One Of The Righteous

No commandment is repeated more often in the Hebrew Bible than the admonition to “welcome the stranger [for we were once strangers in the land of Egypt].” And no Baltimorean lived these instructions more fully than Inge Weinberg, who, sadly, passed away this past week. Inge, herself originally a “stranger” to Baltimore — from Germany… Read More

Join!

Regarding the article “A Kidney for Harry” (Aug. 16): More than 9,000 people in Maryland rely on a dialysis machine to clean their blood because their kidneys have failed. The treatments they receive three times a week for four hours at a time help them stay alive. … And now, these life-saving treatments are being… Read More

Jewish Unity

A few weekends ago, I spent Shabbat in Israel with Jewish college students from Germany, France, Canada and throughout the Former Soviet Union. The shabbaton began with a gripping speech by Natan Sharansky, president of the Jewish Agency for Israel. While the weekend yielded fascinating conversations, two moments are stitched in my mind. During Shabbos… Read More

Tikkun Olam: What Does It Really Mean For Us

The Jewish people have an important mission. For centuries, Jewish civilization has rev-olved around the concept of social responsibility. We are taught that our soul’s mission is to be a light unto the nations, and as Jews we feel an inst-inctive push to make a difference in the world and glorify God’s name. But how… Read More

A Seat At The New Year’s Table

This is the time of year when even the unaffiliated feel the pull of prayer, and many of them seek to join with other Jews to usher in the New Year. Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur — the World Series of Judaism — is also when seats in synagogues are at a premium. Increasingly, congregations… Read More

Another Syria?

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President Mohamed Morsi is carried into the Fatah Mosque at Ramses Square in Cairo. 
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With the death toll in Egypt at now more than 1,000, and through its ongoing deadly security sweeps targeted at supporters of deposed President Mohamed Morsi, the Egyptian military has ended the pretense that it is supporting a civilian government and a return to the rule of law. Among the victims of the chaos in… Read More

Be Loving To Your Neighbor

On Aug. 28, citizens from across this country will converge upon our nation’s capital to commemorate and celebrate the 50th anniversary of 1963’s historic March On Washington. Admittedly, I am too young to remember the march, or even to have been there. From what I read and hear from older colleagues and friends, it was… Read More

Odessa Gives Back

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By Marina Moldavanskaya Baltimore-Odessa Partnership Coordinator Hundreds of people gathered this Saturday night for a wonderful event in Odessa – Party for Charity. This party combined both fun and philanthropy and featured three local DJs. The project was created by Hillel student Kate Gilenkova for the Youth Leadership Project Metsuda. Her project is aimed at collecting… Read More

My Journey To Israel

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By Danielle Gelber A Jewish day school attendee since age three, I always knew about Israel. I learned about the history, the language and the culture, but still the notion of a Jewish homeland remained foreign. When I was in 10th grade, I applied to the Diller Teen Fellows Program, one of the teen leadership… Read More

Self-Reflection, Teshuvah And Return

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In the song “Gee, Officer Krupke” (“West Side Story”), Stephen Sondheim writes, “Dear kindly Sergeant Krupke, you gotta understand; It’s just our bringin’ up-ke, that gets us out of hand; Our mothers all are junkies, our fathers all are drunks; Golly Moses, naturally we’re punks!” Good luck getting that melody out of your head. I… Read More