Our Proud Community

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I arrived in Baltimore in November, leaving behind a lifetime of Jewish community engagement in the New York/New Jersey area. I had heard wonderful things about Baltimore’s Jewish Community — its generous and highly successful Jew-ish Federation (The Associated), its growing and vibrant Orthodox population, its wealth of highly respected rabbis and their synagogues, an… Read More

More Than A Timeout Needed With Russia

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With the cancellation of President Barack Obama’s meeting early next month with Russian President Vladimir Putin, the administration’s hoped-for political reset with the Russians has suffered a further setback. Obama canceled the planned bilateral meeting in Moscow shortly after Putin granted political asylum to NSA whistle-blower Edward Snowden. The grant of asylum to Snowden was… Read More

National Night Out Block Party For Safety

Neighborhood security comes from several sources. It comes from the absence of crime, of course, and from good relations between neighbors and the police when problems do occur. And safety is strengthened when neighbors know each other and look out for each other. These last two components were emphasized at last week’s National Night Out,… Read More

Fostering Community: An Important Jewish Value

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In my article on nonprofit Believe in Music (“Bringing Music To The Needy,” Aug. 2), Rabbi Steven Schwartz of Beth El Congregation said that a lot of Jews in my generation don’t necessarily realize that what they do is rooted in Jewish values. While he was referring to Kenny Liner “worrying about the disenfranchised,” it… Read More

Summer Camp In Odessa

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By Marina Moldavanskaya The Jewish Agency for Israel (JAFI) youth summer camp “City of Roads and Masters” took place in Odessa from July 5-12. An amazing world of Jewish life was created by the JAFI madrichim (counselors). Children of different ages gathered to make their first steps into the Jewish world. On the first day… Read More

My Experience Leading My Peers On A Taglit-Birthright Israel Trip

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Being an active participant in my fraternity has been one of the highlights of my college experience, and will be one of my fondest memories when I graduate. Aside from the social benefits, being part of AEPi has helped me to enrich my Jewish identity through educational, inspiring, and meaningful interaction with fraternity members that… Read More

Say The Shema

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Shema Yisrael Hashem Elokeinu Hashem Echad. It’s the last thing my kids hear each night before bed … that is until they start hollering at the top of their lungs, “Abba, get me water!” Seriously though, I sing the Shema each night at their bedsides. Every time I do this, a chill runs through my… Read More

Working For The Greater Good

The editorial, “HIAS In Search Of A Mission” (July 26), touched a raw nerve. I was born in Germany and came to Baltimore as a 6-year-old with my parents and two older siblings. We were refugees from Hitler and were helped by HIAS. We were also helped by a number of others, most especially our… Read More

I Shudder To Think

The view that HIAS should simply fold up its tent because there are no more Jewish refugees to help represents parochialism at its worst (“HIAS In Search Of A Mission,” July 26). I am the son of Jewish refugees from Nazi Germany who resettled in Baltimore in 1937, helped by HIAS. Nothing pleases me more… Read More

Overridden

I found your apologetic Helen Thomas editorial (“The Power of Words,” July 26) to be off the mark. It is not just “others” who said her hostility to Israel and Jews was there all along. She said it. Thomas made that clear in her March 2011 Playboy interview in which she claimed to believe in… Read More