Volunteering Overseas: A Journey of Meaningful Engagement

By Jen Grossman Vice-Chair, JVC It wasn’t until I was midway over the Atlantic Ocean, that it hit me that I was really en route to Israel. The planning had been in the works for months, but the reality of it hadn’t seemed tangible until this moment. I hadn’t been to Israel in 21 years… Read More

Word Of The Day

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On a recent Saturday afternoon, I was taking a dip at my community pool when a neighbor struck up a conversation. The conversation ended when he used a Yiddish racial slur that made my stomach turn. I wish I could say this was the first time I had heard a neighbor or an acquaintance say… Read More

The Best Medicine

The July 5 issue of the Baltimore Jewish Times had an article titled “The Best Medicine,” which was all about my volunteer work at the Hackerman Patz House and the Jones family from New Mexico I met while doing volunteer work there. Cameron Jones, 7 years old at the time (four years ago), was there… Read More

A Childhood Memory

Joan Chaskelson of Reisterstown is not the only JT reader who remembers kosher “bacon” (“B-A-A-A-Con Up A Storm,” June 28). In the 1960s, it was sold as Beef-Fry and was indeed considered a treat. I have searched high and low on the Internet [to find it] to no avail. Right now it remains a tasty… Read More

Not The Rabbis’ Opinion

Contrary to the position of the Zionist Organization of America  (“Bravo,” July 12) as formulated by its German-born national president Morton Klein, Judaism is not a civilization, let alone a religion of blood  and soil.  The West Bank settlers are anything but, as Marc Caroff claims, “the living embodiment of our shared Jewish heritage.” The… Read More

Alive And Well

The placement of my letter at the end of all the letters to the editor about your June 21 issue (“Fusion of Faiths”) was surprising. You gave priority to Ruth Guggenheim’s letter in which she clarified that she was warning the Jewish community about the so-called danger that “Jews for Judaism, the only full-time international… Read More

Making the Decision to Get Help for a Loved One

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Making the decision that your aging parent or loved one needs help is one of the most difficult decisions you will ever have, and it may even be met with resistance.  Whether it is family or an outside service that will provide the care, you are making a wise decision. So how do you recognize… Read More

Israel to the Rescue

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Here’s a hint for Hollywood if it’s looking for a real green hero. Look to Israel. If there is a group of people who know a little something about sustainability, about surviving more than one near apocalypse, you can find it there. I say this because at the movies, on TV, in books and even… Read More

No One Is Perfect

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The Kotzer Rebbe used to say there is nothing more whole than a broken heart. You can also say there’s nothing more whole than broken tablets. In fact, in addressing the Jewish people as they prepare to enter the Promised Land, Moses recalls their rebellious times in the desert, and in speaking of the new… Read More

The Power Of Words

Helen Thomas made a groundbreaking career in journalism by being pointed, persistent and fearless. She broke down barriers in journalism for women — she was the first female member of the White House Correspondents Association and the Gridiron Club. And she had a career longevity that most would envy. When she first reported for duty… Read More