Opinion

September 25, 2013

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 CONTINUE »

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BY Maayan Jaffe
September 25, 2013

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 CONTINUE »

Sukkot 5774
BY Helyn Steppa
September 18, 2013

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 CONTINUE »

September 18, 2013

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 CONTINUE »

September 18, 2013

After reading “Discover the Beauty” (Sept. 9), we would like to thank Dr. Susan Wolf Dudley for a job well done. The Reform Temple Inc. is a most wonderful alternative for many Jewish worshippers. The services are pleasant, understandable and well delivered. If you have never attended these services, you don’t know what you are CONTINUE »