More

Bike For Change

This summer, I rode my bicycle from Seattle, Wash., to Washington, D.C. The nine-week, 3,402-mile journey was coordinated by Hazon, a Jewish environmental advocacy organization and the largest faith-based environmental organization in North America. During the school year, I am deeply involved with Maryland Hillel’s social justice community as a leader and fellow and wanted… Read More

Conservative Judaism at 100

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The United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism just observed its 100th birthday. And even according to its most ardent supporters, it is suffering serious signs of old age. At its Centennial conference this week here in Baltimore, the movement’s leaders sought to play up Conservative Judaism’s strengths and energize the faithful, while using new language in… Read More

Dude, Don’t Boycott Israel

For the current crop of Jewish college students, the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Movement, or BDS, is a major stimulus for pro-Israel activism. BDS is wrong, and it is a challenge that deserves an answer. Yet, most arguments in favor of Israel, despite their good intentions, seem tired and familiar. Two weeks ago, Orthodox rapper… Read More

I Never Thought I Would Love Pink

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When my husband and I were married 12 years ago, I had a dog named Sami. She was the cutest little 8-pound Papillon-Labrador mix. I would put her in my briefcase and hide her under my desk at work at the Jerusalem Post. Then one day I found out I was pregnant. It took me… Read More

Rushing To Help: Abraham’s Model

This week we read parshat Vayera. The parsha opens with three guests visiting Abraham in his tent. Abraham greets the guests and feeds them, also giving them milk to drink. Abraham didn’t know that the guests were angels sent to tell Abraham that Sarah would have a baby. One thing that I found interesting was… Read More

Celebration Of A 100-Year Legacy

The voice of the Conservative movement and the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism was heard loud and clear at its Centennial convention celebration in Baltimore this past week. I heard the voices that spoke of positive Jewish identity, that link valued traditions of our collective past to our present actions in personal and communal life…. Read More

Odessa Hosts 2013 Limmud Conference

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By: Marina Moldavanskaya For the third time, Odessa was proud to host this month’s Limmud Conference. Limmud is a celebration of Jewish education and relationship building through unique lectures, trainings, workshops, discussions, meetings, concerts, discos, night gatherings and more. This year, the Limmud Conference was dedicated to the connections between Odessa and Tel Aviv as… Read More

The Journey That Matters

Lech Lecha is a Torah portion of journeys, of beginnings. It is a portion dedicated to setting the course of history. Avram is commanded to go forth from his ancestral home. Together with Sarai and Lot, he travels as far as the land of Canaan and receives God’s blessing that the land will belong to… Read More

Not Up For Negotiation

The four points these J Street nut jobs make comes right out of the PLO handbook (“Our Time To Lead,” Oct. 4).  Point 1:  The 1967 borders.  This is the best example.  Land for peace has never worked and never will.  What J Street doesn’t understand is that wiping Israel off the map is the… Read More