‘The People From Whom I Stemmed’

Thank you for your ineffable cover story “Reconnect With The People” (Sept. 27). As you stated, “after 25 years, there is much to celebrate!” My brother, Fabian Kolker, of blessed memory, dedicated his entire adult life to trying to help save Soviet Jews. It has been said that he was one of the earliest American… Read More

Jewish Education For Russian Immigrant Families

It was with great interest that I read the article about the Russian Jews’ immigration to the U.S. and especially here to Baltimore (“Reconnect With The People,” Sept. 27). Here is some added information: When Dr. Hyman Chanover was the head of the Board of Jewish Education (now the Macks Center for Jewish Education), the… Read More

Have The Teacher’s Back

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My children had only nine days of school in September. On one of those days, my first-grader came home and recounted an incident: “Mommy, I took off my kippah clips at school today because they were hurting me and making my head feel like it was bleeding. When I went to the potty, my kippah… Read More

Jewish Community: From D.C. to Tel Aviv

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Imagine the Gaylord National Hotel in Washington, D.C., filled to the brim with Jewish teens from across the world, united under a single flag. Some of you may already have imagined this when the annual BBYO International Convention was held in Washington this past February. I went into the hotel with almost no connections from… Read More

The Hard Reality Of The New Pew Report

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The latest study by the Pew Research Center put on paper a lot of what our communal leaders already knew. Intermarriage is on the rise (71percent of non-Orthodox Jews are intermarried) and younger Jews are opting out of ritual and affiliation (1/3 of Millenials identify as Jews of no religion). But it also reported other… Read More

A Questionable Religious Freedom Envoy

Last month, the House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed H.R. 301 with bipartisan support. The bill calls for the establishment of a special envoy to promote religious freedom for religious minorities in the Near East and South Central Asia. The bill has yet to be considered by the Senate, where a similar measure died in 2011…. Read More

It’s OK To Be Selfless

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Having been a professional journalist for almost six years now, I am hopelessly addicted to telling stories. I love the variety in subject matter and getting to meet all kinds of people. Every now and then, I get to write a story that really stops me in my tracks. In this week’s issue of the… Read More

Deceived By Potential Greatness

I’ve often compared my life to one of those plate spinners. I have 10 plates spinning at all times, and all is going well. Then someone comes by and nonchalantly adds another five plates, and over the next few minutes my heart is pounding, sweat’s dripping down my face, everyone’s giving me disappointing looks as… Read More

Offensive

I take offense at your designating mainstream Orthodox as different from Modern Orthodox (“What Is Jewish Unity?” Sept. 6). Mainstream is Modern Orthodox as historically practiced by the overwhelming percentage of the Baltimore Jewish community and its synagogues, including at Beth Tfiloh Congregation, which now includes the former Beth Jacob, where my father was the… Read More

Shame On JT

The article “‘Immoral Conduct Costs Area Physician His License” (Sept. 6) was beneath your dignity. What exactly was accomplished by printing this, other than to shame and humiliate a family that has selflessly contributed to Baltimore Jewish life for decades? If Dr. Saul Weinreb is no longer practicing, warnings are not needed. Shame on you…. Read More