GA 2013: Opening Plenary at 7:15 P.M.

The 2013 General Assembly of the Jewish Federations of North America starts this evening. The anticipation for an opening plenary with a talk by Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and a performance by Ohad Naharin and his dancers is hard to contain. Last year, the GA was in Baltimore and thousands of people came to Baltimore’s… Read More

Chanukah Ideas

As we approach Chanukah this year, we have an unusual occurrence: Chanuakh coincides with Thanksgiving. It is interesting to note that the Pilgrims left England for religious freedom [and that] the Maccabees fought in their own land for their religious freedom. We also know that the Pilgrims were very biblically oriented and knowledgeable; when they… Read More

Into The Community

One thousand residents of Northwest Baltimore came to Cross Country Elementary School to provide their input on how to spend a projected $750,000 in slots revenue in Fiscal Year 2015  (“Take Note: NW Baltimore makes voice heard at community planning forum,” Oct. 25). State law requires that a certain percentage of the proceeds from slots… Read More

I Know

I am among many who cheer your paper’s courage for writing so favorably about Elsa Newman (“Judaism Behind Bars,” Oct. 25). I’m a former Maryland child protective services worker. I met Elsa before the crime [conspiracy to murder] and was one of at least 13 who reported child sexual abuse [alleged against Elsa’s husband]. I’ve… Read More

Remarkable

Thank you for your article describing the plight of observant Jews in prison (“Judaism Behind Bars,” Oct. 25). I have known Elsa Newman for 12 years and have been amazed at her remarkable resilience and her commitment to Jewish values in the most trying of circumstances. There are many observers of her case, like myself,… Read More

Engaging Volunteers

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In today’s busy, fast-paced world, in which our schedules are filled with obligations to both career and family, free time truly is a luxury. When members of our community make the choice to use their free time to give back to the community in which they live and work, they want to know that the… Read More

How Can I Not?

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I believe we are all more the same than different. We try to be good parents, children, siblings and friends. We strive to live by good values. We want to provide for our families. We want to see our children reach their own goals and define their own paths. We want to laugh, and we… Read More

Proud To Pilot

Baltimore’s tight-knit, engaged Jewish community  presents an ideal setting for  national organizations to run test projects or pilot programs.  Two such recent efforts give us cause for pride and a challenge for the future. First, Repair the World, is  Jewish-sponsored “AmeriCorps,” whose goal is to “enable more Jews to volunteer more frequently and more meaningfully.” … Read More

Nasser’s Heir?

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Will Egypt’s military strong man, Defense Minister Gen. Abdel Fatah al-Sisi, become the country’s next president? And will the Egyptian leader he most closely resembles be Gamal Abdel Nasser, the army officer who established an aggressive, nationalist military-backed regime that sought to establish Egypt’s pre-eminence in the Arab world? There are good reasons to think… Read More

You Call That School?

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“Where does Matt [my 14-year-old son] go to school?” It’s a question I’m asked frequently. When I try to answer, I generally have, as Ricky Ricardo would say, a lot of “splainin’” to do. Here’s how a typical conversation goes. Other person: “Where does Matt go to school?” Me: Matt, goes to a school called… Read More