My Heart Is Full

I was happy to see the listing for services at the Chabad Center in Owings Mills in your expanded High Holiday calendar. Finding Chabad of Owings Mills, and more specifically Rabbi Nochum Katsenelenbogen and his wife, Chanie, has been a truly unexpected gift beyond words. A few years ago, when my dear friend, Jon Welfeld,… Read More

Unconvincing

Regarding the Sept. 20 editorial (“Time To Raise The Minimum Wage”): This article does not convince me that an increase in the minimum wage is warranted. You only cite that a family of four cannot live on yearly earnings of $15,000. I agree, but the percentage of families of four as opposed to the overall… Read More

Who Is Going To Care For Our Senior Loved Ones?

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The United States is recognized as the provider of the most sophisticated health care in the world at an annual estimated cost of more than $1.7 trillion. But while spending significantly more money on health care than any other leading industrialized nation, the U.S. also retains a significantly larger population of unserved or underserved citizens…. Read More

To Life!

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On a recent visit to Israel this summer, I couldn’t help but notice its beauty — the land and shores, of course, but also the people. While Israel is known for its brains (more Ph.D.s per capita than any other country) and brawn (an unmatched military), youth and beauty abound. Along with that fountain of… Read More

One People

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As we come to the end of the High Holidays, with the concepts of renewal, rededication and new beginnings still very fresh in our minds, we are anxious to begin the very important assignments we have accepted on behalf of our community. We are the chairs of the Annual Campaign and The Women’s Campaign for… Read More

Security Or Provocation?

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  The separate murders last weekend of two Israeli soldiers has led to an outpouring of grief. On Sunday, Sgt. Gal Gabriel Kobi was killed by a Palestinian sniper while on patrol in Hebron. That followed the killing Friday of Sgt. Tomer Hazan, who was lured unarmed to a West Bank village by a Palestinian… Read More

Be Good While Doing Good

Two high profile cases involving American Jews in high community positions again shine an accusatory light on Jewish communal leadership and raise the question of whether a person’s good deeds are canceled by the bad they have done. William Rapfogel, the CEO of New York’s Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty, turned himself in to the… Read More

Where We Go From Here

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In 2012, almost 700,000 immigrants became U.S. citizens. Practically speaking, that means these people passed a citizens exam, and their legal status changed. But I wonder how long it takes for these people to feel American? Can it happen before the formal stamp of legitimacy, which takes about five years? Will it take several years… Read More

Under The Sky

On Sukkot, we read the troubling text, Ecclesiastes. This megillah addresses the futility of life, a potentially incongruous theme for a holiday referred to as “time of our joy.” I searched through the book for a lesson on Sukkot, and I found some of the wording reflective of a larger message. We’ve all heard of… Read More

Next Steps

Thank you so much for the article, “A Strong Personal Connection” that appeared in the Baltimore Jewish Times (Sept. 6). Recognizing that a connection to Israel is core to increased Jewish engagement, I’ve enjoyed working with Michael Saxon to help develop The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore’s Israel Engagement Center initiative. As we move… Read More