Dems: Losing Jewish Vote?

In the excellent JT article “Convention Had Little to Say About Jewish Issues, Republicans Take Note” (Aug. 5), very important points were made. My grandparents’ generation ardently supported the Democratic Party, but it would not recognize it today. The Democrats have abandoned the white working poor and middle class. They have shifted their voter base… Read More

JCC’s Belly Flop

Speaking for many members of the JCC in Owings Mills, we watch daily how the downstairs pool, splash pad, playground and two gyms cannot be used while camp is in session (JCC Members Upset Over Pool Hours,” July 15). The board decided that the members could not use these parts of the JCC in Owings… Read More

What Exactly Do We Mourn?

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The bleakest fast of the Hebrew calendar is on the ninth of Av, Tisha B’Av, commemorating the destruction of both Temples in Jerusalem (in 586 BCE, and 70 CE). We begin preparing ourselves to feel the enormity of the loss three weeks before, from the 17th of Tammuz, with a sunrise-to-sunset fast on the date… Read More

For Better or Worse

Editorial Director

Zoning disputes are never easy, frequently pitting the interests of developers against residents, homeowners against environmentalists and municipalities against business owners. As you’ve read in past issues of the JT, they can even pit religious factions against each other, neighbors against neighbors. This week, we examine two surrounding important pieces of real estate in our… Read More

Not in the Olympic Spirit

The Olympic Spirit is supposed to promote healthy sports competition, divorced from political or more serious differences among countries whose athletes choose to compete. In ancient Greece, warring city-states called a truce before each Olympic Games. The Olympic Truce lasted from a week before the competitions began to a week after they ended. In this… Read More

Black Lives Matter, and So Does Israel

Americans of goodwill have rightly been concerned by violence, much of it by police, against unarmed black men, from the shooting of Trayvon Martin to the rough ride given to Freddie Gray. Jews are no  exception in their reactions. The relative helplessness of segments of the black community in the face of powerful  authority stirs… Read More

Peace Now Leader Wants End to P.A.

A veteran leader of the Peace Now movement is apparently calling on Israel to overthrow the Palestinian Authority. It may seem hard to believe, but that’s the plain meaning of an op-ed in the July 29 edition of New York Jewish Week by Martin I. Bresler, a former chairman — and current board member —… Read More

Prelude to a Pogrom

Very recently filmmaker Ami Horowitz documented how Portland State University students reacted when being asked to pledge money to purchase explosives to bomb  Israeli schools, hospitals and synagogues. Far from recoiling in shock and horror or immediately placing calls to Homeland Security, the students reacted in a different way: They happily signed on, many of… Read More

The Spectacle of the Battling New York Mayors

Political attack dogs, like their furry namesake, come in many breeds. But even in the same breed, no two attack dogs are exactly the same. And so it was with two former Republican mayors of New York City, who treated viewers of  the Republican and Democratic national conventions to wildly different displays. Rudy Giuliani’s full-throated,… Read More

Salute to Sinai

Editorial Director

It’s not in every city where the local “Jewish” hospital remains a crucial component of the Jewish community. But Baltimore, as we all know so well, is not like most cities. As you’ll read in this week’s JT, Sinai Hospital turns 150, a milestone celebration of a history that saw a facility rise from the… Read More