Four Crucial Years

Editorial Director

According to one storyline, the American Jewish community is losing the battle for the hearts and minds of college students. There’s plenty of evidence to support that conclusion, of course, what with the surge of resolutions supporting the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel garnering votes among student groups. There’s also historically low… Read More

Imagine That!

There was a time when I would only go out of my way to listen to speakers who were older and more experienced than I. Recently, however, I have changed my preferences and have begun to seek out speakers, rabbis and teachers who are young and relatively inexperienced. I find their ideas fresh and often… Read More

Save SNAP!

Every afternoon after work, my husband delivers leftover fruit and bagels from his company to homeless individuals who congregate near Health Care for the Homeless in downtown Baltimore. He’s earned the affectionate nickname “Bagel Guy.” His tzedakah, however much appreciated by these men and women, is a drop in a deep bucket of poverty and… Read More

Thanks for JVP Coverage

Thank you for your article about the JVP national members’ meeting (“Jewish Voice for Peace Converges in Baltimore,” March 20). I thought it was a well-done article, describing what happened there and the opinions of those who attended. I appreciate seeing unbiased coverage of an organization that is not necessarily popular among your readers.

Credit Where Credit Is Due

The Baltimore Jewish Times and the Baltimore Sun should both be applauded for featuring articles about women and child safety through important legislation addressing sexual assaults on college campuses and reducing the backlog on forensic investigations of rape kit evidence (“Reducing the Backlog,” March 20). Both of these issues are crucial to the safety and… Read More

Iran Nuclear Nightmare: Framework Fail

After more than 20 years of sanctions against Iran concerning its illicit nuclear program, President Barack Obama has not only precipitously squandered the international community’s economic leverage, but he has also collapsed diplomatic isolation of Iran that had been built up by Congress, six U.N Security Council resolutions and multiple presidents. Now, following over 18… Read More

Breaking Free from a Personal Mitzrayim

Passover is a holiday defined by coming out toward freedom. The Hebrew word for Egypt, mitzrayim, meaning, “from the narrows,” represents not so much a geographic location as a state of mind, from which each of us seeks liberation in our own way. In my case, I started life as a first-born son but could… Read More

Now for the Hard Part

The broad outlines of a deal on Iran’s nuclear program, reached by international negotiators last week, offers both hope and concern about whether Tehran’s ambitions can be constrained in exchange for ending crippling sanctions and instituting a robust inspection regime by the International Atomic Energy Agency. But if ever the devil was in the details,… Read More

A Friend in Trouble

Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) addresses the American Israel Public Affairs Committee’s annual policy conference in 2013.
(Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

In his support for Israel and criticism of nuclear negotiations with Iran, Robert Menendez, the Democratic senator from New Jersey, has been fearless and vocal. In his 2012 re-election campaign, he was the top recipient of donations from pro-Israel individuals and groups who gave him a total of $346,470, according to the Center for Responsive… Read More