Be An Innovator

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Back in the early 1950s, a large shoe consortium with stores across the U.S. and Canada decided to take its business venture into the emerging continent of Africa. They sent two of their salesmen there. After just one week, they received a cable from the first salesman, “I am returning at once. No hope for… Read More

What’s Your New Year’s Eco-Footprint?

Shifting gears out of summer mode is extra challenging this year due to the early arrival of the High Holy Days. As such, many of us will be looking for shortcuts to ease the scheduling mayhem.  But these shortcuts don’t need to come at the expense of our pocketbooks or the environment. Making mindful choices… Read More

Do Not Sit In Judgment

In just a few days, voters in New York City will decide a primary election for the positions of comptroller and mayor. Prominent Jewish candidates are running for both offices, but they are not the sort of Jewish candidates most of us in the Jewishcommunity would wish were running for public office. Each has won… Read More

Hamas’ Sudden Vulnerability

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The chaotic changes in the Middle East have had at least one positive result at the moment: the weakening of Hamas, the terrorist organization that rules the Gaza Strip. Because of alignment decisions made by the Islamist group in both Egypt and Syria, Hamas has emerged as a big loser. (See related story, “The Mideast… Read More

Do Jews Need A White House Liaison?

When Matt Nosanchuk was appointed associate director of the White House Office of Public Engagement for Jewish Outreach last month, the former defense department staffer became the fourth in a series of President Obama’s “Jewish liaisons.” It is a role that goes back officially or unofficially to FDR and Harry Truman. The Jewish liaison is… Read More

In 5774 …

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A New Year is a new beginning. As I prepared and edited the local Year In Review (see page 48), it was nostalgic to think about the big stories that broke this past year and affected our community — some positive, some challenging. Jewish Community Center President Louis “Buddy” Sapolsky retired. Beth Tfiloh Dahan Community… Read More

More Than Just An Obstacle Course

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In this week’s Torah Portion, Parshat Ki Tavo, we read something known as the tochacha. The tochacha is a long list of terrible calamities that Moses prophesizes will befall the Jewish people in the future. Toward the end of the passage, Moses informs us why such awful things will happen to the Jewish people —… Read More

Big Relief

While the Jewish Times may not be everything everyone in Northwest Baltimore would like it to be, it serves a useful purpose, and it would be a tragedy should it ever disappear. After more than nine decades of ups and downs, its successful emergence last year from Chapter 11 bankruptcy was a welcome relief for… Read More

Disregard

Your decision to publish the full-page back-cover advertisement for the largest casino in Maryland in the Aug. 9 edition reflects a disregard for the long-standing policy positions of both Baltimore’s rabbis and our organized Jewish community. Since November 1995, the Baltimore Jewish Council, whose mission includes determining and communicating our community’s consensus positions on governmental… Read More

Absolutely Correct!

Calling upon the Jewish community to “Shun Henry Kissinger” (online only, Aug. 8), Jay Bernstein questions why the Tikvah Fund, “an organization dedicated to promoting ‘serious Jewish thought’ is “associating with a man responsible for one of the ugliest remarks ever made to an American president concerning the Jewish people.” Of course the Tikvah Fund… Read More