Put Safety First!

The JT’s Nov. 20 article “Associated Official’s Email Ignites Concern in Chabad Case” states that about 90 percent of the 150 to 200 emails that councilwoman Vicki Almond has received were in support of the Chabad synagogue in the Stevenson Road community. Here is one that is not — and for safety reasons only. There… Read More

Heed These Words of Freedom

Both American and Jewish traditions support immigration.  To deny entry to our shores is to deny the opportunity that a free society provides to the outcast yearning to breathe free, to the stranger in a strange land. Those are the words in both the poem at the base of the Statue of Liberty and in… Read More

Slanted Reporting?

In tone, the JT’s “Stevenson Chabad Hearings Come to a Close” (Nov. 27) came across not as reportage, but as advocacy. For example, loaded phraseology such as “shred the opposition’s arguments” reflects editorial judgment, not journalistic observation.

Why No Facebook Filter in Solidarity with Israeli Victims?

“Show your support for the people of Paris by temporarily updating your profile picture with this new template we created,” read the Facebook-sponsored text promoted not 24 hours after last week’s terror attacks in Paris. The social media giant invited users to overlay their profile picture with the blue, white and red colors of the… Read More

Looking Forward to a Strong Jewish Future

Twenty years ago, a group of Associated Women, led by Brenda Brown Rever and a few other visionary leaders, recognized the tragedy and prevalence of domestic violence in our Jewish community. It was these leaders and dedicated system professionals, working both with and outside The Associated system, who helped establish a place where women and… Read More

From Hope to Reality

President Barack Obama, ever the optimist — he was the author of “Audacity of Hope,” after all — believes that humankind will eventually rise to the challenge of confronting climate change. The only question in his mind is whether the global response to rising temperatures, melting glaciers and destructive weather patterns will be sufficiently rapid… Read More

Jacob’s Strategy: A Model for Jewish Leadership? Parshat Vayishlach

Regular readers of this column on the weekly Torah portion are familiar with my style. They know that I usually focus upon some early personal memory and connect it to the parshah. Within each parshah, I select a less-known incident or relatively minor personality for reflection and elaboration. I rarely deal with the major issues… Read More

Sadly, Rep. Edwards Stands Alone

As a Maryland resident, I find it is unconscionable that Rep. Donna  Edwards could not find the strength, morality and wisdom to join with every one of her Maryland congressional colleagues to condemn the  incitement that led to terrorist acts being committed against Israeli civilians (“Maryland Delegation, Minus One, Signs Letter Condemning Palestinian Violence,” Nov…. Read More

A Call to Action Against White Supremacy

As per Carl Berenholtz’s suggestion in his Your Say directed at me (“Heritage, Not Hate, is Behind Flag’s Display,” Aug. 14), I have done research about the Confederacy as well as today’s neo-Confederate movements. Baltimore City is currently convening a special commission to review the city’s public Confederate monuments.  I attended its first public meeting … Read More

The Problem with ‘Open Orthodoxy’

Shame on Rabbi Chaim Landau (“Women Rabbis: Saints or Vixens?” Nov. 13). Since when do Jews copy what “has been happening in the world of Catholic and Protestant clergy”? That sentence itself best describes what is wrong with “Open Orthodoxy.” Following the concept of  nihiyeh k’chol hagoyim (let us be like all the other nations)… Read More