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

You Don’t Know What You Are Missing

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… Read More

Social Media Marketing In Real Time

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Remember the days of monthly magazines? As an advertiser, you had to create and submit an ad up to eight weeks prior to publication, and then it would not run it for an entire month. The artwork for a November issue was due at the beginning of September, and by the time the magazine hit… Read More

Do I Need One?

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With the rise of mobile marketing and integration, many of our clients ask about the difference between a mobile app and a mobile website. The question is no longer whether you need a mobile marketing plan, but what methods will be most effective. It is being predicted that in the next 12 months more people… Read More

Broadening Our Shoulders

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Howard County is consistently recognized as one of the best places to live. Good schools, clean parks and religious and cultural tolerance thrive among the residence of this diverse community. A Conservative synagogue, a Reconstructionist synagogue, two Reform synagogues, Chabad and even non-traditional/ unaffiliated synagogues flourish among the 20,000 Jewish residents of Howard County. However,… Read More