No Closure Yet for Kesher Israel

Leading and running a congregation is a labor of love requiring much hard work and a certain amount of selflessness. The leaders, members and staff of Kesher Israel in Georgetown have demonstrated that and more since the arrest in October of Rabbi Barry Freundel and his subsequent firing. The sensational nature of the charges —… Read More

The Fallout from Dermergate

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As Benjamin Netanyahu’s man in Washington, Israeli Ambassador Ron Dermer has succeeded in identifying himself more closely with his prime minister than any other envoy in the nation’s history. That may be why the criticism that has hit Netanyahu for his planned address to Congress in March has spilled over to Dermer. As the top… Read More

Embrace Our Values

There was a time when an employer could legally discriminate against a disabled employee, when disabled individuals could legally be excluded from public facilities, when a business could withhold services from a disabled customer. And it wasn’t that long ago. Can you believe it? With an eye on the seventh consecutive year in which Jewish… Read More

Egyptian President’s Courageous Words

Upon a world marred by Islamic turmoil, terror and violence (“Nous Sommes Charlie: Jewish community reacts to Paris attacks,” Jan. 16), a gift of inestimable value has been bestowed. On Dec. 28, in a speech directed at Islamic religious scholars and clerics, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi said, “It is inconceivable that the ideology we… Read More

Israel and Hillarycare

The Republican Jewish Coalition (“Eyes on Adelson,” Jan. 23) is committed to the view that there should be no “significant daylight between the United States and Israel” on significant policy matters. In other words: What is good enough for Israel is good enough for America. Jewish religious law (halacha) regards health care as a right,… Read More

Gratitude for JT’s ‘A Place to Call Home’

We at CHAI: Comprehensive Housing Assistance, Inc. would like to express our thanks for the JT’s excellent coverage of our newest senior housing facility, Weinberg Manor South (“A Place to Call Home,” Jan. 16). Helping seniors age in place in our community is part of CHAI’s mission to develop and support thriving, stable communities in… Read More

Riding the Wave of Change

Amid the numerous studies and analyses regarding Jewish American life, a simple fact remains: Part-time Jewish education is the most popular vehicle for Jewish education in North America. Whenever and wherever parents choose Jewish education for their children, we have a communal responsibility to devote the necessary time and resources to deliver dynamic, effective learning… Read More

Acts of Complicity

When Alfred Dreyfus, an up-and-coming career soldier in the French army, was falsely accused of treason by passing on secrets to the Germans at the end of the 19th century, Emil Zola, then a well-established national French author, wrote his opinion on the entire sordid matter, denouncing the elites in the highest echelons of French… Read More

Disrespect? No.

Regarding the article “City Council Conflict” (Jan. 23) I would like to put in writing to Baltimore Jewish Times readers what I told my City Council colleagues and attendees at the Dec. 4 City Council meeting regarding my votes on two City Council bills. I voted “nay” on a bill introduced and heard by committee… Read More

Nous Sommes Tous Chaim.

The observation (“Respond with Unity,” Jan. 16) that “to assume that Jews bear a communal responsibility for Israeli actions is manifestly false and dangerous and Jews throughout the world are right to object” strains credulity. From the lobbying of AIPAC to The Associated slogan “We are One” to Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu’s call for French… Read More