Obama’s Word About Israel

It has become President Barack Obama’s custom in the last several years to include a word about Israel in his State of the Union address. In 2013, he promised that America “will stand steadfast with Israel in pursuit of security and a lasting peace.” In 2014, with Israeli-Palestinian peace talks underway, he said the goal… Read More

A New AMIA Bombing Victim

Argentine prosecutor Alberto Nisman, who had accused 
Argentine President Cristina 
Fernandez of orchestrating a cover-up in the investigation 
of Iran over the 1994 bombing 
of the AMIA Jewish community center, was found dead in 
his apartment.

With the death by gunshot wound of Argentine prosecutor Alberto Nisman, the investigation into the 1994 bombing of the AMIA Jewish center in Buenos Aires has ground to a halt. Nisman was hours away from presenting his evidence to an Argentine congressional committee when he was found dead at his home on Jan. 18. Some… Read More

Hillel’s Reach

Connecting students to Israel in a positive way is at the heart of Hillel’s mission. Through travel, education, advocacy and personal relationships, Hillel helps students forge their bond with Israel and share it on college campuses. Because of its commitment to deepening Jewish identity in young adults, The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore commits… Read More

Finding the Right School for Your Child

If you would like to send your child to a different school next year, now’s the time to start researching your options. As Maryland commemorates Nat-ional School Choice Week (through Jan. 31) at 165 events across the state and nearly 11,000 events nationwide, many parents will begin evaluating educational opportunities that are available for their… Read More

All for One

Editor-in-Chief

To travel through the Negev Desert is to subject your senses to a sustained assault. There’s the elevation changes, the winding roads, the soaring heat. But there’s also the beauty — the wonder that is the Ramon Crater, the inexplicable colors that use the region’s sandstone as their palette. It is here that David Ben-Gurion,… Read More

Here for Everyone

Barak Hermann

At the J, we engage thousands of people every day following the fundamental value of kol arevim zeh lazeh: all Jews are responsible for each other. We are here for everyone in our JCC community, no matter one’s religion or level of practice. Whether you visit the Rosenbloom JCC in Owings Mills, the Weinberg JCC… Read More

Can You Be Free and Torah-Observant?

Moses told Pharaoh that the G-d of the Jews said: “Let My people go, and they will worship Me.” While the Torah narrative is often portrayed as us leaving the bondage of Egypt to be free to do whatever we want, the truth is that the Torah asserts that “My people” were let go so… Read More

Let’s Hear From All Voices

Editor-in-Chief

Writing in the 10th installment of “The Federalist Papers,” James Madison decries the power of unchecked factions to destroy societies. In pathologic systems of government, he writes, “measures are too often decided, not according to the rules of justice and the rights of the minor party, but by superior force of an interested and overbearing… Read More

Islam Is Not Good Fit for West

Joshua Runyan’s comments are well taken (“Respond with Unity,” Jan. 16). However, refusing to call a spade a spade with regard to these incidents merely reinforces the idea that the Jews of Europe are afraid. The fact is that Islam in general is not conducive to assimilation into Western societies.   It is beyond me… Read More

Fault Lies with Arabs

Steven Krubiner’s criticisms of Netanyahu and his policies as the source of continued strife between Israel and the Arabs sound childish (“Clear Choice,” Jan. 2). The infant thinks family conflict is caused by his actions, and if he is good, this will solve mommy and daddy’s problems.   Israeli actions are secondary. Most blame for… Read More